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Cool Websites Everyone Should Bookmark

- by Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved
http://www.thenetreporter.com


Often I find websites that offer interesting, innovative, or just plain cool stuff that doesn't quite rate a stand- alone article, but several of them together will get you jumping all over your computer to check them out.

Copyright Thieves Beware

A free service at www.copyscape.com allows you to see if anyone out on the Web has copied the text from your website and to what degree.

Just enter the url of your webpage, article, or blog post, hit the submit button and the site will show you if another website contains substantially the same text as your page.

If you get a hit, then click the links provided to go to the sites that may have copied you and see highlighted text that matches your site.

The free service on the home page only displays 10 results, and if you want to see more, you can pay $10-20 a month and the service will monitor your web pages and let you know of everyone who copies them.

A positive use for this tool I thought of for anyone who operates an online business: put in your competitors' url where they display the ads, articles, and other tools they give their affiliates, and see who links to them.

They may have active affiliates posting their content (with permission of course) and you may find some great potential partners to help you promote your business.

Another way you can watch for this type of activity is by signing up for alerts at Google.

Go to http://www.google.com/alerts/ and enter in your name, product title, article title, or some specific keyword combination that would tip you off that someone had taken your stuff (or was posting your competitors' material).

You can then receive an update with links any time Google finds a new reference to your keyword phrase.

Surf While You Sleep

One of the disadvantages of surfing the web, especially with a 56K modem, involves the fact that your browser doesn't allow you to easily and selectively download content from the World Wide Web.

For anyone who ever experiences this frustration, here comes GetBot to the rescue!

Available at www.getbot.com, this handy little program allows you to surf individual sites, view all the page titles, see all the website links, both internal and external, and decide which pictures and pages you want before downloading.

Should you desire to download an entire site, you can set the program to run before going to bed. When you wake up the next morning all the information will already reside on your computer, making for a fast and pleasant perusal of all the material.

Getbot comes as shareware with limited functionality, which means you can try the program for free, but if you decide to keep it, or want all the features, then you must pay $19.

On the bad side, it's a memory hog, so be prepared for a restart or two when using it.

GetBot is a decent starter program... but if you want real power for downloading websites to view offline, check out www.httrack.com I've found it to be MUCH more versatile... and, it's 100% no cost :-)

Keyword Specific News

Log on to http://News.Google.com and you can find just about any breaking news story on virtually any topic.

Though the front page is segmented into main categories like Science, World News, Technology, and more, Google News also allows you to search over 4,500 different news sources for stories containing your keywords.

For example, a search for "Iraqi Elections" returned over 10,000 stories, many of them less than 5 or 6 hours old when I did the search.

Google News also allows you to sign up for "News Alerts" via email where the service will email you a link every time a new story with your search criteria appears in their database.

If you need keyword-specific information and articles to post in your blog... this makes an excellent way to get material sent to you the minute the news breaks.


Jim Edwards is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the co-author of an amazing new ebook that will teach you how to use fr^e articles to quickly drive thousands of targeted visitors to your website or affiliate links...


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