Your Questions About Anonymous

Susan asks…

What should I do? An anonymous letter was sent to my organization maliciously destroying my integrity?

Recently, my organization head received an anonymous letter saying I did extortion and accepted bribe money for the past two years? The writer is unknown, no address, and it mentions no specific victim of extortion. It contains no lead to a fact of the complain. Honestly, I did not do any such unethical acts!. My supervisor and boss said they will review the over a thousand cases of my work for the past two years, and I am not afraid. What will I do? Who could have done this to me?

barry0912 answers:

You may never know who sent the letter. While its normal to wonder, it can also drive you crazy.

The most important thing in this situation is to remain calm, keep your cool, smile, cooperate and go about your work. Do not allow the inquiry to interfere with your continuing to do a good job.

Second, your organization should contain any possible damage to your reputation. If they feel the need to look into the letter, then fine. Not knowing all the facts, its hard to say if they are acting correctly in even responding this way. They should, however, act in a manner that respects your reputation. The inquiry should be limited to what’s necessary to produce results, and the people involved should be limited only to those that can offer necessary and relevant information and / or have an absolute need to know in order to complete the inquiry. That’s normally legal, HR, your supervisor(s) and other employees that have direct and personal knowledge of important facts. They should do what’s necessary to finish the inquiry as soon as reasonably possible so everyone can put the incident behind the organization.

The specific rules on these matters differ by country and state. Also, the allegations can be criminal, which is fairly serious. I would consider consulting with an employment lawyer in your area. I would avoid involving counsel in the discussions with your employer, and I might even hesitate to make public the fact you are consulting with counsel. That tends to put the discussion on an adversarial footing, some people will react negatively (assume you have something to hide), and it may appear as if your concerned and not cooperating. Having said that, getting some advice in the background is always a good thing … And you can work with your counsel on when, or if, its ever reasonable to involve him / her in the matter.

Good Luck.

Chris asks…

How do I become truly anonymous on the internet?

I already use tor what else can I do because I heard of the government getting passed tor’s security. Is there a computer I can by that is without IP or something. I currently have a mac book are there settings I should turn off or on. How do I become truly anonymous on the internet?

barry0912 answers:

If you don’t have an IP address then it is physically impossible for you to be on the internet. End of story.

The best option would be to use Tor AND pay for a professional VPN that DOES NOT keep any IP records period (some do even though they say they protect identity). Additionally use a browser which randomizes the user agent per every webpage, does not keep cookies, and does not support java.

True anonymity is impossible without getting into a main internet line without the use of an ISP.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing

Donna asks…

what is the importance of marketing using internet?

give more information on the benefits of using internet and
the market strategy of using internet

barry0912 answers:

As the internet is becoming such a used environment, people are using more often to find products and services. Although it is not vital to have a web presence, this does depend on the nature of your business.

If you have a small cake shop, a web presence is hardly going to make, or break your business, but could make more people in your area become aware of your shop. This does not mean that a web presence could do no benefit, in fact, if you were really ambitious, you could end up selling your cakes to people all around the country, it all depends on how far you want to go with your enterprise.

If your business can benefit from being exposed on a broader base, then an internet presence can be of very real benefit. The imporatnt thing to remember, is that by having a web site, does not automatically mean your business will suddenly be inundated with prospective clients. Your site needs to have visibility and that is another whole process altogether.

Think of it as building a hotel. You build this wonderful place and then wonder why nobody stays there. Well if no one knows about it, no one will come there. You need to advertise it and put up signs. On the internet, the “putting up of signs” is similar to finding you site/pages in the search engines. This means that your site needs to have some work done on it, to make is “search engine friendly”. You can do this yourself, or you can hire an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) company.

But beware of those companies that promise you the world, take your money and give you no results.

As a good starting point, do a search on any of the search engines for similar business models to the one you have/propose. Use search terms that would answer the kind of question your business would be in a position to answer.

Look at the results and see how many other businesses have a web presence and how they go about listing their services, or describing their business.

Nancy asks…

Please explain about emarket & internet marketing?

what are the difficulties in it?

what are its advantages & disadvantages?

Is it easy & Valuable?
My sincere thanks to both of you who helped me with your answers. I would be glad if someone gives me the specific answers for the following questions
1.what are the difficulties in it?
2.what are its advantages & disadvantages?
3.Is it easy & Valuable?

barry0912 answers:

I think the major differences is emarket marketing is more confined to staying within its market types, where Interent marketing is allowing for a much broader approach for experimenting where the best marketing campaigns will result from. Thus if your selling a specific service as a emarket business, the only way you will sell it is if you research out the sector that will be allowing the use of this service. But now in Internet Marketing having service support to offer is more like the type for allowing to find out who is interested to needing service support, and than trying to find out more of why they need this service support to find out if it will be right for them before you want to commit to making larger marketing campaigns to finding the right customers.

