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<a href="http://www.walkerglass.com/products/anti-slip-glass/">Glass flooring</a>
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== 05 Oct 2006 ==
Walker Textures Traction - the ultimate anti-slip glass flooring product. Multi-level acid-etching of the Traction surface provides an unprecedented design option by combining discretion and security without impeding the natural flow of light.
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Removed "Howto Podcast" section, because it's on another page now.
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--[[User:Crislc|Crislc]] 21:48, 5 October 2006 (EDT)
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== Archives ==
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Hey, what's going to happen to this course wiki when the course is over?  -- --[[User:Patrick Engelman|Patrick Engelman]] 17:35, 21 September 2006 (EDT)
  
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I think it will continue to exist, unless we decide to delete everything for some reason. [[User:Rheppner|Richard Heppner]]
  
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We should thinka bout how to organize the Main Page better.  The "Where Can I Go?" section is getting kind of unwieldy, and I'm not sure we need to list all of the participants individually on the Main Page, either.  Shouldn't there be a separate page?--[[User:Rheppner|Rheppner]] 09:54, 23 September 2006 (EDT)
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== What You Need to Do with Backlinking for a New Site or Blog ==
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=== Massive Main Page Reorganization ===
  
3 Time-Tested Backlinking Methods You Should Know
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I reorganized the main page today, and moved large chunks of information onto separate pages.  If you don't like some part of the reorganization, I promise not to take it personally :-).  I would appreciate if you could leave a comment here, just to explain the reason you made an adjustment.
  
Traffic is the life blood of any website or blog because without getting relevant visitors coming in, you won't be able to make your site a success. Oh, there is a definite attraction to using SEO to rank on the first page right at the top so people can reap the rewards. Of all the things you can do without, incoming backlinks to your site is not one of them - they are mandatory for ranking. So if you want to grow your site's rank, then you have to build more backlinks to it. Continue on reading if you want to discover several powerful approaches to backlinking.
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You don't have to go as overboard on detail as I did.  In fact, it's probably better if you don't (for readability's sake). But hey, it's a wiki -- if it's too long, I'll let someone else trim it. And if I don't like their changes, I'll just roll it back :-).
  
One effective method that will bring you exposure, traffic and backlinks is with clever contests. The main rule is for those who enter to give you a backlink, and then you do a random draw for the winner. This person will get a prize or a gift hamper from your website which is great because people are always looking for ways to get free stuff, and this will really entice them. Just make sure the prize you're giving away is of high value, and you might have to spend some money, but it'll be worth it.
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--[[User:Crislc|Crislc]] 17:38, 1 October 2006 (EDT)
  
Blog commenting for backlinks can be highly effective if you do it right and do not abuse it. You may not find a ton of blogs 100% relevant to your niche, but no matter what only write worthy comments. Some people will allow a link from the post text, so just take a look at what others are doing there. We recommend you use your real name in the name field at all times. All these types of backlinking tasks are tedious and boring; that is why a lot of marketers do not really like doing it.
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====Overall Vision====
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*I think that the wiki is not a self-contained site, but is just one of the pillars that support the CyberOne infrastructure (the others being the Official Course Site, Moodle, and Second Life).
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** While the Course Site does a great job explaining about the course in general, it's purpose isn't to tightly integrate with active coursework.  It functions nicely as a introduction and gateway, teaching non-participants about CyberOne's aims and methods.
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** Moodle handles assignments very well, and is a passable medium for discussion, but is tricky to use as a knowledge repository.   It's also helpful to avoid scope-creep, and keep Moodle focused on student-generated content (i.e. answers to assignments).
  
A lot of techniques have evolved over the years; that includes the exchanging of links with a relevant site. You can't do reciprocal linking with just about anyone because the other site has to be targeted and relevant. When you use this method, be very careful with the other site and do your homework about them. Yes, you can fall out of favor with the major search engines for messing this one up, so take all precautions. We have talked about a few backlinking methods that will work very well if you try. If you fail to take any action of any kind, then you will not see any improvement. Taking action is the one and only thing that will help you to make it to the top of the search engines. There are so many different ways to get things done in your IM business that you could never possibly do them all.
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* Therefore, the Wiki should be the course's knowledge repository.
http://ydsadmissions.yale.edu/comment/reply/33/11121
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** It should be easy to add new content (like the latest lecture videos), add community content (like related events, or lecture notes), and pool knowledge resources to refine existing content (linking to a better version of an article, annotating a lecture with sections from the readings, etc.)
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** Far more importantly, it must be easy to access that content again later. Retrieval is the more important facet of a repository, so the wiki must be designed to make content findable.
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*** A page should not be weighed down with so much content that you need a search engine for the table of contents.
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*** Pieces that are related should link to each other, or be in proximity to each other.  Each week's page may contain useful content, but it's the Index that makes the pages useful as a group.
  
Report Source: <a href ="http://mommygadget.com/?expert=Tracey_Fieber">Source</a>
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====Changelog====
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This changelog is partial, since I don't remember every last thing I did. If you want to go through the entire history of my changes and post a better changelog, please be my guest ;-).
  
