Google New Tab extension

Great article on  One key weakness of Google Chrome is that it doesn’t have Google’s toolbar.  Come on, Google, Jeez! One workaround is to pin your recent pages on the initial screen.  This Chrome New Tab extension looks like its a step further in the right direction.

Chrome’s New Tab extension installs as an extension and can be edited under Tools | Extensions.  You can have it load a page that you specify when opening up a new tab.  Options include your recent history, Facebook, any URL that you select, or even a file on your hard disk.  For me, I want new tabs to default to Google’s search page.

Check it out here.


SEO Keyword Difficulty Tool"

Check out the keyword difficulty tool from  SEO consultants use tools like these to get a ball park on how difficult it is to rank 1st for submitted keywords.  The higher the percentage, the more competitive the field is and the harder it is to rank first.

find your website ranking in Google’s keyword ranking tool is a great on-line tool that shows where your website ranks for a specific search term.  Entering “Best Free Deals” shows that my site ranks 3rd (out of 74.8 million results)!  Not bad!

I just read about BannerSketch, a free banner creation website from on allows you to create a free ad banner by selecting from the most common sizes or defining your own; choose color and gradients;  select frames and text; select fonts.

When finished, Bannersketch will email the finished banner, watermark and branding free!  Sounds like a winner.

Check it out:

Just read a great quote at discussing a Hello Kitty Credit card.

RT @ddmeightball @vonbon3000: A friend of mine got a Hello Kitty CC and CA. Told me it helps him spend less since he is embarrassed to take it out of his wallet/pocket!

Talk about a creative way to stay frugal!

BofA free musuem

This summer, there were a slew of free $100 cash bonuses for opening up new bank checking accounts. Various conditions applied, such as a minimum of $250/month direct deposit or ten on-line bill pays.

Some of the ones that I tried out were Bank of America’s $100 bonus which required a $250 deposit and only two on-line payments. It was pretty decent deal but it took over 100 days to receive the cash bonus. Still, I use BofA card to get free admissions to museums – particularly the local science center. So the value of this bonus keeps increasing.

Check out the list of free cash bonuses here.

Here’s an article for

hoover_vac2Funny article at about items that you desperately want to get rid of, but keep because it still works.

It hits home because I have a Hoover vacuum cleaner with the old style vacuum bags that I bought in 1994. I’d love to get rid of it but this thing really sucks. Its lasted through cleaning roomfuls of Marine barracks for our weekly inspection, then survived several households full of college students, multiple roommates and now, extended family members.

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