Mobilizing Your Internet Marketing

When I lived in Kenya during the summer of 2007, one thing that struck me was the amount of people using cell phones for computing tasks. At a time when smart phones were just catching on (the first iPhone was released that June), it was common to see people using phones for just about everything. I was sporting a slick Razor that could store a dozen songs and that’s about it, so my laptop was everything. Things were different in Kenya. From the businesspeople in Nairobi to the people in the village hours away from the nearest major city, phones were used for everything from bank transfers to email. When I returned to Kenya in 2009 with my iPhone look-alike, the mobile market had expanded:

Web Device Use In Kenya

Things are going to be a lot different my next visit. Desktop’s grasp on the market fell steadily until mobile flipped the script at the end of 2013. Mobile devices now account for over 70% of internet use in Kenya. Let’s take at the same data in the US:

Web Device Use in US

While many US users have been holding tightly to their desktops, there is no denying the mobile uprising. In Kenya, mobile devices are the primary – and usually the only – device for many Internet users, while US consumers tend to have an arsenal of devices. Even with a lower percentage of web visits completed on mobile devices in the US, the time spent on the Web using mobile devices surpassed desktop earlier this year.

Time Spent on Internet by Device

Mobile has shown that it is on the rise and is already a large part of internet marketing. If this is news to you, the time to act was yesterday. We have a lot of learn from developing countries such as Kenya and paint of picture of our mobile future by looking at their past. Some of the biggest signs of the time are the ways in which Google has supported mobile devices.

Google Behind Mobile

Many online marketers have been resistant to give mobile its due credit, but users are making it clear that mobile cannot be ignored. Desktop shows no signs of becoming irrelevant by any means. In fact, the amount of web use on desktop is strong as ever, but mobile gains more momentum monthly and is taking up a larger percentage of the market. And why shouldn’t it? More and more, we seek instant gratification. If I’m walking down the street and want to get the lowdown on two different restaurants, I’m going to pull out my phone right then and there. When I’m sitting in Balboa Park and want to know more about the plants or a museum, I’m using my phone rather than waiting until I’m home. More than anything else: mobile is always convenient.

Although almost two years old, Google’s report on the multi-screen world provides some great information. For example, 40% of smart phone use was outside the home compared to 31% on desktops. The 45 page reports concludes with this: “Smartphones are the backbone of our daily media use. They are the devices most used throughout the day and serve as the most common starting point for activities across multiple screens. Going mobile has become a business imperative”. In recent years – and especially in the last few months – Google has taken action with this in mind.

As Internet marketers, one of the biggest changes we care about was the updated SERP, which signified a major step in the company’s shift to “mobile first.” Desktop SERPs are cleaner, while mobile results have similar data but presented much differently due to screen size. Dr. Pete wrote a great piece on the SERPs across devices, but the main takeaway is that above the fold real estate on mobile devices is severely limited, stressing the importance of ads, Local Listings, organic rank, and more. Since May, we have seen Webmaster Tools notifications for information regarding mobile devices, including smart phone redirects and smart phone crawl errors:

Google Webmaster Tools

Additionally, one of our favorite tools – Page Speed Insights – notes both mobile and desktop web performance with mobile showed first.

What This Means For You

As marketers, we need to ensure that our clients’ online presence is consistent across devices. How are they showing up in SERPs on desktop and mobile, and what strategies can we employ to maximize visibility on mobile? More importantly, consider how sites are viewed on phones and tablets. At the very least, sites need to be friendly; we highly recommend responsive design. A younger, wiser me may have predicted the rise of mobile several years ago during my time in Kenya, but you know what they say about hindsight. Don’t look back on this period of time wishing you had acted. Now is the time to recognize the pervasiveness of mobile.

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Three Insights to Transform Your Twitter Game

Today we’re going to look at Twitter from a Bird’s-eye view.

The evolution of social media has changed the way most of us communicate on the web. Whether inspiring a generation of users to #hashtag #every #little #thing #they #do or empowering an Arab Spring, Twitter often finds itself at the center of some pretty big changes.

And how about those changes? One doesn’t have to Google very far to find comprehensive takes on social media analytics and what they mean for businesses. Don’t be overwhelmed! With the help of a piece by Fast Company, we’ve rounded up three big insights to help raise your Twitter game to the next level.

