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.

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.

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. 🙁

Maybe I should blog about free stuff more often

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I made it to Denny’s this morning for their Free Grand Slam Breakfast.  It was a hair under a two hour wait and didn’t get any coupon book.  Oh well.  To be honest, the staff seemed to have forgotten the rainchecks until the very end.  And the pancakes weren’t totally cooked.  They were a little light.  But, hey, it was free food. Can’t complain about that. 🙂

I did notice a big huge spike in traffic though.  Maybe I should blog more often about free stuff. 🙂

How Many Posts Are on Your Front Page?

I find blogging_tips.jpgmyself wondering about this, not only because Problogger asked about it way back when, but because I’m sitting here looking at this site.  One of the features of WordPress is that you can have multiple index pages.  Movable Type doesn’t do that out of the box but it’s a two second fix with Alden Bates’ Paged Archives plugin, a plugin that that I’ve blogged about before.  If you check out the main index page for this site, you should see the links near the bottom of the content column.

It’s not a big change.  I mean we already use category pages as well as monthly ones.  I also have a complete post list, something that WordPress doesn’t do out of the box.  I did a test of 5 Posts on the front page instead of the normal 10 but quickly changed it back.  I hate it when the sidebar is longer than the content.  You’re usually stuck with that on individual post pages unless you normally write a bloody book each and every post.

The image is from Sue’s post about Blogging Tips with EDUBlogs.  It came up when I did a few keyword searches for an images to use on this post.  Maybe we can get her to do an article on the subject.

Charlotte Wordcamp

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Oh lookie.  There’s going to be a Charlotte WordCamp on Nov 15th here in Charlotte.  I wonder if I should go.

I’m wondering why they aren’t publicizing it.  Kind of reminds me on how Automattic does theirs.

I’m also wondering why Host Gator is a sponsor and why not a local hosting company. (like mine) It’s a pity that we didn’t get wind of this until today.