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Most ebooks get little exposure outside of the website that promotes them, but that's all about to change. Google Books wants those e-books. It wants to index them and provide search options within their text.

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Oh, those kids  
- Is the Google Generation inept? I found it amusing that the researchers themselves relied on Wikipedia to define terms like "Google Generation".. -

Who sees the elephant?  
- Where is the separation between SEO, design and business consulting? -

There's something about a Muntz TV  
- OK, what's the boring old codger's point? Just this: this stuff is all part of history. This post, this website, every comment, is also. -

Why doesn't Technoratibot use RSS?  
- Technorati (and everyone else) should decide on a standard -

Perl script to get Numly  
- Using Perl LWP to get Numly tags (I stopped using this sometime back but am leaving this code for others). -

Numly tags help protect your digital content  
- Numly timestamps your digital content to help protect and identify ownsership -

Jack of All Trades  
- I need to be responsible for things that are important to me and this website is very important to me. I do not trust anyone else to maintain it. -

On your own  
- Working for yourself is rewarding, but getting there can be a rocky road -

Focus, Focus, Focus  
- Everybody says FOCUS, but I just can't - I'm interested in too many thing ('shiny object syndrome', I guess). -

Ten stupid blog tricks  
- People who live in brick houses shouldn't run with blindfolds on, but I'm going to go out on a limb and criticize some of my blogging brethren. -

Automatic Ping sites   2011/08/10 anonymous
- There are a number of automatic ping sites that will notify other sites that you have updated your pages. If you don't have notification software built into your site, or if there are sites you want to notify that aren't supported by your software, these can be convenient. -

Goals for 2008  
- >Ah, 2008. It seems like just yesterday that we all were wondering how we'd pronounce our years as the millennium changed. Would we say "twenty-oh-one" or "two thousand-one" or even "twenty-aught-one"? That all shook itself out, and soon we have another chance to change our minds: -

More thoughts on the Google Slap, no follow and a Slap Back  
- The google slap killed page rank for many sites - what if they slapped back? Would it matter to Google? -

Technorati Revisited  
- Technorati has improved but I still find it less than perfect -

Master of All  
- 'I have people for that', you say. Really? Do you have people fill your gas tank? If you are really that successful , you can go somewhere else now. -

How I cheat my way to success  
- Gaining blogging sucess by publishing quantity and frequency to make Google notice you. I'm not advocating publishing junk just for the sake of building volume, though I suspect that you could do that and actually do just as well as I have - maybe better -

Speed up your site  
- I liked the point that was made in this books foreword: if you don't think site speed matters, put in some code that artificially delays loading your pages for ten seconds - and report back in a week.. -

Writing a Twitter getter Widget  
- I did not like the Twitter Widget, so I wrote my own. I didn't like that either, but maybe you will. -

Power failure changes my habits  
- I need to be more careful in editing scripts - a power failure catches me at exactly the wrong time! -

LOD Communications, Inc.
Adsdaq Ad Network  
- Adsdaq offers good opportunity for publishers by letting us set our own CPM price -

Surveys with Google Graphs  
- Using Google Graphs to display Survey Results including a simplified version of the code here with comments. -

How little it takes to influence Alexa  
- I suspected that Alexa statistics are based on a very small sampling of traffic - I don't think many people use the Alexa toolbar. -

Equal height CSS columns with filler text   2010/04/15 w3cvalidation
- Making column length match with text. The problem is knowing when to stop writing text in the left column. -

Google Ad Placement Targeting  
- Google's new ad targetting for channels allows advertisers to target sections of your website. -

Full or Partial RSS feeds   2010/05/19 TonyLawrence
- Should you offer full RSS feeds? I was opposed to full feeds at one time, but that was mostly because of bandwidth. -

Blogging for Dollars  
- Work for hire as a blogger? Hiring bloggers? Watch out for low pay and FTC requirements on honesty and disclosure. -

