May 2014 Newsletter

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Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate Jackie Williams Real Estate for being the winner of this month's free site hosting. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.

Yelp Warning About Spammy Reviews

Yelp announced this month it has issued a new round of Consumer Alerts, the warnings that appear on businesses’ Yelp pages informing users they’re not to be trusted.

“Unfortunately some businesses are trying to sneak through fake reviews in an effort to boost their reputations on Yelp and other review sites,” says Yelp’s Kristen Whisenand. “Others may be encouraging their customers to write reviews from the store, which may not sound all that bad until you ask yourself just how objective you'd be if you were at the dentist's office and she dropped an iPad on your lap and asked you to write her a quick Yelp review. Solicited reviews are often biased and don't result in the most accurate overall portrayal of that business. You can also be assured that businesses are almost never asking their unhappy customers for reviews.”

Part of the problem (on Yelp’s end) with people leaving reviews from in stores is that they come from the same IP address. It would seem that reviews coming from a single IP address has been one of the biggest factors in the company determining when reviews are spammy. In fact, the company said right in its new post on the subject, that it “looks for businesses that have received a disproportionate number of spammy reviews, like those that originate from the same IP address.”

The bottom line is to encourage people to leave a review, but wait until they're home/at work so the IP address is different from yours. That way Yelp can see that you're not trying to leave fake reviews.

Phishing Bills From Domain Services

We have received dozens of e-mails similar to the one in italics below from Domain Service. When we administer a domain for one of our clients we always insert our business name as the contact information in order to hide our client's information. But we do have a few clients that believe if our business name is on the domain that we could do something nefarious to them. We only insert our business name on domains we manage so we can filter our trash like what's below and not have our clients send money to a company that isn't even connected with the domain. True case - a number of years ago we had a client from Canyon Lake that sent $300 to a company in Canada just because she received a fake bill from them. If you receive a bill for Web hosting or domain renewal that's not from us, give a call and we'll let you know if it's a valid bill or whether to just throw it away.


Attention: Important Notice, DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: OurClientsDomainName.COM

Complete and return by fax to:
ATT: One Of Our Clients
One Of Our Clients, 575 PLAINVIEW RD WIMBERLEY TX 78676 US - - - - - - -
Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above
Requested Reply
MAY 16,2014


Attn: One Of Our Clients
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your registration and save.

Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.

Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.OurClientsDomainName.COM will expire on MAY 16,2014 Act today!

Select Term:

[ ] 1 year 05/16/2014 - 05/16/2015 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 05/16/2014 - 05/16/2016 $119.00
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Today's Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________
Payment by Credit Card
Select the term above, then return by fax: 1-716-242-0405


By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.

Old Article Worth Seeing Again

Are You Tracking Your Yelp Reviews?

More and more folks are searching for businesses on Yelp or checking Yelp for reviews of a business before deciding to use the services of that business. Think of it as the mobile version of Angie's List. We're still finding clients of ours that are not checking this valuable asset to see what's being said about their business. Here are some "must do" items you should do on Yelp.

  • Claim and optimize your listings on Yelp. To do this, start with searching for your business and then claiming it as the owner. Then make sure you fill in all the information you can about hours of operations, credit cards accepted, etc.

Create a special offer in Yelp to encourage visitors to visit your Web site.

  • Encourage visitors to your Web site and business location to write a review on Yelp. Good reviews on Yelp not only help draw visitors to your business, but it also helps in raising your businesses ranking on the major search engines.

New Sites Joining Us Or Completed Recently

Help these folks by visiting their site. All ya'll will remember how hard it is to get those initial "hits" so the search engines notice your site. So take a minute and visit their site.

  • Fredericksburg Medical Equipment - Works closely with physicians, hospitals, therapists, and home health agencies insuring a smooth transition from hospital care to home care. We provide professional certified staff to assist you.