Can Website Graders and Website Content Scores Be Helpful?

Can Website Graders and Website Content Scores Be Helpful?

Grading & Scoring your Website

On the website SearchEngineJournal I read an interesting post: 7 Indispensable (and Free!) Website Graders and Content Scores by Kevan Lee.

Kevan bookmarked several of his favorites and dug up a handful of other useful graders and shared them with us.
He challenged his readers to “take them for a spin, and let me know which ones are most beneficial for you and your content!”.

Because they are all free I see no harm in giving my website a try.
As part of my ongoing learning experience.

Hubspot's Marketing Grader

website graders

87 Overall out of 100 makes me happy.
Areas For Improvement:
– Reduce meta descriptions to 300 characters in length and include keywords once.
– Combine files to minimize the number of HTTP requests your site makes.
– Remove or defer any JavaScript or CSS that interferes with loading above-the-fold content.


Website Content Scores

8.0 overall sounds good to me.

Areas For Improvement:

  • Add width and height attributes to all image tags. The width and height you specify should be the same as the source image. If you want to resize an image in the browser, use CSS.
  • Encourage sharing of your content with social media buttons on articles and pages of your website. The amount of social activity a website should have depends very much on the type of website, its target audience, and how long it has been in operation.
  • Sign up for a Facebook page and make sure it is linked to from your site, or if you already have one make sure it is public.

Marketing has a lower than average score.
Because it is using a domain name registered in the past three months, pages on this website are likely to appear lower in search engine results than those from websites that have a more established domain name.
I must say I enjoy the colorful graphics and the word cloud presented in their report.

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57 A bit disappointing

Top priorities for :
– Promote your website on Social Media
– Get moe backlinks

W3C Validator

Checking the markup (HTML, XHTML, …) of my website has left me with Errors and warnings.
Just a bit too technical for me at this time.
I'll ignore this for now.

Clarity Grader

The Clarity Grader report analyzes the site for clear, transparent language.
They also check for consistent style using customizable bad and good language dictionaries.

Aim for 5% or lower Long sentences.
Long sentences exceed 20 words.
At 10.77% my content is 2.1 times the recommended level of 5%. [Bummer]
The message is likely buried in complex statements and run on sentences.

I enjoyed this exercise grading my site and its content.
The recommendations were useful but sometimes hard (for me) to follow up on.

I do, however, give language (passive voice, readability, average sentence length and long sentences) more thought.
Link building and using anchor texts is also part of my blogger vocabulary now.

Using Website Graders and Website Content Scores has made me better aware what is important when designing and promoting a blog and working on its content.

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