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Ad Blockers : Google search result ads, Netflix, Native Ads, FCC privacy rules and more

We're following the advertising industry with great interest. Of course you've followed our advertising and marketing updates for years, and we carefully tried to warn the online ad world of the evils of spam for nearly three decades. Alas, the unquenchable quest for money has corrupted the entire online advertising world to the point of criminal activities and now there is a growing backlash from the public. It's a huge travesty that this second generation of internet users actually does not know what a spam-free internet is like. We're following the anti-spam world of ad-blocking for you :

  • Ad Blocking Declined In Germany; Advertisers Are Concerned With Snapchat Video Averages
  • Here's one sign that ad blocking's meteoric growth could start to slow down
  • Goodbye social media, analytics and ad trackers with Firefox Focus for iOS
  • Why building relevant ads in a cookie-free world comes down to context
  • Adblock Plus wins its 6th court case, brought by Der Spiege
  • Netflix promotes ‘Black Mirror’ by targeting ad blockers
  • Adblock Plus Calls Meetup To Form An Independent Board
  • A Glimmer of Hope in the Ad Blocking Battle
  • Ad-Blockers: Let’s Call Them What They Are!
  • The Natives Are Restless
December 20, 2016

Ad Blockers : Google search result ads, Netflix, Native Ads, FCC privacy rules and more

Now that we've been on the path of ad blockers for a year, the topics of click bait and fake news seems to have overtaken the media. Ad blockers will always help you on click bait sites because they're always full of predator and stalker links in the ads served. As we approach the end of 2016, the ad blocking field is getting hotter and hotter! This edition covers just a few of the hottest of the hot December 12, 2016

60-Seconds : Click Bait, Fake News and you

After I got flamed on Facebook for citing marketing and social media trends, went back and dug out the research on click bait and fake news I've been doing for UGNN. Here's the latest update, and industry buzz on the topic December 11, 2016

60-Seconds #338 : Getting flamed on Facebook isn't always bad

FLAMED : I was flamed in a comment on a friend's Facebook the other day because I quoted publishing community sentiment about Trump, fake news, click bait and the amount of free air time Trump leveraged from social media. People just don't believe that each time Obama or Clinton mentioned Trump, it was a positive marketing point in favor of Trump. If you mention that "Obama and Clinton actually aided in the Trump victory by concentrating on him and NOT Hillary," be careful, you'll probably get flamed like I did. December 11, 2016

Web Design Update: Landing Pages, Website Goals, Advertising Sucks, SEO, and Flipboard

We're at the end of the year and will be seeing new developments in the new year, I'm sure. So this edition will close out 2016, and hopefully give you some things to think about for the coming year. Thanks for reading!

  • Why Flipboard Won't Help Publishing's Smoldering Model
  • 4 Ways to Transform Your Landing Pages for More Impact
  • 10 Ways To Gain Quick Conversions Through Web Design
  • Create the Right Goals for Your Website
  • How your old content can help with SEO
  • Advertising Sucks Long Live The Web
  • How the Web Became Unreadable
December 8, 2016

Popular Mac developer tool PaintCode 3 now supports Android & JavaScript

I know there are professionals reading who will really appreciate PaintCode 3. This is a new version of a design and development tool for Mac OS -- a vector drawing app that turns drawings into code, acting as a bridge between developers and graphic designers. This is serious stuff. December 6, 2016

Getty Images unveils the visual trends set to define 2017

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Getty Images has unveiled its visual trend forecast for 2017. The ground-breaking forecast sets out the macro and micro trends that will influence design, advertising and brand communications throughout 2017 and predicts the social and cultural visual language that consumers will be most responsive to in the years to come. December 2, 2016

60-Seconds #337 : Sirius Radio set a Spam Trap and caught me!

Like anyone, I hate to be had. This is one for the record books, and probably becoming fairly widespread -- but I don't call in very often, so this was new to me. Sirius wouldn't let me follow online instructions and made me call for help. What happened next really fried me! December 1, 2016

Web Design Update: Advertising, optimization, myths, rankings, training, ROI and more

How many times have I said it? Advertising sucks on the web? Some people are starting to agree. This edition of WebUpdate seems to reinforce that concept. This week we'll also see some warnings about your rankings and publishing good, content is good SEO. Let's dig in :

  • Web Advertising Sucks... Affiliate Fees Are Going To Take Over!
  • 5 Traffic-Growing On-Page Optimization Tips for Publishers
  • 5 SEO Myths that Can Seriously Hurt Your Search Rankings
  • The Importance of SEO Training for Editorial Teams
  • MultiBrief: How to measure social media ROI
  • 5 Rules for Publishing Accessible Content
  • Why Content Marketing is the New SEO
December 1, 2016

Graphic Design: How Famous Brands Have Evolved Over Time

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We are all familiar with Apple, Pepsi, Shell and most of the other world famous brands. Their logos didn’t always look as polished as they do today however. As their companies grew their logos evolved. Some of the changes were subtle and others were drastic, some were a hit and some didn’t stand the test of time. Here’s a trip down branding memory lane. December 1, 2016