Category Archives: Analytics

Is my site indexed?

Here are a few useful tools that will provide various technical and SEO-related variables for a given website, including whether or not your website has been indexed by the major search engines and much more.

  1. Built With
  2. Compete
  3. About Us
  4. Quantcast
  5. Cubestat – Cubestat is a free tool for website value calculation, estimations and information. Simply enter the domain URL; our unique algorithm will calculate and estimate the website worth, daily pageviews, and daily ad revenue of the present domain.
  6. Whois Verify
  7. Alexa Site Info
  8. McAfee Site Advisor
  9. WHOIS Lookup at DomainTools.com
  10. About Domain
  11. Statbrain – This was running very slowly when I visited it on 20120119 at 15:10
  12. Who.is
  13. Robtex – Domain Name Server records
  14. http://411sites.com/ – no connect
  15. Website Figures – Website Figures is a free service that provides an array of information about other websites on the web. Website figures provides facts and estimates to allow you to gain insight into any website on the internet, how it performs, and why it performs how it does.
  16. Web Boar – WebBoar – sniffing out domain secrets… We’ve foraged the internet to sniff out information from search engines, WHOIS databases and DNS and keyword trackers – information we compile into a unique statistics service which is perfectly placed to help you find your competitors and expose their tricks. Everything in our 120 million records is completely free and updated daily – offering you only the very freshest of keyword, traffic and related page/IP address knowledge.

Other tools

  • The Free Dictionary – Free content for your website; this is much more than just a free dictionary

How fast does your home page load?

Measuring page load time with Pingdom Tools

Recently, my main “brain dump” blog – Another Day, Another Digression – has been hitting some kind of snag, causing the home page (or rather a portion of the home page) to load very slowly – unacceptably slowly. Thankfully, the content portion of the page loads quickly; it is the right-hand sidebar that takes so long to appear. I am talking long, as in several seconds.

I didn’t have a chance to examine this loading speed issue for several days after noticing it, but I finally got around to measuring the load time with a fantastic free online tool: Pingdom Tools, a free way to get a detailed report showing hundreds of readily measurable variables relating to web page load time, or what geeks call client-server conversation.

Pingdom Tools includes three main tests, all free:

  1. Full-Page Test
  2. DNS Health
  3. Ping and Traceroute

Test the Load Time of a Web Page: Enter a URL to test the load time of that page, analyze it and find bottlenecks

I was not happy to see the initial result: Your website is slower than 84% of all tested websites

Test #1: Another Day Another Digression (WordPress blog)
Performance grade: 84
Requests: 31
Load time: 9.10 s
Page size: 720.9 kb
Your website is slower than 84% of all tested websites

Test #2, same as above
Performance grade: 77
Requests: 42
Load time: 6.30 s
Page size: 895.9 kb
Your website is slower than 76% of all tested websites

Compare those to BWN, a static site of mine:

Test #3, BestWeb Nashville (static website)
Performance grade: 79
Requests: 20
Load time: 2.06 s
Page size: 337.5 kb
Your website is faster than 70% of all tested websites

Pingdom Tools allows users to download the HAR file, which is the client-server conversation data in HTTP Archive format – a file format similar to XML.

The most direct way for the typical PC user/power user to view and work with HAR files locally is to install the popular Firefox extension Firebug; however, since Firefox quit working on my ultra-finicky desktop PC a couple of days ago, I had to go with something that would work as a Chrome extension, so I installed Firebug Lite. According to some HAR info I was reading, a Firebug extension called NetExport is also necessary.

NetExport is a Firebug extension that allows exporting all collected and computed data from the Net panel. The structure of the created file uses HTTP Archive (HAR) format (based on JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation).

There’s also HAR Viewer:

HAR Viewer (HTTP Archive Viewer) is an online tool visualizing HTTP Archive (HAR) files produced by HTTP tracking tools. These files contain a log of HTTP client/server conversation and can be used for an additional analysis of e.g. page load performance.

Noted during these load time tests:

• Images really slow things down; 60% of the load time for ADAD was for images
• Apparently the PHP image rotation script takes up some of that image time; it has to choose one at random
• The PayPal link used 12% of the load time; Google Analytics, about 3%, Stats, about 3%
• The CSS file took 4% of the time

The DNS Health Test included a warning about each of the two name servers used for my Bluehost web hosting account:

Name server ns1.bluehost.com (74.220.195.31) is recursive.
The name server answers recursive queries for 3rd parties (such as DNSCheck). By making a recursive query to a name server that provides recursion, an attacker can cause a name server to look up and cache information contained in zones under their control. Thus the victim name server is made to query the attackers malicious name servers, resulting in the victim caching and serving bogus data.

Resources: Measuring webpage load time

HAR file format (HTTP Archive) resources

Tuesday, November 22, 2011