I dislike Volusion for many reasons, but this one stands out. Searching their owners manual gives results, but you must bang through each to find anything. So far, everything in Volusion takes 5x more steps than I think it should. Anyhow, no time to write that book… here’s an example of a useless SERP typical…
I was emailed this long list of coupon codes that I though I’d share with you. I cleaned up the re-direct to avoid the pop-up-windows that were happening. No affiliate codes – just a gift to you. Good luck!
From Amazon’s Askville:
This crap drives me nuts.
var strAddress2use = strAddressFromForm.replace(“http:////”, “”);
It’s a little more work in Ruby and PHP, but .. you get the picture.
Unlike search ads that are triggered by keywords a potential customer enters, content ads are triggered by certain words in articles or Web content. If you are bidding on those words, your ad might be displayed somewhere on the page.
In the past few months’ time I’ve spent more than my usual amount of time watching others surf the web. I am always astonished by how poor people are at knowing where to type searches, or web addresses, or login information. When I ask someone to go to a website, there is genuine confusion about where or how. It’s no surprise to me that a thriving sub-economy exists based on navigational searches – which I define loosely as “typing a web site URL into a search box because you want to visit it.”
Most of the time it’s user issues that causes navigational searches IMO:
The toolbars have been dragged out of whack.
I don’t even think about, I just type.
Ambiguity between “search”, “find”, and “address bar” in browsers such as IE7.
Alcohol or Drugs, Senility, or perhaps Loud Children.
Some people have real reasons for it. Here are a few:
I don’t have to worry as much about typos.
I sometimes want to look at the cache
I get a quick glance at other sites referring to it (talk about ad-hoc reputation management!)
I’m a rebel, damnit, and you ain’t gonna change me.
A terrific article on navigational searches prompted me to begin a list of good resources on this matter. I also found this terrific write up by Jeremy Crane over at compete’s blog. It was also eye-opening.
I Snapped this From a T-Shirt shop in Gatlinburg, TN, smack dab in the Bible Belt.
Tolerated, I suppose by legal departments of real brands. I can’t imagine they have permission. Protected as a parody?
Hyper tacky IMO.