Learn about web site design and development, affilite programs, SEO, search engines, Google, and more.

Whimsical Greeting Cards

I made 3 new whimsical greeting cards. The front of the greeting cards have whimsical illustrations drawn of faries, sprites and other winged fantasy creatures.

Like the other greeting cards, the inside of the cards are blank and ready for you to add your own verbal expressions.

View a few samples of the greeting cards below:

whimsical greeting card templates

Look for Labor Day and Halloween greeting cards in the next few days.



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 15th, 2008 at 5:28 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Greeting Cards That Celebrate The Past

I’ve been busy beefing up my free printable greeting cards page. I’ve recently added several new categories of greeting cards to celebrate the past. I added 7 new 1950’s style greeting cards with phrases such as, “You’re My One and Only”, “You’re So Cool” and more. The cards have all kinds of fifties style clipart images like leather jackets, greasers, 50’s style automobiles and more.

You’ll find 7 new 1950’s nostalgic style cards with phrases like: “Cruising With You Is So Much Fun”, “You Make Me Wanna Dance”, and “I Only Have Eyes For You”.

There are 5 new vintage greeting cards that contain old sepia tone photographs from the 1900’s.

Finally, there are 5 Classic or Early American Greeting card templates.

1950 fifties greeting cards

The greeting card templates are quarter fold greetings, meaning you fold an 8 1/2 sheet of paper in half and then fold it in half again to create a single greeting card. The inside of the card is blank and ready for your to write in your own text. If you ever go to a crafts store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby there are all sorts of embellishments that you can buy to add to your card to give it that personal touch.

You’ll notice that I have split the greeting cards index page up into categories to make it easier for you to find the printable greeting cards that you’re looking for. I hope that helps.

View all of our greeting cards.



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 15th, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Blog Comments Moderation Tip

Have you received multiple comments on your blog which are the same? Does it look like the commenter is submitting their comment over and over again? The reason may be that they don’t know your blog is moderated. If your blog is moderated it’s nice to let blog commenters know before they place a comment, that the blog is moderated and their comment will not be posted on your website until you approve it. Here’s how to do it:

Open comments.php from the blog theme that you use. For me, I would open comments.php from blog/wp-content/themes/thoughts-20/comments.php.

Look for the following code:

<h3 id=”respond”>Leave a Reply</h3>

Just below this you can add a message that tells the commenter that the comments are moderated and that it’s not necessary to post more than once. Here’s an example:

<h3 id=”respond”>Leave a Reply</h3>
<p>Note, all comments are moderated. If you do not see your comment, please be patient as the admin has to approve it before it is posted on this website. Spam comments are not posted. Thank you.<br />
<br />
Hoover Web Design.</p>

Save the file and upload the updated comments.php file to blogs your web server.

You can make up your own text to use and replace Hoover Web Design with your own websites name. While I was in the comments file, I also added the code for the Kontera affiliate program. Adding the Kontera code to this file makes the ads be displayed only on pages where visitors can leave a comment. No ads are displayed on my blogs home page, category pages or archives. I tried to use the Kontera WordPress plug in before but it never worked for me.



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 14th, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

Get Rid of Irrelevant Ads by Using Google’s Section Targeting

Google’s ad serving technology is supposed to deliver relevant ads based on the text and HTML content of your web page. Sometimes the words on your pages don’t necessarily have anything to do with the type of ads that should be served.

Here’s an example, I sell web templates with themes such as automotive, wedding, swimming pools etc. It sucks when I look at my pages and see ads for mechanics, auto parts, wedding gowns, swimming pools, etc. displaying on my pages. My visitors are looking for web templates related items, and not the later. More than likely my site visitors will not click on the ads that are untargeted, which will lower my click through rate. Also in a sense the advertisers will have their ads displayed without it costing them anything.

To help fix this problem you can try to use Section Targeting. Section Targeting allows you to suggest certain sections of your text and html content that you’d like Google to emphasize on or downplay when matching ads to your pages content. By providing using section targeting, you can improve your ad targeting.

The HTML tags to emphasize a page section take the following format:

<!– google_ad_section_start –>

<!– google_ad_section_end –>

You can also designate sections you’d like to have ignored by adding a (weight=ignore) to the starting tag:

<!– google_ad_section_start(weight=ignore) –>

<!– google_ad_section_end –>

Google says it may take up to 2 weeks for the crawler to notice the change in your page.

Read more about Section Targeting here:



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 13th, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Small Business Web Hosting Services

If you are just starting out with a basic web presence and find that your small business needs web hosting, Hoover Web Design can help you. First of all for a brief description of web hosting.  Web Hosting is monthly space that you rent on a web server allows you to have the files for your website stored on the Internet and accessible by whomever you choose.

We have several hosting plans for you to choose from and one should fit your needs:

  • Starter Hosting Plan, for those just starting out. Offers 40 megs of disk space and 16 gigs of bandwidth.
  • Standard Hosting Plan, for the standard user. Offers 400 megs of disk space and 40 gigs of bandwidth.
  • Advanced Hosting Plan, for the advanced user. Offers 4000 megs of disk space and 80 gigs of bandwidth.
  • Extreme Hosting Plan, Offers 14,000 megs of disk space and 240 gigs of bandwidth.

All of our web hosting accounts come with a user friendly control panel which will allow you to maintain your own website. Built in scripts include a forum, guest book, web counter, etc.

