Whilst looking for a solution to Google Panda and a Google Panda recovery, I came across a company called Grammarly.com. At first glance, it seemed like a very useful solution to improving my writing and reducing the amount of time it takes me to get a blog post into a position where I’m comfortable enough to press the publish button. Grammarly is capitalising on Google Panda and trying to sell their service to business owners that have been affected negatively by the latest Google algorithm update.
I’ve included my opinion on the service, and where it’s strengths and weaknesses lie, I’m making an effort to reduce the amount I spend writing posts for this blog so this review is a list with a few examples at the end to put my comments and opinions in context. I reviewed this blog post as an example. Feel free to read it and see if you think Grammarly has done a good job. :)
Without further ado, the Grammarly.com review.
1. Grammary does improve grammar, without a doubt, it shows you where you went wrong, tells you why it thinks that portion of your writing could be improved and then shows you examples of how best to correct what you’re trying to say.
2. It’s fast in processing and takes about thirty seconds to process 1000 words.
3. It’s a lesson on how to write properly every time you review your work. I think that my writing improved years – literally, by reviewing just one piece of writing.
4. The depth of the service is enormous and I found functions of the English language I didn’t know existed.
1. It’s very thorough and complex. Unless you have a degree in English some of the complexities around using the correct written instruments appropriately actually slow you down as you attempt to turn your article into perfection and understand where you have gone wrong.
2. It’s of little use to help you resolve your Google Panda issues, more of this at the end of the post.
3. It’s very repetitive and you have to keep ignoring the same problems time after time.
4. There doesn’t appear to be a function to insert words into the dictionary so it stops flagging the same words every time you review your work.
5. It is a machine and that makes it imperfect. At that level, it is worrying that it maybe actually worsening your work in certain situations.
6. it strips out the HTML. Super annoying to re-insert links into blog posts! My biggest gripe.
Real Life Examples: (Set to “casual” with the plagiarism filter to “off”)
1. I scored 77% on this blog post here before I spent ten hours correcting it.
2. Matt Cutts scored 88% on his post here.
3. Danny Sullivan scored 77% for this post here.
4. Seth Godin scored an impressive 88% for his post here.
5. Charles Arthur from the Guardian scored 77% on this article here.
While Grammarly is an amazing tool, I can’t see Grammary being used to solve any Google Panda issues, this is because Google would not delve into that level of detail when analysing linguistics to determine if a document is “high quality”, 99.9% of people do not write to this level of perfection.
Using Grammarly to improve anything but a handful of pages at a time is impossible, while I’d suggest you use it for your Thesis before you hand in your Ph.D, it’s wasted on “run of the mill” content. It does not scale at all, especially as it doubles the time it takes to write an article.
Do I recommend Grammary? 100% I do, even if you use it for a few months, your writing will improve dramatically, it should be mandatory when it comes to higher degrees. However, I would not suggest using it to improve websites, unless they are academic.