30 Insanely Useful Websites You Probably Don’t Know About

Dan Price 27-04-2016

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Even if you’re an online ninja, you’ll never have seen it all – as of today, there are a mammoth one billion websites online. To put that into context, you’d have to visit a new page every second for 31 years to get through it all.

With that in mind, here’s our look at the top thirty websites that you probably don’t know about…

Music and Audio

1. Noisli

Lots of people struggle to concentrate without some kind of background noise 5 Sites With Nature Background Sounds and White Noise to Help You Focus Make nature sounds a part of your day. Here are 5 free resources for sounds that will help calm you down so you can get things done – or just relax. Read More – especially in noisy offices and public spaces. Research has shown that intermittent speech is terrible for your productivity, but it has also been shown that any type of white noise can help boost your level of output.

Noisli lets you mix together random sounds to create your perfect environment.



2. HypeMachine

If you want to stay abreast of what the world is listening to, this is the site for you. The site indexes 720 popular music blogs, constantly monitoring them to find out what is being written about.

The results are presented in a number of ways – including sections dedicated to “Latest”, “Top 50”, “Popular”, and “Experimental” – all of which will help you discover songs you’ll love.


3. Gnoosic

Music discovery is all the rage 5 Music Apps Worth Listening to Now That Grooveshark is Dead The quest to discover new music never ends. Grooveshark has closed down, but others continue to make it easier, or just better, to find and enjoy new music. Read More these days. Sites such as Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, and Tidal are falling over themselves in their attempts to provide you with new ways of finding singers and musicians you’ll want to listen to.


Thankfully, Gnoosic is a lot more straightforward. Just enter your three favorite bands and they’ll take care of the rest.


Film and Cinema

4. Box Office Mojo

Box Office Mojo lacks the polish of some modern sites, but what it lacks in design it more than makes up for in content.

You’ll find everything from release dates and box office takings to breaking news and studio information. If you’re a movie buff, this is a must-see.



5. Moviefone

Moviefone is the website equivalent of the smartphone app. It’ll show you what films are currently in cinemas nearby, as well as trailers Top 5 Websites To Watch Old Movie Trailers You Forgot About Read More , preview availability, and information on actors and directors.

Of course, there is also a healthy dose of news, gossip, and picture galleries.



6. A Good Movie to Watch

We’ve all been there – endless hours of arguing over what to watch, only to ultimately come up with something that nobody is satisfied with.

A Good Movie to Watch tries to remove those arguments by offering you suggestions. It will even let you chose which on-demand video services How Netflix and On-Demand is Changing TV Forever Read More you use (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), so you can be sure whatever it recommends will be available to you.



7. MyFonts

The MyFonts page itself is a news site dedicated to various fonts How To Download Free Fonts & Manage Them In Windows Fonts are the building blocks of digital aesthetics. Since Windows doesn't come with a font manager, we've looked at third-party alternatives. Read More . The reason it makes this list, however, is thanks to its “WhatTheFont” tool – it’ll help you identify a font if you’re not sure what it is.

Just upload a PNG, GIF, or JPEG image file with the font in question clearly displayed, and it’ll search their massive database to present you with the closest matches.


8. Adobe Color

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9. Word Frequency Counter

If you’re writing a college essay, blog post, or a lengthy email to a loved one, you sometimes get the feeling that you’re repeating yourself – using the same words over and over.

Take a sanity-check with this awesome tool – just paste in your text and it will tell you how many times you’ve used each word.


10. The Rasterbator

Have you ever wanted to blow up one of your photos to a massive size? Perhaps you wanted to create some really cool wall art or maybe you wanted to print a giant “Happy Birthday” message for a friend?

The Rasterbator can help – upload your image and it will provide you with a multi-page PDF document that you can then download and print.


11. PrintFriendly

Yes, we know we are supposed to be living in a paperless world The Future Is Here - Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today Paperless – a term that is used quite often now days. But what does it mean? And to what extent does it apply? Certainly we all still use paper to some degree despite the advancements... Read More , but in reality, most of us aren’t.

If you desperately need to print a webpage, you should first run it through this site; it will make even the craziest website layouts become printer-friendly.


12. SimpleSavr

These days we all work off multiple devices and computers around the home. This creates a problem if you want to quickly share a link, a paragraph or text, or a phone number between gadgets.

Thankfully, SimpleSavr makes it easy – paste any text into the site and it will automatically be available on every computer which is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.


13. ThrowAwayMail

If you want to get a perk or promotion but don’t want to receive a lifetime of spam emails Still Getting Spam? 4 Email Mistakes to Avoid Today Avoiding spam is impossible. But there are some lesser known tips, tricks, and secrets that can help you fight the battle against suspicious email. Read More , you should use a throwaway email. When used in conjunction with a password generator, they are also useful for burying accounts which have no delete function.

This site gives you an address and an inbox, both of which will remain active for as long as you keep the tab open.


14. OneLook Reverse Dictionary

“It’s on the tip of my tongue!”

