This week I have a quick workout for you. All you'll be needing is good old google search and its "site:" command.
Here's a quick way to check your page title and description:
- Pop over to your regional Google site (.co.uk in my case).
- In the search box type in (without quotes) "site:" followed by your website url. For this site it would be "site:www.friendlywebguy.co.uk"
- Click search
You will now see the pages that Google has indexed for your site, their page titles and descriptions. Have a quick read thru them to make sure they match up to what you would expect to see.
The issue with blog / CMS systems
In my case I've still got quite a bit of work to do! The page title for my home page is showing the tag line. In addition to that most of the category pages are also showing the same tag line. Lastly there are pages showing up that don't exist (?page=159).
Looks like I have some investigation work to sort that out.
If you are one of those people, like me, who tend to put their head in the sand each time change in work or social life comes knocking at the door then this short book should be just what you need. Especially if you are facing changes at work due to cut backs and general recession.
Three quick questions to start you off on:
- How often do you check your website hosting account / server to make sure its ticking over correctly?
- How often do you check the bandwidth used by your site?
- Do any notification emails go to someone who understands them?
Unless you happen to have your own server hosted in a data centre and are hopping on and off it most days like some poor sys admins do, the likely answers are: Not very often, Not very often, No idea.