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How to Remove Negative Information About Yourself

What happens when someone googles your name or your companies name? These days more and more people are using the Internet to perform their own “background checks”. If negative, embarrassing, or bad information comes up when your name is googled it could really hurt you and your business. Don’t you wish that this negative information could be hidden?

There are a lot of companies that claim they can remove negative information about you and clean up your online reputation for a fee. I’m not really sure if these companies work or not but I can give you free information of how you can remove negative information posted about you or your business on the Internet.

First, you should contact the websites owner to see if they will remove the negative information. You can find the website’s owner by looking at the websites contact page to email the webmaster. If there is no contact page, look up who owns the domain name to get their email address. Politely send them an email to request that the negative information be removed. Give them atleast a week to respond to your request. The webmasters of Forums and other online communities are reasonable and most likely will comply. 

If the siteowner can’t/won’t remove the posting the next best thing that you can do is exchange links with other websites to create a lot of anchored text links with your name as the keyword (which links back to your website) and hope that these new links out rank the bad ones that you don’t want to be shown during a normal website search.

If you do enough links you may be able to ”bury” the bad information. Google doesn’t show all web pages for a particular keyword. It shows only some. I’m not guaranteeing that this will work for every instance but it’s definitely worth a shot!



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August 8th, 2008 at 8:42 am | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

Creating Your Own Free Flash Website With An Online Website Builder

If you would like to create your own flash website but don’t know how to use the (Macromedia) Adobe Flash program, you can use our online free flash sitebuilder tool. Visit the sitebuilder here: Sitebuilders are great because they help the average person to create a website without having to know html or any programming languages.

Our free site builder tool allows you to design a business or personal website at no cost to you and maintain the website yourself. The sitebuilder tool is very easy to use and to navigate. All that is required is that you must have your own web hosting service so that you can upload your completed website to it. No html editor is needed since you are using the online website builder. The text part of your website can be edited using Notepad, Wordpad, Microsoft Word, or similar text editors. Here’s an example of the free flash website: http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/sitebuilder/hoover/index.html

Follow these simple steps to create your own flash website:

1) Register to receive login and password via email. We won’t share you email address with anyone. Be sure you put in your correct address because if you don’t you won’t receive your password.
2) Login and select a business or personal website design. For this example we’ll say you choose a business flash website. Click Next Step.
3) Enter the title of your business web site. For this example, I’ll say Hoover Web Design and click Next Step.

- Here’s where we select the different colors to be used in the flash website. Don’t worry too much about this because you can go back and edit the colors later on.

4) Next you’ll need to select a color for your website’s title. Choose black or #000000 and click Next Step.
5) Now you’ll need to select a color to be displayed behind the site title. Let’s choose White or #FFFFFF and click Next Step.
6) Now let’s choose what color the site’s text will be shown in. Choose black or #000000 and click Next Step.
7) Now let’s choose the navigational bar’s background color. Choose gray or #CCCCCC and click Next Step.
8) Now let’s choose the navigational bar’s text color. Choose black or #000000 and click Next Step.
9) Now select a picture to be displayed on your website and click Next Step.
10)You can choose to use background music on your website template if you want it. There are 5 predetermined song tracks to choose from. Click on one of the 5 music tracks to hear what the song sounds like. Keep in mind your website visitors will hear this music loop each time they visit your website. Your visitors can turn the music off if they wish.

- Here’s where you’ll enter your page content. Don’t worry too much about the text because you can go back later and edit the information. Codes that can be used are: <font color=”#000000″> - Change Font Color, <BR> - Line Break <P> - Paragraph <B> - Bold Text.

