5 Common Mistakes By PPM Managers

One of my favorite parts of being involved with Powerplay Manager is seeing new members join up and introduce themselves on the forum. It’s fantastic to see that people are not only hearing about PPM but actively getting involved.

Of course, with every new member there are countless questions and even more mistakes; mistakes that can be easily avoided with just a little education and knowledge. Here are 5 very common mistakes people make at PPM, and how to easily avoid them.

Mistake #1: Not Reading The Guide

I know what you’re thinking… a pretty lame mistake, right? Not at all. The fact is, NOBODY knows this game better than the people who created it, and those same people wrote the guide. Almost all of the information you essentially need to know about PPM can be found within the guide. Have you read it?

Mistake #2: Not Asking Questions

PPM has a fantastic forum that is active every single day. If you have questions, you can guarantee that the answers can be found on the PPM forums simply by asking. Here’s an important tip… did you know that almost every single successful PPM manager is active on the forum? That’s not a coincidence either. Do you know what EOR or EQ are? No? They’re not in the guide (that i know of), but they are on the forums. Above all that, the forums create a fantastic community feel to the game and you’ll make some great friends.

Mistake #3: One Attribute Players

This 1-attribute situation is two-fold. First, it applies to when you buy players off the PPM market. In short, if you see a player who has a huge primary attribute but small secondaries, do NOT buy them. They may look good, but in fact they’re not. Secondly, it applies to YOUR training. Don’t train these types of players as they’re a plague on the game and hated by many great managers. Train your team smart with great balanced attributes and you’ll have a far stronger team.

Mistake #4: Friendly Games

The mistake more accurately is not playing them. While it may appear that playing friendlies lowers your players energy levels but the loss is so small it’s not really a concern. More importantly is the OTR gain you DO get by winning friendly games. OTR gain is important to your overall teams success at PPM. Get them friendlies scheduled today.

Mistake #5: Positions

In both hockey and soccer you have this great preferred side attribute for your players. You also have preferred positions. The guide explains how to work out which players are good centers or wingers in hockey, and explains that the preferred side attribute is an important one if you want to build a team that is both strong, and consistent during games. If you have a winger who prefers the right side, try and play him on the right, and so on. This may sound like a straight forward thing to do, but you would be amazed how many people screw this up.

Bonus Mistake: Auto Set Lines

Please do NOT use them. Take the time to manually set your lines in both soccer and hockey. The PPM system will auto-generate a lineup for you, but it’s based on OR and appears not to take into account things like preferred side or position. As such, you goalie could find himself on your wing, and so on. Don’t use it at all, under any circumstances! I can not stress this enough!

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A PPM Hypothetical: Player, Facility or Stand?

As we’re in the last days of the first season of PPM soccer I wanted to throw out a hypothetical question to the legions of PPM fans on the world wide web.

In soccer we’re all still in the process of developing our teams. Sure, some are further along than others, but in some way or another we’re all in build mode.

So, if you had $10,000,000 cash right now but could only spend it on ONE item, what would it be; Player, Facility or Stand?

$10 Million could get you a top player in PPM Soccer which will give your team an immediate boost for Season 2. A forward could increase your scoring, a midfielder could improve your balanced play and a defenseman could help your teams goals against. A better goalie could be the key to more victories and possible championships.

An increase in facilities may not help your team immediately, but will give your team the infrastructure it needs to build into the future. Adding to your training or sports academy would be a great move if you wanted to focus on coming seasons.

More people means more money, and the only way to get more bums on seats is to get more stands. Bigger stands also mean better secondary facilities such as press boxes and restaurant. Stands help your team immediately as well as add to your teams infrastructure.

What do you do?

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Bonsai Update: Spring Shoots & New Life

Spring time is upon us here in Australia, and with it comes the warmer climates and new spring growth. New shoots are growing nicely on all the bonsai trees, especially the Juniper and Harland Boxwood, and having been repotted into larger pots now, the roots have much more room to grow. Click on an image on this page to view full sized images.

The Maleleuca had a bad run over the last month. About a week after bringing it home the leaves all died off and the tree started looking really unhealthy. I did an emergency re-pot and found the roots were an absolute mess. The tree was fairly root-bound but had a solid clumb of dirt as hard as clay around the primary root, and it was essentially dying of thirst. So, after getting the roots free and giving it a new pot with new potting mix and a heavy mix of blood and bone I let it up to the tree to do the hard work. After 3 weeks, tiny green shoots started to show. Today, there are shoots coming out all over it and it’s started to look incredibly healthy again.

