In all my years of covering Blizzard and World of Warcraft, I have never seen Blizzard fans so exasperated and disheartened than now. Gamers who emotionally invested themselves in their games over the years feel betrayed by Blizzard. Much like the bond Mac users have with Apple, there was always a sense of unwavering loyalty between Blizzard and their fans. The formerly unapologetic Blizzard created exceptional games to the beat of their own drum and timeline — and the fans rewarded them for it with undying devotion and adulation. Blizzard is in serious trouble. The overwhelmingly negative votes in a YouTube video for a new mount in World of Warcraft is an accurate barometer of the fans mood. Even the stock price of Activision/Blizzard has fallen by approximately 44% from its high in October 2018. The utter disgust that gamers have toward the new Blizzard and their tone-deaf avarice is staggering. One YouTube commenter has nailed the sentiment with a humorous parody of the … [Read more...] about New Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Doubles Down on Identity Politics
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First there there was Google Panda that penalized low quality websites and then after a year there came Google Penguin which penalized websites that violated Google’s webmaster guidelines. In 2010 Matt Cutts (head of Google’s Webspam team) announced that Google is incorporating site speed in search ranking. It literally means that websites that load faster will be ranked higher than sites which are slow. Google’s philosophy is that faster websites create happy users and it improves the user experience. It appears like patience is a virtue but not for web users as New York Times reports that an eye blink is just too long to wait for impatient web users. And Google’s advice was We encourage you to start looking at your site’s speed — not only to improve your ranking in search engines, but also to improve everyone’s experience on the Internet. I ignored their advice as I was focusing on content, design, and other stuff. But last month I became … [Read more...] about How To Check The Page Speed Score & Performance Of A Web Page
With effect from 1 March 2011, you are required to comply with the requirements set out in the notification of the Reserve Bank of India governing the processing and settlement of export-related receipts facilitated by online payment gateways (“RBI Guidelines”).In order to comply with the RBI Guidelines, our user agreement in India will be amended for the following services as follows: Any balance in and all future payments into your PayPal account may not be used to buy goods or services and must be transferred to your bank account in India within 7 days from the receipt of confirmation from the buyer in respect of the goods or services; and Export-related payments for goods and services into your PayPal account may not exceed US$500 per transaction. Now lets get into detail of whole PayPal fiasco. I hope every one remember last year problem with PayPal, when they stopped personal payment to Indian PayPal users and later on they stopped the option to withdraw money into … [Read more...] about PayPal Team Shocked Indian Freelancers with New Rules
Yes, that’s right! It’s the 7th Blogoversary of Minterest. I started Minterest (minterest.com) as a personal finance blog back in 2006 and later in August 2007 I started blogging about “Money, Internet, Investing” (yes, that was the first tagline of Minterest and now as you can see it’s — tech. marketing. mashups.). To be honest it was “Just another WordPress site” literally and I was simply rehashing topics that were of “My interest“. But there is one thing… I was learning. I loved WordPress and that experience from Blogger.com to WordPress.org was awesome. Read: WordPress vs. Blogger.com I started creating blogs on Blogger.com back in 2004 and was treating it like a simple publishing tool. I guess the reason why it didn’t impress or motivate me much was its inability to customize things the way I wanted. And when I tried WordPress I started loving almost all of its aspects and started liking coding as well. Yes, … [Read more...] about 7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips.
Google Panda was one of the most controversial algorithm update from Google, but with time it helped a lot to remove low-quality websites from search engine and overall it improved the quality of search results. Though for many webmasters, Google Panda updates are still a headache and at unknowingly many good websites lost their search engine ranking due to Panda penalty. If you are one of those bloggers who lost their web site traffic after latest Google panda algorithm update roll out, Here I will be sharing tested tips to recover from Google Panda. Before we move ahead with panda recovery tips, I would like you to know Google Panda is a domain level penalty. What I mean is, if earlier you’ve had low-quality content, it was your content that was penalized, but now if you have low-quality content, your complete domain will be penalized. One of the simplest ways to get rid of Panda penalty is by getting rid of low-quality content. I will do a separate post for identifying … [Read more...] about How to Recover from Google Panda Effect