Friday, July 15, 2005

blogger problems

I’ve received a number of emails complaining about the speed of the blogger.com website.

 

I checked it out, and found that it is extremely slow downloading the pages.

new adsense format

Adsense today made a number of changes to the TOS for adsense partners.

In addition they have come out with a new layout for reporting – at first glance it looks nice, but with the same functionality as before.

adsense official document

Webmasterworld is full of comments about the new layout / TOS on the adsense updates. Jenstar has done an amazing job summarizing already.

 

What’s interesting is the comment by jdhuk that he / she thought it might be the dreaded google letter – the one stating that you are out of adsense. I wonder how many other adsense partners had that as a first thought when they saw the writing come up instead of the stats. I admit I did. My first thought was “what have I done wrong????”…

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

icrossing seo company raise VC

Icrossing Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based search engine marketing company, has raised $13 million from new company backers RRE Ventures and Generation Partners. The company had received a $28 million VC infusion in 2000 at a post-money valuation of approximately $103 million.

 

Guess the SEO market is still HOT!

baidu.com stock marketing listing

It just doesn’t stop…

 

Baidu.com Inc., a Beijing, China-based Chinese language Internet search engine provider, has filed to raise $80 million via an IPO of American depository shares (ADS). It plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol BIDU, with Goldman Sachs (Asia) and CSFB serving as lead underwriters. Significant shareholders include Draper Fisher Jurvetson (28.1% pre-IPO stake), Integrity Partners (11%), Peninsula Capital (10.1%) and IDG Technology Ventures (4.9%) and Google Inc. (2.6%). www.baidu.com

 

doubleclick and omniture

There is so much investment news today in the internet marketing world.

 

2 of the other big headlines other than the icrossing news, which was posted earlier:

 

DoubleClick Inc. (Nasdaq: DCLK) has received shareholder approval for its proposed acquisition by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman. The deal is valued at $1.1 billion, or $8.50 per share.

Omniture Inc., an Orem, Utah-based provider of web analytics, has raised $40 million in Series C funding. BA Venture Partners led the deal, and was joined by Attractor Inv*stment Management and return backer Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

careful when bidding @ an online auction

I just took a look at bidorbuy.co.za, an online auction company in South Africa run by Andrew Higgins who I’ve known for many years.

 

They have the promo “one day crazy auction” every Wednesday where certain products start at R1 bidding, and there is no reserve.

 

So I went to take a look.

 

The first thing that caught my eye is an ebook on organic food that is being sold – but it is very unclear that the product is an ebook – any average bidder would assume that it is a real book. And people get unhappy when they buy products thinking they are buying one thing and get another. The only reason I figured it out, is that the image looked like an ebook image, and when I looked at the shipping costs, it said that the book would be delivered by pdf format.

 

Very dodge if you ask me.

 

Turbocash, an accounting product which is open source is being sold – sure you can buy the turbocash product on cd for a small amount, but to try sell open source products on an auction site is sad – if the person wants the cd rather than downloading it, I can understand they would be happy to pay a few rand or dollars for it, but most people probably don’t realize that the turbocash product is open source and that they can get it for free.

 

And then a whole stack of internet marketing ebooks and products, many of which you can get for free, or a couple of the internet marketing products which I noticed, I know have resell licences, so they can be sold, but I remember that many of these internet marketing products have restrictions about being sold on auction sites!

 

And then living in South Africa – a number of the products on auction like the omega watch, and some of the Jewellery looks a little suspect – would I buy an omega watch on an auction site without clear verification from the seller that they have the right to sell it and that it is not stolen! Probably not!

 

Anyway, going through the products, and remembering the articles I’ve read about ebay having entire departments to decide on what can and can’t be sold on their auction site, I think that running an auction site is not just about matching buyers and sellers.

 

You need to have a certain level of confidence in the auctions, and I don’t think that bidorbuy has achieved that yet.

adsense webinar

The google adsense guys recently held a webinar where they discussed some interesting tactics for adsense.

Many of the points are well known by now by adsense fanatics, but there are a few pearls of wisdom if you read carefully.

 

And it’s always good to refresh your google adsense knowledge by reading what the google guys have to say.

 

I learnt that Kim Malone is the Director of Adsense. I don’t know if it will help me make more cash from adsense, but still good to know who is running the google adsense division.

 

The entire transcript can be found at http://www.google.com/services/adsense_webinar.html

 

It’s just a pity that the images they refer throughout the webinar to, are not included in the transcript.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

google adwords foreign language waste!!!

Why on earth would a French company advertise their website to the rest of the world in FRENCH!

 

I know the French have a reputation for snobbery, but this is going overboard – paying for the whole world to visit their site, and very few people can read or understand it.

 

If anyone who doesn’t speak French, spends more than 1 second on their site, I’d be highly surprised.

 

So obviously they just don’t realize that when they’re advertising on adwords they need to select regions or languages.

 

What a waste of money!!!!

Monday, July 04, 2005

China opens Internet Addiction Clinic

How many Internet Marketers are addicted to the Internet? Probably most of us! J

 

China has opened its first officially licensed clinic for Internet addiction in Beijing to deal with the effects of the online frenzy that has accompanied the nation's economic boom, reports USA Today.

Doctors say all the children at the clinic have left school because they were playing games or in chat rooms everyday and consequently suffering from depression, nervousness, fear, panic, agitation and unwillingness to interact with others. Many say their online obsessions helped them escape day-to-day stress.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

google historical page rank, backlinks, and algo changes

Aaron from SEOBook.com kindly sent me this link for seocompany, that allows you to see when google algorithms, page rank, and backlinks have been changed in the past, and when they expect them to change again in the future.

 

Now if I could find a similar site for historical information for the search engine updates for yahoo, msn, and some of the other major search engines, I’d be extremely happy!