Ticked Off At Being Kicked Off?

You’ve paid for unlimited internet dialup service, but you still get *kicked off* line when you’ve been inactive a few minutes?

It may not be your ISP, it’s probably the network provider. During peak times the network provider will automatically disconnect you if there is inactivity. The Principle of Chaos and Reorganization.

If this is aggravating you, try this little *trick*.

You don’t need any special *pinging* software or any other gimmick that may get you in trouble with your ISP. You probably already have something that’ll work fine. If you have a POP Email account you are likely to already have an email client for checking your email.

The simple and very *legal* thing to do is to configure your email client to check your email every 5 – 9 minutes. This assures constant activity every time you’re connected to the Internet. Just be sure to leave your email client open all the time you’re on the web.

Here’s how to do it with Outlook Express. In the menu bar click Tools – Options. This will open the options window. On the General tab, you’ll see an option that allows you to set the interval at which Outlook Express checks for new mail. The default is probably set to 30 minutes. Change this setting to 9 minutes and see if this keeps you online. It should. If not, set it to 5 minutes.

Whatever email client you’re using should allow you to set the check-for-new-mail interval. Use the client’s help feature to find out how to set this option.

If for some reason you don’t have a POP email account, search the web for free POP email. (One such provider is ematic.com.) Outlook Express is free with the Internet Explorer browser. Set it up, launch it everytime you connect, and stay online uninterrupted.

I Just Stole Your Commission!

I’m so glad you’re a Clickbank affiliate who doesn’t know how to protect your Hop URL! You see, I just substituted my Clickbank nickname for yours in your link URL and now I get your commission.

What this amounts to is that I can purchase the product and save 25%, 40%, 50%, or whatever amount the merchant commission is. But, I robbed YOU! Ethical? No, but many unscrupulous people don’t even consider whether a tactic such as this is right or wrong.

“I don’t need to worry”, you say, “I’m using a redirect URL”. What if I click on your link, get redirected, and see your Clickbank Hop URL in the browser window? All I have to do is substitute mine for yours and click “Go”. You just lost your commission.

So, how can you prevent this? Very simple. Use an “invisible” frame to hide your Clickbank Hop URL. This will keep your domain URL in the browser window. Here’s a working example for you to try: http://www.webdesignwisdom.com/profitsvault

Now, here’s the HTML for an invisible frame redirect page.


<title>Profits Vault</title>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html;charset=iso-8859-1″>

<frameset BORDER=”0″ FRAMESPACING=”0″ FRAMEBORDER=”0″ rows=”0,*”>
<frame NAME=”main” SRC=”main.html” SCROLLING=”yes” MARGINWIDTH=”0″ MARGINHEIGHT=”0″>

(Note: SRC=”main.html” – this is the page with the redirect URL that loads while the redirect URL page is being opened).

Copy and paste into your favorite text editor, change the URL, save as an HTML document and upload it to your server. Point your product link to your new web page. This may not be 100% secure, but it should eliminate 99% of the problem.

Clickbank is a super solution for managing an affiliate program inexpensively. It’s a great way for beginning webmasters to offer their products and build an affiliate network. Get the details at clickbank.com.

Anti-Spam Two Step for Webmasters.

If your email address is on a website that’s been online for a while you’re being blasted with unsolicited email (SPAM).You can delete it or you can eliminate much of it in two simple steps.

Step 1: Scramble Your Email Address

It isn’t human visitors to your site that are causing the problem. It’s website spidering SPAMBOTS. These spambots go out on the web and harvest any email address they can find. These harvested email addresses are then sold by unscrupulous *spam pushers*.

Your goal is to hide your email address from the spambots, but still display it for your website visitors to see.If the spambot doesn’t recogize your scrambled code as an email address it won’t harvest it.

Search the web for scripts that will scramble your email address. You will find many free scripts and some that you can purchase. Some are simple and easy to install. Others can be a little more complicated.

The one that I like is called EScrambler. It is a free script developed by InnerPeace.org. You can visit their site and copy the source code (permission given on the site). Or, go to http://www.webdesignwisdom.com/escrambler.shtml.

This simple script generates a javascript that scrambles your email address. Just copy the script and paste it in your HTML instead of the normal mailto:me@mydomain.com. Your email address is displayed properly for visitors to see, and the HTML looks like anything but an email address.

An example of *me@mydomain.com* in escrambled form:

Step 2: Send Spam to Your Auto-Delete Account

Now, just because you’ve scrambled your email address, that doesn’t keep all spammers from sending email to you. Some will just use something like *anything*@yourdomain.com because they understand that most websites have email forwarding.Anything that is emailed to your domain will be forwarded to an email address you specified. 8 Ways To Defend Yourself From False Spam Complaints.

You never have to see this email if you forward it to another email address that automatically deletes it.

You will need a free email account that offers some simple anti-spam features to use as your *dump account*.

You must be able to designate email addresses from which you will not accept any email. You may already have an account that can handle it. If not, look into Mail.com or Lycos.com. Improve Your Link Popularity with Endorsements!

Then make your free email dump account the default forwarding address in your website’s email handler. Go to your free email account and set it to reject all mail received from YOUR domain.

Then have email that is sent to your published email addresses (those you have scrambled on your site) forwarded to your normal forwarding address. Or, set them up as individual POP accounts if your hosting service offers this feature. Do You Make These Search Engine Positioning Mistakes?

Now you will receive email from your website visitors whoactually read your email address on your website and all other email will be deleted.

