A wise person once said, “We’re all in the same room—the room for improvement.” That couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to websites. But while we should always be brainstorming ways to improve their performance, it’s not always easy to spot problem areas or opportunity gaps on our own.
That’s where website grader tools come in handy, since they perform evaluations for you and provide actionable reports based on the findings. Today, let’s look at 11 free website graders for content, search engine optimization, accessibility, and other aspects of websites including marketing.
SEO is complex. It takes a lot of work to get on the first page of Google and stay there. If you’re not a pro, it’s tough to accurately determine how you’re doing with it. And even if you are, it’s helpful to have tools to double-check that you’ve covered all your bases.
This is where Google PageSpeed Insights comes in. It’s a page speed grader that scores your mobile and desktop sites based on the number and severity of performance issues, including your Core Web Vitals—which came onto the scene in spring 2021 with the page experience update.
Its report tells you how to improve your Core Web Vitals and take advantage of opportunities, such as:
Some page speed optimization techniques are simple enough for beginners to do themselves. However, other things you may want some expert help with for best results.
While Core Web Vitals are important, they’re only a subset of a long list of Google ranking factors—both technical and content—that you need to optimize your site for if you want to increase traffic.
While all-in-one SEO and keyword research tools like Ahrefs and Semrush can help with your SEO content optimizations, the reports are comprehensive and require knowledge of much more than just the SEO basics to understand them.
The report prioritizes the results, puts them into plain language for you, and you can click on each result to get an explanation with action items.
WebFX’s SEO Checker grades your website based on a similar set of factors, including:
Based on these factors, it assigns your site an SEO score of between zero and 100, with 70 to 100 being the ideal range.
The full report then goes on to provide actionable recommendations, many of which you can use right away.
Next up we have website content graders. These graders don’t evaluate your content against direct SEO ranking factors, but the readability of your copy. Readability impacts how long users stay on your page, whether they return, and how they engage with it—all of which factor into your rank.
VT Writer (formerly Clarity Grader) allows you to upload and analyze documents and portions of text or, even better, just pop in your domain and get a full page or website analysis.
It can help you make your content clearer and easier to read by calling your attention to:
To make adjustments easier to implement, VT Writer shows the piece of content referenced for each recommendation. That way, you don’t have to sift through your content to find and change it. Plus, it often gives specific suggestions for improvement as well.
While you need to sign up to use this tool, you can get insights on up to 10,000 web pages or documents within 14 days with the free account.
Hemingway Editor isn’t a typical website or marketing grader that you pop a website URL into and get an audit report from. It’s designed to help you optimize individual pages. However, it does provide a readability rating based on the reading grade level of your content.
On a more granular level, this rating relates to:
While there’s a one-time fee for the desktop version of Hemingway, the web app is a 100% free tool.
No matter who lands on your site—individuals with disabilities included—everyone should be able to enjoy a positive, seamless user experience. How do you know if your site delivers that kind of experience? There are graders for that!
Accessibility Test allows you to test both single pages and full sites. It analyzes and scores both using thousands of tests from four leading accessibility tools and resources. It identifies and provides recommendations for a variety of problems, including:
It even provides context examples so you know where on your site or page these issues appear and can fix them quickly.
The free version of SortSite checks 10 pages and images, which makes it ideal for small business websites. While it technically also evaluates browser compatibility, search engine issues, W3C standards issues, and usability problems, its accessibility checker is excellent. It identifies:
The report, of course, also explains how to correct problems and what page they’re found on. Granted, some of the language for more technical aspects of the report like CSS can be tricky to understand if you’re not familiar with them. But there are plain English explanations as well, which are helpful.
Your website doesn’t just exist to look pretty; it’s meant to be a cornerstone of your business’s growth strategy. Here are some more website graders to help you figure out whether your current site is fulfilling that important role.
Each section contains a dropdown with more information. There you’ll find your ranking for individual tests, dealing with a huge list of specific metrics like Facebook activity, coding errors, your site’s printability, etc.
Nibbler is a great website grader tool to help you get a sense of what areas your website could improve on, with a colorful, in-depth, free report.
DareBoost is another powerful grader tool and offers one of the most in-depth 100% free reports (no email or free trial required). Providing an overall quality score, as well as scores and data for each, it shows how your site stacks up against best practices for:
It then outlines key areas you should focus on, listing priorities and explaining how to implement best practices.
Unlike other tools, DareBoost allows you to simulate the way your website performs for users in different geographical locations and on different devices. So, ultimately, you’ll be able to take a more well-rounded, comprehensive approach to optimizing your site. That way, all users can enjoy a great experience. As a result, you can enjoy a stronger web presence and get a higher return on investment from your marketing efforts.
HubSpot Website Grader gives your website an overall score out of 100, as well as individual grades for:
For each of those categories, the personalized report explains what your site scores well on, as well as what you could improve and how. It even directs you to short, free lessons on improving various aspects of site performance including site ranking.
Because its reports are straightforward and use plain language, this website grader from HubSpot is great if you’re not an expert marketer and want insights and recommendations presented clearly.
Last up is a tool for more technically inclined people. The W3C Validator tool is an easy way to identify errors and warnings related to your HTML code. It provides line-by-line breakdowns of issues like:
If you’re not a coding pro planning to implement the needed improvements yourself, this will at least give a starting point for scoping your project and hiring someone with coding knowledge and skills.
With free graders for everything from content and SEO to accessibility and marketing, it’s easier than ever to pinpoint areas of your website that need improvement.
To recap, here are the best free website graders available right now:
Use these tools as guides to start making changes today that will help increase your website’s ranking, traffic, and conversions tomorrow. In fact, why not give LOCALiQ’s website grader a go right now? In minutes, you can have a clearer picture of how your site and online presence stack up to competitors, and how you can gain or increase your edge!
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