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The Ultimate Guide to Google News publishing

Link: The Ultimate Guide to Google News publishing

Filed under: Business, Marketing, SEO, Webmaster, Webdevelopment by Brian Turner

If you’re building websites, you’re publishing.
And if you’re publishing websites whose focus is delivering information first, then you’re effectively an online magazine already.
If you’re a website publishing news, you’re effectively an online newspaper.
One of the great opportunities for news publishing is news syndication - it offers exclusive streams of traffic via news aggregation sites, and […]





Miscommunication in webdevelopment

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Filed under: Webmaster, Webdevelopment by Brian Turner

I do a lot of hands-on webdevelopment work for my own websites. I know my goals, aims, and technical feasibility of implementing different options. It’s a good arrangement.
I’ve done a few webdevelopment projects for clients, including for multi-million pound SME’s. Although more challenging, both myself and the client were usually very clear on objectives and […]





How to combat spam on vbulletin forums

Link: How to combat spam on vbulletin forums

Filed under: Webmaster, Security by Brian Turner

Forum spam - the problem
NOTE: This article was originally written for Security Watch: How to Fight Forum Spamming
Forum spam isn’t simply a problem for forum admins - it’s a rapidly expanding industry for spammers, and scammers.
Forum spamming can be done by human users - often cheap labour from developing countries - but more worrying has […]





How to promote your blog for traffic

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Filed under: Business, Marketing, Webmaster by Brian Turner

Whether used for Public Relations and customer communication, or for marketing your business and website online, blogs can be a useful business and marketing tool.
However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when faced with promoting your blog.
Here’s a simple guide to other articles which go into detail on different aspects of using your blog for promotional […]





How to set up a secure certificate

Link: How to set up a secure certificate

Filed under: Webmaster by Brian Turner

Secure ordering online
When you operate an ecommerce site, the likelihood is that you’ll need to use a secure server to take orders with.
Actually, it’s pretty essential.
Even if you don’t technically need a secure server connection for online payments, your online customers will almost certainly demand one, to ensure that their personal details - not […]





Interview with Aidan Walsh

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Filed under: Webmaster, Interviews by Brian Turner

Aidan Walsh is the owner of Seed Design, a professional graphic and web design firm based in the UK, specialising in delivering quality design to small to medium businesses and startup companies. That sounds like a hundred and one other companies, right? So you’ll be wanting to know what makes us different.
Let’s get cost out […]





How to deal with spam IPs

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Filed under: Webmaster, Security by Brian Turner

The problem of automated comment spamming
One of the more serious concerns of the internet these days is spam.
And not email spam, either.
I’m talking about automated comment spamming of online forms.
Scripts exist that will crawl the internet, looking for online forms - which they then fill with a pre-determined set of data.
Often this will include links […]





Basic install and optimisation of a vbulletin forum

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Filed under: Webmaster by Brian Turner

Basic install and optimisation of a vbulletin forum
When it comes to online messageboards, vBulletin Forum Software offers the most powerful solution out there.
It not only looks professional, it also offers the most comprehensive set of administrator and user controls across the range of software options out there.
It’s also naturally search engine friendly - something […]





How to create a MySQL database in CPanel

Link: How to create a MySQL database in CPanel

Filed under: Webmaster by Brian Turner

Lots of online software needs to run from a database, and a PHP with MySQL combination is a common requirement.
However, setting up a database online can seem like a daunting prospect if you’ve never done one before.
Luckily, website control panels make this a relatively easy and painless process.
Cpanel is probably the most common […]





A simple default .htaccess

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Filed under: Webmaster by Brian Turner

Introducing mod_rewrite and .htaccess
Using mod_rewrite and .htaccess together can produce some very useful effects.

What is mod_rewrite?
Simply put, a piece of software commonly installed on Linux servers, that allows the server to modify internet addresses (URLs) before the pages reach the a browser.
What is .htaccess?
Simply put, a file that you place in the main web […]





Legal responsibilities of webmasters

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Filed under: Webmaster by Brian Turner

Liabilities of forums and blogs
While many webmasters can strictly control the content they publish on their sites, when it comes to online communities - such as forums and blogs - the issue of third party comments can become an acute legal issue.
This is not least where complaints of defamation are raised in response to third-party […]





Domain Registration services

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Filed under: Webmaster, Reviews by Brian Turner

There are a number of domain registration services available, and I’ve used a few already. This section simply offers my own experiences with different domain registrars:

123-Reg
Enom
Registerfly
Gandi
GoDaddy

123-reg

Website: http://www.123-reg.co.uk
123-reg used to advertise loudly that you could buy their domains for just 3p - which everyone knew was simply an artificial flat-rate cost before adding an appropriate admin […]





Introduction to using mod_rewrite

Link: Introduction to using mod_rewrite

Filed under: Business, SEO, Webmaster by Brian Turner

Why mod_rewrite is important
Mod_rewrite is an important topic, because one of the biggest development issues for the online business is having a site that is friendly to search engines.
This is because search engines of all types have become the major way for people to find not just information, but also products and services.
The problem […]





vBulletin 3.5 release

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Filed under: Business, Webmaster by Brian Turner

vBulletin 3.5 release promises new era for BBS
The release of vBulletin 3.5.0 promises a new era of functionality for forum admins running vBulletin.
Previously, across BBS platforms, when adding new modifications to a forum, you would have to modify the source code itself. While modding groups could automate this process to some degree, it always meant […]





Choosing forum moderators

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Filed under: Business, Webmaster by Brian Turner

How to choose forum moderators

This week, someone on one of my forums offered to moderate. He’s a relatively new member, quite friendly, just a couple dozen posts, joined about two months. Fine. I’ll make a note of it.
The following day, someone joined up, posted some general profanity on the thread. Within minutes, the member who […]





Preserve your branding with domain names

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Filed under: Business, Webmaster by Brian Turner

Domain names to preserve internet branding

If there’s one mistake you don’t want to make when setting up business online, it’s not having control of your online identity.
And one of the simplest ways you can do this is by only registering one domain.
When a client of mine was recently looking to change his business name, he […]





How to build a successful online community

Link: How to build a successful online community

Filed under: Business, Webmaster by Brian Turner

Building up a forum

Building a community: a hard work earning opportunity
Forums as a permission marketing opportunity
Blogs vs forums as a marketing opportunity
The difficulties of building community momentum
Tips on growing a community
Conclusion

Recently, one of the forums I built and admin reached over 100,000 posts . With over 2,500 members, it’s already the largest forum of its […]





How to respond to a DMCA complaint

Link: How to respond to a DMCA complaint

Filed under: Business, Webmaster by Brian Turner

DMCA
In the event that you are faced with a DMCA complaint and notified of this, then the first thing to realise is that you have now entered a process, and that to resolve the situation, you must play out the process according to its defined provisions.
Obviously, if you are made aware of a real complaint […]





Blog software platforms

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Filed under: Webmaster, Reviews by Brian Turner

There are a number of different options of blog platform to use when looking to set up a blog - not least MovableType and Wordpress, as well as Typepad and Blogger.
However, with blog software hosted with a third party, as with Typepad and Blogger, you have far less control of how to present your content, […]





Web Directories

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Filed under: Business, SEO, Webmaster by Brian Turner

Best Internet Directories
Most directories offer minimal traffic. If you’re looking for lots of sales, don’t ever rely on a single directory. And even submission to a large number of directories isn’t going to bring in a great number of sales leads.
That’s because most surfers don’t usually turn to a directory to find a site - […]





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