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Alexa Ranking as become critical in evaluating a good website today more than ever.. Alexa¬†global traffic rank is a measure of how a website is doing relative to all other sites on the web over the past 3 months. The rank is calculated using a proprietary methodology that combines a site’s estimated average of daily unique visitors and its estimated number of pageviews over the past 3 months. They even¬†provide a similar country-specific ranking, which is a measurement of how a website ranks in a particular country relative to other sites over the past month.

One tool i have lately found which will boost any website traffic rank genuinely is ALEXA MASTER created by dliantha a very creative developer.. Alexa master has a great community with active members from everywhere in the world who visit other websites and vote them for good rankings.

If you spend 1 USD per one visitor in an advertising campaign, you will have to spend 100 USD for 100 visitors. They come and leave. They may contact you or they may NOT. Finally, you lose 100 USD, but you may get nothing from it. If you spend those money to increase your website rank, at least you can go to top of the list of competitors. What is smart? Spending a lot of money for few visitors OR get a huge amount of visitors from us to grow your website reputation?

Yes this traffic is 100% real. They have there¬†own community inside this website with thousands of members who use there¬†system. Some of them are online business owners, company managers, web developers, programmers, & etc. Also freelancers (people who work at home for extra money). To earn points, they visit websites that we provide them. Then they watch those websites and vote. The vote will be a Bad Vote or a Good Vote. This will depend on your site. If your website doesn’t violate our rules, You will get Good votes. Therefore, always follow our guidelines when you promote a website.

Whats important is your alexa ranking shoots up within a matter of days as soon as you start using this system. They have Bid value which is the amount of points that you spend for a visit or for a click. Minimum bid value is 1 (One) and you can increase your Bid by considering different facts. This is what makes this website special not to make money themself but help small business owners to grow there customer base. For those regular users you can even make money surfing the websites they have in offer that some descent pocket money for online browsing.

So what are you waiting for BOOST your ALEXA WEB RANKING CLICK HERE for more info.

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Are you one of those who never Reads to the TOS of any website, but readily clicks on the ‘I agree’ button just to proceed. Some terms and conditions are valid, some are stupid, but they can also border on the absurd and cause a busload of problems, warns ET. This was widely reported about a year back – about 7,500 people unknowingly sold their souls to Brit online gaming software retailer Gamestation. As a prank, the retailer added an ‘Immortal Souls’ clause into their terms and conditions (T&C ), legally awarding them the ‘souls’ of customers who bought from them.

But when do terms and conditions become something more than standard operating procedure – when do they become ransom notes? The consumer is forced to agree to the terms in order to proceed – whether it is to use a service or install software. Take for example, the terms and conditions as stated by one of the most popular DTH service providers in India.

“We reserve the right at any time, without prior notice to you, to add or vary all or any of these terms and conditions or to replace, wholly or in part the offers made to you or to withdraw them completely.” Take a moment to read that again. By agreeing to these terms, you are literally agreeing to anything and everything they may ask of you, now or in the future, as long as you’re availing their services. There aren’t too many ways out of it, other than opting for another service provider altogether. But needless to say, we do need to start reading through the terms more often. These are some of the things to look for before you click ‘I accept’.

Photo sharing & printing websites

You own intellectual property rights to your photographs. But what happens if you upload them to a photo sharing website? Who owns them if you upload them to a stock photo site? Or to a photo printing website? In a 2011 report by thenextweb.com, it was found that several photo sharing/ printing websites retain the right to use your photographs in any way they see fit in a “perpetual and irrevocable” manner. Check before uploading.

Sharing personal info on email

Notice how the text ads in your email inbox are creepily ‘right on the money’ ? All the baby clothing store ads appear if you’ve had a baby. Camera stores appear if you’re a photographer and local restaurants pop up if you’re discussing a dinner date with a friend.

Targeted ads – especially those that are accurately targeted with location and demographics – can earn a lot of money. You, by agreeing to the terms, become the conduit.

Buying online or booking tickets

This is one area where there can be a lot of ambiguity. Do manufacturer warranties apply on products you buy online? What happens in case of a defect or if you need to return the item?

In case of airline tickets, prices are volatile, and you need to read the fine print to make sure that you can return the tickets and get a refund if you need to. Many ‘special fare tickets’ are sold on the condition that they may not be returned/refunded.

Online shopping

Did you ever give a thought to how your name and email address finds its way to various websites you never even heard of? Whenever you sign up for newsletters, sign up to comment on an article you read or sign up for a community forum, your information could be misused.

