Apr 03

.Tel logoRecently, the blogosphere stirred up quite a bit due to the release of .Tel domain names. Remember how the .Com age took the Internet by storm? Literally thousands of businesses and individuals spent lots of time and money acquiring domain names on Internet. Some register these names for their own use, while others do it to make a profit.

For sure, there are some lessons to be learned here. That is, if you want to secure the domain name that you desire, you must act quickly. If you don’t, they could be registered by someone else the next day. Today, if you visit any domain registrar and make a quick search, you will find that almost all the valuable properties are taken up. It’s very hard to find a good virtual property.

And that is exactly what a name becomes once you own it - it is a piece of real estate in the cyber world. If you are running a business, and you know that your name helps bring in sales for you because of the reputation you have worked so hard to build, you know that you must absolutely own this name. You don’t want to wait until someone looking to make a quick buck register for the name and then try to sell it back to you for a few thousand dollars. Happens all the time to .com domains. Continue reading »

Jan 21

free stuffYou can find almost anything for free, if you know where to look. It is really very easy to find them. Some ways to you can use are, web searches, coupons, samples, contests, mailing lists, and freecycle just to mention a few. I will explain how to get free stuff in a little more detail, and try to help you find the freebies that you are trying to find.

Free Samples - Alot of major companies offer free samples that you can apply for online or through the mail. All you have to do is fill out the form they provide, and claim your free sample. Some products may require you to pay a small shipping charge, but after all they are giving you something for free.

Grand Openings - Some grand openings or reopenings offer ypu free stuff to get you to visit their store. Some of these things may include, free food, free hats, samples of their products, t shirts, key chains, pens, and many other items

Try Me Free Offers And Rebates - Sometimes referred to as TMF offers. These offers can usually be found at grocery stores or on the internet for rebates on products. Cleaners are a good place to start looking for these type of offers. Food, baby, and new products are also a good place to look for these offers.

Freecycle - This is a great place to get free stuff. There are hundreds of freecycle locations available. People give away things they no longerneed to keep it out of the landfills. Its as easy as doing a online search for freecycle, you will certainly find them. You can find almost anything at freecycle. What someone else doesn’t want anymore, could be exactly what you are looking for. Continue reading »

Dec 08

web hosting serversThe Web hosting firm you choose can make or break your small business. Good ones can run things smoothly, are easy to reach, and fix problems efficiently.  But bad ones can have more problems than they are worth, be unreachable at critical times, and bring your business to a screeching halt.  Finding a good one is crucial to your success.

Here are some tried and true ideas for how to select a host that will save you money, avoid technical snafus, and build your online platform for the future.

1. Choose a service that primarily does hosting

Although it might be tempting to sign-up with a firm that provides an umbrella of services in addition to website hosting, a good rule of thumb is that if a company overly-diversifies its services, it won’t deliver top quality in any of them (e.g. tech support, updates, maintenance, etc.)

2. Choose a host with a great record for online security

Most secure hosts will provide SSL Certificates to guarantee your security. Without an SSL Certificate on your site, visitors may come and go without identifying themselves, and this could put your site at risk. Make sure your host implements best practices when it comes to maintaining security architecture, updating security software, and responding effectively to breaches if and when they do occur. Continue reading »

Sep 02

a numbered listI have been feeling rather neglected the last couple of weeks when I happened to notice a number of articles written by a few individuals that had compiled a list of top article directories. Needless to say, the abc article directory, did not make the lists of top recommended article directories.

The usual suspects as top article directories were deservedly there ; Ezinearticles, goarticles, articledashboard, isnare to name a few. These article directories undoubtedly are, for the time being, the most widely viewed on the net today. However, beyond the no brainer, everyone knows, been there forever article directories, the lists that have been appearing seem to lack a certain amount of credability.

Without going into naming names, because all these lists have a different set of players, let me explain why I think the abc article directory should be in most of the top twenty lists. First and foremost, because I said so….just kidding…I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The number one driving factor that should influence article submissions, is traffic.Why would anyone submit to an article directory that does not get any traffic?

If an article directory, any article directory, is unable to maintain a steady stream of natural,  search engine driven traffic, it can only mean one thing. It is not a top article directory.

There are, I believe many factors that go into selecting these so called top article directories. Google pagerank however, seems to be the supreme factor used in choosing these sites. Alexa rank plays a role to some extent, and I suppose, inbound links from Google, Yahoo and MSN were also determining factors. The author of the article just happening to own an article directory that just happened to meet the criteria for making the list could also be a determining factor. The only problem with this scenario is that many of the sites chosen instead of the abc article directory are getting far inferior traffic numbers.

Of at least ten top 20, 25, 50,  etc. lists, at least 60% of the chosen article directories were receiving less traffic than the site with the blue butterfly. This is misleading to new authors that have good articles to submit. If they follow the list, they will be submitting their articles to recommended sites that have little or no chance of creating the desired exposure they crave.

I am not complaining about any lack of authors, but very good authors are hard to find. Very good articles written by very good authors, are even harder to find. Now, to have very good articles, written by very good authors, submitted to very poor article directories is a total waste of everyone’s time and effort. In fact, it’s a crime.

I suggest that any author who happens to know the benefits of submitting quality articles to quality article directories should spend a little time to make a list of their own using website traffic as their guide. Do a little research on your own and choose wisely. You will be rewarded with a flood of traffic by submitting to a few high traffic article directories. Go to Most popular articles list at the ABC Article Directory and browse through the list of top articles. You will notice that not only has the top article so far  received over 100,000 views, but that the ten thousandth article in the list has over100 hits as well. That’s a lot of hits from an article directory that doesn’t have 100, 000 articles yet. Put that in your list and smoke it!

My own Article Directory Top List monitoring at least shows traffic numbers for the few sites that were good enough to join and place the code on their sites. You can always check out the amount of traffic generated by the ABC Article Directory by looking at the many traffic monitoring widgets placed in the footer or sidebar. We don’t hide from the truth, we’re proud of it, and display it.

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Aug 27

ebay page While you may think that anything can be put up for auction on eBay there is a list of products that eBay will under no circumstances accept. If such items are found, your auction will be cancelled and every bid will be void.

This is eBay’s entire list of products that are either prohibited from being offered for sale or are deemed as questionable: Continue reading »

Aug 06

autoresponder-email-serviceQ. Why should you pay the monthly fee associated with the big, well-established autoresponder service providers, when there are several autoresponder applications that you can download, install and run yourself - for free..?

A. Because using one of the free services will almost certainly cost you more over the long term.  Possibly much more.

In my view it’s an absolute no brainer to use one of the big, well established autoresponder services.  You’ll get:

* Higher delivery rates - important because you’ve worked hard (and maybe paid a lot) to get people to opt in to your newsletter.

* Real time management of your customer database - important because the Can-Spam act requires that you only send emails to people who’ve asked for them and you immediately unsubscribe people on request. (Among other things)

* Total compliance with the Can-Spam Act - important because failure to comply will cost you an arm and a leg (and possibly your business).

The monthly fee varies around $20 and it’s a pittance to pay for the service they provide. Here’s why:

Email marketing took off in the late 90′s because it was a highly cost-effective alternative to Direct Mail.  This led to such high volumes of Unsolicited Commercial Email (Spam) that the Can Spam Act was introduced in 2003 to control it.

Can-Spam requirements are tough - but the Can-Spam Act is also the genuine and professional email marketer’s friend.

Can-Spam imposes a number of requirements on email marketers, including what you need to do to avoid being considered a spammer, what information you need to have in the footers of your emails, how you should handle complaints and unsubscribe requests and more.

And you will be heavily penalised if you don’t adhere to these requirements!

For this reason alone it’s worth paying for the services of a professional autoresponder service.

Not only are the professional Autoresponder services fully Can-Spam compliant (and they will force you to be as well) but they will always be up to date with any changes in legislation that affect email marketing. Continue reading »

Feb 13

If Microsoft has its way, you won’t be able to buy XP after June 30th, 2008. According to some sources, the public wishes otherwise.

Like all new operating systems, Windows Vista ushered in a new era of incompatibility for existing Windows users. In spite of this, Microsoft plans to start retiring Windows XP on June 30th. Some users, however, want to keep XP alive for years to come so that they can continue to work reliably and efficiently.

According to a Popular Science report, there’s a grassroots effort to force Microsoft to keep selling XP to customers in shrink-wrapped packages and to OEMs. What’s behind this movement? Just to clarify, it’s not really a “grassroots” movement. It’s actually being orchestrated by InfoWorld, an online news publication. Continue reading »

Nov 13

  Just got an interesting email from the management team at Yedda informing me that they had just been acquired by AOL. This is of particular interest to the ABC Article Directory, due to the fact that we were one of the early adopters of the Yedda Q&A system on our site. As a matter of fact, it is still listed on our home page as a new feature. Looks like we know how to pick winners. You can check out how it works by accessing any article on the ABC Article Directory and scrolling down to the end of the article, just past the resource box.

To quote from the email “Over 100M unique visitors a month are now going to be using the Yedda QnA platform, and power and enrich the QnA database our partners benefit from. Moreover, this huge community will now also be exposed to your website via the attribution of all questions originated from your site. “

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May 09

By: Karin Manning

We live in the information age, and there’s just no getting around it. Information and news happens every single day, and savvy site surfers will expect you to update your content regularly. In fact, they’d prefer you to do that daily, or even hourly. And yes-I mean 24/7 hours. However, everyone needs to sleep. This article will discuss how to create fresh and regular content for your adsense websites through really simple syndication.
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Apr 06

By: Tiva Kelly

When you follow some easy rules, writing articles for the Web can be easy. Experienced article writers know that the rules for writing online articles are different from the rules for writing print articles, and they’re rules you probably didn’t learn in your high school English class.

Draw Them In With Titles and Descriptions
For one thing, online articles contain two features that print articles typically don’t — description text and categories. The description text is a short teaser paragraph that gives readers a quick look at what your article is about. This is your chance to grab and hold their attention, so get creative! Promise them good, informative content, and get ready to deliver.
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