But both would require experimental approaches for solving which out of two different approaches used at the same time will work best for attracting more interests for itself that would be helping the individual service, emarketing or Internet Marketing to help itself promote a more concentrated effort into the found better working half. You would continue doing this to learn more about the type of customers you are actually looking for and how they are publishing their specific interests. After getting to the point of knowing exactly who your customers are suppose to be, this will be easy enough to make it to find your real customer using just Internet searches. You will quickly be able to tell if a search result is self sufficient (not needing you) or is lacking in need of your service, either it be emarketing or Internet marketing service. This should become so simple to allow you to purchase simple lists with direct contact information to finish finding out if they really are needing something your ready to sell or not. (The experiment is based around this example, if emarketing, is color blue or green more effective for introductory phases of it services; If for Internet marketing, is this group going to comment more than this group type found on the Internet. Etc. Than break down the logic even more if possible. Go into the whys of why using green to introduce a product is better by itself by searching for all the difference green has, and see which of those gets noticed more quickly. Etc. Again.)

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing Strategies

Donna asks…

Marketing Timeline?

Could some of you internet business owners tell me how you started your business, your marketing timeline? What did you do first and then after you got started. Press release? Media? SEO work?

barry0912 answers:

Marketing is a continuous everyday work. You do everything simultaneously because there is no single way where you can get traffic so you need to make sure that every possible source of traffic is reached

My suggested timeline is:

BEFORE LAUNCHING THE WEBSITE

– Do an extensive keyword research analysis. SEOBook.com has a very good listing of free tools http://tools.seobook.com/ that you can use to research the keywords for your site including: keyword density, determining the keywords you want to target, who are your competitors for your targeted keywords.

– Start mapping out your link strategy. You need to start making a list of who should link to you and where you can request for links.

– Start thinking of how you can get the word out about your business. Do you plan on writing articles? Will you harness viral marketing? Be sure to equip your site with tools Get a Recommend this Site script from websites such as cgiscripts.com and similar directories of scripts. Some even go as far as giving incentives to those who recommend the site to their friends. If only 10 people go to your site, but these 10 people invite 10 more – that’s additional traffic that you get for FREE!

Recommend Site Scripts (various) http://php.resourceindex.com/Complete_Scripts/Website_Promotion/Recommend_Site/
Big Nose Bird Recommend this Site http://bignosebird.com/carchive/birdcast.shtml
CGI Resource Index http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Website_Promotion/Recommend_Site/
Hostscripts http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Scripts_and_Programs/Site_Recommendation/index.html

– Beta test your site and start inviting people (if applicable). If you are planning a social networking site for example, you can do a soft-launch for your site and invite people you know or friends of your friends to try out the site. This way you can iron out the kinks before you do your full blast marketing

UPON LAUNCHING

– Make sure your on-page factors (e.g. Title, metatags, keyword densities) are right on-target

– Issue a press release announcing the launch of your new site. Press releases are also a way to get inbound one-way links to your website. Here are some places where you can submit your press release for free

http://www.prleap.com/sign_up.html
http://i-newswire.com/
http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/
http://www.pressbox.co.uk/cgi-bin/links/add.cgi
http://www.pr.com/press-releases
http://www.prfree.com/
http://www.clickpress.com/releases/index.shtml
http://www.theopenpress.com/
http://www.przoom.com/
http://www.prweb.com
http://www.newswiretoday.com/
http://www.free-press-release.com/

– Submit your site to the major search engines. If you are going to read only one piece on search engine optimization, I suggest you read Brett Tabke of WebmasterWorld.com’s “Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone: 26 steps to 15k a day.” http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/2010.htm

SEO for Google http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/google.htm
SEO for Yahoo! Http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/yahoo.htm
SEO for MSN http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/msn.htm
Tying It Together: SEO For The Big Three http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/seo.htm

– Start submitting requests for links. You will find that some will not link to you because you have 0 pagerank because your site is new. But start submitting to DMOZ and other directories and build your pagerank

– Do offline marketing. Whether you are planning to print brochures or do direct marketing, now is also the time to do them

AFTER YOU LAUNCH

– Try to do marketing at least 1 hour every day – whether asking for reciprocal links, submitting articles or submitting your site to directories

– Keep abreast of what’s happening with the search engines.

