Sauce Labs Review: Cross Browser Testing Across Every Desktop, Tablet and Mobile Platform

While you can resize your screen and use browser emulation such as the Toggle Device Mode within the Inspect Element tool in Google Chrome, you can get an idea of how your responsive website looks across different devices, there are still quirks within each device operating system that will render specific elements differently. To get an idea of how your website actually looks across the different platforms, you would need to test on the actual device or have an emulator that emulates everything from the operating system level—and that is exactly what Sauce Labs offers:

Pros:

  • Affordable for small business owners, entrepreneurs, web designers and web developers
  • Ability to rotate certain device platforms including iPhone and iPad
  • Automated testing is available for tech start ups and larger businesses
  • Cross platform test across virtually any major OS and browser
  • Can test across multiple OS (operating systems) simultaneously and toggling between OS by clicking the corresponding Tabs
  • Ability to view another user’s quality assurance session with Spy feature
  • Ability to create sub accounts
  • Detailed logs so you can recreate any previous environment and runtime settings via Appium Log and Metadata
  • Highly scalable for quality assurance professionals and large companies with the Selenium automation support

Cons:

  • Automated Testing is complex and not easily deployable by the average entrepreneur, business owner or webmaster
  • Cannot see in 100% zoom of emulation OS, which causes the screen elements to display blurry
  • Hard to manually log multiple bugs individually via video Snapshots since it captures the whole session with Manual Testing

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Majestic SEO Review

Majestic SEO is a powerful back link analysis tool. Majestic SEO is in my plethora of go-to SEO tools when I take on an SEO project to do historical SEO research on their website and their competitors.

Pros:

  • Easy to get overview idea of when your competitors’ were aggressive and passive with their back link campaigns with their Fresh Index, Historical Index, Normalized, Cumulative and Non-Cumulative views
  • Unlimited reporting and data for websites that you own once you are on subscription once you very the website
  • Outperforms Moz’s Open Site Explorer, Ahrefs, Monitor Backlinks and Google Webmaster Tools in terms of the quantity of back links discovered
  • Trust Flow and Citation Flow are neat proprietary metrics, although I do not know if I would put this above other metrics such as Domain Authority
  • Majestic SEO has a Google Chrome plugin called Majestic Backlink Analyzer that displays detailed SEO information on the website that you are visiting
  • Flexible and relatively affordable payment plans in comparison to Moz’s Open Site Explorer or Ahrefs.com

Cons:

  • There is some overlap in the way they organize their data which makes it confusing. They have folders, buckets, downloads, advanced reports and standard reports
  • While the Historic Index contains a very thorough volume of data, most of this may create additional noise rather than insight. I have noticed on multiple occasions that a website without canonical tags get counted thousands of times, which technically is the website owner’s responsibility but regardless, the numbers do get inflated.
  • The way they present the data isn’t necessary the most user friendly so in order to sort through their data, often times, I find myself exporting the CSV file and then doing my own analysis in Excel

Takeaway:

Majestic SEO is undeniably powerful and outperforms it’s competitors in terms of quantity of backlinks that it finds. The drawback is the UI is not as intuitive as it could be so analysing the data does take more time than I prefer.

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How to Verify a Conversion Tracking Pixel

I am using this specifically for checking the status of a Facebook conversion tracking pixel to see if it is implemented on the website or not but you can use this to verify Analytics tracking or any other kind of tracking code. You want to install a Google Chrome extension called Ghostery, which is also available for Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer.

Ghostery for Google Chrome:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ghostery/mlomiejdfkolichcflejclcbmpeaniij?hl=en

Download Ghostery for Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer:
https://www.ghostery.com/en/download

After you’ve installed it, go ahead and navigate to your website and then click on the blue ghost icon. If your tracking code is implemented on your website, it will display. If it does not display, that means the tracking code is from a vendor not detected by Ghostery or it isn’t implemented correctly. The latter is more likely since their database is relatively comprehensive.


Verify Conversion Tracking Code