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Traffic Rank

328,308th most visited website in the World Trend: up (-55,416)
119,088th most visited website in US United States
Traffic Rank is provided by Alexa

Visitors Localization

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CountryPercentDomain (ccTLD)Status
US United States56.0%gct.usNot available.
IN India11.4%gct.inNot 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. (


We have located images with missing ALT attribute.
Number of images: 53
Missing alt tag: 52

List of images with missing ALT attributes:

  • /Content/images/gct/logo-gccl.png
  • /Content/images/gct/logo-gct.png
  • /media/images/about-us/our%20fleet/g2599m2
  • /media/images/gct%20-%20ships/private-charters/corinthian/g37766
  • /media/gctwebsite/grand-circle-difference/g23593 (2 locations)
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/sge_g39866
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/snr_g29863
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/dcs-g1254
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/saf_g39991
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/pma_g38666
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/atc_g40049
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/yzl_g39993
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/acm_g38783
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/azn_g39869
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/frv_g39026
  • /media/gctwebsite/header/video-gallery/shh_g12814
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/lpg-g42375
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/good_buy_plan_menu
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/refer_and_earn_menu
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/solo_friendly_travel_menu
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/frequent_traveler_credits_menu
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/top-nav_g4049
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/travel_protection_plan_menu
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/last_minute_travel_deals_menu
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/travel-parties/va_mini_tp_g8713
  • /media/gctwebsite/grand-circle-difference/t19998
  • /media/gctwebsite/grand-circle-difference/g2799
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/gccl-video-img-sm
  • /media/gctwebsite/grand-circle-difference/true-choice-g32246
  • /media/gctwebsite/grand-circle-difference/thumbnailt31883
  • /media/gctwebsite/grand-circle-difference/g27176
  • /media/gctwebsite/grand-circle-difference/g2701
  • /media/images/trips/gct/gec/horizontal/g2795
  • /media/gctwebsite/ways-to-save/group-travel-program/groups-tips-and-tools/g2812
  • /media/images/gct%20community/g34992_fb_logo
  • /media/gctwebsite/community/traveler-celebration-events/video-thumb_g43275
  • /media/gctwebsite/community/upcoming-events-in-boston/t18811
  • /media/gctwebsite/community/traveler-photo-contest/2013-contest-winners/top-...212
  • /media/images/about-us/grand-circle-gallery/gallery-010
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/carousel/ozz/default/ozz-recrop2-g43833
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/carousel/acm/default/acm-ss_t23821
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/carousel/frv/default/cl_g41809
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/carousel/pma/default/pma-ss-t27150
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/promotional/2014/gccl-xmas-10percent/g42831
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/promotional/2014/gccl-solo-travelers/g33407-promo
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/promotional/2014/gct-shoulder-season-price-reductions...971
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/house/award/conde-nast-2013-readers-choice/dolphin_ho...een
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/house/lpg/g25080
  • /media/gctwebsite/home/house/mac/gct-g40005
  • /media/images/badge1
  • /media/images/badge2
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. (


We have found following title:

"River Cruises & Escorted Tours - Grand Circle Travel: Worldwide Discovery at Extraordinary Value | Grand Circle Travel"

Length: 118 characters

Warning: The title is 118 characters long. The title should not exceed 80 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. (

Description Metatag

We have found following description:

"Book your River Cruises and Escorted Tours with the leader in travel for mature Americans. Grand Circle Travel offers unrivaled cultural discovery, comprehensive value, and relaxed pacing."

Length: 188 characters

Warning: The description is 188 characters long. The optimal description should not exceed 160 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

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 27.89%
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%

Keyword Density & Consistency

Consistent Keywords % Density # Count T Title D Desc. H <H> A ALT B <b>
grand circle1.82%42214--
learn more1.39%32-----
river cruises0.65%15113--
featured video0.48%11--11--
condé nast0.48%11-----
condé nast traveler’s0.26%6-----
european river cruises0.22%5--2--
grand circle foundation0.22%5--1--
lowest price guarantee0.22%5--1--
grand circle travel0.17%421---
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.


