Spell Check And Grammer Check Your Blogs

Last Update: May 15, 2019

It seems that many times when I go onto Site Comments to offer comments that many of the websites have misspelled words or improper grammar. I am by no means an English Major, and I am easily finding words that are spelled wrong, so your readers will also see your errors.

If you aren't familiar with the spell check and grammar check that WordPress has, it is at the top of your menu. It is the button with the ABC and a check mark. I would spell check it several times until you get the message there are no errors, as it seems that on the 2nd and 3rd search, different things are found.

Make sure to also reread your post at least once or twice. There are some things that won't be caught with the spell checker. The biggest one that I see is "you" when it should be "your".

I feel bad not letting the creator know when there are misspelled words, but I know when someone is requesting comments, they don't want you pointing out problems.

Is there a way for us to send a separate note to the requester to let them know of problems? I know I would be happy if someone sees my mistakes and would let me know on a different platform. We are all just trying to help each other out, and reading right pass the mistakes and not being able to help seems like a mistake.

Any thoughts where or how we should notify the creators when we see a problem?

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CarmelitaA Premium
We just have to check and double check our grammars and spelling
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Marla,
Spelling errors are so common even in published books. My late father-in-law used to say "nobody proofreads anymore" T

When I start an article for my website, I start with Site Content and use the spell checker there. Then when I publish it to WP, I immediately put the article into a draft mode and start proofreading allowing Gemmserly to point out my mistakes, usually, they are many.

I do this for 2 or 3 times even still I occasionally discover an error or two later, even after Grammarly has checked it. Usually, the problem is that it is the wrong word and Grammarly can't do anything beyond that.

Now back to what you said about notifying the author about various errors, I would appreciate it. If the author is so touchy that he/she complains about it, then ignore them.

Loes showed me I had misspelled JAAXY as JAXXY on an article of the past. I was able to make a correction even though it was published in Wealthy Affiliate.

I hope this helps.

Bill
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wendyg53 Premium
I agree with you on the spelling and usage issues. I am a teacher and have a Master's Degree in Education, and I am horrified by some of the errors I see.

My favorite atrocity this week was a successful, longtime member using the word "patients" when he meant patience in his blog post subtitle in nice big bold letters. Ouch!

As they say in NYC: If you see something, say something.

I will say something if a member complains that they are not getting traffic, or they have a really high bounce rate, etc. That's an opening and I grab it.

I send them a private PM letting them know as gently as possible that their problem may be related to some of the grammar and spelling mistakes that they are putting out there for everyone to see.

It's like going out in public with your shirt on backward. You're dressed, but something's not quite right. And people are too polite to say anything to you, so you don't figure it out until you get home from work. It's kind of like that.
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RAFStuart Premium
This is an excellent post, Agree with all that you have said, in fact Erin kindle sent what she called a "Handy Dandy Checklist" many things that she mentions so have you. One point that made me sit up was using the spell checker three times, I certainly proof read at last three times, the other problem that I find is the use of American spelling! Also check again when I have published it.
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Stuart
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Marlasmith Premium
I have come to realize the difference in spelling between American spelling and other countries as well. At first I thought it was spelling errors, but now realize that it isn't the same everywhere.
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cramervod Premium
This is the reason more people are turning to video. Grammar isn't as important as it used to be.

I try to correct myself but after a couple of edits, it's just too time-consuming to care whether or not that my blog is perfect.

I use the free version of Grammarly and if it misses something it just wasn't meant to be.

Anyway, I have gotten better with certain things but others are ongoing problems especially with commas.

I also can find errors while reading ebooks, comments, and reviews which are at the top of the SERPS.

Priorities lead me to believe that people would rather see a list then see the list spelled out with perfect English since it's not a novel.
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FranCallado Premium
One added tip is to be extra careful with the blog main headline, because the spell checker in site content doesn't correct that one.

This post of yours is a good example, you spelled "grammer" instead of "grammar". 😉

I would also like to know if there is a way to help the webmaster apart from the comment itself, I've wondered the same.

Thanks for raising this question and awareness of spell checking!
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Marlasmith Premium
Wow, thanks for pointing that out. I have had that happen on one of my posts as well.
I would like to say that I misspelled it on purpose to prove a point, but that would be a lie. It really sucks to be discussing spelling and spell something incorrectly.

Great point about the title not getting spell checked.
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FranCallado Premium
It doesn't suck imo. It gives value to your post after being pointed out, even if you didn't do it on purpose.

It has happened to me in the past as well, and unfortunately no one pointed it out.
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FKelso Premium
You could PM folks, if you can figure out how to contact them on WA. You should be able to find them on the search bar at top.

I, too, see many errors in grammar and spelling and think you have done well to remind people to use the grammar check, and to reread themselves. As you say, some things the ABC does not catch. Hope your post makes a few more folks aware.
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