Virtually every online merchant has an affiliate program these days. Even with a big shift in spending towards pay-per-click advertising, affiliate marketing has remained strong and is expected to grow by 30% over the next year (according to a Piper Jafrey analyst).
But offering your affiliates typical text/banner ads to promote your products is becoming less and less effective. An increasingly popular method of boosting affiliate performance has been the use of data feeds. Data feeds are basically data exports of a merchant’s inventory which affiliates use to create virtual store fronts. Many of the largest online retailers such as Amazon and Overture provide data feeds to their affiliates not only because they are a relatively inexpensive marketing tool but because they work.
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A great article was in the Seattle Times, talking about Philip Kaplan and how he became an Internet millionaire while other dotcom companies were going bust left and right. Philip currently runs AdBrite, a site where anyone can buy adspace on any of the sites in AdBrite’s network. His original site, FuckedCompany.com (FC) is where he made it big.
After the company he worked for won a $1 million bid for a project he could do for a fraction of the cost, he says, he left to start his own company, PK Interactive, out of a rented loft. He soon had four employees and more business than he could handle, as clients desperate for Web sites came in promising big contracts.
“It got so ridiculous that I was like, there’s no way this is going to last,” he says.
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Jow Kraus has put up a great article on why it is a great time to be an entrepreneur. If you think about it, it’s so true. Compared to just ten years ago, things are so much cheaper thanks to advanced technology and the open source movement. To give that more impact, Excite.com took $3,000,000 to get from idea to launch. JotSpot took $100,000. That means that Excite needed 30x more cash to reach their goal than JotSpot did. That is a big deal. Remember, it is a lot easier to raise $100,000 in capital than it is to raise a whole $3,000,000.
Here at Gear Live we have waxed poetic about in car PC platforms before. When the Mac Mini was released the mod community thought for sure it would be showing up in cars everywhere. There has been some progress on that front, but not nearly enough. Luckily today Infill announced their in-dash car unit. The T3 will feature a 40GB HDD, TV tuner, GPS, a DVD drive (no burner?), and will be able to run Windows, Windows Media Center, or Linux. There will be an additional module to add a touch-screen available. No word on how much this bad boy of a case is going to cost (or when it will hit the States), but we want one!
Motion Computing just released a drool-worthy device: The miniature TabletPC. The LS800 features an 8.4” TFT tablet screen packing a full Windows PC into something easy to carry from meeting to meeting to jot notes. Obviously there is no attached keyboard, but it works with either a BlueTooth or USB keyboard. Its small size is aimed at people looking for an ultra-portable for use with applications like OneNote. The LS800 has an Intel Centrino M 1.2GZ processor, SD, 802.11a/b/g, 512MB of ram, and a 20-60GB HDD. As much of an Apple kick as we have been on recently, I used to own a TabletPC and wouldn’t mind having one of these for taking to meetings at work or browsing the web with on the couch.
Read More | Motion Computing
This week, The Final Cut takes a closer look at a remake of a Japanese horror film and a long awaited film starring 4 of our favorite comic book characters. Out in limited release this Friday are: Chronicles starring John Leguizamo; Julie Johnson starring Courtney Love and Mischa Barton; The Beautiful Country with Tim Roth, Damien Nguyen and Ling Bai; and Murderball, a Sundance pick directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro. As always, please feel free to post your comments on any of this weekends’ new releases.
With so many metropolitan WiFi networks being threatened by lawsuits from local telecoms, it’s a breath of fresh air for those of us with a near addiction-like need for constant Internet connectivity to see a company that is helping put WiFi everywhere. Tropos has announced they are adding yet more cities to their metropolitan coverage area. Tropos offers fast download speeds, unlimited data, and nearly limitless capacity (though heavy saturation of their WiFi hotspots) throughout any city they cover for as little as $25 a month. Cities are encouraged to use Tropos because it also helps insulate the city from lawsuits. Tropos recently announced Tulsa, OK as their next covered city.
Read More | Tropos Press Release
Being that we are interested in all facets of technology, and know that you are as well, we figured it essential to share this slideshow which details the history of the vibrator. Take this bad boy, pictured above, as an example.
By 1917, there were more vibrators than toasters in American homes. Dozens of patents were issued for new designs between 1900 and 1940. Manufactured long before the era of engineered obsolescence, these machines were built to last. Many vibrators of this vintage still survive; at least a dozen are usually for sale on eBay at any given moment.
Read More | History of Vibrator
Chalk up a victory for people the world over who spend an hour picking a spot to hang a picture, hammering in the nail, then staring at it to be sure it is even. The Picture Wall Company sells the Perfect Picture Wall - basically a lifehack comprised of a one sheet template that you affix to your wall with adhesive. Follow the template instructions which show you where to place ten included frames, and you are set. You can score one for $349 USD shipped.
A new iPod came and went with minimal notice. Perhaps the market is already saturated, but I doubt that theory. Perhaps Apple’s minimal upgrades are finally catching up to them? Who knows. All we can say is that anyone hoping for significant changes from the 4th generation iPod is in for quite a shock. Two new models are now available—a 20GB and 60GB model. Both have color screens and are identical to the phased out iPod Photo line; and oddly enough the 20GB model is the same size as the extinct thicker 30GB iPod photo.
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