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Mike Friedman

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  1. Apparently Blizzard has a big annual convention coming up in a week or two. That is going to be a serious shitstorm. Can't wait.
  2. It would be a good time to create pages about how to cancel a Blizzard account or how to cancel a World of Warcraft subscription. Low competition, but right now the searches on those terms and related ones is blowing up. Lol. They fucked up.
  3. I have used both Bitcoin (client request) and PayPal for receiving payments from India. At the time, the way Bitcoin was going up, I was making an extra 30-40% profit on the job. The problem with a lot of merchant services today is they will charge an extra percentage for international payments. Pisses me off. With everything in the financial world so automated and electronic, it really costs them nothing extra to process a payment no matter where it comes from.
  4. I saw a Reddit thread pop up about this a month or so ago, or maybe it was in a Facebook group. They both got flamed pretty hard, deservedly so.
  5. I'm not familiar with any way to monitor the price other than to pull it up at a registrar. I'm also not really sure if there is a time period after which you can expect to see the price drop. I've never heard anyone say that. I kind of always just assumed the price was the price, but I guess it makes sense. If it goes for a year or so and nobody buys it, why wouldn't they drop it?
  6. I wouldn't try circumventing Zillow's rules. If Zillow caught that, they might think you are trying to post fake reviews. I'm not sure what action they would take, but other similar platforms will typically remove ALL reviews and/or ban the person completely. You don't want to get your client removed from Zillow. Honestly, I would bet a lot of home buyers and sellers already have accounts on Zillow. Not all of them, but I bet a lot do. You have to sign up to get alerts and use different features. The whole "clients don't want to sign up" thing sounds like an excuse from the agent for being afraid to ask for the reviews. On top of that, both Realtor and Zillow let you sign in with your Gmail account, which many people have these days. There is basically zero effort in creating an account. It's already done. It's literally a one-click sign up. And if you know they have a Gmail account, you can also encourage them to leave a review on GMB. If they don't have a Gmail account, they can do the same thing with a Facebook account, which pretty much everyone has. Roughly 90% of the closings I have been to have had a lot of down time. They never start on time. There is always a few minutes where someone needs to go make a copy of something or whatever. If the real estate agent is sitting there with them, that would be the perfect time to ask. They can do it right on their cell phone. If not then, I would send a follow up email a few days after closing. It should be personalized. Not some boring template. Then at the end it can have standard copy that talks about the importance of reviews and the appropriate links.
  7. Steven W. I believe is who you were referring to.
  8. I was reading some about this story and what I cannot figure out is how Harry Markopolos and his team got their information. They are not part of an official government organization, so they don't have subpoena power. How did they piece this together and nobody else did? I don't really want to go through the 175-page report to figure it out. The guy was right about Madoff, so he certainly has some credibility.
  9. Kind of depends on the niche, but in some you can find influencers and follow them on social media. A lot of times they will get a heads up from companies releasing something new and sometimes will even get the product before launch to review. An example would be in the video game niche. This happens all the time.
  10. It may have changed. I don't pay attention to it much anymore, but my understanding was that Wordpress publishes the author user name, not business name, in the code. The nickname shows up in the end result on the browser, if you are showing authors, but the user name is still appearing in the code. I have not checked that in a while though. I always have an admin account that handles all the site setup and design and an author account for publishing pages and posts.
  11. One thing I do on sites is I create a master account for all design issues, installing plugins, themes, updates, etc. But then I create an author account for publishing all pages and posts. I forget offhand what Wordpress lists the permissions as. Editor I think. This is for security as Wordpress will publish the author usernames of a page which gives hackers 50% of what they need to hack into your site. At least if they hack a Editor account, they are very limited on what they can access and do with the site.
  12. Has everyone else seen this pop up? I just noticed it a few minutes ago for the first time. In maps searches, you can now filter businesses by their ratings.
  13. I wouldn't care about the prices so much, but I often have clients pay for and setup their own hosting accounts. They are free to leave my services at any time. I don't want them to feel trapped. Problem with that is I had 3 clients in the past year move to Siteground. They are about to start getting renewal notices and see their hosting bill go from about $85/yr to $250/yr. I'm looking at Cloudways as an option too. I like Digital Ocean, but would not recommend it for a client that isn't tech savvy because they offer basically no support. You are running your own server. But it is cheap. Cloudways gives a nice compromise between the low pricing of Digital Ocean but also providing some level of support.
  14. I'm pretty pissed off at Siteground right now. Moved several sites to them in the past year. Renewals are coming up and they jacked up their prices. Went from around $85/yr for a pretty basic shared hosting account to about $250/yr now. At that kind of price, I might as well move to some sort of VPS package somewhere. Looks like I have some hosting migrations to look into...
  15. Screaming Frog and Sitebulb both have a visual tool that will breakdown the structure of a site. In theory, it's a neat idea, but it gets a bit messy with bigger sites.
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