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Webmaster Tools and Resources -
With new technologies, algorithms and sources emerging on a daily basis,
webmasters are constantly struggling to stay informed. The quality of content on
the web and the number of products available to webmasters can seem
overwhelming. The goal of creating a site that can be quickly found can be a
struggle. Unless webmasters have a well-established brand, a great domain name
and a huge marketing budget, it is important that they appear in search engines
via specific keywords. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of resources
products that will benefit webmasters in their efforts to be found.
1.) Webmaster Articles & Tutorials -The Internet is
rich with resources for webmasters who are developing and optimizing web
content. The web hosts a vast variety of web design tutorials and articles. For
the novice, sifting through these resources can be daunting and overwhelming.
Site Point - New Articles, Fresh Thinking for Web Developers and Designers -
With a vast variety of web design tutorials and articles coupled with a vibrant
and well informed community, SitePoint is the natural place to go to grow your
WebProNews - WebProNews is an article portal for Internet and Technology
professionals and has thousands of articles on web design and development. The
articles are from iEntry's network of expert writers through hundreds of
relationships with authors around the world.
2.) Webmaster Forums - Not only can participating
in various forums and posting your various views and ideas potentially bring new
growth and life to your online business, it can help you stay informed about
industry news or changes. This is particularly important when working in a new,
quickly advancing industry like web design and search engine optimization. The
following forums are great places for webmasters to participate and monitor.
ThreadWatch - ThreadWatch is a nifty tool. The concept of Threadwatch is very
simple: finding the signal amongst the noise of internet marketing media takes
too much of what we all value most, time. Threadwatch.org cuts through the
chatter and produces a clear signal for the time-starved professional Internet
Webmaster-Talk - The WebmasterTalk forum covers material related to Web Design,
PHP Help, Coding, Hosting, Domain Names, graphic optimization and related
webmaster topics. The forum is extremely popular and generally, posts will
receive almost instant responses from knowledgeable professionals. Of course,
like any forum, there are bound to be opposing views ensuring that all sides of
every issue are raised.
3.) Website Submission Tools - According to
research more then 90% of Internet traffic is generated by search engines.
Submitting your website to all major search engines is the most effective way of
promoting your website on the Internet. In order for web surfers to locate your
site you must be included in all the major search engines. There are a number of
tools available to assist with the submission process.
Internet Business Promoter - Internet Business Promoter is a suite of 10
professional web promotion tools in one software application. All of the tools
are designed to assist web developers with all aspects of web site promotion and
search engine optimization. We found that IBP's strength was in the website
submission options. Once a site is created it must be submitted to search
engines and directories. IBP streamlines and simplifies the submission process,
saving significant amounts of time.
FreeWebSubmission.com - Free Web Submission is the source for free search engine
submission. They provide webmasters and site owners with free manual and auto
submission to the highest-rated, free internet search engines and directories.
AddMe - AddMe is a leading resource for webmasters and small-business owners
specialized in website submission and promotion in the search engines. AddMe
offers free online website submission to 14 major search engines in exchange for
a reciprocal link. AddMe is well known and respected in the industry.
Many of the online submissions require an e-mail address. In order to limit
excessive unwanted e-mail many webmasters will use a "throw-away" e-mail address
that would allow them to initially receive notification that the site is
submitted but is ultimately an e-mail account they can discontinue after the
submission process. This practice is suggested for anyone using a free service
for site submissions.
4.) Online Tools - A number of resource sites are
available on the web to assist webmasters. The resources are generally free and
contain useful analytical tools.
DigitalPoint - The DigitalPoint site contains a variety of tools specifically
for webmasters. The tools are a collection of useful online tools, from a Google
AdSense Sandbox that shows which Google AdSense ads will be displayed for any
webpage on the Internet, to web ranking tools that track Yahoo's web rank.
SEO Survey - Tools to help SEO specialists and webmasters automate some of the
important tasks involved in the routine of optimization.
5.) Webmaster Software - The aim of many
applications is to save time, money or productivity. Webmasters can often use
software to replace a task they do manually, freeing up their time to pursue
FeedForAll - FeedForAll creates, edits, manages and publishes RSS feeds. As
webmasters realize the benefits to RSS, software related to RSS is becoming an
instrumental tool in their arsenal.
