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About EllaHalligan

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  • Birthday 02/25/1972

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  1. For just straight content, you really can't get better than Wordpress. Hands down, no argument, nothing possibly better. That being said, the free bb scripts drove me completely batty and I found it well worth it to plunk down some cash for vBulletin. Trust me, that's saying something, because I don't like to pay for anything. Just ask my hubs and kids. I'm the original Scrooge McDuck and proud of it. But after a few weeks of wanting to tear my hair out I finally said, "Done! TIme to pay in cash instead of in years off my life and gray hair!"
  2. Yup, mark me as an "oldie", too... Geocities was my first start. Wow, I think back to that and can't believe how far things have come. Did have an SQL driven site that was self-hosted back when I was married to the evil-not-so-genius.... First forum was phpBB... I got into forums a really, really long time after I got into websites/blogging.
  3. Honestly, I love Vimeo... but with Youtube being connected to Google, it would be dumb to not utilize its reach. I'm always shocked at the number of views I get on videos that I just threw together for my kids and so on... It's simply the smart way to go. If I was just using it for hosting, though, and didn't want the reach, I'd choose to use Vimeo.
  4. Oh, that is horrible. My ex-husband worked in IT, so I was already really used to virus protection and being super-cautious online long before I got into IM. One of the few good things I got out of the relationship (the other being my teens, of course!) I guess my best "virus" story is actually from the company that my ex was the IT manager for a few years back. Do you remember the "I love you" virus? My ex tried to make sure everyone knew about it... but the actual boss of the company was a total moron (no really... his dad bought him the company to give him something to keep him busy and
  5. I use vBulletin with their blogging and CMS modules, but I didn't see the value in the mobile app (limited funds and it didn't seem to do a whole lot). I'll be keeping an eye on this to see if it becomes something worth plunking down the cash for! Well, actually, I'll have to have the cash to plunk down first, but I'm working on that part. I'm still really trying to learn how to best integrate the CMS and forum pieces.
  6. Well, whenever they do it (and I heard it was happening in April? But maybe sooner?) I checked PageRank on my personal blog and about fell out of my chair when I saw a PR5. Definitely doing the happy dance over here. I had no idea it would be that high!
  7. I did not know that! Now, should that word count be on a single page or should it be spread out over a couple of pages (like a blog series post where each one is linked to the ones before and after it in the series? Or one mammoth post?) I can see the SEO value of both ways of doing things.
  8. Yeah, that's why I stick with mostly my home-grown crew! If you happen to be friends with a homeschooling mom with teens you could always ask if they wanted to do it as a part of their "technology" curriculum! A lot of homeschoolers are big on making sure their children have actual skills when they are adults, in addition to their basic education. You'd probably be better off if you tried to hire college students instead... they'd be over 18 (not earning you the skeevy perv label) but they're still usually willing to work relatively inexpensively and they're usually native English speaker
  9. You can call them? I just used the "report an issue" button at the top. Hmmmm.... I guess I'll call Monday am to make sure everything is taken care of.
  10. Well, I see that my account has gone from 67 dollars for today down to 18 dollars for today, so I'm guessing my report go through. They didn't send me a message back or anything but it does appear to be resolved to a certain extent. I'm guessing they just removed duplicate clicks to the same advertiser from the same IP.... I read your post to my husband and he died laughing... said, "Do these people know you? You check that thing every few minutes!" LOL Guilty as charged.
  11. Holy frick... I just checked my Adsense account and something is WEIRD WEIRD WEIRD.... I normally have one click through every few weeks.... I have had FORTY FOUR clickthroughs in the past couple of hours. I haven't done it. I quizzed hubby and oldest kids. They didn't do it. Now, I have done a LOT of promotion in twitter and other social media on that page (it's a site with many pages but I'm still building it... only a few pages have actual content. I am literally freaking out over here. Could someone be trying to get me banned??? I reported it to Google. It's not like they aren't going
  12. Just out of curiousity.... those people who are banned... what do they normally doto get banned? Which mistakes seem to be the most common/easiest to make? Advice on avoiding those would probably be big help to newbies. I'm guessing clicking your own ads is a relatively common one?
  13. LOL, no, I got mine the hard way... childbirth and child rearing! LOL... but the nice thing is that they come with friends, now. However, our high school has a web technology class and I've gotten a lot of useful work out of the town geeks that way. It might be worthwhile finding out if your local high school or junior college has some sort of job board.
  14. I have a block at the top and a block at the bottom. After two years (most of which I have been mostly putzing around, I must admit), I'm up to a whopping.... $34. LOL... My 19 year old daughter looks at me funny when I check adsense and say, "Woot! 5 cents!!!" Okay, she's 19, she looks at me funny a lot anyway, but still....
  15. Oh, snap, that's brilliant! I have a lot of "free reports" and so on in development and something like this will do very nicely in terms of helping to build my social marketing profile while still handing things out for free (and good will). Love it!!
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