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Web Development / Recommended drop catcher for .Io domains?
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:53:43 AM »
As per the subject line. The owner has just failed to renew a .Io domain  that I've been watching

Hardware & Technology / Editing your own DNA with CRISPR
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:01:37 AM »
Apologies for the partial paywall, but the but that can be read is still pretty interesting

Monetization / Heads up to anyone running adsense / adx
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:30:27 PM »
ads.txt - if you haven't come across it you need to look into it.

* If you have ads.txt and it isn't correct, your google income will likely already have started to drop
* If you don't have ads.txt then it'll likely start dropping next month

Marketing / Nice twitter strategy
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:26:32 PM »
I don't usually like auto DMs when you follow at twitter account, but this worked for me.  DM that ended with "PS: Here's a video intro I shot for you and a link to my calendar: " and linked to . OK, it's not a personalised video, but it made me watch and combined with the personal style of the video worked pretty well.

Marketing / Ebay ranking factors
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:06:30 AM »
Anyone have any information about what currently works?

I'm trying to help out a friend. Brand new seller with no previous feedback. His listing is currently almost invisible.  Struggling to find any current information

Monetization / AdWords exploit?
« on: August 10, 2017, 09:39:50 AM »
Many (not all) AdSense publishers saw CPC plummet this weekend. Drops of up to 75%. The issue has apparently been resolved with some advertisers being blacklisted.  Here is the closest thing to a statement from Google:

“Hi everyone. After chatting with a number of folks on my end here is where we are: Over the past 48 hours, a number of AdSense publishers alerted us to an issue with declining cost-per-click for ads on their sites. We were able to identify the cause of the issue quickly and resolve it quickly: Several ad buyers were using irresponsible campaign parameters, lowering query coverage for specific creative types in some countries. The ad buyers responsible have been blacklisted and impacted publishers should see that their coverage is back to normal in their AdSense account.”

Anyone care to guess at what  "irresponsible campaign parameters" would lower query coverage for specific creative types in some countries ?

Economics & Investing / Who's investing in crypto
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:58:40 AM »
I've looked into doing this twice in the past. Both times I decided that I didn't know enough to counter the risk of loss. 

Last time I spent time seriously looking at this I was looking at Bitcoin. The price then was just under $100 (jun 2013 looking at my posts here). I decided against then as there was a lot of talk of the US government possibly seizing funds. My money instead went into something far safer that has pretty much done bugger all in 4 years thanks to the awesome clusterfuck that is the UK economy.

Bitcoin price yesterday was $2625. Even if I'd have diverted $1000 into bitcoin then I'd have $25k profit.  Yeah, hindsight is great so I won't kick myself too much. Does make me think I should have a couple of punts though. @ukgimp's post about Ethereum earlier made me check the maths.  As always, the fear is that the moment has passed, but the whole market seems to be less of a risk than 4 years ago. 

Anyone investing in crypto? Thoughts / pointers to resources to get back up to speed would be appreciated.

Traffic / Optimising for etsy
« on: July 03, 2017, 03:50:37 PM »
Anyone done any work to increase eyeballs on etsy? Got asked to look at this as a favour for someone and was hoping someone might be able to short cut me

Marketing / perception of domain suffixes
« on: June 12, 2017, 02:30:54 PM »
Anyone up for sharing their opinion on something?

I'm helping out on a new project where they are trying to build a brand with an audience that is not too dissimilar to the readership here (possibly not as old and jaded as us, but there are similarities none the less).    The .com of the brand name is predictably taken (by an a company in an unrelated industry). Favourite options are .net, .tech or .digital

Some stakeholders have suggested that .net sounds "old skool" or "spammy" .
Others that .tech or .digital "sound desperate" "are gimmicky" or "don't look like domain names if you see them out of context"

any thoughts?

Water Cooler / searching sites for source code
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:22:28 PM »
Found this today. Seems useful

Water Cooler / Anyone use 80legs?
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:55:44 AM »
I've got a small project that looks like a great match for.  It will need a simple custom "80app" though and I'm not sure this is something worth my time to learn.  Anyone have any experience or know someone who might be able to do this?

Water Cooler / Download link for the last alexa 1 million?
« on: April 13, 2017, 02:22:08 PM »
As amazon rather  meanly stopped doing this, does anyone have a link to download a copy of the last dataset they released (or *cough cough* maybe a newer one?)

Web Development / CMS for web database?
« on: March 23, 2017, 06:30:25 PM »
Anyone know a simple CMS for running a user contributed  database?

Imagine a collaborative resource for widget nerds. Any nerd can submit details of their favourite widget filling in a form and adding images. Goes to moderation to stop you all abusing it ( :p ). Output is vaguely organised pages of blue widgets, green widgets, large widgets,small widgets etc based on the fields.  Each widget gets a full page.  Vaguely search friendly.

Historically I would have done this in Drupal. However I am old, fat and lazy now and wondered if there was an easier way.

Hardware & Technology / Drones with flame throwers
« on: February 18, 2017, 10:42:25 AM »

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