Web design doesn’t have to be hard and when using right tools it becomes quite simple. While they will not replace the need to do you work – they help you to evaluate your results, confirm that your efforts pays off and provide you with analytical data that is both complete and easy to understand.

I want to share with you a set of tools I personally use and while many of them duplicate some of the results, each and everyone has its own uniqueness that makes it worth using. So here they are in no particular order …

Blog Juice Calculator

While not a true webmaster tool I think it is great for bloggers. It presents you with relevant information to a blog (blog juice).

Calculated based on several aspects they use to determine popularity such as Alexa rank, Technorati reactions to your blog, incoming links and number of Bloglines subscribers it also allows you to see how you compare with other blogs in your category.

In my personal opinion an option that should be used instead of Google PR, but hey .. who am I to decide.

XinuReturns.com

– is my second favorite when it comes to stats relevant to blogs. Simply enter URL of your blog and get presented with wealth of information, be it yours or your main competition 🙂 Get all the details that matter to a blog that will include all the regular site statistics but also stats from social networks, number of subscriptions, backlinks and much more …

Cool Tools from OptiView

provide you with couple great utilities that bring back the age of dial-up. I know you might not want to hear about it but based on my statistics at least 10% of my visitors come to my blog using Dial-up connection. Use PageRacer to see how your blog loads for dial-up users. And QuickScan gives you some details on what pages are bloated or perhaps images that are duplicate or too large …

Marketleap Webmaster tools

are simply awesome. Not only do they give you a view on Link Popularity, Search Engine Saturation and Keywords Verification but also after you get your initial report they will start creating a historical data. You can always see how your blog performs over time, see if your particular link building or SEO campaign brings desired results or not.

And last but not the least is …

Smart Page Rank

tool that provides you with so much more then just the real time page rank .. and yes, that is a big 0 you see on my screen shot (Whats Up Big “G”?)! You can always evaluate all 64 datacenters for possible differences. Although it seem that Google stopped updating Page rank (my blog is prime example) it is possible they might get back to that practice. And even if they don’t – there is much more info presented by the tool to make your visit worth while …

Use this tools as combined resources or as separate but make sure you put at least some of them to good use. Know what efforts bring you the benefits to spend more time on them 🙂 and make you blog pop!