First Look at Clickriver - Amazon's Pay Per Click(Sponsored Link) Advertising Program for Service Providers
Clickriver Ads, the sponsored links program from Amazon, lets service providers reach active shoppers on Amazon.com via pay per click advertising. For example, for a lawyer, he can advertise his service targeting users in his region that browses and searches for legal books on Amazon. Amazon has a good "How it works" page.
Here's my impression with Clickriver:
- Clickriver structures your ppc marketing with the hierarchy of campaigns and ads. * A campaign with a daily budget can hold multiple ads.
Today, Amazon announces Elastic Block Store(EBS). This is the final missing piece in their cloud computing offering.
RightScale wrote two very good blogs explaining EBS:
Clearly, RightScale has been testing EBS for quite a while prior ASW announced persistent storage support back in Apri.
Apple released new generation of MacBook a couple days ago. Amazon has slashed its price on "previous" generation of MacBook and offers rebates as well.
Here's a trick outlined by rabidrobin at SlickDeals to manipulate(aka influence) Amazon recommendation system to offer your desired products as your daily gold box deals:
- Create a new account
- Go to the product page for an applecare for macbook pro
- scroll down until you find the "I Own it" checkbox, and check it
- At the top of the screen, click on Recommendations
- Go through the list of 20-30 or so recommended items and click "Not Interested" for the ones that aren't macbook pros
Amazon S3 has been out for a while. And the competition is heating up in the storage as a service market.
S3 in general:
- 99.9% service level guarrantee (only have had SLA recently since Oct. 8th, 2007)
- no worry of hardware failure, data redundancy
- one and only one master secret key. I would like to be able to create separate secret key for different applications so if one application got compromised, other applications won't be compromised
- can't control bandwidth overage. Can be a real problem if your competitors are leeching your S3 bandwidth that you pay for every bit
I checked the site log today, and found an attempted access to "siteinfo.xml" from a IP powered by Amazon.com.
It turned out that siteinfo.xml is requested by A9.com browser toolbar. siteinfo.xml defines the menu items accessible under "Site Info" drop-down menu under A9.com browser toolbar. More information can be found here.
so I created my "siteinfo.xml" file. Enjoy the customized site info menu, A9.com toolbar users.