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Alternative payment methods

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday March 11, 2007 )

Do you often have customers contacting you who don’t have credit cards or Paypal wanting to make a purchase from your online business? (more…)


Pump and dump spam crackdown

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday March 10, 2007 )

I first wrote about pump and dump stock spam scams around a year ago. Since that time I haven’t seen much of a let up on these sorts of spam emails; so I was thinking it must be still profitable for the perpetrators. According to the SEC, it certainly is. (more…)


Nigerian company fighting fraud

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday March 9, 2007 )

It’s not often I write anything positive about Nigeria, especially when it comes to ecommerce; so I’m very pleased to introduce a new service operating from Nigeria that’s been launched to help merchants around the world do business safely in that country. (more…)


Skype hits prime time

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday March 8, 2007 )

Skype Prime, announced yesterday, is a new feature that allows consultants to charge clients for Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls; either by the minute or per call. (more…)


Internet population grows 10%

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday March 7, 2007 )

Close to 750 million people over the age of 15 accessed the Internet globally in January 2007, representing a 10% increase over January last year. (more…)


Productivity tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 6, 2007 )

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get solid chunks of time to focus on any single task these days; many items are completed in a piecemeal fashion, creating multiple tasks that need to be remembered. (more…)


Spammer strategies

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday March 4, 2007 )

Ever wondered about some of the weird and wonderful ways that spammers get their messages through to you and avoid detection? (more…)


Trial click to call free

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday March 3, 2007 )

Last year I wrote about click to call – technology that allows a potential customer to click on a button which then initiates a phone call to the merchant. (more…)


Affiliate sales leaks

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday March 2, 2007 )

An unfortunate part of being an affiliate is sales leaks; i.e., referrals that you make that you’ll never be paid commissions on. It happens to all of us. This can be caused through a number of factors ranging from merchant dishonesty to cookie blocking by the user or glitches in the tracking software on the merchant’s end. (more…)


MSN Duplicate listing patent

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday March 1, 2007 )

Bill from Search Engine Land has posted about a newly granted patent to Microsoft relating to minimizing duplicate listings. It has the potential to have rather huge consequences in organic results if the algorithm were applied; especially if you also have PPC (Pay Per Click) ads on the same results page. (more…)