Category: Technical Discussions

March 5, 2017 / / Technical Discussions
November 15, 2016 / / Search Engine Optimisation

Yesterday I found this new post over at Digitalpoint: Do a black and white multifunction machine really save the cost?

It has turned out, fairly predictably, to be spam but I felt like trolling so I posted a reply and let them run with it. All the brand new users who have posted in the thread are using the same IP address. What blew me away was when the inevitable link got dropped – it was to an official Fuji Xerox website.

That begs the question:

  • is someone really trying to do negative SEO against Fuji Xerox?
  • has someone conned Fuji Xerox into buying a Social Media Marketing package?

My next step was to alert Fuji Xerox that there might be a problem but their Customer Services Rep, Suki Chan, wasn’t interested because I wasn’t a customer of Fuji Xerox in Hong Kong. So much for international cooperation!

The lesson for the big corporates is that if someone takes the time to alert you to a problem that might affect your company’s reputation you need to take a look!

I always view facebook with most recent posts selected and that ensures that I see new posts and hopefully I see ALL the posts. I don’t get any choice like this on my phone.

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You can’t avoid, however, the bleating posts from people complaining that their posts aren’t being seen and asking people to like or comment on their posts to help them beat the odds. 

It may be a little OCD of me but I get really annoyed when TradeMe users post items in completely the wrong category. Take these two… they’re in the iPhone 6s+ category for complete phones and not for accessories – and the screen protector is for a 4s, what a waste of time and effort?!

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November 21, 2014 / / Technical Discussions

Google’s adsense program is well established, highly developed and, no doubt, employs highly motivated programmers whose primary goal is to ensure that Adsense is successful. That’s my view.

I’m not entirely sure how other people see them – there seems to be a belief that it’s easy money for publishers and that they’re easily fooled. Companies like Hewlett Packard (HP) didn’t take me seriously when I tried to tell them about a scam being run from their call centres.

The latest clown to catch my attention was over at the digitalpoint forums and here’s some of his posting history (from his profile he appears to be male).

November 18, 2014 / / Technical Discussions

I’ve used Xenu for years – probably as long as I’ve been coding websites – and it’s been around longer than that. You’ll see from the website that it’s incredibly old school, but sometimes the tried and tested tools are the ones you should stick with.

I’ve just helped a friend merge two sites together and we’ve used mysql to change some of the internal links but there’s still a chance that some might have been missed. Xenu will let him know what the state of play is.

November 9, 2014 / / Technical Discussions


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Lots of small companies don’t get it right with their websites and, to a certain extent, that’s ok because their focus  is on their core business.

Pump – the makers of plastic bottles they fill with water – are owned by Coca Cola Amatil and, it could be argued, they are an enormous marketing machine whose product costs less than the packaging, distribution and marketing do.

Being part of Coca Cola there’s the expectation that they will do marketing well, really well. So I was really surprised at this little snafu. Surely the company has guidelines for different types of marketing activity – or a template of tried and true steps. I know they’ve done this kind of thing before in NZ, surely they have in other countries too?! Don’t they share their knowledge within the company?

October 2, 2014 / / Technical Discussions

I love social login and use it frequently on sites where I want to comment or buy something. I’m a bit choosy about when I use Google, Facebook or opt to create an account using just my email.

Digitalpoint forces new users from certain countries to use Facebook to create their accounts – figuring that by adding a step it’s that little bit harder for spammers and scammers. It’s an interesting idea but it’s hard to say it’s working.

Take the Rita’s for example.