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A couple of my goals in spouting technical information here at NewsTechZilla is to keep it minimal and high level. That means I usually won’t go into a lot of unnecessary details unless you guys request it. In some cases it just isn’t necessary, and in others I simply don’t have the knowledge.

But I’m always learning.

I’m a big believer that knowing where to find information is just as valuable (usually more valuable) than having it.  Here’s a quick rundown of my favorite sources of technical info.  I try to filter and funnel everything to make it a little more digestible. This is by no means a complete list, but it’s a start!

Digital Point Forums
There’s an unbelievable amount of good stuff here, a very active group of users, and a wide array of topics. The trick here is being able to figure out what is noise and what isn’t, who you should listen to and who you shouldn’t. For instance, there are countless people there who say they make $10k per month on AdSense and can help you do the same. I’m sure there are some people who make that type money with AdSense. I’m also sure they aren’t giving up their secrets for $12 in an eBook.

SEOBook Blog
This is a daily read for me, and they go into great detail on the topic of search engine optimization. I mostly read for curiosity. I’m a big fan of the All In One SEO Pack Plugin for WordPress, which takes care of just about everything SEO related for you–at least what you can do on the site itself. What SEOBook offers to help beyond that is ideas about link building and copy writing.  And if you’re really serious, you can get THE book on SEO from them.

Daily Blog Tips
Another daily read. Though there aren’t as many technical details here, they do touch on technical topics sometimes, and it’s an all-around great resource.

Copyblogger
This one I think could be especially helpful for those making the move from print to the web, because it focuses on writing for the web. My guess is that the rules and techniques are a little different, but as I’ve said before, I’ve never worked in the media.

Matt Cutts
Matt Cutts heads up Google’s Webspam team (the people who decide whether your site is legitimate or not), and breaks down a lot about Google. If you are serious about SEO, you can’t miss any of his posts.  He even goes into stuff like breaking down the components of a URL.  Boring for you maybe, but I love this kind of stuff.

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  1. Tom Peifer said January 2, 2009 | Permalink

    If you are ever interested in low tech “techie” stuff pertaining to land use in the tropics, from erosion control to “bio-char” to biological water filtration and a few hundred other tidbits, we are constantly experimenting here and would be happy to contribute to your site.

    Good luck with your efforts.

    Tom Peifer

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