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Calculate Your Website Grade With This FREE Tool

By Feb 11, 2013July 8th, 201498 Comments

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Do you know how well your site is doing? We’ve got an Internet resource that can actually tell you your website grade for FREE!

One of the largest factors involved in a successful blog (along with excellent content, of course) is the site itself. It is important to ensure great content, readability, interest, and blog design are prominent when users are visiting your site for the first time. Once you create the fabulous content on a regular basis, you want to be sure it is easy to find, optimized, and easily shareable.

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Understanding Your Website Grade

Grader.com, otherwise known as a web grader, is an excellent tool to determine the effectiveness of your blog or web site. To get started, simply visit the website and enter your domain name.

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Within seconds, grader.com will generate a comprehensive report reviewing your site and calculating a website grade. There are several sections in this report, which break down the variety of components involved in a website. It will check if you have a blog, your social media presence, page descriptions…even your images! Remember, this is all automatically generated by crawling your site, so if a few things are confusing, it’s all about how your site is “read”.

Improve Your Blog Based on Your Website Grade

The first thing your website grade report will show you will be a compilation of where to find you: your site’s url, the feed address associated with it, your Facebook page (or profile) and your Twitter handle. Then, the site breaks down your review into three sections:

  1. “Top of the Funnel”
  2. “Middle of the Funnel”
  3. Analytics

The web grader will give you the top three action items for the top of the funnel, such as adding alt tags to your images. The report will analyze your titles (are they the appropriate length? Unique?), ease of use, and SEO among other details. You want to pay attention to this section, as you want to be sure search engines can find your site.

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The SEO section provides a lot of great insights, including how many of your individual pages are indexed by search engines, how many other sites link to you, and even lists some of the influential sites that link to you, as well as analyze the mobile aspects of your site. It will even read if you are using Google Analytics on your site (which you should be) in addition to the myriad of other details. Using these insights, you can optimize your site and encourage the most interaction possible.

With just a few clicks and a few minutes, you can see where your blog needs to improve. While some of the changes will take time to take effect and show a difference, others can be done right away. Head on over to grader.com to see what shape your blog is in!

Let us know what you think of this resource! What might you improve based on your website grade?

About Ashley Abele

Ashley is a mom of 3 young children, social media consultant and blogger. She focuses on strategizing for bloggers and small businesses to help them reach their online potential and subsequent sales potential as cofounder of Other Half Media. When sheโ€™s not busy creating blogger outreach programs, email or social media campaigns, she blogs her life, parenting, and frequent moves at My Front Porch Swing. Connect on @AshleyNAbele on Twitter and on Facebook.


  • I have a 52, I know that I need to do better with a lot of things…I need to learn how to get people come and make comments on my website. However, we live and learn…I will keep trying!!!

  • I ask all my friends to visit this blog. and I hope they will definitely like..

  • MommaO says:

    Wow – I only got a 51! Time to do some work!
    What a great resource! Again, I am learning so much about this blogging world – thanks so much for sharing this resource! Just another tool to help me focus in on my efforts and make my web real estate what I want it to be!

  • Thanks for sharing this useful tool! I only got a 72 ๐Ÿ™ My social side is not doing so well and that is exactly what I have been complaining about that no one is sharing my posts on facebook or on twitter. It’s really depressing when I see that my posts haven’t been even commented on but it still doesn’t stop me! I love to write and share my thoughts in hope to help someone in the end.

  • Kari says:

    This is amazing!!!
    I got an 86 and I was so excited!
    I got a B!!
    Now, I would have been happier with an A but I will study harder next time. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Wow! That was a very helpful too, thank you!

  • I have tried a few of this type of analytics and this was the easiest to understand. I have to look up one suggestion, but other than that it was a dream.

  • HOW did I not know that this “Grader” existed?? SUCH a great tool. Thank you for sharing!

  • abcmama says:

    Wow. That is an awesome tool. This is my first month blogging and it really helped me see what I need to work on if I want to create a successful blog. Thanks!

  • Aditya Singh says:

    Awesome Tool. This will help my site to grow a lot. Nice Tips

  • Such an awesome site!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 89 baby! I am stoked by that! Clearly I am doing something right!

  • Nidhan says:

    Hi Ashely , I have setup a new WordPress blog . I have been working on this for the last 2 months. I am going pretty well in Alexa ranking and hope to get good page rank in the upcoming month of march . I think the free web promotion tool that you have described above is gonna help me allot . I am sure to get good rankings in this one. Thanks .

  • Renee says:

    Incredible!!! Thank you for this!

  • Ashley, love this! Thanks for the lead.

