Lynx: See how search engines see your site

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Hi friends.  Going to write about one all time best powerful text browser named Lynx.

Now let me explain the title first. "See how search engines see your site". This is not what I'm saying this is what the great Google says.Read this paragraph:

Use a text browser such as Lynx to examine your site, because most search engine spiders see your site much as Lynx would. If fancy features such as JavaScript, cookies, session IDs, frames, DHTML, or Flash keep you from seeing all of your site in a text browser, then search engine spiders may have trouble crawling your site.

You can find above paragraph on Google's Webmaster Guidelines. 


Because of the speed and some more powerful feature of such text based browser they are perfect for search engines. So if you are a webmaster then you better check how your site appears to search engines.

Since Lynx is a command line tool one more positive of such browser is that it can utilize all power of command line.  For example

lynx -dump mysite.com 

command will dump whole text and links from the homepage of mysite.com.

Now if we want list of all links from this page then we can pipe the output of above command to grep utiliy as shown below:

lynx -dump mysite.com | grep -o "http:.*" >file.txt  

Above command will write the list of all links from home page of mysite.com to a text file names file.txt.

This is how this blog looks in lynx:

You can download and install Lynx from here.

Debian based system user can also try following command:

sudo apt-get install lynx

Leave comments in case of any trouble or suggestions....:)




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