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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Some Tips For Getting More Visitors to Your Sites on: July 07, 2006 06:30:43 AM
OK, so I've seen all these Search Engine Optimization(SEO) lists that say to use link directories to improve Google Page Rank and SEO. Yet, no one seems to discuss tactics to getting the most out of those submissions. So, I thought I would share my lessons learned.

I've compiled 12 ideas that have given me great results. The first 3 are listed here. The rest of the list and the complete article can be found on my site;  http://www.HelpForWebBeginners.com/SEO/directory-submission.html

  • Always make sure the link being given is SEO friendly.
    The page should link directly to your URL and encourage search engines to both index and follow all links on the page.
  • Always read and comply with any listed submission guidelines. Directory owners recieve so many spammy and poor submissions that they rarely give a site a second chance. Take the time to play by their rules - after all they are giving you a backlink with the link text of your choice for free.
  • When possible, take the opportunity to submit a link to an interior page (deep link).
    People will often trade links for homepages, but it is harder to get links to interior pages. Keep in mind, deep linking is often against a directory's guidelines and submitting a deep link can get your site permanently banned if the directory owner does not accept them. I recommend submitting pages that appear on your main navigation menu.

I've seen great results with directory submissions and have literally watched my websites climb in Google and Yahoo using this technique. Hope this helps some of you.

PS. Leah, if this is in the wrong place - I am sorry and please handle accordingly.
22  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Please help me with unique copyright question? Slightly OT... on: September 04, 2005 03:11:47 PM
A little off topic, but there are so many of you so well versed in copyright as it pertains to cartoon characters and famous images that I'm hoping for some general guidance.

I am looking into putting together an online portfolio of my web work.

One of my biggest projects was for an intranet website for a toy company that has since gone out of business.  The company had licenses with many of the major cartoon folks. (We made the stuffed toys theme parks offer as prizes, among other things - you probably have some of the stuff in your homes.)

So when I made the web site and used many of these licensed characters, I was told that it would be acceptable use by our legal and licensing folks (while the company was still in business).

If I want to use some of the pages that contain these characters (without the characters the pages are uhm, boring and unimaginative; web site was on how to use an ERP system and computer policies) for an online portfolio, would I still be covered by the fact the work was done for a company who did have the right to use those characters?

Would it be OK to put the pages up in full working order, or would it be smarter/more legal to put them up as screen shots?

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Your favorite crochet tip... on: April 10, 2005 08:54:42 AM
Yep, stealing the idea from the knitting forum, but the thread has been going for months with so many wonderful ideas thought it would be interesting to see what wonderful tips the crochet folks have.

I'll start...

When I have a ball of yarn that I am working from, I put it in a stew pot at my feet. That way the ball just rolls around in the pot instead of all around the room.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Straightening yarn? on: January 07, 2005 08:44:24 PM
I'm using some yarn that I've recycled from an old sweater. The yarn has some curling from the sweater like any yarn left crocheted for a while. When I used the yarn for a shawl, the curling was hidden in the stitching. I would like to make fringe with the yarn, but the curly-ques would not be attractive.

So, does anyone know how to straighten yarn? If I went ahead and added the fringe and then washed it would that straighten it? Or could I do something else?

BTW, if it matters, the yarn is 95% acrylic 5% wool.

Thanks,
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25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How long is your fringe? on: January 07, 2005 08:39:59 PM
I've finished a shawl that is basically a very wide scarf. Didn't use a pattern, so no guidelines on the fringe.

How long do you'all (now I'm even writing southern  Grin) make your fringe on scarfs and shawls? Do you wing it or use some percentage of the item being fringed?

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26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What are your favorite yarns for felting? on: December 22, 2004 09:59:26 AM
Would love to felt something...and finally found something I would like to try-a cat bed that is on the knitting forum.

I posed within that topic the same question. What yarns have you found to work better for felting? I'm not working right now so money is an issue; but I do want it to turn out nice - after all it is for my baby who as I type is happily sitting in my lap.

Are there any yarns that while wool didn't felt as well for you?

I have access to WM(closest), Michaels and AC Moore.

Thanks,
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27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hello and general question... on: October 18, 2004 07:28:57 AM
Hi All!

Been lurking since before Christmas.  Roll Eyes Yep almost a year.  Am loving this site, just never before had anything to add. Am mainly a more computer type (my profession when I can find work) so although I may not be able to add much pattern-wise I can repay ideas in the web critique forums.

I've been doing a variety of crafting for years, but never really seriously. Of late have been revisiting crochet. Someone had a thread about being taught by their grandmother - same for me. Seems like crochet gene skips a generation.

My question has to do with the business side of things, but is specific to crochet items; so hopefully this is a good place for it. It seems the trend on e-bay is supplies and patterns sell; finished goods go really low or not at all. As crocheters do you generally make items for yourself, family, & friends or do you successfully sell your creations?  Where do you do better e-bay, personal web site, shows & fairs? Seems like we have items that would do better when able to be touched. Pricing seems to be all over the map when I looked at some various personal web sites - so I guess that's pretty much a play it by ear kinda thing.

I'm not looking for trade secrets (well, if you're willing to share some I won't stop you), just general feedback.

Thanks and look forward to becoming more active in this wonderful community of clever and talented folks.

regards,
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