Bookmarks & Tools Roundup

Not a whole lot today, but here are some worthwhile tools, resources and posts that I’ve set aside to share with you. Many of these have been added to the appropriate bookmark pages here on SuperAff:

Ultimate htaccess File sample

Bookmark this page and check back frequently as updates to this file are made frequently (at least a few times a month), with only the very best tried-and-true htaccess examples.

Web 2.0 Colour Palette

Fonts 101

HTML Entities
*Includes Latin, Greek and others

Spyfu
*See what competitors are spending in adwords

The Catalog of Copyright Entries

Bumpzee.com – Affiliate Marketing

Good Reading:

Busting Blog Ad Clutter

NoDaddy.com

Business Blogging 101 – Measuring Your Blog’s Success

Contact Your Affiliate Managers

WordPress And Canonical Index.php Fix

How surprised was I to see a newer blog of mine has two identical pages indexed in google:

newblog.com

and

newblog.com/index.php

I have no idea how goog scooped up the index.php since I have nothing pointing to it, but there it was. Up all night, couldn’t find a fix that worked in .htaccess (bork bork bork), but did find a plugin to fix the prob: Permalink Redirect WordPress Plugin

A WordPress plugin that replies a 301 permanent redirect, if requested URI is different from entry’s (or archive’s) permalink. It is used to ensure that there is only one URL associated with each blog entry.

You still need to fix the www and non-www in .htaccess, but this takes care of the /index.php prob. It simply redirects the index page to the root.

Plugin is a simple upload and activate in admin area and all is well :).

To see if you need the plugin, check your domain.com vs. domain.com/index.php. If index.php sticks–you’ll want that fixed to prevent potential duplicate content issues.

G’nite.

Outsourcing Article Writing & Content Creation

It sounds easy: outsource as much as you can so you can focus on work that builds business and revenue. The problem is–finding someone that does quality work, gets it done fast and that you can afford.

So far I’ve had 30 articles written by Tammy using her outsourcing service at WitandWile.com Article Writing. The writing style is natural and not SEO’d which is what I prefer. I find it time consuming trying to adjust articles that are heavily keyword rich to something more useable. However, give Tammy a set of keywords and phrases you’d like included–she’ll get them in. I’ve known Tammy online for a few years now and am confident in her abilities. Give her a shout if you’d like to get some articles whipped up.

Also–I’d like to put up a bookmark page of people available for outsourcing services. If you’re a template designer, script writer, article/content writer, link builder/checker, available as an all around Virtual Assistant, whatever, let me know by using the contact form. Here’s what I want from you:

A web page that outlines the work that you do and a method of contact. No free hosted domains. Send me a little blurb about the type of service you offer (including a link to your sales/service page). This bookmark page is going to be a little different than the others in that it won’t be straight links, they’ll have service descriptions included as well.

If you have your service page on a scraped content, porn, undesirable content (determined by me) or blackhat site–I won’t put your info up because I won’t link to stuff like that. Undesirables include things like article directories, web directories, MFA sites…etc.

I’ll probably put the page up sometime next week, so get your info to me as soon as you can.

Grab Your GoDaddy Gift Cards

Now this is sweet! GoDaddy Gift Cards:

Not sure what to get that special someone? Finding the perfect gift just got easier. Pick up a GoDaddy.com gift card and let them decide. To get started, simply choose a card type below (e-Gift Card or Mailed Gift Card), enter a dollar amount, and add it to your cart. Your recipient can pick from domain names, email accounts, Web site builders, secure certificates… anything they want from the entire GoDaddy.com products and services catalog!

Perfect gift for friends and family who’d love their own blog or hobby site but don’t have a credit card or don’t want to use one.

Hat tip: DomainNameWire.com

Productivity Tip: Using A Clipboard Extender

We have a lot of “working data” to keep under control. Things like referral or affiliate links, ad codes, code snippets, notes and ideas for blog posts or web pages. Or forum threads and blog posts to follow (bookmark folders get packed fast!).

I wanted easy access to this data with something that was able to work within the applications I was using (Text editor, browsers, excel, email, etc.). Here’s the solution I found that works kick butt for me: ClipMate Clipboard Extender.

What’s it do? Keep it running on the taskbar from startup and everything you copy to your clipboard is stored automatically in ClipMate. Everything. You can keep it all stored in the inbox (think of it as the default collection bucket), or create special collection folders to organize various clips. I’m only beginning to realize the value I can pull from this, but here are a few ideas:

Affiliate Link Collection: Store all your various affiliate links in here. Not the datafeed or mashup stuff, but individual aff links that you find you use regularly in blog posts. Remember the eBay RSS to WordPress hack? Instead of creating a quicktag for WP, you can simply store the ebay rss code in ClipMate under your aff link collection. Couple quick clicks and the code is posted easy-peasy.

