Archive for April, 2008

Site popularity

Another online tool to check your websites popularity in a selectable list of social bookmaking sites, SERPS and more.

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You can even download the results as an excel spreadsheet or a PDF. If you register you can save your preferences

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Good Keywords

good keywords 1This FREE software provides a few great tools for researching keywords for you site or your Pay Per Click campaigns.

Consisting of 6 modules GK gives you plenty of ways to research the best keywords for your site or web page.

Keyword suggestion

good keywords 2 Enter a keyword or phrase and this tool will suggest a variety of other related keywords and phrases. Unfortunately the Overture tool seems to be out of action but the Yahoo option still seems to give results.

Misspelled words

good keywords 3 If you are considering a Pay Per Click campaign, your main keywords may be too popular to bid on. The phrase “mortgage” is no doubt outbid to the hilt but keep in mind that when people search they are just as likely as ever to make a typo. This tool will find all the most common misspellings. If the high bid for “mortgage” is $1, Perhaps the high bid for “nortgage” is only 15 cents and might deliver the same visitor type

Web Page Explorer

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Enter a URL and the Web Page Explorer will extract the most commonly found phrases and keywords fom that page. Useful in checking your own site as well as your competitors

Keyword Phrase Builder

good keywords 5 Enter up to three sets of keywords and this tool will generate all the possible key-phrase combinations

Site and Link Popularity

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This tool will give you a variety of site popularity benchmarks. Enter a URL and get the results. Sites are saved so you can come back later

Keyword Organizer

good keywords 7 The final tool in the set allows you to organize, save and combine sets of keywords. A great way to keep track of kleywords you use in your PPC campaigns. If you run a campaign on Google Adwords and want to run iton Yahoo you can pull up all your keywords in one place.

Download Good Keywords for free here

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Public domain stock photo sources

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Websites without images are at a serious disadvantage but not everyone is an artist or a graphic designer. Even if you are, who has the time.

Finding images to compliment the copy on your site is not always easy. Here are a few free and one excellent low cost source of photos and graphics.

Free

Great source of 100% free images

www.morguefile.com

This site searches a number of sources including Flickr. Check the license before you use a photo

http://www.everystockphoto.com

Low cost

Affordable source for stock photos and footage. Enormous selection. If you are a photographer you can submit your photos and share in the profits.

istockphoto

www.istockphoto.com

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SEO tool for Firefox

seo for firefox I often neglect to mention some of the best and most valuable tools out there as I imagine that everyone knows about them. I have now created the ‘top tool’ tag for that purpose. The SEO (search engine optimization tool) for Firefox addon (aka plugin) is one of these neglected links. If you have a website and don’t use this, you are missing out.  Install this in Firefox, turn it on by clicking on it in the toolbarseo for firefox2 (only when doing research as it taxes all the sources unnecessarily otherwise) and discover all kinds of information about websites that show up in searches.

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The stats shown in the image above are only a few of those available. It’s probably a good idea to configure the addon to show only the info you are most interested in, for example, only the pagerank, and then when you see a page with a nice pagerank you can click on the ? and get the other stats as you need them.

Features:

(From the site)

  • PR: (Google Pagerank) an estimated measure of link authority
  • Age: age (Archive.org) shows the first time a page was indexed by Archive.org’s spider. The theory is that if Archive.org found a page so did many of the major search engines.
  • Links: (Yahoo! linkdomain) shows an estimate of the total number of links pointing at a domain
  • .edu Link: (Yahoo!) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a domain
  • .edu Page Link:  shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a specific page
  • .gov Link: shows a rough estimate of the total number of .gov links pointing at a domain
  • Page Links: (Yahoo! link) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a page
  • del.icio.us: number of times a URL has been bookmarked on Del.icio.us. Skewed toward techy / Web 2.0 stuff.
  • Technorati: an estimate of  total number of links to a site from blogs
  • Alexa: rank based on the site’s website traffic. skewed toward Internet marketing and webmaster related resources.
  • Cached: (Google site:) shows how many pages from the site are indexed in Google
  • dmoz: searches the Google Directory to count the total number of pages from a site that are listed in DMOZ as well as the total number of pages listed in DMOZ that link to that URL.
  • Bloglines: shows you how many people are subscribed to a blog on the Bloglines site.
  • dir.yahoo.com: Tells you whether a site is listed in the Yahoo! Directory or not.
  • WhoIs: An easy link to check the whois data for any site.
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Check for broken links

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Xenu’s Link Sleuth will check your website for broken links

  • Link verification is done on “normal” links, images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets

Check Web sites for broken links including

  • Images
  • frames
  • plug-ins
  • backgrounds
  • local image maps
  • style sheets
  • scripts
  • java applets.

Additional features (From the site)

  • Simple, no-frills user-interface
  • Can re-check broken links (useful for temporary network errors)
  • Simple report format, can also be e-mailed
  • Executable file smaller than 1MB
  • Supports SSL websites (“https:// “)
  • Partial testing of ftp and gopher sites
  • Detects and reports redirected URLs
  • Site Map

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Remove the Underline Links on a particular Webpage

Enter the following code into the HEAD section of your web page and the links will no longer be underlined.

<style type=”text/css”>
<!–
A:link {text-decoration:none}
A:visited {text-decoration:none}
–>
</style>

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How to create Pullquotes using CSS

pullquotes Learn how to create pullquotes on your website using CSS.
Download the code for free!
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