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Internet’s tubes – submarine cables

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday September 6, 2008 )

Back in 2006, United States Senator Ted Stevens described the Internet as a “series of tubes”. It was funny, but there are indeed some mighty long tubes that the Internet, or “eban” as my mother in law calls it (bless her), runs along. (more…)

Coupon use skyrocketing

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday September 5, 2008 )

Tough times are seeing more people using coupons – 72% of consumers are using more coupons than they did six months ago and three quarters say the state of the economy is the reason for doing so. (more…)

Online bill payment statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday September 4, 2008 )

The majority of online households in the USA are now paying their bills online rather than by paper check, a recent survey has found. (more…)

Facebook tops social bookmarking

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday September 3, 2008 )

It’s been a while since I last took a look at who’s doing what in the social bookmarking world – here’s some recent statistics. (more…)

Google launches new web browser

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday September 2, 2008 )

I’m writing this via Google’s new entry into the web browser sphere – Google Chrome; an application sure to stir things up in a market that’s been dominated by Internet Explorer and Firefox for some time. (more…)

Site accessibility law suit precedent

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday August 30, 2008 )

Not using alt tags on your images? Watch out that the National Federation for the Blind don’t come chasing you. But aside from accessibility issues; alt tags can help with search engine rankings too. (more…)

IE8 and cookie blocking

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday August 27, 2008 )

It seems that Internet Explorer 8 will offer easier to use cookie blocking and deletion features – ouch! (more…)

Watch those spam filters

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday August 25, 2008 )

I was reminded today that designing email campaigns that get by spam filters isn’t just a big challenge for newbies; but for well established companies too. (more…)

Double digit ecommerce sales growth

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday August 22, 2008 )

Recent figures from the Census Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce are showing continuing strong growth in online sales despite the USA likely being in the midst of a recession. (more…)

Killer tool – Google Insights

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday August 21, 2008 )

Google recently launched a new tool that allows you to query terms and see search volume patterns over a period of time, as well as popular related searches. But it’s so much more. (more…)