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comment Will altering my HOSTS file allow me to access sites that can't be directly accessed via IP?
The server generally uses the first site created when only the IP address is provided. In smarter configurations, this would be a catch-all site where an error can be generated or some other option given.
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comment Having a single website behind 2 domains
Absolute perfection! Cheers!!
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comment Will altering my HOSTS file allow me to access sites that can't be directly accessed via IP?
The hosts file can replace the need to resolve a domain name to an IP address via DNS. However, while there are some that swear by them, I do not like using the host file. The reason is simple. It is a pain in the nether regions. One of my friends lives and dies by the host file. I live and die by my own internal DNS server. Both work. However, it has always paid for me to be patient and just let the DNS do what it does. It often does not take very long. For you, it mostly depends upon your at home ISP. Cheers!
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comment Having a single website behind 2 domains
We get this question A LOT! Adding another domain name to your site will do absolutely nothing for you. Period. You would be wasting your time and money. Now if you were to move your existing site to the new domain, that would be something entirely different. But you would have work to do not only in moving the site, but also in branding the site. We can help with that. What you are proposing will not work. There is no benefit. Sorry. Cheers!
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comment Domain on clientHold from 4 days ago, expires in a year, will it be available before?
Sorry! ;-) We do get the questions I described quite a lot. It is frustrating. Like I said, most are looking for a loop-hole and want us to help them discover or use the loop-hole. Some just hover waiting. What is sad is that these folks are good people, however, they are stuck going down a rabbit hole by focusing too much on one domain name. This is one of the reasons why I like to be so frank on the subject. I try and jolt people awake sometimes. I mean no offense. Cheers!!
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comment Domain on clientHold from 4 days ago, expires in a year, will it be available before?
We get questions like this periodically from people who want to snatch up a domain that is currently registered. Some even look for loop-holes and want to steal a domain or force someone to give up a domain. The advice here is always the same. Give it up. There is nothing you can do short of using someone like GoDaddy to do the work for you. And even then, the odds are extremely remote you will end up with it unless you have lots of cash to burn. Let it go. Find another one.
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comment Duplicate content - Redirecting mirror sites
I am not sure why anyone pays NetSol for anything these days. They were trying recruit Cricket Liu (Author of DNS and Bind) back in the day. When they could not get Cricket, they tried to recruit me. The decision was an easy one. Run away! I had contacts high up that allowed me to make immediate changes to any registration, but that was as far as I wanted to get involved. When GoDaddy came about, as a web host, I transferred almost all of the domains immediately and never looked back.
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comment Duplicate content - Redirecting mirror sites
They do not have to be on the same server (though that is likely wise), however, doing a 301 redirect seems wise to me. As well, when you say mirror sites, I assume a dozen domains (not sub-domains) all with the exact same content. If this is the case, it is probably also wise just to drop the unneeded domains. Pick one and be done. My two centavos. That and a donkey will get you a cup of coffee! Cheers!!
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revised “So much more than SEO”
Fixed the ef'n broken link. How frustrating.
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comment “So much more than SEO”
Topic is key more than anything. You can have a perfectly well optimized with outstanding content that is the envy of the world, however, if the topic is not popular, then all that work really does not matter. Does it?
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comment Dynamic product filter and SEO
A sitemap is enough. I had over 800,000 pages not available through links. Google, Bing, Yandex, and Baidu all were able to find my pages just fine.
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comment my e-mail address with aol
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about webmastering.
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comment What are some of the best available certification for Web Developers?
We had better results hiring outside of the IT industry without certifications or experience over those with certifications. The difference was stunning. It does not mean that people with certifications cannot be successful, however, we hired cops, doctors, scientists, even a rocket engineer from NASA, and had much better results with people succeeding within a tough and professional environment - the best in the world. Study on your own, create outstanding code samples, build a portfolio if you need to, and know your stuff the best you can. It will work out okay.
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comment What are some of the best available certification for Web Developers?
The motivation for Cisco and Microsoft to have certification programs is to make money. This was part a time where everyone tried to come up with a certification program for the same reason. However, with some, such as Microsoft, having certification did not mean you knew what you were doing. HR types would hire people with certifications over people with a pedigree and soon discovered that most of the people they hired were not a good fit based upon experience. It was a dark period in IT history. Instead of hiring people have proven their expertise, they hired people who can take tests.
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comment How do I continue web forwarding while moving dns registration?
For the record, I am not a big fan of these forwarding services. Some of our users have had problems with them and it has left a bad taste in my mouth. Often, it is recommended that a web space be created for the site you want forwarded and use (assuming Apache) .htaccess (or an equivalent) to forward the one site to the other however you want to do it. Otherwise, you may be stuck with the outage for a period. It would only be a short while for most users and only an inconvenience and not a tragedy.
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comment Two offices, two domains - what's best for SEO?
There is a definite difference between a dub-domain and a sub-directory. I would not suggest creating a sub-domain for something as trivial as locale. You are right about a single domain. There are huge advantages in this. The list is long including branding. As for offices, a single page each, especially since there are only two offices, would be ideal. You can optimize them for search better including mark-up. Nice answer. Cheers!!
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comment Why are specific pages on my domains being de-listed across all search engines?
If the linked answers do not help, I encourage you to edit your question and let's see what comes about. Cheers!!
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comment Use of no-index-meta-tag on pretty URLs?
That is a good question. Not sure. It is something I will have to face soon enough. My site is just one page with a parameter which creates the page. The update will be all pretty URLs that in effect do the same thing as before, access one page with a parameter. It is a catch-22.
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comment Use of no-index-meta-tag on pretty URLs?
Okay. That is a rewrite. That should be okay. As long as the target page returns the noindex okay. BTW- the Fetch as Google is not exactly what you think it is. It is not the regular googlebot. After a Fetch as Google, it takes one or two days before the regular googlebot visits the page officially. I am thinking you just need to give Google more time. Cheers!!
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comment Use of no-index-meta-tag on pretty URLs?
BTW- Hopefully, the up-vote will you get some attention. I am the middle of cooking dinner. ;-) So my attention will be spotty for a while.