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Thanks to the extensibility of browsers such as Firefox, independent developers can now create all sorts of useful browser addons - and some rather nefarious ones that cause affiliates headaches. ShareASale, a highly respected affiliate network, is about to debate the 3rd party toolbar issue.
Earlier this week, I wrote about an ongoing debate I’ve been [...]
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Looking for some interesting snippets of info to liven up your next dinner party? Nothing says Mr. (or Mrs. or Ms.) Popularity more than a hatful of search marketing facts and figures!
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Now we’re talkin’ bout my generation (apologies to The Who); those people born between 1965 - 1981. We’re up to our eyeballs in debt it seems, so we’re looking for a bargain.
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A tactic I’m seeing used increasingly in PPC ads is the cultivation of fear.
I’m seeing this strategy being used in relation to business to business products such as software and also many consumer products. It’s pretty simple and goes something like this:
“Don’t buy product X until you read this”
“Scam alert - most product X’es [...]
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Back in May, we had tremendous interest from readers who asked if they could donate their earnings to help victims in China and Myanmar (Burma). We heard you loud and clear, and so we're happy to announce that during the next week, you can donate a portion or all of your entire unpaid balance as of November 30, 2008 to reconstruction efforts in these regions. The earth may no longer be quaking and the waters may now be calm, but help is still needed in these areas. Whether you have a balance of $0.10 or $100 in your account, we invite you to participate within the next week. Just think if ever
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yone donated a dollar, what a difference that would make.As you may expect, there are certain restrictions to donating, and all our normal policies still apply -- so please don't ask others to click on your ads in order to increase your earnings. For more information on how to participate, visit our donation form.Finally, we know that you may be interested in donating your earnings to additional charities and causes. Please stay tuned to our blog for future opportunities to donate in other ways. Posted by Elizabeth Ferdon - AdSense Publisher Support

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Most web developers tend to use FireFox and sometimes forget that the majority of the world still uses Internet Explorer. They might test a site extensively in FF, but not thoroughly in IE. If the site owner also uses Firefox exclusively, a common security warning related issue may be missed for a very long [...]
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We know many of you have questions about what we work on during our monthly scheduled maintenance and how this work affects you. As one of the engineers who's involved with this AdSense maintenance, I'd like to provide some insight into what goes on during these periods.First, you're probably used to hearing us say that maintenance won't affect your ad serving, and that your earnings will still be tracked as normal. Here's why: when someone visits your site, one of our many ad servers decides which ads we'll show on your pages, and we log the fact that we delivered those ads to your site. We u
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se this information to calculate the number of ad impressions your site visitors generated. Likewise, any clicks on those ads get logged by another of our ad servers. These servers operate independently, so as we roll out upgrades, we can update groups of ad servers without impacting overall ad serving or our internal logs.Reporting, on the other hand, is quite a different issue, and this is why you aren't able to access your account during maintenance periods. The stats logged by our ad servers aren't immediately reflected in your reports, as they need to be collected and tallied in one place before we can give you a single summary of your ad impressions, clicks, and earnings. Our systems diligently work around-the-clock to collect this data from our many ad servers and tally it all up for each publisher, generally updating the reports with recent stats every 15 to 30 minutes. Although many of our software upgrades occur throughout the month without any noticeable impact to you, certain types of reporting upgrades just aren't practical to perform on-the-fly. When we perform our monthly maintenance, we have a chance to put this reporting collection on hold for these big upgrades. This lets us upgrade our databases, prepare our systems for new features, and perform the necessary tasks needed to keep a complex system like this one running smoothly.Some of you have noticed that impression and click stats appear a bit low after we bring the AdSense site back online, wondering if maybe AdSense maintenance is used to change data to affect your earnings. That's a theory I'm happy to debunk: this discrepancy is actually a reporting artifact, occurring because we pause stats tallying during our maintenance period. After resuming, our reporting systems have to digest all of the accumulated impression and click logs, and there's a lot of data! It takes the reporting systems a little while to process the logs, but rest assured that once we get the chance to catch up, the reports will reflect all of the impressions, clicks, and earnings that occurred during the maintenance period. If you're concerned about the stats you're seeing, we recommend checking back throughout the day as your reports are updated.I hope this explanation provides a better picture of what we're doing during these maintenance periods. Though I do have to work the occasional Saturday, it's worth it to make sure your stats are accurate and everything's working smoothly. (Hey, at least it gives me the chance to sing cheesy 80's pop music in the office to my heart's content without disturbing too many other engineers!)Posted by Curtis Light - AdSense Software Engineer


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According to a recent nationwide survey from Guidance; 36% of online shoppers ran into problems with ecommerce sites when buying gifts during the holiday season.
The survey report also found the group least likely to say their online shopping was incident-free was the group least likely to shop online.
The common problems experienced by online shoppers during [...]
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How did you decide on your hourly rates for Web design work? For many beginning Web designers, this is a very difficult question. After all you want to make enough money that it's worthwhile, but not charge so much that every client turns their back on you without another word. And if you're looking to hire a Web designer, you don't want to get "taken" with a price that seems okay but you find out later is exorbitant.
Charging by the Hour for Web Design
Are Your Hourly Rates Reasonable? originally appeared on About.com Web Design / HTML on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 05:57:22.Permalink | Comment | Email this
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