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Citrix’s Ethics

My entry on the “independent” vendor comparison hosted by Citrix’s German marketing firm has stimulated a fair amount of interest. A couple of German bloggers seemed to have similar takes on the apparent conflict of interest and hidden sponsorship of the comparison site. I’ve had lots of hits on the article since WebProNews ran it on their site.

Paid Blogging & Blogosphere Ethics

Influential bloggers are taking a harsh stance against services that offer payment to blog posters in return for product reviews, bringing the question of “blogosphere ethics” to the forefront of the blogging community.

SEO Ethics and Practices: A Guide
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Search engine optimization (SEO) ethics are often discussed, but rarely defined in any meaningful ways. Website owners often hear about the so-called “white hat” and “black hat” SEO professionals. A few webmasters are even aware of some undefined “grey hat” SEO techniques, and their practitioners as well.

Business ethics: Don’t compromise your principles

Business ethics are one of those topics that receives much discussion, but sadly, not always enough action.

Congress Sounds Off Against Search

MSN, Yahoo, Google, and networking company Cisco all sent staffers to be part of a House Subcommittee hearing on their business practices in China.

Ethics and PR Blogging

A two-part post: first, thanking everyone that voted for me (self promotion) for the AdLand Battle of the Ad Blogs, and, second, well, the perception that PR isn’t ethical.

Knowing Right From Wrong Is Intuitive

Last month, 119 applicants to Harvard Business School followed a link on a Business Week message board to access a website containing confidential information about their admittance, a Financial Times report says.

Blueprint Ethics Code For The Profession

One thing I’ve frequently commented about in this blog is ethics in the communication profession. Or, rather, about the lack of an authoritative and cohesive voice that speaks on ethics on behalf of the profession.

Blogger Conficts Raise Ethics Issues

Trevor Cook wonders: “How do you really know if some blogger who is happily slamming microsoft or google or anything else really doesn’t have some commercial conflict?”…

Blogs and Ethics

JD Lasica has an in-depth article on shilling, influence and blog ethics at Online Journalism Review.

Blogs, Law and Ethics

Wow, is it me, or is that headline a snoozer for a Friday … Well, law and ethics are becoming very relevant topics in the blogsphere.

Upholding PR Standards Starts With the Small Things

Will you join with me and other PR bloggers in a grassroots blogging campaign to help raise the perception of the public relations industry …

Ethics and Citizen Journalism

The Wall Street Journal today published a curtain-raiser article (no sub. required) previewing this weekend’s …

How to Build a Business Ethics Program

Recent corporate financial scandals have highlighted the importance of business ethics and legal compliance. Yet a recent National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) survey of 280 corporate CEOs and directors found that “only one of three directors felt that they were highly effective in ensuring legal compliance”.

Nick Denton Proposes Blog Ethics Organization

Nick Denton, in his personal blog has made a proposal for an official organization focusing on best practices for blogs.

Ethics in the Workplace

Workplace Ethics is a subject that we have all heard of. In fact, the subject of Ethics in general is something that most people are familiar with. And, what is commonly understood about ethics is there are ethics and then there are workplace ethics. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there is no such thing as workplace ethics; ethics are the same, (or, should be) whether in the workplace or in personal life.

Business Ethics: How the Sales Function Can Transmit Company Values

I recently got a “thank-you” call from a man who read my new e-book Buying Facilitation. “Boy,” he said, “this method sure helps me close more deals and make more money. Thanks!”

Corporate Ethics, Intentionality & Emotional Intelligence

My granddaughter is 5. Last time she smacked her little brother and I had words with her, she said, “I didn’t mean to hit him.” A preposterous statement since I’d seen her walk over, pick up a book and whack him with it. But then she’s only 5.

Ethics Foundations for Business

With all the recent headlines about company misconduct and ethics violations has come a significant, and long overdue, increase in the consideration of ethics among businesses. As a result of the recent bad press about lawsuits against companies’ “behaving badly”, there has been a rapid, almost frantic scramble among many large corporations to set themselves apart from the “wrong-doers” in the business world. Companies have quickly penned ethics codes, instituted ethics compliance monitoring programs, or have had high-level corporate officers visibly touting their company’s “new and improved” ethics focus in the hope of regaining consumer confidence in a devastated economy. And with good reason: consumers are increasingly wary of all business interactions, to the detriment of all, even the most upright of enterprises.

Spiritual Ethics For Online Success

If you have had the chance to attend the matriculation ceremony while embarking upon any graduate program or upon graduation, you will recall that Hippocratic oath… Yes precisely that oath you took with your right hand raised, wearing that cool gown and hat. Shining faces. Pride in your voices. Your hearts beating wildly with great expectations, hope and determination…