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Domain name trading – viable?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday March 18, 2006 )

I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of domain names that are registered for under $10 a year being resold for $1 million + – ah, it’s stuff that dreams are made of. Back in late 2000 through to 2001, I turned my hand to domain name speculation and trading. Was it successful?…. (more…)

Paid online content = big bucks

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday March 17, 2006 )

A 22 page report released by the Online Publishers Association states that online content purchases increased by 15% during 2005 over 2004, generating two billion dollars in revenue.

The big winners were the (more…)

Keyloggers on the increase

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday March 15, 2006 )

Keyloggers are particularly nasty software applications that record every keystroke a person makes and then transmits that data to another party. You won’t catch these emails in your outbox or sent items folder as an smtp mailer is usually embedded in the application that operates independently from your email software.

In recent years, keylogger applications have extended their feature set to store extra information, such as (more…)

Online dating still big business

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday March 14, 2006 )

A recent 35 page report from Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that online dating is not only alive and well, but gaining more credibility amongst the general population. Even though the majority of people surveyed still believe it to be a somewhat dangerous exercise the majority of respondents also (more…)

Gift cards – giving that gets back

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday March 10, 2006 )

A report from NPD research states that gift cards help boost sales not only just after the holiday season, but for many months afterwards. According to the company, January was particularly active in the redemption of gift cards and certificates with greatly increased activity over the year before. For the (more…)

Auction feedback – be wary

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday February 27, 2006 )

eBay and similar auction sites have created fortunes for some and a few extra bucks for many others. On the flip side, they’ve allowed millions people to purchase goods online at very competitive prices; everything from common items to missile silos (I kid you not).

I recently needed to buy some office dividers so I thought I’d check out eBay. I wasn’t really expecting to find anything, but lo and behold (more…)

Email, ecommerce & the workplace

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday February 24, 2006 )

I was just perusing an article on Internet Retailer about the importance of effective email practices in customer service and ecommerce. Sounds like a bit of a no-brainer topic, but the article made a very good point to underline how critical a rapid email response time is. (more…)

Best converting search engines II

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday February 23, 2006 )

Results from BIGresearch’s recent Simultaneous Media Survey show some interesting information relating to which engines convert the best for specific categories.

No.1 & 2 converting engines: (more…)

Blogging, bodies & bucks

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday February 22, 2006 )

I’m a relative newcomer to formal blogging; although my quasi-blog had been active for a few years. I wish I had moved to the “real deal” format earlier, but eh, (insert variety of excuses here) :). Still, I’ve been pleased to see the number of people visiting the new blog and I encourage your comments – constructive feedback, opinions on pieces I write about or added info on any item is most welcome!

Much like the dawning of the realization that there were bucks to be made (more…)

Best converting search engines?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday February 16, 2006 )

According to WebSideStory, the month of January saw AOL Search with the best conversion rate at business-to consumer ecommerce sites (6.17 %), (more…)