Category Archives: Ecommerce

Did someone just try to hijack the lesjones.com domain?

I got this email from GoDaddy saying that the transfer of lesjones.com to GoDaddy failed. I didn’t try to transfer my domain. So what happened – did someone try to hijack the domain?

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Run PHP code in a WordPress widget

I had an advertiser who wanted his link to appear in the right sidebar of the site, but only on the home page of site. Sidebar widgets usually appear throughout the site, so I had to figure out how to … Continue reading

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Words of the Day – Gray/Black/Brown Thursday and Green Monday

Things change, including where people buy stuff that people want. From downtown shops to the strip mall. Strip mall to indoor mall. Indoor mall to big box store. Big box store to online store. People not only change where they … Continue reading

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Cloudflare Update Week 2

Last week saw a 17% increase in page speed compared to the control period before using Cloudflare. I had a feeling I wasn’t seeing the full speed boost. Because lesjones.com has so many pages and images, it seemed likely that … Continue reading

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Turning on Cloudflare

Speed is good – there are plenty of studies linking server speed and sales conversions on e-commerce sites. I’ve set a goal of getting our average page load time below three seconds as measured by Google Analytics. One way to … Continue reading

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Netflix for Legos

Pleygo Is Basically Netflix for Legos Come to think of it, you could use the Netflix model for lots of things.

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Something Evil About Robots.txt I Didn’t Know

Quick background: A robots.txt file on your website will tell search engines and other bots that obey the robot exclusion standard what files and folders they can and can’t index, or whether they can access the website at all. I’ve … Continue reading

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Why I Ignore Emails from People Who Promise to Improve My Google Position

Any time someone offers to improve my Google position I ignore them. It’s a waste of time talking to them. The email you received was canned. The SEO they offer is canned, likely hasn’t worked in five years, and may … Continue reading

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Internet Sales Taxes, Version 42

Tax-free Internet shopping jeopardized by bill: The Senate voted 74 to 20 Monday to take up the bill. If that level of support continues, the Senate could pass the bill as early as this week. Supporters say the bill is … Continue reading

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Study: Real Photos Better Than Stock Photos

Marketing Experiments Blog – This Just Tested: Stock images or real people? So what were the results? Well, Mrs. Generic finally met her match. It appears that an attractive smile is not a match for a good name. Overall, the … Continue reading

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Amazon Reviews You Can Use

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Amazon Reviews You Can Use

How to Avoid Huge Ships: This book really is one of the best huge ship avoidance references I’ve come across, not just for the effective methods it teaches as to avoiding huge ships, but also for exploding some of the … Continue reading

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It’s 2013. Do you know what your copyright statement says?

Time to update the copyright notice on your Web site and documents.

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Test your site for mobile phone friendliness

I’m tuning up our Web sites at work and I’m finding some useful tools. I’m sharing them and bookmarking them for myself so I can find them again. Akimai Mobitest. It’s mainly for speed testing. Check the option for video … Continue reading

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Sales Taxes on Out-of-state Sales

There has been some discussion of sales tax issues, particularly as it relates to online sales as it relates to the 500 pound python of Amazon. Online sales are what I do, so I couldn’t help but weigh in here. … Continue reading

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