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U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO)

Words count: 9    Unique Words: 7    Length: 48 characters
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Repeat Terms in the Title tag
Term Repeat Count
S 2
U 2

Excellent! the title contains 1-12 words, and within 10-70 characters!

The title will be displayed in search engine results in the form of a direct link to the site.

1. ideally, the title should contain 10 to 70 characters, including spaces. (Google displays up to 70 characters in the title, and takes into account only the first 12 words.)
2. put the most important and relevant keywords in the title, try not to repeat any word.
3. each individual page should have a unique title.
GAO provides fact-based, nonpartisan information to Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates federal spending and performance.

Words count: 18    Length: 155 characters
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Excellent! Your meta description contains between 70 and 160 characters.

Meta Descriptions provide concise explanations of the contents of web pages, that are commonly used by search engines on search result pages to display preview snippets for a given page.

1. it is best to keep meta descriptions between 70-160 characters.
2. a readable, compelling description using important keywords can draw a much higher click-through rate of searchers to the given web page.
3. avoid keyword stuffing, ensure each page has its own unique description.
Google SERP Preview
U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) www.gao.gov/
GAO provides fact-based, nonpartisan information to Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates federal spending and performance.

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This is how your site looks like in Google Search Result Page.

an optimized SERP snippet will have a higher click through rate.

1. make sure the title is clear, simple, straight to the point.
2. make sure the description is relevant and properly summarized the page content.
Words count: 0    Length: 0 characters    keyword phrases count : 0

Meta Keywords is not set.
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Meta keywords should not be ignored, though they are not a major ranking factor for most of search engines nowadays. A Meta keywords tag is supposed to be a brief and concise list of the most important themes of your page

1. keep your list of keywords or keyword phrases down to 10 - 20 unique words or phrases.
2. separate the words or phrases using a comma (you do not need to leave a space between words separated by commas).
3. do not repeat words or phrases.
4. put your most important word or phrases at the beginning of your list.
Keywords Cloud
This keywords cloud gives your an idea of what are those important keywords appears in your website.

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Top 20 Keywords
Total Terms Count: 676

It is nice! the word density is quite ok.

Top 20 terms occurance and density
KeywordIn DomainIn TitleIn DescriptionIn Heading In Body Density
jun 37 5.47%
gao 27 3.99%
released 16 2.37%
publicly 15 2.22%
published 15 2.22%
report 11 1.63%
improve 10 1.48%
protest 9 1.33%
deny 8 1.18%
federal 7 1.04%
needed 7 1.04%
podcast 6 0.89%
accountability 5 0.74%
ensure 5 0.74%
services 5 0.74%
assessments 4 0.59%
contracts 4 0.59%
issues 4 0.59%
fraud 4 0.59%
health 4 0.59%

keyword density can be used as a factor in determining whether a web page is relevant to a specified keyword or keyword phrase.

1. the optimum keyword density to be 1.0% - 3.0%. Using a keyword more than that could be considered search spam.
2. overuse of keywords, a practice called keyword stuffing, will cause a web page to be penalized.

Excellent! The page is using HTML headings (<H1> - <H6>) and inline emphasis tags (<EM><B><I><EM><STRONG>)


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HTML headings and emphasis tags are the most basic forms to indicate important content.

1. use your keywords in the headings and make sure the first level heading (<H1>) includes the most important keywords.
2. never duplicate the title tag content in the heading tags.
3. for more effective SEO, use only one <H1> tag per page
Reading Level

The page text content is a bit too difficult to be read and understood!

Ensure your page content text can be read and understood by most of your site visitors. not too difficult nor too simple.

1. a score below 30, indicates the text content is too difficult to be read and understood.
2. a sore above 80, may suggest that the site is lack of in-depth and expertise of its topics (low quality content).
3. an optimal reading level score shall be 50-70.
en Excellent! the website declared its language in use.

the detected language is : en

Declare the language in use can help search engine to better understand and rendering your page, especially when special characters are encountered.
Page Encoding
utf-8 Excellent! the website declared its character encoding.

Declare the character encoding can help search engine to better rendering your page, especially when it comes to
non-asii characters.
Excellent! the website has a shortcut favicon image.

the website does not have a RSS Feed.

http://gao.gov/robots.txt Excellent! the website has a Robots.txt file to regulate search engine crawlers access.

