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Howdy, I'm a newbie, and I have a few concerns

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by lostinweb, May 4, 2015.

  1. lostinweb

    lostinweb Newbie

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    Howdy, I'm a newbie, and I have a few concerns.

    A little bit about me:

    I don't have any professional experience in web marketing, web development, article writing, or video creation. (As I stated before, I'm a newb.)

    My writing experience is mostly academic: the school paper from 7th-12th grade, as well as any research papers in undergrad or grad school.
    I have also written a few FAQs for a popular website for gaming.
    I made one Youtube video, but it had no audio, was about 15 seconds long, and I deleted it about a year ago.
    I have a blog on the Google platform, with DNS via GoDaddy.
    I have AdSense on my blog, but I've never made a concerted effort to monetize the blog.
    The blog does not have a particular focus.

    I now have ideas for several websites, whereby each has a focus on a single area.
    The content is going to be self-generated and personal, so it will be unique.

    Before I go out and buy any additional DNS or hosting, I have several concerns:

    1) Copyright infringement. I have written some content in the past, specifically, FAQs for some video games. This content has been copied word-for-word (to include the copyright notice I placed in the file itself). This would honestly not be a big deal, except for the fact that the content is posted on sites that have ads and what-not on them. I'm new to this forum, so I'm not sure if there is a FAQ posted for how to deal with this situation.

    2) Copyright notice/protection. I want to make sure that I'm properly protecting my work, as I'm going through the effort of generating my own content and I want to not be ripped off. Once bitten, twice shy, you know? The content/copyrighting forum on this site seems to be about selling stuff. I'm just a beginner, so I want to make sure that I provide the appropriate notices and registration for my content. I plan on writing stuff like articles, tutorials, and ebooks. I also plan on creating videos. Is there a good reference for this?

    3) Hosting. My blog is on Google's blogger platform. I was wondering if there are any recommendations to not use the Google platform for the next blog(s) that I prepare. I would appreciate any feedback on paid hosts that have good customer service reputations and are newb-friendly.

    4) Bandwidth. If I have video on my host, I was originally thinking that bandwidth would be an issue. I recall just a few years back, you'd only get a few gigs of storage, and a few gigs of bandwidth per month. Today, some of these paid hosting platforms appear to be offering unlimited space and bandwidth for just a few bucks a month. Is this too good to be true? What's the catch?

    5) Third party content hosting. I have concerns that if I post content on Youtube, for example, they may decide to take my content down one day without consulting with me first. I could understand a legitimate DMCA takedown, but since I'm using self-generated content, I shouldn't have to worry about that as much. Is this a legitimate point of concern? How can I best hedge against this concern?

    6) Email. email-at-domain is a lot more credible than user-at-gmail. I desire to establish a proper dedicated e-mail service, and remove dependency on the free e-mail. Are there any catches to this?

    7) DNS Private Registration. I currently use private registration for my blog, but since the blog is about me, and by me, I wonder if I even gained anything there. I know that I tend to be paranoid about things that I should not be, and then not paranoid about things that I should be. Is private registration recommended for any reason other than paranoia?

    8) Acronyms. A lot of acronyms are thrown around on this forum. Some of them are starting to become familiar to me, as I read more and more of the content in the forum. By th e time I think that I have a handle on things, I see a new acronym in another post that drives me into searching what it stands for and how it is significant.

    9) Which comes first? The content, or the site visitor? I feel that I need to focus on content creation, before I start worrying about how I get my visitors there, since I want them to stick around. Still, I need to make sure that if I'm going to spend a lot of time writing these articles and making videos myself, I need to have some type of research to base my efforts around. What's the best way to get stats to decide what my visitors are liking, and what they are not liking, so I can create more of the former, and shape up the latter? I am hoping that this forum would have a few basic ideas that a newb such as myself could put to use right away.

    10) Commenting. Is it recommended to enable or disable commenting on your sites?

    11) Lack of experience. Are there any examples of someone who doesn't have any experience who was able to get up to speed and figure things out?

    12) Wow. There is soooooo much information on this forum. I may never finish going through it all. Thanks for allowing me to post on this forum!
     
  2. simplex7

    simplex7 Newbie

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    Hey im new as well and i have similar concerns. If someone could answer this it would be great.
     
  3. wadehel

    wadehel Newbie

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    the questions playing on my mind too. lol. still a lot to learn and catch up. waiting for other experienced member. thanks for pointing these up tho.
     
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