So.. do you like my new header image?

February 27th, 2007

I’ve been doing a bit of paid blixkrieg wordpress blog customization work for a lady called Joni Solis.

Joni owns and runs the site A Love for Horses.

Joni is an artist, and a horse lover, and her site gives advice for other horse enthusiasts and provides horse clip art and horse logos for horse enthusiasts across the globe.

During our conversation, I mentioned to her in passing that I have horses, and used to be an active participant in a peculiarly Australian sport known as ‘Camp-Drafting’.

Joni pointed out that I should probably incorporate horses in to my site heading, to which I replied that my old header, with the sheep herd, had taken my artistic abilities to their absolute limit.

Well whaddya know.. within a couple of hours, Joni had sent me this new header – which I love… it fully conveys my desired message, and fits heaps better with the colour scheme of this site.

Thanks Joni – and if you’re in the horse business, check out Joni’s site – well worth a read.

Cheers and best wishes,



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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John  |  February 27th, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Now THAT is REALLY NICE!! Congratulations! Well worth the links you had to throw at her site 🙂

  • 2. John  |  February 27th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    PS that first link goes to a ad-supported holding page, not to her blog.

  • 3. DuckMan  |  February 27th, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks Mate.. appreciated.. fixed the links..

    By the way – I attended a Google conference today in my home town.. was mostly to do with adsense..

    I have some (potentially) bad news about our wordpress MU revenue sharing idea.. will blog about it tomorrow morn (now 11pm my time).. on the plus side, we’ve potentially saved hundreds of hours.. on the plus side, we can replan our attack.. on the negative.. we’ve prob missed out on a great opportunity 🙁

    Email me if you want the goss ahead of time..


  • 4. DuckMan  |  February 27th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Hey.. by the way – Joni let me know about the this page on her site (NOTE – ADDRESS REMOVED TO PREVENT PEOPLE USING THE EXPLOIT DESCRIBED BY JOHN BELOW).. seems that as a result of the page, she’s been having heaps of email harvesters getting her email and spamming her…

    I had a brief look at the source code and found the following..


    obviously I’ve deliberately broken the email address to stop from increasing the problem..

    Joni asked whether there is any way of hiding the email address using javascript etc… I had to reply sheepishly that this wasn’t my area of expertise.. can any of our regulars answer the following questions for me..

    1. What the heck does ‘hidden’ do?
    2. If I removed those lines would it make any difference to her page?
    3. What would be the quickest and easiest way to modify her form to stop this prob?



  • 5. John  |  February 28th, 2007 at 12:16 am

    That’s a mail form — “hidden” fields are for information passed to the script but not shown in the browser window. For fun, take the Firefox “WebDeveloper” extension and make hidden fields visible and edit them: change the mail address in it and you can use that form to send mail to anyone you want, without the recipient being able to trace it back (other than to her site). Yikes!! An insecure mail form can wreck havoc and get your server on the mail black-lists.

    You need some sort of secure mail form that doesn’t include the email address in the form, eg or

    Swap out the form script, remove the unnecessary fields and you’re done. Of course the spammers will have those addresses now, so you might want to change over to a different mail address and let the old one run directly into the spam-bin.

  • 6. Susie J  |  February 28th, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Very nice header image. Love it. You now have horse ads on your site too. I am interested in hearing about the google conference news — which brings up another point. You have so much knowledge about google, SEO, etc., very similar to Darren Rowse’s site. Actually, Daren doesn’t have the expertise — he passes information on from other sources. But you do, and the knowledge seems to come quite naturally to you. Plus you offer code help, which is hard to find. Bloggers interested in adsense optimization will come here to learn as word continues to spread about So, my question for you is, using Daren’s money making blog formula as a guide, who’s to say that you will not have the same kind of money-making blog that Darren has? And because content is king, your article topics can be driven from the questions you get here.

  • 7. DuckMan  |  February 28th, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Ah.. shucks Susie – you’re too nice 🙂

    I’m taking a few months off my PhD to (amongst other things) consider all those other opportunities, decide whether I really want to end up in academia, and get myself back to peak performance after a few too many years working in 3rd world countries interspersed with STUDY STUDY STUDY…

    Certainly, today’s conference has reinvigorated me, and talking to a particular guy from Google by the name of Michael Gutner gave me a few great ideas.

    Expect some more blog posts tomorrow..

    I’m hopefully (hold your breath) going to be invited down to the upcoming SEO conference in Sydney as an observer, so that will certainly give me heaps to blog about.

