March 22, 2011

Apple refuses iPad 2 affiliate payments

by Brian Turner

Apple has officially announced through Tradedoubler that iPad 2 sales will not be credited to affiliates who promote it. The move comes as Apple is expected to break sales records with the launch of the iPad 2. While no doubt Apple does not need the extra marketing – there is plenty enough hype as it […]

March 18, 2011

Google accelerates Adsense

by Jan Harris

Google has made web pages load more quickly through improvements to its Adsense advertising platform. Changes to show_ads.js, the JavaScript code used to display ads on web pages, mean that contextual ads load more quickly in the background. The improvement has been achieved from embedding the heavy lifting of the script in an iframe. This […]

April 13, 2010

Google results to take into account site speed

by Darren Allan

Google has announced that its search engine results have started to take into account the speed of a site. In other words, the faster a site can serve up its pages, the higher it is ranked on returned search results – to an extent. The theory is that users prefer swiftly responding sites, and are […]

March 26, 2010

Google tests becoming a super affiliate in finance

by Brian Turner

Google this month made a foray as a super affiliate in the financial services market, with users searching for some finance keywords finding Google listing one of its own pages first in the sponsored results. Clicking through takes the user through to a comparison page, built with affiliate links. For example, for an earlier search […]

March 11, 2010

Google forces Adsense users to local currency

by Brian Turner

It’s finally happened – after warning in November last year that Adsense users would be moved to local currency, Google has finally made the issue mandatory. Since the original notice, Adsense users still had the option to keep recording click value in US dollars. When signing into their Adsense accounts, the option to accept the […]

March 10, 2010

Digital Window buys

by Brian Turner

Digital Window, the company behind Affiliate Window, has bought rival affiliate network through the acquisition of Perfiliate Ltd. was started in 2002 in Newcastle, and saw rapid expansion in 2006 with funding from DFJ Esprit Capital Partners. They were listed by the NMA as the fastest growing affiliate network in 2007, and the […]

July 17, 2009

Google Adsense changes: VAT hit for publishers?

by Brian Turner

Google have just announced to UK publishers some dramatic changes to Adsense TOU. The first is that UK publishers will soon have all reporting done in GBP. While at present this is a voluntary process, Google have made it clear that in future all reporting will be in GBP, and to save USD versions of […]

April 1, 2009

WHT crippled by database attack

by Brian Turner

Popular webhosting forum,, is in recovery after a hacker made a “deliberate, sophisticated and calculated” attack on the backup system in place, deleting onsite, offsite, and operational backups of the site. The attacked then proceeded to delete three main tables from the forum database before security processes were able to lock the hacker out. […]

December 12, 2008

WordPress 2.7 released: now with auto-update!

by Brian Turner

WordPress 2.7 has been officially released, and it looks as though the sneak preview of WordPress 2.7 we posted a few days ago was right on the ball. The admin interface may look more cluttered at first, but it really does improve usability by reducing the number of clicks required for any single action. The […]

December 10, 2008

A sneak peek at WordPress 2.7?

by Brian Turner

I’ve been taking a look at the interface on, and the format of the admin panel has changed from the 2.6 version to something completely different: If this gives us a sneak peek at WordPress 2.7 then it certainly looks like a more intuitive navigation system is in place and a release actually worth […]

December 5, 2008

What newspaper sales stats tell you about content

by Brian Turner

A report in the Financial Times today providing stats on the fall of newspaper sales shows a very interesting trend. Take a look at the following stats, showing year on year falls in sales: The Independent: -8% Daily Express: -5% The Guardian: -4.2% Daily Telegraph: -3.9% The Times: -3% Financial Times: -0.7% It didn’t state […]

November 15, 2008

The Big Secret for Adsense Earnings

by Brian Turner

There is a lot of focus on monetising websites via Adsense, but what many people don’t realise is that there are four key factors in developing income from Adsense: 1. Integration 2. Traffic 3. Sector 4. Audience There is a lot of focus on integration of Adsense ads and generating traffic, but often little focus […]

November 13, 2008

Steal my content? I’ll kill your Adsense!

by Brian Turner

Content theft is an annoyance at best, but it’s especially frustrating when people still your content and then place Adsense all over it. Often it’s automated, but sometimes it looks stolen by human users. Either way, it’s not invited, it’s unwelcome, it’s illegal, and I’ll get you back for it. Dealing with stolen content Sure, […]

Improve code, reduce bandwidth

by Brian Turner

I was struggling with a problem last month – one of my sites was pulling in excessive bandwidth compared to its user base, and I couldn’t figure out why. I combed the site stats for signs of a bot, and was surprised to find my own server was using up the most bandwidth. It took […]

November 11, 2008

The Simplest SEO Mistake

by Brian Turner

SEO is a specialist field of internet market that covers a range of issues from relatively basic, to complex. However, the most common SEO error I see if that of canonical issues. Remarkably, I’ve seen this happened under a lot of quite experienced SEO. Which suggests that sometimes its the basics that trip us up […]

September 16, 2008

Financial sites only like IE?

by Brian Turner

Bloomberg has become the latest site in the financial sector which doesn’t like browsers outside of IE. At present, any attempt to access in Mozilla Firefox 2 results in a blank white page. It looks like this is probably due to the redirects for its advertising section not being compatible for Firefox. It’s not […]

September 13, 2008

How Google destroyed $1 billion of United Airlines

by Brian Turner

There are few better reasons for keeping careful control of your content than the story of how Google News left United Airlines losing $1billion in share value. The situation: – The South Florida Sun Sentinel website has a “most read today feature” – The South Florida Sun Sentinel website is crawled by the Google News […]

August 18, 2008

vbulletin updates: 3.7.2 Patch Level 2, vb 3.7.3, vb 3.8 and vb4.0

by Brian Turner

Mass email from vbulletin received tonight which announces a new patch (3.7.2 Patch Level 2) for the current build. In addition, vb 3.7.3 will be released on August 26th. The patch doesn’t require a complete reinstall, thankfully – just download the patch and upload to your vbulletin forum install, and it should be reasonably simple. […]

July 11, 2008

Evening Standard brain farts URLs

by Brian Turner

The London Evening Standard is the latest major site I’ve seen to cock up its URLs. At present, the business news front page looks like this: But if I try to click through the link to the story about the US considering a $2500 billion bail out, I get the following URL – which […]

July 10, 2008

Image copyright infringement: £1200

by Brian Turner

Damn, another brown envelope, another legal notice. It turns out that on one of my sites I’d used a thumbnail image to accompany an article. Getty Images just wrote to tell me “Oi, thanks, that’s one of ours – remove it and pay £1200 in damages for unauthorised use, please!”. Another stupid mistake on my […]

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