Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Webby Awards | My Top 5 designed blogs

The 2007 Bloggy Awards are now on and after voting I thought I would give my favourite top 5 design blogs vs the Bloggy top 5 design blogs.

A "weblog" is defined as a page with dated entries.
The contest is open to any weblogs that existed for a period of time during the year 2006, so weblogs that were discontinued during 2006 are also eligible.

2007 Bloggies

1. Veerles Blog
2. Pearsonified
3. French Toast Girl
4. Gizmodo
5. Subtraction7

My Favourite 2007 Blogs

1. Pearsonified
2. Blog Studio
3. Antipixel
4. Shape of Days
5. Odds and Ends
6. Veerles Blog
(I had to add Veerle's blog after visiting it from the bloggy Awards !)

There are 1001 top blogs / websites around but when you visit them, you realise that it all comes down to personal taste. But I am happy if I find 1 in 5 blogs that I like. Friends regularly ask me to send them links to good design work (so here is a shortlist).

For a great list of blogs on any category you can think of, visit 9Rules
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-=- Jason

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Google Webmaster vs Yahoo Site Explorer Tools

I have been using both Google Webmaster and Yahoo Site Explorer for a while now. During August '06, Yahoo updated and introduced new features that I find myself using more and more.

On the Google Webmaster blog ...
The webmaster central team is very excited about our plans for this year ... googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com

The basic principal is the same, that is to tell each search engine of all pages in your site. Google uses an XML sitemap to specify what pages are available, whereas Yahoo uses a text site list. You specify a sitemap for each web site you manage. I currently managing 17 sites in both Google Webmaster and Yahoo Site Explorer.


Before you can use Google WEBmaster Tools and Yahoo SiteExplorer you must have a Google account and a Yahoo account. Both tools require you to authenticate or prove that you are an administrator / owner of the sites you are trying to manage. Google provides two options for authentication

  • upload an HTML file with a name they specify

  • add a META tag to your site's index file

Be aware that if you have custom 404 Error handling you can only use meta tag option. Yahoo requires you to upload a file they specify to the root folder of the site.



  • Diagnostics - time of last crawl and any errors found

  • Statistics - on the last crawl and some of the keywords used to find your site

  • Sitemaps - submit and report errors or last access

The diagnostic section also enables you to specify preferred domain, crawl rate of their robot and enhanced image search. Some sites do not get the option to modify all settings.


There are fewer features available in Site Explorer but IMHO it looks better. Their use of AJAX is much cleaner. You can submit a site feed and explore a site. This gives you a good overview of:

  • Pages indexed in Yahoo including date last crawled

  • Inbound links to your site

  • Subdomains


Overall, Googles Webmaster Tool provides more features required for any webmaster or specialist endeavouring to get more content indexed. The Yahoo tool is still in BETA so hopefully there are more features to come.

The use of these tools do not remove the need for page optimisation, they merely provide another tool in the arsenal to manage content in Google and Yahoo.