14 Free SEO Tools and Resources from SEOmoz

Posted by Mitel Dan - Februarie, 2015 - SEO
SEOmoz just updated their site with a new design, as well as some new resources. Here are the best SEO resources offered by SEOmoz without having to be a PRO member. Simply sign up for a free account and take advantage of the following resources.
Free SEOmoz Tools

There is nothing more important to someone in SEO and Internet marketing than a strong toolset. Here are the best free tools that SEOmoz has to offer.
Free Link Building and Competitive Analysis ToolsFirst, let’s start with free tools for link building research and competitor analysis.
Open Site Explorer
Open Site Explorer allows you to analyze the first 1,000 backlinks of any domain. For the top 20, you can see more advanced metrics, such as the anchor text used to link to the domain and the page / site authority. You can sort the backlinks to show only followed, 301, or nofollowed links, as well as links from all pages, external or internal pages, and links to a specific page, the subdomain, or the entire domain.

You will also be able to see the top 20 linked to pages on the domain, the top 20 highest authority domains linking to the queried domain, the top 20 most used anchor text, and other link metrics. You can run an unlimited amount of reports daily.

SEOmoz Open Site Explorer Metrics

Also available is a comparison report of two URLs so you can see the overall metrics for both as well as the top 20 incoming link domains side to side.
SEOmoz Open Site Explorer Compare Metrics
The mozBar is a free SEO toolbar for Firefox. It shows you the number of incoming links for the page / domain you are on, as well as offers a toggle for highlighting nofollow links.
SEOmoz mozBar SEO Toolbar for Firefox
You can also Analyze Page, which shows you various metrics such as total links, page element analysis (title, meta description, and header tags), and page attributes (load time, ip address, and on-page internal and external outgoing links.
SEOmoz mozBar SEO Toolbar for Firefox
Trifeca measures the strength and popularity of a domain. Free members can run one TrifectaSEO report

daily. It looks at data such as the PageRank of the homepage and the top 10 pages on the domain, DMOZ links, Google News mentions, Compete rank, Alexa rank, Yahoo Site Explorer backlinks, and other statistics, each with a link to the original source of information.
This tool also provides a list of resources to help you improve your score, based on the areas you need improvement in, such as basic SEO, web design, and traffic generation.
Historical PageRank Checker
Want to know if a domain is getting stronger or weaker? The Historical PageRank Checkershows the PageRank history of a domain going back at least 3 years.
The SEOmoz free API allows you to pull a limited number of domain metrics into your applications, with attribution back to SEOmoz.
Top 500 Site
If you’re interested in what it takes to be one of the top sites on the Internet based on domain authority and links, check out the top 500 sites and, even more interesting, the top 500 pages.

Free Keyword Research Tools

Although there are more tools for Pro members, they do provide some useful tools for free use.
Term Extractor
The Term Extractor shows a breakdown of 1 – 3 word terms that a page is focused on, as well as the HTML tags these terms appear in.
SEOmoz Term Extractor Analysis
                                                                    Term Targeting
Term Targeting will look at your domain and a specific keyword, and grade your site on it’s keyword optimization. You can run this free report once daily.
SEOmoz Term Target Report
This report can be used to not only measure your own site’s optimization, but to look at what other sites have done for on-site optimization of a keyword as well.

On-Site Optimization Tools

Want to analyze some on-site optimization factors? These tools will help you out.
Crawl Test
The Crawl Test will analyze the accessibility of your site as seen by search engines, alerting you to any possible problems that would affect caching and rankings. Free members can run this tool once daily.
SEOmoz Crawl Test

                                                         The Boneyard

Last but not least are the tools that maybe replaced by newer tools being developed in the labs in the future. But they still have some great information to give in the meantime.
Geo Targeting
Geo Targeting allows you to enter a website, name, and location for a particular business to see if it is locally optimized. It checks to see if the address of the business is located on the site, and also checks local search results from Google, Yahoo, and Bing as well as giving you the link to add your business to local listings if it is not already there.
Popular Searches
The Popular Searches page shows the current top search terms across a variety of network, including Technorati, Delicious, Flickr, Google, Amazon, eBay, Lycos, Ask, and AOL.
Link Acquisition Assistant
The Link Acquisition Assistant

Allows you to enter your website, industry, and location, competitor URLs, and keywords to see search queries you can use to acquire new links for particular keywords.

