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Some Folks *Really* Hate Autocomplete

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 27, 2012 )

I’m referring to Google’s autocomplete – the feature that tries to predict the query you are going to search. You might want to check what comes up when you type your name in. (more…)


The Death Of Cursive Handwriting

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday March 26, 2012 )

Thanks to the Internet, computers and smart phones, cursive writing is on its way out. A recent article challenged my opinion of the demise of cursive being a good thing. (more…)


Even More “Not Provided” Keywords

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday March 25, 2012 )

A couple of weeks ago after Google Analytics started reporting on even fewer keywords, I wrote GA could be a very interesting beastie in the months and years ahead. I didn’t have to wait months. It’s gotten even more “interesting” already. (more…)


Australian Senator Julian Assange?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday March 16, 2012 )

Yes, Wikileak’s Julian Assange will be taking a crack at the Australian Senate and no, as far as I know, this is not a joke. (more…)


Hotmail SmartScreen Set To Paranoid?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday March 15, 2012 )

Microsoft’s SmartScreen filter seemed to have a grudge against Twitter and Facebook the other day. (more…)


‘Not Provided’ Keywords Skyrocket

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday March 12, 2012 )

The ‘not provided’ keywords in Google Analytics reporting, which was only meant to affect searches in the single digits, is rapidly going past that. (more…)


Company Blogs Increase Client Acquisition

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday March 4, 2012 )

Company blogs not only provide better brand exposure, but also generate leads – with the latter being tied to frequency. (more…)


Google’s Recent Algorithm Tweaks – Feb 2012

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday February 29, 2012 )

Among the 40 changes made in the past month to Google search quality, one of the more intriguing is a change to how it values links. (more…)


Do Not Track Browser Buttons Soon

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday February 25, 2012 )

It appears Google, Microsoft and others have agreed to implement do-not-track buttons in their Web browsers. Is this the beginning of the end for tracking site visitors? Not quite. (more…)


The Price Of Success

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday February 23, 2012 )

What is the price of success? Be it online or any career? What is success anyway? I originally wrote this post after the tragic death of Australian born actor Heath Ledger, but the recent passing of other celebrities and an issue closer to home brought these questions to mind again recently and how they relate to the online world. (more…)