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When high SEO ranking fails to give you a reliable result: IsItDownRightNow.com failed to detect the WayBack Machine outage

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/11

A high SEO ranking does not automatically indicate a reliable result.

When the WayBack Machine was down a while ago (it responded to traceroute UDP requests, but would not establish TCP connections on ports 80 and 443), the first Google hit for detecting down status (searching for [Archive.is] waybackmachine down – Google Search) failed miserably because it redirected web.archive.org (which fails) to http://www.archive.org (which succeeds):

IsIdDownRightNow failing to detect web.archive.org downtime

IsIdDownRightNow failing to detect web.archive.org downtime

Luckily when asking around on Twitter:

  • others were experiencing the same problem, not just in The Netherlands, but also in other countries
  • after trying a few things, the WayBack machine got backup [Archive.is] before I could try cURL.
  • I got pointed at www.uptrends.com/tools/uptime which correctly does check the right subdomain and shows it is down from many locations:

 

https://www.uptrends.com/tools/uptime checking for web.archive.org

https://www.uptrends.com/tools/uptime checking for web.archive.org

Highlights from the Twitter thread

https://twitter.com/maikeltjeonline/status/1361307244596453383

A traceroute or tcptraceroute worked fine, but connecting to ports 80 and 443 failse

https://twitter.com/maikeltjeonline/status/1361305841308213249

IsItDownRightNow does an incorrect redirect from web.archive.org to archive.org

This is just as bad as modern browsers hiding subdomains. Subdomains are important!

https://twitter.com/AlexisEvelyn42/status/1361311253189246976

cURL was moot, as the site got up before I could try it

https://twitter.com/jpluimers/status/1361323561848291332

 

–jeroen

Logs of my tries from various ISPs and locations to reach web.archive.org:


$ telnet web.archive.org 80
Trying 207.241.237.3…
telnet: connect to address 207.241.237.3: Connection refused
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host
$ traceroute web.archive.org
traceroute to web.archive.org (207.241.237.3), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
1 192.168.71.1 (192.168.71.1) 3.549 ms 1.153 ms 1.094 ms
2 fritz.box (192.168.171.1) 1.443 ms 1.549 ms 1.471 ms
3 lo0.dr11.d12.xs4all.net (194.109.5.175) 4.636 ms 2.822 ms 2.857 ms
4 0.ae21.xr4.1d12.xs4all.net (194.109.7.169) 2.936 ms 2.781 ms
0.ae21.xr3.3d12.xs4all.net (194.109.7.173) 2.869 ms
5 0.et-7-1-0.xr1.tc2.xs4all.net (194.109.5.5) 3.003 ms
0.et-1-1-0.xr1.tc2.xs4all.net (194.109.5.7) 3.154 ms
0.et-7-1-0.xr1.tc2.xs4all.net (194.109.5.5) 3.836 ms
6 asd-s8-rou-1041.nl.as286.net (134.222.94.216) 4.615 ms 3.182 ms 3.014 ms
7 ae11-100-cr5-ams1.ipv4.gtt.net (194.122.122.98) 3.145 ms
ae16-100-cr6-ams1.ipv4.gtt.net (194.122.122.102) 18.989 ms 16.553 ms
8 ae1.cr3-ams2.ip4.gtt.net (89.149.128.117) 3.454 ms
ae0.cr3-ams2.ip4.gtt.net (89.149.182.74) 3.597 ms
ae13.cr4-ams2.ip4.gtt.net (89.149.184.222) 3.601 ms
9 as174.cr4-ams2.ip4.gtt.net (141.136.101.6) 3.948 ms
be3014.rcr22.ams05.atlas.cogentco.com (130.117.15.193) 3.946 ms 3.709 ms
10 be3499.ccr41.ams03.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.60.21) 4.234 ms
be3500.ccr42.ams03.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.60.25) 4.318 ms
be3499.ccr41.ams03.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.60.21) 4.198 ms
11 be12194.ccr41.lon13.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.56.93) 95.852 ms 94.958 ms
be12488.ccr42.lon13.atlas.cogentco.com (130.117.51.41) 95.147 ms
12 be2317.ccr41.jfk02.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.30.185) 96.760 ms
be2101.ccr32.bos01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.82.38) 95.927 ms
be2099.ccr31.bos01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.82.34) 95.235 ms
13 be2890.ccr22.cle04.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.82.245) 99.002 ms
be2889.ccr21.cle04.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.47.49) 95.663 ms
be3600.ccr22.alb02.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.0.221) 95.941 ms
14 be2718.ccr42.ord01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.7.129) 115.244 ms
be2717.ccr41.ord01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.6.221) 96.593 ms 95.755 ms
15 be2718.ccr42.ord01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.7.129) 99.910 ms 95.785 ms
be2831.ccr21.mci01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.42.165) 116.153 ms
16 be3036.ccr22.den01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.31.89) 151.979 ms
be2831.ccr21.mci01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.42.165) 115.860 ms
be2832.ccr22.mci01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.44.169) 120.965 ms
17 be3037.ccr21.slc01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.41.145) 147.155 ms
be3038.ccr32.slc01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.42.97) 146.023 ms
be3037.ccr21.slc01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.41.145) 145.902 ms
18 be3037.ccr21.slc01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.41.145) 149.531 ms
be3110.ccr22.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.44.141) 148.284 ms
be3038.ccr32.slc01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.42.97) 145.648 ms
19 be3109.ccr21.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.44.137) 144.742 ms 144.795 ms
be3110.ccr22.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.44.141) 145.340 ms
20 be2681.rcr21.b003070-1.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.5.234) 145.376 ms
be2682.rcr21.b003070-1.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.6.170) 145.455 ms
be2681.rcr21.b003070-1.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com (154.54.5.234) 145.371 ms
21 207.241.237.3 (207.241.237.3) 146.603 ms 149.782 ms
38.140.30.26 (38.140.30.26) 145.840 ms
$ sudo tcptraceroute web.archive.org 80
Password:
Selected device en0, address 192.168.71.77, port 55794 for outgoing packets
Tracing the path to web.archive.org (207.241.237.3) on TCP port 80 (http), 30 hops max
1 192.168.71.1 1.207 ms 1.007 ms 1.399 ms
2 fiber24315337241.heldenvannu.net (37.153.243.241) 3.124 ms 1.226 ms 1.705 ms
3 lo650028685.bng03.dc2.routit.net (212.121.121.183) 3.311 ms 2.149 ms 2.150 ms
4 be23.bbna02.dc2.routit.net (84.246.25.142) 2.506 ms 2.265 ms 2.111 ms
5 e0-4-0-0.iar03.dc2.routit.net (84.246.25.31) 2.266 ms 2.350 ms 2.410 ms
6 * * *
7 * * *
8 100ge0-31.core2.lon3.he.net (184.104.193.193) 8.272 ms 7.992 ms 11.555 ms
9 100ge14-1.core1.lon2.he.net (184.105.64.237) 17.520 ms 8.952 ms 9.372 ms
10 100ge4-1.core1.nyc4.he.net (72.52.92.166) 84.703 ms 73.990 ms 73.803 ms
11 100ge8-1.core1.sjc2.he.net (184.105.81.218) 136.138 ms 142.146 ms 136.132 ms
12 10ge16-1.core1.sfo1.he.net (184.105.213.162) 141.380 ms 139.344 ms 139.690 ms
13 internet-archive.ve253.core1.sfo1.he.net (64.71.160.46) 139.469 ms 139.262 ms 139.294 ms
14 207.241.237.3 [closed] 139.722 ms
internet-archive.ve253.core1.sfo1.he.net (64.71.160.46) 170.175 ms 140.824 ms


