The Landing Page or Squeeze Page as it is more commonly know, is seen by some as the most important part of any opt-in email or affiliate driven website. A typically Squeeze Page tries to entice its “target” audience with marketing and copywriting techniques such as headlines, bullet points, teaser copy, deadlines and testimonials. All of which are generally so well researched that they can take the author days and several attempts to perfect. But something that I just can’t fathom out, is why such a well written bit of marketing tends to have to look so aesthetically unpleasing to the eye. I have found myself on several occasion just giving up trying to read such a page as the[…]

Four months ago I decided I was going to seriously try my hand at making money online. Everything started off well and I did make a few hundred dollars, but then I lost enthusiasm and started to get distracted, and before I knew it, I wasn’t making anything. Making money needs a special kind of dedication and commitment which keeps you going, even when things look bad. There is also a fine line between knowing when to keep going or when to quit a bad idea. I think I failed all of the above and as a result I have wasted a lot of my time running around after foolhardy ideas, and not dedicating myself to the things that were[…]

OK, so I’m not a big fan of all the fuss that seems to be made about Christmas these days. The prolonged shopping extravaganza washed all the fun out it for me years ago! When summer is over, we seem to barely have time for All Hallows Eve and Guido Fawkes Night these days before the big bloke in the red suite is thrust down our throats 24/7. I guess it can still be a little bit fun, meeting friends and family that we haven’t seen for a while, even some we haven’t seem since last Christmas (must make an effort to see them more!). But it does depress me when I think just how much effort goes into it[…]

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I updated my iMac to Leopard a few weeks back. I still have mixed views on whether it is really that much better than Tiger. It is better, ascetically pleasing to eye better being the most obvious, but is it better for work? Better for design, better for working on the web? I’m still trying to work it out, ultimately I guess yes, but I’m finding some of the bugs a little bit annoying. Or rather I am annoyed that Apple have once again decided to beta test their products on their customers! For instance – my Lacie hard drive no longer spins down when it is not in use – why? No idea, but it means the drive gets[…]

Ok, so this is the quick version of what happened. In the middle of moving house, I received an email from my hosting company saying my account was in violation of their Terms and Conditions. It took ten days to get connected to the net at my new house, and by then my host had suspended my account and nothing was working. Fortunately a good friend of mine allowed me to lug my iMac up to his house and use his internet for a day so I could sort out the mess – in short… I was using old versions of WordPress that had vulnerabilities. A very bad idea as these vulnerabilities were being abused by someone or something which[…]

Sometimes you spot something that just reminds you of yourself… … and  several of my friends as well. Scary!

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Man, what is it with silly pictures of monkeys and numpties who like to hot-link images? I have just spent the last 2 hours sorting through my inbound links to this site trying to cross-reference genuine incoming inks against stupid hot-links. Bizarrely, the image that every numskull seems to want to hot-link to is this – a montage of some funny monkey portraits (link to my original post). Good old .htaccess to the rescue is all I can say. Basically I have used RewriteEngine/RewriteCond as describe here: How do I stop hotlinking and bandwidth theft? Which seems to work perfectly. If you think you are being hot-linked, check your top inbound links first and check for your images on the[…]

Having Alex Kings Twitter Tools installed is great for letting your Twitter followers know when you have posted something new on your site – and in reverse, it is also really useful for making a blog post of your previous days twitterings, but … … if you do have the “Create a daily digest blog post” turned on like I do, then the pressure to post something everyday really gets turned up to the MAX! As I think there is nothing more unsightly than having two days of Twitter Updates side-by-side! Yep I know I could turn it off or even delete the update posts – but that would be cheating… wouldn’t it? Anyway, as you can tell – I[…]

New Post: Apple Special Event Confirmed for the 5th September – http://tinyurl.com/37ybj5 – looks like new iPods are on their way! # Currently Browsing: http://www.purpleplates.com/ Interesting – is it magic? # Virtual police patrol China web http://tinyurl.com/299k6x # updating my sites robot.txt files # had to reset Safari 3.0.3 Beta after a very weird crash… # this is cool and makes me feel better – Piccadilly Circus ads stop working – http://tinyurl.com/2gv6f8 # cooking a roast dinner… # time to call it a night – goodnight #

An interesting view of Twitter – is it just spam? http://www.twitterspam.com/ Have I just spammed by saying this on Twitter? # time to stop mindlessly surfing and start doing something productive… #