Easily Find A Good Niche Domain With Micro Niche Finder

Whenever someone goes to start a new blog, one of the most crucial decisions they will make is to select the niche they will be writing in. Unfortunately, many of these same bloggers are setting themselves up for disappointment, or failure altogether because they chose a niche that is already packed. This may not be a problem if you are blogging for fun, but entering a popular niche is extremely difficult for anyone trying to make some money from their blog.

If you look at closely at the many bloggers that are making money online without having a large audience, you will probably notice that they do so by having a large number of small blogs that strategically fill search engine gaps. The idea is to go out and find under represented keywords and starting these gaps with a website or blog of your own. Another benefit to using this method is that you can usually find a good keyword-rich domain because the lack of competition for that keyword.

One example of this would be starting a “Make Money Online” blog. You might have a great blog, but you are going to be competing with 200,000 other people, and many have established audiences. If you jump into a small keyword, but only have 1,000 people to compete with for traffic on that keyword, some simple SEO techniques could easily get you into the top 3 and net a lot more traffic than a low ranking on a high traffic keyword.

So, sounds great, but easier said than done, right? While it sounds difficult, it doesn’t have to be with the right tools. Micro Niche Finder is a tool that makes it easy to find under represented niches. What this tool does is search for the keyword you specify and provide you everything you need to know. It will go calculate the top searches using that keyword for you, then display the number of other sites that show up under that keyword and allow you to determine the strength of the competition.

One example would be if you entered a keyword such as “online coupons”, you would see that some good keywords to target are “dell online coupons” and “amazon online coupons”. Some keywords to avoid competing in are “grocery coupons” and “free online coupons”, as they have a lot more people competing for a lot less search engine traffic. The goal is to find keywords with good traffic and less competition (supply and demand).

For some videos and additional information about Micro Niche Finder, you’ll want to click here.

Overall, I find Micro Niche Finder to be very useful when I’m out shopping for domains and looking to launch a new website. It can also be useful when trying to select meta keywords to use with an individual post.

Best of: Free SEO Guides, Tools, and Firefox Extensions

When it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), there are all sorts of techniques you can practice to try to get your site indexed as high as possible in the search engine rankings. In addition to these many techniques, there are also a variety of guides and tools found around the internet that webmasters can use, many of which are completely free to anyone.

This post is an attempt to collect the best available search engine optimization resources from around the web and provide them to you in one post. If you know of any useful ones that I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments below!

Search Engine Optimization Guides

Search Engine Optimization Tools

  • Advanced Google Search Methods – Tool that allows you to search Google in a variety of unique ways. Great for keyword research.
  • Backlink Analyzer – Popularity and link analysis tool.  It shows what anchor text is linking into a page or site.
  • Backlink Checker – Checks backlinks pointing towards your website. Also great for checking out competitors backlinks.
  • Blacklink Watch – Shows you the anchor text and PageRank of inbound links for free
  • Digital Point Keyword Tracking Tool – Tool that shows you the results of your query from both Wordtracker and Overture for determining which phrases are searched most often.
  • Google Datacenter Watch Tool – Lets you do a search on Google from their 700+ data centers.
  • Google Rank Position – Shows Google PageRank and PageRank position, number of indexed entries, and Google directory status.
  • Keyword Density and Prominence Tool – Allows you to analyze keyword density of a specific web page and its tags.
  • Keyword Selector Tool – Lets you easily enter keywords and search for related searches and how often those keywords were searched for in the last month.
  • MultiRank Checker – Allows you to check your sites ranking while at the same time checking up to 9 competitors.
  • Ranking Tool – Tool by SEOMoz that lets you check your search engine ranking of up to 5 keywords per day.
  • SEO Analyzer – Provides a report that gives a quick analysis of your website.
  • Strongest Subpages Tool – Provides an organized report of the top pages on your website.
  • Tattler – Link analysis tool that allows you to pull backlinks from Yahoo Site Explorer. You can run a single URL, or multiple URLs, and you can grab additional backlinks from the returned results simply by right-clicking on any URL. Can also export all your data to an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Top 10 Analysis Tool – Shows how your link profile compares with the link profiles of the top 10 ranked sites.
  • Yahoo Search Rankings – Free online tool to check your Yahoo! search ranking position.

Search Engine Optimiation Firefox Extensions

  • SEO For Firefox – Provides a ton of information directly from the web page or the search engine results page. Includes Google PageRank, cache date, domain age, backlinks in Yahoo, number of .edu links, the number of cached pages, and many other stats with a simple right clic.
  • SEO Quake – Adds SEO results to search results and on top of each webpage.
  • RankQuest SEO Toolbar – Provides access to more than 30 SEO tools in a web browser toolbar.

Is their a free SEO guide, tool, or Firefox extension that you use?  Let me know in the comments below!

Best Facebook Tools, Extensions, and Scripts

Over the past year, Facebook’s popularity has continued to increase to the point where it almost rivals MySpace. As a result, I decided it was a good time to get around to compiling a list of the best tools and resources available for Facebook users.

In this list you’ll find all sorts of tools, including Firefox extensions and Greasemonkey scripts that were designed to improve your Facebook experience. If you are looking for a compilation of the best Facebook applications, those will be available here shortly.

Facebook Firefox Extensions

  • Auto Slideshow – Displays current page images in a slideshow.
  • Boost for Facebook – Adds Facebook-specific features to Firefox, including skins, notifications, auto-poke, auto-login, friends in your sidebar and much more.
  • Facebar – Facebook toolbar with automatic login, search and quick links.
  • Facebook HugBack – All our pokes display as “hugs”.  This is visible only to you, not any of your friends.
  • Facebook Photo Album Downloader – Download entire albums from Facebook with a single click.
  • Firefox Toolbar – Adds Facebook search and activity notifications to Firefox. Also view friends and share content without visiting Facebook itself.
  • Firefox Universal Uploader – Tool to upload and download images to Facebook.
  • Notre Dame Facebook Style – Custom “University of Notre Dame” style that adds a custom header and theme to all Facebook pages.

Facebook Greasemonkey Scripts

Facebook Desktop Applications

  • BeepMe – Stay logged in, but not have the site open. Configure what you want to be notified of, and this sits in your start tray letting you know when you have received new items.
  • Dashboard Widget – For use with Mac OS X, notifies you of messages and more.
  • fbquick – Desktop application to notify you of wall posts, pokes, messages, events, photo tags, friend requests, group invites, and shares.
  • fbTrayNotify – Shows popup balloons to notify you of events on Facebook such as messages and pokes.
  • Simple Photo Uploader – Allows you to bulk upload photos to your albums.
  • The SocialBar –Internet Explorer Toolbar for FB – A Facebook toolbar for use with Internet Explorer.

Facebook Generators

  • Facebook Blast – Has a large collection of Facebook generators available.

Facebook Tools

  • TagSnag – Free tool that allows you to download and save to your computer all of the pictures other people have tagged of you on Facebook. This prevents you from tediously having to save the pictures one by one.

Best MySpace Tools And Resources

It is truly amazing just how popular MySpace has become over the past few years. Everyone wants their own corner of the world wide web, and MySpace gives anyone this for free without requiring any computer knowledge. It also serves as a great way to interact with other users and get in touch with old friends.

Along with success comes a variety of tools and resources designed to improve upon the product, and MySpace is no exception. As a result, I decided to gather a bunch of MySpace resources and consolidate all of them into a single post for people looking for MySpace tools, guides, and resources. I have broken them down into categories for easy reference.

MySpace Designs, MySpace Layouts, and MySpace Backgrounds

MySpace Avatars

  • Meez (Creates a virtual 3D animated image of yourself)
  • MySpace Avatars (Browse general image avatars by category)
  • Zwinky (Fully animated image avatars)

MySpace Blogs

MySpace Editors

MySpace Games

MySpace Images Tools

MySpace Music Tools

  • iLike (Registration required)
  • MyFlashFetish
  • Tracks Feed
  • Your Spins

MySpace Videos

MySpace Web Storage/Image Hosting Services

MySpace Widgets

Miscellaneous Other MySpace Tools

  • Geo Visitors (Get information about visitors to your profile)
  • Hotlist Maker (Create hotlists for your profile)
  • How Many Of Me (Displays the number of Americans with the same name)
  • Library Thing (Display your favorite books with thumbnail images)
  • Memegen (Quizzes or surveys for your MySpace profile)
  • MyHeritage (Upload your picture and find celebrities who look similar to you)
  • My What Space (Easily manage and edit your profile from your computer desktop)
  • Nooz (Community edited news site for MySpace members)
  • Planet Smilies (Free smilies by category)
  • Wink (Search across all major social networks)

Know of something that belongs on this list? Please let me know in the comments below (include a link). In an effort to keep this post as a valid resource, it will be updated regularly.

