5 Tips for Online ShoppingWritten by Melanie Breeze
Shopping online has become more and more popular in America as we are all looking to save a little time and money. E-commerce sales are growing at astronomical numbers ranging from 20-25% per year. And according to Forrester Research, 40% of households are using coupons in their web shopping. The huge increases are obvious: online savings and discounts are impossible to match by traditional stores constrained by overhead costs of employees, rent, and insurance. By using some of tips and tricks mentioned below, you’ll be able to take further advantage of a new American pastime: saving with online shopping!
Tip #1: Don’t buy Ebay. We all know online auctions seem like such a great deal, and it’s easy to get caught up in emotion of auction. Thing is, auction sites like Ebay and Ubid have become saturated with buyers AND sellers, so virtually any discount found is quickly sought by re-distributors who then add their own markups to your purchase. The online marketplace has enough people out there that you can end up spending hundreds of extra dollars for same things found in your local mall! Don’t let your emotions get involved – these are not right places for aware shopper.
Tip #2: Never pay retail. Take this scenario: You find something you want to buy, maybe latest craze or fad such as Ipod. Should you really pay price that Apple is offering? No! You can find many deals and coupons for same purchase just by typing, for example, “ipod coupons” into Google. Spend a little time searching through top ten to twenty results, you’re sure to find same product for a significant discount. Sometimes, by filling out a survey or signing up for an email list, you’ll get additional savings and many times you can even get your product for free!
Top 10 Ways To Irritate Your VisitorsWritten by David Bell
Let's face it. It is really hard to come up with new ways to fully irritate visitors to your site. I thought I would share some ways that I have found to irritate visitors and drive them away, thereby saving you money on your hosting bills. These tips are not in order according to their effectiveness, however #1 is by far most effective. For 100% effectiveness, use any three of these techniques. 1. Install a script to disable everyone's right mouse click button. When someone tries to right-click, be sure to pop up a really insulting warning that accuses them of trying to steal your secret HTML code. Disabling right click button will allow you to: - Keep visitor from bookmarking your site - Keep visitor from using forward and back browser functions - Keep visitor from opening your links in a new window - Keep visitor from stopping a slow loading or hung page - Keep visitor from using Reload function to correct a display problem - Keep visitor from printing your secret content - Keep visitor from using such illegal tools as Google site information tool Admittedly visitors can do all of these things with buttons at top of browser, but maybe they won't know that and simply go away as you intended when you disabled their dangerous right-click button. 2. Create a really long page then starts playing your favorite song and put stop and volume controls at very bottom of page. This will make sure they do one of following: - Listen to entire song all way through 5 times while reading your content, which proves them worthy of experiencing your site - Try desperately to find Stop button - Go somewhere else to stop song from playing. 3. Decide in advance what screen resolution your visitors must use in order to see your pages. It is absolutely a great way to drive them off when they have to scroll from side to side to read sentences of information. You can make this 100% effective by making your pages so wide that no monitor can display it. 4. The really professional irritator will not settle for just one obscure browser plug-in. Go for gold. Use several bloated plug-ins that no one has already installed. This should drive away all newbies because they usually have no idea how to install even one plug-in, much less three. Experienced surfers will be glad to spend 20 minutes installing plug-ins to view your unique content. 5. When visitor arrives at your site, be sure to pop up at least two ads behind their browser window and a minimum of two ads in front of their window. This will give them lots of options in where to go now that they have been sufficiently irritated to desire to leave right away. Even more important is way you treat occasional hard case that actually stays on your site after all of your efforts. When they leave, remind them to never return. Start popping up windows all over their monitor with windows that multiply every time they try to close them.