If you have a website, you might be familiar with robot.txt file. This file that search engines use to determine what directories should get indexed.
Google has a robot.txt checker tool, which is pretty good. However, the folks over at websiteplanet.com created a useful robot.txt audit tool. Now you can see if your robot.txt file is up to specs! Simply enter the location of your robot.txt file and then go!
It's never been easier to test the accuracy of your robots.txt file. Just paste your complete URL, with /robots.txt, click enter, and your report will be ready quickly.
Taking into account both the Robots Exclusion Standard and spider-specific extensions, our robots.txt checker will generate an easy to read a report that will help correct any errors you may have in your robots.txt file.
Three tips on using the Robot.txt file:
Put in a fake directory that only exists in the robot.txt file to indicate that it shouldn't be searched. Then check your logs to see if anyone has hit it. This is a good way to see if someone is harvesting the "forbidden search directories."
Doesn't hurt to check out other websites on how they have their robot.txt file setup.
Useful Robot.txt Guides:
Canva Logo Design
Canva makes it easy to create you own custom logo. You simply type in your company names, select some styles that you like, and within a matter of minutes you get some creative ideas.
They provide lots of cool styles and inspirational ideas to get you started.
Make a custom logo for your brand in minutes.
Canva’s logo maker is trusted by millions of businesses worldwide. Thousands of professionally designed logo templates. Share and edit your logo design seamlessly. Access millions of images, icons & illustrations. Artificial Intelligence generates custom logos Publish, share, download your high-resolution logo anywhere. Hundreds of professional font combinations.
Typing Speed Test
Do you think you're a good at typing at the computer? Why not take a test to see how good you really are. The Typing Speed Test at Live Chat Inc. is a good way to test your typing accuracy.
Why not take the test and start a foundation of your typing skills.
Yes, this is a free typing test. As makers of LiveChat - customer service software for business, we wanted to provide the community of our customers and live chat agents with a free typing test. This way they can constantly practice typing and improve typing skills. You also can test your typing speed for free. Our test is a free typing test with WPM score, but it can be also used as a typing speed test for kids.
When I took it, I was surprised how bad I did - I scored a 39 WPM with a 99% accuracy. Time to go back to typing school.
Blog Title Generator
Creating the perfect Blog headline can be tricky. What headline in a Google Search will attract the largest possible target audience?
Title Generator has some good title ideas. While many of the titles are just keyword substitution, they are some good things to think about. Title Generator is also good when you have that post topic but need a way to organize the actual post.
Title Generator: create 700 headlines with ONE CLICK: Content Ideas + Catchy Headlines + Ad Campaign, E-mail Subject Lines + Emotional Titles.
Simple - Efficient - One Click
Here are some suggested headlines for was the "Moon Landing was Faked" keywords. I can say I am not impressed with this top-15 results but it's some ideas to think about:
- How To Find The Right MOON LANDING FAKE For Your Specific Product(Service).
- Learn Exactly How We Made MOON LANDING FAKE Last Month
- MOON LANDING FAKE An Incredibly Easy Method That Works For All
- Being A Star In Your Industry Is A Matter Of MOON LANDING FAKE
- What Everyone Ought To Know About MOON LANDING FAKE
- Cracking The MOON LANDING FAKE Code
- What Make MOON LANDING FAKE Don't Want You To Know
- How To Quit MOON LANDING FAKE In 5 Days
- MOON LANDING FAKE: What A Mistake!
- The A - Z Guide Of MOON LANDING FAKE
- 5 Brilliant Ways To Use MOON LANDING FAKE
- The Truth About MOON LANDING FAKE In 3 Minutes
- How To (Do) MOON LANDING FAKE Without Leaving Your Office(House).
- 15 Lessons About MOON LANDING FAKE You Need To Learn To Succeed
- MOON LANDING FAKE? It's Easy If You Do It Smart
Adding color coded HTML to websites shouldn't be tricky. Thankfully sites like hilite.me make it easy. You simply paste your code and then click on the 'Highlight' button. Then copy the HTML code to your website or HTML form.