Robots.txt file can be used to regulate access of search engine crawlers, properly configured robots.txt file can help
crawlers to better understand your website.

1. grand robots access to those pages you wish them to crawl.
2. restrict access to those pages you do not wish search engines to see and crawl.
XML Sitemap
XML Sitemap is not presented for the site.
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Sitemap helps search engine crawler to identify your website pages.

1. ensure all your important pages are listed in the sitemap.
2. ensure to indicate the frequency of change and importance of each url.
3. inform search engines of the location/URL of your sitemap (eg, For Google, you can set the website sitemap location through Google Webmaster management panel).
Loading Time
0.08 seconds - 723.25 Kb/s

Excellent! the site is pretty fast and it takes less than 1 second to load.

Estimated loading time for different internet connections
Optical Fibre
8.27 s 0.06 s 0.06 s 0.02 s 4.63 ms

Site speed is becoming an crucial ranking factor. Slow page loading is one of the biggest complains of web users. If the loading time is too long, you may need to check your server, network, or system codes and structure.

1. ideal loading time is less than 1 seconds, if it take more than 5 seconds to load your site, likely users will run out of patience, so do search engines.
2. improve your SEO by optimizing your website to have a small size and faster responding server.
Total Size
58 Kb (57,860 bytes)

Excellent! the page size is just nice, that is within 30K-150K!

Page size affects the speed of your website.

1. try to keep you page size between 30K-150K
2. put javascript and style sheet in separate files, and link them to the main page.
3. use optimized images for web and set up your server with gzip for downloading
Text To Code Ratio
Total Size Text Size HTML Code Size Text/HTML Code Ratio
58 Kb (57,860 bytes) 6 Kb (6,127 bytes) 52 Kb (51,733 bytes) 11.84 %

The Text/HTML Code Ratio is a bit too low, you may not have enough content to rank well!

the ratio of text to HTML code should always be above 15% for good SEO gain,
it is below 15% then that means that your website probably needs more text content.

1. a ratio between 25% and 70% is ideal, when it goes beyond than that, the page might run the risk of being considered as spam. As long as the content is relevant and gives essential information, it is a plus point to have more of it.
2. improve your SEO by adding more relevant text to your pages and also increasing your keyword density.
Excellent! No flash component is detected on this page.

Flash content can not be properly indexed by search engines, and normally flash file is large in size, which slow down the loading of your page.

1. avoid flash content whenever possible if you wish to have a fast and SEO friendly website.
Excellent! No frame is detected on this page.

Framesets and individual frames could cause problem for search engine to crawl your pages

1. avoid frames whenever possible.
2. search engines do not like frames.
3. use iframe instead if you really have no choice.
Inline CSS
32 Inline CSS components are detected on this page.

It is a good practice to move inline CSS rules into an external CSS file in order to make your page lighter and increasing the text to code ratio.

1. move inline css rules to external css file.
2. separate style from html.
Nested Table
Excellent! No nested table is detected on this page (nested table : 0, total table : 0)

nested tables could slow down page rendering and lead to bad user experience.

1. avoiding <table> for your page layout.
2. using <div> instead of <table>.
Plain Text Email
Excellent! No Plain Text Email is detected on this page.

Redirect Count
2 redirections were detected for loading this page.

Excellent! HTTPS is used for your page.

WWW Resolve
Excellent! the websites https://www.gao.gov/ and http://gao.gov are resolved to the same url :https://www.gao.gov/

Search Engines treat URLs with or without "www" as two different records.

1. edit your .htaccess file and permanently redirect one to the other (eg redirect www.mysite.com to mysite.com).
URL Rewrite
Excellent! your urls are clean.

clean, short and relevant URLs are favoured by users and search engines

1. use url rewrite to turn dynamic pages with query parameters into seo friendly static pages.
2. put your important keywords in the url.
3. good urls are not only user friendly but also seo friendly.
Underscore In URL
URLs with underscore

You have 14 Urls with underscore.

Search Engines treat hyphen as word separator, they do not treat underscore as word separator.

1. use hyphen "-" instead of underscore "_" to optimize your page url.
2. help search engines to better understand your url, eventually will benefit your page`s ranking.
Internal Links
(link to pages within this domain)
External Links
(link to pages on other websites)
111 14 125

You have more than 100 links (125).

