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7 things to consider before starting an online business

By Nicolo Nasol | Friday, 19 May 2017
You see things in a different light. You are brimming with priceless and precious ideas that you want to pursue, say for instance, startin...

7 things to consider before starting an online business

By Nicolo Nasol | Friday, 19 May 2017

You see things in a different light. You are brimming with priceless and precious ideas that you want to pursue, say for instance, starting an online business.

You excitedly and hurriedly scribble down your ideas to paper, lest you lose even a fragment of your ideas.

Basically, that is how the "inspiration of an idea" works — that famous "aha" moment where thoughts seem to flow easily and endlessly. Millions of businesses are born that way. But does this "moment of inspiration" represent everything? Answer: it does not. In fact, it's not even the real beginning.

The truth is, ideas amount to nothing unless you act upon them. You can take notes for hours and have a bunch of ideas written down, but all that will go nowhere unless you work out a master plan for which you will lay the blueprint of your business.

Businesses do not actually begin until you work out a plan, like listing things you have to consider before starting it, a checklist, if you like.

Great ideas for online businesses give you a certain high, but it will soon dawn on you there are things you have to consider before starting an online business. This here is the real work.

Here's 7 things you should take note of:

1

Timing

Is this the best moment for you to start an online business? Are you ready for the time, effort, and money it will take for you to go on with your business idea? It's important that you consider this above all else. Do not start unless you are prepared to give it your full focus and dedication.

2

People

Do you already have the specific people to work with to make your business successful? (Definitely, no man is an island, especially when it comes to business.) For starters, these "colleagues" can be your friends with the right skills and expertise, that you can trust, and who are willing to commit with you.

3

Business

Is this the right type of business for you? Will it be able to sustain itself in the long run? To evaluate this, I suggest you discuss this with the team you have. Brainstorm, survey, and do market research. See the latest trends and map out various strategies.

4

Naming

Do you have a brand name that clicks? A brand name is important in any business. How your brand name appears in the market can decide whether your business goes on or not. The name is simply among your prime tools in building your business. Come up with a catchy brand name — preferably relevant to your line of business — that will evoke great first impressions from your audience.

5

Audience

Do you have a plan on how to connect with your audience? For online businesses, social media is undoubtedly the best way to connect with people. Do your best to establish yourself on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

6

Strategy

Do you have sufficient marketing strategies to hand? It's no easy thing to thrive in business when the competition is tight. You have to think of ways to stand out and outwit your competitors. You should have a database of customers and enough data to work with. You will be needing data before you can work out a strategy.

7

Preparation

Are you prepared to go all through? Consider that there will be mistakes, which can be disheartening, especially at the beginning, but never despair and give up. It takes commitment and determination to work with all the way and learn. It will get better if you're constantly learning.



Hassle-free Business Registration starts at Crazy Domains

By Jorisse G | Friday, 12 May 2017

Crazy Domains is offering a new unique and invaluable service for small businesses in Australia. Introducing Business Registration: a service designed to provide a hassle-free registration process for SMB.

The Benefits of .AU registration

The popularity of .AU in the Australian business community is unparalleled. But the lack of an ABN can hinder some customers when it comes to getting their website online.

The governing body for .AU, auDA, requires COM.AU and .NET.AU domain customers to be an Australian registered businesses. An Australian Business Number or Australian Company Number are just two of the easiest ways to attain eligibility for the domain.

The Business Registration service includes registration of ABN/ACN, Business Name and GST. This would be especially useful for businesses looking to establish a strong online presence with a dedicated .COM.AU or .NET.AU web address.

With Business Registration at Crazy Domains, customers have a one-stop option to quickly set themselves up online.

Crazy easy setup with Business Registration

Business Registration will initially be available to customers within the domain registration process. The service will furthermore be offered as a separate product for customers looking to establish their own business online, fast.

Customers can also enjoy VIP Express Processing option, which enables urgent fast tracking of business registration.

Mark Evans, CEO of Dreamscape Networks, said:

Imagine you're registering your domain name, email & web hosting – then realise you can't secure your preferred web address with a .AU domain, because you don't have an ABN yet. Business Registration makes it easy and painless to get everything a business needs to set themselves up online.
Instead of customers having to go away to register their ABN somewhere else, they can do it with us, because Crazy Domains' dedicated business registration team will take care of the registration. Once complete the customer can easily get the web domain of their choice.

