Month: October 2008

Tweet the Vote

Since 2000 with the infamous hanging chads and Palm Beach liberals who “voted” for Pat Buchanan, presidential elections have become something of a circus sideshow in themselves. Both Republicans and Democrats fiercely fight over every vote (as they should) and the media loves to chum the waters with tales of voting irregularities. Thankfully, web2.0 has given us a couple of tools to sort through the impending (and already present thanks to numerous states like my …

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Cheap eee’s Coming But Get A 7″ While You Can

A new report from Asustek (say it out loud… it’s fun) says the company will be shipping $200 variations of its now famous (and ubiquitous) eee PC. I grabbed a 7″ model in January of this year before Asus flooded the market with more variations than imaginable. It’s one of their “weaker” machines in terms of specs now, but I still love the little guy to death and wouldn’t part with him for an ATOM …

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Wilco Performing The Wilco Song on Colbert Report

Wilco performed an exclusive song on The Colbert Report last night. Before the performance, Jeff Tweedy sat down with Colbert for a pretty funny interview. Here are a few highlights: Colbert introducing the band at the beginning of the show says: “True Wilco fans will listen to the show on vinyl.” Awesome. Colbert: I like your American flag lapel pin. Tweedy: Where’s yours? Colbert: I gave mine to Barack Obama. Tweedy then gives Colbert an …

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Affiliate Opportunity: Google Now Indexes PDF’s

One of the keys to success in affiliate marketing is getting your site or link in front of the people who are looking for the info, services, etc you are representing. Google has helped create the affiliate marketing landscape by becoming the world’s database of information as well as being fairly transparent on what it takes to rank well in the search result pages organically (not to mention the ability to pay for positions on …

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Google’s New Link Reading: Potential Problem for Affiliates?

For those of you not content with Google’s present level of omnipotence, here’s more for you to chew on: Google Blog Search Now Reads Links on Web Pages: “Today Google introduced some changes in the way they index content from blogs / RSS feeds. Earlier they were only using links from RSS feeds to determine the resultset for link: operator but now they consider links that are mentioned on web pages as well very similar …

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I Miss Larry

It’s always late at night (it’s almost 3am now) that I miss Larry the most. It’s been less than a week, but reading a great blog post somewhere about an obscure Southern writer or statesman or chef and her or his connection to the Civil War or some county in Tennessee or Kentucky or Alabama or South Carolina makes me wish Larry was there to receive the email link I really want to send him. …

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Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Fix It on Letterman

great great album (and I’m not just saying that… I’m a huge but critical fan). Cardinology really grows on you: The CARDINAL CAVE – “Fix It” Live on Letterman

GMail Adds SMS Txt’ing

I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords. Wow, email, chat, RSS and now SMS all in one lovely package. Game changer! OMG – Webmonkey (thanks to my pal @bmoore622)

Highrise Deals I really do love Basecamp, BackPack and Highrise. All three of these products make up a substantial part of my business life as an affiliate and I can’t imagine having to hack together a “getting-things-done” solution without them. Even my wife, a physician, loves and uses BackPack on a daily basis. So, I’m excited to see this new addition to Highrise (a fantastic CRM manager): 37signals Product Blog: Big new Highrise feature: Deals: “Deals …

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GeekCast 42: FailList

I had to do real work, so I missed participating in this week’s GeekCast (even though this might be the greatest podcast cover art ever, thanks to Shawn). Nonetheless, there are still a few good moments in the show. Go give it a listen… GeekCast 42: Death of the A-List Bloggers :

McCain ’08 iPhone App

The Obama ’08 iPhone app has won great applause from techies and geeks (not just because it’s from Obama) for it’s inventiveness and nifty viral nature for getting out the vote and educating potential or current supporters. Now it looks as if Sen John McCain’s campaign has gotten into the act (tongue-in-cheek): Good stuff, my friends.

Affiliate Networks and OpenID?

Google has just announced its support for OpenID across its services. Yahoo and Microsoft have also adopted the “one-sign-in” OpenID platform as well. That’s great news and great for users and people moving to the cloud with applications like GMail or Google Docs or Google Calendar. Best of all, you can use that same ID to login into a number of web apps that aren’t owned by one company such as Google. This is incredibly …

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AAPP: Affiliate Approval Process Problem

Having worked on both the network and publisher side of affiliate marketing over the years, I’ve definitely wracked my brain for a solution to the affiliate approval process problem (hereafter known as AAPP… kinda catchy, no?). Jamie Birch has a new in-depth post on the issue from an affiliate manager’s point of view. Jamie has just launched his new JEB Commerce OPM company and is heavily dealing with the AAPP now. Jamie’s previous work at …

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Kindle Software Update

There’s a new software update for the Kindle that evidently improves (the already pretty awesome) battery life. I can go for days and days of heavy reading and not have to recharge. And yes, I still freaking love my Kindle. Game changer! EduKindle » Blog Archive » Kindle Battery Life and Release 1.04 (and 1.08): “What release is your Kindle running? Go to ‘home,’ scroll to ‘settings’ and click. At the very bottom of the …

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TweetDeck and Friends Lists

I’ve been using TweetDeck as my desktop Twitter client for a while now and have definitely seen the improvements over the last few months. The reason I support TweetDeck is the ability to easily group people or subjects you are following. In a post-Track Twitter, this is pretty important for me. TweetDeck has Summize integration, making it possible to “Track” terms via the API. For example, here’s what TweetDeck looks like on my Mac (it …

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ShareASale’s Inventive Gift Cards Database

ShareASale has launched a really interesting new platform with the Gift Cards Database. Let’s face it… gift cards are the gift to give when you have no idea what to give. Plus, merchants love them given that the cards are such a money machine. I’ll be interested to check in with the SaS team after the holidays and see how popular or successful this becomes. I have a feeling it could be a huge hit. …

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Completely Open Android Mobile Device Coming?

Back in my more idealistic days of using only open source operating systems and devices, I wrote a piece about what I thought was going to be a game changer… the OpenMoko. I was wrong on that one. However, there are still some keeping the open source device dream alive. One of my favorite blogs these days has a great scoop on a potential device in the works from the people at OpenMoko that leverages …

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LinkedIn Still Sucks

bla bla bla. LinkedIn is still a PITA… LinkedIn Means Business With New Application Platform: “LinkedIn has launched its new OpenSocial-based application platform called InApps – an answer to the platforms found on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, but without the clutter and ‘junk’ apps that plague those sites. Unlike most other social networks, LinkedIn apps must go through an approval process before they will go live on the store, and all apps must …

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AOL and General Motors Partner on Auto Channel

AOL and GM have joined forces on the auto front… AOL and General Motors Partner on Auto Channel: “AOL has partnered with General Motors to launch a channel within AOL Money & Finance geared for small businesses who are grappling with costly auto-related expenses. The new section, dubbed Small Business Autos ( features tips and tools for businesses seeking auto loans and lower cost fuel options. Among the site’s initial headlines are ‘Deducting Car Expenses’ …

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Publisher Training Web Seminars from LinkShare

LinkShare is making good use of its new blog with the announcement of a series of upcoming publisher training web seminars: Publisher Training Web Seminars | LinkShare Blog: “LinkShare now offers interactive web seminars for our Publishers. These sessions will cover Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level training to help you make the most of your LinkShare partnership.” If you’re new to affiliate marketing, or LinkShare, this could really be a helpful series. Or if you’re …

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