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Great Australian Internet Blackout

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday January 26, 2010 )

The Great Australian Internet Blackout is currently under way – a protest against looming censorship of what comes down the tubes of the Interwebs in the Land Down Under. (more…)


Getting more from Twitter & Facebook

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday January 24, 2010 )

Twitter and Facebook can be great for boosting your online sales; but many merchants use it for sales messages only and often defeating themselves in the process. (more…)


30,000 Adwords advertisers terminated

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday January 23, 2010 )

According to an estimate from AdGooroo, more than 30,000 advertisers were permanently suspended from the Google AdWords system last December. (more…)


Google getting smarter on synonyms

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday January 21, 2010 )

Getting machines to understand the nuances of the English language is a big challenge, particularly when it comes to search engines – but it’s one that Google is rapidly overcoming with features such as it’s synonym system. (more…)


Turning time burglars into assets

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday January 17, 2010 )

Have you ever had an ongoing debate with a customer or peer via email that’s sucked up a lot of your time? Often that time is wasted. Here’s how to turn it into something more constructive and possibly profitable. (more…)


Affiliates need full strength reporting

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday January 16, 2010 )

I was approached to join an affiliate program today and everything looked good until I logged in. The statistics area was “under development”. (more…)


Google may pull out of China

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday January 13, 2010 )

This isn’t just a rumor. Google has had enough of the constraints placed upon it by the Chinese government and will cease filtering results, knowing full well this may be the end of Google.cn. (more…)


A survey no-no

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday January 10, 2010 )

If you’re requesting customers to participate in a survey; be sure the request at least appears to comes from you. (more…)


Survey: natural vs. PPC search

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday January 9, 2010 )

Some interesting results on a survey carried out with ten big box retailers regarding their spend on PPC keywords and resulting traffic vs. traffic from free listings; i.e. natural or organic search. (more…)


USA online population stagnates

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday January 7, 2010 )

A recent survey indicates that the American online population seems to have remained static in terms of percentages. Time to tackle the final frontier of local holdouts – the 65+ age group. (more…)