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Report for militarytimes.com

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Traffic Rank

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52,539 most visited website in the World Trend: up (-12,054)
14,446 most visited website in US United States
Traffic Rank is provided by Alexa

Visitors Localization

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CountryPercentDomain (ccTLD)Status
US United States79.2%militarytimes.usNot available.
UK United Kingdom2.3%militarytimes.co.ukNot available.
DE Germany1.0%militarytimes.deNot available.
CA Canada0.9%militarytimes.caNot 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. (www.searchenginejournal.com/seo-without-boarders-a-guide-to-international-seo-nick-paterman/60092/)

Images

accessibilitySEO-content
We have located images with missing ALT attribute.
Number of images: 46
Missing alt tag: 12

List of images with missing ALT attributes:

  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/NecU0ILD08XkM5sZp4JvWqgp7Hk=/540x303/filte...png
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/DA9vuuBFyH3PJqDy7RnKg8PZEMY=/540x303/filte...jpg
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/BNmE00BXsDm9Xw-BFMSSdfypcA4=/540x303/filte...jpg
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/NxzaOaZU873wplI1oP45LLFL3xg=/600x400/filte...jpg
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/DVO4NLZA4k5UnKBwAzXQuE-Wqdc=/600x400/filte...JPG
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/l6gJq_x8mVsvoia2RPwZwZuV-rU=/600x400/filte...jpg
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/KoZk6oZwOi09WnKA5JsRBW7aiAA=/600x400/filte...jpg
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/D4uJsyvhzyetXkKG-qshdmEB-0U=/600x400/filte...jpg
  • https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/HEdE7fq08buX1umN96CnDSWisEI=/600x400/filte...jpg
  • /pb/resources/assets/img/misfire.png (2 locations)
  • /pb/resources/assets/svg/icons/medal.svg
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)

Title

SEO-content
We have found following title:

"Military Times - Independent News About Your Military | Military Times"

Length: 70 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)

Description Metatag

SEO-content
We have found following description:

"Military Times is your trusted, independent voice for news about service members at home and deployed around the world."

Length: 119 characters
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.

Keywords Metatag

SEO-content
We have found 7 keywords:
  • Military Times
  • military news
  • soldiers
  • sailors
  • airmen
  • Marines
  • Pentagon
Length: 75 characters
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

SEO-content
The Text to HTML ratio is 7.85%
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%

Frames

accessibilitySEO-content
No frames detected. We found 2 inline frame(s).
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

SEO-content
Consistent Keywords % Density # Count T Title D Desc. H <H> A ALT B <b>
military2.02%423166-
south1.39%29--618-
marine1.15%24--120-
army0.91%19--38-
new0.82%17--76-
korea0.77%16--56-
times0.67%142134-
veterans0.67%14--42-
corps0.67%14---12-
defense0.67%14---4-
marine corps0.67%14-----
south korea0.43%9--2--
south korean0.43%9--2--
military times0.38%8213--
president donald0.29%6-----
president donald trump0.29%6-----
anna mae hays0.19%4--1--
donald trump waves0.19%4-----
towards marine one0.19%4-----
walks towards marine0.19%4-----
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.

Flash

accessibilitytechnologySEO-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).

Doctype

technologyvalidity
HTML 5
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)

