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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

A Few Good Men...and Women :)

Well, the time has come where we are getting a large amount of traffic from search engines now; namely Google ..thanks Sergey & Larry :)

But I've found that many of the terms that are being searched for have no sites listed in the categories. Obviously, that doesn't help anybody out. On top of that, probably 75% of the searches are non-commercial and informational type searches. Which means that there probably won't be very many edu or government sites submitting their sites.

Therefore I've enlisted the generous help of some editors. From department heads at State Universities to small business owners, we have 4 editors in total now, and 2 'in training'.

My personal goal is to add 100 websites per day through normal paid submissions, and the additions that myself and the editors add by scouring the net for quality resources. Given that ratio, within a years time we can become a viable database of over 36,000 websites. Imagine that number in 5 years with 10 more editors. It's exciting to say the least. :)
Monday, November 29, 2004

The World Wice Web Consortium Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

http://www.w3.org/ -- 30 November 2004 --
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is marking its tenth
anniversary with a day-long symposium on 1 December at the Fairmont Copley
Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. W3C10 brings together Web and
Internet technical leaders from around the globe to both remember the W3C's
origins and look to the future of the Web and W3C's role in it.

The Web is 15; W3C is 10

In March of 1989 while employed at CERN

(l'Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire), Tim Berners-Lee
wrote a proposal
that would become the basis for the World Wide Web. With approval from his
supervisor, the late Mike Sendall, and support from colleagues including
Robert Cailliau, Berners-Lee's invention grew from one server at CERN (1990),
to millions and millions of servers today.

Yet even in those early days, Berners-Lee saw the potential for tremendous
growth predicated on key features: openness of technologies, and agreed-upon
standards and protocols. CERN agreed to make Tim's code available to all free
of charge, but who would ensure that standards and protocols would be
developed, disseminated and used, ensuring one Web for all users rather than

In October 1994, Berners-Lee, with help from the late Michael Dertouzos of
the MIT Laboratory for Computer
, founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Its earliest stated
mission was to "Lead the Web to Its Full Potential." It has done so in at
least two distinct ways. First, W3C has developed technical recommendations
that industry embraces as Web standards such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets
(CSS), and Extensible Markup
Language (XML), the last of which has
given rise to new graphics and multimedia formats (SVG and SMIL) as well as
applications for mobile devices, such as VoiceXML 2 and XHTML Basic. In
addition to these formatting standards, W3C serves as the developmental
center of the Semantic Web.
The second way that W3C has impacted the Web is through the creation of
policies and practices that encourage the extended applicability and growth
of Web technologies to the broadest number of people, including W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative, its Internationalization
and its Patent

"W3C10" Program Looks Back, Looks Forward

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, W3C is organizing a one-day symposium
on 1 December for its Members and invited guests to reflect on the impact of
the Web, W3C's central role in its growth, and risks and opportunities facing
the Web during W3C's second decade.

"This special anniversary brings the opportunity to acknowledge the impact
of the Web and the W3C's stewardship role," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C's
Director. "I hope it will also inspire ever more collaboration, creativity,
and understanding across the globe."

The event's emcee is Ethernet inventor and Internet pioneer Bob
. The rich program includes
equal parts reflection and projection. Sessions cover the early days of the
Web and W3C's emergence, through the commercial and social impacts of the Web
on the world we now experience. Others look at the impact of the Web, and of
Web standards, with an eye towards new frontiers for Web technical
development, and tensions that may require resolution.

"W3C10 is a celebration that brings together the people who are
pioneering, standardizing, implementing and benefiting from Web
technologies," explained Steve Bratt, W3C Chief Operating Officer. "We'll
share stories from the W3C's past and dreams for the future of Web
technology, making for a full and exciting day."

Sponsorship for W3C10 is International, Diverse

W3C10 enjoys generous sponsorship
from both Members and outside organizations including Platinum sponsors MIT
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), HP, and
Microsoft Corporation; Gold sponsors Adobe Systems, Amadeus e-Travel, BEA
Systems, Google, IBM, ILOG, and INRIA; and Silver sponsors Billiotek srl,
CERN, Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), IONA Technologies, Inc.,
Intervoice, Inc., Nokia, Sogei, and Uncover the Net.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing
common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability.
It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and
(ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided
by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide
Web for developers and users, and various prototype and sample applications
to demonstrate use of new technology. More than 350 organizations are Members of W3C. To learn more, see http://www.w3.org/

Friday, November 26, 2004

Some New Advertising

Well, in the past 48 hours, I've signed up for about $2000 worth of more advertising on a montly basis. They include..

www.seoroundtable.com - a great site by Barry Schwartz. He's got a very good reading audience.
www.isedb.com - we already had some advertising on it, but it was just a link, so now we'll have a 250x300 banner

And...UTN Directory is now a proud sponsor (in addition to being a member) of the World Wide Web Consortium's 10th Anniversary!
Thursday, November 25, 2004

Does Yahoo! Like us Yet?

