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Sites Become Dependent on Google
By DAVID F. GALLAGHER
New York Times Article About Google [nytimes.com]
BTW - I may still have all of your emails from back then if you want to take a trip down SEO memory lane... And wouldn't it be fun is NFFC had transcripts of those chat sessions.
Hey stcrim! ... I still have them all too! I refer back to them sometimes when I have a particular question and I can't remember how to do something or why you do it this way and not that way. I'd love to see the transcripts from the chat sessions and the forum itself. I was so far over my head that most of the time, I didn't have an inkling what you guys were talking about!
Because I don't work with my web site evey day, it is sometimes hard to remember how to do some of the things Ive done in the past. As I said, I am a yacht charter broker ... not a webmaster!
Yours is such a wonderful example of the best the internet has to offer, with people reaching out to each other. That's something that gets far too little mention made publicly, it's nice when it finally comes to light.
It has always bothered me that I was asked not to make my story known to the general WebmasterWorld membership. There was a lot more to the story ... a real tale of woe in fact. (Note to self: Remember to write that book one of these days!)
My business had been destroyed and I was literally within days of finding myself homeless (for the second time in 5 years) when all this transpired. I have often wondered where I would be today and what I'd be doing if stcrim hadn't seen that post at Search Engine World. Scary thought.
That kind of help can actually change the course of people's lives.
It certainly changed mine! I have never been so touched and profoundly grateful to so many people in my life. Brett, Dave, Michelle, stcrim, NFFC, and all the others from special forum 26. I owe you big.
As soon as I pay off the balance of my debts, I will be buying my way into the "inner circle" at WebmasterWorld. What a wonderful place this is. I owe you everything! ;)
It has always bothered me that I was asked not to make my story known to the general WebmasterWorld membership.
Probably the primary reason is that making the entire story public could open the door for countless webmasters and people in need to lobby for similar consideration.
You asked for advice and the mod squad chose to provide it, and they also chose how much help to provide. But you never asked for anything more than advice. I had just become a mod as this project was getting under way and I'm not clear on all of the reasons for the "special project" or "adopting" you, but I suspect it was partly an experiment related to the WebmasterWorld Answers concept that is presently being discussed.
As to my own reasons, I'm a quiet guy and just don't "toot my own horn" much. As a quiet member and a new mod, I felt the need to "make my bones," as a biker would say, introduce/identify/establish myself with the other, more articulate (verbose? ;) ) mods. My part in our "special project" gave me ample opportunity to do that. I volunteered to help and I've never regretted a minute of it!
Liane, what made this project work is your "grit," your independence, determination, and persistence. And your intellect.
We would bounce emails back and forth 12 hours or more each day, seven days a week for those five months. Liane was using an old Mac that I knew nothing about. I was on a PC and she was equally unfamiliar, we finally settled on Dreamweaver as a tool so we had SOMETHING in common. What most motivated to me persist were the apologetic emails during the holiday season. "I'll be out for the next 12 hours. Sorry! I'm going to the docks and row across the bay so I can work a shift at a friend's resturant. I need the money to eat! Back tomorrow morning, bright and early!"
As soon as food and rent were assured by income from her new site, Liane spent a considerable portion of that income telephoning Michelle (my daughter, Los Angles area) and me (Phoenix area) from the islands, simply to thank us.
This post does little to get this thread back on topic, my apologies. But I had more than one tear in my eye reading and remembering and wanted to add my little bits to it...
Liane, I'm looking forward to your book! ;)
Happy holidays to each of you!
It all really comes down to Brett and WebmasterWorld being here in the first place - Plus Liane taking the information and doing something with it.
I for one am grateful to be a part of WebmasterWorld (even though I have precious little time to spend here)
But most of all I feel Brett has given us all something wonderful by keeping the doors open...
To Liane and Brett and all those who make this possible...
Now I am just a blubbering mess! Jeesh, now I need to find some tissues. I remember how hard you worked and was amazed that you never gave up on me. (Tables and price lists 101!) I was soooo dense! Haven't improved much since ... but I still love you and would love to meet you and all the others who "adopted" me one of these days!
Maybe one day I'll be able to make it to one of the WebmasterWorld symposiums. I've tried to convince you guys that the Caribbean would be a great place to do it ... but nobody took the bait. (Do you guys have something against sunny climes, warm, aqua marine water, white sandy beaches, coconut trees and soft breezes?) Someday .... ;)
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a great Christmas and a fine (and fun) 2003. If there is any crowd on the Internet who deserves a sincere Christmas greeting, it's this one. :)
I have some top listings for more common terms and don't get anywhere near this amount of traffic. What do you find is your average amount of traffic for a page listed in the google top 5?