Category Archives: Technical SEO

TripleChecker: a Spelling, Grammar, and Broken Link Scanning Service

I discovered TripleChecker recently, when they did a freebie intro scan of my site and found a whole bunch of typos and broken links. Their interface makes it easy to see what’s wrong, and links to the page with the problem. Super helpful at keeping your site clean, professional, and functioning as it should. Have it check your website monthly (up to 1000 pages) for $14.99/month, or weekly (up to 2,500 pages) for $19.99/month. Sure, you can manually do a crawl test regularly with something like Screaming Frog to find the broken links, and you can go page by page and feed the text into a tool like Grammarly, but this wraps it all in a neat package that you don’t have to remember to do each month. I liked it enough, I added it to my Resources menu, and to my standard set of site audit recommendations. TripleChecker logo

Google indexing pages despite explicitly blocked in robots.txt

UPDATE: I had always (wrongly) thought that Google wouldn’t index pages that were blocked in robots.txt. But John Mueller clarified this for me (thank you John): robots.txt will control the crawling BUT NOT the indexing. Good explanation of that is here: —————- Google is now sometimes indexing pages DESPITE explicitly being blocked in robots.txt: Google Search Console report showing blocked pages indexed anyways The screenshot above is from the new Search Console index coverage report, and shows that Google is choosing to index 36 pages that they see are explicitly blocked in robots.txt.

Hacking Google MyMaps

One of my clients discovered this latest dirty trick for ranking, and it’s being used by dirtbags who have pirated content from legit publishers. If you do this search, you’ll see the 3 of the top organic listings are from a very trusted domain…Google.com. The problem is, each of these is a user-generated MyMaps page, and it’s just a crappy page with a link to the download and some text. Google MyMaps hack

Reporting this to Google now…and, the publisher of the legit content is submitting a DMCA take-down.