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37% make false spam reports

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday August 5, 2006 )

Over a third of users who have an email service which allows for spam reporting via a button admit to using the feature to unsubscribe from communications they had actually opted in to receive. (more…)


Voice blog comments?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday August 4, 2006 )

Here’s an interesting idea – haven’t struck it before. I stumbled across a blog today that gave readers the opportunity to leave a comment via voice; and their comments were then made available for others to listen to. (more…)


Quick tips – press releases

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday August 3, 2006 )

With all the focus on search engine optimization these days, it’s easy to overlook other forms of marketing and promotion.

A press release can be a very cost-effective and powerful marketing tool – and you don’t need to be a Fortune 500 company to create and distribute one. (more…)


Link exchange tips

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday August 2, 2006 )

Exchanging links is an important part of search engine optimization, but like anything else to do with boosting your search rankings, if you go about it the wrong way it can do more harm than good. (more…)


Email, urgent flags & read receipts

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday August 1, 2006 )

Ah, Fred* has written to me again using an “urgent” (High priority) flag on the email. Eh, no hurry, I think I’ll leave looking at it for a while. And why would I do such a thing if the email is urgent? (more…)


Google search Q&A via video

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday July 31, 2006 )

Matt Cutts, a software engineer at Google, has been running a very popular blog called Gadgets, Google and SEO for some time . He now appears to be getting into vlogging (video blogging) after a slew of questions were thrown at him relating to Google and search engine optimization issues the other day. (more…)


SEO for Firefox extension

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday July 31, 2006 )

I’m not a big Firefox user, but the SEO for Firefox extension caught my eye and I’ve just given it a run. It generates some very useful information, including: (more…)


The online world and war

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday July 30, 2006 )

A little off-topic, but eh, what the heck. This is just a rant, please feel free to totally ignore it.

As I sit down and munch on my Sunday lunch thinking about how tough life can be at times, courtesy of the online world I’m yet again reminded just how pathetic whatever problems I perceive I have actually are. (more…)


File not found, dollars lost

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday July 29, 2006 )

I guess we’ve all experienced the frustration of following a link only to be presented with a “404 – File not found” browser generated error page. Have you checked your web site statistics or server logs recently to see how many instances of this is occuring on your site?

A “File not found” browser message is a sure-fire way of sending potential customers scurrying off your site and to your competition. Here’s some tips for rectifying the problem. (more…)


Emailing marketing and old lists

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday July 28, 2006 )

I have an old email list in connection with another project and I’ve decided to finally start contacting those people regarding a revamp of the service. The challenge is that the people on that list (more…)