"Beginners Luck" a guide to Web Page/Site DesignWritten by Rudy A. McCormick
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3. Submit often, this is most boring part of a webmaster's life. Having your 150 dollar software submit your sites for you is not as effective as doing it yourself to each engine or database. For some reason some of data is skewed or something, I am not sure why. At least once a month, and some even suggest once a week, your site must be submitted to each engine.
This is basic ritual that will get your site noticed, without spending a dime. If you really want to get some hits, try renting a billboard and plaster a picture of a sports figure on it and your web site url. I have been told this works really well, although costing much U.S. currency.
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Bad Web Design: Mistakes With TextWritten by Richard Lowe
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Thank god most people understand that blinking characters are not cool (and not supported by Internet Explorer, which is a good thing).
Something which I see all of time is sites which use non-standard fonts. I know that special font which you paid a hundred dollars for is awesome, but believe me I'm not going to pay a hundred dollars just to see your web site display correctly.
You can get away with this, if you include a button to download font and complete instructions for installing it. Be sure to include an alternate, more common font in your font list though, for those people who do not want to download correct one.
You can use downloadable fonts, but be aware that browser support and standards are spotty at best. Even if you do include downloadable fonts, be sure and specify alternates in your tags just in case browser did not do download.
To sum it up, what I do is simple. I write my document, then sit back from screen about 4 feet. If I can still read text without trouble, then I ask my wife to do same thing. If we can both read it, then document is fine. Otherwise, something has to change.
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