Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Search Engine Spiders

Search engines need a way to examine the websites that people submit to them.  Some search engines like Yahoo!™ employ people to check each website registered with them, but these are in the minority.  Most other search engines use specialized software called "spiders" or "robots" to do this.  Spiders help search engines deliver accurate search results by determining how relevant a website is to the phrases and keywords a web surfer uses.  Spiders "crawl" through websites, analyzing text content and following hyperlinks.  This information about the website is used to determine how it should be categorized and ranked.  Because the spider's functions are so critical, anything relating to the way they operate is a closely guarded secret that the search engines would prefer you not to know.  It is, however, in our best interest to understand as much as we can about them, and to use that information to our advantage when designing a webpage.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when designing your website is to see your site from a spider's point of view.  A spider can only analyze text and words that are in a structured format.  That is exactly why a frames-based site rarely ranks well on a search engine.  The HTML for a frames site doesn't have a conventional format-- all of the content is jumbled about the page in different code sections and script exerpts, and that confuses spiders.  Also, a spider needs to know right away what it should look for when it crawls your site.  Using meta keywords is the best method for doing that.  Otherwise, spiders will try to guess the content on your page and won't necessarily be successful -- getting ranked high for something unrelated to your site isn't helpful at all.

Descriptive and targeted meta keywords aren't the only thing search engine spiders look for.  If you do use meta keywords, a spider tries to find out how relevant those keywords are for your site.  For example, if your site is about recreational fishing, and you use the words fly-fishing, angling, and deep-sea fishing multiple times in your site, the spider will see your site being more relavant to those particular words than words which only appear once (for example, "commercial fishing").  Also, some spiders consider the position of a keyword to be important.  If a keyword is in the page title, or in the first six lines of the page body, some search engine spiders consider that to be very significant.  The "weight" of a keyword is a big factor, as well.  If a keyword appears three times in a page with one thousand words, that keyword has a lower weight then if it was on a page with thirty words.  Pages with heavily weighted keywords are considered more relevant to that keyword, and usually rank higher.  However, it is possible to go too far and actually abuse the way a spider works.

            While it is good to optimize your page, overdoing it can cause the spider to think that you are trying to fool it or spam the engine.  The most common way of doing this is by using too many meta keywords.  In an effort to rank their site higher, some webmasters will have an absurd amount of keywords.  They'll include a meta keyword section two or three times in their page.  Not only is this not effective, it is counter-productive.   Something just as common is repeating a keyword over and over again on the page.  Years ago it was useful to do this, but search engine spiders have advanced enough that simple tricks aren't going to fool them.  Another, more devious plot, is called ghosting.  When a spider accesses a site, it tells that site who it is.  So, a webmaster can detect that a search engine spider is going to look at its site.  Instead of serving up the normal webpage that is seen in a web browser, the webmaster gives the search engine spider a specially optimized page designed to rank perfectly on that engine.  While this practice may seem good for pages with a lot of dynamic content and not a lot of text, it is still abusing the purpose of spiders.  The webmasters who practice ghosting aren't only misleading the search engines, but they are also misleading web surfers coming to their site expecting to find the information they are looking for, but instead find themselves at a site which they didn't want to visit.  The people behind search engines are always updating their spiders, making them both more effective and better able to sniff out sneaky webmasters trying to abuse the system.

            Spiders are the workers behind the scenes at the search engines.  Some of them crawl through millions of websites every month.  A website's success depends on cooperating with the search engines and their methods.  To cooperate with the search engines, it is also important to understand how they and their spiders operate.  AddWeb 4's Page Advisor is designed to help you determine what spiders are looking for when they award a page a high ranking position.  Also, by comparing your website to the top three sites on an engine, you can learn what other webmasters do that give them a high position, and you can incorporate those features into your site.   


 This article has been adapted from  AddWeb Article- Copyright (c) 2000  Cyberspace Headquarters, LLC. www.cyberspacehq.com

Always use classic logon

This setting forces the user to log on to the computer using the classic logon screen. By default, a workgroup is set to use the simple logon screen. This setting only works when the computer is not on a domain.
 