– Do email marketing or send a newsletter on a regular basis

Robert asks…

Piano Store Marketing Strategy?

I have invested in a Piano Store recently and was wondering what would be the best means of communicating with my target customer i.e. younger parents with kids in the range 5-10.

Does anybody have any experience with creating a Marketing Plan or Strategy for a Piano Store?

If I was to tie-in with a Brand or product; what would be the best options?

Any suggestions please?

barry0912 answers:

Although it predates the record album as an entertainment source, I guess your business has not entirely vanished yet, but it certainly has to be marketed differently than 20 years ago, I assume the manufacturers touch on traditional family values, as well as the decorative value of a traditional instrument.

One potential method to reach a small number of local prospects may be with paid Facebook advertisements, their demographic targeting is quite powerful, you can have ads only appear for married women between 25 and 40 who live in cities in close proximity to your location, there may be an “interest” like piano playing you may be able to target as well, they show you the potential reach of members a given ad setting would have, you could have such ads send people to a free Facebook business page.
While on the subject of internet resources you for sure need to have (and probably already do) a free Google Places page, they may provide a generic listing automatically, but you need to claim it and improve the content with more lengthy text, photos an potentially even video.

Sorry I m not more in touch with how kids are introduced to e piano these days, perhaps you can be a sponsor of some school events for the publicity and music evangelist opportunities, there are some cities (where the weather is friendly) that have old pianos in public places setup by some non profits.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing Forum

Donna asks…

I was wondering if I can ask a simple question to promote my business without being considered to be a SCAM?

To the two people who answered my first question. You can call me direct at 951-488-4185. It was a posed questions to see how many people really respond to internet marketing. Ask for Adam.

barry0912 answers:

Advertise from a customer perspective with a testimonial on how great the product is. Also, only questions are supposed to be posted in Yahoo! Answers, so search for someone asking for the kind of service that you provide. Otherwise, you could post on public forums of related interests.

Paul asks…

Is it better that one reads a book on the basics of Internet marketing?

Will this save them time and money?
Will it help them avoid making costly mistakes?
What are some books you suggest?

barry0912 answers:

Hi Christopher,

I would suggest that you go straight to the source- online!

I have been learning internet marketing for the last 5 months or so, and I looked into buying books, and I was disappointed with the selection- the problem is, the field is continuously evolving!

A book can teach you the very basics, but you’ll end up paying for information you can find for free.

My advice is to follow the experts, the gurus- Do a search for a specific topic you’re interested in, and you’ll get tons of specific blog entries and articles to help you out- the nice thing about internet marketing is how active and growing the community is.

If you already have a site, it’s great because you can experiment as you go and see what suits your needs best. If you’re starting from scratch, consider getting a free blog or other personal site that allows you to manage content personally. Otherwise you may feel lost, and the truth is, you don’t need a textbook- the key to the Internet is, it’s interactive. Textbooks can never compare.

Plus, you’ll often get more actual information per paragraph than most books will offer.

Depending on your goals, there are many ways to market online. You have to start with a site, and you should learn some basics on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) (I wrote a blog entry that offers some resources for beginners, I will add it below) – beyond that you have tons of options.

– Write original articles and submit to article sites (they provide good exposure!)
– Create videos and post them to YouTube and other video sites
– Write a blog and get it out there! (plenty of free sites)
– Make friends in the social network space (i.e. Sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter) that will help you spread the word
– Record a Podcast and publish to different podcasting sites
– Visit other sites, forums, etc and post comments where you think your product or service could benefit the person
– If you’re strictly looking for traffic, don’t be afraid of paid advertising or sponsorships

ClickZ offers a number of columns on every topic in Internet Marketing

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Your Questions About Titleist

Ruth asks…

How much for a Tiger Woods autographed Titleist ball?

Back in the late 90’s I got a Tiger Woods autographed Titleist ball with a COA for a Christmas present. I heard rumor he is not signing anymore balls. Do you have any idea how much it’s worth.

It’s in a hard plastic protector and has never been taken out.
Thanks but I don’t want to sell it, I am just wondering about what it is worth.
After researching it further they are going for about $3000 +.

I think I’ll put it in a safe place for a while.

barry0912 answers:

Put it in a safe deposit box and dont look at it for another 40 years…

Donna asks…

Where can I buy a Titleist Lightweight Stand Bag that is a 2010 model?

The name of the bag is Titleist Lightweight Stand Bag and I want the 2010 model and haven’t been able to find it online at all. Thanks

barry0912 answers:

Try a Golfsmith store. They have an on-line store as well.

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