Who Remembers Netscape Navigator?

July 31th, 2019

Do you remember the browser wars?

"Netscape: Netscape was the first company to attempt to capitalize on the nascent World Wide Web. It was founded under the name Mosaic Communications Corporation on April 4, 1994, the brainchild of Jim Clark who had recruited Marc Andreessen as co-founder and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as investors."

Blink html tag

Let me start out first by saying that I cut my teeth on Netscape Navigator back in 1995, when I first viewed the source code of a webpage. I was fresh out of school (Heald Institute of Tech, where I got my Associate's Degree in Computer Science), & I was hired on by Applied Materials two weeks before I graduated from Heald. I remember that this was the first time I hacked a departmental support page I was assigned to use to document my end-user support requests. I began reading up on HTML (& watching the Linux Team work their code in the Marketing Dept), I so I added the "blink" tag to all the titles on the page! Haha, talk about tacky! But I loved the fact that I could add markup to modify the text! I was hooked on HTML, and I can thank that ol', depreciated "blink tag" for it! Hahaha - the "blink tag"!!!

So as I dove head-first into HTML (& "white hat hacking", which I will talk about some other time...), I began to create my own support pages, & would host them on Applied Materials' servers, in my personal account. Ha, then I jumped into the wonderful world of Javascript! Ha, I had too much fun hacking web forms with Javascript alone, - & that's when I really got interested in hacking...

So on my own personal computer, I began to host my pages, installing Apache Web Server, & there is when I ran head-first into the browser wars. You see, Microsoft, which would shove Internet Explorer into every install of Windows, had their web browser out, & their HTML code rendering engine was different from Netscape's - the same but different. (& by the way, I've been doing tech support for Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT, etc, since 1995, & Linux DE's since 2004...)

& that's when I discovered the wonderful world of FOSS (FOSS: "Free Open Source Software"), Linux operating systems, & Web Standards. Let me tell you, the browser who has failed to keep up & support web standards has been MS Internet Explorer...

More about this tomorrow...


Quality Backlinking!

July 11th, 2019

How to gain great backlinks to your site!

"Link juice is the term used in the SEO world to refer to the value or equity passed from one page or site to another. This value is passed through hyperlinks. Search engines see links as votes by other websites that your page is valuable and worth promoting."

Search engines such as Google rate a website's "importance" from many factors, for which backlinks are an integral part of the value. But not all backlinks are all created equal. If you have many websites linking back to your site, but they are either "spammy sites" or good sites within their niche - but they are not relevant to your niche, then their "link juice" will not be very valuable.

So what makes a good quality backlink? Backlinks from credible & relevant websites WITHIN YOUR NICHE will give you an excellent supply of that good-good juice! While it's fairly easy to acquire backlinks from SEO agents by purchasing a link package, you are pretty much guaranteed to have bought spammy-looking links, which can be derogatory to your site, as far as Google & the other search engines are concerned.

Purchasing backlinks, which can fall into the "black hat" side of SEO, does not have to be the way you go to gain a higher Page Authority. You can ethically, "white hat" your way into a link-exchange with relevant websites. Write an article or blog post comment on a site within your specific niche, and include a link back to your site within the article. Allow guest posters (again, making sure they are within your niche!) to post relevant articles & comments on your website, & share the backlink love with them! Webmasters, content creators, SEO'ers are a great resource, so use them in a mutually beneficial way. Just make sure they offer "do-follow" links.


Maintenance!

July 10th, 2019

Windows 10 Updates & removing and old database server from Ubuntu Linux

...that is all.


Hand-coding XHTML on a Saturday

July 6th, 2019

Post 4th Of July...Post!

Happy belated Independence Day America! I'm literally sitting here hand-coding this blog post, content, css, & XHTML tags, thinking about how much God loves me, how much I'm looking forward to the future, how much my present is even blessed beyond what my expectations could be (& to "believe" without "seeing", that's amazing faith)! Plus, I'm very happy with the performance of my laptop. DELL Inspiron 7786 2-in-1 It's a DELL Inspiron 7786 2-in-1 & I've installed Ubuntu Linux as a dual boot. I've setup (as always) Apache2 Web Server, PHP Server, MySQL Server, as well as Android Developer Suite. So far it's been a great machine!

The cool thing about working on a Saturday is my fresh supply of energy drinks, coffee, & access to the refrigerator... So as I'm writing this post, streaming my gf's services online, & checking my website's search engine results page (SERP). Oh yeah, I'm also remembering yesterday's (& the day before too!) 7.1 earthquake that shook California! It was a ride for sure! Anyway, back to tech stuff....


