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How to disallow selection of text on website? You don't. It's effectively impossible, assuming some minimal effort on the part of the person who wants the text. All you can really do is create speed bumps that will do nothing but irritate them. Also note that there are perfectly valid uses for the right-click menu (for example) that have nothing to do ...


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Top reasons that I'm aware of: To "force" customer to provide specific details which otherwise most likely be omitted by customer (like, order/invoice number, contact telephone number). To perform some basic validations on such data ensuring that the existing customer provides correct information (checking if such order does exist, validating input). ...


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Your website has been compromised and it is being used by blackhat SEOs. This is a pretty common thing amongst spammers and the like. Take a look at: My site's been hacked - now what?, by Google. Download a backup of your website. Make sure that you also backup the database, not just the files. Get in contact with your web host and explain the situation. ...


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@LazyOne gives all good reasons. There are 3 additional ones that make sense. If a drop down exists in the contact form that gives a reason for the user contacting the company then the company can route the contact information to the correct group or person. The data can be entered into the companies CRM solution automatically. For instance, a company I ...


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Google's Matt Cutts has addressed this via video: It’s a fair question. I think we can handle it either way, so we should be able to process it. But if we see a lot of pages or a lot of things ranking on a site all of a sudden, then we might take a look at it from the manual webspam team. So if it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever to you in terms of ...


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How about this: don't create a website if you don't have anything (meaningful) to put on it. I know, it's crazy. But sometimes it's best to wait until you have something of value to contribute before you start throwing up websites and trying to get them indexed by search engines. Most successful websites are successful because their creators came up with a ...


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Some answers that nobody has suggested: A contact form submitted over SSL is more secure than email. Customers have a terrible habit of sending you sensitive data (credit card numbers etc) even if you didn't request it. A webpage can capture more information about a user than an email. If the submitter is logged into your site, you can link the message ...


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If you just want to allow them to modify a few static texts on the site, I recommend CushyCMS You just put some html tags around the areas you want to make editable, you give CushyCMS your ftp access, and you're done. Very very easy.


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No, there's no point in trying to sculpt PageRank this way, as Matt Cutts makes clear in the linked blog post. The only reasons to put rel="nofollow" on those pages are if they are paying for the links (could get you penalized in search results) or if you don't trust those sites to not be in "bad neighbourhoods" and harm your reputation by linking to them.


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When you're at bottom, I believe the only way to move yourself up is to outwork the competition. It's not the fun or easy answer. But when money isn't readily available, you have to overcome your limitations by working harder. To translate this idea, it's time for --you-- to start writing, or to find people who can help at no cost. If you have a great ...


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Firstly, if they've copied original content from you without permission this is a breach of copyright, so you could consider legal action. A complaint to their ISP would be the first port of call here. You'd need to be able to prove that you are the original author of the content. Regarding the SEO aspect, from Google's webmaster guidelines: If you find ...


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Here are a few different options of simpler CMS's, hosted and downloadable: PageLime (Hosted, Commercial, Free up to 3 sites) SnappySnippets (Hosted, Commercial, Free for simpler sites) CushyCMS (Hosted, Commercial, Free for unbranded sites) MarkupFactory (Hosted, Commercial, 30-Day Free Trial) Nuggetz (PHP, Flat File, BSD License) Pulse (PHP, Flat File) ...


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A CMS of some sort really is a must nowadays in most cases. Making money off updating clients' sites may have been a business model in 1998, but isn't any more really. At the end of the day, of course, it's a question of cost, benefit and updating frequency. If a site needs changing once every two years, having static HTML pages that are re-worked manually ...


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It can't hurt - unless the time invested in writing meta descriptions is prohibitive. Google's creation of sites' titles and descriptions (or "snippets") is completely automated and takes into account both the content of a page as well as references to it that appear on the web. We use a number of different sources for this information, ...


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I don't think I've ever seen these sites given a formal name, but they're basically solicitation letters. Most people just call them "scams." I can't do the research for you, but just do a search for the word "scam" right on that Tim Ferriss page for plenty of discussion, even about some of your questions here. It's not coincidental that pretty much every ...


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You can consider notifying about your site updates on social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.) as soon as you post. The timestamp recorded there can be a fair indicator that you wrote first. Assuming, popular search engines already index your web-pages regularly (use the site operator, site:example.com, to find out) the date in the cached copy can be used as a ...


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There are several ways of tagging your site. One option is to add a SafeSurf META tag to your header, with a form available at that site to generate the appropriate tag. Another option is to generate an ICRA Meta tag and RDF file to describe your site. However, it looks like some consensus is building on a standardized way of tagging your site. Initially, ...


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So long at it is a summary/review, and it doesn't plagiarise the book directly i.e. include large sections of it simply cut and pasted text, then it should come under fair use. The key things are the amount of copy used, credit and the context. If it's presented as a review or summary and a small amount of the book i.e. a sentence or two is used word for ...


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I always create a lib directory for third party components, you really don't want to be changing third party libraries unless it is strictly necessary. Go with the 3rd option.


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You'll need to reencode the video and use HTML 5's new <video> tag. Fortunately it's backward compatible so you can use it and have it fall back to flash if the browser doesn't support <video> yet. The encoding most commonly supported thus far is H.264. This site may help you get started as it has demos available.


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Won't a WordPress Network do it? http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network


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All the other answers are very good. A few more, without repeating other answers: A contact form practically guarantees the recipient will not lose your message to standard email spam filtering techniques. Those incoming messages can be automatically trusted, whereas email to the same address from random senders will generally have to follow standard spam ...


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We do provide a contact form on our website for the reason that we assume that a user visiting our website might not have an e-mail client configured on his system and we want to ensure that he still can get in contact with us.


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It's very simple how it works: Google sees 2 or more sites with the same content. It's not gonna show you all of them, because it's not really a good resultpage if everything is the same. So it starts to decide which of the sites will be shown. It does this based on a few factors like: - Which site had it first (on same publish date, this is THE FIRST ...


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I can't think of a site that would not benefit from at least monthly content updates. I tend to go with a blog, or something much like a blog in most cases because I find that the informal nature of opinion / editorial articles helps build the bridge between clients and self publishing. I can not think of a single industry that does not have its own sort of ...


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Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just make sure the benefit of stopping them outweighs the time spent trying to do it. It can easily be a losing battle, even if you win. That said, there are a few options available to you. Find out if they are copying from your RSS feed or scraping your page. Add an user-friendly excerpts with links back to ...


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Your site needs to have something, be it content or functionality that differentiates it from the other sites on the internet. Here are some examples. The internet doesn't need yet another site that... ...publishes the text of the Bible. That is, unless your site does it better than all the others with unique insight, commentary, or even a novel way ...


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Wow. This is too big a topic to cover completely, so I will try and focus on your question with something of a mini-tutorial. When you do a site:mydomain.com in Google, you will see your site listed somewhat in order of importance according to what Google has found. Often your sites home page is listed first, but not always. If it is not, do not worry about ...


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Regularly post great content, obtained by whatever means are available to you. There's nothing wrong with ghost writers. They give you better control to define what you're site is about. Regularly promote the site, by whatever means are available to you. Don't forget the routes traditionally used by any new product; eg newspaper, magazine, journal ...



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