See What Other Websites Are Hosted On Your Server

Using a shared hosting plan has many advantages and disadvantages. However, a good understanding of these can only be achieved if you know what other websites are being hosted on the same server (IP address).

MY IP Neighbors is great little tool that tells you which other websites are hosted on the same server/IP. Simply enter the URL of a website and a list of all the websites hosted on that IP would be displayed along with the resolved date. Clicking on the Whois link next to any of the listed websites would display detailed whois information from Domain Tools.

You can also set up an email notification so you will get notified every time a new website is added to your server. Another great use of the tool is to check if your dedicated server has been compromised.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

MY IP Neighbours is a very useful tool to see what other websites are hosted on the same server. The interface is simple and the tool is super easy to use.

Rating: 4/5

Check If Your Website Is Mobile Friendly

With the ever-increasing number of mobile internet users, webmasters have to make sure that there website is viewable on mobile phones. There a lot of checks and tests before a web page can be called ‘mobile friendly’, including page size, scripting, network, markup language used e.t.c.

To make things easier, World Wide Web Consortium (W3) has launched a Mobile Checker that runs a website through these standard tests to determine if a website is mobile friendly. All you need to do is simply enter the URL of the web page you want to check.

Mobile Checker run around 50 sub-tests and provides a final score out of 100. It also provides you a list of tests that the web page failed and details about each test. For most of the failed tests,   related best practice information is also provided for reference.

After you have implemented the recommended changes, you can run a test again to see if your score improved.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

W3C Mobile Checker is a great little tool to check your website for mobile friendliness. It is completely free and provides information about the best available industry standards.

Rating: 4/5

Google Introduces Browser Size to Understand and Improve Content Placement

Google has been introducing several tools to help webmasters out like the speed test for checking your website load time. They have now released a new Google Labs project called Browser Size which will allow you to view your site in different screen resolutions.

To help you understand how everyone sees your website, we created a tool called Browser Size in our 20% time. Browser Size is based on a sample of data from visitors to Special code collects data on the height and width of the browser for a sample of users. For a given point in the browser, the tool will tell you what percentage of users can see it. For example, if an important button is in the 80% region it means that 20% of users have to scroll in order to see it. If you’re a web designer, you can use Browser Size to redesign your page to minimize scrolling and make sure that the important parts of the page are always prominent to your audience. We hope people will use this tool to make their websites better, in turn making the web better for everyone.

Browser Size allows users to view their websites behind a ruler which shows different percentage areas. According to the data collected by Google, the content appearing with the 80% area is more visible to the users and may lead to more actions from the users.


The tool definitely looks interesting and come in handy to webmasters to decide on placement of important content and links on their websites.

For more info on the Browser Size project visit the Official Google post and the Google Code post on Browser Size.

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Google Webmasters Launches Site Performance to Measure Website Load Time

Have you ever wondered how fast your website loads? We have already told you about few tools including Page Speed, a tool created by Google. Now, Google Webmaster Tools has released a new tool in their Labs called “Site performance”, which will show you the website load time for your blog or website.


Google Site Performance displays the performance for your site, which includes the page load times along with suggestions to improve the performance of your site. This can come in very handy when you want to find ways to speed up your website and make it load faster.

Some of the suggestions provided by webmaster tools are very easy to implement, however some may require major changes. Nevertheless, this is a very good and important introduction, since webmasters can now focus on improving the experience for their users.

What do you think of this new introduction? Do let us know through your comments.

Related Webmaster Tools worth Looking at:

How fast is your site? [Google Webmaster Blog]

Add WPtouch Support For Nokia, Symbian & Windows Mobile

WPtouch is a excellent which allows users to provide a mobile friendly interface for their websites, when a user visits using a mobile web browser. At Techie Buzz, we use the plugin to display the website for mobile phones.

Displaying mobile friendly pages on mobile web browsers makes sense, since usually their screens are much smaller. Along with that, mobiles also do not have fast internet connections. Using WPtouch definitely helps speed up page rendering on mobile devices.


However, recently one of our authors pinged me and said that the mobile site was not displaying while he was viewing it on a Nokia 5800 touchphone. Turns out that WPtouch is built to only run on iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Storm and Pre devices. It does support Mini too.

However, this means that it will not work on Nokia based phones running on Symbian OS or Maemo, and devices that run on Windows mobile out of the box. To overcome this issue, you can add support for additional devices by changing a small setting in WPtouch.


To do that, go to WPtouch options and scroll down to Advanced Options. In the field for custom user-agents, add the following text nokia, iemobile, symbian, and save your settings. The provided strings are generic in nature, you can always find the browser user-agents for mobile devices on this page.

Testing WPtouch on Nokia or WinMo Devices

Once you have added the changes, test it out by visiting the site using a Nokia or Windows Mobile device, or for that matter whichever device you added support for.

