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ICANN douses .xxx domain

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday May 12, 2006 )

ICANN’s Board of Directors voted 9 to 5 against the implementation of a .XXX. Top Level Domain (TLD) a couple of days ago. I’m really scratching my head over this one. (more…)


Identifying search term trends

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday May 11, 2006 )

Google has just released a very handy application – Google Trends. It can be used to gauge historical, current and possibly future usage trends of specific search terms. (more…)


MySpace Pt.3 – layout generators

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday May 10, 2006 )

According to Alexa, MySpace is currently the 6th most popular site in the world – the five before it are Yahoo!, Google, MSN, Baidu.com and Yahoo! Japan. That’s pretty distinguished company to be keeping.

Although I’ve only published a (more…)


Search box envy – Google vs. IE7

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday May 9, 2006 )

Google is a little unhappy that IE 7 Beta 2’s search function defaults to MSN. Personally, I don’t know what the fuss is about. I’ve pretty much well tried to ignore the hooha over the last week; but it’s getting on my nerves a little, so for what it’s worth here’s my view. More noise to add to the fray :) (more…)


70% of malware for financial gain

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday May 8, 2006 )

70% of malware discovered during the first 3 months of 2006 was related to generating financial gain according to a recently published security report. (more…)


Mothers Day marketing

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday May 7, 2006 )

Ah, Hallmark Holidays, bless them all, especially if you’re a retailer :). I’m not a great fan of the thinly veiled commercial exploitation of such events, which is rather odd given my chosen career, but business is business I guess.

In a recent survey of nearly 500 USA small businesses, 66% (more…)


eBay, Skype, Paypal – Power of 3

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday May 6, 2006 )

Ebay held its financial analyst conference in San Jose, California a couple of days ago and some interesting plans for PayPal, eBay and Skype were tabled along with first quarter performance figures.

eBay Europe is pegged to become a (more…)


Online population close to 700 mil.

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday May 5, 2006 )

Claimed to be the first true estimate of the world’s online population, a research company has pegged the global online audience at 694 million people aged over 15 years. (more…)


AdCenter open for the rest of us

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday May 4, 2006 )

I love living in Australia, but we always seem to be on the tail end of getting access to new services released in the USA.

I’m pleased to say that MSN AdCenter, MS’s PPC (Pay Per Click) service, previously a pilot program and available only to USA merchants, is now accessible to Aussies – and I assume to merchants in most other countries as well.

I only just signed up (more…)


New content marketplace

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday May 3, 2006 )

If you’re considering selling, or buying for that matter, articles, video, audio or images; this may be of interest to you. Unveiled at AdTech, this new service looks quite interesting and has attracted some large players already. (more…)