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Issue #1 - February 12th, 2002.

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TURNING BEGINNERS INTO WEB DESIGNING FOOLS
No Books, No Programming.
Learn Visually at WordNet University.

http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/wordnet.html

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In this issue:

1. Jonathan : Congratulations..

2. Don't Feed the Email Address Harvesters!

3. Cool Tool : Email Encoder

4. Free Advertising

5. Final Quote

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1. Jonathan : Congratulations..

..this is my very first issue of Awesome Solutions For Webmasters, and you are receiving it!

I got a little delayed in getting this out, because the mailing list that my webhost service provided me with was INSECURE.

Insecure, in the sense, that anybody(with a little knowledge) would have been able to SPAM the group!

Fortunately, I figured this out and switched scripts before there was the opportunity for a problem.

I'm using Mojo Mail, which can be found at http://mojo.skazat.com. This is really an excellent script, and it's free and easy to customize.

Anyways, I'm really proud that I'm finally getting this out. I wanted to be sure that I actually had some 'content' for this
e-zine before I started to send it out.

I'd appreciate any subscribers who would kindly be able to mention my website, to friends or family who might find this interesting.

I'm not asking you to spam, in fact, I'm telling you.. do not spam. That's not what I'm looking for.

What I'm looking for is some basic word-to-mouth here. And if you would make a small effort, I'd appreciate it.

You may forward this e-zine to other people as long as the entire, COMPLETE e-zine is sent. Also people can subscribe at:
http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/subscribe.html

Don't forget that all subscribers are automatically entered for a chance to win free advertising on my website!
You can read all the details, info:
http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/freeadvertising.html

Thank you for subscribing!

Jonathan Harbaugh
editor[at]prowebsitemanagement[dot]com

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2. Don't Feed the Email Address Harvesters!

They are out there, watching your website.

No, I'm not talking about those bad guys from the Matrix.

I'm talking about the losers, who spend their time using spiders to catch people's email addresses.

They send them out to the search engines, websites, or newsgroups. Odds are that if you have a website, you've already had your email address sucked up by one of these spiders.

It's a pain in the butt, when you have to waste your time downloading SPAM. And then comes the fun job of wading through all the garbage to find the real stuff.

I decided that I was going to prevent this from happening as much as possible with PRO Website Management. So, I changed all visible email addresses on my website, replacing @ signs for [at] and periods for [dot].

If you go to any page on my website, you'll find that all of the email addresses have the following format:

.. webmaster[at]prowebsitemanagement[dot]com ..

I still do have mailto links for people to click on, it's a convenience. But what did I do that would prevent spiders from finding these mailto links?

I use a small javascript script that 'encodes' the email address.
It replaces all the letters with character entities, a hexadecimal code.

I'm told that there are email harvesting programs out there that can decode the hexadecimal code. And I'm sure that there are. Some loser would obviously figure this out and know how to do it.

But I downloaded 6 different email harvesting programs(no, I'm not telling where I downloaded them from.) They were all pretty recent programs. I had them scan my website, and they were unable to find my email addresses!

Since 'encoding' my mailto links, and switching @ for [at] and
. for [dot], I've been receiving less spam!

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3. Cool Tool : Email Address Encoder

This small script can encode your email address into hexadecimal code. This can prevent most email address harvesters from getting your email address from your website!

Definitely a useful tool. I recommend that you give it a try.

http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/emailencoder.html

Think of it as a necessary precaution! The longer you wait, the worse the spam is going to get.

..GOT A COOL TOOL?
A cool tool can be a service, script, program, book, etc. Something useful to webmasters can qualify.
(Please don't send me affiliate links)

Send me the description and url(if any) to:
editor[at]prowebsitemanagement[dot]com

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4. Free Advertising

That's right, I'm offering free advertising on my website! All subscribers have an equal chance of winning.

I'll randomly select a winner, starting with the next issue. Stay tune because I'll be announcing the winner here.

All that person simply has to contact me, and we'll get you setup.

Be sure to read all the details, rules, mumbo-jumbo, etc at
http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/freeadvertising.html

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5. Final Quote :

"You laugh at me because I am different, but I laugh at you because you are all the same." - Unknown

The quotes here won't be necessarily profound; you'll find a variety of quotes here.

Please send me your favorite quote so I can post it here!
I really enjoying reading new quotes, so be sure to send them to me! You can read a few of my favorite quotes at
http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/jonathan.html

Well, my first issue is finished. I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions that you might have.

See ya in the next issue!


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