If you do not have the different devices to test with, you can visit our earlier tutorial of Emulating Mobile Web Browsers on your Desktop with Firefox.

That’s it, hopefully this will help users who use WPtouch add support for Nokia Symbian, Windows Mobile or other unsupported devices with ease. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any doubts or queries. For more such useful tips, visit the section.

Google to Notify Webmasters about Outdated Software

There are tons of free CMS available today including , Drupal and Joomla. Though most of these are free, a webmaster who uses them has to constantly keep upgrading the software to make use of new features and plug security holes.


Upgrading is always a pain, one of the reasons we are coming out with WordPress Remote Manager shortly. In addition to that, Google Webmasters Tools has decided to introduce a new feature where they will alert users whenever their web software is out of date.

One of the ways we identify sites to notify is by parsing source code of web pages that we crawl. For example, WordPress and other CMS applications include a generator meta tag that specifies the version number. This has proven to be tremendously helpful in our efforts to notify webmasters. So if you’re a software developer, and would like us to help you notify your users about newer versions of your software, a great way to start would be to include a generator meta tag that tells the version number of your software. If you’re a plugin or a widget developer, including a version number in the source you provide to your users is a great way to help too.

Google Webmaster Tools basically rely on the version numbers included in the HTML source of a webpage to identify if a website requires and upgrade. However, there have been known cases of people attacking a website because of including the version number in the page. It is always better to rely on your own process to keep your software and plugins up-to-date.

This initiative will definitely help many users who usually do not have time or are unaware about new versions and will complement Google’s role on alerting users whenever their website is hacked or compromised.

New software version’ notifications for your site [Official Google Webmaster Blog]

Google Image Search Users Don’t Like Watermarked Images

Watermarking images is a very popular way of thwarting image thefts. In the past, we have covered several and services which allow you to watermark images for free. However, if you are a webmaster, a recent post on the official Google webmaster blog might change your thoughts on watermarking your blog or website images.


Peter Linsley the product manager of Google Image search talks about some pros and cons of watermarking images.

Pros of watermarked images

  • Photographers can claim credit/be recognized for their art.
  • Unknown usage of the image is deterred.

Findings relevant to watermarked images (Cons)

  • Users prefer large, high-quality images (high-resolution, in-focus).
  • Users are more likely to click on quality thumbnails in search results. Quality pictures (again, high-res and in-focus) often look better at thumbnail size.
  • Distracting features such as loud watermarks, text over the image, and borders are likely to make the image look cluttered when reduced to thumbnail size.

Google Image Search like the regular Google Search is a huge traffic puller. The findings above or the cons of using watermarked images are definitely worth noting. The reasoning is also quite appropriate as images with watermarks are not that enticing when you actually view it in thumbnail format. However, these findings do not say that you should not watermark your images. Although, it is definitely worth knowing how users react to watermarked images.

Would you as a webmaster stop watermarking your images to get better search engine clicks in image search? It would be interesting to debate on this topic as image theft is rampant, however on the other hand every bit of search engine juice is always welcomed by a webmaster.

Google AdSense Tip: Disable Image Ads

It has been a long time since I did a huge list of useful tips and tricks to increase your AdSense income. Though it has been over a year since that post, I have posted more useful information under the category, so you might want to check that out too.


As always sharing tips with webmasters is something I like to do. Here is another tip to get more click through and better income in Google AdSense.

Disable Image Ads in Google AdSense

Yes, you heard it right. From my experience I have seen image ads perform poorly when compared to text ads. And I am speaking based on my experiments.

In my AdSense experiment, I rotated between two sets of ads. The first one was a image only ad and the second one was a text only ad. The ads were rotated on a 50-50% basis. I ran the entire test for a week on several sites and saw that Image ads had a 0.5% click through rate, whereas text ads had a 4% click through rate.

Earnings were slightly better on the image only ads, but the lack of clicks are a definite dampener.

Reasoning to do Away with Image Ads

There might be several reasons, but I will stick to few important ones. Most of your posts contain images in some form or another, when you run image ads, they look like a part of your actual post instead of information that a user would find useful, within the scope of your article.

In addition to that, when you use image ads, there is a 25% lesser chance that a user will click on it, when you compare it to the 4 links a usual premium Google AdSense unit displays on your blog.

Image Ads can be Misleading

Quite sometime back, I had posted about some misleading ads by Google AdSense. I have been having several personal email conversations with both Google AdSense and Google web spam team members since then, with regards to both the quality of image ads and misleading information provided by the ads.


Thanks to the quick responses from the Google team, most of the issues are resolved, however, there are times when some image ads can contradict what you write, so keep your eyes open and check for them.


You can always disable certain ads that you don’t approve of, make good use of that feature. To disable certain URLs from advertising on your website, go to AdSense Setupand click on Competitive Ad Filter. Scroll down and enter the URL of the site you want to block from advertising on your website.

