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Previous passing thoughts of a Pageminder

09.30.03 - 7:13 pm (CT)
Got a call from a guy in Michigan who wanted to use Pageminders Site Submittal Services — he did his own site and was already using pay-per-click (PPC) and some automated submittal service, but had run across Pageminders in a search and wanted to know what I could offer his business that was different from what he was already doing.

My answer was the same one I've been giving for quite some time, which is, after doing page tweaks to the code and content, I do submittals to the top search engines and directories, and, after some research, to pertinent specialized directories and lists, all by hand to insure that they are properly submitted. Well, he wanted to do his own page tweaks, so I gave him a few pointers and told him to give me a call when his site was ready for some serious submittals. So, he is busy sprucing up his code and content…

Not an aside at all here folks, but go to Google and put in site submittal — oh what the heck, I'll make it easy for you, just click on this and see what pops up at this moment as number 1 on the Google list of site submittal hits. My oh my, is that Pageminders at numero uno? Why, yes it is, right at the top of the heap. Now, just for fun, click on the Google Directory tab and… my, my, my, there it is again right at the very top. Gee, I must be doing something right as just a few months ago I was at number three — actually I haven't changed a thing at Pageminders, but what I have been doing is patiently watching Pageminders Site Submittal Services climb the Google Hit List to #1.

Always keep in mind that page ranks move around and, as in the case of Cat in My Shoe the other day, it was there one day and gone the next, which leads me to another thing to keep in mind, what disappears can reappear — it just takes a little patience.
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09.26.03 - 6:14 pm (CT)
So many things in life change — you're heading down life's highway, speeding along one minute and slowing down the next, just chugging along most of the way, and then… well, you come to a fork in the road, one road you had been down before and the other was not familiar at all. So, which way do you go?

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth,

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

—By Robert Frost

I read not long ago — on a signboard in front of a local church — that it takes courage to go with the unfamiliar, the road less traveled by, if you will. So, now like the Cowardly Lion after he'd been off to see the Wizard, I am going to go with the unfamiliar and take "the one less traveled by" and I hope that will make "all the difference".
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09.22.03 - 12:49 pm (CT)
In at night, still there in the middle of the night, and gone in the morning… Cat in My Shoe was right there in Google last night and now it's gone, nowhere to be found. I've read where when Google is in the midst of adjusting their page rankings, sites move, disappear and reappear — maybe that's what is happening. Oh well, I'll keep checking to see if it reappears and, if it doesn't any time soon, I'll call Mandie again and unpat my back… Harrumph!
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09.22.03 - 3:31 am (CT)
Who, what, where, when, and why? Let's get straight to the "who, what, and where" — Cat in My Shoe Handmade Jewelry by Mandie, the site I mentioned the other day that actually went online September 15th, has already been crawled by Google and pops up as number 71 (first on page 8) out of over a half a million results for the search query "handmade jewelry"!

As for "when", well last month I told you about Google Alert's RSS Feeds/Email Alerts and how I had it tracking mentions of MindBlog on the Net. What I didn't tell you was that I also had it tracking Pageminders, so lo and behold yesterday I got an Email Alert about Pageminders and in the latest list of mentions, there was the brand-spanking new Cat in My ShoeGoogle had already crawled and indexed it! What a kick, so I called Mandie right away and she was thrilled.

Then I had to call Mandie back again, because I had noticed when checking for "Cat in My Shoe" that just down the page was listed MindBlog's passing thought about the site and both were dated 09.20.03… ah ha! So, that's when I went to Google and used "handmade jewelry" for the search query and found Cat in My Shoe at number 71 on a chart of 574,000, which leads me to the explanation for the "why" of it. Since I had yet to submit it anywhere (I've been kind of busy, so it is on my list of things to do this week), it must be its mention right here at MindBlog… It IS just mindbloggling!
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09.20.03 - 2:12 pm (CT)
I finished yet another one… a local church, Manhattan United Methodist Church, is now online. Well, actually it went online with a one-page, informational site several months ago, but now the complete fifteen-page site has been uploaded and is ready for perusal by the church committee that oversaw its creation and the public-at-large.

