Grammarly.com Review

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.

Positives points:

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.

Negative Points:

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.

Summary:

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.

2 thoughts on “Grammarly.com Review

  1. Rebecca Savastio says:

    Grammarly finds 34 critical writing issues with an excerpt from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz, (who is considered one of the top writers of the 21st century.) It also finds 16 critical writing issues with an excerpt from “An Old Man and The Sea” by Earnest Hemingway, who was a meticulous writer and who is also considered one of the best writers of all time. A short excerpt from Great Expectations turns up eight critical writing issues. Our whole society is going right down the drain by relying on a computer to tell us what is right and wrong. Pathetic.

  2. Jason Goldstein says:

    I have a problem with the site management, not the software. I tried the software out(put in my billing info), but didn’t find it very helpful or user friendly… Needless to say, I tried logging into my account to cancel the order, and I couldn’t get in. So I tried registering again, then cancelled my order. Turns out I misspelled gmail as gmil, and was completely blindsided a month later with a charge to my account. I am now overdrafted, and grammarly.com said too bad…. Shouldn’t a person be required to log into their email and verify billing before a “Professional Business” authorizes a transaction?

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