If you want to become master of your own domain, you can use Google’s free hosting service for your email and WordPress’ nearly free blogging service. But getting them all to work is a bit tricky. In this screencast, I show you how to put it all together.

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After much work, I have put together a video CD that I will send you for $20.
This CD contains a series of short video tutorials that will show you how to take control over some basic tasks, recommend free or low-cost things that you can do to help promote your company online and become more productive.

The lessons follow two themes: why a particular set of technologies is important to your business, and how to actually get started and use the stuff. We all come from different places and different levels of experience and comfort with new technologies, and you may find that some of these lessons are more elementary or more complex than your needs. Not to worry: you can skip around as you wish, or rewind if you need to have something repeated. You can always return to the main CD menu and play something over again, and the little slider control can be adjusted while you watch if you want to repeat something over again.

The CD was assembled with Camtasia, which allows me to record a narrative as I demonstrate what you need to do to use the various technologies and Web sites that I mention. Here is a brief lesson plan:

And a sample lesson can be found above.

Lesson #1. Why domain names matter
Lesson #2 How to register your domain
Lesson #3 – Why blogs are important to your brand
Lesson #4 Setting up your first blog
Lesson #5 Different email strategies
Lesson #6 Where to host your email domain
Lesson #7 What are your alternatives for sending large files
Lesson #8 How to send large files
Lesson# 9 Why emailing lists are important
Lesson #10 How to use Yahoo Groups
Lesson #11 Why Internet fax
Lesson #12 Using eFax
Lesson #13 Why Internet phone
Lesson #Using Vonage
Lesson #15 Why use social networks
Lesson #16 — Using LinkedIn
Lesson #17 Using ezineArticles.com
Lesson #18 Using Facebook

Anti-virus updates

June 21, 2006

Think your computer is protected from virus infections? Think again, because you may be at risk. Your anti-virus software needs to be updated regularly, certainly once a week or more, to keep up with what the bad guys are doing and the new viruses that are being created to get around your defenses. And most of us have set the anti-virus program to automatically update itself so we can stay current. That’s good, but not good enough.

Here is a free alternative for Windows users, download the free AVG anti-virus software. My podcast here tells you how to get rid of your old anti-virus software and install it on your computer.