Internal Links (link to pages within this domain) - 111
URL Anchor Text
http://gao.gov/#skip_navSkip Navigation
http://gao.gov/reports-testimonies/Reports & Testimonies
http://gao.gov/legal/Bid Protests &Appropriations L...
http://gao.gov/key_issues/overviewKey Issues
http://gao.gov/about/index.htmlAbout GAO
http://gao.gov/coronavirus/GAO’s Coronavirus Oversight
http://gao.gov/about/what-gao-does/fraudnetReport Suspected Fraud to Us
http://gao.gov/browse/date/weekRecently Issued  »
http://gao.gov/#reportsREPORTS & TESTIMONIES
http://gao.gov/#legalLEGAL DECISIONS
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-332Enhanced Enterprise Risk Manag...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-514RDOD Contracts with Companies H...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-441Better Communication Could Imp...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-525HHS Should Take Actions to Ens...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-335Actions Needed to Improve Mana...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-442Improvements Needed to Ensure ...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-515TAdditional Steps Are Needed to...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-648TDOD and the Coast Guard Need t...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-422BLS Should Explore Ways to Imp...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-454IRS Increasingly Uses Data in ...
http://gao.gov/products/B-418558Alliance Technology Group, LLC
http://gao.gov/products/B-418449Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
http://gao.gov/products/B-418390.2,B-418390.3,B-418390.4Jacobs Polar Services-CH2M Fac...
http://gao.gov/products/B-331262Executive Agencies—Communicati...
http://gao.gov/products/B-418292.7AeroSage, LLC--Reconsideration
http://gao.gov/products/B-418602,B-418602.4LATA-Atkins Technical Services...
http://gao.gov/products/B-418602.2,B-418602.5Navarro Research and Engineeri...
http://gao.gov/products/B-418376.2CDS Services, Inc.
http://gao.gov/products/B-418522Trademasters Service, Inc.
http://gao.gov/products/B-418110.3,B-418110.4,B-418110.5CACI, Inc.-Federal
http://gao.gov/products/gao-20-525HHS Should Take Actions to Ens...
http://gao.gov/products/gao-20-515tAdditional Steps Are Needed to...
http://gao.gov/products/gao-20-441Better Communication Could Imp...
http://gao.gov/products/gao-20-332Enhanced Enterprise Risk Manag...
http://gao.gov/products/gao-20-514rDOD Contracts with Companies H...
http://gao.gov/coronavirus/Our new collection
http://gao.gov/about/what-gao-does/fraudnet/FraudNet to report any waste, ...
http://gao.gov/duplication/overviewour 10th report
http://gao.gov/press/best_places_to_work_2019.htmBest Places to Work
http://gao.gov/about/contact-us/find-an-expert/Search our database of experts
http://gao.gov/about/comptroller-general/Comptroller General ...
http://gao.gov/feeds.htmlStay Connected  »
http://gao.gov/feeds.htmlRSS feeds
http://gao.gov/multimedia/podcast/Podcasts  »
http://gao.gov/multimedia/podcast/707615Public Health Preparedness: En...
http://gao.gov/assets/710/707617.mp3Click here to play podcast
http://gao.gov/multimedia/podcastsMore podcasts
http://blog.gao.govWatchblog ...
http://gao.gov/reports-testimonies/recommendations-database/Recommendations Database ...
http://gao.gov/about/what-gao-does/audit-role/cae/Center for Audit Excellence
http://gao.gov/coronavirus/Reviewing the federal response...
http://gao.gov/2020_census/Challenges to ensuring an accu...
http://gao.gov/duplication/overviewChanges that could improve eff...
http://gao.gov/americas_fiscal_futureA big-picture look at the nati...
http://gao.gov/science_and_technologyPolicy, research, development,...
http://gao.gov/highrisk/overviewPrograms and agencies needing ...
http://gao.gov/about/press-center/press-releases/Press Releases:
https://www.gao.gov/press/MedPac_press_release_May_2020.htmGAO Makes MedPAC Appointments
https://www.gao.gov/press/DOF_press_release_May_2020.htmGAO Issues 10th Annual Report ...
https://www.gao.gov/press/fraudnet_coronavirus.htmGAO's FraudNet Hotline Ready t...
https://www.gao.gov/press/government_fiscal_path.htmGovernment's Fiscal Path "Unsu...
https://www.gao.gov/press/best_places_to_work_2019.htmGAO Again Cited as a "Best Pla...
http://gao.gov/products/GAO-20-1SPPerformance & Accountability R...
http://gao.gov/scam-alerts/Scam Alerts
http://gao.gov/about/what-gao-does/hcac/Health Care Advisory Committee...
http://gao.gov/ig/GAO Inspector General
http://gao.gov/fraudnetReport Federal Fraud, Waste, a...
http://gao.gov/greenbook/overviewStandardsfor InternalControls

External Links (link to pages on other websites) - 14
URL Anchor Text

reasonable number of links (below 100) per page will give a better user experience.

