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Topics in this issue:
Word from Publisher
C o n t i n u i n g D i s c u s s i o n s (2)
1.) Barb Hicks
~ Pop-Up Windows and Frames
2.) Java Script to hide URL
~ Earl H. Roberts
N e w P o s t s (5)
~ Stats on... Surfin' Seniors
2.) Dealon Bracelets
~ Software to support members
3.) Chrisi Darrington
~ WebTV user help
4.) Dan Dickerson
5.) Marty Mitchell
~ ...still no sales
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Site Review Responses (0)
Site Review Requests (4)
G u e s t A r t i c l e (1)
Choosing A Domain Host
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Just a note about an observation that could possibly be true. Maybe you are
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As I'm always trying to point it out, concept of success stories is very
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From: Barb Hicks <BJH5255@aol.com>
Subject: Pop-Up Windows and Frames
Just got finished reading the article in Adland Digest #183 written by Mike
McCutchen. I must agree with him about those cursed pop-ups. First of all,
they make me feel intruded upon. They are just as annoying as wearing
too-tight shoes with a rock in them. It would be better to put a link to it
on the page, then if I want that info then I can just click on it.
Same thing with the frames. I wasn't sure what was meant by "frames" until
Thanks Mike. Frames make me feel like I am being held hostage.
Love this Adland.
==========C o n t i n u i n g D i s c u s s i o n (2.1)=============
From: "Earl H. Roberts" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject:Java Script to hide URL
Last issue's piece of advice code (from Robert Lee)
ONMOUSEOVER="window.status='YOUR TEXT HERE'; return true"
ONMOUSEOUT="window.status=''; return true" target="_top"
USE IT AS SUCH:
ONMOUSEOVER="window.status='YOUR TEXT HERE'; return true"
ONMOUSEOUT="window.status=''; return true" target="_top"]
confused the dickens out of me and would not work any way I tried it.
Finally I figured out a way of using it, and the following may be of use to
your other members if they too were confused and first way did not work for
Where the URL refererer such as <a href="http://www.talewins.com/fdic.htm">
appears in the document BETWEEN the A and the HREF is where the new code is
ONMOUSEOVER="window.status='TaleWins.com is delighted to serve you'; return
ONMOUSEOUT="window.status=''; return true"
If your readers have FIND AND REPLACE in their html editor they can FIND
and REPLACE it with
ONMOUSEOVER="window.status='TaleWins.com is delighted to serve you'; return
ONMOUSEOUT="window.status=''; return true" href
throughout their documents, replacing the URL and the message in the above
example with their own destinations.
Note also that this code must be applied to each URL where they want the
message to appear in place of the actual URL, and thus each message can be a
Earl H. Roberts
Phone 662 224 8343
Please tell your friends how to find me.
======================N e w P o s t i n g (1)========================
From: Steve Hartung <email@example.com>
Subject: Stats on... Surfin' Seniors
Hi. Below is some interesting stats...Thought you and the digest readers
would like it.
> SURFIN' SENIORS....
> We've read about teens on the web. We think we know a bunch
> about women and men, adults, other webbie demos, but the
> online habits of seniors are somewhat of an enigma.
> It turns out, however, that Americans 55 and older with Web
> access use the Internet to its full capabilities, 93%
> shopping online, 95% using email and 90% participating in
> online sweepstakes or contests. Those are the results of a
> recent Greenfield Online study, "Surfing Seniors," which
> surveyed almost 3,000 seniors and found that the majority is
> not just dabbling on the Internet. Nearly a third spend 2 to
> 3 hours each day online, have owned their computers for 4
> years or longer, 90% own a color printer and 61% own a
> While the researchers dared not speculate on what percentage
> of approximately 32 million Americans over the age of 55 is
> online, they did find that a whopping 90% of online seniors
> try "Lady Luck" in cyber sweepstakes and contests on sites
> like freelotto.com (visited by 67% of online seniors),
> luckysurf.com (43%), mypoints.com (42%), iwon.com (38%) and
> iwin.com (37%).
> Also, the study found that one third of seniors that have
> visited an online drugstore/pharmacy have made a purchase,
> but only 21% said they were likely to repeat buy, due to
> complications with the online drugstores/pharmacies accepting
> medical insurance.
> In addition, the items seniors most often shopped for are
> computer software (56%), books (54%) and CDs/tapes (42%); 95%
> send and receive email, 70% check weather reports, 57% find
> coupons and special offers and 56% read the news/newspapers.
> Just to give you an idea of where to find the demographic
> said to enjoy that ever-targetable high disposable income.
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======================N e w P o s t i n g (3)========================
From: Chrisi Darrington <Ebookwriters@aol.com>
Subject: WebTV user help
It seems as though the small group of WebTV users cannot
click on the links we place in our emails. I tried the AOL trick
and that doesn't work either.
Since WebTV users cannot copy paste any information, they
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What I want to know is this. Is there a special code that will
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======================N e w P o s t i n g (4)========================
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Do you have any recommendations for a GREAT host that uses
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P.S. Love your newsletter!
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======================N e w P o s t i n g (5)========================
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Subject:...still no sales
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Choosing A Domain Host
By Rosanne Dobbins
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