How Popular Is Your Site? Find Out With This Link Popularity Checker

im_popular_on_the_internetThis script comes from the fine folks over at Site Expert. (Oooooo, they even have a color chart.) Using this tool, you can check to see how many indexed backlinks lead to your site in such search engines as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a number of others.

The cool thing about the tool is that is actually gives you the numbers on the result page.  Some link popularity checkers only give you the links to the search engines themselves or make you jump through hoops to get the report.  This tool actually shows you the number of indexed links back.

So tell me how it works.  Feel free to brag about your link popularity numbers in the comments if you want.

Link Popularity Checker

Don’t forget out the other tools such as our Youtube Video Downloader, the Whois lookup and the new DailyMotion Video Downloader.

Image from here: I’m Only Popular on the Internet and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic.

Comment #600 And Then Some

comment-or-dieComment #600 goes to Magerine2 on the 50 Things NOT to do at Hogwarts post.  I missed Comment #500 in there somewhere but it;s been awhile since we hit #400.  We already have comment #601 with my follow up on the post.

Most commented post has got to be the one about How to Solve “Invalid Update Control CTF File” Errors on AVG with 140 of them currently.  Someone asked recently so I looked around.

I still have a ways until I change the subtitle.  Only at 1,430 posts.  I’m working on it though.

Remove the www from URLs

axe.jpgAwhile back, I did a quick tutorial on how to remove the index.html and index.php files from your urls.  I did it because having both in my stats was driving me nuts and causing dupe urls within Google as well.  That splits apart any SEO benefit from inbound links and makes dealing with stats numbers a royal pain.

Another problem is with the www bit in the urls.  I know I’m infamous for point out how folks misuse the www bit this all the time as some networks still have problems resolving urls when an extra layer is added to the domain.

The problem though some people have when setting up such a feature is that they make the with-www or without-www not resolve.  That’s an issue because you’re losing half of the folks don’t use domains the same way you do.

Another problem is that you’re splitting in half any SEO benefit you may get from inbound links.  Some folks will link to your site with the www included, some will not use the ‘www’ bit.  Better to get benefit from all of the inbound links.

Best solution is to redirect visitors to one or the other.  For me, it’s easier to strip out the ‘www’ and try and force it.  You can do that with the following code added to your .htaccess file within root:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.domain.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

The domain.com bit needs to be replaced with the correct domain for your site of course.  And you may already have the first line in your .htaccess file.

It would be easier (and require less server load) to make this change within the Apache configuration files but not everybody has access to the root files on a server.

Of course now we’ll have to deal with the no-www and yes-www crowds.

Got My First Project Wonderful Payout Today

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As you may remember, a few months back I signed up for Project Wonderful.  You can see the boxes over on the left here in the sidebar as well as at the bottom of the Download Youtube Videos site.  Yesterday I requested my first payout and I noticed I received $13.50 as a deposit into my PayPal account this morning.

Hmm, $13.50.

Now I’m not complaining about the buck charge for processing.  I don’t have a problem about that as it says on their site and a couple of times during processing that there’s a fee. (Although I do point out that there’s no mention of it on their external FAQ page.)

And I have to admit that I’ve spent a few bucks on advertising a couple of my sites.  About ten bucks I believe.

So let’s say that gives me a total of $25 earned over a period of about ten months.  Just to round the number out and to be a bit generous.

That gives me a total of $2.50 a month or a little over 8 cents a day.

Hmm, 8 cents.

Even my Google Adsense take is better than that.

Clearly I need a new source of revenue.

edit: I will mention that I’m amazed how many Etsy folks I see need some instruction on how to do a link though.  Seems like half of their links are either broken or lead to some rather strange pages within their Etsy stores.  My favorite so far was the one who linked to their checkout page and bypassed their entire store. *sigh* She never understood when I emailed her about it.

Getting the Comment Form to Display with Movable Type

I have to admit that one of the problems I have had with MovableType is that the comment form does not display on the single post pages. When you look at a post, you have to actually click on a link to get the form to pop up.

A quick google fixed that issue and I’ll copy it below.

