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    I guess I qualify as a freshman because I started webmastering less than a year ago and I'm a slow learner. I am wondering if the more experienced peole have any advice for us newbies. Is there anything you'd do differently if you were starting over again?



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    I suppose the one thing that has always bugged me was the hyphen in my domain name. It's a pain trying to explain verbally. If I started again I would choose a domain name without a hyphen (but there's not many good gambling ones left)



    Buckshot: I guess you know all about this problem :smilie:



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    Wow, good question, Buckshot/Island Boy (I caught that, ya know!!! :smilie: ).



    The biggest mistake I made was not learning how to set my pages up properly on the backend, so the search engines would read them right. That dearly cost me - after 6 months up, I'm just now getting listed on the SE's.

    Things like the page title, description, keywords, even meta tags to keep the robots from indexing the pages I don't want them to, like my subscription page and webmaster page.....I don't want those showing up on SE's!

    The first time I showed up on a SE, the title showed as "Home Page", with no description - hello?????? That looked HORRIBLE; and I was terribly embarassed! And do you know how long it takes to get that off there?????

    The only thing worse than not making any impression, is making a bad impression! I fixed it ASAP, but it took a couple of months to get it replaced on the SE.

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    Actually its called links to you and yes, it does hurt more than help. I am in the process of removing links to you from one of my sites after my google ranking took a pounding on the last indexing.It helped initially but there are better ways to go about it. Download Zues from cyber-robotics. That link directory has helped me immensly and continues to. And, if you finished your initial FTp to your site within 2 weeks they let you keep the program for free. Its truly is a thing to watch but you probably should have high speed internet access to truly appreciate what it does.It allow you to (semi) manually request reciprocal links from other webmasters and it saves a ton of time.



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    Seven months after I launched my site, like Slycin I realised it was not search engine friendly, so I completely redesigned it. Actually it was for two reasons, one for SEs and two for overall looks.



    A lot of the stuff you pickup along the way and I suppose it's trial and error. Unfortunately some of the SEs don't let you do this. Also, don't get too caught up with reading all the opinions on getting listed in SEs. I now stick to the Webposition Gold and Search Engine Watch updates. Otherwise you spend more time reading what you should be doing rather than actually doing it.



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    :smilie: :smilie: :smilie: :smilie: Too true, Jarvi!!

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    make sure your site looks good in different screen resolutions/browsers.



    i did a big advertising push, but didn't fare so well with converting any of the traffic i bought. visiting my sister-in-law i found out that my site looked horrible (untrustworthy) on her computer. different screen resolution than mine. i checked, half the people that visited had the same screen resolution she used. no wonder why i didn't convert.



    they probably saw the site, were turned off, and left.

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    And look at your site in your both Explorer and Netscape. I've made tables that looked fine in Explorer but didn't show up at all in Netscape.

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    There is a site, www.NetMechanic.com, I think, that will do all this for you. (If that's not the one, let me know, and I'll search for it in my favorites.)



    Fortunately, my FrontPage 2000 has settings to handle all this when I build.

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    This is something that I am going to get right this time (I'm converting from NetObjects to Dreamweaver).



    Another point is to check how it looks with different size text (click the 'view' menu and change the text size) - this can sometimes throw a site into a real mess.



    I've got IE5, Netscape (4 and 6), and opera loaded so I can check my site. Does anyone know if there is a good free Mac emulator anywhere?



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    Jarvi - I was thinking about try Zeus. I've heard some good things about it. I also heard though, that you can get banned by your web host because some of the webmasters that receive Zeus emails will cry spam. I suspect they were probably exaggerating about this, though. Glad to hear it is working well for you. I'm really curious about using it now.

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    Don't treat spam lightly. Any email unsolicited will probably be looked upon by your ISP/Host as spam, Zeus is no different. I myself have 'spamcop'd' Zeus mail from people. Mainly because they wont take no for an answer.



    Rick

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    I would not use Zeus.



    My personal opinion is to build your links the old fashion way. Most good websites will instruct you on their site on how they prefer to trade links. If webmasters just look for my Email address and not my link exchange page I will assume they are lazy. Depending on my mood I will either Email them the URL of my link submission page, or just delete their email for being lazy and impersonal. I guess I'm just kind of quirky that way.

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    There is a cool ie tool that I will be adding to the webmaster page (if my site ever gets back up) that lets you check the screen resolution on the fly from right click in ie...

    www.interactivetools.com

    in the free scripts section....



    In my opinion the search engine madness continues....



    Altavista I believe, have changed their search algorithms AGAIN!



    There is no single page you can create that is happy fodder for all the engines, so the answer here is to do the doorway page trick and submit pages for each of the major engines witout going too overboard. There's no easy way, just hard work I guess.



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    I have to admit that while I have used Zues for one of my directories and love it I have also deleted link solicitation emails from other Zues users when I was too busy to answer them. The reason that most Zues directory builders dont take no for an answer is because the system sets up to continue to send emails to the webmasters until YOU tell it to stop. Alot of webmasters who have multiple sites and sometimes dont take the time to remove you from the list until they recieve some kind of response. Me included. Its important when setting up the email feature in Zues to be as personal sounding as possible and take all Zues references out of there so it looks like its sent personally.

    The other problem with Zues is its probably what you would consider a "link farm" which is frowned upon by most SE's although not to the extent that they frown upon "no effort" link farms like "links to you".



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