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Grow your Snap! Website and your mailbox will grow too!

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Does your mail system support filtering?

Dichroic filters
Do you think we'll soon see light filters for spam?

Pretty much all the mail system I know of have some mechanism to filter incoming mail. This will become more and more important as your grow your Snap! Website. Just like me, you will need to more and more organize your mail to support the growing flood of it.

In general, you can enter the name of a person or their email address and whenever you receive an email from that person, it goes in a specific folder.

More advanced systems let you check all the parts of your email:

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Snap! SEO: Should I delete my old Snap! pages?

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Old Man in Saatchi Gallery, LondonThere is one thing that I always tell my customers: Do not delete old pages. Continue to grow your Snap! Website and keep that good old content.

Well... There is a more in depth explanation for this saying.

Aging Content

All content grows older in some way. However, some content survives time. For instance, 1 + 1 = 2 will remain true for a while1.

Snap! SEO -- Considering cross linking? Is it bad?

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What is Cross Linking?

I have seen many people talking about cross-linking and how bad such practice can be. So... first of all what is Cross Linking?

I already talked about links. There is only one type of link on the Internet: the an anchor tag. Whether you are using Snap! Hosting or another service, a link is a link1. The anchor tag is defined as follow:

<a href="destination">text or image or both</a>

There are reasons why you'd want to use text within the anchor, but using an image is safe as long as you make sure to include a valid alternate text and title attributes on the image. Either way, the text should include your keywords whenever possible (i.e. not « click here » unless that's what you're selling...)

  • 1. Note that there are links within Flash animations and links formed using JavaScript. Those are likely to be ignored by many search engines and they are not recommended to create valid SEO links.

Google "We're sorry" message...

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I don't usually run Google searches on FireFox only to see some detailed information as provided by SEOQuake. Yet, today I was searching for some potential answer to a problem I'm running into with MS-Access which crashes a database and ran those on FireFox instead of my favorite: SeaMonkey.

As I was testing, all of a sudden I got the screenshot as shown in the figure below. Although it did not feel like I was sending automatic requests to Google, the SEOQuake toolbar does so on all the results! That means each time I do a search "I" send at least 11 requests to Google. After 3 or 4 searches with pretty much the same terms each time, that's well over 40 requests within 2 or 3 seconds.

That's the first time I got this screen, I'll have to think of turning off the SEOQuake bar whenever I do intensive searches like these.

By the way, our Snap! Websites system has a similar protection: MO Anti-pounding. Most of our websites, if hit too many times, will give you an Error 500 asking you to slow down. This ensures everyone can enjoy the experience of using our systems.

Snap! SEO: Consider getting your domain in different countries?

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I'm sure you've noticed that Google has a country code domain name for each country in the world. This goes for Yahoo! and Bing and that's an important Snap! SEO trick for any product that can be sold internationally1.

For instance, British people search using:

http://www.google.co.uk/

Similarly French people use:

http://www.google.fr/

  • 1. Even if you limit your product to English speaking countries, there are many of those in the world!

Considering doing banner advertising for your Snap! Website?

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Whenever someone thinks of creating a banner ad for their Snap! Website, they think they need to hire a graphics person to do all the work. Truly, if your banner looks 100% like an ad, it is likely to not be clicked very much (unless you have something that's anyway really hot and always generates clicks...) On the other hand, a banner that looks like text being part of the website where it is shown has a greater chance of success. So? Why not create it yourself?

OpenOffice.org

I use many totally free tools to create and manipulate my graphics. All are available under Linux, Mac OS/X and MS-Windows. The first one is OpenOffice which is now 10 years old. OpenOffice is not only free, it also creates files that are easy to share, contrary to Microsoft Office which has been creating proprietary file formats. By the way, it is owned by Oracle so it ought to be good quality!

OpenOffice is a suite of tools. There is even one to write Math Formulae... But I won't talk about that one today. At this time, what we want is the Drawing feature. This one lets you place graphics on your screen and move them around until they are arranged exactly the way you like it. This makes it one of the best tool to create mostly text based banners.

What happens when you have a Firewall

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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

That's it! I'm #1!

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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...

Did you know that Twitter had limits?

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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!

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Do you blog? Communities, Business, Press Releases...

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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 ...