Blog Graders Tell You Whether or Not “Is This Thing On?”
So you have started writing a blog. Congratulations!
As Steve Martin aka The Jerk aka Navin Johnson excitedly announces when his name is published in the telephone directory, “I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this every day!”
If you don’t know how fast your site is loading, the keywords that are driving searches to your URL, or blogging screw-ups you are unwittingly making, you might as well take your blog content, print it out, and stick it in a drawer.
Just between us: Your blog may need a tune-up
This blog grader list is devoted to free tools to grade your blog
The list is updated as new tools appear (and old tools die). My advice: Bookmark the page. I check my grades all the time.
Shall we begin with the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about your blog?
Marketing Grader (formerly Blog Grader) was the inspiration for this page. Get a free blog grade and a “report card” on your successes and, ahem, areas for improvement.
Tools to grade your blog can be found in an article by Kimberly Turner
List of blog graders I use:
- Check whether your blog is compressed (important)
- Check your blog’s speed and performance at Web Page Optimization (a favorite)
- Test Your Blog’s Readability
- WooRank found among several blog graders in an article by Rebecca Haden
- Check speed, DNS health, ping and tracer route and other stuff
- 10 tools to check loading speed (see below for favorites)
- Check loading time all over the world! (recommended)
- Pingdom: Check your speed and see load time of each element (recommended)
- See what your site looks like to search robots
- Checks repeat loads (caching)
- An article on Google’s Page Speed Service
- Your official loading time according to Google
- Here’s another speed checker
- Load Impact Not altogether clear what this one does, but sure is impressive.
This site is not affiliated with these advanced blog grade products below, which do have paid upgrades. I use the free versions and you should, too.
Semrush offers some amazing free data on your blog’s success (highly recommended)
SEO Quake gives you a free toolbar to check your blog’s SEO stats on the fly (highly recommended)
Alexa shows you the top search terms coming to your blog, and what future topics and titles would be hot for YOU (highly recommended)
Would you like to get another backlink and maybe a reader or two? Promote your blog right here on BlogsNewsReviews using the fabulous CommentLuv plugin.
Loading speed: cherished by robots and humans! See this eye-opening article on how your photos may be KILLING your blog
Any great blog graders not on the list? Please leave a comment!
Bonus speed checker→ How fast is your internet connection?