Content for Coders

The one thing that any new Webmaster hears when searching for tips on how to improve their site is this: Content is King. And its true; good, high quality content is what gets other people interested in your site, and makes other webmasters link to you. However to me at least there is always far to much focus on what could be termed 'online' content rather than the other sort, which can often yield as many, if not more, high quality one-way inbound links.

By 'online' content I am referring to items such as webpages. Good, solid copy that is useful both to the visitor and also as search engine fodder. Of course you can never have enough of this, as it boosts both rankings in the search engines and word of mouth about your website (ie. Hyperlinks). But 'offline' content which can not be viewed over the Internet can also make a huge impact on your online presence. In this, I refer primarily to any freely downloadable software you may have on your site.

I am what I would term a beginner programmer. I enjoy programming, seeing it more as a hobby than anything else. Sure, it would be great to go into as a full time job, but at the moment I'm just not that good. I've done several projects that have done my interest, and released the vast majority as freeware. When I thought about making a site I considered putting them online to see if anyone was interested. So that's what I did, and forgot about them for a few months. Then I found out about RoboSoft.

"RoboSoft is a semiautomatic submitter … RoboSoft will fill all the submission forms, track your login and password. RoboSoft is a tool for professional submitters and senior developers. The main goal is Quality. We are automating only those processes that will not reduce the submission quality. " This sounded interesting to me and so I created a company profile and PAD files for two of my applications, submitted to a few sites, and then promptly forgot about them again for a few weeks.

When Google did their recent Page Rank update I was very surprised to notice that some of my pages had jumped from PR 0 to PR 3, or even 4. My freeware pages. This large jump did not seem to have affected most of the rest of my website, so I was at a loss to explain the sudden jump, or at least I was until I remembered my RoboSoft submission. Intrigued I took a closer look at some of the websites I had submitted to. Several were ranked at PR 6, and some even as high as PR 8 or 9! Without realizing it, I had managed to get around 100 one-way inbound links for each of my pages, with at least 50% coming from a PR 4 or higher site.

Since Page Rank seemsingly being less and less important in Google's algorithm this jump …

Dish Network: Playing Games with Satellite TV

The world of home entertainment has a decidedly different landscape than that of 20 years ago. From the ability to take control of programming through digital video recorders and pay-per-view options to the ever expanding list of programming choices available in any niche, consumers have an increasing ability to individualize the entertainment that they enjoy in their homes. Interactive television is another option that is now offered which allows viewers to obtain even more for their entertainment dollar.

Echostar's Dish Network satellite television service provides DishHome Interactive Channel 100 which gives subscribers access to a wide variety of interactive programming, but for many families the various game packages provide the greatest attraction. In keeping with the theory that the family which plays together lasts together, these Dish Network packages could certainly play a role in family harmony.

One of the more popular packages, DishGAMES, offers 16 games from Pixel Play including ASTEROID MEGA, CENTIPEDE MEGA, CHAINZ, JUMBLE, TextTwist, and other titles from Atari, Hasbro, MumboJumbo, and Real Arcade. This package offers interactive features such as score submission, leader boards, tournament capabilities, prioritizing, and polling creating a greater sense of individual, community, or family challenge and competition. The KidsWise feature even offers "edutainment" games to build reading, problem solving and thinking skills. The affordable $ 4.99 / mo or $ 49.99 / year pricing is attractive but current non-subscribers can easily experience these games via a demonstration on the Dish Network site for free before making any purchase.

For those seeking something even less expensive or wanting a bit more of a brain buzz, Dish Network also offers Buzztime Trivia. For $ 3.99 / month or $ 43.89 / year, a wide variety of Trivia games are available for individuals or the whole family.

From action, adventure, and sports to casino-style, puzzle, board, and strategy games Playin'-TV is a package that offers a huge variety which can assure that every member of the family will be seeking out some stay-at-home time. With a monthly rate of $ 4.99 or annual $ 54.89, it is still a viable option for most families.

The final offering is a great option for those on a stricter entertainment budget. Dish Network's PlayJam provides an ever changing lineup of some of the hip and currently popular games. With 13 to 15 games offered at any time, most families will discover numerous choices to feed their entertainment cravings. One of the most attractive features of this package although there is there are free levels to all of the games making it affordable for any Dish Network subscriber.

Interactive programming is bringing control of home entertainment into the hands of viewers; and in the case of Dish Network's interactive game packages, it is also bringing families together. …