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Economic stimulus grant scams

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday March 7, 2009 )

The FTC is cracking down hard on economic stimulus related scams and about to turn their attention to ad networks associated with sites that run them, along with publishers who advertise such services. (more…)

To JV or not to JV?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday March 5, 2009 )

That is the question.. whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the unsubcribes and ignored communications from outrageous revenue potential claims made… (more…)

Spam trends

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 3, 2009 )

MessageLabs recently released their monthly Intelligence report outlining some of the latest email threat trends for February 2009. It certainly seems the spammers aren’t giving up and still have a few tricks up their sleeve. (more…)

Google customizes your 404 errors

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

Today was the first time I’d seen this, but I’m told it’s been happening for a while. If you don’t specify custom error pages for your site and an IE user has the most recent Google toolbar installed, then Google shows that user a custom error page… theirs. (more…)

Publicity stunt or snafu?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday February 28, 2009 )

If you’ve ever been attacked by a rabid customer through a posting or other public announcement, or had a potentially nasty glitch exposed in a public forum, no doubt your fingers have been itching to type a savage return fire. Most of us take a deep breath before proceeding, others don’t hold back and speak/type whatever is on their mind. (more…)

Ecommerce merchants shafted by banks

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday February 24, 2009 )

It seems there’s been another major security breach in the US banking/card processing system that has exposed the details of many cardholders. That’s bad news for the cardholders – and likely for ecommerce enabled merchants too. (more…)

The use of urgent flags

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday February 23, 2009 )

Do you use the urgent flag on email liberally? You may find it counterproductive. (more…)

The dangers of PLR article packs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday February 20, 2009 )

Content is king and while original content is the way to go, some site owners choose to take a risky shortcut with PLR (Private Label Rights) article packs. (more…)

Under destruction pages

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday February 18, 2009 )

It’s amazing how many small business sites still have “under construction” pages. (more…)

Over 1 billion

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday February 17, 2009 )

A milestone was quietly passed in December 2008 – over one billion Internet users served during that month. (more…)