December 2007 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate Burg's Corner for being the winner of this month's free hosting site. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.

Limiting Spam

Next time you receive an unsolicited e-mail. think twice before clicking the link that's offered as a way of removing yourself from the sender's distribution list, unless you know it is a valid e-mail from a reputable company.

Unscrupulous spammers deceptively offer these links, usually located at the bottom of the message, as a way of confirming your e-mail address is valid and then proceed to spam away.

To defend yourself against the 100 billion unwanted e-mails that The New Yorker reports are fired at the world's computers every day, try these tips:

  • Turn off read receipts in your e-mail account because this function also provides spammers with confirmation of your e-mail address.

  • Be selective about sharing your e-mail address, especially in public forums such as chat rooms.

  • Open an additional e-mail account for use outside friends and family.

  • As for additional spam filters. We have a very effective spam filtering system on our mail server by default. But we may increase the filtering upon request. Please understand that, as the amount of filtering increases, so does the chance that a valid e-mail will be rejected along with the spam.

  • Don't forward chain e-mails. They put your and your friends' addresses into the hands of countless strangers.

Google Alerts

Had anything good said about your business on the Internet lately? Even more importantly, have you had anything derogatory said about your business lately on the Internet? There's a painless way of periodically searching the whole Internet for references to your business (or any other news you're interested in).

Google Alerts are e-mails automatically sent to you when there are new Google results for your search terms.

Simply visit the Google Alerts home page, enter your search, the type of alert you'd like (News, Web, Video etc.), how often you'd like us to check for results, and your e-mail address. When you're done, click the 'Create Alert' button. They'll send you a confirmation e-mail; clicking the link in this e-mail will activate your Alert.

You can create and confirm your Alert in one visit on your "Manage Yours Alerts" page. To access this page, you'll need to sign in to your Google Account. If you don't yet have an account, please visit the Google Accounts home page to create one.

New Sites Joining Us Or Completed Recently

Help these folks by visiting their site. All ya'll will remember how hard it is to get those initial "hits" so the search engines notice your site. So take a minute and visit their site.