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OK OK...this site really is a test bed for my business, but I have put few words in place over the last few years...

06.15.06
What So Proudly We Hailed
A son's lesson learned

05.17.06
This'll Teach Her to Ask...
AKA "On Loving a Younger Woman

2.05.09
Thursday Seems Like Monday When Your Days Are All The Same
There are days and then there are days.

5.27.07
The Stanguellini In Aunt Edith's Gift Shop
It is mid-July in Lime Rock. After almost 7 years in Arizona, I find the Connecticut humidity is odd, intense.

1.30.13
It's Just a Number
2,734,933,760


1954 Ferrari 250 Europa PF Coupe


1962 Porsche 356B S Roadster T-6 (Twin Grill)

10.22.09
Two New Sites for DLMWeb
A couple of interesting projects

10.22.09
Marshall Crenshaw - Live Webcast - Friday, October 23, 2009 12Noon EST
Keep listening to 98.1FM Red Hook, NY WKZE

10.13.09
Vodafone McClaren Mercedes Widget

10.5.09
Jack AND Squat
... if they can't take a joke (and the horse they rode in on)

10.1.09
WebcamMax - A Great Easy- to-use Tool
For once I have nothing but praise for a piece of software..

10.01.09
Livestream.com Fails to Make the Grade
How to screw up a good idea

9.3.09
1939 W 154 (W 163) Silver Arrow Mercedes-Benz Rudolf Caracciola - 1939 German Grand Prix

6.28.09
A Minor - UConn's Astounding A Capella Group Rip It UP at Project Troubador
Park your cynicism - It is never too late for an epiphany!

6.28.09
Pistolera - Project Troubador/June 27, 2009

5.4.09
Desperados - WITH EVERYBODY!!
wow

4.30.09
Walking Man Henry Herbert Knibbs/ recited by Waddie Mitchell
If you would like me to, I'll tell my story, now.

4.3.09
Oklahoma Hills - Jimmy LaFave Live at WKZE 98.1
This is as good as it gets! Best music I have ever webcast and archived.

3.26.09
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix - a new DLMWeb Client
The site features several layers of media and information for both promoters and fans.

3.09.09
The Legend of Crazy Horse by J.D. Blackfoot
Hard to find...Extraordinary piece of work.

3.09.09
This Abundant Life March 8 2009 - Lizzie & Baba
A streaming audio of the 3_08 show

3.09.09
Ryan Arnold Wins Helsinki's First Song Search Contest
An extraordinary song, by a special and talented young man.

3.09.09
Dusty Chaps - Tucson's Lost Treasure - Heat Stroke & Honk Tonk Music
These guys were the greatest Little Band on the Planet in 1970's Tucson.

3.06.09
Lizzie & Baba Craft a Song We All Can Sing
East meets West? Well, Left meets Right and finds some common ground!

2.24.09
Stop Using BADWARE, do not post your music in Real Player format.
I have a number of clients and friends in the music industry. While I certainly understand their need to control and limit the free downloading of their music, using RealPlayer is NOT a satisfactory way to achieve that end.

2.05.09
Thursday Seems Like Monday When Your Days Are All The Same
There are days and then there are days.

3.09.09
Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic - Jaime Brockett
497 and a half feet of ROPE...

1.22.09
Rolex 24 Live Webcast shut down by SPEEDTV

1.22.09
Zero Net Energy - Verdae LLC is a new client
Welcome to DLMWeb

1.11.09
Felice Brothers Deliver The Goods - Helsinki's Top Ten for 2008
Simone Felice stands on stage night after night, as do all the boys, and delivers...

12.07.08
Had fun, see you soon, I hope
I promise, beloved algorithm, that I shall never attempt to spoof you.


Harry Carter winning the 1960 Vanderbuilt Cup!!


What is new in DLMWeb?
Feeds from DLMWeb powered websites




10.2.08
How Many Vice-presidents Became President During Their Terms of Office ???
Is there even a contest...really?


Ce n'est pas comedie
Tina Fey didn't write this shit... it is really what is inside Snowjob Square Glasses' head.


Fey as Palin - Best SNL impression since Dana Carvey's Bush
Timeless and perfect

9.12.08
Daniel Nocera describes new process for storing solar energy
Electricity-by-wire from a central source could be a thing of the past.





