Tools for Webmasters
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
and products that will benefit webmasters in their efforts to be
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 online
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. http://www.webmaster-talk.com
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. http://www.axandra.com/ibp
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. http://www.addme.com/
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. Webmsters
can often use software to replace a task they do manually, freeing
up their time to pursue other tasks.
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
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 mouse-click.
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 keywords.
Small Business Software - Collection of small
business and marketing-related articles available for republishing.
Articles - http://www.small-business-software/free-website-content.htm
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
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 occurrences.
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. http://www.pubsub.com
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 webmasters.
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
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 webmaster
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds and NotePage
a wireless text messaging software.