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Last June, I launched a product named Fast JV. Until a day or two ago, it had never shown up in Google.

My first thought way back when was that it had simply been sandboxed, but when I registered it in Google's Webmaster Tools, they said that no pages from the site appeared in their...
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I've noticed over the last few days that one of my sites has been getting hundreds of hits a day from people searching for "katharine mcphee yellow dress". I don't have a site about American Idol, and I've never even typed the words "katharine mcphee" (and the first time I'd even copied and pasted the...
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The CSS Trappist Monastery got a few more design submissions yesterday, along with a boat load (think Titanic, but hold the iceberg!) of traffic after it got blogged over at MetaFilter. To those who questioned the seriousness of the site in the comments there, yes, it's completely serious. To those who commented on the crappy...
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A while back, I overhauled my shopping cart system so that it guided the user through the process better. I'll admit that I didn't bother tracking the difference that it made, but my general impression was that the change was for the better. Today, I realized that I could streamline the checkout process further, and...
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We all know that getting lots of inbound links is a critical part of search engine optimization. And most of us know that joining link farms, which create lots of links between totally unrelated sites, is not a good way to do it, because if Google catches you at it, they'll penalize you. So how...
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The Chordata RSS and Atom newsfeed directory is offering a 90 page eBook (PDF) on search engine optimization to anyone who rates 25 feeds by November 21. You'll need to create an account and log in to rate feeds. Once you've rated 25, you'll find a link to the eBook on the My Account page....
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Web surfers have essentially become blind to the standard 468x60 banner ad, and to a lesser degree to other forms of web advertising. Web ads must avoid the stereotypical "ad" look to be effective. So on the one hand, advertisers and designers integrating ads into websites need to be "sneaky", but on the other hand,...
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Every time I see someone selling or trading a link bragging about it coming from a PR4 page, I'm not sure whether to chuckle or boggle. "PR4?" I think. "That's supposed to be impressive?" I guess it impresses some people, even if it doesn't impress us all. Which raises the question, what is "good" PageRank?...
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So, you want your site to show up as high as possible on Google. Join the club. 20 gazillion other websites are clamoring for the same thing. And guess what? Google has its own agenda. They don't care whose site comes up on top--whose business gets the free advertising. What they want is to give...
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There are a million ways to make money (or if you're already making money, there are a million ways to make more money). But none of us has time to do all of them. And few of us have the desire to do all that we have time for. Part of the secret to success...
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