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Ask – MSN Search killer?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday December 14, 2007 )

For the four weeks ending November 24, 2007, Google accounted for close to 65% of US searches according to HitWise – not a big surprise, but Ask seems to be positioning itself to kick some serious MSN Search. Perhaps it will grab the no.3 spot soon. (more…)

tch, tch, Telstra

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday December 13, 2007 )

I had a bit of a surprise today when entering a domain name into my browser that didn’t exist – instead of my (chosen) default search engine page offering alternatives, a telstra search page with “ is not a valid web address” came up – complete with their ads and click tracking on the search results. (more…)

Online spending record tumbles

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday December 12, 2007 )

Apparently, December 6 cranked $803 million in online sales, up 28 percent over year ago, making it the biggest online spending day in history. (more…)

AGLOCO in trouble?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday December 10, 2007 )

AGLOCO, the pay to surf MLM program that created quite a buzz last year appears to be struggling in a big way according to a note the company sent out a few hours ago. (more…)

Grandparents spend up big online

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday December 10, 2007 )

There’s over 70 million grandparents in the USA today, making them a very powerful segment of the population when it comes to spending.. and they aren’t afraid to shop online. (more…)

Paying for inbox access?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday December 9, 2007 )

With Boxbe’s new email service, a person’s inbox will no longer necessarily be a free-for-all to marketers (more…)

Run a plagiarism check lately?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday December 8, 2007 )

Plagiarism is the theft of ideas or texts, passed off as the work of someoneone else without acknowledgement of their true origin. It’s the bane of teachers marking student assignments and it’s certainly a scourge to those of us who run online businesses or write as part of our living. (more…)

Web development opportunities

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday December 7, 2007 )

It really doesn’t seem all that long ago I was trying to convince small business owners over here they needed to be on the web.. and it wasn’t. I certainly remember constantly babbling on about the importance of not only having a site, but advertising that fact on stationery, shopfronts, vehicles etc. (more…)

SEO on crack

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday December 6, 2007 )

This story didn’t really register with me when it broke last week – it was about sites containing malware littering the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages); nothing really new there. What I didn’t realize was it turned out to be a very well orchestrated hacker attack via SEO. (more…)

Ad placements in newsletters

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday December 5, 2007 )

Isn’t it amazing how small changes can make so much difference at times? I was just reading a case study of a company who by making some minor adjustments to their newsletter layout, improved clicks by over 70%. (more…)