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Building Links

In the beginning Google was started by people who thought that the more links that were made to a site the more it was a respected source. Before too long those of us who try to optimize our so called organic search engine positions tried to maximize the links to their sites. Some people took this to extremes and so began the war of measure and counter measure between Google and the webmasters. The Google search results are probably better than ever but their selection of sites with links to have become exccentric to say the least. In the meantime Yahoo and MSN tried to catch up and emulate the quality of Google's search results but they were always well behind the ball.

One of the purposes of this blog is to persuade the Google system that this is an active site which is constantly updated and a relevant and authoritative source in its chosen field of endeavor. Ironically these blog pages are not to be found in the google index and certainly not on the pages with links to . By contrast several of these pages are featured in Yahoo as are most of the archive files. We don't appear in MSN's pages - they exhibit a strong preference for directory pages and so copies of our DMOZ entry appear with substantial frequency. The most extreme is Alta Vista who list all our stream sample pages as well as blog pages and directory copies - they appear to act as a feeder source to Yahoo who select the pages they will include. Copies of our press releases are also often found on these links to pages.

After all that Google still provide most of our searching visitors.

Today's streaming sample is from our percussion arrangement of Franz Schubert's Impromptu No 3 - enjoy

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This article might be a bit different than you've come to
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my opinion, it is a facet of the internet many people don't
really think about. And that is communication. But, by
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or concept from one point to another with full duplication on
the receiving side. This last component is one often forgotten.
So, a full one-way communication would be Fred has an idea about
a widget. He propels that idea acros…