Mama HillyBeans WebCast

8.14.08
Why the Road?
Thanks to Autoextremist.com

7.21.08
Lightning Book - A book about lightning is the scariest read of the year!
Not the kind of out of the body experience I want to have!

7.11.08
ALMS and Formula BMW at Lime Rock Park's New Uphill and West Bend

4.30.08
Albert Hofmann
Remember April 19 - Bicycle Day

04.47.08
DLMWeb live cam
A test of the Ustream.tv


Kart Race at OVRP - 8hrs - June 21 2008

01.14.08
Random Motorsport and Car Related Videos
YouTube Ad Test

01.07.08
Juan Manuel Fangio Video
From the director of Chariots of Fire

12.26.07
Austin Healey Videos - THE BIG HEALEY
A video collection of these wonderful cars in action

12.09.07
Austin Healey 3000 Mk III - A Superb Restoration
THE Big Healey - 1967 BJ8

11.01.07
Lime Rock Connecticut - Map of Business District at End of
limeRockBusinessDistrictMap

10.20.07
Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mt. Boys - Answer The Call - Live at Helsinki October 13, 2007
An absolute high point in my 7+ years as Helsinki's webmaster

10.20.07
Pastrami on rye... and so far up the river!!
the wi-fi connecting too

9.06.07
Lime Rock Park Video - 2007 Vintage Festival - Sam Posey, Jim Haynes, John Bishop
40 minutes of wonderful conversation from the 2007 Vintage Festival

7.21.07
Bush Colonoscopy Finds His Brain!
It was only a case of recto-cranial inversion...

7.16.07
Northwest Corner Connecticut Real Estate Brokerage Becomes Latest DLMWeb Client
Helping another business to get found on the web!!

5.27.07
The Stanguellini In Aunt Edith's Gift Shop
It is mid-July in Lime Rock. After almost 7 years in Arizona, I find the Connecticut humidity is odd, intense.

5.27.07
OSCA MT4 Spider Morelli
A Maserati by any other name...is an OSCA.

5.17.07
Falwell Falls - Ugly Little Toad Croaks
Goodbye and Good Riddance

5.10.07
"Success is not no violence" - George W. Bush, The GODDAMNED 43rd President of the United States of America!!!!!!!!!
In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge

5.5.07
The Wellspring of Reality- R. Buckminster Fuller
An essay that has informed my thinking since I stumbled upon it in the Lenox Library in 1970

5.9.10
Lizzie West's "19 Miles To Baghdad"
Something Good Has Begun

3.23.07
At Last, Something Worth Reading from the Berkshire Eagle!
Eagle Droppings Narrowly Miss Young Mother, Hitting Instead Their IntendedTarget

3.5.07
A Psychiatrist's Perspective on George Bush - Yes, He IS sick
Speculation regarding GW's sanity.

2.14.07
Test of Podcast Creator
HTML for page placement

1.25.07
The Webbie's Helsinki Favorites
My cup runneth over! A brief rundown of some special artists and moments in 2006

12.20.06
Hal Ketchum Coming to Helsinki!
and here is some STREAMING VIDEO

A Special Treat for Visitors with HighSpeed Internet

10.06.06
Perl to kill MS BitDrool Eliminate MS Word Generated Curly Quotes, em Dashes, en Dashes, Elipsises, and Curly Single Apostrophes
A couple of tweaks to the Smart Quote filter




A Special Report - Spring 2007
Do you understand what your Web pages say?
About SEO

9.12.06
A Beautiful Example of Guitarmaking
Hot of the workbench of Jeremy Gage

8-21-06
Dylan's New Album Review - Rogovoy Scoops the World.
Using DLMWeb Content Mangement Tools make this a do-it -yourself project

7.24.06
A Second version of Smart Quote Filter
A regular expression and adding the utf-8 metatag

06.15.06
What So Proudly We Hailed
A son's lesson learned

05.17.06
This'll Teach Her to Ask...
Little did this glib goyim with a pisk (go look it up, if your Yiddish is a bit rusty) realize...

05.15.06
How I Spent My Winter
The bottle was dusty, but the liquor was clean

12.10.05
San Pedro River from Cascabel
A bit more about why...

11.29.05
Arizona!!??? What Were You Thinking?
Ahh, wilderness!

05.18.06
Cowboy Up
My step-grandfather, Remington Schuyler was one hell of an illustrator




10.20.07
Today the police cars are going crazy!!
Here is a test




8.23.05
David Minton, Berkshire Web Designer in Great Barrington Uses His Own Site to Demonstrate RSS
I'll bet that you don't really get it, but you should!

