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The New Monsido Spell Check Tool

Having misspellings on your website is bad for your reputation and harms user experience. As part of website Quality Assurance, it is important that you take steps to detect and fix misspellings on your website. Monsido Quality Assurance tool is here to help! For a long time, our Spell Check feature has been in beta. Now, we are finally ready to launch the new version of Spell Check. Here are some of the features you can expect and how to make the most of them so no misspelling ever goes undetected.

 

Brand New Spell Check User Interface

Keeping track of misspellings is easy with our new Spell Check User Interface. In an easy-to-understand visual form, we show you:

  • Number of Misspellings found and on how many pages
  • Number of Potential Misspellings found and on how many pages
  • List of the most common misspellings on your site
  • List of the most important pages with misspellings
  • Graph showing misspellings throughout your scan history

It really couldn’t be simpler to get a complete overview of how your website is doing with spelling errors. Right from the Overview page, you are just a click or two away from solving the most pressing spelling issues on your site!

 

Monsido Spell checker

 

Potential Misspellings

When we first created the Monsido misspelling tool, we only flagged misspellings. We soon realized that this wasn’t good enough. Now, we’ve split flagged words into Misspellings and Potential Misspellings.

Potential misspellings are the words which haven’t been confirmed as misspellings yet. Once you confirm a misspelling, you can easily find it in the Misspellings section. This ensures that you are quickly alerted to common misspellings, such as a product name which your copywriters often get wrong.

 

View Misspellings by Page

At Monsido, we are all about giving you options and control over how you manage your website. One way we do this is by letting you view errors by page. Now you can do this with misspellings too! Just select “Pages with Misspellings” to see a list of pages along with each page’s Language, number of Misspellings, and number of Potential Misspellings.

From here, you’ve got numerous options. You can confirm the misspelling, add it to your dictionary, ignore it for that page only, or view the misspelling on the page.

pages with misspellings

 

Add Words to Your Dictionary with One Click

Every website has some correct words which may get flagged as misspellings. For example, your brand name might be viewed as a misspelling. We’ve made it easier than ever to add these words to your dictionary so they don’t get flagged again.   All you need to do is click “Add to Dictionary.” Since the page language is automatically detected, the word automatically gets added to the appropriate dictionary!  You also have the option of adding a word to all of your language dictionaries.

add misspelling to dictionary

 

Multiple New Language Dictionaries

Monsido is a global company with customers around the world, and many of our customers operate in multiple languages.   So, we are really proud that our Spell Check feature now has 39 language dictionaries.

We won’t list all of our new language dictionaries here, but we would like to point out that you can now choose different forms of English (US, UK, CA, and AU), different forms of German (German, Austrian German, and Swiss High German), as well as many more languages.

 

Language Automatically Detected

Having multiple language dictionaries could have gotten messy and caused numerous words to incorrectly be flagged as misspellings. To prevent this, we’ve implemented a powerful function which automatically detects what language is on a page. That way, your Dutch pages aren’t getting flagged misspellings on your mostly-German site, your Spanish pages getting flagged as misspellings on your mostly-English site, and so forth.

Unfortunately, our Automatic Language Detector can’t detect the difference between different types of English (US, UK, CA, and AU) right now. US English is set as the default form of English. If your website has English content, please remember to choose your type of English under “Default Language” in the settings. In the case of English, the “Default Language” will override the Automatic Language Detector to make sure your site is being scanned for misspellings with the right type of English.

 

Ignore Words On a Single Page

Do you have a website where you talk about foreign politics? But you also have an employee named Ms. Forein?  You can see how those two words on your website could cause some confusion! For situations like these – where a word might be a misspelling on one page but correct on another page – we now allow you to ignore words on a single page instead of throughout the entire site.

To ignore words on a single page:

  • Select “Pages with Misspellings.”
  • You will see a list of pages where the misspelling is found.
  • Next to each page, you will see two icons. Click on the “Confirm” icon. You will now have the option to “Add to Dictionary” or “Ignore” for just that page.

spell check ignore on page

Of course, we still let you ignore a misspelling throughout your entire website too. You just need to go to add the word to your dictionary.

 

Not Quite Perfect, But We Are Getting There!

These are just some of the improvements we’ve made to the Monsido Spell Check feature. The feature isn’t 100% perfect yet, but we are getting closer. We hope that these improvements will make it even easier to manage your website. If you have any questions, remember that we are here for you!

Are Your Online PDFs and Documents Optimized?

Monsido is a comprehensive website management tool which scans your website and finds Quality Assurance and SEO errors and opportunities. Up until now, Monsido was only able to scan web pages. Now, Monsido also scans PDFs, Word documents, and Open Office documents on your site too.   Here is a brief guide to why this feature is important, and how you can make the most of it.

 

Errors on PDFs and Documents Hurt Your Website

Files like PDFs and Word documents are often vital for a website. The problem is that, once those files are up on the website, they usually don’t get much attention.

If there was an error on the original file, it will go unnoticed and unfixed.

If the file becomes corrupted, it will be unreadable by users.