Domain values  
- A few years ago one of my customers forgot to renew their domain name registration. Of course it was poached and when they discovered their website was gone they called me in a panic. I poked around on the internet and found who owned the domain currently and called - $750.00 was the asking price. My customer thought it was an outrage and in a fit of pique we stopped pussy footing around, hyphenated their corporate name, registered a new domain and moved on. -

Getting your pages indexed  
- Getting search engines to index your pages is more about your frequency than anything else. -

Do I care about Technorati? Do you?  
- Is Technorati really useful? We forgot that the world is full of lying scum who put out spam and other junk. -

Canonical names and Google  
- Who knew search engines would become so important that changing a domain name is something you absolutely want to avoid? -

using .htaccess files to redirect pages  
- Sometimes I make a mistake in a link I have put in a newsgroup posting or sent by email. Other times I might decide that my file name is bad chosen or potentially confusing. An entry in .htaccess can fix that instantly. Let's say, for example, that I originally created /serv.html but now want to rename it /services.html. If I just renamed it, any external links referencing that file will get 404 errors - File Not Found. I could handle that with a custom 404 page script, but it's easier with .htaccess -

Using .htaccess files to restrict access  
- Every directory in a Apache website can have an optional .htaccess file. This can be used to require passwords to access the files therein or to redirect requests to other pages. Everything you can do in an .htaccess file can also be done in your web server's configuration file, but that can be a little intimidating and confusing for new web masters. The .htaccess is slightly less efficient, but easy to use. -

dashes vs. underscores in filenames  
- In the old days of the web, file names usually didn't go out of their way to convey information about their contents. -

- Perhaps more unsettling from some views is that Zabasearch also maintains publicly writable blogs: anyone who registers an email address with them can scribble whatever they like about anyone else. -

Yahoo vs. Google  
- A post at JenSense compares Yahoo's contextual advertising to Google's. The author reports that YPN brought in about the same money with a far lower click through rate. I think that she correctly analyzed the most likely reason: the YPN ads are different than the Adsense ads that browsers have probably already seen at other sites. As YPN matures, their contextual matching will improve, their CTR will increase, but at the same time their payout will decrease. At the end of the day, nobody should expect that YPN income will be any better than Adsense. -

Yahoo My Web 2.0  
- I like the easy interface for adding sites and tagging them at the same time, and immediately being able to see what other people have marked with the same tags. I don't like that there is no RSS integration (or if there is, I can't spot it!). -

www.yourdomain.com vs. yourdomain.com  
- Netcraft has a nice little anti-phishing toolbar that also happens to show relative site popularity. I'd been running that toolbar for about a month when I noticed something I thought was odd: the Netcraft ranking for my main site had suddenly dropped by 33%. How could that be? A minute ago I was in the 16,000 neighborhood and suddenly I was near 20,000 instead. -

Eleven Billion pages on the Internet  
- One interesting thing in this report is the estimate that Google, MSN, Yahoo and Teoma only agree on a little more than a quarter of those pages, which means that there are a lot of pages you wouldn't find at all unless you checked all four. -

Web site promotion and popularity  
- Site popularity. Anyone who has a web site wants it, because what's the point otherwise? If you build it and they don't come, why bother? Getting folks to come is web site promotion -

Is Web 2.0 really anything new?  
- Let's not forget that the web had its beginnings in the desire to share information. In that beginning, there were no large corporations, no dot.coms. It was much more about peers sharing knowledge. -

Validating your html  
- Validating your HTML pages is important, but it also can be frustrating and annoying. It's important both for your readers and for accurate search engine indexing or contextual ad display: if your HTML is broken, you may not get the impact or results you expect. -

You aren't important  
- So - do you consider your site 'unimportant' if it hasn't garnered a bunch of Blogline subscribers? Or (as I do), perhaps you think it's maybe Bloglines that isn't all that important? -

Just Two Posts A Day  
- At Do you see Ads on this page?, the author paints a grim picture of the likelihood of bloggers making money from advertising. By the way, he or she also violates their Google Adsense agreement in at least two ways in that post, but that's not my purpose for pointing you to it. First - the prognosis isn't necessarily inaccurate. I've said as much myself at Advertising Strategies for Bloggers: most bloggers probably aren't going to make much money from ads. -

Blog Sites  
- Certainly geek sites were the first on the map. After all, the geeks were the ones that built all this to start with. Many of the current crop of bloggers wouldn't have been technically capable of putting up a web page ten years ago. The geeks were capable, so naturally their pages were popular: geek pages were almost all there were, and the majority of Internet users were geeks or near geeks themselves. -

Get out the tape measure  
- It's natural to wonder how you stack up. No matter what your volume of traffic is, you can't help wondering if you are making as much advertising money as you should. With that in mind, I'd like to offer you a very simple formula that will help you calculate how much money you should be earning: -

How spammers use link farms  
- I think that, like viruses, this will be an on-going war. The search engines will improve their ability to detect artificial linking, but the spammers will find new ways to cloak it. This dance won't end all that easily. -

SME Server  
- The SME server is a Linux based, open source web, email and file/print server. It can also function as a firewall. If you want a simple in-house server for any reason, this is a great way to do it. -

Less is more  
- There are times when the break it up advice isn't good advice. It has become almost sacrilege to say so, but some subjects are simply too complicated to squeeze into a few hundred words, and you will risk annoying your readers if you artificially break a complex piece into sections. -

Blogging style needs a change?  
- Just what am you supposed to be writing about? Blow off some steam, do something daring, take a chance, push on the walls a little. It will be good for you and your readers. -

Copyright and plagiarism  
- I only go after these kind of people if they have taken content and haven't attributed it back to be. I've had that happen fairly often, and most of the time it's easily straightened out though now and then there's some jerk who ignores me and keeps on doing it. -

Picking your subject for best Adsense results  
- No, this is not about going out and finding high paying keywords and writing copy designed to attract ads for those words. Well, it's a little bit about that, but without the soulless mercenary aspect. -

Can you afford to be a peacock?  
- A peacock's tail sure is pretty. So are some websites: loaded up with flash animation, fancy javascript tricks, maybe theme background music too. Quite the fancy tailfeathers at some of these sites. -

Page counters  
- But here I am with page counters. I don't use them for bragging, and I'm not concerned with anyone thinking the numbers are weak. My main reason for having them is because I have guest bloggers, and guest bloggers like to know how their articles are faring. -

One not so great apple  
- Maybe you first came to some blog because of a Google search or a link from some other blog. The post you read was interesting enough that you checked out a few things in the archives, and that was interesting enough that you bookmarked the site and came back another day. So far, so good for the site owner: maybe they are about to gain a regular visitor. -

Google adds Advertise Here ability  
- This lets Adwords advertisers target ads to specific sites on a cost-per-thousand basis. -

Nothing to say today?  
- I don't know if you can have GREAT ideas or posts every day, but I've done at least daily posts at my main site for years now, and recently added two more sites (this is one of them) where I also do daily posts. Not all the posts are shining examples of the best in blogging, though in more recent years I have forced myself toward higher quality standards than I might have had originally. -

- http://www.netratings.com provides interesting and useful statistics about home and business use of the Net. It is, in itself, a popular site, and is a bit slow at times, but contains such information as how many pages folks visit in a month (twelve or thirteen hundred, apparently) and the popularity of ad sizes. -

Natural language search  
- The reason is simple enough: those of us with at least a vague glimmer of intelligence quickly observed that long phrases either gave us too much or too little, while the right lone word would kick back better results. -

You really can post too much  
- Blog readers today may visit several other blogs in addition to yours. They scan for posts they want to read, and move on. If you have too much new content, they feel pressure to get to the next blog; they are spending too much time in one place. -

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