Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gotta Digg DOT Com Song by Kina

Usually, I don’t like watching YouTube videos because I think most of them are made by people who have way too much idle time on their hands -- waste of time. However, I saw this embedded YouTube video on the popular weblog TechCrunch and decided to play it. I was a bit surprised to hear what the performer was singing about…, a popular social bookmarking website.

Surprisingly, the digg song was pretty good and it's dang catchy. She also has a talented voice to boot. Her two sisters are in the background providing backup support – their gestures are comical, too. This video is viral!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Yahoo's Storage Meter is Now History

That's the message I found today in my Yahoo email account. I was checking my email account, which I have had since 1999, when I inadvertently noticed this message: "The storage meter is now history." At first, I ignored it as just another solicitation, but then I observed the storage meter missing at the top-right corner of my email page. When I signed on, Yahoo never indicated a storage increase.

I wonder if newbie yahoo accounts are getting the same deal. Perhaps, as a test, I could create another yahoo account, but then again, I need another email account like I need a hole in my head.

And for Yahoo's competitors that I have email accounts with…

First, I checked my Gmail account to see if they had followed in lockstep. Well, the answer is, Not Yet...

Here's Gmail's storage message: "Lots of space
Over 5986.336396 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you'll never need to delete another message." I have to agree that almost 6GB of climbing email capacity is "Lots of space" :)

Lastly, I checked my oldest email account (1997), which is on Hotmail. I still have a static 5GB.

Frankly speaking, I was a bit surprised Yahoo jumped ahead of Google's Gmail on this one. It's usually the other way around. I guess Yahoo is giving us unlimited email storage as an early holidays present. :) Thanks

Friday, December 07, 2007

Is Your Email Message a Scam?

If you received a suspected email scam, you should use this site’s scam buster software program. It allows you to cut and paste an email message or multiple email messages into one form. Its software program will determine if the email/emails is/are a known scam. Moreover, you can also add additional details in a separate form.

As you already know, beware of messages that mention sweepstakes, lotteries, money-making offers, work-at-home opportunities, pyramid/Ponzi schemes, Nigerian 419 scams, envelope stuffing, drugs/pills, and etc. Remember the old US postal axiom: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"

By the way, the site is aptly called Ask the "Scam-O-Matic!”

One last thing, they do ask for an email address where they can contact you if they later find out that it's a scam. Just be cognizant of the email request.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Determine the Number of Keyword or Key Phrase Searches

Frankly speaking, it is a fairly difficult task to generate traffic to a new website. But there is one methodical way of doing it. It is the employment of keywords or key phrases in content that is unique and well developed.

The key words or key phrases in your content need a strong and relevant affinity in how it relates to your site but without blatant keyword stuffing. This can be done internally (your website), externally (bookmarks, articles, backlinks, etc) and over time while employing white hat SEO techniques. Why? If you cheat (black hat), you'll probably gain additional traffic but the gain will probably be short-lived. Eventually, Google will catch on and remove your site from their index. That is basically a death penalty for your site, especially if your site isn’t well established in its niche.

I know some people will say you shouldn't solely depend on Google for traffic. Yeah, okay...but for new sites it's important.

Here are a few sites you can use to develop a "keyword or keyword phrase" game plan.
SEOToolSet Estimate Keyword Activity Tool
Wordtracker Free Keyword Suggestion Tool
SeoCompany Keyword Tool

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Free Email Signature Generator

If you want to prevent robots from harvesting your email address, you can use this tool to generate an image with your email address. I have used it on a couple sites and noticed a considerable drop in spam. I am hoping over time this trend will continue. I can't believe the crap people will send you. How many Viagra pills or "money-making schemes/scams" does one person need? I really feel bad for all those suckers that get taken on these types of scams.

At any rate, you can use this image for your blog, website or signature.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Popular websites/blogs have dropped page rank

Some major websites/blogs have gone down in their page rank. There's going to be a lot of speculation as to why these sites were dropped. And needless to say, the discussions will be interesting.

Here are some popular sites that have gone down in Page Rank. PR10 to PR9 PR8 to PR7 PR7 to PR5 PR6 to PR4 PR6 to PR4 but later returned to 6 PR5 to PR3 but later returned to 4 PR6 to PR4 PR7 to PR5 PR6 to PR3 PR6 to PR3 PR6 to PR4 PR6 to PR4 PR6 to PR4

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Military service rivalry and humor

Here's a dig/joke from a friend of mine via email. He's an Air Force member and he knows I was in the Army at one time--about a decade ago. Anyways, I thought it was humorous.

There's an Air Force guy driving from McChord to Ft Lewis, and an Army guy driving from Ft Lewis to McChord. In the middle of the night with no other cars on the road they hit each other head on and both cars go flying off in different directions.