TNT Screen Capture - TNT captures everything with only 3 simple capture modes,
from application windows to controls, to menus and popup windows. Many
integrated unique features like shadow options, transparency, quick scaling and
individual shapes make it quick and simple to create stunning screenshots at a
6.) Free Content - Free content comes in all shapes
and sizes. Understanding who your target customer is and what appeals to them
will go a long way in finding content that will increase your site's value.
GoArticles - Providing a fresh stream of content-specific articles is a great
way to encourage visitors to return to your website on a regular basis.
GoArticles is a directory of quality articles that is searchable based on
Small Business Software - Collection of small business and marketing-related
articles available for republishing.
FreeSticky - FreeSticky provides a directory of content available to webmasters
free of charge. The available content is a variety of items including syndicated
cartoons, games, horoscopes, photographs, forums and articles. The supplemental
content is designed to encourage visitors to return to your website.
RSS - RSS stands for really simple syndication, RSS feeds generally contain
content available for syndication. Meaning that you can often publish content
contained in an RSS feeds to provide fresh website content. FeedForAll
http://www.feedforall.com/free-php-script.htm has a free PHP script
available to display RSS feeds. Additional resources to learn more about using
RSS as web content can be found at
7.) Alerts - Using web alerts is becoming
increasingly useful to webmasters interested in tracking their search engine
position, trademarked terms, to monitor competitors and stay abreast of online
Google Alerts - Google Alerts is a solution for monitoring your professional
interests online. Track the entire web for your personalized topics and receive
new results by daily e-mail. There are two companies doing this:
Google Alerts, http://www.googlealert.com
PubSub - PubSub is a matching service that instantly notifies you when new
content is created that matches your subscription. Using a proprietary Matching
Engine, PubSub is able to read millions of data sources on your behalf and
notify you instantly whenever a match is made.
Tools for Online Tracking Alerts - Article detailing additional tools available
for online tracking and alerts.
8.) Blacklist Checkers - E-mail delivery problems
often occur when an IP address or domain is black-listed. The following tools
will ensure that your IP address and domain will not have delivery issues.
DNS Stuff - DNSstuff: Free fast, advanced and comprehensive web-based DNS tools,
going beyond just ping, tracert/traceroute, WHOIS and DNS lookups.
SpamNews - spamNEWS is a concise aggregation of vital information relevant to
professionals in the anti-spam sector: Up-to-the-minute press coverage and
topical editorials about e-mail abuse, related online security matters, legal
and political issues, as well as articles on Internet marketing and privacy.
9.) Keyword Tools - Keywords to improve search
engine placement and ranking. Finding top Internet marketing keywords is
critical in the quest to be found. Choosing the right Internet marketing
keywords will help your search engine placement and ranking. A little keyword
research goes a long way in the search to be found.
WordTracker - WordTracker helps you choose the right Internet marketing keywords
that will help your search engine placement and ranking. Use WordTracker for
keyword research. Web marketing is all about search engine ranking, and that
starts with the proper Internet marketing keywords. Get a free keyword report
and web site promotion information!
10.) Newsletters - Email newsletters continue to be
one of the most important ways to communicate and find information on the
Internet. The following e-mail newsletters contain great information for
SitePronews - A free newsletter and webmaster resource site for Webmasters
focusing on web site promotion, submission, positioning, design and marketing.
The newsletters and websites contain articles by noted web experts. The
SiteProNews site was the first of more than 12 web sites that focused on niche
areas of particular interest to webmasters, marketers, newsletter publishers,
authors and entrepreneurs.
iEntry - The iEntry network has a really great collection of useful newsletters.
iEntry publishes over 50 targeted e-mail newsletters that cover various aspects
of the IT and Business industries.
Like most of the copious amounts of information on the Internet, it is a matter
of sifting through to find relevant, accurate, helpful information. Occasionally
we stumble across some little-known gems. As a result, we have compiled these
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing and
publishing RSS feeds and NotePage http://www.notepage.net a wireless text