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Linking to Ian's Shoelace Site
Advice and etiquette for creating links to Ian's Shoelace Site, including Why to Link, How to Link, How NOT to Link, Where to Link, Reciprocal Links, etc.
Why Link?
I've tried to make Ian's Shoelace Site the most comprehensive free resource of shoe lacing information on the Internet. I therefore encourage anyone who wants to help spread the word to create links to this site. Despite the fact that people can do their own searching on the Internet, there's nothing like the recommendation of someone you trust, or from a site with related information, to steer you in the right direction.
Creating Links
Ian's Shoelace Site You can link to Ian's Shoelace Site with a text-based hyperlink or with any one of my small icon images (such as the one at right). See the bottom of this page for typical HTML code for creating links to some of the popular sections on this site.

My only proviso is that sites avoid linking via my large images (ie. anything bigger than the 80x80 pixel image shown here). The reason I've created the icon images is to reduce bandwidth and hence keep my costs down. Whilst this is not a commercial site, it is commercially hosted, which costs money. So far, I've been happy to wear the hosting charges provided the cost is minimal, and I'd prefer to keep the site both free of charge and with minimal advertising as long as I can afford to do so.

My large images are now stored in a folder called "Dont_Link", which I regularly change so that any sites that have linked to those images will fail to download them. If you do find it necessary to link via a large image (such as to suit your site's look and feel), please create a copy of just that one image and store it on your own site.
Unwelcome Links
I've discovered some sites, particularly in China and Korea, that have created a single page using large images of each and every one of my knots or lacing methods. Any visitor viewing just that one page would download every single one of those knot or lacing images, regardless of which method(s) they were interested in. Multiply this by several thousand daily visitors and my site's bandwidth costs skyrocket!

I'm also never thrilled to see someone linking with a one-liner like:
"This guy has way too much time on his hands".
Besides being the most un-original and un-imaginative way of trying to get a laugh, talk about a case of the pot calling the kettle black! These people have nothing better to do with their time than mindlessly visiting web sites, writing ill-informed comment about them on other web sites, and in doing so, sending other like-minded time-wasting freeloaders my way.

Please, think first, be considerate, and try to either link responsibly or not at all.
Link Addresses
You are welcome to link to any page on Ian's Shoelace Site, or in fact to any page on the www.fieggen.com domain. You may also find it easier to remember one of the following domain names, all of which default to this same site:
These are also the easiest ways to pass on a "Verbal Link", such as when talking face to face or on the phone or radio. Unless you are one of the few "Fieggens" in this world, any of these should be easier to remember than my Dutch surname!

Don't forget, if you're ever stuck and can't remember any of the addresses of this site, just search for "Shoelace" in your favourite search engine; you're bound to find Ian's Shoelace Site near the top of the list.
Reciprocal Links
This usually refers to a technique whereby businesses attempt to artificially boost each others' search rankings by linking to each other. As Ian's Shoelace Site is not a commercial venture, and as I also like to remain un-biased, I don't accept "link exchange requests" from other businesses.

Those sites that have found their way into my own Shoelace Links page are ones that, like mine, simply offer good shoelace related information. If you feel that your site also offers something worthwhile, please feel free to Contact Me about swapping links.

Note that there are many occasions when it makes no sense to have reciprocal links. For example, shoelace knot info may well be important on a rock-climbing web site, but rock-climbing info would be completely out of place on this shoelace web site.

That said, I'd love to hear from anyone linking to this site, as it's interesting to see where it's being discussed and what's being said, as well as enabling me to tailor my site with more suitable content.


HTML Code for Linking
Feel free to copy and paste the following HTML code into your own site to create either a text hyperlink or an icon hyperlink to Ian's Shoelace Site. You're also welcome to modify the code to your requirements.
Typical HTML code for linking to Ian's Shoelace Site:

Result: Ian's Shoelace Site
Typical HTML code for linking to Ian's Shoe Lacing Methods:

Result: Ian's Shoe Lacing Methods
Typical HTML code for linking to Ian's Shoelace Knots:

Result: Ian's Shoelace Knots
Typical HTML code for linking to the Ian Knot:

Result: The Ian Knot
Typical HTML code for linking to Ian's Shoelace Site:
Result: Ian's Shoelace Site
Typical HTML code for linking to Ian's Shoe Lacing Methods:
Result: Ian's Shoe Lacing Methods
Typical HTML code for linking to Ian's Shoelace Knots:
Result: Ian's Shoelace Knots
Typical HTML code for linking to the Ian Knot:
Result: The Ian Knot
The above are only four popular areas of Ian's Shoelace Site. You're welcome to link to other sections and/or to choose different 80x80 icon images through which to link.


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