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Issue #10 - June 18th, 2002.

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In this issue:

1. Jonathan : Goal!

2. Links - text or graphics?

3. Cool Tool : Mojo Mail

4. Free Advertising

5. Final Quote

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1. Jonathan : Goal!

I imagine that some of the subscribers here have been watching the World Cup.

One of the coolest things has been the soccer(football) team from Senegal, who is participating in the World Cup for the very first time. Their first match was against the World Champs, France. To most people's surprise, they won their first game. They went on to tie with Denmark and then later with Uruguay. In the next round, they played Sweden and won in the extra time with a "Gol de Oro", Golden Goal. Their next match is against Turkey, and I hope that Senegal will be able to win this match and make it to Semifinals.

Okay, sorry.. I didn't mean to turn into a sports commentator here. I just get excited with the World Cup and all.

My main reason for mentioning Senegal was to point out the fact that a team that is playing in the World Cup for the first time, is close to the Semifinals.

What does this show you?

You can accomplish many things. Look at Argentina, or France, Portugal or Italy.. all very tough soccer teams, who are already out of the World Cup.

You can use this in the world of webmasters. A new webmaster can accomplish amazing things. But why does the person have to have 5-6 years experience to be any good?

Of course, there are unexperienced webmasters who will make mistakes. But there are lots of new webmasters who are capable of a lot.

Okay, that was long. I just wanted to tie that in with soccer(football). ;-) I hope you were able to understand what I was saying.

Anyways, this issue's article is Links - text or graphics? Which is the better one? I give you the advantages and disadvantages of both and you get to decide.

This issue's Cool Tool is Mojo Mail, an incredibly good Mailing List Manager script that I've been using since the first issue of Awesome Solutions For Webmasters. In fact, I found and installed Mojo Mail, hours before sending out my first issue.

Enjoy!

Jonathan
editor[at]prowebsitemanagement[dot]com

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2. Links - text or graphics?

Some people prefer graphic links on their site. Other people prefer to use text. Which is better? Let's look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both.


TEXT LINKS

This is the most simple kind of link, the kind that was used long before graphics were common on the internet. Usually the link consists of 1-3 words that the visitor can click on to visit the other site.

Advantages:

Fast loading, since it's only loading some text.
All browsers can understand text links.
Easy to edit at any time.
Doesn't matter what size monitor the visitor uses.
Text links can help you get better rankings in search engines.
Search engine spiders like them.

Disadvantages:

The size will change according to the visitor's monitor.
People can't always tell what a link leads to.
Some limitation in describing the link.

Comments:

There are Javascript tricks that you can use with text links. But I do not recommend them at all. Many people find them annoying, and you don't want to annoy your visitors.
Deceiving links are a no-no!


GRAPHICS

There are two parts to graphics. There are buttons and there are image maps.

IMAGE MAPS

Advantages:

Looks really good.
Convenient to have one big image instead of a dozen small ones.

Disadvantages:

Visitors have to wait for it to load.
Users might have images turned off! In which case, they wouldn't see the image, or any of the links.
Not too easy to modify or to add new links.
Users might have to play the "Where's that link?" game.
Search engines spiders are not going to see your image map.

Comments:

There are clearly many more disadvantages then advantages to using an image map. There are really nice websites that have done a good job with their image maps. While there are other sites that consist of you waiting for a 150kb image to load so you can play "Where's that link?".

GRAPHIC BUTTONS

Advantages:

Grabs your attention, more than a text link can.
It can be more descriptive than a text link.
Much more easy to work with than an image map.
Loads faster than an image map.
No playing "Where's that link?".

Disadvantages:

Visitors have to wait for them to load.
Can be less descriptive than text links.
If you have a new link, you need to create a button.
Doesn't work well on large websites.
Not useful for getting a high ranking in the search engines.


Conclusion:

Graphic buttons look good, but if you update your website a lot, creating new buttons might take a lot of time.

Graphic buttons can be more descriptive, but if ranking in search engines is important to you, than text links are better.

The choice is up to each individual webmaster.
That's the beauty of being a webmaster.
You have the freedom to do whatever you want.

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3. Cool Tool : Mojo Mail

It just isn't fair for me to be ignoring this script that I use evertime that I sent out my newsletter.

It's a GREAT script that easily competes with the top mailing list managers on the internet. The most amazing thing about it is that it is FREE, under the GNU Public License.

(description from the main page)
Mojo Mail has all of the standard things you would expect (or should expect) from a mailing list manager; opt in subscribing, opt out unsubscribing, message archiving and message sending. Since Mojo Mail is a web-based application, you can also customize the look and feel of the pages that your visitors will interact with.

Here are the features mentioned at :
http://mojo.skazat.com/features/

Go there for this list with excellent descriptions.

Mojo Mail is a Web-Based System.
Mojo Mail Supports an Unlimited Number of Mailing Lists.
Mojo Mail Is Customizable.
Mojo Mail Archives List Messages.
Mojo Mail Supports Announce-Only and Group Lists.
Mojo Mail Is Free!
Mojo Mail is Supported!
Mojo Mail is Easy To Use. Hard things are easy in Mojo Mail.
Mojo Mail is Powerful.

Check it out!

http://mojo.skazat.com/

It is worth noting that I haven't had a single problem with this script since I installed it. This is rare among scripts that I've used.

Justin Simoni, thank you. Your script rocks!

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Send me the description and url(if any) to:
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All Cool Tools featured in Awesome Solutions For Webmasters
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4. Free Advertising

I've decided to offer free advertising in my newsletter. That's right, following this 'section', the winner of Free Advertising can mention their website, or put something else in there.

You can see more details, rules, etc at
http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/freeadvertising.html

The winner of free advertising in my newsletter is:

[email removed]

All you have to do is send me an email at webmaster[at]prowebsitemanagement[dot]com.

I'll then get back in touch with you so you can have your ad placed in the next issue.

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5. Final Quote :

This isn't a quote, it's a joke that I thought was funny.

In the supermarket was a man pushing a cart that contained a screaming, bellowing baby. The gentleman kept repeating softly, "Don't get excited, Albert; don't scream, Albert; don't yell, Albert; keep calm, Albert." A woman standing next to him said, "You certainly are to be commended for trying to soothe your son, Albert." The man looked at her and said, "Lady, I'm Albert."

And since this is the quote section, here is a quote for you.

"Don't be so humble - you are not that great."
- Golda Meir (1898-1978) to a visiting diplomat


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