== A Quick and Easy Intro To Backlink Campaigns for Newbies ==
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* Re-organized participants
 
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** moved all lists of individuals onto separate pages
A Quick and Easy Intro To Backlink Campaigns for Newbies
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*** I know there are more interesting ways to do this (such as linking to a Category filter), but this was a simple cut-n-paste job.
 
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*** Those lists were huge, and they got in the way of reaching content further down the page. Also, there was no particular need to have them on the "Homepage" of the wiki.
All sites related to business must have high quality traffic, otherwise they will go under. If you want to get organic traffic from search, then obviously you need to do some optimization. Also, you should by now realize the need for backlinking to make this possible. Even before you read this article, only the very newest of people to IM would not know about the importance of backlink building. As you read this article, think about what we are talking about and apply them to your site.
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** Added links for groups of participants (i.e. Extension School Project Groups)
 
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*** It seems like a good place to put them for now, although as the groups mature, we may need to change/supplement this simple method of organization.
If you are lucky to find a forum where people do not play games, then you are in a nice place because they can be really cool.
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* Created Announcements Section
 
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** There's now one space for public appeals, and it's at the top of the page.  This should keep them from being buried in other areas.
While you are engaging in all that good stuff, you can simultaneously create a few excellent backlinks in a number of ways. Remember that your site backlink in your forum signature is what this is all about. Another great thing about forums is you are guaranteed to have your backlinks seen by the search engine spiders. Forum rules tend to be enforced pretty heavily, so do not violate their terms of service.  
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* Wikipedia-style "Related Links" (instead of "Online Resources")
 
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** That one kind of explains itself. I like the way Wikipedia does it :-)
Giving away free blog themes with your link in the footer can be very effective, and blog themes are easy to make with software. It is worth your time to make excellent free themes so they are downloaded and used a lot.
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** On top of that, I think that "Where can I go?" should apply to the entire course, not just the wiki site.  More on that further down in this post.
 
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* Created a "Past Events" page, linked out of "Related Events"
If you can create an interesting theme for bloggers and give it away, you will get a backlink in return. Another cool way to get backlinks is with widgets. All you need to do is look at what bloggers love to use and make it free.
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** Two-fold problem with "Related Events":
 
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**# it's at the bottom of the page, but could be the most relevant, and
You may have heard that link exchanging does not work anymore; that is just plain wrong on all accounts. You can't do reciprocal linking with just about anyone because the other site has to be targeted and relevant. Make sure you're not exchanging links from a site that runs a link farm because you have to be careful who you are partnering with. However, making this kind of mistake is not the end of the world even though you could drop in the rankings. It is in your best interest to acquire backlinks from the methods discussed above, and the reason for it is gives you variety. If you want things to happen on their own, then I'm sorry, it just won't happen because without targeted effort and consistency, you won't see results. Also, do your own testing with everything because that is how you discover new methods. As you progress, make your experience your biggest teacher, and by all means think out of the box and don't be afraid to experiment.
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**# old ones may have useful links, but still clutter up the Main page
http://ydsadmissions.yale.edu/comment/reply/33/11121
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** I moved all the old events to a "Past Events" page, so that they're accessible, but not in the way.
 
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** I'd like to create a new section for upcoming events (and probably ought to add the date and time in the title). That way you can see them (and jump straight to them) from the Contents box, and they stand out better.
Article Source: [http://mommygadget.com/?expert=Tracey_Fieber Source]
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* Massive Re-organization of "Where Can I Go?"
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** I broke this into several sections, based on criteria that made sense to me. It's probably not an ideal set, but it's at least a step forward.
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** My personal feeling is that the question of "Where Can I Go?" shouldn't be restricted to the wiki site. The wiki is only one site, of at least three that are critical to understanding the scope, content, and workflow of CyberOne. This section should reflect that.
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*** Projects / Project Groups: for everything about the projects. I didn't go into much depth on the linked pages, I just copied and pasted what seemed relevant from other sections on the Main page. '''This is a strong candidate for further examination.'''
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***Key Wiki Links: exactly what it says. Key areas on this wiki site.
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*** Other Areas: other parts of the wiki that don't seem very important.  I actually still think this isn't well-organized, but I don't want to be accused of attacking anyone's artistic expression :-). This might make more sense at the bottom (near "Related Links") of the page, in the future.
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*** External Links: Most of these items used to be in "Online Resources".  Since I use them a lot to navigate among the course's many sites, I put them in the main navigational area. Once again, I'm sure a more thoughtful analysis could reorganize this entire section more intuitively.
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* Added "How to Participate"
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** It seemed like a few paragraphs addressed this question, but they weren't all in one place.  While HLS and HES students have easy and obvious answers, someone dropping in as an at-large participant (or general net-surfer) might be a little puzzled.
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** In the future, this needs some serious expansion. Linking to the main course website would be a good start, especially for the "About CyberOne" bit.

Latest revision as of 16:26, 9 July 2013

05 Oct 2006

Removed "Howto Podcast" section, because it's on another page now. --Crislc 21:48, 5 October 2006 (EDT)


Archives

Hey, what's going to happen to this course wiki when the course is over? -- --Patrick Engelman 17:35, 21 September 2006 (EDT)

I think it will continue to exist, unless we decide to delete everything for some reason. Richard Heppner


We should thinka bout how to organize the Main Page better. The "Where Can I Go?" section is getting kind of unwieldy, and I'm not sure we need to list all of the participants individually on the Main Page, either. Shouldn't there be a separate page?--Rheppner 09:54, 23 September 2006 (EDT)

Massive Main Page Reorganization

I reorganized the main page today, and moved large chunks of information onto separate pages. If you don't like some part of the reorganization, I promise not to take it personally :-). I would appreciate if you could leave a comment here, just to explain the reason you made an adjustment.

You don't have to go as overboard on detail as I did. In fact, it's probably better if you don't (for readability's sake). But hey, it's a wiki -- if it's too long, I'll let someone else trim it. And if I don't like their changes, I'll just roll it back :-).

--Crislc 17:38, 1 October 2006 (EDT)

Overall Vision

  • I think that the wiki is not a self-contained site, but is just one of the pillars that support the CyberOne infrastructure (the others being the Official Course Site, Moodle, and Second Life).
    • While the Course Site does a great job explaining about the course in general, it's purpose isn't to tightly integrate with active coursework. It functions nicely as a introduction and gateway, teaching non-participants about CyberOne's aims and methods.
    • Moodle handles assignments very well, and is a passable medium for discussion, but is tricky to use as a knowledge repository. It's also helpful to avoid scope-creep, and keep Moodle focused on student-generated content (i.e. answers to assignments).
  • Therefore, the Wiki should be the course's knowledge repository.
    • It should be easy to add new content (like the latest lecture videos), add community content (like related events, or lecture notes), and pool knowledge resources to refine existing content (linking to a better version of an article, annotating a lecture with sections from the readings, etc.)
    • Far more importantly, it must be easy to access that content again later. Retrieval is the more important facet of a repository, so the wiki must be designed to make content findable.
      • A page should not be weighed down with so much content that you need a search engine for the table of contents.
      • Pieces that are related should link to each other, or be in proximity to each other. Each week's page may contain useful content, but it's the Index that makes the pages useful as a group.

Changelog

This changelog is partial, since I don't remember every last thing I did. If you want to go through the entire history of my changes and post a better changelog, please be my guest ;-).

  • Re-organized participants
    • moved all lists of individuals onto separate pages
      • I know there are more interesting ways to do this (such as linking to a Category filter), but this was a simple cut-n-paste job.
      • Those lists were huge, and they got in the way of reaching content further down the page. Also, there was no particular need to have them on the "Homepage" of the wiki.
    • Added links for groups of participants (i.e. Extension School Project Groups)
      • It seems like a good place to put them for now, although as the groups mature, we may need to change/supplement this simple method of organization.
  • Created Announcements Section
    • There's now one space for public appeals, and it's at the top of the page. This should keep them from being buried in other areas.
  • Wikipedia-style "Related Links" (instead of "Online Resources")
    • That one kind of explains itself. I like the way Wikipedia does it :-)
    • On top of that, I think that "Where can I go?" should apply to the entire course, not just the wiki site. More on that further down in this post.
  • Created a "Past Events" page, linked out of "Related Events"
    • Two-fold problem with "Related Events":
      1. it's at the bottom of the page, but could be the most relevant, and
      2. old ones may have useful links, but still clutter up the Main page
    • I moved all the old events to a "Past Events" page, so that they're accessible, but not in the way.
    • I'd like to create a new section for upcoming events (and probably ought to add the date and time in the title). That way you can see them (and jump straight to them) from the Contents box, and they stand out better.
  • Massive Re-organization of "Where Can I Go?"
    • I broke this into several sections, based on criteria that made sense to me. It's probably not an ideal set, but it's at least a step forward.
    • My personal feeling is that the question of "Where Can I Go?" shouldn't be restricted to the wiki site. The wiki is only one site, of at least three that are critical to understanding the scope, content, and workflow of CyberOne. This section should reflect that.
      • Projects / Project Groups: for everything about the projects. I didn't go into much depth on the linked pages, I just copied and pasted what seemed relevant from other sections on the Main page. This is a strong candidate for further examination.
      • Key Wiki Links: exactly what it says. Key areas on this wiki site.
      • Other Areas: other parts of the wiki that don't seem very important. I actually still think this isn't well-organized, but I don't want to be accused of attacking anyone's artistic expression :-). This might make more sense at the bottom (near "Related Links") of the page, in the future.
      • External Links: Most of these items used to be in "Online Resources". Since I use them a lot to navigate among the course's many sites, I put them in the main navigational area. Once again, I'm sure a more thoughtful analysis could reorganize this entire section more intuitively.
  • Added "How to Participate"
    • It seemed like a few paragraphs addressed this question, but they weren't all in one place. While HLS and HES students have easy and obvious answers, someone dropping in as an at-large participant (or general net-surfer) might be a little puzzled.
    • In the future, this needs some serious expansion. Linking to the main course website would be a good start, especially for the "About CyberOne" bit.