1. THERE ARE SIX DISTINCT COMMUNICATION NETWORKS ON TWITTER

This one’s a doozy. The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation worked together to analyze thousands of conversations on Twitter and boiled the wide range of data down to six basic network archetypes. Polarized crowds are great at supporting one another but are a lot less likely to engage with users with different viewpoints as their own. So, for example, conservative Republican Twitter users tend to follow, tweet at, retweet, and favorite amongst themselves more often than with liberals. On the other end, tightly-knit community clusters are a highly responsive group of Twitter users, usually grouped according to a specific interest. They engage with each other to share, for example, baking tips, opinions on a TV show, funny links, or other tweets pertaining to their hobby or interest.  Understanding where your brand fits among these types can help you tweak your strategy to reach new groups.

Image courtesy of the Pew Research Center.

Image courtesy of the Pew Research Center.

2. YOU HAVE LESS THAN AN HOUR TO RESPOND ON TWITTER

A big part of Twitter’s allure is how posts are handled in  real-time. You can communicate with your followers immediately, creating a higher, more interactive level of customer service. Still, the effect of this is double-edged. Research conducted by Lithium Technologies suggests that patience is not much of a virtue on Twitter. The study found that consumers using the platform to connect with businesses or brands don’t like to wait long to receive a response to a tweet or direct message sent to the brand. A good rule of thumb is to make a conscious effort to respond within an hour of the original post. Keeping tabs on email alerts can make things much easier. If you need something more comprehensive, there are tools (like Must Be Present) that alert social media managers when they’ve been engaged on Twitter.

3. LATE NIGHT IS THE BEST TIME FOR RETWEETS

While most people tend to follow  their own Tweeting schedule, like during the latest episode of Game of Thrones,  there is hard data available that shows that late night tweeting leads to more retweets from followers. Over 1.7 million tweets were analyzed by the folks at TrackMaven and the results are not wholly surprising: after 10 PM and before 11 PM (ET) is the ideal time to post. Fast Company suggests you follow the “Late-Night Infomercial Effect” when posting. What does that mean exactly? It means posting when the noise level is lowest for a greater chance of being heard. Be the voice that disrupts the silence. But please, keep the GoT spoilers to a minimum.

If you have any of your own social media stats that fuel your social strategy, feel free to share them in the comments!

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Internet Marketing Weekly Roundup and Preview

It’s that time of week again! Start Monday off right with our Weekly Roundup of the top SEO and internet marketing stories from the past several days. Let’s get this started:

19 Obvious A/B Test You Should Run On Your Website – KISSmetrics

KISSmetrics is one of my absolute favorite blogs. More than many sites, they are extremely focused on creating conversions. Getting traffic to your site is only half the battle; creating conversions is what really counts. KISSmetrics repeatedly puts out fantastic content, and this blog is a great piece for all sites to consider, whether struggling to convert or performing well already.

Google Censorship Ruling In Canada Has Worldwide Implications – Search Engine Watch

It’s not the first time something along these lines has happened, but Canadian company Equustek Solutions claimed a rival stole trade secrets and is now ranking well in search results. Consequently, they asked that Google “remove all search results that link to the rival’s more than 300 websites”, and a judge ruled in favor of Equustek. Google offered to do so for Google.ca, but the judge has mandated that results are removed universally. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this and how it plays with the “right to be forgotten.”

Algorithm Updates and Penalties

Our own Elisa wrote up a great review of Panda 4.0 and how you can navigate the newest update smoothly. Marie Haynes did an excellent review of Penguin as well. With recent updates to Panda and Payday Loan, might we see something for Penguin in the near future? Either way, Marie lays out some reasons why your site is still struggling despite a penalty being lifted. Speaking of penalties, Google is now going to be giving more information if your reconsideration request is rejected. This has been a major source of frustration for many webmasters hit with manual actions, and Barry Schwartz posted some images of what your rejection notice could look like.

This last week saw some interesting developments for the SEO community. What were some of your favorite articles, and what might we expect to see come up in the next few days?

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Panda 4.0 Gets Technical

For those that have been in the SEO world for a bit, just mentioning the word “update” is enough to cause cold sweat. Having seen the damage previous updates can cause, we know that Google is not one to mess around. When the roll out of Panda 4.0 was announced, there seemed to be a collective breath holding across the web.  Traffic was checked, rankings were checked, and for most, and for the most part, the dramatic drops remained unseen.  Could the days of harsh Google updates be over?

