Do you know your blog writing is an integral part of on page SEO? Do you know there is something call readability SEO?
What is Readability Level?
Readability has different meaning, but let me put straight away for writers and bloggers. It’s easyness of reading your article. According to Wiki, readability means:
Readability is the ease in which text can be read and understood. Various factors to measure readability have been used, such as “speed of perception,” “perceptibility at a distance,” “perceptibility in peripheral vision,” “visibility,” “the reflex blink technique,” “rate of work” (e.g., speed of reading), “eye movements,” and “fatigue in reading.”
There are many ways to calculate readability level of any text and article online. Here are some of the most commonly used readability tests:
- Flesch Reading Ease
- Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level
- Coleman-Liau Index
- Gunning-Fog Index
Now, these tests have a different formula to check the readability level and calculate the readability score. For example, here is a simple explanation of Flesch Reading Ease score:
- 90.0-100.0 : – Easily understood by an Avg. 11 yr. old student
- 60.0-70.0:- 13-15-year-old students
- 0.0 – 30.0: Best for university graduates <Via>
I have shared Readability Calculator below, use it to calculate the reading score of your article on different reading index. For those who are not aware of the fact, readability is one of those signals, which Google uses for ranking of your site and a poor reading level is somewhat I suggest you to avoid all the time.
How to check your Website Readability level in Google?
Here is a simple Google query, which you can use to check your Website reading level, and you can work on it to make better. Go to Google.com and type site:domain.com and on the left bar, click on more results and select “Reading level” under all results. You will will see a result like this:
Now, here are reading level of Mashable and Labnol. Notice the difference due to the level of writing:
Now, go ahead and check how Google sees your blog reading level.
Online Readability Calculator Site:
If you are using MS Word or Outlook, you can refer to this Knowledgebase to enable the readability check option. For now, MS Office supports only Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level at this time. Here is one useful online web tool call Online-utility document readability calculator which you can use here, and it’s free to test the level of reading the different reading index.
Using this Reading level calculator is just copying pasting your text or directly add the web page link and it will calculate the score on a different index like SMOG, ARI, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level & Coleman Liau Index. A sample result will look like this and below the result, it will also show you the suggestions to improve reading level of your article.
The best part about this tool is, it will also suggest you which sentences can be re-written to improve your score, and it will create a huge different in the long run. Moreover, your article can be understood by a larger demographics with better reading score. Another tool, which you can try is readable, which is also very handy and useful.
So, if you are first time coming across through “Readability for SEO“, I suggest you to not only work on Onpage optimization and writing high-quality articles, but put a little stress on reading level of your article.
Must use tool: Grammarly
English is not my native language, and my writing would not be same as without Grammarly. This Chrome addon (Also have web app) let you check your writing for grammatical mistakes. It also suggest alternate words, which further make your writing powerful. This is a free tool (Paid version offers advance feature), which you can start using it right now.
Bonus tool: Hemingway
I recently discovered this tool, which I believe every blogger should use. This tool offers free online editor, which shows how hard it is to read the content. It also shows the reading grade of an article. Before I edited this article, you can see the reading score in above screenshot.
Here are some of the other articles, which will help you in proof-reading and improving your articles:
- After the deadline: Grammar check plugin for WordPress
- Tools to improve English Grammar for Bloggers
- Tips to improve writing skills