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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
07/17/05: Internet business 2
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There is so much written about making big money on the
Internet. Since most of that is in spam, how much of that
can be believed ? I want just a small business without the
stress that comes with a big company. Is there something
that would fit for me?
8) As you gain experience from selling to relatives and
friends, promote your goods on your site and in your
newsletter. For that to work, you need credibility.
Your credibility starts with your address.
I guess I won't have to elaborate why it wold be extremely
stupid to use an AOL address for a busines. However,
even gmail, hotmail or yahoo addresses are unsuitable
for business. "email@example.com" is a masked stranger.
Do you give your VISA to a masked stranger ?
Keep your free disposable goofing around address for goofing
and use a legitimate address for the business. An Address
based on your own domain of course is best. Domain names
are cheap. A world wide name registration is $10, a bit less
if you are willing to deal with a company that's mostly a bunch
of autoresponders. That's PER YEAR! Compare that to the
cost of a custom license plate that's good for just one state
Don't wait for inspiration for coming up with the perfect domain
name. The perfect domain names have already been registered
many years ago, and 40,000 more are getting registered
every day. That makes it tougher by 40,000 every day!
You can check out potential names to see if they are still
free at http://dnsstuff.com/
Make a list of potentially good names and bounce them off
your coach. Most likely between you and your coach you will
then come up with an even better name. As soon as you have
one that is "good enough for now", register it, or tell me
and I'll register it for you. At a speed of 40,000 per day,
somebody else may have thought about it by tomorrow
morning. You can always add more domains and slowly
migrate to whichever one is more memorable and performs
Get the domain set up as a cheap $2 holding account. That
includes a business card style page designed for you and
with you. The purpose of that is to get known to the search
engines and listed. Unless you have daily news, it takes a
long time to get listed. A simple holding account like that
will accomplish that while you get the rest of the business
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