Friday, November 04, 2005

 

Instant Messaging Dangers

Instant messaging is the latest spyware battleground. Be wary of attachments and links, even if you know the sender. It could be fake and lead you to disaster.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

 

Send loads of free, targeted traffic to your site

One of the top concerns for anybody with a website is traffic. You need traffic to get them to buy your product, come to your store, or buy your services.

There are many ways to get traffic. Reciprocal link campaigns are good but they take time. Try linkmarket.net, linkciti.com, linkmetro.com, or linkdiy.com. There are plenty out there. You can request links in your category and by being listed people will ask to link to you. There are paid and free programs. Start with the free and then move on to the paid. This helps with your page rank so a link campaign should be ongoing.

Running a PPC campaign with Google, Yahoo or a smaller search engine (like exactseek.com) can work but you need money for that. You can start small and spend more as your business grows.

You can create a free blog at blogger com. There are plenty of other free blog sites. This one is easy to set up and use. As a bonus it is owned by Google. They won’t admit it but I think it helps you in Google. If you are passionate about your site topic or know the subject well you can easily write a blog. Postings don’t have to be long and add a post once or twice a week at a minimum.

Once you have your blog set up and your first post created – it’s time to ping. Ping after every post. A ping is simply an announcement that “I have new content on my blog”. Two free ping services are pingoat.com and pingomatic.com.

Article directories are also great ways to get traffic to your site. There are many out there. Do a search for article directories and you’ll see what I mean. A few good ones are articlecity.com, ezinearticles.com, goarticles.com, articles411.com, and ideamarketers.com.

If you need content for your site you can pull articles to use. Post your articles here and people can use them on their site – with a link back to your site.

Submit articles to the directories on a regular basis. If you submit the same article to multiple directories try to change it a bit for each one.



Robin Dary is the marketing power behind http://www.parkercomputerguy.com. Parker Computer Guy is a computer repair and consulting business in Colorado.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

 

Don't download spyware

Smiley Central, free wallpaper and free screen savers are not truly free. They are usually installing spyware on your computer without your knowledge. Don't download these items.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

 

Computer Cleaning

PC Cleaning

Taking care of your computer will help it last longer and work better.




Scott Dary, aka Parker Computer Guy, runs a computer repair and consulting business based in Parker, Colorado. Additional articles by Scott can be found at http://www.ParkerComputerGuy.com

Monday, October 10, 2005

 

Stop annoying email NOW

Well, it's been several days since I posted anything. Sorry, down with strep throat. It's nice to be back at it again.

I want to talk about a personal pet peeve of mine - email abuse. Email abuse or dare I call it spam comes more from people I know than outside sources or at least it seems that way.

I'm sure you know what I mean if you are shaking your head yes at this point. If you aren't shaking your head in agreement then you are probably one of the guilty ones.

Do you get odd emails and wonder how they got your email address? Never been to a porn site and yet get porn emails? Do you get viagara emails? Or any medication emails at all? Home mortgage emails? Follow the guidelines below and it will help.

Here's some email guidelines:

Don't forward an email and leave all the email addresses it has been sent to showing. Why you might ask. There are programs out there that real spammers use to grab email addresses. When you forward (or even reply) with all the addresses showing you just gave spammers the opportunity to get all those email addresses. Imagine if the email went out to 10 people who sent it on to 10 people .....there's my email address and yours vunerable again and again.

Don't send every joke to everybody. Some people seem compelled to send every joke they get to every person in their address book. Don't waste my time only send me what yo uthink I might be interested in. If I miss out on a joke email I'm sure I will live.

Don't forward emails and consider that keeping in touch. I've had friends (notice past tense) that thought keeping in touch was forwarding an email. Nope, it's not. Once in a while send that person a note and see how they are doing.

Stop forwarding the "true good to be true" emails. Disney World and Pepsi will give you money to forward this to all your friends, Microsoft and AOL will send you money, send this to everybody in your address book and you will have good luck,...you get the idea. Spammers love this because these things make their way around the Internet quickly.

Stop sending the fake warning emails. "I'm a police offier and my wife is a nurse and I never thought anything bad would ever happen to our kids......blah, blah, blah, send to all the parents you know" or a "woman stops for gas and a guy jumps in her car blah, blah, blah,...send to all the women you know and all the men you know to send to all the women they know".

Be careful before you hit a "reply all" to an email. I've seen people get fired, lose friends or get in trouble for this one.

Email is a great medium and email marketing is fine. Let's just use it wisely folks.


Staff at Parker Computer Guy
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Monday, October 03, 2005

 

Computers in our life

Another Monday. It's amazing how many people don't look forward to Monday. If you don't look at a new job or doing something else but that's a whole other blog...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

 

Computers in our Life

Well, it's a chilly, cloudy, gray day in Denver today. I suppose we can't complain as we get so many beautiful sunny days here.

Do you have a website? I know web development can get expensive if you get in to some really involved applications. There are a lot of cheap or free programs to help you with your site.

I'm not getting anything out of this - these are just 2 sites that I have used. Both have free and paid versions.

pollmonkey.com - create online polls and surveys

formsite.com - create online forms

Both of these are easy to use. They are not completely customizable but for free they are a pretty good deal.

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