Not only will the offending website start sending you email spam (special offers, notices), they could even sell your email ID to third parties without your consent.

Free mobile apps Many so-called free apps for your smartphone or tablet are ad-supported . But read through the terms – the app could be accessing your personal information – mainly to deliver targeted ads. Also, as mobile ads will be delivered whenever the app is active, which means they count towards your data usage at the end of the month.

Protecting Twitter & Facebook accounts

Increasing trend points towards websites allowing you to sign in and start using their services, simply by using your existing Twitter or Facebook ID. The advantages are that a registration process is skipped, encouraging more users – but the website still gets to identify visitors and get more info about them. This is officially allowed using Facebook connect and Twitter Sign in.

But beware, because you might find automated posts and tweets being sent on your behalf. Check what kind of permissions you are granting to the website or app before you allow access to your Facebook or Twitter account – if it says “allow app/site to post/ send tweet” or “Grant permission to post on your behalf to Facebook”, cancel and run.

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There are two generally opposed schools of thought when it comes to free website building tools and services. The first is of the mindset that you get what you pay for; that unless you hire a professional design and development team, your business website is likely to fall short of expectations. The second theory takes a more open approach; that free website builders provide the ideal solution for constructing new sites quickly and without the headaches and costs associated with a typical site launch.

The truth, of course, lies somewhere in the middle. There can be pitfalls, to be sure, but perfectly capable, attractive and user-friendly sites are definitely attainable through the use of free website builders, especially for Web pros who have a little bit of design knowledge and know what they’re looking for. Below are some of the top providers in today’s marketplace.

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UK-based broadband provider Supanet conducted a survey of its web hosting customers. Supanet wanted to find out the qualities that customers consider to be the most important when shopping for a web host. If you want to gain more customers and improve your relationship with the ones you have, this is one top ten list that’s worth a look.

Unfortunately, while the company gave a top ten list, it didn’t go into any detailed explanations of why customers said these were the ten most important factors in their decision to choose a particular web host. It also didn’t state how many people were surveyed, or explain their survey criteria or methodology. Even a search of the company web site did not turn up more than the press release. So this survey can’t exactly be described as scientific.

On the other hand, the results make a certain amount of sense, intuitively speaking. “It came as no surprise to find that customers looking for a good web hosting service are after value for money,” noted Andrew Barton, marketing manager for Supanet. He’s referring to the number one item on the survey’s list. While I certainly can’t conjure information that isn’t there, I have been researching the web hosting industry for close to two years now. My first article on the subject appeared in June 2005, and regular visitors to this site can attest that I’ve hardly been idle since. I’ve heard my share of horror stories, and I think I can at least make some educated guesses as to why customers look for the qualities in a web hosting company that Supanet’s survey says they do. So without further ado, let me present the list with my comments.

As I mentioned, the number one item on Supanet’s list was “value for money.” If someone has put together a web site as a hobby, it’s probably not going to be something on which they can spend a lot of money. Web sites that are labors of love involve the owner investing time rather than money, so whatever money goes into the site had better stretch as far as possible.

This is doubly true if the web site is home to a business. While there may be some money coming in, and the company may be willing to invest some of that in its web presence in the hope of bringing in more money, no business can afford to waste money. The bursting of the dot-com bubble near the turn of the millennium proved that point. So if you want an individual or a company to trust their site to you, you have to show them that they’re getting their money’s worth.

The second quality on Supanet’s list is “great customer service.” To some extent, this follows naturally from the first item. Every customer considers himself to be the center of his own universe. That’s not something to struggle against; it’s simply a fact of human nature. Add to this the fact that most of your customers, if you’re a web host, have their own customers to worry about, and you understand why customer service is such a high priority.

Great customer service means courteous, knowledgeable representatives who are available whenever your customers need them. It means giving customers what they want as quickly as possible; it can even mean anticipating their needs. Support that’s available 24/7 in several forms (email, chat, telephone) is a good start. If your customers aren’t particularly tech savvy, you might even have to do some spoon feeding.

The third item on Supanet’s list is “multiple hosting features.” Customers appreciate the ability to choose. If you try to lock them in to one package or don’t offer features they need (such as script hosting), they will look elsewhere. Indeed, the number of features a web host can provide has become a point of competition between hosts. For example, 1stchoicehost says that it offers its customers standard or web-based email, shopping carts for e-commerce, support for multiple versions of Microsoft Front Page, the MySQL database, server side includes (SSI), email forwarding, Perl, Java, autoresponders and much more. You might consider surveying your own customers to find out what hosting features they want. If you’re really brave, ask the ones who are switching from you to a different web host why they’re leaving. If they talk about hosting features that you don’t offer, you might want to see what it would take to revamp your services.

