I Don’t Smoke, But I Love a Good .sig!

Written by Jonathan van Clute

Copyright 2005 Jonathan van Clute

.sig, or “Dot Sig” as it’s affectionately known, stands for “Signature File” and isrepparttar text and (usually) other contact information placed atrepparttar 142716 bottom of email or other computer-based correspondence. It is traditionally used for things like phone numbers, alternate email addresses, mailing addresses, web site addresses, etc. Howeverrepparttar 142717 real truth is, it can contain anythingrepparttar 142718 author wishes to include. It is like having your very own piece of legitimate, non-intrusive, socially acceptable, 100% SPAM-free advertising space on every piece of email you send or posting you ever make!

Think about that a moment. Really think about it. Do you have a .sig on your emails? Have you ever noticed other people’s signatures? Have you ever clicked their links out of curiosity? Have you ever noticed thatrepparttar 142719 links can have absolutely nothing to do withrepparttar 142720 topic being discussed, and yet it is still considered acceptable to use this space for what amounts to advertising much ofrepparttar 142721 time?

Have you ever stopped to think about how many eyes could potentially be reading your online postings for years to come? Or how far an email you type could go if it is forwarded a few times to various groups of people you don’t even know? You may not realize this, but many online forums, Yahoo Groups, etc. are publicly readable; you only must be a member in order to post something torepparttar 142722 group. But since anyone, including bots, can readrepparttar 142723 messages, they are some ofrepparttar 142724 most widely “spidered” content onrepparttar 142725 internet (see sidebar). This means that your comments or postings could potentially be read by millions of people beyondrepparttar 142726 one, two, or ten people you intended it for. What would you pay for that kind of targeted advertising? Make sure your .sig is ready!

[SIDEBAR] Googlebot - Your Friend onrepparttar 142727 WWW Googlebot is Google's web-crawling robot. It collects documents fromrepparttar 142728 web to build a searchable index forrepparttar 142729 Google search engine. This automated process is commonly called "spidering" because these (ro)bots crawlrepparttar 142730 web in their search for information. The key is that they love text. Google tends to rank sites with lots of text content very high - especially discussion forums! Because of this, your online forum remarks can live almost indefinitely, and may be seen by people years from now. This means any .sig you include atrepparttar 142731 bottom of your post will be nearly eternal free focused advertising. [/SIDEBAR]

So, what isrepparttar 142732 proper protocol for creating a .sig? The internet standard is to place two hyphens (dashes) atrepparttar 142733 bottom of your email, and onrepparttar 142734 next line begin your sig. For example, mine looks like this atrepparttar 142735 moment:

-- |---------------------------------------------------- |ARBITRAGE == Risk Free Trades, Profit Up Front! |Why gamble, when you can win every time! |www.ArbitrageBusiness.Info - For Business Builders |www.SportsArbitrage.Info - For Pure Traders |www.PMLinvestments.com - For All Investors |----------------------------------------------------

How and When to Use PayPal's New Invoicing System

Written by Ron Hutton

Copyright 2005 Ron Hutton

Automate, automate, automate. It's darn good advice most ofrepparttar time. But what about occasions where you simply need to collect a one-time payment for various and sundry items or services?

PayPal recently launched a very handy and convenient service called "PayPal Invoicing" that makesrepparttar 142610 job of requesting and collecting payment for products or services a snap. Here'srepparttar 142611 process in a nutshell... (1) You log into your PayPal account. (2) Fromrepparttar 142612 main screen, clickrepparttar 142613 dark blue "Request Money" tab. (3) The second paragraph (currently) says "To send a more detailed request, try out PayPal's new Invoicing tool". Click this link to go torepparttar 142614 invoicing page. (4) Atrepparttar 142615 "Select Template" dropdown menu, select "New Invoice" and click continue. (5) The next screen provides all ofrepparttar 142616 fields that you'll need to build your invoice. You can apply tax, charge for shipping, specifyrepparttar 142617 rates for each, and more. This won't take you more than about 10 or 20 seconds to complete. When you're satisfied withrepparttar 142618 information that you've entered, clickrepparttar 142619 "Continue" button. (6) The next screen shows you whatrepparttar 142620 invoice will look like, and if you like what you see, click "Send Invoice" and your job is done.

The recipient of your invoice will receive an attractive html email invoice with your PayPal email asrepparttar 142621 "from" address. When they open it they'll see a "Pay Now" button to click, and this takes them directly to their PayPal login page. Upon logging in, they will haverepparttar 142622 option to either payrepparttar 142623 invoice or cancel it. Hopefully, they'll pay.

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