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7 Best Free Online Proofreading Tools (Grammar Checker)

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Are you looking for Online Proofreading Tools?

If yes! Then I am sure you will love this guide. With this guide, you will discover best proofreading tools for proofreading like a PRO.

But why we even need these online proofreading tools?

If you are a blogger like me then you will agree when I say:

"The most important thing in blogging is quality content writing."

Agree!

But writing quality content is not the easiest thing to do. No matter how good you are, you will make grammatical mistakes while writing content.

Most of us spend most of the time on selecting and creating content to attract the targeted traffic, but we hardly care about proofreading.

No matter what you are sharing, you should proofread your article.

It gets even worse because:

English is not my first language, so every time while writing my content I usually question myself "Is my sentence grammatically correct?" In such cases, proofreading becomes crucial.

In such cases, proofreading becomes crucial.

Proofreading manually takes time, and the probability of identifying the error is very low. So I always use the online proofreading tools to check for the grammatical mistake.

These free grammar checker tools do various important tasks like checking grammatical mistakes including the check for punctuation errors, check for spelling mistakes, check for commas, etc.

Apart for these, proofreaders also test the article for incorrect active and passive voices, tenses, prepositions, etc.

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Tips To Write SEO Optimized Article Like A Pro

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SEO optimized articles

Every time when we talk about getting traffic, the first thing that strikes our mind is SEO.

Because for most of the blogs, search engines are the highest source of traffic.

Getting traffic from search engines is not easy.

Or is it?

For getting traffic from search engines the best way is to make your blog post search engine friendly. Your old posts will continue to get traffic from search engines if they are perfectly SEO optimized.

By ignoring SEO, you are probably not only losing lots of traffic but possible conversions also.

So you should optimize your article for the search engine.

In this article, I will be sharing some important tips for writing SEO optimized article that will rank higher in search results.

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How To Create And Edit WordPress .htaccess File

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Create And Edit WordPress .htaccess File : WordPress being a self-hosted blogging platform is very versatile. You can control every single thing of your blog or website as WordPress allows users to access root folder. So today I am going to discuss a file named .htaccess which is present in the root folder of your WordPress site.

create and edit WordPress .htaccess file

What Is WordPress .htaccess File ?

.htaccess is probably one of the most important and useful files. .htaccess is a server configuration file and communicates with your hosting server to tells how to handle certain things on your site.

With this, you can fully optimize your self-hosted WordPress website. You can do whole lots of things like security settings, block search engine bots, activate Gzip compression, add expire headers, security from spammers, add redirection rules, protecting directories and much more.

The dot before htaccess file indicates that this is a hidden file. To access this you just need to Turn on show hidden file feature when trying to access your .htaccess file through FTP client or cPanel. Now let's move on to the article and learn how to create this file in WordPress.

How To Create WordPress .htaccess File ?

WordPress automatically generates the .htaccess file for the first time when you set up permalink structure for your blog. You just need to go to Settings >> Permalinks and click on save changes there. Then WordPress will automatically generate a .htaccess file in your website root directory.

In rare cases, WordPress may not be able to generate .htaccess file automatically because of file permission issue. In this case, go to Settings >> Permalinks, here at the bottom WordPress will show you a notice informing that your .htaccess file is not writable.

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If you have set your permalinks structure to other settings then default it will show you a code that you need to paste in your .htaccess file.

Copy the code and paste it into notepad and save it as .htaccess on your desktop. Now Upload this file to the public_html folder in root directory by connecting your WordPress site using an FTP client like Filezilla or using File Manager in cPanel. You can check the steps below with screenshots.

In case you are getting an error while uploading, then you need to change the file permission of your root directory. You need to change your public_html permission. Just right click on the public_html folder and click on change permission, now a dialog box will appear. Now enter 755 into the numeric value field and click OK.

change file permissions

Now you should be able to upload your file successfully. Make sure to change the permission back to 644.

How To Edit WordPress .htaccess file ?

You can access and edit WordPress .htaccess file in many ways. In this article, I will be sharing some really easy and quick ways to access and edit .htaccess in WordPress.

1. Edit .htaccess File In WordPress Using cPanel

Most of the best and reliable WordPress hosting providers offer cPanel to their customers. Using cPanel to access and edit .htaccess is very fast and easy method. Highly recommended for non-technical people.

Login to your cPanel account and under files section click on File Manager.

access WordPress root files through cpanel

Now select the home directory and make sure to mark show hidden files.

show hidden files .htaccess cpanel

Then open public_html folder select .htaccess file and click on Edit File. Now you can add codes in the edit and save the file.

2. Edit .htaccess File From WordPress Dashboard

Access and edit .htaccess file directly from WordPress dashboard using WordPress plugins. Many plugins are available like WP Htaccess Editor etc. If you are already using Yoast SEO WordPress plugin, then you can access it from SEO >> Tools >> File Editor.

edit htaccess file from WordPress dashboard

If you are not using Yoast SEO plugins then I would recommend you to start using from this very moment. Also check out this guide to properly setup and configure Yoast SEO WordPress plugin.

3. Edit .htaccess File Using FTP Client

If you are looking for more control then you must follow this method. If you want to edit WordPress .htaccess on your desktop then this method id perfect for you. This is the method I love and use. You just need an FTP client like Filezilla and login to your FTP account. But make sure to  turn show hidden file feature on under Server >> Force Showing Hidden Files.

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Now browse to your website root directory and edit or download WordPress .htaccess file. And once you are done with the editing re-upload it back.

I would recommend you to take backup of your WordPress .htaccess file before editing. As incorrect .htaccess file, it can greatly affect your website. And make sure to change file permission of WordPress .htaccess file to 644 for security.

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A Blogger's Review Of Bluehost WordPress Hosting

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Bluehost Review : Web hosting an important aspect of any blog to be a success. Each and every web hosting has its own pros and cons. I mostly recommend shared hosting for a new WordPress blog. There are many top, reliable and cheap hosting for WordPress which l already discussed earlier. Out of these hosting, Bluehost is one such hosting company which I love and recommend for any new WordPress blog.

Bluehost offers WordPress optimized WordPress hosting. Bluehost is known for their outstanding server performance. In this article, I will be sharing my Bluehost review. I will also be sharing why you should opt for Bluehost hosting for your WordPress blog.

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Bluehost Review: Shared WordPress Hosting

Bluehost a well renowned hosting company for WordPress. You might know that Bluehost is officially recommended by WordPress itself. Bluehost offers various hosting packages including shared hosting, VPS hosting, Managed WordPress hosting and dedicated hosting. You are free to choose any of their hosting packages but shared hosting is perfect for your new WordPress blog. And if you have a blog with good traffic then managed WordPress hosting will suit you better.

A good hosting should offer quality hosting with fast and quality support. They should also offer quality resources with ease of use. Most importantly, all these quality at reasonable price.

Bluehost Hosting For WordPress

It just takes few seconds to install WordPress on Bluehost. You can either install WordPress manually or use a one-click installer. You can check out my guide on how to install WordPress on Bluehost in just a minute.

Bluehost servers are well optimized for WordPress blog. You don't have to worry about your WordPress site going down. With Bluehost hosting, your blog will run smoothly. I have been using Bluehost hosting for last 2 years and only a few times I faced downtimes.

Bluehost can easily handle traffic up to 15000/day without any downtime. They are running the latest version of PHP. You can further optimize your hosting performance by optimizing MySQL so that your hosting server handles the extra load.

Recommendation: I would highly recommend using a caching plugin like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache WordPress plugins and CloudFlare to further improving your WordPress blog performance.

Bluehost offers unlimited bandwidth and unlimited space. But they have certain fair usage policies. As far as these fair policies are so high that they seem unlimited. Bluehost has CPU Limit and it is too high as compared to other hosting services.

If necessary, Bluehost will even transfer you to a more powerful server. This feature makes Bluehost one of the best and recommended hosting for a WordPress blog.

Bluehost uses cPanel for their hosting panels which are quite easy to use. They also allow you to access Secure Shell (SSH).

Bluehost Hosting Customer Support

When it comes to customer support, Bluehost means quality. You can get in touch with them via live chat, E-mail, by Telephone or by submitting tickets. They will resolve your issue within 5 to 15 minutes which is quite fast as compared to other shared hosting providers.

Bluehost Hosting Plans And Pricing

At last but not the least the price factor. Everyone need quality hosting but at a reasonable price. Bluehost offers quality hosting at very affordable price. Bluehost shared hosting offers three different packages. These includes Starter, Plus, and Business Pro plan. You can choose any one of these plans according to your need.

If you are looking to host multiple sites then “Plus” or “Business Pro” plan is perfect for you. And in case you are looking to host only one website then you should go for “Starter” package. You can also find information related to these packages through the below screenshot.

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I would recommend Plus package. You can use this special discount link and can get Bluehost for only $3.49/Month (Starter) or $5.95/month (Plus). With these, you will also get 1 free domain and Free AdWords credits along with your hosting. Payment options include PayPal and Credit card. Bluehost India also offers Internet Banking, Debit Card payment option along with PayPal and credit Card.

Lastly, Bluehost is perfect for new WordPress blogs. And if you are not happy with their hosting, then they also offer a 30-day money back guarantee.

I hope that this Bluehost review will help you. If you have any queries and feedback do let us know via comments. If you found this review helpful then share it on Facebook and Google+. For future updates please subscribe.

