WooRank evaluates Web sites based on 50 criteria in an automated fashion, free of charge, and provides helpful SEO and other tips. [...] I gave the tool a spin and generated a report for techcrunch.com – turns out we’re worthy of a WooRank of 82.4. [...] Frankly, that’s a lot of valuable information available free of charge.
I gave it a spin on my homepage, and it gave up some valuable suggestions (as well as a score of 68.2, which isn’t too bad):
Among its suggestions are the following:
- Add meta-description and meta-keywords to every page
- Put alt-tags on all images
- Make sure the site validates
- Use a 301-redirect on WWW
- Get listed in the DMOZ/Yahoo directories
While the information it offers up is useful, it’s almost exactly the same as WebsiteGrader, and less detailed on load-time, etc, than . But, the way to go, of course, is to plugin your blog URLs into as many of these cookie-cutter analysis sites as you can, do some thinking on your own, and make a few tweaks. Everyone has their favorite tools, so let me know of other free “SEO Analysis” sites in the comments. If I like them, I’ll update this post.
Today someone “hacked” my blog, and a lot of others on MediaTemple’s shared grid hosting, replacing index.php files randomly with:
haCkeD By r00t-x ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~
Some script kiddie ran a sploit; apparently things are being fixed now:
We have completed the work necessary to secure our GRID infrastructure from this exploit.
We have also repaired the majority of affected sites using our automated tools. We will continue to run these tools throughout the night. Please let us know if you see anything out of place and we will dig deeper.
I just received an interesting email, which “offers” to help me secure my .com domain name in the Chinese varieties .cn and .hk. It’s more of a threatening piece of spam, because it carries the fear that if I do not avail myself of their services, them or another company will steal my brand!
Subject: YOUR DOMAIN NAME (elliottback)’S CURRENT SITUATION
Dear ELLIOTT C.Back
We are the domain name registration organization in Hong Kong, ,which mainly deal with the domain names’ conflicts of the company in China and Asia regions.We have received an formal application online from one company named “TianHaiYuanTong (China) Investment Co.Ltd” who is trying to apply for the domain names(www. elliottback.cn www. elliottback.hk etc.) and the Internet keyword(elliottback) as their domain name and internet brand on Oct 6,2008.After our initial examination, we found that the keywords and domain names being applied are the same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it. If you don’t know this company, we doubt that they buy these domain names with other aims. We have not started the registration for TianHaiYuanTong company until now. In order to deal with this issue better, please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.
Tel: +852-31757931 (ext8048)
Fax: +852- 31757932
Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited
However, as far as I can tell, there is no such “Tian Hai Yuan Tong” company, and I am not replying. I advise you to do the same, and post any more samples of this spam in the comments!