What you have to do is edit your mt.js file from within your MT install and comment out the line that includes the following:

hideDocumentElement('comments-form');

Since it’s Javascript two forward slashes at the start of the line will comment it out.

You don’t even have to do a rebuild except for that one file. Takes two seconds.

I hope this helps someone.

Remove index.html and index.php from your URLs

axe.jpgIn additional to having a love hate relationship with my Youtube Video Downloader, I also have a love hate relationship with the statistics that I see on this site.  While I don’t use the index.html bit in the urls within Movable Type, some folks use it when they link to me.  This splits up page views like crazy.  Makes writing up a Most Read Posts post a pain since I have to sit there with a calculator and work out the numbers. (Hmm, I haven’t done one of those in quite a while.)

So anyway, I needed to work out a method of removing the ‘index.html’ bit from the url.  I came up with the following and added it to my htaccess file:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} \/index.html\ HTTP [NC]
RewriteRule (.*)index.html$ /$1 [R=301,L]

Now the first two lines may already be in your site’s .htaccess file.  If you’re using WordPress, the second line definitely is as it’s required to get pretty permilinks to work.  The third line checks to see if the ‘index.html’ bit is found within the url and the fourth lines removes it but leaves everything else there.

If you’re using WordPress, since you don’t use ‘index.html’ files but ‘index.php’ you need to use the following instead:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} \/index.php\ HTTP [NC]
RewriteRule (.*)index.php$ /$1 [R=301,L]

Does it work for you?  Here’s a pair of links to a previous post about Mac Wallpapers.  The first link has the index.html bit and while the second does not.  Give it a try.

Mac Desktop Wallpaper
Mac Desktop Wallpaper

Familiar Ground and their Sneeze Page

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Not sure if folks have been following Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog program. (It’s all over but you can flip through the archives over there if you want.) Day 18’s topic was to create a sneeze page.  I noticed Familiar Ground’s advertising over in the Project Wonderful adverts over on the left there and noticed Cedric Atizado’s sneeze page. I wanted to point it out as it contained a lot of good information about himself and his webcomic.  It contains a bit about himself, a bit about his webcomic, contact information and a link to his Twitter account.  Looked good to me and I wanted to point it out.

I’ve even gone ahead and updated my own About page a bit after reading his. (Although my own Project Wonderful setup haven’t been updated yet as I have advertising being running right now.)

Technorati Moves and Loses a Few Boxes

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Ok, the moving truck with the Technorati sign on the driver’s door didn’t come out too well.  Sorry.  I thought the idea was funny.  I only have MS Paint handy and we all know that’s not the best program for combining images.

Anyway…

Every once in a while, I hop over to Technorati to see how this blog and a few others are doing. (edit: Or see who’s stealing my images and my bandwidth.) Anyway I noticed a few days ago on their support blog that they were in the process of moving data centers.  Imagine my complete surprise though that all of my claimed blogs have disappeared from my account. (edit: Hmm, the account link used to work.  I’m now getting a blank screen when I try.) No mention of this on their blogs and, to my surprise, only a few other bloggers have noted this.  In fact people are still writing instructions on how to claim your blog over at Technorati.

Folks may want to check on their own blogs over at Technorati.  There’s no mention on their site anyway about the outstanding issues with claimed blogs.  At least I’ve not been able to find anything.

Oh and if anyone has a better picture to use, feel free to send it my way.

edit: I can’t even find my own blog over there anymore. 🙁

Making a few changes, hopefully for the better

Site Under Construction.gif I’ve been sitting here for nearly three hours converting a movie from avi format into something I can burn to a DVD. I’ve been doing it for a local client of mine since he can’t. The annoying part about this is the program I use to convert movie file types maxes out my laptop’s processor so I can’t really do anything else but let the conversion software run.  Lots of fun.

