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Amazon.com started out in a garage in the Seattle area in 1995. At the time, Network Solutions was the only registrar for ".com" domains so they had to register with them. Network Solutions is still their registrar today so they have never had to switch. Their domain registrar can be verified in the whois database. Many of Amazon's other domains are ...


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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is merely infrastructure. You could spin up a new LAMP (Linux, Apache, Mysql, PHP) virtual machine on EC2 and from there configure everything else yourself. http://aws.amazon.com/


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Amazon have a link checker tool on their associates website which will help determine if your links are valid, use that for testing. As far as the books go, you need to read the Amazon Associates Agreement and decide for yourself if you're breaking the TOS.


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Email activation doesn't stop automated registration and it's generally a nuisance for the user. Amazon is in the business of making it as easy as possible for you to register and drill down through their checkout structure so you pay them. An email activation system is just a speed bump with no worthwhile purpose. What does Amazon care if you didn't ...


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You're going to get abandoned shopping carts nomatter what you do, but the best option is generally the one that fully integrates into your webpage. You can still use PayPal's API with a roll-your-own (no experience with Amazon and Google as they don't offer services in my part of the world), so you can have the best of both worlds. I doubt there's been ...


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Amazon IAM ( http://aws.amazon.com/iam/ ) service gives you the ability to create accounts for students with separate password/credentials and with access to only specified AWS resources. You can create one account for all students there, or create a group called "Students" and assign all your students to that group. After doing that you need to specify an ...


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Yes, it is possible but Amazon does not help you with this. I use this on Neocamera. Once registered with all the Amazon programs of your choice you need to use each of them to create the banners you need. It is easiest if you use categories (Electronics, Books, DVDs, etc) instead of products (BBC Earth, Lord of the Rings DVD, etc) because there is more ...


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AWS is Amazon Web Services. It's the umbrella term that covers a range of (separately priced) web services from Amazon. The best known services are S3 Simple Storage Service, Amazon's "cloud file system" if you like. EC2 Elastic Compute Cloud, their scalable web server service for running your own web apps. SimpleDB, a scalable and simple (non-relational) ...


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The real benefit of cloud hosting comes from the ability to quickly add and remove servers as needed to handle traffic. You only get charged for the amount of time that each server runs. It's easy to stand-up and terminate machines as needed, no long term commitments unless you purchase cheaper reserved instances. I don't know anything about Godaddy's grid ...


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The types of payment services you are talking about require the user to make payment on the payment provider's website. When you take control of the payment you lose that because you are now responsible for handling the payment. So there would be no transparent transition for your users if you change processors. Paypal offers an API (I believe it is Website ...


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You can use tracking ids for this. With tracking IDs, Associates can analyze the performance of various Web sites or merchandising strategies while accumulating earnings under a single Associates ID. For example, Associate storeid-20 might use the tracking ID storeid-1-20 to track referrals from one section of his Web site, and ...


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This article might help you (cached article here). In brief, S3 is general storage whereas EBS is for mounting volumes attached to EC2 instances. S3 is more reliable than EBS. If you use EBS then you should backup to S3 periodically.


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To answer the question in your title of whether there are any good reasons to use Quirks for a new site - no there aren't. Standards greatly increase cross-browser compatibility, making development much easier and faster. To answer your question of why a site like Amazon uses Quirks - firstly, they aren't new (their first sale was in July 1995), and ...


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I don't think it's a good idea to send them to Amazon as they might find a cheaper merchant or even an item with better comments. Using PayPal for payment and a cart that integrates fully into your website should be preferable in my eyes.


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You do not want to host a whole website on amazon. Only parts of it. For example. your global images and sprites, or your apps. And Godaddy is not a good hosting service. They are only good for domain regs.


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They have some of the least generous cookie and commission rates out there, but I've done ok with Amazon. I don't really promote it any more, but I still get a steady trickle of purchases, and it's very common for people to buy other things in the same sale. Personally I found most of their pre-made widgets and searches didn't perform - I got a little ...


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No, you are forbidden to purchase products through your own affiliate ID. See the "Associates Program Participation Requirements", section 29 (as of 25-jan-2013), it reads: "29. You will not purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or for resale or commercial use of any kind. Similarly, you will not request or encourage any of your ...


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From the Cloudera forums Hadoop HDFS is optimized for large streaming operations and sacrifices certain features - notably low latency file access - to simplify some implementation details. This makes it less than ideal for a CDN storage layer. That said, HBase, a column oriented data store which sits on top of HDFS and provides low latency, random reads, ...


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Magento supports all 3 (Full Features List, PDF): Integrated with Amazon Payments (Checkout by Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay) Integrated with multiple PayPal gateways: Website Payments Standard Website Payments Pro (Express and Direct) Website Payments Pro UK (Express and Direct) PayPal PayFlow Pro Integrated with Google Checkout (Level 2) Supports a lot ...


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I use SendGrid.com with Azure. There is an API, but the easiest way is to just use their SMTP server. Pricing is very reasonable, a couple of dollars for thousands of emails per month. I previously used Google Apps but there are limitations, like 1000 emails per days, which could be a problem if you have to send in bulk. Regarding receiving emails, I use ...


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In the Amazon configuration for your web server, are you able to tell Amazon that the name of your web server is www.sam-experiments.com? You need to be able to do that somehow so that when Amazon receives an HTTP request with Host: www.sam-experiments.com in it, it knows what to do with it. This is very similar to how Akamai works. Akamai also uses DNS ...


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This is directly from Amazon Associates, the short answer is no you cannot track Amazon sales as conversions in Google Analytics. The Amazon Associates reports will only reflect clicks that result in a session being created. This means the customer must click though your Associates link and the Amazon.com site must load. Many third party ...


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What you're looking for is called the Product Advertising API, specifically the ItemSearch - http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSECommerceService/2011-08-01/DG/ItemSearch.html This should help you get a set of product given the title of movie, the category [DVD], etc.


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I use both. You aren't going to get a better bang for a buck than Hetzner anywhere. They are solid as a rock. I'd still rely on a CDN for static content but aside from that, Hetzner is awesome. EC2 is a different animal. Use it if you have a superbowl ad or something. It's more expensive. It's also a little faster if you need to spin up new nodes. EC2 is ...


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As an advice, if you're current skills are limited, and the project is a little too much, don't take it, there will be tons of other oportunities when you're skills have increased. Having said so, i recommend that you invest time into any one of available php frameworks, some are incredibly easy to work with, and will make your tasks super easy. Building ...


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There is no secret methodology to be determined here, and no need to do what you are trying to do. You should bid what the machines are worth to you, because you will not pay any more than the market demands. Now, I previously believed Amazon would just charge me for the highest price right above the next lowest competitor automatically ... I'm not sure ...


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For amazon.com Yes, you get advertising fees for third party (as they now call them) products. https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/t2/a12/176-0224023-1997146: What are the referral-fee rates for third-party items? You earn from 4% to 10%, depending on your shipped items volume, under the Performance plan. […] Third-party items are ...


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Here is a site that is selling some anti-adblock software: http://www.dsero.com/adblock-statistics-and-usage.html but they do have graphs of ad-block usage. They find that percent of ads blocked differs widely by type of site: Tech 16.98% Business 6.61% Lifestyle 4.09% It also varies by country with Ukraine and Germany highest with around 20% of users ...


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You need a credit card, but as long as you don't use it "too much" you should be within the Free usage tier. You get 5GB, of storage, 2,000 PUT requests, 20,000 GET requests.



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