    I’m pretty happy with the fact that this blog has gone from nothing to just about 4200 backlinks in just under a month and a half.. I guess anything is possible if I keep writing and great folks like you keep reading..



  • 8. Joni Solis  |  February 28th, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Dear Duck,

    First off thank you so much for the kind words and links to my website! So glad you like the header design.

    And Susie is right, I think you have a great blog moving in the right direction. Your skills have money making potential!

  • 9. Joni Solis  |  February 28th, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Dear John, thanks for the advice on the email forms. I will check out the links you gave.

  • 10. DuckMan  |  February 28th, 2007 at 1:45 am

    No probs Joni – the pleasure is entirely mine – you’ve done a great job.. You’ll note (and folks, Joni gave me access to her google webmaster tools login temporarily while I helped her) that I have used your three most clicked key phrases in my links to you – whilst my ‘toolbar pagerank’ is currently zero, don’t let that fool you – it’s purely because my blog is new and toolbar PR only updates once every 3 or 4 months, on average.

    Judging from the rapidity with which my posts reach the top of the google search results for my chosen keywords, and the number of blogs I have linking to this site, I’d be suprised if Google doesn’t consider this blog PR 5 or better, so hopefully my ‘link love’ (a rather blunt term that I’m not sure if I like) will help you move up the search engine results for those key phrases.. and provide you with some compensation for the great effort you’ve made in giving this blog some ‘artistic flair’ 🙂

    Here’s a thing – why not go to your webmaster tools login, see where you currently rank for those key phrases, and go back and check them in a few weeks – I’d love to hear.

    Generally speaking, ‘anchor text’ (the phrase or words others use to link to your site) seems to be quite a powerful part of search engine ranking, especially if (like you Joni) your key phrases are not highly competitive.

    On one of my other sites (backless lingerie) I managed to get from around 200th position for the lucrative and highly competitive keyword ‘lingerie’ to about 13th position just by releasing a press release containing the anchor text ‘lingerie‘ in links to my site.

    I’ve since recently dropped to 56th position, but that’s my fault, because I got a bit overzealous with the content of my site and ‘over optimized’ with the word lingerie to the extent that the page was almost unreadable.. I should have known better, and the drop in position came within about 2 weeks.. ah well, you live and you learn, I guess…

    On the plus side, I also optimised for the word ‘panties’ in the process, and that term seems to have gone up in positioning, such that it is almost in the top ten from a previous position of around 39… so it’s evened out – no major traffic loss.. LUCKY! and ‘panty line’ is another matter entirely..

    Anyway folks – I’m off to bed, ready to get up at sparrows fart to go to take the dog for a walk.

    Thanks for all your feedback!



  • 11. DuckMan  |  February 28th, 2007 at 1:58 am

    One extra thing –

    As you know, this blog is devoted (mostly) to wordpress and search engine optimisation (with quite a few tangents on the way)..

    Isn’t it great to see (as Susie pointed out) that within minutes of my post, we now seem (according to the ads) to be the place to go if you want horse jobs.. 🙂

    This whole Google adsense thing I find fascinating..

    Good Night!


  • 12. Susie J  |  February 28th, 2007 at 2:09 am

    So tell me, when you wake up, do I have google webmaster tools? What are they, and do I really want control of them?!

  • 13. Susie J  |  February 28th, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Oh, and by the way. I clicked on the “horses ringtone” ad. It’s knocking the socks off the kids.

  • 14. John  |  February 28th, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Susie, try — sign up, you will have to “verify” your website and then you see everything 🙂

  • 15. DuckMan  |  February 28th, 2007 at 2:25 am

    and I know you’re tech savvy, so I’ll explain verification to you.. click on ‘manage verification’ (or something similar) on the left hand side.. don’t worry about ‘meta verification’ – just choose the add a file option..

    Then open notepad on XP, and save the blank file as the name given to you – it will be a weird name – someting like google3d2f1d3d.html or similar..

    then download it to your root directory (ie the one that has wp-content, wp-includes etc in it) and click verify.. hopefully (if you’re 404’s are set up right) you’ll be all ready to go.


  • 16. DuckMan  |  February 28th, 2007 at 2:27 am

    I have to stop using so many brackets.. I’ve been spending too much time cutting php code recently for my own good (or so I believe) 😛

  • 17. JLH  |  March 2nd, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Dude, you need a favicon now!

  • 18. DuckMan  |  March 2nd, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    JLH – did you read my post about my recent meeting with Google?


  • 19. Michel  |  November 25th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    This is a cool post about Socks and there prices.
    Thanks for such an informative post.

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