New SEO Tool: Website Health Check Tool

Nov 6th

The Website Health Check tool aims to provide a simple and intuitive interface to seeing if your site has any major SEO issues. The site queries Google to grab pages you have indexed in Google, and looks for issues amongst the first 1,000 results.

If your site is exceptionally large, you can use the date based filters to view a sample of recently indexed pages in Google to see if there are any duplication issues amongst those pages.

Questions Answered by the Website Health Check Tool

  • Is Google indexing your site? Are they quickly indexing your new pages?
  • Do you have duplicate content pages getting indexed in Google?
  • Do you have canonical URL issues?
  • Are any of your pages in Google missing page titles?
  • Does your server send correct error messages?

Feedback Needed

This tool is in beta. Please leave feedback below.

I sent the programmer this URL and he would love to get your feedback on what you think of it. We are looking to have version two out before the end of the month.

Features We Are Looking to Add

  • Allow you to search for not just a site, but a site and a keyword, like [seobook.com seo]
  • Add indexed page counts from all major global search engines (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Ask)
  • Allow webmasters to grab results from any of the above 4 engines, or mix and match
  • Make each data point we collect link to the source

What other features would you like to see?

Video About How to Use the Website Health Check Tool

Try the Website Health Check tool today.

Published: November 6, 2007

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Comments

November 6, 2007 - 9:25am

Just tested and it seems very nice :)

btw. maybe you should put direct link at the end of the post, I didnt get the "image link" from the first read ;)

November 6, 2007 - 9:30am

Thanks Mario
I added it.

André Scholten
November 6, 2007 - 9:38am

I't seems like it has some problems with special characters like the é in titles. (Firefox)

November 6, 2007 - 9:42am

Finally a good seo tool to come back to day after day. I see a lot of potential and a high branch factor in terms of product features. Congrats on addressing a problem. Will look into v2 for sure :)

November 6, 2007 - 9:50am

Just tried your tool on my site and I must say I found it extremely useful. I am also getting something funny with my page as the user above stated with the accents (some of my pages have spanish accents).

November 6, 2007 - 9:57am

tried it with both neue.co.uk and ihype.co.uk and it says not meta etc... theres deffo a bug duder!

November 6, 2007 - 11:10am

Tested it, works great with me! Good work.

November 6, 2007 - 2:08pm

Guess I can stop working today!

-OT

November 6, 2007 - 2:37pm

Probably one of the top 3 tools for free online. Especially going 1000 deep. Most free tools are very limited on number of pages.

On top of that, the tool is BLAZING FAST!

November 6, 2007 - 3:18pm

I am being returned lots of results for folders that I have hidden with robots.txt - thus the tool is returning data (a lot of it) that is not really relevant for me.

Aprt from that, it looks like it will be a great little app when out of beta.

November 6, 2007 - 6:18pm

Well that might be an indication that those folders are not very well hidden, as they are currently in Google's search index. If anything, I think it is a good thing that you discovered that they are still being indexed like that.

November 7, 2007 - 10:22am

ok, I just checked - they are excluded correctly in the robots.txt, but are being indexed anyway - looks like there are some links pointing to them from somewhere.

Thanks.

November 6, 2007 - 5:29pm

Hey Aaron,

Idea. Any chance of being able to select between Yahoo / MSN / Goog as a source? They many times shows a different set of 1000 pages. That would allow us to get info on more pages.

Just an idea.

November 6, 2007 - 6:17pm

Hi Jeremy
The goal is to have it select between any search engine or any combination of search engines.

November 6, 2007 - 6:21pm

Hi Aaron

I like it!

Seems to not always see the title tags and description tags, even when they are present, but excellent in most other ways.

Thanks a million for a great tool. Let us know when you're happy with it and we'd love to link to it or embed to some of our sites etc.

Dave

November 6, 2007 - 6:42pm

Hi Dave
This grabs the snippets from Google and uses those as a proxy for meta descriptions. ... They are not one and the same, but have a strong overlap.

November 7, 2007 - 12:48am

Got you.

Great idea, congrats to your anonymous programmer.