We also have several low cost budget hosting plans available at: http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/webhosting.html

For more information about Hoover’s Hosting Plans go here:



August 12th, 2008 at 12:05 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


One of my favorite shows to watch is Intervention. It’s a show on A&E which shows people who use/abuse drugs and prescription drugs.

Their family and friends get together for an intervention to help them understand that they need to go into a drug treatment facility to get help getting off of the drugs. Mostly all of these people have been through some really terrible stuff in their life and they turn to drugs to “lessen” the pain. 

I totally understand where they are coming from. When you hear their stories is breaks your heart. But also, they can’t see that they are hurting themselves and those around them. Overall I think this show is a good thing because it’s helping people. They had a lady on last night, Allison inhaled computer keyboard duster. You could tell it affected her brain cells (lets hope not permanently) and they said if she kept it up her lungs would explode. I was sure they wouldn’t get her to agree to go to treatment but at the end of the show she did. She looked great and you could tell she was more at peace with herself. Some of my favorites from the show were Charles, Emily, Dan, Chad and Marie.

I know the show can’t cure anyone but at least they help you to be on the right track. I think it also serves as a deterant to young people who want to try drugs. If you see how difficult it is to get off of them and the way that you act while you’re on them, maybe you won’t try them.

Well, if you haven’t seen the show, you should check it out.



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design

August 12th, 2008 at 11:38 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Elvis Week 2008

If you live anywhere around Memphis, Tennessee you know that this week is Elvis Week. This tribute to Elvis runs from August 9 through August 17th this year. There are all kinds of tourists visiting Memphis now. Several events, which take place each year on or around the anniversary of Elvis’ death on August 16, 1977, include tribute concerts, movies, an Elvis Expo and more.

The most popular gathering for Elvis Week is the annual Candlelight Vigil which will be held on August 15th at 8:30pm. That is really a sight to see. Thousands of the King’s fans walk up his driveway through the open gates to Elvis’ grave and back down again carrying a candle. It lasts throughout the night and until the next morning. Each fan get’s a chance to pay tribute to Elvis.

For more information about other Elvis Week events visit the website:


You know the other day I saw a live concert with Elvis on PBS. What I think they did was isolate his voice from the band’s music that he used at the time and had a live band play while they showed a video of him singing. I wonder what he’d think of giving a concert after being dead for 31 years.



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 12th, 2008 at 11:37 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Banned by Google Because of Invalid Clicks?

If you have joined the Google Adsense program I’m sure you’ve heard webmasters explain how they have been banned from the Google Adsense Program for invalid clicks but swear they haven’t click their own ads. Well here’s some good news. Google updated their blog the other day with a post that explains exactly what invalid clicks are. From Google’s blog:

“Invalid clicks are clicks for which we decide not to charge our AdWords advertisers, since they may artificially drive up advertiser cost or publisher revenue. These include extraneous clicks without any value to the advertiser, such as the second click of a double-click. They also include many other types of clicks that we’ve determined aren’t motivated by genuine user interest.”

What does this mean? The key phrase is, “clicks that we’ve determined aren’t motivated by genuine user interest“. In short, it could mean Google believes that you are clicking your own ads, you’re telling someone to click your ads, or get this…..perhaps your ad placement is in such a way that users will click on the ads but not really be interested in the ad. Reasons for this could be any of the following:

  • a placement that looks too much like the ads are a part of your navigation
  • a note above the ads that suggests the ad is to be clicked. For example, placing this text above an ad: “Explore the areas of our site below:” - This may seem harmless but it would result in an invalid click.
  • a note suggesting that you visit our sponsors. I’ve seen a website who offered downloads but only after you click on one of the sponsors ads.
  • a placement that conceits mainly of ads and no real content i.e. a MFA website.

All of the above can result in invalid clicks and get you banned from Adsense. With this new bit of information, now’s a good time to review your ad placements to make sure you’re not inadvertently setting up invalid clicks on your websites.



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 11th, 2008 at 7:15 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Meta Tags Guidelines

When you want to increase search engine traffic to your website your first plan of action should be making sure your meta tags are set up properly.  Meta Tags are very important to bringing in targeted search engine traffic to your website. This doesn’t cost you any money and is a SEO (search engine optimization) technique that you can do yourself.

When you are setting up the meta tags on each your web pages, following are some guidelines to tell you how many characters and keywords you can use inside of each meta tag:

<META NAME=”title” CONTENT=”your page title here”>

- This is the title meta tag. It should be a MAX 65 characters in length.
- Recommended: site title + 3-5 descriptive keywords.

<META NAME=”description” CONTENT=”post your sites description here”>

- This is the description meta tag. It should be a MAX of 165 characters in length.
- Recommended: should contain one or two of you keyword/keyword phrases.

<META NAME=”keywords” CONTENT=”keyword1, keyword2, keyword3″>

- This is the description meta tag. It should be a MAX of 255 characters in length.
- Recommended: use 10 words, don’t list your keyword more than 3x.

For more information about keywords, read our blog post about what to do with keywords.



Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 10th, 2008 at 4:58 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Download a free Dolphin themed website template

My family and I went to Florida for vacation a few weeks ago. I took this great picture of a dolphin swiming in the water and decided to use it to make a free web template.

If you’d like to use this free dolphin themed web template in your website designs, you can download it from here:

http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/cgi-bin/tracker.cgi?ammo=freebie94.zip .

Here’s a preview of the template:

free dolphin themed web template 

More of our free web templates are located here:




Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 8th, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink