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PLEASE NOTE: While I check out all links before adding them, the Internet is an ever-
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Dustwood Media's webhost of choice: HOSTPAPA. Unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, one free domain name and much more for $8.99/month or less.
MARKETING NEWSLETTER: CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS. Be sure to subscribe to Marcia Yudkin's free Marketing Minute newsletter. Marcia's quick weekly newsletter -
Marcia operates out of Goshen, Massachusetts, USA
ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS: PAYPAL. We have been using PayPal Payments Standard for years to give us the capability of accepting both credit card payments and PayPal payments on our various shopping carts. We've always found them to be reliable, and there's no better -
SHOPPING CART: MAL'S E-
DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCT SECURITY: LINKLOK FOR MAL'S. If you are selling downloadable goods with a Mal's e-
EMAIL MARKETING: MAILCHIMP. MailChimp provides you with an Email marketing tool similar to Constant Contact, but with a viable free level -
PAYROLL TOOL: PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS ONLINE CALCULATOR (for Canada). This is an extremely handy tool for any Canadian small business that has to handle a small payroll and doesn't want to pay the extra for the payroll module in Sage or QuickBooks. Completely free (from CRA), and provides you with printed reports for the employee and for the employer's MERCs.
WEBSITE STATS: STATCOUNTER. An excellent and very detailed statistics-
tracks keyword activity, visit length, browser stats, resolution stats, and more. I have used StatCounter for years!
SHORT URLS: BITLY: Create and track your own short links -
You may have an email account available through your ISP (Internet Service Provider). For instance, we use Shaw.ca as our ISP, and we have two free email addresses @shaw.ca that come with the service. Check out your ISP online and see if email addresses are included in your package.
You can also get a free email address at Yahoo, Hotmail, and other places, but many servers treat email from these locations as junk mail. If you are using the email for business, do NOT use a Yahoo or Hotmail email address.
Google's Gmail is a good choice for a free online email provider.
GET THE FACTS: SNOPES.COM is "the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation." There's a LOT of misinformation (deliberate or otherwise) circulating on the Internet. Snopes.com is a great place to check out the actual facts.
STOCK PHOTOS: Looking for stock photos and don't mind paying for them? If you can't find what you want in my free stock images, check out FOTOSEARCH.COM for a huge selection of stock images. Photo prices vary depending on size and resolution, or you can save by purchasing "credits" starting at $1.50 per credit.
Photosearch.com is operated out of Waukesha, Wisconsin -
MORE STOCK PHOTOS: Another source -
CanStockPhoto is located in Halifax, right here in Nova Scotia where Dustwood Media is located.
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