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Also try lurking in the following newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www and comp.infosystems.www.users
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Q: Does anybody know where I can download windows software that will
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Several of the major Web Search sites offer the ability for users to add a page address to their databases. Specific ones I'm aware of include (listed alphabetically):
You can also post an announcement message to the comp.internet.www.announce newsgroup. Be aware that most people don't actually hang out there, so most likely information archivers (the people collecting information to add to indexes -- although often they won't be live people, but instead programs reading and parsing the messages for content) will be the primary audience there -- make your post as concise and objective as possible in order to ensure the maximum carryover from your post into their indexes. I would also suggest you READ several posts in the newsgroup to get a feel for the accepted format and content.
Also post to newsgroups relative to the page content (for instance, if your web page were heavily geared towards resources for photographers, you might post in the rec.photo heirarchy). Be careful when doing this -- avoid posting to groups which have little relevance or which do not permit such posts (especially if your page is commercial in nature).
DO NOT post multiple times (either many messages, or a scheduled or periodic update post). Doing so will incur the wrath of the people using the newsgroups for actual communication. Advertising - whether personal or commercial, is generally frowned upon in Usenet. If you aggravate the wrong group of people, you can be sure to expect headaches.
Consider adding an "X-Homepage:" line to your mail and news programs (see the software's manual on "editing message headers"). Not all programs offer the ability to add such a line. However, if they do, then using it will permit a wider range of automated "URL grabbers" to locate your page address to add to their databases. Additionally, adding it in your .sig (signature) file will advertise the page every time you send an EMail or post to Usenet. As always, you should avoid large signature files (this will get people angry at you) -- the web page should contain your content, not the .sig.
Whenever and whereever you advertise your web page, give it as a properly formed URL. This helps newusers and experts alike, since most sytems either allow "cut and paste" in one easy operation (without risking typos by users), or allow for jumping directly to things which look like URLs.
MAKE SURE TO CHECK THAT THE URL IS VALID BEFORE ADVERTISING IT. I've actually seen hardcopy (printed) material which had incorrectly formed URL addressing. A bad URL address will make someone think your page isn't available, and with the plethora of stuff to do on the Net, your page may never get a second thought.
Use index.html for a standard homepage (valid on most web servers - check with your provider). This means when someone goes to your web page directory, they'll automatically be greeted with a web page, rather than a browser-generated file list. For example, when possible, it is preferrable to have a home page at "http://www.professional.net" than at "http://www.professional.net/MyHomePage.html" -- people CAN'T MISS the first one. REMEMBER, not all traffic to your page will be from a direct link - it may often be from someone browsing around the web. I've found a LOT of useful information by stripping out the page name and finding a default web page (or heading to the default page for the server the page is on). This is the very nature of exploring the web.
Finally, if you want to advertise a web page service regularly in Usenet without annoying people (it is always a good idea not to annoy people), perhaps the best way to do it is to actively participate in that newsgroup. By providing accurrate and helpful advice to people, your email will be better recognized, and will generate interest in travelling to your web site (which you can mention in the messages, such as "There are some useful references in my page..." or "you can find specific references in my page" - just don't make it the ONLY content of your message).
Well, one last thing - corporate environments running their own web servers would be well-advised to consider allowing their employees to have their own web pages (complete with disclaimers that the content of those pages expresses the views of the employee and not the company), since the page can link back to the corporate or departmental homepage. Literrally free advertising exposure for the company from the myraid of links to the employees personal pages.
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