The Air Force guy manages to climb out of his car and surveys the damage. He looks at his twisted car and says,....."Man, I am really lucky to be alive!"

Likewise the Army guy scrambles out of his car and looks at his wreckage. He too says to himself, ..... "I can't believe I survived this wreck!"

The Army guy walks over to the Air Force guy and says,...... "Hey man, I think this is a sign from God that we should put away our petty differences and live as friends instead of archrivals"

The Air Force guy thinks for a moment and says, ...... "You know, you're absolutely right! We should be friends. Now I'm gonna see what else survived this wreck"

So the Air Force guy pops open his trunk and finds a full, unopened bottle of Jack Daniels.

He says to the Army guy, "I think this is another sign from God that we should toast to our new found understanding and friendship"

The Army guy replies, "You're damn right!" and he grabs the bottle and starts sucking down Jack Daniels. After putting away nearly half the bottle the Army guy hands it back to the Air Force guy and says, "Your turn!"

The Air Force guy twists the cap back on the bottle and says, "Nahh, I think I'll wait for the cops to show up."

Check Search Engine Results Pages (SERP) for your URL

Shoemoney has a useful tool to check your Search Engine Results Pages (SERP) for Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Alta Vista. See how your URL ranks for certain terms. Here's the SERP utility page.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Removal from Google's Index

Yesterday, I received an email from Google regarding some questionable content on my website. I operate a small classified ads site, so the majority of my content is free ads.

The Googlebot found an ad with some hidden text (text using the same color as my site) on the site. Actually, it wasn't the exact same color but the Googlebot found it anyways. After further investigation, I found 3 more ads out of 40k that had some more funny looking text. Also, there was one ad that used a "dash" but it was actually a url -- very tiny font.

I guess I could have cleaned up those pages and then later resubmit for Google re-inclusion, but I simply deleted them.

Here's what Google said to me followed by the hidden text gibberish.

"Google Search Quality <noreply AT>
wrote: Dear site owner or webmaster of,

While we were indexing your webpages, we detected that some of your pages were using techniques that were outside our quality guidelines, which can be found here:

In order to preserve the quality of our search engine, we have temporarily removed some webpages from our search results. Currently pages from are scheduled to be removed for at least 30 days.

Specifically, we detected the following practices on your webpages:

* The following hidden text on


BA We suffered horribly on the plains of the Cayster, sleeping under tent, stretched deliciously on fine chariots, half dead with weariness. Dicaeopolis [aside] And I was very much at ease, lying on the straw along the battlements! Ambassador Everywhere we were well received and forced to drink delicious wine out of golden or crystal flagons..... Dicaeopolis [aside] Oh, city of Cranaus, thy ambassadors are laughing at thee! Ambassador For great feeders and heavy drinkers are alone esteemed as men by the barbarians. Dicaeopolis [aside] Just as here in Athens, we only esteem the wenchers and pederasts. Ambassador At the end of the fourth year we reached the King's Court, but he had left with his whole army to take a crap, and for the space of eight months he was thus sitting on the can in the midst of the golden mountains. Dicaeopolis [aside] And how long did it take him to close his arse?
We would prefer to have your pages in Google's index. If you wish to be reincluded, please correct or remove all pages that are outside our quality guidelines. When you are ready, please visit:

to learn more and request a reconsideration request.

Google Search Quality Team"

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Keyword Density Analyzer

Here's a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tool you can use to analyze the keyword density in any web page. It measures the ratio of keyword or keyphrase to the total number of words on a page. This is an important aspect for SEO. One to seven percent is considered to be good.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Which way is this silhouette rotating?

Which way is this silhouette rotating? I've been told it's an optical illusion and it's always moving clockwise.

I was also told if you see it counterclockwise, you're more scientific; otherwise, you're more artistic/creative.

Most of the time I see the silhouette moving counterclockwise. How about you?

If you didn't already know, you will have to double click the picture to get the animation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Validate your feed

Many of us share our data via XML feeds. However, I encountered many times when I couldn't ingest a feed because it was riddled with errors. is a site that allows you to validate a feed before sending it live.

Friday, August 31, 2007

10 tips for optimizing your blog

Here's an article by WebProNews that is related to optimizing your blog. Here are 10 ways to optimize your blog. Most of the tips are for Wordpress. I've asked the author for tips relating to the Blogger platform.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Determine Backlinks and Anchor Text Pointing to Website or Blog

Have you ever wondered how many sites were linking to your website or blog and then what anchor text was being used? I was checking FreeAdLists and discovered the anchor text was primarily referencing "forums." That's not exactly what I was expecting or wanting. I was expecting "FreeAdLists" or "Classifieds FreeAdLists" or "freeadlists" or something related.

At any rate, here's the site to check your backlinks.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Dispersion of Social Media Networks

The social media networks such as Bebo, Myspace, Orkut, Friendster, Facebook and others have contributed greatly in making the world a smaller place. I was a bit surprised to see which social media concerns dominated the different parts of the globe. From this social media map, there's still plenty of room for growth left.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Internet TIme Machine

Go back in time and see what your favorite websites looked like a few months or even years ago. has archives from 1996 to present and over 100 terabytes and 10 billion web pages. Here's the link for the Wayback Machine or type the following in your browser:*/

Check out Google Nov 11, 1998 and Yahoo Oct 17, 1996

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Next Generation of Mobile Computers -- MiniTablets

I found this interesting post by Michael Beck (digitalnomad) of Rugged Notebooks.

Military and industrial interests are always looking for ways to leverage technology, and these mini-tablets might be the answer. For a light infantry soldier or a company field worker, someone who might have to "hump" in challenging climates (heat, humidity, etc), weight and durability do count. When I served, I had what was considered ruggedized communication devices in my rucksack and I often felt like a "beast of burden.”

I wouldn’t have minded carrying a more “soldier friendly” communication device like the one shown to the left.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Who Stumbled your Site on

There is an easy way to see who is stumbling your site. Here's the URL to check.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

66 different ways to build links

As you know, it's very important to link your website to other relevant websites. Here is Brandon Hopkin's 66 ways to build links in 2007. It's a short guide on link building.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ironic Presidential History -- Kennedy and Lincoln

Something I received in an email...

History Lesson

Have a history teacher explain this-----if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named "Ford."
Kennedy was shot in a car called "Lincoln" made by "Ford."

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.

Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker...

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Friday, June 08, 2007

An Aesthetically Humbling Moment

I think this is what you would call an aesthetically humbling moment . Here’s the updated story on Ms. Paris Hilton if you haven't already read or heard about it. She has been ordered back to jail. I'll be glad when this circus act is over.

esofthub: "Be all you can be"

Today, I'm taking a break from my hodgepodge/HOWTO posting. I was asked to guest blog about my military experiences while in the U.S. Army by Steve of HMTK, also a former trooper. Thanks Steve.

So today's linked posting is "Be all you can be." I hope you find it interesting.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Improve Google PageRank and Technorati Rankings with NetTags!

Got this from The ANiTOKID:

The Internet is all about collaborations, and taking a good idea and mold it into a better one. A few weeks ago, Andy Coates, a new blogger started a link building program called netlinks. So far it has been quite successful with many bloggers getting into the chain to help each other build links.

As nice as it is, however, there is a downside to that chain. It uses no anchor text, but only a * in its place. Andy had mentioned that he tried something else that was similar, but bloggers were slow to ping back (or not at all) with an anchor text. So the stars were used instead.

This program allows anchor text while using an easier way to know what anchor text other bloggers wanted on the matrix. This is more attractive and could be more viral. Here’s what was done to make it better. You will use anchor text/tags of your choice, which are called “NetTags."


1.) Copy and paste the matrix of “NetTags” below.

2.) Substitute the Host Tag and one of the “NetTags” in the matrix with your anchor text of choice with your blog’s URL. Please keep anchor text to a max of 3 words to keep the matrix size manageable.

3.) When you get a ping back from someone that has your link in one of their “NetTags”, practice good karma by copying his/her Host Tag’s anchor text (automatically the associated link will also be copied) and paste it over one of your “NetTags” below.

4.) Encourage and invite your readers to do the same and soon this can grow virally.

