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2. What is a WebAlias?
a. What is a WebAlias?
b. Why should I get a free WebAlias?
c. How is a WebAlias better than other URL redirection alternatives?
d. Can I get a WebAlias for a commerical/business website?
e. I like my website's address so why do I need a WebAlias?
f. Can I have more than one WebAlias for a single website?
g. Why would I want more than one WebAlias?
h. Why is my WebAlias completely free (in other words, is there really no "catch")?
i. How long can I keep my WebAlias?
j. How do people use my WebAlias to get to my website?
k. How can a WebAlias help my non-United States website?
l. What are the best ways to promote my WebAlias?

2. What is a WebAlias?
a. What is a WebAlias?
-- Wouldn't it be great if people would remember your site's address?
-- How hard is it to keep your website in people's minds after they leave it?
-- Don't you wish you could make it easier for people to get to your website?
-- Have you ever wished your website had a different, better, internet address?

A WebAlias is an exciting new solution to all these problems! You simply create a name for your website (a WebAlias, as we call it) that people can use instead of your website's actual internet address. When people know your WebAlias, they no longer need to remember your website's internet address in order to get there - they simply use your WebAlias. Best of all, because you have total control in creating your WebAlias, you know that people will remember it easily!

b. Why should I get a free WebAlias?
Unlike an internet address, you design your own WebAlias, so it can be short, memorable and whatever you choose. You can use letters, numbers, punctuation and even blank spaces - all to make your WebAlias more intuitive and easy to remember.

Plus, with a WebAlias, people will always be able to find your website, no matter where you may move it to. So, once people know your WebAlias, they'll never have to remember anything else to reach you - no matter where on the internet your website may be.

We designed the WebAlias for one purpose: to offer people a better and more intuitive way to use the Web. Ordinarily, an internet address is cumbersome, hard to remember and does a poor job describing the website it points to while demanding perfect spelling and punctuation. A WebAlias addresses (forgive the pun) all of these shortcomings - and then some!

You designed your website to attract visitors and to give them reasons to come back. When you get a WebAlias for your website, you achieve these goals by making it much easier for them to do just that. The bottom line is, if you want more first-time and loyal repeat visitors to your website, you'll want a WebAlias.

c. How is a WebAlias better than other URL redirection alternatives?
A WebAlias is a superior solution in many ways:

Your WebAlias is far more flexible than the name you can choose at other services. For example, you can safely include spaces and punctuation marks in your WebAlias (even though people using your WebAlias can safely omit them), which can make your WebAlias more readable, intuitive and memorable.

Second, your WebAlias is compatible with the major search engines. This means that you can submit your WebAlias to places like Altavista and Yahoo and increase your website's traffic many times over. You simply can't do that with the address you get from some other redirection services!

Third, because your WebAlias works with ALL of our domains, you get many great addresses for your website - other redirection services only give you one.

Fourth, whereas these other services offer little to the commercial website owner, we have free special programs specifically for business websites. Also, we have designed the WebAlias and our site to be of the highest professional quality, so that you can be confident that using a WebAlias will never reflect poorly on you.

d. Can I get a WebAlias for a commerical/business website?
Absolutely! Click here or see Section 12 for a discussion of the many ways that a free WebAlias can be an invaluable resource for your business.

e. I like my website's address so why do I need a WebAlias?
The reason is simple: the more ways you offer people to remember your website and to get there, the more they will do both.

Even if your website's address is very good, chances are you could get a WebAlias for it that was even better. Keep in mind that a WebAlias is far more flexible than an internet address, so you have almost limitless possibilities in creating your own WebAlias - something that is certainly not true for an ordinary internet address.

