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3rd party toolbars a hot affiliate topic

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday February 1, 2009 )

Thanks to the extensibility of browsers such as Firefox, independent developers can now create all sorts of useful browser addons – and some rather nefarious ones that cause affiliates headaches. ShareASale, a highly respected affiliate network, is about to debate the 3rd party toolbar issue. (more…)


Finding web dev work in tough times

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday February 1, 2009 )

I received an email today from a web design company who is using an interesting strategy to drum up work. (more…)


Offline GMail Launched

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday January 30, 2009 )

Webmail is great – unless you aren’t connected to the Internet. In a step that is blurring the lines between desktop email client software and webmail, Google is experimenting with an offline version of its Gmail service. (more…)


Ad hijacking extension – the sequel

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday January 29, 2009 )

In my last post I expressed some concerns about a questionable Firefox extension that incorporates some functionality from the popular ad blocker, AdBlock Plus, but this one has an additional unsettling twist for many publishers who derive revenue from advertising. (more…)


Ad blocker tech used for stealware?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday January 27, 2009 )

It’s somewhat ironic that code from a very popular ad blocking software application that removes ads from sites is now a component of a questionable bit of software that displays its own ads in place of the originals. In other words, it’s stealware/parasiteware (in my opinion) – but with a “green” twist. (more…)


Affiliate commission reversals

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday January 26, 2009 )

Commission reversals, like sales leaks, are just part and parcel of the affiliate game; all of us who have been involved with affiliate marketing for a while understand that. But… (more…)


The Printed Blog

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday January 23, 2009 )

We’re certainly used to seeing offline ventures increasingly going online; but this concept takes something uniquely online back into the offline world. (more…)


Consumer Shopping Intentions Survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday January 21, 2009 )

I don’t think any of us would be surprised to learn that consumers are generally speaking going to be spending less this year, but there’s a segment planning to spend the same and perhaps even more than they did in 2008. (more…)


Internet, leisure time and ecommerce

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday January 19, 2009 )

A recent survey by TNS has found an increasing amount of our leisure time is spent online. (more…)


Ad prices drop

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday January 16, 2009 )

It’s good news for advertisers, but not so good for publishers – online display advertising prices have dropped substantially over the past year according to a recent survey. But it’s not all gloom and doom (more…)