WebWhacked? Three Ways to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by the Internet

Written by David Johnson

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Takerepparttar time to find an online community that speaksrepparttar 119077 same language you do. You’re likely to find that getting onrepparttar 119078 Web isrepparttar 119079 same as entering any new media. Think of it as if you’re buying your first newspaper ad or radio spot:

· First find somebody else who’s already doing it · Call them up and ask them how they’re doing it · Do itrepparttar 119080 same way they’re doing it

Pad your budget for a few mistakes but, if you’ve been successful in other media, there’s no reason to thinkrepparttar 119081 Web will change your success record.

3. The Web Is Very Forgiving

There are few mistakes you can make onrepparttar 119082 Web that will really hurt you. The only two that come to mind immediately will bite you anywhere: bad planning and bad manners.

Bad planning can cost you time and money — time to redo what should have been done right inrepparttar 119083 first place and money paid for useless work. Like any media,repparttar 119084 Web can eat up your budget on pretty graphical treatments that — atrepparttar 119085 end ofrepparttar 119086 day — cost you money but do little to gain more business. Be careful with your Web budget and shop around. Nobody really knows what to charge, so you can find great talent for very little money. Remember, nobody knows your customersrepparttar 119087 way you do, so don’t let a Web designer blind-side you with a “That’s not how it works onrepparttar 119088 Web” line. Your customers are still your customers, and you know how they think about your product or service better than anyone else.

Bad manners can get you spurned pretty quickly onrepparttar 119089 Web. If found guilty of spamming — sending out e-mail to people who haven’t specifically requested it — you can get blacklisted and bad-mouthed acrossrepparttar 119090 whole Web. In some states you can get sued. So make sure you followrepparttar 119091 rules of netiquette (http://www.workz.com /manage/CSEmailRes.asp/) (Internet etiquette). It’s not too hard to find out whatrepparttar 119092 rules are — they’re posted all overrepparttar 119093 Web (use any search engine to find them).

As long as you keep your head about you, there’s no reason you should be wary ofrepparttar 119094 Web. In fact there’s only one big mistake you can make — missingrepparttar 119095 opportunity.

The Web has become a new marketing channel. It’s easy to learn and easy to get started today. But that might not berepparttar 119096 story two, three, or four years downrepparttar 119097 road. So you might as well get used to it now — get a site, start small, and see what happens. Don’t listen torepparttar 119098 hype — you haven’t missedrepparttar 119099 boat — just do your homework, plan ahead, and keep your eyes open. It’ll all work out.

David Johnson is the founder, president and director of workz.com. He is a lifelong entrepreneur, small-business expert, and Internet pioneer. Frustrated by the lack of small-business resources available to help him launch and promote his own Web site he decided to create a trusted resource of objective how-to information to help other small businesses.

Looking For a Job on the Internet?

Written by Karrie Langmeier

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What to Research

Posting your resume onrepparttar Internet is no different than reviewingrepparttar 119076 latest edition of Consumer Reports® before purchasing your next computer. Knowledgeable consumers make educated decisions. Before posting your resume on any job site, it is important to reviewrepparttar 119077 online Privacy Policy posted on each web site and educate yourself inrepparttar 119078 practices of their site. Do they sell or sharerepparttar 119079 information they collect about their visitors with third parties? Is their database password protected or available torepparttar 119080 general public? Who is allowed access to their database? Do they participate in co-branded sites that share a database? Do you haverepparttar 119081 option to edit your resume once it is posted? Delete it? Choose only select information to be viewable?

You should immediately see red flags if a job site does not have a posted Privacy Policy for you to review - use caution when utilizing their services. The Web is an unparalleled resource to gain employment. The key to successfully locating your next venture is to educate yourself and use it wisely. Happy Hunting!

Karrie Langmeier is the founder of Do A Project.com, an online referral service for contract-based IT employment. Her company specializes in connecting freelancers and firms with outsourced project needs. Contact her at karrie@doaproject.com or visit her web site at http://doaproject.com to post your contract projects and positions for FREE.

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