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An example of a spam page that Google Penguin does not like!

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As I've been around the Internet for a while, I've found many things and the timeforglory.org website is one of those things. I've noticed that website before. Actually, today I found out that it was just a dump website. The owner decided that whatever he was doing with it was to be turned off. Unfortunately he turned it off in the sense that he removed his content and ignored all emails about new comments... and thus it is a big pile of comments from spammers.

I was wondering, how big is that page? It really takes forever to load... So I downloaded it and looked at the size:

prompt> ls ...

Snap! SEO: What is Cloaking and why search engines do not like it?

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Drawing on a piece of roman potery of a couple hiding inside a cloak.Search Engines are dumb robots1. Internet Marketing Entrepreneurs are Smart Humans (or so they think... cheeky) It is therefore rather easy to outsmart the dumb robots. Today on the Snap! Website blog I will show you how you create a website for the purpose of gaining a higher rank using a very simple cloaking technique.

There are several things that determine your rank, but the main factor is how many links point to your website. To increase the number of links you can increase the number of posts you make on other websites.

  • 1. Yes. I know. They are already pretty smart, but these are generally not as smart as a human being. They do not know how to automatically adapt to new situation without having a few humans tend to them and increase their intelligence.

How do you make money with a website?

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Big stack of money!To my point of view, one of the most prominent thing on the Internet these days is:

I want to make money!

Although many people are happy with just their regular job and use the Internet to work faster, play games at home, and find delicious recipes, there is a large number of people who think of the Internet as a money making machine. Well... it indeed created quite a few millionaires and will continue in doing so.

But...

Snap! SEO: IFRAMEs are giving juice!

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Relation between pages using an IFRAME.I learned today that in the last couple of months two people tested content using an IFRAME to see whether the links in the IFRAME would generate the expected juice1 to the destination page, and it does!

The image to the right shows you what the test is about:

1. You create a new page

2. You create a link from a low ranking page2

  • 1. In SEO terms, juice means passing ranking value from one page to another.
  • 2. You do this because that's where the link really belongs! Remember that for clean SEO and high ranking, you want links to look right for the page.

Make you Snap! RSS feed available on iPhone

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Snap! Websites RSS feed iPhone look and feel.Today I found a neat little Internet application which I think you can benefit from, especially if you have a blog or write news on a regular basis and your website supports an RSS feed.

The application retrieves your RSS feed titles and presents them as if you were in one of your iPhone menus. When the user clicks on one of the menu titles, it sends the user to a page with the RSS feed title and teaser. You can also provide an icon (57x57) to give your users the best visual way to find your feed on their front screen.

Websites and security, big guys always being attacked!

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Hackers are most often refered as Black Hats programmers.
A Black Hat—coming from black magic—is often used as a
reference to programmers hacking systems for no good.1.

Last Thursday, SourceForge.net was attacked again2.

You would think that they would be safe from such attacks since SourceForge.net offers a free service for users to offer their free (open source) software online. Yes! That's where you download many of the free tools you are using everyday. For instance, if you have an archaic type of a website, you probably need to FTP3 your data to your account. On Microsoft Windows,Mac OS/X, and Linux, this can be done with FileZilla. Although they have their own website, the download comes from SourceForge.net4.

Security is one of the area where our base CMS system is very strong at and we also ensure that our own Snap! code is secure. This starts with your password, but it includes very much more than just that. This being said, we are not looking for hackers to visit us. Well... it's not like that doesn't happen, but so far so good.

  • 1. This hat comes from a picture of Coolidge who helped the Smoki in 1924.
  • 2. Yeah... Unfortunately, that's not the first time, and it will go on and on and on, and not just for SourceForge.net. See how you can start by protecting your account using a strong password.
  • 3. The FTP protocol is notoriously insecure, but a very large number of people are still using it (if you can, at least try to use the SFTP so the data is encrypted, including your log in and password.)
  • 4. Note that if you were plaining to create a free software, that's a good place for the download because they have access to very large pipes (many T3) and thus thousands of your users could be downloading your data simultaneously.

What do you need for creating a new Snap! websites?

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Living on the Track (from Living on the Track in Bangkok)Pense-bête

There is the pense-bête (French meaning reminder)1 I use whenever I create a new website. These are a few basic things you mustn't forget to include on all the websites you create or you will lose traffic, and everyone knows that traffic is the bloodstream of a website, after all.

So, what's important to include on your Snap website on day 1?

  • Name
  • Domain Name to correspond to the chosen name
  • Twitter/Facebook Accounts
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  • 1. In case you try Google Translator, let me tell you that it won't work on that one. "pense" is "think" at the 3rd person. "bête" is "idiot", many translation will tell you "beast", which is correct too. However, in this case, it is an idiot reminder. This is quite similar to those Books For Dummies. So a good translation here would be: Creating a new Website for Dummies.

What's a good Snap! title? A money making headline!

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The 10 worst headlines with the words "Anything" and "Whatever"
Shamelessly taken from Cheeminology

As I mentioned before on my Snap! Blog, the content of your Internet Marketing is quite similar to the content of regular marketing. Trying to do it all differently is not going to make it work better for you. Obviously, you have to make the best use the technology available to you, but the content of the title (your headline!) is still up to you and one of the most important part of each one of your posts.

A headline that works must capture the reader's attention. The attention you generate will bring him or her to start reading your post because it moves them. In many cases, that's all the person will read. If not interested, they will still skip your post, but blunt title without an emotion generator will pretty much always be skipped. Now...

Snap! SEO: Google working on their own advice!

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Today, I'll be quite lazy...

There is a video from Google presented by Matt Cutts. Matt is an engineer who knows a lot of things about Google search capabilities and talks about them in videos like this one. Check his channel if you want to learn more. This is very similar to my Snap! SEO posts here.

This video talks about the fact that Google, the company, had many products that were not SEO friendly. Remember that if you want to beat competition, it is not enough to bring loads of traffic to your site. You also need something compelling on the page. Generally, Google has compelling tools (also, orkut is terrible!) But if your pages are ugly and not SEO friendly at all, traffic will be much lower than it could other be. This is why I add features in Snap! that help you with your website SEO work. Most of the things Matt talks about here are automated with Snap!

A "username" for your Facebook groups, pages and applications!

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Macro picture of a spider with hairy legs and mandibles walking in its web.
Isn't that an ugly spider?!
As ugly as those URLs!

When you first create your group, business page or application its URL looks deadly ugly. It includes your page name, but it has a very large number too... A number you can be sure no one will remember. Okay, maybe one or two people, but I hope you're really looking into getting a few more than that to Like your page! Oh! And Speaking of that, don't forget to click the Like button of this very page, look up there...

Now there is a good example: the Snap! Websites page. Really, it went like this:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Snap/1522773647853491

This reminds me of those URLs sent to you by pretty much all the websites where you can create an account or download something after you entered your email address. They will include one really ugly usually random number. Actually, some of those websites will send you 3 or 4 of these long numbers. I'm still not too sure why they cannot do the same thing with one small number. When you register for Snap! I generate one very small number and you still have something like 1 billion possibilities, so the chances for a hacker to get the right number are quite slim. Okay... sorry... that was my rant about silly billies better known as website programmers.