Month: August 2013

Users Outraged Over Proposed New Facebook Data Guidelines

In case you’ve ever wondered how Facebook might use your data in ads, a court settlement recently shed some light on proposed changes of those policies and procedures: Facebook clarifies how ads are using your data | Digital Trends: “Instead of giving users the opportunity to use their privacy settings to control how their name and profile picture is used to advertise a brand they Liked on Facebook, the social network is now proposing that …

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5 Tips and 3 Tools to Get You Engaged On Multiple Social Networks

One of the most frequent questions I get during talks on social media marketing have to do with the never ending (and seemingly always expanding) situation of having to post your content to the variety of social networks that currently exist and continue to pop into existence like mini galaxies. My normal stream of advice goes something like this… 1) Don’t post your content to every social network. 2) Pick the social networks where you …

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Affiliate Summit East Returns to NYC

I was hoping for Charlotte, but the “wisdom of the crowd” makes it otherwise… After conducting a poll of over a dozen cities in the U.S. and Canada, we found that the most popular city for next year is New York City. via Affiliate Summit East Will Return to NYC in 2014

Tim Storm on Building a Team

Good read from industry legend Tim Storm on the ShareASale blog… FatWallet started when there were already a number of coupon sites to be found on the internet (and hundreds more yet to be started).  One of the great differentiators early on was that I hired employees to help build and operate the site, where many of my competitors clung fiercely to going it alone. via #Lessons Learned: A Guest Post from Legend Award Winner …

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Twitter’s New Conversations Spark Internet Outrage

Today, Twitter rolled out an updated interface for iOS, Android and the website that makes a major change to how tweeted conversations are viewed: Today we’re updating our iPhone and Android apps, as well as, to make it easier to discover and follow conversations in your home timeline. From buzz about the VMAs to debates around upcoming football games, people come to Twitter to take part in these real-time, global, public conversations. via …

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Yoast SEO Plugin and Modified Headers

  I’ve used Yoast’s SEO WordPress plugin a great deal in the past when I needed a “set it and tinker when necessary” on a client site or affiliate site we’ve developed. I decided to give it a go with the fresh WordPress install we’re using for CostPerNews and discovered something that I’ve heard others complain about in the past… dual sitename titles both in the browser and in the meta. So, a little googling …

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Google Hall of Famer Wayne Porter

CostPerNews owes a great deal to one of its original backers Wayne Porter, even though he is evidently a spook… Keeping Internet users safe is more than just making sure Google’s products are secure. Google engineers also contribute to improving the security of non-Google software that our products and users rely on. Provided below is a list of software vulnerabilities discovered or fixed by Googlers, along with presentations we’ve given at industry security conferences. You …

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Google’s Nexus 4 Sale; Nexus 5 Coming Soon?

If you’ve been wanting to switch over to Android but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, Google dropped the prices on their (fantastic) Nexus 4 phones (off-contract/unlocked) today: Nexus 4 price drops by $100 on Google Play to $199 or $249 [updated] | Android Central: “The official Google Play Twitter account has just confirmed the ‘25% off or more’ sale for the Nexus 4 is active in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Korea, …

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Google Keyword Tool Replacements

Google has removed access for its Keyword Tool that was a part of its AdWords platform. So now what do you do? With Keyword Planner, we’ve combined the functionality of Keyword Tool and Traffic Estimator to make it easier to plan search campaigns. That’s why Keyword Tool is no longer available. You can use Keyword Planner to find new keyword and ad group ideas, get performance estimates for them to find the bid and budget …

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Welcome Back to CostPerNews

After a long day of yard work, I rushed into my office and registered the domain “” For some reason, mowing the lawn and trimming hedges always causes me to brainstorm about online marketing. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with the site but only had a vague sense that it would be read by anyone. Initially, I saw CostPerNews as a bridge between the advancements that were happening in the …

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Finally Got My SC Driver’s License (Again)

I got my driving permit the day I turned 14 and my full driver’s license the day I turned 15 in Marion County, South Carolina. I’ve never looked back and love driving. When I moved to Connecticut for graduate school in 2000, I kept my SC residency. Eventually I had to give that up when I moved to North Carolina in 2006. I thought it would be a simple 20 minute stop to get a …

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Why I Hate Twitter Six Years Later @jangro

My how time flies… To my friends: The next time youre about to submit a message to twitter, please think to yourself. “Is this something that all 73 of my friends need to see?” And does what youre writing actually answer the question, “what are you doing?” via Why I Hate Twitter. Ran across this tonight while cleaning up the blog. Fun memories.

Visiting One Of My Favorite Places in the World

Love this place… Despite the mosquito swarm I encountered (tried my best Finn from Adventure Time to no avail). Now covered in mosquito welps welts (thanks, Elisabeth) but well worth the pain.

Dear Facebook, So Long and Thanks For All The Fish

The sad truth is that the overwhelming majority of people, including highly technical capable people, don’t want peer-to-peer protocols. They don’t want to own their own data. They just want ease. Convenience. Someone else to take over and take care of their data problems. They want the Stacks. via The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong | TechCrunch. I killed my Facebook page once upon a time in 2010 after some (now seemingly innocuous) privacy change …

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Press, Fever, and Freedom

I’m so excited that my RSS reader of choice on Android (for my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7) has rolled out support for Fever… What’s New 1.4 – Fever support via Press – Google Play. Fever is a fantastic piece of software that does all the duties of something like Feedly or Google Reader (RIP) or FeedWrangler, but on your server. That does demand that you have some familiarity with what having a server means …

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Android is Pretty

For all of my pals who say, “How can you use Android? It’s just so ugly compared to iOS!”… A collection of screenshots encompassing some of the most beautiful looking Android apps. via Android Niceties. Thanks to Devin T for the link.


Willie and Waylon during nap time on Mary Hudson’s  princess bed. Strong work, guys.

What Does Google’s New Personalized Search Mean for Marketers?

When working with our clients on search campaigns, one of the most common conversations I have is about the nature of Google searches and how, if you’re signed in to your Google account, things aren’t universal (despite the “universal search” term). To drive this home more, Google is now blending its (awesome) Google Now type features with the search engine: Google today announced a number of search features that make it easier for you to …

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