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Thank you Akismet!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday May 29, 2007 )

Somewhat of a milestone was passed on this blog today. When I logged into my WordPress admin interface, Akismet, the anti-spam plugin, announced to me: “Akismet has protected your site from 100,142 spam comments” (more…)

How to shop this site

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday May 28, 2007 )

With online stores becoming increasingly complex and feature ladened, it’s possible that customers are either not taking advantage of the shopping options available to them; resulting in missed sales, or – and particularly in the case of those new to online shopping – being scared off altogether. (more…)


Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday May 26, 2007 )

CAPTCHA is a spam protection method used on forms that displays images with distorted text that the user must decipher in order to submit the form. The reCAPTCHA MailHide project makes protecting your email address from spambots and email address harvesting systems an easy task – and the service is free. (more…)

Daily deal email strategy

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday May 25, 2007 )

Some larger retailers have adopted sending emails daily to special opt in lists they run – perhaps its and idea worth considering for your online store? (more…)

Loyalty in online shopping

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday May 24, 2007 )

What keeps online shoppers loyal to a particular ecommerce site? This new survey report provides some insights. (more…)

Google hot trends

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday May 23, 2007 )

3 posts about Google in a week? Oh my, I was afraid of this happening :). It’s an aberration, not a trend I promise you and speaking of trends – introducing the latest feature from the mighty G – Google Hot Trends. (more…)

Broadband connection statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday May 22, 2007 )

These broadband statistics are a little old I guess, but interesting nonetheless. According to a recent report, the total number of broadband connections globally reached over a quarter of a billion by the end of 2006. (more…)

AdSense MFA/arbitrage crackdown

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday May 20, 2007 )

It seems that many Google Adsense publishers with MFA (Made for AdSense) sites or participating in click arbitrage have received emails from Google over the last couple of weeks notifying them that their AdSense account will disabled as of June 1st. (more…)

Google rolls out universal search

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday May 19, 2007 )

Take note as Google’s gradual rollout of universal search is big news – some great features for Joe Surfer and possibly some major ramifications for those of us running sites and battling for good rankings. (more…)

Grey matters

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday May 18, 2007 )

The mature age market (55+) are about to bypass the 35-44 year old demographic in the UK as the age group most prevalent online. (more…)