Spiff up your content
Last Update: Apr 5, 2014
If you worry whether the commas are in the right place, if all the words are spelled right, if your blog is understandable, or if you unintentionally plagiarized, try a free website to ease your mind and sharpen your copy.
Spell Check, Grammar Check, Plagiarism
PaperRater.com is a one-stop content checker. Its handy features include checking:
- if the copy is plagiarized
- to make sure words are spelled correctly
- if the grammar follows standard rules
Grammar suggestions are underlined in green so they are easy to spot. You can easily disregard them if you don't agree with the change. The conversational English we use in blogs is often not strictly according to the rules. You may want to keep your own wording, but it's nice to know someone (something?) is looking out for grammar standards.
PaperRater.com also checks your choice of words and the overall style of the content.
Pride of the professors
The site is operated by linguistic professors and graduate students. It was originally aimed at students and teachers, grade school through university. Bloggers and freelance writers quickly discovered this high level and free service.
The method the site uses to analyze content is impressive. The service uses a complicated set of rules based on natural language processing, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics and data mining. The website proudly proclaims that PaperRater is the most powerful writing tool on the web.
I'm certainly won't argue with that. And did i mention it is free?
I found my first affiliate offer for the site I bartered for. Actually it fell into my lap. Over the weekend I'll get my campaign together. Gee, that sounds so cool. Like I know what I'm doing. Hmmm. And I wrote some copy for it.
Grammarly, a for-pay content checker, advertises on any and all websites that deal with spell checking, grammar checking and plagiarism checking. If you click the ad, you will taken to a 7-day free trial page. This isn't what I'm talking about in the post.
Apparently it is easy to click in the wrong spot. The ad is cleverly integrated at the bottom of the site, making it difficult for visitors to tell what's what. Don't click the orange Try Now button. That belongs to the ad. It is not part of the PaperRater.com setup.
Here's how to get your content checked for free:
- Click the "Use Now Free" button in the middle of the page. This will take you to the
- PaperRater free "Analyze Your Paper" page.
- Just paste in your copy.
- Then answer what education level the author is. For bloggers and affiliate marketers, it's useful to click the grade level you are aiming at. Many marketers choose sixth grade.
- Choose the type of paper, which for most of us is "article/blog."
- Do the captcha.
- Click the box that says you agree to the Terms of Service.
- The click "Get Report."
- You're done!
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