Business Registration makes it Crazy easy and painless for customers to set themselves up online. This means they won't have to go somewhere else to register their ABN. Everything can just be done at Crazy Domains.

The dedicated registration team will be on hand to take care of the setup process. Plus, support is available 24/7, aimed at best-in-world service.

Get started! Find more simple and innovative online solutions for online business at CrazyDomains.com.



Does your website need an insurance policy?

By James C | Friday, 5 May 2017

The truth is, it is almost frighteningly easy to lose a website.

If you aren't confident in what you are doing, you could delete a critical file by mistake and not be able to use your website.

Have you thought about security? An Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec found that nearly 50% of cyber-attacks targeted Australian small businesses, but less than 40% of SMB consider hacking to be a major concern. If your website was hacked, could it be recovered?

It doesn't even have to be a malicious attack, a virus accidentally picked up could infect your site and take you offline. Downtime can very costly.

Hopefully, you're appreciating how quickly your site could be affected. If you are a small or medium-sized business, could you afford to be offline for a day? Or even for a few hours? Very few can.

Help is at hand. Crazy Domains have partnered with industry leaders Dropsuite to bring Site Backup to our customers. The best part is that this can be applied to not only as an add‐on to your exisiting website hosting, but it is also available to new customers.

SMB are often the hardest impacted by website data loss, so the site backup solution is designed as a electronic insurance policy for your website, doggedly guarding against what can be very costly downtime or loss of data.

We have all experienced losing work that hasn't been saved or backed up. Think about times when you are hit with a blue screen of death just as you are finishing an important report, or a power failure brings an early end to the big presentation you needed for the next day.

Losing your website can be a disaster

By using Site Backup, the automation of updates means you don't have to remember to back up your website manually. It works like an insurance policy.

If anything goes wrong with your website, like a cyber attack or a virus infection, you know that you're covered, with the team at Crazy Domains are on hand 24/7 to help you out.

There's no need to lose sleep worrying about what could happen, you can instead get back to doing what you are good at, and focus on growing your business.

Site Backup is aimed at users with little or no IT knowledge, who often lack a dedicated IT department or technical staff, and yet rely on continued profitability and uninterrupted revenue.

Website Encryption

All files are encrypted with Military Grade AES 256 bit encryption — ensuring data is safe and secure according to the highest professional standards. The Cloud backup product is able for websites built with Wordpress, Magento, Joomla, TYPO3, Drupal, MODX and other website assembly platforms.

In addition, the product is able to backup databases types, including MySQL (with or without SSH over tunnel), MS‐SQL, MongoDB and PostgreSQL.



Fact Check now available in Google Search and News around the world

By Jorisse G | Friday, 28 April 2017

Every minute, 2.3 million searches occur on Google. That means there are over 100,000,000,000 Google searches every single month. And still, the demand for more high quality information continues. Businesses and contributors continue to invest time and effort to engage using Google search pages.

The availability of information also means that the amount of content people have access to can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, many of these are designed to spread false or misleading data, either as clickbait or a more malicious type of misinformation. These are widely shared over social media and quickly go viral, making it hard for people to know the real facts.

Fortunately, Google has taken steps to invalidate unsupported information through Fact Check.

Verified news on search results

Google announced last October that they have partnered with Jigsaw to start allowing publishers to tag Google News stories with Fact Check. This was offered in a few countries, with the label indicating that the information in the article has been fact-checked by news publishers and other relevant organisations.

This means that when you conduct a search on Google, the results that will show are credible, with fact checks for one or more claims. The information will be clearly displayed on the results page. The snippet will provide facts on the claim, as well as the person who made the claim and the subsequent fact check of the specific claim.

Fact Check now available everywhere

The company evaluated feedback from users and publishers both, leading to their decision to make Fact Check available everywhere in Google News. This has been further expanded into Search in all languages globally.

However, this won't be available for each search result. Furthermore, different conclusions may be reached by different publishers who checked the same claim. These are presented so the user can make more informed rulings about the information.

Even with different conclusions, Google still thinks that the feature will help people understand the consensus on a specific claim. In addition, users will also get information on the things reliable sources agree on.

Google is working on making fact checks more visible on search results pages. The company believes this will help people to more easily review and evaluate the information they are presented with, leading them to make their own knowledgeable opinions.

