Kadabra Feedback From Ronel

Dear Doug

How on earth you get your WHO-IS record to show “Redacted” for everything amazes me!

I love your online tool and I am systematically running all the websites I’ve written through it, to try and get their standard up as best I can within given constraints. Thank you.

I tested a site today, Citrusdalcellars.co.za, which is fully W3C validation compliant and the code snippet is on each page of the website, yet it shows as not validated in Kadabra.  I’m curious as to whether your tool actually looks at this, and if so, why it would not recognize this site as W3C validated?

Would love a response and I promise not to try and sell you anything, ask for my blog post to be on your site, etc..

Kind regards

Small Business Volution

Reply : Douglas Kemp <doug @ kadabra.co.za>

Hey Ronel

Wow 81 that’s a near perfect score in my book.

The whois form is just a simple query, provided we don’t hit co.za too hard they don’t mind serving it. The “REDACTED” portion is the cloaked bits that co.za has now implemented in an attempt to comply with the global mandates on GDPR compliance for domain registrars. We simply print out what they spit back to our query.

The W3C validation function was one of many that ship with the script that runs Kadabra.

In my humble opinion w3c validation is more of a suggestion than a prerequisite. The standards are more used in good house keeping browser companies making browser software than to enforce standards compliant developers where user experience, speed and functionality supersede the compliance check boxing.

Of course keeping good code standards is the better option but not always practical.

Certainly from an SEO standpoint the W3C compliance is a non-event as most of the sites on the open internet do not fully comply (including Kadabra, Google etc).

To my knowledge when I looked at the function it did actually run the URL query on the w3c validation tool and if it brought back errors then it failed. This being said, I have not tested the logic in quite some time and as it is reliant on a 3rd party site response thus there is every possibility that it could have fallen over on it’s face at some point.

On the whole and after a 3 nanosecond look at http://citrusdalcellars.co.za/ I would say your site is pretty rock solid. I took the liberty of looking at the rest of your company websites you guys have worked on and I would have to say well done. These static sites are marvellous creations for speed and customisability but a lot more labour intensive.

Hope this helps

Thanks for reaching out to me


Regarding Your Awesome Post: Ngamulasafari.co.za SEO Report

Ryan from PassionateOutdoor <[email protected]>
Mon 5 Nov, 16:02 (8 days ago)
to admin

Hey there,

I hope you’re having a fantastic week so far!

My name is Rayan and I am Content Manager at PassionateOutdoor

Couple of days back I was doing some research and landed on your awesome post: Ngamulasafari.co.za SEO Report : Web Optimisation Report For Ngamulasafari.co.za

here is its link: https://www.kadabra.co.za/domain/ngamulasafari.co.za

I also got to know that you have linked to http://matadornetwork.com/goods/31-crazy-camping-tricks-will-make-life-easier/ as a supplementary resource.

Which is undoubtedly a great read.

But I didn’t find it comprehensive enough which could answer all the queries which newbie campers may have, (especially when they are out with their kids).

Because of it, I have created a 5000-word ultimate guide of camping tips and tricks for family campers.

Would appreciate if you have a look at this beast.

And here is it. https://passionateoutdoor.com/camping-hacks/

Please let me know what you think of it.

And if you find it link worthy, please be generous.


While going through your website it’s quite evident that you care about providing your readers with the best advice. I thought our guide would be a natural fit as a supplement for their fly fishing queries.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and hope you have a beautiful day!

Cheers, Rayan

from Passionateoutdoor.com

Ryan from PassionateOutdoor <[email protected]>
Thu 8 Nov, 03:00 (5 days ago)
to admin

Hey there,Hope you are doing well.

Well, I understand that you are a busy person.

I was just making sure that you got my last email (See Below).

Would love to collaborate with you.


from Passionateoutdoor.com

Ryan from PassionateOutdoor <[email protected]>
03:00 (7 hours ago)
to admin

Hey there,

I didn’t hear back from you in response to my email sent last week.

And then I re-checked the contact detail given at your site, and it seems correct (please connect me to the right person in case they ain’t).Would love to hear back.


Doug from my desk <[email protected]>


Hey Ryan thanks for reaching out to me. I’m glad you liked my post on Ngamulasafari.co.za it took many hours of my life to compose.

I read your article on Camping hacks and was truly blown away, such grace, such inspiration absolutely groundbreaking stuff sir! The internet must have imploded backwards creating a black hole vacuum for camping people to fall into.

Ryan I do however appreciate your efforts in trying to solicit a link from me but in truth I don’t have a very positive track record when it comes to camping and anyone who knows me can attest to my severe camping inability and I do feel it may be disingenuous for me to link an Free SEO backlink tool for South African Websites ONLY to a random page on your camping website.

Here are a two of my example scenarios of why I would not be considered an authoritative source for camping information.

