Where can I find out where a picture is from

Problem: you can a picture, now you want to know where it's from. Maybe you want a larger version of it.

Solution: Google image search

Here's how to find the picture, assuming you have Google Chrome:

1.  Put the picture you want to look for on your desktop

2.  Go to images.google.com

3.  Left click the icon for the picture and drag it into the box

4.  Google will search for the image and give you results. Let's say I want to see that picture in a different size. I click on "All sizes" as shown below.

5.   I get a results page with the same pic in lots of different sizes.

Problem solved.

How to create a website using google sites

10 Steps to Building a Google Sites Webpage

Here's a step-by-step guide to building a Google Sites webpage. It's just enough to get you started if you find yourself getting confused (and it can be confusing if you're not used to it.)

1. Go to sites.google.com to begin. (You'll need to have a gmail account. That's easy to set up. Just go to gmail.com.)

2. Click on CREATE to get started.

3. Choose your template well. You will not be able to change it later. Unlike Weebly or Blogger, where you can try out a lot of different templates, you cannot do that here. AAAAHHHHHHHH!!! Ask my how I know. If you choose a bad template, you might as well delete the site and start over again. I recommend going with the Blank template.

4. Choose a name for your site, type in the code at the bottom to prove you're human, then press create. 

5. I created a site called "this is a test" as you see. To add a page, click on the button pointed to.

7. Choose what kind of page you want to add. Here it's a Web Page, the standard page. Then name the page. Finally, CREATE it.

8. You'll immediately be placed in this window. Here's where you add content to your page. BTW, the comments area isn't for visitor comments. I think it's for comments you want to make for yourself or for others you might let work on the page.

9. Hit "save" when you're done adding content to your page.

10. Just one more thing, let's say you want to go to some different page and add content to it. Here's what you do. 1) Click on the page you want to edit. 2) Click the "edit" button.

Hopefully, that's enough to get you started!

How to delete a blogger blog

Problem: I want to delete a blog on Blogger.com

Solution: Follow the directions below

1. Go to blogger.com to see your list of blogs. Go to the blog you want to delete.

 2. Go to settings. Make sure you're in the right blow. Here we're going to delete the blog All the Best Stuff

 3. click on basic

 4. Click on delete blog

5. Confirm

6. If you made a mistake, you might be able to get the blog back.

Problem solved. Now you know how to get rid of a blog on Blogger.com.

How do I give all my Blogger posts the same font and font size?

Problem: I cut and pasted text into Blogger and now the formatting is messed up.

Solution: Edit the css text in Blogger as shown below

1. Go into Blogger, edit the template for your blog
2. Click on customize

3. Click on advanced

4. Scroll all the way down to "Add CSS." You might have to click and use the down arrow.

5. Add something like what you see below.

6. I added the following:

div, post, span
font: 16px arial,sans-serif !important;line-height: 150% !important;


  • font size is set to 16px high, a fairly large font. 
  • font is set to arial
  • line spacing is set to 150% or a space and a half to make it easy to read
  • "!important" says "override any other individual setting and use this"


This might not be the best way to do this. After a lot of trial and error, I found that it did what I needed it to do. Your mileage may vary.

Details/my rant (no need to read this)

I was frustrated because when I would paste text into my blog, I'd get all kinds of funky text and sizes. My blog was looking like a ransom note. The buttons at the top for text size, font, etc, didn't seem to work. I couldn't select the whole post and change size and font. I think I could have selected text individually and done it. I think that has to do with the html; the hmtl sort of separates the text into various sections, and I needed to use the buttons on each section separately.

I want to make my blogs accessible to everyone, even people with normal vision. That's why I make my text black on a light background and use fairly large fonts. Arial is pretty safe, most computers will have that, but if not, then I've specified sans-serif to tell it to use some other sans serif font. They're supposed to be easier to read on screen while serif fonts are easier on paper.

how do I put a little picture on my website tab?

Problem: I'm building a website. I want to put a little picture or icon in the tab. Like in the picture above. How do I do it?

Solution: The little picture is called a favicon.

  1. To create a favicon, go to http://www.favicon.cc/
  2. to add it to your website using Weebly, just follow the info in the picture below (upload the Favicon)
  3. For step by step instructions on how to add a Favicon if you're using Weebly, click here.

My rant:

I didn't even know what these things were called. The little pictures in the tab window in a browser? I dunno. I've seen them for years and never thought about making my own. But then I only recently started building websites. The reason I wanted to learn this is that I moved a blog from Blogger to Weebly and it was still showing the Blogger favicon. I don't even know how that was happening, but it was confusing. I don't know if you can set your own favicon if you use blogger or if you  have to use theirs. Anyway. Here's my website on how to build a website. It's for beginners like me. I'm a newbie to web design and seo.

Time to change passwords

How to change your password on Google and Yahoo

How to change your password on Google/Gmail

Click here to go to Google's security page
  • Change your password
  • Check your "Authorizing applications and sites"

How to change your password on Yahoo

Click here to go to Yahoo's page that lets you change your password.

Yahoo was hacked. 

Huh, it sounds like they were storing 450,000 Yahoo Contributor Network passwords in plain next. How very interesting. Here's an article about it. Passwords in plain text. I don't even understand how that could happen. 

Anyway, it looks like if you were using your yahoo account to log into other accounts, those accounts might have been compromised. That's why I included the link on how to change your Gmail password.

How to look at Google's cache of a website

Problem: a website is down, but I need to see what's on it

Solution: look at Google's cache

1. Go to google.com

2. Type this into the search window:

                      info:http://www.<name of the site that's down.com>/

3. Click on the "Google's cache" link to see the site

Here's an example. www.best-reviewers.com was down, so I typed
info:http://www.best-reviewers.com/ into the search window. Here's what came up.

My rant: it took me forever to find this information. Here are some of the many searches I tried:

how to search google's cache
how do i look at the cache of a website
google cache website
google webpage cache
how to do look at the cache of a webpage

and various other iterations. I kept getting long, boring articles that didn't get to the point. I finally limited my search to google like this

cache site:google.com

and found the answer in the product forums. It only took me forever. Heck, the site whose cache i wanted to see might not even be down anymore, it took me so long. so I made a post here to save others frustration. I hope this gets to the front page for the simple question: how do I look at google's cache. it would have saved me annoyance. 

I think a lot of spam crappy sites just keyworded the crap out of some terms and that's how they ranked on google higher than google itself for someone looking for cache. in fact, i never would have found it if i hadn't just stumbled upon it by accident the other day.

i was researching seo, learning about google stuff, wow there is so much to know, and i came across this cache thing and thought wow this would be cool. if a website is ever down and need to look at it, i'll know what to do. i'll be all like, what do i do, this website is down, and then i'd answer myself with a, here's what you do when a website is down, you look at its cache on google. 

so anyway, problem solved, along with my traditional rant. 

How can I link to a specific part of a webpage

Problem: I want to link to a specific part of a webpage:

Solution: go to www.citebite.com

It's free. It works. It's great. Problem solved.

Details - My rant

So I wanted to link to Maddox's website, the part where he talks about why he keeps his website looking so, to use his words, shitty. I was writing an article about how to create a website Google will like. My point was that some popular websites--hey, like Google--have very simple interfaces. Except Maddox is much more vulgar and he explains himself, so I wanted to link to him.

Problem was, he talks about it on this really long page. I had to scroll and look for the part I wanted. I wanted to send visitors to just the part I was talking about. So, naturally, I Googled.

And I found all these results tell me that hardest way ever to link to particular part of a page. I used the search "how to link to a specific part of a page."

The results were geared toward people linking to pages on their own websites. They had to adding anchors to the html. Well, after looking at those pages about linking, and looking the Maddox's source on that page, and burning about half an hour, all I'd done was confirm that I couldn't link to a specific part of Maddox's page using those methods because Maddox hadn't put in the fancy html whatever that those methods required.

So I went page to my Google results page (i.e. Search Engine Results Page, SERP).  I didn't type "how to link to a specific part of a page" again, I just went back to the results page.

Then I read a little more carefully instead of just scanning and I looked at #3 on the Google SERP and found this most excellent post. www.MakeUseOf.com. That is one fine webpage. Wow. I love people who are contributing and making the Internet a better place. Easing frustration, sharing knowledge and just generally being awesome. I want to be like that.