With information overload and the spread of inaccurate news, Fact Check helps the Information Age get one step closer to a fake news-free web.



Dispelling the SEO Mythology

By Jorisse G | Friday, 21 April 2017

SEO is something that can make or break your site. With so many websites vying for customer attention online, many people turn to questionable tactics just to get better ranking.

This has resulted in many SEO horror stories, giving birth to myths that are widely circulated. These can be very misleading, especially for businesses still gauging where they belong in the SEO game.

So to help you get started, below are the top five myths on SEO, debunked.

SEO is a one-off thing

Too often businesses fall into the trap of thinking that SEO should be done once, and allowed to gather results on its own over time. The truth is, patience is something you need with SEO, especially because good results are not readily there. It's something you need to continue working on for a long time.

Maintaining SEO efforts is crucial because of link rot, evolution of search engine algorithms and updates, continuous competition, outdated content and the publishing of new pages, plus many more factors.

Keywords are no longer relevant

The Hummingbird update from Google essentially replaced keywords with topics and concepts, making keyword targeting unessential. In this day and age, keyword research has become less straightforward, but it is still a very important aspect of your strategy.

Updates have meant that keyword research has extended beyond manual activity, becoming more complex in nature. Google has not openly declared keywords to be unimportant now, but just remember that the search engine has evolved to become more understanding, taking into consideration relevant concepts and context in addition to search phrases.

Link building is dead

It's something that's been repeated lots of times. Google is against link building for SEO, as laid out in the search engine's Webmaster guidelines. In it, links that purportedly try to influence the ranking of a site in search results can be pinned down as part of a link scheme, which violates Google's Webmaster guidelines.

The idea is that sites should acquire natural growth over time, especially if rules for great content are followed. But in a world where everyone is doing link building, it's easy to get left behind.

Despite what Google says, links are still influential when it comes to rankings, the most important aspect of your SEO strategy. Aim for high quality links from reliable sources. Make sure that you check what kind of links work best in your industry. Do your research by looking at the link profiles of your big competitors.

SEO is built on tricks and clicks

There is good SEO, and then there is bad. Bad SEO consists of manipulative tactics or "tricks" that get sites penalised. Often, bad tactics, such as putting more keywords in title tags, are what managers think SEO should be. This leads to the thinking that SEO is all about tricks to get people to click more.

Real, quality SEO contributes to the organisation of content, making the browsing experience better. This includes content that is more visible for prospects and search engines as well as content that improve accessibility through user experience and site structure.

SEO is all about sharing fresh content with the right audience, improving exposure and getting more traffic for business.

"SEO is unnecessary for my business"

Some businesses may think that SEO is irrelevant when it comes to their industry, but when it comes to the web, if you want to be seen, SEO is what you need. With billions of web searches each month, you need to get found easily if you want to do more business over the internet.

Some markets may have minimal search usage, but just remember that the world has become even more connected than before, especially with the rise of mobile in the business world. Use market research to make sure you understand your industry and where you can start building your influence.

With these SEO myths debunked, you can start focusing on the right efforts to get seen online. Make sure to stay away from these misconceptions to avoid falling into the darker aspects of SEO.



Australian businesses – invest in your website and get a tax break!

By Jorisse G | Friday, 14 April 2017

Until June 2017, small businesses in Australia can enjoy immediate tax deduction when purchasing any individual asset costing less than $20,000. This has temporarily replaced the previous threshold of $1,000.

Time to take a break!

The price limit applies for each individual item and can be applied as many items as owners wish. All businesses that qualify under the definition of small business entities are eligible for the tax break. This means businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $2 million.

The small business tax break is the perfect opportunity for startups to invest in their websites, especially when it comes to services that improve online presence.

Invest in your website – your key to online

Websites are the key to online influence, the virtual business card that customers will want to look at to find the services and products they need.

You need a powerful website with the right domain name, with professional, responsive design, fresh and relevant content, good navigability and user experience, top security, plus SEO for more visibility.

The best news is, you get all of that and more with Crazy Domains' Ultimate Empire package. Plus, funding it gets even easier using interest-free payments with zipPay.

When you're starting out and don't know where to begin getting your business online, time is money. Save time and more than $600 getting your domain, hosting, email marketing, website builder and more all at once, in one crazy easy package.