==== Copy and Paste from Above this line ====

Host Tag: esofthub's web finds

My SysAd Blog International City Travel | Asian Celebrity News | One Million Shirts | Tech at Hand | Rich Minx | Internet Marketing Austria | Ageless Beauty | Web 2.0 Tutorials | Technology Music Life | infokarir jobs | Manila Mom | Link Love | Blogging Money Secret | Internet Startup Blog | Web Design Blog | Daily Life Technology | Make Money Blogging | Steve’s Tech Blog | Agloco Internet Marketing | Daily Bulls Investing | Tech Gadgets Stocks | Affiliate Program | Computer Seventy-Five | Learn about e-Learning | Tech Hack Ramblings | Jack Book | Screen Writer Guy | Overseas Filipino Worker | Blogger's Journey | Startup Entrepreneur Money | VI-SU | Thought, Therefore I Blog| Earn Money Online | Really Smart Guy | Earn Income Online | Day Mind Xpression | Entrepreneurship Internet Web | Make Money Blogging | Create a Blog | Pie Hole | start a blog | Make Money Blogging | Marketing Made Simple | Tech Startups Web2.0 | Music Videos | Make Money Online | Build Rankings Fast | Mrs Sparrow | Hot Buzz | Weight Loss | Really Funny Jokes | Best of Blogs | Heroin Addiction Codependence | Internet Marketing German | German - USA | Domain Development Blogs | Sundhed og Helbred | Giving Link Love | Business Blog Web | Photoshop Tutorials | Anitokid Chronikos | Klapkids Chronikos | esofthub’s web finds| Everything iPod | Jason’s Random Thoughts | Fun Web Development | Monetize Your Blog | Yung Silent Whisper | Stratz’s Blog | My Journey | Punditocracy | Ngadutrafik Contest SEO | Social Media | Blogging for Money | Wealth Blog | Savvy Writer | Gadgets & Technology | Make Money Home | Good Jokes | The Broken Bow | WebTools | The Third Eye | Fanatic Space | Cheezmizan with Chuva | Catepol | Wolly’s Weblog | Profitable Productive Blogging | Cat on my Head | Bloggointestinale | 2012 Movies | iMod | Lorad Zarcon | Instruzioni | Sid05 Weblog | Bayle | Random Access Life | Mario’s Weblog | Acchiappasogni | Dietro e a Casa | Make Money Online | Anchor Text | Alex 2000 | My Life | Personal Finance | Tech Blog | Business Twins | Pixie Tail | Gold Rushing’s Blog | Trade CDs | Business Chats | Paid to Blog | Total Spender | Make Money Online | Make Money Blog | ViralTags | ViralTags | Earn Money of the Internet | EMOI | JohannTheDog | Rescue Me | Lake Trees | ViralTags | Mariuca’s Perfume Gallery | Make Money Online | JLS Cisco Networking | Humor Jokes | Mik3 | Web2.0 Founder Interviews | Political Social Media | Master Engrafter | Making Money Online | GoldyWorld Fun | Static Thinkbox | Malaysian Stocks Inc. | Investing Women Online | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | ViralTags | Make Money Online | Caribbean Travel Blog | Jehzlau Concepts | Nonsense & Tears | Time Clock Software | SEO Blog | Anything and Everything | Father of One | Web Comic Artist | Justice Investmets | Terrible Horrible Evil | Russian Jokes Videos | Personal Development Blog |

Important: Once I get a ping back or comment from you below, I will add your anchor text and the associated link you designate as “Host Tag” here, replacing one of the “NetTags” from the matrix above. As more and more bloggers copy and paste this matrix, the more backlinks you will have with your anchor text. If everybody who copy and paste from your blog does the same, pretty soon this will spread and go viral. So, the sooner you participate, the more links with anchor text you will receive.

==== Copy and Paste from Above this line ====

There it is folks. This should help you improve your Technorati ranking, SERP and Google PR. Please leave comment here if you have copied from this matrix so that I can add you just in case your ping back didn’t reach me.

No Porn Sites
Only 1 link per person (i.e don’t hog the netlinks!)
Please don’t tamper with other peoples url’s

Enjoy guys!

This will keep those love links flowing - definitely!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Yahoo's 4000+ Widget Gallery

Have you tried Yahoo's widgets yet? You can get your favorite information delivered live to your desktop. The widgets allow for convenient at-a-glance view of weather, games, cams and and many other conveniences. There are over 4,000 widgets available at the widget gallery!

I checked out the system utilities widgets, over 350 of them available.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Is your email being rejected by a mail server?

Listed by Spamhaus? Check to see if you are on a blocklist. If the answer is yes, it is probably because email messages you are sending out are being rejected by mail servers around the Internet that use Spamhaus blocklists to filter incoming mail.

Spamhaus only lists IP addresses (they do not list email addresses or domains). To find out if your IP Address is listed on one of their 'blocklist' databases, enter the IP address in the box below and press "Lookup IP."

Btw, one of the top 10 Spammers in the world was arrested yesterday (Wed) by the Feds.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Google's Ranking Factors Examined

I thought a post by TopRankBlog was interesting. It's about a new study done on Google's Ranking Factors. For many of you, it may not be a big surprise but to others it may help somewhat.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

What's new on Gmail?