1. keep the number of links per page below 100.
2. having more than 100 links in a single page will lead to a bad user experience, and it possibly runs into the risk of been considered as spam.
3. search engines may not follow all the links if you have too many of them in a single page.
Total Images Alt Present Alt Missing
29 28 1

1 images do not have Alt values.

Image URL - 29
http://gao.gov/images/US-GAO-logo.pngU.S. Government Accountability...
http://gao.gov/images/rip/defense.jpgNational Defense
http://gao.gov/images/rip/defense.jpgNational Defense
http://gao.gov/images/rip/international.jpgInternational Affairs
http://gao.gov/images/rip/health.jpgHealth Care
http://gao.gov/images/rip/worker_family_assistance.jpgWorker and Family Assistance
http://gao.gov/images/rip/auditing.jpgAuditing and Financial Managem...
http://gao.gov/images/rip/equal_opportunity.jpgEqual Opportunity
http://gao.gov/images/rip/defense.jpgNational Defense
http://gao.gov/images/rip/retirement.jpgRetirement Security
http://gao.gov/images/rip/tax.jpgTax Policy and Administration
http://gao.gov/img_library/slider/Coronavirus-slider.pngOur new collection highlights ...
http://gao.gov/img_library/slider/fraudnet_slider.pngHelp GAO track the funds from ...
http://gao.gov/img_library/slider/2020_duplication_slider.pngRead our 10th report in a seri...
http://gao.gov/img_library/slider/2019_update_best_places_slider.pngGAO Again Named One of the Bes...
http://gao.gov/img_library/slider/findexpert_slider.pngSearch our database of experts...
http://gao.gov/img_library/slider/pause.pngSlider On/Off toggle switch
http://gao.gov/img/seal_43px.pngseal of the GAO
http://gao.gov/img/watchblog_logo_190w.pngWatchblog Logo
http://gao.gov/img/recs_big.pngRecommendations Logo
http://gao.gov/img/cae_logo_43px.pngCenter for Audit Excellence Lo...
http://gao.gov/img/collections/Census-medallion-teal_125.png2020 Census
http://gao.gov/img/collections/collections_americas_fiscal_future_125.pngAmerica's Fiscal Future
http://gao.gov/img/collections/SciTech_medallion_125.pngTechnology & Science
http://gao.gov/img/collections/collections_high_risk_125.pngHigh Risk
http://gao.gov/img_library/about/US-GAO-logo.pngU.S. Government Accountability...

search engines cannot `see` images, proper Alt content will help them to better understand and index images.

1. always add alt attributes to images. Alt is mandatory for accessibility and for valid XHTML.
2. words used within an image`s Alt attribute should be its text equivalent and convey the same information.
3. use a human-readable caption and descriptive text around the image.
Style Block In Same Page Links to External Style Files Total
3 5 8

Too many (5) external style sheet files , it will slow down the downloading.

Links To External Stylesheet Files - 5
Stylesheet URL rel type

Scripts Block In Same Page Links to External Script Files Total
13 8 21

Too many (8) external scripts files , it will slow down the downlaoding.

Links To External Script Files - 8
Script URL Type

put scripts together and link them from an external files rather then put them in the same file as the main page.

1. reduce the use of in-page scripts, put them in separate files and link them in.
2. reduce the number of external script files, it will help browser to make lesser number of http requests from the server.
3. optimize or compress the script files to have smaller size and faster loading.
Blog Or News Release
Link to Blog / News Release Page

Excellent! we have found blog linked to your site.

Having a blog is a great way to provide fresh content and retain users, search engines favour it too.

1. regularly update your blog and provide fresh and quality content.
2. relevant blogs of your website topics, generate more credits in the eyes of your visitors, as well as search engines.
DMOZ Listing

Excellent! the website is listed in the DMOZ open directory. DMOZ Open Directory Project

Google Analytics
UA-29643216-1 Excellent! the website implements Google Analytics.

