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  1. With so much competition out there and the issue of dealing with spammers and credit card fraud, is it worth being in the web hosting business? It does provide nice residual income and depending on how you structure it, it could be very profitable. What are your thoughts? Is this a good type of business to be in?
  2. Most companies buy other companies for specific things, like a certain technology, certain employees, or other assets. Rarely are they really interested in the end product itself. So they often strip out the stuff they want, transfer it to something else they already have in the works, and dump the rest later. It's sad really. Some really cool websites and projects have been killed in that way.
  3. No worries (at least from me). That's why the forum rules on my forums are 3 pages long! LOL http://www.completehostingguide.com/forum-rules
  4. One thing that I have noticed on many forums, including ones that I have run myself, is the existence of serial posts. Serial posts are posts where there are hundreds of repetitive replies, such as posting different memes, or a word association game. They are typically used by members to increase their post count or to win contests, but they also can be a fun mindless game for members to participate in. They are both good and bad, from the perspective of a forum owner. Good Things Increases activity on the forums, making it more active than it otherwise would be. If it
  5. It also allows people to connect that otherwise would not connect, which is a good thing. I think social media just emphasizes and even exaggerates many existing social issues we face. There has always been different information distributed to different communities in order to sway their vote or influence their behavior. Instead of calling it "fake news" it used to be called "propaganda." And propaganda has been around for a very very long time. A lot of the propaganda techniques used today actually came from World War I & II eras and the National Socialists and Communists. So when yo
  6. Yeah, it was very poorly designed. I actually was really into promoting on social media when they first launched it, and I wanted so much to use Google+, but even though I was a fan, it felt fruitless to do so. Unless you were posting in a community, no one noticed any of your posts. Perhaps that is why the Communities took off, but individual profile posts did not. Google+ Communities was the only place people actually saw your content in sufficient numbers to make it worth it.
  7. I also found it useful for business, especially if you had to make sales calls or were otherwise promoting your business. Even though you were connecting outside of LinkedIn (offline or on a different website), people would look you up to check your background, and sometimes even request to be connected on LinkedIn. Being on LinkedIn gives you credibility when making sales or promoting your business. LinkedIn is uses a lot by traditional business people, and not being on it actually can hurt you in some cases. It is also useful to see who is looking you up. LinkedIn actually tells you who
  8. Click bait only works for so long though, especially for an email list where people can unsubscribe or filter you into the trash folder. For a mailing list, you do need good subject lines to get people to open the email, however, they should not be misleading or overpromise on what you intend on delivering.
  9. I like that it is easy to share, and that I can instantly share the same image on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
  10. Like most things, it is a tool. It can be used for good or evil.
  11. Twitter purchased Vine, and then due to Vine not growing as expected due to competitors like Instagram adding video support, and Twitter having financial issues, Twitter decided to shut down Vine.
  12. I have a Tumblr account but don't really use it. I used to have some of my blogs auto-post to Tumblr every time I posted on WordPress, but I've been blogging less these days. I probably should start again.
  13. I suppose the biggest benefit would be for people with a Yahoo! account, since Flickr is integrated with Yahoo! Other than that, it seems like a normal photo sharing and storing solution.
  14. In my opinion, they screwed up the interface and that is why it didn't take off. And earlier versions didn't load quickly. It just felt like a lot of posts and didn't really feel like a community. The profiles didn't seem that appealing in looks either. They didn't really integrate with their other services very well. It felt Google+ was just an addon. The only thing that really worked was the Google+ Communities. It felt as if they approached it as "we need to build a social network" instead of "what would users find useful." It wound up being a poorly executed mess.
  15. I think, at the very least, you should be visible on this site by having a current profile. It gives you more credibility when people look you up (and they will). A LinkedIn Profile allows you to present a professional image that a Facebook or Twitter profile may not. Additionally, it may lead to opportunities and connections. So it's definitely worth setting up.
  16. It's probably harder to do so now that Google has made it harder to qualify for revenue sharing of ads. But if you are depending on YouTube ads for all your revenue, you are missing out on a lot of other revenue opportunities. To be most effective, your YouTube videos should help generate money in other ways, even if you don't qualify for the revenue share yet.
  17. It depends on what software you are using and what you are programming. For example, if you are programming in PHP, the bare minimum software you would need is a text editor, an FTP program (or another way to transfer files), and a web browser. Most modern computers could handle that quite easily (assuming you are uploading to a web server). If you are using more advanced programming tools, you would need a computer that could run those tools. For example, Windows Studio 2017 would need a computer that could run windows, have a 1.8 Ghz or better processor, 2 GB or RAM (4 GB r
  18. The U.S. Congress has passed a law, that if signed into law by the President, would "subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully," according to Craigslist. "Any tool or service can be misused," Craigslist said. "We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day." So Craigslist will shut down its dating section to protect itself from potential liability. How do you think this will affect things i
  19. Yes, you can monetize Tumblr the same way as any blog. For ads, you would need to embed code onto your blog, and for products and services you would need to write about your product and service in a compelling manner without sounding too spammy.
  20. Although you do have to be careful because if someone takes your domain, it is gone forever. So you have to balance unnecessary impulse buying with the risk of the domain being gone tomorrow.
  21. I never really got into it. I was a second-hand smoker most of my life though, surrounded by people who smoked. It never appealed to me. I don't hate on people who do, but it is something I would never do.
  22. Years ago I was doing computer training, and I placed my website address and phone number on my vehicle in big enough letters so that people could read it. (Not huge, but not the tiny little signs some people have either.) It resulted in both calls and some traffic to my website checking me out. I'd even get calls at red lights from the person directly behind me. And I did get sales from it. Going to local business networking meetings also helped in some cases. I not only got to know people, but people took my business card and some of them went to my website. In this case, my website off
  23. Well, the most common ways are: Place ads on your website such as AdSense. Place super targetted affiliate links. Promote your own product or service. Years ago I used to have a Caribbean website which earned hundreds of dollars a month in ad revenue. One month we peaked at about $1000 per month. We had enough traffic to create that revenue. The numbers apparently went down after I left the company. I've also had some luck with affiliate links, but only if they are super targetted and relevant to the visitors. I never made a lot using this method, but I think I c
  24. It's all a matter of offering something your customers want. I still check my email and read certain promotional emails. I ignore the rest. It's pretty much a numbers game, and the better your content, the better your numbers. So it's probably still worth doing, but you have to do it right. There is so much competition out there that if you don't, you just get deleted or ignored.
  25. Assuming you have an offer that converts well, paid marketing seems to be your best option, especially on platforms such as Facebook or Google where you can really target your audience. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and content marketing are getting harder and harder due to the sheer number of websites being created, especially with the constant changes to search engine algorithms. It's still worth doing, but I wouldn't make that my sole source of traffic. That'd be like putting all your eggs in one basket. Freemium options seem to be pretty popular these days, where you offer som
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