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6:14 am on Jun 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Just curious to find out how people found out about webmaster world. Did you browse around for a while or just jump right in at the deep end with your first post.

I have to admit that I just jumped right in with a URL drop and a question. Perhaps I should have read the rules first.

But people where very understanding and just advised me that I should ask specific questions and that way I would get a lot more from webmasterworld, They where right.

:)

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Was forced upon me once taking a job doing SEO work used prior by people before me too. Only recently though have I taken a liking to the board and posted to it. For the longest time I was lurking and seeing how things were done. Once I saw the first post of someone telling someone else that 'you cant do this' i decided not to post and just watch and see how it works before I accidently said something which could have been <snipped> hehehe you guys still do it neways though!
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I got my present job through, and working with, one of my best friend's. He told me about it.

<added>I lurked for awhile and then my company's site got banned from google and I decided no one would know better than the folk here.

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I can't remember for the life of me, I think it was while searching for SEO...

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Through searching on something like:

- search engine ranking
- Search Engine Optimization

But I am nearly sure I spelled "Optimalisation".
I am still amazed that, with the best quality, WebmasterWorld does not come up higher for these queries.
(No offense, but in Dutch there is an expression, "At a carpenters home, all the wood-work is slanted";))

Ended up in a smaller forum of another SEO site. Got side-tracked to this forum. Was a bit scared (intimidated?) by the size/importance/authority in the beginning, but with the addiction came the need for constant new quality Messages, hence part of the staying power for me.

Therefor starting up this new "New To Web Development" [webmasterworld.com...] is a great idea for attracting and keeping newbies.

[edited by: vitaplease at 6:59 am (utc) on June 6, 2002]

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I followed a bunch of groupies over here and lurked for a while before registering and posting.
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Through a Google search for some bot...
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I needed to learn how to write SE-friendly content, and so I did a Google search :)

I ran across this website several times and each time I said, "Nah, it's a forum. Forums are only filled with junk, spam, and flames. They can't be authoritative." I left without reading a single article, and I focused on finding authoritative sites with fixed content.

I went through a lot of those sites, and I found that several good sites recommended this site. I decided to read a few current threads. 15 mins later, I was hooked. [talk about sticky websites]

I should have started reading WebmasterWorld the first time. :)

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I had a dream about it. I woke up a year later and realized it was a reality. It's one of those, which is the dream and which is the reality?

ok, so it's 3:15 am and I'm been bug hunting for too long ;) - does it show?

q: Microwave Pizza?
a: That's 12 inch circular debugger!

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I was looking for a 'Webmaster Forum' on Google, this one seemed the best I found and I've stuck to it.
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There was a long thread on this very same question adout a year ago but cant find it. Things have changed a fair bit since then.. might be interesting to compare the answers
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1) started using web position gold
2) visited their forum for a while
3) heard of webmasterworld
4) visited webmasterworld and stayed there ever since
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Brett held a gun to my head ;).

I was forced into SEO by my company and wmw turned up.

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I was a faithful user of Brett's buddy links, and a daily visitor of Search Engine World. Eventually found this place.
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It's a fact that 95% of our traffic is generated from advertising in alaskan seo monthly.
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Actually, I found Brett, and since he knew more than anyone else about everything I wanted to know, I hunted him down and became a WebmasterWorld groupie.

We've even been found in a Swedish forest!

Quote from rencke, one of our cornerstone originals, who I will always love dearly:

Welcome visitors from Svenska Dagbladet's famous moose hunting page. In case you wonder what this is all about and where you have landed, here is a short explanation.

WebmasterWorld is a disussion forum for Webmasters, with particular emphasis on the art of SEO, Search Engine Optimization. SEO means to make sure that a website is appealing not only to its visitors, but also to the search engine spiders. If they can't make any sense of it, the site will not be indexed or will end up so far back in search replies that no one will ever find it.

[webmasterworld.com...]

We all find our way here different ways, but why do we stay? Why is it different here? See what people were saying about that in a thread about that from September, 2000:

[webmasterworld.com...]

My very first post ever at WebmasterWorld was in that thread. Is it the same now? Have we changed since then?

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About the 'Why do we stay?' question.

