Craigslist Scam Attempt Text Message

If you own a website, then you also use a domain name. Its possible you registered it yourself, or you have a reputable web design firm register it on your behalf.

Many times your name, address, phone number are used to register it, which also means its publicaly available for anyone to see.

Because of this, you see these types of these mail spams that come from fraudulent domain registrars who prey on people who don’t fully understand the domain registration service or directory listings in full.

So they send letters in the mail about something expiring like your domain name or similar and request payment before “renewal” of something is up. And because they know businesses and nonprofits are busy, many simply send these in the mail to their accounting folks (I know actual clients who did) to get paid.

We get asked about these from our clients, which tells me they have clearly deceived their letters pretty well to try to trick some domain owners into thinking a domain renewal invoice. So I first wrote about this other iDNS mail letter a couple of years ago, but my clients and myself are still receiving these.

Why is this still a problem?

Because it means many of you are still falling for the scam and paying these fraudulent scammers 300-500% higher cost to own the registration to your domain.

Why is this considered Spam? Because its unsolicited (you didn’t ask for it) and is a fraudulently deceiving letter, making you think the worlds going to end if you don’t transfer your domain name to them.

In which after they own your domain name registration, they can jack your price higher/hold your domain hostage to force you to pay. So we want to provide this information to protect you, whether you have registered your domain name with Northwoods Web Designs or some other provider. Here is the word for word mailing that you may receive.

Hoping you are finding this from searching, ultimately protecting yourself from this spam company. These companies who send these letters, such as NETWORX,  attempt to convince you into transferring or renewing your domain using their service. Which on average is 500% above the market rate for domain name services.  Continue reading Craigslist Scam Attempt Text Message

Learn What Type Of Client You Are


Although the subject may seem a bit personal, it really is something web designers need to understand to provide you the best solution.

A web solution can be provided to any client, but if the client type is not fully understood the solution provided can be a failure.

“Why client terminology vs. customer? I see customer as one time buyer, where as a client, your there for the long run. “

There are three common types of clients I commonly see, which one are you? Continue reading Learn What Type Of Client You Are

3 Key Factors That Determine Local Search Ranking on Google


Did you know, Google (and Bing) search engines have two forms of presenting search results? One is general results, the other is local search results based on location of user or business being searched for.

This topic is regarding the Local Ranking on Google which probably makes up 60-80% of your potential customers.



The following information is valuable to any small business trying to better understand the search engine giants inner workings.   It is indeed important to know that listing your business in the yellow pages and waiting for a reponse are long gone.

(Disadvantages of using Yellow Book/Pages for your online web presence) Continue reading 3 Key Factors That Determine Local Search Ranking on Google

The Fundementals Of Mobile Friendly & Responsive Web Design

Mobile devices have been around for a while, but they were never used in a way (and to such a degree) as they are today. Surfing the web with these mobile devices has grown at a stellar pace, and for the first time will outnumber desktops and laptops starting this year. And most sites on the web are not optimized for these smaller screens.

Responsive web design, also known as mobile friendly design, assures that the website is responsive to any display size and adjusts accordingly to assure optimum viewing for any device.  For example, take our site ( Northwoods Web Designs ) shown below in different devices,  is designed with responsive in mind.

Responsive Web Designs

 

Similar to a chameleon per se, it will adjust the layout, navigation and content of what is displayed based on the size of the screen to assure the best viewing experience regardless of screen size.



To account for these smaller screens,
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Mail Delivery Failed Error When Sending Message to Hotmail or Outlook Mail Accounts

Stop SpamThe other day I received a Mail Delivery Failed message from clients that were using Hotmail and Outlook.com email accounts.

Those that were using Google, Yahoo or others received the message just fine.

The error details included:

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients.
This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

SMTP error from remote mail server after MAIL FROM:xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.com SIZE=2169:
host mx2.hotmail.com [65.55.33.135]: 550 SC-001 (COL0-MC6-F24) Unfortunately, messages from XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX weren’t sent. Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network is on our block list. You can also refer your provider to http://mail.live.com /mail /troubleshooting.aspx#errors.

After researching this a bit I found out that Microsoft has implemented a rather autonomous spam filtering system that as you see in the message, my server/IP address was not blocked due to spam activities , it was simply part of a an IP network.



