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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 she’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.

98 Comments

  • Michell says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing…VERY informative! I got a 78…so, I’ll be going back to the drawing board. Looks like I have to do a lot of brushing up on my SEOs(something I still don’t get), sigh! Again, thanks for sharing…have a wonderful week! πŸ˜‰

  • Angela says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. Looks like from my score that I have a LOT of work to do {something that I knew…lol}. It helps to find out things that I didn’t before and how best to improve on the things I did, like posting more often. Now to find the time… πŸ™‚

  • Vinma says:

    this is really good information. Thank you πŸ™‚

  • This is SO very cool! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • This is probably the most useful site of its kind I’ve seen recently. I am bookmarking this one! And it made me feel good about everything I’m doing, which is pretty sweet!

  • Sharon says:

    I had no idea this even existed! Thank you I’m off to learn and improve where need be!

  • Wow! This is a great resource to know what to work on to make my site better.

  • Laura says:

    My gradd actually went down πŸ™ Mainly because it says I’m only blogging every 11 days, but I’m in the middle of student teaching, and I have not had the time. After March, I’ll try to pick it back up.

  • Paulin says:

    WAW!!! I’ve used a few grader websites before but none of them have given me so much info and been so easy to understand. I am bookmarking this πŸ™‚

  • Whitney says:

    Once again, you show why we need this connection. This was so helpful, thank you very much!

  • Tabitha Vos says:

    This was really helpful. Didn’t do as bad as I thought I might, now I have to get busy on what I am doing wrong. Loved this, thank you for sharing!

  • The information this site provided was interesting, but I’m not sure if it is practical for me. I scored a 71 overall. Seems like this site really focuses on twitter. I do not have a twitter account. Keeping up with the blog, facebook, etc. seems like a lot of work already. Not sure if I should add twitter…any suggestions?

  • This is GREAT information, thank you! I’ve been doing a lot of brushing up on SEO and so far this is the best info I’ve come across.

  • BabsProjects says:

    Thank you for posting this site. Was looking for something like this. I scored 79% and it looks like I need to improve my Twitter interactions.

  • Best free tool ever! Really helps me understand where I need improvement. Thanks so much for posting this for us.

  • Denise says:

    Interesting site. It’s not really geared for plain old bloggers, so it misread a lot of stuff–like it thought that Link Within was my blog or that I didn’t have a blog. (Duh, it IS a blog.)

    It can’t seem to find all of my social media tools, which is odd, because I have a plug in that puts sharing links right on top of the posts. I also have links inside photos (like a photo of me with a twitter icon) that would be easier for a human to understand than a bot.

    STILL this article was enormously useful because I didn’t realize that the last time I tweaked my widgets for Facebook & Twitter I messed up the links…if anyone had actually tried to find me on Twitter or FB they couldn’t have.

    Pretty cool tool, all in all. I signed up for updates.

  • OneMommy says:

    Such an awesome tool!

    I definitely need to use more alt tags on all my pictures.

  • Crystal says:

    I also received a score of 85. My downfall seems to be Twitter. But in all honesty, if that is the platform where I see the fewest solid results and interactions, why would I not focus on those that are more beneficial? Confusing report – but insightful. Alt tags on all images! On my to-do list. πŸ™‚

  • Jenny says:

    Eh I don’t need to grade my blog, I already know it sucks πŸ˜‰

  • Kristen says:

    What a great tool! I got a 65% im not mad about it, my blog is still new. But it gave me tips on how to improve and Im going to use those.

  • TheFoodnatic says:

    Cool…lol…now I know for SURE that my site sucks. Lol…I was wondering if I should quit before our new baby comes in April. Now I know! =)

  • Jamie H says:

    We didn’t score that bad! Definitely some stuff to work on and we’ll get on it right away. Thanks so much for this invaluable tool!

  • Andrea B says:

    Oh! Thanks. I just looked this up and it was very informative.

    Great tip. πŸ™‚

  • Jennice says:

    I just graded my blog and I was actually surprised that I’m not doing too bad. Of course there are things I can improve on, and it pointed me in the right direction.

  • Thanks for recommending this great tool! I’m going to work on the “problem areas” after viewing my scores.

  • Gina says:

    This is really helpful! I got an 86, but I totally agree with their top three action steps. 2 have been on my To Do list forever. πŸ™‚

  • AJ says:

    This is amazing! Thanks so much!

  • Rina says:

    Thanks for sharing this website! My blog got a 74. Not horrible, but lots of room for improvement. Lots of blog to do for me!

  • What a great source of information. Nice and quick analysis. Thanks for sharing!

  • Emelie says:

    This is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Mindy says:

    Oh WOW, this is awesome! I got an 85 .. I think that’s pretty good, right? And now I know what I need to focus on. Amazing! I can’t wait to check this for all my blogs.

  • My blog got a 86/100. I’m happy and looking forward to working on the suggested improvements. Thanks for sharing!! Great tool!

  • Natalie says:

    Thanks for sharing this is good stuff! I pinned and tweeted it too!

    Looks like I have some work to do, luckily it doesn’t look too time consuming and will have a great impact.

  • Awesome tool! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Jen says:

    Well, my site got an 84/100. Thinking that’s not too bad.

  • Caryn Ross says:

    Thank you for sharing! This is great!

  • Jen says:

    Thanks for sharing this. For some reason I think I’ve used this before but I can’t remember. I’m off to give it a try. I have a feeling I have a lot to work on.

  • Nellie says:

    This is really awesome, thanks!

  • Tammy says:

    Easy to use and valuable information! Thanks!

  • ronnie says:

    WOW! Tons of information. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Jamie @ Roubinek Reality says:

    This is awesome information!! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try it out!

  • I think it is great and I’ve ran the report before. I wonder if I still have the old one so I can compare it to now? That would be cool. πŸ™‚

    • Ashley says:

      Pamela, we’d love to hear your thoughts on a comparison report! Keep us posted πŸ™‚

  • What a great tool. We have a “hub” collective here for people to be able to work in a creative environment together. All this time, I thought “hubspot” was the same thing. Not so much. Thanks!

  • Melanie says:

    wow this is awesome, thank you!!!

  • Score! Off to get our score right now! πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Cass J says:

    Very nice, thank you πŸ™‚ Some of this stuff is helpful to know and I previously didn’t know about it, so I can make things better on my blog. Yay!

  • Thanks, I tested my website and blog and both ranked really high. I just have to fix things like giving images alt tags. I’m a bit lazy about that. Thanks for this post.

  • Toni says:

    This is perfect! I have such a hard time keeping track of all the random blog things I should be doing, and this report will tell me exactly where I’ve been slipping. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Felicia says:

    This is a really cool tool! I’d never heard about it before, but I can see how it could be really helpful. It gave me some great tips that I hope to put to practice to better my blog.

  • I had no idea that a site like this even existed – thank you for this great information!