Webmasters, (or in fact anyone!) do you need some extra income? - Casual work is available to you now...
The following is an article taken from Choices Magazine after a visit to the Mystery Shopping Club.
"Wanted: Shopaholic nosey parker with excellent observational skills, a good ear and flexible attitude to part-time work. Anyone can apply. Work available in all areas. Must be prepared to eat free meals, enjoy shopping discounts and visit pubs - and be paid for it."
Believe it or not, the above job advertisement is not as far fetched as it sounds. If you love shopping, you'll be pleased to hear that it's possible to shop for a living. In fact, it's a multi-million pound industry for market research companies who employ "mystery shoppers" to shop up and down the country - all in the name of customer service and research.
There are a number of mystery shopping companies who organise whole armies of professional shoppers on behalf of retailers, pubs, restaurants, banks and other service industries. Their mission? To mingle in, look inconspicuous and file a report on anything from customer service to cleanliness in the restrooms.
If you visit one or two pubs in a night, you'll get your food and drink paid for, travel expenses and you'll be paid anything from £6.00 to £8.00 up for each visit.
But there is one problem with mystery shopping: truly dedicated shoppers never switch off from their work. You'll find yourself compulsively evaluating service and checking ceilings for cobwebs even when you're not on duty. It eventually becomes a part of your life.
To find out more about casual employment opportunities in the "Secret Shopper" industry, please visit ed-u.com's sister site:
What Domain Holders Really Want.
Thinking of registering a snazzy website like sex.info or show.biz? Well, there may be more competition than you anticipated. As the pre-registration process continues for the soon to be launched dot-biz and dot-info domains, domain registrars are still seeing a healthy response from those hoping to snag a catchy Web address
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The seven new top-level domain extensions (TLDs) approved last fall by the internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)--.aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, and .pro. will have restrictions on registration and operation.
Five of the names--.aero, .biz, .coop, .museum, and .pro will have be available only to select registrants. .info and .name will be available for anyone to register, although a "sunrise period" will allow registrants of existing names with other TLDs the first opportunity to register names with the new TLDs
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Idealab Creates Alternate Domains.
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The Idealab domains are as follows: .chat | club | family | free | game | gmbh | hola | inc | kids | law | ltd | med | mp3 | shop | soc | sport | tech | travel | video | xxx
Increase Traffic to your Web-site - Traffic Tips and Secrets...
What's in a name?
The domain name you want has probably gone, but all is not lost.
The vast majority of commonly used English word and phrases have already been registered as domain names and you are therefore very unlikely to find your first (or even tenth choice) available. However, even when there was a huge choice of words available, this didn't stop the likes of Amazon.com, the internet's most successful bookstore, and Yahoo.com, the world's busiest directory, avoiding the more obvious book or directory domain names.
Domain names can include as many as 67 characters including the ".com" at the end, but excluding the "http://www". However, the longer a domain name, the harder it is for your visitors to remember. Long domain names which include hyphens, i.e. Long-domain-names-example.com, can be useful with search engines, as their indexing software can identify the separated words as keywords, but, at this time, it is believed they have only a limited impact.
It has also been reported that some versions of the Netscape browser rejects anything over 59 characters and Yahoo directory editors reject sites with over 54.
Additionally, if you do use hyphens and intend to promote your site through radio, TV or print media, a large percentage of your audience will forget to type the hyphen.
You could try to find as short a word as possible that pertains to your business and then add an "a", "e" or "i" to the front of it, or use words that you could append "z", "ing", "ed", "est" or similar to.
Two unrelated words sometimes go together well, many sites are choosing to match colours and food, for instance Pinkparsnip.com. You could also try opposites like Blackandwhite.com or maybe even the combination of contradictory words (oxymorons) such as Peaceforce.com or Prettyugly.com (both names already taken). It is believed that these types of matches are also easier to remember.
If you are only concentrating on your own country's market, then choosing a country specific domain name such as ".co.uk" is probably the way you should go. However, if your target is international, then you should register the international ".com", as many visitors from other countries who see ".co.uk" or ".co.jp", will perceive it as not pertaining to them.
You should try to ensure that you don't buy a trademarked business name or phrase. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to tell if you are buying one due to the diverse trademarking systems around the world. There have been many cases where courts have ordered the return of such names to their registered owners. Trading on the good name of others is known to the courts as "reaping without sowing" and it is looked upon in the same way today as it was 500 years ago.
You may think that it is not important that you may have to return a relatively inexpensive domain to its rightful owner, but consider the expense a couple of years down the line if it happens to your well branded and bookmarked site.
Beware, don't be tempted into "typosquatting". Compaq, Altavista, Reuters and Microsoft have all won back domain names with very similar or misspelled names which others have registered. Google.com, the busiest search engine, regards typosquatting as "typo spam" and excludes such sites from its index.
It is much safer registering a generic term or phrase. For instance, rather than "Mcdonaldsfood.com", you could choose something like "Thefoodstore.com".
Calling up your site
Bear in mind that rather than typing in URLs (Uniform Resource Locators / web addresses), the next generation of surfers will use voice recognition software - actually already quite prevalent on mobile phone surfing in some countries. Google, one of the world's busiest search engines, are producing such a system to be built it into future versions of BMW cars. You should therefore try to make your web address easily speech recognizable.
Domain naming ideas
1stwidgets.com (Perfect for alphabetically listed directories, but not for voice recognition)
You might also consider using the top level domain of another country, i.e. .uk, .cc or .tv. Please click here for the full list.
Domains for Sale
The following are domain names owned by ed-u.com.
These domains are offered for sale and can usually be transferred to the buyer's name within a matter of days. None of these domains have ever had a site attached to them - they are "fresh out of the box!".
All prices are in British Sterling and US Dollars. Other currencies are available - please e-mail or phone Robert Brady at ed-u.com on 01245 465473 (+44 1245 465473 from outside the UK) to check availability.
Domain Names and Generators
Visit the domain name generator sites below and give them a clue to which type of name you are looking to buy and they will give you some ideas.
Did you know that the major web directories are much more likely to reject your site if you don't own your own domain name. Click here to find out other things you should know about directories...
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