The folks at gmail have just increased their attachment limit size to 20 MB. That's twice the size of or

Now you can start sharing more of those home videos, large presentations and files you just can't seem to get smaller. They have doubled the allowable attachment size to 20 MB to make your Gmail space even more useful. Also, you don't need a silly invitation anymore to join By the way, Gmail gives you 2.8 gigabytes of free mailbox space.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Top Blog Skins Available

Now that you made an insightful post, wouldn't it be nice if someone actually read it. Bloggers will visit your site, but if it's poorly designed, they will be out in a flash. If you are like me, I'm always needing advice (i.e. template) when it comes to color/font/format schemes. I found a site that might be able to help you. It's called BlogSkins. They have some cool skins done by some of best people around in the blogging community. You can instantly and easily download them to your own Blogger, Movable Type, or other-powered site.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

TraceRoute Internet Protocol Addresses

I started this new Forum for FreeAdLists. Not surprising, I'm getting my share of spammers. I can't believe how efficient these spammers are in finding new venues, especially a brand new one, to spam. I was curious as to where some of these spammers were hailing from. I found a tool by Network Tools that does a traceroute to the destination.

Often times, routers will block traceroute packets, but you still can get a decent idea. BTW, most of my spammers were coming from Europe.

FYI: Comprehensive traceroute guide by country:

Google's Page Rank service has made some changes recently

There has been some concerned lately regarding Google's Page Ranking service. Some bloggers/webmasters are getting the following message after a PR query:

The Page Rank:

- N/A
IMPORTANT: N/A (not available) - it is not possible to show the pagerank at the moment

The N/A pagerank (grey pagerank bar) might be due to one of the following reasons:

(1) the web page is new and it is not ranked by Google yet,
(2) the Google's server is not able to return the pagerank value at the moment,
(3) the web site is banned by Google,
(4) our PR checking tool is not able to get the page rank value at the moment, etc.

Here's an explanation as to why you might be getting these messages. If you see a grey pagerank bar or N/A rank upon your web page, you should not panic. Your site is probably not banned but do read the explanation to verify.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

MyBlogLog Outreach Program -- Join Community

MyBlogLog empowers authors and readers, i.e., anybody who reads a blog can learn about and engage with one another, and in the process take the conversation to a whole new level. And readers can become friends with other people who read your favorite blogs. MyBlogLog enables one to take advantage of his/her existing presence on the Web and ties it into communities of like-minded readers and authors to add context to the conversations in which you take part.

This is one of the best social networking sites I have been associated with in the Internet space. I have found people that are supportive, serious, and others who are just darn-right humorous.

Found this interesting post from my friend over at The ANiTOKID. It is a links chain where you get to know more bloggers by joining their communities. Being active in the community is a way of supporting one's favorite blogs. I'm adding three friends of mine, Total-Spender, Digital-Nomads and HMTKSteve.

To join the train, just follow the rules below and set it on a new journey from your own blog!

The Rules

1) Write a short introduction about how you found this list and include a link back to that blog.
2) COPY the rules and ENTIRE list below and post it on your blog.
3) Take “My New Community Members” and move them into the “The Original Community Members” list.
4) Find 3 new blogs, join their MyBlogLog Community and add them to the “My New Community Members” section. Remember to also add the “Join the Community” link next to your new blogs. (Example:
5) Join as a member to each Community listed here by clicking on “Join the Community”. The goal is that all of the new Members listed will join your community, and hopefully, you should do the same!

My New Community Members:
Total-Spender - Join Community
Digital-Nomads - Join Community
HTMKSteve - Join Community

The Original Community Members:

  1. Michael McKinlay - Join Community
  2. Culture Shiok! - Join Community
  3. Jimi Morrison’s Head - Join Community
  4. AnitoKid - Join Community
  5. FreeAdLists - Join Community
  6. Jane May - Join Community
  7. Jeff Kee - Join Community
  8. Nice4Rice - Join Community
  9. Nathan Drach - Join Community
  10. Mr. Gary Lee - Join Community
  11. Jon Lee - Join Community
  12. Everyday Weekender - Join Community
  13. Bryan’s Rants - Join Community
  14. Shawn Knight - Join Community
  15. Kelly Cho - Join Community
  16. Reformat This - Join Community
  17. Ms. Danielle - Join Community
  18. The Man of Silver - Join Community
  19. Nate Whitehill - Join Community
  20. Leo Chiang - Join Community
  21. Garry Conn - Join Community
  22. Samanathon - Join Community
  23. The Feats of a Chilean Dot Com - Join Community
  24. Danny Dang - Join Community
  25. Mayenskie - Join Community
  26. DoshDosh - Join Community

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Fish Story

I thought this was a cool find. These two are all camo'ed up in a fishy way.

The Makeup

Bite'em my head off

Getting Mouthy

Getting Gnarly

The Tease

Friday, May 11, 2007

Popular SEO tools for website optimization

Here are some good tools to use in your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts. Below is a list of tools available from

Fake Page Rank Detection Tool
Google Banneded Checker
Keyword Density Checker
Keyword Suggestion
Link Popularity
Link Suggestion Tool
Multiple Keyword Search Engine Position
Multiple search engine position
Multi Rank Checker
Page Rank Checker
Reciprocal Link Checking Tool
No Follow Link Checker
Search Engine Position Checker
Search Engine Saturation Tool
Spider View
View Http Headers
Google Search
Google BackLink Checker Tool
Dig PageRank Tool
My Text Link Value Tool

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Paula's List of Blogger Salaries...Are you on the list?

Well, I'm definitely not on her list. :) She has compiled a list of the top 60 blog earners who she could find releasable earnings data. The list is a rough estimate but still an interesting compilation.

Who's on Paula's List of Blogger and Webmaster Salaries? She says she has spent hours and hours scouring the Internet for the last-reported information about bloggers/webmasters and their revenue. Some are hard-core daily bloggers, some run sites with lots of pageviews but not much written content -- like dating sites. Wow...I imagine that took a long time to compile.

John Chow: 7 habits of a highly successful blogger

I thought this was a good post by one of the Blogosphere's A-List bloggers, John Chow. Here are 7 habits of a successful habits of a successful blogger. He should know something about this topic...he's been one for awhile.

As a bonus, here's another post by John Chow. 5 ways to come up with something when you have nothing to blog about. This happens more often than I would like to admit.

Total-Spender gave me some ideas just the other day. Thanks.

This is one smart dog

Here's a video of a smart dog. You won't believe how this dog retrieved the ball from the pool.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

World Internet Users and Population Statistics

The Internet space is still growing at a quickened pace. Here’s are graphs and a table by Internet World Stats providing the current snapshot of worldwide Internet usage.

The site also has additional Internet information sources and usage statistics.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Google Webmaster Central

Google Webmaster Central can help you ensure that your site is easily crawled and indexed and access tools that will enable you to diagnose crawling issues, study statistics on how your site is doing in our index, and tell us how you'd like your site to be crawled and indexed.

I hope this helps readers who have requested similar information and don't forget to create your sitemaps.

50 Largest MyBlogLog Communities and 12 Communities Visited

Here a find that lists the top 50 communities on MyBlogLog. I know the information is a bit dated and the order may have changed as of today. I know the top community has a little over 5100+ members, and the second largest and third largest communities have a little over 3400+ members and 3300+ members, respectively.

Here are 12 communities I visit from time to time. Invariably, the numbers will have changed by the time I submit this post.

The DJ List
5,162 Community Members

3,465 Community Members

A Blog for Thinkers
3,367 Community Members

2,766 Community Members

2000 Bloggers
2,299 Community Members

1,785 Community Members

Boing Boing
1,783 Community Members

John Chow dot Com

1,756 Community Members

The MyBlogLog Blog
1,429 Community Members

1,332 Community Members

1,303 Community Members

Random Good Stuff
1,236 Community Members

Classifieds FreeAdLists -- Posting Etiquette

As some of you know, I'm trying to launch a classifieds ad service, Classifieds FreeAdLists. Unfortunately, I got my first email telling me to do something or else. Obviously, I didn't intend for the classified website to be a venue to vet anger or frustration against someone else.

I immediately deleted the inflammatory ad listed below, but I thought I would share its contents with my readers. That’s some heated stuff, right? This is exactly what I don't want.

Well, at least people are finding and posting to the site; I'm hoping it can stay somewhat friendly. Geez!

BTW, I Googled and performed Yahoo searches on "UseAtorzzzzz" prior to posting this article. Nothing returned. ;)

Have a great weekend. :)


The personal information of the complaint has been modified.

UseAtorzzzzz wrote:

This is one of many attempts to deface my company. Please find out who is posting these ads and what ip they are from because I have filed charges against them and they are dragging this site in with them. Please fix this issue

UseAmyzzzzz Corp (A city)
Posted on: 2007-05-02 04:02:12
Poster's E-Mail: Withheld. Use the form below to contact the user.

UseAtorzzzzz is scum. They'll tell you what you want to hear, get your money, and run. No one answers the phones, no one answers their emails, its all excuses after excuses. Someone should report that asshole for not delivering what he says he will. I'd be embarrassed to work for him.

* Location: a city
* Compensation: run for your life
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

Rugged Notebooks

I thought this was an interesting picture regarding "rugged notebooks." Dang, that notebook is literally dusted. I think my "sensitive" notebook would have been kaput if that happened to it. For that matter, I'm not sure if my notebook would have survived my somewhat humid walk up to Seoul Tower yesterday.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Google Banned Tool

Webmasters/SEO firms who engage (but may not know it) in spammy techniques can find their websites banned from the Google index. Getting banned from the index can be the death of a budding website presence.

A simple way to check is to go to google search and type in your domain name (e.g. Check to see whether your links come up or not. If they do, your site is probably not banned. But if they don't come up, and they did before, you're probably banned.

