Quix – ultimate BookMarklet

Name

: Quix

What is it?

: Quix is a JavaScript BookMarklet which allows you to add functionality to your browser

Details

Quix is a simple BookMarklet that you can add to you browser toolbar by drag and drop. It is more like the “Latest Headline” in your FireFox toolbar. When clicked, it opens a prompt that accepts short commands and behaves accordingly. Commands include whois lookups, social bookmarkings, webmaster tools, URL shortening etc.

When you click on the Bookmarklet, a prompt appears.
You can type in your command to this prompt : Quix

An example is here. You are on a particular website and you need to know the whois informations of the site, What do you do? You can copy the web address, go to a domain tools site and type in the address to get the details. OR you can click on the Quix button on your toolbar, and just enter ‘whois’ to see all the required information then and there. You can also use Quix for web searches as “g Simple Informations” will search on Google for Simple Informations. Try “dict amazing” for a word meaning or “map LOCATION_NAME” for google map of the Location. These are just a few of the commands available in Quix. YOu can see the full list of commands at Quix Help.

An introduction to Quix : Video

Do I need Quix

If you haven’t yet added it to your toolbar, probably you are confused as to why you need it. Well it makes searches handy, access to other information and sharing on social networks including Twitter and FaceBook easy. If not using this button, you might end up using a single bookmarklet for each of the social networks and one bookmark each for a search. Another advantage is that you can add custom commands to Quix easily. so hurry and get yours now itself.

Pros

Does NOT slow down browser like other plug-ins. Can be used with every browser that supports JavaScript. I don’t think I can list its goods. You just need to prefix each command with a space and it will result in a new tab. All of it is just great. You can extend it with command files (see links below). Can disable the default commands – you should need some crazy reason to do so.

Cons

Haven’t seen one yet.

Verdict

This is one tool every one who uses Internet must have. The SEO and WP tools make life easier for web Admins and Bloggers. Yoast has done a wonderful job by creating the plugin.

Links

Quiz | Quix commands | Extend commands | How to add commands | Joost de Valk

Setting a preferred domain for your blog

The preferred domain means the address you want your visitors to see when they come to your site. That is http://exnol.com or http://www.exnol.com in my case. you can do this easily if you are on Apache. edit the .htaccess file as follows :

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^YOURDOMAIN.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.YOURDOMAIN.com/$1 [R=301,L]

If an htaccess file doesn’t exist, add the above code to a text file, name it .htaccess and save it at your root directory.If ReWriteEngine On is already in your htaccess file the ignore the first line.  Replace YOURDOMAIN with your sites domain name. There can be problems if you use this along with

RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

If you use them together some problems may occur during file access.

RewriteEngine on
This line starts the mod_rewrite module
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
If the request is for a real directory (one that exists on the server), index.php isn’t served.
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
If the request is for a file that exists already on the server, index.php isn’t served.
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php

There can be errors. I faced them while rewriting my .htaccess file but doesn’t remember the error correctly.

How to use affiliate links without loosing your PR?

Of late Google has been penalising blogs and sites that are using affiliate links in their page. This is because affiliate links are not actually pointers to valuable content and so the search engines could be misled. So what do you do if you want to show your affiliate links on your blog but still not lose your page rank.

There are actually three answers here :

1. Using  rel=”nofollow” attribute :this attribute is used in the <a> tag. For a link not to be followed by a bot you may put

<a href=”http://example.com” rel=”nofollow” title=”TITLE”>TEXT</a>

2. Creating a file that redirects users but is not indexed :Look at the HTML code given in the screen shot. The line just above the highlighted one is the meta tag that tells the robots not to index or follow any links in the rest of the page :

HTML file for redirection - the META tags used

<meta name=”Robots” content=”noindex, nofollow” />

The highlighted line is used to redirect the user to the specified URL after 2 seconds :

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”2;URL=http://whatever.com” />

Ofcourse you can replace the 2 and the URL to change the time before redirection and the destination URL. You can add this meta tag in a different way to a page so as the page reloads automatically after x seconds :

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”x” />

3. Creating a rule in the robots.txt file : robots.txt is the code of conduct for robots on a site and is located at the websites root folder. So create a directory named nofollow and put all your affiliate link redirection pages (created by above method) in this directory. Assuming this directory is at web root ie. www.example.com/nofollow

Create a new line in the robots.txt file as : Disallow : /nofollow

Now the file would look something like

User-agent: *

Disallow: /nofollow

You need not use meta tags in the redirection file and restrict the file via robots.txt together. Any one will do the trick.

How to get your new blog post indexed instantly by Google

Every blog author would be delighted to see your new blog post indexed by Google as soon as you write them. This would be a great moment if you are like me. Last day when I searched this blog through Google and found out that the post I did 2 minutes ago was indexed I decided to know whether I had done anything for it. So the next time I posted I checked I found the same result.


My site indexed with all the new pages

What did I do?

What I did is, I pinged my blog from Google BlogSearch. This will make Google Blog search bot crawl your Blog instantly (in most of the cases). So this will cause the main search engine also to reflect the change. The page will not be cached immediately but you will, in almost all the cases, be indexed. The above screen shot was taken a day or two ago. And the results in Google will include your post too.