GC Website Analyzer is a freeware tool you can use to check multiple websites’ Google page rank, Alexa traffic rank as well as the number of back links to that website found in each search engine. I haven’t used it myself, but it looks like it might be a useful tool.
Archive for May, 2008
If you don’t have the skills or the time to create original icons for your website you can find plenty on the web. iconfinder is a search engine to search for icons. Two other icon search sites are www.iconlook.com and iconlet.com
This site allows you to download a set of 140 free icons available in 4 different sizes
If you are interested in ASP.net icons you will find 300 free icons at this site.
A great collection of icons from from dryicons.com
A collection of 700 free mini web icons from FAMFAM FAM
Free greyscale icons.
400 free icons in PNG format
Free glass icons
Vista icons from Jm Art Studio
Crystal Clear Collection
128 Free icons – Function
Scratch style icons
1000 Free Icons from FatCow
130 Iphone Icons
And finally, a few web icon tutorials.
Tutorial on creating Vista and Aqua buttons
Tutorial on how to create Windows Vista buttons.
Often neglected by web designers, favicons are those little images that show up in the address bar, the tab next to the website name and also in your favourites list. Here’s a web tool that will create a favicon for you automatically from an image of your choice.
To add it to your site you need to add the following code to your page header Somewhere between <head> and </head>
<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”images/favicon.ico” mce_href=”images/favicon.ico”>
If you are optimizing a website or page for a particular keyword, you might want to check if a variation on it is more popular. Google duel allows you to pit two words or phrases against each other. I tried “web tool” vs. “webtool” and found that the former is a clear winner with 1,250,000 searches vs 667,000 for the contraction “webtool”
There is a lot of talk about Google PageRank This is a score from 0 to 10 that Google assigns to your website and is an indication of how important Google thinks your site is. This can significantly affect how highly you rank for in Google searches for particular keywords.
PageRank is actually determined by this formula:
PR(A) = (1-d) + d(PR(t1)/C(t1) + … + PR(tn)/C(tn))
But what does that mean? PageRank can be confusing to understand you just have to keep reading about it and you will get it. Here’s are the basics::
- PageRank is based on the number and quality of sites that link to yours.
- It is inherited from the pages that link to you
- The higher the PageRank of the page linking to you the more PageRank you inherit.
- The more other links out from the page, the less PageRank it gives out (A page that links to you and one other site will pass on half the amount of PageRank that it would if yours was the only link on the page
- The more relevance the links have the more PageRank you will inherit (An automotive parts site linking to your Auto mechanic page will give you more PageRank than a link from a restaurant web site)
Vivalogo has a fantastic lineup of 33 different webgallery treatments for inspiration or to use on your site. One of my favourites is Lightwindow which not only looks pretty but also allows you to create galleries of all sorts including Images, Flash, Quicktime movies, Youtube movies, PDFs and much more.
There are many many more great creative galleries in the list