How to Check Article Quality: Best Free Readability Tools
In my last post, I talked about free tools that can help you become an efficient writer. In this article, I will be giving you a list of tools which can help you determine if your article is of good quality or if you need to modify it to improve its readability.
For a blogger, quality of an article is of extreme importance. Every blogger strives to cater to large segments including readers from the various geographical location. Their reader may include people of different age group. In order to stay relevant for all these different users, it is important to know if your article has good readability. There are many ways to find out if your article is of good readability or not. Good readability score gives you an idea if people will find your article easy to read or not.
To find out good readability score, there are few methods available such as Flesch–Kincaid readability tests, Gunning fog index, Coleman Liau Index, Automated readability index and SMOG etc. You should look into these methods for better understanding of readability. This will also help you write better articles. Let us now start going through few of the freely available tools on the internet. The list is not made in any preference order.
Read-able lets you calculate the readability test scores using various methods. You may enter the URL of your web page and it will do the job for you. You can also directly paste your content and know the results. It also lets you put a code on your website (referrer) and from there visitors can check the readability score.
Bookmarklet feature given on the website is another method to check the article quality. Save the bookmarklet and click it while browsing any website to know the readability score. The Good thing about read-able is that it also explains the results.
This is a very simple tool with the color coding. On the left side, you have Green color which means is all good. The more you move towards right, the redder it turns indicating you to improve your article.
JuicyStudio provides a reading tool that can be used to analyze the readability of a web page or a website. It gives you the option to fetch results by URL only, so sometimes results may not be that accurate. The Good thing about this readability tool is that it explain’s in detail about the readability scores such as Gunning Fog Index, Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade.
Here you can paste your content or provide the URL and online utility checks readability based on Coleman Liau index, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index) and SMOG. The idea behind the final score is an indication of the number of years of formal education to read and understand the article in the first attempt. The more complex sentence will have low readability score and simpler sentences will have higher readability score.
It also gives you a list containing complex sentences for which you may consider rewriting for better readability.
This tool lets you directly paste your text content and gives statistics about a text including word count; unique words; a number of sentences; average words per sentence; lexical density; and the Gunning Fog readability index.
Free usage allows users to paste content up to 10,000 words. It has Advanced Text Analyser which gives a more detailed report.
Using Textalyser users can upload a file from their computer, directly paste the content or provide the URL. This tool gives the detailed statistics of provided text which users such as translators (quoting) or webmasters (ranking) may find very useful, to know the subject of a text. It can also analyze the words groups using the keyword density and analyse the prominence of word or expressions.
As I have pointed out there are a number of tools available for free. But which one do you need to use? For this, you will need to answer a few questions, such as what is your purpose? Are you using it for webmaster tools? or using it translate a document? or you just need to find out the word analysis such as keyword density.
Whatever is your purpose, if you want to create good articles with great readability, you should try to learn readability index such as Flesch–Kincaid readability tests, Gunning fog index, Coleman Liau Index, Automated readability index and SMOG etc.
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