This 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.
A common question folks ask is if their site has been penalized by Google and it’s Googlebot. It does happen if webmasters use too many tricks to promote their website and if and when Google catches on to what they’re doing. Things like hiding links, overloading pages with keywords, bugging Google with update notifications, and the like will tick off the search engine giant and get your site removed from Google’s database.
Is there an easy way to check? Head over to SEO Penalty and put the domain of the site in question in their form. You’ll receive a rating back ranging from 0 to 10 on how much Google has downgraded your site. Zero means fine and dandy while a ten means they’ve caught on and you need to clean up your act.
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.
I’m flipping through some of the posts about Google’s recent broken PR update (All of my new sites have PR0s still.) and came across this suggestion of removing the “rel=’nofollow'” bit from the comments.
I’ve got to admit that I’m kind of torn. While I can understand the
need to have the tag in the links, most bloggers monitor what appears
in their comments. I know I do. Anything that’s spam gets removed.
I’m going to remove it from my WordPress setup and see what happens.