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Marketing Your Web Site

AccountingWEB was fortunate to host Glen Christopher, Internet consultant, in a live workshop that focused on techniques for marketing your web site.Mr. Christopher provided many tips for gaining web site visibility, including these six strategies:1. Use e-mail and e-zines2. Participate in chat groups and forums3. Include your web site address on all business cards and correspondence4. Partner and exchanges links with other sites5. Seek out banner ad bargains6.
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Pay Your Bills Online?

A new service offered by the United States Postal Service, USPS™eBillPay, enables you to pay and view your monthly bills online for a monthly fee of $6.00 per month for up to 20 transactions. You are able to pay anyone in the United States that you would normally pay by check or automated debit, with the exceptions of, state and federal tax payments and court-ordered payments. The service allows you to set up a payee by entering payee information such as payee account number and the payee's address and phone number.
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New Face in D.C. Could be an IT Czar

If Congress has its way, there may be a new face in Washington politics with the title, IT Czar.The position is considered to be a panacea to the ongoing problems plaguing the world of cyberspace with regard to regulations, security and other issues.A report published yesterday on AccountingWEB describing the lacking of security within Federal government agencies highlights the need for an IT Czar--or what would be more commonly known as a Chief Information Officer--who could take on the role of applying a knowledge of the IT revolution to government.Earlier this fall, Congress held h
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Credit Card vs. the Bank Loan: Which is Better?

It's a common problem of our times. You, a client or someone you know wants to buy something, but may not have the cash readily available to make the purchase. What would you do, or advise your client to do?Experts say that the annual percentage rate (APR) probably would be lower for a bank loan, even an unsecured loan, than most credit card rates. Compare the two. A credit card with a 19 percent interest rate versus a bank loan with a 15 percent rate would yield a savings of $70 over a three-year period of paying back a $1,000 loan.
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Amazon Secure About SEC Accounting Probes

Mega online retailer Amazon.com has gotten a taste of what the accounting industry is going through with regard to an SEC probe.The SEC has been in discussions with Amazon for the past month and has now launched an information inquiry into accounting practices revolving around Amazons partnerships with certain vendors.
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GAO: Government Sites Playing 'Big Brother'

When the General Accounting Office (GAO) goes on a fact-finding mission, it often uncovers some pretty strange things.Based on a new report, the GAO found that security and tracking aspects at many of government's Web sites do not meet stated guidelines, and that 13 agencies are secretly using technology to track the habits of its visitors.The report, 'Opportunities and Challenges Facing the FirstGov Web Gateway' outlines these accusations.
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Is Your Web Site Too Big?

The latest survey of web page size and load times conducted by ZDNet reveals that many webmasters still need to sign up for cyber-Weight Watchers!While many web pages have decreased in size over the past few years, the average web site is still much larger than it ideally should be. A study of 150 web sites calculated the median weight (the average number of kilobytes of data on a homepage) at 89KB. Experts recommend an optimum median weight of 60KB. Size determines how fast pages load into your browser's window.
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EY's new Webcasts Target Entrepreneurs

A new effort by Ernst & Young to reach 35,000 entrepreneurs is designed to promote the firm's new 'Excelerate To Win' program.EY has partnered with various content providers to present a series of Webcasts called 'Winning Strategies for Fast-Paced Ventures.' The first broadcast, 'Protecting Your Intellectual Property' will be held Oct. 24 on the firm's Web site, with five more scheduled each Tuesday following the initial broadcast.The firm hopes this new strategic program will help businesses grow for the long term.
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B2B Marketplaces Bring Frustrating ROI

Experts said the B2B (Business-to-Business) revolution was going to change the way companies integrated their services with one another. For the most part, the technology in place has done wonders in advancing the "integration" side, but how realistic have expectations been with regard to Return on Investment (ROI)?The most obvious use of B2B is to use it as a sales channel.
Technology

