Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Google Affiliate Network - PC Pitstop - Optimize

Just the other day received an e-mail from PC Pitstop. I've been a long-time user of their web site so I usually read their e-mails because they have some interesting insights to offer. This message had a link to sign up as an affiliate to sell their products. Since I use their Optimize tool from time-to-time, this looked like a good idea. A few clicks later and I found that their affiliate program was being handled by DoubleClick Performics and that DoubleClick had recently been bought by Google. It's now known as the Google Affiliate Network.I decided to complete the process and was approved a day or two later. The web site control panel and the reporting tools look pretty good. I haven't 'sold' anything yet but it's easy to track the impressions and visits. This level of reporting is missing with a couple of other affiliate programs that I've signed up for. Looking for and signing up for new products and getting the link code also seems to be nicely configured.If you are looking for...

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

(Washington) WA Sales Tax Rate Lookup URL Interface - XML - ServerHTTPRequest

Since I have several customers with online stores in Washington State, I need to update their shopping cart checkout procedure to reflect a new rate collection rule that went into effect on July 1, 2008. The rule stipulates that Washington businesses must now collect and report sales taxes based on the delivery address of the buyer. This replaces the old method of calculating sales tax based on the location of the seller.There are over 400 taxing jurisdictions each with their own code and rate. There is no practical way of figuring out which district a customer is in because any given city or county may have several different rates depending on the exact location of the buyer. People, like me, that perform work at customer sites have had to use a lookup tool on the state web site to find out which code to use for each customer because we've always been required to report based on where the work is performed. This, of course won't work on-the-fly for a web store checkout. Our Department...

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