Snap! SEO: Get SEO links right at hand

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Many SEO tools, one click away.Today I heard of a useful tool, especially if you are like me and like to track down your SEO progress with your Snap! Websites.

It is a very interesting and simple tool that sends you to all sorts of websites that give you detailed SEO information such as page rank, links to the page, whether you exist on DMOZ, etc.

I already gave you some of those URLs and tricks. Yet this tool is cool since it makes those links available in an automated way for all the websites that you visit making it very easy and quick to go check out your SEO information.

The tool is a FireFox extension so you'll need to run FireFox to use it.

The tool is called SEOpen and it generates links to many websites, such as Google and Yahoo!, which give you information about your site. In general, it is not as extensive as the free Google Webmater tools, yet it will help you find information that you would probably miss otherwise.

It gives you the usual number of backlinks, cached pages1, related pages, page rank, domain links, keyword density2, traffic statistics.

Remember that third party traffic statistics do not usually correlate with your real traffic. That's a good way to know how many people come to your website, but not so good to know exactly how popular you really are. For that, a system such as Google Analytics is a much better bet (and remember that Snap! Websites come with Google Analytics support.)

A good example for that is Alexa. Their tracker makes use of the Alexa toolbar or Alexa widget (that you can incorporate on your website.) The tracker works, but it is mainly used by website owners. Therefore, the results from Alexa will most of the time be smaller than your real results. For example, Alexa may think you receive 50,000 hits a month, when you really are getting 150,000. The 100,000 other hits are people who don't have the Alexa toolbar. (The widget fixes that problem, but then you are stuck with the widget...)

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  • 1. Pages that are cached by search engines are considered more important than those that aren't cached. That can be valuable information.
  • 2. The keyword density feature shows you whether the words you are targeting are indeed the ones that search engines and SEO systems find as your keywords. In general, it will check all your pages and count all the words. Those with the larger count are considered your keywords. They may use different weights depending on whether the word appears on all pages, on some pages, in the first paragraph or in the title. With all of that, it is not likely that you'd be able to verify your keywords without those tools.