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    1 June 2010

    Looking for cool applications to help you make your blog or site all it can be?  We’ve found some good ones!  From ways to make sure your site looks good no matter who’s looking at it, to protecting your privacy and your content, these tools are all easy to use and either free or very low-priced.  And they’re all web-based, so no downloading to your computer necessary.

    tynttynt insight – tynt.com is a tool you can use to keep track of what’s being copied from your site, ensuring proper credit is given while capitalizing on the copying you want.  This tool not only helps you track down content thieves, it helps to improve your SEO and traffic by generating more links back to your site and providing automatic attribution links.  You’ll download this software to your server, but not to your computer. Cost: Free

    TestSize.comTestSize – As you probably know, your screen resolution is not the same as that of all your visitors.  So even if your site looks spectacular on your computer, it might look funky on someone else’s.  Want to see exactly what it looks like in various resolutions? That’s what TestSize.com is for.  Just enter your URL and choose which size you want to see, and you’ll get a view of your site from that resolution.  It’s a great way to put yourself in your site visitors’ shoes.  Cost: Free

    stribeStribe – This is a great way to take your blog or site to the next level.  You have followers, readers, and subscribers now, but have your really created a community?  Stribe lets you do that.  It’s an easy way to instantly create a social network on any website.  Stribe is an easy plug-and-play solution that allows you to customize its features and build your blog into a community of users, all connected with each other – and with you.  Cost: Free (while in beta)

    shrinkthewebShrinkTheWeb – This simple tool does exactly what the name says.  It takes any web page (home page only, unless you upgrade to pro) and creates screenshots that can be used in blog posts or other content areas on your site.  With one click, you get six different sizes of screenshots, from 320×240 down to a 75×56 thumbnail.  Cost: Basic = Free; Pro = $34.95/mo

    iPadPeekWith over a million iPads sold so far and growing, you can bet some of your readers are looking at your site on one.  So how do you make sure your site looks good on the iPad if you don’t own one yourself?  Easy – just click over to iPadPeek.  You enter any web address at the top of the virtual iPad, and the site appears below just as it looks on the real thing.  Pretty slick! Cost: Free

    img4meIMG4Me – Want to display your email address on your contact page without getting a ton of spam?  You could do something like “myname [at] mysite.com” which is pretty common, but not as cool as what IMG4Me lets you do.  With this txt to img service, you can put your email address in the text box, choose your parameters, like text color, font, and font size, and the app will generate an image of your text.  And they’ll even host the resulting image for you.  Cost: Free

    fivesecondtestfivesecondtest – Want to know what people see when they first look at your site?  That’s what Five Second Tests do for you.  You earn “karma” by looking at other people’s sites and giving feedback on them, which allows you to upgrade your own tests when you’re having your site looked at.  There are some pretty cool options for tests, and you get results fast.  Ad agencies charge thousands of dollars to conduct this kind of research, so this can be a very valuable tool!  Cost: Free (unless you want premium features)

    BrowseraBrowsera – There are a lot of browser options these days, and you can’t assume that just because you prefer Firefox, Safari, or Chrome all your site’s visitors have the same preference.  Believe it or not, some people still use IE!  In any case, just as with screen resolutions, your site might look very different from one browser to the next, and while it might look really good in your browser, it might be completely messed up in another (not to mention the various versions of all the browsers).  Browsera not only allows you to see what your site looks like in various browsers and their many versions, but it points out potential problems, like layout issues, JavaScript errors, and more. Cost: Free (with limited options – $39-$99/mo for more options)

    There you go!  Some cool tools to make your site the best it can be.  We’re always looking for new, innovative solutions to improve the look, feel and functionality of websites, so if you have other nifty solutions, don’t hesitate to share in the comments!

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    26 Responses to 8 Really Cool Web-Based Tools for Bloggers

    1. Keith June 1, 2010 at 6:13 am #

      Great list, I especially like the test size one!

    2. Kelvin Forex Indicator June 1, 2010 at 7:02 am #

      It cant get any better. These 8 tools can definitely be of great help to any online business owner. I love the tynt insight tool because this can be use to find those content thief.

    3. teknoloji June 1, 2010 at 10:00 am #

      in addition to these, i use picnik too, its a great online pic editor.

    4. Komodo Dragon June 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

      ShrinkTheWeb is pretty cool, I’ve seen some alternative options though via Firefox Plugins that may do the same things the Pro features offer. =D

    5. Andrew@BloggingGuide June 2, 2010 at 1:26 am #

      These are really cool tools. I will definitely be using testsize!

    6. aggelies June 2, 2010 at 4:10 am #

      Being a web designer myself the testsize plugin is really interesting.
      It will come very handy.

    7. Market Samurai June 2, 2010 at 5:18 am #

      I will definitely be making use of that Image4Me service. Anything that limits spam is a bonus.

    8. Chris at How to Write a Sales Resume June 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks for this interesting article. I am just starting my own blog about the sales recruitment space am looking for some helpful advice. These tips shpuld help the look of my little baby. Thanks.

    9. Wedding Planning Checklist June 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      I have heard of most of those but the ipad one caught my eye. Can’t wait to get mine!

    10. Samantha Milner June 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi guys,

      Thanks for sharing these cool web-based tools, because I never heard of any of them. But after reading this blog I would like to use some of them to improve my blogs.

      Kind regards,

      Sam
      X

    11. Paley Commercial Real estate June 3, 2010 at 12:24 am #

      According to me all are awesome tools but some time my main consult is content so for that First Tool tynt insight – seems more useful for me.

    12. Serge Pon June 3, 2010 at 1:39 am #

      Thank you for very useful information, for me personally I will try tynt insight, fivesecondtest, tool for Ipad is interesting as well, I would to recommend a service I am using on regular basis It is browsershots.org,
      Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers.

    13. Growing Sales Revenue June 3, 2010 at 3:25 am #

      Great article post buddy. All the Tools for Bloggers are really awesome. I just gonna implement tynt insight. Before read this post i never knew about these.
      Thanks for sharing with me such info.

    14. piks June 3, 2010 at 7:52 am #

      Really great list of webtools. Im particularly interested with the shrinktheweb and the stribe. Thanks for the Share

    15. Escort Service London June 4, 2010 at 8:44 am #

      Me too, I like the test size one a lot! Seems a promising tool for me. Thanks for sharing.

    16. season episode June 5, 2010 at 5:40 am #

      Shrinktheweb is a bit pricy. There are some free alternatives out there but they don’t do full size screenshots.

    17. Consolidation School Loan June 7, 2010 at 4:38 am #

      I personally found tests to be an excellent way to get feedback, but also to introduce important messages and do good marketing…

    18. Payday Loan Lenders June 9, 2010 at 6:15 am #

      Thanks for the list. I have used strive once and am pretty impressed with the features.

    19. Jenny Fletcher June 11, 2010 at 3:37 am #

      An outstanding selection of helpful software – thanks – will re-tweet

    20. Yasmine June 28, 2010 at 9:40 am #

      What a great list! I’ve never heard of ShrinktheWeb and IMG4ME before and I can definitely see myself using them.

      A couple of others that come to mind:

      - Scribnia: To allow my readers to rate my blog and give me topic recommendations
      - Plinky: While I haven’t used it yet, I just heard about it and thought it was pretty cool. It allows you to find interesting topics to write about.

      Best,

      Yasmine

    21. Mark Nasri June 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

      This stuff need to be re tweet ASAP. Very useful.

    22. James September 28, 2010 at 5:56 am #

      Thanks for sharing apps and good comments as well. Going to check out tynt and Plinky now.

    23. Charleen Larson July 29, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      I think fivesecondtest and iPadPeek are going to take pride of place in my site-testing arsenal. Thanks for a great resource!

    24. Wedding Magician August 14, 2011 at 9:07 am #

      Love the post. I mainly just check out the plugins list on wordpress but I know that a lot of plugins don’t get added to their list.

    25. Vicky December 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Great tips, thanks. Screenshotted a few for future reference :)

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