Ubuntu Linux 19.04 - I love it!

July 6th, 2019

Dual Booting Linux with Windows 10

I've been dual booting Linux with Windows since 2007. The distribution back then was Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn). I've upgraded through the years & now I'm at Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo). I've always dual booted though, so I could keep up with the most current version of Microsoft Windows (I'm at Windows 10 Home now) - that way I could trouble shoot & "fix" client computers/laptops/networks. But personally, I never ever do anything within Windows as far as coding and work - just running Windows update occasionally. You can read up on the history of Ubuntu Linux if you want...

Fedora Linux openSUSE Linux , Ubuntu Linux

I've also run Linux distributions other than Ubuntu - openSUSE & Fedora Linux. Both are amazing distros, but I've stuck with Ubuntu for my daily driver since, like I've said, 2007. I'd never ever switch to anything else...

Speaking of Linux users, I was troubleshooting my sister's laptop, which was running Windows 10, & after many hours of registry hacks (she had a virus - many viruses actually...), I formatted the drive & installed the latest Ubuntu Linux distro on her system. It runs FAST & she's happy... viruses - yuk!


Link Exchange vs. Affiliate Programs

July 3rd, 2019

I'm at it again!

Waaaay back in 2006 through 2010, I was running 70+ websites, 3 of which had Google PageRanks of 3 or better (PR6 was my best seller). Of the 3 websites that had good Google PR. Here's the official definition from the Google wiki on PR:

"PageRank (PR) is an algorithm used by Google Search to rank web pages in their search engine results. PageRank was named after Larry Page, one of the founders of Google. PageRank is a way of measuring the importance of website pages. According to Google:
PageRank works by counting the number and quality of links to a page to determine a rough estimate of how important the website is. The underlying assumption is that more important websites are likely to receive more links from other websites.
Currently, PageRank is not the only algorithm used by Google to order search results, but it is the first algorithm that was used by the company, and it is the best known."

Infolink Program

So that was then, & this is now. Many things have changed, especially in Google's search algorithm, but many things have stayed the same... So once again I have created my affiliate accounts as well as Google AdSense program. I've also signed up once again with Infolinks, a similar program to Google's AdSense. I have had success with them in the past, so I'm sure it'll be a lucrative partnership once again.

Their setup is quite simple - very easy account creation & code placement within your site. I had zero issues adding their JavaScript code within my xhtml code - & the pages definitely still validate with w3c! That's very important to me because I hand-code all my pages, & I always make sure that the xhtml code is up to the w3c standards for web design. That's a must for me!

There are several different ad styles you can integrate into your site, from banner ads, to in-text links, to videos you can embed right into your content! All in all, it's a win-win for you and them. I recommend using them to monetize your website.

I'll be sure to update y'all with my results from Infolinks, so if you're interested in using them for your site, make sure to follow this blog for updates! Creating the account is free, and their ad placement scripts are unobtrusive, which means allot to me, as I run my code through w3c's validator to make sure my xhtml/css/javascript/php complies with web standards.

So stay tuned!


Blog Articles

Marketing, web design, social media, & seo

June 18th, 2019

I'm at it again!

Dual Screen monitors

Waaaay back in 1995, when I graduated with an Associate Degree in Computer Science, I fell in love with HTMLHyperText Markup Language, with the "blink" tag being the main reason! Netscape was my browser of choice, and I began to hack web page form submissions & of course, create my own pages. Then I was hit across the head with XHTMLEXtensible HyperText Markup Language & CSSCascading Style Sheets - which made me get serious about my coding. Then as I learned about semantic web design, using web standards in my coding, I totally stopped using WYSIWYG editors, & began to hand-code everything myself.

Fast forward to today, I have found that getting back into web development - things have changed & have stayed the same... My process for development has not changed however. I still run a mySQL database server, an Apache Web server, & PHP services locally. Once I get things just right on my laptop, then I ftp my code up to my web space & go live with it. Oh yeah, I also code in Java for Android ROM development.

I also was huge in SEO (Search Engine Optimization), & I'm getting back into the business again. I have noticed that things in the marketing field have changed AND have stayed the same. It was all about "Google Pagerank" back in the day, & now it's about "Google Domain Authority". Both give a value to a web-page, just in a different context.

Anyway, I'll be building up many websites now that I'm back in the swing of things!