Testing my blog’s development

I’m picking up on the post from Lorelle on her Lorelle on WordPress blog about testing your blogs development. She lists a set of links you can test your blog on, and see what sort of results are returned. So without further ado:
Live Google PageRankResults
An average pagerank of 2.7, which considering that when I started the blog a few months back, pagerank was essentially 0, is not bad going. Pagerank is one measure I would like to test on again in 6 months time and see where I stand then.

Visual PageRankResults
This is a good tool, shows the pagerank of every single link on a page. I note that I don’t seem to be quoting many major sites in terms of links in a post generally, if I was wanting to live by pagerank alone, I should have more links, and to higher ranking sites. I know that is by no means the only path to improving pagerank, but this tool does highlight the relative merit of your links.

Google Cache Tool
This checks to see what internal links have been cached by google, having read through the front page of the blog. According to this, 3 out of 7 have. Not sure if I would need to get the rest cached, but it is caching the main url of the site, which is what I would want.

Spider ViewResults
Okay, as a topic I’ve discussed several times on here, I checked Ubuntu as a keyword on the site. This showed that I’ve mentioned it 18 times on the front page as it stands.

AlexaResults
3 results here. I’ve found personally that Alexa is a bit sniffy in some senses, as they profess to only be interested in the top 100,000 websites, rather than providing information beyond this. Also, their ratings depend in part on users installing spyware, which isn’t really the ideal way forwards.

Search Position CheckerResults
I know from a little while ago that one of my most successful posts on this blog was a simple little explanation of how to install realplayer on Ubuntu. I was getting at one point 20 hits a day direct from google for the post. So I used this tool to search for the keywords ubuntu realplay edgy, and see where I am ranked. It shows no results for google, which suggests it may be a bit borked, as a manual search shows I am #2 for that search on google. It does show me as 5th on MSN and 11th on Excite.

Link Popularity CheckerResults
Important to remember here that I am only searching on graemehunter.co.uk, not www.graemehunter.co.uk, which does get very different results. Note that google shows no results at all for the www version. I use google sitemaps to submit the version without the www, but have been meaning for a while to sort out with www. This underlines it needs doing, and that each can be treated very differently by search engines. At least 3 search engines there see over 100 results with the www.

Keyword Analysis ToolResults
This shows the frequency of words throughout a page. So for the front page of here, as I had guessed previously, Ubuntu was the most regular, followed by WordPress and product. Again, if I was targeting a particular audience, I would want to up this count in certain areas.

Google Webmasters Site Status Test
This confirms that I am included in the Google index, and that I was last indexed on the 9th February. I can get a lot more detail once I log into the Google webmaster tools, and I may well do this as a seperate exercise to blog on here soon, going through the results and seeing what they show.

So there are a good range of tools here to check how search engines view your site. Do note by the way that the results I have referred to will change once I publish this post.

8 responses to “Testing my blog’s development”

  1. You’ve given some good hints, but I want to know how this information is going to change how you blog.

    Thanks for accepting the challenge.

  2. You’ve given some good hints, but I want to know how this information is going to change how you blog.

    Thanks for accepting the challenge.

  3. Hi Lorelle, thanks for dropping by! Well I think the first way it will change how I blog is that I will link more throughout my posts. I always tend towards linking because I have to, rather than offering additional links through the course of a post that could be of use to readers, and of course could help with page rank. It also made it abundantly clear that areas where I am “successful” in search terms are in no small part due to keywords and repetition, so if I am writing a post on a particular topic, I am definitely going to be more aware of my use of words.

  4. Hi Lorelle, thanks for dropping by! Well I think the first way it will change how I blog is that I will link more throughout my posts. I always tend towards linking because I have to, rather than offering additional links through the course of a post that could be of use to readers, and of course could help with page rank. It also made it abundantly clear that areas where I am “successful” in search terms are in no small part due to keywords and repetition, so if I am writing a post on a particular topic, I am definitely going to be more aware of my use of words.

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