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Traffic Rank

2,694th most visited website in the World Trend: down (+15)
918th most visited website in US United States
Traffic Rank is provided by Alexa

Visitors Localization

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CountryPercentDomain (ccTLD)Status
US United States61.4%boingboing.usNot available.
IN India11.6%boingboing.inNot available.
CA Canada4.6%boingboing.caNot available.
UK United Kingdom3.3%boingboing.co.ukNot available.
AU Australia1.7%boingboing.auNot available.
Registering country code top level domains (ccTLD) can prevent potential competitors from taking advantage of your primary domain reputation. It is also one of the ways to improve country specific SEO and performance. (http://www.searchenginejournal.com/seo-without-boarders-a-guide-to-international-seo-nick-paterman/60092/)


We have located images with missing ALT attribute.
Number of images: 41
Missing alt tag: 39

List of images with missing ALT attributes:

  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/8112e120db96142e1adcf...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/themes/2012/sundries/playbutton.png (4 locations)
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/LASE-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/x-680x510.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ce-box-crop3_1024x102...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/OW-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DonaldLostAndes-cover...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DPP_0235_LR-680x454.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/1228cbTHUMB-louis-sup...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/trench-watch-680x380.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/rrrr-680x428.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/1984-classics-thumbna...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/thumbRazorhurstCover-...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/inhumans-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/thumb-680x455.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/library-1-680x330.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/bg3-680x439.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/StreetAngel_016_featu...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/chief-bull-thumb-teas...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/thumb5-680x394.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/skulls-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/1227cbTHUMB-the-first...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/thumb-680x447.gif
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/beschizza-taped-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Pill_Bottles_4-680x276.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/saul4-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/kday-thumbnail-680x340.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Untitled-1-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/brick-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/apn-pic-680x381.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BagBoy2_FirstLookImag...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/bb-siem-reap-rafter-0...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/flashmatic-680x383.jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/StreetAngel_015_featu...jpg
  • http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/john-dee-680x419.jpg
  • http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&c2=17689855&cv=2.0&cj=1
The "alt" attribute provides a text equivalent for the image. If the browser cannot display an image the alt description will be given in its place. Furthermore, some visitors cannot see images as they might be blind in which the alt tag provides a valuable image description. Finally, search engines utilize the alt attribute for image search indexing. (www.w3.org/QA/Tips/altAttribute)

Description Metatag

No Description Found.
The description attribute should provide a concise explanation of a Web page's content. Also, the description is often displayed on search engine results and can indirectly affect page ranking.


We have found following title:

"Boing Boing"

Length: 11 characters
The <TITLE> element provides a short piece of text describing the document. The title is very important as it shows in the window title bars, bookmarks and search results. Title should be between 60 to 80 characters long. (www.w3.org/QA/Tips/good-titles)

Keywords Metatag

No Keywords Found.
The keywords attribute was utilized by search engines to provide more accurate search results. Due to the over usage and spamming the keywords attribute has been phased out and is no longer relevant. Google doesn't use the "keywords" meta tag in web search ranking.

Text to HTML Ratio

The Text to HTML ratio is 27.95%
Original content is by far the single most important element to search engines. Low Text to HTML ratio indicates little content for search engines to index. We consider it to be good practice to have a Text to HTML ratio of at least 10% and ideal above 20%


No frames detected.
It is not recommended to use frames or iframes because they can cause problems for search engines. It is best to avoid frames and inline frames whenever possible (searchenginewatch.com/article/2064573/Search-Engines-and-Frames). If frames must be utilized consider <noframes> tag. (www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_noframes.asp).

Keyword Density & Consistency

Consistent Keywords % Density # Count T Title D Desc. H <H> A ALT B <b>
days ago1.66%33-----
cory doctorow1.01%20-----
weeks ago0.81%16-----
boing boing0.45%91-5--
hours ago0.45%9-----
hip hop family0.15%3--1--
hop family tree0.15%3--1--
boing boing interview0.10%2--2--
year's nebula award0.10%2--2--
hop radio station0.10%2--1--
Keywords density and consistency are notable factors for optimal page SEO. Preferred keywords should have higher keywords density indicating their importance. Optimally, preferred keywords should also be consistently utilized in multiple essential areas of the page such as title, description meta tag, h1 through h6 headings, alt image attributes, backlinks and internal links anchor text. Keyword density of above 6% can indicate that the word or a phrase appears too many time in the content.


