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Snap! News: Google Search using SSL!

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Pines under SnowOn October 18, Google announced that all the searches for logged in users (say you have a G+ account...) will make use of their secure pages (i.e. using encrypted data.) Our new upcoming Snap! Websites version will also let you log in your account using SSL.

This is important for users of Google+ since a bar appears at the top and the functionality of that bar includes a cookie. This is a security issue since your account could get hacked since your cookie is traveling on the Internet in clear while doing searches (unless you log out of G+ each time you use it?)

How to better benefit from your MerchantCircle account

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Armadillo on Hind Legs by GigrantulaI created a MerchantCircle account a very long time ago and at first did not see any value in it. Today, my account as a Google rank of 3. It's not the best of the best, but it points to all my main websites, such as Snap!, equally increasing their rank and this without having to do much work, really!

Link from your site

First, assuming you are a small business, you want to add a link from your main website to your MerchantCircle account. This will send some traffic to your MerchantCircle account and end up in some people connecting with you.

For this purpose, you can use your MerchantCircle vanity URL. This is done by going to your Dashboard and after clicking on Business Information, scroll down to Website Links (at this time, the last entry on the page) and then click the Edit link. Here you are given a way to enter two links: your main website and your Custom Link (or vanity link). In there, enter your preferred alias. In general, the best is your business domain name. Say your business website is http://www.example.com/ then use example. Finally, hit Save.

Is your website flickering?

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Height of Operative Control Relative to a Vertical Plane

Today I was visiting the American Cancer Society when I stumble upon a strange sentence... Now I'll have to think about means to inform Snap! users whenever they are creating a page that could be affected.

The sentence goes like this:

Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

The figure to the right shows the accessibility of an handicapped person in a wheelchair.
Click on the picture to see the full figure from
Section 508 paragraph 1194.41.

A URL for your Google+ account

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Google+ Logo
The very simple logo of
Google+

Click to register!

Today I started testing Google+ and I find it great for it is really fast (some of the features are a lot faster than the equivalent in Facebook.) This being said, and even though I got about 90 connections in a day, this doesn't mean it will overcome Facebook and LinkedIn.

Now, if you look at the URLs as you browse your account, it looks terribly ugly, right? To get a better name you want to go to the Google+ shortener: http://gplus.to/

Getting more leads from your website

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Most of us are impulsive buyers. Once you want something, you just got to have it and you'll easily take the first offer presented to you even if there is a cheaper alternative available. This is true with Internet services such as Snap! Websites and other online services. This even happens with everyday items such as food. Remember the large number of items on display right next to the cashiers? Those are the last thing on your list, but they are right there to remind you to get them before leaving the store, and it works.

On the Internet, you can use many tricks to grab the attention

Crazy Long Domain Names without meaning!?

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Gothic Letters by Giovannino de Grassi
Gothic Letters HJKLPQR by Giovannino

Today I received a spam comment on Snap! Websites. Nothing too surprising up to here. Quickly browsing (the text was just gibberish so fast reading takes on its full meaning!) I noticed that the link in the email was using the domain name abcde. The first 5 letters of the alphabet.

This gave me the idea to check whether someone had registered the Latin alphabet domain name. After all, it could be viewed as a valuable domain name, right?

Sure enough! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz dot com is registered! The registration was made privately (the whois does

Snap! SEO: New Google Algorithm... Stopping Scrappers

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Pre-history tools from Maluti
Thousands of years old scrappers

I mentioned several times that you shouldn't just copy others materials freely on your website.

Now Google decided that too much is too much and they made their new algorithm live late February. This new algorithm penalizes that kind of websites...

If you have been doing such a thing, know that your website rank has already decreased.

Snap! SEO: Why don't I want a Flash website?

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Clock from the SSWF Project

I've seen many users creating really nice Flash websites. This is not a bad idea, especially if you work with Flash or you somehow have many animations/videos to present to your users in a seamless manner. However, for a regular website, such as a Snap! website, it has one major drawback: it is not SEO friendly.

Flash animations are binary files (.swf) and as such they often do not contain any readable text. Actually, if you want to make sure that the font works right, you will be using an internal font and that may prevent any readable text from appearing in the file (properly optimized text does not use standard encoding for strings of character such as ASCII or Unicode.) In any event, if the search engines do not have the necessary tools to read Flash animations and find your text, it simply won't be indexed.

Adobe offers some tools to work on those files, but it is not widely used.

How do I know whether an Internet Product has any value?

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Mons Meg, 51cm medieval canon of nearly 7 tonsIf you have been on the Internet for any amount of time, you certainly ran in ads telling you that you'd be able to quit your job in a month (or less?!) but you'd have to act right now to benefit from that special offer, or the costs increase from the low $47 now to a wooping $197 next month...

An important note I'd like to make:

Chances are: you can quit your job any time you want! In the US, most of the people who work are working at will and do not even need to give a notice before leaving a company. Of course, your income will also go away and if your job is the only source of money you currently have, it may be a good idea to keep. It at least until you find another good source of money.

At what point can you say that you're famous?

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Shoemoney fans get T-shirts with Shoe's logo
Visit the real Shoemoney,com

There is a quick one. I thought that was interesting as I received an email, supposedly from Jeremy at Shoemoney.

Jeremy has been playing on the Internet for a while and made several millions at it already. So he's pretty famous and has many incentives for you to give him money so you can follow in his path and make money yourself (you can also get T-shirts as shown on the side here.)

So... receiving an email from him would be sensible, especially if you registered with him before (since in that case you'd be on his mailing list, wouldn't you?)

And today I received this one: