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   A Home-Based Business Online

  December 16

  Sent to 1,951 subscribers

    Editor: Elena Fawkner
  Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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  1.   Welcome and Update from the Editor
  2.   Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Online
  3.   Article - But It Wasn't Supposed to BE Like This!
  4.   Project Moonlighting
  5.   Guest Article - Holiday Stress Busters
  6.   Freebies
  8.   This Week's Web Site Pick
  9.   Next Week
  13.  Contact Information

1.  Welcome and Update from the Editor

Hello again and a warm welcome to all new subscribers!


Plans for the AHBBO newsletter tutorial are coming along
nicely.  The course will commence January 13 so if you've
been meaning to start your own newsletter, but haven't got
around to it yet, start thinking about it!  Let 2017 be your
year of action!


Remember, this newsletter is for YOU!  If you have comments
or suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed,
or would just like to share your experiences with other
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questions and stories to: Contact By Email


2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Publish Your Own
   Online Newspaper

By Jim Moore, Editor and Publisher
TennTimes (http://www.tenntimes.org)
"TennTimes the news - TennTimes the information!"

The Internet has clearly evolved into the Global Village,
connecting the whole world through a simple telephone link.
But in the process, it has left many smaller communities and
resources behind.

This article highlights one example of that and how you can
tap into an unrealized market right in your own backyard.

I live on a 34-acre farm in a rural county southwest of
Nashville, Tennessee. This area we call Middle Tennessee has
many smaller, rural communities that have their own weekly
newspaper, but very few of these papers have an Internet

These papers often have very small staffs, maybe one person
in the editorial department, and they don't have the
resources or the manpower to create and maintain a web site.

Yet, with the world as mobile and farflung as it is, there
is a real opportunity for these papers to provide local news
content that would be available over the Internet.


- John Boy has moved to the city, but would like to keep up
with what's going on in his hometown, where Mom and Dad and
aunts and uncles may still live.
- Or maybe it's Grandma and Grandpa that have moved to a
retirement community in Florida, but would still like to
keep up with their grandson's school activities, Scout
programs, etc.
- Bobby is serving in the Marines in Kosovo and would like
to stay in touch with the hometown news while he's overseas.

Yahoo, CitySearch and several sites offer localized
restaurant listings, business listings, etc. within certain
major metropolitan areas, but until now there has been no
way to access the smaller independent weekly newspapers.

"Freedom of the press," wrote A. J. Lieberling, "belongs to
those who own one." As a Net surfer, you own a global
printing press.


In a nutshell, you approach your local newspaper and offer
them a free web page where they can publish local news and
photos. They can also increase their advertising revenue -
and yours.

All they have to do is email you the stories and photos they
want published on the Net. It's best to limit this to no
more than three or four stories and a couple of photos.
Since you maintain the site for them (or have a service like
TennTimes do it), they don't have to do anything they're not
already doing.

When their advertising salespeople make their calls, they
simply ask local businesses if they would like a
supplementary Internet ad along with their newspaper ad.
"Supplementary" is a key word here. No newspaper is going to
want to lose existing ad revenue to an Internet site, not
even their own.  To place an ad on the Westview Online
Edition (this is the name of a real newspaper in Bellevue,
TN that is using this program), the advertiser must also be
placing a print ad in the "real" newspaper. (You can see

When Net surfers tune in to the Online Westview, they find
highlights from the just published issue, plus a ton of
features the weekly paper can't afford to offer in its print
edition - comics, newslinks to hundreds of other newspapers
in 139 countries, editorial columns from 400+ well-known
newspaper columnists, material on lifestyles, business,
sports (all the college and pro scores and standings, updated
hourly), news and photos from Reuters, AP, UPI and others
(also updated hourly), plus local links to schools,
churches, government agencies, and community organizations,
as well as local weather, local TV listings, local movies,

The Westview thus becomes a portal to the Internet for its
online readers, complete with search engines, valuable tools
and tips, and much more.


While local businesses can put up a Web site, it's probably
going to get lost in the World Wide Web. Do a search on
"book stores" and see how many you come up with.

This concept enables small businesses to reach a LOCAL
audience (most sales are within 7 miles of a store's
location unless you're a national business).

It puts their advertising in a format in which they don't
get lost among all the bookstores in the whole world, for
example. Their battle to get "noticed" is much easier.


Newspapers I work with are glad to print free advertising,
telling their readers they can now access the online
newspaper. The way this generally works is: you submit
several different sized ads, which the editor will use
whenever he/she needs to fill a certain space.  Newspaper
layout is not an exact science. Usually there will be small
holes to fill (an advertiser cancels an ad at the last
minute, a story isn't quite long enough to fill up the
available space, etc.) Give the editor a broad enough
selection of sizes on your ad and you're making his/her job
easier. They pick an ad that will fit the hole.

Second, offer FREE listings to all churches, schools,
nonprofit community organizations, government agencies and
elected representatives, and news media (radio, TV,
newspapers). This attracts traffic. Only businesses pay for
listings, ads or links to their existing web sites, as well
as e-mail addresses. Also offer FREE classified ads to your
online readers, business and personal. (You can always limit
it to personal only if businesses want to use the free
classifieds instead of paid advertising.

Third, promote your newspaper through word of mouth. Tell
everyone you know. Print up business cards with your site
address on it and hand them out freely.

The Westview (mentioned earlier) carries the online columns
of its two city council members (Bellevue is a part of
Nashville). This gets elected officials involved and
participating - and of course they're going to tell their
friends how to read their online columns. It never hurts to
get City Hall on your side.


You can spend months setting up this whole idea on your own,
maintain it and expand it - or you can plug into an existing
local newspaper service (and I know of only one such service)
in order to offer 100+ pages of content to supplement the
local news and advertising.

As a local online publisher, your job is to make sure the
local news keeps coming in, to sell local ads, and to
accumulate the names, addresses and phone numbers of local
links (churches, schools, government, community groups, etc.)

Another important thing is to include historical articles
and those that promote your local community, Chamber of
Commerce, etc.

If you have a flair for writing and enjoy it, you might also
want to come up with some of your own local human-interest
features or even a weekly column. Let the "real" newspaper
print it for free, if they wish. I write a column reviewing
plays at the local dinner theatre; they're printed online
and in the printed paper. (Make sure the printed paper gets
first access; you don't want to undercut them or "hog the
limelight.") Remember, this is a partnership between your
online edition and the printed newspaper.

One other thing I'm doing is reprinting chapters and photos
from a book of local history written by the Westview
publisher (now deceased). Readers eat this kind of stuff up
- but be sure you have permission. In this case, the book is
copyrighted, so I got permission from the widow and her
daughter, who have run the paper since his death.


This isn't a "get rich quick" scheme. It's a business and
you're in it for the long haul. You make money by (a) ad
revenue you get from the local paper (50-50 split of online
advertising), (b) sale of online information you either
originate or obtain from other sources - with permission!,
(c) ad revenue from ads you sell that do not undercut your
newspaper partner, and (d) affiliate advertising, if you
wish. Remember that your emphasis is LOCAL news and
advertising, so don't cut your nose to spite your face by
getting too many affiliates that would compete with or
overshadow your local business partners.

Advertising you get entirely on your own would have to be
published in the national edition of your newspaper (if you
work with a service like TennTimes). You want to make sure
to honor your commitment with your local paper that local
ads, published in the local edition, go through them.

To see an online example of how this works, go to
http://www.tenntimes.org. There you'll see the whole
enchilada - local, state, national and world - all wrapped
up into one convenient package that will keep attracting Net
surfers to your local page first. Who knows, they might even
want to make it their home page.

For more information, you can also email:

Jim Moore, Director
Phoenix Technologies
A Division of the Phoenix Foundation

Visit our web site at:

Internet Web Design & Consulting at Affordable Prices
for Small-Medium Businesses & Organizations or visit
Tennessee's electronic newspaper covering Middle Tennessee


There are many more ideas like this in AHBBO's Home Business
Ideas page at and
Online Business Ideas page at
with more being added
all the time.


3. Article - But It Wasn't Supposed To BE Like This!

By Elena Fawkner

Sacked my webhost this week.  What a pain.  As many of you
who are customers of a certain webhost who shall remain
nameless know (we will refer to it as "WH"), a few days ago
hackers managed to gain access to WH's supposedly super-
secure state-of-the-art mail servers and spam half the

As a result, a database in New Zealand added WH to its
blacklist of servers that it deems guilty of relaying spam
email.  Consequently, many perfectly innocent clients of WH
found themselves unable to send or receive email for several
days.  It is not known if the 'lost' email will ever be
recovered.  This little episode has cost many businesses
many thousands of dollars in lost business.

Interestingly, it seems from the posts to the WH bulletin
board that most of the affected customers were really quite
understanding of WH's predicament and took the position that
the blackban was not its fault.  Taking a less charitable
view myself, I would have thought that some criticism could
have fairly been leveled at WH for the fact that hackers
were even able to gain access to its servers but that did
not seem to preoccupy the vast majority of posters to the
WH board.  Rather, all they wanted to know was when they
could expect to have their email back.

What I find truly staggering about all of this is that a
DATABASE, without ANY human intervention, could be allowed
to wreak such havoc on so many businesses without there
being any sort of mechanism in place to determine, by a
process of reason and judgment, whether the so-called
'guilty' party had, indeed, committed the crime of which it
was accused and convicted without trial.