Time is money. Save both!

zipPay lets you spread your payments in easy installments that you fulfill at your own convenience. With interest-free payment, you can purchase all the services you need, right away, and manage the cost.

Small businesses and startups can often struggle with cash flow, and finding investment funds can be difficult. But with zipPay, there's no need for big upfront payments. Just use your zipPay account when you shop at Crazy Domains!

Here at Crazy Domains, we understand that time is money. This is why we have made it simple and affordable to get online.

Claim your tax deducation, spread your payments and get online today. Get your Ultimate Empire website package and instantly enjoy the benefits! Pay now with zipPay!



.AU domains may finally be coming soon!

By Nicolo Nasol | Friday, 7 April 2017

Exciting changes to the Australian domain landscape, started back in 2015, are now taking form, with the long-awaited direct .AU web domain finally coming soon. Possibly.
Derek Whitehead, the Names Panel chair and adjunct professor of Swinburne University of Technology, stated convincing reasons for having direct registrations for Australian users, including that a direct .AU address "[creates] more options" and offers "a wide range of new choices for registrants"; and since it's simple and concise, it's more "appealing and memorable," it makes "the domain name system easier to use."
This will enable users to register a web address directly as .AU instead of .COM.AU or .NET.AU. Many people told auDa (the .au Domain Administration) that they wanted this to be an option. However, as with any change this will also have repercussions and has faced arguments, including that the change could it could potentially confuse the users. since it disrupts the hierarchy of Australian DNS, which is now responsible for more than 3 million users.

Announcing Their First Steps

After more than an entire year of reviews and deliberations, auDa's recommendation of introducing second-level registrations into .AU has now been accepted by the board. Following this acceptance, auDA has taken their first steps toward making this change a reality for this great southern land.
auDa's names panel's report considered not just their members' input spanning over ten months, but also feedback received during rounds of consulting the public opinion. For this consultations process, the names panel has encouraged individuals and a wide range of stakeholder groups to freely submit their comments.
The board also commissioned an "independent market research" that showed that 60% of the respondents are willing to register "yourname.AU" it if were available.
auDA's steps will have further "extensive public consultation," these include market research, both qualitative and quantitative, so as to follow on with the gathered feedbacks from the research. The qualitative interviews commenced on 14 February 2017. Stay tuned for more news as we have it, from Australia's leading domain name registrar.


How to protect yourself from ransomware

By Nicolo Nasol | Friday, 31 March 2017

More than half of the surveyed Australian businesses have suffered from ransomware incidents in the last financial year.

Within the first two months off 2016, over 200,000 Australians had fallen victim to these attacks, and the numbers soared to almost a staggering 700,000 in the two months that followed. Furthermore, these ransomware attacks doubled in the second half of 2016, from 5.5 to 10.5 percent.

Australia has become a prime target on earth for these attacks, suffering 1.42 percent of all attacks in the world, just a little behind Russia. The reason for this, according to Australian Communications and Media Authority research on malicious software, is that Australians "underrate the risks of malware."

One can almost say that there is a serious lack of vigilance within the Australian people, as nearly half of adults do not believe they will fall victim to such cyber crimes.

To put it succinctly, ransomware is a kind of malware that blocks the victim’s access to their own files. The attacker will then demand for a huge ransom in exchange for the decryption code for the blocked content; after the given time elapses, the files will be lost forever.

Even if you pay the ransom, that gives no assurance whether the culprit will keep up their end of the bargain. They may instead ask for a higher ransom, and the cycles goes on.

Ransom payments will also feed to their greed, not to mention encouraging them towards more cyber crimes.

Along with saying no to suspicious e-mails and content, here are two of the best ways on how you can defend yourself from ransomwares and other malwares:

Site Protection

The loading time of a page can be affected by the number of images, scripts and other elements that have to be downloaded. HTTP requests are sent for all of these aspects, which means that sites with more elements take longer load times.Current web design trends lean toward simplicity to make sites efficient and fast. Remember to keep your design straightforward and professional for the best impactCyber criminals lurk all over the Internet, waiting to strike at the slightest indication you have let guard down. Do not take your chances with your websites as they may have security holes in which the hackers can exploit.

Our Crazy Domains Site Protection identifies these security holes and safeguards your site tightly from these ransomwares, as well as preventing identify theft and phishing, etc.

