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February/ March 2011 issue page 12

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Feb/March 2011 Now in our nineenth year 

Everything In One Place!
By Dennis Guldan

 Did you ever have
this conversation
or one close to it?
Hey Pat, what happened to the Wilson Valley Training Club website, when I go there this week I get a 404 site not found error.
Didn't you know the last person they had as a website person moved to St Louis?
And that means what?
Well the new person works at the U and we saved $50 a year by moving the site to their place.
Isn't that where the website was last year?
No last year we got a deal from Bill's ex-wife who had the website on their schools system
OK so is everyone's email at least going to be the same?
Yea right, you aren't on the computer much are you; you gotta change with the times.
As funny or sad as it is that last interchange is not far from the truth these days. And there's no one to blame. If we can save a club $50 on their website which might help us
 rescue one more dog, most clubs will. The problem is we all need fresh members and by moving sites the public can't find your club anymore, it might take 6 months for Google to catch up.
So in ride the good guys, with the white hat. Actually my hat is multi-colored and has dreadlocks on it, makes me look like Bob Marley from the back. But it get's me past security on the cruise ship along with my Mc Donald's cup full of Rum to get me through another night of drinking without paying $12 a drink. But less I digress.
As part of getting you the latest: news, bird counts, event dates, legislation, articles, new products and the ton of other things we offer our readers every month I spend about 6 hours a day surfing the web. Couples times a day I will run into a site that has moved and I try to keep the links on our websites updated for that.
The problem is many times we have more information than the club website person and obviously they get the information up as a fast as a volunteer
 can get to it. And recently I stumbled upon a club website that has not been updated for FIVE years. There MUST be a better way.
So to make it easier for the world to find out about all the clubs and issues I will be putting up a web page or so for each club, state and country. SO if you go to our Wisconsin page you will not only find out about the Madison Retriever Club's trials and hunt tests, you will also find out about when the retrievers are in the show ring at Madtown. I believe in a dual or multi-purpose dogs. Some clubs are breed specific, some clubs are show/field specific, we'll have them all. We will have no field/show fights on our websites; it's there to inform the entire public.
Much as we'd like all this information on one great site, the way Google handles the web TODAY that is not the best way to do it. We own dozens of sites: our primary site, but also for the retriever people, CanineToday for the lesser breeds. Don't quote me, I get in enough trouble. In addition breed specific sites like where we stash all our Brittany stuff.
We have no plans on putting hundreds of copies of the same information on the web. So if you are on our Bird Dog & Retriever News site don't be surprised if the link to the MN Brittany Club takes you to
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