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politics

Robert Reich about the Obama bitter comment

I really don’t get the big problem with Obamas comment about people being frustrated and bitter. Middle and lower classes in the US sure has a lot to be frustrated and bitter about, as far as I can tell.

Former US labor minister Robert Reich has put his two cents into the discussion.

Robert Reich’s Blog: Obama, Bitterness, Meet the Press, and the Old Politics

Are Americans who have been left behind frustrated? Of course. And their frustrations, their anger and, yes, sometimes their bitterness, have been used since then — by demagogues, by nationalists and xenophobes, by radical conservatives, by political nuts and fanatical fruitcakes

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search engines

Norwegian SEO company banned from Google

Norwegian SEO company Prioritet has been banned from the Google index for going on four months now. Google has removed the SEOs web site from their index, and as of 5 days ago several of the SEO companies customers have been removed from the index.

Read more about Prioritet over at SEO SPAM Cops

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politics

Michael Moore telling CNN the truth

Love this. Michael Moore on CNN with Wolf Blitzer and really going after the poor job CNN has been doing when it comes to the war and his previous movie Fahrenheit 9/11 – as well as the mud slinging that is happening right now about his new movie Sicko – which is showing on a cinema near you right now. The movie tells the story about how bad the health care in the USA actually is. Makes me feel lucky to live in a civilized country such as Norway.

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marketing

How Google is ripping off advertisers

There has been much talk about click fraud and Google Adwords, a program for advertisers where you can bid for search words and place ads on numerous websites through the Google content network. But something that has gone largely unnoticed is how Google is making it easy for domain thiefs and domain miss-spelling sites to make a killing off of unsuspecting Google advertisers using the Google Adwords advertisement system.

The perpetrator: Google Adsense for domains

Until recently I wasn’t aware of “Google Adsense for domains”. Its a program that lets people own enough domain names set up domain parking sites that in essence only contains Adsense advertisements and no content. Placing ads on content free pages is actually against the regular Adsense terms and conditions and I would get in trouble if I did that on my blog or any other site I have. But the ads shown on these special “Adsense for domains” sites are not covered by the Adsense terms and conditions but rather the much less strict terms and condition for “Google Adsense for domains”

The scam

So what is the big deal you might ask? Well, my biggest problem with it is that I can’t avoid placing my ads on these suspect sites if I want to advertise on Google and on its search and content networks. There is no option in Adwords to exclude Adsense for domains sites. And the main reason I want to exclude these sites are that while they may provide clicks, the clicks that they provide are of close to no value. Primarily because users are lured to these sites and click around to find what they were looking for in the first place, and are probably unaware that they end up clicking on a paid ad. Examples of such sites are f-sekure.com – a typo domain. Many cyber squatters are also using the Google service to earn money off of other peoples trademarks. F-secure – a manufacturer of anti-virus software has covered the problem with cyber squatters buying typo-domains for anti-virus software and earning money through the Google Adsense for domains program.

The solution

The issue isn’t new. Its been raised time and time again by advertisers on Google, but I guess the pressure has not been enough for Google to act. All the really have to do is to split their network into search, content and domains. That way we can all pick and choose where our ads ends up being displayed, and we will be able to advertise content networks without the fear of Google assisting in ripping its advertisers off through shady websites. It would also be good if we would all get better tools to guide our traffic to sites that makes sense for us.

Until that happens, do as I do: Turn off the content network and the search network and use all your money on Googles own search. If enough advertisers do this, I am sure Google will wake up and smell the coffee and do something about this mess.

More information about the impact of the Google Adsense for domains program

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web services

Joost invites

If you know someone using Joost, then you have a way of getting an invite. Now its open for everyone that knows someone that has a Joost account.

OK, I see I have to update: I will give you a Joost invite, but its not free for all anymore. The Joost invitation system is a royal pain in the ass, so the effort I put in to give you an invite has to be countered by an effort by you to do something for me. Alas: You scratch my back, I scratch yours:

So here is what you need to do:

  1. Link to my site http://weblog.bergersen.net/ from your blog/site/whatever
  2. It HAS to be a site / blog that has been around a while, I will not accept links from blogs or sites created just to get an invite.
  3. When that is done, let me know in the comments to this posting, and I will send you an invite.

I will do my very best to do that for everyone that meets my crierias. Give me a couple of days to be able to handle your request from you send it to me though.

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web services

Joost in public beta

Joost invites are VERY popular these days. If you don’t know what Joost is – let me tell you. Its the new “product” of the creators of Skype and Kazaa. Its a streaming peer-to-peer TV-network.

You should check out Joost!Hopefully I will be able to give away some invites soon too, so stay tuned! The really unfair thing is that I have been on Joosts list of willing beta testers since forever, and never got one.

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flash

The Adobe Creative Suite rip-off

What is Adobe thinking? Have they decided that americans are poor and europeans are filthy ritch, and that a product should cost twice as much in Europe as it does in the US? It appears so.

Flashmagazine.com has this story: CS3 international pricing insane showing the disgusting mugging of european customers by Adobe.

There is a petition going on, so if you are also disgusted by the price policy of Adobe – then you should really take a minute to sign the petition!

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flash

Flash CS3 on the way

Flashmagazine.com has a first look at what is to come in the new Flash CS3.

Flash CS3 Preview – Flashmagazine

Although this is the third iteration of Adobes Creative Suite, for many of us, this is the first true test of the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe a year and half ago. And based on what we have had a chance to see, it appears the first thing on the agenda was integration.

Among the enhancements: Better performance for the new virtal machine and ActionScript 3, better integration with the rest of Adobes products – such as Illustrator and Photoshop – and a lot of interface enhancements in the program itself.

Read the whole review at Flashmagazine.com for more insight.

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rants and raves

Dagbladet.no skriver om meg

Dagbladet.no har meg som toppsak for øyeblikket, men har linket feil. For å finne mer om min blogging om Bedriftsguiden.no og Nettkatalogen – se min norske blogg.

In English:
Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.no has published an article about lawsuit letters I have been getting from the lawyers of Bedriftsguiden and Nettkatalogen – two internet catalog companies. The threats follows me blogging about these two companies.

If you know norwegian you can read the Dagbladet.no article about the whole ordeal.

And my original article about Bedriftsguiden

In English, feel free to read the english blog post about the threats: Flashgamer.com about Bedriftsguiden

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marketing

Bedriftsguiden – Norwegian internet catalog with threatening letters

Bedriftsguiden and their lawyer has threatened me with suing me for damages. They claim I am in competition with them and that my writings about their service in my original blogentry Bedriftsguiden and their somewhat dodgy ways of marketing themselves are in violation with Norwegian marketing law.

I know how this looks, I seem to be a magnet for letters from norwegian internet catalogs. I guess they don’t like the spotlight and digging I am doing on them – but lawyers and possible lawsuits will not stop me.