These queries will help you find general directories, links that your competitors have, and links that you might be able to get. One of the best ones is finding brand mentions not linked to your website using this search string:

 http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=keyword+-linkdomain%3Ayourdomain.com&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8 for Yahoo Site Explorer.
Indexed Pages
Check the number of Indexed Pages in Google and Bing for a particular domain.

Free SEOmoz Education

Aside from the in-depth articles in the SEOmoz blog, they also offer several free resources to learn SEO, including:

Free SEOmoz Blogs

Finally, if you want a place to share your experience and expertise when it comes to SEO, feel free to do so at the YOUmoz blogs. These blogs are not only shareable, but are sometimes mentioned on the main SEOmoz Twitter as well as promoted to the main SEOmoz blog itself, based on quality.

What is the most dangerous place on Earth?

                                                      Dangerous place on Earth
The human body can go to any depth it want in theory if you keep breathing all the way down, the air will just become more compressed, our lungs wouldn't collapse. but the actually reason we cant dive that far down is.
How the air tanks works we dive with, they consist of Nitrogen and Oxygen, since pure clean oxygen would kill us, it also consist of nitrogen which is ''harmless'' to us since our body just releases it. but when diving there is a pressure that would keep the nitrogen from releasing our body. so you would in fact die from nitrogen poison. although you could actually also keep diving down if you make safety stops on the way down and up. but its a huge amount of time you're stop would be. the further down you went. so far a diver have been down to 211meters I think it was which took him days to do. but its rather amazing what the human body can do.

No, Influenza is bas depending where you're from. I don't mean to generalise, but you are probably from the west, or at least, an area that is developed, so you've had vaccinations and such. Sorry if im wrong! Anyways, the worst you can get with that strand of influenza is like a cold. If youre not vaccinated, or you catch a particularly nasty strand, then it can be very dangerous.

"Influenza spreads around the world in a yearly outbreak, resulting in about three to five million cases of severe illness and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths."

11 best websites of the week

Posted on February 10, 2015
  1. Pixabay – Massive database of royalty free images free to use anywhere.
  2. Name Check – Check the availability of usernames across websites.
  3. Retroj.am – Rediscover the music you grew up listening.
  4. Nukemap – A simulator that lets you customize different nukes and see the effects on a map.
  5. Jurassic World – Promo website of the new Jurassic Park movie looks like a real, interactive theme park.
  6. ScotBlood.co.uk – Scotland’s current blood bank levels.
  7. TLDRLegal – Software licenses explained in plain English.
  8. MyScriptFont – Create a font from your own handwriting.
  9. JournalDeMontreal – Visit Montreal through 360 degrees photos and videos.
  10. Flood Map –  Raise sea level by up to 800m and see what would flood.
  11. Rolling Stone – Every Rolling Stone magazine cover photo since the 1960s.

12 best alternatives to Photoshop

  1. Adobe Photoshop Express – Official online version for Photoshop. Available also for mobile devices.
  2. Pixelmator – Richly featured editor for OS X.
  3. Paint.net – Free alternative to Photoshop for Windows operating systems only.
  4. Inkscape – Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor.
  5. GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a well known alternative to Adobe’s software.
  6. Pixia – Originated from Japan, but it has English translation. Developed by the community.
  7. Xara Xtreme – General purpose graphics editor for Linux systems.
  8. Photoplus – Free photo editing software for Windows only.
  9. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – Available for multiple devices this free software is especially designed for photographers.
  10. Krita – Available for the most popular operating systems. Perfect for concept
    artists, digital painters, and illustrators.
  11. Pixlr – Most popular image manipulation software.
  12. Sumo Paint – Sumo Paint is an online image editor, without need to install anything to your device.