Anyway, I was able to quickly scan that article to learn how to link to a particular part of someone else's page on the web. Yay! I'm happy now. So I'm offering that same information here in the hopes I can save someone else half an hour of frustration.

Well, that was the excitement for the day. A problem, a solution. The Internet solved it. Everything is good.

Google tells you exactly how to write a website its search engine will like

Who knew? So many people are out there telling you how to optimize for Google, but did you know that Google itself publishes guidelines?

The guidelines are pretty tough for the beginner to understand, so I wrote an article that condenses them, leaves out the hard stuff, and adds some of what I've learned along the way.

Here's a link to "How to Create a Website Google Will Like."

Long story short:

  • Be honest.
  • Provide value to the user.
  • Don't link to crap.
  • Don't do dumb SEO tricks.
  • Stick to one topic.
  • Be organized.
  • Don't write for the search engines.
  • Make a great experience for the visitor.
Here are links to Google's own pages where they tell you what they're looking for when they decide how to rank a site:

Website self defense: don't let your innocent page be punished as webspam

What is webspam?

Think of webspam as pages that are written for search engines instead of people. search results with deceptive methods." (Click here to read Google's definition.)

How does Google punish webspam?

If the violation isn't too bad, Google will reduce the page's Page Rank (PR).

Google ignores the worst cases. And by "ignores" I mean Google will ignore the page: the page will no longer be indexed by Google. That is called banning and it is an Intenet death sentence.

How serious is Google about punishing webspam? 

In January 2012, Google severely punished its own Google Chrome home page for violations. It might have been a publicity stunt, but whatever it was, it shows Google is serious. (You can read more the incident here. )

Should you worry?

Yes. There are several ways an honest page can end up classified as spam. Among them:
  • You make an innocent SEO mistake that doesn't look innocent
  • Someone on your page links to a "bad neighborhood"
  • Your content appears in more than one place on the Internet

What can you do?

This article will show you how to avoid the scenarios listed above and more. 

I'll only cover things an honest person could do inadvertently. We don't want your innocent page punished for a crime it didn't commit. We don't care about helping the bad guys.

By the way, I'm going to write as if I'm good buddies with Google's search robots, but obviously I'm not. Those robots are a clique-y bunch. I'm just writing based on my research. 

So, let's go. First step...

Don't screw up your SEO

When it comes to SEO, if it's not good, then it's bad. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing--either know what you're doing or don't do it.

Keyword stuffing. You've probably been told to research keywords and then use them a lot. 

Well, if you use them too much, it's called keyword stuffing and Google will penalize you for it. People who write for human beings do not repeat the same word over and over. If your text would annoy a user, it'll annoy Google's robots too.

Hidden text. Back in the old days, bad guys used to add a lot of hidden keywords. Robots could see them, but humans couldn't. It was their way of keyword stuffing without chasing away readers. It's a useless technique now, but Google is still on guard against it. 

So be careful of your font colors. If you accidentally put fuschia text on a fuschia background, you won't see that you've done it. But Google's robots will, and they'll think you're trying to do black hat SEO circa 1990. They'll laugh at you as they lower your PR. 

Try doing a control-A on your page to look for hidden words. Or just don't fool with the font colors.

Deceptive redirects. If you're a newbie, you don't need to worry about this. Long story short: it's a red flag if you redirect a robot but don't redirect the human. If you want to change how robots view your site, do it openly in robots.txt or in the meta tags.

Don't allow bad links

Good links are useful to users. Whenever you link to a site, think to yourself: Does this help my user? If the answer is no, don't do it. If you're participating in some kind of a link exchange, be honest with yourself. Is the link benefiting your user or are you just doing it for SEO? 

Guilt by association. Make sure you're willing to vouch for any site you link to. Think twice before linking to gambling sites or porn. 

Police your users. If you allow comments, then prevent commenters from linking to bad sites. Consider making all comments "no follow" if know how to do that. If you don't, then manually delete spammy comments. It's good practice, anyway. "You're artical was goodest ever. Click here for grow of manhood!" is not likely to interest other readers of your lesbian cat owners blog.

