When it comes to finding the resources to help you build your blog, the internet is filled with lots of useful tips, marketing tools, SEO and webmaster tools and resources. On the subject of SEO and webmaster tools, check out the 15 essential tools in the list below, I’m sure you’ll find them as useful as I have over the recent years of my blogging career. Much of them I know you will have already come across; but hopefully there are a few here that will be completely new to you which you will find useful.
Google Webmaster tools
This is extremely powerful page visibility and analysis tool from Google is used by thousands of webmasters worldwide. Google Webmaster tools can give you detailed reports on how your site appears on the web including Google +1 metrics and site diagnostics, search queries, sitemaps and more, a must for any serious blogger, or newbie webmaster.
An essential free URL submission tool that allows you to submit your blog or site to over 40 search engines, useful for new blog and site projects. There are also some cool webmaster tools to get your hands on such as a Meta tag analyzer and link popularity checker.
There are quite a few Meta tag analyzers available on the web, but my top choice is the one by SEOcentro, their Meta tag analyser is a very efficient tool for analysing not only Meta tags but also your website’s overall pages, size of web page, loading times and anchor tag keywords and more.
Everybody’s favourite search engine is not only great for searching for resources, but also useful for checking links within your site, how your site / pages appear in the search engines, when your site was last crawled and much more…
Google Page Rank Checker
A useful tool which can give you your blog or website’s current page rank.
A popular tool used my millions of webmasters and business developers worldwide. For you as a webmaster newbie, Google Analytics is top choice for monitoring traffic and social behaviour of your website’s visitors, which can help you plan and cater the most effective online marketing strategies for your site.
The data in Google Analytics is especially useful for bloggers looking for more detailed breakdown of information about the types of traffic, keywords and posts and pages that are the most popular over a given time, helping many bloggers to create a more content focused and specific audience targeted blog.
This Google sandbox checker tool will help you check whether your website has been placed in Google’s sandbox for any given keyword. The sandbox checker tool has appropriate fields to enter your keyword, URL and to select Google’s regional domain. When you hit the submit button the tool will work its magic and tell you whether your site or blog has been placed in Google’s sandbox.
The ‘What is my IP’ checker is a useful tool for checking concerning IP addresses.
Google Keyword Tool
The popular Google keyword suggestion tool is a great tool to get keyword ideas for your site with many options. The tool will also give you information on competition, current global monthly searches and local monthly searches. A must use tool for any serious webmaster, blogger, content developer.
Google Trends is an awesome tool for finding how popular and how often your favourite topics have been searched over time. This can prove particularly useful to you as a blogger for creating topic focused content.
The backlink watch tool is one of my top favourite webmaster tools. Just type in the URL of your website and get complete detailed data and information about the quality and quantity of the backlinks pointing to your website or your blog. The data will also show you “anchor” text, page rank, the total number of outbound links on that web page. There is also a useful column displaying a flag for each of your inbound link available.
The Alexa traffic ranking tool is an extremely popular tool currently used by over 6 million people each month worldwide. For the webmaster, blogger, this is a useful tool for checking the traffic rank of your site or blog, checking the number of sites linking in, analyzing your search analytics for high impact keywords and more. You can also install the Alexa toolbar for better site analytics, reach a wider audience and drive more traffic to your site.
Domain Monitor & Suggestion Tool
Stay up to date on the dynamic domain information you need with the domain monitor and suggestions tool.
Broken Link Checker Tool
This is another one of my top favourite webmaster tools and I highly recommend for bloggers. Find broken links with 504’s and 404’s, bad hosts, bad codes, timeouts and more using this effective broken link checker tool. The free version allows you to process up to 3,000 pages.
Last but not least is the Firefox web browser. Firefox offers more than just a popular powerful web browser. Firefox boasts tons of useful resources, plugins and tools for the webmaster including SEO for Firefox and rank checker plus lots of useful extensions. Over 500k webmasters use SEO for Firefox so should you.
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