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Re: Site review, please!
From Pam at Last Dollar Sportfishing Charter Boat on 14 Feb '00
replying to Re: Site review, please! posted by Pam

>>>Boy! Am I glad I found this place! (I could have used it a few months ago when butchered another site!) Needless to say, I'm still learning. PlEASE check my site out. From what I've learned I need to get it entered in search engines soon or we'll miss our season (fishing). I relize now, that I used a cheesy webhost, (I guess it's a little late to start over now). I started with templates, then went in and added html to customize it. I tried to make it appear as if it is underwater. Later, I'd like to include a slideshow of fishing pictures, but haven't a clue how to do that! LOL! You guys/gals seem to be experts and I need all the help I can get!
>>Hi, Pam:
>>Some decent photos. They're usable. Now, allow me to trash
>>your first web site... :-)
>>First, anyone knows the Bay has better crabs than Ocean City
>>any day of the year. I get mine at Fisherman's on Kent Island.
>>Not that deep water scares me. I just know blue crabs and
>>rock fish are where it's at. But of course OC folks aren't
>>serious about their fish. I hear they even eat mud oysters.
>>As to your web site:
>>You probably have a service that is salable on the web.
>>But it's a version 0.5 web site. Yep, get off of Tripod,
>>spring the $19.95 a month for a real host. Tripod is
>>killing your download speed by mixing their own garbage
>>tracking and cookies into the download. (Clear your browser
>>cache and time it with a watch.) And the SEs may penalize
>>Tripod sites (though I haven't kept track of that story).
>>If your site is passably normal HTML, you should be able
>>to have it up and running on a new host in days. Transfer
>>the domain name over, and most of the world's servers will
>>resolve to the new IP address in days. Then submit it to the
>>search engines. Forget about this season, in any huge way.
>>It's taking about 4 months to get your full ranking on
>>all the SEs. But if you act now you might easily cover
>>the cost of the web site and more this year. Or even
>>make a profit.
>>Then your work really begins. Lose the background, or just
>>use it on top or on the side.
>>You might also talk to local hotel/B&B/restaurant owners,
>>see if they're getting any Web traffic. 95% will be
>>utterly dense. 5% might have interesting info. And 2%
>>might be future Web business partners.
>>Then learn to hate your site. Go back every two weeks
>>and see what's wrong with it. Eat crabs to reduce the pain.
>>I recommend Davis's or McNasby's in Eastport.
>>Then resubmit the new version to the SEs.
>>If you are making $0/mo off the current version, a rebuild
>>is worth trying. If you make $20/mo off the next build,
>>another rebuild is really worth trying.
>>If you really want to catch this season, I'd suggest
>>springing a few hundred for some specific advice
>>and contacting Jim or Ginny for some advice. That'll
>>snap you through a lot of the learning curve.
>>(Nope, I don't make money off deadlock. But one can
>>always hope.)
>LOL, where are you from anyway? Chincoteague? LOL, everyone knows WHY you all look alike. Frankly, I appreciate the trashing (No, I'm not sadistic). Any kind of imput helps. Do you have any suggestions for a new web host? I don't know when you viewed the site, but I went back in last night and crunched all the jpegs, to shorten download time. I also temporarily added that site award, (I plan to move it later). I read in that Yahoo and other SE are big on awards and link backs. Any thoughts? That particular one is for a fishing show and they will feature your site on their show if you have their award at the top of your homepage. As far as their link back, we will be the only charterboat listed for the states of Maryland and Delaware. Since that page gets 1000+ hits a day, I thought maybe I should go for it.
>As for the crabs, you can spend the big bucks and buy them, but we prefer to go out back and just scoop them up in a net. While you'll be dining on ham and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day, we traditonally eat big blue crabs. Ahhhhhhhhh! Life is good!
>P.S. Can you believe, they are getting $8.00 a lb for Rock in the supermarkets!

Oh, about the pictures, I agree, couldn't it use some nice marlin ones! BUT how about that 82lb drum or those nice fat Rock. You all take those iddy biddy 18 inchers. (ought to be ashamed of yourselves!)LOL
Now, I like the background, I think it ties the pages together. The fish and dolphin LOOKED WEIRD swimming on a plain background. And I have to have the fish. Word from the Captain, MUST HAVE FISH ON EVERY PAGE. Ahhh, you know how men are. LOL

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