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Best converting search engines II

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday February 23, 2006 )

Results from BIGresearch’s recent Simultaneous Media Survey show some interesting information relating to which engines convert the best for specific categories.

No.1 & 2 converting engines: (more…)


Blogging, bodies & bucks

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday February 22, 2006 )

I’m a relative newcomer to formal blogging; although my quasi-blog had been active for a few years. I wish I had moved to the “real deal” format earlier, but eh, (insert variety of excuses here) :). Still, I’ve been pleased to see the number of people visiting the new blog and I encourage your comments – constructive feedback, opinions on pieces I write about or added info on any item is most welcome!

Much like the dawning of the realization that there were bucks to be made (more…)


FrontPage Includes for fun & profit

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday February 21, 2006 )

I’m a FrontPage fan, unashamedly so. I feel that FrontPage is often rubbished simply because it’s a Microsoft product. I’ve heard the arguments about added server overhead and crappy code, but really, any extra load on the servers of today is minimal and later versions of FrontPage can produce quite clean code.

I’m still using FrontPage 2000 – why? because it does everything I need it to :). Don’t let anyone tell you that FrontPage is useless when it comes to sites that are over a few dozen pages (more…)


del.icio.us bookmarking script

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday February 19, 2006 )

del.icio.us is a free online service for storing your bookmarks and favorites. It also allows you to share your favorites with friends and colleagues, or the entire del.icio.us community – and this is where it’s real power and benefit lies.

If you’re away from your computer, it’s a great way to access your favorites, but users can also take advantage of the research that other del.icio.us members have carried out by searching the massive database. (more…)


China’s online censorship

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 18, 2006 )

*Sigh* – why must the West push its own “values” onto other countries that aren’t yet, and perhaps may never be, ready to accept them.

I’m referring to the issue regarding the major search engines making forays into the Chinese market. Many of us in the West seem to be kicking up a major stink in regards to China forcing these companies to filter out content that they find unsuitable. China should be applauded and encouraged for the concessions they have allowed, not demonized. (more…)


Virus and spam statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 18, 2006 )

According to Commtouch, January 2006 was a shocker in relation to spam and viruses, based on their analysis of over 2 billion email messages.

Key findings

– 19 new significant email virus attacks, with four considered to be “massive” attacks

– The average response time by anti-virus companies to release an update was just over 8 hours (more…)


Best converting search engines?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday February 16, 2006 )

According to WebSideStory, the month of January saw AOL Search with the best conversion rate at business-to consumer ecommerce sites (6.17 %), (more…)


Women online in India

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday February 14, 2006 )

With the online population of India expected to climb to 100 million in the next couple of years; like China, it is a market that none of us can afford to ignore.

A rapidly growing demographic in India are women. According to the Internet And Mobile Association of India, the estimate for male to female ratio in the next 2 years is 60% male and 40% female. In 2004/05 the online population was 72% men and 28% women. (more…)


Search queries grow by 55 percent

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday February 13, 2006 )

According to Nielsen Netratings, the total number of search queries to around 60 search engines in the USA increased 55% from December 2004 compared to December 2005 – thats an increase from 3.3 billion searches to over 5 billion!

Google continues to increase market share (more…)


Article – boosting AdSense revenue

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday February 11, 2006 )

As a follow up to my original article on Google AdSense revenue strategies, I’ve just published another that I hope will help you further boost your AdSense earnings. As the AdSense program has evolved, so too have the options for (more…)