11) Enter the content for your home page, welcome your site visitors to your website and click Next Step.
12) Enter the content for the about page, write background information about your business and click Next Step.
13) Enter the content for the services page, write about the services that you offer and click Next Step.
14) Enter the content for the links page and click Next Step. Note clickable web links need to be written in the following manner: <a href=”http://www.hooverwebdesign.com” target=”blank”>Hoover Web Design</a>.
15) Enter your contact email and click Next Step. Note clickable email links need to be written in the following manner: <a href=”mailto:webmaster@hooverwebdesign.com”>webmaster@hooverwebdesign.com</a>.
16) Now you may preview your website. Click on each of the navigational links to see how your pages will look.
17) Now click on next step copy the information posted on the screen that starts with &site…. Copy all of this information. Open Wordpad, Notepad or other text editors and paste the information that you copied into a blank document. Save this document as website.txt. This control file will tell the flash website what text is to be displayed, what colors are to be used, etc. Finally click Next Step one final time and the flash website files will be emailed to you.
18) Once you’ve received the files in your email, upload all of the files along with the website.txt control file to your web hosting space. That’s it!Â

How To Edit Your Free Flash Website

If you want to edit the text in your website, simply open the website.txt file in your text editor like Notepad, Wordpad, etc. Change the text as you need, save the file and upload to your web host again. There is no need to come back to Hoover Web Design to edit your website but we’d love to see you come back.  You can also change out the colors that you selected in the website. View a color chart here: http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/templates/html-color-chart.html.

Note if you want to use a different image in your website template, you can replace the file called image_4.jpg with your own 240×220 sized image. I recommend that you add your logo or something else related to your business so that you can make your flash template look more unique.

If you want to use a website builder that is more advanced in nature, I have reviewed some of the top website builders available online. As I said before, all website builders allow you to point and click to build your website just like our basic flash sitebuilder. Some sitebuilders help you to build basic sites easily and others allow you to do complex functions like selling your own goods and services online.  More information about web site builders can be found here: http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/websitebuilder.html.



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August 7th, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

Free Blog Update Notifications

I ran across Google Alerts today. Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google search results (web, news, blogs, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

As an example, you can get automatic email updates of when we update our blog with new posts by visiting the following url:


Just add in your email address and you’ll be sent a verification email to confirm your subscription. Keep the email handy so that you can cancel the subscription when you want to.



August 7th, 2008 at 12:20 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

How to Check Your Websites Page Rank

Google’s Pagerank is designed to allocate authority or weight to individual web pages. Pagerank is updated about 4 times a year and the formula is secret.

The higher your web page’s pagerank the more authorative your website is being seen by the Google Search Engine. A website’s pagerank can be from 0 to 10 based on popularity.

To check the page rank of any website go to: http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/tools/multi-rank-checker/ and enter the website’s url in the “Enter Domain” box.



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August 6th, 2008 at 9:13 am | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

How to Block Low Paying Ads with the Adsense Preview Tool

Have you noticed that your cost per click has gone down recently? Well, you may be displaying ads for low paying advertisers. If you wonder how to spot low paying advertisers, read on…

The AdSense Preview Tool allows you to check the destination of ads on your page without the risk of invalid clicks. Clicks and impressions from the Adsense Preview Tool are not applied to the advertiser’s account. You can click through to the target website without worrying about invalid clicks being generated on your account.

Download the Adsense Preview Tool from here:

Now that you can safely look at the ads that are being displaying on the pages of your site, you can visit some of the advertisers websites to determine if the ads are low paying. Sometimes you can tell if an advertiser is low paying by the content of their website. If all you see is ads and no real content on the advertisers website, more than likely the website is a MFA (Made for Adsense) website. Some of these websites pay a penny a click. Besides this, you might not want your website visitors to leave your website to visit a site that offers no real content. Shopping sites, directories and communities can also be low paying.

You can also check out http://www.adsblacklist.com/ to see which ads others have reported as being low paying by other site owners. I went to several high traffic pages on my website and pasted some of the advertiser urls into the search box. I was surprised to see that some of the advertisers that I had suspected were lowing were listed in the database as low paying.

