Practical Ecommerce

18 Writing Tools for Grammar, Style, Content

Content is king. If you run a blog, most of your content is language. For an ecommerce site, you write promotional copy, product descriptions, policies, procedures, and more. You need tools to check your grammar, perfect your punctuation, and hone your craft.

Here is a list of tools and resources to improve your content. There are style guides, grammar checkers, word tools, and more. All of these tools are online and most are free.

Style Guides

Here are writing sites to help you with your copy. Some are tutorial sites, others offer quick tips and practical advice on style-related issues.

  1. Copyblogger. This copywriting blog features a ten-step tutorial on the basics of writing great copy. It also covers how to write effective copy for search engine rankings.



  2. Grammar Girl. This is a grammar blog on Quick and Dirty Tips. It provides answers to common grammar questions, as well as a grammar newsletter and daily tips.
  3. The Tongue Untied. This blog covers basic grammar, sentence structure, and word choice, as well as rules for punctuation. It was developed by the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

    The Tongue Untied.

    The Tongue Untied.

  4. The Writer Underground. This site is a great source for articles on style-related issues. It features articles on writing, copywriting, writing tools, ebooks, text editors, and creativity.
  5. Fuel Your Writing. Fuel Your Writing seeks to be an essential site for writers: business writers, technical writers, advertising, fiction, and more. It contains editing and copywriting tips, and provides practical tips for writers.

    Fuel Your Writing.

    Fuel Your Writing.

  6. English Practice. English Practice is a free online resource to learn and practice English. It covers basic English grammar, as well as more advanced topics, such as style and business writing.

    Grammar Checkers

    After you’ve written the draft, use these grammar and spelling checkers to perfect your copy.

  7. Grammarly. Grammarly is an automated proofreader. Check your writing for grammar, punctuation, and contextual spelling errors. Grammarly also features a plagiarism checker, which can automatically generate references.



  8. SpellCheckPlus. SpellCheckPlus is an online spelling and grammar site that features English as a second language tools, such as It also offers SpellCheckPlus Mobile.
  9. After The Deadline. After The Deadline is another automated proofreader to check contextual spelling, style, and grammar. Check your grammar on its site, or download the plug-in to add After The Deadline to your blog or website.
    After The Deadline.

    After The Deadline.


    Here are tools to help you with words. There are dictionary and thesaurus tools to locate words, and vocabulary resources to broaden your language.

  10. This is a dictionary site with definitions, synonyms, spelling, audio pronunciations, example sentences, and translations. It also offers several fun learning tools, such as a daily crossword and word games.

  11. This site is the thesaurus companion to Find synonyms and antonyms to your words. It offers tools to test your knowledge and features a word of the day.
  12. Wordsmyth. This dictionary and thesaurus tool provides quizzes, antonyms, real audio pronunciations, example sentences, and more. Choose your desired dictionary level.
  13. WordThink. WordThink is a “word of the day” site that focuses on words you can use every day. It gives daily reminders to use words you may already know.



  14. Coolest Words. This site features the coolest words found in the English language. While not a practical resource, this is a fun tool to broaden your vocabulary.
  15. Google Translate. Use Google Translate to translate words from over sixty languages.
    Google Translate.

    Google Translate.


    Finally, here are tools to perfect the images in your blog or on your ecommerce site. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but pictures with words are worth even more.

  16. Pixlr. Pixlr is a free online photo editor. Upload an image and alter it with a variety of tools, or create a new image from scratch.
  17. Picnik. Picnik offers fast and easy tools to make your photos look their best. Edit your photos from wherever they are: Picasa web albums, Flickr, Facebook, and more.



  18. Flickr. Flickr is a photo-sharing site. Upload your photos, add rich information like notes and locations, and easily share them through your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you are.
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  1. Armando Roggio July 13, 2011 Reply

    God knows ecommerce copywriters need this article. He knows I need it too. :-)

  2. jakefirst89 December 28, 2013 Reply

    Nice post. I will try all those tools to improve my articles. recently i use yoast and zemanta plugin in my wordpress blog

  3. Eric J. Gates March 17, 2014 Reply

    Useful article but you’ve missed what I think is the best all-rounder out there – StyleWriter. I’m a writer of thrillers and have used this software for years for my work (see my article here: about using it for a self-edit) but it can be applied to all styles and formats from reports to fiction. I highly recommend it.
    Eric J. Gates, Thriller Writer

  4. jimmy85 September 16, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for the list! I tried a few grammar check apps and want to suggest one more (it’s free:)) –

  5. Eric J. Gates (@eThrillerWriter) September 23, 2014 Reply

    Interesting list. There’s another tool you missed. It’s a great help when you are self-editing your work – I use it for novels, short stories and articles, even for my occasional blog posts. I wrote an article a while back about its use as part of a self-editing process:
    The tool supplier is linked in the article.
    Best wishes,

  6. Lillian March 8, 2016 Reply

    Great post. Those are great grammar checker tools to use. I recommend Grammarly it is the best.

  7. Cate Hogan May 24, 2016 Reply

    Some great tips here, thanks! I use Grammarly all the time. The lovely Leona Hinton just wrote a guest post on my blog you might find equally helpful: 10 Power Tools to Make You an Editing Wizard ( Thanks!

  8. Carrie September 30, 2016 Reply

    I’ve been using a lot of this tools like Thesaurus, Coolest Words, Google Translate, Fuel Your Writing and a few more. But a lot of tools are new to me.
    Thanks for researching, Sig!
    Also, for content optimization I’ve been using this grammar checker – and Grammarly.

  9. Robin Khokhar September 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sig,
    I have been using Grammarly for a while, and it seems to be the best among other grammar checking tools. But I will surely check the other tools as well which I have not used.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Latiticia October 12, 2017 Reply

    There are times I’m not sure that the simplest words are spelled correctly or being used in the right context and that’s when Grammarly comes in handy I am printing this article and pinning it on the wall beside my desk, for future use. I also know someone who is trying to write a book, so I will also give them a copy and add StyleWriter and Sentence Corrector. Thanks for the help, Sig and classmates. I just hope I have time to use them on my future assignments, since I’m usually working on the fly.