Archive for January, 2008

Photoshop Tutorials

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Every webmaster should have at least some basic skills with Photoshop. Using it to retouch your pictures or make yourself some simple logos can save you some serious money and give you a chance to make some cool looking galleries and sites. Here are some nice, easy to follow and well written Photoshop tutorials for you to check out.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/10/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-best-of/ – this is a long list of various photo shop tutorials voted the best of the best in 2007.

http://bluedesignstudios.com/design/tutorials/ – some great tutorials from the guys at Blue Design Studios (these guys are great designers).

http://myjanee.home.insightbb.com/tutorials.htm – some great tutorials showing you how to make some great basic elements.

http://www.marktiarra.com/photoshop/index.html – a little bit of everything from the great Mark Tiarra.

http://psworkshop.net/psworkshop/ – another collection that gives you some of everything.

http://www.pslover.com/ – a full site devoted to nothing but Photoshop tutorials.

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials.html – some nice advanced techniques on this site as well as general how to stuff and tutorials.

http://www.absolutecross.com/tutorials/photoshop/ – some nice stuff on text effects and special effects.

These tutorials should keep you busy for a while to come. I admit I am not very good with Photoshop and I have managed to knock out some really cool stuff following these tutorials.

 

 

Useful Cheap and Free Tools

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Here are a couple of my favorite pieces of software. These are things I use almost every day and they are either free or cheap. Seo Note (http://www.seonote.info/) is a cool little program that lets you create all kinds of notes, outlines and daily schedules. It took me about 20 minutes to figure out how to use it, but once I did I found it to be an invaluable tool. The fact that it is 100% free is amazing. I would pay for this it is so useful. Thumbnailer (http://www.smalleranimals.com/) is a thumbnail making program that also allows you to create many different custom html templates and it has some very cool plugins to make effects on your thumbs. You can use it free for up to a 100 thumbs a day or it is $25 to buy it. I bought it about 5 years ago and have gotten all the updates free and twice they have found my regkey for me. I can’t recommend this program enough. Ulead Gif Animator (http://www.ulead.com/runme.htm) is for people like me who want flashy cool banners and graphics, but have limited graphic skills. It is easy to learn and will have you making some cool animated graphics in no time. It is free to try and then $29 to buy. Unifed Stats (http://www.unifiedstats.com/) is a free stats program that will scan all the sponsor programs you use and list all your clicks and sales in a report. No more checking many different sites each day, now you can just look here. There are other programs out there that do this and are very good, but this one is free. Board Tracker (http://www.boardtracker.com/) isn’t for adult only boards you can use it to track 1,000’s of boards all over the internet. It is free and easy to use. Just sign up, select the types of boards you want to track and enter your keywords. Whenever those keywords show up in a post on a board you will be sent an email notification with a link to the post. I have learned a lot and kept up on a lot just by using this cool free service. These are just a few of the things out there. I’ll be telling you about others later. I hope you find these useful.

 

Internext 2008 coming to an end

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Internext is coming to a close, even though I’m not there I’m still there in spirit 😉  I watched the live domain auction which was pretty interesting.   Watching the whole consumption junction network being sold for $550k was probably the most exciting thing of the night, especially since CJ was a site I wasted many hours on back in college, it’s the end of an era, and congrats to the buyer of such a piece of internet nostaglia.

Getting Your Blogs RSS Listed In Yahoo

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Here is a little trick to help you get some free traffic to your blogs from Yahoo. First you need to locate your blog’s rss feed. Typically this is in the rss directory off the root so if your blog is www.myblog.com your rss will be www.myblog.com/rss. Once you have found your rss feeds you then go to www.yahoo.com and click the link at the top of the page that offers you the option of customizing a my.yahoo.com landing page. You will have to sign up with yahoo for this, but it is free. Once you have an account you can log in to your custom landing page at my.yahoo.com. Here you can add all kinds of news and blog feeds that you want to keep up on. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see an “add content” link. Click that link and you are taken to a page that lets you add new stuff to you page. At the top of this page you will see a search box. Next to the find button at the end of that box you will see a link that says “add rss by url.” This takes you to a page where you can enter in the url of your blog’s rss feeds. You enter in your blog’s rss url then hit the add button and it will take you to a page that shows you what it found. Check to make sure it is your site and everything is correct then hit the “add to my yahoo” button. This adds your blog feeds to your launch page. Yahoo will then see these feeds being listed on your launch page and will crawl them so that it can update your launch page. If you have good, keyword rich posts, it may also start indexing various posts. One of my blogs has around 350 posts in it and 234 of them have been indexed by Yahoo. While this technique may hot bring you massive traffic, if each post only gets you a few hits a day they can add up really fast. It’s fast, easy and free and anything to get more search engine traffic is good.

Launch Of The Beta WebmasterVault

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

I’m proud to announce the BETA launch of the new WebmasterVault layout.  Chris, Jeff, Brittany, and Myself have busted our humps to bring you a much wider and sleeker version of WV to browse.  Be sure to check out the interviews, articles, press releases, and new revenue programs systems.  Over the next couple weeks we will be fine tuning WV to get it to where we feel is best so if you have any input please don’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts.