Saying Goodbye To Turing.com

It may take a while(unfortunately, GoDaddy reserves the right to hang on to an expired domain up to 1 year), but I’m happy to say I’m finally done with having a major Internet domain to take care of.

My apologies to those who may be reading this trying to get ahold of the name, but at this point the next owner of turing.com is quite literally out of my hands.
It hasn’t been so bad. With a combination of GoDaddy and Google, somehow I’m still getting my e-mail and I’ve finally said my goodbyes to Google Apps. A decent product, to be sure, but a lot of work just to maintain. Now I’m just a consumer, once again.
BTW, if anyone happens to hear what happened to this domain, I’d definitely like to know. Please let me know either here or drop me a note via e-mail.

Blogging 101

This is mostly for myself, but I wanted to document somewhere the various things I’ve learned from starting a couple of blogs in terms of how to integrate them into various parts of the Internet.

For the moment, this article will be rather sparse, but I’ll fill it in later.

Required Items:

Alexa Toolbar – This toolbar will tell you quite a bit about what the rest of the world thinks of your site. Use it long enough, and in exchange for Alexa monitoring your web habits you’ll receive some really interesting stats on how popular your website is in relative terms with the rest of the Internet.

Blogging Tool (i.e. Blogger) – One has to write their blog with something, after all.

Syndication Tool (i.e. Feedburner) – I’ve no idea why, but simply setting up Feedburner seems to have increased my traffic a bit. It also just makes your blog friendly, for those who wish to subscribe.

Optional Items:

Monitization Tool (i.e. OpenX Adserver) – Hey, I might make money at this someday. Why not. 🙂

PageRank Tool (i.e. Google Toolbar) – For those of us having a hard time getting indexed by Google, or just curious as to what your PageRank is…I don’t think there’s really any other way to find out.

Search Engine 101

This is mostly for myself, but I wanted to document somewhere the various things I’ve learned from Google’s FAQs and general knowledge about how to handle search engines.

And so, in the spirit of Dave Letterman, here is my Top 10:

1) Make sure all domains are listed, with each and every search engine(i.e. Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo).
2) Make sure all “www” hostnames are listed, with each and every search engine.
3) Make sure all sitemaps are actually conforming to the sitemaps specification. For instance, on Blogger this means having an additional parameter “orderby”. See the server’s robots.txt file if you have any doubts. I think this parameter has cost me dearly…damn.
4) Watch search engines go nuts with activity.
5) Keep up with tech support, if necessary(still waiting for crawl stats graphs from Google).

Here’s my current list of websites on Google’s Webmaster Tools site:

– slplacesdir.blogspot.com
– theturinggroup.blogspot.com
– www.slplacesdir.blogspot.com
– www.theturinggroup.blogspot.com
– https://sites.google.com:443/a/turing.com/the-turing-group/
– turing.com
– www.turing.com

That’s it. I hope this is useful to someone besides myself. Either way, at least I have a list for next time… 🙂

Last, but not least, unlisted icon definitions for Google’s new Webmaste Tools page:

– Clock icon: Request queued, but pending. We will get to it, please wait.
– Exclaimation icon: Request processed, with warnings. Please investigate, something -is- wrong.
– Red X icon: Request failed. Please investigate, this request was completely denied.