Grammarly is a very popular website with authors and writers around the world, but I have never used it before because I always thought I would never need to.
The site claims it is the world’s most accurate grammar checker and can check any document for all types of errors including punctuation, spelling, grammar and plagiarism.
The only way to find out what it can do is to put it to the test, so I used one of my old private label right articles to see what it could find. I knew there would be some errors as there always is with these types of articles.
PLR articles have to be re-written before you can use them on any of your own websites, although I have since stopped using them because of the amount of time it takes to re-write them. You are far better off writing from scratch.
Here is an excerpt from the article that I used:
The results were as follows…
- Plagiarism – Unoriginal text detected. This means there is already a copy of this article online.
- Contextual Spelling Check – everything was fine.
- Grammar – 16 issues detected.
- Punctuation – 3 issues detected.
- Style and Word Choice – 22 issues detected.
The results are pretty much what I expected from this type of article, but I was very impressed with the speed and efficiency of the service. Proofreading or checking your own content can be time consuming, and there is always the concern that you might miss something obvious or simply not be aware of any glaring errors.
For that reason alone, Grammarly is an excellent addition to the toolbox of just about anyone who needs to produce written content of the highest quality.
Whilst you can check any article/manuscript or book for free, to get the text edited you do have to register your details to gain access to the advanced editing tools and suggested corrections.
This is to be expected of such a powerful service, but I am slightly disappointed that there is not more information about potential long term costs on the front page of the website. I do like websites to be honest and upfront about any fees, even when they are offering a free introduction to the service.
Anyway, I decided to register, and I then discover how much this all costs.
Step 1 is choosing the Plan
- Monthly Subscription @ $29.95 with 7 days Free Trial
- Quarterly Subscription @ $59.95 with 7 days Free Trial
- Annual Subscription @ $139.95 with 7 days Free Trial
Step 2 is your Billing Information
You pay with either Credit Card or PayPal.
Next you have to enter your billing information before you gain access to your free trial, and if you don’t want to carry on using this service then you must remember to cancel your subscription before the 7 days are up.
In addition to being able to check and correct your content as a registered member, Grammarly also provides a very handy add-on for either Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 or 2010, and this allows you to check your content outside of Grammarly. This can be downloaded once you have registered your details.
Grammarly Review Conclusion
I can definitely see where this kind of service would be very useful – especially if you are a writer who is expected to produce top quality content, or someone paying out every time you want a manuscript or document proofread. If that is you then Grammarly is a program that you simply cannot do without.
My only real concern is that there isn’t any information about any costs on the home page. Personally I don’t like this because if you are giving away a free trial then do it without any strings attached.
However, I have detailed the costs for you above, so if you are interested in using Grammarly, you know what to expect.
That said, you can of course check your content without signing up, and for many people this is all they need. However, if you would like to use the more advanced services then you will have to give out your billing information to get the 7 days free trial.
Grammarly is without doubt a great tool for anyone looking to improve the quality of their content, and if you are like me, you will most likely be shocked by the obvious mistakes it uncovers :)
Neil – WFHW