Regular Expression Converter for Watson Explorer Engine

Sometimes it’s useful to extract data from a Watson Explorer content node using regular expressions. In this post, I’ll show you how to extract data using a regular expression and create a new content node for that specific data. To start off we will use the default example-metadata collection. We will attempt to extract any … Continue reading Regular Expression Converter for Watson Explorer Engine

Using crawl-url nodes to enqueue data along with a url in Watson Explorer

viv:crawl-enqueue-url is documented as having 1 argument – the url to enqueue. However, it has an optional second form with two arguments which allows much more flexibility. If the first argument is set to the url and the second is a variable containing a crawl-url, that also works. (note the use of entities to create … Continue reading Using crawl-url nodes to enqueue data along with a url in Watson Explorer

Watson Explorer XSL Tips and Tricks

Using the Chico Application to Test XSLT Here’s an example use of Chico! I was testing something to do with evaluating XSLT and wanted to run it quickly:

Get to chico by going to your Velocity’s ‘velocity’ script and adding v.app=chico. Enter AXL in the box on the left, then submit it to see … Continue reading Watson Explorer XSL Tips and Tricks

Copy and Modified Documents with a Watson Explorer Converter

A common task when crawling and indexing a document in Watson Explorer Engine (WEX) is making changes to a document during the conversion process. The most common occurrence is needing to copy all the contents in the application-vxml document while making some changes to one or a few of those contents. To do this, there is … Continue reading Copy and Modified Documents with a Watson Explorer Converter

The Cognitive Call Center on IBM Watson

One of the major use cases I see for Watson Explorer (WEX) is in call centers. No matter the specific industry the major goal for call centers are decreasing call time and increasing customer satisfaction rates. The way to do this is to get the correct information in front of the Customer Service Representative (CSR) as fast … Continue reading The Cognitive Call Center on IBM Watson

Building a Business Around a 3rd Party API

Today I read an interesting post on HackerNews about a price comparison site, PriceZombie, being kicked out of the Amazon Associates program. The Amazon Associates program is Amazon’s affiliate network. Amazon pays a commision for any sales you bring in through affiliate links. Since I have a pretty extensive background with affiliate marketing I have a few thoughts … Continue reading Building a Business Around a 3rd Party API

Tracking Ad Blockers Using Google Analytics

If you’ve read any of my older posts you probably know that I’ve been involved in internet advertising, in some form, for a long time now. Lately I’ve been seeing more and more posts about how ad blocking is growing at a tremendous rate. I still have some sites that make money from display advertising … Continue reading Tracking Ad Blockers Using Google Analytics

The Best WordPress Email Plugin

Thinking about adding a WordPress email plugin to your site? One of the most power marketing tools that anyone publishing online can take advantage of is email marketing. According to the Direct Marketing Association email advertising has an average return on investment of %4,300 in the United States. Email is consistently the best performing media in … Continue reading The Best WordPress Email Plugin