RSS Backlink Domination – Resource List

RSS FEED Backlinks The Easy Way

Ok so it’s a fairly old trick but still manages to work in various ways as far as increasing traffic or even just getting new links indexed faster, you’ve probably heard of it before so just skip reading the rest of this post, but if you haven’t here’s a tip – take all those links you have and merge them into a single rss feed. Then submit that one feed to the big rss aggregators out there, heck, even just pinging them sometimes does the trick…but it’s a quick ‘n’ dirty way of getting spiders going through a large list of links (all from diff sources) at once.

Here are a few RSS resources to help you get backlinks: – This one is an old service on a new domain…run by one of the senuke folks, it’s been around for a long time + old feeds of mine still get pinged from time to time… kinda nice. Anyhow, compared to the other sites that do similar mashups, this one let’s you spin the descriptions and titles for each of your links (which is a lot better than having a feed full of 20 links given the same title/description, trust me).

IceRocket’s RSS Builder – you have to register (it’s free) an account to use this service but it is a quick way to get your feeds syndicated after you’ve tossed ’em together. It can make new rss feeds out of previous ones as well as individual links.

RSS Mix – This one only mashes together existing rss feeds but it’s a great way to recirculate old feeds in a new way. They also have a couple RSS parsers listed if you just want to code your own mashup.

FeedKiller – It’s pretty much the same thing as RSS Mix, just a little more new + slightly faster as far as it not timing out every couple of hours.

BlastCasta – This is a cool tool that let’s you mix, mash, convert, and even translate up to 5 feeds into one brand new unique source….very useful in keeping links and content unique when submitting to bulk directories.

RSS Mix by – It’s just like rss mix, only it allows u to input up to 100 urls into a single feed.

Now that you’ve got your new rss feed, here’s a list of some places to submit them to get some backlinks (borrowed from

3 New FREE DNS Hosting Providers (Including Failover Hosting)

Free DNS Providers

An easy way to lighten the server load on any vps or dedicated server you might be using is to move all services that don’t need to be served by the operating system off-site to another host. The two easiest examples that I use daily are Google Apps for free hosted email and a free DNS host to manage all my DNS + nameserver records.

Now it use to be there were only a small handful of choices for a free DNS host and lately even those have either dropped specific services from their “FREE” tier or have started performing poorly. After asking around for the past year or so I’ve come across three solid new DNS hosting services that are completely FREE. One even gives you something you won’t find at any other free dns service – failover IP hosting.

Anyhow, these are all top-notch services offered by companies & individuals who have been in the hosting business for 30+ years with reputable names. Trust me, none of these are going anywhere anytime soon.
So onto the list:

Hurricane Electric –
Hurricane Electric is one of the most trusted, long-lasting (having started in 1994) Hosting services I can think of. I honestly can’t think of a single incident that reflected poorly on them in the entire time that i’ve been aware of their services. Anyhow, they recently rolled out a free IPv4 and IPv6 DNS service that’s still in beta (but you can join + use it to your hearts content). The good thing about using DNS hosting with is their huge support system for IPv6 and IPv6/4 tunneling. That’s for a whole other post though, just know that it’s a breeze to get IPv6’s setup + even configured to use their IPv4 tunnels.

Dualstack: Supports queries via both IPv4 and native IPv6.
Support for A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, NS, TXT, SRV, and PTR records.
Smart mode IPv4 and IPv6 reverse zones simplifies reverse zones.
Slave support
Multiple reverse zone formats: Standard, RFC 4183, RFC 2317, DeGroot.
Geographically diverse servers.
Sanity checking for delegation for both forward and reverse zones.
Basic syntax checking for fields.
Multiple domains per account.

Point DNS Hosting –
This is a relatively new DNS Services offered for free by atechmedia, a young Ruby/Linux Developement shop that’s been getting solid good press for the past few years. Setting up records on new domains is a snap with their steamlined UI, I recommend it. The entire service is free up to 10 domains.

