I am starting to see more and more of this. A company signs up lots of affiliates, then the top two to ten affiliates become the program generating 90% of the companies online revenue. The company get sloppy and the only business they get comes from the affiliates. These affiliates all know each ather and in many cases are mates. They share information about the supplier, late payments etc. Then the supplier tries to play "bully boy" and tell the affiliates what they can and can't do.
I have seen this via friends when a company with close to £20 million annual turnover, started getting arsey, the 3 top affiliates moved suppliers and within 90 days the company went bankrupt.
Mac Mini -- More Than Meets the Eye
Technology review have a nice list of uses for the oh so cute Mac Mini. I'll bulletpoint the list here but check the article for a description on each point:
As a Portable Depot for Digital Pictures
As a Portable Depot for Digital Pictures
As s Regional X10 Server
As a Christmas Lights Sequencer (give me strength..)
As Part of a Home Theater System
As a Car Enhancer
As a Hardware Firewall for Laptops
As a Physical Security System
As a Server and/or Gateway
As a Component of a Low-Cost Parallel Processing Array
As a SCADA system
As a Beowulf Cluster
As an iPod Feeding Station
I was thinking of using mine simply as a seperate net media center...
Netcraft reports that Yahoo! have extended their $4.98 loss leader deal on domain names for the third time and speculates that the offer is generating business - the offer now runs through to Feb 8th. Maybe they should just say "untill further notice" - maybe they're just hungry for the headlines on this deal eh?
Rumours are spreading about whether Google are to offer a new VOIP service.
The technology is already in place and software is available should Google wish to move in to the field…
Large Corporations are already considering the use of VOIP and the savings potential for them could be huge.
Although Google is reluctant to talk about its plans, the logical use of such a network would be to help to support a new telephone service. The company would buy capacity cheaply, by taking up slack capacity left behind when the internet bubble collapsed in 2001.
Around the world, thousands of miles of fibre-optic cable remain unused because the amount of speculative development vastly exceeded demand. Such capacity would be available at rock-bottom prices today.
Elsewhere in the world, using the internet to make phone calls has caught on more quickly. In Japan 10 per cent of households already use the so-called “voice over internet protocol” and an internet service offered by Softband has 4.4 million subscribers. Its growth has depressed revenues of the local telecom group, NTT.
If Google were to release a service, not only could it damage some of the Large Telecom services, but it could also impact on the industry share of products like MSN Messenger and Yahoo! IM.
Rich Skrenta, one of the founders of the ODP lost his root priveleges a day or two ago over at DMOZ - demoted to a common META, ack, the shame of it heh...
I shouldn't think he's in the least bit worried about it, Topix.net is doing just great thankyou very much! - I don't know if Rich's loss of priveleges have anything to do with everyone's favorite troublemaker IHU in the threadlink above at the "oh such a pleasant place" resource-zone but maybe it did. I know it'd give a few of the more rampant IHU'er wet dreams for weeks to think that they may have played apart in someone elses misfortune, but then i find it hard to beleive that:
a) Anyone cares what they say
b) Anyone at dmoz cares if Rich adds sites he likes - that's the point isn't it?
c) Any of you care at all
It does make for a fun little scandal though, plenty of whining, lots of skullduggery and no small amount of frothing at the mouth lunacy thrown in for good measure.
And for those with a lust for Skrenta info, Peter has an interview with the uber geek himself...
Does PR "weight" the link text?
it's a really simple question
Assuming 10 IBLs from both, and similar link text.
Will the link text from a PR6 page link have the same value as that from a PR2 page link?
but the answer obviously isn't. I love these theoretical threads until they get bogged down by people demanding evidence. Evidence aside I would say Google could weight the links quite easily if they wanted to?
Seems Steven whatshisface can't get enough of court these days - good for him, nobody like a bully Mr (big) Jobs...
The next iPod mini, code-named Q22B and referred to as Osiris inside Apple, will sport a higher capacity hard drive, very likely 5GB. Sources speculate that Apple will tap Seagate for the part, abandoning current iPod mini drive supplier Hitatchi for the time being. Hitatchi's one-inch hard drive currently tops out at 4GB, although 8GB and 10GB versions are due for release later this year and may very well find their way into a future iPod mini.
