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The VectorInter.Net Newsletter Archive

Welcome to the VectorInter.Net Newsletter archive Index. We've posted, in this one central spot, a collection of past e-mail newsletters, convention speeches, early BLOG presentations we've given and editorial opinion written for publication elsewhere. The VectorInter.Net Archive is offered "as-is", it is NOT updated regularly, and much of the content is considered "dated". We find it educational to have the "best advice" from 1994 or 2002 available, because as most the www. will evolve, it's human users and operators haven't. Each article has been re-formated to fit in this space. Articles posted here are permanent URL, so you can link with confidence to your website, blog, social media feeds or reference source.

Who invented the @ symbol in "". Do you know the symbol�s name.

   Here is a trivia question to confound your favorite internet expert. What is the correct name for the - @ - symbol?
If you think it is called the -"at"-sign, a world tour is required to find out if you are right.

How Domain names work. What is really going on when you type www.WebAddress-dot-com

    Every website has two addresses. Each address directs your computers browser to display a specific web page, but they work in very different ways.
Do you really know "how" your Domain Name works?

How website hosting works. What are you getting for the fee you pay? Is there a difference in web hosting services you need to know about?

    Internet web pages are like books in the library, they need to be stored somewhere when you aren't "checking them out". This is one more in a series of "How this work" articles from the staff at VectorInter.Net.

How to avoid Bugs, Worms and other pest.

    Email attachments were a great evolutionary development in the early days of the Internet. In fact, E-mail was the killer app that brought the internet to the masses. Like so many other things, Email attachments are now both helpful and a danger. Because E-mail viruses cause so much disruption, everyone needs to know how to avoid receiving, and also passing on an E-mail virus.

Why "skip INTRO" buttons exist on websites.

   We�ve all seen them. Websites with too much. You know what I mean. Too much color, too much animation, too many moving GIF images, just too much.

Make your web site "secure" for E-commerce.

    As security becomes a "front-page" issue, surveys are showing that customers are willing to do business with a web site only if they are confident that the information given is "secure".

How to Promote your Web Site Offline.

    Here are 10 simple ways to advertise and promote your web site. How many of these are you doing? "No budget" for advertising is no excuse. Most of these ideas are FREE, or maximize the effectiveness of existing expenses.

Don�t let "SmartTags" steal your web site�s customers !!

    The new Microsoft XP operating system will steal customers directly from your web pages. How? By forceablely inserting click-able links onto your web pages, whether you want them or not. We have a way to defeat this new technology and take back control of your web pages.

The 10 Big mistakes small business makes online.

    As you start your web site project, Why not learn from the mistakes of others. Many businesses, both large and small; have traveled down the information super-highway, you can learn "what works" and avoid the detours to success.

Who invented the @ in , and what is the symbol�s name.

    Here is a trivia question to confound your favorite internet expert. What is the correct name for the - @ - symbol? If you think it is called the at sign, follow me on this world tour to see if you are right.

Why ugly Banner ads are best.

    The difference between the successful banner advertising of yesterday and the weak response of today is an ego problem.

Buying a "top ranking" in search-engine results.

   Many web site owners are hearing about a controversial strategy called "paid placement" on search engine results pages. As the economy slows, web e-tailers are working harder than ever to get potential customers to visit their web site.

How Search Engine Spiders and Robots Work.

    Each search engine updates it's database of "known" web site by sending automated programs (called "spiders) out on the worldwide web. You will see better rankings in the search engines and make it easier for potential customers to find you, if you help the spiders do their job.

Online Newsletters can work for any size business.

    Creating an online newsletter can be one of the most cost-effective ways to market your product or service, but only if it's done correctly. Find out what it takes with these "seven steps to an effective online newsletter".

E-Mail: The "Killer App" of Marketing Tools.

    A Sales or Marketing Manager's dream is the ability to follow any customer that receives the sales message, see them request more information, and then actually make a purchase.

Why "Local" businesses need a web site too.

    The power of the Internet can support and grow even the smallest business by Re-enforcing the community "good will" you have built up over the years, and building your reputation as the "local expert" in the neighborhood.

Common Traits of Successful Web Sites.

    Is your company's web site successful? .... Or was it built because everyone else had one? If the answer to either question is "We don't really know". Read about the 6 things successful web sites have in common.

Effective Search Engine Strategies.

    Web surfers are looking for your products and services. Can they find you in the search engines? Here's an overview of Meta Tags, Keywords, page content, site maps and other basic strategies for improving the volume of traffic from the search engines.

What does the "FREE" hitcounter on your web site really tell you?

    If the hitcounter on your homepage is really counting an incease in visitors to your web site, then why aren't your "sales numbers" increasing too. Here's what you need to know about "FREE" hitcounters.

Is your web site URL "copyrighted"? A business warning to every web site operator.

    Technology is frequently ahead of the laws that regulate science, medicine and business. This article is a warning to anyone doing business with a web address that is not "copyrighted". As the "old economy" laws catch up with the "dot-conomy" business model, your entire enterprise could be at risk.

The "Santa Claus" Memo.

    Remember the X-mas of 1997? WebTV was hot, Lucent Technologies introduced a new product that made phone calls over the internet possible, Time Warner offered "cable" internet access called "Road Runner" ( Beep! Beep! ) and the IRS "gave up" on it's experiment with on-line tax filing Anything-dot-com was a success. Our parent company, greeted the holiday with this now famous E-mail, in which we made fun of all the "rocket-scientist" and "dot-com geniuses" ( including ourselves ) that were going to take over the old, boring economy, and "Fix it".     Christopher Kringle had contracted the Vector family of companies, including VectorInter.Net to assist Santa in "going dot-com". We really were kidding at the time, but it's even funnier now that we've survived the tech-crash of 1999, then the "Y2K-dot bomb", the undersea cable crisis of 2001 .... and 2002 ... and 2003 ...and the NSA "spying" in 2013. You know, the more we think about it... we miss the good old days!!