testing affiliate offers from ireland

As we all know, affiliate marketing is predominately a Yank thing. Loads of ringtone offers on networks only take US customers and accept US IPs. If you’re international, all you get is this offer isn’t for your area and you’re turfed off to some crappy converting offer like mortgage leads or something.

So I geotarget on my site and don’t show ads to international customers that will let them leave the site. I use the free Maxmind geolocation service and a simple include script. eg

include("/home/yoursite/public_html/geotarget/geoip.inc");
$gi = geoip_open("/home/yoursite/public_html/geotarget/GeoIP.dat",GEOIP_STANDARD);

if (geoip_country_code_by_addr($gi, $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'])=="US") {
echo "";
}
geoip_close($gi);
?>

You always want to test to see if this works because something always goes wrong as we all know. You can use one of those US based proxy sites to test it but that can get messy with javascript and iframes. So I signed up for an account with findnot proxy service. It’s only $15 a month and fairly speedy. And it works through PPTP so it’s piss easy if you run Windows XP like me.

giganews increases retention to 200 days

Giganews has obviously just bought a lot of hard drives cos they’re retention is now 200 days! With the continual increase in daily posts to usenet, they must have some server farm to hold all dat warez. All they need now is a web based system like Easynews that automatically unrars music and movies and they’re the clear winner in usenet providers.

Easynews global search is the only reason I still have an account with them, it’s so handy. They give you thumbnails of movies and everything. It’s great for finding individual songs. Come on giganews, copy the easynews system and I’ll be a customer for life.