Google Holiday Shopping

December 2, 2008

As Jessica points out in her blog post, Google has listed some of the top searches on Google Product Search.

The Wii is at the top of the overall list with the iPod Touch right behind.  Google has also broken out a couple categories like Video Games & Toys (Bakugan, Guitar Hero, Webkinz), Cold Weather (Pea Coat, North Face Jacket, Sweater Vest), and Specialty Foods (Chocolate Fountain, Chocolate Coins, Gingerbread House Kit).

Google is also highlighting special offers from Google Checkout merchants.  There are hundreds of stores featuring $5, $10, or even $20 coupons (off orders of $100 or more) when the purchase is made through Google Checkout.

I have a Mustache. Laugh it up…then help me out.

December 2, 2008

Want to make a deal with you.  I’m growing a mustache for charity.  If I can get $700 in donations from my readers today, I will post a solid story every day through the end of the year.

There are thousands of readers of this blog out there – shopping engines, merchants, investment bankers, entrepreneurs, etc.  I’ve helped you in numerous ways, and I haven’t asked for much in return.  Yes I’ve been delinquent in my posts, but you can change that today.

Please give $5, $10, or $20 to help the kids.

Here’s how it works.  There’s a group called Mustaches for Kids.  Once a year, we ‘grow’ for a charity.  This year, our growing benefits DonorsChoose, a great organization which lets ‘teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.’

It’s easy to donate.  Just go to my Giving Page.  Choose a project that you are interested in, enter any amount, and click Give.

Check out Brian’s Mustache for more info.  Please spread the word!

Brian's Mustache

The 'Stache!

Cyber Monday Wrap

December 2, 2008

Will post relevant news/stats here:

Akamai Net Usage Index – Never seen this before.  Have to investigate further.  From the site “The Net Usage Index for Retail enables users to monitor the world’s online retail habits 24 x 7, providing real-time insight into the trend of consumers increasing their share of spending on the Web.”

Cyber Monday Traffic Better than Last Year (ZDNet – 12/1) “This year, the traffic peaked around 3 p.m. ET, with 6.7 million global visitors per minute – a 46 percent jump over the peak of 4.6 million on Cyber Monday last year. Today’s peak traffic also exceeded Black Friday’s peak of 5.9 million and Sunday’s 6.5 million.”

Cyber Monday Outages Hit Dell, Victoria’s Secret ( – 12/1) “, one of the many analysts sites tracking Web-site uptime, reported that Dell, Victoria’s Secret and Williams-Sonoma’s websites all experienced issues during the morning of Cyber Monday.”

Akamai: Cyber Monday is off to a promising start ( – 12/1) “…online visits to Akamai retail customer sites had already surpassed 2007’s Cyber Monday peak of 4.6 million visitors per minute…”


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