Manage as many domains as you want (within reason, of course) from one friendly and easy to use interface
Add unlimited A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, SRV or TXT records to your zones/domains.
Setup permanant HTTP redirects directly from the web interface.
Use our easy to use SPF record setup wizard/tool.
Easily add MX & SRV records for Google® mail & talk.
Distributed nameservers across the UK and United States.
Group your domains into manageable chunks and change domain TTL.
A full API is available so you can integrate DNS management directly into your own apps and systems.

ExtNS –
Ok this started out a while ago as a personal project from Ditlev Bredahl, a hosting legend/great programmer who started numerous companies including UK2Group ( He runs their array of hosting companies (including and not to mention his latest venture into cloud hosting platforms Anyhow this is hosted across softlayers series of peer networks using all homemade code. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you’re looking to monitor any aspect of the DNS service. Ohh, and you get free DNS Fail Over protection…good luck finding that anywhere else for free. Other services include a very nice service/server monitoring service. Currently there’s no limit to the domains u can host on No feature list provided but they have everything but the kitchen sink attached to this service, and if it’s missing something he encourages you to send him an email to request it.

I’ve personally used all three services on production boxes without any problems whatsoever for the past 6 months…. they beat the pants off,,, and zoneedit, not to mention takes the huge hassle of hosting your own DNS off your plate and in the safe hands of professionals.

30 Free Tools For Analyzing Backlinks


Backlinks are an important part of any website’s SEO. How you can gauge where your competition is getting their links from as well as how you might be able to get them too is a critical part of the seo process. Here’s a list of 30 free backlink tools that will analyze a given website or domain and tell you who’s linking to them. Some of these tools take it a step further and will tell you the domain PR, the PR of the specific linking page, anchor tags and more!

Each of these is different so i’d suggest you try a few until you find one that works best for your own needs. Personally I don’t know what I would do without the Link Checker hosted by Australia-based SEOPro, but to each their own.

30 FREE Link Building Tools:


330 Social Bookmarking Sites To Get Backlinks

Here’s a giant list of updated social bookmarking sites that you can post your links on to get backlinks and improve your SERP. They’re listed in order by pagerank as of June ’09. 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Free First-name and Last-name Databases (CSV and SQL)


Matt over on the WF forums had recently posted a SQL database that he had created comprised of first and last names, a great resource to have handy when auto-generating identities, accounts, comment authors, etc.. While it was a pretty large list, it still wasn’t as complete as the one i’ve been using over the years (also it was separated by gender and used one giant table instead of segmenting the first and last names into two). I figured that if I was going to complain about something free, I might as well provide something in return, so here’s your chance to download a free first and last name database in both SQL and CSV formats (pick your poison). There are a total of 5494 first-names and 88799 last-names allowing for a never-ending source of randomly generated full names.

Free Name Database Download – SQL:
.sql File | .zip File

Free Name Database Download – CSV:
First Names (5494) – .csv File & Last Names (88799) – .csv File
I also compressed them both for easy download – .zip of both files


Top SEO Research Tools – Part One: Recon


80% of the time setting up any SEM campaign, especially if it’s selling products in an already crowded market (i.e. the majority of CPA offers in affiliate marketing), is spent on research. Some prefer to use free tools, some rely on paid services or applications that might offer additional marketing benefits and then there’s a whole separate group which will uses home-grown scripts that achieve a combination of tasks. First I’ll show you some of the freely available tools that you can use to research the competition, from finding out what other websites link to them (i.e. backlinks) to even what other websites the owner is hosting on the same IP address. This is part one of a series on SEO research tools: Researching The Competition (For free).

Free Competitive Research Tools: – Find out what hosting company is being used for the website. For most this won’t matter much but for some of you, this information can be used in more grey-hat SERP strategies. – A mash-up of some of the top research utilities that you’d check for any given site. From the # of links on social bookmarking sites, basic domain and webserver information, related sites, company information and even a comparison of several different ‘traffic ranking’ utilities. This is by far one of the most comprehensive and easy to use research utilities for any given website. A similar tool (that is open-source) is Xinu Returns.

SEOPro’ Link Checker – One of the best FREE services to check a website’s backlinks, including both the anchor text used as well as the homepage and link PR. Useful to see what links your competition are using to help build their SERP as well as which links have potential to improve (i.e. finding page links with high homepage PRs and working to improve the quality of the link).

What is hosted on that IP? – Great tool from SEOEgghead that will tell you what other domains are being hosted on the same ip or domain.

Redirect Check – Here’s another from SEOEgghead that will tell you all the paths taken to reach a specific domain, useful if they’re using multiple re-directs – this tool will identify every stop along the way.

Domain Tools – From the basic WHOIS information and META Tag information to previous owners and nameserver changes (though most of the more detailed information requires a paid subscription), this website has a bunch of tools that are useful in hunting down the owner of a website (or finding similar sites). – Search blogs, social networking sites (like twitter), comments, images, news and a variety of other sources for your keyword or website. You can even export the results in csv format. Great for finding out where people are talking about your competition or niche.

Quick Bulk PageRank and IP Lookup – This tool will let you look-up the pagerank and ip addresses of multiple URL’s, perfect for when you have a long list of sites and want to quickly see which would be the best to try and get a link from. It’s one of Esrun’s tools (a well-established figure in ‘blackhat seo’).

Multiple SERP Tool – An amazing script that gets the results on the first 3 keywords of a domain, then parses out the top 3 word combinations in the results pages and ultimately spits out a top-40 list of domains for that niche based on an intuitive ranking system. A must-use for niche research. – Can’t figure out what platform a website is using to host their content? This site will let u know the basics from whether or not it’s using a popular CMS back-end like WordPress down to what software the server might be running.

Next up will be free keyword tools.

A Complete List of XML-RPC PING Services

XML-RPC Ping Services

Alerting search engines that you’ve updated your website and would like to have their spiders re-crawl the domain can be accomplished by ‘pinging’ them with your URL. This feature is built-in to most popular blog and CMS platforms (like WordPress) and will automatically ping various networks anytime that you save or publish something new. Sometimes though it can be beneficial to ‘help’ this process along, especially if you’re creating a site from scratch and don’t have any sort of auto-ping functionality built-in.
Two websites that will ping a long list of services for you are Pingoat and Pingler. These are both great resources for any website developer.

I’m a big fan of Pingler in particular because it lets you modify the list of services that it will contact when you use it.

Now there are many blackhat, whitehat and well “greyhat” uses for pinging these services to let them know of a site update, all of which are hot-topics for debate (which I won’t get into just yet). Just a word of caution though – You can easily get de-indexed if you ping Google too often, as well as from a variety of other search engines…so with that said, you’ve been warned. Don’t abuse this service!

For those of you looking for a full list of URL’s that allow you to notify them of updates, i’ve provided such a list below. It also includes all the international URL’s for Google’s Blogsearch. Keep in mind a lot of these actually will ping multiple resources so if you use them all, you’ll be hitting a large number of duplicate services….just a heads up. Enjoy.

XML-RPC Ping Services

List of Alternatives to Google AdSense

Google AdSense Alternatives

What can you do when you’re banned from Google AdSense? Find a new network! Here’s a list of current advertising networks that you can use to place CPC (cost per click) and CPM (cost per thousand impressions) ads on your website or blog. I list Google as the first one but by using a combination of the advertising networks below, you should be able to find a profitable alternative to AdSense. Next I’ll publish a comprehensive list of Affiliate Networks, Shopping/E-Commerce Affiliate Programs and then one with all the remaining online services (including Pay-Per-Post networks) that offer unique ways to help you make money from your blog.

CPA/CPM Publisher Programs (AdSense Alternatives)

Send SMS Messages For Free Via Email

Send any phone SMS messages by Email

Here’s a pretty massive list of email gateways that will let you send SMS messages to cell-phones through email. All you need to do is replace the ‘phonenumber’ or ’10digitphonenumber’ with the recipients cell # and send away! Works great with any number of promotions although you should always keep in mind that some cell phone customers have to pay an additional charge for every SMS message that they receive, so sending an un-announced message, especially if considered ‘SPAM,’ could result in an unpleasant outcome. Here’s the list, feel free to contact me if I’ve left a carrier out, as I’m sure that there are a few missing: