I came across a few useful web tools recently and thought I might share them with you. They are of interest if you have your own website(s) and/or blog(s).
- Woorank calls itself an “instant website review”, and although it’s perhaps more aimed at SEO specialists it can be useful for those of us who are less specialised too. You enter your website/blog URL, click on “website review” and it generates a report which covers different categories such as Visitors (e.g. traffic rank, visitor localisation), Social Monitoring (e.g. social network popularity), Mobile (e.g. rendering and optimisation), SEO Basics, Content, Links, Keywords, Authority (e.g. most popular pages), Backlinks, Usability, Security and Technologies.
- www.copyscape.com is a plagiarism checker which allows you to search for copies of your webpages elsewhere on the internet. It’s free (but also has a paying professional version), and once again you just enter your URL and let it get to work. Luckily none of my sites have been plagiarised, although it did bring up the Wilhelm von Humboldt quote in my Taking Turns blog post, for a quote is obviously not original and is to be found elsewhere on the net.
- www.dmoz.org is an open directory project which is “the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web”. It is constructed and maintained by a large worldwide community of volunteer editors. It’s aim is for the internet to organise itself, using these editors (‘net-citizens’) to organise small parts of the Web, keeping the good stuff and getting rid the bad and useless. You submit your website(s) and within a few weeks an editor will review it and decide whether or not to include it in the directory. BEing catalogued on dmoz.org can help search engines to find your site(s).
One last thing I found out recently – if you have website based in France do be aware that it’s compulsory to show the “Mentions Legales” on your site. The exact content needed varies slightly depending on whether your website is for a “personne physique” or a “personne morale” but this link should help you. ‘Forgetting’ this legal information on your site could mean up to a year in prison and a €75,000 fine!