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.

Organize Your Books With LibraryThing

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I know I’ve complained about my local library previously but I’m a big book person if you haven’t guessed.  Heck, my very first blog post way back when was about cats in libraries.  When Angie left, all of my books disappeared as well.  I had a lot of books back then (I worked for Waldenbooks for a few years until I realized that I was going to make less than $20k a year as a store manager.) and I have to admit that I missed them. 

Anyway, through the magic of the Internet, I’ve been slowly rebuilding my collection.  I read mostly science fiction although I have been know to read other things a time or two.  Most of what I’ve obtained I have saved on my laptop’s hard drive and I read it from my iPod Touch with Stanza.

The biggest problem besides trying to convert those files to something Stanza can read is trying to keep things organized.  I find myself using Windows search function just to find out if I have a certain book or if I have to go looking for it.  Some folks have suggested different organizers to keep things sorted but all the ones I’ve tried either didn’t work the way I liked, converted the books into weird formats or made multiple copies killing the space on my drive, or just didn’t work at all.  Right now, I’ve got a directory labeled Books on the hard drive, the 26 letters of the alphabet underneath that, and a separate folder under each of those for each author by their last name.  Not the best of solutions but they’re sorted.  The problem though is there’s no easy way to tell what I have, what authors I have, and what I’m missing. (Some of the files are corrupt as well which makes me check each and every one but that’s besides the idea of this post.)

Having a few extra bucks at the end of this month, I’ve gone ahead and paid for a year’s subscription over at LibraryThing. (I feel bad that I only had left six bucks left in my Paypal account instead of the ten that they ask for but they took it.  Hopefully I can add more to that later on someday.)  LibraryThing is an online category system that allows people to organize and catalog their book collections.  I’ve only got a single book cataloged so far (They have a limit of 200 books for free accounts.) but now I’m going to try to get more of what I have in there. (edit: Oops, got two in there now.  Been reading The Black Unicorn lately so I went ahead and added it.)

Anyone care to show off their own collections and give me another reason why I need to get organized?

edit: The image is from the LibraryThing website.  I don’t see the legal information there though so I can’t give credit besides that. 🙁

Are Your Twits Worthy of You? Find Out With Tweetworth.com

I’ve talked about Twitter in the past a couple of times. Have to admit that I don’t use it that much. Really only when I make a new post here. Occasionally I go looking for new post ideas there as well.

Anyway, it looks like what little Twittering I’ve done has provided some value. (Edit: Hey, I’m on page 6 of the highest ranking Twitters with worth.) A passing mention on the Digitalpoint forums let me know about Tweetworth.  The site lacks some polish (Actually, let’s be honest, it lacks a lot of polish.  For example the link in the footer to their own Twitter account doesn’t work and their about page lacks correct layout.) and there’s no mention on how the worth of a Twitter account is judged.  The site is still new and will hopefully become more filled out later on.

I actually prefer Twitter Grader myself.  They give you some description on how they judge the worth of an account and seem to do a better job of ranking folks.  They even break down rankings based on your location against other Twitter users.

Which tool do you like better?

Read Cock & Bull Webcomic

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I’ve been reading the Cock n Bull webcomic for quite some time now.  It’s a fairly simple daily webcomic about a cock (short for rooster) and a bull.  It’s not a clean webcomic.  There’s language, a fair amount of it, as well as adult situations for lack of a better term.

It’s a fairly simple comic.  Each day, we see Cock and Bull standing in the same positions, somewhere in a pasture on a farm.  There’s no background so the only interaction with their surroundings is with the actions of the characters,  They spend most of their time complaining about the other inhabitants of the farm, which we rarely see.  Also other topics ranging from “race, abortion and international politics, to the quality of chicken feed and the abolition of combine harvesters.

Again, it’s a very much adult topic as shown in the sample picture I’ve included here.  It’s not something I would be showing 4 and 5 year olds.  If you are mature enough, it’s good for a laugh each and every day.  The author, Arnie Dunnel, just recently ran about a months worth of guest strips and it’s was interesting to see other webcomic artists’ take on the characters.

I suggest it highly.

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.)

Thanks For The Thanks Button

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I noticed this site got mentioned over on the WordPress.com forums.  I’m surprised they didn’t make it a sticky since they seem to like the idea of folks spamming their product. (Of course this doesn’t surprise me one bit.)

But anyway, you can put a Thanks Button on your site.  Looks fairly easy to do.  There’s no JavaScript or Flash so it should work on any platform. You can even see where folks are thanking you from.

Web Page Analyzer

analyzer.jpgJust a quick plug for the Web Page Analyzer. It’s a free web page analysis tool that calculates page size, composition, and download time. Gives speed recommendations based on best practices for usability, HCI, and website optimization. In other words, it looks for problems with your site like you have too many images or scripts, the images are too large in filesize, etc. I just used it for someone and wanted to give a plug. I use the site a number of times every day. I’ve had it bookmarked for ages but I finally got around to adding it to the links page.  I hope it helps you as it does me.

And, no, that’s not an image from the site.  Just something I found elsewhere.