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2008 NCAA Tournament Bracket

It’s March Madness time again. 3 weeks of nothing but basketball leading up to the Final Four.! Do you think you can pick the right winners for the 2008 men’s basketball tournament?  Manage your men’s basketball predictions by downloading a free NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket below.

Printable 2008 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Whatever bracketology or method of predicting you use to rank the 65 college basketball teams in the tournament just remember there’s always next year. :)



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March 17th, 2008 at 6:21 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

This site may harm your computer…

A while ago I was checking out the search engine rankings on one of my websites. I did a Google search for the site and was shocked to find that the site had a warning message above the listing which said, “This site may harm your computer”. The link to my website wasn’t even clickable.  Yikes! I checked my email and sure enough I had the following email from Google Search Quality:


Dear site owner or webmaster of mysitename .net,

We recently discovered that some of your pages can cause users to be
infected with malicious software. We have begun showing a warning page
to users who visit these pages by clicking a search result on Google.com.
Below is an example URL on your site which can cause users to be
infected (space inserted to prevent accidental clicking in case your
mail client auto-links URLs):

http://www.mysitename .net/

Here is a link to a sample warning page:
(this link has since been removed)

We strongly encourage you to investigate this immediately to protect
your visitors. Although some sites intentionally distribute malicious
software, in many cases the webmaster is unaware because:

1) the site was compromised
2) the site doesn’t monitor for malicious user-contributed content
3) the site displays content from an ad network that has a malicious

If your site was compromised, it’s important to not only remove the
malicious (and usually hidden) content from your pages, but to also
identify and fix the vulnerability. We suggest contacting your hosting
provider if you are unsure of how to proceed. StopBadware also has a
resource page for securing compromised sites:

Once you’ve secured your site, you can request that the warning be
removed by visiting
http://www.stopbadware.org/home/review and
requesting a review. StopBadware and Google will jointly investigate
and reply to you with our findings. If your site is no longer harmful
to users, we will remove the warning.

Google Search Quality Team


I knew that I wasn’t distributing any malware. On my home page I noticed a weird javascript error in my browser. I knew the page should not have any errorrs. I uploaded a new copy of the page and then the javascript error went away.  After investigating it turned out that I had a script with incorrect file permissions set and this allowed someone to go in and install malware on my website without my knowledge.

I have a lot of websites so I didn’t catch on to this. I’m very glad that Google advised me of the situation. The last thing I want to do is to give viruses to my site visitors. I fixed the file permissions problem and made sure my website was secure again.

Next I visited the Stopbadware site and requested a review. I explained how my site was hacked through the script and how I fixed the permissions issue. The next day I received a confirmation that they checked my site and it was free from badware. The message was removed from the search results in a about a week. 



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March 16th, 2008 at 7:11 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

How to Create an XML Sitemap

A sitemap contains a list of all of the pages that are on a particular website.  It is useful because you can submit the sitemap to search engines to let them know when you have added a new page instead of submitting your pages one by one. Sitemaps help search engine crawlers to index your site faster and crawl other pages of your website.

Here are step by step instructions on creating a sitemap:

1. Visit the XML Sitemaps website.

2. Enter your web address.

3. Copy (Ctrl+A) (Ctrl+C) the contents that are in the window which reads,

“XML Sitemap Content (XX pages):”

4. Open a text editor such as Word Pad or Note Pad and paste (Ctrl+V) the contents into a blank document.

5. Save the document into your web folder as  sitemap.xml.

6. Upload the sitemap to your website.

That’s it, now you can submit your sitemap to Google , Yahoo or where ever you would like.

If you are like me and you manually add in urls to your site map, be careful. I edit my sitemap manually because in certain directories I only want to have a few pages included in my sitemap so I block out the entire directory and manually add the pages that I want shown in the sitemap.  I use my sitemap tool to generate the sitemap and then for directories where I only wanted the few pages to be shown, I add in the code manually for my pages like this:


 I made the mistake one day of adding one of my subdomains like this:


This gave my sitemap an error in Google Webmaster Tools. Oops. I fixed it right away by adding a new sitemap without the subdomain included.

So don’t add a subdomain to your sitemap. A subdomain needs it own sitemap.



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March 15th, 2008 at 7:21 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

17 Month Old Baby Reads

I was shocked when I saw this story. This little girl named Elizabeth Barret is 17 months old and can actually read and sign. She’s adorable too. Her parents said she started to read when she was 13 months old. She even reads cursive. She’s got to be a genius. The parents say they didn’t drill her with flash cards or anything. She really learned on her own. They say she does watch some cable sign language show and it must have helped. Also they read to her since she was born. I know that may have helped but still she is gifted. I wonder what she’ll do when she grows up. :)



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March 15th, 2008 at 7:15 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Submitting Your Website to Google

Google is one of the most popular search engines around and can deliver a lot of traffic (potential customers) to your website. Submitting to Google is as easy as signing up for a Google Webmaster Account and submitting a sitemap to them. This method is much better than submitting your web site one page at a time.

Having a Google Webmaster Account is great because it’s free. Also Google will spider your xml sitemap every few days and pick up on your newly created pages. You can check for errors with your site map and also see how many of your urls are included in the search engine. This information is very invaluable to keeping your website running smoothly.

google sitemap

To create your xml sitemap you can do use any number of sitemap creation tools. If your website is small you can quickly go to the Sitemapbuilder.net website to create your sitemap for free. Google usually picks up on updates to your sitemap quickly. Instead of waiting around to see when this happens, your time is better spent adding more unique content to your website. Before you know it you’ll be listed in Google.



