So here it is…
What is Web Tools and Tips?
The about page doesn’t say much about Silki or what the site is about but from looking at the content it appears that this blog is primarily about computing tips, particularly those related to web interaction and Windows.
Web Tools and Tips uses a 2 column theme with a large right sidebar (the Soloss theme from Elegant WP Themes) that’s split into a third column at some points. It’s a little generic looking but serviceable.
The site navigation is quite good with many easy to find navigational methods. As for the rest of the sidebar, it’s a bit heavy on badges and the spam blocked count and meta sections should probably be dropped.
Web Tools and Tips is a do-follow blog, meaning that once you’ve made 4 acceptable comments you’ll start getting a backlink for your comments from there on.
Monetization seems to consist of 3 125×125 buttons featuring offers just about every blogger has seen many times before. Adsense blocks are featured on single post pages but the ads being shown are of the low payout variety. If Silki is serious about monetizing the site, some better options should be considered. Otherwise, the ads could probably be dropped.
The content on Web Tools and Tips is mostly oriented toward the novice user of Windows, WordPress and other technologies. I’d almost guess that Silki has done some technical support either by email or phone at some point. Here are some of the highlights I noticed:
In How to disable error reporting in Windows XP there’s a good description of how to disable those annoying “phone home” messages that Windows throws up sometimes.
Auto logon for Windows XP describes how to disable the Windows logon. Don’t try this at work kids!
How to Speed Up Windows XP is a good two-parter on tweaking out your Windows XP installation.
And, in Create Hack Proof Strong Passwords easily, Silki gives a clever way to create a memorable password using a little substitution.
I found most of the content on the blog to be useful tutorial material. Making the blog Do-Follow is also a nice touch. The theme is a little generic and could use a little tweaking as I mentioned above. Monetization of a site like this can be challenging though.
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