5 Free Tools No Webmaster Should Be Without
Posted by Shannon Suetos on February 1, 2011 in Business Start Up Advice, Business Technology [ 2 Comments ]
Being a webmaster is hard work. You have to maintain your site, add new content, promote your work, respond to correspondence and, depending on your site, deal with spammers and other less-than-noble visitors.
However, there are a slew of free tools that help to make many of the more menial and annoying webmaster tasks easier. Along the way, they also offer ways to improve your site and, perhaps, help it grow into something greater.
On that note, some of the best tools available are free and here are five examples of excellent, free tools that every webmaster should know about and be using.
- Pingdom’s Full Page Test While there is a slew of tools to tell you how fast your site is loading, Pingdom takes it one step beyond by showing you how fast each element of your site loads, displaying it in a waterfall that makes it easy to see what is slowing your site down.That, in turn, makes it easy to adjust and improve your site’s loading time in ways that won’t impact your user’s experience, other than speed it up.
- Mike’s Search Engine Ranking Checker Quicklyand easily learn where your site ranks in the various search engines with this tool. Simply enter the term you want to search for and the URL that you want to see where it ranks and this tool will sift through the first 100 results of the four key search engines to find the answer.The tool will also keep track of past results for your URL, making it easy to go back and see how you’ve improved over time.
- Hubspot’s Website Grader If you find that you need to improve your site’s search engine ranking, Hubspot’s Website Grader might be a good place to start. The grader looks at over 50 variables and rates your site on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being the most effective.However, at any grade, Hubspot usually finds ways you can improve your site’s marketing effectiveness and search engine performance. A great place to get a start on improving your site’s SEO.
- Blue Backlinks Another critical element of SEO is backlinks and Blue Backlinks is a simple, fast and free tool to find out who is linking to you, what anchor text they are using and how many of the links are nofollow vs dofollow.It’s a fast way to see how well your linking strategy is working and what changes you may need to make in order to get the attention of the search engines.
- DownForEveryoneOrJustMe Finally, once your site becomes popular, you’re inevitably going to have a moment where either you can not access it or someone lets you know that they can’t. However, the question always remains, is this a problem you need to contact support over or is it just a local issue? DownForEveryoneOrJustMe (DFEOJM) can help.DFEOJM checks your site, or any URL, to see if the site is online and reports what it sees. If it says your site is down, you probably need to take action immediately to get it back online. If it says it’s up, you can relax. knowing it is just a local issue.
Obviously there are many other great free tools out there but these are some of the critical ones that webmasters need to be aware of and using if they want their sites to grow and prosper.
Promotion and maintenance are tasks few webmasters enjoy but they are critical to the success of a site, especially over the long terms, and that is why we should be grateful for these tools and what they can do for us.
This post was sent by Lior Levin who is the operator of BeginSeoHere and also is a consultant to iAdvize, a live chat support software company.