Monday, May 28, 2007

I'm Discontinuing my Subscription to James D. Brausch's Ranking Factors Software (RaSof)

This is an update to $1000 a Month for James D. Brausch's Ranking Factors Software (RaSof)?

I previously ran some tests which you can read about on an article on my web site e-COMMERCE BIZ (Internet Business) and which continues at $1000 a Month for James D. Brausch's Ranking Factors Software (RaSof)?

The data is on web pages RaSof Ranking Factors Scoring vs. Google Rankings Data - Part 1 and Part 2.

Sorry, I just don't see any correlation between high RaSof scores and Google Page Rank. So, It I'm making a mistake in discontinuing my subscription, so be it. As far as I'm concerned, I have paid for several months too many, because of the "fear of loss" that I discussed in my web page article I mentioned above.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Links for Manual Submission to Article Publishers

As you know, Google gives "brownie points" (Google love) for incoming links to your web sites. That is, they give you a better "page rank" -- you get higher in the list of search results for keywords and keyphrases that website browsers are looking for.

There are programs for automated submission of articles, like the Artemis article submission software from James D. Brausch. That is done by submitting the articles to an e-mail list.

But there are many sites that you may want to submit to that require manual submission. For that you need a list of URLs.

I have begun to compile a list of sites to submit articles manually to. Along with that, I am also including a list of sites to submit link exchange requests to.

A few of these sites are listed at my e-Commerce website. That list will be expanded on, from time-to-time, so check back every now and then. BTW, if you have any additional sources, you are invited to post a comment here. I will let you know at a later date about some article rewriting software I am developing that will reduce the "duplicate content penalty."

Saturday, May 19, 2007


"Captcha" stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart", a term trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University.

The purpose of captchas is to prevent automated log-ins and thus enhance security and reduce spam.

There is a fine line between obfuscating the graphic sufficiently so that it cannot be read by a bot, but not so much as to make it difficult for a human to decipher and enter the code.

A few good captcha examples are:
e-gold login
e-gold calls it a "Turing Number".
OmniPay login
Google Add URL

One that sucks is:
Yahoo Registration
You frequently cannot distinguish upper and lower case in the graphic, and when you fail to read it right, you have to re-enter ALL the sign-up information ALL OVER AGAIN. You can spend an hour until you get it right.

For both a good and a bad example, see the Wikipedia article.

If you want to see some that totally suck, send an e-mail to and try to respond to his autoresponder message which includes a captcha. Frequently, his captchas are completely unreadable, which means you have to send your message again, and try again. I think the purpose of his captcha setup is merely to give the APPEARANCE of accepting non-spam e-mail from the great unwashed (you and me). In actuality, I suspect that he does not want to hear from ANYONE that he has not had his secretary enter into his white list.

Why I believe that is the case is simple - McNamara is an a-hole. He is one reason, among several others, that I discourage people from using Earthlink services. I am now using Verizon DSL and 1and1 hosting and am very happy with both.