No flash detected.
Flash and other reach-media technologies should primarily be utilized for decorative purposes. This makes your site more search engine friendly and improves accessibility (support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=72746#1).


The <!DOCTYPE> declaration tells the web browser about what version of HTML the page is written in. It is good practice to always add the <!DOCTYPE> declaration to the HTML documents, so that the browser knows what type of document to expect. (www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_DOCTYPE.asp)


  • 35 <H1>
    • Blog
    • Features
    • Who will win this year's NebulaAward?
    • Ninja of Die Antwoord talks CHAPPiE: The Boing Boinginterview
    • Cave Evil: a game of brutal necro-demonic dungeonwarfare
    • Games return to BoingBoing
    • How the best Donald Duck story of all time skeweredcapitalism
    • Fan films and the future offantasy
    • TOM THE DANCING BUG: My School Week of MagicalThinking
    • How WWI made wristwatcheshappen
    • The midpoint of Better Call Saul's first season hinges on scenes withoutJimmy
    • Hip Hop Family Tree: Odd Classics of1984
    • Razorhurst: blood-drenched gang warfare and ghosts in Gilded AgeSydney
    • Meet TheInhumans
    • Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control YourWorld
    • The secret life of a public library securityguard
    • Ad-hoc museums of a failingutopia
    • Soccer Sharks [Street Angel016]
    • Comic: The Life of Sitting Bull, as told by a10-year-old
    • World War 3 Illustrated: prescient outrage from the dawn of the Pikettyapocalypse
    • 40 of the world's weirdestflowers
    • The FirstScientist
    • I have journeyed to the soul of chocolate and I bring you goodtidings
    • Think you have the right to demand police identify themselves? Lookcloser.
    • Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part#14
    • “Better Call Saul” shows Jimmy can wear many masks in"Hero"
    • The Hip Hop Radio Station KDAY and Dr.Dre
    • "Stranger Danger" to children vastlyoverstated
    • The time a hacker remotely bricked cars inTexas
    • Less time, more packaging: Amazon Prime Nowtested
    • John C. Reilly, the Boing Boing interview: Steve Brule's long-lost sitcom, “BagBoy”
    • What bees taught me aboutCambodia
    • How remote controls programus
    • Going Street to Hell [Street Angel015]
    • John Dee was the 16th century's real-lifeGandalf
  • 31 <H2>
    • + IMAGE of Boing Boing [http://media.boingboing.net/wp...jpg]
    • Artist keeps vigil on a bed of nails to protest frenetic culture
    • Subscription box service for role-playing gamers
    • Machine Era's multitool is reduced to the essentials
    • Wooden boats and other structures transform into skate ramps
    • Snowbirds' guide to avoiding corrupt cops on I-75
    • Is a reputation economy really an economy?
    • Imaginary ISIS attack on Louisiana and the twitterbots who loved it
    • An online community that deletes itself once it's indexed by Google
    • One-handed bottle opener preserves caps for your collection
    • Leonard Nimoy fought for pay equity for Nichelle Nichols
    • Astounding RC flying with counterrotating drive
    • Bondic: multipurpose liquid UV-curing plastic adhesive
    • Improving the estimate of US police killings
    • Who will win this year's Nebula Award?
    • ISIS vs Twitter: A cautionary tale told through data visualization
    • A Wisconsin grain silo renovated into three-story fort
    • Apple Watch will have to nail heart rate
    • What's up with these incredibly prolific twitterbots?
    • Hartford, CT says friends can't room together unless some of them are servants
    • Judge who invented Ferguson's debtor's prisons owes $170K in tax
    • Albuquerque PD encrypts videos before releasing them in records request
    • Kelly Link talks about her new short story collection
    • Cat hugs dog, who was missed
    • DMCA abuser ordered to pay $25K to WordPress
    • Snow day with Buddy the Golden Retriever, at 960fps
    • Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones: “Fly, yes. Land, no.”
    • Jaguar: An exceptional photo shared by a Boing Boing reader
    • NASA launches 2015 SpaceApps Challenge
    • Watch: Gary Groth talks about the the history of Fantagraphics
    • Sliced playing cards
  • 0 <H3>
  • 0 <H4>
  • 0 <H5>
  • 6 <H6>
    • FOLLOW
    • Terms of Service
    • Privacy Policy
    • Community Guidelines
The <h1> to <h6> tags are used to define HTML headings. The <h1> tag should hold the title describing the content of a specific page therefore only one h1 tag is needed per page. There can be any number of h2 - h6 tags but they should be added in order of importance (www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_hn.asp).

