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This is our final newsletter for 2007, so if you haven't done so already, we suggest it's time to add a festive touch to your website.
For just $12 + GST we will put an animated Christmas image on your index page and remove it again early in January - don't delay, do this now!!

Our free click-through in the newsletters of - - - goes to the following town websites - (a total revamp has this site looking very fashionable...) - (a brand new website and another great place to stay in Thames!) - (fabulous new image added) - (updated contact details on this very popular site)

November Stats - 11674 Pageviews from 5441 unique visitors.
November's top directories in order of popularity were -

Our most visited index pages, in order of popularity were: ACCOMMODATION - ENQUIRY - BUSINESSES - ATTRACTIONS - INFORMATION - REAL ESTATE - CLASSIFIEDS - MAP

A great way to improve your link popularity which is directly related to your search engine ranking, is to take advantage of our FREE classified advertisement offer. We have "classifieds" on our four town websites ( - - - and they receive an enormous amount of visitors - if you're not there you're missing out!! All you have to do is forward us 25 words about your business - a breeze surely!! Your classified advertisement will be linked to your website and also have an email link on it if requested - was the 6th most visited directory on the site during November!!
Four Steps to Combat Plagiarism

Publishing your website can be one of the most exciting times for a business owner. After all the planning and hard work, the whole world now has access to your products or services. You have invested alot of time and money creating website copy to be proud of and now that it is out there for the whole world to see, it may be a target for all kinds of unscrupulous individuals.

Copyright infringement is a very common occurrence on the World Wide Web. How do you protect yourself? And, what can you do if someone steals your content?

It's important for you to know that anything you have written is copyrighted. You can register a copyright, but you don't need to in order for it to be illegal for someone to copy or reproduce your work without your permission. Any written text, painting, drawing, musical composition, photograph or computer program, whether published or not, is protected by copyright law. Unfortunately, just because your work is copyrighted doesn't mean it is safe. Some individuals don't know that copyright laws apply to the Internet, and others simply don't care.

With millions of websites out there, it's difficult to know if your website has been targeted by thieves. A great tool to use in the protection of your website content is Simply enter your website URL and it will scan the web for you. This is a free service (limited to the top 10 results), but if you have been a frequent victim of copyright infringement, you might want to consider their paid service for more results, or Copysentry which automatically monitors the web for copies of your pages, emailing you as soon as they appear.

What do you do if you are one of the unfortunate victims of copyright infringement? How can you deal with the offender and avoid the high cost of litigation? The following are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that the" infringer" removes your material from their website.

1. Contact the offender. You can usually visit the "contact" page of the offender's website to obtain their contact information. If for some reason you can't find their coordinates that way, you can perform a search for "who is" to find many sites that can provide information about the website owner by simply entering their URL - go to The website owner's contact information should be posted here, but if not, their website host will be and you should contact them. Keep your first contact civil. Calling or emailing the responsible individual with a stern, yet professional demeanor will be much more effective than yelling or name calling. Remember that the owner of the site isn't necessarily the writer, and if they are, then being nasty may not have the desired effect and in fact may create more problems for you in the long run.

2. Send a cease and desist order. If your initial contact didn't get the desired results, your next step should be to send a cease and desist order. You do not need to hire a lawyer to create one for you. A simple search for "cease and desist order templates" should give you an order that can be altered to meet your needs. Send one copy by email and one copy by registered mail and make it look as official as possible. Include a date by which the material should be removed. You want the offender to know that you mean business. For more information about "cease and desist" in New Zealand visit:

3. If action is still not taken, send a cease and desist order to the offending party's web host. Again, the host information is available when you perform a "who is" search. The majority of hosts will take action by temporarily removing the offender's site until the copied material is removed.

4. The situation should be resolved at step 3, but one more step that can be taken is to notify search engines of the infringement. Performing a search for the "DMCA" or "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" policies for each search engine will provide the information you need to contact each of them in order to request that the offender's website be removed. Here is a link to Google's DMCA policy for your information -

Finally, it's always advisable to protect yourself by keeping records of the dates your content was placed on your site. This ensures that the other party can be proven wrong it they claim to have posted their content first.

Placing your website and it's content on the Internet for the world to see is a great marketing move, but it's nearly impossible for you to be able to prevent the theft of its content, but this advice should help to resolve the problem should this happen.

Site of the Month is Tirau Golf Club - and they receive a free direct click through and feature image from to their website.

Wishing you a very merry Xmas!!

Leanne Taylor
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Innovative Website Design, Hosting & Maintenance
Phone/Fax (09) 817 9656 ~ Mobile (0274) 701990

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