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  • NegBox 5:04 pm on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Woopra   

    Woopra Does Jaw-Dropping Site Analytics 

    Woopra is an Analytics tool I picked up after peeking under the hood while doing some competitive research. It really kicks Google where the sun don’t shine in many areas.

    The amount of stats is impressive, the way its presented looks almost like one of those Wired magazine InfoPorn infographics – Heck, you can even set a real-time visitor color-coded world map to display full screen on any monitor you’re running, separate from the main app. Ever fancy a Network Operations Control Center-style setup? Here’s your chance.

    They’ve recently added funnel analysis and some other deep bells and whistles that use can use to build a dashboard with your own KPIs.

    I has a nice WordPress plug-in, soon using asynchronous JavaScript, as well as plug-ins for a ton of other platforms… Not that adding a bit of Javascript is difficult. Check it out, its free for a lot of visitors, then they offer reasonable plans.

    Here’s a screenshot of a drill-down into the activities of a single user across two months, it even includes the comments the visitor posted, files downloaded, etc and pretty much everything is clickable to filter and sort.


    Woopra Returning Visitor Details

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    Its so good for content-rich sites like a blog that I’ve shut off Google Analytics – Woopra crushes it for these sites.

     

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  • NegBox 2:09 pm on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    WordPress Killer Theme: Headway Version 2.0 Released 

    The one theme to end it all released Version 2.0 today: Headway 2.0

    Its not an affiliate link, and I don’t get paid, yada, yada yada….

    If you run ANY WordPress at all, you have to check out that theme. What’s so special? Well, how about designing your blog in real-time with a drag-and drop WYSIWYG interface, where you can see how your content looks as you’re building it?

    Would you like a widget to display horizontally between your header and your columns? Go ahead, add it, size it, move it, then add the widgets in there.

    Changed your mind and would you prefer that to be a left-hand thin column with a navigation menu. Go ahead, re-size it and drag it to the side.

    Want to change some colors around? You can see the changes instantly. Want to style with CSS? Go ahead.

    Speaking of CSS – This blog is running the older version of Headway and has ZERO custom CSS.

    Good SEO? Forget about SEO plug-ins, this does it for you.

    Like more control? Headway has hooks *everywhere* and you can put your code in them via a built-in interface. On this blog I’m using a hook that comes right after every post content gets displayed – it calls up the NegBox girls for display.

    Way too many unique features. Lets just say it beats the crap out of everything else I’ve tried, even Thesis and the Affiliate/Squeeze Themes. I bought a developer license a while back for about $160 and I’ve leveraged the heck out of it. Now every time I want to start a campaign that includes a blog, I save about 12 horus of hunting for the right theme and get straight to business. Love it.

     

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  • NegBox 4:01 am on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AffBuzz, Ryan Eagle   

    Funny AffBuzz Banner 

    Good chuckle out of this AffBuzz ad on http://whatwouldryaneagledo.com/

    AffBuzz Banner at What Would Ryan Eagle Do

    I have Ryan on Twitter and sometimes I wonder what kind of glue he’s sniffing – whatever it is, you have to recognize he’s got talent to brand himself to the point he can be recognized by the writing style and even the glasses!

     

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  • NegBox 8:46 pm on October 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dr Ngo, Mind Map   

    Affiliate Marketing Mind Map by Dr NGO 

    This is a brilliant mind-map by Dr NGO

     

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  • NegBox 7:47 pm on October 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Short Form Blog   

    Taking Back My Blog 

    Ever since I removed that plug-in that allowed me to punch in posts from the front page like it was a real-time chat, the amount of posts has gone downhill.

    We can argue the quality has gone up…

    One of the reasons for this blog is that I hate Twitter’s 140-char limit… So this doubles as my twitter stream. Lately, it hasn’t done much for me. Time to call it in.

    Truth of the matter is, I don’t give a fuck about post counts, quality or visitors (yeah, sorry about that – nothing personal) . This is my creative outlet, so I’m bringing back the short-form-blog style posts.

    Just so I keep myself focused, I’ll start by backlinking to my all-time favorite worthless and useless blog post on this blog: http://negbox.com/crashing-bed

     

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  • NegBox 9:27 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Acai, Advertorial, Rebill   

    This is How Your Mother Bought an Acai Rebill 

    Talk about fucked up. I’ve seen this pretty much all over the place – reputable news outlets carrying the shadiest of ads. Some of these advertisers clearly have the dough to grease the wheels — if you go try to advertise this crap with these same ad networks, you’ll get declined. I tried. Fuckers.

    Then it dawned on me… Maybe, just maybe, its the advertising network itself running these ads on their own placements. Nice.

    Either way, this is messed up. Trust is transient, so the trust a person has over the news outlet they are visiting transfers to the ads they carry and over to what they read.

    Disclosure: This is fucked up only because I’m not doing it. If I were, then this would be “business as usual”.

     
    • Brent W. 4:56 am on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know what you mean! I tried to do the same thing a while back.

      Also I believe there is a double standard with Facebook advertising + Myspace advertising as well.

    • CTRtard 10:12 pm on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Agreed, this sucks. And also agreed, if I was getting away with it too, it would not suck as much.

    • Monty 5:40 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      They just probably made an exclusive IO with the network, so noobs are out


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  • NegBox 3:24 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , IRC, ,   

    You’re About to Get Screwed, and You Know It 

    In one sentence for my ADD friends:

    We are increasingly playing in someone else sandbox, and the limits are starting to show and suck.

    FaceBook

    Largest site on the web. In the future, forget about having a blog outside FB – who will bother reading it when they’re too busy reading the ones already inside FaceBook? Its funny how the pendulum swings – AOL used to be as neutered as Facebook and it died a lonely death, now many of the the same concepts come back in Facebook.

    Here’s a thought: Let’s create a distributed trust protocol so we can build a Facebook outside Facebook and fuck Facebook in the Face.

    Twitter

    Huge platform seemingly derived from an IRC service. Some very many years ago IRC was all the rage, we had channels starting with hash # tags, and nicknames and pretty much Twitter without the Twitheads at Twitter. Then IRC died a lonely death for mainstream users – all that’s left there is – for the most part – some die-hards and the royal scum that controls the underbelly of the beast nobody wants to see… bot-nets, pedos, creeps, worms, distros… Its the Mad-Max style nuclear wasteland of the internet. … Then along comes Twitter and the pendulum swings again. They call it microblogging – WTF? It chatting, people, chatting – and all your chats belong to Twitter.

    Here’s another thought: Let’s create a federated chat protocol and layer it on a web interface… Isn’t that one done yet?

    Google

    Remember Altavista? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I’m not sure what is worse – having your content belong to Facebook, Twitter and others, or having the index to your content belong to them. Not only do they determine what gets found and read by the results of their searches, they directly determine what gets purchased when and where – they control the flow of money. I don’t think they’ve realized this yet at least not in a way that is noticeable – and frankly, I don’t really expect most folks reading this to understand how really big numbers of really small things work (scientific fact, most folks are too lazy to think like this) – Google has greater potential influence over the economic outcomes of the US and half the planet than any Illuminati conspiracy theory ever even conceived possible.

    Monopolies suck

    I suppose they suck especially bad when you’re not the owner of the monopoly. I also suppose if the monopoly was mine, I’d be telling everyone how I’m going to bring “Peace and order throughout the galaxy“.

    In closing, nothing – I don’t have any super-stellar words of wisdom here other than: This party ain’t over yet, so bring Vaseline.

     
    • CTRtard 7:02 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      “…so we can build a Facebook outside Facebook and fuck Facebook in the Face.”

      LOL. But I humbly suggest:

      “…so we can build a Facebook outside Facebook and fuck Facebook right in its fuckin Face.”

      I dunno… maybe one fuck was enough?

      Nice post. Google is taking over the world. They even own my phone.

      • Slave Rat 9:24 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Good catch. I must have been in a mellow mood yesterday.


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  • NegBox 5:06 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Display, , Naughty, , ,   

    Bad Traffic Sources for Bad Boys 

    Lets find listings of things “Forbidden” as sources of inspiration to continue on the journey to total jackassdom.

    When I saw the “Non-Approved Traffic Sources” file from Azoogle (renamed Epic) I almost creamed my pants. Not because they renamed their company to “Epic”… I have to wonder, why “Epic” and not “LULZ” … Or maybe “ROWMWA” for ‘Rock Out with my Wang Out”… Anyway, I loved what I saw – specifics!

    In the past I’ve seen lists that only have generic mentions to “Spyware”, or “Spam”… Not Epic… Nooooo sireeee… They’ve classified pretty much half¬† the traffic sources I use right now as “Non Approved”. What gives?

    Your favorite hangout might be on this year’s naughty list. They’ve also blacklisted a ton of mostly-harmless stuff, really… Like Chitika. I need to check them out again – last I saw they were tame and lame – maybe they grew some balls and horns!

    If your favorite isn’t on the naughty list, then its time to hop on a traffic source that really knows how to fuck with user’s brains and get them doing what you want to be doing!

    Naughty Traffic Sources

     

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  • NegBox 5:56 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Marketing or Engineering? 

    Being a former engineer and current marketer I can vouch for the accuracy of this cartoon. Years ago I thought anyone could do what I did – I was dead wrong.

    Dilbert.com

    Now I don’t know why the guy hates sales. Sales is dinners and lap-dances. There’s only one rule to remember: You can’t expense the lap dances.

    This video sums up being in sales quite nicely:

     

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