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Co-browsing and ecommerce

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday January 2, 2007 )

Here’s a neat idea that we may see make its debut in 2007 – co-browsing in online shopping. (more…)

Small PPC search engines

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday December 31, 2006 )

With Pay Per Click advertising dominated by the likes of Google and Yahoo, are the small (aka second tier) PPC networks worth using? (more…)

A decade of CSS

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday December 30, 2006 )

This important milestone nearly slipped by me. December the 19th heralded a decade of CSS – Cascading Style Sheets. If you don’t use CSS at all on your web site; you’re missing out on a very useful technology that can save you a great deal of time in site development and maintenance. (more…)

Alexa ranking envy

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday December 29, 2006 )

Alexa rankings are used by many webmasters and site owners to gauge the performance of their sites in comparison to others. Alexa data is also often used as a reference when buying and selling sites.

It’s certainly a handy service, but the ranking data shouldn’t be relied on too heavily, and here’s why. (more…)

Asia’s internet woes

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday December 28, 2006 )

If you’ve noticed a dropoff in visitors to your web site from some from Asian countries in the last couple of days; there’s more to it than just the time of the year. (more…)

Jimmy Wales wants YOU!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 27, 2006 )

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is looking for people to help continue the development of a user-driven wiki-type search engine to rival industry heavyweights such as Google and Yahoo. (more…)

And so this is Xmas..again

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday December 25, 2006 )

Just some thoughts on Christmas 2006. As in previous years; this year I have successfully dodged the majority of the hype surrounding this most screwed up of all days in the Western calendar. I personally don’t celebrate the day for many reasons.

My feelings and approach to Xmas is rather different to most involved in marketing. I won’t mince words here, so you might want to leave reading this until after the day has passed. Far be it from me to rain on anyone’s parade ;). (more…)

Global online population statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday December 23, 2006 )

As another year rapdily draws to close, I thought I’d take a look at various current statistics related to the current global Internet population. (more…)

All rights reserved?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday December 23, 2006 )

“All rights reserved” is a chunk of text you’ll see on many web pages as part of a copyright statement.

Perhaps you use the term yourself on your site. So where did the phrase originate; what does it mean and is it really necessary? (more…)

Email marketing low response days

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday December 21, 2006 )

Ever wondered what dates (rather than days of the week) each year typically bring a poor response for most types of business to business email marketing? (more…)