Google has launched a new feature that scores websites for reading level – categorised on Basic/Intermediate and Advanced levels. These aren’t turned on by default however should you wish to view the reading level of a particularly result these can be activated as follows:
- On the search results page, click Advanced Search below the search box.
- Next to “Reading level” within the “Need more tools” section, select your desired reading level (basic, intermediate, or advanced) or choose to show all results annotated with reading levels.
- Click Advanced search at the bottom of the page.
- At any time, you can click the X in the right corner of the blue bar beneath the search box to go back to seeing all results.
Its interesting however seeing this put to the test, particularly given this does not appear to be down to user feedback (at least at present).
How it is worked out I would like to work out – given the example below for Holistic Search’s most influential SEO in the UK Shaun Anderson. Its certainly page-level centric rather than domain level, looking at the results below.
Further to this, it would appear this isn’t just confined to news related sites. Results for other sites such as the search engines can also be broken down in terms of their reader level:
However strangely enough, the Yahoo result was slightly different
I have to say, its an improvement to the results pages something that hasn’t always been the case with many of the recent updates to the results pages. Further to this the ability to refine these by the nature of the content is a nice addition,something which should it be rolled out to a wider audience could really take off.