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Google Checkout (Gbuy) review

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday June 29, 2006 )

It’s arrived. A few hours ago Google launched its payment processing service; not as Gbuy, the name touted by many, but as Google Checkout. The following is my initial review. (more…)


Google to switch from PPC to CPA?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday June 28, 2006 )

There’s been a few rumors flying around that Google might be preparing to kill off PPC (Pay Per Click) in favor of PPA (Pay Per Action), aka CPA (Cost Per Action/Acquisition). By CPA/PPA, this means (more…)


Voice commerce/microconsultancy

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday June 23, 2006 )

As publishers, commentators and authors, we’re always looking for new ways to generate revenue from our efforts. It’s great to be able to provide information for free through our writings, but we all need to eat and pay our bills too :). A few weeks ago, I mentioned the idea (more…)


Adobe, Microsoft & Google antics

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday June 22, 2006 )

Adobe have inked a deal with Google sure to make Microsoft’s Steve Balmer and the MSN search team’s heads spin – perhaps right off their necks; especially (more…)


Simple tools for fraud screening

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday June 21, 2006 )

Another one bites the dust – yet another fraudulent order from Vietnam. The order had passed AVS (Address Verification Service), but the (more…)


Google GBuy, Checkout or Wallet?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday June 19, 2006 )

Update: June 29 – Google Checkout launched; read an initial review – click here

It’s been rumored that Google’s much awaited “GBuy” payment service will launch in the next week or two. Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated (more…)


eBay’s contextual ad program

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday June 17, 2006 )

eBay AdContext is a new contextual advertising revenue generation option for site owners, roughly along the lines of AdSense and the Yahoo Publisher Network. A snippet of code is implemented (more…)


Gates stepping back from Microsoft

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday June 15, 2006 )

Story of the year I think. Microsoft’s Bill Gates has stated he’ll be decreasing his role at Microsoft over the next couple of years to focus more (more…)


Merchant accounts – shop around

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday June 12, 2006 )

Before you sign on the dotted line for a merchant account/credit card processing arrangement, be sure to check out all the fees – including what it will cost to get out of the arrangement if that scenario should eventuate.

Case in point: (more…)


New secure online backup service

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday June 10, 2006 )

My first computer instructor taught me that there are two kinds of computer users – those who have lost their data and those who are about to :).

How many times have you told yourself (more…)