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Image spammer tricks

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday March 22, 2007 )

The pump and dump stock spam scams that are reliant on images to relay their pitch continue with seeming increasing ferocity. How do they continue to push this garbage through even some of the most tweaked filters that employ OCR (optical character recognition)? A security firm has published some tricks of the trade. (more…)

AdSense CPA beta

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday March 21, 2007 )

This is sure to have a few affiliate networks such as Commission Junction shaking in their booties. AdSense is inviting applications from publishers to run CPA campaigns in their beta program. This is where you don’t get paid per click, but when an action such as a sale or subscription results from a click. In other words, a good old traditional affiliate program. (more…)

Search and win with..

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 20, 2007 )

MSNSearch ran a search and win competition a while back and judging by their lacklustre performance in terms of market share, it doesn’t seem it was such a raging success. Other companies are now tapping into the “search to win” concept and given their different focus, perhaps they’ll have better luck. (more…)

Latest articles on TTB

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday March 19, 2007 )

If you only visit Taming the’s blog or just subscribe to the feed, you may have missed out on some marketing and ecommerce articles I’ve recently published or updated on the main site – here’s a summary¬†of my latest guides (more…)

Quick press release tips

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday March 18, 2007 )

Press releases are an excellent way to get extra coverage and backlinks to your online business – and they aren’t all that difficult to create or expensive to distribute. If you use press releases, here’s a quick tip for squeezing a bit extra from this promotion strategy. (more…)

Motivating affiliates – quick tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday March 17, 2007 )

In any affiliate program, it’s the minority of publishers who generate the majority of sales. Even so, there’s a simple strategy that affiliate managers can implement to boost the minority somewhat and get that minority generating even more sales. (more…)

Help an entrepreneur

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday March 16, 2007 )

Most of us know how tough it can be to start and succeed in online business, or a bricks and mortar business for that matter. But imagine how hard it would be to set up a small business that can sustain you and your family in a developing country when you basically have nothing to begin with! (more…)

25 years of smileys online :)

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday March 15, 2007 )

Where would we be without smileys? No doubt many email and other forms of text communications would be misunderstood. After all, writing “you’re an idiot :)” has a different meaning to writing “you’re an idiot” – the latter leaves you hanging as to whether the author meant it literally. (more…)

Content spinners

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday March 14, 2007 )

I came across a sales page for a software product the other day that practically guaranteed it would make me rich beyond my wildest dreams; with minimum effort and using content I already had. Sounded good to me. Rich, minimum effort, yep, certainly appeals to most of us I guess. (more…)

Bookmark & reader icon overload

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday March 13, 2007 )

Accompanying the explosion of social bookmarking sites and feed reader services in recent years, increasing screen real estate is being taken up on sites giving visitors options of adding our feeds and pages to this or that service. A relatively new service for publishers does away with the icon clutter! (more…)