There’s no faster way to get your audience (and the internet in general) to turn on you than to riddle your writing with typos and other errors.
You’d almost be better off with wrong content than poorly written content. It’s more obvious. But this can be a challenge. It takes more work to correct.
Editing your own writing is difficult because your brain already knows the message you’re trying to convey, so it’s easy to skim over mistakes without actually seeing them. But so many content marketers are running solo, and even more of us are bootstrapped and time strapped.
That’s why it’s important to have online resources to catch the mistakes you miss. These 11 editing tools will help you write great, error-free content, no matter what.
Content editing tools to make your writing sound smarter:
1. After the Deadline
After the Deadline is an online editor that checks for grammar, spelling, and style errors. The site uses contextual spell checking, so you’re less likely to miss words that are technically spelled correctly, but are used in the wrong context.
The software is free for personal use and easily integrates with WordPress, so frequent bloggers and business owners can use it automatically in their blogging processes.
Ginger offers an innovative program that integrates with your browser to make sure you never make grammatical or spelling errors.
The software follows you everywhere you want/need it to online, so even if you’re writing a Facebook post, you’ll get notified of mistakes as you make them so you can correct them.
It’s useful for content writers who need to produce a large amount of content on a variety of online platforms.
Webspellchecker offers two different content editing options to writers.
First, it there’s a feature that corrects your writing as you type. This program integrates with your browser and underlines mistakes as you go. You can hover over the mistake to see what needs to be corrected.
The second option checks your work in a separate window, so your original writing isn’t changed. This is great for protecting your draft from “robot mistakes.” The new window offers corrections that you can either accept or ignore.
4. Ninja Essays
Ninja Essays is an online content writing and editing services company. The site only hires writers with Masters degrees and PhDs, so they offer top quality editing to their customers.
If you have content that really needs to be accurate (even more than an average piece), you need to ensure you have real professionals edit it. They’ll edit your content for big mistakes like missing concepts, wordiness, and confusing sentences, as well as small (but important) details like typos, spacing errors, and spelling errors.
SlickWrite is an online spellchecker. You just type your content directly into the checker (or copy and paste it in) and the site will point out errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, structure, tense, and more.
What sets SlickWrite apart from other checkers is that it lets you customize the settings for things you either don’t want corrected or to isolate your corrections as you go.
For instance, you could do one round of editing where you only care about structure and grammar and a final round of editing where you correct the spelling and other small details.
PapersGear is an essay writing company that can also assist you as a business owner. Hire them to either help with content editing, formatting, and proofreading, or help actually writing your content.
They’re especially helpful if you produce large quantities of content on a regular basis, as they can get to know your style and deliver the on-brand writing you need when you need it.
1Checker is a free site that checks your grammar and spelling. It offers a basic online checker as well as plugins for Word, Outlook, and your browser. 1Checker also provides document templates.
However, in order to access the features of the site, you need to sign up. No credit card or payment is required, but you won’t be able to just Google and go.
9. Essays Capital
Essays Capital is a custom writing and editing service. They can proofread your marketing materials, website, blog content, and anything else you have. They also offer comprehensive edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, and structure.
They give formatting assistance for most projects as well. Plus, they can help you write your content if you need some extra help, or your writing workload is too much to handle.
ProofreadBot offers a unique opportunity for users. You can submit an error to the site to gain 2500 free words. (Otherwise, the site charges you to have your writing checked.)
The site is constantly expanding, and new mistakes are added every day. Mistakes are underlined, and you have the option of choosing between potential corrections or getting a detailed explanation of the mistake and why it needs to be corrected. This extra feature is very helpful for people who are actively interested in improving their writing, and not just having it corrected.
It may not be free, but it’s very affordable. Proofreading packages start at $5 for 50,000 words and increase up to $35 for 500,000 words.
Help.PlagTracker.com will not only help you have error-free writing every time, but they will also make sure your writing is completely free of plagiarism. The site will cross check your writing with thousands of websites, and if there’s accidental plagiarism (like over-quoting or under-paraphrasing), they’ll rewrite the content to make it original.
GrammarBase is a free online grammar checker. Unlike some other websites, it doesn’t require you to sign up for anything or provide any contact information. You just type in your content and it underlines all the mistakes.
It’s more complex than some other checkers. Instead of just checking for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., it also checks for more obscure mistakes, like dangling modifiers, unclear antecedents, quantifiers, and more.
GrammarBase is free and doesn’t require you to download any software to use it. However, because no software is downloaded, you won’t be able to see corrections as you write in your browser or Word Processor.
Improve your editing
Writing content is sometimes a difficult endeavor. You not only have to constantly seek out interesting topics that your audience will embrace, but you have to come up with creative ways to present the information, find time in your schedule to write every day, and then find the time to edit.
With so much going on in the process, editing content can often slip through the cracks. But you can’t afford to produce low-quality content. Your audience will think you’re too lazy to proofread your own work, and they’ll leave.
Instead of letting that happen, use these tools on this list to make the editing process a lot easier and more effective.
Are there any great proofreading resources that you rely on that aren’t mentioned on this list? Share them in the comments below.
[Note: This post was originally published on month/year and has been updated to make sure we’re giving you the most up-to-date marketing advice!]
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