Blog Readabilty Test (Mini-Series Part 1)

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As part of a new mini series, i'm going to look into different websites that can help you improve, maintain and find useful information about your website. This mini series which should last about 5 parts will cover major and minor aspects about your site. If you want a specific section to be included please leave a comment. This first one is all about how well your website reads.

Readability tests are designed to test your website by matching and analyzing the words that are present. All though the data which they create (as shown below) is not immediately useful it can be used to gauge how well your website can respond to your readers. Ideally you want a website that every one can read (assuming you want one that can be read by anyone). So if you get a response saying that you need a graduate degree to read it you know something isn't 100% right, although the checker could be wrong.

The two websites that I have found that provide good information is "The Blog Readability Test" and "Readability Test"

The blog readability test over at Criticsrant is easy on the eye and tells you your website score straight and true (you will see the difference in a moment between the two). When putting in The Powell Blog I got a result of Junior High.

The second readability test which I find particularly good is Juicy Studio's readability test. It doesn't offer a simple "This is your score" but it does offer more detailed information and the ability to look up your results in a table. Its useful because it offers information about the length of words, syllables, average sentence length. Heres my results of The Powell Blog.

As a result looking up the "Gunning Fog Index" (you have to do a bit more of your own work) i've ended up with a result of Time/ Wall Street Journal, which I think is a bit higher.

Finally these test are by no means the be all and end all about how your website reads. Each test uses a different algorithm to find your results. These are useful for basic facts and can be good to tweak your website for best impact and ease of reading. Remember this, unless your website is for scientific proof many people do not want to read long sentences. They want. Short. Snappy. Sentences to easily divulge.