Four Things NOT to do on Your Website

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3. Do not steal from other sites. Despite popular myth, not everything onrepparttar internet is free from copyright. Assume everything you see is copyrighted unlessrepparttar 117243 site specifies otherwise. There is a great deal of free material out there if you just look for it. If you see something you just have to have for your site, contactrepparttar 117244 webmaster and ASK. They might just say yes.

4. Do not forget to use your spell checker, but even more important, read everything you have written on your website. Many sites are filled with typos, not only blatant misspellings, but also mistakes a spell checker will not catch. Pay attention to what your site says about you. Sloppy mistakes make for a poor impression.

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Look out for scams

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In General

Watch out ifrepparttar ad promises hundreds or thousands of dollars with little effort, "guaranteed!" No one can guarantee that any business will succeed, and all businesses require effort and time to make money.

Also beware if no experience is required. While there may be legitimate opportunities out there that do not require experience, it is more likely that they are trying to prey onrepparttar 117242 inexperienced.

LOOK OUT FOR CAPITALIZATION!!! AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!!! Got your attention there, didn't I? That's their goal too. A scam wants you to get so excited about their opportunity that you don't think. Be too smart to fall for that.

Vague ads where you have no idea whatrepparttar 117243 product or service you will be selling are also trouble. Legitimate companies want you to know what you'll be selling, so you'll be excited aboutrepparttar 117244 business andrepparttar 117245 product. Scams just want you to be excited aboutrepparttar 117246 business.

If you feel pressured to make an immediate decision, tell themrepparttar 117247 answer is 'no.' Once again, a legitimate company wants you to be enthusiastic and happy with your decision. If you're buying a franchise opportunity, make sure they have a money back guarantee.

Checkrepparttar 117248 company out onrepparttar 117249 Ripoff Report. Businesses can reply to reports here, so you get both sides ofrepparttar 117250 story. See alsorepparttar 117251 BBB's report on work at home scams.

If You Get Scammed

First try to clear it up withrepparttar 117252 company. If they are uncooperative, let them know that you will be contacting officials aboutrepparttar 117253 matter. Then do it.

* If you found out aboutrepparttar 117254 company on a website, letrepparttar 117255 site know so that they can take it off their site. * Post your story onrepparttar 117256 Ripoff Report, so that others can see your story. * Contactrepparttar 117257 Attorney General in your state orrepparttar 117258 staterepparttar 117259 company is in. * Contactrepparttar 117260 BBB, both your local office and inrepparttar 117261 company's state. * Contactrepparttar 117262 National Fraud Information Center if this was a "get rich quick" or "easy money" scheme. * Your local Consumer Protection Offices. * The Postmaster if you recievedrepparttar 117263 offer inrepparttar 117264 mail. * The Federal Trade Commission. Althoughrepparttar 117265 FTC does not handle individual complaints, they are onrepparttar 117266 lookout for patterns of deception and unfair practices. To register a complaint, write to: Correspondence Branch, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580.

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