Category Archives: Webmaster Tips

Optimizing Images for Organic SEO Traffic

Images can speak a thousand words. This quote is so true. However, there is a condition to it, images can only speak a thousand words, if someone can see it. That though, is not the case with Google Image search robots, or for that and other image search engine robot.

Optimizing images for SEO involves adding proper metadata and giving the images proper names. So naming images as 1.jpg or 2.jpg will not earn you any points from these blind robots.

According to Matt Cutts, Google Image Search considers the metadata in images, as well as the URL of the image. However, like always he also advices against using black-hat SEO techniques and spamming the URL with too many keywords.

Watch a short video to see how Google considers the URL of an image to include it in organic image search results.

In addition to that also consider using altparameters in images. Search engines like Google consider the alt tag, to understand and get more information about an image.

Are you optimizing your images for search engines? Do let us know. Don’t forget to check the huge archive of to enhance and optimize your website.

Google Translator Gadget For Translating Your Website

If you write your blog in one language, don’t expect only people who know that language to stop by. Some visitors to your website may not understand the language you write in.

In such cases translation tools help those readers to convert the webpage into a language they understand. This makes reading information much more easy for them.

There are several ways in which you can offer translations to your users. If you are looking for a even better tool, Google has just announced a website translator gadget that is definitely much more smarter than the regular ones right now.

To install the website translator gadget to your blog, visit this page and copy the text to the header of your template.

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After you have copied the text to your template upload the file to your server for the changes to take effect.

Once the code is in place, Google will automatically detect the users language based on the browser settings and display an option to translate the page to their language.

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Once they click on the translate button the webpage will be translated without the user leaving your site. Google Translate currently supports translation between 51 languages making it a good fit for webmasters with traffic from several countries.

Translate your website with Google [Official Google Blog]

Live Tracking Of Your Website Visitors Using Site-Pulse

Google Analytics is a great utility. It has tons of metrics and provide plenty of information about your users. The only feature that is preventing Google Analytics from being perfect is real-time results. Google Analytics is very limited when you require information about the visitors you have on your website right now.

However, there are other applications that allow you to do that and one of them is Site-Pulse. Site-Pulse is not free, but it will definitely be worth your money. Won’t you simply love to see how many visitors are on your website right this moment, and then be able to click any of them and see how they got to your website, which keywords they used, which search engine they used, which geographical location they are from and how did they navigate within your website?

You can even see which operating systems and browsers your visitors are using and see your visitors on Google Maps. You can also try it for free before purchasing a plan, and if you don’t like it, cancel anytime.

See The Technologies Behind A Website With Sitonomy

If you have ever wondered what ad-networks your competitor uses or what kind of server technology is used by that popular website, now is your chance to obtain that information for free.

Sitonomy is a web application that lets you see all sorts of technologies that power a particular website. Simply go to Sitonomy.com and enter the URL of the website. You will be able to see the advertisement networks used by the website, the server technologies, the kind of widgets used, and even the analytics software that are used by the website.

If it is a blog, Sitonomy also tells you about the blogging platform and the subscription tool being used to manage RSS feeds. If the website uses any external libraries such as jQuery, that information will also be listed in the Sitonomy analysis.

Another great feature that Sitonomy offers is the ability to look up alternatives to any of these technologies. Simply click the alternatives link for any technology to see the possible replacements.

Find Unused or Redundant CSS Selectors

If you work with stylesheets you will often find redundant selectors in your document. If you set about identifying them manually, it would take a lot of time and effort. Gladly, there is a web application that does this for you within seconds.

CSS Redundancy checker identifies the unused elements of your stylesheet. Simple specify the URL of your stylesheet and the URL of your HTML pages. The application will then search your stylesheet and find selectors that are not being used anywhere in those HTML pages. It is a very useful tool to clean a stylesheet.

It is also a good tool to identify which selectors are being used on which HTML pages. However, for that purpose you will have to try one HTML page at a time.

Disable Right-Click On Your Webpages With Aevita

It is a continuous struggle for webmasters to prevent their content from being stolen. You never know when one of the users would right-click on your web page and do a “save image as” to download images or other content that you spent so much time putting together. Even though, nothing can provide you 100% protection against such violations, Aevita is a tool that can help tremendously!

Once installed on your website, Aevita disables the right-click option on your pages so people cannot steam images and other multimedia. It is easy to set up on any HTML file and doesn’t require you to write any code. It works on any java enabled browser and supports .htm , .html and .txt pages. The setup wizard makes it simple for you to choose from various optional features like disabling opera users, displaying warning messages, inserting copyright notice e.t.c.

Aevita also prevents others from viewing and reusing your source code and scripts. The protected pages appear exactly like the original pages but make it nearly impossible for anybody to get access to the images or code behind a page. The best of all things, Aevita is 100% free to use.

You can download Aevita here.

Have User Generated Content? Here is What Can Get Your Banned From AdSense? [AdSense Policy Updates]

User Generated Content or UGC is the norm of the day, there are some sites like the Fail Blog and other’s that solely run on user generated content, and blogs like Techie Buzz, where user comments constitute user generated content.

is a big revenue stream for everyone including UGC blogs and regular blogs, however un-moderated UGC may not always be safe for work and may include nudity or links to blogs related to them or for that matter spam blogs.

The Inside AdSense blog posted a few guidelines for User Generated Content, however here is a glaring note on what can get you surely banned from AdSense solely based on user generated content.

As a quick note before we head into the tips, remember that inappropriate content can come in many forms — images, forum posts, comments, links, and so on. For example, adult content isn’t only limited to pornographic images; it can also be sexually explicit forum posts or spam bot comments with links to adult sites, which aren’t permitted by our policies.

So if you run a user generated site, or allow comments on your blog, make sure you follow the above guidelines to the core.

All is not lost for such blogs or websites, you can clearly have a category marked as adult and add those stories there, however you cannot place AdSense codes on those category pages. AdSense policies also bars users from adding AdSense code on adult sites, so if you have a site that only caters to adult content,we highly advise you not to use AdSense on those sites.

Here are some general prevention tips published by the Inside AdSense blog.

  1. Publish clear content guidelines and policies that your users will have to accept and adhere to in order to sign up and use your site’s services.
  2. If you own a photo or video sharing site where users are permitted to upload adult or other non-compliant content, clearly structure your content to avoid placing your ad code in sections/categories containing this type of content. The same idea could also be easily applied to online stores with adult sections or to classifieds sites which offer adult dating classifieds.
  3. Ask users to tag their inappropriate content (e.g. sexually suggestive pictures or videos) as being non family-safe. This can help you perform human evaluations of potentially inappropriate content for AdSense ads. You can also try installing keyword filters for content related to adult topics, violence, or drugs, for instance. While we’re unable to provide you with details about setting up these filters for your site, we recommend searching for terms such as “keyword filtering” or “content filtering” on Google.com.
  4. Implement spambot protection for your comment forms, forums, and guest books. If you need more information on this topic, try a Google search for “spambot protection”.

There are several other things you should be careful for, but yes moderation is very important so make sure you moderate those blog comments and check the links of commentators before approving them.

Tips for maintaining an AdSense-friendly site with user-generated content [Inside AdSense Blog]

PageBoss: Website Analysis Through Search Engines And Social Media

PageBoss is an easy to use web application that allows you to analyze any website quickly. The analysis is performed over a number of areas and starts with providing owner information, loading time, domain creation and expiration date and the IP address of the server.

Next comes the search engine analysis that includes page rank information, number of pages indexed,  backlinks, blog and directory submissions e.t.c. PageBoss also analyzes the website for activity on social media and social bookmarking sites including Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious and Friendfeed. Moreover, details from Alexa, DMOZ, W3C Validator and the WayBackMachine are also included to help understand how the website has performed historically.

Main Features:

  • Analyze websites quickly.
  • See how the website is doing on Social media.
  • Check how Google and Yahoo! rank the website.
  • Check website performance over Alexa, Quantcast and Technorati.
  • Available in multiple languages.

Rank Your Website Against Competitors With InstantRankMeter

You have done a lot of SEO work for your website and now you want to know where it stands in search engine ranking. Or may be you want to see exactly how you compare to competitors in Google, Bing and Yahoo! InstantRankmeter is a super easy web tool to do that. InstantRankmeter simply asks you for your website, couple of your competitors and up to 3 keywords. Their powerful script then creates visual graphs to help you understand how you rank against your competitors.

Here is an example where I tried to compare three major tech blogs, Lifehacker, Techcrunch and EnGadgadet using the keywords Firefox and iPhone:

The first set of charts represents the position of the websites in search engines.

The second set provides you with a visibility score matrix.

The third set shows you actual search engine results based on your keywords.

Via [FeedMyApp]

Backup Your MySQL Database To Email With Backup2Mail

Disasters are just around the corner waiting to happen without any intimation, and due to ignorance many of us have lost enormous amounts of data and also spent lots of money to recover things we would have better off keeping of.

A blog or website is no different, you update it regularly and have written 1000s of articles, but what if there is a hardware crash? What if there is a problem with your server? Do you have ample backups to fall back on?

In the past we have written a tutorial on how you can backup your blog in less than 10 seconds and some more options to .

However we came across another interesting script that will allow you to your MySQL DB and email it to you for future use.

Backup2Mail automatically creates regular backups of your database and sends them to your mailbox on a given schedule, the script is PHP based so you can install in on any blog or website.

The author of the script also has a set of instructions to get you started, however you will need to have the ability to setup cron jobs to schedule database backups to be emailed out to you on a regular basis.

Definitely a must have script for webmasters who care about their data and want to be prepared for any unforeseen disasters lurking around the corner.

Download Backup2Mail [via Ghacks Tech News]