TurboTax Announces Completely Automated Tax Return

The new Automated Tax Return from Intuit, maker of TurboTax, will electronically import information from the most common tax forms: W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement), 1099-INT (Interest Income), 1099-DIV (Dividend Income), and 1099B (Broker transactions). This information will be placed directly on the tax return without the preparer having to enter any information on the forms.Tax information will be provided by participating payroll and ebusiness services including Ceridian, Fidelity Investments, PeopleSoft, ProBusiness, Salomon Smith Barney, TD Waterhouse, T.
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Workers Do Benefit From The Web

A recent study found that employees who use the Internet during work are likely to be more productive, produce higher quality work, and be happier with their jobs. The results of this survey are based on feedback and responses from over 1000 employees.Below is an overview of the results of the survey:86% of employees said that using the Web has no negative effect on their jobs whatsoever.46% said that the Internet helps them be more productive and better informed. They gather information easier and more efficiently by using the Web.
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You Can't be Without it: Online Sources for Disability Insurance

Disability insurance is one of those items many people say they don't need--unless something were to go terribly wrong. While many people have disability coverage through their employers, analysts say this isn't enough coverage (usually only half of a monthly salary, and with a cap of $5,000) based on what most of us earn.How do you find disability insurance that matches your needs?Finding carriers isn't as easy as it used to be. Two decades ago, there were more than 200 carriers, while today, there are only about 40.
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AOL/Time Warner Deal Given Ultimatum

Lawyers participating in the mega-merger between America Online and Time Warner have until Oct.
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New Models in Financial Operations

New Models in Financial OperationsAn AccountingWEB WorkshopPresented by: Steven Siegel and Chris Murphy of FiNetricsAn increasing number of businesses are turning to the Internet for solutions that will help them to quickly implement operational infrastructure and
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Road Warrior: United Provides Wireless Web

Continuing the trend to provide its customers with the latest technology, United Airlines will soon provide wireless Web and email connections for its passengers in airport terminals.United has partnered with Aerzone to make these services available at the top 50 airports around the world.The fact that United is providing 'wireless' service is the big news.
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EY Survey Provides Insight into Digital Future

Ernst & Young surveyed leaders in the technology industry who were attendees at last week’s Wall Street Journal Technology Summit 2000 and revealed these opinions:Forty-five percent of attendees believe Al Gore is the presidential candidate who will best address the digital future, compared to 28% who believe Bush is the best candidate for the job, and another 28% who either didn’t express a view or felt neither man was equipped for the mission.Sixty-four percent believe Congress will decide to tax the Internet in its next session.More than 70% feel Congress will take
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Protect Your Business From Computer Viruses!

Turn on the news and there it is, another computer virus. While we are sure you have taken the basic precautions to ensure your computer integrity, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With a little common sense and a dose of protection, you can fend off even the most wicked troubles and sinister Internet viruses. Updating your software regularly is critical.An anti-virus software program will scan your existing files and folders, check new documents and programs, and perform periodic checks of your system for viruses.
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Is Yahoo's new Phone Service a Step Back?

Perhaps the guru of all Internet portals, Yahoo!, is taking a step back with its new, free phone service.The company is not using the popular voice recognition applications like TellMe or BeVocal that could be so beneficial to users and save them time.
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New Internet Tax Scheme Presents Another Method

A group that provides guidance on how to expand the Internet has come up with a proposed solution to the taxing of goods and services over the Internet, and will present the solution on Friday, Oct. 13. This time, the solution is very simple.A committee of the National Academy of Science's National Research Council is recommending that everyone pay the same tax rate regardless of where they reside or the state in which the vendor is based.
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How Trendy are B2B Ventures?

Any business function attended over the last year to two years has been jam-packed with people talking about the surge of B2B (Business-to-Business) ventures--certainly deemed the next big wave in today's New Economy.Is the interest waning a bit in B2B, or are we at a crossroads in which we are searching for the next trend?The Big 5 firms and their consulting arms speculate over the future of B2B. Deloitte Consulting recently reported that the number of U.S.

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