5 Tips for Online ShoppingWritten by Melanie Breeze
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Tip #3: Get over your instant gratification desire. Just admit it, buying something always gives you a good feeling and you can’t wait to take pleasure in that new purchase. Anything you’re buying at mall for that same good feeling can usually be found for a huge discount online. You just have to be willing to wait for short 2-5 days that it takes for shipping. It’s definitely worth savings to able to control your emotions and hold off until it arrives via UPS!
Tip #4: Watch out for excessive shipping charges. Many times retailers slash their costs to get sale but then charge more for shipping. Make sure to check final cost to ensure you didn’t receive any unwarranted charges. You should also find a free shipping deal at any of online coupon sites. Sometimes shipping can cost more than your purchase!
Tip #5: Online coupons : Were you aware of online coupon websites that have discount and promotion codes to nearly all internet stores? These types of websites always have up to date discount offers arranged by category or store, so you can always find something on sale. It’s not only a way to get a good deal but you can also find some of free shipping offers listed in tip #4. Just be careful to check for a coupon code before making any internet purchase. It’s a simple way to find extra savings.
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Top 10 Ways To Irritate Your VisitorsWritten by David Bell
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6. Sign up to use a really slow-loading hit counter and put button inside of a TABLE so that nothing appears until hit-counter responds. This is possibly best way to keep visitors from stealing from you as it keeps them from even reading your content and possibly typing it into their site from memory. For this to work reliably, you must avoid putting height and width into call for hit counter graphic. You can improve effectiveness of this technique by inserting not only a hit counter button, but a long string of banner exchange banners. 7. For occasional visitor that inadvertently makes their way to your ezine subscription form, fear not. All is not lost. You can still rid yourself of them by asking lots and lots of personal questions. Don't just ask for their email address. Ask for their mailing address, phone number, sex, age, hobbies, religion, race and some other things best not discussed here. This technique works equally well when applied to your order forms and minimizes your trip to UPS office to ship products. 8. Splash page. You gotta have a Splash Page. Lots of slow loading animation. If you can combine this with requirement to download another obscure plug-in, you'll have hit a home run. I'm especially impressed by many sites that have upped ante to include two splash pages before you ever get to even first word of content. Stunning! Brilliant! 9. Reconfigure visitor's browser window. This will drive them crazy! People hate it when you run a script on your pages that expands user's browser window to fill entire screen and then do away with all of browser Toolbar features such as Navigation Toolbar and Location Toolbar, 10 Finally, an oldie but goodie. Make your background dark and your text just a shade or two brighter. This makes it impossible to read your text and will rid you of visitors before they have a chance to clog up you server logs. If this is not possible on your site, use alternate technique of putting most of your content in PDF files so that visitor has to download them and launch another application. Very effective. Did I mention that all of these cool ways to irritate visitors work even better at driving away people reviewing your site for places like Yahoo, LookSmart and other directories to whom you've paid large sums of money to review your site and add it to their directory? I hope this helps in your future marketing decisions.
David Bell is Manager, Online Marketing, at http://www.wspromotion.com/ , a leading Search Engine Optimization services firm and Advertising Agency.