Jul 7, 2006

Free Topsites

In my last post on improving traffic I talked about Aardvark and their Topsites software. I have since discovered that not only is the software free but i-Topsites will host your Topsites directory for free. They do display some Google ads on the site but you are given access to the HTML so you can customize your directory list to suit your tastes. I set up a Blogatech Visitors Topsite and the process is pretty simple. Please stop by and sign up.

There is also a demo topsites list so you can see all the features in action. Here is a list of features that i-Topsites offers:

  • Members ranks can be shown on their button.
  • 4 different ranking methods
  • Counts unique pageviews, total pageviews, unique hits in, total hits in, unique hits out, and total hits out
  • Customizable categories
  • Customizable skins: make your topsites list look however you want!
  • Multiple pages
  • Member login and lost password retrieval
  • Fast, integrated search
  • Visitors can rate and review members
  • Advanced stats and graphs
  • Powerful control panel
  • Change settings
  • Edit skin
  • Delete members
  • Edit members
  • Email members
  • Best of all, it's completely free!

Something I discovered during the set up process is that images hosted on Image Shack are not allowed to be displayed on Topsites. I e-mailed Image Shack about this and here is their response:
"Topsites usually fit this category:

Copied and pasted from our Terms of Service:

The following types of files may not be uploaded under any circumstances:

the promotion of products or services through direct advertisements for the purpose of commercial profit, without first attaining the permission of ImageShack®. This includes, but is not limited to, email spam and banner advertisements."

This pretty much sucks that they won't let you display a banner to promote your blog, so I won't be promoting Image Shack anymore.

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