How to Disable Image Ads In Google AdSense

While creating a new ad or editing a existing one, select Text ads onlyfrom the drop down list for Format.


If you are editing a old ad, it should take around 10 minutes for the changes to take effect. Don’t forget to play around with the fonts and font size of the ads.

Image Ads Alternatives

If you do plan to run image or banner ads on your website, try to use a CPM based network like Tribal Fusion or Burst Media, which pay you a CPM on 1000 impressions. If you have a blog which gets good traffic, these networks will be able to offer you with better CPMs than AdSense.

What works for Me, Might not work for You

Well, to state a fact, you will get millions of tips to optimize your income on the Internet. Don’t take them at face value. What works for someone, may not work out for you. The best way to actually optimize your income is to experiment and come up with the best strategy that works for you.

I have based this tip on a exclusive experiment I ran on several blogs, and have seen ads perform much better. So don’t hesitate to experiment, rather than just going by what someone says.

And don’t forget to read the earlier post on some really good tips to optimize Google AdSense income. We have tons of other to help you out with your website too.

Filing DMCA Notice Against Blogger/Blogspot and Spam Blogs

Splogs or Spam Blogs are a nuisance in every sense. The lazy people buggers running these sites, leech content from Techie Buzz and hundreds of other blogs and pass them of their own, making money in the process. So in short, it is we who do all the hard work for them these scumbags.

Out here at Techie Buzz, we provide readers with full feeds, to make it convenient for them to read content at their own leisure, in their favorite feed readers. However, some lazy bums also use the same feed to leech content and add it to their own site effortlessly.

I have had a choice of taking an easy way out by changing our feed to a partial feed. However, that is not an option for me, since it will cause inconvenience to our readers. That is not something we want to do, to just to get rid of these lazy bums.

In the past month, I took a hard stance and have been reporting these spam blogs and making sure that they get suspended. Though, this may sound harsh, please note, that these blogs add no value to the internet, and don’t deserve to be there in the first place. As a added note, if you are a splogger who leeches our content, please make sure to read our terms of use, anyone found to be violating these will be dealt with appropriately.

If you are a blogger, don’t sit back and let these sploggers use your hard work just like that, here are some ways in which you can report spam blogs on .com and file DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) requests for Blogger/Blogspot blogs.

Reporting Spam Blogs has the best spam reporting option for blogs, the response is pretty quick and if a blog is found to be offending, they are immediately suspended.


To report a offending blog as spam, just visit the blog, and hover over Blog info. In the dropdown menu, click on the Report as spamlink.


Clicking on that link will open a new page, where you will have to fill out information about Whyyou are reporting a blog as spam. Once you have added relevant information, click on the Report Blogbutton. That’s it, the support staff will evaluate your request and suspend the offending blog.

Reporting Blogger/Blogspot Spam Blogs

Majority of spam blogs, that leech content from other sites exist on the blogger network. One of the major reasons for this is that, unlike, Blogger allows their free blogs to advertise on the site using .

Blogger has a much more lengthier process for reporting spam blogs on their network. The process is also a bit slower, compared to, but they eventually get to it.

To file a DMCA request against a blogspot blog, visit the Blogger DMCA page and fill out the lengthy form. You will need to provide all the details of the infringing site, which has copied your content. In addition to that, you will also have to provide links for your own content in the request.


Once a DMCA request has been filed, expect a wait time of anywhere between 48 hours to 1 week for your issue to be taken up. Once your request is taken up you will receive an email, similar to the one above.


Dealing with spam blogs is a tough job, they are just a waste of time. I have put in lot of efforts to track and deal with such blogs, but no efforts are guaranteed for success.

We would really appreciate, if you would contact us, whenever you come across splogs reproducing content from Techie Buzz. We spend hours and hours to find softwares, news and then convert them into presentable content. We certainly hate people leeching our hard work.

How Is Bounce Rate Calculated in Analytics?

If you have been using a web analytics service to track visitors on your website, you might have noticed an attribute called Bounce Rate. Bounce Rate basically tells you how many users visited your website and left immediately.

However, don’t take that as a full-fledged definition. The Google Analytics blog had a rapid fire question and answer session, where they answered several questions, including:

  • How is bounce rate calculated
  • Effect of search bots on data collection
  • Finding a benchmarking category for sites that don’t fit into any particular benchmark category
  • What is the best way to identify landing pages with high bounce rate
  • How to find new keywords to improve content performance
  • Effects of private browsing and incognito mode on data collection

Watch the video below to find answers on how bounce rate is calculated in analytics, and the other questions discussed in the session.

Visit our section to find more handy and useful tips, which will help you to manage your blog/website better.

Rapid Fire Web Analytics Q and A [Official Google Analytics Blog]