This is great when you are code sharing and want it to look so it's easy to read. Unfortunately, this won't work in Slack or Jira.
hilite.me converts your code snippets into pretty-printed HTML format, easily embeddable into blog posts, emails and websites.
Sample Source Code
This is one of the first Perl Scripts that I wrote. I basically copied another script functionality. This was created on February 6, 1996. Brian Exelbierd now works for Red Hat.:
Kapwing Meme Maker
Creating Meme can be fun and entertaining. There's no shortage of websites that offer the ability to create Memes using all the popular graphics and layouts.
One popular site is Kapwing. They are unique because they have a lot of common images, and they make it easy for you to transform any image into a Meme. What's nice is that you can pick from seven different styles that fit your message.
One cool thing I like about Kapwing is that you can create Memes from any YouTube videos.
Kapwing is a powerful online editor that you can use to create memes from images, GIFs, and videos online.
It all exists inside the browser, so there are no downloads necessary to make it work.
Kapwing is the only website that supports videos. Welcome to a powerful solution for your content creation needs, but easy enough for anyone to use! Kapwing supports most image, GIF, and video files including mp4, mov, gif, jpg, png, avi, and more!
Markdown is getting more popular as the best way to handle text. It's super easy to use and allows users to focus on the content.
One solution is to use a clipboard converter, such as the Clipboard 2 Markdown tool over on Euangoddard's Github. Simply paste any clipboard content onto the browser window and you get an instant converter. Now you can take that text and safely place it in Notion or Day One for easy import.
I have the page bookmark so that I can access the tool whenever I need it. While it would be awesome if there was a Macintosh application, this works just as well. I don't always have to convert the text, but if it's just a click away, why not just use this tool?
Text Color FaderText Color Fader
Colors can help make plain text stand out. Using multiple colors helps words stand out even more. Color Fader creates a cool effect with adding different colors to each letter of a word.
Note: This doesn't work in Slack
This application allows you to generate color faded text that can be used to help decorate emails, webpages, profiles, a message board / forum post, a text document, and whatever else you can think of. You can use the different designs to help show off your personality or to just pimp out something like an email signature. Dark colors can help you give off a certain moodiness while lighter colors are easy on the eye. A variety of output formats are available, though you will most likely want to generate HTML color codes.
Be sure to try different options for the "Fade Type" feature. Lots of different fading styles are available, and you may find that one style fits what you're doing better than the others. Also, if you come up with any neat color presets and want me to add them to the application, just shoot me an email with the color codes and I'll add them in.
Have a Blog? Do you Need Blog Topic Ideas? A good place to get some fresh ideas is "Answer the Public." Simply type in your broad topic, and in a matter of a few seconds, you'll get a list of questions and bullet point ideas.
Your topic results are broken down into questions, prepositions, comparisons, alphabetical.
The auto-suggest results provided by Google & Bing is a goldmine of insight for today’s marketers. As you type you are presented with an aggregated view of the questions & therefore a hint of the motivations & emotions of the people behind each search query. It’s perhaps one of the best but most underutilized sources of research for content ideas.
AnswerThePublic is brought to you by the team behind CoverageBook. Find out how over 1,500 PR teams worldwide Make Coverage Reports, Faster at CoverageBook.com.
Some Sample Searches to Try
Interested in the capabilities of Answer the Public, but don't know what to put in the search query? Try these to start:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Red Sox
- Macintosh Computers
- Donald Trump 2020
- Guinness Beer
Interesting Use of "Answer the Public"
One of the nice things about "Answer the Public" is that you can get some creative questions out of it. These are good to ask in technical interviews. In addition, these are good when putting together technical documents, making sure that your document or paper answers some of the questions.