  • Great tool, I’m doing pretty good and will work on the tips. Thanks a lot.

  • This info is great! My grade is a 77 ๐Ÿ™ It was better than I thought it would be but NOT what I want it to be. Now I have a new to-do list!

  • Wow this website tool is soo cool! Sounds absolutely amazing. can’t wait to try out this great, free web tool!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. I scored better than I thought I would and it gave me a lot of great recommendations to make that grade go up. I was such a sucker for good grades in school {*nerd alert*}, so I think checking this site every 3-6 months will keep me motivated.


  • Grace says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I got an 85….eeek! Definitely need to work on Twitter and tagging photos!

  • Kelly says:

    Well I did much much better than I thought I would. Now I have a new to-do list of items to cover for my blog.

  • Thanks for sharing. I am kind of scared to get graded. Ok, here it goes!

    Julie @ Naptime Review

  • I actually scored better than I thought, which surprised me. It did make me aware of some missed opportunities, so I now I know the areas that need to improve on, which is a great help!! A brilliant tool, thanks for sharing!! xx

  • I received an 81 overall. It’s a nice beginning. Thanks for the information.


  • Grace says:

    This is such a great tool! Thanks for sharing this. I scored better than I expected but now I know exactly what I need to do to improve.
    Thanks again!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I was pleasantly surprised. You rock!

  • I scored better on this than I thought! I do well with Twitter but not with analytics. Something to work with – thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JEAN says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you,
    This has helped me more than I can say. I must improve my ratings. I got some great insight and have fixed a few things. My viewership increased by 50 with just the little tweeks I made. Blessings, Jean

  • Stefanie says:

    Thank you, thank you so very much for this!

    I guess I hadn’t realized how much my site was lacking when it came to accessibility for mobile users. I definitely have something I need to focus on improving! Thanks very much for pointing me towards this tool! I will definitely keep an eye on it as I make changes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Leslie says:

    I was actually surprised at how high my rank was! I was NOT surprised that I was told to engage more on Facebook. But I wonโ€™t get started on a FB tirade right here and now. Letโ€™s just say thereโ€™s more than one reason I donโ€™t engage much there.

  • Charlotte says:

    Uhm, this is pretty amazing! Thank you so much for this! Great to know which elements on my blog need the most help. THANK YOU!

  • Sue says:

    This is interesting. I got an 84 – I have to look at this some more and see what I can do to improve. Thanks for the info.

  • Teresa says:

    Thanks for the link and the info about the website grader. I have signed up so I will get regular updates to see how it’s doing and how I can improve. My website scored 85 so I have work to do but I’m really pleased with that as a starting point!

  • Kim says:

    I got an 81 on my main blog. Interesting. I do need to use Twitter more often though. Not a big fan of it though which makes things kind of sucky.

    It also said I go an average of 54 days between posts which seems off. Lately I’m posting once a week or once every two weeks. My class schedule and other things going on have made me a lazy blogger. Oops!

  • Scarlet says:

    I haven’t tried this nifty tool yet but I love stuff by hubspot. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Thanks so much for sharing. I used grader.com to grade the nonprofit I was previously directing but didn’t think to measure my blog’s marketing with it until I saw your post!

  • Thanks for sharing such a great resource. The Sits Girls are amazing!

  • Holy smokes! Thanks for this…I loved it. I even signed up for the weekly updates. You gals are the best!

  • Heather says:

    This is great! Thank you so much for providing this. I still have so much to learn!

  • Kate says:

    Wow, thanks for this! Great information! I scored a respectable (I think?!) 79. I need to post more often, use shorter titles, and somehow get other people to tweet about my posts. I can work on the first two, not quite sure how I will improve on the third one but this was all helpful info!

  • I received a much better grade than I thought I would. Yay! It is so helpful to have a few action steps to jump on.

  • Tonya Staab says:

    This was great, thank you.

    I got an 88, although I did find that it told me I didn’t have things such (for example email subscription available to readers) which I do have and have checked that it is working fine. It gave me great tips though on things that I could improve – there’s always room for improvement, right :).

  • Yesterfood says:

    This was extremely helpful- thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate says:

    This is great, thanks so much for sharing this!!

  • Amazing tips, thanks so much for sharing! I guess I have lots to do tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is awesome! What a great tool. There were 3 items they didn’t detect correctly, but even with those my score was an 85! Not too shabby!

  • Kristen says:

    This is great! Thanks for sharing! I scored better than I thought I would. Apparently, Twitter is just killing me. I got nice big red Xs on everything related to Twitter. I know I need to work on that, this just confirms it!