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10 Advantages of Mobile Website Optimization

 

If you look around you will see nearly everybody with a smartphone such as a Android or iPhone. According to recent study by Pew Research Center report nearly two-thirds of Americans now one which they use to access the Internet on a regularly basis for viewing websites.

In order to provide an optimum experience for all these folks, websites need to be mobile friendly to ensure that the website is optimized for smartphone display.

There are a number of advantages, besides not losing out on business, when you have an mobile friendly optimized site that should help convince you of the need.




Faster Download Speed

Mobile websites are designed (coded) specifically for mobile standards and optimal download speed, which means less waiting and more browsing your services or products.

Improved User Experience

Nobody wants to browser a desktop website on their mobile phone. In fact Google will rank your website lower in search results if it is not mobile friendly. According to  mobile website usability , it proves mobile-optimized websites improve user experience and satisfaction which is important as we all know how important first impressions are.

Better Engagement

A mobile website is geared to show optimum call to actions such as click-to-call to improve user engagement.

Improved Search/SEO performance

A mobile website provides improved rankings on mobile-friendly search engines such as Google and Bing, and also allows placement in a growing number of mobile and local directories just for being mobile-friendly.

Accessibility

A mobile website can be accessed from anywhere. No longer is your website limited to laptops or desktops. This provides the ability for your website to be accessed by more people more often.

Competitive Advantage

If you website doesn’t look good on a mobile display users will typically opt out quickly and move on to one that does. Get the competitive edge by making sure your website is mobile friendly.

More Flexible and Cost-Effective Than App Development

There is no need to have a custom app build for Android, iPhone or other mobile phone platforms to showcase your services and products. A well mobile friendly optimized site is all you need and will provide the usability needed for a small display. Showing only key items so the user can take action on them quickly.

Really Don’t Have a Choice Anymore

**Updated** Now more then 52% of website traffic is accessed via a mobile phone

Ok, maybe this isn’t 10, but will add others if you comment below what may be missed.

From the latest statistics, more then 50% of website traffic is accessed via a mobile phone.  So unless you don’t care about the 50% of the population accessing your website effectively, its not really an option like it was years ago.  The world changes, and this is a big one when it comes to online website development. Northwoods Web Designs builds all new websites with Responsive Web Design in mind.

Thinking About Developing a Mobile Website?

If you’d like to learn more about developing a mobile-friendly website for your organization, simply let us know by contacting us for a free consult. We’ll be happy to learn more about your needs and offer recommendations.

As you can see, optimizing your website to assure its mobile friendly not only has a ton of advantages, but its no longer a choice to not do it.

 

Think Twice Before Trying A Website Build It Yourself

build-your-own-website-is-not-easyThere are several companies that are out there that are happy to take your money (Wix / 1and1 / others) claiming you can build your own site using their build-a-website tools. They market intensively to consumers and businesses, telling them that they can build their own website and consumers will mysteriously com

That’s hog wash and totally misleading. If you build it, consumers will not come.

Of course, you can build your own website. You could probably also design your own clothes and build your own furniture as well. But of course you wouldn’t because your clothes and furniture well would probably suck. Continue reading Think Twice Before Trying A Website Build It Yourself

Craigslist Scam Attempt Text Message

Stop Spam - Although some of it is funnyWelcome to our Spam Hall of Shame. Where we post some of the most bizarre, funny but potentially harmful scam/spam to the unknowing victim.

This spam showcases around Craigslist’s SMS Phishing attempts.  Below is the actual automated reply(s) from the phone number(s) listed in this article regarding our very own craigslist ad. Because we always post in two or more regions with similar titles, we know its a scam when you get two identical spam text that try to appear there interested.

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What Is The Someone Complimented You Text Message

Stop Spam - Although some of it is funnyWelcome to our Spam Hall of Shame. Where we post some of the most bizarre, funny but potentially harmful scam/spam to the unknowing victim.

This spam showcases around Smishing, which is a type of scam done through text messaging.  Unfortunately anyone can be a target of this scam and doesn’t matter whether you provided your number with others.

Phone numbers in the U.S. follow a predicted value so a simply computer program can be created to obtain the numbers (everything from (111) – 111 – 1111 to (999) – 999 – 9999 for example.

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