Monthly Archives: August 2008

Online lookalike swindle, web shoppers getting scammed

I was reading a magazine the other day and I found and article in it that I found quite remarkable. So this is the scenario when Virgin MegaStore became Zavvi in the UK, they opened a website as can be expected under their brand name zavvi.co.uk and it was business as usual. But it was not, because around the same time a UK based company opened another website called zavvidirect.co.uk looking strikingly similar to the original site, this did then easily fool unsuspected online shoppers and when they advertised a limited special offer on a gaming computer people when out and ordered, filled in their credit card information, clicked on enter and waited excited for the delivery that never arrived. Just to cut a longer story short, this was corrected and Zavvi has now, through copyright laws, closed this site.

For more information on the WebUser article buy issue 192, 2008 and you should find it there on page eleven to the right above the “Gordon Ramsay Cooks up Game” article and beside the “Internet cafes under attack”.

So how can you try to prevent this?

1. Don’t shop online, just kidding… I have shopped online for over 10 years and never had problems
2. Shop with established online shops such as Amazon
3. If you don’t want to do that, Google the name of the shop you want to buy through
a. If there only or mostly negative activity, don’t shop
b. If there no activity, then that should also ring bells, I would then wait a little to see how things evolve
4. When looking at the forums or blogs and you see one or two negative posts and you really want to shop with them, send the company an email and ask them to explain why these customers are negative
5. Only shop with companies that use PayPal or other recognized payment systems
6. Don’t use debit cards use Credit Cards, they work in a different way and are to my knowledge more secure

Good luck shopping!

Are 80pc of SEO consultants are scammers?

College of mine pointed a blog post to me written by Peter Kent, author, SEO for Dummies. The post claims that 80% of search engine marketing consultants are scammers and I must say that I agree. I have seen some poor samples of SEO consultancy to even the biggest companies.

In the post there is also a mention of flash designed webs having poor visability, even though I have seen search optimized flash sites they tend to have lesser chance than other and I must also say that I agree with Peter when he claims not having seen evidence showing that flash sites are indexable, I have but for me it’s rather a question of the ranking.

The rule is that you do not hire anyone that says he/she can get to the top 10, even if he has done it for another client, different clients have different needs.

Another thing is be carefull of what tools you use, many are just there to collect information about you and your activities, understand trends and so on.

Get case studies and references to verify that they are correct.

Tribute to the world oldest blogger or blobber as she called it

Olivia Riley has signed of at the age of 108, I have still good 60 years to blog, that if I am lucky enough to live as long as Olivia. Imagine the evolution she has witnessed and taken a active role in. This Australian woman posted some 70 blog posts over a period of a year or so, she started blogging in 2007.

I am not sure how long her blog will be kept running but try going to All About Olive and see if it still there.

I never met her, I never talked to her, I never read her blog and I just heard o Olivia yesterday but her efforts are something that needs to saluted, My grandmother never understood what I did for a living, dying thinking that I was a phone repairer (the phone was as close as I could explain the computer).

Having said that, salute to you Olivia, good luck blogging on the other side

Yahoo Answers is taking a breather…

Google gave up and is Yahoo also doing so? “Yahoo! Answers is taking a coffee break. We appreciate your patience while it recharges! We apologize for any inconvenience.” Or are they just taking a break?
Where do they go when they take their break?

If you go to the blog you can see that there is still some development going on; “We’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard this summer to keep improving Answers. One change you might have noticed is that we’ve incorporated tips on the Ask and Answer pages to help you get the most out of Answers.”

So now I just need to wait until they come from their break and while I am waiting I can always express my self using the Yahoo! Avatars.