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New payment processing service

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday August 3, 2008 )

Amazon launched it’s PayPal competitor last week, called Checkout by Amazon. Like PayPal, it’s a complete third party payment processing service that leverages the company’s well known and trusted name. (more…)

Chinglish in the online world

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday August 2, 2008 )

I love visiting Chinese ecommerce sites; just to read the copy of their English pages. There’s something wonderfully refreshing, child-like and innocent about Chinese marketing translated to English – an effervescence, even if “Chinglish” does tend to murder our language. (more…)

Small biz owners ignoring security

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday July 31, 2008 )

A recent survey by McAffee found that many small business owners felt their operations were too small to worry about cybercrime, yet a third of small and medium businesses in Northern America have been the target of cybercrims repeatedly over the past three years. (more…)

India’s online population growth

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday July 26, 2008 )

Recent figures from ComScore show that more than 28 million people in the country went online during May – a 27 percent increase over just a year ago. (more…)

PPC fraud statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday July 24, 2008 )

The click fraud rate was 16.2 percent for Q2 2008, down a smidgen from the first quarter of this year, but still higher than the same period last year. (more…)

Lulu now in Australia!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday July 22, 2008 )

If you’re based in Australia, Southeast Asia or New Zealand and have considered self publishing, no doubt the cost made your head spin. (more…)

Favorites icons

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday July 19, 2008 )

The importance of having a favorites icon for my sites was again driven home to me recently when setting up a new notebook. (more…)

Aiming for single word rankings

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday July 18, 2008 )

If you’re selling cars, you’d love to score the no.1 ranking on the term “cars”, right? Would you ignore all your other SEO efforts if you thought you had a good chance of scoring it? It mightn’t be a good idea (more…)

25% now accessing the Internet

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday July 16, 2008 )

It only seems like yesterday that most folks were saying “Interwho?”. This year, 25% of the world’s population will access the web. (more…)

Anchor text, tokens and SEO

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday July 14, 2008 )

A patent granted to Yahoo last week relating to anchor text gives some further insight as to how this element may be used by the major engines in ranking. (more…)