Start > Run "gpedit.msc"
Go to > Local Computer Policy
                Computer Configuration
                    Administrative Templates
                       System
                            Logon
 
Then go to "Setting State" and configure Always use classic logon

Monday, October 29, 2007

Apple imposes limits on iPhone sales

Associated Press
San Jose, October 27:

Apple Inc no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.
The new policy from Thu-rsday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person.
"Customer response to the iPhone has been off the charts, and limiting iPhone sales to two per customer helps us ensure that there are enough iPhones for people who are shopping for themselves or buying a gift," Kerris said. "We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers." More than 1.4 million units of the hybrid cell phone-iPod have been sold since it debuted on June 29, according to Apple. It is expected to be a popular gift for holidays. Apple thinks some people already have bought multiple iPhones to resell, including those looking to modify, or 'unlock', the phones so they work on networks other than Apple's carrier partner in the United States, AT&T Inc.
Apple estimates that buyers of 250,000 of the iPhones sold so far intended to unlock them, Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook said in a conference call with analysts this week.

New operating system for Mac:
LOS ANGELES: Apple has released a new operating system for its ever more popular Mac computers. The upgraded OS 10.5, nicknamed Leopard includes some 300 impr-ovements including a 'time machine' that tra-cks and resurrects lost data and improved vid-eo-conferencing. — DPA

India reshaping global IT sector

Six decades after its birth, the global IT industry has grown into a trillion-dollar behemoth. But while India has played a stellar role in shaping the sector, its share in the pie is a minuscule three per cent, say the authors of a new book.
"India showed that characteristic of on-time and within-budget delivery is something that can be expe-cted as the norm," said Priya Kurien, who has co-auth-ored 'Blind Men and The Elephant: Demystifying the Global IT Services Industry' with Was Rahman. "More importantly, it has also been bringing in a much better success rate for the quality of project work delivered," said the Bangalore-based Kurien.
Yet at $18 billion, the total revenue of India's IT services exports is still less than three per cent of the total IT services pie. "Therefore, while in India there is considerable hype and excitement about role of Indian IT industry, ju-st from a contribution to gl-obal pie, there is plenty more to be done," Kurien said.
Tracing the six decades of global IT services, their Sage-India published book looks at the state of three giant global IT service organisations — IBM, EDS and Accenture — and the Indian challengers TCS, Infosys and Wipro. Unable to find 'books that gave us enough insights into the past of the IT services industry,' the authors got the idea to write a book covering past, present and future of the sector.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Easy Shortcuts on the Desktop

Easy Shortcuts on the Desktop

Here is an easy way to put shortcuts on the Desktop where they can easily be moved to other group icons.

  1. Using the Explorer, create a SHORTCUT to the \Windows\Desktop directory in your \Windows\SEND TO directory.
  2. Now whenever you want to make a shortcut and move it to the desktop:
  3. Just make the shortcut you want using Explorer
  4. Right click on that shortcut
  5. In the pop up menu select the Send To and Desktop shortcut.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Changing a Folder's Icon

To change the icon of a Folder on desktop:

  1. Using the Explorer, move the folder from the Desktop directory to another directory on the hard drive
  2. Right click on the new folder and select "Create Shortcut"
  3. Move the shortcut to the Desktop
  4. Right click and select a new icon

 

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Upgrading MP3 player firmware

Okay, everything seems fine and you, now, want to upgrade the firmware version of your MP3 player, most probably a PRC made. Please, back up your data before proceeding any work and make ready for the original sotwares/drivers/firmwares you have. Remember, you are taking RISK yourself.

Basics of the Firmware:

s1fwx (s1 firmware extractor) is a free commandline tool (public domain) which lets you extract the original firmware from your s1 mp3 player device plus additional futures support operations on the firmware files like decrypt, extract and archive. this way you could investigate all the files included in any fw file, change their content and put them back together.

There are two known archive formats:

  • AFI: this archives include files needed to flash the device, a minimal set may consist of an BRECFxxx.BIN (the bootloader) and a FWIMAGE.FW file (as below)

  • FW/FWI: firmware image files include all firmware files needed during runtime

    Commandline usage:
     

  usage:     s1fwx {i|x|s|a|l|f|r} {filename{:[afi|fw|enc]}}    examples:     display file info                s1fwx i fname.ext     extract firmware file            s1fwx x fname.ext     generate script from file        s1fwx s fname.ext > new.script     create firmware file by script   s1fwx a new.fw:fw < def_fw.script     create afi file by script        s1fwx a new.bin:afi < def_afi.script     list entire content of any file  s1fwx l *.bin     extract firmware from player     s1fwx f dump.bin     repair dumped firmware files     s1fwx r dump.bin  

You may need admin-rights to extract firmware from your player.

How To Extract and Repair Firmware?

Extracting your players firmware is a very good idea just to create a backup of the original firmware files. It's no promise that you could always backup your player after some bad firmare update, but at least you have some more possibilities.

  • First download newest version of s1fwx from the link provided at the last of this post and extract the archive.

  • Then connect your mp3 player device to your computers USB port and wait until it gets detected.

  • Now double click the extracted file "extract.bat" or run "s1fwx f dump.bin" from the windows commandline console. Skip the disclaimer by pressing space and select the drive your player gets mounted to. (eg. if detected drives displays "<x>" then choose drive "x:" by pressing x)

  • Now s1fwx should start extracting your firmware, this may take arround 10 seconds.

  • If everything went well and no error gets displayed it will display the content of the extracted firmware file as it was redden from your player.

    Before you could update your player with this firmware file using the original "Mp3 Player Update Tool" you will first have to repair it.

  • Start "repair.bat" or type "s1fwx r dump.bin". A backup will be saved at "dump.bi$" automatically and the repaired file is now available as "dump.bin".

  • Notice that its not possible to do a firmware recovery with this file (only regular firmware updates) since there are missing files needed by the "Mp3 Player Update Tool" recovery mode. Since this files couldn't be found on your player you will need to get them from some official firmware file which is known to work with your players hardware.

  • Either you first could recover to this firmware before updateing to "dump.bin", or you could insert the needed files from the original AFI file into "dump.bin" using s1fwx. The original firmware has to support your flash chip(s). It doesn't matters if its just using different backlight or key-mapping.  

Extracting Firmware

Here some example how to extract the whole content of the AFI file "firmware.bin". Place firmware and s1fwx in one folder, open commandline console (run "cmd") and go to the folder containing the files. To extract the AFI type "s1fwx x firmware.bin". Then make a sub- folder "md fw", change "cd fw" and extract the firmware files using "../s1fwx x ../fwimage.fw". Now you should have extracted all the files usually included in some general firmware file.  

Achieving Firmware Files

To modify files in a firmware you will have to extract, modify and then archive the files back together to one AFI file. First generate the script from the firmware file "firmware.bin" using "s1fwx s firmware.bin >firmware.bin.script". Then extract the files and modify their content if you want. if you want to add or remove files or change file specific parameters edit the generated script using an usual text editor (I think the syntax is self explaining). To archive the files back together type "s1fwx a new_firmware.bin:afi <firmware.bin.script".
This could also be used to archive firmware files like "fwimage.fw". In this case use "s1fwx a fwimage.fw:fw <fwimage.fw.script".
 

How to recover extracted Firmware files?

Flashing your player with an extracted firmware file is a very simple procedure, just take care you repaired the extracted file and use the latest "MP3 Update Tool" available.

This works good until the day we flash our player with some partial corrupted firmware (a total corrupted firmware will damage the player permanently) and the update tool tells something about recovery mode and just opens an open-dialog. (maybe you will have to open your player and short some pins to get to this point).
If you select an extracted firmware file now, it just displays "Invalid upgrade firmware file". This isn't a bug of s1fwx! The problem is that recovering needs some extra files included inside our AFI-file that isn't needed for simple flashing. This files couldn't be found on the players flash, the only source is to look for them inside some original firmware files.

There are two methods to solve this problem and each of them expects you could find some original firmware file which is compatible to your players hardware and extracted firmware.

[Method 1]
- recover using some official firmware
- format the player (with the "MP3 Player Disk Tool")
- finally update to the extracted firmware file

[Method 2]
- extract the extracted and the official firmware file using s1fwx (only the AFI part)
- generate a script for both files ("s1fwx s dump.bin >dump.script")
- merge the scripts to some new script file using a text editor
- build a firmware using the new script ("s1fwx a new.bin:afi <new.script")

Both methods should have the same effect, give it a try!

s1res (s1 resource editor) is a free win32 gui licensed as public domain. It enables you to modify/change all possible resource information of your s1 mp3 player.

How to change Graphics or Text on my S1 MP3 Player?
Its very simple, just extract and repair your firmware using s1fwx. Then run s1res and edit the extracted firmware file directly. Save the file and upload it using the original MP3 Update Tool.

Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any damages made to your system <MP3 or Flash Player> by using any of this information. This info here is retrieved from following links where you can find details, but modifications are made to suit the current needs.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Keyword Importance

In order to take the right steps towards a better position on the search engines, you must first identify exactly what your website is offering.  Once you have a good idea of what that is, you need to cut down your idea to just a few words, literally.  A search engine doesn't use a full-page public relations newsletter to index sites--it uses words and short phrases.  If you are not sure about what words or phrases best describe your site, look at it from the user's perspective.  How would they find your site?  What search words or phrases make sense?  The importance of these choices cannot be emphasized enough.

The keywords that you choose will dictate the life or death of your website.  When you choose your keywords, you need to be able to compete with them.  It is unrealistic to think that a young and small company's website could rank number one on keywords like "Software", "Books", or "Sex".  Larger, more established companies who have been on the Internet for several years are not only much more well known, but also have links to them from many other websites.  These links give credit to the larger companies and allow them to compete on such general words--engines see these sites as a reliable source.  That credibility is established over a long period of time through affiliate programs, alliances, link partnerships, and other similar programs.  By submitting your site to link directories with AddWeb 4, you can increase your "Link Popularity", and slowly gain similar credibility, as more pages across the Web take notice of you and link to your site.  Hopefully though, you will be using more specific keywords than the ones mentioned above.

The fact that most people do not query search engines on single words such as "Books", or "Fish", works in your favor.  Users are more likely to search for something more specific like "Cook Books", or "Monk Fish".  The first step, then, in choosing the right keywords, is to make them specific.  You can also be more specific in your keywords by narrowing down your geographic location.  For example, if you're a dentist in Washington, you would be most interested in attracting web site visitors from the Washington area.  Washington Internet traffic would also be more likely to visit you, rather than a dentist in another state.  So you would be best off picking keywords like:

·         Dentists WA

·         Dentist in Washington

·         WA dentists

·         Washington Dentist

You also have an excellent chance at ranking well on keywords that are closely related to the main subject of your site.  For example, if your website subject is gourmet foods and culinary arts, you might try targeting related keywords such as "Vietnamese cinnamon" or "Cajun spices".  The point is, people looking for these items are probably interested in cooking as well.  Furthermore, the competition for these keywords is much less intense than for "food", or "Cooking".  You have a better chance of getting an excellent position using focused and targeted keywords such as these.  There are other opportunities as well, such as taking advantage of misspellings.

Misspellings of keywords should be seriously considered for targeting.  People very frequently misspell the search phrases they use on search engines.  If a particular keyword for your site is difficult to spell (Australopithecus afarensis, anyone?), or you are aware of common misspellings for your keywords, be sure to include them!  As crazy as this sounds, many websites already do this to great success.  Remember, getting a number-one listing on a misspelled word can be very easy and rewarding in terms of traffic.  You can even use AddWeb 4's SiteStats Live! feature to determine which keywords are being used to find your site and exactly how they are being misspelled.

Deciding on the correct keywords can be the most critical decision you can make regarding the success or failure of a website.  The keywords chosen must be specific and narrow in their meaning.  Picking related or misspelled words is also a viable option.  Geography should be used to your advantage as well.  The Internet may be a new business medium, but the same rules of basic survival apply--websites that don't take advantage of every opportunity will be surpassed by the ones that do.


 This article has been adapted from  AddWeb Article- Copyright (c) 2000  Cyberspace Headquarters, LLC. www.cyberspacehq.com

 

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

AddWebT Website Promoter

AddWeb 4 is a powerful program that helps anyone promote their websites through many free resources on the Internet, including search engines, link directories, classified ad sites and more.

AddWeb 4 acts like a robot on your behalf. It takes the information you tell it about you and your website and it goes out to the hundreds of thousands of resources that accept website submissions and gives them the information they request about your website, so they will index it.

To get a better idea of the power AddWeb 4 gives you, simply use your web browser to visit a search engine like Yahoo! (http://www.yahoo.com), then manually submit (suggest) your website to it. Once you have done this, look at how much time it took you, then multiply that time by 500,000+ other resources! You will quickly find that if you had a list of all the resources included in AddWeb 4, and you worked 8 hours a day doing nothing but manually submitting, it would take you months to do the job that AddWeb 4 can do in just minutes!

