Why your website has spelling errors if you’ve checked it yourself

Your website was a labour of love – the content took ages, the design is how you want it and it looks great.
But then someone points out that there’s a spelling error on it.
How did that get there?
Why wasn’t it spotted?
How did it get missed?
“We all checked the website and no one saw any errors!”

It’s very common to find spelling errors on websites – especially if content is added. It may have started out error-free, but over time, mistakes can build up, and no one in your organisation notices.
But those outside might – and it could cost you in sales! [See our blog ‘How poor spelling on your website can cost you sales’]

Checking your own website is tricky because you know what it is supposed to say, so that’s what your brain shows you.
Using a tool like Website Spell Checker is a fast and effective solution to a labour-intensive and objective task!

Read on to find out why it’s a good idea to pass the spellchecking task over.

  1. There are probably more pages to check than you think
    It’s only when you start looking closely at your own website that you realise just how much content is on there. Most of us visualise the size of our website based on the number of items in the menu, forgetting all the various links within – you could find yourself with thousands of words of text to check.

  2. People tend to forget to check the standard text
    We’re talking about the info that appears at the bottom of your pages – like contact information and social media details. Often people gloss over these areas – but if it’s been copied and pasted, it could be wrong on every page on your site. People can’t follow you on socials or get in touch if this information is wrong.

  3. Headers, graphics and picture captions get missed
    Often overlooked, errors in headers, graphics and picture captions stand out a mile – but are usually left out of a proofread. We tend to focus on checking the text but don’t read these large beacons – and if there’s a mistake there, it’s likely to be the first thing that your visitor sees – and could see them off as they move onto another supplier.

  4. You could get readers’ fatigue
    When you’re reading through a lot of wording, especially on screen, your eyes get tired and as it’s text you’re already familiar with, it can be boring. This can make you less alert and much more likely to miss errors. Similarly, if you wrote the text yourself, you’re much more likely to read what it ‘should’ say rather than what it actually says – and again, miss mistakes!
    Even if you haven’t written it yourself, your brain is very clever – and will convert the mistake into what it thinks should be correct, meaning you will glide over it. Only very specific proofing, such as reading it all out slowly will pick it up but most people won’t do this!

  1. It doesn’t actually save you money!
    It will likely take you hours to thoroughly check your site. As a professional, a chunk of time like this is hard to find and you’ll always find a better way to spend it. Your time will cost you much more than an online spellchecker such as ours would. Those hours could be saved by buying one of our scans – which start at £4.99 for up to 25 pages.

So why not do something else with that time and let us take care of the spellchecking?
The tool allows you to put your website URL in, to find out how many pages there are to check – and your quote is generated from this.

If you’d like to try our easy, cost-effective service for spellchecking your website, pop your website URL into our Free Assessment Tool and we’ll let you know if it’s worth paying for a scan, plus how many pages you have to scan to price it up.