Switching Domains – UK2

I’m not sure if I should cross my fingers, or prey. Well neither would instill any faith in me, but perhaps one of those options may provide some solace? Or would my solicitors be more appropriate? … hmmm

I’m trying to get my domain, yes MY DOMAIN, registered, or more to the point de-registered from UK2.net.

I must say this company is a piece of work and incredibly difficult to deal with, to the point that I imagine most people would give up, rest assured that ain’t an option in my case!

UK2.net, the internet answer to budget airlines (or so they’d like you to believe) register domains through Tucows, yet provide the user who signs up through UK2, ZERO option for renewing their domain registration without buying domain space. Fascist? – definitely.

The process to “move out” your registered domain is convoluted to say the least, and as I am mid-way through that, we have yet to see if it is actually possible.

Apparently you stumble across a form (the second page was mentioned) that you are supposed to sign and fax (see above) as proof of your desire to switch to an alternative registration company, who do not enforce you to buy domain space, yeah really, can you believe that?

I mean fax, FAX in 2006, amazed?

So the state of play is that I have faxed this form (the second page is not a form at all) off to the number that “will be shown”, of course never was, I had to e-mail for that, (was busy for three hours) they provided another through e-mail, and I got my fax confirmed as sent, evidence!

So now I wait to see if this will happen, all eyes on you then UK2.

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Infinite Responder

One headache has been removed and I’m delighted to have completed the install of Infinite Responder.

I blogged previously about the concept of an auto-responder and also covered some of the many benefits these things bring to an online business.

The issue was that one of my free courses, by e-mail, was effectively out of order for a while (long enough to notice serious changes in purchases) due to the non-payment of a subscription (I forgot, well I was also was very un-happy with the service).

Initially I felt I’d solve this issue by tracking down the software that was used by the company I had paid a subscription to, which was hotresponders, which then became clickformoreinfo, and has probably morphed into something else now. These were company names though and the actual script is called easyresponder and available through http://www.perlcoders.com/ as a free download if you are a member.

So I was willing to pay a couple hundred bucks for this script, which I did finally get hold of to evaluate [cough], yet as this was written in perl I was somewhat lost with trouble shooting and error detection. To many errors and I needed a quicker solution.

In my searching I discovered an excellent php solution which runs off a MySQL database, very easy to install and within an hour I had loaded 10 e-mails and set time intervals for these to arrive over a period of 21 days.

The listed features are:

• GPL licensed!

• Subscription confirmation

• Easy web-based subscription

• Unlimited messages

• Individual message send times

• Full admin control panel

• Unlimited responders

• User list importer

• HTML and Text email support

• Configurable inactivity timeouts

• Database email search

• Input security features

• Remote subscription wrapper

• Complete unsubscribe handler


If you need a FREE flawless system check out Aaron Colman’s Infinite Responder! http://www.ibasics.biz

If you want to see mine in action sign up here: Studio Tricks & Tips

Highly recommended

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Press Release?

I was looking through a few logs and found a referral coming from a forum site I had not seen previously.

Checking it out revealed one of my sites,  a free press release service, had gotten an include in a list of free press release submission sites, this is great news. Mind you stands to reason as I have top keywords for that site. Read more at forums.digitalpoint.com…

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Autoresponders and Credibility

I’m this week researching for a new autoresponder system, which has been long overdue. An autoresponder is more than just another robot e-mailer, it is a whole set of automated e-mails having periodic send times. From a marketing perspective an autoresponder comes close to being your best friend.

The best friend tag is not a flippant remark, I’m saying that with a high degree of proof.

The internet as an audience is a fickle thing, particularly if you consider how we normally shop in the offline mode. Shopping offline takes on various differing guises but we often see one common theme which is that of customer loyalty. We like to return to known places, to places we have had good experiences, quality products, transparent service, hassle free purchasing and above all, shops which are credible.

Credibility is an area which is paramount to achieve when looking to sell or offer anything through a website fronted business. Credibility is essential.

So how do I look to build credibility and more to the point how does this relate to autoresponders?

The answer is to offer your clients quality information they are searching for, and offer it for free. Free courses are one of your best tools in building business credibility and more importantly repeat visitors. Repeat visitors turn into paying visitors as they will begin to believe in you and believe in your product.

An autoresponder can be set to send a free course as a set of periodic e-mails, triggered by the user signing up for the course. in the background you have already composed your free course and saved it as a series of say ten e-mails. Now when the new prospect signs up for the free course they are sent the first in the series immediately, with the second in the series sent, let’s say, within 24 hours.

You break the timing up a bit and let’s say the third mail arrives a week later, and the fourth, five days later and so on. By the end of your course (perhaps a month or more) the potential client is eagerly awaiting the next installment and has faith in you and your services, you have built credibility over time.

This leads me back to where I started, my hunt for a new system, a system to install onto one of my servers to become the company autorepsonder, to allow us to migrate away from the third party system in current use.

So there we are ..

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