C:\>telnet web.archive.org 80
Er wordt verbinding gemaakt met web.archive.org…Kan geen verbinding met de host maken, op poort 80: Het maken van de verbinding is mislukt
C:\>tracert web.archive.org
Tracing route to web.archive.org [207.241.237.3]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms fritz.box [192.168.124.1]
2 11 ms 1 ms 1 ms lo0.dr11.d12.xs4all.net [194.109.5.175]
3 4 ms 2 ms 1 ms 0.ae21.xr3.3d12.xs4all.net [194.109.7.173]
4 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms 0.et-1-1-0.xr1.tc2.xs4all.net [194.109.5.7]
5 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms asd-s8-rou-1041.NL.as286.net [134.222.94.216]
6 3 ms 3 ms 2 ms ae16-100-cr6-ams1.ipv4.gtt.net [194.122.122.102]
7 3 ms 2 ms 2 ms ae0.cr3-ams2.ip4.gtt.net [89.149.182.74]
8 3 ms 2 ms 2 ms be3014.rcr22.ams05.atlas.cogentco.com [130.117.15.193]
9 3 ms 3 ms 3 ms be3500.ccr42.ams03.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.60.25]
10 97 ms 93 ms 94 ms be12488.ccr42.lon13.atlas.cogentco.com [130.117.51.41]
11 94 ms 93 ms 93 ms be2101.ccr32.bos01.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.82.38]
12 94 ms 93 ms 94 ms be3600.ccr22.alb02.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.0.221]
13 94 ms 94 ms 94 ms be2879.ccr22.cle04.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.29.173]
14 95 ms 94 ms 94 ms be2718.ccr42.ord01.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.7.129]
15 114 ms 114 ms 114 ms be2832.ccr22.mci01.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.44.169]
16 147 ms 147 ms 159 ms be3036.ccr22.den01.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.31.89]
17 145 ms 144 ms 144 ms be3038.ccr32.slc01.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.42.97]
18 145 ms 144 ms 144 ms be3110.ccr22.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.44.141]
19 145 ms 145 ms 145 ms be2682.rcr21.b003070-1.sfo01.atlas.cogentco.com [154.54.6.170]
20 144 ms 144 ms 144 ms 38.140.30.26
21 207.241.237.3 reports: Destination protocol unreachable.
Trace complete.

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