Here's a free online banned tool to check if your domain is Google Banned.

I didn't want to make another post for this find, but here's a site where you can create disposable email addresses. Save yourself from a lot spam traffic.

Monday, April 30, 2007

10 dumbest resume blunders

Here's 10 resume blunders that people actually submitted to hiring managers. It's hilarious. 1. ... attached a letter from her mother. 2. ... used pale blue paper with teddy bears printed around the border. 3. ... explained a three-month gap in employment by saying that he was getting over the death of his cat...

#4 is a classic

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Google Voice Local Search

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Convert Long URLs to Short URLs with tinyurl

Reduce a long URL into a fairly short one. Here's an example below using Google's lengthy WebMaster's Tools URL.

Go to

Here's the result of creating the shorter URL.

The long URL has a length of 189 characters and resulted in the following TinyURL which has a length of 25 characters:

-Redirection to any page in your site
-Hide your affiliate URLs

Spamming (don't be a spammer)
No PR or Technorati benefits

Friday, April 20, 2007

Mind Teasers Rehashed

Here are some mind teasers I posted back in Nov '06. Almost daily, I noticed that some of my Google and MSN traffic was referencing mind teasers. Unfortunately, only the horse picture was showing up.

My favorite one is the "11 faces." Did you find them all?

Find the hidden image
Interesting layout
Jail house rock
Intriguing "Waterfall"
Check out the "circle"
Focus on the dot! What happen to it?
Find the faces
What do you see here? Do you see the word "LIFT?"
A face? ...Or, the word "liar?"
Who is the tallest?
Do you see 5 people?
Where does the middle column end?
How many horses in this picture? Should find 7
Cool art that will mess with your head.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Military Retirement Bonus

If this "find" doesn't make you laugh, you are truly humor impaired!

The Navy found they had too many officers and non-commissioned officers and decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised any officer who volunteered for retirement a bonus of $1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points in his body. The officer got to choose what those two points would be.

The first officer who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of $72,000.

The second officer who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. He walked out with $96,000.

The third one was a non-commissioned officer, a grizzly old Chief who, when asked where he would like to be measured replied, "From the tip of my penis to my testicles." It was suggested by the pension man that he might want to reconsider, explaining about the nice big checks the previous two officers had received. But the old Chief insisted and they decided to go along with him providing the measurement was taken by a medical officer.

The medical officer arrived and instructed the Chief to "drop 'em," which he did. The medical officer placed the tape measure on the tip of the Chief's penis and began to work back.

Dear Lord!" he suddenly exclaimed, "Where are your testicles?"

The old Chief calmly replied, "Vietnam."

Monday, April 16, 2007

Six Day Clay Artwork

IMHO, I think these are some really cool paintings/drawings. This guy painted them while he was in high school a few years back. Here's a partial listing of his portfolio.

Cool Paintings

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Create a Sitemap for Your Website

It's important to have a good sitemap of your site. It helps the periodic spiders better identify your website. Generate a sitemap with the tool listed below and upload it to your server.

Create SiteMap

For Blogger (Per Commenter's request)

Go to Google's Webmaster Tools
1. Login/password




Saturday, April 14, 2007

Blogging Tips for Beginners by John Chow

When I started blogging (approx 6 months ago), I read's tips on how to get started on blogging. The tips were fairly mundane but for a start--decent.

Six months later, I found a succinct list of fairly objective tips (with pithy explanations) by an authoritative blogger. Most of you might know him as John Chow DOT com, and his blog primarily focuses on making money online. Frankly speaking, making money with blogs is not really my thing. However, I thought his post “Beginner Blogging Tip” was a worthwhile find.

Topics discussed

-Pick a Topic That You’re Passionate about
It’s All About The Content
Don’t Worry About The Money
Build Relations With Fellow Bloggers
Have Fun At This

Friday, April 13, 2007

How are Your Pages Indexed by Google?

Index stats: Determine how your site is indexed by Google. Here's an example for

Samples of my pages in Google. The "GS" stands for Google Search. The "BA" stands for Browser Address.

For Google Search, go to and type in the following:
For the Browser Address, type the following:

Note: You will have to change site, link, cache, info, and related accordingly for BA.

Indexed pages in your site

Pages that link to your site's front page

The current cache of your site

Information we have about your site

Pages that are similar to your site

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Google's new "My Maps" program

Google's new "My Maps" program enables anyone to easily create customized mashups, which are online maps overlayed with additional data. Points-of-interest pins are created by dragging and dropping. This map shows places of interest in Lisbon, Portugal, including the location of a hilltop apartment and a photo of views from the area. Check out these examples, 1-4

Google Map Mashouts

More mashout information on Googleplex (click on pins)

Monday, April 02, 2007

Try the 2007 Microsoft Office System

Try the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Try out their choice of suites or programs from the 2007 Microsoft Office release for 60 days. The trial programs are supposed to contain the same functionality that you would get when you buy the perpetual version.

