Website Tools

How To Determine Search Volume For Keywords

Posted by in SEO, Website Tools on September 29th, 2010 | 1 Comment

Keyword Search Volume ToolsWhether you’re a business, recreational blogger, or domain squatter, you’re going to be interested in how much search volume exists for the keywords that you are looking to target. You’re probably wondering, how can I find out how much monthly search traffic a specific keyword receives? I’m here to show you three different tools you can use to discover monthly search volume.

1.) Google Keyword Tool — Free

This tool was developed by Google in order to enhance the experience and bidding process for Google AdWords advertisers. Google developed this tool in order to show advertisers how popular a given keyword is and how many other people are bidding on a specific keyword.

The great thing about this tool is that it’s free. The unfortunate …

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CSS Trick: Force Users To See New Stylesheet

Posted by in Website Tools on August 31st, 2010 | 1 Comment

CSS Stylehseet Force RefreshI wanted to share a neat website trick with you that I recently came across. The problem I encountered was this: I would add new styles to my website’s stylesheet, but when I would go back to the page, I wasn’t able to see the changes that I made until I clicked refresh.

This doesn’t sound like a big deal until you realize that hundreds or thousands of people who have already visited your website will likely return to your website and will think that your website is (1) really ugly; or (2) that you don’t know what you’re doing.

You end up wishing there was a way to “force” those visitors into seeing your new stylesheet so the website looks the way it is …

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Create a Google Search Story in 15 Seconds

Posted by in Google Search, Website Tools on April 16th, 2010 | 1 Comment

Remember the Google Super Bowl ad?  Who would have thought a Google commercial highlighting the different sections their search engine could give you goose bumps. Now you can create your very own search story.

Just visit the Google Search Story Video Creator on YouTube, type in some search terms, select which section of Google the term should interact with, pick out some music, and you’re done.

I put together a Google search story for Zadling in about 15 seconds. Here is how it came out:



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Checking Your Website’s Speed

Posted by in Google Search, Website Tools on March 20th, 2010 | 3 Comments

Improve Website SpeedIf your company has a website, you better make sure that’s its fast. When customers are searching for your business, speed matters, and if your website does not load in under 4 seconds, your customer may be gone.  Additionally, Google gives faster-loading websites better rankings over websites that take longer to load.

Thanks to Pingdom, they’ve provided an excellent tool so you can check your website’s speed.  You should not check your website’s speed with your own stopwatch due to inaccuracies.  Since you have already visited your website, your webpages files, images, and stylesheets are already stored on your hard drive so the webpage loads faster for you.

With Pingdom’s site speed tool, you’ll be able to see how long it took for …

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