We work on the highest levels of industry standards, so we assure you your safety on the web. Our security experts are within your reach 24/7.

Cloud Backup

Working in partner with Acronis, a global provider of cloud data backup solutions, Crazy Domains offers customers the best Cloud backup solution.

Our cloud backup features Military-grade encryption and real-time remote file access. With this, you can worry less over data loss and other malicious security threats. It has also unlimited backup in one account — save files from as many PCs and devices as you can.

The effects of malware can be devastating — the temporary or permanent loss of important data, disruption of operations, not to mention, the serious financial losses and tarnished reputation in business — something that should not be taken lightly. One should protect themselves at all times, and at all costs.



7 essential qualities of awesome web hosting for business

By Jorisse G | Friday, 24 March 2017

Getting your website out there seems easy, when there's tons of web hosting services to choose from. However, choosing the best is not always an easy task. It's common to get lost in the endless hype of promises of cheap hosting, and overlook the factors you should have be looking at.

To help you move forward, here are some important points to consider if you want to find the best service for your business.

Space: the ultimate frontier

Web space is one of the easy aspects to look closely at with hosting, since it comes cheaply. This is why you should make sure to get as much of it as you can. Make sure that the space that comes with your hosting is more than enough for what you intend for your website to do, enough to grow, and what you plan to offer to your audience.

Reputation is everything

Before jumping into bed with a provider and purchasing a hosting plan, make sure that you know the company's reputation. This is where genuine consumer reviews come in. Take into account the longevity of the brand in the industry, as well as the guarantees for reliability that they include.

Need for speed

Everything moves fast in this day and age. This is why hosting speed is one of the key factors you should look at.

The speed of the service can be affected by the servers the company uses, as well as the number of customers they host on each server. Check the speed by visiting the company's website or blog. You can also make use of a speed testing site for more relevant details.

Availability of support

Customers look for instantly available support when they need it. For your hosting, make sure to choose a provider that can be reached 24/7 in various ways. This can include chat, phone, email and social media. This will help you reach out to them whenever you have an issue, concern or emergency and need technical expertise.

Features and perks

A good hosting provider will have many different features thrown in to help your business. These can include an easy-to-use control panel – whether cPanel or Plesk, supported language, sub-domains, database, and hosting on Unix or Windows.

You should also check whether the provider puts limitations on the quantity of email boxes allowed as well as other email features they have. Full management and control is something you should go for.

Location, location, location (also: security and hardware)

Location is important if you want hosting that is fast. Hosting services located in your country or region can provide faster and more reliable web hosting. Check what security features and what type of hardware the provider uses as well.

Know more what type of security the company offers and see if the hardware they use include the latest technology, as this will help you get top of the line service.

Pricing and plans

With web hosting, you get what you pay for. The less you spend, the less perks you enjoy. There are many affordable options to choose from, so you need to find the service that fits with your budget.

Make sure that the provider doesn't give you a low price when you purchase, then charge you more with every feature that you want to include. Look for a plan that has everything you need and start with that.

As with many things, not all web hosting services are created equal. These guiding indicators will help you narrow down your choices. Choose the best Web Hosting service out there with more perks and start doing just awesome online.



The best business performance Web Hosting is now 20% off!

By Jorisse G | Friday, 17 March 2017

At Crazy Domains, we know how eager you are to get your site out there and begin taking advantage of the many opportunities online.

It's crazy easy to get started with great hosting for your website, ensuring your site and services are always available.

With our Web Hosting packages, you get what you need and more. Best of all, now you can enjoy 20% off on all bundles!

Enjoy fast page loading times

Our web hosting enables you to manage your website on a high-performing hosting platform, giving you blazing fast loading times. We use next generation servers to give you the best performance and ensure maximum reliability.

All-in-one web hosting control panel

Our easy-to-use control panel lets you manage your website effortlessly from any web browser. Take control with drag and drop feature to help you conveniently manage your files. With simple email setups and a cPanel Hosting Manager plus file upload support, you can manage your website seamlessly.

Choose from our dedicated package deals and enjoy expert tech support 24/7 whenever you need it.

20% discount with our limited-time only Crazy promo!

Get professional and save up to 20% on our super-fast Web Hosting. Get yours now at Crazy Domains! Simply use the promo code MYSOCIALHOST when you check out.

At Crazy Domains, we help your business go from good to legendary.

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