How many times do we say that every week? You know what a word is, but you just can’t place it. This reverse dictionary might help – type the concept or definition and it’ll throw back a list of possible words that match.

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DIY and Home Improvement

15. This to That

Newsflash – super glue is not the answer to every bonding job around the home. A quick walk down the relevant aisle at Home Depot will reveal thousands of different glues and bonding agents – so much so that the choice can be overwhelming.

This to That aims to help by letting you enter the two things that you’re trying to stick together, then telling you the best adhesive for the job.


16. ManualsLib

Instruction books get lost – it’s a fact of life. In the excitement of bringing home a new tech toy, DIY tool, or kitchen gadget, they often get thrown out along with all the packaging.

Fear not, ManualsLib has almost 2 million manuals for 40,000 brands – all free to access and available for download.



17. Two Foods

What’s a healthier choice for dinner – chicken salad or a pizza? Ok – that’s an easy one, but what if you wanted to compare an apple to a banana? Or a lettuce to a cabbage? Not so easy.

Two Foods lets you pick two foods and compare their nutritional values – perfect for people who are trying to get fit or lose weight How To Lose Weight...Fast - The Best Web Resources For Fasting Diets The latest craze in the world of dieting is intermittent fasting. We pull together some of the best resources online related to this popular method for losing weight and getting healthier. Read More .


18. RipeTrack

RipeTrack helps you avoid that burning disappointment you feel when you buy an avocado and it’s too hard, or you buy strawberries and they’re not sweet.

Just enter the fruit or vegetable that you want to check, and it will tell you when it’s in season in different parts of the world. From this day on you’ll always have the ripest stuff on your dinner table!



19. Ebates

Ebates is one of the leading cashback sites The 7 Best Cashback Sites to Save Money When Shopping Cashback sites enable you to earn back money as you shop, allowing you to stretch your shopping budget even further. Read More . It launched in 1998 and claims to have saved its members more than $325 million since.

Simply shop on your favorite sites, use their coupons, and receive a nice big check in your account at the end of each month.


20. DealNews

Do you want to know about the latest tech giveaways and amazing deals on perfumes and aftershaves? Or perhaps you just want to read experts’ guidance on how to save money on everything from weddings to vacations? Head to DealNews and you won’t be disappointed.


21. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is another cashback site, but it has a wider scope than Ebates. That’s because it tries to give you cashback for “the everyday things you do online”, including answering surveys, watching videos, conducting searches, and – of course – shopping.

The site is approaching $130 million in cashback since launch.



22. OpenLibrary

OpenLibrary’s main goal is to create a webpage for every book ever written. That in itself makes this a hugely valuable resource, but what really makes it shine is its eBook library. At the time of writing, it offers more than 250,000 free ebooks The 10 Best Free Ebook Download Sites Want free ebook downloads? Here are several of the best sites for downloading free ebooks. Read More that can be “borrowed” in either PDF, ePub, or online form.


23. Curiosity

Curiosity killed the cat. And my productivity. And my New Year’s resolutions, and, and, and…

This site complies videos on almost any topic from all the various video services out there, presenting them all on one easy-to-digest webpage. Just create an account, tell the site what you’re interested in, and their algorithms will do the rest.


24. Library of Congress

The Library of Congress was the United States’ first established cultural institution and has since gone on to become one of the largest free libraries in the world.

They have collections on everything from ancient manuscripts to sound recordings, masses of video content, and millions of books.



25. Virtual Tourist

Want content similar to TripAdvisor without the paid-for reviews, biased comments Not About The Food: When Reviews Become War Sometimes reviews aren't about a business, but politics: whether or not you agree with something that the company has done or said. Is that okay? Read More , and fake top tens?

Virtual Tourist is a great alternative. It focuses on user-generated travel content and includes reviews, photos, videos, and guides. Each member has their own profile and each destination has multiple categories, thus making site-wide navigation a breeze.


26. TravelZoo

Sadly, traveling the world can be expensive. That’s why you should try get your hands on the best deals once you arrive at your destination.

That’s where TravelZoo excels – just enter your city of choice and hundreds of deals and offers will be presented to you.


27. Inside the Travel Lab

Let’s suppose you just like reading about traveling (rather than, you know, getting on a plane and actually going somewhere!). You have endless blogs 10 Awesome Travel Blogs to Drool Over Travel finds its place in every dream list. These ten top travel blogs and globe-trotting tips can take you to most exciting destinations in the world even on a budget. Read More and travel sites to choose from, but one of the best is Inside the Travel Lab.

It was created by Abi, a former doctor who packed it in to become a full-time traveler. She’s since been featured in National Geographic, the BBC, Lonely Planet, and Conde Naste.


Fun and Games

28. Web Sudoku

Many people think Sudoku originated in Japan. In fact, it has its origins in 19th century France before being developed into the modern game in the late 1970s by an American.

Either way, if you like the patience-testing “fun” of the popular number game, you can spend hours on this site. There are thousands of boards across a range of difficulty levels.


