A few days ago, a new blogger who just started building hit website contacted me for a help to make the site better, and clean as possible. Unfortunately, this man had no idea about any options about SEO, or how to check the site for codes that can affect the SERP ranking.
I started from the theme, and it looks professional, but, with a few errors like any other blog won’t affect anything.
There is no need to kill yourself to make your theme error-free. That needs lots of work and you will spend a fortune to do it. At the same time, it’s rare to find a theme with no errors at all, but, as I said earlier, a few theme errors are not a problem. But, when you notice hundreds of them, then, think about a new one.
Anyway, Just after checking the theme, I started with plugins, and then, the content itself, and guess what I found? A big problem from a browser extension that lots of people uses to correct their text grammar and errors.
The website behind that extension is not a good tool for proofreading, it’s called Ginger and look at the below screenshot to find what’s problem that I’m talking about.
As you can see, there are lots of ”span” tags to highlight a word that should be corrected. However, normally, that screenshot should include these simple sentences only ”cPanel control” panel. But, because the software can’t recognize that word ”cPanel”, it highlights and suggested other wrong words. Of course, the man won’t change that word to anything else, it’s correct.
The big problem is that when the man saves the post, all that junk data will be saved, as well, and it will not be removed as it should be. That long file that integrates between the two words will cause lots of problems to Google crawler.
Imagine if Google wants to scan your site with all those mistakes, and find the same word repeats again and again along the article.
If you still ask yourself if Google treat that, as an issue or not, then, the truth is that all the posts will be affected. Nothing is clear and lots of words are broken, and divided by long “span” tags as the above example, or even longer.
That makes the full blog full of problems, and of course, that won’t help getting a better ranking anymore.
Now, if you want to protect yourself from that big problem, you have to use Grammarly only. It’s my only recommended tool to check your post and texts, and you can use it anywhere online, and even, you can download the Microsoft add-on for checking your grammar.
At the same time, If you have already used Ginger, then, open a few posts in your blog, and see the code and not the visual text. Just click the ”Text” button in your post editor, and then, you will see the post code as it’s it.
Now, to verify if you have the problem or not, click ”Ctrl+F” for Windows, or ”Command and F” in Mac, and in the search box add “Ginger”. If you’re not sure about the exact post that you’ve corrected with that tool, search for that word in your full posts, and you will get all the list of posts that includes that exact word.
How to remove that “Ginger” “span” from your posts?
Don’t make the same mistake that I had by using a plugin called “Ginger tag remover”, it will remove all the problems. But also, it will destroy your post, and you will lose full paragraphs or links, even, without notification.
The plugin is supposed to remove the tag only, but, because the Ginger tags are placed between word, links, and even, the same word will be divided and looks completely different. Then, you will destroy your blog instead of correcting the problem. Luckily, I’ve noticed the problem rapidly, and I decided to remove the tags manually for every post.
To fix the problem and clean up your blog from those span tags, search the full blog posts for the word “Ginger”, and open each post individually.
Next, click the “Text” option at the top of your post editor, to see the source code, and finally search for the Word “span” and you will get all the tags.
Please make sure to remove these tags manually, they look like this example.
<span class="GINGER_SOFATWARE_spelling">***CLEAN TEXT***</span>
If you can’t remove them and you think they could cause a problem and delete words, then, get the help from a friend or someone with knowledge, and ask him to remove all the Ginger tags.
I hope that this helped, I saw the problem on another blog, and found it necessary to post about it. If it happened to someone else, that means that those sites are now including that hidden code that make things worse for all.
Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, founder and owner of Trustiko.com. He shares Business, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Thus, you will succeed online with the right marketing strategies and recommendations. Of course, you’ll find much more topics.