Power Blogging: Do you regularly copy quotes, notes and ideas from forums, other blogs, etc., for blog post ideas? Copy all the snippets you like and store them in a Blogging Collection, the url you copied from is included as well so you don’t lose track of where you found the info (simply click the chain link at the bottom of the explorer window when viewing the clip). Also store work-in-progress blog posts in here–everything’s ready and waiting until you need it.

Any forum threads you want to note for future reading? Once you’re inside the thread, copy the thread title. It will be saved along with that url. When you’re ready to read it, you’ll find it easily (since you copied the title) and you can launch it directly from within ClipMate. Nice! If you’d like to get really crazy–setup a Collection for blog/forum threads to read and keep track of them that way (instead of mixed in with everything in your inbox).

Did you come across a really good tip or tutorial? Just copy the tip or the title and leave it in your inbox until you can implement it for yourself or spend more time working through it (the tip url is saved as well to revisit when you have time). You can save thousands of clips–it’s crazy!

You can also drag and drop, edit, merge, search, filter clips. Really there’s nothing you can’t do with these guys, it’s quite a powerhorse. Saving screencaps and images? No prob! Something I haven’t worked with yet:

XML Import/Export (7.1) – Allows you to share clips with other users, or synchronize multiple databases. If you move from one computer to another, you can export the new/changed clips, and then import into the other database to “sync up”. You can even send XML files to other users to share your favorite clips.

Sweet!!

Tips for ClipMate:

For the Collections I’ve setup, I want to keep these forever. Not purged after 200 or 1,000 stored clips (check the default), but always have them on hand. Simply change the properties for that collection to store clips forever.

Also for the Collections: When you’ve gone into a collection to grab something, if you don’t go back to the inbox before you start copying other things–the clips are saved in the collection you were in. I don’t like that–I’d rather have the inbox store everything and then I organize the keepers from there. This is fixed quickly again by going into the Properties and unchecking “Accept New Clips (Capture from Clipboard)”.

This software is not a one trick pony. Work through the tutorial provided to get a good feel for all the things it can do for you. There is a learning curve, but once you get the ‘idea’ of it–you’ll be rocking.

ClipMate does have a 30 day free trial and then the cost is $34.95. Give it a shot, see if it’s a good productivity tool for yourself. If it’s a bit too much for you (features or price), there is this old friend of mine:

Yankee Clipper. There is a free version as well as a full featured version for $15.00. Try Yankee for awhile to see if it better suits your needs. It’s not as feature rich as ClipMate, or as well supported (tutorials and forum support) but certainly gets the job done ;).

Both softwares guarantee that they contain no adware or spyware.

*No affiliate or referral links used in this post. Enjoy :).

Swipe ‘Em – Bookmarks, Freebies & Resources

IP Domain Check
*This tool will find other domain names hosted on your IP address.

Free Font Manifesto

IP & DNS Tools

AmberJack
*Amberjack is a lightweight Open Source library, enabling webmasters to create cool site tours.

*swiped the above goodies from Peter Cooper’s Bookmarks

bbPress – WordPress forum

WordPress Comments.php Template

WP Plugin – Own The Feed (Dashboard)

ThemesPress
*Convert your HTML and CSS based design into a WordPress blog theme

Webshots Pro
*Website Thumbnail Service

WebSnapr
*Capture screenshots of (almost) any web page

Online File Browser

Indexer
*This is a small php-script which provides a nice looking index of the content in the directory where it is located (including the directories below). **Upload one file and you’re good to go ;).

Spy on Your Competition with SpyFu
*Did you ever wonder who pays more for ads online MySpace or Classmates.com? Turns out, it is Classmates by a landslide, but what about your competitors?

PayPal Button Creator
*Will increment the price by a fixed amount each minute from a starting price and either stopping at a fixed price or continuing indefinitely

Big List of CSS Tools

Popurls
*Tracking the most popular of the most popular 😉

Alertra Spotcheck

SiteUptime Check
*Good for determining if the problem is your ISP or if it’s the webhost

Traffic Estimate
*Use the Traffic Estimate tool to find out approximately how much traffic a website gets.

Compete.com
*Provides free information for every site on the Internet including site traffic history and competitive analytics–Note this: alerting searchers to site profiles, promotional codes and trust scores for each search result displayed. Something to keep your eyes on ;).

Buttonator
*Drag & Drop Web Buttons

Daily Color Scheme

Shorty
*Simple tool for creating shorter, human-readable links from long URLs. You install Shorty on your server, so the links you create with it never go away. Counts clicks as well. Perfect for aff links ;).

Crossword Puzzle Maker

Word Search Puzzle Maker

Big List of Online Generators

Users Manual Guide
*User Manual and User Guide for many equipments like mobile phones, photo cameras, monther board, monitors, software, tv, dvd, and othes..

Added to the affiliate marketing blogs bookmark page:

Affiliate Lesson

ETA: Also added a Competitive Analysis Tools section on the Bookmark Page