Whoohoo, it's starting to rank a little in Yahoo :)
Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Sooo Many Categories

I've been adding more and more categories everyday. I still have tons more, and about 90,000 more left total.. Seems kinda overwhelming when you put it that way! But, Google seems to like it, she's got us at almost 1 million pages indexed!

What Yahoo! Doesn't Like...

I thought this was pretty cool

And I never knew that Yahoo! stood for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle :)
Saturday, November 20, 2004

Where to Submit?

I've been looking at alot of the newer and some older directories lately and I've noticed alot of crumy setups. For instance, some have adsense all over their sites, some use searchfeed to supplement the results, and some even charge submission fees upwards of $75 for a page that isnt even Cached by Google.

Bruce of Wow Directory made a good post at SeoZip the other day.

Lots of under developed low quality directories springing up. They are only selling links and won’t last long. Webmasters will smarten up and learn that a directory with little to no cached pages will not provide a link or provide any value to submit and we will see lots of for sale signs and closings. The list of general directories that are worth submitting is actually very short.
All I can say is that I agree with Bruce in that the list of directories to submit to is getting very short. If you're submitting to a directory for search engine reasons (eg, a quality backlink), then I would first and foremost check to see if the page is cached by Google.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Added Some Category Maps

Today I added category maps, kind of like a site map of all the categories. I think it is usefull for those people who don't know what category that their business is in. So now they can browse by the name of it, alphabetically and then find it.

It also helps keep all the category pages indexed and with decent pr. :)

The category links are on the bottom of all the pages like so:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Our Own World Wide Web Consortium HomePage

By sponsoring some of the events as a w3 member, the w3 made up our own home page which is rotated every 5 minutes Smile

Our home page is:

which is shown on the www.w3.org home page several times a day Very Happy
Monday, November 15, 2004

What to Say, What to Say

Not much going on. The next few days I'll be adding more seo tools and more articles. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

I was allowing members to submit suggestions for non-commercial listings up until now via email or the forums, but I decided not to accept suggestions for non-commercial sites any longer. As of now there is myself and 2 editors who add sites, so the non-commercial sites will be added as we see them and add them. :)

I hear the WebmasterWorld Conf is going on in Vegas. Who all is going/ on their way?

Friday, November 12, 2004

Over 500,000 Pages Indexed :)

I was pretty shocked to see it jump up to 500k pages :)

I'm also getting tons of referrals from google from the search term halo walkthrough. Anyone know what that is? A game or something?
Thursday, November 11, 2004

Site Feedback

Well, at the advice of Rivux (thanks Rivux), I added the navigation to the blog to make it look like part of the site :) Also made alot of changes to the site to fix the screen resolution problems...those darn people on 800x600. :)

If you see any other issues that need to be fixed, please let me know!
Tuesday, November 09, 2004

New Articles Software

Well, I spent the last 5 hours setting up the new articles section After, it's all done, I gotta say I like it alot. You can vote on articles, post comments to them like blogs, submit new comments, and of course static urls :)

I was looking at Google, and looks like there are 327,000 pages indexed now, so it's really starting to jump up there fast. I think it jumped over 100k in one day!

Sunday, November 07, 2004

UTN Newsletter

I finally installed the software for the newsletter. Think it's be a good thing to have to keep ceveryone informed of new things and specials and such! So c'mon, ya know you wanna sign up :)

Our Anniversary :)

Well, today's our anniversary! It was launched on Nov 7th.

So where do we stand?


Today's Alexa Rating: 9,396
Google's Indexed Pages: 217,000
Total Sites listed: 845

It'll be really fun to see what these figures are throughout the next few months :)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Google's Hungry

Earlier I posted that we had 140,000 pages indexed ,but I checked again and now we have 176,000 pages

I was also tinkering around on www.googlerankings.com, and saw that Uncover the Net ranks @ # 201 for "web directory" ...sandbox..schmandbox :)

Gotta Love the Edu Links

Well, I was going through some of my logs and saw that my buddy Michael added me to his edu biography page

Thanks Mike! :)

A New SEO Forum

Nandini from WebAtlas started her new SEO forum and recruited Aaron of SEO Book as one of the Admins. Seems pretty promising there and there's a lot of different kinds of people from a vast number of countries...which is pretty cool :)

Are You a Blogger?

How come alot of the blogs I see usually have a ton of other blogger links on their blog, is this a program or blogger exchange site of something?

PS, I'm new to the whole blog thing :)
Wednesday, November 03, 2004

140, 000 Pages Indexed Today :)

140 k Pages Indexed! But actually there are 8810 categories x 819 locations = 7215390 pages..So how many do you think Google will be able to index? :)

I'm guessing/hoping for a million

Some New Categories

Well, today I added some new categories like Relationships.

If you have any other category suggestions, please let me know!

Official Directory Launch

Uncover the Net was launched on October 7th, 2004 :)

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