There is no other submission software as powerful as AddWeb 4. AddWeb 4 can perform hundreds of simultaneous submissions in addition to helping you build pages the search engines will like, finding out how well you are doing on the major search engines, sending your pages to your web server, reporting your progress, analyzing visits to your website and automating many of these functions. Note that some features are only available in the more advanced editions of AddWeb 4.

When compared to website submission services, AddWeb 4 shines. Submission services regularly charge you more than the cost of AddWeb 4 to perform a single submission. With AddWeb 4, you can submit as many websites as you like, as often as you like. Furthermore, you get free database and program updates so you can always submit to new engines as we add them, and you are always current. In fact, hundreds of submission services are using AddWeb 4 themselves!

Simply put, if you have a website, you must have AddWeb 4.

The series of Search Engine Optimization tutorials are presented in this i-geek blog simultaneously, please read.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Getting Win XP Tools Faster

Getting Win XP Tools Faster :Start> Run
 
compmgmt.msc: Computer Management Console
devmgmt: Device Manager
diskmgmt.msc: Disk Management
dfrg : Disk Defragmenter
fsmgmt : Shared Folders
gpedit.msc : Group Policy Editor
lusrmgr.msc : Local Users and Groups
perfmon.msc : Performance Monitor
secpol.msc : Local Security Settings
services.msc : Manage Service
 
You don't really need the Registry Editor or third party tolls for every single tweak you want to make to the Windows. gpedit has most of 'em included. Do and get things done well.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

User State Migration Tool 2.6 overview

Microsoft® Windows® User State Migration Tool (USMT) 2.6 can be used to migrate user files and settings during large deployments of Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating systems. USMT captures desktop, network, and application settings, as well as a user's files, and then migrates them to a new Windows installation. Using USMT can help to improve and simplify migration process. USMT can be used for both side-by-side and wipe-and-load migrations. If you are only upgrading your operating system, USMT is not needed.
 
USMT example scenarios

Type I. Wipe-and-load migration

First, the administrator migrates the user state from a source computer to an intermediate store. After installing the operating system, the administrator migrates the user state back to the source computer.

Type II. Side-by-side migration

First, the administrator migrates the user state from the source computer to an intermediate store. After installing the operating system on the destination computer, the administrator migrates the user state from the store to the destination computer.

Resources

  • For more information about planning and deploying Windows XP, see "Deploying Windows XP Part I: Planning," at the Microsoft Web site.(http://www.microsoft.com/)
  • For more information about planning for migration, see the User State Migration Feature Team Guide at the Microsoft Web site.(http://www.microsoft.com/)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Value of Web Marketing

 The Internet is changing the rules of business.  As trite as these words may seem now, they are true.  Like radio and television, the Internet has brought about an undeniable shift in how business is conducted.  Unlimited information, instantaneous communication, and a market more vast than anything before have become available to both massive conglomerates and small home businesses.  However, one underlying factor remains the same: advertisement.  While the traditional business plan of a "Brick and Mortar" company has always included extensive advertisement, the same cannot be said about many Internet businesses.  Many webmasters go to great lengths to craft wonderful web sites, putting little or no thought into advertising them.  And any business that doesn't advertise is doomed to failure.  Web sites need to advertise and promote themselves to create traffic on their site, to stay in business, and to grow.

           Businesses on the Internet share a kind of equality that Brick and Mortar businesses do not.  When a visitor arrives at a website, they really have no idea how large or small that company may be.  In the Brick and Mortar world, it is easy to distinguish between the two--the larger will have the bigger store, flashier advertising, and a more expansive inventory.  On the Internet however, small companies can project an uncharacteristically large presence by creating and properly promoting their web sites.  While the Brick and Mortar retail world is consolidating and merging towards giant discount oriented retailers, the Internet is teeming with thousands of small, successful companies who might not otherwise be able to compete, or even start-up, in the Brick and Mortar world.

            No matter how large or small your company is, you need to advertise.  Unfortunately for most small businesses, Dot-com or otherwise, traditional advertising methods require immense capital and human resources.  This is exactly why many smaller businesses fail--they spend too many of their resources in trying to compete on somebody else's turf.

The most obvious medium of advertisement is television.  However, television's effectiveness in attracting customers is questionable.  Its effectiveness lies in achieving brand recognition.  Yet at this point most businesses are trying to increase traffic to their websites and gain more customers--brand recognition can wait until after the IPO.  Television advertising is also the most expensive medium.  More than one previously unknown Dot-com spent all of their available resources on a Super Bowl spot.  They may or may not have been successful, but nevertheless, they spent millions of dollars for 30 seconds of airtime.  Most businesses are more shrewd when it comes to spending their dollars, and they want more than just thirty seconds of exposure.

