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Newcomer's Guide

Foundational Reading for the New Webmaster

     
9:07 pm on Sep 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Below is a list of topics and threads here at WebmasterWorld that is valuable reading for the new webmaster:

Intro to HTML [webmasterworld.com]
Common Validation Errors [webmasterworld.com]

Choosing a Successful Domain Name [webmasterworld.com]
Usability 101 [webmasterworld.com]
Site Development Road Maps [webmasterworld.com] - Steps to Building a Site
Themes and Website Design & Structure [webmasterworld.com]
Webpage Design Priorities: Purpose v. Presentation [webmasterworld.com]
Building Small Business Websites [webmasterworld.com]
How do you design? [webmasterworld.com] - coming up with ideas
Pre-Launch Website Testing [webmasterworld.com]

How Search Engines Work [webmasterworld.com]
Site Search [webmasterworld.com] - successful incorporation of search into a website
What is Your Favorite FTP Program? [webmasterworld.com]
Best Web Page Design Programs [webmasterworld.com] - opinions from our readers

Content for the Smaller Site [webmasterworld.com]
Content to Attract an International Audience [webmasterworld.com]
Overcoming Writer's Block [webmasterworld.com]
Writing Good Ad Copy [webmasterworld.com]

What is Affiliate Marketing? [webmasterworld.com]
Affiliate Programs: The Crack Cocaine of the Internet? [webmasterworld.com]
Building a Business Around Affiliate Programs [webmasterworld.com]
Internet Money Making Principles [webmasterworld.com]
Picking a Good Affiliate Program [webmasterworld.com]
Do Affiliate Programs Really Work? [webmasterworld.com]

Search Engine Submission: The Major Players [webmasterworld.com]
Search Engine Optimization Defined [webmasterworld.com]
A Brief History of SEO [webmasterworld.com] - get a quick big picture view of the industry
Search Engine Relationships Chart [webmasterworld.com] - guide to where search engines get their search results
Google Knowledge Base [webmasterworld.com] - the definitive guide for the Google search engine
Successful Site in 12 months with Google Alone [webmasterworld.com]
Search Engine Theme Pyramids and Google [webmasterworld.com]
Yahoo FAQ [webmasterworld.com] - guide to the directory and ranking well in it

Viral Top Traffic Alternatives to Search Engines [webmasterworld.com]
Building a Successful Linking Campaign [webmasterworld.com]
Linking:The Big Picture [webmasterworld.com]

9:17 pm on Sept 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Great list James! How about the Google 12 mth thread too?

Excellent idea.

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Thanks WebRookie, how could I forget that thread? Should get all time MVP (or MVT)
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One of my favorite threads is EUROPE - An overview by country [webmasterworld.com]
10:19 am on Sept 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Could I also suggest:

Handy, generic javascript coding [webmasterworld.com]
and
Web Page Design Tips & Traps [webmasterworld.com]

2 nice resources for a New Webmaster!

Tor

12:14 pm on Sept 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Excellent list of topics JamesR. I`ll forward it to some of my clients immediately.

Ove

12:22 pm on Sept 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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James exellent!

This is a favorite of mine
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12:24 am on Sept 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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*hammer a flag* Thanks James, have more reading to do now :)
1:16 am on Sept 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks James - a real time saver having this consolidated list.
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Excellent list - thanks
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This is definitely one hell of a good stuff. yeah!

peace. :)

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I agree with the consensus on this subject -- it's useful to have this info in one place. However, it's a flaw of the site that it requires the square peg of this particular thread to fit in the round hole of this discussion system. It would really, really be useful if there were static info pages -- aka FAQs -- navigable from the top level and from each major section (Google, Yahoo, "Fast, AllTheWeb", etc.). I shold further like to point out that the ability to bookmark is not an acceptable answer -- it doesn't work for site newbies.

Woz

1:15 am on Sept 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Scareduck,

there is already a system in place, although not forum specific. Click the "Library" link at the top of the page and you will see what I mean.

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James, perhaps the title is a bit misleading... this is more than a 'newcomer's' guide. In much the same way that we all need to brush up on areas of our jobs or lives neglected over time, I reckon the same applies to the Web and the use of this collection. This list does it for me as a collated index to topics and threads, some of which can take weeks to digest. As I don't post all that often these days, it's boomarked for frequent returns. Many thanks.
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A personal favourite of mine, Finding Suitable Link Partners [webmasterworld.com]. Some of the info is a bit dated now, perhaps this thread could do with an update, re-examining what goodies can be extracted using the methods detailed.

Imagine the power of FASTs link.all: syntax....

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Wow!

I have just answered all the questions I was about to ask without touching the Keyboard. Niceone.