After looking for ways to evaluate my website, I've discovered a wonderful tool - SiteBeam. They have a free test. I recommend you give it a try.
All you have to do is sign up, submit your URL, and wait a few minutes. The free test allows up to five URL submissions.
I tried the test for my web site and blog, ASK Harriete, . . . and then learned the harsh reality - my web site needs work.
What distinguished this web site testing service is that it does not present a simplistic single numberical value indicating the overall effectiveness of your site. Instead, SiteBeam measures many factors with a score.
The free test offers information on multiple categories:
- broken links
- content keywords
- W3C compliance
- social interest
- broken files
- incoming links
- url format
- link states
- search engine results
- alternative text
- visual interest
- image usage
- search ranking
The free test examined my main directory pages, not the complete web site (I have a lot of pages), but it offered enough information that I have weeks of work to do to improve my web site. I also ran my blog ASK Harriete through the free test.
While I am a rank amateur in web design and SEO (Search Engine Optimization), this test raised my awareness for many SEO evaluation standards. I didn't know that links from social networks, spelling, titles, headers, or image ALT text (descriptions of your images) had such important impact in evaluating my site. (Since this was a free test, many results were withheld.) Still, I have lots of information to work with in the next weeks.
TEST YOUR WEB SITE or Blog.
UPDATE 2013: This post was created in Janurary 2012. Since then I have learned about free tools provided with Google Webmaster Tools in my 2012-2013 series on improving SEO. Find all ASK Harriete posts on Search Engine Optimization for artists and crafts people with this link.Harriete Estel Berman