Hosting Department Offers SEO Package

There are many things a hosting company can do to optimize your website for search engine performance. Blizzard Internet Marketing is taking all of these practices and rolling them into one package, the Hosting Level SEO package. This grouping of services encompasses all of the latest optimization best practices for hosting. So the real question is, what are these services and what will they do to help your site gain exposure, traffic, and search engine rankings?

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Blizzard Hosting = 99.95% Uptime

Over the last year, Blizzard Internet Marketing, Inc. has gone to great lengths to implement and secure a state-of-the-art hosting platform for its clients. Blizzard’s 99.95% uptime rate, along with a 24/7 server security monitoring system and in-house customer support make a premium hosting package.

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AOL/Comcast E-mail Problems

Recently, several of our clients have called us with questions regarding an e-mail problem they were experiencing with AOL and/or Comcast. The problem is one (or both) of the following:

  1. Blizzard Internet Marketing forwards their e-mail to their AOL or Comcast address (example – Joe at Joe’s Bed and Breakfast wants e-mail sent to joe@JoesBnB.com to be forwarded to JoesBnB@aol.com) and the client does not receive it. These e-mails bounce back to the sender as undeliverable because of “spam content”.
  2. E-mail our clients are sending to AOL or Comcast e-mail addresses were blocked and returned as undeliverable because of spam content.

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Hosting Client Notification

Saturday, November 18, 2006 – Pre-scheduled Data Center Maintenance Outage Notification

It’s been another busy year at Blizzard Internet Marketing and we thank all of you for making this another special year of growth and opportunity! At Blizzard, we are constantly striving to proactively and consciously improve our overall hosting package and this year is no different.

On Saturday, November 18th from 4 AM to 4 PM EST our datacenter will be performing extensive network optimization and maintenance in order to continue improving our ability to provide our hosting clients with a fast, reliable, and secure environment. While we expect any potential service interruptions to be very minimal, there is a potential for temporary interruptions during the course of the upgrades and reconfigurations.

We have done our very best to schedule these upgrades in an extremely isolated maintenance window that will stay open throughout the 18th, but if you have any questions or concerns whatsoever, please feel free to contact us at support@blizzardinternet.com.

These upgrades will add to our ability to continue our quest of providing the best overall hosting package we can offer!

Thank you for your patience and continued loyalty!
Kelly Conley – Hosting Manager

Kelly Conley – Blizzard Internet Marketing, Inc.

Local Anti-Virus/Spam Filters vs. External Anti-Virus/Spam Filters

I have recently been asked the question “Now that I have an external anti-virus/anti-spam filter like Postini, can I get rid of my Norton Anti-Virus subscription?” The short answer is NO. Ideally you will want both, and for the relatively minimal cost involved, having both is the only way to go to keep spam out of your in-box and keep viruses off of your computer.

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Bandwidth Defined

Bandwidth can be defined as the amount of data that can be sent through a connection of certain devices, measured in bits-per-second (bps.) A full page of English text is about 16,000 bits, and a fast modem can move about 57,000 bits in one second. Full-motion, full-screen video requires roughly 10,000,000 bits-per-second, depending on the amount of data compression.

Kathy Barta – Blizzard Internet Marketing, Inc.

No More Spam, Please

So, you just got yourself a brand new web site.  All the bugs have been worked out and your site is ready to go live.  After its launch, search engines start spidering your site, people are reading its content and, unfortunately, spammers are getting your e-mail address!

Spam, the Junk mail of the cyber world, is generated by programs called spambots.  Spambots are programs designed to capture e-mail addresses from web sites, blogs, newsgroups and chat room postings.  After your e-mail address is captured, it is added to a mailing list.  From then on, it’s spam city.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent spam.  These include:

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More on Valid E-mails and Spam Filters

I’d like to share some information about spam filters in connection with an issue that Dale Delph, of The Mayor’s Inn, brought up about e-mail addresses, in response to the article, “Does Your Website Have the Credibility it Needs?

Spam filters use complicated algorithms when determining whether an e-mail is spam. Most of the time, they are correct, but often, they are not. This is why most spam filters offer the ability to adjust their settings. If you notice a valid e-mail is being held as spam by your spam filter, you should be able to set the filter to always allow e-mail from this address (or even all addresses from that particular domain) to not be filtered. This also works in reverse. When spam gets through the filter, you should also be able to set the filter to block all mail from this address (or from all addresses from this domain). We strongly recommend people who have spam filters to check these filters as least once a week to ensure that no valid e-mails are being caught in the filter, and to make necessary adjustments to the settings.

Greg Yoas – Blizzard Internet Marketing, Inc.

Internationalized Domain Names

English has always been the standard language for URL’s and many people around the world must struggle not only with a foreign language, but also with unfamiliar letters and symbols when typing URLs. Just imagine yourself trying to type a URL into the address bar in Hebrew or Arabic.

IDN stands for Internationalized Domain Name. Sometimes referred to as multilingual domain names, IDNs are URLs in languages other than English. Firefox users may be familiar with them, but their use will likely explode later this year with Microsoft’s release of the newest version of the world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer.

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.Travel Domains Released to Travel Businesses

The release of .travel domain names is generating excitement throughout the hospitality and travel industries.  Pre-registration for .travel domains began July 1, 2005.  All pre-registrations will be submitted to the .Travel registry on September 1.

One of the most appealing attributes of these domain names is that businesses using a .travel domain are guaranteed to be in a designated sector of the travel industry.  The domain names will be released only to those businesses, organizations or individuals whose primary activity is within one of eighteen business sectors of the travel industry is eligible to register a name.  Click here to see a list of the approved sectors.  Notably, one can only register a name that is publicly used by, or associated with, the particular organization, and abbreviated names are apparently not allowed. Read more