Date:         Fri, 14 Jan 2000 17:53:07 -0500
Sender:       The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 13 Jan 2000 - Free Website Gizmos
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            TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Free Website Add-ons
Do you have your own web page or site?  If so, you'll love today's
issue.  It's brimming with FREE services you can plug into your pages
to add new features and interactivity - no progamming skills required!
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And now... on with the show.  Grab a handful of these free website
addons and wow the world!
 Free Guestbooks
You have the best web page in the world, and people are just aching to
tell you how great it is.  Fulfill their desires by adding a free
guestbook to your page.  It's completely automated and remotely hosted
so you don't need to install any programs or worry about disk space.  
 Free Fill-in Forms
Here's a great way to get feedback on your site.  Use this service to
add forms to your page, and the responses will be emailed back to you
when your visitor clicks the "Send" button.  Very customizable, and
useful for both business and personal use.  
 Free Polls
Want to know what your website visitors are thinking?  Take a poll!
Just pick the question you want to ask, and you can have up to eight
answers for voters to choose from.  You can even choose your own color
schemes, graphics, backgrounds, colors and fonts.  (This is the
service I used to create the "Patrick's Face Poll" on the Tourbus
 Free Web-based Email
Give Hotmail and the others a bit of competition - start your OWN free
web-based email service.  At ZapZone Network you can pick up the tools
necessary to implement your own branded web-based email on your site
in less than 10 minutes.  No need to have your own web servers or mail
servers - ZZN handles it all for you.  
 Free Greeting Cards
Offer free greeting cards on your site, and give people a reason to
come back again.  I like this service provided by 123Greetings, which
has cards for a variety of topics, such Birthday, Holidays, Everyday,
Friendship, Kids, Love, Pets, Religion, Weddings and a dozen more. 
 Free Counters
Are you curious about how many people are visiting your web pages?
Slap a counter on and find out.  You can even find out WHERE they're
coming from, what search engine (and the keywords!) they used to find
you.  Check out both of these free services and pick the one you like:    
 Free Online Customer Service
I really like the HumanClick service, which lets you add a button to
your site that allows visitors to request a chat session with you.
HumanClick comes with a nifty console that shows you how many people
are currently visiting your site, what pages they have viewed, and for
how long.  You can even pop up an animated "concierge" on the
visitor's screen inviting them to chat with you.  
 Free Games
Add some fun to your website with free games from Uproar.  Fresh
interactive content attracts new visitors and encourages repeat visits
to your site.  After registering for this service, you'll get an
e-mail with a few lines of code to cut and paste onto your pages.
And poof... you've got games!  
 Free Search Engine
If you have lots of great content on your site, you should have your
own search engine to help people find it.  Let your visitors enter a
keyword and search for specific pages on just your site, not the whole
Internet.  The Bravenet Search Engine will scan your web site and
present the hits on a customized page that matches the look of your
 Free CGI Stuff
Wanna build your own nifty interactive website gadgets?  Visit Matt's
Script Archive and you'll find working CGI scripts that you can
install on your server.  Some programming skills are required here, as
well as permission from your ISP or webhosting service to install and
run your own CGI programs.  
That's all for now, see you next time!  --Bob Rankin
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