For an alternate office automation software suite, check out this post at Digital Nomads regarding v2.2. This open source suite comes with spreadsheet, database, word processor, and presentation software.

Try Microsoft Office System

For those of you outside the US, you will need to use the following URL's:

Available Downloads:

Microsoft® Office Professional 2007, Microsoft® Office Small Business 2007, Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft® Office Accounting Professional 2007, Microsoft® Office Groove 2007, Microsoft® Office OneNote 2007, Microsoft® Office Publisher 2007, Microsoft® Office Project Standard 2007, Microsoft® Office Visio Professional 2007, Microsoft® Office Visio Standard 2007, Microsoft® Office Accounting Express 2007, Microsoft® Office Standard 2007

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Submit Your Blogs to Directories

These submission links point to over 100 blog directories. To generate more interest and traffic, submit your blog(s) to these (some are high PR) directories.

I manually submitted to a couple PR6 directories but then I got bored with the submission process. I'll have to piecemeal it.

Blog Directory Link1
Blog Directory Link2
Blog Directory Link3

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The 5 Minute Management Course

Here are some humor finds...

Lesson 1:
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel." After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, "Who was that?" "It was Bob the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great," the husband says, "did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?"

Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2:
A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest apologized "Sorry sister but the flesh is weak." Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."

Moral of the story:
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great

Lesson 3:
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish." "Me first! Me first!" says the admin clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Puff! She's gone. "Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life." Puff! He's gone. "OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 4
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?" The eagle answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 5
A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:
BullShit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Lesson 6
A little bird was flying south for the Winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Page Rank of Popular Blogs

I was curious as to what the PR was on some of the popular blogs. I was surprised to see some of the PR's were comparable to the web giants such as craigs, netflix, newegg, and overstock. I was also surprised to see at PR 4 but heard Google has changed their ranking criteria again. What other PR 7 and PR 8 blogs are out there? Are there any PR9 or PR10 blogs? I doubt it…

PR checker

Here are a 10 popular blog sites I see often around the blogosphere and their PR.

John Chow DOT com: 4
Freeware List: 5
4sysops: 5
Shoemoney: 6
Method Shop: 6
TechCrunch: 7
MyBlogLog: 7
ProBlogger: 7
Marketing Pilgrim: 7
Engadget: 8

Major web sites and their PR: 7 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 10

Today's date is 4/4/2007. The verbiage below is a followup to my original post above (12 days ago)

HMTKSteve found another PR10 site, I found a blog, Alien Hunter, that lists 19 PR10 sites. I also noticed that (apple) by itself is a PR10 site.

However, I'm still looking for the elusive PR9 and PR10 blogs. Do they exist?

Friday, March 16, 2007

Check your Page Rank with Google's 50 Servers

This is a cool find. It shows your Page Rank (PR) on each of Google's servers. It also shows you the average PR, maximum PR and minimum PR. Here's an example with

Check PR

Live Pagerank
Alexa Graph

Alexa Rank: 329,106 [show graph]
Google Backlinks: ~2160
Average PR: 5 | Max PR: 5 | Min PR: 5
Summary for

Top Blog Lists provides listings for the top blogs in arts, celebrity, computers, geek, humor, money, music, personal, politics, and sports.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

100 SEO Factors that affect Google Page Rank

There are "over 100 SEO factors" that Google uses to rank pages in the Google search results (SERPs). What are the search engine optimization rules?

see 100 SEO factors

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Remove the Navbar from Blogger

Personally, I like it but some people don't.

/* Navbar remove */
#navbar-iframe {
margin-top: -50px;

Google's Hidden Pages. Check them out.

There might be some rare human being around who has surfed Internet but hasn't used Google in some way or the other. Still there are some great works of Google that are known but to a smaller community of people. They are worth looking.

Google's hidden pages

U.S. government's official web portal

Some things to start to think about for March.

1. Clocks Go Forward on March 11
2. Women’s History Month
3. Federal Tax Filing Deadline Is April 17
4. Tax Refund Available on Long Distance Phone Service
5. Presidential $1 Coins Now in Circulation
6. National Kidney Month

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Top 10 Funniest Gadgets

Here is a list of the 10 funniest looking gadgets around. I think they might make you chuckle a bit.

10 funniest gadgets

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Convert a Flash Video / FLV file (Youtube's movie,etc) to MPEG4

Download online videos direct to PC / iPod / PSP. It's free! This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (Youtube's movie,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online.

convert videos