I gotta say before you block any ads make sure you do so with caution because this may impact your revenue negatively. You should always do a test to see how your revenue is impacted. I am actually running a test right now to determine how the competitive ad filer is impacting my revenues. For this week I am conducting my own test. I am using the competitive ad filter to block low paying ads the way I mentioned above. Next week I will remove all of the ads in my competitive ad filter list and see if I earn more money or less money. I’m keeping track of each days, impressions, clicks and revenue. It will be really hard because some advertisers I want to block because they are MFA websites, list their telephone numbers in their ads, are direct competitors or monopolize all of the ad spots on my pages.

More help and information about the Adsense Preview Tool can be found here: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?topic=160



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August 6th, 2008 at 6:40 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

How to Tell if Your Blog Post has been Indexed

You’ve just written a brilliant blog post and now all you have to do is wait for the post to be indexed by search engines. Below you’ll find a few methods that you can use to check and see if your blog post has been indexed by Google:

Go to http://blogsearch.google.com/. In the search box, type in your blog post title or keywords for example, “adsense urban legends”. To see all of your blog posts which are indexed type in the following:


Replace hooverwebdesign.com with your blogs url.

or Go to http://www.google.com/. In the search box, type in your blog post title or keywords for example, “adsense urban legends“. Either method will tell you if your blog post has been indexed and is searchable by web surfers.  Enjoy!GinaContent © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

August 5th, 2008 at 9:47 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Alphabet Photography

I ran across the coolest website today and I had to tell you guys about it. It’s called Alphabet Photography and offers personalized name art. You can type in your name,  click “create” and the program will combine several different sepia-toned photographs and spell your name out.

The photographs will contain pictures of buildings, metals, glass, things you see in nature, etc. that resemble letters. Really it’s just random images that spell out your name. If you don’t like the pictures that are displayed, you click on the “create” button once again and another random set of photographs will be displayed.

The cost at this writing is $4 per photograph or per letter in the name, which is very affordable. You do have to buy your own 4×6 frames for the photos. If you have a short name that’s fine and you can probably find a picture frame with a matte that holds more than one picture. It looks like the photos are mailed to you within 2-4 weeks. Here’s what my name looked like:

personalized name art gift

This is a great gift idea. I definitely want to get one. Go check out the site: http://www.alphabetphotography.ca.



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August 5th, 2008 at 9:05 am | Comments & Trackbacks (2) | Permalink

Google Search Engine Penalties

Have you noticed a significant decrease in the amount of your website’s traffic? Have you seen that there are much less website surfers coming from the Google Search Engine?

This may be a temporary thing as search engine rankings fluctuate on a daily basis. If the problem continues, you may have been hit with a search engine penalty. You can tell that you have been hit with a penalty because besides your loss of position in the SERPs, you won’t rank for your own domain name and your PR will drop significantly.

You can get hit with a Search Engine Penalty for a number of reasons but most reasons are for doing something bad to trick the search engines or maniuplate your rankings using blackhat tactics.

Here are a list of some of the common search engine penalties with a brief description:

Google -50 Penalty
What is the Google -50 penalty? A website or page suddenly drops 50 places in the
Google results,  hence the term “-50 penalty”.

Google 950 penalty
What is the Google 950 penalty? A website or page suddenly drops to the last
page of Google results, a loss of approximately 950 places, hence the term
“950 penalty”.

Search Engine Banning
Exclusion from the Search Engine.

Now that you know what search engine penalties are, below are the things you might be doing that can get a dreaded penalty on your website:

  • Duplicate Content.
  • Buying and selling links (sitewide links).
  • Issues such as linking to banned/bad websites.
  • Hidden links and text on your website.
  • Too high a density for an anchored keyword.
  • Shared ip address with a spammer.
  • Incorrect Redirects.
  • Doorway pages.
  • Blog and Guestbook Spam.

The good news is most of Google’s penalties are automatic, and once you remove the offending factors, the penalties will be automatically lifted. You’ll just have to wait until the penalty is lifted. If you’ve learned from the error of your ways and want to get the penalty lifted, CLEAN UP YOUR ACT. Once you’re sure you’ve done this, request reinclusion in the Google Index at http://www.google.com/support/bin/request.py. Let Google know that you’ve fixed the problem(s) and don’t plan on doing it again.