Don't allow duplicate content

Any duplicate content will lower your PR.

Plagiarism. Protect yourself. Some people have had their content stolen and then, themselves, been penalized for plagiarism. You can use this tool to check if anyone has copied your content.

If you find someone has plagiarized you, you can request to have Google remove the content from its index. Click here for Google's tool to help you do that.

Duplicating your own content. Don't do it. Users don't want to go here and there and end up reading the same thing with a little different packaging. Put your unique content in one place. If you want to use it somewhere else, link to it.


The take away message for this should be: Provide value to human beings on the Net. As long as you do that, you can't stray too far, but watch out for yourself, too. 

To learn more about how to create a page that Google will recognize as high quality, read Google's Own Webmaster Guidelines.

How to let people sign up for newsletters on your Blogger blog

Problem: I want to let my blog's readers sign up for an occasional email. I don't want to send them email every time I post.

Solution: Here's a FeedBurner kludge that does what you need. It's also free.

High-level directions (detailed directions below):

  1. Let's say you've got a blog called furryoverlords.blogspot.com. Create another blog called newsletterxx.blogspot.com
  2. Set up FeedBurner on newsletterxx
  3. Create a gadget/widget on furryoverlords that lets readers sign up for the newsletterxx newsletter
  4. Every time you want to send out a newsletter, create a blog entry on newsletterxx. That will be your newsletter.

Newbie stuff: How Do I Download a Picture?

Problem: "I don't know how to get a picture off the Web."

Solution: Coming right up. These instructions will work on both Macs and PCs.

If you've never downloaded an image from the Internet, here is a super-quick tutorial on how to do it. To get an image from the Internet onto your Mac or PC, do the following:

  1. Go to the image you want to save 
  2. Right click your mouse and a menu will pop up 
  3. Scroll down to where the menu lets you save the image/picture 
  4. Save the image somewhere you'll be able to find it easily, like the desktop 

These instructions will absolutely always work except for when they don't. Sorry, computers are like that. Blast them.

Link Building and the Famous Danny Sullivan Rant

Problem: You want to build links so you can rank well with Google. You're worried that once you get those links, future Google changes (Panda, Penguin, whatever animal that starts with a P that comes next) will screw you.

Solution: Get the right kind of links, details below

Danny Sullivan, one of the most well-known SEO experts, had some words to say about Link Building. He seems to think that the Internet is made for people, not robots and search engines, and that if your SEO efforts are directed toward human being, you won't get hit by the next Google P-animal.

Here's what I took away from his June 7 Post on Search Engine Land.

  • Quality links help you rank well on Google.
  • The Internet is for human beings, not search engines. Remember that or your SEO efforts won't help you long term and might even hurt you.
  • Submit to directories that have real traffic.
  • Submit to social bookmarking sites that people really use.
  • Submit to classified sites that people are really using.
  • Comment on blogs if you have something worthwhile to say, otherwise don't.
  • Create links for people to use. Not for search engines to use.
  • If a directory accepts any and all links submitted to it, it's probably not worth submitting to.
  • Don't bother writing articles on Ezine, Squidoo, HubPages, etc., soley for the sake of getting links. 

Newbie corner: What is a link?

This post is for the absolute newbie (aka beginner). It's meant to help people understand a basic concept so they can use the Internet more effectively. It is not technically exact. (I'll explain more about this later).

What is a Link?

A link is an address on the Internet. It lets a person go to a certain page on the the Internet. A certain place.

The link for what you're reading right now is http://www.serpiethespider.com/2012/07/newbie-corner-what-is-link.html.

If you want to tell someone about this great article (aka blogpost aka post), just tell them


They'll be able to type that into the box at the top of their browser and get here. (What's a browser? Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox are browsers. They are programs that let you look at stuff on the Internet.)

Does every page have a unique link?

Nope. Every link points exactly one place on the Internet. However, each place on the Internet can have more than one link pointing to it. More on that below.

Now Let's Be Exact


is actually an address. However, something like that is often called a link. Sometimes people call it an address, sometimes they call it a link.

What's a real link?

A link is a place on the Internet where, if you click on it, it takes you to somewhere else on the Internet. It's an arrow, a pointer, a portal, a...link.

Here's a real link:

Hi! I'm a link to Wikipedia!

If you click on it, you'll go to Wikipedia. Go ahead, click on it, then come back here. Notice how it's underlined? That's a clue that it's a link. It'll take you somewhere else. It'll take you to the address www.wikipedia.com.

Here are some other links to the same place. They all link www.wikipedia.org

Click here
Guess where we're going
I am a turtle


I hope this was helpful. Now, back to the Internet!

How to Make Money Blogging

"There's gold in them there Internets"

This article is for the absolute beginner who wants to start blogging and making money. It covers how to start a blog, how to get visitors and how to earn revenue.

Decide What to Blog About: Focus on One Thing

Take a look at the most successful blogs, the ones that are actual blogs, not ezines that call themselves blogs. Some examples are Like Cool, I Can Has Cheezburger, Perez Hilton, and The Best Page in the Universe. What do they all have in common? They all focus on one thing: gadgets, funny pictures, celebrities, or humor. 

If you want to have a successful blog, you also will want to focus on only one thing. 

Why? A couple reasons. 

People will go to your blog because they are interested in its subject. If they come to your blog because of your shared passion for comparative English-German grammar, they'll be confused and annoyed by your Hello Kitty memorabilia posts. 

The second reason is that you want to rank well with Google. If you write about a mishmash of things, that probably won't happen. You'll just look like a personal blog, not an authority on one subject.

"My uncle in Nigeria left me $10,000,000? Cool!"
If you want to write in several different categories, create a blog for each one.

Start Blogging

Many people get lost in "analysis paralysis." They want to learn all about the Internet before they even start. That is a losing strategy. The Internet is always changing: you cannot learn everything abut online writing. By the time you've learned everything, everything will have changed. 

Learn by doing, be flexible and accept that you will make mistakes. 

I suggest you go to www.blogger.com and create your blog. You can have your free blog up and going within ten minutes. Just follow their directions. I recommend blogger.com because it has the easiest interface I have come across. Many people will recommend WordPress. It is an excellent interface, but the beginner will find it daunting.

If you're serious about blogging, I suggest you buy your own domain immediately. It looks more credible to readers. Also, if your blog does well, you'll eventually want to have your own domain, so why not do it right away? It costs around $10 on Blogger. (If you don't know what a domain is, never mind. You'll learn.)

Create Good Content

Start writing blog posts. Make them informative. Make them something you and people like you would want to read. Here are some quick tips:
  • Use good grammar and spelling.
  • Don't use big paragraphs. A big block of text is too hard to read online. Paragraphs should be no more than seven lines of text.
  • Be factual. Use good sources. Check your facts.
  • Be clear. Nothing beats the short, declarative sentence.
  • Proofread. There's always just one more typo. Try reading aloud to find it.

Build Your Traffic

Work on getting good traffic before you worry about making money. Seriously. You can have great ads, but if you're getting 10 views a day, you won't make any money.

Here are some ways to build traffic.

  • Comment. Look at other blogs that discuss your subject. Make comments that further the discussion. When appropriate, make a link. If you are on blogger, then every time you comment on another blogger blog, your name will create an automatic link. (If you don't know what a link is, click here.)
  • Guest blog. See if you can write a guest post for a popular blog. Your guest post should link back to your blog.
  • Submit your blog to directories. Some directories are DMOZ, Redgage and Blogged.com.

Add Your Ads 

Once you have good traffic, it's time to start thinking about earning money. Sign up for Google AdSense. This lets you put advertisements on your blog. You can set up your Blogger blog to insert AdSense ads automatically.

Another way to make money is to become an Amazon Affiliate. Create an Amazon store related to your blog and link to it.

There are many other ways to earn money through your blog. These are just two ideas.


I hope this article will help you get your feet wet in the world of blogging. It is by no means comprehensive. You'll be reading more and doing much more before you earn your first blogging dollar. 

Just remember to keep learning. Be worth reading. Don't spam and don't give up. Create value and contribute to the Internet. If you do that, you can't go far wrong.