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How to Sell on eBay

Although I’ve been using eBay since 1999, there’s still so much to learn about this online auction service. They are constantly adding new features to help you sell your junk priceless artifacts. Well, to hone my auction skills, I grabbed this book to enlighten me further. It was a great read on the various facets of the eBay business model with tips and advice on how to find products to sell, how to create attractive listings, how to price your items, ways to cross-promote your products and the best ways to host your product photos. It also outlined ways to promote your eBay listings through numerous marketing methods and drive customers to your eBay store. If you’re new to eBay and online auctions, this is a must read. I wish I had this book ten years ago.

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eBay’s Secrets Revealed: The Insider’s Guide to Advertising, Marketing, and Promoting Your eBay Store – With Little or No Money

Get Organized Online

Tired of being disorganized and unproductive? You’re not alone, I’m sure. I have so many ideas throughout the day, but no good way to keep track of them all. While surfing the net, I come across a great website, but no easy way of saving the link and making notes about it. I do research for a project, but do not have an efficient way to organize my notes. Well, times are a changin’.

Meet your new organizing friends: Diigo, WorkFlowy, and Evernote.

Diigo (Annotate, Archive, Organize): This website really comes in handy when you want to keep track of the websites you visit. You can bookmark any website you visit, highlight sections of a webpage and keep handy notes right there on the page. You can also assign custom tags to your bookmarked websites for quick searching. Here’s a video that shows highlights of this service:

Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

WorkFlowy (A Better Way to Think): If you’re an ideas person, you’re going to love this site. WorkFlowy lets you create customs lists and notes within lists and notes, within lists and notes. You create a main topics list (eg. Projects, Goals, Thoughts) and within those topics create lists with notes attached to each list item. If you like, you can add additional lists within a note and add notes for that list, too. Here’s a quick video to give you an idea of how it works:

Evernote (Remember Everything): The creme de la creme of online organizing services, this website let’s you keep track of just about everything. Got lists? No problem. Got links? No problem. Got documents? No problem. Just create folders and create notes within those folders, or drop documents or pics into them. You can even upload stuff from your smart phone. Here’s a video that shows some of the cool features of this service:

Best of all, these services are free (at the time of this posting).

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm by The Boss · Permalink · One Comment
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Test Your Internet Speed

When your business (and to some their life) relies on the internet, your connection speed to the internet is VERY valuable. The faster your connection speed, the more you can get done (or not, eg. Farmville). We use the internet now for just about everything (well, almost), and having a slow connection is frustrating, especially if you pay for a fast DSL or T1 service and only get dial-up speeds. There are a few websites out there that let you check your internet connection speed for free. They may not all give the same reading, but on average, they give you a good idea of your speed (and if it’s time for a new internet service provider).

Here are those websites in no particular order:
http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
http://www.speedtest.net/
http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest?flash=1
http://www.internetfrog.com/mypc/speedtest/

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm by The Boss · Permalink · Leave a comment
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