‘Web Ethics’ Category

The AdSense trap

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May 23rd, 2006
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LinkyLoo, Web Ethics

The AdSense trap: True story from a fellow blogger. If you were advised to remove unwanted and unqualified Google Ads from your AdSense, try not to click on those ads to find the links. Just hover over them with the mouse and type in thr URI.

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Hurting Comment Spammers

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May 15th, 2006
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Web Ethics

Hurting Comment SpammersEvery Adsense Ad has a ‘Ads by Gooooogle’ link on it and if you click that link and look for the ‘Send Google your thoughts on the ads you just saw’ link on the page it takes you to you’ll be able to tell AdSense what you think about the ads Though this might not be the mighty deterrant we are looking for, if every blogger made it a point to report one spammer every day, we could take away some of their revenue. How many times in the recent past have you clicked on a link from a comment thinking it was benign and was faced with a link farm of some kind. I wish in all those cases I would have done what Darren suggests. Anyone know of a Greasemonkey script that can automate the process of reporting?

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Referer Spam DoS

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February 13th, 2005
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Web Ethics, WordPress Hack

Over the last couple of days my servers have been suddenly getting extremely slow and non-responsive at times. The system load averages climb to the hundreds and nothing responds. This has lasted from a few minutes to a few hours (the night before last). I found nothing out of the ordinary coming into the system and was having trouble figuring out the source of this DoS, until late last night. I was watching the server logs while working on some code and noticed that I was getting referer spammed. As I continued to look (and log) in amazement, a handful of machines made a large number of requests to my server, all with the tell tale referer spam clues (there were about 10,000 total requests in that attack). My understanding is that when the spammer requested such a large number of pages in quick succession, the server buried itself in […]

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Helping Bloggers Earn Money >> When Money Motivates Blogging

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February 10th, 2005
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LinkyLoo, Web Ethics

ProBlogger: Helping Bloggers Earn Money >> When Money Motivates Blogging: I know blogging for money is a big topic and a lot of people are spending quite a bit of time trying to make a buck from their weblogs, but the extent of research that this article speaks of is quite extraordinary. If people spend this much time in getting a good education and finding a stable job, they could live a rich and fulfilling life. Maybe I am just old fashioned but I firmly believe in working hard to make an honest living and do not cater to the “quick path to riches”. Interesting read in any case (not that it is not hard work to setup a well paying blog).

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Is PubSub Jaded?

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January 5th, 2005
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General, Web Ethics

I have been noticing this over the last couple of weeks, but is the Pubsub LinkRank jaded against WordPress blogs somehow?? It looks as if somewhere around a week and a half ago, something was changed in the algorithm that completely trounced the rank of WordPress blogs, even the really popular ones while others continue to flourish. Photomatt’s LinkRank BinaryBonsai’s LinkRank Dougal’s LinkRank WordLog’s LinkRank However, Scoble’s LinkRank continues to grow. All of these ranks, including the one for this blog, are either askewed or are borked. Is this a result of some sort of a WordPress bug, vendetta against WordPress or a bug on PubSub’s side? Or maybe it was due to an attempt to fix the algorithm that went horribly wrong for WordPress users? (All of this is really not as serious as I would like to make it sound, so be gentle! ) What do you think? […]

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Building blog traffic for newbies

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November 25th, 2004
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LinkyLoo, Web Ethics

Building blog traffic for newbies: Basic writeup but good if you are new to blogging and would like to get the name of your blog out there.

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Photo Matt >> RSS Bandwidth Usage

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September 10th, 2004
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LinkyLoo, Web Design, Web Ethics

Photo Matt >> RSS Bandwidth Usage: Photomatt analyzes the RSS bandwidth debate brought forth by Robert Scoble and provides some real numbers to bolster his suggestion (well, claim really) that “an HTML page with 1/3 the traffic is using over 30 times the bandwidth” than an RSS page.

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Plageurism in blogging

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August 29th, 2004
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Blogging News, Web Ethics

I understand that a lot of sites are offering “blogging news” and are trying to gain popularity by capitulating in this niche market. Since I tend to keep track of a handful of blogging tools, I tend to find a lot of blogs that are blatantly copying the articles from another blog and passing them off as their own. Some of these blogs are adding attribution, but that is not enough. Let me elaborate a little. I come from a very strict educational background where any sort of plageurism is looked down upon with extreme disgust. Now that might not apply to the blogging world, but I still consider blatant disregard for intellectual property to be a major problem. In academia, usage of material from external sources is encouraged. There are however, very strict rules of identification of sources and proper punctuation of external information so as to designate their […]

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How many posts are too many posts?

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August 22nd, 2004
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General, Web Ethics

When does a blog start getting annoying to read? How many posts can be too many posts? I know of at least a few bloggers (including myself) that post regularly throughout the day. Some of these posts are lengthy and more involved, while others are small links with a little explanation of the link. Some of the very prolific posters (that come to mind right away) include: Photomatt Dave Scoble Om Some of the people that post infrequently include: Pilgrim Dunstan Zeller Shea And yet, there are some others that make it a point (or so it seems) to post once a day, everyday Alex Anne Jeremy Now, it is very difficult to draw any strong conclusion from this information because almost every one of the blogs listed above are top notch and have their own place in the blogosphere. Dave blogs a lot. Period. He blogs a lot, provides […]

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