Google Drive effectively


Back in December I wrote an article to help users "Get started using Google Drive for document sharing." This covered the basics of using Google Drive to share and edit files with others. A total of 5GB of space is offered for free with paid options for expanded storage capacity beyond that.

However, Drive is more than just a collaboration service; it's a full-fledged cloud storage and productivity service which you can use in a number of versatile ways to make your daily life easier. Here is what I consider the ten most important strategies to help you use Google Drive effectively.

                           To maximize the value of Google Apps

A collaboration
Google Drive is a powerful collaboration platform that allows users to develop documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and business forms. Once created, content can be shared with colleagues, customers and partners via Google's cloud, which maintains all iterations of a document in a single location, eliminating the need to email and track multiple versions of a sales presentation, budget or expense report, for example. Simply, Google Drive is a low cost, high value business tool that significantly improves enterprise collaboration.

Nevertheless, paradigm shifts are never easy. Most of us used desktop-based tools like Microsoft Office early in our careers. And while the convenience of cloud-based systems from Google and others is boundless, some users are still struggling to make the transition.

Successful adoption of Google Drive within an organization depends on the ability of business and IT management to provide a clear message based on relevant data, highlighting successful use-cases and leading by example, and by providing a clear roadmap to roll-out training and phase-out older software applications. Following are five actions your organization can take to streamline this process and expedite adoption of Google Drive in the enterprise:

1. Communicate a clear plan

Users want to know what is going to change for them and how the change will affect their day-to-day activities. A training and change management plan is essential in moving users from one productivity suite to another. Your organization will need to consider such points as which users will co-exist with multiple productivity suites, and which users should move completely to Drive, what is the driving factor for change, and if adoption should occur organically or at once.

2. Provide training

Webinars, video tutorials, and onsite training will increase users comfort level with Google Drive. Training can be customized to coincide with the business goals of an organization and focused on what is different in Google Drive versus the features they are already familiar with from other productivity suites. Also, training can focus on organization-specific policies on naming docs, sharing, search, and how to organize folders in Drive.
3. Prepare a rich template gallery
An organization can provide carrots to users by creating a library for all important document templates. This will ensure that users have access and can keep their documents with consistent branding and format. For example:
Link to templates from the corporate intranet site
Let users know the template library is available for use
Provide high-use documents like Meeting Agendas, Project Plans, Action Items Lists, Proposals and Statements of Work
Make them look slick with corporate branding and colors 

4. Lead by example

Senior business and IT management should use Google Drive for day-to-day activities to set the standard. Managers can create departmental surveys in Google Forms, share spreadsheets with their teams, create documents in Google Docs and share with teams.

To encourage adoption, leadership can also come up with an incentive program or contest to create excitement and get the attention of the workforce. Cool prizes can help motivate associates to find the most creative or highest use, of Drive.

5. Create a document library

Make important organization-wide documents and policies available in Google Drive and share with the entire organization by creating links from the corporate intranet. Also, organizations should educate users as to where they can find the most up to date information, for example in corporate handbooks, department and organization policies and procedures manuals, and associate training documents and videos.
Bottom line

These are just a few helpful tips for increasing the use of Google Drive. There's much more to Google Drive than content creation and collaboration, but the first step is creating a plan to help users adjust to change in their business processes.

10 Haunted Places in the World

Everyone seems to know of at least one haunted house; as kids there was almost certainly one in our own neighbourhood. This list contains the most famous and most haunted places in the world. If you have had any experiences of a similar nature, feel free to tell us about it in the comments. I should add, before starting, that I am a skeptic; I have written this list for entertainment value.
10. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totness
Berry Pomeroy
There are a number of legends associated with this 14th-century castle, and it has a reputation of being haunted. It has 2 famous female ghosts; the White Lady and the Blue Lady. According to legend the White Lady is the spirit of Margaret Pomeroy, who starved to death while imprisoned in the dungeons by her jealous sister. Apparently she haunts the dark dungeons, and rises from St Margaret’s Tower to the castle walls. The Blue Lady is not confined to specific areas and is supposed to lure people into parts of the ruin. Apparently it’s a very bad idea to follow her!