As we reach the one month mark since the rollout out, Panda 4.0, which has been referred to be more “gentle and soft” than previous updates, seems to have come without the stress of having do any major damage control, at least in comparison to updates of the past. But as we all know with Google, looks can be deceiving.  While Panda 4.0 didn’t pack a big initial punch, its quieter approach comes with its own setbacks. With less obvious tell tail signs that you have been hit and the trends of what it seems to be targeting getting far more technical than just keyword density, Panda 4.0 doesn’t seem too soft.  If you have seen traffic, rankings and search queries show a steady decline since May, chances are, you have some clean up to do and need to look at the following on your site:

URL Structure

While it has been a “good practice” suggestion for quite some time, it becoming apparent Google wants a clean URL structure. And what Google wants, Google gets. Since the Panda 4.0 update, any site that has seemingly taken the hardest hit has a URL structure that is less than desirable. This includes confusing navigation paths as well URL’s that seem like they are on the third or fourth version of the original. Cleaning up URL’s is typically not quick or easy task, and for more complicated sites, one that needs to be handled with a great deal of care and attention to detail. If you are wondering if your URL structure is causing problems, the first thing to do is to go to your site and navigate it as you were the customer. Is there a clear path from one page to the next? Can you get back to certain pages without using the back button? Make note of any confusing aspects that pop up. Next, go over to Google Webmaster Tools and check out the “Internal Links” section how every page is linked throughout the site. This give can give you great insight on how Google views your site structure and which pages may need some adjusting.  Finally sit down with your webmaster to devise a strategy as for some sites, the protocol to ensure that everything remains as stable as possible will be equal to that of creating a new site.

Broken Links

To be honest, I’m kind of with Google on this one. Broken links make a site look sloppy and if you have a number of them throughout the site it’s time to get your house in order. Siteliner.com is a great site to check to see if you have any popping up on the site and should be a pretty quick fix for any developer.

Duplicate Content

While this one seems to be obvious, it’s continues to play a factor in a number of sites that are seeing falling numbers. While duplicate content throughout the site is an issue there are a number of less obvious factors that can be throwing up a duplicate content flag. For example, Some CMS systems generate an automatic URL in addition to the one you set as well, basically creating a duplicate of every page on the site.  Issues can also be caused from masked URL’s and pages that haven’t been properly redirected. Again, using Siteliner.com can give you a good idea of any technical issues that may be causing duplicate content you are not aware of.

The fact of the matter is it’s once again time for websites to step up their game. With the number of websites estimated to reach one BILLION by the end of 2014, competition is fierce and gone are the days where any site will do if you are looking to rank. Taking the time to build and maintain a quality site is no longer a strong recommendation but a requirement and taking the time to ensure yours is the best it can be in every possible way will provide you with the necessary foundation for great rankings.

Elisa Houghtelin is one of the Account Managers at SEOhaus. If you would like to stay up-to-date on all of the latest SEO industry news and tips, you can subscribe to our blog here. Thanks for reading the SEOhaus blog!

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Payday Loan 3.0? Three Tips to Avoid Being Hit by an Algorithm Update

Several weeks ago I reported that there was an update to Google’s Panda algorithm (4.0), along with an update to the Payday Loan algorithm (2.0). On Thursday, June 12, Matt Cutts reported that another update to the Payday Loan algorithm was rolling out, version 3.0.  This update intends to target very spammy inqueries, and black hat SEO tactics. The 2.0 version targets spammy sites, and the 3.0 version is intended to target spammy queries. These include, but are not limited to: “payday loans”, “Viagra”, “casinos”, and other variations of these terms. In the wake of this, Matt Cutts confirmed update, SEOs are left scratching their heads. Websites that are not considered to be in the spammy category are seeing shifts in their rankings and traffic. For example, consumer electronics was one category that reported great concern.  Little was reported from the Blackhat forums. Some SEOs are speculating that the update was actually a smaller update to the 4.0 Panda algorithm, rather than an update to Payday Loan. Only time will tell what we are actually dealing with here.

If you are concerned about being hit by one of these updates here are a few things to always remember:

Watch Your Content

Maintain unique and valuable content on your website. Ditch the low quality, auto-generated, duplicate, or redundant copy.

Concentrate on Trust

Google ranks websites that exemplify authority, that have a strong voice and those that are engaging to the visitor. They also look for authority within the websites that link back to you. Links to low quality non-trusted websites just don’t work.

