Archive | January, 2010

Big Bucks, Bad Business: Who’s Getting Google-Slapped and Why

January 27, 2010

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Google is cracking down. Last month, Google filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Pacific WebWorks and several others as part of an effort to stop fraudulent “Google Money” schemes. These are scammy offers that use Google’s brand to attract unsuspecting customers and then trap them into hard-to-break continuity programs, often via negative option contracts.

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Cage Fight: Calacanis vs. Zynga, ComScore & Wilson

January 27, 2010

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Jason Calacanis has made a name for himself by being smart, funny and a vocal supporter of integrity in web publishing. He has also said that affiliates “pollute the Internet,” that “SEO is bullsh!t,” and that photos of affiliates holding up six-figure AdSense checks were “just pathetic.”

Let’s just say that Jason knows how to make friends.

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Threats & Opportunities in 2010

January 13, 2010

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2010 has started at a sprint.

Affiliate Summit is almost here with Las Vegas preparing for the influx of amped-up super-affiliates ready to party. Google has launched the Nexus One and staked an even stronger claim on the burgeoning mobile space. And Facebook is making waves already with in-game offers and virtual currency. But before we dive into all that, it’s worth taking a moment or two to consider where we are as individuals and companies.

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