9. Dominican Hill, Baguio City, Philippines.

Dominican Hill
According to some people the ghosts of people who were killed during the war haunt this place. Some say the patients who died here despite having the hope to be alive turned into ghosts. Hearing the banging of doors, windows, clattering of dishes and screaming voices during night are reported by people.

8. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle
This magnificent castle is typically medieval, perched atop a rocky crag, giving it an amazing vista of Scottish hills. But inside the empty halls and narrow streets of Edinburgh, there are the echoes of the dead. At least, that’s what has been reported. Hot spots for specters include the castle’s prison cells, the South Bridge vaults and Mary’s King Close, a disused street used to quarantine and eventually entomb victims of the plague. There are also reports of ghost dogs, a headless drummer, and the bodies of prisoners taken during the French seven-year war and the American War of Independence.

7. Monte Cristo, New South Wales, Australia

Monte Cristo
Monte Cristo, Australia’s most haunted mansion is located in Junee, New South Wales. Mrs Crawley, the owner of the house never came out of her home after the death of her husband in 23 years of her remaining life except for two times. After her death her ghost haunts the place particularly her former room. Bodiless ghost, phantom face in the window, floating apparition, strange and ghostly voices, automatic turning on and off lights are some haunting experiences of the people. Some people reported that when they entered the boy’s bed room they were breathless and turned purple and almost died, they became normal after coming out from the room.

6. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England

Ancient Ram Inn
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, a trip to the Ancient Ram Inn is an unsettling experience. Its creaky floorboards, cold bare walls, musty smells and dimly lit nooks and crannies epitomise everything a haunted house should be. And the stories attached to this creepy building are not for the fainthearted: Murder, satanism and child sacrifice are just a few of the dark deeds said to have occurred here, oh and did we mention apparently it’s built on a pagan burial ground?

5. Highgate Cemetery, North London, England

Highgate Cemetery
By night, Highgate Cemetery is like something out of a horror movie. Eerie crooked gravestones, headless angles covered in ivy, dark overgrown passages between the tombs, it’s no wonder this is Britain’s number-one ghost spot. Despite it’s chilling atmosphere, by day Highgate Cemetery showcases some of the Britain’s most spectacular Gothic architecture, offers fascinating guided tours. It’s also the burial place of Karl Marx.

4. Bhangarh Fort, India

Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort is on way from Jaipur to Alwar in Rajasthan, India. According to a legend, Singhia, a black magic tantrik cursed the palace that everybody would die in the palace and their souls will stay there for centuries without rebirth. Another interesting point is, all the houses in this area are without roofs because whenever a house is built with roof, the roof collapses. This is the called most haunting place in India. People who visit this place experience anxiety and restlessness. It is said that nobody returns from this place that stays there after dark. Government prohibited this area from staying after sunset. You will find a board installed by Archaeological Survey of India displaying “Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area”.

3. Screaming Tunnel, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Screaming Tunnel
The haunting of the Screaming Tunnel is one of Niagara Falls’ most enduring legends. Located off Warner Road, the tunnel runs under the railway tracks that link Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York City. According to local legend, over a century ago, a farm house located just past the south entrance to the tunnel caught fire one night. A young girl, her clothes engulfed in flames, fled screaming from the house. She ran through the tunnel in an attempt to extinguish her garments but collapsed and died on the tunnel floor. A variation of this story has the girl set ablaze in the tunnel by her enraged father when he learned his wife had won custody of their children during an nasty divorce battle. Another version tells of a young girl who was raped inside the tunnel and her body burned to cover the evidence. All these stories allege that if you stand in the middle of the dark tunnel at midnight and light a match, the flame will go out and a girl’s screams will be heard.

