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Flog blogging

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday October 21, 2006 )

First there were splogs, spam blogs – now a new twist on the blog word and the associated implications are generating much heated discussion in the blogging community. Welcome to the new world of flogging. (more…)

Phishing scams getting sneakier

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday October 20, 2006 )

I’ve gotten to the stage that just about any email that claims to be from PayPal gets deleted before it’s opened; but I am interested in monitoring how PayPal and similar phishing scams are evolving. (more…)

Internet “addiction”?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday October 19, 2006 )

Imagine a few days without the Internet. Does it send shivers down your spine? Do you break into a cold sweat, dive under your desk and begin rocking yourself gently? You’re probably not alone.

“Hi, my name’s Michael and I’m an…” (more…)

PayPal extends coverage

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday October 17, 2006 )

PayPal recently announced payment support for 10 new currencies and has also added 48 new markets in which residents can send money via the service. (more…)

Meta tags – use ’em

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday October 16, 2006 )

Meta tags were abused by search engine spammers some years ago, so the search engines responded by ignoring them; but that’s changed again… and has been the case for quite a while.


Custom errror pages & redirects

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday October 15, 2006 )

Ever linked to a page on your site incorrectly, or have someone link to you incorrectly and only found out about it months later? Perhaps deleted a page and thought nothing more of it? (more…)

Email delivery and reputation

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday October 14, 2006 )

While we constantly rewrite email marketing blurbs to try and get around filters set to “shoot to kill”, it may be that many of our email delivery woes are more to do with reputation than content. (more…)

The YouTube story

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday October 13, 2006 )

What goes from 0 to 1,650,000,000 in under 24 months? I think most of us know the answer to that one now; it’s YouTube. But how did all this happen? (more…)

Blog reader participation

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday October 12, 2006 )

I’m not what you’d call a Jakob Nielsen fanboy by any means, but he’s recently published a very interesting article on participation inequality in online communities I thought I’d make mention of.

In the article he states that on average, online communities follow a 90-9-1 rule; being: (more…)

Online business – stayin’ alive

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday October 11, 2006 )

Stayin alive.. not the Bee Gees song, nor the concept of keeping your business alive. I mean keeping yourself physically alive whilst making your mark on the online business world – a world so enticing and intense that it tends to have our asses glued to the seat for umpteen hours a day. (more…)