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An Awesome Search Engine Optimization Tool

Sometimes you wish you could see how your site comes up on Google in other countries. There is a tool for that called isearchfrom.com and it sounds like an item to add to your toolbox, tech friends! Jozsef Torsan has a whole article about it.

Jozsef Torsan

I’ve found a great tool (isearchfrom.com) recently that emulates the Google search location. You have to enter the country where you search from, the language and you can even specify the device. Then you enter the words you are searching for and click on Search. You will get exactly the same search results if you were in the specified country.

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What is it good for?

If you work on SEO and want people to find your website not just in your country, but in other countries as well, then you can check the Google search result position in the different countries. Since I started to deal with the SEO of Bookmark Ninja I’ve been using this tool regularly. And it’s good for not just checking the organic search results but you can also check how your AdWords ads show up in a search.

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How to Refresh My Sitemap for Google Search Console to Find It?

Is Google Search Console failing to retrieve your website’s sitemap? It is possible that you need to refresh your permalinks.

To do that:

  1. Go to your /wp-admin page.
  2. Go to the “Settings” menu and click on Permalinks.
  3. Once on the permalinks page, without altering anything, click on “Save Changes.”

Give it some time and then go test yoursite.com/sitemap.xml and see if Google is finally picking something up.

You can find some more ideas here:

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How To Find My Old DNS Information Or DNS History

Ever been stuck in a situation where you cannot remember what your last DNS* information was? This may happen while migrating a site from one hosting provider to another, a domain from one registrar to another**, or any of the possible playing around you could find yourself doing with your DNS.

You may easily remember your CNAME records, but trying to find what your SOA, NS, A, AAA, MX, or TXT records*** were in the past can be a tricky exercise unless you are familiar with some really cool tools online like DNSTrails. I just used this tool a few minutes ago and it saved me from a lot of frustration as I wanted to temporarily revert my DNS records to what I just had deleted from my domain registrar.

I am sure there other tools out there, but this one just served me well, so I thought to share the insight with you!

Oh, also, if you ever want to temporarily make your computer point to a specific DNS setting for a specific domain, here are some useful resources:

  1. The Host File Trick on Mac and PC by WPEngine
  2. Editing the Host File on Mac OS X Leopard by WordPress

Finally, just for the sake of completion. Another site I really like is MX Toolbox, this online tool will help you check the propagation status of your DNS, MX, and other Records.

 

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*DNS means Domain Name System

** Yep! That is actually possible! Just ask your current registrar how to migrate your domain
*** CNAME stands for canonical name and serves to make a domain an alias of another domain, MX stands for mail exchange and lists the mail servers that are to be used for a domain, NS stands for name server and tells which Name Server is authoritative for a given domain, SOA stands for State Of Authority and keeps up with when the domain was last updated and other similar information, A stands for address and is the IP of a given domain, AAAA is an IPv6 address records corresponding to a 128-bit IPv6 address while other addresses are mapped for 32-bit IPv4 addresses, TXT is a way for the domain administrator to enter any text into the DNS record. More on this at PCNames.

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Your WP Site Is “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance”

So there you are staring at your WordPress site or admin page wondering what just happened. “This is going to auto-update in just a minute and all will be back to normal,” you tell yourself, but nothing happens. Well, I suppose it is time for the quickest fix of all times for a problem of this size.toolbox-closed-for-maintenance

It turns out that this is a classic of WordPress since Version 2.7. During an automatic update of your WordPress site, WordPress places a file named .maintenance in your blog base folder. For as long as that file will be there, visitors to your site will see the message “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

To bring your site back to usual business, just delete the .maintenance file either by FTP into the the folder that contains the wp-admin folder or by way of your hosting site.

Before I let you go, let me tell you about some people who have gotten really mad over this issue. They could not find the .maintenance folder because the file is actually hidden from Linux/Unix users since it starts with a dot. So, please make sure your set your File Manager or FTP client to show you hidden files. You can read the discussions here and here. Some of them address the question of where the file is actually located.

Important: Please remember verify that the update has been completed. Otherwise, try again.

That’s it for now, folks!

Source: The Maintenance FAQ at Codex.WordPress.org