If information in the file changes, then readers will get the wrong info.

If a link in the file changes, then readers will be taken to 404 Error page.

In the ideal world, errors never happen on our web pages or online files. But, we all know that this isn’t the case. The web is constantly changing and content needs to be continuously updated. Without a tool to help, keeping content updated is a grueling task.

While having a few broken links and errors might not seem like a big deal, they could be disastrous to your business. Broken links destroy your reputation and could harm your SEO. Misspellings are Quality Assurance errors which harm your reputation. And, when the error is a wrong contact email or telephone number, then you could end up losing valuable business.

The bottom line? You need to make sure ALL of the content on your website is accurate – including PDFs and documents.

 

Using Monsido to Scan PDFs and Documents

Monsido is a comprehensive website management tool which scans your website once a week (or when you run an on-demand scan). The tool will crawl your website and look for errors and improvement opportunities like:

  • Broken links
  • Misspellings
  • Missing H1
  • Missing Meta Descriptions
  • Too-short content
  • Broken Images
  • Missing ALT text
  • Pages with No Index

 

Any errors or opportunities found on PDFs or documents will be shown along with those on web pages.   It couldn’t be simpler!

If you are not a Monsido user yet, we highly encourage you to try out the tool for free. You owe it to yourself and website users to make sure there aren’t any SEO or Quality Assurance issues which need to be fixed!

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Introducing the New Monsido Dashboard

Today we are happy to introduce the new Monsido dashboard design. We understand how important it is for our users to have a dashboard which is easy to use. After all, what good is information if you can’t understand it at the blink of an eye and so issues can be quickly fixed? The old dashboard was getting the job done pretty well but, after talking to our users and listening to their feedback, we made some changes.

The Monsido team has been hard at work on this and we hope that the new dashboard will make website maintenance easier than ever! Here are some of the changes you will see in the new dashboard.

 

Comprehensive Visual Site Overview

We are really proud of this one. When you log into the Monsido dashboard, you will see a comprehensive overview of all the issues and opportunities on your site. Information is presented visually with charts so you can immediately see how healthy your site is and what errors need your attention.

 

New monsido dashboard

 

Prioritizing Errors and Pages

Some errors are more critical than others. We make sure you know about these right away in the area for “Most Important Errors.” We also have an area for “Most Important Pages.” How do we determine which pages are most important? It is calculated by seeing which pages have the most visits and the most errors. Simple, right?

 

Prioritizing page Errors

 

 

All Features in Clear Rubrics

Monsido does a lot of different tasks related to web maintenance and governance. To make it even easier to keep up on these different tasks, we’ve organized our features into 4 clear rubrics:

 

new monsido menu

 

At the top of the dashboard, you will see these rubrics. Just select the one you need and you will be taken to a page which gives you an overview and menu with features.

 

We Welcome Your Feedback!

Like always, we at Monsido love to hear from our users. How do you like the new dashboard? Is there something we can improve on? Send us an email, comment on the blog, or contact us directly. We are here to help :)

 

 

How to Check If You Are Missing Alt Tags

One incredibly simple but effective thing you can do to improve your SEO rankings is to put keywords in your Alt tags. The Alt tag (also called Alt text) is a line of text which describes the image. It is what will show up if your image cannot render for some reason. Why wouldn’t your image render? It might be a browser problem. It could be that the user has images disabled. Or maybe the user is vision impaired and uses a screen reader. In any case, putting in Alt Tags ensures that the message you want to convey with the image gets across, regardless of whether the image is seen. In WordPress you can put the Alt text in when adding photos.

image of alt text in wordpress

 

Why Are Alt Tags So Important for SEO?

The last we checked, Google bots still don’t have eyes and can’t see images. They rely on Alt tags to convey what the image is about. Alt tags aren’t a big on-page ranking factor but, as we’ve seen in competitive niches, every little bit can help. So don’t waste this opportunity to get more keywords onto your pages.  Don’t be spammy about it though :)   Just write Alt tags which would make sense if the image didn’t render for some reason.

Another important note about Alt tags for SEO is that many people use Google Image Search when browsing the web. Alt Tags are definitely important for Image Searches. If you are in a niche which is likely to get lots of image searches, such as fashion or entertainment, then optimizing Alt Tags can really boost your search traffic.

 

How to Know If You Are Missing Any Alt Tags

Alt Tags are quick and easy to fill in when adding images to your web pages. The problem is that it is easy to forget this small step. So how do you know if you (or the intern you’ve delegated the job of posting to) have forgotten to put in Alt Tags?

No, you don’t have to go through every single image on your website and check whether it has an Alt Tag. With the Monsido Webmaster and SEO Tool, you can get a list of all missing Alt Tags instantly.

The Monsido tool scans your website and looks for errors and SEO opportunities (in addition to finding missing Alt Tags, it also finds opportunities like missing H1 Tags and Title Tags, and broken links). You can then see all the errors in the intuitive dashboard and get to work fixing them. The Monsido tool scans your website weekly, so you can always stay on top of your SEO.

 

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