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Quantcast – how to delete publicly available data

Their FAQ states:

How do I hide or remove my site from Quantcast’s listings?

We do not remove sites from our listing. We recommend getting Quantified in order to get more accurate traffic statistics as well as gain control over which data points you make visible to the public, and which you use for internal purposes only.

Well, yes, true but misleading.

To hide your site’s data from Quantcast:

  1. Sign up with Quantcast
  2. Quantify your site (add the JavaScript tag then wait for ~1-2 days)
  3. Log in to Quantcast again, select the site then deselect every setting under “Public Access” and click “Save All Settings”.

Your site data will now be hidden from Quantcast’s listings.  Your site name will still appear but your embarrassingly large traffic stats will not!


Affiliate Summit West – quick review

If you attended ASW feel free to comment below.

If you didn’t then I truly believe you missed out!  There was value and content for all levels – beginner, intermediate affiliate and expert.

The networking and learning opportunities were tremendous between the Exhibit hall, meet market and experts round tables.  You can meet many other affiliates, networks, product vendors in many niches – literally hundreds of exhibitors bought a booth presence and all were excited to talk about their product, value and engage partners.

Depending on the ticket level you purchase you get entry to none, one per day or all of the education sessions.  I have to say I highly recommend springing for the ticket level above the one you think you can afford – I was careful in selecting sessions I believed were at or above my level in various topics and learned a huge amount from both the session and the typical Q&A during these sessions.


Oh, an a shout out to Shareasale who hosted a party on Sunday with a fully comped bar 🙂


Affiliate Summit West… WE’RE GOING! :-)

Affiliates on Fire will be at ASW 2014… will you?


Why is there so much sh*t on the Internet?

It makes money.  Yes, even shit makes money.

The Internet.  Where nobody knows you’re an asshole.


How not to get nickel-and-dimed into oblivion when choosing a hosting provider

Feel like everywhere you turn there’s a new fee, an extra charge and another way to be blindsided by another sucking sound from your bank account?

So let’s take domain privacy.  To avoid copious amounts of extra spam I use domain privacy on every domain I host.  Domain privacy is quite simple and is easy to set up with most providers.  Per ICANN you must have a publicly available domain contact to “…allow rapid resolution of technical problems and to permit enforcement of consumer protection, trademark, and other laws.”  Your hosting provider should provide a service whereby they don’t post your real email, phone number and address in WHOIS but provide a proxy address.

For example if you look up in WHOIS you will see this:



Domain Name:

   Registrant Contact: Private Registrant
      DreamHost Web Hosting
      417 Associated Rd #324
      Brea, CA 92821
Now that isn’t my phone number and it isn’t my email address.  Send an email to that address and it will get to me (or my spam folder) and that meets the requirements for providing a registrant contact.
Anyway, the point is that this stuff isn’t magic and shouldn’t cost the earth.  You could be forgiven for thinking that GoDaddy’s privacy service provides gold plated emails because they’ll charge you $9.99 per year PER domain!  So 5 domains that’s an extra $50.  10 domains an extra $100… you get the idea.  FYI it’s not gold plated and it’s a pain to set up because they send you off to yet another company’s web site to pay for and configure it!  Ugh.
Both Dreamhost and 1&1 currently offer free private registration on all your domains.  Dreamhost has done this for years – thank you DH!
When choosing a provider look for all these little fees – they add up quick.  Maybe you need a certificate, a shopping cart, a static IP, privacy and more.  Do all these cost extra and is it extra for every single domain or can you spread the cost across all domains.  Check out Dreamhost’s list for all the features included in their domain hosting:
DreamHost (affiliate link).
Disclaimer: I love Dreamhost – they are my preferred hosting provider!