Website Guidelines

I love you folks. I really do. You give me good feedback and ideas on what I can do to improve this website. I rarely get a negative comment on my blogs and I thank you for that. This website would be of little use to anyone without you.

But I want to know your real name. So please don’t advertise your product in the space for your name. I want to continue to interact with you. I want to be able to send answers to your questions to you and address you by your real name in my messages.

And please don’t leave an invalid e-mail address. How can I answer your questions without receiving a bounce-back because you left an invalid e-mail address? Many of you have asked me to take a look at your website and give you some suggestions for improvement. I do that for free for subscribers to my website. Others are not so lucky.

Please don’t use my website for the sole purpose of advertising yours. Or let me put it another way. Do you want to advertise on my website? No problem. We can do that. Want to exchange website links? Just ask. But if you know Google as well as I do, then you already know that Google only pays attention to “relevant” links and throws out the rest as trash. That means your theme and content must be similar to mine in some way. Otherwise, there’s no benefit. Or if your site or mine has an abundance of irrelevant inbound/outbound links, Google interprets that as “spammy” and throws them all out.

If you put a link in your comment, your comment will be appreciated, but deleted.  Or I may edit the comment and remove the link. If your comment is not “on subject”, it gets deleted. If you use your product as your name, those will be deleted unless I can figure out your first name and put that in the name field. You can include one website in the website field. If more than that, WordPress (Akismet) will automatically delete your comment without my having seen it.

I’m sorry that I sound like your father. But I can’t let my blog get “spammy’ or Google will throw both me and the blog out. I don’t even like Google, but that’s another matter.

I get more comments on the “Whole House Backup” and “Ten Things to Do in Wisconsin for Recreation” articles than I do for all other articles combined. Why is that? I wrote both of those articles about a year ago. They’re in the Archives. Many of you request that I write more recent articles. I’ve written many. Just click on “Blog” on the menu bar and you’ll find all of them.

Did you know that the picture boxes on the Home Page are links to even more blogs? Hover your cursor over the brown bar at the bottom of the photo to view the topic.

The majority of you have asked how I came up with the design for the website. Hover over the photo of the log cabin on the Home Page and you will find a link to the FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. The answer you are looking for is posted at the top of the page.  The link to the site template is there as well as a link to the site host.

When I try to answer your questions via e-mail and get a bounce-back, I put the answer on the FAQ page. If I were to answer your question in-line with the article that you read, you would have to figure out where you left the comment and then shop around for the article.

Keep your suggestions coming. I’m constantly tweaking the site to improve the content. I want to add breadcrumbs for easier navigation but the template keeps fighting with me. I need website policies in the footer in order to please Google, but the template is getting in my way again. I also want a photo gallery once I figure out how to add a gallery without slowing the website down to a crawl. Photos are tough on performance.

Finally, the link to Flickr on the sidebar will take you to three photo galleries on Flickr with no login required. I don’t think that anyone has used this link.

For those of you who have a new or upgraded house on your mind, you’ll find an abundance of information on the “Freebies/Deals” page including a 42-page manual/blog which I’ll send to you via e-mail upon request. This manual tells you how I built my current log home for a pittance.

So shop around a bit. There’s a lot more information on this website than you realize.

Thank you for listening and stay in touch!

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