5 Ways to Tell if Your Domain is Ready for the Holidays

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Did you know that most website owners have never actually checked a blacklist for their domain? And many people only find out that they have a problem when a helpful customer points it out to them. Wouldn’t you rather find out before your customers tell you?

Here are 5 steps to check your domain and website for health.

Step 1. Check mail records & blacklists

Use mxtoolbox.com to check if your domain has properly configured email records and if it is listed on any of the well-known blacklists. Make sure when entering your domain in the MX lookup tool that you use only your domain and no HTTP or HTTPS. So if your normal URL is https://www.anphira.com you would only enter anphira.com into the search.

Once you’ve looked up your mail records, switch the MX Lookup dropdown to Blacklist Check and check your domain on blacklists.

Step 2. Check for malware

Check your website for known malware on sitecheck.sucuri.net. It is as easy as entering your domain in the search box and scanning your website. A typical scan takes about a minute, so be patient while Sucuri scans your site.

Sucuri will give you a quick summary of your site to let you know if you have any known malware, if you are listed on the top search engine blacklists, and if you have any major security issues.

Next, you want to check your reputation on Mcafee.com and check your website with the URL scanner. McAfee is a major antivirus software and if you have a questionable reputation with them then their users will be warned not to visit your site.

Finally, check your reputation with brightcloud.com by typing your URL (domain) into the search box and wait for the analysis. Brightcloud software is installed by a number of major computer vendors including Best Buy. If you don’t have a good reputation with them many visitors could be warned away from your site.

Step 3. Check Search Console Notices

Check your Google Search Console for any notices

  1. Go to Google Search Console.
  2. If you have any major notices they will show up here.
  3. If you see “No new messages or recent critical issues.” then you are all set.


Step 4. Run Google PageSpeed Insights

Run PageSpeed Insights

  • Go to Google’s PageSpeed Insights and enter your domain into the search bar. Make sure you enter your domain just as it appears in a browser. So if you use www, you need to include that. If you use HTTPS, you need to include that.

Once you’ve got your PageSpeed results, go over to our tutorial to see what you can and can’t improve.

Step 5. Run GT Metrix

Go to GTMetrix and run an analysis on your website. Just like with PageSpeed Insights, you would use your complete URL exactly as displayed in a web browser.

Your goal with GTMetrix is to have your First paint in 3 seconds or less, and your number of requests should be below 100 (lower is better).

Is Your Domain Ready?

Let us know in the comments if your domain all ready for the holidays or if you’ve got some work to do.

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