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Submitted by on 10/21/2010 - 23:54

The newest MS-Windows Operating Systems have come with a built-in Firewall. This was very important from the start of the Internet, but since the year 2000 or so the need grew faster and faster. Windows XP is the first system that automatically turned on the Firewall. Of course, your Snap! Website is also protected by a firewall.

What does that Firewall really do?!

The firewall simply blocks connections from any external networks (by default you may have some features such as the Remote Assistance and Network Diagnostics turned on1

  • 1. Note that you should probably turn off all exception and
Submitted by on 10/18/2010 - 22:56

Warning about Search Engine!

Sample of dynamic search algorithm.I'm here to help you with your Snap! Website and I wanted to warn you about something in regard to search engines and most particularly Google Search because it's pretty darn smart...

I found out a while back (about 10 years ago probably) that when I click on the same link over and over again, it slowly moves toward the top of my search results and soon enough it looks like it is number one each time I search with the same keywords.

Yes...

Submitted by on 10/15/2010 - 00:56

Twitter is one of the very few Social Media places that authorizes you to have as many accounts as you want. This makes sense since you are just tweeting with those... and it is great since that way you can use one account with advanced topics in a field and another account with broader, more approachable content.

Yet Twitter has Limits!

Oh! And by the way,
don't forget to follow us!

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Submitted by on 10/14/2010 - 00:06

Unidentified people... by J. DelanoyEvery now and then I bump into something that reminds me of things to do on your blog... One of those things is to create a page that talks about you: Your Bio. It may be including with your account or found on a separate page.

Today, I finally entered my blog bio on Snap! Many of you already know me via Facebook and other Social Media networks so you probably don't need to read my bio on Snap! Websites, but others may be interested.

Different people think differently and each person will write there bio in a completely different way. There is no strict rule about that!

I would suggest that

Submitted by on 10/13/2010 - 02:13

Today I have a simple question for you: Do you blog? (Whether it is with Snap! Blogger or some other system)

To extend the question a little bit, I'm actually wondering, why do you blog? How to you device your posts? Do you expect something from your posts or are you just talking about what's happening in your life? (don't hesitate to click Add Comment below to let me and the others know!)

Blog Communities

For many people writing a blog is just an enjoyable activity that they do on the side.

Actually you should not write a blog on a subject that you don't like (even if you're paid to do ...

Submitted by on 10/09/2010 - 03:58
Categories: Snap! SEO Website Marketing
Representation of the density repartition of a gas.
3D Gas Density Representation by NASA

If you've read quite a few things about SEO, you have probably heard of word density before. The density of the words found on your websites, such as the words « Snap! Hosting Plans », is used by search engines such as Google in an  attempt to determine what the heck you are the most likely talking about. The words that are found to be used the most are called your keywords1

  • 1. Note that the density may be tweaked by what you are highlighting. So the word Snap! as is may count as 1. The word Snap! in bold may count as 1.3. Similarly, italic will ...

Submitted by on 10/08/2010 - 01:23

Magnifier over dictionary while reading Links and Link-up by Joe MabelYou may still be wondering why it is so important for your Snap! Website to be positioned at the top of the search engines...

In 2010, Google alone receives nearly 100 billions searches a month (about 50% of the world-wide searches.) Using the Google Webmaster tools, you can see how many of those searches correspond to your keywords. To give you an idea, for the keywords I'm working on, there were about 540 million searches in the last 30 days.

Believe it or not, among all our keywords is the word "Free" and it is the hardest to get among all our keywords—in other words, the word "Free" ain't free! By itself it represents 414 million searches or 77% of the searches we're targeting! However, some combinations are still available, such as:

free web hosting no banner1

  • 1. Snap! Free Website Hosting put a link at the bottom of your page, but no ugly banners at the top of the screen! No one likes those anyway (the click through is generally terrible.)
Submitted by on 10/07/2010 - 01:59

Memory DrawersAs I mentioned in an early post, I will also teach my readers how computers work. Remember that Snap! Websites needs all of that to work... and I hope to make the information accessible to everyone. Don't forget that you can hover your mouse over abbreviations and acronyms to get their full definition. There is also a link to my Glossary at the bottom of each post.

All computers require some kind of memory to run. A computer that always does exactly the same task may use what we call ROM or Read-Only Memory, although the processor will still make use of RAM or Random Access Memory for its registers. In other words, all computers need to have a certain amount of RAM in order to function.

So, what is RAM?

Abstraction

Programmers view memory in an abstract way: a set of drawers where they can store a number from 0 to 255.

Submitted by on 10/05/2010 - 20:44

Snap! Twitter Background ImageYou may already have tried the new Twitter, I have with one of my accounts1. I have to say that it is completely different! Well... the tweets are the same and your followers and people you are following... and the messages will be the same. I'm talking about the style and the way things work. It took me a week to get used to it.2

The biggest change is the width: it's twice larger! Yes, twice! (well... at least the right column.) That means the Tweeter output will fill most of your screen up. I suppose that they will keep the smaller view available for cell phones. But on my desktop, that's just plain BIG. In itself, it's not a problem, you get much more info on the screen. But...

The result is that now your background image will "break" (Our Snap! Websites Twitter background is shown on the left, see the result in our screenshots below.) Most people won't see much of it anymore when they are on the new Twitter. Although it is still there, unless the users have a really wide screen, but don't count on it. It will need to be changed...

On that one, I'm wondering how much research Twitter has done. It may be part of their plan of adding advertising interleaved with your tweets... (which I thought they started, but so far I've not seen any of those commercial messages anywhere!) So getting your crap out would be a good side effect3. (This is really my total speculation and I'm probably wrong... )

  • 1. Twitter, contrary to most social media systems, lets you own more than one account. In case you did not know, Facebook does not allow you have more than one account, even if you have multiple email addresses and they may delete ALL your accounts in case you create more than one.
  • 2. A side note: I could not revert my account back to the old look and feel. That menu option gave me an error. So know that you cannot just test the new look. You'll be stuck with it for a while...
  • 3. Just in case you don't notice, I italicized the word crap. What I mean is that this way they eliminate a certain amount of direct competition.
Submitted by on 10/04/2010 - 16:27

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Google just released a new update (May 2012) called Penguin which actually contradict the following. If too many links from websites considered bad do point to your website, then Google may degrade your page rank.

See my new post about this change here.

SPAM meat boxes with arrow pointing toward your Snap! Website...You may have heard from some people that a link pointing to your Snap! Blog when present on a spam website can affect your ranking in the wrong direction. Oops!

The idea is actually very simple, if you get a a link from a very high level website such as The BBC (Google Rank 9) or IBM (Google Rank 8) then you get highly accredited for it. A link on a website that does not even have a rank1, on the other hand, does not give you much credit if at all.