When I went back home last week to see my, wife, I think we overdid the food thing in Napa Valley. I gained 5 lbs. Ouch. If my wife is reading this.. Hey it’s all your fault. Lately, I’ve been searching for various quiet coffee shops to sit at and quietly read. But more importantly, I’ve been looking for the ones that provide free wireless Internet. One coffee shop I go to is called “It’s a Grind Coffee House”. Before coming to Orange County, I had done a search free wireless internet sites and had only found 2 in the city I’m at. So I was surprised when my sister-in-law told me about this one. They had been open only 6 months and over time, I got to know the owners. I really like their business model. Free internet to attract customers who’ll stay awhile and buy more. This also attracts customers who make a choice between a café with free internet or not. Free Coffee refills. I think this is great. However with the free internet.. I don’t think that the free refills and free internet go well together.
Anyway, so I got to talking to the owner about how I didn’t see them on the internet when I first came into town. So then he asks me if I could help his coffee shop get registered at the internet site as he said that he wasn't completely comfortable with computers and had contracted out all his wireless installation because he didn't know how to set it up. I decided to help him get his business some more marketing. Over the last 3 days, I went out and probed the internet to find how one would advertise yourself as a wireless hotspot. I found all the info and registered him at each and every directory. It felt good to be part of a business building exercise. That was way more enjoyable than some of the studying I’ve been doing lately. So here is the info of all the fee based and free Wireless hotspot directories. ns within one, two, five or 10 miles, and you'll get back a list of establishments with their addresses, phone numbers, URLs and names of service providers. Includes free sites.