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Happy New Year 2002
to all WebmasterWorlders

 1:30 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well here we are at that time of year again and it is again my honour to continue the tradition [webmasterworld.com] of New Year Messages.

Last year we were talking about 2001 being a year of changes and we have certainly seen that both on and off the Internet.

Last year was also the Centenary of Federation for Australia which was a year long, although slightly subdues, party. This year in Australia is the year of the Outback. I am not sure of the exact figures but I would estimate that about 90% of the Australia population lives in around 10% of the land. It is such a huge land and yet so may of us never see beyond the end of our street.

The same could be said for the Internet, there is so much of it we rarely see anything beyond what we find on page one of the search engine serps.

As the web is becoming more and more income-centric day-by-day and the question must be asked "Where will it stop?" With the Major Directories and Engines moving inexorably towards paid only inclusion, with all round yearly fees knocking at the door, it is clearly evident the gap between information and purchasing searching will widen and time goes on. The question is, where will we find the more academic information for which we are looking? We can't expect Google and Fast to provide it all.

So, what hails for the future? I predict that the small niche directory will become even more into their own, whilst at the same time the opportunities for effective free submission to the majors will decrease. Add to that the apparent boost in serps even by having a small directory of related links on your site and perhaps the Internet is gaining and slight swing back to what it used to be, good sites linking to like good sites. Check here [webmasterworld.com] and here [webmasterworld.com] for more info.

It is often said the best way to predict the future is to make it. We have to opportunity to make of the web what we want, and if that means shifting strategies as Search Engines and Directories shift their focus from information to income, then so be it. There is more to the Web than just searching...

On a slightly frivolous note, things are certainly freshening up around Google aren't they? But do you ever get the feeling that we are simply Lab Rats sniffing around to find a bit of cheese constantly moved just before we find it by the white-coated boffins. I may be wrong, but I often have the picture in my mind of all the GoogleGuys laughing in their offices at our inept efforts at deciphering their up and down algo.

We get caught up so often in reverse engineering that we forget the creative side of what we do. Lets get on with the basics. Have another look at Chiyo's post [webmasterworld.com] I mentioned last year. The points she (got it right this time) raised then are just as relevant now, perhaps even more so.

So best wishes to all my WebmasterWorld friends for the coming year of 2002. May it be even better than you could possibly imagine.




 12:22 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

.. to A all my W-M-W buddies.

Champagne and fireworks are sparkling here in Denmark!

My friends are saying hello, have a happy new everybody!



 12:31 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

[6]Boldog Uj …vet KivŠnok![/6]

"Happy New Year!" From Hungary


 12:36 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

The clock is slowly creeping forward to end a great year and usher in an even better one here in South Carolina. Happy New Year to all of you.

click watcher

 12:38 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

happy new year from


lets hope its a good one 4 us all


 1:24 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy New Year to all from California!

It's going to be a good 2002, I finally got a subcontractor position last week with an SEO company after a three month job search. Feeling very grateful right now.

I hope the next year finds us all working together for a more peaceful world.


 2:44 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Despite the ups and downs, the wins and the losses, the triumphs and tragedies, 2001 was a good year for E-commerce.

The freight train of electronic commerce is building up steam and there's no stopping it now. ALL ABOARD, ladies and gentlemen ... 2002 will be the ride of your life ... tickets please!

To all on earth ... Happy New Year!


 4:59 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

From Millinocket, Maine, (60 miles north of Bangor), peaceful and prosperous new year to all.

It's a warm 18 degrees (Farenheit), and trying to snow as the calendar turns to 2002. We've got "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve 2002" on the TV, and the fact that this has become a tradition with us has me convinced that I am nearing old age!

Well, we're off to toast the new year with a chilled bottle of sparkling cider.


 5:52 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hello from Iowa in the USA, where it is a fridgid 0F [joefarmer.com] out right now. (brrr).

What a great year it was for us. We gained in almost every noticeable metric this year.
I really think the dotcom roll back is over. I look for solid gains by everyone on the net next year.

Happy new year everyone!


 11:23 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy new year from the UK.

I hope 2002 is good for you.


 11:32 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy new year from Sweden



 11:41 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy New Year from the UK

> 2002 will be the ride of your life ... tickets please!


 11:49 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy New Years from sunny Florida where it's a bone chilling 42°F.

I for one, am looking forward to a quiet and uneventful Year 2002.


 11:53 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy New Year to all from Los Angeles! 3 AM and it's 52 degrees - we really suffer here. :)


 12:36 pm on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

- the web becoming more worldwide than ever
- paid services rising big time
- evolution of the web into one segment that soon will be unseperable from commercial TV, and another segment that remains basically free

Let's go for another ride!
Good luck to all of us!


 1:31 pm on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

It's 4:30 am here in Fairbanks, Alaska. I assume I'm going last in this New Years Well-Wishing Bonanza... at 4:30am our time (rather close to the International Date Line).

I dare not predict what will come up for all of us this year, except to say there will be events both more wonderful and more terrible than any of us imagine from our vantage point tonight... and that (hopefully) we will all be here to help each other fully appreciate and grow from whatever experiences may befall us in the next 12 months.

Blessings of whatever and every sort to everyone this New Year's, and may all of us enjoy the full fruits of our efforts in the coming year.


 1:35 pm on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy new yaer for Ireland :)


 6:35 pm on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)


I know it's late but the notion's sincere - when the clock struck midnight I was closer to a bottle of wine and my cigar than I was to the PC.

Salesmaster II

 10:55 pm on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

HAPPY NEW YEAR from **£ngland UK **

***Sincere Thanks***
Many of you know each other, and have memories forged.
A newbie like me, is starting to know you, and I hope over the next year you can get to know me, because I have loads to give back.

Six months ago, I was explained to, what <head> and <body> tags were.

Today, I entered the NEW YEAR with pole and second positions for "salesmanship tips", and "salesmanship books". On "Ink".

In my game, these phrases are very important.
"Salesmanship selling" gets me ALL First Five(half of first page!).

You guys and girls have opened doors to me. Thankyou.

"My" speciality is salesmanship, and I am just itching to pick up on the right thread so that I can give back some of what I know, in return for the "unconditional" gifts you have given in your knowledge.

I have been fortunate to have worked in an arena where I came in to contact with many of the worlds Leading Sales Trainers and Motivational speakers. And study them I did!

If I were to give you a NEW YEARS GIFT... The "very heart" of what I charge £1000 for to speak for a day, then it has got to be this...

When your "surfer" finds your page.. remember...

He/She is an EMOTIONAL creature.


Your website should cause your customer to realise he has an EMOTIONAL problem, and your site should reveal it has... A SOLUTION to his EMOTIONAL problem.

As I said, I charge £1000 to stretch what I have just told you over a whole day!

I hope it starts to repay a little of my debt to you.


Thanks for a brilliant arena, Happy 2002

New year Resolution? "Google"


 8:13 am on Jan 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy new year from Hampshire UK.

Oh my head :(


 1:42 pm on Jan 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy New Year!


 3:37 pm on Jan 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy New Year to all the Webmasters from India


 2:09 pm on Jan 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Happy New Year from Prague, CZ. Just now coming down from the celebrations! :)

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