The fourth item on Supanet’s list reflects back to the second item, great customer service; it’s “responsive support.” If your customer has to leave five trouble tickets with you just to get some kind of reaction, the last one is likely to include a comment about changing web hosts. Even if you can’t get to a particular item right away, you need to send a message to your customer that you have received their ticket and will look at their problem as soon as possible. Give them a short, reasonable time period as to when they can expect to hear back from you about it – and treat that as an ironclad promise. Remember, if the issue they’re bringing to your attention is affecting their ability to serve their own customers, they’re likely to be very short on patience. If your customer sees that you’re working on the problem, and giving it a priority, they’ll be reassured. The only way they can see that is if you keep them in the loop as to what is happening.

Surprisingly, it’s only when we get to the fifth item on Supanet’s list that we come across “generous web space and bandwidth.” One would think that this would be more important than it is. Perhaps web hosting customers have figured out that web space and bandwidth is cheap (or else there wouldn’t be so many free web hosts). When a particular commodity is cheap in comparison to other things, people often value it less. Still, that’s fairly high on the list, so there is some concern about this.

Customers who have used web hosts for a while know about overselling, which may explain one of the reasons this item made the list. Also, as a web host, it’s a good idea to be honest with your customers about their web space and bandwidth needs as you understand them – don’t sell them more space than they need, but don’t sell them less either. For example, the needs of an ecommerce site will be different from the needs of a primarily content-based site, and even among content sites, a text-based site will have needs that are different from a podcaster’s site. Naturally, site traffic also plays a role.

The sixth item on Supanet’s list is “web site security.” I’d be more surprised that this didn’t rate higher if it wasn’t for the nature of the qualities that rated above it. If a hacker breaks into one of your customers’ web sites, it can be a worse problem than if a thief breaks into a brick-and-mortar store. A hacker can do more than steal merchandise; he can vandalize the site, steal credit card and other information to commit identity theft, set up malicious scripts to download spyware onto the computers of web surfers who visit the site, use the site as a base from which to send spam…the list goes on. It could damage or destroy someone’s livelihood. Don’t let this happen to your customers; take web site security seriously.

Supanet says that being a “reliable hosting company” achieved the number seven spot on the list of items that are looked for by customers. This is a quality that is made up of other characteristics. Customer service is one; doing what you say you’re going to do is another. Also, since many web hosting customers know that the field is huge and crowded with fly-by-night operations, they want to know that you’re going to be around for a while. The best way to convince new customers that you’re reliable is by giving great service to the customers you have; time will do the rest.

The eighth item on Supanet’s list is “up-time reliability.” If you’re hosting ecommerce companies, their ability to serve their customers is directly related to your ability to serve YOUR customers. Your customers need to know that their web sites will be up all the time, that they won’t go offline unexpectedly, and that whatever glitches do come up at your end will be fixed quickly and efficiently. If you as a web host suffer a crash or otherwise let your customers go offline unexpectedly, then visitors cannot access your customers’ web sites (to say nothing of site owners’ inability to access their own sites!). A web site that can’t be accessed is worst than a “closed” sign on a brick-and-mortar store. If a web surfer tries to find a site and it’s not online, they may never try again. At least with a brick-and-mortar business, a potential customer may try the store again if it has hours posted as to when it is open.

The ninth item on Supanet’s list is “easy and fast access to your data.” This may be more important to content-based sites than ecommerce sites. Either way, customers see their web site’s content as their data; why shouldn’t they have a right to access it any time they want to? It has to be easy because not everyone who owns a web site is tech savvy these days, and there are few things as frustrating as technical barriers to what should be a simple process. Also, from a search engine optimization perspective, putting fresh content on your site on a regular basis encourages the search engines to index your site more frequently, which can help a site’s standing on the search engine results pages. To companies who receive a lot of visitors by way of the search engines, this is very important.

The tenth item on Supanet’s list is a “wide range of hosting packages.” This is reminiscent of item three, multiple hosting features. Customers want to know not only that you have packages that suit their current needs, but that you have ones that will suit their future needs as well. This way, it will be quite some time before they outgrow what you have to offer.

If you can provide your customers with all of the ten items that Supanet’s survey indicates are important, you will be in a good position to grow your business and build a reputation as an outstanding web hosting company. Hope this helps all the diving into web hosting..