Gecko Tribe Values
"Ethical Amplification" -- our goal is to amplify the influence of bloggers, marketers, and others online, through tools and collaboration, without compromising on integrity.
From the beginning, ethics have been at the core of our business. We've passed up chances to profit by adding in-demand features to our products which we felt supported the wrong values for the internet marketing industry.
To find out more about Gecko Tribe's values, visit The Gecko Tribe Nexus. If your values match ours, we invite you to join us so that we can work together to amplify each others' voices and help each other to the next level of success.
TriggerNoteGive your website an Interaction Engine. Make your webpages respond to each unique visitor in just the right way, at just the right time. [more info...]
Blog RifferGathers your sources of inspiration into one place. Quickly grab a quote and use it to write a post for your blog or Twitter. Go from idea to publishing without ever leaving Blog Riffer! [more info...]
White Hat CrewInternet marketing with ethics. Articles and tools for search engine optimization, web design, and affiliate marketing, built with the honest marketer in mind. [more info...]
CaRPPHP RSS Parser. Convert RSS feeds to HTML for display on your website. Fully customizable to match your look and feel. Auto-updating content attracts visitors and search engine spiders. Downloadable free version. [more info...]
Blog RiffersA free community for bloggers. "Riff" on our blog posts, and we'll riff on yours. We all get more content and links the natural way. [get involved...]
Affiliate Afterburner/WPEasily monetize your WordPress blog by adding affiliate links and content from eBay, Amazon, All Posters, AdSense, YouTube, podcasts, RSS feeds... [more info...]
ExPopIn-page DHTML hover ads -- like "exit popups", but unblockable, and without the annoying popup window! [more info...]
Next GurusNetwork with and/or become one of the next "gurus" of internet marketing. Get a free webpage review in the forum. More. [more info...]
LinContExA new kind of link exchange powered by webfeeds (RSS & Atom) -- stop trading links like a caveman, and start exchanging links and content... [more info...]
Fast JVForget affiliate link cloaking -- make your links seductive instead! [more info...]
ChordataRSS & Atom newsfeed directory. Search thousands of quality-rated feeds in hundreds of categories. Submit your feeds. [more info...]
GrouperXML Converter, Website Scraper, RSS Manager. Convert Atom feeds and affiliates XML from Amazon.com, Shopping.com and AllPosters.com to RSS feeds. Display them on your website using CaRP. Downloadable free version. [more info...]
TetraScroll text, HTML, images, and RSS feeds vertically or horizontally. Integrates with CaRP to scroll RSS feeds, and even updates on-the-fly using AJAX technology. [more info...]
Chess HoundsFree online chess in your web browser. No software installation is required. Works through firewalls. [more info...]
PodStackPodcast directory and personal listening station. Search for podcasts. Submit your podcasts. Subscribe and listen to podcasts on one convenient page. [more info...]
CSS Trappist MonasteryA spiritual brother to the famed "CSS Zen Garden" -- redesign this webpage by changing nothing but the CSS stylesheet! [more info...]
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Version 1.7.3 of Grouper Evolution is available for download. This version fixes a few issues with PHP 7 compatibility. To upgrade from version 1.7.2, upload grouper.php, grouperinc.php, xml.php, and xml-atom-0.3.php, overwriting the old files.
Big time copywriter and all around great guy, Ray Edwards, posted a video today saying that he's going to vlog (like blogging but video) every day for 30 days, and explaining 3 reasons why. A few comments are in order. This applies not only to vlogging, but also to blogging, podcasting, social media activity, et...
Two updates are available for download today -- version 2.13.6 of Blog Riffer (RSS Reader + curation + blogging + sharing tool), and version 4.1.4 of CaRP Evolution (RSS to HTML converter). CaRP Evolution 4.1.4 This is the smaller update, so let's tackle it first. This version contains the following changes: Fixed a few mino...
Version 1.6.2 of TriggerNote is ready for download. Changes in this update include: Fixed a bug in the installer script that prevented installation on servers that don't support PHP's older MySQL module. Fixed a bug that prevented the "Save and Continue Editing" button from continuing editing when first creating a Trigger Set. Fixed a numbe...
