Hello there and welcome! We’d like to show you how to use SiteCondor to automate your site auditing tasks. SiteCondor makes it easy for you to schedule crawl jobs on multiple sites and stay aware of site errors and optimization opportunities.
Who is this tutorial for?
If you’re part of a digital marketing agency, custom web development shop, in-house marketing team, startup team, online retailer, or a search marketing freelancer working on client sites – this tutorial is for you.
Why Site Auditing?
To optimize the value your sites generate you have to constantly improve their quality. This ranges from improving the user experience, to providing engaging and relevant content, not to mention monitoring availability and performance – all in an effort to improve conversion rates and search result rankings. You’re always on a mission to get more and better quality traffic. Periodical technical Site Audits can be of enormous help with most of these tasks. There’s a lot to keep an eye on, and SiteCondor can help with many of these tasks.
SiteCondor can alarm you when there are 404 errors due to broken links (including broken links to external sites), broken images, missing resources, general availability issues, missing page titles, missing meta descriptions, missing headings, and images with missing alternate text. All of these basic errors can negatively affect your site’s user experience and search results rankings.
As sites grow and technology evolves, sites usually become more complex and increasingly dynamic, often with multiple teams working on them. Naturally this creates more potential for things to go wrong. Hence the need for periodically keeping an eye on them. [Note: check out 11 creative ways to use SiteCondor for more ideas on using SiteCondor ].
In addition to the custom email alerts triggered by scheduled audit jobs, SiteCondor also provides you with full access to more detailed reports and results which can help you discover many other minor errors and optimization opportunities. Feel free to check out our features page for more.
Alright, enough chit chat. Let’s get to it.
Step 1. Creating Jobs
Assuming you are Signed In to SiteCondor, select Jobs/Create from the navigation menu. Once on the Create Job form, enter the site’s domain name, and check the Images checkbox as in the screenshot below. For our example, we’ll use one of our favorite local coffee shops. If you would like a more rigorous crawl, feel free to check the other resource types and investigate the advanced options.
Step 2. Viewing Job Results
To monitor your job progress, select Jobs/List from the navigation menu. Clicking on the Refresh button will refresh your job list with the latest status. Once your job has completed you’ll see a Finished status in the Crawl Status column as shown below.
In addition to this, SiteCondor will also send you an email notification every time a job is completed. To view the job results, click on the View Results button. You can view job results at any time, just keep in mind they may only be partial results if the job has not yet completed running. Clicking on View Results will take you to the Job Overview page below.
You can click on the different sections to explore all the different job results, our interactive site visualizations, and the downloadable XML Sitemap.
Step 3. Creating Job Schedules
You are now ready to create a job schedule and its associated custom alarm. You can schedule jobs to run on a weekly or monthly basis. [ Note: If your site was not crawled properly, your job crawl settings may need tweaking. Feel free to contact us for help, or go back to Step 1 and give it another try. ].
Go back to the Jobs/List page using the navigation menu, and click on the Set Schedule button for the job you created on Step 1. Following the screenshot below, turn the Send Email Alerts switch to ON, and enter values for each of the conditions you would like to monitor. You can leave empty those conditions that you do not wish to monitor. SiteCondor will send you an email alert if any of these conditions are met, every time a scheduled job completes running. In our example, we scheduled the job to run on a weekly basis and alarm us if there broken links, missing images, missing titles, missing meta descriptions, missing headings, images with missing alternate text, and/or any other HTTP errors.
Your job is now scheduled to run and you will receive an email every time it completes, on a weekly or monthly basis as per your schedule settings. The job completion email contains a convenient link to the view Job Results, but you can always see your results from the Job/Lists page.
If any of the threshold values are met you will also receive an email alert, and the Job Results dashboard will reflect the issue, highlighting counts that exceed any of the thresholds set as seen in the following screenshot.
Step 3. Rinse & Repeat
Repeat Step 1 & 2 for each site you would like to monitor. Keep in mind you can choose different job options and different schedule settings for each of them.
[ Tip: Use the Jobs/Scheduled list available from the navigation menu to see which jobs you have scheduled to run next and cancel any scheduled jobs if necessary. ]
Step 4. Keep Calm, Watch your inbox
That’s it, you can relax now :).
We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, please feel free to leave a reply below if you have any questions or ideas for followup tutorials!