Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bike tour reviews site is up!

I've been working on the second leg of my bike tour information site, specifically a section for reviews of bike tour operators.  I've gotten it up and now we're working on some reviews.  We have a bunch for companies like DuVine and Meridien Ten.  Check it out if you have the chance, I'd love your feedback.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Updated force rank of restaurants in Sydney

Having spent six months out of the past year in Sydney on expense budget, I force ranked every restaurant I ate at.  Just one person's thoughts!


Superstars

Medusa Greek Taverna
Tetsuya
Din Tai Fung
Fish at the Rocks
Bambini Trust
Pendolino
Longrain
Malaya
Golden Century
Madang

Very Good
Universal
Pony
Chinta Ria
Mure’s (Hobart)
Altitude at the Shangri-La
Jaime’s
Rockpool Bar and Grill
Billy Kwong’s
Chat Thai
Coolangatta Winery Restaurant (Shoalhaven)
Shiki
Garfish Manly
Cut
Meat & Wine Company
De Vine
Lord Nelson Brewery
Xage Surrey Hills
Mamak
Marigold
Sake Rocks
Yee King Noodles
Good / Fine

Selah
Doyle’s Waterfront – Watson Bay
Fusion Café Marsfield
Mad Cow / Ivy
Rockpool on George (A bit hit or miss for exorbitant price point)
Sailor Thai
Bistro Fax
La Cita King’s Wharf
Christie’s at the Fish Market
Zaaffran BBQ & Fine Indian
Delima Indonesian
Peace Harmony Thai
Emperor’s Choice CBD
Ventuno
Sambal 
Conservation Hut – Wentworth Falls
Glenmore
Phillip’s Foote
Menya Noodle Bar
Shiyi
Nicholas’ Seafoods at the Fish Market
Malaysian Laksa House QVB
Goshu Ramen Tei
Vintage Cafe

Below My Bar

Pancakes on the Rocks
Smolt (Hobart)
Zozo Korean BBQ
Condor Japanese Restaurant
SwissHotel High Tea
Miga Korean BBQ
Giovanni’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
Doyle’s at the Fish Market
Wok on Inn Darling Harbour
Adria’s Darling Harbour
Xic Lo Vietnamese (Chatswood)
Treis-Elies (Katoomba)
Katselis (Katoomba)
The Winery at Culpitt Vineyard (Ulladulla)


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Is Chitika a worthy alternative to Google Adsense?

One question I've been getting recently from my business is whether Chitika is worth trying out as an alternative to Google Adsense.  I tried out Chitika on PracticeQuiz.com to find out.

All of the numbers are well below Google Adsense, unfortunately.  Granted, I don't have the Chitika units placed on a great place on the page, which limits the CTR.  The CPC is what's disturbing.  That isn't that affected by placement on a page typically.  I'll be removing these and seeing what alternatives I can try out.  So far I haven't had much success with Amazon Omakase either (116,000 impressions, one sale).


Maybe there are some contexts where Chitika works better, but it didn't for me because of the low CPCs.  Anyone have any thoughts on other alternatives?

Update on a few of my projects

Haven't posted much but it's a been busy and year.

I've launched three major initiatives:
Check 'em out and let me know what you think.  

Rock Salt Cheese

This place Happy Lemon I stopped by today had something on top of their drinks called Rock Salt Cheese. It's some type of frothy foam they put on top of their disgustingly sweet teas (took one sip and threw it in the garbage can).  I guess it's some type of fragrant cheese with rock salt.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2011 Best of Boston Mobile Scene on Boston.com

See my 2011 Best of Boston Mobile, and 8 Boston Startups to watch in 2012:


For those of you who read this blog, I've been a bit busy, and I've also agreed to do some blog posts on Boston.com and VentureFizz. I'll be sure to be more diligent about posting them back here.