Version 1.6.1 of TriggerNote, our Website Interaction Engine, is available now for download. Changes in this version include: Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented TriggerNoteAutoSelect from loading selector sets when using a MySQL connection established by another process. Added a "Save and Continue Editing" button to the Trigger Set editor. Added the ability to se...
Blog Riffer version 2.13.5 is ready for download. This update includes the following improvements: Updates the Twitter plugin to support the new 280 character limit. Includes the latest version of CaRP Evolution, which prevents hanging when a server stops transmitting mid-feed. Fixes a bug in the background polling code that prevented the termination of hun...
CaRP Evolution version 4.1.3 is ready for download. This update offers the following improvements: Prevents hanging if a remote server stops transmitting mid-feed. Updates the Numeric Entities and Item IDs plugins for compatibility with PHP 7. To upgrade from version 4.1.2, upload the following files, overwriting the old files: carp.php carpinc.php plugins itemids.php numericentities
If you'd like a "taste test" of Blog Riffer or TriggerNote, you can now download Lite versions of both over at the Gecko Tribe Nexus. BlogRiffer/Lite is the RSS feed reader portion of Blog Riffer. The plugins have been removed, so it doesn't include the blogging and sharing features. TriggerNote Lite is an introductory version...
Version 1.6 of TriggerNote is ready for download. Along with one bug fix, this update adds several new Actions, Triggers and Recipes that can be used for parallax scrolling and other scroll-based animation effects. Changes include: Fixed a bug in the In-View Trigger that prevented it from responding to window resize events. Added a Scroll/Resiz...
Version 2.13.4 of BlogRiffer is ready to download. Changes in this update include: Added a workaround for a HostGator security setting that was preventing BlogRiffer from publishing to WordPress and other blogs that use the MetaWeblog protocol. (More on that below). The Blogger and Tumblr plugins now display a useful error message and instructions whe...
A bug has been fixed in the YouTube plugin for CaRP Evolution. The new version is available for download. Find it under "CaRP Evolution / Individual Parts / Plugins", or in the full "CaRP Evolution 4 (with plugins)" archive. This update fixes a bug that prevented the "use-https" setting from working. The purpose of this...
You've written a blog post so great, it can't help but catapult you to fame and fortune. Right? Maybe so, if it gets noticed. If you want traffic for you blog, clicking "Publish" is not the final step. You also need to promote it. That means, among other things, sharing it on social media. Not...
If you're like me, you created a Google Analytics account, added the basic code snippet to your site, checked your stats a few times, and never really figured out how to use it to make decisions about what to do on your website. If that's your story too, you've been through Google Analytics 101. You...
You've heard it said that people decide with emotion and then justify with logic. So your marketing copy should appeal to emotions first, and then once someone has all but decided to buy, give them logical reasons to feel good about their decision. If that explanation makes you feel dirty as a marketer, keep reading...because...
I came across a slightly older post this morning from Ricky Dawn discussing the importance (or lack thereof) of website bounce rates. For anyone who isn't familiar with the term, your bounce rate is the percentage of visitors to your site who only view one page. Presumably, once they've seen it, they bounce back to...
A while back, I wrote about how to craft an auto-DM for Twitter that isn't spam. In that post, I promised to elaborate on my "4 'N's of Twitter" strategy in a future post. This is that future post. The First 'N' of Twitter: Engage Okay, so the first 'N' doesn't actually start with the...
Hi. My name is Antone, and I have a problem. I am an idiot. (But please, no comments saying "I agree with everything in this post!" :-) This morning, I took a look at the opt-in stats for my mailing lists, and discovered something disturbing. Two of my most important opt-in forms weren't getting any...
A few days ago, I was surprised to see that, according to Google Webmaster Tools, a lot of the pages on several of my sites were marked as "Not Selected" for indexing. Usually, that would indicate duplicate content, or that there are multiple URLs that can be used to access the same pages on your...
As I mentioned in my last post, this blog was in need of a facelift. And today, it's here. (You can see what it used to look like in a screenshot at the end of the previous post.) The goal of the new theme is to reduce distractions, so that you can get right to...