Maleleuca "Little Red"

The Juniper has done really well in the larger post and with the onset of spring has seen a great burst of new growth on all the branches. My goal is to have it grow another inch or two before i really start doing a lot of work on it and put it into a full bonsai pot, so for the moment it’s focussing on growing. The wiring I had done a few months ago is looking good and will stay on for another month or 2 before i take it off.


The Harland Boxwood was repotted into a larger pot a few weeks ago, and has started to settle down nicely into its new home. New shoots started to show about a week or so back, and have really exploded from all the branches. Like the Juniper, my goal is to have the Boxwood grow at least two or three more inches before I really start doing some major work on it. I haven’t wired it yet, as am undecided on the best approach.

Harland Boxwood

The last of my trees, the Baeckea was repotted a few days back as it was really struggling with some major root-bound issues. I am hoping that, like the Maleleuca, it bounces back. I don’t have any updates photos of it at the moment.

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Five Optimizations Your Website Needs

There was a time when having a website gave you a distinct advantage over your competition. Not anymore. Now that Websites are affordable, more and more people are getting them, which naturally is increasing the competition for you and your space on the web.

So the question is no longer, “should you get a Website”, but rather “What can you do to ensure you are ahead of your competition?”.

Here are 5 optimizations that will greatly help improve your Website.

Add Alt Tags To Images

Alt tags add a name or title to images on your website. When you hold your mouse over an image the tag is displayed. These tags are important for 3 reasons. The first is that they allow visitors to your website to view a title of an image of your choosing by hovering their mouse as mentioned above. The second reason is that your image alt names are displayed if the images are not. This means that if a visitor has images turned off they will still see the alt name. The last reason is purely for SEO purposes as alt tags mean search engines such as Google can better clasify your Websites images and therefore view your site in a much better light.

To implement them, simply add the alt=”image name” in your code. ie. <img src=”Image Location” alt=”image alt tag”>

Use H1 and H2 Tags

H1 tags a type of HTML tag that displays your site content in a larger “heading” style. They are part of a group consisting of H1 (largest) through H6 (smallest). The point of these tags is 2-fold in that they not only allow you quick and easy formatting of your site content, but they tell the search engines which content on your site is a heading and therefore worthy of more weighting when it comes to importance.

As web browsers automatically recognise these tags and display accordingly, Use of them also removes the need to individually govern the font size and weight of your content.

To use, simply put your chosen content between the appropriate tags, ie. <h1>content</h1>, <h2>content</h2>, and so on.

Ensure Good Meta Content

Meta tags have been around for a long time and are not considered as important now as they once used to be. That isn’t to say they are not needed. In fact in my opinion they are as important now as they ever were. They are found at the top of your code between the <head> and </head> tags.

While there are quite a few different meta tags available, there are two which I suggest you always use. They are keywords and description.

Use of them is as follows:

<meta name=”keywords” content=”keywords, separated, by, keywords” />
<meta name=”description” content=”a description of your site or page content” />

Keywords, Keywords, Keywords

Regardless of how much you may want it, you are never going to dominate every keyword phrase for your website. By over-extending your keyword usage you are in fact damaging your Websites potential. To remedy this, choose a few carefully selected phrases that you want to be associated with your Website and target your site content around those phrases. Include them in your H1 tags, your meta tags and on your site content, inluding the alt tags of your images.

Dump HTML for CSS Styling

Please, whatever you do don’t use old HTML formatting for content. Taking the time to learn CSS will save you a LOT of time in the future. CSS or Custom Style Sheets allow you to style your content much faster and much for efficiently than with HTML, and will cut down the load time of your page dramatically, therefore improving visitor satisfaction.

Need help reviewing and optimizing your Website? Please feel free to contact me.

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PPM: About This Random Argument

Random. A word all too often used to justify a game result. The web dictionary at answers.com describes it as an adjective, meaning “Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective: random movements.”

Since early on in the game, people have argued that there is too much “random” in the game. Someone experiences a loss against a weaker team, they blame it on too much random. A goalie lets in 10 goals, blame it on “random”.