More On Link Condom & Blogger Worries Over Nofollow
Well, we know that Bloggers dont get it but this is truly amazing - Anil Dash of Six Apart has discovered Oilmans excellent Link Condom site and he's real pissed.
Clearly he's losing the plot.
True SEO scumbags use content generation scripts to populate their banner farms with plausible text. Where does that text usually come from? Generally, it's stolen from other sites, on the assumption that people won't find out about the copyright violation. (I've had this happen personally.)
And who published this site? A company whose services include Search Engine Marketing and whose first listed client reference sells -- wait for it -- pills online! Who'da thunk?
Well Surprise Surprise - NoFollow don't work.. Bloggers are Whining - Again
This whole attitude just amazes me, but what the search engines have done to bloggers (give them a non-solution to shut them up) is worse - but hey, im starting to repeat myself - do a search for comment spam here at TW if you really wanna read more..
Danny Gives the Best Post I've Seen Him Make - Ever
Danny fucking outdid himself with his response, it's an absolute killer post. I tip my hat and humbly take a backseat with a big bag of popcorn to watch this one play out.. well, if i can get my typekey login to work i may go and say something rude but sheesh! How do follow THAT?
Here's a small quote, make sure you see Anils full whine for the whole glorious thing.
Now, I know you've got generally a bad view SEO, that it seems populated with scumbags like the supposed scumbag behind this site -- and being on the sharp end of blog spam, its understandable. But let's get personal a moment about the scumbag in question for this site.
Exclusive: Microsoft Windows Mobile 2005 Revealed - Magneto
M$ have gone and got all legal about some screenshots of the new windows mobile 2005, dubbed Magneto, that were syndicated widely amongst tech bloggers - the shots first appeared here and were quickly picked up by enGadget and other sites.
You can check out Calacanis' (of enGadget) post about it here
Looks like Microsoft is not happy with Engadget’s recent post about Windows Mobile which was generated out of a tip a reader sent in. I’ve submitted this letter to Chilling Effects, and I’m trying to figure out exactly what Microsoft has a problem with in this post.
I spoke to the attorney who sent the letter and she said she didn’t need to discuss this with me, nor did she have to prove she worked for Microsoft,
and you can read the email that was sent out here, though it's duller than unbuttered toast.
So nothing really. I like to take a shot at M$ like everyone else but this is fair enough i reckon. The wider, more interesting issue for me is that this whole game of syndicating illegal data (and it is strictly illegal) is getting hotter. Im wondering a) How it's going to play out and b) if someone will send us some juicey stuff to get into trouble over? :-)
Ask jeeves are to join Yahoo! and Google in providing a mobile search solution sometime in 2005 - Daniel Read, Ask's VP of prd mgmt said:
"In search today you have to offer several access points to provide a good search service for consumers, so we believe we have to be there in wireless search, and we'll be coming out with a mobile product this year,
and that he still believes mobile search to be in it's infancy and thus an open field:
"A lot of search players have put traditional Web search on to wireless devices, but most of the Web pages you want to go to aren't rendered properly on a wireless device screen. So we're looking at rolling out specific search services for the wireless device," he said. For example, likely information Ask Jeeves could make available from its search arsenal to wireless devices includes local business listings and maps
see the full article threadlinked above for a bit more...
AOL chooses Norwegian firm for niche service
Google loses out to FAST (who's site appears to be down?) in the grab for AOL's local search results:
In a blow to Google Inc., which provides general Web search for America Online members, AOL yesterday said it has chosen Fast Search & Transfer to power a revamping of its local search service.
AOL's deal with Fast, a Norwegian company with US operations in Needham, underscored Google's vulnerability in niche fields such as geographic-based search. Over the past year, AOL has tapped two other niche search engines, BizRate and Kayak, to provide shopping and travel search capabilities for the online service.
via Danny S who is also quoted in the piece:
"It's surprising that Google's local search product wasn't considered good enough,"
Google wants UK sites to be hosted in the UK not DE
An interesting slant of (using a Seth Godin term) initiating a purple cow from a David against a Goliath.
1&1 Internet are one of the larger European hosting companies. Their prices are extremely competitive, overall the service is superb and they advertise extremely agressively. Because of this they have seen tremendous growth, especially for quite a late entrant to the hosting business.