In law, there is such a thing as natural justice.  This
means that the accused shall have the opportunity to hear
the allegations made against him AND, more importantly, the
opportunity to respond to those allegations and raise
relevant facts in defence or mitigation of those
allegations, if soundly based.  Had WH been afforded natural
justice in this case, it would have pleaded complete
innocence of the charges leveled against it, that plea would
have been investigated and not disproved, and WH and its
customers would have been spared the frustration and
economic damage caused by the effective shutdown of the
most crucially important method of internet communication.

How can this be allowed to happen?  Surely someone must be
held accountable.  WH for failing to effectively secure its
mail servers or the nameless faces behind the database?
Must the anonymity and anarchic nature of the internet
necessarily lead to a lack of accountability?

Can you imagine what would happen in the offline world if
an automated watchdog of, say, the telecommunications
industry disconnected the telephone service of the clients
of a carrier who was unfortunate enough to be the unwitting
victim of an illegal line tap?  Outrage!  Of course, such a
situation would never be allowed to occur.  Industry
regulators around the developed world have put in place
systems and procedures to investigate such complaints.  Only
where the charge is proven can action be taken against the
villain of the piece.  And most certainly, the innocent
customers of the telecommunications carrier would not have
to suffer the inconvenience and injustice of having their
service disconnected in punishment for a crime they did not

So why does natural justice seem to be such an alien concept
in the online world?  What is it about the culture of the
internet that seems to assume the need for procedural
fairness, the fundamental justice we all have the right to
expect in the offline world, can just be dispensed with?
And, just as importantly, why are we so quick to accept it
as an immutable fact of internet life when we would all be
rushing to our attorneys indignantly crying "foul", "foul",
if it happened to us offline?

A perfect example of this phenomenon is the propensity of
many ISPs to cancel email accounts of users who are merely
ACCUSED of spamming.  I have seen some ISP user agreements
that say that if the ISP receives more than three complaints
of spamming against you, your account will be automatically
cancelled!  Excuse me?  How unfair is that?  To never know
of a complaint, to never know who lodges it, to never have
the opportunity to present your side of the case.  You're
just closed down.  Never mind that the person making the
complaint was a malicious vandal whose idea of a hobby is to
fabricate spamming complaints and have legitimate businesses
put out of business or at least seriously inconvenienced.

Just WHAT is going on here?  It's like living in a parallel
universe.  Why aren't we all outraged?  Why aren't we all
righteously indignant that our rights are being trampled in
this way?  Why are we so meekly accepting of this most
blatant injustice?

I understand the anarchic nature of the internet.  I
understand its culture and its rhythms and its wildness and
its ferocious energy and its incredible ability to
continuously reinvent itself.  But the internet is merely a
technological phenomenon after all is said and done.  It is
not organic, it is not another life form of which we should
stand in awe.  It is man-made.  It is not alive.  It does
not breathe or bleed.  It should not be a law unto itself,
accountable to no-one just because it's the almighty

Behind the internet are people, just like you and me.
People whose actions have consequences.  No-one should be
permitted to sabotage another's business without sanction
and no-one should be able to inflict deliberate damage and
shield behind the lack of accountability that is becoming
all too easily accepted as an implacable fact of internet
life.  Despite all the analogies to the contrary, this is
NOT the wild wild west where gunslingers can take it upon
themselves to round up and lynch a scoundrel without giving
him a fair trial first.

So, you may ask, why did I sack my poor, innocent webhost?
Simple.  I had a problem with my email this week, unrelated
to the current disaster.  I have had more than a few of
these sorts of problems over recent weeks.  Each time I gave
WH every chance to fix the problem.  I was patient and
reasonable and understanding.  Unfortunately, having given
WH the opportunity to turn my dissatisfaction into satisfaction
and justify my decision to pay a premium for what WH led me
to believe would be superior customer service, I was met
with little more than automated email messages every hour
assuring me that my problem was being worked on.

When, after three days of this, my problem STILL wasn't fixed,
I thought back to all the other little problems WH has
caused me over the past couple of months and finally decided
enough was enough.

So I have changed webhosts.  You see, unlike faceless,
personality-free databases and automated technical customer
service departments, I am human and I don't forgive easily.
And I never, EVER, forget.


4. Project Moonlighting

This week most subscribers received a special AHBBO mailing
detailing the first Project Moonlighting recommendation,
the Internet Marketing Warriors.

For the benefit of newer subscribers, Project Moonlighting
is an occasional segment from AHBBO, delivered by special
mailing, that features a proven cash-generating opportunity
for those of you who are just looking to make a little
extra income at home without having to make the commitment of
starting a full-blown home business.  I personally trial all
opportunities presented via Project Moonlighting for at
least six weeks before recommending them to you.

If you subscribed to AHBBO after the special mailing, you
can grab a copy by autoresponder by sending a blank email
to .

5. Guest Article - Holiday Stress Busters

By Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

The holidays are a time for great joy for some, and a time
of stress and frustration for others. None of us should be
denied the joys of the holiday season and so I have put
together the following seven suggestions to help you "bust"
the holiday stresses and enjoy this time more.

1. Plan ahead. We know well in advance, (like a year
before), that the holidays will require a lot more of our
time for special preparations in addition to our regular
routines and responsibilities. However, many of us get
caught short, in crisis management, running around at the
"eleventh hour", trying to get the last minute stuff done,
feeling a bit (or a lot) stressed out. The solution is to
plan ahead and schedule these tasks and events with greater
care. It always seems to get done sooner or later. Why not
sooner, at your pace, without so much of the hassle?

2. Delegate. There is a lot of difference between "I do
it" and "It gets done". Which is more important to you? I
hope, "It gets done". Sure it's fun to "do it all", but
that may be an impractical goal that only serves to frazzle
and stress you out.  Share the shopping, cooking, cleaning,
etc. responsibilities with others. You don't have to "do it
all" yourself. It would be nice if we could, but there is
only so much time. And people generally appreciate the
opportunity to participate in the preparations.  "You don't
always do for someone when you always do for someone."

3. Get enough sleep. During the holidays, with all there is
to do, the parties, the preparations, the shopping, the
wrapping, and the cooking, it is easy to pay for the
additional time required with our sleep time. The problem
for many is that when they don't get enough sleep, they get
cranky and don't enjoy what they are doing as much. Not only
that, they may not exactly be a pleasure to be around! Each
of us has a different sleep level that we require to feel
rested. Especially during the busy holiday period, take the
time for adequate sleep so that you have the energy to get
into the full swing of things and enjoy it as it happens.

4. Don't overindulge. Anything in moderation. The holidays
are a time when it is easy to overindulge in what we eat
and drink. The problem is, we pay for it later and
sometimes sooner. A little advanced planning might help as
well. For example, let's say you know that you always
accumulate an additional five pounds over the holidays. Make
it a point to drop five pounds before the holiday season.
Many find it is easier and less stressful to lose that
additional weight before, rather than after, the holidays.

5. Set a financial budget and stick to it. We tend to want
to be generous and when shopping, it is easy to fall prey
to "impulse buying" and "go all out" with the credit cards.
Then, we experience the "post holiday blues", when the
bills arrive in January. Plan what you will spend before
you go to the stores, when you are rational, and then stick
to those budget amounts when you are in the stores, when
you are more emotional.

6. Don't overload this time period. KISS. "Keep it Simple."
This is not the last holiday period you will enjoy. You
can't do everything but you can do and enjoy the most
important things. Sure you will do more now than at other
times during the year.  Have a grand time, a memorable
holiday season. Just don't try to "do it all". Save
something for next year.

7. Enjoy the journey, not just the destination. Don't
"dread" any part of it, the shopping, the wrapping, the
cooking, the cleaning, etc. Find happiness in all of it.
Enjoy it all. Some place all their eggs in one basket. If
all the celebration and the joy are scheduled for that one
night, perhaps Christmas Eve, what happens if it's a
disappointment? The whole season is a bust. Enjoy all the
stuff leading up to the  "big night" and enhance the quality
and your level of enjoyment of the entire season.


Don Wetmore is a full-time Professional Speaker,
specializing in the topic of Time Management. He has
another article that might be helpful to you, entitled,
"Stabilize Stress". It's free. To get yours, email your
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8. This Week's Web Site Pick - Hitbox.com

This site's a royal pain in the butt to load but worth the
sometimes interminable wait.

If you have a Web site, do you know ...

  How many people come to your site?
  When and where they come from?
  If they come back?
  Where they surf on your site?

That's what Hitbox can tell you.  The free version requires
you to display a button on each page that you want tracked
but the information you can get from this little gem is
a bomb!  Find out how many page views your site gets a
day, how many unique visitors, the path your visitors take
through your site, how long they stay, where they have just
come from, what search engines they're using, what keywords
found you and more!

If it wasn't free I'd pay to use it.


9.  Next Issue

That's it for this week, everyone.  Here's what's in store
for the next issue:

-> Home-Based Business Idea of the Week: Leadlighting
-> Feature Article: Profit is Not a Dirty Word!
-> Guest Article: It could be yours!  Please send original
   article submissions to
   Contact By Email


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