Mind Your Ratio

Make sure your efforts are spread out. What I mean by this is to make sure that you are maintaining all aspects of your link building, outreach, etc. Building links to only one, or two websites, or maintaining your Facebook profile, but not your Google+, isn’t going to help build trust to your website.

While thoughtful link building, maintaining a strong social presence, and creating interesting, unique content aren’t the only factors in avoiding a penalty, the sure are a great start. Google’s efforts to maintain a valuable search engine that delivers quality content to their visitors will surely not be ceasing anytime soon. Now is the time to really take a look at what is going on behind the scenes of your website and to start making any changes that will help you to avoid being hit by one of their algorithm updates. Usually, the adjustments are minor, and the result is invaluable.

Jori Stevian is an Account Manager at SEOhaus. If you would like to stay up-to-date on all of the latest SEO industry news and tips, you can subscribe to our blog here. Thanks for reading the SEOhaus blog!

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Pandas Back on the Attack: Google’s Panda 4.0 & Payday Loan 2.0 Updates

Panda 4.0 & Payday Loan 2.0

Over the last few weeks, we have noticed some pretty intense weather on Mozcast.com, and the reason was revealed yesterday, May 21, 2014. Google unleashed its latest update to their Panda algorithm, Panda 4.0, which is said to be more “soft and gentle” than previous updates. If you recall, Google Panda’s algorithm, which was originally released February 23, 2011, aims to crack down on thin content, content farms, and spammy, ad-heavy sites. Basically, it works to prevent low quality sites from ranking in the top positions of their search engine. In contrast to the continual data refreshes that are made to these algorithms, this is an actual update, which likely means slightly more significant change. This update is said to have impacted 7.5% of English queries. Only time will tell which sites will feel the impact; however there have been some early reports of the winners and not-so-winners (“Losers” seems rather harsh. They already lost a bunch of traffic this week. There’s no need to kick ‘em while they’re down!).

Top 10 Not-So-Winners:

The Biggest casualties that are currently being reported are: Ask.com, Ebay.com, and Biography.com. Ask.com has lost 50% of traffic, while Ebay.com, and Biography.com lost 33%.

Panda 4.0 Top 10 Losers

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Winners:

Glassdoor.com has seen a 100% traffic increase, EMedicineHealth.com, has seen a 500% increase, and Buzzfeed.com which has shown a 25% increase in traffic.

Panda 4.0 Winners

One of the immediate signs that you have been affected by Panda, or any algorithm update, is a strong spike, or decline in traffic to your website. If you’ve been hit, it may be time to consider a content refresh. Keeping your website’s content fresh and exciting, not only engages visitors, but it also keeps Google happy!

Payday Loan Update 2.0

Now that we’ve covered all of our Panda bases, I feel that I must also mention another, yes ANOTHER, algorithm update that was released this week. Google’s Spam Algorithm, also referred to as the Payday Loan Algorithm, released its 2.0 update last weekend. This update particularly targets spammy queries such as Payday Loans, Viagra, and related queries that spammers heavily target. It is said to have impacted English queries by roughly 0.2%.

Of these two updates, Panda will surely create a few more “not-so-winners”!

Jori Stevian is an Account Manager at SEOhaus. If you would like to stay up-to-date on all of the latest SEO industry news and tips, you can subscribe to our blog here. Thanks for reading the SEOhaus blog!

 

 

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Weekly roundup: Top 5 SEO trends and more – SEOhaus

Looking for a fresh take on SEO and internet marketing? We did the research for you.

Here’s our roundup of notable SEO marketing news and pointers from the week:

SEO for several hundred products.

Zahid Aslam of StudioForty9 offers helpful hacks for the most troublesome issues facing e-commerce SEO. Our favorite: how do we deal with discontinued items? Aslam considers the pros and cons of 301 redirects to the most relevant category page as well as ‘discontinued’ messages on unavailable products.

Nine content experts can’t be wrong.

Arnie Kuenn of Marketing Land compiles a roundup of his own, asking nine SEO hotshots for insights for optimizing your web content. One of the standout recommendation comes from Avalaunch Media president Mat Siltala, who insists that if there is one essential tip for content optimization, it is making sure “all of your content is set up correctly to positively impact your Google Authorship.”

Take notes on original content from Shakespeare and Wu-Tang.

