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Starting in June, About.com has decided to remove our blogs in favor of promoting our other content more directly. If you regularly read the blog here, you may notice some changes, as I'll be focusing more on writing longer articles and less on writing short blog posts. But I'll still be here, writing about HTML and web design.

I am also writing in a lot of other places, besides About.com. You can find me at:

  • HTMLJenn.com - where I post my most recent guest posts, provide links to places I do regular or semi-regular columns, and just keep you up-t
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    o-date on what's going on in my writing and consulting.

  • HTML5 in 24 Hours - where I'll be posting more blog posts to replace the ones I would have put here. I also talk about my latest books, including my upcoming book Sams Teach Yourself Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 in 24 Hours.

  • Enjoy SciFi - here I write reviews of SciFi and fantasy books I've read and TV or movies I've seen.

  • Tech for Anyone - I am a sometime contributor to this site where I write about technology and how it interfaces with our world.

  • Aquaterra - I am the webminister for this site, and while I don't write most of the content, I do keep it up-to-date.

  • Who Needs Role Models - and finally, my personal blog, where I write about whatever comes to mind at the moment.



And I'm always around on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter if you want to chat with me. I hope to hear from you!
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Good riddance to an antiquated communications method or misty eyed nostalgia? – a bit of both I guess. The Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi was the world’s last major* commercial telegram operation. After 162 years, it has now also ceased operations, with the last telegram sent on the weekend. In its heyday, the service […]
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When readers go to a website, they want to be able to find their way around quickly and easily. But navigation is often one of the most overlooked parts of a website. Designing the navigation is vital if your customers are going to find what they need, and not leave immediately. But there are some steps you can take to design effective navigation for your site. Your readers will thank you! Effective Web Navigation
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Quality Unit, the makers of one of the top affiliate tracking systems is running a special promo on their software.
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How much are advertisers collectively spending to reach each US online user annually? US advertisers spent an estimated $144 (in nominal dollars) reaching each online user last year. It’s a big jump from the $36 per user spent in 2002, which was due to the effects of the dotcom bubble bursting and other economic woes. […]
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They say there’s no such thing as silly questions. There are when it comes to customer support. An important part of customer retention is support. I think support is really undervalued by many merchants, and this is reflected in the staff they select or how they direct those staff to operate. I don’t think I’d […]
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make money with keyword academyBy the time you read this, there’s a good chance that PostRunner V2 will have been released. PostRunner is/was a feature for the members of The Keyword Academy (here’s the Keyword Academy Review). You logged into a dashboard, wrote articles and picked from a list of we

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bsites where you wanted your article to be published. The owner of that blogged then decided whether or not to accept your article. Why did members post to Post Runner? Because every article was allowed to have a backlink pointing to their website. Over the years the quality of these sites really became poor. Website owners wouldn’t approve or decline articles and even if they did, some would remove the links in the future (which is against the TOS of PostRunner). Some would simply remove your article if it started ranking and replace it with a spun copy without your links. It was no big surprise that the quality suffered and people left in droves.


So the folks over at The Keyword Academy has been working hard to rectify all of these problems and make PostRunner a more powerful and easier to use system. Although there is no definite launch date, it’s suspected to launch in a few days from the time of this writing. Why is this important? Because unlike before when PostRunner was free, there’ll be a charge to use it. However, if you’re already a member of The Keyword Academy, you’ll have FREE access to PostRunner V2.


What’s Different About V2 of PostRunner?


One of the biggest differences is that they’ve changed how it works. Now it has evolved into more of a Guest Posting system. What this means is you’ll write the article on the subject of your expertise. The website owner will be able to look at the article and decide whether or not he wants to accept it for his website or not. That part is a lot like the old PostRunner, but where it changes is this. Both the Website owner and the Authors will have an opportunity to grade each other. If you’re a website owner and don’t want to accept poor articles, then you set your limits and the system will take care of the rest.


In a nutshell, the new PostRunner is a middle man between Website owners looking for quality content and site owners looking to promote their website through writing high quality articles in exchange for a link back to their sites. It’s a Guest Posting system on steroids!


Other Changes to PostRunner Version 2 are;



  • Site owners will be able to set requirements as to the quality of the articles they accept. If you only want to accept 500 word articles with one link, no problem, you can set it up that way. It’s very customizable and it allows site owners more say-so in the articles they accept.

  • Site owners will now be able to give Authors a score. So in the future, if you don’t want to accept articles from an Author with a low score, you can do that in a flash! You can set the limit wherever you want it and if the Author doesn’t have a high enough score, they’ll not be able to post to your website! Cool huh!

  • On the other hand, sites can be ranked now. As an author, if you don’t want your article on a low quality site, you’ll be able to look and see how others ranked this site.

  • Probably one of the most important features is that an Author will be able to immediately see the Page Rank of a site and other stats like how many times they’ve ignored articles and how many times they’ve accepted/denied articles. This is one thing that was needed with the old system so much!


It’s no secret that Guest Posting has been hot in the last year or so. Especially now that Google has destroyed many of the big backlink networks like Build My Rank, SEOLinkvine, SEOCobra and others. Guest Posting is a legitimate White Hat way to get quality backlinks back to your site from White Hat sites. It’s been one of the least talked about, but most effective ways to get higher rankings for quite some time now.


If you’re already a member of the Keyword Academy, then you already know all of this. If not, and you’ve been thinking about taking advantage of a Keyword Academy membership, now is the time to act! If you wait until after the PostRunner V2 launch, you’ll have to pay for it. If you join before they launch, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the other benefits of The Keyword Academy as well as access to V2 of PostRunner!


Here’s what non-members will have to pay to join PostRunner V2 after the launch.


- Up to 10 sites will cost you $30 per month


- Up to 25 sites will cost you $50 per month


- Up to 50 sites will cost you $75 per month


-Unlimited Number of sites will cost you $199 per month


But if you’re a member before they launch around the 16th of April, you’ll be automatically grandfathered and won’t have to pay anything!


Click Here to Join the Keyword Academy NOW and get in before they launch PostRunner V2!!

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Polar Bear Rolling Over

Not this kind of rollover



It's so easy to create rollovers that it's not surprising that people use them for almost everything. While I don't recommend you use them for site critical things like navigation, there's no reason you can't give your pages a bit of extra interactivity by adding rollover text color changes. And it's so easy!


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Find out how! How to Make Text Change Color on Rollover


Image courtesy Fred Bruemmer / Getty

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There is much in the pedestrian media about the privacy issues of online advertising. And software vendors hawking security products have properly scared consumers about being tracked online.
Personally, I love it.
I’ve been a member of Google’s Adsense program since it launched, and my how it has changed. Specifically in recent years it has [...]
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We live in the lucky country – unless you’re buying certain types of software; downloading tunes or streaming movies. A Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications has determined Australian businesses are paying up to 50 per cent more for IT products. It’s such an issue that even our own government is advising Australian businesses to […]
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