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Do You Still Type WWW in a URL?

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A community member named Justin recently asked if any of us even use the WWW part of web addresses any more. Back in the olden days, companies and individuals alike would give out their web addresses a little differently. It was common to hear “dub dub dub” or “triple w” before the actual web address. This was due in part to browsers needing to be told that they were entering a web address on the World Wide Web.

Thankfully, we don’t really need to use those W’s any longer. You can just type the name of the site and the .com or .org or whatever site it is you are trying to reach. I know that it wasn’t difficult to type out WWW first, but why should we have to? I cannot honestly think of the last time that I have typed those at the beginning of a URL.

I hate seeing when a site hasn’t done their redirects correctly. You have to do proper redirects in order to keep your Google site rankings. Those ranking are important people. When using the WWW in the URL, web servers reply with an http 301 (moved permanently) status code and points to the redirected main page – without those W’s. When search engines crawl the site using the WWW URL, the 301 status code tells them they should index the non-www URL instead. Sadly, many sites don’t redirect one or the other. This confuses things, and causes engine crawlers to index both types of URL’s. You may think that you are getting double rankings… but you’re actually hurting yourself and negating everything you’ve built up.

I don’t use the W’s, no. As a matter of fact, if I find a site that won’t load without using them, I will shoot an email off to the webmaster. Not taking the time to put those redirects in place is only hurting yourself and your site – not me.

How do you type websites and addresses into your browser? Do you put the WWW at the beginning of the URL out of habit, or are you saving yourself time by leaving them out?

How to Share URLs

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Dylan recorded this screencast for the community to pass along his favorite method of sharing website URLs quickly and easily. Shareaholic is a plugin that works with nearly every browser, and makes sharing simple.

You’ll be able to share your link with more than 100 different places with one click. You can share the pages out on places such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Mail, WordPress and many more. Add the services and sites that YOU use. Your bookmark bar will stay nice and clutter-free since you won’t have to keep track of all the places you normally click one at a time to share a link.

With Shareaholic, you can also find out the latest news as it is happening, and share it with everyone in your network. It’s a free plugin/extension, it won’t slow down your browser and it makes life a whole lot easier!

Thanks, Dylan, for sharing this awesome resource.

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How to Choose a Domain Name

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The problem with registering domain names isn’t the registration process. They’re fairly inexpensive, and easy to register. The problem is that all the good names and addresses are already taken. Finding a decent one is sometimes a bit of a challenge. This is the reason I have created this new site – to help you find possible names for the perfect site for you!

This site is exceedingly easy to use. Give it a web address (news article, blog post, etc). The site will scan that web page, pull out two random words, and slap a .com on the end of the words. It will tell you whether or not the address is available. It will even ask you how many results you want!

If a site is already registered, there will be a large red X next to the result. If it’s not, there will be a link you can click to take you to a page that helps you buy it for yourself! All you have to do is plug in any address that exists on the web that deals with the topic matter you’re looking at creating a site for. How much easier can it get?

This is great to help you save time while trying to come up with the best possible name for your new venture. It will also save you the headache you’ll get from brainstorming for hours on end trying to think up something unique. Take a moment and check out our domain thinktank for yourself.

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How to Backup a Web Page

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Web pages change all the time. For you to view an earlier revision of a page, you’ll need to view a cached version. There’s no easy way of taking a snapshot of a web page at a given point in time. At least, there wasn’t until now! A community member who goes by the handle of Nishi has created something that will make this infinitely easier!

With BackupUrl, you can create instant cached copies of web pages. This is helpful if you need the content of a web page to stay the same while you share the link we provide. The cached page can also be used for referencing or even mirroring data. The cached page will always be online even if the original site is down.

People who use this service simply copy and paste a URL and press the “backup” button. A truncated link is then created. People can then visit the cache as many times as they wish. The cached page will be a mirror image of the original, and will stay that way – even if/when the content of the site itself is changed or moved!

So why would you need to use this service? Web sites are updated, changed and even moved quite often… especially data on a research site, or news site. In the past, you had to save a web page as a file on your computer in order to access it exactly how it is at any given time, even once changed. By using BackupUrl, this is no longer the case. Create the cached page, and save the links in your bookmarks. If you have reading to catch up on, or research to finish, you can easily go back to find exactly where you were, without digging through archives. We all know what a pain that can be!

You never know when you’ll need a backup or a cache of any web page, make sure you use BackupUrl. This is a very unique service, and something I’ve never seen. Very cool… kudos to you, Nishi!

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How to Track Popular Links on Twitter

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I love links! And, of course, I love Twitter! So, it’s no wonder I enjoy checking out links on Twitter, and tracking them. Links are shared constantly on Twitter, and it becomes impossible to keep track of everything. How do you know what links are more popular than others, what ones just ‘work’, and what doesn’t?

Enter a new site called Twitturly. Twitturly is a service for tracking what URLs people are talking about as they talk about them on Twitter. It’s easy to explain what Twitturly does: if you are familiar with Digg, then you already get it. On both Digg and Twitturly, people “vote” for a URL. The more votes it gets, the better the rankings are. If a link is very popular, it gets put on the front page of the Twitturly site.

With Twitturly though, you don’t ‘vote’ on their site like you do with Digg. You vote simply by retweeting links that are important to you. Every time you send a link to your followers on Twitter, Twitturly takes note of it and applies your vote.

It doesn’t matter if you use a regular link, a TinyURL link, or even any of the other URL making sites. Twitturly spiders crawl the actual links, not the ‘tiny’ ones. Therefore, your actual link is what is getting votes.

Be sure to keep an eye on the main page of Twitturly throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at the huge variety of links you’ll find there, and you may just discover something very cool that you otherwise wouldn’t have.

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Google Search Results Link Crap

I don’t know how or why this is happening, but there must be some way to turn it off or stop it. Since moving to a new machine, I’ve discovered that all my searches through Google produce results that have crap surrounding the direct hyperlinks. For example, a search for the word “Chris” spits back familiar results – but each result link is prefixed with “http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=1&q=” and suffixed with “&e=9797” – which totally kills my ability to easily copy / paste the link elsewhere without first removing the surrounding text. Link crap! I tried clearing my cookies to no avail – I just can’t get Google to give me straight up hyperlinks in IE (though it works fine in Firefox). Anybody know how to take this pain away?