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A Handy SEO tip

Jun 18, 2013

As someone who spends a lot of time working in the area of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), I find it very handy to be able to view the source code of webpages as googlebot would see them. Because I was always doing this, I created a handy alias in Terminal on OS X to do that very thing and I thought I’d share for anyone out there who’s interested. To create it open up a terminal window and type the following:

sudo pico /etc/bashrc

Now in the Pico editor add this line to the bottom of your file

alias googlebot='curl --no-sessionid --user-agent "Googlebot/2.1 (+"'

Use Control+X to exit and save, you will need to type in your password. Now close and restart Terminal. Now to view a webpage as Googlebot would see it type:
googlebot and voila!

This is very handy if you check websites for potential SEO problems and also to detect spam link injection hacks. (especially in WordPress)