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Video bandwidth vampires

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday March 23, 2009 )

The way video is implemented on some sites is becoming an increasing problem for people on slow connections and stingy bandwidth caps. Site owners, take note – not everyone has an all you can eat account. (more…)


Google customizes your 404 errors

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday March 1, 2009 )

Today was the first time I’d seen this, but I’m told it’s been happening for a while. If you don’t specify custom error pages for your site and an IE user has the most recent Google toolbar installed, then Google shows that user a custom error page… theirs. (more…)


The dangers of PLR article packs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday February 20, 2009 )

Content is king and while original content is the way to go, some site owners choose to take a risky shortcut with PLR (Private Label Rights) article packs. (more…)


Finding web dev work in tough times

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday February 1, 2009 )

I received an email today from a web design company who is using an interesting strategy to drum up work. (more…)


Content is king – even for ads

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday January 9, 2009 )

A recent survey has found ads on quality content sites raise awareness, message association, brand favorability and purchase intent more than portals and networks. (more…)


Dealing with bloggers block

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday January 8, 2009 )

Some days it’s just so darned difficult putting together a post – all the news seems rehashed or just too brief to create anything substantial. Here’s a simple idea to get around it which dawned on me today after spending literally hours trying to find something to write about for a news site I work with. (more…)


Deep linking to YouTube videos

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday December 25, 2008 )

When linking to YouTube videos, there may only be a certain part of the video you’d like people to see. Here’s how to make it easier. (more…)


Outsourcing and ISO accreditation? Pffft.

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday December 15, 2008 )

Considering outsourcing online work to a design company or services provider? Are they touting ISO accreditation? Yawn. (more…)


Will people pay for ad-free sites?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday December 11, 2008 )

While consumers will often comment that web sites have too much advertising, it seems few are prepared to pay for ad-free sites. (more…)


How not to run surveys

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday December 6, 2008 )

On one of my favorite sites over the last few months they’ve been running a survey – pretty badly. Given the way it’s been implemented, I doubt the the data they’ll receive will be of much value. (more…)