The small David in this battle is POBox Hosting. A UK company that is playing on fears businesses didn't have before they saw POBox's press release. Essentially it implies that if you host your web site with 1&1 you won't be visible on Google.co.uk.
What it omits to say is that (I believe) the majority of 1&1 customers use the uk tld for their sites so should still be accesable from Google.co.uk
A damn fine way to use some half truths to add some FUD in business. I say hats off to POBox for coming up with the ploy :)
Options Update: A Look at Google Ahead of Earnings
Schaeffer Research have an interesting and (to me at least) enlightening read about the mighty GOOG
comparing them to others such as Ebay etc.
As one of last year's hottest initial public offerings (IPO), Internet search engine behemoth Google (GOOG: sentiment, chart, options) is still managing to attract a considerable amount of attention. However, despite the stock's soaring technical performance since its IPO at $85 per share (GOOG is now trading in the $190 area), investors remain skeptical of the equity. Options speculators have targeted the stock's January 190 put in today's session, sending more than 6,167 of these bearishly oriented options across the tape so far today.
A Media Center in Your Pocket
In light of BusinessWeek publishing the article threadlinked above i thought it might be a good opportunity to bring together a few pieces that have been sitting im my FireFox bookmarks.
The BW article talks about the inevitable evolution of the humble(ish) mobile to full Media Center capability and status:
That little cell phone is about to become a viable alternative to some of those other gadgets. This year, the U.S. will see a flood of phones with music, gaming, and video capabilities usually found only in stand-alone electronics devices. For the first time, camera phones' resolution and zoom will become as good as that of low-end digital cameras. And today's sprinkle of phones that double as MP3 players will turn into a flood. The world's largest cell-phone maker, Nokia (NOK ), will double the number of handsets with MP3 capabilities in 2005. Of the 40 phones the company will introduce this year, 50% will feature built-in MP3 players.
This isnt a prediction, it's just the way things are headed.
What about iPod?
The biggest casualty of this could be the iPod and it's little brother the iPod Shuffle, in Dec Engadget proclaimed, along with countless others proclaimed 2005 to be the year of the MP3 Phone. This from Scott Moritz at TheStreet:
Rumour comes in that Barbara Coll is (as expected) to be ousted as president of SEMPO and Dana Todd is to replace her.
Furthermore, and bear in mind that this is just a rumour: Babs is dumping nominees she doesn't know and appointing "friends" to positions of power prior to her departure.
It doesn't stop there though....
From the same sources, very close to the org and quite credible: Babs will lose the presidency but retain her position as Chairman leaving her still firmly behind the wheel of the rogue org...
2004 was Full of Great Delights for Search Engine Marketing Guru Barbara C. Coll
Babs Coll is at it again, this time with an outstanding self congratulatory press release that spins the beleagured SEMPO search marketing org as a success whilst the industry itself is filled with nothing but scorn and resentment.
Incestuous Relationships and Marketing Spin for Personal Prestige
The release, produced by (strangely enough) SEMPO member SEO-PR spins the org nicely:
This year was particularly delightful for "The WebMama," gaining her and her company recognition from publications such as "BtoB" and "Silicon Valley Business Journal leading the new and influential Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) through its first year and a half as its Chairman of the Board and President; and landing some exciting speaking engagements and clients that demonstrate increasing influence by, and respect for, both Ms.Coll, WebMama.com and the SEM industry.
Questions have been raised time and time again in the popular SEM forums over issues with SEMPO and yet still, after a year and a half the organization continually ignores questions from the community it purports to serve One of the better online forums for search marketers is Danny Sullivans Search Engine Watch. Those looking for more information on why the industry itself loathes this farcical scam would do well to read the following discussions:
Will Sempo Survive?
Why doesnt Sempo Talk in Forums?
How Was SEMPO's UK Committee Formed?
Sempo and Non-Profit Legal Issues
SEMPO & The SEM Reputation Problem
The SEMPO Website and its Page Rank Distribution
Sempo Dual Advertising Continues
Mike Grehan Stirs Up SEMPO Controversy
Danny Sullivan leaves SEMPO
SEMPO: Even less substance yet more arrogance
Sempo Gone to the Dogs?
And in this particular thread that really does deserve to drink upstream of the herd, Mike Grehan, who I think it's fair to say is widely respected in the industry has this to say about this clicz article where Coll is again, particularly arrogant and offensive: