Sparks July 2002 -

Sparks July 2002

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Last chance to sign up for Web Smarts!
Register now for Web Smarts: Search Engine Strategies, coming up on Thursday, Aug 8th from 3:00-4:30 pm at The STAR Center in Bloomington, IN. This detailed seminar, co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center, will explore how to get the best rankings in top search engines, directories, and portals; the meanings and uses of pay-per-placement, pay-per-click, and hyperlinks; how to select, utilize, and bid on keywords for maximum results; how to track your search engine ranking performance; when you don’t need to worry about your site’s ranking; and how and when to hire search engine optimization professionals.

Our last session sold out, so be sure to register soon! All registrations must be in by Aug 6th. Click here for more info.

Eliminating spyware
Many people are unaware that some Websites and free software programs install “spyware” on your computer. Spyware can track your movements online and even overwhelm you with pop-up ads. A recent edition of SearchDay suggested the following tools to check for and remove spyware:

Database that indexes almost a thousand software titles using spyware or adware.

Free utility from the Privacy Foundation that detects “web bugs,” code that can be used to track your browsing activity.

Free Popup Killer Tools
Reviews and free downloads for a wide range of pop-up killer tools.

Articles, links, resources and other useful information to protect yourself from spyware




This month’s winner: Rebecca Keith!
In addition to the envy and admiration of her friends, Rebecca wins a T-shirt featuring this one-of-a-kind design. Have a favorite quote or saying? Send it in! If your quote is chosen, you’ll receive a T-shirt with a custom design! Check out your competition here.

Client Spotlight

The Old Rooming House
Want to get away from it all? Travel to beautiful New Harmony, Indiana, and stay at The Old Rooming House! This 19th century house is stuffed with 1940s travel memorabilia, antique furniture, old and new books, and all the charm needed to restore the spirits and add some fun back to life. Proprietor Jim Stinson can tell you everything you need to know about historic New Harmony, site of two utopian living experiments in the 19th century and a bucolic small town today. We’ve been visiting the Rooming House for almost ten years and love the low-tech atmosphere, 1960s bikes for cruising the back roads, and especially the welcome baskets filled with animal crackers!

Want to know more? Visit The Old Rooming House Website, designed by Design.