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Our site isn't yet as well-known online as we'd like, even among libraries (though we work closely with librarians). As we recently reviewed our server logs, the TC Library editorial board found that -- though we have many, many visitors (on average, almost 12,000 visitors per day -- about six million 'hits' per month) -- they're mostly coming to us from search engines, or bookmarks, or from a small number of referring websites. That was a surprise to us, given that there are many, many TC-related websites around the world, most of which link frequently to one another.

But here we are. On Google, in a search for 'technical communication,' we rank below smaller sites (including one that's really just a single page). In a search for 'technical writing' we don't make the first page of results. Google's system for ranking websites depends (to some degree, at least) upon how many high-quality sites link to yours, and yet we still rank below some off-topic and non-tech comm websites.

"Maybe," a member of our editorial board said, "we just haven't invited the people who run websites -- often the people who know technical communication best -- to link to our site."

So. If you have a website and would like to encourage your readers to read more fully in the field, we'd like to ask you to add a link to the TC Library, a banner, or an RSS feed from our site on your personal or your organization's website. Please include the phrase "technical communication", "technical writing", or "tech comm" (or some combination of the three) in the text of your link. That'll help raise our Google PageRank (we're told), which may help Google to realize how many people actually use our site.

If you already run a site, then you likely already know how to write the (X)HTML code to add such a link. Even with the increasing quality of WYSIWYG editors and CMSes, we'd never imply that you didn't. But our experience with usability and user-centered design tells us that it's never a bad idea to supply easily-clippable HTML code that, when copied into your website, will link your site to ours. So please feel free to copy the code from one of the sample interfaces below, or modify one of these to suit your website's design.

Thanks!

 
HTML Text Links
Simple Text Link

EServer Technical Communication Library

(Links directly to our home page.)

insert this code into your page:

<a href="http://tc.eserver.org/" title="A comprehensive portal to online resources in professional, scientific and technical communication (including technical writing).">EServer Technical Communication Library</a>

Link to Your Favorite Topic

EServer TC Library: Technical Writing
or
EServer TC Library: XML

(Can link to any of the thousands of categories within our site. Use 'http://tc.eserver.org/dir/' and then your favorite phrase, using hyphens to replace any spaces in the URL. For example:
http://tc.eserver.org/dir/Technical-Writing or
http://tc.eserver.org/dir/XML)

insert this code into your page:

<a href="http://tc.eserver.org/dir/Technical-Writing">EServer TC Library: Technical Writing</a>
or
<a href="http://tc.eserver.org/dir/XML">EServer TC Library: XML</a>

(Replace the green boldface text with your preferred term or phrase, using hyphens to replace any spaces in the quotation marks inside the <A HREF> tag.)

HTML Graphical Links
Smallest Banner

EServer Technical Communication (and Technical Writing) Library

(Links directly to our home page, with a small 80x15-pixel image.)

insert this code into your page:

<a href="http://tc.eserver.org/"><img alt="EServer Technical Communication (and Technical Writing) Library" src="http://tc.eserver.org/cached/images/tc_library.png" width="80" height="15" border="0"></a>

Small Banner

(Links directly to our home page, and also offers links to the 'About this Site' page, our advanced search, and to our 'Site Map' indexes.)

insert this code into your page:

Full Banner With Search

   

(Links directly to our home page, to our 'About this Site' page, our advanced search, to our 'Site Map' indexes, and allows your users to search our collection directly from your page.)

insert this code into your page:

XML/DHTML Links
Use our RSS XML Feeds

EServer TC Library: Recent Additions

If you run a blog, aggregator, or website that can use our RSS 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication) XML feeds, consider using our approximately 25,000 feeds, which list all items in any directory, author, or publisher listing.

articles about how to use RSS XML:

 · What is RSS?
 · RSS Browser Software

    

 · The World of RSS Explorations
 · Grab Headlines from a Remote RSS File

You can access our 'recent additions' RSS feed at any time from the URL:

    http://tc.eserver.org/recent_rss.xml

Or, if you wish, you can access the feed from any popular RSS aggregator, including these:

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Subscribe in NewsGator Online

Subscribe in Rojo

Add to My AOL

Add to netvibes

Subscribe in Bloglines

Add to Webwag

Add to fwicki

Add to Excite MIX

Add to netomat Hub

Powered by FeedBurner

Add to Pageflakes

Add EServer TC Library: Recent Additions to ODEO

Subscribe in podnova

Our JavaScript RSS Widget

The TC Library also provides a bit of JavaScript code that will embed a table on the right or left side of your page, with constantly up-to-date links to the most recently-added works in our catalogue. (Feel free to customize the code to suit your site's formatting.)

(See an example.)

insert this code into your page:

The code to embed a table in your page that always displays the most recently-added works in the TC Library to your page has many configuration options: you can align the column left or right, control the fonts and sizes, display the abstracts or not, and control how many items to display. Fill out a form that computes the code you want to embed in your page, formatted to your preferences.

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