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Here is another picture of the boardwalk around Heather Lake. This is also where my new profile picture was taken!

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I took some awesome photos of Heather Lake a few days ago. It's a steep hike up to a beautiful alpine lake with snowmelt and waterfalls. We spent the night there enjoying the nature and some awesome fires. It would be a fun place to packraft sometime.

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ColorDoku - An Online Color Sudoku Game This is a singleplayer color sudoku game. Select a difficulty below to start a game.



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I'm working on a multiplayer version, and I have updated this version with thousands of puzzles. Stay tuned for more games and updates.

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I implemented an anti-spam API on Uglek to protect against spam posts. The API I am using, OopSpam, gives posts a score based on IP address and content. I use this score to determine which posts to accept on the website and which posts to hide for further reference. When posts are flagged as spam, they are no longer public and must be made public again or deleted by the administrator. Though the captcha has mostly been effective at preventing spam so far, I think it was a good idea to implement another solution. They also give me 40 free API calls (spam checks) per month, so that should be plenty as I'm not seeing that much posting yet. I've also done some reorganization of the buttons in the sidebar and added some links to the site for groups and games. I added in the code for groups I wrote, which seems to be working properly. Below: A screenshot of the code that checks user IP and flags posts as spam (API key hidden)

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How to Learn to Code Online for Free I learned to code online, and more and more people are choosing internet curriculum for their coding education. There are many places where you can learn to code and solve coding challenges for free online. Learning to code online has its advantages, as many platforms offer an integrated curriculum in the debugger to help you diagnose errors in your code and solve them. I used Codecademy.com when I began learning code. Their curriculum is free to get started, and it is quite comprehensive. They offer courses from fundamentals to advanced concepts in JavaScript, HTML, Python, and more. It can be easier to learn to code from software like this rather than attend an in-person or online class with lectures, as the curriculum is much more hands-on. The website guides you through everything you need to know, and you will complete projects online in steps. These projects begin by teaching basic concepts, and they continue into more advanced lessons. Learning to code can be a daunting challenge. It comes with a steep learning curve and one that is not easy to climb without help. Often when coding, simply searching the internet for the error message you are getting or the problem you are having is not enough to solve the problem. This is why it is good to have guidance when coding, especially so you have best practices down and few errors at the point when you need to ask for help. If you do need help with your code, sites such as StackOverflow.com provide great resources for asking coding questions and help when you get stuck coding. There are even more resources out there for learning to code. Simply searching the web for coding lessons and challenges presents many resources you can use to learn. Hopefully what I have discussed in this post will point you in the right direction, and give you some idea of how to learn to code.

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How Does Internet Advertising Work, and What is Ad Arbitrage? Publishers on the internet often integrate advertisements into their site to generate revenue from their users. In this model, publishers serve advertisements and buy traffic for their website, usually through display advertising, with the ultimate goal of generating more in advertising revenue than they spend on display advertising. This is called ad arbitrage. For a site like Uglek, ad arbitrage is a challenging goal. I only have a few users from organic search, and I don't yet have enough content to make a profit from the site. By my calculations, I need about 900 posts to make a profit from my website. Some days advertising on this website is especially lucrative, while the site doesn't make money every day. I hope to put enough content on here that I will eventually be able to pay for display advertising and I will generate more revenue from ads served on my site than I spend on advertising. Ad arbitrage is my goal. I will continue to post articles, media, and more to the site as I build my portfolio here. I hope that others will do the same, and we can build a professional, social community here. I also plan to post more games here and have a library of playable online games, single-player and multiplayer, which run through this server. My aim for this site is to create a great user experience and post high-quality content. Creating enough content to make the site lucrative will take time, but I have patience and will continue to work at it. It takes a lot of motivation and effort to make a site like this and create quality content for it. This probably isn't the easiest way to make money on the internet, but I anticipate that my efforts will pay off in the long run through ad arbitrage.


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Keyword Research - The Most Important Task for Your SEO Campaign If you are entering the world of online marketing and if you have a business or a website on the Internet, one thing is certain, in order to enjoy the fruits of your labor and receive coveted organic search traffic, you must get your website to the top of search engines. This is where keyword research comes in. Keyword research is the most important task for your SEO campaign because without knowing what people are searching on Google, Bing, or Yahoo in order to find a solution to their problems, you would be wasting time and money. The first step is understanding your audience which means identifying keywords that should trigger relevant content based on popular search terms. To search for popular keywords, you can use a keyword research tool like Google Trends. If your website is well-designed, SEO optimized and contains content that answers questions about the problems your audience is facing, you will be rewarded with more organic traffic which means a higher ranking on search engines. Keyword research also referred to as keyword research and keyword optimization is considered to be one of the critical elements for a website's success and for good rankings in search engines. Keyword research and keyword optimization are not only the foundation for excellent SEO practices but also the most important task for the optimized site because no site can survive without a sufficient supply of highly targeted site traffic. Traffic from search engines is usually the most targeted because it consists of people searching for what you are writing about. Some companies suffer from having spent less than enough time and energy on research. The result of this oversight could be the difference between a site with an average ranking or one at the top, hence receiving more traffic. Keyword research should start as soon as possible - preferably before you have typed out your first word - because it can be a powerful way to drive new users to the site as well as bring returning users back. The best keywords will be the ones that are best tuned and personalized for the products and services on your website, to help it become more user-friendly and easier to find.


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I just posted the lyrics to all of my songs on Uglek, including new lyrics exclusively on Uglek. You can find the songs these lyrics are for on my Spotify profile, Intersex. Intersex is a profile I reserve for my pop music, and has been quite successful with over 850,000 streams so far. You can listen to Intersex by clicking the following link, or the button below. open.spotify.com/playlist/3n7NsAZtE62CS3xyfbG50B?si=ShosWICGSniE3odqZQr9kA&utm_source=copy-link Lyrics for these songs are at uglek.com/topic/lyrics

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