If you thought that targeting an Internet-based audience would be more effective at driving traffic to a website, you would be right.   Banner ads and mass-mailings are much less expensive than television.  However, they have their limitations as well.  While remarkably cheaper than a TV spot, a small banner ad on a major portal website can still cost over six thousand dollars a month.  Furthermore, it is generally agreed that banners are not a cost effective way to bring visitors to a website.  Most potential customers see banners as just a nuisance.  Mass mailings have a similar drawback.  If you opt out of spending money for your own list, you can buy space in someone elses.  But you'll be competing for the customers attention with whoever else bought space.  Another disadvantage that banner ads and mass-mailings have is that they aren't targeting the people who are most likely to be interested in the content you have to offer.  They may reach a wide audience, but most of that audience will recoil in horror, yell "Spam!", and delete your expensive ad before having the opportunity to realize that you are exactly what they're looking for.  While both traditional methods can and do work, they require a lot of what most of us don't have: money.

The most cost-effective advertisement would have to be both cheap and targeted at exactly the right customer.  Years ago this was something of a pipe dream--today it is a reality.  The Internet is the most comprehensive source of information in human history.  But like any library of knowledge, it must be catalogued and organized to be used effectively.  And therein lies the perfect solution:  search engines.  Like the card catalog of a library, search engines are a customer's way of sifting through the Web to filter out what they're looking for.  And what better way to make sure you are found then to have an influence on what they find?  Search engine listings meet both of our criteria in terms of focus and affordability.  No other form of advertising is so focused that the customer is actually searching for you.  A search engine user is a highly receptive and targeted audience because you are not trying to sell them on something they don't already want.  They have come looking for you and they already want what you specifically have to offer.  Furthermore, the great majority of search engine listings are free.  Return on investment couldn't be better-- with none of your dollars spent, the very first dollar returned is profit.

According to the Georgia Institute of Technology, 88% of Internet users find new web sites through search engine listings1.  WebCMO data shows that in a side-by-side comparison of different forms of promotion, search engine listings are the number one way to generate traffic on websites2.  Search engine listings send droves of visitors to your site and they are free.  I have personally seen websites where traffic has increased ten-fold as a result of good search engine positioning. Nothing could be better, but there is a catch.

Getting listed on a search engine below 499 other websites simply won't work.  You need to get a listing near the top of your category to collect all the traffic a search engine can deliver.  But the good news is that you can dramatically improve your positioning with a little bit of elbow grease.  All it takes is some key modifications to your website and a little thought.  It's not that hard and you can do it.  Using a program like AddWeb 4 to guide you through this process is the ideal way to simplify your work.  It guides you through every aspect of the Search Engine Positioning process so you don't have to be a tech-savvy guru to get excellent results.  With good search engine listings a small business can project a large image on the Internet and get the kind of traffic that so many big business sites get.

1 Georgia Institute of Technology, Tenth WWW User Survey, October 1998

2 WebCMO http://www.webcmo.com/report/opss1/report1.htm


This article has been adopted from AddWeb Article- Copyright (c) 2000,  Cyberspace Headquarters, LLC. http://www.cyberspacehq.com/ 

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

How to decrease scandisk delay time ?

Sick of waiting for disk check after a sudden shut down
of windows.
 
Change the scan-disk delay time-out by using this method :
 
Click start >> run, type in "cmd" OR "COMMAND" and click ok.
Type CHKNTFS/T:3
 
This will reduce the time-out to 3 seconds.
You can change the value as desired.

How to decrease scandisk delay time ?

Sick of waiting for disk check after a sudden shut down
of windows.
 
Change the scan-disk delay time-out by using this method :
 
Click start >> run, type in "cmd" OR "COMMAND" and click ok.
Type CHKNTFS/T:3
 
This will reduce the time-out to 3 seconds.
You can change the value as desired.

Understanding SiteStats Live!

 While a hit counter may tell you how many people come to your website, SiteStats Live! can tell you where they came from, how they found your site, and how much their visit cost you.  Like all valuable information, it must first be interpreted and understood before it can be used effectively.  The SiteStats Live! reports offer exhaustive details about your visitors, but it is up to you to take advantage of what they has to offer.