Good luck!


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August 5th, 2008 at 7:26 am | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

Adsense Urban Legends

Do you ever hear other webmasters making these weird, almost unbelieveable statements about the Google Adsense program that sound ridiculous?  But then when you think about it, you don’t know if they are right or not? After all, any thing is possible!  Truth be told, below are some of the more common Adsense Urban Legends that have been floating around for a while. 

Myth #1 - If you login to check your earnings too frequently, it will decrease your earnings.

False. Now matter how frequently or infrequently you login to check your stats it will not affect your income one way or another.

Myth #2 - If you are banned from Adsense you can fool Google and get another account using someone else’s name and contact information.

False. Google will eventually find out and ban you again…right before you reach $100 and are due a payment. Try an alternative like Kontera, CJ, Bidvertiser, etc.

Myth #3 - If you put a fresh adsense code on your page your earning are higher in the first few days than the rest of the time they are in service.

Not true. If this does happen it’s a coincidence.

Myth #4 - If you use an amatuerish design on your website you can get more clicks by making the visitors wanting to go somewhere else.

False. While this may work in the short run, if you use a poor design your site visitiors will leave disappointed and you’ll risk getting any returning users.

Myth #5 - You can get away with cheating by clicking your own ads or asking friends or family members to click the ads for you.

False. You’ll get banned.

Myth #6 - Everytime Adsense goes down for Site Maintenance on Saturdays, ad revenue is impacted negatively.

False. Ads still appear on your website and earnings continue to be tracked in your account even though you can’t login.

Myth #7 - If you use Adsense you’ll rank higher in the search engines.

False. Too bad that one isn’t true. Using Adsense and your search engine ranking do not have anything to do with one another.

Myth #8 - Google ranks business websites lower so that they’ll have to use Adwords to get decent traffic.

False. You don’t have to use Adwords to get good traffic. Concentrate on achieving natural search engine listings by adding descriptive meta tags to your pages and building links with similar websites.

Now for some true facts:

#1  - You can make hundreds of dollars a Day with Adsense.

True. With the right website, niche, ad placement and crazy traffic you can make hundreds of dollars a day with Adsense. 

Two examples:  http://www.plentyoffish.com and http://www.shoemoney.com.

#2  - You don’t have to cheat to make money with Adsense.

True. Hard work, unique content, website traffic and finely tuned ad placement are all you need to be successful with Adsense.



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August 4th, 2008 at 8:11 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

What To Do With Keywords

Keywords help search engines index your website’s page so that web surfers can find what it is they are looking for. Keywords are a brief description of what your page about. A keyword can also contain a phrase. For example some of my website’s keywords would be “memphis web design” or “professional web design”. When selecting keywords for your website, just think about what the subject of your website is and what visitors might type in their Internet search box to get to your website.

Be sure to put your website’s keywords in the following 5 areas:

1) Page Title
2) Meta Tag Title
3) Meta Tag Description
4) Meta Tag Keywords
5) H1, H2 Headings


If you use images repeat the word or phrase in the images Alt text
If you are linking to other pages, the link text should contain the keywords as well.

Keywords are very important to the success of your website. If you have the wrong keywords listed, web surfers might not be able to find your page or if they do find your page they may be looking for something that you do not have.

When choosing keywords for your website, try to choose keywords that are less competitive. The reason for this is that it may be hard to rank well in the search engines for very competitive terms. Many websites are older than your website is and have more links than you have. Choosing less competitive keywords can help with this.

Here’s an example, “professional web design” is a very competitive term. My site ranks 1 out of 28,800,000 websites. If someone else wanted to rank well for professional web design they might have a difficult time beating out the 28,800,000 other websites. So, instead of trying to beat out those websites, you might try different keywords like “professional web design memphis” or whatever state you service. This is more detailed and the websites that are listed for this search term is about 437,000, which is significantly less than 28,800,000. It’s also specifically what the web surfer may be looking for.



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August 2nd, 2008 at 8:35 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink