Who's to Blame for SelfPromotion.com?

SelfPromotion.com is written entirely in WebSiphon by Purity Software. WebSiphon is a wonderful tool for Macintosh Webmasters that basically lets you embed programs into HTML pages. All of SelfPromotion.com, including the program that actually promotes your site, is coded entirely in WebSiphon. The "guts" of SelfPromotion.com only took about 15 hours of programming to implement (WebSiphon is that powerful!) but the gathering of information about all the sites it promotes to took longer to compile (and this effort is still continuing). When you add in all the cute JavaScript bells and whistles, and the nice user interface, all told, I've probably spent 3500 hours or so developing and maintaining this site. It takes 2-4 hours a day of my time, 7 days a week.

SelfPromotion.com was programmed by yours truly, Robert Woodhead, and uses the WebSiphon TCP/IP Libraries created by Mark Holtz. Thanks, Mark!

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   Getting Started
Getting Started:
Welcome (Home Page)
Site Help
Site FAQ
Site Map
List of Sites
Create New Account

Tutorials: (read in this order)
Preparing your Pages for the Search Engines
Using Tooter to submit your site
Getting listed in Yahoo (and the other big indexes)
Paying for Traffic
Improving your Search Engine Rankings
How to (not) win Awards

Trends in Submission
Virtual Vexation
The 500 Sites Fallacy
Page 1 Paranoia
Clickthrough Conundrums
The Gullibility Virus
A Marketing Course that Works?!
Accepting Credit Cards Online
Links of Interest
Glossary of Useful Terms
Random Nonsense
Woodhead's Law
Cool Domain Names
Why I let you decide how much to pay

Moral obligations?
Be Supportive!
Add your Award or Index
Make Money Slow! (by linking to me)
Suggestion Box
Advertising & Sponsorship

About the Site:
What's New?
How it works
Promotion Monitor
Our Awards
Best User Sites
User Comments

Believe it or not, 11.13% of the people who use SelfPromotion.com support the site!
How It Works

SelfPromotion.com relies on several databases, but fortunately, WebSiphon has a built-in database system called Verona. One database keeps track of the users (like you). Another keeps track of the sites that are being promoted, and contains information like what sites have been promoted to, what the results were, and what information the user typed in. But the most important database contains a list of all the sites SelfPromotion.com can promote to. This database tells SelfPromotion.com what information is required by each site, and also contains scripts that tell "Tooter" (the submission daemon, so named because he toots your horn for you!) how to do the promotion.

Industriously, 24 hours a day, "Tooter" awaits promotion requests. Whenever a request is pending, "Tooter" wakes up, picks a request off the queue, and promotes that site to a target website. For each website SelfPromotion.com can promote to, a complex promotion script has to be written that tells "Tooter" how to pretend to be a human being filling out the forms. The script contains instructions not only on what to do, but what to do if things go wrong. In some cases, you'll get email from "Tooter" telling you things. For example, if, as a result of a submission, a Website issues you a name or a password, "Tooter" will email this information to you.

As courtesy is to be encouraged on the Internet, "Tooter" is most active in the middle of the night when activity on my webserver (and those Tooter talks to) is lowest. So depending on the number of people using SelfPromotion.com, it may take several hours to several days to completely promote your site.

About this site...
This site was developed on a Macintosh, programmed in WebSiphon, and served by WebStar. The author, on those exceedingly rare occasions when he does think, indeed thinks differently.

It looks (and works) better when you use version 4.0 or better of Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer, but can be used with any tables-capable browser.

SelfPromotion.com ©1997-2004 Robert Woodhead, All Rights Reserved. SelfPromotion.com™, Tooter™, Secret Net Tools™, MultiSubmitter™, Rankulator™, BaldSpotCam™, and ShareService™ are trademarks of Robert Woodhead. To get help, report bugs, or make suggestions, go here.