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.

Whois – the DrMike Version

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Short and sweet: We now have a whois lookup client here.  Seems like many of the whois clients that I visit are blocked for one reason or another.  It’s a pain having to pop open Putty and log into a server.  Well, now I have a webbased whois to look domains up.  Haven’t tested it fully, and it was a bit of a pain to setup but it’s so far running.

Any problems?  Please let me know via a comment on this post.  I’ll make it pretty later on.

The basic program is Bill Weinman‘s BW Whois with a few modifications.  Much like how the Youtube downloader started out as.

I’ve been meaning to turn the tdjc.be domain into a tool site for myself and others.  I’m slowly getting there.  At least I got the whois lookup tool done. 🙂

Play a Game of Tetris with uTorrent’s Easter Egg

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I have to admit that I’m a bit of a fan when it comes to Easter Eggs.  Easter Eggs, if you didn’t know, are little surprises programmers sometimes live inside their programs for users to fine.  uTorrent, a BitTorrent file trading client, has a pair of them.  From the Help -> About drop down menu selection, press the ‘T’ key on your keyboard for a decent game of Tetris.

Also if you click on the uTorrent logo within the About popup, you should get some music that you may recognize.

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. 🙁

The YouTube Video Downloader Gets an Upgrade, Part 2

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Following up on the YouTube Downloader upgrade from a couple of days ago and per a couple of requests, I;ve added a method to download YouTube videos as *.3gp files.  Those are video files for your mobile phone.  Or at least that’s why folks tell me.

Would love some feedback outside of links to other downloaders and programs that will also download Youtube videos.  Does it work for you?  Any problems?

The YouTube Video Downloader Gets an Upgrade

youtube_logo.jpgThe YouTube Video Downloader we have here has been a love hate relationship.  It works for a bit and then it breaks.  And then I fix it.  It works again and then it breaks.  Over and over again.

Anyway, someone dropped me an email a few days ago letting me know that it was broken again.  It took a bit but it’s working yet again. Went almost 9 months on the last fix.  I wonder how long this one will last.  It appears to now be tagging the download link to the requesting IP address. (And yes, that’s all the details I’m giving out on that.)

The cool thing I’ve discovered is with YouTube now doing video in what they call high quality, the links for those videos are different.  I was able to work out the different URLs and how they were coded so now things are a bit different over on the YouTube download site.  You can still download from YouTube in *.flv format but you can also download from YouTube in *.mp4 file format as well as download from YouTube in *.mp4 High Definition.

Yes, I still have to write out some instructions.  I’ll hopefully get to it this weekend.  I really want to redo the whole site as that orange and whatever color those lines are doesn’t do it for me.

Oh and I fixed the file naming issue.  You no longer have to worry about making sure the file extension is correct.  Videos will now download with the correct *.flv and *.mp4 file extension.  The rest of the filename will have to be changed though as they’ll all be called “video.*”

Any problems?  Please feel free to leave a comment here.

MSN Live Search Adds A Captcha

msn-searchYes, I know the previous post published without being finished. I’ll have to fix that some time soon.

For some strange reason, I can’t get to Google today.  No Google search, no Google Adsense, no Google webmaster tools, no GMail which really is an issue.  Nothing.

So anyway, I still have things to do today.  I guess I have to to use another search engine to get some work done.

I’ve used MSN a number of times previously, usually to see how different search engines compare with certain search terms.  So I headed over to MSN.com to give it a try.

Imagine my complete surprise when the above captcha pops up. Not once, not twice but every single time I did a search.  And it wasn’t an easy captcha either but captchas with other characters in the background, making it harder to read. (At least for me.)

Now, I’m not a big fan of captchas.  I’ve noticed that they really don’t work and are easy to beat.  MSN isn’t alone with their use either.  Google’s done it before, recently as well, and they’re not that easy to read either. (Rather long if you ask me.) I don’t see it that often though on Google.  And it didn’t take 5 tries that it did with some of MSN’s.