GooglePages are FUN! You have one yet?

12 07 2007

Here is the “about” page for Google Pages

Google page basically allows you to make a couple of webpages for yourself.  You do have some access to the html, so you can dress them up a bit!  One requirement is to get the gmail (basically google’s email program) in order to do this.  I personally didn’t think it was all that big of deal!  You can still use your own email and passcode to sign into your google account.  My sign in name is the one I choose for gmail so don’t let it take you back when you see it after you sign in!  It wont’ show your email name that you opened your google account with anymore.

The more items you use OFF this program the more webspace you can use!  For example, I still use photobucket for my images.  My account as of now still has tons of space left!  The help section seems to be pretty active, and if you do a search for what you are looking for chances are you will find it!

I was reading the help section, and I came upon a poster that had his own googlepage with tips!  I went there and did some fast reading.  I learned that you can use templates from other places, and NOT use the ones avaiable!  That is all fine and great except you have to break the template UP and place in the separate sections of their TEMPLATE!  I found that out the hard way!  When you start playing around with it you see the button to edit the html, and so of course I did!  I erased all the html that was there, and then copied my template html that I worked on instead.  What I didn’t realize is that I placed my entire template within the header portion of the page, and it looked AWFUL!  You have to break up your template into the separate sections. 

The preview section isn’t all that helpful!  I found you must view it live in order to get a good feel for what it will look like live!  YES you can play around with it without it being LIVE on the internet, and if you decide to take it down off the internet it gives you that option also!

My page is still a work in progress!  Here is is!

Engraver For You

Now you can’t add meta tags or keywords into your html from what I have read.  You must make sure your page is keyword rich, and do this naturally!  Then make sure you get some of those one way links to drive up the page rank of your site!

Helpful tip page from another google page member

What I would LIKE to do is use this page for an entrance into my ecrater store!  I placed a note on my google page noting that if they click the ‘baseball’ button for example it will take them to the baseball trophy section of my store!  I will be adding additional sports trophies, and pages with time.   Remember to use your anchor text along with other items!

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How to Get Your Blog Noticed Quickly and Widely

10 07 2007

Below is an article I found that I felt was VERY useful! 

How to Get Your Blog Noticed Quickly and Widely
By Gregory White

1. Submit your blog to all of the directories listed on http://pingomatic.com/. Pingomatic will ping 15 services all at once.

2. Ping your blog after every post at http://pingomatic.com/

3. Here’s a real gem: Submit your blog to http://www.pingoat.com/ Pingoat will ping over fifty blog ping services all at once. So you don’t have to hunt for ping services and manually ping them. Pingoat pings over fifty blog ping servers (growing) with just one click.

4. Ping your blog after every post at Pingoat at http://www.pingoat.com/

5. Sign up for a free account at BlogExplosion.com and register your blog there: http://www.blogexplosion.com/

6. Submit your blog to all of the directores listed at http://www.rss-feeds-directory.com/blog_lists.html

7. Sign up for a “My Yahoo” at http://my.yahoo.com/ and attach your blog to your own “My Yahoo” account. This will get your blog included in Yahoo very quickly. This is worth the effort to stop what you’re doing right and do it, since Yahoo has a PR 9.

8. Use this code: “http://add.my.yahoo.com/content?url= http://www.yourblog.com/urblog.xml” in your blog to allow others to put your feed on their own “My Yahoo” account.

9. Sign up for a “My MSN” at http://www.my.msn.com/, and attach your blog to your own “My MSN” account. This will get your blog included in MSN very quickly. This is also invaluable because MSN has a PR 8.

10. Use this code: “http://my.msn.com/addtomymsn.armx?id= rss&ut=http://www.urblogfeedaddress.com/urblog.xml” in your blog to allow others to put your feed on their own “My MSN” account.

11. Place the link and description of your blog in your signature, so that any posts to Forums, Outgoing Emails, Autoresponder Courses, etc, will promote your blog.

12. Post a link and description of your blog on each of your sites.

13. Place your blog on all the major search engines. AddMe.com will submit your blog free to the top 14 Search engines here:
http://www.addme.com/submission.htm

SubmitExpress.com will submit your blog free to the top 20 Search engines here:
http://www.submitexpress.com/

14. Use Article Directories as a resource for articles to post on your blog. Here are a few:
http://ezinearticles.com/
http://goarticles.com/
http://www.knowledge-finder.com/
http://www.informit.com/articles/

15. Locate blogs with a lot of traffic and place useful comments in their comment box. Be sure the blog and your comments are relavent to both your blog and theirs. Senseless posts won’t help you, they’ll hurt you.

