February, 2007 Results

Get Good Images, Without Stealing Them!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

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It’s been said that “a picture’s worth a thousand words” so the strength of a good image is not lost on me.

Many websites build their entire theme around one brilliant image. But, what do you do if you’re not a photographer and your artistic skills are lacking?

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How to Make Equal Columns in CSS

Monday, February 26th, 2007

How do I make equal columns in CSS?

This is one of the more common questions I get asked. My stock answer is that the only element that will base its height on an unrelated element is a table-cell. Unfortunately, IE (including IE7) doesn’t support the display:table and display:table-cell properties (although Mozilla and other browsers do), therefore if you want to support most browsers then you can’t use display:table and need to resort to other methods.

This article will present to you a nice cross-browser solution to achieving equal columns with CSS.

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Google Blog on NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW, NOARCHIVE & NOSNIPPET META Tags

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

The Google Blog explains the robots exclusion protocol:

“Usually when the Googlebot finds a page, it reads all the links on that page and then fetches those pages and indexes them.”

But, what if you don’t want Google to index a page, or follow the links on a page, or archive a page?

Here is a list of META tags you can use:

  • NOINDEX tells Google not to index the page
  • NOFOLLOW tells Google not to follow the links on the page
  • NOARCHIVE tells Google not to store a cached copy of the page
  • NOSNIPPET tells Google not to show a snippet (description) under your Google listing, it will automatically get NOARCHIVE too

Links for the Weekend, 2-24-2007

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Elite Retreat – Is It Worth the Money

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

When you work for a company, quite often you can convince your boss to send you to the awesome tech conference that is being held in your area, but what about when you work for yourself? You are a small or even a one-man shop. Do you spend the $500-$2000 to go to a conference JUST to network? We’ve all been to those conferences and typically, that is what you get out of it the most; contacts. But do you ever learn anything that can really help your business and increase your income? I haven’t. Enter the Elite retreat.

When I first heard about this retreat last November, I was intrigued. The press was good and bad and people wondered how it would go. The first “retreat” occurred in December and the attendees came out of it very pleased. The next retreat will be held in March with Guy Kawasaki as the keynote. I would love to be there. This retreat is aimed at site owners and webmasters.

Here is what makes the Elite Retreat different from the other conferences. Basically you have a panel of 6 experts and for 2 days; they are yours. The price tag may be steep to some at $5k a ticket, but to have access to these successful minds for 2 days would be worth it. The experts are: Lee Dodd (Social Networking), Jeremy “Shoemoney” Schoemaker (SEM), Aaron Wall (SEO), Darren Rowse (Blogging), Kris Jones (Online Media), and Neil Patel (Marketing). They do have an agenda set forth, but the idea is you get access to these six very successful minds and they help you with your sites. They find out what your goals are and they give you ideas that help to achieve them.

So, how do I justify spending $5000? Well, right now I don’t because I don’t have $5k. Maybe later this year though. Here are the things I would weigh: 1) do my sites have the potential to recoup my investment with the right direction? and 2) Will I have the time after the retreat to take all of the advice and everything I’ve learned and put it into place. It’s that simple to me. Right now, I don’t believe my current network of sites could recoup that investment within a reasonable timeframe, but I am working on other sites that may just do that.

Would you attend something like this?

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Monday, February 19th, 2007


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forums, mailing lists, and chatrooms for a while now, I hate seeing this question. Yes, it comes around a lot, but repetitiveness isn't what bugs me about it. What bothers me is that there's usually very little background information attached to that question, which makes it as open-ended as asking what mode of transportation you should take to get to the store. I can tell you anything from a skateboard to a jet and either vehicle can get you to the store, but to give you the best answer I need to know how far you have to travel, what you plan on buying, and how much money you have, among other things. The same holds true for the programming language question, so let's look at some factors that can help you choose which language to use on your next project.

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Links for the Weekend, 2-17-2007

Saturday, February 17th, 2007
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