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Subject: [FreeHelp] Re: Freepages-Help-D Digest V01 #5
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 08:34:05 EST
Employing the help of search engines is not the only way to get yours and
other web pages viewed and searched by others. Rootsweb will have to forgive
me for this, but there is a referencing site available (www.gendex.com) that
you can register with free. Gene Stark will review your web data daily, index
everything together and post references to it, along with millions of others.
There are particulars that you have to follow (mainly giving him the URL of
your web page and making sure a GENDEX.TXT file is there) but its relatively
simple and his engine lists you within 24 hours.
Just another way of getting your informaiton "out there".
In a message dated 1/4/01 1:09:41 AM Central Standard Time,
> Dear Help,
> >From the time I planned on developing a web page until now, getting ready
> to put it on line, Roots Web has gone through some major changes with their
> Homepages, Surname Websites and other Sponsor/Donor pages, which had web
> space available, now have all closed down and we (individuals) are left
> web space under Free Pages only. Rootsweb is not accepting any more pages
> under these headings, as I have read in FAQ.
> Today I noted the amount of Free Pages Accounts exceeds 14,000 - almost 5,
> 000 are genealogy related.
> Yet there is no search engine, alphabetized listing by surname, or an
> indexing system to give each of the Free Pages accounts exposure.
> Free Pages aren't even listed in the Roots Web "Search Engines and Data
> Bases" heading on the home page.
> I recently read (in Freepages Digest) a person was waiting over 80 days to
> be listed in the search engines. I assume from this comment, you have to
> list your information yourself, if you want to be included in the search
> engines provided on Roots Web (correct me if I am wrong).
> On the Roots Web home page, under the heading "Websites:, clicking on "
> Genealogy sites on Free Pages" it brings you to an alpha choice button.
> if you have a free page account that does not begin with your surname, but
> you want the people with your surname to find it?
> How would they do this?
> Look through all 14,000+ pages?
> Post a message on the surname message boards that are infrequently visited?
> I think we need a search engine just for Free Pages, or at least an
> alphabetical listing by complete surname with the name of the Page cross-
> referenced, not just the name of the page.
> Any comments?
> I hesitate uploading my web page.
> Who is going to know about it?
> I have spent over 9 months of my spare time researching my records (a
> collection of 20 years), learning new "Windows", learning and writing
> not to mention the resources I spent to "freely" submit to Roots Web as a (
> future) sponsor with a relatively exposed web page. To find I can no longer
> have a web site at Roots Web without advertising banners and imbedded so
> deeply within the indexing system - unknown to the world, prompted this
> dissertation on Free Pages Accounts.
> Can someone respond to this lengthy but important issue? I'm sure there
> many other individuals that feel the same way.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thank you,