Manhattan United Methodist Church, Manhattan, Illinois

Note: Quite frequently when dealing with any organization, no one person is responsible for making decisions as to what will or will not go on the website (or anything else for that matter), which can lead to confusion, misunderstandings, and increases in the anticipated time and cost of the project. To avoid this problem, I have my own solution… an MB…

QUICK TIP: When your client ends up being a committee, ALWAYS have the "client" designate ONE person to be the liaison between you and the committee. That way you are not getting "orders" from numerous people, some of whom may not have the authority to request changes and add-ons, plus it could lead to sticker shock when the final price comes in above what you had originally quoted. It's just a smart business move for both you and the client.

Since I used that tip in this situation, I had no problems dealing with the committee as I dealt with only one person that the committee had authorized to be the spokesperson. Now as to whether the designated spokesperson had problems with the committee, I have no idea, which is the way it should be and, if nothing else, made my work much easier.

As for the actual work of building this site, the toughest page was the Church Calendar, not that it was really that hard to do, but it was just a tedious task. Normally I'd do the tedious stuff first, just, if for no other reason than to get it out of the way, but, for some unknown reason, I chose to do it last this time, which is neither here nor there, it's done, the client is happy, and that's all that matters.
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09.19.03 - 6:43 pm (CT)
Well, another one is finally online… Take a look at Cat in My Shoe Handmade Jewelry by Mandie, which is only the beginning for Mandie Wade, a very talented and creative local jewelry designer, who will be showing her creations for the first time in a public venue tomorrow at the St. Joseph's Fall Fling Craft Fair in Manhattan, IL.

CatInMyShoe.com — All Cat in My Shoe jewelry designs are original using only quality, handpicked gemstones, glass beads, and pendants, and all are handmade by Mandie Wade, the creator of Cat in My Shoe.  

All Cat in My Shoe jewelry designs are original using only quality, handpicked gemstones, glass beads, and pendants, and all are handmade by Mandie, the creator of Cat in My Shoe.

So, stop on by the craft fair — she'll be there from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm — and buy one (or more) of her one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry designs.

And while you're there, look around, as you might just see this MindBlogging Pageminder there checking out not only Mandie's newest creations, but there is also sure to be a crafter there who makes lovely rag rugs and I'd like to see if she has a little one that is just the right size to go under my laptop. I guess you'd call that a laptop rug.
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09.06.03 - 7:45 pm (CT)
Advertising/Marketing is a must for any successful business and there are many vehicles a business can use to market their business… So what do we have here but one of the most successful vehicles in Central Illinois racing — Sandage Racing's #10 racecar driven by none other than Rod Sandage himself.

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Sandage Racing #10 Racecar

While noticing the beauty of the vehicle, please note the "choice" advertising spot located on the nose of the hood of this very successful racecar… Why that's… that's WebPageminders.com racing across the finish line ahead of everyone, even Rod Sandage!!! Wow, what a winning combination! And every time Rod wins a race, WebPageminders.com gets blasted over the loud speakers to the cheering Central Illinois race fans. How can you lose with a winner? Well, you can't.

As for my choice of this "advertising vehicle", I wanted to be associated with a winner, and Rod Sandage is a winner. I also have other advertising that I do — the usual… yellow pages, etc. — but this one is different and fun!

Oh, and the picture, I wanted to make sure you could see the WebPageminders.com, so I scanned it into Adobe Photoshop 6 at 460x298 (137K) to fit this space and then sliced it up into 36 (1K each) pieces. And since I saved it for the Web (File > Save for Web), Photoshop even coughed up the table code to display it on this page. It couldn't have been easier to slice and dice this beauty up for display right here at MindBlog.
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09.03.03 - 8:49 pm (CT)
Wow, the month just started and things are not going as planned — I could say, "The best laid plans of mice and men…" (Author Unknown To Me), but I refuse to be so trite and, well, cheesy. Suffice it to say, my mind is blogged today.

