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Your Web Host
for the Type of Website
a Link on Your
eBay Auction Page Pointing to Your About Me Page (Video)
was great and our stay at our friend’s lake house was relaxing.
I did not touch a computer for a couple of days.
It was like going through withdrawal.
our granddaughter turned one on November 28 and Susanna, our daughter,
turned 25 on November 29. Time
have some great info in this ezine.
Some great questions prompted the articles and the
Q&A section. My
to our readers for having questioning minds.
Q & A, Suggestions and
of our subscribers, Ana Young, is in the process of evaluating what web
host to use and she has given us permission to reprint this email
exchange in the Boomer eZine. This
is a question and answer item, but it is long enough to be an article.
This is based on an email dated November 19 in which
- I was just reading through some of your earlier
on SBI. You say you built your Retirement
site using them, but you used Front Page to build
– I am very impressed with SBI for the beginner.
It does many things automatically that the average
not consider. I
lot from building the SBI site, and I will still use it for large
website projects where I want help with traffic promotion and SEO
evaluation. I did
not use it
for Boomer eZine because I had already started the site before I found
out about SBI.
- I like the designs of your other sites, but Retirement
while the content is superior, is the plainest.
much white space. Did you not have much choice of
– SBI has a basic beginning template.
You can choose from some very basic “look and feel”
selections. You can
more complex as you learn more about it.
SBI concentrates on what you say in your content
more than sizzle
and flash. The
is for future monetization ads, etc.
I have not monetized the site yet.
Go to www.pppretirementplans.com
and take a look. That
SBI site with a wider text area and monetization.
- Also, SBI only allows one site for that big annual
And, if you want a blog to go with it, as I do
mine, you have to go with Blogger.com. Again, your
is plainer than others I've seen.
- On the subject of white space, I used to create pages that were as
wide as the browser would accept, but
you are referring to the boomer-ezine blog on blogger.com, it is a copy
of the ezine posted on the website.
This is to give Boomer eZine more exposure and get
it to the
Google search engine quicker than waiting for the Google spider to come
to the website.
has the ability to have your own blog on your site.
There is also a blog on the retirement-jobs-online
It is very easy to post and I enter a post each week
the posting of the Boomer eZine articles.
Go to http://www.retirement-jobs-online.com/retirement-jobs-online-blog.html
and take a look at the site blog.
could serve your blogging needs. I
do not have time to use it to its full advantage, but I will after
- And, where are your ads? How does the site make money?
– I am not concentrating on making money now, but on building a
that you not try to monetize your site until you have over 20 unique
visitors per day. I
past that number, but I have not bothered to go back and set up the
monetization. I am
what I am doing and since I am not retired and do not need the
supplemental income, I feel that I will do better building traffic for
free right now.
- I've gone back to evaluating SBI. I could use that
of support but it's very important for my site
to appear like a "beginner's site." It's far more
for my site to be beautiful, unique looking
easy to use, as well as content-rich, than for
beginner to "get started quickly."
– I understand your feelings, but “
- Then, you say you use Hostexcellence to host your
(or some of them). Do you prefer them or Site
– I use Hostexcellence for the following reasons:
For Boomer-eZine and jhowe.com, they were started
before I found
out about SBI. Boomer-entrepreneur
has a forum using phpBB software and SBI does not support that.
Back Tracker is a small site of very limited, niche
market and I
use Google Adwords to direct traffic to it.
I cannot justify the SBI cost for the potential
Boomer Guru is a site for downloading videos and it
is easier for
me to upload videos to it as a conventional site rather than as an SBI
a straight up, conventional content site, I recommend SBI.
Especially if you are not familiar with site
note: This is the
end of the
email from Ana. Thanks,
for such great questions. I
am certain that other readers have some of the same questions.
Welcome to a Special Subscriber
want to welcome Linda as a new subscriber this week.
In the eighth grade, she was the girl behind whom I
played with her pigtails. She
did not appreciate that and I am surprised that I am still alive after
she got through with me. She
is a scholar, and I am certainly under pressure to perform.
We both had the same great English teacher which
“grammar police”. Welcome,
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Choosing Your Web Host for the
Type of Website
checked the suggestions database and from one of the comments, I
apparently caused confusion because I did not fully explain why we use
three different web hosts for our websites.
me clear up this confusion.
use the following hosts for the named websites.
Build It (SBI) – www.retirement-jobs-online.com
- 30 websites which are one page sites that point to similar named
sites. The free
domain site www.quail-hunter.com
which is my “play” site has a few pages and pictures, but it is not
intended to be a high traffic site and Hostmonster.com is OK for that.
why do we do this?
is no one web host that is all things to all people.
The SBI site is a content site and SBI provides site
and SEO support that the other hosts do not.
Some of our other websites do not need this so we do
not pay for
explanation in the Q&A explained why we have the various sites
hosting account with Hostexcellence.com will allow us to host up to
eight websites with them.
sites that are hosted on Hostmonster.com are either “defensive”
domain names or domain names that we feel might be good to develop in
the future. Defensive
are names that are similar to our main site names so we reserve them so
no one can buy them. We
30 domains registered here since Hostmonster.com will allow unlimited
add on domains.
we are paying for the service of unlimited websites, we create one page
sites with links to our main sites.
This gives us 30 additional links pointing to the
These 30 additional in-pointing links will improve
summary, we chose the web host based on the intent of the website.
Shop around for the web host that will provide the
compliments your specific site (or sites).
Placing a Link on Your Auction
Page Pointing to Your About Me Page
asked how to place a link on your eBay auction page that points to your
eBay About Me page.
We will need some HTML tags to do this. In order to show the HTML tags as text and not have the browser execute them, I will use the XMP tag to start. Browsers are supposed to ignore HTML tags in the XMP tag range and not execute them. Unfortunately, not all browsers handle the XMP tag in the same way. I do not know how it will display on your browser so if you see XMP, that is the reason.
place the link to your About Me Page in the Description box that you
create when you post a sale on eBay.
The eBay Description box has tabs in the top left
that allow you
to switch back and forth between Standard and HTML when you are
it. Start writing
description in Standard mode until you get to the place where you want
to insert the link to your About Me page.
Here you click on HTML and the box will change to
code. You will also
HTML for what you have already entered. Position
your cursor where you want to insert the link and copy and paste the
following HTML code. This
will create the multicolor blue and red eBay icon for the About Me and
link it to your own page.
Replace the “Your-eBay-Name” with your own eBay name.
switch back to Standard mode and you should see the red and blue About
Me icon. Go ahead
writing your description. When
you finish, click the Preview link at the bottom left of the
box and a new window will open to show you how the auction listing will
look. If you need
spaces around the link, you can add the spaces in the Standard mode.
luck. I hope you
get a ton
of traffic to your About Me page and that you convert all of it.
have posted a short video about how to do this at
That wraps up our
issue for this week. Until
next week, stay tuned.
John and Linda
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