Help the Googlebot understand your web site

I can see “a few” tips I definitely need to check through sooner or later. Hopefully sooner. (Thanks Chris!)

When authoring a web site, keep in mind that the Googlebot is software, which means it has a set of capabilities and limitations and algorithms it uses to index content. There are lots of effective ways to trip up the Googlebot and make it impossible for it to index your content. Alternately, the Googlebot can index your site well, and then people will find it when searching for words it contains.

As a web site author, there are a few simple things you can do to help the Googlebot understand your web site as fully as possible.

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Create PDF files for free

Update: I’ve switched to PDFCreator. It’s Open Source, stable, and it hasn’t tied up my print spooler like CutePDF Writer has.

Print from just about anywhere through a PDF driver, then save it as a file. Type a word document just the way you want, convert to PDF, then email to whomever you want. They’ll see it exactly the way you want them to. No catch – it’s free! [CutePDF Writer]

nLite – a GUI Windows install customizer

I finally convinced myself to clean install Windows XP, so I decided to try out nLite to see how well it worked. For some background:

MSFN’s Unattended XP CD

It takes quite a bit to do step 2 and 3 on that site, which requires manually typing some batch files and stuff. nLite is different because it allows you to do essentially all from a GUI (Graphical User Interface).

All that’s really required is the .NET Framework and a CD burner. I had already slipstreamed SP2 (Service Pack 2) onto my Windows XP CD, so all I had to do was go through the other prompts.

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I procrastinate too much

I got a bunch of stuff coming up next week for all of my classes: two exams and a poem to be memorized. I’m not even close to being prepared. So, I came home after my two classes for today and stumbled onto this site properly named Study Guides and Strategies. I really need to create some good habits now or it’ll just keep getting worse and worse. Possibly, it might pass onto my children if I don’t sow good seeds now. Just something to think about…

Use your keyboard more!

Why go back and forth from mouse to keyboard when you can do quite a few things on the keyboard. That way, you can work faster. Time is money, right?

Here’s a few ones I use most:

  • Ctrl+C: Copy
  • Ctrl+V: Paste
  • Ctrl+X: Cut
  • Ctrl+Z: Undo
  • Alt+Tab: Switch between applications
  • Windows Key+D: Minimize all windows and view the desktop

In Internet Explorer or Firefox:

  • F6: Move cursor selection to the address bar
  • Ctrl+Enter: Automatically add http:// and .com before and after whatever word you type

In Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Display Properties > Appearance > Effects, then uncheck “Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key“. Then, wherever you see an underlined letter within Windows (like the menus), just press Alt then the corresponding letter…see?

I dont know why, but I felt compelled to write this since there’s been quite a few friends that I see use the mouse when they don’t have to. You know who you are…

Late night homework cram session

I have a lot of homework I need to do by tomorrow. Lots of reading, a two-page paper to type up, a bunch of accounting problems…just a lot of stuff.

I had some things to do before 10pm. But after that, I went to Starbucks to get a Venti Non-fat No-whip Mocha, then headed for Denny’s in hopes to keep awake for at least three hours. The waitress got me a nice quiet table near the back.

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