Anyway, I’ve made a number of changes to the blog, hopefully improving things:

  • I’ve fixed a number of broken layout issues that I’ve noticed over time. Had to track down a couple of them but I believe I got them all. I need to make the content area a bit wider though. The older images along side the Google Adsense forces the content text into too narrow of a space.  The lists in the footer got fixed as well as well as the Next and Previous Page links found at the bottom of most pages.  I also changed the permalinks to be the actual title of the content instead of being a separate link.  Have to admit that I found that rather silly, like how Movable Type does their comment links.
  • ShareThis is now found on every Post page.  I had tried it previously on a few, not to much success, but I desided on rolling it out anyway.
  • I’ve turned on gzip on a trial basis. I know that the webpages served are rather large, almost as large as some WordPress blogs I’ve seen. I’ve noticed a drop in the bandwidth used so hopefully that’s an improvement. If you have any issues, please let me know.
  • I’ve reduced the number of posts found on each page from 10 down to 6. Again, the size of the page served was a factor to this but also too much information was being displayed that made it a bit confusing for folks. At least that’s how I felt.
  • Related to that, the category, monthly and daily pages now only show an excerpt of each post, similar to WordPress’ the_excerpt() function. Wish I could leave images in there but I’m not going through the code to fix that.
  • I’ve installed a Related Entries script. Hopefully you’ll see it right after the content on some Posts. Unfortunately this means I have to go back through and retag every single Post here so it may take a bit for folks to see it. If you really want to see it in action, the posts I’ve written about Apple and the iPhone is where I tested it.
  • Oh, I’m just sigh of 1,400 posts so I updated the tag in the header. Comments stand at about 460 in case you’re interested.
  • I’ve made room for a list of Favorite Posts in the footer. Haven’t listed any since after adding that bit in there, I started to give some thought about also putting in a tag cloud down there as well. Something for the next round of fixes I guess.
  • The Category and Monthly pages now have Page Counts in their titles. I did that since Google was complaining about similar titles on many of my pages. That took some fixing of the Paged Archives plugin I installed previously.
  • I fixed a number of 404s and broken links.  Hopefully this will be less of an issue for folks.  I still have a list that I need to go through some time soon.
  • Oh, and I’ve also installed iMT, a Movable Type plugin that allows me to Post from my iPod Touch. Doesn’t allow for more categories than a single one and it won’t allow me to include any photos but it’s there in case I need it.

I think that’s everything.  My notes are kind of messy.  If you see anything broken, please let me know.

You’ll get my bandwidth when you pry it from my cold, dead hands

filesharing.jpgSorry, no details on this one as I’m still waiting to hear back from the parties.  I feel the need to protect my clients anyway.

I discovered this morning that one of my clients had an image from their website used on the website of a “major news organization’s” website. Normally that wouldn’t be an issue but 1) this was an original image created by the client, 2) they used the image directly from the client site using the original HTML so it used the client’s bandwidth from their account, 3) they used a whole lot of said bandwidth within a short period of time, and 4) no link back, credit, or even mention of where the image from from or who did it was given on the news site.

I would think most people would be of one of three opinions on what to do in this case.  The first would be “Sue the Bastards!”  I have to admit that that was my first thought.  The image was used without permission or credit.  Her copyright was abused.

The second thought would be to ask for a correction and an online apology.  That’s the nice response I would think most of us would take.  Of course, if you work retail, you know that rarely happens now a days.  Even online.

Third would be to blow it off, not worry about it, move on and forget it.  Considering that we’re talking about a “major news organization,” that’s probably what’s going to happen since getting them to fess up is a rarity.  Sure, some news organizations print corrections when they mess up or find an error.  Not all though.

The fourth would be to replace the image with a different one.  Something rather large, hard to download, and possibly embarrassing to the other site.  This is what the more technically inclined would do or even prevent hotlinking altogether.  It’s a bit technical to set up and doesn’t always work.

As bloggers, we run into this issue when we discover our RSS feed or portions of our context found on other sites.  Not all of us put our content under Creative Commons for reuse.  I, for example, consider my work to be under my own copyright.  Some feel that if you offer a RSS feed, it’s free to use by others.  And even if you declare your works to be under CC, it may not be so black and white.

I got curious this morning.  I took a look at my logs and discovered 11 sites using images directly pulled from this site.  Only one of them linked back while some of them linked back to the specific image being used.  All of them got messages suggesting that since they were using my bandwidth, a link should also be provided as a courtesy.  I would think that would be fair.

Image from here.  See? I’m a good boy. 🙂