Archive for the ‘Misc Web Design’ Category

The EPN Network is Flawed

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

If you’re into affiliate marketing, you have no doubt heard of EPN or eBay’s affiliate program.

When I joined the program years ago, it was being run by Commission Junction and was the best program around. Tracking was pretty much dead on and you could always count on them making up for any inconsistencies in reporting.

Then a few years ago, eBay brought the program in house and the bottom fell out. Major tracking issues started and to this day continue. All EPN ever says is its seasonal and when they do admit to an issue they issue a token make good that no way nears what was really lost.

I find it hard to believe that a large portion of affiliates experience seasonal missing clicks on the same days. Who knows how many thousands of affiliate dollars have been lost since they started the EPN program not to mention the magic voodoo Quality Click Pricing payouts.

What’s happening is they were never ready to bring that many affiliate accounts in house and their tracking has not worked since day one.

So, if you are looking at getting into affiliate marketing you might want to look at some of the others first like Linkshare, Commission Junction, Adsense and others and only look to eBay as a last resort since chances are they will lose a good portion of your sales anyway.

Why I use Bing instead of Google to Search

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Back when Google first started, I was a huge supporter. I bought their t-shirt, a hat and even a Google license plate frame.

Google was the future and at that time their search engine was producing the best results around.

Unfortunately, as with many companies who go public, their focus went from providing the best search experience to making as much money as possible buy getting into 100s of different areas. The phrase Jack of all trades and master of none come to mind.

Then something strange happened, the company everybody loved to hate (MSN) actually started to produce a search engine that gave good results and if you use their Adcenter you could even call and talk to a live person. It seems that MSN has learned from their mistakes and actually makes it easy to do business with them and communicate unlike Google who likes to let the robots do all their talking.

Google has the worst customer service on the planet and they really don’t care about you as a business not to mention the things I used to search for on Google were no longer showing good results and instead Bing was showing the stuff I was looking for.

So, I switched to Bing.com and now use them for my searches and even if Google suddenly changed back to the way they were, it’s too late because they have shown their true colors and I didn’t like what I saw.

Using Flash In Web Design

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Every since Flash first came out, designers have been creating some really great looking websites. Today, most of the online gaming sites use Flash since you can make some really great interactive games with it.

The problem with using Flash for a website starts when you create the entire website in Flash. Even though search engine spiders can now read Flash links, for the most part unless your site is a very well known and linked to from other sites, the chances of showing up for competitive searches is pretty slim not to mention it won’t show up on most mobile phone platforms unless you have an alternate version designed for mobile.

For this reason, we like to use Flash on websites as eye candy much like we have done for the menu on our site.  You can use Flash to really make a page stand out but also use normal HTML and stylesheets  to make it more search engine friendly.

As hard as it is to believe, a lot of web users still do not have a broadband connection, using an all Flash site can make the site unusable to them.  Instead using smaller Flash files as eye candy that load quicker will make sure your site is accessible to all.

Whether you use Flash or not, we always suggest creating a mobile version of your site to accommodate the ever growing number of people who now surf the web with their mobile phones. W e don’t use any Flash in the Mobile version since it’s unstable and will not show well for Flash enabled phones. This assures that your site will be viewable by any user using any device.

Flash on Mobile Phones

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Well, after a much anticipated wait, Adobe has released  Flash for Mobile with version 10.1 and from the reviews; so far it looks like the wait was for nothing. Maybe Steve Jobs was on to something when he decided to not allow Flash on Iphones.

The problem with websites  that have Flash designed for a PC, is  they will never fully be able to do what they were intended to do on a mobile phone because the mobile version of  Flash is not technically able to handle it. Flash on a mobile phone is a huge battery drainer and in order to get it to run, they had to leave out a lot of the functions that actually go into making some the greatest looking features of Flash.

Most of the reviews from  people using the 10.1 mobile flash version are not very good and because of the way flash works, I don’t think it will ever get to the point of being just like it is on a PC.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to create a mobile version of your site if you use Flash in your normal site especially if your navigation is Flash based like ours is on this site. Iphone users won’t see any of the Flash and those who do probably won’t be able to enjoy it any way. With a mobile friendly site version, you can strip out the Flash and present your mobile users with a good looking site that will get your message across to your visitors.

New Website Launched

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Making the first post to our Web Design blog  as the  announcement of our new redesigned web site. After 7 years, the old website was just a little worn so in between our projects we were able to put together what we think is a cool website that shows off our design talents.