Putting the blogginess of my mind aside for a crazed moment — I am determined, in the next month or so, to not even test the water before plunging into the PHP and MySQL Web development pool. I may be nuts or severely over-confident, but I am very determined to learn and live the ins and outs of both. For the curious among you, more information on both is available at their official websites: PHP and MySQL.

As for their uses, the two together make building a database-driven website much easier to build and manage, because they can dynamically generate (i.e. produce it "on-the-fly") webpages. In other words, instead of hand-coding every page of a website, you design a main template (that would be the main components that are the same on every page) and then put the contents for all of your pages into a database, then you let the PHP direct requests for information from the database and, presto-chango, the requested page with the requested content appears in the user's browser. Clear as mud, eh?

For instance, the biz sites that I have with Deb (over at HelpQuest.com) — JolietBiz.com and NewLenoxBiz.com — are database-driven sites, but we hand-coded both sites, page by page, over 300 of them. Had we used PHP and MySQL, we could have let them do the heavy lifting involved when someone requested a list of, say, New Lenox accountants, they would dynamically generate a page with a list of New Lenox accountants from the database. No fuss, no muss, and no hand-coding a page with New Lenox accountants on it.

It would make a lot of projects easier… the only trick is that you have to either learn the PHP language and how to use a MySQL database, or pay someone else to do it for you — and that wouldn't be as much fun, so…
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09.01.03 - 10:15 am (CT)
A giant UH OH… forget the last paragraph of my last passing thought!! There… I struck it out. I didn't have Lavasoft's Ad-aware 6 Personal configured correctly — with it set up correctly, it works fine. To set it up correctly — they only want me to link to their front page, so… follow me here.

Lavasoft -> Lavasoft - FAQ's and Tip's -> FAQ's -> Ad-aware 6 Personal -> Basic Settings / Configuration, Ad-aware 6

Now do almost everything Melanie tells you until you get to "Click the 'Automation' button, Check 'Use my default scanning options', Click 'Proceed'" — instead of the non-existent 'Use my default scanning options', check 'Use custom scan settings', and then click 'Proceed'. Now you're good to go clean up any Gator droppings, etc.
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09.01.03 - 6:58 am (CT)
Gator, Gator, Gator… irritating little so and so. In case you don't know, Gator tracks your every movement on the Web and then serves up ads based on your travels. It's like having someone follow you around the mall, recording every little thing you even glance at, and then serving up television commercials during your favorite programs based on your glances — it's spy ware.

Well, I've been wondering how I gained a date and time manager (i.e. Date Manager and Precision Time) on this computer, well lo and behold I ran Lavasoft's Ad-aware and I'm told that it's a "freebie" from Gator! So, I told Ad-aware (6.1.81) to get rid of Gator's nasty little droppings, but I looked and some were still there. Then I tried both Windows® Add/Remove Programs and Norton® Uninstall and neither could get rid of the Gator droppings.

So. I decided to re-install both programs and headed straight for Windows® Add/Remove Programs, told it to remove the suckers, and what I thought was voilą was not, as Gator had deposited new droppings on the uninstall. So back to Ad-aware, but this time I used the previous version (5.83, which is no longer available) and voilą all of the offending files and folders were gone!

(Note: See MindBlog 09.01.03 - 10:15 am (CT) for an explanation of the following edit.)

Since Ad-aware 5.83 is no longer available at Lavasoft's website, I would recommend a thorough search of the Internet to see if there is a website out there still offering the earlier version, because I not only like it better, I think it works better. If your search is fruitless — don't forget to check with friends who might have the earlier version — then 6.181 is better than nothing at all.
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