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Looking Into Why Search Engines Like Links

Thousands of site owners have experienced the frustration of not being able to get search engines to index their sites. You build a Web site, you do your best to optimize it for the search engines, you [more…]

Personal Checks for eBay Purchases

Personal checks are the easiest way for eBay auction buyers to make payments. They can just dash off a check, put it in the mail, and bam, you're paid. But it's not always as easy for the seller. You have [more…]

Using VoIP with Your Cable Modem

Cable modems provide Internet connectivity through the hybrid fiber-coaxial carrier services infrastructure (HFC CSI). The HFC CSI was originally designed to deliver television signals to the residential [more…]

Keep Track of Transactions on My eBay Page

The first tool eBay gives you is your My eBay page. Every time you sign on to the site, this page will pop up on your screen with a cheery, "My eBay — Hello, [more…]

What Are Blogs, Anyway?

The word blog is actually a combination of two other words — Web and log — so if it sounds made up, that’s because it is. A blog is a chronologically ordered series of Web site updates, written and organized [more…]

Seeing What Skype Can Do for You

Skype can dramatically alter how you exchange information, how you meet new people, and how you interact with friends, family, and colleagues. Although you can make calls on Skype, there is oh so much [more…]

What Is Spyware, Anyway?

Spyware is software or a software configuration that gathers information about a person or organization without permission or knowledge. Spyware does this often by just peeking, but other times, it spies [more…]

Giving Search Engines Something to Read

You don't necessarily have to pick through the HTML code for your Web page to evaluate how search-engine-friendly it is. You can find out a lot just by looking at the Web page in the browser. Determine [more…]

Addressing Ajax Design Issues

Ajax is a new ball of wax when it comes to Web applications, and as such, new rules about how the interface should and shouldn't work are emerging. Those rules have not been formalized yet, but the Ajax [more…]

Considering a Flickr Site

Photo sharing is one of the greatest uses of the Web. Flickr is the most popular photo-sharing Web site around, largely because it's so easy to use.

Photos have a mixed track record on the Web. Scanning [more…]

Setting Outlook Express to Check for E-Mail

Normally, when you launch Outlook Express, the program doesn't automatically tell you when you have new email. You have to click the Send/Recv button on the toolbar. If you want, you can have Outlook Express [more…]

Streamlining Your Web Site's Navigation

A good Web site is designed so that users can navigate easily and intuitively and create their own paths to find the information most relevant to them. As you start to work on the design for your Web pages [more…]

Choosing and Using Spyware Blockers

You have a significant challenge right now: You need to choose a good spyware-blocking program. These days, standards for what good spyware-blocking software should do are still taking shape, and few good [more…]

Get Set: HTML Horse Sense

People used to refer to common sense as "horse sense." Most things about HTML fall under the realm of horse sense. After you see HTML tags a few times, most of the rules [more…]

Canning Spam with AOL 9.0

Great news! After our many years of sighing, grumbling, and grousing, the America Online developers finally heard our collective cries. AOL 9.0 gives members their first real weapons to fight junk e-mail [more…]

Linking Basics

Web hyperlinks — the connections that let you go from one Web page to another with a single click — are the key to what makes the Web great. They also can be a bit complicated to create, test, and maintain [more…]

How to Create Lists on a Blog

You can create three types of lists for a blog: unordered lists, ordered lists, and definition lists. Creating lists on your blog organizes information and makes information easier to read. [more…]

How to Develop a Successful Blog

Blogs are quick and easy to set up, but you need a plan and a process to maintain a great blog. To create a successful blog, you have to think about why and how you’re blogging to stay on track toward [more…]

How to Use eBay to Shop for Digital Cameras and Equipment

eBay is a great place to locate digital camera equipment at a price you’re willing to pay. You can find older digital cameras and lenses, as well as difficult-to-find accessories on eBay. To use eBay successfully [more…]

Figuring Out How Content Ad Placement Works

PPC as a business began with search-engine placement; ads are placed on search-results pages after someone searches, based on the keywords the person entered into the search engine. [more…]

Taking a Look at What WebEx Offers

We've come a long way from the first meeting, which probably occurred when a few cavemen sat around a fire discussing the pros and cons of hunting saber-toothed tigers. We've replaced their grunts with [more…]

Give Your eBay Customers Descriptive Details

New eBay sellers sometimes include too little information in their item descriptions, leaving potential buyers wondering . . . and perhaps, walking away from a purchase. In addition to every significant [more…]

Shopping eBay the Machiavellian Way

When you've shopped eBay for a while, you will know the user IDs of many of the people you bid against in auctions. Don't be surprised that other people in the eBay universe have the same quirky interests [more…]

Keep eBay Contact Info Current

eBay members have user IDs rather than expose their e-mail addresses for all to see. However, you must supply eBay with your contact information. When you register with eBay, its software immediately checks [more…]

Eccentric Sites for Eccentric Travelers

One of the drawbacks of getting travel information from the Internet is that much of the information was put there by corporate hotel chains that want to sell you something. These sites are devoted strictly [more…]