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Grammarly Review: A Must Have Tool For Bloggers And Freelance Content Writers

Published on: Thursday, 25 August 2016 ✦ Updated on: 2019-05-17T14:55:43Z

Grammarly review

Grammarly is a reputable, and widely-used cloud-based, English writing enhancement tool developed by Grammarly Inc.

It was released in 2009 and is co-founded by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn. In 2017, it was made public that Grammarly had grown into 6.9 million users that used Grammarly every day.

In 2018, Grammarly has 10 million users using it every day! That’s quite the growth, I would say.

The only grammarly review you'll ever need to read

What is Grammarly?

Grammarly is a tool, for writing error-free content. It is a software that you can purchase, as well as use for free.

Grammarly's free version checks spellings and many grammar errors, whereas its paid version has added features that check the structure, vocabulary, performs more than 400 grammar checks, proofreads, and has a robust plagiarism checker.

Grammarly helps you write well, making your content more readable and easy to understand.

I find it particularly useful because I’m not a native English speaker even though I’m quite fluent in speaking and writing but everyone makes those silly mistakes and gets their grammar wrong from time to time.

Features of Grammarly

  • Grammarly is a fantastic tool for anyone that writes, really. It’s that simple. 
  • However, this blog post is going to focus on Grammarly features that help bloggers and freelancers but, that doesn’t mean that these features aren’t useful to anyone who is not a blogger or a freelancer.
  • Grammarly is a fantastic grammar checker.
  • It checks for punctuation errors so that you don’t have to worry about missing your commas and risk sounding like an idiot.
  • It checks writing style and structure, it can even do personalised checks based on the “tone" of your choosing. You can choose from Work, Academic and Casual. 
  • Proofreading, now here’s where it gets really fun. You can actually send out the content you’ve written to a proofreader who will then revert back to you. This one costs extra even if you’re on the premium plan, but the value that it provides is impressive. 
  • Grammarly is available for Windows, MS Office*, Mac, and has a browser extension* as well.
  • You can choose from British or American English (Here in India, we follow British English).
  • Not only does Grammarly catch spelling errors, but it is also smart enough to detect where you might have confused two similar sounding words based in the context of your write-up.
  • Grammarly, based on the "tone" I mentioned above in point three gives you writing and word suggestions
  • Grammarly is not only for writing blog posts or articles, but it also helps you check everything you write online, on dozens of websites and social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and more.
  • Grammarly performs more than 400 checks making the chances of errors really slim.
  • It integrates with Outlook.
  • And Grammarly will make you a better blogger or freelancer, you might not notice it at first, but you’ll start seeing that you’re not making as many errors as before. And this, I say from personal experience. Grammarly intuitively offers an explanation to every single thing that is wrong or not placed right in your blog post or articles. If you spend just about five minutes reading and understanding what it’s saying and why what you wrote was wrong, months down the line, you’ll notice you have become a better writer. And you make fewer mistakes now, it will help you grasp the language in a better way. It’s like your personal teacher, which for the amount you pay for Grammarly is AMAZING in my opinion.
  • Grammarly has a plagiarism checker, I believe the tool was built so that it would be easier for teacher and students to see if plagiarism was something that affected their write-ups however, it is such a useful tool for a blogger and a freelance writer! As a blogger, you’re often accepting guest posts from numerous places, how do you make sure someone isn’t ripping you off? Or how do you know that a guest author has provided original content to you? Well, that’s what the plagiarism checker is for. You can thank me later. :)

What makes Grammarly an obvious choice for bloggers and freelancers?

Well, if the feature list hasn’t impressed you already, I don’t know what will. Kidding.

But the features I love the most, and the ones that made me choose Grammarly over other competitors are:

  • Proofreading services. I love the fact that I can send a write-up I’m feeling concerned about to a human proofreader.
  • It helps me save time. As a blogger, until I can expand more, I am just one person charged with administrative tasks, writing blog posts, editing blog posts, coming up with appropriate graphics, social media promotion, SEO and much more. Not to mention, I have graphic design work during the day, and the house chores, making time for my hobbies and more. I can only do so much. With editing and revision blog posts for errors taken care of, I can actually free that time up for a nice warm bath, and I don’t have to feel guilty about not completing my goals for the day.
  • Grammarly works on a lot of different devices, so even when I’m on the go and using my phone, I can rely on Grammarly to have my back and help save myself from embarrassing e-mails, text messages, client chats and of course, chats with prospects interested in advertising with my blog.
  • The ability to select a tone helps me keep my blog posts conversational, which is very important to me as a blogger because I’m writing for people, I’m not writing for a paper at my college. I want you to know from my tone and the way I write that I’m pretty laid back and I am easily approachable.
  • Grammarly works on all social media sites plus, most blog publishing platforms. I use blogger, and it works there, I’ve tried Wix, Squarespace, and WordPress and it works there as well.
  • And did I mention the plagiarism, checker? ;)

Where Grammarly needs to improve

So Grammarly’s MS Office (Microsoft Office) does not work if you have a Mac. Bummer.

I know a lot of people use MS Office and a lot of them with a Mac use the pages app, for which it doesn’t work either.

The only workaround is to either copy the text you wrote up in Pages or MS Office to Grammarly, check it and paste it back in or upload the document and then check it and hit save.

And the second is that the browser extension is not compatible with all sites, it’s compatible with most, but not all.

And this last complain that I have is, more 'Graphic Designer', based, I just wish Grammarly worked with Adobe Creative Cloud as well, I could really use some spell-checks and Grammarly magic there.

Do I recommend getting Grammarly for yourself?

Well, that’s a no-brainer! It’s free, so what are you waiting for? You can use the free version to test it out and decide to upgrade it whenever you do.

I use Grammarly Premium, and I love it, to be honest. It is worth every single penny it costs and more. I can’t sing enough praises for Grammarly, I’m so glad I discovered it back in my college days, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Now, I totally get it, if you can’t afford it right now but the good thing is that if you go for an annual plan, you end up saving a LOT more. And it becomes affordable that way.

Detailed Comparison between the Free and Premium Grammarly version

FeatureGrammarlyGrammarly Premium
CostFreeStarts from $11.66 per month
Grammar ChecksYesYes
Spelling ChecksYesYes
Advanced Grammar ChecksNoYes, checks for context, punctuation, and other grammatical errors.
Vocabulary Enhancement SuggestionsNoYes
Genre-specific Writing Style ChecksNoYes, you can choose from work, casual and academic.
Plagiarism DetectorNoYes, checks across 16 billion web pages.
Native Apps
Windows, Mac, MS Office and Browser Extensions, iOS and Android Keyboard
(Safari, Firefox and Chrome)
Explanation of Grammar RulesYesYes
Performance Sats via e-mailYesYes
Definitions and Synonyms via double-clickYesYes
Add words to your personal disctionaryYesYes
Works with Social Media platformsYesYes
MS Outlook IntegrationYesYes
Apple Pages IntegrationNoNo

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