Learn These Advanced SEO Terms

Learn These Advanced SEO Terms

Here are some search engine optimization terms that you’ve heard of. We cover them in depth in this post.

  • HTTP(S) – Monitor a web page. A basic uptime check, this check performs a GET request to the site you’ve specified. Works on both HTTP and HTTPs and can include POST data as well as custom headers and looking for a particular string in the HTML of the site. The HTTP check is performed by a single GET request, which fetches the HTML code and header of your website. The HTTP check does not fetch any dynamic content, no images, Flash, JavaScript etc.
  • HTTP Custom – Connect Pingdom with scripts on your server and set it up to Alert you in case of issues as well as collect data for reports in Pingdom.
  • Ping – This check determines the status with the use of ICMP packets, and considers a site to be down if 3 out of 5 packets get no response. Only one packet is sent at a time, and a time-out threshold of 5 seconds is set for each packet.
  • TCP – Connect to a specific TCP port to make sure it’s responding, optionally a string to send and to expect can be entered, the specific string will have to be found from the documentation of the service you’re monitoring though.
  • UDP – Pretty much the same as the TCP check but using UDP instead.
  • DNS – A check specific for making sure your DNS servers are working, one check for every DNS server is required.
  • SMTP, POP3(S) and IMAP(S). These type of checks monitor your mail server for a response, a 220 is the default, but can be changed in the optional settings.

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