Pro Bono Opportunities for Non Profit Web Site Marketing and Development

There are many web sites for nonprofit organization online that could use a little direction, a little help from people in the web design and internet marketing communities.

I came across a site this weekend that works to connect professionals interested in helping non profits with organizations that need their help.

The Taproot Foundation is a non profit that partners with corporations, universities and trade associations to help provide pro bono marketing, human resources and IT consulting to non profit organizations.

The term “pro bono” means “for the good,” and Taproot has been working to connect business professionals with non profits since 2001, enabling those professionals to provide a few hours a week to help organizations that can benefit from their experience and expertise.

Many of the Taproot projects involved creating or updating web sites for non profits. Here are some of the names of non profits that have been benefitting with Taproot, on projects involving basic or advanced web sites:

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Yahoo Robots Combat Spam and Phishing

How much of a responsibility do search engines have to police the internet, and protect their users from email and instant message and web spam, phishing fraud, and misuse of chat rooms? How can search engines be socially responsible and work towards keeping consumers from harm?

How effective can they be in pro-actively identifying and fighting phishing attempts on the Web as they index the Web?

A newly published patent application from Yahoo tells us that people using the Web have an expectation that their services providers will help protect them from such abuses, and Yahoo describes how they might use robot programs to help identify emails, IMs, chat rooms, and Web sites where inappropriate activities take place.

The document goes into detail on how a Yahoo robot might interact with others in a chat room, and through email and instant messaging programs to identify spam and fraud, through phishing attacks aimed at obtaining passwords, credit card details, social security numbers and other confidential information.

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Google One Boxes For Local Results

When stockbrokers who spend their day searching for financial information about different businesses type the word “Starbucks” into Google’s search box, chances are that they are more likely to be looking for stock price information than the closest place that they can get a mint mocha chip frappuccino.

When a city-dwelling college student, who likes to meet up with friends at new places all the time, using his cell phone to find and map out those places, types the word “Starbucks” into his phone’s browser, the first thing he wants to see is probably a map to the nearest Starbucks.

Can a search engine be smart enough to serve a stock price quote at the top of search results to the stockbroker, and a map to the college student, even if both are using handheld devices to connect to the Web?

Google One Boxes: Relevance and Informational Needs

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Which Sections of Your Web Pages Might Search Engines Ignore?

As a webmaster, when you put a page up on the web, there may be parts of that page that you may not want to have indexed by a search engine.

Many web pages contain information that isn’t unique to each page, such as the navigation for a site, copyright notices, advertising, links to other sites such as blog rolls, and other sections that may not contain information about the main topic of the page itself.

Yahoo’s Robots-Noindex Classes

In May of 2007, Yahoo made a post on the Yahoo Search Blog about how webmasters could let the search engine know that content in certain sections of pages shouldn’t be returned in search results to searchers, titled Introducing Robots-Nocontent for Page Sections.

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