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Things that still work

Surely not? The idea for weegreen (wee as in small, and perhaps as in ‘we’ collectively; green – you know what that means don’t you?) was to marry the power of Google and its Co-op search engine  (a ‘collaborative’ search engine) and have real people filtering and categorising stuff, perhaps collaboratively – but not necessarily.…

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Ecomonkey – the Frontend

Since we had to take the demo site down in 2012, I spent an hour or so setting up a local version and snapping the main screens so that others could see how the reward scheme operated. There were a number of bespoke templates driving each of the views, but eventually both Drupal Panels and…

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Ecomonkey – The Backend

For the very first time all is revealed from behind the scenes, well not exactly, but enough to get a flavour of the system complexity, which required a half time mechanic to keep it fed with fresh and up to the minute data and fresh looking. Naturally Drupal, even in primitive version 5, coped admirably…

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Ecomonkey has had to be put down

This dynamic chart shows that not enough was happening and sustainably with the ‘user’ fundamentals, during the important startup months. There was systematic lack of user engagement, until a major search engine failure donated us thousands of daily visitors (if an affiliate link gets in before the trader it is promoting, surely this is a…

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Why clutter things with Google Adsense?

The short answer? We had already decided it was all over. At the outset, being an affiliate based site, we resisted the temptation to run competing adverts (even for our own affiliate partners’ ads).  Google however kept pushing traffic our way long after we had decided the numbers were not stacking up. So we thought…

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Important Notice

Sadly we are closing down the Ecomonkey Green Shopping Channel to new users (and have written to all the current ones). Why? Basically too few people thought this was as good an idea as we did.

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Fanciful and unrealistic

Ecomonkey.co.uk was, in 2008 and until 2012, a brand new incentives programme that rewarded users who wanted to buy a bit greener and more ethical, but who didn’t have a huge amount of time to do fundamental product research, or to check out the retailers’ or the brands’ ethical credentials.  Not only that, Ecomonkey.co.uk actively invited participation by its…

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Ecomonkey Review

In case you were wondering what others thought of the concept, here is what our main partner reckoned – awarding the site a stonking 9/10. Site Review (2008) Content 23/25 Functionality 22/25 Originality 20/25 Creativity 23/25 Total 88/100