Archive for the '1&1' Category

Sun
Mar
30

Tax time – who came through and who blew?



Come tax time, I want all the right information in front of me quickly so that I can get it all stuffed in TurboTax and be done.  So how easy was it to handle taxes from various different income and expense streams? 

CJ

Dear old Commission Junction sent me a 1099-MISC so that was easy.  CJ advertisers were the most profitable income stream for me in 2007… so I was glad this was seamless (I’d filled a W-9 for them with my SSN earlier in 2007).

Adsense

Google Adsense also sends 1099’s so that’s easy too.  Good so far.

Expenses

Now to expenses… doing business on the web isn’t free as you know… and I have many miscellaneous expenses through the year.  Basically it’s up to you to keep tabs on it all but I figured that at least for my hosting providers I’d be able to pull a report.  Sadly not so.

Thanks DreamHost

DreamHost pulled through – I was able to pull a summary invoice for 2007 which itemised the monthly payments and the total paid during the year.  Thanks DreamHost.

1&1 🙁

1&1.  Sorry guys, you completely flunked this test.  No way to pull invoices for just one year, no way to print out a summary with a total.  Sorry 1&1 but this sucked.

Adwords.

Adwords was a slam dunk.  Just like DreamHost I was able to pull a whole year of invoices with a total paid through the year.  The printout also showed the remaining total owed as well but this isn’t relevant for the tax forms – we only need be concerned about payments.

Now time to add up all those little suckers….!

Fri
Oct
26

Changing the default PHP version under 1&1 hosting



Ya can’t.

Well, OK, you can force it by using ‘.php5’ as the extension for all the PHP files. This works if you’re writing all your own shit but not much cop if you’re installing scads of downloaded ‘.php’ files.

What bollocks. Dreamhost makes it easy in the web panel – you simply select whether you want PHP5 or PHP4 as default for a particular domain. (Current options being PHP 4.4.7 or PHP 5.2.2)

And while I’m on the subject of figuring out why my DOMDocument wasn’t working, 1&1’s documentation blows compared to Dreamhost’s combination of support Wiki and forums.

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Mon
Sep
10

Don’t kill your search rankings! www. prefix



One of the quickest ways to kill your search ranking (page rank) with Google is to have duplicate content posted at two domains.  For example, exactly the same pages posted at www.site1.com and www.site2.com.  Unfortunately Google treats subdomains as separate domains – so if www.site1.com and flop.site1.com have the same content they are treated by Google as duplicate content on two domains.  Goodbye pagerank and goodbye search visitors.  And Google does not normally treat www. as a special subdomain.  Sbottom of searcho again, content at www.site1.com and site1.com appear to Google as separate domains and hence can create the duplicate content rank killer.

The problem is easy to fix but fix it before it’s a problem!!  You can wait weeks for Google to re-index to the point where your search ranking returns.  On a cash earning site which relies on search visitors that’s instant death and there is nothing you can do but wait.

0) Decide!

No matter which tools you use, the single most important thing to do first is to decide whether you want “www.” or not.  Then don’t change it.  Trust me, it hurts.

1) Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster tools allow you to select whether www.site1.com or site1.com appears in it’s index.  Again, never ever change this once it’s set – this can cause Google to double index as it re-indexes your site, hence creating the duplicate content problem!

2) 301 redirects

There are numerous tools and scripts (including WordPress plugins) which you can use to perform a 301 redirect from the prefix you don’t want to the prefix you do want.  Doing this ensures that Google knows which is the permanent page and therefore which one to include in it’s index.

3) Use your host

Both 1&1 and dreamhost allow you to set the 301 redirect automatically.  Dreamhost’s redirect control panel options are mind-numbingly easy to use:add-www

In summary, pick one and stay with it.  As you grow incoming links, you also want them coming in to the correct prefix.  So pick early, fix the problem before it happens and enjoy the income without that horrible sinking feeling that you screwed your pagerank.