16. Once you get around 5 to 10 posts on your blog, start a PR campaign and announce it to all relevant channels.

17. Make a blog post as often as possible. More than once a day is not really necessary. Remember, if you can’t write that much, go to step # 14.

Greg White, Internet Marketer, Author, Consultant and Project Manager has been running successful web projects since 2001. His sites and blogs cover Blog Marketing Tactics, Internet Marketing Tactics and a variety of ‘Niche’ topics, in addition to starting and marketing profitable web project.

http://www.blogmarketingtactics.blogspot.com/
http://internetmarketingtactics.blogspot.com/

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Gregory_White

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MSN Product Upload Issues that I see – What about you?

20 05 2007

I got an email from MSN recently reminding me that there had not no activity on my account that I had signed up for.  To be perfectly honest I was a bit overwhelmed, and had MORE questions than answers when it came to their help section.  I also found that Ecrater stores are automatically being taken care of by the admins of that site!  PRETTY AWESOME HUH?  The problem I ran into was the images!  If you do any reading at all it seems to be a pretty good bottleneck for them.  Here is a quote I found on their site:

 Why aren’t there 100% images in the top results? The reason is largely because many sites, including very reputable merchants like Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and AceHardwareSuperStore.com, block image crawling bots or seriously throttle them. We will have to work with these sites to address these issues, but the latest improvements in the number of Product Search top results with images are already quite significant.

So according to them everyone’s images are NOT capable with their system.  You don’t have issues other places, but with them you do.  I would think MSN would fix things on their end instead of asking others to change their system that seems to work other places.

 Anyway, they also mentioned in the email that they are now taking googlebase uploads.  I figured I would give them a shot, because of the images being missing on the products that ecrater sent over to them.  I have different categories like men, ladies, children, books, trophy, etc so I couldn’t place a category in there for them.  Category is in the data feed itself, so i wondered WHY they asked for it!  Maybe they want us to break it up – I’m not sure.  I did submit the googlebase file to them on Friday.  Today is Sunday and they are STILL processing it!  The screen says 36 hours, but my file is rather small compared to some.  I really wonder WHY it would take that long as well.

If they want new files to come to them, and it is going to take 36 hours for them to process it I plan on breaking my list up and giving it to them in sections.  Everyday or so I will supply them with a new list.  THAT IS if the picture issue is taken care of! 

If you have been reading for a while I sent googlebase a question about their google checkout.  According to the last email I receive from them if you set up a datafeed (bulk upload), and your items when clicked automatically send people to your store you can’t be counted as a company that offers google checkout.  Only the items you place on googlebase manually would be allowed that.  I know for a fact that isn’t TRUE!  I questioned them with links to examples, and of course no response.  I’m going to send it again!

Back to subject – will MSN take care of the image issue?  I sure hope so!  I will see if my image issue is taken care of once they are done ‘processing’ my feed.  Bleck!  36 hours is way to long! Another major bottleneck in my eyes!

I found a rather humorous thread last night, and wanted to share! How little rednecks become big rednecks!   I still was giggling this morning after reading it again!

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Levis action jeans

Levis Action Mens Jeans 40 x 32 USA Red Tag

These Mens Levi Action Jeans are used, but have alot of wear left in them!

These measurements are taken when the Mens Levi Action Jeans laying down!

Waist approx 39″

Hips (from bottom of zipper) 42″

Rise (crotch seam to top of pants) 13″

From Zipper to top of pants 10″

Inseam is 26″

Bottom of pants seam to seam 9″

Label reads: 50% cotton/50% trevira esp polyester

These Mens Levi Action Jeans are in Excellent condition. There are no stains, holes, fraying. There is some slight fading, and it has the red tag.





Googlebase Bulk Upload Experience!

5 05 2007

Well!  I read and read about googlebase for the last couple of days.  I decided – okay!  I will take 10 of my trophy items that I sell that I think are rather hot items (lol hint hint!), and place them on the bulk upload and see what happens! 