It's been said a million times - your website needs more white space. Judging from how most websites look (including this one! More on that below), it needs to be said a million and one times. I've been thinking a lot recently about how to use white space and related design elements to communicate more...
You've heard the argument before: "Facebook is the biggest site on the internet. They get 70 gajillion hits a day. If you're not marketing on Facebook, you're missing out on the biggest traffic opportunity on the internet." You'll hear the same thing about YouTube -- it's the third biggest site on the internet. Therefore, only...
If you use Amazon's KindleGen program to generate Kindle eBooks on the Mac, I've got a little script for you that will enable you to drag-and-drop your source material and run KindleGen automatically, rather than having to open a Terminal window and type filenames and paths on the command line. Copy the following code and...
I recently got a new Mac Mini. I love having so much computer in such a small, quiet package. But I do have a few gripes about changes between Leopard and Lion, mostly having to do with differences between Spaces and Mission Control. First, when I switch between apps (using cmd-tab or by clicking an...
A few months ago, I shifted gears to focus on a few major projects, some of which are outside of the webmaster and marketing tools space that I'd focused primarily on for quite a while. One of those projects is a new website to sell a machine vision software package that I'd done some contracting...
What I like about Firefox's App Tabs is how narrow they are -- just the width of an icon, plus a little padding. What I don't like about Firefox's App Tabs is how narrow they are... I use an App Tab for Google+. I'd also be using them for GMail and SEO Content Factory if...
I've got an idea I'd like to suggest, but don't feel inclined to champion right now. So I post it here and either come back to it later, or let someone else run with it. First, a little background. While working on the Atom feed format, one issue we ran into was how to embed...
Yesterday, Joel Comm published a post titled Where is the Integrity in Internet Marketing on his blog. I feel compelled to respond. Joel recently announced that he’s stepping back a bit from the “guru” role. I sense some of his reason for reduced involvement in this post. He writes: It wasn’t until a couple years […]
I got an email from eBay today. The subject line was "don't disappoint them - get the hottest toys". I understand that marketers want to tap into emotions to motivate people to buy. And that's okay. Up to a point. Let's make eBay's message a little more explicit: "If you don't buy everything your kids...
I got another of those emails from SpamArrest today asking me to verify that one of the emails to my mailing list wasn't spam. This time, something on SpamArrest's website struck me as ironic, if not downright hypocritical. SpamArrest is a whitelisting service -- they block email from anyone who the recipient hasn't opted i...
I read an excellent article on How to Become an Authority In Your Field today. It’s a guest post by Leigh Peele on Yaro Starak’s blog. Here are my comments on the 6 keys she mentions (I won’t cover all of them — click the link above to get the rest): 1. Go the extra […]
Last week, the GAP unveiled a new logo to a fairly negative reception. Personally, I think they deserved the backlash -- the new logo was generic and unmemorable. Yesterday, they abandoned the new logo and reverted to the old one. This morning, Econsultancy reported the news: But did Gap make the right decision by ditching...
A few days ago, I posted about the Danger of Following Gurus. Today, I need to expand on that a little. A firestorm has been brewing around a group of the Old Gurus who call themselves “The Syndicate”. Jason Jones, a.k.a. The Salty Droid got his hands on a recording of two of them discussing […]
The big gurus of internet marketing have amassed large fortunes and learned a lot along the way. So how could it be dangerous to follow them? Let’s ignore the question of whether they’re stringing you along, giving you just enough information to keep you coming back for more each time they launch a new product, […]
On his blog today, Andrew Hansen wrote: It’s a long known marketing principle that when people are trying to make a decision, one of the tools they use is to take guidance from authority. “Hmm, what should I do? Ohh… this expert guy says I should do X – he obviously knows better than me”, […]
On his blog today, Ryan Healy rips on a group of the Old Gurus for some unethical and possibly illegal things they’re doing together. He references posts from a few people NOT in the group he’s talking about like Ray Edwards, Michel Fortin and the Salty Droid (if you’re sensitive to foul language, skip that […]
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