For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Ten Cool Sites series, it is basically a list of sites that I’ve recently added to Liberty Resource Directory (LRD). LRD is a curated directory that is essentially my public bookmarks. I’ve developed a habit of collecting cool websites. I now have nearly 2,000 on LRD.
They’re all categorized to the best of my ability, so don’t let that number scare you. LRD is a very simple site that is meant to be quick and easy to navigate. Without all the fluff. Check it out and let me know what you think. For now, here are the most recent ten cool sites.
1. BitPort – This is (again) the only non-SEO related site. I apologize for my recent obsession, but I love the marketing world. BitPort is a fantastic torrents service that allows you to download media to the cloud and stream them on all your smart devices.
2. Drop My Link – Leaving comments on other sites aren’t a big part of backlink building anymore, but they can still be helpful. This great tool allows you to find blogs with comment forms for EDU blogs, GOV blogs, Angela’s Backlinks, Do Follow and many others.
3. GTmetrix – This is my favorite page speed test tool (sorry Google). It’s easy to use and is very descriptive about problems on your site. It even provides an easy starter guide to speeding up WordPress sites.
4. PageSpeed Insights – I may prefer GTmetrix, but you can never put all your eggs in one basket. This is Google’s free page speed test tool. When you use it, you can be sure the recommendations you’re getting are always based on the latest web development standards.
5. Pingdom – Yes, another page speed tester. This one is unique in that it focuses on actual time and size of individual elements on your page. If you’re not sure exactly what is causing speed problems on your site, run it through this tool. It will show exactly how much time everything on your page down to individual scripts is taking to load.
6. Release-News – Press releases are a great way to get the word out on something. However, getting into official news feeds like Google and Yahoo news isn’t easy. Sites like this make that process easy. They’ll do all the work for you. Save for writing the release itself.
7. Site Alerts – This site is a great, free way to quickly get statistics on a competing website. Their social followers, the technology/plugins they use on their site, the keywords they rank for, the number of inbound links, and who’s referring to them. Paid accounts even allow for tracking of multiple sites.
8. The Open Graph Protocol – If you run a blog or website, this is something that needs to be implemented. This schema standard allows you to link your site with your social networks. It makes sure that when people share your site it displays correctly everywhere. It can even allow you to display different titles and descriptions for each network.
For the non-programmers, The Yoast WordPress plugin will help do this automatically and most high-quality themes will also utilize this protocol.
9. Topsy – I’m in love with this free tool. It makes social network and backlink research incredibly easy. You can use it to find top influences with a keyword. You can find who has shared a competitor link. You can find top shared content in an industry. All free, all super simple. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to what you can do with this surprisingly powerful tool.
10. Wikigrabber – Sometimes it seems like a reference on Wikipedia has just as much power as a reference on an EDU or GOV website. Getting those Wikipedia references can be difficult with its constant monitoring. This website allows you to find articles based on a keyword that are in need of a reference. This means that if you’re an expert in your field and have a great resource, you can find exactly where it’s needed on Wikipedia.