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Who’s buying shares in your site?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday April 22, 2006 )

I was digging through some server logs today and came across a site that was selling shares in Taming the Beast.net at $150 a throw. The page also stated that there were 573 shares left. As you could imagine, I was a little curious as to what was happening and thinking that perhaps I should get in on the action; after all, at $150 per share, that’s a steal ;). (more…)


Sincerely, Team X – etiquette

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday April 21, 2006 )

I’ve often wondered why some online companies, when the management or employees respond to customer service related emails, have the habit of a) not addressing the client by name and b) using a signature without their own name; even just a first name.

Call most (good) companies, and the person answering the phone (more…)


The web – an important part of life

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday April 20, 2006 )

10 years ago, some people would stare at you like you had arrived from another planet and ask “The InterWhat???”. Today, it’s an important part of life for many – essential in fact. 44% of American adults now spend time online on any given day.

Everything from deciding (more…)


Baby boomers want to build sites

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday April 19, 2006 )

While 71% of baby boomers (people aged 42 to 60) may not currently have a web site, a substantial number of them would consider creating one.

In a survey this year by Harris Interactive, carried out on behalf of Register.com; 61% (more…)


The Splogosphere

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday April 18, 2006 )

It’s been reported that the blogosphere is 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago. A new blog is created every second and 9% of all new blogs are splogs, aka spam blogs. So, by my calculations: (more…)


Free, earth friendly email service

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday April 17, 2006 )

As some of you know, I’m the Business Operations Manager of ThinkHost, Inc – a progressive principles based web hosting service powered by 100% renewable energy. I try to keep TTB and TH separate mostly, but we’ve just launched a project that I’d like to mention.

The project is CommunityMail.net; and like ThinkHost’s hosting services (and consequently Taming the Beast.net), it’s also powered by renewable energy. CommunityMail.net offers *free* email services that are also more environmentally friendly to the planet than its counterparts :). (more…)


VoIP awareness gaining

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday April 16, 2006 )

Voice over Internet Protocol awareness has increased substantially since early 2005, with 47% of North Americans being somewhat familiar with the concept of VoIP, including the term itself, up from (more…)


Credit card usage alerts?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday April 14, 2006 )

Back in late 2000/early 2001, I wrote to all the major credit card companies with an idea – a simple enough concept I thought which could minimize a great deal of credit card fraud.

The idea may not prevent initial fraud, but one of the great problems of compromized cards is that they are absolutely hammered by fraudsters until the card is decommissioned. (more…)


Search engines & user interaction

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday April 13, 2006 )

A recent survey of over 2,300 US internet users has revealed some very interesting findings regarding the way the average surfer interacts with search engines. The study also shows what has remained a rule of thumb, even more so, is that if you’re not listed for your chosen terms on the first three pages of results – game over. (more…)


What is div spamming?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday April 12, 2006 )

I received an email today from someone who had heard of using hidden “divs” to improve search engine rankings and wanted to know if it was a legitimate technique.

Short answer: no
Long answer: hell no

“Legitimate” is in the eyes of the beholder I guess. Purposeful search engine optimization in itself is hotly debated by some as qualifying as “spamming”, but most search engines frown upon this particular practice – in fact (more…)