Comic Book Creator 2 – Review

By Keith Nallawalla Did you ever wish you could draw comics? Now it’s easy, in the form of Comic Book Creator 2 by Planetwide Media. This is a design package that has all the features you would expect for making a comic book, such as pre-set page layout templates, speech bubbles, caption boxes, separate pages […]

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Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico – Review

Now your computer can think outside the box, says Ash Nallawalla Your PC has an intrinsic weakness that makes it easy for hostile files such as viruses or spyware to get past your defences. There is no need to be alarmed, as this is true for most PCs on the planet. In spite of installing […]

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SpeedPPC 3 Review

Ash Nallawalla

1 April 2008

PPC

by Ash Nallawalla When I first read the description of SpeedPPC and saw the price of $497, my immediate thought was that this product was too cheap. I had seen an online service that charges a relatively higher, recurring fee to do what SpeedPPC 3 does for a one-time fee. I nearly told SpeedPPC creator […]

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Fake: Google Classifieds Online

I was sucked in. 😳 I have edited my post because a friend alerted me that this domain is registered to someone in Malaysia. I can now expect a lot of spam from there. Fortunately it didn’t try to get me to log in with a Google Account. Beware.

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A pox on reciprocal link requests (with free clues)

Ash Nallawalla

21 March 2008

SEO

Some people need to buy a clue or two. I get a couple of link requests most days. I don’t even open them but I took a look at today’s example: I have visited your site and I think that the content could be of interest to our web site visitors. If you feel that […]

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Google offers SEO services

Ash Nallawalla

17 March 2008

SEO

Would you believe Google: scientifically optimizes existing client sites to create new, dynamic, crawler-friendly sites highlighting brand, nonbrand and long-tail keywords. Our experts methodically optimize copy and content for each page to boost page rankings. It is true, in a roundabout way. Google now owns DoubleClick, whose Performics service delivers SEO services. Danny Sullivan has […]

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Amex does a favour to the SEO profession

Ash Nallawalla

15 March 2008

SEO

Thanks to a sensational headline by Webpronews – American Express Guide Calls SEOs A “Waste”, the SEO profession might be pleased to know that American Express has done them an inadvertent favour. The facts are a little less sensational. Amex USA sponsors an initiative called OPEN, which helps small businesses by getting them to meet […]

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Experimental Google Search Interface

Google has been testing a simplified new interface in Australia for Advanced Search. I haven’t seen any mentions of it from people in North America or elsewhere. The top of the form seems friendlier: Find web pages that have… all these words: this exact wording or phrase: one or more of these words: But don’t […]

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GTrends free tool finds keyphrases with low competition

I attended an informative talk by Glen Staiger about his experience with the “30 Day Challenge”, which included a mention of the free Wordtracker tool known as GTrends. It is a keyphrase competitiveness research tool, which is an extension of the free Wordtracker search tool. My friend had blogged about Iron Maiden’s videos taken during […]

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SEO implication of new social networking sites

Ash Nallawalla

3 February 2008

SEO, Social Media

In the past two days my contacts and best friends have invited me to join: Konnects Ziki hi5 Assorted groups in BlogCatalog, Facebook and LinkedIn In the past few weeks there were invitations to other sites I had not heard of. There are networking addicts who join everything that comes along. Some of these sites […]

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Best WordPress “Highlight Author Comments” plugin

Ash Nallawalla

3 February 2008

Social Media

Thanks to a comment following Matt Cutts’ post on this topic, I tried a couple of plugins and realised that my understanding of PHP was nonexistent and I could not follow the directions of their authors. Thankfully, Chris Hunt posted a link to a plugin by Rob Marsh, SJ (a Jesuit priest in a teaching […]

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Double Whammy for Domain Name Tasters

Ash Nallawalla

31 January 2008

PPC

First came the news from ICANN last week that domain tasting will largely disappear. Not totally, because the practice hasn’t been banned, but it won’t be free anymore. The ICANN Board passed a motion to include fees for all domains added, including domains added during the AGP, and encourages community discussion involved in developing the […]

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