Character Encoding

UTF-8 (Unicode)
Covers: Worldwide
To display an HTML page correctly, the browser must know what character-set to use.


Declared Language: en (English)
Language Attribute: en (English)
The HTML "lang" attributes and language metatag define the base language to be used for displaying text and characters on a Website.

W3C Markup Validation

Status: FAILED [43 errors, 34 warning(s)]
It is good practice to use valid HTML/XHTML markup as it ensures that the search engines can read the website correctly as well as it improves cross browser compatibility (W3C Markup Validation Service).

Deprecated HTML elements

Good, no deprecated elements found.
A deprecated element is one that has been outdated by newer constructs. Deprecated elements may become obsolete in future versions of HTML so it is recommended not to use them. (webdesign.about.com/od/htmltags/a/bltags_deprctag.htm)

Nested HTML Tables

Great, no nested tables detected.
In general it is not recommended to use nested tables or to utilize tables for page layout. Nested tables are known to cause performance issues due to increased HTML size and rendering time. It is better to use CSS layout instead.

Web Analytics

Yes, we have detected following web anlytics tools:
  • Google analytics icon Google™ Analytics
  • Quantcast analytics icon Quantcast™ Measure
  • comScore analytics icon comScore Didital Analytix®
Web Analytics Tools collect and measure information about visitor activity on a website. Well interpreted web traffic data is invaluable in determining a successfully web strategy and assessing the effectiveness of a website. At a minimum, we recommend to utilize at least one web analytics tool.


A robots.txt file restricts access to search engine robots that crawl the web. (www.robotstxt.org/robotstxt.html)

XML Sitemap

Found following XML sitemap(s):
Sitemaps inform search engines about pages available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL. XML sitemap should help search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. (http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html)


The Favicon is a small icon associated with a website. The Favicon is important because it is displayed next to the website's URL in the address bar of the browser as well as in bookmarks and shortcuts.

Custom 404 Error Page

No custom 404 error page detected.

Warning: Soft 404 error detected redirecting to http://boingboing.net/2003/02/14/404-error-womd-not-f.html.

A 404 is a standard http response code for a resource that cannot be located on the server. Web servers usually return a "404 Not Found" error page for non-existing pages. Unfortunately, these default error pages are very generic and a not very user friendly, therefore, using a custom 404 error page is highly recommended.

Process of returning http status code "200 OK" for a non-existent page or redirecting users to another url is called soft 404. Soft 404 errors are problematic for search engines and are not advisable. (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/181708)


Could not locate print-friendly CSS.
Print-friendly pages are designed to fit on an 8.5"x11" or A4 sheet and usually include only the content of the page, along with source information. (webdesign.about.com/od/printerfriendly/a/aa041403a.htm)

W3C CSS Validation

Status: FAILED [7 error(s)]
It is recommended to use valid CSS to ensure that the website displays correctly. (W3C CSS Validation Service).

Page Rank

PR: 8 out of 10 (Excellent)
PageRank is Google's measure of the importance of a page. It is based on complex algorithmes evaluating page content, authority, keyword density, back links, traffic, demand and more.

Indexed Pages

Estimated number of pages indexed by Google™: 0
Estimated number of pages indexed by Bing™: 0
The higher number of indexed pages the more content search engines can index, which increases overall value of the website.

Domain Age

Your domain was registerd for the first time: 16 years, 10 months, 3 days ago.
Age of the domain is one of the many signals that search engines utilize for ranking. Brand new domains generally have more difficult time to rank high for the first few months. (http://www.coconutheadphones.com/does-domain-agematter)

Domain Expiration

Your domain expires in: 2 years, 1 month, 25 days.
Domain expiration far in to the future is considered a good practice as it promotes confidence in your website, decreases chances of losing domain and in certain cases might help with search engine ranking. (https://www.hover.com/blog/three-reasons-to-renew-your-domain-names-for-five-years/)

IP Canonicalization

No, your site's IP does not redirect to boingboing.net.
Some web spiders index websites using IP as well as domain name which can cause duplicate content if there is no IP Canonicalization. (www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-advice-url-canonicalization)

URL Canonicalization

Yes, both the www.boingboing.net and boingboing.net resolve to the same URL.
Domain name with WWW and without can be considered as different pages causing duplicate content for search engines. (www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-advice-url-canonicalization)