From the reading I have done so far the MORE custom attributes you use the better chance of someone hitting your item!  Remember they do actually have to deal with your item.  You place something up, and just use tricks to get to a product and google will ZING you!  My question would be do the attributes do anything for the bulk upload?  I sent in a question to the googlebase staff for answers to that question!  The reason I questioned this was I found when you do the bulk upload, and your items are listed – do a search!  You will find them, and when you click on them – ZOOOOOOOOM right to your webpage!

I looked at the ‘required‘ attributes, and some of the suggested ones.  If you look at the list of required attributes not EVERYONE can use all of them!  So if you are a newbie like myself – what the heck do you do?  Lets take the UPC code for example!  The supplier I use for supplies doesn’t have UPC codes in little bags of parts that I receive to place the items together before shipping.  LOL!  If you have the UPC code – USE IT!  Another one is IPSN number, MPN (Manufacturers part number).  Lets say you sell a custom product like myself, and you have NONE of those…what the heck do you do?  Well according to a sample data feed I saw from singlefeed.com you use a Unique Internal Code.  What is that?  Its a product code that you use for your product!  You made it up in your head – it looks good…….KIDDING!  Find something for your own system of your own business, and give it a part number!  One of these numbers are a requirement!  If you can’t supply one because you don’t have it – make your own!

Singlefeed has a blog that explains what ‘data feeds’ are, and here on this singlefeed page if you scroll down they will show you an example of a good data feed.  I have not used this company, nor have I heard much about them.  They do have some good information on their blog.  I remember someone on a board on ecrater mentioning that they asked for to much personal information during sign-up for their comfort.  Remember that is personal preference – you check it out if you want to!  Anyway, it gave great examples of how to lay it out, and definitions of what the attributes are! 

It was a long process getting this up, and I have to wonder if it is worth it for me!  They say if you don’t have to time to do all the products at first try 20 products, and then do another 20 etc.  From what I have heard your items don’t go live right away either – even if the screen says so!  At times it may take hours or days there doesn’t seem to be a system to it!  TIME for things to happen – how frustrating for a newbie!

A few things I did notice is when you are setting up your attributes heading section if you wish to use more than one word you use “_” instead of a space.  I’m talking within your title headings like:  payment_checkout for example.  For the item description itself you don’t have to do that.

Since google now has their own payment program much like paypal there is a trick it seems to mention your paypal option.  I missed the part of my reading on the singlefeed portion about WHERE to mention ‘other’ types of payment plans!  According to singlefeed you MUST have a quantity option available to use the google checkout, and the mention of the google checkout must be under “payment notes”.  If you have unlimited supply they recommend just using 99 for now.  I guess that is up to YOU as the person doing this!  You just need to be sure you can actually get your hands on the product if a large Qty came in!  Believe or not payment type is NOT the field you use for google checkout!  You use that for your other options!  I already have an error on that, and fixed it (hopefully) and soon the file I saved will be good for future use!  I saved my excel file as a normal excel file, and then ‘saved as’ the delimiter they asked for in their instructions.

Remember to use the free overture keyword tool I have listed in the links section.  For each category I listed I plugged in lets say “soccer trophy” to see what came up relating to that for search terms.  One of the extra attributes was events, and I used the event type descriptions within that.  I noticed (and from experience) that for bowling they like to use bowling banque awards instead of “trophy”.  I placed that in my event portion.  Be creative!  You never know what you will see in the search terms they come up with!  Will it work?  I have no idea, but its worth a try right?

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Car Show Cruise Automotive Racing 1960s Theme Oval Award Resin Trophy Gift Resin with Gold Accents

26088 Part Number

Car Show and Cruise Automotive Racing 1960’s Theme Oval Legend can hang on wall, or use the desk stand – see picture. This trophy, award or gift will be well received by your recipient! They come in specially designed boxes!

These are approx 8.5” x 8”, and we will send you engraved plate

The highly detailed sports figures are handsomely framed in an oval shaped resin and gold plaque. Something new besides the traditional awards we may have received in the past. I always get comments of PRAISE from these types of products!

You have a group that you need to buy for? NO PROBLEM…we can do groups for you as well! Please let us know the number you need, and we will arrange to get your what you would like for your engraving.