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March 14th, 2008 at 6:35 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

I Don’t Want My Website Anymore

If you have a website that you don’t want any longer and are considering selling it, a flood of questions come to mind such as How much can I get for my website? How can I determine its value?

You can get anywhere from 3-24 times the value of your websites income. Remember to deduct the operating expenses, like server costs from the income. In most cases websites end up selling for 3-5 months of revenue. In general the amount you can sell your website for depends on the type of website, how established it is, long-term projected revenue, market potential and most importantly what you can get a buyer to pay for it.

You can also visit dnScoop for a free tool that gives you an idea of what your domain name alone is worth. It also tells you how old your domain is, validates your Google pagerank, counts up your backlinks, gives you your Alexa rank and more. Your website seller might also be interested in seeing this report.

Now you might be wondering where you should put your website up for sale. There are many places free and paid that you can list your website for sale. Check out the short list below:


If your website is worth over $1,000 you should consider using an escrow service which can protect both the buyer and the seller.

When creating your website for sale advertisement, be sure to add in as much of the following information about your website as possible. Your potential buyer will appreciate you providing as much information as possible to aid in their decision about evaluating your website:

How old is the site?
How much money does the website make? Monthly revenue?
What are the expenses?
What are the main keywords?
Where does the traffic come from?
How many page views and unique visitors per month?
Incoming Links?
Is the content unique?
Provide stats going back 12 months

Good luck with selling your website and getting what you wanted for it.



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March 13th, 2008 at 3:00 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Adsense Webinar: Adsense Placement Targeting

I attended an Adsense Webinar today. For those of you who don’t know what a webinar is it is a seminar that is given on the web. It’s very cool.

After receiving an invitation, you register with your name and email address and are given a web link to attend the meeting.

adsense webinar screen

On the day of the webinar you click the web link to join the meeting. Next you call a toll free number, enter your passcode so that you can hear what is being discussed. Be sure to mute your phone so that who’s ever on the conference call won’t hear your background noise.  Usually the seminar instructor will have a series of PowerPoint slides for you to view.

adsense placement targeting slide

I’m only going to discuss a few of the seminar points that I learned. This particular webinar was about Placement Targeting. Placement Targeting allows Adwords advertisers to choose specific placements of where they’d like to see their ads appear on a publishers website.

If you are a publisher and want to look at your placement targeted ads, do the following from your Adsense account:

Advanced Reports
Show Data by Individual Ad,
Show data by targeting type - contextual or placement

When I ran this report for my website, none of my ads were placement because I opted out of CPM ads.

I also learned how to attract advertisers. Adwords advertisers can target publisher websites by category, topics, urls and demographics.Google recommends using the following ad block sizes:

300×250               728×90           160×600

suggested ad sizes

My Adsense account strategist suggested that I change my ad sizes from 336×280 to 300×250 on a few of my pages and I did notice an increase in ad revenue. I’ve been changing out all my 336×280 ads to 300×250.

Back to the webinar….

If you want advertisers to target your website and would like advertisers to know the demographics about your website such as average age of visitors, hobbies, nationality and such you can send this information to your account strategist. They will make this information available to advertisers only when necessary.


To see the transcripts and presentations from the webinar please go here: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=22045



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March 11th, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Halloween Graphics

Isn’t Halloween one of the coolest holiday seasons? If you haven’t gotten around to posting your holiday photos on your website, take a look at our free Halloween graphics. Some of our free Halloween graphics can go on any web page and the others are made especially for Myspace pages.

The Halloween graphics that go on your Myspace pages are sparkly, glittery and get a lot of attention. Some of the web graphics are very cute with words (like “Trick or Treat”) and some are scary, and creepy.

Our free Halloween graphics contain pictures of pumpkins, witches, cats, ghosts, and much more. So go ahead and download our free Halloween graphics and free Halloween glitter graphics to jazz up your Myspace page or web site.



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March 11th, 2008 at 6:49 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Snow Day

It snowed this past weekend in Memphis. I really didn’t think it was but did and a lot! We measured 6 inches of snow in the backyard. It doesn’t snow very often here so it was a real treat for my kids. This was my youngest first time seeing  snow. She had a ball. :)

Snowing in Memphis

Snow Pic 2

March 10th, 2008 at 6:41 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Google Site Links

I’m going to talk briefly about Google Site Links. In case you didn’t know what Site Links are, they are popular sub-pages of web site under a domain. For example if you do a Google search for “Hoover Web Design”, you’ll see the sites 8 Site Links shown. The Site Links are for:

web templates
web design
prices and packages
free web design quote
flash photo gallery

Google Site Links

Google has confirmed this as a permanent feature of it’s engine. Some webmasters believe sites with Site Links are Authority Sites. The benefits of having Site Links are that your site has added attention drawn to it due to the multiple page listing and your potential site visitors can go right to frequently searched for pages on your website with one click.

How do you get Site Links? You have to be in the first position for a search term. Once you get Site Links to manage them go to Google Webmaster Tools and click on “Links”. Please note that you can’t control which pages get listed under Site Links. Google automatically chooses Site Links. I noticed that my Site Links come and go. Sometimes you’ll have them and sometimes you wont.



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February 29th, 2008 at 6:21 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink