Some Cool Stuff Worth Mentioning

I’m not a super avid blog reader, but I do come across helpful stuff from time to time. There are so many new services, tools, and amazing-ness being created that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with it all! Nevertheless, I have ran into a few pretty cool things that I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

Free Social Media Icons – I am not a designer. I don’t want to be a designer. That’s why my buddy Eric does 99% of all the design work I need done. Sites like this one are therefore are extremely helpful because I can just chop up images in GIMP or IrFanView and add them to my sites instead of having to design them or pay to have them designed. This is a “winner winner chicken dinner” in my book.

RSS to CSV Converter – This is one of those tools that’s good to bookmark and save for later. You just punch in the link for an RSS feed and it spits out a CSV with that data. I’m working on a project where I need to compare old data with new data and being able to pull in RSS feeds directly to CSV’s made my job much simpler.

Blekko – A new(ish) search engine which comes in handy when doing SEO research as it provides a host of information about any page you’d care to investigate. It provides the WHOIS data, link graphs broken down by country and state, inbound links, other domains on the server, and a bunch of other information. It’s a very handy site. Now if only I liked SEO…

ManageWP – I’ve been trying this service out and so far I think I like it. It essentially allows you to manage, update, and keep tabs on all of your WP websites from one central location. It’s handy because it allows you to mass update plugins, update your WP version across all sites, mass update themes, mass delete comments or blog revisions, and more if you get more premium options. It also makes it easy to install a plugin across all of your sites rather than doing them all individually which is pretty sweet. The feature that’s most curious to me is their ability to publish a post across multiple blogs at the same time. You can do this with adding links or users as well. One of the primary reasons that I use Posterous isĀ  because of the ability to publish to WordPress.com, Tumblr, Xanga, and wherever else. With ManageWP, I’m thinking I could do the same thing with my own little blog network… though of course Google seems to have started cracking down on them.

I’ll mention this one last post from WordTracker called “Link Builder Strategies.” I’ve always appreciated WordTracker’s simplicity when it comes to explaining SEO and how to best go about building links. While I personally hate SEO, I’m glad there are people who will show me how to do it when it needs doing.

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