  • I once went camping in Pilanesberg Game Reserve in the middle of winter and damn near froze my balls off. We woke up the next morning to discover that over the night a wash up bucket that contained all our cooking utensils and cutlery had frozen solid. Everyone was miserable and we cut the weekend short as there seemed to be no point in dying of hypothermia just to say “we went camping”.
  • There was another time when I arrived at the campsite just as the sun was setting. The tent that I just bought was brand new and I had no idea one required a rocket science degree to erect 2 pole dome thing. It got to about 8pm and I finally decided that it would serve me better to give up and start a fire and drink copious quantities of beer. I gathered enough wood to last me through the evening under the light of my car headlights just before the heavens opened to torrential rain downpour. Soaked and disgruntled I spent the remainder of the evening trying to sleep on the back seat of my VW beetle. The next morning I woke up at 4:30am with a splitting headache only to discover that I had left the car headlights on overnight and that the remainder of my new tent had blown into the nearby lake.

I have many other band camp tales that are much the same or similar iterations of this theme that either involve perilous encounters with Africa’s wildlife or me being drunk and doing something seriously dumb and in most cases all of the above.

Pretty much all my friends know I suck at camping, I bring impractical stuff that breaks or does not work and it has become somewhat of a running joke, but in all seriousness Ryan this is why I don’t get invited to go camping with my friends anymore.

However seeing as how you are one persistent bastard, and I like persistent bastards like myself they have a special place in my heart so I devote this post in honour of your request.

Backlink achievement level 1.

All the best


Ryan Taylor

1 hour ago

Hey Dough,

The moment I grabbed my morning coffee and opened my email, instantly all the clouds in the sky fade away and I see the rainbow. Soon I realized that I have fallen in love with you (despite you made me fire my VA)

I am printing this email and framing it.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to show it to my grandchildren that what a persistent bastard I was.

And please don’t delete this post too… it will be the hallmark of the links I will get for my website.

Currently browsing through your website looking for the possibility to stay in touch.

Yours truly,


P.S: Since you suck so much in camping you seriously need to go through all stuff from https://passionateoutdoor.com/guides/

P.S.S: You responded after the third email but still I won’t let you miss my fourth email which I had scheduled for you.

4th Email Day 14 Monday

Subject: Every 5 sec,79,181 lbs of trash is thrown in US. Let’s Recycle this email.


Let’s keep this one short (about 5 secs)

Your resource page: https://www.kadabra.co.za/domain/ngamulasafari.co.za + My resource Link https://passionateoutdoor.com/camping-hacks/ =

Your Audience



The End

Rest of the details are below.

Hello I saw you linked to x and I have y

Im so sick of automated outreach with follow up email nag’s I have un-characteristically started spam reporting emails. So unless you want me to spam report your “outreach campaign” may I suggest the following.

Link Submission

Getting links on Kadabra.co.za is free if you are as South African website generating a report. If you do NOT have a South African site or service and what to “advertise” on Kadabra. See below points.

Content Submission Guidelines

If you have a unique content item that you would like me to post in reciprocation to some or other service. Please make sure that the service is a legitimate, wholesome and awesome service that readers of my site may be genuinely interested in and i will consider posting it. Keep your $30 for a rain day.

That’s about the sum total of the “service offering” free link for South African websites, or a free genuinely interesting content article for this blog.

If you don’t have either one or the other then don’t bother spamming me.



Bye Bye .com’s

Due to the repetitive spamming of .com domains I have decided to stop all .com queries to Kadabra. It is sad but I don’t enjoy weeding out sub-domains and all the other types of freebie websites that were populating in the main feed.

For the moment so long as you have a functional production .co.za you should not notice any difference in the way we work and will be automatically included in the index process.

Top 50 Tourism Sites in South Africa

When I started doing SEO in 2005 there were very few companies that even knew what SEO was let alone hire a guy to do it. Come to think of it I’m not sure it was even called SEO. We just wanted traffic on our websites and Google was a good source for it.

The industries that seemed to vaguely understand these kinds of objective were travel and online gambling companies. Niche as it was (at the time) I first found my groove doing travel work in Cape Town and have never looked back since.

It would thus be apt to click this site off with an SEO analysis of top tourism destination websies in South Africa and see how our local attractions were getting along. That and I just happened to find a list of tourism websites on that I hoodwinked from Travel Starts list here.

Cape Point : SEO Report

V&A Waterfront : SEO Report

Table Mountain : SEO Report

!Khwa ttu : SEO Report

Newlands Brewery : SEO Report

Groot Constantia : SEO Report

World of Birds : SEO Report

Cango Caves : SEO Report

Bloukrans Bungee Jump : SEO Report

Ostrich Farm Oudsthoorn : SEO Report

Bathurst Big Pineapple : SEO Report

The Big Hole : SEO Report

Apartheid Museum : SEO Report

Gold Reef City : SEO Report

Newtown : SEO Report

Satyagraha House : SEO Report

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary : SEO Report

Lion Park : SEO Report

Nelson Mandela Square : SEO Report

Monte Casino : SEO Report

SAB World of Beer : SEO Report

Voortrekker Monument : SEO Report

Union Buildings : SEO Report

Sterkfontein Caves : SEO Report

Harties Cableway : SEO Report

Bill Harrops Balloon Safaris : SEO Report

Sun City : SEO Report

Moses Mabida Stadium : SEO Report

uShaka Marine World : SEO Report

Tala Private Game Reserve : SEO Report

Drakensberg : SEO Report

Nelson Mandela Capture Site: SEO Report

Howick Falls : SEO Report

Gateway : SEO Report