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Goodbye Steve Irwin, rest in peace

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday September 4, 2006 )

While not really related to the online world, I wanted to pay tribute to Australian Steve Irwin, better known as The Crocodile Hunter, who died earlier today local time after a tragic accident while diving. (more…)

Social bookmark link generator

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday September 3, 2006 )

Social bookmarking services such as Furl and Digg can send a lot of traffic your way; and it’s common for bloggers and article publishers to include special links to make bookmarking for these services easier. But what if you can’t use plugins, server side scripting or javascript to automate the task?

This new generator may help.. (more…)

Subliminal spam advertising?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday September 1, 2006 )

As I’ve mentioned in the past, spam *can* be useful at times. A spam email I received today set me thinking about the possibilities of using the same approach in a more legitimate way. (more…)

Heavy Internet user habits

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday August 31, 2006 )

“Heavy users” just doesn’t refer to drugs these days :). Approximately a third of the US population are now classified as heavy users of the Internet, i.e. those accessing the web at least 11 times over 7 day period for activity not email related.

The profile of their activity whilst online is very interesting. (more…)

Click-to-call comrades

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday August 30, 2006 )

Google Inc. recently announced an exclusive partnership with eBay for the provision of contextual advertising on the auction giant, initially outside the United States. On top of that, a click-to-call advertising feature will be introduced on both eBay and Google, with the service operating via Skype (acquired by eBay in 2005) and Google Talk VoiP applications.

There’s some curious twists to this. (more…)

Quick contextual advertising tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday August 29, 2006 )

If you rely on contextual advertising to generate revenue, this easy to implement tip may help you to make a few extra bucks. (more…)

Voice comment plugin for blogs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday August 28, 2006 )

My first post on voice comments for blogs seems to have created a lot of interest judging by the number of search engine referrals, so I decided to hunt around a bit more to see if there were any reasonably priced voice commenting services and plugins available. I found one so far, and it’s free! Read on and give it a whirl. (more…)

RSS feed adoption stagnant

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday August 27, 2006 )

RSS still has a long way to go in not only general consumer adoption rates, but even basic awareness according to figures published in a recent report. Although the vast majority of consumers are unaware of what RSS is, many marketers still see great potential in the medium. (more…)

Most popular blog posts on TTB

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 26, 2006 )

The following is a list of some of the currently most popular posts on this blog for November 2006 in no particular order; based on the number of views. I’ll try to update the list regularly. (more…)

A closer look at MySpace

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 26, 2006 )

There’s a lengthy but very interesting article about MySpace that’s just been published on CNN Money.

The article examines MySpace’s beginnings, delves more into the people behind the mega-site (Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe), the reasons for its stellar growth, revenue and investment data, plus an insight into where MySpace is heading over the next year or so. (more…)