Travel Your Way To More Traffic

Written by Ken Mowery

I am not a professional photographer nor am I inrepparttar travel business. However, I stay very busy these days taking scenic photographs and featuring them on my web site because my "not so" professional travel photos are bringing serious traffic to my web pages.

I consider myself a serious hobbyist when it comes to photography. It's a hobby because so far no one is willing to pay for any of my pictures. I know it's a serious hobby because I am never totally honest with my wife when she wants to know just how much I spend on photography. Overrepparttar 128322 years I have been privileged to see and shoot a few ofrepparttar 128323 spectacularly scenic locations that exist inrepparttar 128324 U.S.

When I started designing web pages I was constantly onrepparttar 128325 search for fresh images. One afternoon my search for a waterfall took me intorepparttar 128326 basement of my home where my wife had stored dozens of shoeboxes filled with hundreds of ordinary vacation snapshots. I foundrepparttar 128327 perfect scene for my project amongrepparttar 128328 many photographs I had taken of Niagara Falls.

I scanned several ofrepparttar 128329 Niagara pictures into my computer and tweaked them slightly with an image editor. I was very pleased withrepparttar 128330 results and decided to postrepparttar 128331 images on my personal website. I made a mistake when I typedrepparttar 128332 words andrepparttar 128333 file ended up as "NiagraFalls". I didn't think that much about it because I only planned to publicizerepparttar 128334 Niagara Falls pages to a few friends and relatives so they could enjoyrepparttar 128335 pictures also.

A few weeks later I was checkingrepparttar 128336 stats for my website and noticed that a number of guests had surfed in through search engines. To my surprise 30% of my visitors had come through a search for "niagrafalls". I went to one ofrepparttar 128337 major search engines and keyed in that phrase and was amazed to see that my site was inrepparttar 128338 top ten returns.

Search the Web More Efficiently: Tips, Techniques and Strategies (Part II)

Written by Daniel Bazac

Searchrepparttar Web More Efficiently: Tips, Techniques and Strategies (Part II) By Daniel Bazac - November 6, 2003 Copyright © 2003. All Rights Reserved.