November 7, 2007 - 12:52am

aaron, this tool will really save me hours of time each week. thank you.

i did notice that this text is goofy:

Pagerank: d, 07 Nov 2007 00:06:49 GMT Server: Apache search again

my sites are hosted on a microsoft server, and wtf is pagerank d : )

November 7, 2007 - 12:57am

Hi Corey
could you put in a URL or a similar URL to yours if you see something kicking out an error?

November 7, 2007 - 1:04am

I'm registering duplicate content, but that's because the title and description meta are appearing 2x on the same page.

Is that bad?

November 7, 2007 - 1:58am

Hi Aaron

I think this is the best tool you have released yet!

Also getting the same error as corey:

Pagerank: d, 07 Nov 2007 00:59:04 GMT Server: Apache search again

This was when I tested this site: www.versatile.co.nz <-- (CMS sucks :(

Other than that thank you this - a valuable asset to any SEO's arsenal!

November 7, 2007 - 1:14am

Oh forgot to mention this site is hosted on a windoze server again same as corey.

Cheers
Aidan

November 7, 2007 - 8:29pm

Aaron, I discovered some things on my site that no other tool, or I, had uncovered. Then I ran a client site and found their staging arena is wide open for all to find!

Although I'm using the All-in-One SEO Tool on my SEO Diva site, and the titles/descriptions appeared to be fine, the tool shows them as being duplicates of the home page. Is this anything to be concerned about?

Thanks for this great tool.

Kay

November 7, 2007 - 9:00pm

Hi Kay
Well if they show up on this tool they are indexed in Google, and if there is heavy duplication of page titles that is at the very least suboptimal, and possibly much worse.

suresh
November 7, 2007 - 9:09pm

Hi Aaron
Nice Tool.One of the site I checked. It was working well, but If I tried the One Week, 24 hours or One Month, It dint show me any results says," Google did not Index the page, But when I do a site:www.domain.com and do a cached, that shows me that Google Indexed the site, like a few days ago. Is there a reason?
actionquest was the site I tried
Thank you
Suresh

November 8, 2007 - 3:49am

This tool's last week, last month, etc. date features are not about just when a page was last cached, the tool is focused on when a page was discovered.

sebastienbillard
November 8, 2007 - 9:11am

Pretty nice tool that I commented on my SEO blog. Just a thing : swf files are reported has having "Missing title tags and description" which is logical, but not relevant. You should filter swf files perhaps ?

November 8, 2007 - 4:05pm

I tested a website we designed and host for possible omissions. The results stated that 7 pages on the site were without title tags and descriptions. A simple 'view source' showed all to have both title tags and descriptions. A review of our document sources also showed the information to be there. All else appeared to match our checks.

sharefilter
November 9, 2007 - 3:14am

Great to have this useful tool.

One question, after checked my site sharefilter.com, the "Indexes and homepages" shows previous version of index page - sharefilter.com/index.htm instead of my latest verion of index.php

I notice the same for google search result, it picks up my index.htm rather than index.php

The change from index.htm to index.php took place a few months ago. How do I get google to change it in the search results?

Your help is heartly appreciated.

November 9, 2007 - 7:45am

301 redirect the old URLs to the new location by changing your .htaccess file

November 10, 2007 - 3:34pm

all in all, great tool! may be nice to have some quick internal link navigation on the results page...ie quick link at the top to go to: Missing title tags and description, Missing just description, Duplicate Title Tags, etc. Keep up the good work!

November 13, 2007 - 2:40am

Good tool, it helped me on a few items already. Between this and your book which I recently purchased, I've found a few tips & tricks I did not already know, it was definitely a good purchase. Your site also helped pushed me over the edge to start my own blog (http://www.harrybishop.ca - online advertising and vintage Seiko watches). I've already added your site to my link list, hopefully it will help some other people also. Thanks again!

November 13, 2007 - 3:24am

Hi Harry
Watches and online marketing are both competitive topics. I would recommend creating two separate channels to make each channel more relevant to the end user, easier to subscribe to, and easier to brand.

November 14, 2007 - 5:30am

Hi Aaron - Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the feedback! I'd already thought about that based on what I've written so far (it turns out I have more to say about both topics than I anticipated!), and am planning to move the online advertising part to a separate space.