And because your site's real address will continue to work as always, you've got absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by getting a WebAlias.

f. Can I have more than one WebAlias for a single website?
Sure. If you decide a single WebAlias is not sufficient, you may choose additional WebAliases. For obvious reasons, we must reserve the right to limit how many WebAliases can point to the same place.

g. Why would I want more than one WebAlias?
Strictly speaking, a WebAlias points to a particular document on a website, not a website itself. (If you don't specify a document, the default document on that site is assumed.) Therefore, if you have more than one document that is an appropriate place to have visitors enter your website, you may want a WebAlias for each. For individuals, this is common when your website focuses on more than a single topic. A business will likely need a WebAlias for each product or service supported on its website.

h. Why is my WebAlias completely free (in other words, is there really no "catch")?
There are no fees or optional services with a WebAlias - if we offer it, you can use it absolutely free. We are able to provide all the benefits of a WebAlias without cost to you because of advertising revenue from our website.

i. How long can I keep my WebAlias?
Ordinarily, you can keep your WebAlias for as long as you like. We retain the right to terminate your WebAlias under certain circumstances, such as for misuse or extended lack of use.

j. How do people use my WebAlias to get to my website?
People can get to your site via any of these addresses:
http://browser.to/[Your WebAlias]
http://thrill.to/[Your WebAlias]
http://WebAlias.com/[Your WebAlias]

We've streamlined our website so that it loads quickly and gets people on their way to your website in a matter of seconds.

NEWS FLASH: Our engineers have developed a way that will actually allow people to get to your website simply by typing your WebAlias into their current browser without anything else - just as if it were a real internet address itself! Imagine: people won't even have to type in a domain name to use your WebAlias! What could be easier and faster than that? When ready for release, this breakthrough will truly make your WebAlias the ultimate solution to today's inadequate and outdated internet addressing system. We'll notify our members as soon as we're ready to launch this exciting feature.

k. How can a WebAlias help my non-United States website?
The internet is supposed to be a global community, but there is no doubt that people favor websites that are within their own country, especially in the U.S.

Unlike an ordinary internet address, a WebAlias does not indicate the country of origin (unless you choose one that does). So, there is no "foreign" or "domestic" distinction. This is especially useful, for example, to the many thousands of terrific non-U.S. websites that have trouble attracting U.S. visitors who are not used to attaching country suffixes like .uk, .ca or .se to the addresses they type.

l. What are the best ways to promote my WebAlias?
There are many effective, free ways to promote your WebAlias and increase the traffic at your website.

One of the most important ways you can promote your WebAlias is by registering it with the major search engines, such as Altavista.com, or directories, like Yahoo. These services are an excellent source of new traffic to your website, so you should certainly take a few minutes and register your WebAlias there.

A second great way is to promote your WebAlias in appropriate USENET news groups. Today there are over 25,000 USENET groups, so it's likely that at least a few of them cover topics that are related to your website. By announcing your WebAlias in a USENET posting only to those few groups that directly pertain to your website's subject matter, you know that the people reading those groups are most likely to be interested in your website. Be certain to read the messages in each newsgroup first to make sure that posting an announcement there is appropriate and permitted by the group's rules. PLEASE do not SPAM the USENET - it undermines its value and will only create for you more negative than positive responses.

A third popular way to promote your WebAlias is to display one of the custom graphics we create for you on every page on your website. This way, people who visit your website will be more likely to visit it again and again because they will remember how to easily get there via your WebAlias. Don't underestimate the value of getting loyal, repeat visitors by focusing only on getting new visitors. One loyal visitor can be worth dozens of new ones who visit you only once and never return.

Exchanging links with other websites is still another terrific free way to increase traffic to your website. Find other sites that attract the kind of visitors you're looking for and offer to add a link to them on your site in return for the same from them.

PLEASE NOTE: The sending of bulk, unsolicited email or USENET messages, also known as SPAMMING, is NOT acceptable behavior. It will almost always simply lead to a severe backlash. We do not condone spamming, so please be advised that if you engage in spamming, we will cooperate with the appropriate internet entities and may even terminate your membership at The WebAlias Network.

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