I have finally made the move from shared hosting to a dedicated server. I ordered the managed dedicated web hosting package called "Managed Server II" for $79 per month from 1&1. For $79 per month, you get a P4, 2.4 GHz machine with 512MB of RAM. They called this a Managed Dedicated Server, but it is really more like a shared hosting package, with your account being the only one on the machine. So there are limits to what you can install and configure, but the control panel seems pretty decent and does enable you to changed some "advanced" settings such process timeouts and other performance metrics. For only $59, you can get the same on a Celeron 2.0 Ghz with 256 RAM. Or, if you are more technical than me, and comfortable with Linux, you can get a "Root Server" starting from only $49 per month (note that Root Server packages only include support for hardware issues). For more information, click here (scroll down and click on "Dedicated Server").

My experience so far has been good, but time will tell. The price is right for what I need. With 500,000+ visitors and 3,000,000 page views, I need a machine dedicated to my sites. I will update this entry as time goes by, including both postive and negative feedback. I have had bad experiences with other web hosts (stay away from Webserve and Hypermart), and I know that reading about the experiences of others can be a good way to know what you are getting into.

If you are interested in learning more about the managed dedicated web hosting packages from 1&1, click here.

Hello.....When i try to go onto Google.com,it will not let me,well the page opens and it says 404 Error Page Not Found along with a bunch of other stuff that says somthing about a Qhosts virus.....i got the removal tool for it but,it said I do not have the virus on my computer....I do not know what to do anymore....Google was very usful but I cannot use it......Somebody please help me out ......Thanks

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Hello.....When i try to go onto Google.com,it will not let me,well the page opens and it says 404 Error Page Not Found along with a bunch of other stuff that says somthing about a Qhosts virus.....i got the removal tool for it but,it said I do not have the virus on my computer....I do not know what to do anymore....Google was very usful but I cannot use it......Somebody please help me out ......Thanks

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Hello.....When i try to go onto Google.com,it will not let me,well the page opens and it says 404 Error Page Not Found along with a bunch of other stuff that says somthing about a Qhosts virus.....i got the removal tool for it but,it said I do not have the virus on my computer....I do not know what to do anymore....Google was very usful but I cannot use it......Somebody please help me out ......Thanks

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Search Engine Optimization is a collection of techniques and strategies for achieving high rankings on search engines like Google.

I developed some effective strategies for ranking well on search engines. By implementing these strategies, I received over 50,000 visitors from Google in November, 2003. Here are some example of search terms that my pages rank well for:

social marketplace (#1)
seinfeld (#1)
google ranking (#2)
blog spam (#2)
curb your enthusiasm (#5)
blog donations (#1)
blog design (#3)
movable type customization (#1)
mars rover (#5)

The first step that I take is to analyze the main key words and phrases of a particular web site, and the level competition in the search results. This step is very important. Some phrased are easy to rank high for, and others are very difficult. For the the difficult, competitive search terms, it take a long time, and a lot of money, to rank in the top 10. One of my strategies is to rank high for a large number of less competitive terms. You would be amazed at the amount of search engine traffic can be generated quickly using this approach.

Click here for more information about a free assessment for the optimization of your site(s).

I just want to let folks who are thinking of using Mark for SEO that I have been extremely impressed with his work. He helped me move my ranking for a few keywords from almost unknown to the top 25 on google and the top 5 on Yahoo!! Well worth my investment.

Thanks Mark!
Waldo (www.waldospeaks.com)

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For the past several years, I have maintained a Seinfeld web site under the alias "Stan The Caddy". It does well on the search engines - in fact, the past few days it has been #1 on Google for 'seinfeld', but usually the official site beats me out. For the search term seinfeld dvd, however I have been number one for at least a year - until today. Finally, 2 weeks ago, the first of the Seinfeld DVDs were made available for pre-order. So a lot of people (including myself) linked to the order pages on Amazon.com. Today, the Amazon.com pages outrank mine.

As often is the case, large commercial ecommerce sites outrank the little guy. But Stan has worked hard for that #1 ranking, and he is going to stand up to the 900 pound gorilla that is Amazon.com. And he intends on winning.

If you want to help Stan in this quest, please link to http://www.stanthecaddy.com/seinfeld-dvd/ with the link text 'Seinfeld DVD'. Thanks in advance for your help. ;)

I recently came across a very useful tool for SEO. Primarily, NicheBot (http://www.nichebot.com) is a keyword identification tool that uses the WordTracker system on the back end. It's very simple: you enter a search phrase and it will display some information about the volume of searches for that phrase and for a number of other phrases. If you search for a two word phrase, NicheBot will also display 3 and 4 word phrases that contain those words. And by clicking on each of those phrases, you can drill down even further. This can be a great (and quick) way to research keywords for both pay-per-click and SEO.

NicheBot also has a Google rank checker tool that is just as quick and easy to use. Just enter a list of keyword phrases, enter the domain you want to check, choose the number of search results to check, and you are done. And you can even bookmark the results for future checking.

Finally, the NicheBot toolbar makes it easy to do both of the above from any web page, and includes the ability to highlight a phrase on any web page, then right-click to use NicheBot to do some immediate keyword research on that phrase.

I use other tools for large scale keyword research and rank checking, I have been using NicheBot the past few weeks for doing quick rank checking and premilinary keyword research, and it works great.

I need something fairly simple - a Movable Type template that will let me duplicate the site I've set up with TypePad (which is completely useless because of their crappy server response time). Go to johnkantor.typepad.com for a look.

Since this is a site for photography, it needs to be image friendly - such as the ability to use thumbnails as links to photo galleries.

It would be nice, though not necessary, if there were an easy photo upload feature too (but I can do it via html).

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