ICANN Drop Your Domain

If you've ever taken a look at more competitive SERPs, you've likely run into the completely bogus whois data that's used to preserve anonymity. This is frustrating but makes sense; no-one wants to be directly linked to spam-fuelled domains, and spammers don't want to link their domains together. Interestingly, this opens the domains up to a serious vulnerability. You're breaking the rules if you provide fake whois information, and breaking these rules (even accidentally) can get your site disabled, and even make your domain name available for purchase by others. In this blog post we're going to report one of my own domains to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Here's the ICANN procedure in brief: For our test, I've registered fakewhois.xyz (you can [...]

Bulk Inspect http Response Headers

There are plenty of SEO reasons you might want to look at http headers. Google love offering them as an alternative implementation for a number of directives, including: Vary: User-Agent Canonical Hreflang Implementation X-Robots (noindex, nofollow) Link: <http://es.example.com/>; rel="alternate"; hreflang="es" Link: <http://www.example.com/>; rel="canonical" X-Robots-Tag: googlebot: nofollow Vary: User-Agent If anyone's doing anything a little sneaky, you can sometimes spot it in the file headers. There are a number of tools that let you inspect single headers, including your browser (press F12 and poke about to get something like the following). When you need to check which pages on a domain aren't returning the correct hreflang headers, this method [...]