As expected, Amazon.com yesterday terminated its advertising relationship with 25,000 California web publishers, including me, after Gov. Brown signed an “Advertising-Nexus Tax Law,” which would use advertising relationships as a “hook” to try to force Amazon and other out-of-state retailers to collect California Sales Tax. I’ve posted separately about this on my separate blog for LessonIndex.com: http://blog.lessonindex.com/2011/06/california-forced-amazon-to-stop-advertising-here/
There’s been a flurry of SEO-related commentary over the past week, discussing Google’s most recent algorithm adjustments, which changed the results for about 12% of all search queries. Internally, Google calls this the “Panda” update, but most observers call it the “Farmer update” for its impact on “content farms.”
I’ve just installed the Advertising-Manager plug-in and set up a widget to display a small Google AdSense advertising unit (120×240) in the upper right margin of each page. Read more »
I’m grumpy today, after spending many hours on a very mundane task, and I recognize that I’ll need to spend several dozen more hours to complete it. I made the decision recently to migrate most of the static “articles” from my namesake web site (MarkWelch.com) to my blog site (MarkWelchBlog.com). Read more »
Everyone seems to be criticizing the search of a blogger’s home-office by a law-enforcement task force, following the blogger’s report (at Gizmodo.com) about an iPhone prototype, which he said he’d purchased from someone who found it in a bar.
While I’d love to join the chorus criticizing both Apple and law enforcement, I simply don’t have enough information to make a reasonable decision about the conduct of various parties. Read more »