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:: Great Online Resources for
As the web becomes increasingly more
crowded, it is important for webmasters to take
the extra step to make their web sites user
friendly. There are a number of free resources
available to webmasters.
Online Business Resources for Webmasters
:: Security Information
As a small business its a struggle to
stay current on all the security issues that
companies face. The Security Port contains all types of
alerts and information related to security.
The Security Blog contains daily updates
and information. Look like its going to shape
up to be a nice resource.
If you are looking for alternate security feeds to watch
for virus alerts or related security issues
consider Security Protection. It is designed
specifically for security rss feeds.
:: Press Releases on The Web
Axandra has an interesting article about
Webmasters think that press release can help
to increase the search engine rankings of their
Do online press releases really help your
search engine rankings? How can you benefit
from these services?
What are online press releases?
Online press releases are normal press releases
that are distributed through the Internet. Popular
online press release services are PRWeb and
PRLeap. These services list your press release
on their web sites and on a number of partner
Some people think that the links in these
press releases can help the link popularity
of a web site and thus increase the search engine
rankings of a site.
Another useful resource for writing and distributing
press releases can be found at SMR:
What steps should be taken to benefit from
press-release distribution? Writing a press
release and sending it to a distribution agency
is not enough. A successful project also requires
pre-release preparation as well as post-distribution
If you want to present your product on the
market through the media, begin by writing a
high quality press release.
Press Release Writing
A press release is a piece of art that requires
creativity for its development. On the other
hand, it is a document that must satisfy formal
structure and text length requirements. A press
release should not advertise the product. Instead,
it should introduce the product to the press
people and give them all adequate information
about it. A press release text stuffed with
advertising slogans is unacceptable.
Complete Article Press Writing
The following resource contains numerous places
to submit your press release free of charge!
Press Release Distribution
:: What Does the
Google Subpoena Mean?
CNet has prepared a fabulous FAQ that
details the meaning of the Google Subpoena.
Preparing to defend a controversial Internet
pornography law in court, the Justice Department
has demanded search logs from Google, Microsoft,
Yahoo and America Online.
The department asked the search giants to
hand over millions of records involving what
search terms people have used on the sites and
what Web sites are accessible via the search
On one level, the situation involves a straightforward
question of whether the department's demands
are too onerous and therefore not permitted
under federal law. On another, the dispute raises
novel questions about search engines' privacy
protections and the relationship that four tech
giants have with the federal government.
What does it all mean, and what happens next?
:: German court shuts down Wikipedia.de
Content Liability -
Court orders content removed from site after
family of hacker filed lawsuit against Wikimedia
A German court has ordered the shutdown of
the German-language version of Wikipedia, the
multilingual open-access encyclopedia available
on the Internet, after the family of a deceased
hacker filed a lawsuit against Wikimedia Deutschland
eV for using the young man's full name in an
Earlier this week, a judge at the Berlin-Charlottenburg
administrative court sided with the family of
the hacker known as Tron and ruled that the
Web site www.wikipedia.de be taken down until
the offending content is removed.
Yet - other posts from Wikipedia Founders claim:
The Associated Press:
"The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the
collaborative Web encyclopedia, reached a temporary
settlement with a Berlin court that will let
users access the German-language version of
Wikipedia at http://de.wikipedia.org, hosted
in the United States, instead of its usual http://www.wikipedia.de."
"The German version of Wikipedia returned
to the Internet on Friday after three days offline,
a blackout prompted by a lawsuit in which the
parents of a dead hacker objected to the site's
use of his real name."
More on the Wikipedia Court
:: Nominations Open
for Software Awards
Nominate your favorite software vendors! The
Software Marketing Resource is recognizing vendors
who provide services to software developers,
micro-isvs and companies that market online. Categories
range from search engine optimization services
to e-commerce providers.
:: What is Web 2.0
What is Web 2.0?
There has been a lot of chatter lately about
Web 2.0, as if the Internet is a versioned software
So what is Web 2.0? Simply put, Web 2.0 is a
perceived transition of the web to web applications.
Web 2.0 is the next generation of technology
solutions where interactive content is the norm.
There is no agreement on exactly what Web 2.0
means, depending on who you are speaking with,
you may receive different explanations. At it's
heart, Web 2.0 is about the maturity of the
Web and businesses that are thriving online.
While many refer to Web 2.0 as companies that
employ powerful web technologies, the key components
of the new web are said to include: the web
as a platform, collaboration, and syndication.
What is Web 2.0
Feeling The Pain of Privacy
Three out of four adult Americans say
they've signed up for the Federal Trade Commission's
Do-Not-Call Registry, and are receiving fewer
telemarketing calls because of the block, a
national pollster said Thursday.
