Category Archives: Internet

Net Neutrality in a Nutshell

Net Neutrality is very important. For both website operators and the average user. It’s a much-talked-about subject, though far too many people have no clue what it means. Despite the somewhat boring name, Net Neutrality is something that everyone (who isn’t the RIAA, the MPAA, or the big ISPS) wants. Let me try to explain what it is…

An “un-neutral” internet is what is called a “tiered internet,” meaning not all data packets are equal. On a tiered internet, ISPs may speed up, slow, or totally block traffic depending on its origin, destination, or type. Your ISP could stop your from using BitTorrent, slow down your transfer speeds when your accessing YouTube, or redirect you to Yahoo when you try to access Google. Or they could insert some ads of their own into web pages as they travel between server and client. Why would they do that? Money. By blocking BitTorrent, they would prevent you from using as much bandwidth. Redirecting one site to another? They might do that if they were paid enough.

While tiered internet traffic is annoying enough for the end user, it’s even worse for the websites. Let’s use YouTube as an example. They’re already paying for their servers to have access to the internet, right? Well with a tiered internet, a few ISPs could decide to block, or slow down, access to YouTube, unless YouTube were to pay them a bribe to let them through. Insane? You bet.

The concept behind Net Neutrality is “all traffic is equal,” meaning “no tampering with packets as they travel through the tubes.” A simple enough concept, but an important one that needs to be enacted. After all, be don’t want the internet to be like this, do we?

The Secret to Getting Traffic: Link

Forget all about PageRank. Fill your posts with links to related posts, on your blog, and more importantly, on other blogs. Don’t hoard PageRank, and try to keep visitors on your site. Send them to other sites, and hope they come back. If you…

Net Neutrality Watch: ISPs to Insert Rubbish Into Your Pages

Rogers|Yahoo, a Canadian ISP, has been experimenting with technology that enables them to modify page content before it gets to you. Shown in the Ars Technica linked previously, is the Google.ca homepage with a huge banner proclaiming that the user has used 75% of…

Blogging is not a Trend!

The term “blog” has been in use for around eleven years now, and there are about 120,000 new blogs created every day (according to Technorati). Of course, not all of them remain active for very long (too many people start blogs and then quit…

Blogger’s Choice Awards: Winners Announced, New Season Begins

The winners of the 2007 Blogger’s Choice Awards have been announced. Here are the top three in a few of the categories: Best Blog About Blogging ProBlogger.net BloggingBasics101.com Lorelle.Wordpress.com Best Blogging Host WordPress.com Blogger.com LiveJournal.com Personally, I don’t agree with the “Best Blogging Host”…

BlogRush Stats: Are They Improving…Or Are They Rigged?

BlogRush has put up a “temporary stats” system on their dashboard, as the normal one with all of the graphs is “currently unavailable.” It’s showing, for Webmaster-Source, the following: Credits Earned Today: 363 Credits Earned Last 7 Days: 1,957 Your Traffic Today: 363 Your…

NorthXEast Up For Sale

The blog NorthXEast (which I read) is, unfortunately, up for sale. It’s a great blog, with a cool layout, and some strong stats. It has 75,000+ unique visitors a month. 103,000+ pageviews per month. PageRank of 4 $175 current monthly revenue 2000+ RSS subscribers,…

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