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What is a megapixel anyway?

We have a great camera; a Nikon D-90 just chock full of megapixels. For each of those invisible megapixels, we have a million invisible pixels. I would rather not see a pixel. Seeing pixels in Photoshop generally means I’m attempting to use too low a resolution graphic at too large a size. Images are made up of tiny (pixel) dots. Visable pixels are yucky! They make my graphics ugly.

Lately megapixels are a hot topic in our household because my husband, the hiker, wants a compact camera to take on the trails. But he also wants sharp, clear photos with rich, true colors. To get those high resolution photos to print at almost any size, for any purpose, you need scads of megapixels.

Luckily my husband’s can fit 14 million pixels into his shirt pocket. Now his new digital camera’s 14 megapixel sensor awaits his click to launch them into brief life as an electronic signal.

Did he really need so many megapixels? Probably not. Everything we read says a camera with around 5 megapixels will be sufficient for a home camera. He bought this camera for its excellent lens, and the excess megapixels came along for the hike!

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Pictures of the fall colors in our yard were taken with our 12 and 14 megapixel (right side) cameras.

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Did I miss the SEO Boat?

Just got off the phone with a fast talking sales rep from a company that swore they were a Google partner and could “guarantee” first page ranking in Google for my website. I must be crazy because after arguing with this guy for a half-hour I turned down his fantastic promises, unsubstantiated guarantees, and super discounts. He warned me multiple times that I would miss the boat forever if I didn’t sign up immediately.

After hanging up, I went directly to Google to see their advice for selecting a ‘Search Engine Optimization’ company. Here’s a bit of what I found:

  • Be wary of SEO firms and web consultants or agencies that send you email out of the blue.Amazingly, we get these spam emails too:

    “Dear google.com,
    I visited your website and noticed that you are not listed in most of the major search engines and directories…”

    Reserve the same skepticism for unsolicited email about search engines as you do for “burn fat at night” diet pills or requests to help transfer funds from deposed dictators.

  • No one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google.Beware of SEOs that claim to guarantee rankings, allege a “special relationship” with Google, or advertise a “priority submit” to Google.

They should have mentioned people who still insist on telephoning me with wild offers. As I expected, right off the bat, Google says NO ONE can guarantee any placement.

You may want to read their suggestions yourself here:
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Webmaster Tools Help

It could save you hundreds of $$…

Hint:

Good websites designed with a little forethought to SEO placement can, and do, rank well without resorting to funny business. Before hiring a graphic designer ask what he knows about SEO, especially about Google, Yahoo and Bing!

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