Page Speed

Google Page Speed score: 25% (Low)
Rq. Requests Hst. Hosts LT Load time Html Img Images JS JavaScript CSS F Flash O Other PS Page Size
114223.95s97.13 KB8.4 MB625.34 KB31.56 KB0 B63.57 KB9.2 MB

Avoid landing page redirects
Your page has no redirects.
    Enable compression
    You have compression enabled.
      Leverage browser caching
      Setting an expiry date or a maximum age in the HTTP headers for static resources instructs the browser to load previously downloaded resources from local disk rather than over the network.
        Leverage browser caching for the following cacheable resources:
        Reduce server response time
        Your server responded quickly.
          Minify CSS
          Compacting CSS code can save many bytes of data and speed up download and parse times.
            Minify CSS for the following resources to reduce their size by 1.2KiB (27% reduction).
            Minify HTML
            Compacting HTML code, including any inline JavaScript and CSS contained in it, can save many bytes of data and speed up download and parse times.
              Minify HTML for the following resources to reduce their size by 1.1KiB (7% reduction).
              Minify JavaScript
              Compacting JavaScript code can save many bytes of data and speed up downloading, parsing, and execution time.
                Minify JavaScript for the following resources to reduce their size by 1.8KiB (52% reduction).
                Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
                Optimize images
                Properly formatting and compressing images can save many bytes of data.
                  Optimize the following images to reduce their size by 2.3MiB (66% reduction).
                  Prioritize visible content
                  Your page requires additional network round trips to render the above-the-fold content. For best performance, reduce the amount of HTML needed to render above-the-fold content.
                    The entire HTML response was not sufficient to render the above-the-fold content. This usually indicates that additional resources, loaded after HTML parsing, were required to render above-the-fold content. Prioritize visible content that is needed for rendering above-the-fold by including it directly in the HTML response.
                    • Only about 42% of the final above-the-fold content could be rendered with the full HTML response snapshot:15.

                    PageSpeed analyzes webpages and evaluates its performance while providing suggestions on reducing page load times. Google is now incorporating website speed in search ranking (http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/site-speed)

                    Server Information

                    Server IP:
                    Server Location:
                    CA ONTARIO, Toronto

                    Name Server 1:
                    ns1.domaindirect.com (
                    Name Server 2:
                    ns2.domaindirect.com (
                    Name Server 3:
                    ns3.domaindirect.com (
                    Your server's IP address and location have minor impact on the country specific SEO. It is recommend to host the website in the country where the number of vistors is desired to be the highest. Search engines take the geolocation of a server into account. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXt23AXlJJU)

                    HTTPS (SSL)

                    No HTTPS (SSL) found.
                    Google™ is now treating HTTPS as a ranking signal. HTTPS is a secure web protocol that allows for encrypted communication between website and the client. HTTPS protocol requires your website to have an SSL certificate, which can be purchased from a Certificate Authority (CA) or SSL vendor. (http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.in/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal_6.html).

                    Safe Browsing

                    Yes - This site is not currently listed as suspicious.
                    Safe Browsing is a service provided by Google that enables applications to check URLs against Google's constantly updated lists of suspected phishing and malware pages. If your site is marked as unsafe see our guide on how to fix websites blocked by google safe browsing

                    Email Address Obfuscation

                    Great, this webpage does not contain email addresses displayed in plain text.
                    It is recommended to obfuscate email addresses posted in public. This prevents email addresses from being automatically harvested by spam bots which helps to decrease number of unsolicited emails. See our email obfuscation techniques guide for more details.

                    Spam Blacklist

                    Good, your IP is not blacklisted.
                    Spammer directories provide lists of IPs from which spam distribution is reported. Emails sent from the blocked IPs are subject to closer scrutiny and are much less likely to be delivered. For email campaigns it is recommended to utilize professional email services to ensure that your website IP is not blocked. (www.stopforumspam.com)

                    Directory Browsing

                    Great, your server has directory browsing disabled.
                    Protect Webserver directories from unwanted browsing. To enhance security, directory browsing should be disabled unless you have a specific reason to enable it. If you enable directory browsing, make sure that you only enable it on the particular directory or directories that you want to share. (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731109)

                    Whois Privacy

                    No contact information available.
                    Whois Privacy is a service that prevents domain owner contact information from being displayed in the publicly available Whois records. This can help to cut down on unwanted spam but utilizing Whois privacy should be evaluated against business model and branding strategy.

                    Server Signature

                    On, Apache/2.2
                    Attackers can utilize server signature versioning information to their advantage therefore it is recommended to disable it when possible. (Disable server signature for Apache or IIS).