2. Ohio University, Athens, America

Ohio University,  Athens, America
Ohio University is known in state folklore as the most haunted college campus. A large number of places on campus are said to be haunted, and numerous other popular tales are told about the university across Athens county. The British Society for Psychical Research claims that Athens, Ohio, is one of the most haunted places in the world. Wilson Hall, famous for a girl (a supposed witch)who killed herself moments after writing satanic and supernatural things on the wall in her own blood. The five cemetaries that form a pentagram that surrounds the campus, with the administrative building being in the center of the devil’s sign. Washington Hall, which is famous for housing a team of basketball players who all died in a terrible crashm their ghosts still haunt the hall, and you can sometimes hear them dribbling. The catacombs of Jefferson Hall, where numerous ghost sightings have occurred. And finally, for The Ridges, an abandoned insane asylum that was known for thousands of labotamies and electro shock treatments. Also, a patient who disappeared, and was found five weeks later, her body decomposed onto the floor and left a stain that outlines her body. This stain can still be seen today.

1. Changi Beach, Singapore

Changi Beach, Singapore
Changi Beach served as a popular killing ground for the Japanese during the Sook Ching massacre of The Second World War. Thousands of Chinese were tortured and killed during this Operation as they were suspected of being anti-Japanese. Strange crying and screaming are reported by people. The heads of the Chinese dead bodies are sometimes seen flying everywhere and headless bodies walk around the beach. The scariest thing is that the ghosts leave blood stains. During nights people observe dug holes that appear as if they were used for burying bodies.

$34 accessory detects HIV, syphilis, and works with any smartphone

A new medical accessory developed by researchers at Columbia Engineering can detect HIV
A new medical accessory developed by researchers at Columbia Engineering can detect HIV and syphilis in patients using a $34 smartphone accessory that duplicates test functions that normally requires $18,000 worth of medical equipment.
The new dongle draws power from a headphone jack and performs three types of tests — an HIV antibody test, a treponemal-specific antibody test, and a non-treponemal antibody test. These latter tests are for syphilis, but the lab equipment required to implement them is far too expensive for many hospitals or clinics in the developing world to implement.
The smartphone accessory uses a “one-push vacuum” to create a negative-pressure chamber that moves a set of reagents (required for the testing process) into the test chamber from a pre-stored cassette. The use of the headset for power is also considered an important innovation, as this eliminates the need for a dongle-specific battery of any sort. The headphone jack can also be used for data transmission, which is how the dongle interfaces with every smartphone on the market — since audio jacks are also standardized, there’s no need to implement iPhone or Android-specific variants. A video of the sample-taking and test process is shown below:

The project developer, Samuel K. Sia, has emphasized that the goal is to offer a lab-quality immunoassay in a mobile, handheld device that can deployed anywhere with minimal training. Targeting a disease like HIV is particularly important in pregnant women, as early treatment can significantly reduce the chance of passing the virus to their offspring. Similarly, syphilis can be transmitted between mother and child at birth. The two conditions are now often linked, and 90% of syphilis cases are now in the developing world thanks to the widespread deployment of antibiotics in more developed countries.
The smartphone accessory uses a “one-push vacuum” to create a negative-pressure chamber that moves a set of reagents
According to the team, their initial test work in Rwanda focused on 96 patients, 97% of whom said they would recommend the test again to others based on ease-of-use, speed, and the ability to test for multiple disease. The device apparently does have a tendency to throw false positives that needs to be tuned further, but the end result is that technology like this could greatly reduce the cost of care for people in the developing world over the long term.

This particular breakthrough mirrors others we’ve seen in recent years, where the advent of modern cell phone technology
The research team also wants to bring the same technology to the United States and other developed nations and while there’s likely to be a lengthy approval process, spiraling medical costs in the US, at least, mean that any such test devices would be extremely well received. This particular breakthrough mirrors others we’ve seen in recent years, where the advent of modern cell phone technology and integrated sensors has allowed for simple, relatively cheap medical devices to mimic the effects of complex lab equipment that costs thousands of dollars.
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