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    Essential Webmaster Tools

    What do you think are essential webmaster tools?

    Here is my initial list:

    Feedburner
    Wordtracker
    Google Webmaster Central (sitemaps, analytics, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    What do you think are essential webmaster tools?

    Here is my initial list:

    Feedburner
    Wordtracker
    Google Webmaster Central (sitemaps, analytics, etc).
    I've been using analytics more and more... it's great to have stats OFF the server. Also the entire webmaster central is awesome.

    What's special about Feedburner ??? Teach me!

    I'm integrating social bookmarking on my new sites and will eventualy go back and add them to my old sites.. great way to get new traffic.

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    Feedburner is free.

    Feedburner tracks your feed subscribers, and provides tools to help you increase subscriptions.

    Feedburner has a free rss to email service that basically allows you to run a newsletter at no cost.

    They do other things that I don't use, really, if you publish an RSS feed or have a newsletter, you should use them.
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    Yahoo Site Explorer
    I like overtures's keyword tool
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    Most essential webmaster tool must be a....
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    COMPUTER!

    (hey it is a tool and a webmaster can't do their job without it so this qualifies as essential)


    The other tools that are important to me (in descending order):
    Firefox
    UltraEdit (text editor)
    PhotoShop
    WinSCP3 (secure FTP)
    Web Developer extension for Firefox
    W3C HTML & CSS validators
    Copyscape.com (plagiarism detection)
    Google Alert (allows me to find out how people are linking to me also helps with plagiarism)
    Webmaster forums (like this one)
    Google webmaster central
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    InternetSAR.org: Volunteers Assisting Search and Rescue via the Internet
    My Firefox Theme Classic Compact: Based onFirefox's classic theme but uses much less window space

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    SEO for FireFox is the greatest addon.

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    Chris do you use the paid version of Wordtracker?

    Notepad++
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    No, just the free trial, it does all I need.
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    any other tools? I'm going to start in on an article on this soon.
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    Power users:
    SSH client
    Backup software
    All browsers installed, old versions of IE: http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=msie (random site)

    For mac:
    textmate
    transmit (ftp)

    Firefox extension:
    firebug (debug javascript)

    Web based:
    http://bluga.net/webthumb/ - Takes thumbnails from websites, even has an API to automate this.
    Other websites that allow you to take screenshots in dozens of different browser configurations, forgot the name of the most important one.
    Another variation is a website or program that actually lets you take control of the OS/browser so you can test javascript and other such things.

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    Firefox web developer extension - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/60/

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    Notepad, Photoshop, PHP/MySQL, FTP.

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    Free 24-hour tech support from my web host for those all-too-frequent occaisions that I royally screw something up.
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    Essential to who, is the question.

    My essential arsenal includes Photoshop, Notepad, PHP, MySQL, Filezilla and PuTTY (SSH). Excluding PuTTY, the others are used every day, multiple times a day, most all day.

    Email. A must for communication with merchants/AMs/networks.

    I could include time .... Maybe a cold beer.

    There are various online tools I find quite useful, but I do not find them essential to manage business every day.
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