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Archive for July, 2003

NEW: Credit card payment option

by miklos
Thursday, July 31st, 2003

Buyers of ads above $25 can now pay for their blogads purchases with their credit card. PayPal will remain an option as well. For a discussion on the rationale and a few of our users’ opinion, please see this recent posting by Henry.

Payment info now available for blogads users

by miklos
Tuesday, July 29th, 2003

Log in, go to your adstrip manage page and check out the last two columns in each row. You will see how much you can expect for each ad sold. If we have paid you already, the payment date is also shown. To access payment information for ads that have expired, look for the link at the bottom of the ad manage page.
Yes, there is no aggregation of past earnings. Yes, we are not adding up how much we will transfer you next month. These are to come. Treat this little development as a first step.

Henry on vacation…

by henrycopeland
Monday, July 28th, 2003

I’ll be on the road for the next two weeks, passing through DC, Black Mountain and Chapel Hill. If you need anything urgently, please contact Miklos in Hungary. His number, from the US, is 011 361 328-0602.

Ad industry thrashes around

by henrycopeland
Monday, July 28th, 2003

WSJ.com: “Even the biggest marketers are struggling with the tough economy, the sharp increase in ad clutter and audience fragmentation. Now some see boutique agencies as more nimble — and cheaper — alternatives. Sun, for example, has used J. Walter Thompson for the past three years to craft its ads, but the company is eager to cut costs and believes smaller agencies may help it generate more buzz with its advertising.” Ahh, so that is why we’re getting calls. :)

Expiry bug mending

by henrycopeland
Sunday, July 27th, 2003

We’ve identified a complex bug in our ad expiry processes, which means that some ads have not expired quickly enough. We originally misdiagnosed the problem. Net result: free page impressions for some advertisers. Most of the ads are fixed and the rest should be fixed by tomorrow. Thank you to Atrios, Moxie, David and Hugh for flagging the bug.

Old advertising and New York advertising

by henrycopeland
Saturday, July 26th, 2003

Great database of old advertising. Ads are the economy’s diary. And speaking of advertising, Time Out New York now has ads on our New York blogs. This is our first metro-specific order. Expect lots more.

Who will edit the editors? Bloggers.

by henrycopeland
Thursday, July 24th, 2003

Jeff Jarvis edits an editor and the reader wins.

New blog

by henrycopeland
Thursday, July 24th, 2003

Here’s a neat new anti-EU blog called EURSOC.

Credit cards and new terms

by henrycopeland
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

We’re moving towards adding credit card payments for Blogads. As part of this process, we’re considering a couple of tweaks to our terms. Your comments welcome.

Our ideas:

a) if a blogger rejects an order that has been paid for with credit card, the blogger will be charged the processing fee charged by the company (Worldpay) we’ll use to process card payments. On a $50 payment, this might be $2, but we hope any potential losses are far outweighed by higher sales volumes.

b) we’d like put a $15 floor on ad sales. This will help keep us from getting chewed up by processing fees. If you’d like to remain open for really cheap advertisers, you could consider making your one week price $0.00.

Friendship offline and on

by henrycopeland
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Kind words from friend Steve Locke. With Steve and Gina, we’ve stayed full of pizza and wine and laughter through Amherst’s bleak winter, no-show spring and glowing summer.

I’m convinced blogs will help us stay close, just as blogs have kept me happily in contact with wonderful people like Amy, Matt, Emmanuelle, Ken, Nick,Ben, Rick and Doug who I last lived close to a decade or so ago.

Pixels don’t beat proximity, but they can augment the heck out of it. Which reminds me I’ve got to post something soon about blogs as a personality prosthesis, a neat metaphor offered by Lee Barstow.

Hey, that reminds me it’s time for me to make my annual plea to college friends to each get a blog. OK, enough rambling. Back to work.


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