bookofjoe's Nielsen rating is over 90%.
Jakob Nielsen's rating, that is, from his book. I bought this book after reading strong recommendations for it in several places. Also, I know Nielsen is considered the "uber-guru" of website design.
I love the author's hubris re: the value of his book. In the introduction, he points out that his web consulting firm, Nielsen Norman Group, charges a minimum of $10,000 for a useability review of a homepage.
Therefore, "Because this book contains 50 reviews, we've been joking that its value is $500,000 for the readers. Makes the cover price [$39.95] seem cheap, wouldn't you say?"
I agree completely. Well worth the money (only $27.99 at amazon).
It's so much fun just to read the deconstruction of the 50 websites - the good, the bad, and the ugly - that this book offers.
So many things I find stupid, distasteful, or bizarre on the sites of so many major companies, especially those in the information or computer industries who certainly should know better, are here skewered most delightfully. But I digress.
Nielsen offers 113 specific guidelines. You get 1 point for each one you meet, one-half point for partial compliance, and 0 for complete failure. You don't score guidelines that don't apply.
For example, I don't score the guidelines re: advertising since I don't have any - yet. I don't have animation or flash, so the guidelines re: these things don't apply.
Also, the book is directed at business and ecommerce: all 50 sites reviewed are of this type.
Nevertheless, bloggers can benefit immensely from the book, since many aspects of a blog - title, site nature and purpose, window title, links, URL, archives, search, navigation, layout and design, advertising, credits, technical problems and emergencies, dates and times, etc., apply to blogs.
Here's how the scoring of the guidelines test works:
Above 80%: "Consider youself in good shape, though you might want to make a few minor fixes to areas where you have violated guidelines."
Between 50% and 80%: "start a redesign project to produce a new homepage. Your current homepage is definitely not a disaster, but it is bad enough that isolated modifications to individual areas will not suffice."
Below 50%: "Abandon your current site and start over from scratch."
"The perfect website will probably follow about 90-95% of the useability guidelines and do something different, but appropriate, in the remaining cases."
Dare I say that bookofjoe is perfect according to this extraordinarily strict taskmaster, known for being extremely rigid, perfectionistic, and demanding?