Headings

SEO-content
  • 0 <H1>
  • 1 <H2>
    • Military Times + IMAGE of Military Times [/pb/resources/assets/img/milit...png]
  • 9 <H3>
    • Mattis reveals himself in storytelling moments with troops
    • Your Military
    • Flashpoints
    • Pay & Benefits
    • Off Duty
    • Home HQ
    • Education & Transition
    • Veterans
    • Opinion
  • 57 <H4>
    • New Trump order focused on preventing suicide among new vets
    • Oprah as commander in chief? Here’s what she had to say about the Iraq War
    • US Army soldier dies at base in Kosovo
    • DARPA launches sensors program to monitor key ocean spots
    • North Korea taking part in South Korean Olympics after talks
    • Marines finally field the SMAW Mod 2
    • Leveling the playing field: Big changes to NCO promotions on the way
    • Ibuprofen may cause male fertility problems, study finds
    • US seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Marine recruit's death
    • Top US general in South Korea calls for tighter security after multiple breaches at base
    • Anna Mae Hays, US military’s first female general, dies at 97
    • Military Times launches HOME HQ
    • Congressional Veterans Caucus
    • Early Bird Brief
    • Military Times Poll
    • Best pix of the week: Jan. 5, 2018
    • Best Pix of the Week: Dec. 27, 2017
    • How the military celebrates the holidays
    • Best pix of the week: Dec. 21, 2017
    • South Korea's Moon wants more talks to resolve North nuke issue
    • The Navy's next-generation frigate comes with a big price tag
    • Fort Polk escalates wild horse roundups, says animal rights group
    • Mattis asks senators to end budget chaos
    • Japan cleared to buy advanced SM-3
    • First F-35Bs to deploy with 13th MEU
    • The Navy's next-generation frigate comes with a big price tag
    • Fort Polk escalates wild horse roundups, says animal rights group
    • First F-35Bs to deploy with 13th MEU
    • Top US general in South Korea calls for tighter security after multiple breaches at base
    • South Korea's Moon wants more talks to resolve North nuke issue
    • Venue for Korea talks is potential flash point inside border
    • North Korea taking part in South Korean Olympics after talks
    • 2 Koreas say they seek breakthrough at rare border talks
    • Ibuprofen may cause male fertility problems, study finds
    • Tricare lowers some costs for new Select plan
    • Survey on support programs seeks input from 50,000 Army spouses
    • Tricare allotment snafu hits more than 4,000 Prime beneficiaries
    • This armor could be thinner than a hair and stronger than a diamond
    • The F-117 Nighthawk’s near-perfect combat record
    • ‘Call of Duty’ star Jamie Gray Hyder: ‘It takes bravery’ to be a student veteran
    • The 5 coolest portable garage accessories for motorcyclists
    • Not just VA: State-backed programs may help you buy your next home
    • Why short-term military renters are scam targets, and how to avoid trouble
    • Struggling to meet the mortgage? VA may offer help
    • VA Loan Center Check today’s rates from our sponsor
    • Former airman named SVA Student Veteran of the Year
    • ‘Call of Duty’ star Jamie Gray Hyder: ‘It takes bravery’ to be a student veteran
    • The Library of Congress wants you to help preserve history
    • Gen. George Casey's 6 keys to success for student veterans
    • New Trump order focused on preventing suicide among new vets
    • VA says Justice Department crackdown on marijuana won’t hit veterans
    • Congressman Walden secretly settled disabled vet's complaint
    • World War II vet, 92, has delivered meals to needy for 20 years
    • New year, new goals: Our 2018 wish list
    • MISFIRE: Sailor caught some Zzzs instead of runaway Mims
    • Move or die: Why speed matters, and how troops can get faster
    • MEDAL: All eligible Army specialists and sergeants to go before promotion boards
  • 4 <H5>
    • Special Features
    • Visual Stories
    • Quick Links
    • Videos
  • 5 <H6>
    • Combat and Classics Podcast
    • Terms of Use
    • Get Us
    • Contact Us
    • About Us
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

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

Language

usability
Declared Language: None
Language Attribute: None
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

validity
Status: FAILED [132 errors, 21 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

technologyvalidity
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.

