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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
07/17/05: Internet business 2

Tech Support Pits:
From Carrie=== Hi Webby, 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? Thanks Carrie Dear Carrie 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. "" is a masked stranger. Do you give your VISA to a masked stranger ? Keep your free disposable goofing around address for goofing around, 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 or province! 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 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 better. 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 ready. More tomorrow. Have FUN! Dear Webby
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