I've thought about it and I can't figure it out, I think it must be the user base, then I think the variety of questions/answers, then I think it could be the skill/knowledge of the people on the board.....

It's got to be all of it.

But I know the boards are addictive.

What does everyone else think?

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Google! need I say more!

Can't fathom it either?

Help... both ways.

To see the change and create one (I hope)

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Intenet would not be any fun without WmW

I think its all the friendly people here.
Where could we get this help we can have here??
Its not not about same things alltime it is a huge knowlegde over everything that haves with internet to do, and people from the hole world.

A greate example to a post that have nothing to do with internet and SES Backus told us that he is going to get married you dont tell that to people you dont like.
I think most of us hanging around with the people at wmw more than with our friends at home.

This is a greate place for studing and relax in the foo area.

Another thing is iam going to get married 16/6-june about a week. We have lived together for 12 years now and have 3 kids all boys so when the little boy will have his name we will get married at the same time.

Keep up the work all members and moderators and a big thanks to Brett he is doing a grate work!!!

/Ove

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Awww!!!!! I think I've got tears in my eyes! hehe! Ove, thanks mate! And good luck with the wedding!

Yeah, generally everyone here are decent people. It's funny I joined earlier than Marcia. I seem to remember you always being around. Funny that.

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autodidact as i am, i once again was searching for info on
some terms and got a link to w m w. that was in 2001.
i didnt join and even forgot about this place, until
this year i found info on many things i was searching for
at w m w. well i joined.. here i am :)
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<<Did you just jump right in, or lurk for awhile?>>

I always lurk first. I read this thread at probably 5:15 am EST and am just now replying.

I was one of the moderators of a compuserve support forum for a major laptop manufacturer for quite a while, so I am not new to forums.

I found these and other forums through google as I have been in business for a long time - though new to web based business. I found this forum to be the most user-friendly and informative. Now I just lurk here and and the DMOZ forum :)

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After lurking & watching the bedlam of the Googs update months ago and thinking "what a bunch of wallys", I got hooked and was just as excited as everyone else waiting to see what posn my sites were in.

And yes....no one else cares if you drop into a conversation that"Googs is dancing".....so I found out down the pub one night.....the rest of the world just doesnt understand.

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I stalked Brett over from Usenet...and then did a smash and grab raid on the European forums...this raid is still ongoing :)
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Lurked for about 20/30 minutes.....then signed up......then put a "view my site post" up :) and watched it go down.

I was looking for a place like this for a while though, something to return to that offered a constructive approach to everyday WMW-like probs....so im still here

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I didn't lurk very long, I came accross the WW when searching for an answer for something in google. I looked at the Forum Index, read a couple of post and I was IN.

It's been a great experience, it has allowed me to vent when I needed to, ask questions when I don't know, give advice when I do know and have fun being a part something where I share common interests with others.

It's actually great therapy, I've gotten rid of my psychiatrist...hehe (Just joking about the psychiatrist although some think I need one!) :)

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>watching the bedlam of the Googs update months ago and thinking "what a bunch of wallys"

garry, the first time I ever came across a board on search engines I thought to myself "Those people are crazy! They LIVE at the search engines; I would never do that." Well... one accidental ranking, try to figure out how it happened, and you're hooked.

I stay because I love it here. backus, let me tell you a little story. When my brother and I were very little, while we were waiting on line in a dry cleaning store in Brooklyn, NY some woman picked up her hand to hit my brother. My mother, who was 5'1", hauled off and sent the big mummser flying right through the storefront window out onto the street.

That is how I am about WmW. That is the only reason Brett puts up with me. And trust me, I am not easy to put up with.

My reason for staying can be summed up by the words of a children's nursery school song that goes like this:

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
(Clap, clap)
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
{Clap, clap)

If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
(CLAP, CLAP)

I have stayed because I am happy here!

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It's a fact that 95% of our traffic is generated from advertising in alaskan seo monthly.

Brett, are you saying that 95% of your traffic is from mivox? I know she's always posting in Foo but 95%???

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I jumped in feet first givin' it LARGE untill I was told off for posting urls ;)

I still give it large but I'm more polite about it...

Nick

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<side issue>
Nick, how did the duplicates happen? Did you hit enter more than once?
</side issue>

Another new "bells and whistles" feature just got added in the last few minutes. ;)

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