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Azumao
05-31-2007, 11:26 PM
(If this should just go in the Resource thread, feel free to merge it and sorry for the trouble)

Tips, Tricks, and Advice - A Guide for Webmasters


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PART ONE - GETTING IDEAS
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Every website starts with ideas, so where to get them? Take some time to brainstorm and try to think of unique, original, and creative sections for your site. Don't just post the average joe things about your topic. Let's say that you are, indeed, making a Pokemon site. Don't just post a list of Pokemon, moves, and TM/HMs. Sure, those are nice things to have on your site, but you need something that distinguishes your site from other sites, that's how you get fans.

Assuming that you are making a Pokemon site, you can always pull out any strategy guides you have. Flip through them and see the kind of things they have. This doesn't mean copy it word for word, it means look for inspiration, then write your own content. If you see a section on breeding in a guide, you can write your own breeding section with your thoughts and your opinions. This can work for anything like that, the introductory/basic elements of the game. You can also look to other sites for inspiration. Again, this doesn't mean to steal their ideas and content, it means to look for inspiration for your own.


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PART TWO - PUTTING IT TOGETHER
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This is all HTML and layouts, here. After you have found a host, free or paid, you've got to get your information from your head to the computer screen. First off, type it all out and actually write the content for your sections. Then, you've got the task of making a layout. If you're not the world's best graphic artist, that's fine. You can make a table layout and add colors as the backgrounds (example (http://eonlightvalley.com/freelayoutbasictemplate2.html)) That is black and white, but by changing the backgrounds to different colors, you have your own background.

When you are typing your content, there are two elements that are VERY important: grammar, and spelling. The more typos you have, the less professional you will look, and the worse your site will look. Be sure to spell check, spell check, spell check. You can always check your content in Microsoft Word to spell check it. Also, add an Error Reports page. That way, if you happen to overlook something, a visitor can report it and you can fix it as soon as possible.

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PART THREE - GETTING HITS
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The most common and important way to get hits is by acquiring affiliates. Affiliates are other sites that place a link to your site on theirs, if you play their link on yours. Normally, your affiliates have websites on the same topic as yours, and are on around the same popularity level as your site. By doing this, you are sharing hits and visitors, and the more affiliates, the more hits you get!

Another way is by joining topsites. Topsites are lists of websites based on either a) their unique hits, or b) their "in" and "out" count. If you are part of a topsite, then you place a code on your site that counts your hits and transfers it to the topsite, determining your ranking. With that code is a link button, a sometimes, if someone clicks on that button from your site, they have the option to "Enter and Vote" or "Enter Without Voting". Voting counts as one "in" for your site. If they don't have that option, then every person that gets to the topsites from the link button on your site counts as an "in". You can also place a link in your signature on forums, and put your site in plug-boards.

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PART FOUR - KEEP IT GOING
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Don't make a website, update it for a month, and forget about it. If you really want to be successful, then you need to add as much as possible and be sure to post updates so that your visitors know your site is growing and improving. They will enjoy reading new content, and you need to keep adding it. Of course, if you really lose interest in your site, don't force yourself to update. If you do that, then the quality of your content will greatly fall because you won't be writing for enjoyment, it will be an act of mental labor.

Being a webmaster/mistress is not an easy thing, it really is a job. You have to stay dedicated to your website, no matter what. Keep the visitors as your best interest, and don't stray from your goal: having an original, popular, and helpful website. Sometimes it may get tough, what with competitors and general internet inactivity, but you've got to brave it out and stay with it. There are Pokemon fansites that have been open for 5-7 years, and they are the most popular the web! (PE2K is an example) You've got to stay with it an d be patient, that's the key.