Q&A: ‘super-affiliate’ Jamie Harwood

Six years ago, Jamie Harwood, like many new affiliates, was working out of his bedroom and wondering how long it would all last. Now, he’s sitting on an estimated fortune of £18m and is one of the most successful players in the affiliate space.

Here, we talk to the head of UK Web Media about the secrets of the affiliate game and where he sees new opportunities emerging in the industry. He also tells us what retailers could be doing to improve their use of the channel and lays out his plan for international expansion.

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Wall Street to Sand Hill Road: we won't be fooled again

For the first time since 1978, a full calendar quarter went by with not a single VC-backed company going public.


Thomas Cook redesign: Has it improved usability?

Travel agent Thomas Cook introduced some changes to its website last week, aimed at improving navigation and relevance for its users.

We looked at the site a couple of months ago, finding a few problems with the holiday booking process, so has Thomas Cook resolved any of these issues?

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Tips on providing user reviews

User product reviews are a must for retailers and when used well can enhance the credibility of a site and nudge customers towards buying a product.

Reviews can have the benefit of bumping up conversion rates and average order values, as well as providing some unique content for the search engines.

Here are some tips for retailers on providing user product reviews... 


BBC iPlayer revamp improves usability

It's only around six months since the iPlayer was launched, but the BBC has introduced a new beta version that aims to be more user-friendly.

iPlayer beta

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Huffington: attempts at neutrality in journalism are overrated

At the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, used her time on stage to ostensibly deliver the type of message the audience was looking for.


PHP Caching Tools & Techniques

PHP is installed on more than 20m websites, including some of the most popular websites in the world.

It's easy to install, easy to work with and when put in the hands of a competent developer can achieve the performance and scalability that highly-popular websites and demanding web applications require.


Site review: Sky News beta

Sky News is in the process of updating its website. It currently has a new beta site running alongside the old one.

Sky News beta site

It has a bigger, bolder look, but is it an improvement on the old version? 


The Web Week in Review

From more Yahoo drama to a big money investment and rumoured acquisition to the news that the mobile phone may be great for brain tumours, the tech news that interested me this week was diverse.


Would a Cost-Per-Engagement model attract advertisers to spend more online?

Over the past few years, CPM has become the common currency for online advertising. But is the model still relevant?

Should we be buying online media based on engagement rather than just passive consumption?

In the current tough financial period, would advertisers be willing to commit more budgets online if customer engagement was guaranteed?


Outsourced DNS hosting providers

An often overlooked factor in maintaining a high level of website uptime is having a reliable DNS service.

If your DNS fails or is slow to resolve, your uptime will suffer - even if your website itself is technically "up".

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SEO: best bang for your buck for generating online leads

E-consultancy’s recently published online lead generation report shows that natural search, email marketing and paid search are still the most commonly used methods for generating online leads.

However, PPC claims the larger proportion of the budget, even though natural search is seen as the most effective method for lead generation.

Given that search engine optimisation provides the most perceived value for money, why aren't more marketers investing in natural search over and above other methods?