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6. Guest Author
and some of her girl friends are off to
will then attend a baby shower in
am going to be alone for a while and I already wish she were home with
me. I am proofing
by my lonesome so “cut me some slack”.
is evaluating Site Build It against other web hosts.
She and I have had a running email conversation
comparison. Here is
in which my answers are embedded after her questions.
Ana – Email address deleted
John Howe; John Howe
Some concerns about SBI (I know, I promised, but ...)
A concern about the SBI forum:
I would advise anyone
to be very, very careful about
going on a public forum
talking about your business
details. Ideas are not
easily copyrightable and are
stolen all the time.
I'd want to communicate only
with my advisor --
privately. After all, the
company has many sites in
similar niches competing with
On that forum are not just
but competitors. Has anyone
else raised this concern?
JH - What is
the forums are not so much about the content of the sites, but how to
make the sites work. People
on the forums know that competitors are on the forums with them and
have to make the decision what to divulge.
Also, to clarify a previous
answer: The site
does not actually own the SBI
site; it's owned by the
company. You own only the
content and any graphics or
other design elements you
added yourself. Moving would
be very difficult if not
JH - The
ownership is not
much different from any web host.
you host on GoDaddy, you do not own the GoDaddy site.
You are just purchasing space on their server for
You can move the content to another server when you
Anyone who wants a forum on
their site would not be
able to have one. Isn't that
among the software SBI
can't host? Also, videos would
be difficult for the
same reason -- or at least
JH - that is
SBI does not host server side applications like
blogging software (Word Press), etc.
My experience with forums has been poor.
I established the forum on Boomer-Entrepreneur.com
and it has not
been popular and it costs me time to keep the spammers off.
Ok, accepted. I don't plan a
forum at present. In my
niche there are hundreds of
forums; there's nothing I
can possible add. Blogs would
be more appropriate. I
admit I was considering more
than one, as I have
sub-niches. Videos, too, may
be in the works once I
get the equipment and learn
how. So ... some
JH - SBI
the handling of special files. You
still cannot post an .exe file on SBI.
I post those on my non-SBI sites and download them
What if you buy SBI and decide
to design your own
site, providing your own
template? Do you own your
JH - you own
of your website whether it is SBI or any other host.
You own your domain name.
is your website, but it is hosted where ever you choose.
On a further but related
point: Ken Evoy made some
telling remarks about design
in his latest newsletter
-- telling considering how SBI
kind of poo-poos the
concept. I'll address those in
a separate post to you.
Maybe others will be
JH - Ana, in
emails, we have discussed site design and how it is perceived.
I am turned off by what some consider great site
When a flash intro page comes up when I first visit
a website, I
find myself frantically looking for the "Skip Intro" link.
I don't have time to watch what some webmaster spent
creating thinking it was "cool".
I do not know
ideal vision is of good site design so I cannot really address your
concern. The bottom
on the Internet people are searching for information.
Anything that gets in the way of that search is not
by the users of the Net.
Great ezine. Thanks and have a
JH - Thanks
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Last week I wrote
about a making an error on a classified ad and then not being able to
easily change it.
The initial work
around was to add to the description in the form of a postscript (P.
Well, if you use
the infinite number of monkeys and infinite number of typewriters
theory, you can finally find a way to do it.
If you have never heard of the monkeys and
check it out on Google. I
first read it in the novel “On the Beach” by Nevil Shute in 1958.
theory says that if you give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite
number of typewriters (that dates the saying) one of the monkeys will
eventually type the Bible.
have adapted the saying to mean if you keep trying combinations of
possible solutions, you will eventually find the right one.
(Just keep hitting the keys and something will pop
I kept looking on
eBay and the solution was right there under my nose.
I was trying to
use the Edit function (see picture) which seemed logical. I
checked the box and clicked Edit.
For some unexplained reason, eBay did not like this.
To me it seems obvious that Edit means to change,
but logic did
For some unexplained reason, eBay did not like this.
To me it seems obvious that Edit means to change,
but logic did
I kept poking
around and in the drop down box on the right of the listing summary, I
found a “Revise” option. I
tried that and lo and behold, it allowed me to change the links that
were wrong. Notice
options that are hiding in the dropdown box.
This brought up a
page that for all practical purposes is just like the listing page.
I was able to modify the HTML in the Item
Description field and
correct the bad links that I put in earlier.
If you use
classified ads, keep this one filed away for future reference so you do
not waste you time like I did trying to find how to correct a
is amazing what you learn just cruising around the Net.
I was on Eons.com reading posts in some of the
groups to which I
belong when I came across mention of etsy.com and ecrater.com. Never
having heard of them, I checked them out.
is a craft and handmade products auction site.
It appears to operate like eBay with listing fees
fees. It is popular
great traffic with an Alexa rank of 2,309.
I looked and there are books and magazines listed so
I may list
my ebook on etsy.com to generate traffic to Boomer eZine.
is a free auction site.
The Alexa rank for ecrater.com is 12,046 which is
too (rough rule of thumb – anything under 100,000 is great).
to be more relaxed on its rules and regs.
It makes its money by selling you advertising
position in the
website. If you
want your ad
to stand out, you pay them for having it displayed more prominently on
the site. I will
double back to this site to list my ebook for traffic generation to
Check these out
and see if they might help you generate traffic to your website
you might have items to list for sale on these sites.
This is short and
A Harris poll showed that 72%
want to start a work-from-home
business is THE best way to change
This is not surprising. This seems to be a major trend in our world. This is why Linda and I write Boomer eZine and why I continue to preach that Site Build It is the way to a successful work-from-home business.
minutes to watch this video by Ken Evoy, President of Site
If you have any questions about Site Build It, you can speak with an SBI owner (other than myself) who can answer any questions that you might have. Follow this link for more details.
I always scan
“Site Pro New” for some interesting or informative article.
We mentioned Site Pro News in Boomer eZine Volume 2
Issue 4 (http://www.boomer-ezine.com/V2I4_050407.htm).
Badulescu published an article in Site Pro News from his blog at http://bynapse.blogspot.com.
have discussed various aspects of Web 2.0, but I felt that this article
does a great job of summarizing it for us.
wrote Bogdan and he was kind enough to reply.
I shall be happy to link back to your ezine as well.
BTW, great domain name !
age of the internet is all about decentralization.
a few years ago, during the “bursting
of the dot-com bubble”, almost an entire generation concluded
the internet is over hyped and turned its attention elsewhere, thus
leaving place to a new generation of technology and models to get
stage and turn the tables out in cyberspace. Web 2.0 does not mean
there’s a new version of the internet out there, it’s not a
technical specification. The term was promoted, according to Wikipedia,
by O’Reily Media in 2003 and it’s explained in depth in the “What
is Web 2.0” article.
and online communities go around constraints. It is human nature to
avoid barriers and wherever one is encountered online, the stream goes
around and ignores the constraint to a degree that may throw the site,
brand or portal to internet’s shed and thus dramatically hurting its
business. Blogging, social networking, search engines and friendly
directories on the other hand are the new community and here is where
“word-of-mouth” is happening and getting a recommendation about a
product values more than all the publicity around it.
put together this list of ideas to get you started.
Please comment and add to this list so that the web can benefit from it.
blog and use it to be honest about your site or your interests. A blog
is personal and the language used is less formal. You can actually
in a blog, responsibly but “off your company’s record”. Try using Blogger,
I am also using Freewebs
find Blogger to be the easiest to use. Now if you do that, you should
and claim your blog.
blogging directories offer Real Simple Syndication (RSS feeds) by
default. You should use it for your site’s news section too. As soon
as you have an RSS, submit it to feed aggregators like FeedBurner
of those aggregators offer you the possibility to send out a newsletter
with the newest articles, automatically.
site and make sure it appears correctly in all major browsers. We are
living wonderful times for testing site appearance on different
and making sure that the site is compliant to W3C
standards and looks good across browsers since Safari, the
browser used on Mac, is now available for windows too so you can have
all the browsers on one OS to test with, unless you develop on Mac and
you have IE5.
advertisement and having high page ranking are good for the morale, but
most visitors use ad-blockers and optimizing for search engines is a
continuous job and there are professionals out there doing just that,
keyword: “SEO Optimization”. Those are not the goals of the new
websites and, if high page ranking helps, it does not guarantee
popularity. For designers, digital-web offers a nice
article about web 2.0 from the designer perspective.
will not go into depths about what each of the sites mentioned above
stands for. Research is probably the most enlightening experience one
can have and I leave it all to you. Comment and add items to my lists
and keep in mind that web 2.0 is all about social media, the consumer
takes center stage, and that changes the world.
of Bogdan’s article
That wraps up our
issue for this week. Until
next week, stay tuned.
That wraps up our issue for this week. Until next week, stay tuned.
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