For a long time now, PPM have claimed that this “random” thing does not exist and game results are not randomly generated. They are correct, as will be explained soon. They are also incorrect, albeit unintentionally, as will also be explained.

If you read the PPM forums you probably read the recent chain of posts regarding this whole “random” issue. Vlady (PPM Staff) was active in the thread and explained in very good detail why “random” game results do not exist. More importantly, he explained HOW this is the case. To save you having to read the forums I will break it down for you here.

Vlady explained that every aspect of the game engine (both hockey and soccer) is calculated differently. Each shot on goal, breakaway, save etc is individually calculated with mathematical calculations based on a wide range of figures. For example a shot on goal at 1:00 is not going to be the same as a shot on goal at 3:30 because of the different variants involved. Attributes like offense, shooting, tech, speed etc are all involved in these calculations. As such no 2 shots are the same.

He also explained that just because you have higher attributes does not guarantee you a goal or a win, it simply means you have a GREATER CHANCE of scoring or winning. Better defensive attributes mean you have a BETTER CHANCE of making a big save.

The key phrasing here is CHANCE.

Because of this, what we might see as “random” is in fact an individually calculated result in which chance did not side with you.

Vlady gave the example of Marion Gaborik on a breakaway. He could have 2 almost identical breakaways but only score on 1 of them. The other one the goalie may have read the play or simply got lucky. That’s part of sport.

A few things to think about…

What is the chance of an NHL player deking and missing an empty net?
Low? Yes indeed, but that did not stop Patrik Stefan from doing that very thing a few years back in a game between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers.

What is the chance of a goalie letting in a goal from behind the OTHER teams goal line?
Very minimal? Vesa Toskala did that in 2008.

Good players have bad games. Call it natural human randomness if you will. It’s part of life and part of human nature.

This all started when someone posted a game result where his strong team lost to a weak one. He argued it was innacurate and the game engine had too much random in it. Vlady explained that he ran that game simulation 200 times and 199 of those the strong team won. It just so happened that chance favoured the weak team on that day and his strong team lost.

Summary: Does Random Exist?

As Vlady explained, there are NO random game results, only a large combination of individual scenarios. So the best answer is this… while a certain amount of random IS generated due to the engine using CHANCE calculations, there are NO random game results.

So here’s what I suggest you do next time you get one of these hinky game results. Don’t complain. Instead, look at how you can improve your team. The game is designed in such a way that YOU have control over your chance of victory.

Take control of your team, be the manager you can be.

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What Is A Sitemap And Why Is It Good For SEO?

A sitemap, also know as a site map, is a dedicated web page within a web site that lists all of the pages that make up the web site. It is used as an easily navigable arrangement of links which can take you to the exact page you are interested in finding. This can be a handy shortcut to finding a particular web page within a larger web site. Locating and viewing the sitemap is also a good way to save time when you have an exact idea of what page you are looking for.

Although the sitemap is a wonderful tool for navigation it also serves a dual purpose. Search engines tend to give more weight in rankings to web sites which poses a properly formatted sitemap. This is good information because it will help you to optimize your web site for the search engines, which can only mean more traffic to your site.

A site map which is used for navigation should be designed with humans in mind, not search engines. This means you should focus on a logical layout of the links which make up the sitemap. One of the best design approaches is to list the pages alphabetically in columns from left to right. This will make it easiest for your visitors to locate the page link they are looking for.

Typical file extensions for the sitemap designed for human visitors are.html,.htm or.php. It is a good idea to place a link to the sitemap on every single page within your web site. Usually the link to the sitemap will be found in the footer, or occasionally the header of a page. This is both convenient and conservative of the valuable sidebar and content space on your pages.

As for the sitemap which is created for the search engine spiders, it should be placed in the root directory of your web server. For example you would have your protocol, dot, your domain name, dot, your Top Level Domain, slash, sitemap. The file extension you want to use is.xml.

The.xml sitemap will essentially tell the search engine spiders that your site has a handy list of all of its pages, and where those pages are located. Along with the list of pages is metadata information which tells the search engine about how often the page is updated and how important it is within the site in general.

Search engines usually discover your web site pages based on the informative instructions within your sitemap, and then follow the links from them. As you can see, the sitemap is very important when it comes to getting your site indexed and kept up to date with the search engines.

Author: Keri Cooper | Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?What-Is-A-Sitemap-And-Why-Is-It-Good-For-SEO?&id=1193507

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