How To Optimize WordPress Robots.txt File For SEO

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Optimize Robots.txt For WordPress: Have you ever heard about Robots.txt? Certainly you had. WordPress robots.txt file is vital for site’s SEO performance. It greatly affects search engine ranking of a website. It helps search engines know which part they should index and which they shouldn’t. Not having robot.txt file doesn't stop search engines from crawling and indexing your site but sometimes you need to block search engines bots to crawl and index specific part of your blog, here robots.txt file plays its part. And if the robots.txt file is wrongly configured then search engine will ignore your entire site and your site will completely disappear from search engines. Though you should optimize robots.txt but you should never misconfigure it so that it shouldn’t block bots to access the important parts of your blog.

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You should have understood why robots.txt is important for any blog/website including WordPress blog. Now you must be wondering What robots.txt file actually is? How can you create robots.txt in WordPress Blog? Why robots.txt is important for SEO? this article will cover it all. Also, in this article, you will learn how to optimize WordPress robots.txt for SEO.

What Is Robots.txt File?

Robots,txt tell search engine bots which part to index and which part it must avoid. At the time of indexing, your website search bots or search spider follows robots.txt file instructions. Depending on its directions search engine or spider will index or no index any page of your website.

How To Create Robots.txt File?

Robots.txt file is located in root folder of your website. You can either use cPanel or FTP client to view this file. If you are using WordPress then robots.txt will be already created which you can see in the root of your WordPress installation.

If your website doesn’t have any robot.txt file then just create a simple notepad file and name it as robots.txt and upload it to your site’s root folder using FTP client or cPanel.

You can also check BroughtMeUp’s Robots. txt file by visiting link below:

http://www.broughtmeup.com/robots.txt

How To Use Robots.txt File?

The first line in robots.txt usually names a user agent. The user agent is the name of search bot that is trying to crawl your site. Examples of user agent would be Googlebot , Bingbot etc. You can restrict which user agent should crawl your website. But if you are looking for more search engine traffic then I would recommend you to allow every search bot. To instruct all bots to index your site simply write User-agent: *

Now next lines in robots.txt follow with Allow or Disallow commands for search engine bots to let them know which website part/page you want the search engine to index or no index. Sample robots.txt file would be:

User-Agent: *

Allow: /wp-content/uploads/

Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/

How To Optimize Robots.txt File For SEO?

To optimize robots.txt:

  • Don’t use robots.txt to hide low-quality content, stop indexing of category, date rather use other WordPress plugins like WordPress SEO Plugin By Yoast and Robots Meta to add Nofollow and Noindex meta tags. The reason being that Robots.txt doesn’t stop search engine bots from crawling your site, it can only restrict its indexing.
  • Consider disallow readme.html. Readme.html file can be used by someone to know which WordPress version you are using by browsing to it thus they will be able to hack your website. By disallowing it you are safe from these attacks. Simply write Disallow: /readme.html in robots.txt file.
  • You should also disallow WordPress plugin directory for security reasons. Simply write Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/
  • Disallow replytocom link to avoid many post duplication issues. Simple write Disallow: *?replytocom in your site’s robots.txt file.
  • Consider adding your site’s XML sitemaps to robots.txt for better and faster indexing of your blog posts.

Read: WordPress Ping List For Faster Indexing Of Your Blog Post 

Optimized Robots.txt For WordPress:

User-agent:  *
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Disallow: /comments/feed/
Disallow: /trackback/
Disallow: /index.php
Disallow: /xmlrpc.php
Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/

User-agent: NinjaBot
Allow: /

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
Allow: /

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Allow: /wp-content/uploads/

User-agent: Adsbot-Google
Allow: /
 
User-agent: Googlebot-Mobile
Allow: /

Sitemap: http://www.broughtmeup.com/sitemapindex.xml
Sitemap: http://www.broughtmeup.com/sitemap-image.xml

This is optimized robots.txt for WordPress. You just need to replace BroughtMeUp sitemap link with your actual sitemap link.

Is My Content Affected By New Robots.txt File?

You can use Fetch As Google feature in Google webmaster tools to check your affected content due to this new robots.txt file. Simply log in to your GWT account and go to Crawl > Fetch as Google, add your blog post URL and check is there any issue accessing your blog post.

Check Robots.txt errors using Fetch as Google

Alternatively, you can also use crawl error feature in GWT to know if new robots.txt file has caused some crawl errors. Simply go to Crawl > Robots.txt Tester and add the blog post or page URL, then select the desired bot and click on Test and you will find if it is denied by the new robots.txt file.

robots.txt error tester in GWT

That's it we are completed with optimizing robots.txt file for SEO. Hope this guide has helped you in understanding various aspects of Robots.txt. I hope you are using optimized robots.txt file for your website. Lastly, if you enjoyed the article please share it across the internet. For any feedback and query do comment and also do subscribe for updates.

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