Which Search Tool Should You Choose? * If you're looking for specific information use search engines. * If you're looking for a unique or obscure search term or if you want to make an in-depth analysis of what's out there on a specific subject, then use meta search engines. * If you're looking for general information on popular topics, use subject (web) directories. * If you're looking for scholarly information use virtual libraries. * If you're looking for real-time information or for dynamically changing content such asrepparttar 128321 latest news, phone book listings, available airline flights, etc., then use specialized databases (invisible or deep web.) There are thousands of search engines, hundreds of meta search engines and dozens of web directories and specialized databases. Choosingrepparttar 128322 right search tool - fromrepparttar 128323 start - can makerepparttar 128324 difference between a successful search and a frustrating experience. Before Startingrepparttar 128325 Search The easiest way to find information is when you know a web page Internet address or URL (Uniform Resource Locator) such as Fortune Magazine at You can find these addresses on business cards, TV commercials or newspapers. Simply typerepparttar 128326 URL inrepparttar 128327 browser's address box and hitrepparttar 128328 (PC) or (Mac) key. Be aware that in most browsers, you do not have to type "http://" or even "www" beforerepparttar 128329 domain name. You can access a site simply typingrepparttar 128330 domain name such as "" Special note: Be careful when you copy and paste a long URL from an email message or from some web sites. URLs that span two lines have a gap (space) betweenrepparttar 128331 last character of repparttar 128332 first line andrepparttar 128333 first character onrepparttar 128334 second line. First, get rid ofrepparttar 128335 gap and then paste it inrepparttar 128336 browser's address line. Other times you may not knowrepparttar 128337 URL but... you can guess it. Often companies will use their name, acronym or abbreviated name followed by ".com", such as or The same thing is true for educational institutions (addrepparttar 128338 ".edu" suffix) or government sites (add ".gov") So, whenever you don't know an URL, you can try to guess it. If you do not knowrepparttar 128339 URL, you'll have to find it by searchingrepparttar 128340 Internet. In many cases, a simple search on repparttar 128341 name of an organization within most search engines will return a direct hit on their web site. Tips For Searching Smarter: * Readrepparttar 128342 search engine's "search tips" or "help" page before using a search tool. Strangely enough, most ofrepparttar 128343 time you'll findrepparttar 128344 "search tips" link onrepparttar 128345 "Advanced Search" page or onrepparttar 128346 "results page." Anyway, regularly checkrepparttar 128347 search tips page becauserepparttar 128348 rules often change. * Customizerepparttar 128349 output ofrepparttar 128350 results. Userepparttar 128351 search engine's "preferences" page. Some search tools allow you to selectrepparttar 128352 value for: *repparttar 128353 total results per page; usually 10 by default (select *repparttar 128354 maximum - often 100) *repparttar 128355 search tool's timeout - selectrepparttar 128356 maximum *repparttar 128357 search depth - select maximum. Be sure to saverepparttar 128358 new "settings" or "search preferences" forrepparttar 128359 next time you userepparttar 128360 search tools. Also, setrepparttar 128361 browser you use to accept cookies. Tips To Make Your Search Faster: If you're searching for information and you are not interested in graphics onrepparttar 128362 pages you see, turn off or disable graphics. You can also turn off sounds, animation, Java, JavaScript, etc. See your browser documentation for instructions. If you decide to keeprepparttar 128363 graphics, inrepparttar 128364 case of a "heavy" page, you can always pressrepparttar 128365 button in repparttar 128366 browser, immediately after you seerepparttar 128367 text and before repparttar 128368 graphics are entirely loaded. More Tips: * Most search tools are case-insensitive which means that you can construct a query - your search request - by typing all repparttar 128369 words - even proper names - in lower case text. * If you type a long query, most ofrepparttar 128370 search tools' search boxes are not very wide so you cannot seerepparttar 128371 entire query. Writerepparttar 128372 query in a word processor and then "copy and paste" intorepparttar 128373 search box. Be aware that Google™ only allows 10 words inrepparttar 128374 search box. * Some search tools offer an option called "similar pages" (Google™) or "related pages" (AltaVista and Teoma.) Clicking on that option will show you relevant results for repparttar 128375 page you're interested in. * Some search engines have a function called "see more hits/results/pages fromrepparttar 128376 same domain." Sometimes it can be useful. * Also, some search tools, such as Google™, allow you to see an English translation for a results page that is written in a foreign language. If you want to translate a web page and you haverepparttar 128377 URL, you can also use: * Systran [ ] * Fagan Finder [ ranslate/ ] or * alphaWorks (IBM) [ ] Remember, don't expect perfect translations because that seldom happens. * Looking for pages in a specific language? Some search engines (Google™, AlltheWeb, etc.) have an advanced search page that allows you to selectrepparttar 128378 language fromrepparttar 128379 pull-down menu. * If your search terms contain letters not present inrepparttar 128380 English alphabet such as "é" or "ü" (example fiancé or München), use Fagan Finder's (Search Engine Ultimate Interface) which allows you to use these special letters in many major search engines. It makes a big difference. A search for Munchen in Google™ gives 570,000 results while for München - "u" with umlaut - gives 51,700,000 - almost 10 times more. So, let's start searching! Most ofrepparttar 128381 search tools can be searched using keywords. Web directories andrepparttar 128382 invisible web databases can also be searched by browsing categories and subcategories. Start with a popular search engine such as Google™, for example. Before typingrepparttar 128383 keywords, take your time and brainstorm relevant words. Create a list of search terms. Write them down. A few seconds of brainstorming could save you minutes or hours of retrieving irrelevant results. Advice for Searching Better: * Selectrepparttar 128384 most descriptive words. Brainstorm thoroughly. * Use at least two keywords. * Placerepparttar 128385 most important words or phrases first.

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