Spring Fashion – The New BOTW Blog

Thanks to the Beers Design Team

I suppose now that we’re officially on the new URL and have the new interface in place it’s time to thank the folks that made it happen. A hearty thanks to the guys at Beers Design for setting up this WordPress theme.

 

The old one was getting a little threadbare, didn’t allow pictures of the size I’d have liked, and just looked its age. This is a vast improvement. I’d also like to thank our own Rob Schmidt for working with them to get it done. You guys did a great job, and that makes mine easier. Gracias gents.

And Another Writer to Enter the Fray

Also, rumor here at BOTW-land is that one of the talented folks from corporate is going to join me in the blog, so you can look forward to upcoming posts from Danielle. It’ll be nice to have another hand at the oar and a different perspective. You can find her bio info on the BOTW Corporate website. Actually if you’re reading this, that’s where you are now. Just hit the button up there that says “About Us.

What’s the Best Directory Submission Software?

If you’re reading this blog
You probably take part in one or more webmaster forums as well. Do a quick search on whichever ones you frequent, and you’ll find a few threads named “What is the best directory submission software”.

To save time… here’s a quick Google search on the phrase: “Best Directory Submission Software?”

Answer: Depends on the directories to which you submit

If you’re sending submissions to auto-accept directories…
…that’ll take anything that comes into the queue, whatever software gets it there does the job. A bot does the submission, a bot does the acceptance, why quibble over the small differences.

In other words, neither of them does a good job.

Now WHY you’d bother submitting to those is a whole ‘nuther topic, but mass sends by bots at least take less time than doing it manually, and as it’s a waste of time to start with, might as well waste less of it.

If you’re submitting to directories with a human on the acceptance end…
Why bother sending mass bot submissions? They’re generally garbage, so if the directory is worth getting into, they’ll probably get deleted the same way they arrived… by a few quick database routines.

Needless to say our commercial queues are pretty free of spam. For some reason people don’t send a thousand near identical submissions when their Mastercard/Visa is attached to each, but our free queues are occasionally the targets of the guys that charge their clients a fee for shipping stuff even they know will get deleted.

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast….” ~ Alexander Pope

“Heh. Heh heh! He said ‘breast’.” ~ Beavis and Butthead

Every forum that has a Buy/Sell/Trade section…
…has a stack of guys offering directory submission services. Even some that assure you they’re doing it manually often have package pricing that allows you to get a zillion submissions for $50. If you utilize a service that offers to break the bounds of not only economics but space and time… you’re just setting yourself up for a fall.

Conclusion: Forget automated submission. Increase your chances, use the money on lottery tickets.

Here’s the best directory submission software…

Here’s the best hardware to attach to it…

Hey, just trying to look out for you
To those that are out there offering a zillion directory adds for a few bucks, don’t worry, anybody that buys the idea you’re doing it “manually” probably can’t read either. :)

Hope everyone’s having a great week. ~ Rob

It’s Official: Facebook Causes Divorce

You Just Can’t Make Up Stuff this Fun

An article published today in The Tech Journal had this solemn headline…
“Facebook is the new cause of divorce”
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The story leads off as follows:

The number of divorces occurring because of Facebook and other social networking sites has been on the rise since these sites have become increasingly popular, research claims. ~ Published in The Tech Journal – 5/13/2011

They may have a point
After all, I keep seeing a box on the other side of my FB page that shows a very attractive girl (about the age of my own kid) with a skimpy outfit and a caption that says “Guess who’s looking for you!”.

I suppose it *could* be true, but most likely it’d either mean  (*a) daddy issues are really getting outta hand at colleges or (*b) collection agencies have started using people we might really let find us.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
Seriously folks. Did the number of deaths by plane crash climb when people started using air travel? Did football injuries mysteriously rise when schools added the game to their athletic program? Heck, I’ll bet gunshot accidents rose significantly after the invention of firearms.

If they look REALLY close they’ll also find an increase in the number of people that got married as a result of Facebook since people started using it, not to mention a shocking (!) increase in the number of people who got unfriended on Facebook, and yes… a dramatic jump in meaningless statistics about people who do things as a result of using Facebook. Somebody needs to check into these things too, there’s a good chance we’re onto something.

On the bright side, the number killed in buggies powered by horses continues to decline in a figure inversely related to automobile sales.

There had to be government grant money involved in this powerful research project. Surely nobody came up with such an amazing statistical correlation without a considerable endowment with which to ponder such deep thoughts.

Obligatory Mention of Daily Trivia Challenge on Facebook
As you might guess, the only correlation that is totally escaping me is how to tie this all to internet directories, but it was just too classic to pass up. Guess I could say I put it here to plug the daily contests we’re doing on BOTW’s Facebook page. Yeah, that’s it. Go win some easy money on our Trivia Challenge… you may need it to pay the lawyer later.

Gotta love the internet. You guys have a great weekend, and for those that are married, behave yourselves on Facebook or I’m telling. :)

Launch of BOTW Education Directory

In April we launched the BOTW Online Degree Directory. Our new product offers one-stop shopping for those trying to find where they can pursue a specific degree program, whether it be undergraduate studies, Masters or Doctorate programs, or other related educational certifications.

The directory also offers career information on a wide range of degree programs for those that are not yet on an educational  career path and need a spot to compare opportunities offered in various fields.

Our initial launch includes online learning opportunities. The next phase will be cataloging the multitude of brick and mortar learning institutions with or without an online program… for those seeking the full university experience including the trip to the dean to explain the llama in a raincoat on the 3rd floor of the Science building.

The directory includes links to authoritative resources for additional information on each career field, such as Bureau of Labor and Statistic projections that detail projections for income and employment opportunities in each, plus a blog offering in depth examination of a variety of career fields and related issues.

Whether you’re entering the post high school world and need information on potential careers, thinking of a career change, or just want to beef up your skills and credentials in today’s ultra competitive job market, the Best of the Web Education Directory has information that will help you accomplish the goal.

BOTW 25% Discount Ends Shortly

Title pretty well covers it. Just wanted to remind folks that the biggest discount of the year is rapidly approaching it’s expiration. We’re offering a 25% discount on BOTW products until the end of April. The promo code is  BDAY25. Click on image below for promotion details.

Best of the Web April promo code BDAY25

Best of the Web 17th Birthday Promo

This discount code can be used multiple times, but is only valid until April 30. You know the drill, you snooze you lose, so if you’ve got plans to boost visibility of one or a few sites… be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to save some bucks in the process.

Aside from that, hope everyone has a great weekend, and congrats to the UK guys, the wedding was lovely. :)

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