29. Pogo

Pogo has free games galore. Whether you want puzzle games, board games, hidden object games, word games, arcade games, or casino games, this site will have it.

Members can play against their friends and record their top scores.


30. iSketch

Remember the classic board game Pictionary? This is an online version. It supports up to ten people per game, each of whom takes it in turns to draw whatever word or phrase that they are given.

There are even specialty rooms that just focus on a single topic, such as movies or music.


Tell Us About Your Hidden Gems

So, thirty sites down, 999,999,970 to go. What we’ve selected is a mere drop in the ocean when you consider all the cool and little-known web pages out there.

What did you think of our list? Did you find something useful or were all our picks old hat for you?

We’re sure you’ve got your own list of hidden gems that are tucked away in the mountain of online content – and of course, we’d love to hear about them. You can let us know your thoughts and tips via the comments section below.

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  1. Miran Hamid
    August 31, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Very important websites for the youth nowadays. Noted them all and shall probably use them. Thanks a lot

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  2. Miran Hamid
    August 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Very important websites for the youth nowadays. Noted them all and shall probably use them.

    Check out

  3. MrCool
    August 17, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Visit and be entertained by the amazing finds.

  4. Econ101
    June 1, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I think you have missed It is a unique website that helps beginners learn trading or at least showing them what it is to be a trader- nothing shiny, just real stuff!

  5. Deva
    March 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Hi, Virtual has recently ceased operations and needs replacement.

    Please consider for inclusion in the list. It's a Homepage website with quick links to popular websites on the internet. It also has helps users find new sites with several sites listed under various categories.

  6. Al
    March 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    From the former VirtualTourist: ceased operations effective Feb 27th 2017

  7. François
    March 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Virtual Tourist closed its doors on Feb 27th, 2017.

  8. Bangkok Real Estate Agent
    January 9, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Fabulous list, bookmarked and will use daily.

  9. bridalshowerinvite
    September 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Is it possible to have 2 drives in raid and 1 just normal?

  10. Alex
    August 30, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    If you like try checking out - similar thing but much better movie suggestions IMO.

  11. Liam Rekley
    August 25, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I've never heard of before, but I prefer Bulc Club ( It's totally free, and they give you unlimited mail forwarders (which just forward mail to your regular mail account), mail filtering (spam prevention), and even have BulcBurners which are like throw-away mail, but you can make them on the site, or by using a browser plug-in. I make a dozen a day, at least.

  12. Chris Cavanagh
    August 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Stumbleupon which is how I found your site.

  13. bobby
    August 8, 2016 at 10:58 am

    TimeTillEvent gives you the time of various sports events based on your local time.

    For Football, Tennis, UFC, Basket-ball and all the main sports, you will get today's live sports schedule depending on your timezone.


  14. Greg
    July 25, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Wepaste internet clipboard

  15. Swampy
    May 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm is great for working out date durations, what date it is in so many days, plus has calculators, time zone info and even a map showing the current position of the sun and moon. So useful, I even use time and date at work.

  16. Todd Dunphys
    May 10, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    To put in the productivity category: Nutcache, the all-in-one project management app with integrated time tracking, invoicing and expense management.

  17. LisaC
    May 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    and for photos - check out polarr and picmonkey

  18. LisaC
    May 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Also for library stuff -

    • Dan Price
      May 9, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Nice tip!

  19. Dwayne
    May 8, 2016 at 11:28 am

    The single most important website for setting up a new PC,

    • Dan Price
      May 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm


    • Ray Trygstad
      May 17, 2016 at 6:08 am

      Ninite is a must-have for a new Windows machine. There's also Chocolatey ( but if you're not an experienced Linux apt-get user, don't go there.

  20. Anonymous
    May 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Super cool

  21. Anurag
    May 8, 2016 at 5:09 am is good website for daily deals. They also provide whatsapp deal broadcast service which is awesome.

    • Dan Price
      May 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Anurag

  22. eric
    May 8, 2016 at 1:31 am is a good website for used phones, smartwatches and such.

  23. david
    May 8, 2016 at 12:22 am

    • Jerry
      July 26, 2016 at 3:15 am

      ^ I use the Internet Archive every day

  24. wendee
    May 8, 2016 at 12:19 am


  25. russoland
    May 4, 2016 at 1:53 pm


  26. Mridul Veema
    May 3, 2016 at 3:38 am

    I came here through StumbleUpon, so you should include StumbleUpon!

    • Dan Price
      May 3, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      31. StumbleUpon ;)

  27. Jolly Roger
    May 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Nicely done… and I thought that it would be just another click-bait!

  28. Josie Aberdeen
    May 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Thank You Dan. Awesome List!

  29. Beatrice Wilson
    April 28, 2016 at 4:48 am or cheap ebooks

  30. Anonymous
    April 28, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I'm surprised you don't have or in your deals section.

  31. Reboots DaMachina
    April 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Fantastic! Adding at least six to my favorites!

  32. Shikhanshu Agarwal
    April 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Great list. Thank you for sharing!