Founded in 2005, we're a strong boutique SEO consulting group with big experience and
industry recognition. We invite you to browse the site and learn more about who we are,
and more importantly, what we can bring to your business. Partner with us.
 
 
 

Google Adds Reading Levels To Listings

Articles from

Follow me on or Twitter (@billsebald)

Like this post?  Why not tweet it! 


Like us on Facebook for one daily SEO industry article in your newsfeed.

I found a new feature on Google.  If you click advanced search on the search page, you have a ‘reading level’ option. In the drop down, you can choose to annotate your search results. When you search, you can now see the reading level Google thinks these (and your) pages are at.

As a father of a six year old, this seems interesting.  It could potentially help me find pages that he would understand and enjoy.  Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work as I had hoped.  Apparently my about me page is at an intermediate reading level.  Hardly.  So is sesamestreet.com.  Wow.

Maybe this is just more Google fluff, and maybe it will improve.  But it has me wondering about the signals and algorithm that determines this labeling.   Are there any clues here for the reverse engineers to understand more how Google thinks?  Likely, Google would be very careful putting this out… but still.

Update: Looks like Google gave us a little insight. Looks like a model was built off decisions made by teachers. I’m now thinking this is simply another algorithm strand layered into the Google rope.



    Comments

    The comments are do-follow. However, any comments that use keyword anchor text as the name will be removed.

    1. Antonio Coleman
      January 6, 2011

      Yea..this is new to me also..Google have so much out there that this might be something they are just testing for now..

      “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

      Reply


    2. Antonio Coleman
      January 6, 2011

      Yea..this is new to me also..Google have so much out there that this might be something they are just testing for now..

      “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

      Reply