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Screen resolution statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday September 26, 2006 )

It’s been a while since I checked on screen resolution statistics in relation to our site visitors, so here’s how the various resolutions stack up based on around 40,000 visits over the last 4-5 days


Low income earners & ecommerce

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday September 25, 2006 )

Online shopping is certainly no longer the bastion of middle to high income earners. According to a recent survey, non-business purchase online shopping in the lower income bracket was the only slice of the market to grow between April and August this year. (more…)

Free hover ad generator

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday September 24, 2006 )

There’s no doubt that popup ads are still a very effective marketing tool for many site owners, but the proliferation of popup blocker use in recent years has meant that other strategies needed to be found in order to get these ads viewable by site visitors. (more…)

Preventing directory browsing

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday September 23, 2006 )

Take a run out to your site and enter – just the name of your images folder, nothing else afterwards except for the trailing /.

If you see a “forbidden” or 403 error message, that’s normal, but if you see a list of files, it means that your server is configured to allow for directory browsing. You’ll notice that any folder that doesn’t have a default document in place will also behave in the same way.

It’s easy to fix; here’s two methods: (more…)

Anonymous, portable browser

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday September 22, 2006 )

Torpark, from Hactivismo, is a new portable browser claimed to keep a surfer’s identity private. Based on Mozilla Firefox, it comes as a pre-configured application and requires no installation. It’s small enough (around 28 megabytes) to fit and run on a USB stick. (more…)

Tell a friend script update

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday September 20, 2006 )

We’ve just updated both versions of our popular Taming the Beast Tell-A-Friend scripts to v1.3 and v2.1; so if you’re using a copy of either from prior to today, I suggest updating. Upgrading is pretty simple – and of course, both scripts are still free :). (more…)

Email marketing subject lines

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday September 19, 2006 )

Strategies are always changing in the world of marketing; like an old t-shirt, some methods become more transparent as time goes on and can become repugnant to some consumers. I use the clothing analogy as I’m well known for hanging onto t-shirts for a decade – they do literally become quite transparent and yes, my family does find them rather repugnant :) (more…)

Forum & signature posting services

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday September 18, 2006 )

Just started a forum and need some posts? Want to get your company name into high profile forums without writing a single word – and only have to spend peanuts to do so?

Sounds pretty enticing? (more…)

Affiliates, cookies and commissions

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday September 17, 2006 )

It’s little wonder increasing numbers of people are using anti-spyware apps given all the nasties out here; but if you’re into affiliate marketing and a member of some of the major networks, you’re probably losing commission revenue as a result of the trend.

It’s somewhat of a double edged sword – we all want to see our users being security conscious, but preferably not at the expense of our affiliate commissions :). (more…)

Social networking sites & copyright

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday September 16, 2006 )

I’ve often pondered the fact that YouTube and similar social networking sites appear to have escaped the wrath of copyright related lawsuits. I just put it down to down safe harbor provisions set out for ISPs and similar services in the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which offered them protection.

It looks like they aren’t totally safe after all. (more…)