Nested HTML Tables

accessibilitytechnology
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

technology
Yes, we have detected following web analytics tools:
  • Google analytics icon Google™ Analytics
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.

robots.txt

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

XML Sitemap

SEO
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. (www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html)

Accessibility Check

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WCAG 2.0 (AA) Conformance Test: FAILED [74 error(s)]
  1. Document language not identified.
    [Line 1, Col 16] <html class=""> <head> <style>.newsletter-subscribe a:hover{color:#4f497a}a:hover,a:focus{color:#4f4 ...
    For HTML documents add the lang attribute and a valid ISO-639-1 two letter language code to the opening HTML element. For XHTML documents add both the lang and xmllang attributes with a valid ISO-639-1 two letter language code to the opening HTML element.
  2. Document has invalid language code.
    [Line 1, Col 16] <html class=""> <head> <style>.newsletter-subscribe a:hover{color:#4f497a}a:hover,a:focus{color:#4f4 ...
    Add a valid 2 letter or 3 letter language code as defined in the ISO 639 specification to the HTML 'lang' attribute. For XHTML, both 'lang' and 'xml:lang' must be set.
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Following Web accessibility standards while developing a website can help users with specific needs, such as visually impaired, motor/mobility, auditory, seizures, as well as cognitively and intellectually impaired disabilities. Some of these fixes include general seo applications like Alt tags, Form labels, fixing empty links and adding alternative text. To read more about accessibility guidelines follow this link Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview.

Mobile Rendering

mobile
Mobile internet usage has been exceeding PC's since 2014 and growing so it is critical for pages to render correctly on mobile devices.

Mobile Optimization

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

Mobile Experience

mobileusability
Mobile users have now become a critical part of online visits. Making the website mobile friendly is no longer an option but rather necessity. (https://developers.google.com/webmasters/smartphone-sites/)

Favicon

usability
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

usability
No custom 404 error page detected.

Warning: Soft 404 error detected redirecting to https://www.militarytimes.com/404error/.

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)

Printability

usability
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.

W3C CSS Validation

validity
Status: FAILED [300 error(s)]
It is recommended to use valid CSS to ensure that the website displays correctly. (W3C CSS Validation Service).

Domain Age

SEO-Authority
Your domain was registerd for the first time: 16 years, 6 months, 16 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.

Domain Expiration

SEO-Authority
Your domain expires in: 6 years, 5 months, 14 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

SEO
No, your site's IP 54.172.75.131 does not redirect to militarytimes.com.
Some web spiders index websites using IP as well as domain name which can cause duplicate content if there is no IP Canonicalization.

URL Canonicalization

SEO
Yes, both the www.militarytimes.com and militarytimes.com 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

performanceSEO
Google Page Speed score: 50% (Low)
Rq. Requests Hst. Hosts LT Load time Html Img Images JS JavaScript CSS F Flash O Other PS Page Size
233887.86s835.24 KB568.46 KB4.02 MB468.7 KB0 B135.61 KB5.98 MB

RecommendationImpact
Avoid landing page redirects
Medium
Enable compression
High
Leverage browser caching
High
Reduce server response time
None
Minify CSS
None
Minify HTML
Low
Minify JavaScript
Low
Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
High
Optimize images
High
Prioritize visible content
Low

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

Server Information

security

ISP:
Amazon.com
Server IP:
52.1.186.121
Server Location:
US VIRGINIA, Ashburn

Name Server 1:
ns-1358.awsdns-41.org (205.251.197.78)
Name Server 2:
ns-1785.awsdns-31.co.uk (205.251.198.249)
Name Server 3:
ns-438.awsdns-54.com (205.251.193.182)
Name Server 4:
ns-576.awsdns-08.net (205.251.194.64)
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. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXt23AXlJJU)

HTTPS (SSL)

security
Issued To:
Common Name (CN):
star.arcpublishing.com
Issuer:
Common Name (CN):
Let's Encrypt Authority X3
Oranization (O):
Let's Encrypt
Period of Validity
Begins On:
01/04/2018
Expires On:
04/04/2018
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. (security.googleblog.com/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal_6.html).

Safe Browsing

security
Yes
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

Spam Blacklist

security
Good, your IP 34.197.202.66 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

security
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. (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731109)

Email Address Obfuscation

security
There is 1 email in plain text on the webpage:
  • ddiaz@mco.com
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.

Whois Privacy

security
Registrant:
Name:
Registration Private
Organization:
Domains By Proxy, LLC
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

security
Good, your server does not provide version information.
Attackers can utilize server signature versioning information to their advantage therefore it is recommended to disable it when possible.