:: Small Business Summit
Who: Small business owners seeking growth
through the marriage of best business practices
Why: Strengthen your competitive edge and make
your business soar, by successfully applying
the right technology to support the right business
What: A full-day conference with a unique interactive
structure that will provide answers to help
you with your specific business situation
Where: New York City
When: Feb 10, 2006
:: Website Resolutions
As all of us view the new year, we determine
various ways to improve ourselves. Whether its
eliminating bad habits, or improving quality
of life, January 1st is seen as a new beginning
and starting point. Your website too, can use
a new look. Consider taking the website to task
with these down and dirty quick improvement
tips for the new year.
:: Wikipedia Being Lured By
the Almighty Dollar
Threadwatch reports that Wikipedia
is entertaining the idea that they might start
providing content on the Wikipedia website.
I have seen numerous other open source projects
die the minute money was mentioned. Will Wikipedia
survive? What happens when article authors realize
someone else is making thousands of dollars
off their work?
:: 2005 Took the
World By Storm, What is in Store for 2006
2005 literally took the world by storm.
The tragedies of the Asian Tsunami, the Hurricanes
that blew through the US Gulf Coast and the
earthquakes that swallowed parts of Pakistan
have left an indelible mark on 2005. While mother
nature cast a shadow on 2005, it was technology
that delivered the impact that resulted in a
huge outpouring of donations. The world was
touched by the human element seen real-time
in pictures and videos. Today's technology was
able to deliver the graphical grittiness that
portrayed the nightmares occurring half a world
Technology is usually thought of as impersonal,
but something needs to be recognized; without
technology the personal elements of the 2005
tragedies would not likely have been conveyed
to the extent and timeliness they were. Reflecting
on 2005 and looking forward to 2006, technology
will undoubtedly continue play a significant
role in the future both on a personal and impersonal
In 2005 Blogs gave birth to splogs, where senseless
web scrapers generated massive amounts of senseless
content. Spam reached a whole new level, right
along side the ethical debate of content scraping.
Copyrights have been stepped on and I foresee
a new host of tools that will emerge to protect
2005 in Review, Predictions for 2006
:: Chitika Delays Payments
Chitika an up and coming alternative
to Google AdSense has angered early adopters.
Chitika delays audit and payments by two weeks
With Chitika facing issues with publishers
who have stopped running their eMiniMalls product
until audits for November earnings are complete,
you would think that they would make it a priority
to not just get those audits completed within
the thirty days, but get payments sent for November
earnings. But Chitika has announced that November
earnings audits - and thus payments - will not
be completed until January 15th. And not only
that, they announced this Saturday, December
31st after the payments were due.
:: Self-Made In America
Inc. Magazine is running a Contest.
What does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur?
A lot of hard work and determination, and achieving
results of one's own -- you could say, being
Are you self-made? If so, tell Inc. your story
in 300 words or less. How did you start -- or
are starting -- your business? How are you building
your reputation or career in your industry?
What types of challenges have you faced, or
are you facing, in the process of building your
reputation, career, or business? In general,
tell us about the intense time of trying to
realize your ultimate goal, be it to start a
business or become a star in your industry.
If your story resonates with our judges, you
could become the winner of their Grand Prize:
A trip for two to the Inc. 500 conference in
A $10,000 grant to further your business objectives,
A two-year subscription to Inc. and Fast Company
:: Top Spam Subject Lines
AOL Unveils 2005's Top Spam Subject
According to AOL, one of the most prevalent
spam subject lines in 2005 was "Donald Trump
Wants You — Please Respond." Another frequent
pitch played on the belief that the tech world
just gives stuff away to people in the know:
"Get an Apple iPod Nano, PS3 or Xbox360 for
:: Here are some resolutions,
as an online communicator, that I want to focus
on in 2006:
There is something magical about the
dawn of a new year. It presents an opportunity
to reflect on the past and make promises for
the future. Of course, it is just another day;
but many people do make that one day count.
Whether it's giving up the smokes or being better
organized in business, resolutions can make
big differences in your life if they are realized.
Here are some resolutions, as an online
communicator, that I want to focus on in 2006:
:: Malicious software targets
Google AdSense ads
It was only a matter of time before
a trojan or virus targeted AdSense or YPM for
malicious activity, and the time has come. A
new trojan horse discovered by an Indian publisher
replaces Google AdSense ads with their own ads,
advertising sites including dating, sex, viagra
and weight loss. This trojan is very recent,
because it not only converts regular AdSense
ad units, but also the Google AdSense and Firefox
referrer buttons into text links.
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