Google Page Rank
8 Excellent! the website has a high page rank (8/10).

0 - 1 2 - 3 4 - 10
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Links From Root Domains
Excellent! You do have a lot of root domains (56) linked to your site gao.gov.

< 20 21 - 50 > 51
Poor Good Excellent

Number of backlinks from some other root domains is an indicator of domain authority, the more backlinks your site has, the higher its domain authority, which leads to a higher chance of better ranking.

1. make it easy for others to link to your site, provide the code if possible.
2. links from older domains are more powerful than links from new domains.
3. links from .edu and .gov generally have a higher value.
Social Engagement
Your site has an excellent social media engagement!

  Facebook Likes 451
  Facebook Shares 1,309
  Facebook Comments 419
  Tweets 154
  LinkedIn 53

Social Media Integration
Excellent! your site is well integrated with social media networks.

Facebook Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/usgao
Twitter Accounthttp://twitter.com/usgao
Google+ PageNot Found


Excellent! the website has a good Trustworthiness Score (95/100).

0 - 19 20 - 39 40 - 59 60 - 79 80 - 100
Very Poor Poor Unsatisfactory Good Excellent

Users are concerned about the safety of their online transactions. Trustworthiness rating is based on real user ratings and that tells you how much other users trust this site, so do the serch engines. note: this trustworthiness score is provided by WOT (Web of Trust).

1. pay attention to the look and design of your site, many people look for visual cues when assessing a site`s credibility
2. make your site easy to use, sites that are easy to navigate are perceived as being more trustworthy.
3. make it easy for user to contact you, users will be more comfortable and feel more secured shall they need to get in touch with you.
Child Safe
96 Excellent! the website has a good Child Safe Score (96/100).

0 - 19 20 - 39 40 - 59 60 - 79 80 - 100
Very Poor Poor Unsatisfactory Good Excellent

Safe Browsing
Safe! the site gao.gov is NOT currently listed as suspicious, most-likely it is clean from malware and phining code [ verify this by Google Safe Browsing ]

Ensure that your site is malware free and does not cause harm to users` computers.

1. do not put virus, malicious worms, adwares, trojans, spywares and suspicious phishing code in your server.
2. take suspicious behaviours seriously, have a regular check-up and monitor closely of your server`s log files.
3. if your site is black-listed by Google as suspicious, clean it up before requesting for a review.
Traffic Rank
104,872th most visited website in the world.
33,681th most visited website in United States  

your site has an excellent high traffic rank in the world.
Websites On Same Server
Excellent! You do have very few domains (1 - flipboard.com) hosted on the same server as gao.gov (ip :

Too many domains hosted on the same server is an indicator that you are not really serious about your website, and your site will have a higher chance to be surrounded by bad neighbours.

1. the fewer domains hosted on the same server/ip the better.
2. avoid shared hosting whenever possible, especially when there are already hundreds or thousands of sites are hosted on the same server.
3. dedicated ip or resources for your site not only do good to your site visitors but also favoured by search engines.
Server Location
your server (IP : is located at United States  
the most site visitors come from United States  

Excellent! your server is located close to most of your site visitors.
HTTP Compression

your website server does not support HTTP Compression.


your website server does not support Caching.

Server Signature
Excellent! the website server signature is off.

A secure and safe server is not only good for your site visitors but also good for search engines.

1. server software version information can be utilized by malicious visitors to attack your server.
2. by turning off the server signature, you actually have made your server a little bit more secure.
3. for Apache server - edit the apache2.conf or the .htaccess file to turn server signature off.
Domain Info
gao.gov ( 7 characters )

[ To check the detailed whois info, Use this Whois Lookup Tool ]

Domain Created On Last Modified On Expires On
unknown unknown unknown
unknown old unknown ago unknown from today
unknown old

Domain Name Servers used by gao.gov
DNS Name IP Address

Domain is going to expire in less than a year time (unknown from today), try to renew it for more than one year!

domain name choice and domain age are crucial for SEO.

1. keep the domain name short and relevant to the content, which will be easier to be remembered and related to.
2. older domain tends to be more trustworthy.
3. register a domain for more than 1 year, and search engine will think it is a serious business.


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