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Spam Filtering x2

Some of you may have noticed that I added WP-reCAPTCHA to this blog.  Yeah, it’s annoying to make out some of those words.  I hate it too.  So why did I add it?

Simple.  I was just using Akismet before, and while that does an excellent job of keeping the spam out, I was still getting over 200 spams per day dumped into my queue, which I then had to scroll through to look for legitimate comments.  After installing reCAPTCHA, I’m down to around 3 per day.  Much easier.

If you have the same problem that I did, I’d suggest giving this plugin a try.

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Want Free Webhosting?

If any of you guys are interested, Jason over at The University Kid is giving away free blog hosting packages.  Apparently he bought a reseller hosting account and is feeling generous.

If you’ve ever wanted to start your own blog but didn’t want to pay for hosting (still have to buy a domain though), you should check it out.

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You Know What’s Awesome? Abandoned Landing Pages

About three and a half months ago, I had this really nice landing page made for me and used it in a PPC campaign.  I ran that one for about a month, and then turned everything off and pretty much forgot about it.

Fast-forward to last week: I received a commission from that offer.  Turns out that my little abandoned LP was receiving a trickle of organic traffic.  Boy, am I glad I added Google analytics to that page.  I checked the page’s statistics to see what keywords were bringing the most people, did a little SEO with that data, and waited.

Two days later, my page was (and still is) ranking #1 on Yahoo for its primary keyword.  That’s with 0 backlinks too (page titles can make a world of difference).  That site proceeded to make me over $200 over the next few days, and I’ve decided to try and capitalize on it a bit more with some additional link building (directory subs, etc).

What can you learn from this?  Always put Google analytics code on your sites, even if you’re only going to use them for paid traffic.  I never expected to start ranking in that particular niche (it’s incredibly competitive), but now I’m holding the #1 spot for some pretty decent keywords.

Organic traffic is free traffic, and free money is always nice.

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And the Dust Settles

Looks like the Clickbooth vs Wickedfire drama has ended.  Apparently, some sort of settlement was reached outside of the court room.  You can read about it here.

It sounds like there was a whole lot of misunderstandings and half-truths on both sides.  I’m just glad I managed to stay out of the whole thing (go ahead, type in ‘clickbooth’ in my search bar.  You know you want to).  For those of you keeping score:

  • Wickedfire - 0
  • Clickbooth - 0
  • Lawyers - $$$,$$$

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ReviewU: Quiznos.com (Seriously)

Here’s one of the stranger things I’ve been asked to review: Quiznos.com. I’m supposed to look at it from a design perspective, and also from the perspective of someone hoping to open a franchise.

Well, what can I say? The video box in the middle of the main page seems to be ok, but I’m not a fan of the three little pop-out video boxes below it. If I was designing the page, I’d want to make those static. Other than that, the site itself is very functional. It’s easy to find information, the nav bar is in a good place, and the color scheme works well. It’s almost like some multi-million dollar business had paid a high-end web designer to create the site or something.

From the franchise owner perspective, the layout is much more formal and subdued, dare I say “professional”? Well, that makes sense: It’s supposed to be a resource for people with lots of money who want to start a new restaurant. I guess that’s why there’s about seven miles of text over the whole site.  You might not want to read that though, so go ahead and stare at all the pictures of yummy sandwiches and soup.

Honestly, I really don’t know what to say about these sites.  They’re both extremely well designed.  They flow well, the color scheme is perfect, and it’s easy to find information.  I wouldn’t change a thing.

Well, actually I lie.  I would change one little thing:  The site is nowhere near politically correct enough.  I mean, sure, you’ve got pictures of men and women of every color, but I’m not seeing anybody in wheelchairs.  That’s a great way to get sued.

(I kid, I kid.  The site’s fine)

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