This is a very effective way to get rid of most spam that is generated from your domain. It won’t eliminate all of it. The volume of spam that I was receiving decreased by 90-95% after I made these changes.

This tactic will work for sites that have been online with an unprotected email address too. Change the email address on your site to a different scrambled address. Forward all email that is sent to your old posted address to your dump account.

If you’ve been using your primary email address on your site, you’ll need to notify everyone that your email address has changed. This makes it more difficult, but worth the effort if you’re being slammed with spam.

The Little Search Engine That Could

Every content rich website needs its own search engine. There are many site search engines to choose from. But, is site search all you need?

My website, http://www.webdesignwisdom.com, was conceived as a web design and Internet marketing vortal. I wanted to put together a complete one-stop resource for aspiring Internet entrepreneurs. In order to maintain an index of such websites, it needed the ability to function as a true Internet search engine. I needed something that would allow site submission and spidering of websites.

I also needed a site search engine that could handle hundreds of pages on my site. And, I wanted a single search engine that could perform both the on and off-site tasks.

After looking into various options, I decided to give the Fluid Dynamics Search Engine (http://www.xav.com/scripts/search/) a try.

FDSE turned out to be the right choice. The installation was entirely automated from the xav website. Nothing could have been easier. Type in some information to allow access to the root directory and go. After installation, access a handy Admin Control Panel to configure your preferences, customize your pages, create realms, and spider websites of your choosing for adding to your index. You can even push search results from your site (or any domain you choose) to the top if you wish.

As with anything worthwhile, you’ll have to devote a little time to learning how to manage FDSE. It is fairly intuitive for a semi-technical person. Within a couple of hours I had figured out how to make FDSE do what I wanted it to do. How to get what you want from anyone by‚ĶNegotiating Without Giving Up One-Red Cent Of Your Hard-Earned Money.

Rather than try to explain all the features here, I suggest that you visit http://www.webdesignwisdom.com and try a few searches for yourself. You can do a site search from the little search box in the left navigation column or search the ebiz vortal directory from the *eBiz InfoSearch* page. Here you have the option of searching *This Site Only* or *[All]* sites in the index.

FDSE automated installation deploys the full-featured Shareware version. There isn’t any expiration date so you have ample time to learn to use it. Once you’ve decided that you want to keep FDSE you can elect to register it as the Freeware or the licensed version. At a one-time fee of $40.00 the full-featured licensed version is one of the Internet’s true *bargains*.

Find out more about FDSE and see the Admin Control Panel at http://www.xav.com/scripts/search/. The online help is quite adequate and should enable you to solve most problems without additional assistance.

FDSE is *the little search engine that could* do everything I wanted and needed for my first *vortal* website. It could be the search engine solution you’ve been looking for too.

Let Me Taste It First

I was in Sam’s Club last weekend. Everywhere I turned someone was offering me a “taste” of one concoction or another. I was given the opportunity to taste appetizers, casseroles, meats and desserts. It’s really difficult to stay on a diet in these places!

I stopped at the grocery store on the way home. Guess what … more product demonstrators wanting me to sample their wares. Then I went to the mall that afternoon. You guessed it. Every business in the food court was offering a free taste of their menu items.

Then it occurred to me. I’ve been getting free “tastes” on the web for years! So have you. If you’ve ever downloaded a demo or evaluation copy of software, that is. What happened? If you learned to use the software and liked it, you ordered when the trial period expired. Right?

Which do you like best? Reading a huge “scroll” of sales copy that convinces you to make a “risk free” purchase? You’ve got to buy first and return it for a refund if you don’t want to keep it.

Or, reading a few short paragraphs that describe the benefits of a product and then invites you to try it before you buy it? You download it and don’t spend any money unless you want to keep using it.

I must confess, I prefer the try-before-you-buy approach.

This is a proven way to get someone to try your software. But, does the try-before-you-buy technique work well with other products?

It isn’t a good idea to ship a book or some other tangible product without being paid first. You’re sure to get ripped off numerous times.

How about eBooks and eCourses? Depends. Can you present partial content that will be tantalizing enough to persuade the reader to purchase? You allow the reader to taste your product by unlocking the first few chapters. (The remaining content is locked and requires a password). You can also limit the evaluation period so that it expires after a predetermined time. Your customer must purchase a password or registration code online to unlock the remaining content and deactivate the expiration date.

You can turn your eBook into a viral marketing piece if you use software that allows rebranding. Your affiliates can offer free download of your eBook from their sites. Through the rebranding, they get credit for the sales made through their downloads. Clickbank’s affiliate program works well with this plan.

Include links to other products, both your own and those you’re offering through an associate relationship. You never know. They might decide against buying your eBook, but decide to buy something else that captured their interest.

If you want to take a look at a working example that includes password protected pages, expiration date, and a resources page with affiliate links, visit http://www.webdesignwisdom.com/magsite. Download my eCourse, “How to Build a Magnetic Web Site: Accelerated Basic Training for the Internet Entrepreneur”. You’ll also see instructions for downloading a rebrandable version that you can offer at your web site.

How about private sites? Depends. If your private site offers constantly changing and updated material, a free trial period might work for you. You’d need to assign temporary passwords with an automatic expiration in a few days. You might also password protect certain directories that wouldn’t be available to the free trial users.

Give your customers a “free taste” if you can. So what if they don’t buy after trying? More than likely they wouldn’t have bought anyway. And, besides, they might just pass it on to a friend who’ll make the purchase.