About Internet And Journalism

The Internet is full of words for which it never paid and is killing Journalism.


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The original conception of a Journal or a Magazine was based in a traditional principle: writing an article and getting paid for it.

Today, in the Internet Universe, a journalist writes an article and in most cases he doesn’t get paid for it.

This new rule of the game seems to be killing journalism as a profession.

Music and Arts have also been impacted for this change.

The only Art creations that still are safe are those that cannot be downloaded or copied from the Internet.

First Fact: Without words the Internet would be meaningless, so it managed to get stuffed with words and has never paid for them.

Internauts pay for products and services that they buy thru Internet, but all the contents that live there are free of charge.

The Second Fact is that journalism never managed to develop and impose a system to charge for articles published on the Internet.

This is leading to a terminal crisis for journalism, because many times journalists don’t get paid for the articles that they write and get published. Since the compensation that they get isn’t enough for them to survive, at the end of the day journalism is no longer their main source of income and they spend less time researching for the articles that they publish. This is why the quality or the published articles is lower than decades ago.

Today in the Internet Era, a typical News Website sustains its budget mostly from incomes coming from advertising, rather than the quality of the news that they publish.

In this new paradigm, Internet generates every day more money for hardware manufacturers and software developers instead of rewarding those who create contents.

Internet, because of its open and public condition, offers unlimited opportunities to anyone who wants to have its own news website and wants to publish contents.

This leads to a continuous degradation of journalism on the Internet: If you don’t get rewarded for the articles that you publish, you can´t invest to keep the best writers in your staff.

Bloggers are more than happy with this situation, because with the degradation of the contents quality in the News Websites, they are starting to see an increase of the visits that they get in their blogs.

However this is temporary, their visitors will leave very soon if your blog contents don’t get refreshed and improved.

There’s also a strong competition coming from social networks, a place where nobody needs to legitimate what gets posted.

We live in an absolute democracy of the instantaneous contents. Literally a chaos.

The practice of stealing copyrighted material and “copy/pasting” someone else’s stuff is widely accepted and “legitimated”.

All this is killing journalism, because internauts think that they know about everything and what they don’t know can be searched and considered valid information.

It is time for the Internet to find creative ways to compensate journalism for its efforts or the quality and accuracy of information will continue to deteriorate.

Naked Domains And Internet Traffic

Consolidate Your Website Traffic In A Single Domain – SEO Rule 1

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According to Google® a “naked domain” is a Domain Name without its “www” prefix (for instance “domaincheapdeal.com” would be the naked version of “www.domaincheapdeal.com” (which would be the “non-naked” version of the Website).

There’s a possibility that Search Engines measure traffic going to the naked version of your Domain Name (“domaincheapdeal.com”) and traffic going to the non-naked version of your Domain Name (“www.domaincheapdeal.com”) as traffic belonging to two different Websites.

Even more, for some of its applications used in combination with your Domain Name, Google® only allows the use of the non-naked version of your Website (“www.domaincheapdeal.com”).

More importantly, Google® itself redirects its own name to the non-naked version (i.e. If you type in google.com in your browser it will redirect to “www.google.com”).

It means that if you are not redirecting your naked domain to your non-naked domain, your real traffic may be underestimated by Search Engines and Website Traffic Evaluation tools.

The simplest way to redirect the naked version of your Domain to its non-naked version is by using the .htaccess file.

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Although .htaccess is only a file, it can change settings on the servers and allow you to do many different things, the most popular being able to have your own custom 404 error pages. .htaccess isn’t difficult to use and is really just made up of a few simple instructions in a text file.

You may be wondering what .htaccess can do, or you may have read about some of its uses but don’t realise how many things you can actually do with it.

There is a huge range of things .htaccess can do including: domain redirection, password protecting folders, redirecting users automatically, custom error pages, changing your file extensions, banning users with certain IP addresses, only allowing users with certain IP addresses, stopping directory listings and using a different file as the index file.

Creating a .htaccess file may cause you a few problems. Writing the file is easy, you just need enter the appropriate code into a text editor (like notepad). You may run into problems with saving the file. Because .htaccess is a strange file name (the file actually has no name but a 8 letter file extension) it may not be accepted on certain systems (e.g. Windows 3.1). With most operating systems, though, all you need to do is to save the file by entering the name as:

“.htaccess”

(including the quotes). If this doesn’t work, you will need to name it something else (e.g. htaccess.txt) and then upload it to the server. Once you have uploaded the file you can then rename it using an FTP program.

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