8.14.05
Horseback Rides in India
An amazingly good thing

8.6.05
Niagara Falls/Slowly I Turn
Bud and Lou?

8.1.05
Insanity Industry
http://www.blogmaverick.com/

7.26.05
A Reiterative Failure to Classify
An Eagle article gets Ol' Grumpy up on his high horse

7.25.05
Getting Found on The Web
Good design and Relevant Copy - The NO BS solution to Search Engine Optimization

7.22.05
Lola EX 257 / Lime Rock July 4 Weekend/Chris Dyson
Digital Photo and Image Manipulation by dlminton

7.20.05
Some Good News For a Change
The Starfish Difference makes a REAL difference in a hard land I know and love.

7.11.05
Monsoon Hangs Up Heat Builds Up
On seeing Arizona live up to its name

7/4/05
Rogovoy's DLMWEB powered Blog featured on Front Page of Eagle
A dlminton web service site gets some ink

7.20.05
Six Acres and a Deere
Hmm, thought a thought provoking way of looking at the situation.

June !5, 2005
Jeremy Wallace Becomes the latest DLMWeb Makeover
A supremely talented musician, a wonderful and inovative songwriter

June 6, 2005
A new bloom - for Margot
Photoshop Image by dlm

June 3, 2005
Eagle on the Grill as Seth Rogovoy Hits a Nerve
Some great colloquy at a dlmweb powered Web Journal

May 26, 2005
As close as a star to the moon.
Read Gatsby, and read it again and again

May 31, 2005
Oh, Now I Get It...An epiphany from the NYTimes
Been there, done that.

April 13, 2005,
Images/Helsinki 2005
Grupo Fantasma Image

04/02/05
The Auto Shop in Salisbury, CT Joins dlmweb's Family of Websites
More about this project as it is developed

4/1/05
97.7 FM is WBCR, Berkshire Community Radio
HELP GET THE WORD OUT

4/1/05
Safe Update for Helsinki
Automatic Backup

3/30/05
WBCR 97.7 Schedule
Support Community Radio

03/30/05
Conservative Thinking at its Best
Inimical to basic constitutional principles

03/21/05
How RSS Gets Your Message Delivered
Three different examples

03/16/05
Frank Zuback Productions - Music Services
Another dlminton web services powered blog hits the web

03/14/05
The Lantern House Motel Goes Online in Record Time
4 hours from purchase to online - Outstanding service from Outnet,.com and GoDaddy.com

02/16/05
Strong Visual Image Opens Start Racing Site
Using broadband effectively to entice your visitors to read your message

02/16/05
Latest Helsinki Opener
A dynamic page that is easily managed

02/15/05
Another reason to use Firefox
Some scary stuff from the folks who brought you the Blue Screen of Death

02/14/05
Turning Horse Feed into Mulch
A self explanatory mea culpa

02/04/05
A Feed from Pumpelly Racing
Updating Daytona via WiFi

02/03/05
And the journey goes on
The broken key is a pain.

01/28/05
It is beginning to get a bit interesting.
Bed time for DLM

01/26/05
Road Trip Tomorrow
Wiki this

01/19/05
About this RSS/Blog deal
Why this should matter to YOU

01/17/05
Blogging?
Two objectives today, chronical a personal experience and describe the functions of the programming I have been writing.

01/09/05
Pottery Barn Rule - You Break It You Own It
Pssssst...Wanna buy a couple of hot domain names?

August 7, 2005
A DLMWebCast
in fond remembrance: Avalon Ballroom, October 13, 1968
01/08/05
Distributing Your Music and Message on the Web
Getting the word...and the MUSIC out.

01/07/05
JS Code to put RSS on a web page
Nice stuff

01/08/05
Adding an RSS feed to MyYahoo
My feed shows up on MyYahoo...damn, that is cool.

01/08/05
A Gray Sleety Afternoon
as I explore this RSS deal

01/07/05
Next thing is to use this
Good night

01/08/05
Enough for Tonight
Very satisfying

01/08/05
Next Stop...The Aggregators
We shall see, but I believe we are getting there

01/07/05
That was too easy!!!
Got there

01/07/05
Almost Midnight
Getting there

01/07/05
Camille du Gast
1903!

