Eternal Life – The Search For The Unknowable

eternal life - the unknowableWhen we talk about God, or Jesus, or eternal life, we are venturing from facts and figures into faith.  Faith is not a bad thing, just saying that Google will not tell you if heaven is real or how long God has been alive.  It will tell you about people’s beliefs on such subjects, but cannot possibly tell you if these beliefs are facts.

A new health area has cropped up in recent years that is searching for ways to keep people alive longer, much longer than ever thought possible, and healthy for that matter.  Is this humanity’s answer to eternal life?  Of course, you cannot prevent accidents but you can theoretically prevent disease and postpone aging.

What Kind Of Eternal Life Are You Searching For?

So this begs the question: Are you looking for ways to extend your human lifetime, or are you looking for a spiritual eternal life?  And what could I possibly have to write about either?  Yes, true, I know what I believe about spiritual eternal life, but I cannot really tell you that what I believe is fact.  What I believe is faith.  So could that possibly even matter to somebody searching for answers?  Unfortunately I do not think you will find anything better.

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Getting Traffic In 2016 Is Not The Same As Getting Traffic In 1997

12345845_1124265154274240_1275585496_nBack in 1997, Yahoo was the king “search engine”.  Actually more of a directory… but today that directory is no more.  It was wonderful to be in the Yahoo directory without much competition, it is what made our business at the time take off to unimaginable heights.

Back in 1997, free for all links were great.  People wanted to discover new sites and they would click on all kinds of links.

In 2016, not so much.  People in the United States are much more social users of the internet.  People in other countries are still in discovery mode, but the US is tired of exploring.  We like what we like, no need to venture off.

With all that is different today, how does a new website get discovered, visited, and become popular?  Let us first take a look at the top 5 websites in the world, as organized by Alexa:

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Google reCaptcha Saves My Butt

Before I get going, please make sure to see the links at the end of this post.  I could include them within the body here but I am going to be lazy.

I spent the last two weeks fighting with the bots to try to get a good indication of how well we are doing on the splashplan.com site.  I thought up a number of possible solutions to the problem but ultimately the bots were smarter than me.  Nothing I came up with eliminated fake sign ups; and anything that would cure the problem would get in the way of the user experience.

I was very concerned about using captcha to solve the problem because it added one more silly field that the user would have to fill out to sign up.  Adding more steps or more fields meant losing good sign ups, and I only wanted to lose the bad ones.

Enter Google’s reCAPTCHA.  It basically has the visitor check a box if they are not a robot.  Simple.  Effective. Doesn’t get in the way too much.  Ok, give it a shot.  But it will be difficult to install right?  Wrong!  Using an article I found, it was simple and straight forward and I did not have to install a code library on my web site.

It really was very easy and solved the problem.  Now I am back to having a hard time getting sign ups.  At least the ones that do sign up will be real people who will get good use out of the site.

Links you can use:

What is a URL or Website Address?

A URL is a synonym or shortened version of Uniform Resource Locator.  It can be a website address… which is usually what I am asking for when I say provide a URL.  Here is a link to the definition on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_resource_locator

The link above is a URL and starts with http://  In most browsers you can also copy the URL of the current page your on by highlighting the address bar, right clicking, and copying it (a menu will drop down when you right click it).

You may also see a URL or website address start with https://  The “s” in this case represents a page on a secure server or the secure version of the page (often you can load it with or without the s).  Other URLs that are not website addresses include mail: and ftp:  mail: represents an email address and ftp: represents an ftp location (file transfer protocol).

Why is all of this important?  If I ask for a URL or website address and you just put “bob’s website”, that doesn’t work too well… neither would splashplan.com because it doesn’t indicate it’s a web address without the http://   …   so when I link to it, it just appends to the current web page location (append means it sticks it on the end).

In addition, to be a web marketer, we must understand web terminologies…. so I hope I’ve taught you a couple new ones tonight.  You will need to use a full URL each time you want some other website to link to your page.  You use them in HTML a lot.  (HyperText Markup Language)  You can use HTML in classified ads to display a picture or make your text look different than normal (colors, bold, italics, underline, etc).  HTML is good to know along with what a URL is.

I’ve been around a while so URLs, website addresses, and HTML (as well as PHP) are mostly second nature to me… so I apologize if I sound too snarky about it… I know beginners need to know the basics of being online as well as the more advanced stuff, so here is my attempt to help out the internet with more information on the same things.  Don’t believe me?  Google search it…

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