Top 10 Ways To Irritate Your Visitors

Written by David Bell

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6. Sign up to use a really slow-loading hit counter and putrepparttar button inside of a TABLE so that nothing appears untilrepparttar 135624 hit-counter responds. This is possiblyrepparttar 135625 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 puttingrepparttar 135626 height and width intorepparttar 135627 call forrepparttar 135628 hit counter graphic. You can improverepparttar 135629 effectiveness of this technique by inserting not only a hit counter button, but a long string of banner exchange banners. 7. Forrepparttar 135630 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 torepparttar 135631 UPS office to ship products. 8. Splash page. You gotta have a Splash Page. Lots of slow loading animation. If you can combine this withrepparttar 135632 requirement to download another obscure plug-in, you'll have hit a home run. I'm especially impressed byrepparttar 135633 many sites that have uppedrepparttar 135634 ante to include two splash pages before you ever get to evenrepparttar 135635 first word of content. Stunning! Brilliant! 9. Reconfigurerepparttar 135636 visitor's browser window. This will drive them crazy! People hate it when you run a script on your pages that expandsrepparttar 135637 user's browser window to fillrepparttar 135638 entire screen and then do away with all ofrepparttar 135639 browser Toolbar features such asrepparttar 135640 Navigation Toolbar andrepparttar 135641 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, userepparttar 135642 alternate technique of putting most of your content in PDF files so thatrepparttar 135643 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 awayrepparttar 135644 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 , a leading Search Engine Optimization services firm and Advertising Agency.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Pay-per-click Advertising

Written by Cari Haus

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Computing ROI for pay-per-click can be a bit tricky. Since most sites receive “free” traffic resulting from SEO efforts, it’s important to try and ferret out what percentage of sales are resulting from pay-per-click and what percentage are resulting from your other SEO efforts.

Choosing which sites and search terms to allocate advertising dollars to can also be somewhat daunting. Rapid changes in per-click charges can also be challenging to manage well. If your bid is #1 and our competitors lower their bids, you may be left paying a higher price than necessary to maintain top positioning. This isrepparttar webmaster’s equivalent of throwing money downrepparttar 135591 drain. Unless you plan to sit by your computer watching per-click charges on an hourly basis, some type of pay-per-click management is, in my opinion, an absolute necessity.

In running a successful pay-per-click campaign, there are also questions to be answered about whether to try for top positioning or settle for some lesser spot, and which pay-per-click ads pullrepparttar 135592 best.

While I have learned “never to say never”, I am not presently using pay-per-click for any of my websites. Though I have used it inrepparttar 135593 past and may resort to it again, my website is doing better than ever without it. Pay-per-click is just one more thing to manage, and, if not managed well, can become a financial drain in a hurry. I’m a pretty busy person, and probably a tightwad as well. As a result, pay-per-click isn’t part of my current marketing arsenal.

That doesn’t mean, however, that it might not be right for your site. Do some testing, study it out, and considerrepparttar 135594 “cons” described in this article. Inrepparttar 135595 words of an old adage, “if something is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well.” This is especially true for things that cost money. My advice is to keep that thought firmly in mind whenever you open your webmaster wallet.

Cari Haus has been successfully selling rustic log furniture and beds on the Internet since the late 1990’s. Copyright 2005 by Cari Haus, website Permission is granted to reprint this article, either online or in written publications, as long as the copyright information, this paragraph, and a link address or a link to the Log Cabin Rustics website is attached at the end of the article.

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