Friday, April 6, 2018

How much is a website visitor worth?

Good Question.

Over on http://www.bedandbreakfasts.co.uk we get about 6K visitors a day, and revenues approximately 1,000 GBP: Giving a value to each visitor at GBP 0.1667 – visitors on this site have a high commercial value because they are looking for Bed and Breakfast, and likely have their credit-cards out, and ready for action. 
Lower values are likely on “information only” sites that rely on adsense and other click-based revenue.  http://mdtravelhealth.com used to get about 30K visitors a month and make 100 USD.  This gives a per/user value of 0.0033 – many multiples lower than the high-value site. 
If you want to look for your site’s value: I’d reckon it’s somewhere between these two – depending on why the visitor came to your site.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Private Eye Lookalike

Been thinking about taking out a subscription again recently to Private Eye, however it will have to wait. 

 

In the meantime I noticed a look-a-like worthy of the http://www.private-eye.co.uk/lookalikes page

 

Sigrid

Neil Hippy

 

 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

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I'm a Brit. so I love fish & chips. I've lived in Iberia for 12 years. so I love seafood. I misspent my youth in pubs. so I love crisps.

so I had really high hopes for this el called 'fish & chips' fish snack.

....sadly it is revolting.  if you can imagine the fish Top cat used to get out of the bins... well it's that taste. barf...



Thursday, February 1, 2018

scientificliterature.org and how to identify scam medical journal publication sites

My wife has a friend who, together with her husband, are hard working medical professionals here in Spain.

She often writes articles for conferences and makes speeches concerning medical research.

Sadly, people like her and her husband are the target of unscrupulous scammers who use social-engineering to entice them to help them "publish" their articles and then surprise them with previously-hidden fees.

To have published papers is considered a virtue in the academic world; the medical profession is no different.  So when a prestigious looking website contacts you and asks you to write a paper, doctors will naturally want to participate.

You need to be careful!  I've written this blog post to highlight this particular company "Scientific Literature LLC"  Who are clearly scammers of the highest order.

Here are some quick and easy tips to help you determine if the website is a scam or not.

Study the site carefully

Most sites will look very professional, this is their ace card.  But with careful analysis you will be able to see through the fancy looking logos and text.




"Our company will support the new encroachment oh high eminence research articles through the open access policy. "

What a load of drivel.  In fact most of the text on this page is utter rubbish.  Admittedly for our Spanish-speaking friends, this will be harder and lots of business-speak can be unfathomable but this is clearly bunkum.

Our company is a non-revenue scientific publishing association which circulates high quality, peer-reviewed journals and formulates them easy to get too explicitly to all the learners

More drivel - and it even says it's "non-revenue"... so what are they doing sending Invoices?

These people are scammers; their spelling and grammar will not be as good as you'd expect from a reputable site.

Check the Social Links



On this site none of the LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or G+ links work.   One non-functioning might be excusable - but all of them! No way.

A reputable organisation will have a Facebook page with hundreds if not thousands of followers.  Look a the interaction of these users; are they commenting intelligently?   Look at the bios of the followers - do they look real or sparsely populated; meaning they could be fake too.

Look at the WHOIS of the domain name

Whilst this is not a guaranteed giveaway it can help in your detective-work.

Use a service like http://whois.domaintools.com/  just enter the domain name and the registrant information will be shown.



Some clues here; a reputable company is very unlikely to be using a "privacy service" of any kind, nor is it likely to have incomplete or incorrect information here.   Also unlikely to be using a "hotmail" or "gmail" address as the registered contact.

Everything shown on this page stinks.

Google the company name and the domain name

https://www.google.com/search?q="scientificliterature.org"

Use "quotation" marks if you are entering the domain name.

A reputable publishing service will referenced on many academic sites; like universities (ending .edu or .ac.uk etc), governmental sites (.gov) or other well-known entities.

This site has no such references.  Make sure you click through the results to page 4 or 5 at least.

Results for this company show they have been sending suspect spam, and are even on a list of "Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers".

Legality?

The reason "publishers" like this can get away with it is that what they are doing, whilst being a pointless waste of time and money, is not illegal.

What to do if you have been scammed?

It is completely unacceptable to suddenly receive an Invoice for work done; this is commonly disguised as "copy editing work" or "handling charges".

DO NOT PAY THEM.

Did you sign any contract where you agreed to any payment?  No, you didn't.  As in the case of our friends here they didn't.

So under what law are they going to enforce a payment?  None.

Simply delete the emails as they are sent.  No doubt the scammer has automated systems that will spew more and more serious and threatening emails at you, and all their other victims.

If you were to ever get to Court, which you won't, the judge would ask for the paperwork contract signed by you, which doesn't exist.

So sleep easy.

Please feel free to post the names of any other companies or people that have tried to extort money from you in the comments below, so other's can find them via Google.

Friday, October 20, 2017

change someone from stakeholder to basic contributor VSO

The VSO/VTFS website control panel is so damn confusing!

We only get 5 seats with the free version, and subscriptions are waaay too expensive.

So I have to swap my occasional guys in and swap someone else out.

This is how you do it.

Step 1

Click the VSO symbol in the corner



Step 2

If necessary press the ... menu and select Users.



Step 3

Press the next ... menu by the user you want to change from Stakeholder to Basic Member.





Boy that's hard to find each time!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Neighbour with dog goes out to work





For 8 years we've had this house and it has been so tranquil.

I'm a programmer so it was ideal as I can concentrate on my work without any disruption.

This changed last September when the new neighbour moved in.

She has 2 very noisy dogs that now roam her yard.

This yard is much closer to me than her "home office", which is on the other side of her house.  So they bark all day.

Even more frustrating is that she has a full-time job, so just clears-off in the morning letting the hounds charge about her plot barking madly at anything that takes their fancy; birds, cats, or people in the street.

I cannot describe how irritating this is.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

47J Notice Avoidance Solution


My brother got a 47J PCN (fine) notice from Kingston Borough Council (where he lives in London), for parking in Bus Stop.

I have to say that this policy and its method of enforcement is one of the most disgusting and annoying things that happen in the UK and one of the reasons I left.

Here is some video footage that was taken, and I tweeted from my @redplanettravelboss account.
You can clearly see some things:

1) There was little traffic in Clarence Street at that time.
2) There were no buses in the stop.

Talking to my brother he explained why he needed to pull up quickly.

1) The bus you see rounding the corner at the end of the sequence is the X22 service to Heathrow.  The friend he was dropping needed to get on this bus.  The X22 is limited stop so the next stop will be somewhere near Teddington probably.
2) My brother had spoken to the driver around the corner when they were stopped at the lights, about where the X22 stops in Kingston - the bus driver had told my brother it was the next Stop.
3) The X22 runs hourly.  Miss it and it's a problem.

Now, I understand the need to keep traffic moving in London.  I (and my brother) did stints at London Transport as drivers in our younger years.   I fully support drives to achieve this, but on the other hand, a 30second drop off here would have caused less disruption than having to queue, then navigate a car park, drag bags down stinky lifts if it had been done in the "proper" way - paying for Parking in Kingston.

The most annoying thing is that Kingston Council - together with many over the country are simply using this as a Revenue Generating Exercise.   There is clearly no real hold up or problems caused by my brother's parking here.

In years gone by a traffic officer (who was not incentivised) would sensibly ignore this infraction, maybe only intervening if it was rush-hour and parking there would cause delays.

Anyway, there are ways and means around these things:  My brother said next time he's in that situation he will just stop in the main carriage way and drop off his friend.

"There is no penalty for that"

😂