Several areas of SiteStats Live! refer to something called "click value".  This concept can help you maximize the profitability of your website.  There are two ways that click value is used: positive cash flow and negative cash flow.  When examining the positive cash flow generated through click value, you divide the revenue your website generates by the number of hits your site receives each month.  For example, if you had $10,000 profit each month from your website, and you receive 1000 visitors in a month, $10,000 ÷ 1000 visitors = $10.00 per visitor.  Theoretically then, each visitor you get to your website generates $10.00 for you.  Calculating and understanding negative cash flow is a little more complex, and has to do with banner ads and CPM, or clicks-per-mil.  CPM is used to represent 1000 page views of a particular banner.  So, if you would like to have your banner viewed 100,000 times--that would be 100 CPM (100,000 ÷ 1000).  Let us assume that you are paying $50.00 per CPM.  The total cost of the banner would be $5,000 ($50 x 100 CPM).  Once all of your CPMs have been 'used up', you will know how many of those one hundred thousand people who saw your banner actually visited your site.  If you divide the cost of your banner by the number of visitors, you can determine how much each of those visitors cost you.  If you had 10,000 visitors click on your banner, then each of those visitors would have cost you $0.50 ($5,000 ÷ $10,000).  You can compare the positive cash flow number and the negative cash flow number to see how everything fits together.  If each visitor to your site produces $10 for you, but costs $0.50, then your actual revenue from the website is only $9,500.  In comparison, getting listed on most search engines is free, and the listings usually generate more traffic than a banner.

            Click value is a powerful tool when you combine it with keyword statistics.  In the Search Engine Keyword Report, SiteStats Live! offers a comprehensive list of which keywords web surfers use to find your site.  You can assign a click value to each of those visitors, and quickly figure out which keywords work best and how much money the search engines are sending to you.  You should examine the keywords bringing you the most traffic.  You might consider focusing your pages more on these keywords.  There might even be keywords people use that you thought had nothing to do with your site.  If you find that many people are using these keywords to find you, consider adding those keywords to your next doorway page, or giving them more importance on your page if they already exist.   You may also find that several keywords which bring traffic to your site are often misspelled.  It may sound strange, but adding these misspelled keywords to your page may increase your position for those web surfers who misspell them.

            The Page View Summary Report is a general overview of the number of visitors to your site since your SiteStats Live! account has been active.  It is far more useful however than a simple hit counter.  It can tell you how many people have been to your site in the last day, week, month, year and so on.  It can even tell you which day has seen the most traffic.  The Page View Summary also calculates averages like the average number of visitors per day.  If you are running any kind of advertising campaign for your website and would like to gauge the effectiveness of it, this is easy to do using this data.  By combining this data with click value data you can see how much activity is happening at any given time in terms of revenue.  You can also see if that banner ad or mass mailing you bought is actually generating any traffic.

            The Top Referrer Visits Report displays a run-down of the websites that your visitors were visiting just before they clicked to your site.  In the report, you can click on any of the domain names to view a detailed report on each visitor referred from that URL.  By examining the domains that these visitors are coming from, you can determine the interests of your visitors, and to a lesser degree, what their chain of thought might have been that brought them to you.  You may find that a competitor's site was the referrer, or that you are getting many refers from a particular geographic location, such as Germany.  You can use this information to help you decide on how to target your advertising efforts.  Perhaps you were unaware that German web surfers were so interested in your products.  You could then further explore possibilities in the German market.  You might also discover that one website in particular is sending you much more traffic than any others.  You can use this opportunity, and contact those webmasters and create web alliances, trade links, or banners.  SiteStats Live! provides in-depth information to who, how, when, where from, and why people visit your site.  You can use it all to determine how you need to tune your websites for your audience.

The data that SiteStats Live! presents is unlimited in its application.  The above represents just a few of the many useful ways that you can use SiteStats Live! to increase your traffic and revenue.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and dedication. 


 This article has been adapted from  AddWeb Article- Copyright (c) 2000  Cyberspace Headquarters, LLC. www.cyberspacehq.com

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open the Run dialog box
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Windows XP Faster Start-up

How to start win XP faster?
 
Click Start.
Click Run.
Type "msconfig" and press enter key.
On the Startup tab click Disable All and on the Services tab check the Hide All Microsoft Service box and then click Disable All.
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