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Does First Place in Google always rime with Best for you?

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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.)

New Twitter - A new look and functionality

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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.

The Social Network or Facebook on the Big Screen!

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Today, October 1, 2010, is certainly a special day! The Social Network movie directed by David Fincher just came out nationwide.

The Social Network logo

I think that, one more time, that proves the success of The Facebook1 and all the other online social media systems.

Of the two hours movie, I only saw the official trailer (click on the social network button above to find the official movie site.) But from the little I read, I can say that it has to be good because it got exceptional ratings. I don't ...

  • 1. This was the name given to Facebook at the start. It became Facebook before the public heard about it.

How useful can failures be?

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Most of us will fail at one thing or another before achieving great success. You have to realize that if your very first business venture is a top success, you've got very lucky. No! I'm not saying that it never happens, but it is not the usual case. The one main reason is that you need to gain experience to know how to handle your business to reach success.

My company has several websites and only a couple actually work and get thousands of hits every month. Now Snap! Websites is on its way.

Snap! SEO Google Analytics

A quick explanation about this Google Analytics screenshot...

How can I know who links to my Snap! Website?

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Google Webmaster Tools -- Website ListI already mentioned a few things in regard to ways of finding who links to your website1. In order to rank your Snap! Website pages (or really anyone's pages if that matter,) Google Search has a complete list of all the links that can be found on the Internet2. Of course, Google knows where the links point to and if they point to your website, then you have the right to know where those links come from (i.e. on which pages they reside on the World Wide Web.)

You may already know that when people click on a link, the website where the link comes from is called the referrer and that this referrer is given to the destination website. This is a good way to find pages with links pointing toward your website, however, many people turn off that feature in their browser3. In other words, in many cases you do not get that information and it looks like the person coming to your website directly entered the URL in their location bar.

Now, there is a way to get the complete list from Google Search!

  • 1. Note that you can find some of your competitors back-links using Google Search and the link:<website> special search capability.
  • 2. It will be very close to all of the links... Obviously, each time someone posts new links, it will not be known immediately. However, if you have an XML Sitemap, Google Analytics and Ping features—and You do with your Snap! Website—then Google is likely to be informed within about 5 minutes and retrieve your new post between 5 and 10 minutes. This being said, it may not index it for a while.
  • 3. This is in regard to privacy issues... By hiding the referrer in your HTTP requests, I cannot know which website you came from and thus I cannot investigate or track your trail on the Internet.

Useful tricks searching on Google

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Google is a very powerful search engine. The search has been enhanced greatly over the years and is still moving forward. Now we get the instant search among other things...

Yet, most people get the result they want but when you are searching for something very specific it can be quite tricky (or take hours when you had only 10 min. to find the complete answer!)

Here are the few tricks I commonly use.

What is a "blind offer"? Why is there so many of those on the Internet?

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You've received one of those, I'm sure. Blind offers have existed for a long time and it is not specific to the Internet. However, with the advent of email marketing and all of those hackers selling unknowledgeable newbies lists of scraped emails for cheap... you're bound to receive such emails once in a while.

A blind offer is very much alike a blind date. You have no clue what's in it for you. This means you have no clue what you are really purchasing other than whatever hype the people are offering you.

«If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't.»

Snap! SEO—how to improve your Snap! Website content

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How do I know all of these things about Internet Marketing?! Some of you may be wondering... All the information that I'm giving you here is in fact available for free on many websites, not just Snap! Websites. Not only that, some of the information is specifically defined by search engine engineers who know what they are talking about since they created those search engines!

First of all, I wanted to share with you the Google's Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide. This free e-book is a good read for any Internet Marketer1.

Second, I wanted to review each points from that e-book with Snap! Websites as an example of application of those guidelines and how that applies to your own Snap! Website. Especially, how the Snap! technology helps you in automating most of the tasks.

  • 1. Note that the Google's e-book shows examples in HTML... Remember that Snap! eliminates the need for you to read that foreign language.

Your Snap! Website, Links and SEO...

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I mentioned links several times as I talked about SEO. I'm sure you already know that you can click links to go from one page to another like the Snap! Websites home page, and I was thinking that it could be a good idea to explain what links are and what are the different types of links, and their effectiveness.

Technical Aspect


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Pages on the Internet are generally written in HTML1. HTML stands for Hyper Text Mark-up Language. This is indeed a computer language describing what you want to display on the screen. It is not a programing language, however2.

HTML is composed of two parts: tags and content. All the content in HTML is text. Tags may point to other types of content such as a Flash animation (see on the side,) or an MP3 song, or details about the style of your page.

A link is created using the Anchor tag. It is written as follow:

<a href="http://snapwebsites.com/">Snap! Websites</a>

  • 1. There are many other formats that one can use such as Flash, images, plain text, PDF, etc. However, the majority of the pages are written in HTML which allows one to format the content nicely and include many different files in a single page.
  • 2. You can incorporate a programming language within HTML, yet, HTML itself is not a programing language. You may have heard of JavaScript and ASP which are commonly used to program web pages.

Lawsuit after lawsuit, is Bit Torrent illegal?

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You may have heard, again, that Bit Torrent was involved in a lawsuit on September 4, 20101. Each time, the lawsuit is about copyrighted material and in this specific case it is about a number of people sharing porn movies via Bit Torrent.

So... Is Bit Torrent illegal?