About Me        Hire Me To Do A Blog Post         Hire Me For Freelance Work        Find Me On Twitter        Add Me On Google+        Access My Resume

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Raven Tools gets Linkedin

Linked in meets Raven Tools
Boom! Now you can manage Linkedin from within Raven Tools

If you don't know, Raven Tools kicks ass. They do SEO, Content, and Social media tools already. So it's even better when they expand their service without increasing the price. You should know that there's great news for your social media management because you can now manage and report on LinkedIn marketing with Raven Tools. Your life just got more simple.

  • Schedule and add images to posts
  • You can now add unlimited LinkedIn accounts
  • Post to a profile, company page or a group
  • Report on company or profile metrics
Linked in Metrics
See Metrics over specific time periods

Monitor Groups in Linkedin
Monitor Groups in Raven

Linkedin Posting from Raven
Schedule and manage posts in your Stream

See post and profile details from Linkedin
See details and profile information

Build reports for Linkedin Activity
Build out reports for Linkedin activity

Create and Schedule Group posts for linkeding
Create Group Posts

Report Linkedin Metrics
Report Linked Metrics

Schedule your Linkedin Posts

What's next for Raven Tools? 

Great to have another big network available, here's hoping that the next one in the works is Google Plus!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Joe Hall - SEO AMA on Reddit

Joe Hall - SEO Extroadinaire

Joe Hall Ama on Reddit = Awesome

Hurry up and jump on this Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, Joe Hall is a consumate professional and already answered quite a few of my own questions about paginated pages, breadcrumbs, authorship and seo crawl tools.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Making Bacon Pancakes with Jake in 3D

The Original GIF of Jake makin' and tossing his famous Bacon Pancakes was made by http://kurtsnyder.com and it's AWESOME.

Makin' 3d Bacon Pancakes

I took the original GIF of Jake from Adventure Time flippin' his bacon pancakes and threw it into photoshop. Being a newbie it took forever to add the layers, and edit the white lines so Jake was over them and the pancake going in front then behind it to give a feeling of depth like other "3d GIF"s I've seen.
This GIF inspired me to try my hand at 3d GIFs.
So what do you think? I had to obviously flip the white lines to horizontal...did that limit the effect?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thanks for the Free T: Unbounce

Too often, we don't take time to say a proper thank you. I wanted to do that, stop and take the time to put up a short post saying thank you to Unbounce for sending me a free t-shirt in return for sending them a silly photo with the #unstockable hashtag.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Energize: Beam Us Up SEO Crawler Review

When you're exploring the vast reaches of the internet and need to determine if you should send an away team to repair the damage to a floating derelict of a website that you're auditing or if you should just launch a few photon torpedos and start over it helps to have the right sensors to detect exactly what the problems are on site.

Beam Us Up : A Web Crawler

It's too tempting to avoid the cliched overuse of trek metaphors, so please forgive me if they end up sprinkled generously in this top to bottom overview of the web crawler Beam Us Up. I have already looked at quite a few other other web crawlers so let's see how this one stacks up.
Beam Us Up
What is a SEO Web Crawler? It's a program that mimics spidering programs used by Google, Yahoo, Bing and others to discover content and pages. You can use it to uncover issues on your site that should be fixed so you can give the highest level of access to those programs and improve your organic search results.
Beam Us Up is a Java based program, so look for the .JAR file

Error Detection

Error Detection - Beam Us Up
Error Detection in an overview list
Glaring errors show up in a clickable list, which updates the main biew section with those errors. These range from duplicate meta, page, and tiles to header and status errors.
Error Details in Beam Us Up
Unfortunately the link wasn't clickable on Mac or PC
The error detail link isn't working which isn't to large a problem because the error status names are pretty clear, but it is a small bug on both versions.

Crawl depth

There is now a crawl limit of 2.5k on the most recent version, but that should be more than enough depth for all but the larger ecommerce sites. The good news on crawl depth is that the "new version will be out in the new year allowing for more."


There's 3 ways to export the contents, which is handy if you just are looking for a list of URLS vs a full list of everything found.
Export URLS - Beam Us Up
All files export is .CSV by default
Here's an export of my crawl of the Caddis website: URLs All

OS Compatability

The Mac and Linux version are still downloadable in a .ZIP file that expands into a
Windows specific version just released
Mac <- Download link (Mac specific DMG version coming soon)
Linux <-Download link

Be aware: You will get a warning on PC that the source is not trusted, as it's not digitally signed.


I've done a few reviews of other web crawlers, and I'd say that Beam Us Up is beyond Xenu and on it's way to be on par with Screaming Frog. In this arena, there are some basics a crawler needs to do to be useful and Beam Us Up has that but as of yet not too much more. I look forward to seeing what unique abilites will be added in future versions given how useful the HTAccess wizard tool listed on the site was for me, perhaps a client friendly report output that only Raven Tools site auditor has so far in the seo crawler world.

What do you think is missing from these crawling tools currently that would make them stand out from the crowd?

Monday, December 9, 2013

What Is Raven Tools Video

What is Raven Tools Video Is Pretty Cool

Good work Raven Tools! I really like that you built out a video that isn't powered by screenshots.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Adventure Time GIFs I've Made

Adventure Time - Phil Face- Put that bag back on
"You’re beautiful girl! You live in the forest, so why don’t you just let it hang out?" Episode 5, Season 2 "Storytelling"
Adventure Time: Gunter Love
Gunter in loves being sung to by the Ice King. Episode 25, Season Four "I Remember You"
Giant guy getting junked up so hard he vomits up Jake. Episode 5, Season One "The Enchiridion!"

That's one many minotaur! Episode 5, Season One "The Enchiridion!"

Manlish man and the Key-per in his devil jammies. Episode 5, Season One "The Enchiridion!"

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why You Won't Find Raven Tools Coupons Anywhere

Sorry. You Won't Find Raven Tools Coupon Codes. Period.

When I worked at Raven Tools, it was pretty obvious that people were searching for coupon codes, discounts and freebies for the toolset. We could see it in the number of searches in analytics, in the Google suggestions and in the questions that occasionally peeped out in social media and in the support forums. Sorry friend, your search is in vain.
"Does Raven offer coupon, promotion or discount codes? No. This is another reason that we’re able to keep our base monthly prices low. If you see an article or review online that includes a Raven coupon, promotion or discount code, that information is out of date." - Arienne Holland of Raven Tools

A Measure Of Consolation

The truth is if you're looking for a coupon or a discount and won't choose them if you don't find one then you're not ready for Raven Tools. It's not really just Raven Tools, but really any paid suite of tools. 

Don't be offended! It's Not Like That.

SEO software that comes with a price tag like $99 a month, also comes with quite a bit of utility to justify it's cost to users. >Insert spiel here about the values of Raven Tools..<- Okay, so no spiel. It's worth the money after you look at everything they offer or it's not. So, if it (or any paid SEO tool) is worth it then let's take a look at the top motivations of "needing" a coupon code.
  • You can't afford it and you really need the coupon to make it affordable: Then you don't have a steady enough cashflow for a monthly SEO business expense and you should use free tools until you have enough steady cashflow.
  • You want to try it out: Easy peasy -->> AFFILIATE LINK YO!-->> They've got a 30 day trial.  (NON AFF LINK: https://raventools.com/create-account/) If you're not able to find value in the toolset in 30 days then you're not going to magically learn something on day 60.
  • You're cheap: Don't be ashamed! It's good business and practice to look up codes and discounts as well as reviews before you buy, just there's no discount here.   
So. Now that you know there's no discount out there you can make a straightforward choice. Is it worth it to you or not?