This is also good for those A-Z challenges. You can get creative ideas on your topic from A to Z.
Daily routines are difficult with some kids. They may not always remember certain tasks that they have to do every day. Thankfully Trip Clip has come up with some handy checklist for children. These can be completely customized to your needs.
Trip Clip has all sorts of creative games that keep kids off technology for a bit: Airport Bingo, Mazes, Word Search, Coloring Pages, Crosswords and so much more. The Word Search is very cool because you can add your own words, think Spelling Words, and it will help your children remember the letters. You can buy a clipboard to help the kids perform their activities - in the car or at the airport.
While this isn't a free service, it's pretty cool and certainly worth checking out if you have children.
The Trip Clip® - Morning Routine, Bedtime Routine, After School Checklist, Chore Chart, Picture Grocery List, Mazes, Car Bingo, Travel Activities, & More
For $14.95 you can have lifetime access to all the activities on the website. If you're a grandparent, this is a great site to have as a resource for "things to do" on a rainy day.
Not a Paid Endorsement
Just like all the blog post that you see on cryan.com, this is not a paid product endorsement. This is a cool service that I think is worth sharing.
If you know of a better service, please let me know in the comments below.
Technology Book Generator
Working in technology can be stressful, and every once in a while it's nice to brighten up things with some humor. One way is to create silly O'Reilly Book Covers.
If your not familiar with O'Reily Books - they are known technology books with some animals on the cover. They cover just about every possible technology segment and have been around for years.
Insult your co-workers with snarky O RLY parody book covers!
Google Maps are great, but it isn't helpful if you want to draw and showcase areas around a location. That's what makes inkatlas so great. You can draw and print out maps.
Description from Website
Whether you need a quick map for your next bike trip or a tailored cartographic solution for your publishing business, Inkatlas is the simple way to create paper maps. You don't need to become a GIS expert. Leave it to us!
Sample Map created with InkAtlas
Markdown Table Generator
Markdown formating is becoming really popular. Cool apps like Notion is making is easy to copy/paste data. Markdown is also very popular in the Wiki community.
One of the challenges of Markdown is making tables. Thankfully sites like Table Generator makes it easy to create table. Simply define the number of rows and columns - and presto you have a working Markdown template to fill in.
Description from Website
As the official Markdown documentation states, Markdown does not provide any special syntax for tables. Instead it uses HTML <table> syntax. But there exist Markdown syntax extensions which provide additional syntax for creating simple tables.
Sample seven-day table.
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Creating .ico can be complex, but Xicon makes it easy. You can easily create icons from any size image. There are some tools that help remove the background and add additional touch-ups
X-Icon Editor is an HTML5 application (based on Canvas) that allows you to create high-resolution icons that let your sites shine with IE9 and above. With X-Icon Editor you can quickly get your site ready with a large icon which will be available for pinned sites and the new tab page. Create your own site icon today!
The X-Icon Editor helps you build a high-resolution icon that can include up to 4 sizes: 16x16, 24x24, 32x32 and 64x64 pixels.
Five Things I learned about Xicon Editor
- The site launched on October 28, 2010 by Microsoft.
- You can import any size image to convert to an ico icon.
- Using the paint bucket you can easily remove the background.
- The final image isn't compressed, and the site offers some suggestions to help compress the image.
- The preview is a good way to preview the icon as a bookmark, Window's dock icon, and in the tool bar.
Ranking of Weather around the World
Ever had one of those days where it felt like it was the hottest place on Earth? Or perhaps it's freezing outside and your thinking it must be the cold place on the planet?
Well now you can check it out from ogimet.com. You can see the Hottest Temps, Coldest Temp, Rainest and Windest place on earth. Not just right now, but anytime in the last 20 years!
You can find out what the extreme Temps at the time someone was born in the past 20 years.
Description from Website
This is a free service, and there is a time limit on how many history searches can be performed. (I believe it's one query for every 1 minute.)