Ever visited a client wishing you had your favorite browser and all your bookmarks handy? - check out portable FireFox from John Haller - I cant try it, as you need a usb mem device (like a keychain stick) and windows, but im betting it's cool :-)
Time Tracking and Billing Software
Nice discussion from the mods over at cr8 on billing and time tracking programs. Funny how it's only the mods and a few hardcore members that post over the weekend on many fora - guess that's why they mod, they dont take a break! heh..
Featured in the discussion are: BillQuick, MyOB and Quick Books.
Blocking IP of anonymizers - Foiling Trolls
This isn't a highly technical description of how to do this, but then again, I'm not a highly technical guy. It's nice to have some good ideas to PASS to the technical guys when problem users arise. Those really annoying trolls can be a real pain, so it's nice when you can make it difficult for them to be difficult. keyplyr suggests a nice simple way to keep away some of those difficult users in one fell swoop.
affiliate tracking system accounting for recurring sales
This thread is a mental self promo fest and that's no bad thing at all when the orignial poster, kidmercury is asking for recommendations on affiliate tracking systems. It'd be kinda lame if you didnt hear from the developers themselves right?
Well, MyAffiliateProgram.com and AllAffiliatePro.com are both in there giving their best pitches and provided you take that into account, it's an interesting read for anyone considering opening an aff. program.
Would be nice if a few customers of these programs turned up though, i'd love to hear a less biased account of both programs...
These "recommend a cart" threads crop up from time to time on all boards, it's worth revisiting them every once in a while though if only to see what progress various carts have made and if opinions on said carts have changed any.
WPN member radiosale starts out with this:
Im using paypal as my shopping cart but I need to have an accurate shipping cost and would like to offer discounts from time to time. does anyone have an opinion on zonacart or ezcart? I would like a simple one that will be easy to convert my paypal shopping cart to an new one. I would like to keep paypal as my payment choice.
Beta Testers wanted for Text Content Development Tool
There are few tools floating around the web that will generate seemingly natural language text for you. Often such tools are found on academic sites in the context of language research, and others are passed around under the table by SEO's of a darker nature.
Typically used to generate KW rich pages by the thousand and (if the creator of such a site is smart) cloaked against prying competitors eyes. I've seen this used for adsense in particular and for redirecting human SE referals directly to affiliate merchants.
Once you get past the quite amusing observations that PR Prowler has a toolbar PR of 4! You can find some nice honest sounding member reviews of the product.
The thread started a couple of months ago and is still active, if your looking for a PR tool to find link partners I hear it's not bad, but do check out the thread..
This, from SEOChat member keitht
I second that motion. Worth my hard earned bucks, it basically does what it says. My only beef is that it seems to freeze when you try and give it much higher than the stock 1000 URL's to retrieve. I can't say this for sure is a bug as I haven't tried on any other machines, but given the simplicity of the program i'd be shocked if it was actually choking because of my system. It basically just runs halfway up the process bar and won't retrieve any more URL's in numbers like 20,000.
Added: Dont miss the first comment on this post. Adgooroo have kindly offered a discount to Threadwatch readers on top of the free month's trial.
You'll have to be the judge of this one, i know very little of adwords. The feature list looks rather impressive...
AdGooroo can answer a variety of strategic marketing questions, such as:
* Where, when, and how much are my competitors advertising?
* What new competitors are entering my industry?
* What new campaigns have my clients, prospects, or competitors launched in the past week?
* What keywords are my competitors targeting?
* How am I positioned relative to my competitors on my most profitable keywords?
* Are any of my competitors making unauthorized use of my trademarks?
* How have my competitors changed their ad copy over time?
* How does my campaign compare to my top competitor’s?
Specific features include:
* Historical archive of competitors' ads
* Trademark infringement search
* Industry map
* Detailed Keyword map
* Detailed analysis of competitors' campaigns
* Compare two campaigns in a side-by-side fashion
* Diagnose "unhealthy" keywords and get recommendations on how to correct them.
Publishing technologies are fun. I like to use them, play with them and find good uses for them for SEO/publishing.
So what about the Wiki? - I asked about this over at V7N and although it's not a huge thread, it's starting to produce some nice links and information.
I do have a nice Wiki given to me by rcjordan who waxed lyrical on the virtues of Wiki's and personal work space recently but i've yet to have mustered jp the good manners or time to install the damn thing lol!
So, are there any threadwatch seo's using wikis to good advantage or is it just me looking at this?
Here's a fun little code snippet, just download this script and edit the top bit to point to your url and then rename it to pr.php - Plonk it in a live webserver and point your browser at it. Thanks to SEOChat member LiGhTen for providing the script. If he makes it available online I'll point the download url to it..
arelis link building SEO software
Not using Arelis? - Me niether, but i have often thought about it. This thread has been going for about a month and is still going strong - Plenty of chit chat to wade through but if you're thinking of pulling out your credit card anytime soon it's well worth a look.
Here's a quote from seo-guy member seokid to give you a feel for it:
I'd say that about 50% of the sites are worth emailing if you set the keyword search to something vague like pharmacy or investing. But when you can have it find you 500 sites in about 20 mintues, I'll take the wading anyday. Total time is about 45 minutes from start to finish to find 500 sites and end up emailing about 200 - 250 of them. For that 45 minutes I'll get about 10 - 15 good link partners sometimes a bit more, has not been less than 10 yet. Those are not just reponses either but 10 - 15 sites that I would love to have a link from. On the other hand when I do a search for something like software, you get a lot of crap that you have to weed through.
Blogs and SEO
That ole blog bandwagon just keeps on a rollin'...
If you're looking for an SE friendly blog then this thread has some awesome tips from SEOChat mod Pheonix on customizing Movable Type, some tips on working with Blogger.com and a recommendation from yours truly: bBlog.
Protect Against Invaders by SPAM-Proofing Your Website
If, like me, you've never really had the time to get to grips with spamproofing your sites against the dirty little bots that come fetch your email addresses then take a peek at this article on SEO Chat by Benjamin Pfeiffer.
The thread is 5mts old! but has just been bumped by fryman with the addition of this interesting tool that encodes email links. Clearly a subject worth bending the threadwatch rules a little for eh? ;-)