Search Engine Friendly Tips

2 05 2007

Remember us talking here and there about the dreaded ‘keywords’?  As we have found out so far context is a good way of getting people to your site, but also the use of popular keywords is a driving force as well!  In my blog roll there is a link to a program called overture, and as I mentioned a couple of posts ago finding what KEYWORD is more popular is the driving force for your site!  I used the example of LEVIS, LEVI, LEVI STRAUSS.  I read an article  of tips recently that stated if one day you decided you wanted to share a funny picture you found online you need to THINK about your title!  “What a funny image!” or “What a funny picture!” pretty much reads the same to us humans, but if you use the overtune program you find that ‘picture’ is a more popular word to use within the internet! Find those words that the search engines LOVE!

Another tip was that you really should only write about one subject at a time for your keyword consistancy.  Make sure you use that keyword in your title, and use those keywords in the article that you are writing about!  According to the article using those keywords especially at the beginning and end of your writing is something search engines just eat up!

In word press when you insert articles, or images within your writing you have the option of labeling them!  GREAT idea to do so – its more content to crawl right?  An additional tip mentioned was if you use bolding and italic with your keywords properly it helps increase your importance to the search engines!  They also LOVE the bolded titles if you have that option!  It makes your content again LOOK more important!

I have been doing all of these except the last part – at least from what I remember!  I do have to mention that everyone seems to have an opinion on WHAT draws the traffic to people’s sites!  Some actually counterdict each other!  I found that even the web tools tend to do this!  If it is something you can easily manage – just DO IT because it can’t hurt can it?  We want those search engines to be our FRIENDS!  SO there you have it ‘small tips‘ to be search engine friendly!  LOL Notice I included my BOLD and Italic?

The 7 TIPS page!

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Levis 550 Relaxed Fit mens Jean Shorts 30 VERY NICE!!

Levi 550 Relaxed Fit Mens Jean shorts 30 measurements are taken when pants laying down!

Waist approx 30″

Hips (from bottom of zipper) 36.5″

Rise (crotch seam to top of pants)11 ”

From Zipper to top of pants 7″

Inseam is 10.25″

Bottom of pants seam to seam 9.5″

Label reads: 100% cotton 550 Relaxed Fit. Orange Tag.

This Levi 550 Relaxed Mens Jean Shorts are in Excellent condition. There are no stains, holes, fraying, or fading that I see..

I have washed these Levi 550 Relaxed Fit Mens Jean Shorts, so they are ready to go right out of the box!





Quick Tip for Product Title Description

26 04 2007

Some people now use UPC codes, ISBN Numbers, RN numbers, etc in their searching.  If you have products that those are available make sure you include those!  It was also mentioned that in google base type as much as you can with 54 characters as you can in the title.  The Codes, numbers above is critcal!  For example if you are selling a Fax Machine, Printer, telephone – whatever … Make sure you include the model number, etc in your title!  In the description portion you can go into MORE detail, but the title needs to have some in it to grab your readers attention!

Interest Video online about this!





Goodbye Froogle!

25 04 2007

Google recently decided that they are doing away with Froogle, and making a product search instead.  Here on WordPress I found this quick note about it Farewell Froogle.  I followed one of the links to the main google blog and read an article called Back to Basics.

Now one of the selling points to Ecrater was that they automatically submitting the stores within Ecrater to Froogle.  I also have got the impression that you may get higher rating within the new product search if you offer the google checkout option.  On Ecrater community board it had been mentioned that placing your items into the google base would also help your chances of success.  More exciting also they mentioned that MSN is now picking up ecrater store items which helps the store owners.

MSN Product Upload 

Google Base

If you have alot of product this could be very time consuming.  I will be checking out both options, and since I have NEVER done anything like this before it should be interesting to see how easy or hard it is and I will post about that also!

On my faith side I found some videos last night on youtube, and I have to admit I am a bit of a history nut!  I found a program: National Geographic The Secret Bible Jesus Rivals.  These history items are just very interesting to me.  If speaking about rival Gods, and competition to Jesus bothers you greatly I wouldn’t watch these.  From a history standpoint I found it interesting.  I wanted to share!!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Final Part  They were all very interesting!

Well I’m off to check out google base and MSN to see what I can learn!

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Bandit Golfer

approx 7″ with engraved plateThey are Individually boxed and we will send you an engraved plate for it.You have a group that you need to buy for? NO PROBLEM…..we can do groups for you as well! Please let us know the number you need, and we will arrange to get your what you would like for your engraving.Product is normally shipped out within 2 business days if not sooner AFTER payment has cleared!

We will do combined shipping, and you can order different items as well. We also have Qty discounts for larger orders – please inquire.