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- What is it?
Christmas has come and gone. I
am taking vacation most of this week.
I go by the office for a few minutes each day to
check on things,
but for the most part I am a man of leisure.
Tuesday, I went on my first quail hunt of the season with my friend
Conley and my daughter Susanna. It
was the usual “shake down hunt” where we discovered what equipment
was not on the hunting car, what needed repair since last year, etc.
Out of that first hunt, Conley and I spent Wednesday
repairing the front locking hubs of his jeep.
got in another hunt on Thursday morning and proved our repair had
well. I have posted
of his jeep and our hunt on my www.quail-hunter.com
and I join to wish you a Happy New Year.
May it be a great year for online entrepreneurs.
Q & A, Suggestions and
John, not a suggestion, a question (I was confused about where to post
one): I recently heard in a teleseminar that in the end, Google and the
other search engines really, really prefer websites built from scratch,
because of something like extra coding often included in ready-made
templates provided by FrontPage, Dreamweaver, and I guess that would
include SBI. I've always thought this was true. Let's face it -- a site
using some "form" template provided by someone could have
God-knows-what built into it; it wouldn't surprise me in the least if
Google had to sift through extra code with those "beginner"
sites. Whereas, a site custom-built to an owner's specifications ...
well, it's like anything else custom made, right? Like a custom-made
suit, it just fits better and is classier. I realize now you're an
affiliate of SBI, so I'm probably addressing this in the wrong place.
But it's important.”
from John Howe
Ana, I am an affiliate of SBI, but I will give you the most unbiased
answer I can.
do not know the intent of the teleseminar where you got the information
about web page content, but I question it.
do not use Dreamweaver so I cannot comment on it. However,
a significant number of websites are built with it.
I can comment on Microsoft Front Page since it is
HTML editor that I use. The
fact that all major web hosts have Front Page extensions as part of
their offering indicates that Front Page is a major HTML editor on the
Internet. Hence, I
Google has the programming to spider web pages built with it very well.
you look at the code generated by Front Page, the only things that
Page inserts is the following code (the XML tags are mine to make your
browser print the HTML as text rather than execute it):
name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage
name="Microsoft Theme" content="sumipntg 011,
name="Microsoft Border" content="tb, default">
tags are in the HEAD section at the top of the webpage and the rest of
the page is only what I have created.
These tags tell the browser that this is a Front
page and how to handle the theme and borders of the page.
I cannot speak for Google, but with so many Front Page sites out there,
I expect that Google has the programming to handle them with no
comments about a custom built site have merit when you consider the
appearance of the site to the human viewer, but you must remember that
the Google spider cannot not see your pictures or your fancy design.
It studies your keyword content and page content
The fancy design with all the bells and whistles
will please your
human viewer, but the viewer will never see that beautiful website that
you envision unless your site appears high on the first page of the
search engine results. This
is not done with fancy design and bells and whistles, but with basic,
well written content pages that are search engine friendly.
the subject of how Google handles SBI sites.
I can only cite the success stories of SBI sites on
data comes from an independent study that SBI commissioned.
35% of SBI sites are in the top one percent of Alexa
53% are in the top two percent on Alexa, and 62% are in the top three
percent on the Alexa site rating.
can see this information at http://compare.sitesell.com/boomer.html.
If you want to study
additional successful SBI sites,
go to http://results.sitesell.com/boomer.html.
summary, my vote is to use SBI for your web hosting and site building
research and experience, I would make the same recommendation if I were
not an SBI affiliate) To
back up my vote, I am just starting my next SBI site which will be an
affiliate site to sell a specific product.
results that I have achieved with www.retirement-jobs-online.com
have convinced me that SBI delivers.
You know that I have been an entrepreneur for 37
I would not embark on what will involve many hours
of my work on
this new site without being convinced that it will pay me an acceptable
return for my efforts.
feel that perhaps you are too deeply involved in the technical research
of web hosting and site building.
ultimate goal is to make money. The amount of solid, qualified traffic
to your site will determine your success or failure.
I suggest that you concentrate your research on
which web site
host will help you generate traffic more than the nuts and bolts of how
to build web pages.
Ana, thanks again for your question. As usual, your questions are thoughtful, and I appreciate your participation.
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Social Bookmarking Sites
How many of you
have an account on http://del.icio.us?
What! You say to
yourself, that is a crazy name and it does not even look like a valid
name for a website. Well,
is a real site with an Alexa rank of 123 which is in the stratosphere
for web site rankings.
Let’s use old,
dependable Wikipedia for a definition of del.icio.us:
del.icio.us (pronounced as "delicious") is a social
bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web
bookmarks. The site came online in late 2003 and was founded by Joshua
Schachter, co-maintainer of Memepool. It is now part of Yahoo!”
bookmarking site is one where you can establish an account and store
your favorites. You
these bookmarks private for your own use, or make them available to
anyone on the Web.
You have your
favorites listed in folders on your browser, but that information is
available only to you on your home computer.
If you open a bookmark site (and there are many
addition to del.icio.us), you can share these bookmarks with any reader
on the Web.
Why do this?
One reason is that you can access your bookmarks
computer with an Internet connection so you can get to your bookmarks
when you are traveling.
major reason is to help build traffic to your websites.
Use of bookmarking sites is a way to create links
back to your
websites and help generate traffic.
There are numerous bookmark sites and you can set up
files on as many as you want, all of which create the links back to
We will discuss
social bookmarking more in our next issue.
We will introduce “tagging” and talk about page rank
In the meantime, I recommend that you go to http://del.icio.us/about
to learn about the site. Open
an account so you can start playing with social bookmarking.
You definitely need to know about it and how to use
it to your
Here are a few
sites to read about the subject:
– What is it?
I do not know if
you have run into the term “LAMP” on the Internet, but it stands for
Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
Let’s look at
the Wikipedia definition:
LAMP (or L.A.M.P.) refers to a set of free software programs commonly
used together to run dynamic Web sites or servers:
precisely GNU/Linux) the operating system
Apache, the Web
database management system (or database server)
Perl or Python), the programming language.
of these technologies is used primarily to define a web server
infrastructure, define a programming paradigm of developing software,
and establish a software distribution package.
originators of these open source programs did not design them all to
work specifically with each other, the combination has become popular
because of its low acquisition cost and because of the ubiquity of its
components (which come bundled with most current Linux distributions
particularly as deployed by ISPs). When used in combination they
represent a solution stack of technologies that support application
servers. Other such stacks include unified application development
environments such as Apple Computer's WebObjects, Java/Java EE, Grails,
and Microsoft's .NET architecture.”
This is for your
information so you will understand what is offered when you see that a
web host offers LAMP hosting.
That wraps up our
issue for this week. Until
next week, stay tuned.
John and Linda
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