For those who may have been living under a rock these days, Word spell check is so 2016 and Google spell check? You have got to be kidding me!
This is the 21st Century, and we demand chrome extensions or apps and nothing else!
Ok, lets be serious now.
Do you struggle a lot with your writing, maybe you blog a lot and you want a tool to help you check spelling, grammar and just give you a critical eye over your work?
If you answered yes, then you are the same as me. I suck with writing, my grammar is about as good as a 5 year old, and I constantly write my blogs in the wrong tense. How do I know this? Grammarly likes to remind me!
What is Grammarly?
If you break it down into it's core components, Grammarly is a FREE extension or app, that works with Chrome, Microsoft Office and more recently Windows as a whole. This nifty little app then helps you improve your grammar, and your spelling.
If you are connected to the internet, then you can also you a Google Docs type of dashboard, that allows you to create documents that are checked in real time as you go. Super handy if you want to come back to a document later, but don't have SharePoint or Google Docs!
If you are an Android user, you can also download the Android Keyboard, but more on that later!
So, essentially spell check for the 21st Century?
If you want to be really picky, then yes.
But actually, Grammarly goes beyond just showing you little red lines under all your poorly spelt words.
It actually provides you with useful examples and advice on how you can improve your spelling and grammar.
It will tell you in plain English, why it has picked up your mistake, as well as ways of avoiding it in the future.
How accurate is Grammarly?
If you check the above image, you will see a snapshot from a blog post that I uploaded to their online dashboard.
You can clearly see that Grammarly picked up on the fact that I wrote my article in British English, but I had spelt centre as the Americans would. Nifty.
What else does it pick up on?
- Spelling errors
- The standard issues like misplaced apostrophes or the none existence of such things...
- Repeating multiple words (I have a huge habit of doing it, as my brain goes faster than my fingers sometimes)
- If your sentences become too long, and require breaking down
- Passive voice or tone, again another I am hugely guilty of!
Being constantly reminded or informed of the errors and learning why you are making them is massively helpful.
I have had Grammarly installed for nearly 7 months now, and my Blog writing has improved massively, and I am getting better at self correcting myself.
I still trip over certain grammatical points, or get myself in a muddle, but my god I am slowly getting better!
What else do they offer?
So, the baseline or free version of Grammarly provides you with the basic spelling and grammar check.
The enhanced version, which currently costs as little as £8.49 a month (if you pay for it annually and I suggest you do), or if you pay for it monthly, it will cost you £21.81 (basically $25). does come with a ton of extra features.
For example, the premium version provides you with a plagiarism checker. This allows you to check a piece of work against roughly 16billion web pages, so you know...a few. This is MASSIVELY helpful if you are like me and on occasion get people who want to write guest posts on your blogs. You can check the work they are giving you is unique, so that you do not get penalised by the almighty Google.
The beefed up version will also provide you with more indepth grammar checking, helping you improve on your writing style (outdated language, confused dialects or even "Inappropriate Colloquialisms"!
Finally, Grammarly Pro gives you the ability to get your work checked by a professional human. Basically someone who actually knows what they are talking about! I have yet to use this feature, because I feel most of my awful habits are picked up by the core Grammarly features.
Is Grammarly for me?
If you are a blog owner, an author or even someone who just writes a lot for a living (emails, training documents etc) , then having Grammarly is going to help you massively.
The free version provides you with the basics, it's quick and it's simple to use. If English is your second or third language, and you have trouble sometimes, using Grammarly is going to help you, but also give you guidance.
The premium version is worth the money, again if you are someone who spends a lot of time writing, possibly checking multiple documents throughout the day and need them looking spick and span!
Do I need to pay for it?
As I said above, you are not required to pay for the basic version.
I use the free version of Grammarly for 2 months, and then I tried it for a month to see how it compared.
After that month finished, I actually upgraded to a three month subscription, before finally upgrading to an annual fee.
I regularly use Grammarly for my blog posts, my ecommerce businesses and even my adverts that I use to gain new subscribers or customers. I even downloaded the keyboad on my phone, as I found it was much quicker at learning my spelling mistakes and grammatical errors than the stock android keyboard.
At the end of the day, the paid for version is not mandatory, or even essential, but it is an app that I find useful, easy to use and affordable.
James started The Online Student as a typical blog telling people about his struggles and woes with DropShipping, Amazon FBA and even Affiliate marketing. He then decided that blogging about it all would give people the skills, knowledge and apps to get up and running (while making a little extra on the side). After a few months he realised it was quite lucrative and decided to work his ass off making it a bit more than just a hobby!