If you are a freelance writer or a blogger, then I am sure you must be aware of the importance of quality content because it helps to attract readers. Many of us spend our utmost time in deciding the topics as per our targeted audience. We create drafts and rewrite the final article according to it. However, we barely give time for proofreading. Proofreading is an essential part of any article. It improves the quality of an article.
As a blogger, I need to keep a check on the quality of my article and its language, specially when English is not my mother tongue. I mostly make lots of silly mistakes, such as the wrong use of active/passive voice, tense and many more. I still remember in the starting times of my blogging, I used to hate proofreading.
Later it became my habit of proofreading. For this purpose I have developed a habit of that once I finish writing my article, I will do proofreading next day or after few hours. This way I become able of doing work with a fresh mind, and also there are chances of clicking new ideas while proofreading my articles. I am writing articles from last two years, still I make lots of silly mistakes, but by the help of proof-reading I can reduce the number of errors in my writing.
Few things that are needed to keep in mind during proofreading an article:
• Before proofreading your finished article take a break, and if you proofread after an hour or next day, then it is much better.
• You need to select a quiet place for proofreading so that you will able to maintain concentration.
• While proofreading read loudly. So you can quickly figure out the wrong sentence structure.
• As you find the error, edit it soon. Do not wait till you read the whole document.
• Use proofreading tools, they will assist you a lot.
I always prefer to use proofreading tools. These proofreading tools will help you to get errors in your article speedily so that you can edit them. However, only using proofreading tool is not enough. It is important to read your articles even after once more. So if there is any grammatical error or sentence error you will able to find it.
Useful free Online Proofreading tools
Here I am listing five best Online Proofreading Tools that will surely help you to improve the quality of your article. Do remember, none of these tools will offer you 100% accuracy, because they are a just machine. Still, it will help you a lot to minimize the number of common english errors we make.
Grammarly – (my best online proofreading tool)
If you are looking single suggestion proof-reading tool, then no need to look further than Grammarly. This is a versatile tool for both writers and bloggers. You need to paste your content after writing, and it will check for spelling or grammatical mistakes. For proofreading and Grammar, you can also directly upload the doc file and it will proof-read your document.
SpellChecker is rather different from other above mentioned tools. SpellChecker offers you the facility of checking your article in various languages and also suggest different treasures. It also offers you to l check your whole website. However, It will be more beneficial for small blogs.
Polishmywriting is one of my favorite tools for Online Proofreading my articles. It shows the error in three different colors i.e. red, blue and green. Red shows spelling error; Blue shows style suggestions, and Green shows grammatical errors. Its another useful feature is it provides you the results quickly and easily.
If you want to analyze your writing in detail, and you are not in a hurry, then Slick Write is the best option for you. This tool will not only point out your errors but also gives you an analysis of your writing that lists phrases, uncommon words, filler words, passive words, adverbs, prepositions and many more. It is the best way to know progress in the quality of your writing.
PaperRater is also a proofreading tool for your articles. It provides you suggestions for grammatical mistakes, styles, check your article title. It also rates your overall work such as – your vocabulary, word style, choice and many more. It is a good way for analyzing your writing. However, I do not like it when I have to select only a few options such as – title, education level, type of paper submitting, checking terms and conditions. Overall, it is worth giving a try.
Ginger is another proofreading tool that I like. It almost works the same like Polishmywriting. The additional feature of Ginger is that it takes care of your “article error” too such as – using the, a, an. While Polishmywriting does not give you suggestions for a, an, the, have, has and many more. So, if you do lots of these types errors, then Ginger Proofreading tool will surely help you. By using this tool, you can proofread your document speedily.
These Online Proofreading tools are awesome tools but still there is nothing better than manual proofreading. However, these tools helps you to find the errors quickly. So it is a quiet helpful way to start proofreading your documents. You should also try to keep control on your silly mistakes so that you don’t repeat them.