01/07/05
You Learn Something New Every Day
I doubt it

01/07/05
RSS
Really Simple Syndication has a real name

01/07/05
Web definitions for Blog -- (weB LOG)
from: www.matisse.net/files/glossary.html

01/07/05
An Editoral Rewrite
Which puts it back on the journal opener

01/06/05
Paris-Madrid '03
The end of the era

01/06/05
A New Year
Uhh, '04? You sucked. Sorry, but that's the way it was.

Timeless
Belgium?
from Get Fuzzy











Overwite Me!

10.3.05
PodCast Feed via JavaScript
One of many ways to use an RSS feed.

7.15.05
Helsinki Photos
Abby Lappen/Open Stage


1954 Ferrari 250 Europa PF Coupe





1962 Porsche 356B S Roadster T-6 (Twin Grill)

7.25.05
Getting Found on The Web
Good design and Relevant Copy - This is what Search Engine Optimization

01/17/05
The Log of the Starshit Enterprise
Wayyyyyyyy more than you need to know, unless you are an uninsured male aged 50 + who is trying to figure out how to get the health care you need.

01/14/05
And now for something different....
Parental guidance might be in order...don't click if you're uptight.


Custom Blogs and Sites that Get Found by Search Engines - DLMWeb Easy-to-Use Content Management

Do you understand what your Web pages say?

A Special Report - Spring 2007
from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization

Search engine optimization (SEO), a subset of search engine marketing, is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via "natural" ("organic" or "algorithmic") search results. Usually, the earlier a site is presented in the search results, or the higher it "ranks," the more searchers will visit that site. SEO can also target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, and industry-specific vertical search engines.


As a marketing strategy, SEO considers how search algorithms work and what people search for in order to increase a site's relevancy. SEO efforts may involve a site's coding, presentation, and structure, as well as fixing problems that could prevent search engine indexing programs from fully spidering a site. Other, more noticeable efforts may include adding unique content to a site, and making sure that the content is easily indexed by search engines and also appeals to human visitors.

The term SEO can also refer to "search engine optimizers," a term adopted by an industry of consultants who carry out optimization projects on behalf of clients, and by employees who perform SEO services in-house. Search engine optimizers may offer SEO as a stand-alone service or as a part of a broader marketing campaign. Because effective SEO depends upon the source code of a site, SEO tactics may be incorporated into web site development and design. The term "search engine friendly" describes designs, menus, content management systems and shopping carts that are easy to optimize.







Interview with Matt Cutts on Search and SEO in China
from: http://www.chinamyhosting.com/seoblog/2007/04/10/interview-matt-cutts-en/

The fact is that SEO within Google's quality guidelines is okay. That includes things like making sure that your site is crawlable, thinking of words that users would use when searching and including them naturally within the content of the site, and doing things like making sure that page titles and urls are descriptive.




from: http://seo-theory.com/wordpress/category/seo-theory/

There was a time when Web documents were constructed primarily with the user in mind: the person reading the content came first. And then we decided we had to get fancy, start adding stuff to the presentation to make Web documents look more like printed documents.

We added pictures, tables, embedded objects, frames, and other whizbang things. But to add this stuff we had to resort to special instructions intended more for the browsers than for the people.

To simplify the task of talking to browsers we added a styling language (CSS1). It wasn't capable of much but we added layout features in the next generation (CSS2).

We even began telling browsers to stop using their own gizmos and use our own (Java, Javascript). We found ourselves having to tell browsers to stop misbehaving (MS Smarttags). We even had to prevent browsers from accessing our pages as if they belonged to other sites (frame-busting Javascript).

And we found that we could also talk to our servers from within documents, asking them to include content from other files that browsers cannot reach; asking them to serve new files after people take specific actions; etc.

Somewhere along the way we also began talking to search engines, asking them to follow, index, archive, not follow, not index, not archive stuff. And now we can tell them not to use directory descriptions in their search results pages, not to follow links on a link-by-link basis, and even to ignore certain sections of our pages that our visitors still see.

The end-users are almost completely forgotten in the cacaphony of commands being issued to servers, browsers, and search engines. Web document standards have failed miserably to separate the engine from the interface. Quite the opposite effect has happened: the Web document, which was originally just the interface, is now the engine driving all the parts.

Search engine optimization therefore has to take everything into consideration: users, servers, browsers, and search engines. Is it any wonder that SEOs stumble around the Webscape blindly poking holes into their own strategies?

We now have to remind ourselves to write copy for users, not search engines.

We use our servers to create virtual Web sites, grabbing content from hidden files and SQL databases, formatting pages on the fly.

We have to tell browsers and search engines alike to substitute URLs, to stay out of directories, or to go away completely.

And we have to tell the search engines to crawl our pages.

It was never enough for a Webmaster to just let the technology do what it was supposed to do. We had to take control wherever possible, and each time we took control over the experience the other side fought back.

Users left our cheesy sites in droves, forcing us to improve our design and content.

Servers buckled under the demand, forcing us to implement new technologies and buy more powerful hardware.

Browsers choked when rendering our convoluted pages, forcing us to advise users to surf with our favorite browsers, or to create two or more sets of content pages for those other browsers.

And search engines looked for creative ways to keep our cheesy pages out of their indexes, or to suppress our lazy content because there was something else out there which was less convoluted, more useful.

The lesson history wants to teach us is that challenge increases with complexity. That is, the more we try to do with our pages, the more difficult it becomes to do anything well, much less achieve the results we want.

Most people will read a page that has nothing more than a few navigational links, a header, and several paragraphs of text. Nonetheless, we insist on inundating them with autoloading videos, interactive gizmos that take control of the browser away from them, and hard-to-read fonts.

Most Web content can be presented in a straight list format, top-down. But now we struggle to design cascading style sheets that can take the linear content and make it appear to be spread across a page as if it were laid out on a paste-up board - and we'll gyrate through any amount of bloated CSS code in order to avoid using HTML tables ( which were originally used for page layout because we didn't have any other way to do it).

It takes less effort to create static HTML pages than it does to write a system that generates them dynamically. But we invest more and more time and resources each year into developing ever larger, more complex dynamic content generation applications.

And search engines don't need anything more than the content you put on a page to understand what it is relevant to, but we devote an increasingly lop-sided amount of time and effort to building "relevant" backlinks as well as to embedding backlinks that won't pass useful anchor text.

If you conduct a poll asking every SEO you meet what two factors are the most important for controlling search engine rankings, how many do you think will choose page titles and links? How many do you think will choose page titles and something else?

A well-rounded SEO has to understand how .htaccess files work, what server side includes are, the difference between sub-domains and top-level domains, robots.txt, which meta tags are used for which purposes, and how cascading style sheets both simplify and complicate the page layout and design process.

That same SEO needs to be aware of what on-page emphasis can do for asserting relevance, and also has to know what to look for to discover if a linking partner is cheating in an exchange.

Our competent SEO needs to have enough common sense to know that if crawlers cannot fetch pages during server down time those pages may not be indexed. Our SEO also has to understand that duplicate content may make it difficult for a search engine to decide which page to show, and that inconsistent URL references in links may cause search engines to see duplicate content that doesn't really exist.

A well-trained SEO has to think about how a page will look in Ask, Google, Live, Yahoo!, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Lynx. The same SEO knows copy needs to be compelling as well as informative. It has to be easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to follow.

There are a thousand little things you need to know and understand. But the most important thing you need to know, the most important factor for controlling search engine results, is that your Web pages must be multi-lingual, fluent in all their languages, and as simple as possible.

You should try designing a Web site that uses nothing but a handful of HTML elements, maybe only H1, OL/LI, and CENTER (allowing for links between pages). You might be surprised by what you'll learn from returning to the basics. Your pages will speak to you in a very clear, elegant way.

When you learn to listen to the rhythm of the Web documents you create you'll be better able to diagnose their problems. At all levels of design and optimization you should seek to achieve symmetrical structure. Anything that breaks the symmetry disrupts the rhythm.

And when the rhythm is broken, your page will speak to you. You just need to listen, hear, and understand what it says. That only happens at the highest level of search engine optimization. That should be your goal.





from: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769



Webmaster Guidelines

Following these guidelines will help Google find, index, and rank your site. Even if you choose not to implement any of these suggestions, we strongly encourage you to pay very close attention to the "Quality Guidelines," which outline some of the illicit practices that may lead to a site being removed entirely from the Google index or otherwise penalized. If a site has been penalized, it may no longer show up in results on Google.com or on any of Google's partner sites.