How To: Determing Your Blog’s Load Time

This is the first of a series of posts designed to discuss ways to monitor and improve your blog’s performance. 

If you run a lower traffic blog and are looking to increase your readership, there are several things you can do to help people find your blog.   The problem is, once they’ve found your website, it can sometimes be difficult to retain them as a reader.  This is especially true if most of your traffic comes from search engines or sites like Digg and StumbleUpon.

Whether you believe it or not, website performance actually plays a big part in keeping that unique visitor’s attention long enough to read your content.   If your website takes to long to load, it is unlikely that your potential reader will even stay long enough to see the full page load.

Luckily, there are several free tools to help you monitor your blog’s load time and figure out what is slowing it down.  The site I use primarily is called OctaGate SiteTimer.  Simply enter your blog’s URL, click Start, and it will do a quick check and display the results.  This whole process can be completed in 15-20 seconds!

Other sites that accomplish the same or similar goals are:

This should give you a good idea of what hangups are taking place when your website is loading.  Your goal should be to have your website load in under 7 seconds.   If it is taking longer, give some consideration to removing the culprits, which will usually be extra widgets appearing somewhere on your blog (MyBlogLog widget, Alexa widget, BlogCatalog widget, Good Blogs, Blogrush, etc.).   Also, some advertising services may add to your page load time if they are a smaller service with servers that have trouble handling the load.

How To: Determing Your Blog’s Load Time

This is the first of a series of posts designed to discuss ways to monitor and improve your blog’s performance. 

If you run a lower traffic blog and are looking to increase your readership, there are several things you can do to help people find your blog.   The problem is, once they’ve found your website, it can sometimes be difficult to retain them as a reader.  This is especially true if most of your traffic comes from search engines or sites like Digg and StumbleUpon.

Whether you believe it or not, website performance actually plays a big part in keeping that unique visitor’s attention long enough to read your content.   If your website takes to long to load, it is unlikely that your potential reader will even stay long enough to see the full page load.

Luckily, there are several free tools to help you monitor your blog’s load time and figure out what is slowing it down.  The site I use primarily is called OctaGate SiteTimer.  Simply enter your blog’s URL, click Start, and it will do a quick check and display the results.  This whole process can be completed in 15-20 seconds!

Other sites that accomplish the same or similar goals are:

This should give you a good idea of what hangups are taking place when your website is loading.  Your goal should be to have your website load in under 7 seconds.   If it is taking longer, give some consideration to removing the culprits, which will usually be extra widgets appearing somewhere on your blog (MyBlogLog widget, Alexa widget, BlogCatalog widget, Good Blogs, Blogrush, etc.).   Also, some advertising services may add to your page load time if they are a smaller service with servers that have trouble handling the load.

Optimize SEO With These 15 Free Online SEO Tools

Some people think you can just make a few adjustments to your website, such as install a SEO WordPress plugin, and suddenly your website is optimized for search engines.

Unfortunately this is not true. While the All-in-One SEO Pack does just about everything you could want when it comes to optimizing your website for search engines, getting the best ranking is often a work in progress and requires a lot of homework by the person running the website.

One thing I’ve learned over the past year and a half of blogging is the importance of the title to your post. I’ve seen several posts that were simply linking to someone else’s work, but they actually ranked higher than the original post they are pointing to due to the better title.

Luckily, there are several free online tools around the internet that make your homework much easier, and SEO Position has taken the time to compile the 15 Best Free SEO Online Tools in one post.

With many of these tools, you can accomplish a variety of goals, ranging from determining your keyword rankings with all of the major search engines in a single click, to checking backlinks, and even in determining your highest ranking subpages.

What is all this information good for? Some people are happy with their site as it is, but those that are successful are always looking for ways to improve their site, or at least improve individual parts. These tools give you more knowledge about what is working and what isn’t working, so you can do more of what is working!