Yes, 1 inline frame(s) 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 ( If frames must be utilized consider <noframes> tag. (


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 (


  • 1 <H1>
    • Find Your Trip
  • 11 <H2>
    • Save up to $2000 per couple on Russia Revealed
    • Today I walked among the ancient ruins of Pompeii …
    • Discover the picturesque port of Bastia , Corsica
    • Follow our travelers as they explore Spain
    • Visit Panama in 2014—the 100th anniversary of its Canal
    • SAVE 10% on Holiday River Cruises
    • NEW solo space added for 2014
    • Travel for as little as $88 per day
    • "World's Best"—Again!
    • Best Price Guarantee
    • Sign Up for My Account
  • 42 <H3>
    • Privately Owned Fleet
    • Our Private Charters
    • Program Directors
    • The Great Rivers of Europe
    • Christmastime on the Seine
    • Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece
    • Highlights of South Africa
    • Panama Canal Cruise & Panama: A Continent Divided, Oceans United
    • Antarctica's White Wilderness
    • China & the Yangtze River
    • Tuscany & the Amalfi Coast
    • Australia & New Zealand
    • NEW! The Rivieras: France, Italy & the Isles
    • Holland & Belgium in Springtime
    • Lowest Price Guarantee
    • Good Buy Plan
    • Refer and Earn
    • The Leader in Solo Friendly Travel
    • Frequent Traveler Credits
    • Group Leader Program
    • Travel Protection Plan
    • Last Minute Travel Deals
    • Travel Parties
    • Worldwide Discovery
    • Grand Circle Advantages
    • The Grand Circle Experience
    • Program Directors
    • Personalize your trip
    • Airport Transfers
    • Inner Circle Club
    • People and Culture
    • Grand Circle Foundation
    • Cuba People-to-People
    • Travel Forum
    • Travel Companions
    • Facebook
    • Traveler Celebration Events
    • Upcoming Events in Boston
    • Traveler Photo Contest
    • Grand Circle Gallery
    • Hours of Operation:
    • Call our Travel Counselors:
  • 11 <H4>
    • European River Cruises featured video:
    • European River Cruises featured video:
    • Mediterranean Cruise Tours featured video:
    • Africa Land Tour featured video:
    • Americas featured video:
    • Antarctica Cruise Tour featured video:
    • Asia Cruise Tour featured video:
    • European Land Tours featured video:
    • South Pacific Land Tours featured video:
    • New Destinations featured video:
    • Featured video:
  • 0 <H5>
  • 0 <H6>
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 (


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. (

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-US (English)
Language Attribute: en-US (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 [674 errors, 209 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.

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

No web anlytics tools found.
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. (

XML Sitemap

Not found!
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. (


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.


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

Status: FAILED [1045 error(s)]
It is recommended to use valid CSS to ensure that the website displays correctly. (W3C CSS Validation Service).

Page Rank

PR: 5 out of 10 (Good)
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 Bing™: 28
The higher number of indexed pages the more content search engines can index, which increases overall value of the website.

Domain Age

Data could not be obtained.
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

Data could not be obtained.
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. (

IP Canonicalization

No, your site's IP does not redirect to
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

Yes, both the and resolve to the same URL.
Domain name with WWW and without can be considered as different pages causing duplicate content for search engines. (

Page Speed

Google Page Speed score: 75% (Average)
Rq. Requests Hst. Hosts LT Load time Html Img Images JS JavaScript CSS F Flash O Other PS Page Size
89152.75s174.01 KB1.33 MB811.43 KB834.01 KB0 B107.91 KB3.21 MB

Avoid landing page redirects
Your page has no redirects.
    Enable compression
    Compressing resources with gzip or deflate can reduce the number of bytes sent over the network.
      Enable compression for the following resources to reduce their transfer size by 25.6KiB (76% reduction).
      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
          Your CSS is minified.
            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 2.5KiB (11% 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 18.3KiB (29% reduction).
                Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
                Your page has 4 blocking script resources and 5 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page.
                  None of the above-the-fold content on your page could be rendered without waiting for the following resources to load. Try to defer or asynchronously load blocking resources, or inline the critical portions of those resources directly in the HTML.
                    Remove render-blocking JavaScript:Optimize CSS Delivery of the following:
                    Optimize images
                    Properly formatting and compressing images can save many bytes of data.
                      Optimize the following images to reduce their size by 34.7KiB (9% 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.
                        33.4KiB of the response was required to render the above-the-fold content. Prioritize visible content that is needed for rendering above-the-fold.

                          PageSpeed analyzes webpages and evaluates its performance while providing suggestions on reducing page load times. Google is now incorporating website speed in search ranking (

                          Server Information

                          Server IP:
                          Server Location:
                          US MASSACHUSETTS, Cambridge
                          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. (

                          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

                          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. (

                          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. (

                          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, Microsoft-IIS/8.0 UrlRewriter.NET 2.0.0 4.0.30319 4.0
                          Attackers can utilize server signature versioning information to their advantage therefore it is recommended to disable it when possible.