* Design, content, and technical guidelines
* Quality guidelines

When your site is ready:

* Have other relevant sites link to yours.
* Submit it to Google at http://www.google.com/addurl.html.
* Submit a Sitemap as part of our Google webmaster tools. Google uses your Sitemap to learn about the structure of your site and to increase our coverage of your webpages.
* Make sure all the sites that should know about your pages are aware your site is online.
* Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!, as well as to other industry-specific expert sites.

Design and content guidelines

* Make a site with a clear hierarchy and text links. Every page should be reachable from at least one static text link.
* Offer a site map to your users with links that point to the important parts of your site. If the site map is larger than 100 or so links, you may want to break the site map into separate pages.
* Create a useful, information-rich site, and write pages that clearly and accurately describe your content.
* Think about the words users would type to find your pages, and make sure that your site actually includes those words within it.
* Try to use text instead of images to display important names, content, or links. The Google crawler doesn't recognize text contained in images.
* Make sure that your TITLE and ALT tags are descriptive and accurate.
* Check for broken links and correct HTML.
* If you decide to use dynamic pages (i.e., the URL contains a "?" character), be aware that not every search engine spider crawls dynamic pages as well as static pages. It helps to keep the parameters short and the number of them few.
* Keep the links on a given page to a reasonable number (fewer than 100).

Technical guidelines

* Use a text browser such as Lynx to examine your site, because most search engine spiders see your site much as Lynx would. If fancy features such as JavaScript, cookies, session IDs, frames, DHTML, or Flash keep you from seeing all of your site in a text browser, then search engine spiders may have trouble crawling your site.
* Allow search bots to crawl your sites without session IDs or arguments that track their path through the site. These techniques are useful for tracking individual user behavior, but the access pattern of bots is entirely different. Using these techniques may result in incomplete indexing of your site, as bots may not be able to eliminate URLs that look different but actually point to the same page.
* Make sure your web server supports the If-Modified-Since HTTP header. This feature allows your web server to tell Google whether your content has changed since we last crawled your site. Supporting this feature saves you bandwidth and overhead.
* Make use of the robots.txt file on your web server. This file tells crawlers which directories can or cannot be crawled. Make sure it's current for your site so that you don't accidentally block the Googlebot crawler. Visit http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/faq.html to learn how to instruct robots when they visit your site. You can test your robots.txt file to make sure you're using it correctly with the robots.txt analysis tool available in Google webmaster tools.
* If your company buys a content management system, make sure that the system can export your content so that search engine spiders can crawl your site.
* Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages or other auto-generated pages that don't add much value for users coming from search engines.

Quality guidelines

These quality guidelines cover the most common forms of deceptive or manipulative behavior, but Google may respond negatively to other misleading practices not listed here (e.g. tricking users by registering misspellings of well-known websites). It's not safe to assume that just because a specific deceptive technique isn't included on this page, Google approves of it. Webmasters who spend their energies upholding the spirit of the basic principles will provide a much better user experience and subsequently enjoy better ranking than those who spend their time looking for loopholes they can exploit.

If you believe that another site is abusing Google's quality guidelines, please report that site at http://www. google.com/contact/spamreport.html. Google prefers developing scalable and automated solutions to problems, so we attempt to minimize hand-to-hand spam fighting. The spam reports we receive are used to create scalable algorithms that recognize and block future spam attempts.

Quality guidelines - basic principles

* Make pages for users, not for search engines. Don't deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as "cloaking."
* Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you'd feel comfortable explaining what you've done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn't exist?"
* Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
* Don't use unauthorized computer programs to submit pages, check rankings, etc. Such programs consume computing resources and violate our Terms of Service. Google does not recommend the use of products such as WebPosition Gold™ that send automatic or programmatic queries to Google.

Quality guidelines - specific guidelines

* Avoid hidden text or hidden links.
* Don't employ cloaking or sneaky redirects.
* Don't send automated queries to Google.
* Don't load pages with irrelevant words.
* Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
* Don't create pages that install viruses, trojans, or other badware.
* Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines, or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
* If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

If a site doesn't meet our quality guidelines, it may be blocked from the index. If you determine that your site doesn't meet these guidelines, you can modify your site so that it does and request reinclusion.




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