In the past few weeks, Google released a search filter that lets you rank websites for readability by using its search engine.
I’m a writer. I can’t resist.
You just add the word site and a colon (site:) in front of the URL for the website you want to rate (site:msdn.microsoft.com) and Google will give you a simple rating for the site.
Each rating includes a percentage for basic, intermediate and advanced. You can get a graphical representation (pictured below) by going into Google’s advanced search menu and selecting, “annotate results with reading levels” from the drop down box.
Google had this to say about how they rank the pages:
The feature is based primarily on statistical models we built with the help of teachers. We paid teachers to classify pages for different reading levels, and then took their classifications to build a statistical model. With this model, we can compare the words on any webpage with the words in the model to classify reading levels. We also use data from Google Scholar, since most of the articles in Scholar are advanced.
It’s pretty simple stuff, but it’s fun to play with.
Looks like I’m going to have to step up my game!