While this may digress from standard notions of SEO, it helps to reinforce the case for fresh, original content over repetition and trite words. Designer and data wiz Matt Daniels compares the legendary vocabulary of Shakespeare against those of renowned hip-hop artists. Sifting through the first 35,000 lyrics of each respective rapper, Daniels emerges with an interactive chart to show the occurrence of unique vocabulary. As far as original content goes in Daniels’ study, Wu-Tang flaunts four of its members’ solo works in the top twenty (and no, Ol Dirty Bastard was not one).

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip hop_Regional

Schema.org is the industry standard for structured data markup.

Our very own Brian Carver lays out the basics of Schema.org, the online vocabulary that allows webmasters to markup data for their websites in a coherent fashion. Just about any attribute of an event, person, place, or thing can be marked up using schemas to display that information on SERPs. While it requires some basic understand of HTML to implement, Carver outline shows how effectively you can display relevant information to users with fewer clicks.

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The ongoing debate: does social media factor into SEO?

There’s no unanimous judgment on the degree to which social media enters into the Google algorithm. Still, Leujay Cruz insists it’s naïve to exclude social media from your SEO campaign. He makes a case for the effect social media has on link potential, volume, and personalization and authority. For example, social shares and +1s are substantial yet underused tools for creating more link potential and contributing to your campaign. Cruz’s article is a great reminder not to put all your internet marketing eggs in one basket.

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These are the best SEO articles I’ve stumbled upon this week. What articles or trends contributed to your workflow this week?

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Yahoo: The Underdog of Search

We all love a good underdog story. The geeky girl takes off her glasses and become prom queen. The team that seemingly had no shot comes back to win it all.  The inner nerd in all of us can’t get enough of seeing the impossible become possible. These tales aren’t just limited to high schools and playing fields and if you think the search engine arena is exempt, think again.

The story begins the same. Popular kid, Google, has held the market for quite some time taking on the role of trendsetter, determining how we should search as well as how we should be found. While Bing has made some attempts to take down the giant, little Yahoo has seemingly been pushed aside and taken on role of search’s quintessential nerd. For a while, they seemed to embrace their Mom friendly persona but it seems as late, they have realized these lovely ladies might not be around forever and are making moves to stay a player in the game.

First, they followed the classic rule, if you want to be like the cool kids, do as the cool kids do. Early this year, Yahoo switched to having all searches going through a secure sever, just as Google did in September 2013. This protects searches from being recorded by third parties, and made a major buzz last year when “Not Provided” keyword percentages began to climb. While this seemingly could have gone unnoticed for Yahoo, in classic nerd style they failed to make a major change in how “referrer” data is recorded and in turn this caused Yahoo organic traffic to begin showing up as “r.search.yahoo.com”.  For users just glancing at traffic data, it would appear as though their Yahoo organic traffic dropped suddenly without reason, making the search engine appear less popular than ever. No one said being the underdog was easy.

While this lack luster attempt at becoming the next Google may have fallen short, Yahoo does not appear to be giving up with the recent announcement of some major partnerships.  First there were quiet rumors that Yahoo was vying to become the default browser for Safari. While nothing has been confirmed, this would be a major feat for Yahoo as it would essentially force millions of Apple into using Yahoo until they take the initiative to change it. If forcing people to like you doesn’t work, then perhaps buying them will. Last week it was announced that Yahoo is teaming up with Live Nation to stream one new concert a day for a year starting late this summer. The shows will be featured on Yahoo Screen, a new music-dedicated channel that is aimed to be what MTV used to be. I’ll admit, my interest is peaked.

With a strategy that clearly is targeting a younger, hipper audience, Yahoo isn’t stopping with music. Yahoo Screen will also feature two new comedy series set to air Netflix-marathon-binge-watching style and again I’ll admit, I’m a little excited for both. The first comes from the director of The Office, Bryan Gordon, and follows a Silicon Valley tycoon purchase of a fictional basketball team. The second comes from Freaks and Geeks director Paul Feig (also of Bridesmaids fame) and focuses on a group of misfits trying to fit in an alternate universe.  I can’t think of a more perfect fit for Yahoo, can you?

Can Yahoo be the ultimate comeback kid? While it may seem too early to tell, their effort is definitely noticeable and keeping media a buzz with their efforts as of late. If there’s one way to entice America and break a somewhat negative stereotype, it’s allowing them to day dream about seeing Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake up close and personal in their living room.

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Using Schema.org to Enhance Your Search Engine Listings

We’ve talked about structured data before but in this blog I’d like to discuss a website that’s extremely helpful for structured data markup. Most websites are created from structured data stored in databases. Once that data is put into HTML, that structured data can be lost or very hard to recover. This structured data can be of great use to search engines, as it helps them read and display a website more dynamically.

Schema.org offers different “schemas” that webmaster can utilize to markup the data on HTML pages to improve the appearance of the website within search results. Schema.org has become recognized as the industry standard by the major search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Search engines like structured data markup as it helps improve users more easily find what they are looking for, thus improving the overall user experience for that search engines. For these same reasons, structured data markup can have a positive effect on SEO for your website.

Essentially, Schema.org provides a shared vocabulary that webmasters can use when marking up data for websites. In other words, Schema.org has taken the guesswork out of structured data, offering a uniform and easy way to apply these data markups to any website.

For an example, let’s take a look at using structured data markup for an event:

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Whoa, whoa– hold the phone. What are we looking at here? Well, basically the different properties in the “Property” column on the left can be inserted into the HTML code with the proper “Expected Type” to display that information on search engine result pages. For instance, the HTML for a page without markup looks something like this:

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Using the Event markup properties above, the coding would look something like this:

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So basically, nearly every key aspect of an event, such as date, time and place can be marked up using schemas to display that information on search engines. The end result of using structured data markup for an event would display something like this on a Google search page:

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As you can see, the date, time and place are all displayed within the Google search engine result page. Users can now readily view all relevant information of the event without having to dig around on your website.

Schema.org offers a plethora of different types of markups for products,  places, people, organizations and reviews. Pretty much if you can think of it, there’s probably a markup for that. Implementing these schemas does take some HTML knowledge so I recommend speaking with your developer or webmaster if you are keen on utilizing structured data for your site.

Brian Carver is an Account Manager at SEOhaus. If you would like to stay up-to-date on all of the latest SEO industry news and tips, you can subscribe to our blog here.

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10 Useful Websites That Aren’t All SEO Focused

I recently stumbled upon this BuzzFeed article that lists 33 of the coolest websites – some that would be relevant to SEO, web design, internet marketing, and some that I thought could be useful. Here are my favorites from the list.

1. What the Font?

Panda Meme

I typed in “Panda Meme” and chose this one since it’s a bit easier to read. This would be a great tool if it was a bit more accurate. The results they gave me did not match the photo, but they do have forums on the site that are viewed by font gurus whom may be able to tell you what the font is. Though I wanted to share it since it’s such a great idea, and I’m sure there are times they can be extremely accurate.

 

2. Account Killer

Account Killer

Easily delete your social accounts with this account killing tool.

3. Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler

Here you can find complimentary color palletes — for websites, interior decorating, and more!

4. GifprintGifPrint

Print .gifs for free and make them into mini flip books!

 

5. The Rasterbator

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This one is my favorite idea of all the printing sites featured on BuzzFeed. You can make huge printable (and affordable) posters out of any image. This one’s great especially if your walls are bare and you’re on a budget!

 

6. TwoFoods: Instant Food Comparison

TwoFoods

I compared honeydew to hello panda cookies because that’s what I was deciding between after dinner last night. Glad I went with the honeydew (although, I had already eaten a packet earlier that day)! I was just surprised they had Hello Pandas on there, I’m guessing they have everything! If you haven’t had this delicious chocolate (or strawberry, or vanilla) filled cookie treat, you’ve got to!

 

7. Is it Iced Coffee Weather?

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I mean, it’s kind of always iced coffee weather to me, but this website will tell you “NO” if you’re in a cold location.

8. 10-Minute Mail

10 Minute Mail

You can get a free e-mail here that will self-destruct in 10 minutes. This would be great to sign up for Groupon! I’ve pressed “unsubscribe” or “this is junk” at least 50 times, but somehow their e-mail gods still send me deals in my inbox daily.

9. Word Frequency Counter

Word Counter

Great for blog posts, essays, website content, general writing, and more! They even feature a phrase frequency finder.

10. Down for Everyone or Just Me?

SEOhaus

This is my favorite out of the 33 websites listed on the BuzzFeed article linked above. It is an extremely useful tool I can use every day. There are tons of times a website has gone down due to a server issue, IP issue, cache issue, programming issue, user issue, or any other issue. This website is short and to the point. You type in the website and it will tell you if the site is down, or it’s just your browser. Easy peasy!

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