Blogs being one of the few things I'd not done online myself before, I started this one as a learning experience, and decided along with marketing objectives one of my goals was to have fun with it while I did (my personal belief is that it's always important to include both learning and enjoyment as valid goals of a project, in addition to the actual business targets, when and if you can).

November 13, 2007 - 10:14pm

Aaron,

Excellent tool. What's an easy way to generate a list of all the url's that canonicalated incorrectly.

Thanks,

P

November 13, 2007 - 10:31pm

I think you have to use a tool like this to find such issues, and then pick up on those patterns and use them to find other related URLs.

November 16, 2007 - 3:25am

Aaron,

Great tool! Thanks very much. It'll take me a while to figure out how to actually make the changes to eliminate these problems (more video fodder? ;-) ). The CSV output is handy. It struck me as a little weird at first to have the output appear in a non-scrolling window, though it was no problem to select it all and copy. Just a UI observation.

Mark

November 16, 2007 - 4:33pm

Great Tool. Thanks so much. Answers questions that I have been having for sometime but haven't had a time to investigate manually.

Thanks!

November 22, 2007 - 12:28am

Hi Aaron

I tried to analyse my site http://soundfab.com

Don't know if the tool has crashed or just overused. My site is not very big though.

Not getting any results back - or an error page for that matter.

November 22, 2007 - 2:44pm

The tool was blazing fast off the start. I might have to put it behind a registration wall or something to lower usage and improve performance.

November 23, 2007 - 5:06pm

aaron, i am still enjoying the tool but have run into a few more issues.

-no timeout. i have a site that seems to throw the tool into an eternal loop.

please wait while we talk to google ........

the dots are continually added as time goes on

- the pagerank is still goofy for sites hosted on IIS/microsoft

please have your developer email me at corey.salzano at gmail and i'll provide urls

November 23, 2007 - 11:18pm

Hi Corey
I am having him take a look at it.

November 26, 2007 - 7:20pm

It seems to return title tags that are out of date. My site has a new title tag and comes up with that title tag in Google today, but, in running the test, it comes up with a very old title tag.

November 26, 2007 - 7:50pm

The tool might be showing you cached results of your site or it might be hittind a different Google data center than the one you are seeing.

November 27, 2007 - 11:42am

Great looking tool - but took forever to provide any results. I will be back to recheck though as Google europe seem to provide sporadic technical application results in the morning in the UK.

Any plans to release some code for integration into other websites?

November 27, 2007 - 12:04pm

I want to improve this tool further to make it more reliable. I am still debating if I want to open up the code at the moment.

December 4, 2007 - 11:17pm

Why do I get the following results when entering our site envirosafetyproducts.com?
Missing title tags and description
no pages found

Missing just description
no pages found

Duplicate Title Tags
no pages found

Duplicate Descriptions
no pages found

December 5, 2007 - 2:16pm

I am trying to get this tool fixed soon. It worked well at launch, but has since slowed down due to surprisingly strong usage and programming that did not account for that.

December 14, 2007 - 10:09pm

Wow, I found out that robots.txt is not blocking my internal shopping cart skin pages so I am ending up with duplicate content issues. I have it set up correctly according to all I can find - so at least the tool told me I am doing something wrong and need to do some more research!

Thanks, long time fan of your book!

December 15, 2008 - 9:16am

Hi guys,

is the tool only available for "premium" members? I am a regular member but cant find any download link..

Thanks

J.

December 15, 2008 - 4:11pm

Yes...this tool was turned into a premium tool after we had to reinvest into making a new version because Google blocked the old one.

May 11, 2010 - 12:47pm

Hello

I am a new member today and have just used the tool for three of my sites but it says:'We could not find any results for this url indexed at Google within this time frame.' for all of them.

What's this mean? Many thanks

May 11, 2010 - 4:50pm

I answered this question in the forums. I normally respond quicker there :D

July 8, 2013 - 9:42pm

Hi Aron

I tried the website health check on two sites and I'm getting "No Pages Found." Any idea why I'm getting that response. When I check to see if pages are index using, site: and the domain name, I can see that the pages are index.

Joe

July 9, 2013 - 11:23pm

...if you start a thread in there (especially if you can share the site) we will be able to test it out & get it answered right away.

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