Dec 092008
 

I just received an email from eBay announcing that they are offering sellers of short auctions (1, 3, or 5 days) 50% off insertion fees tomorrow, December 10th.  Since the changes in their pricing structure (lowering insertion fees while increasing Final Value Fees) this isn’t nearly as good a deal as the free listing days of yore, but it’s still a nice way to earn a little extra holiday cash while simultaneously making space for all the new Christmas booty that will be arriving in a few weeks.

So, if you’re an eBay seller with a 12 month Detailed Seller Rating of 4.5 or higher on all criteria or a new seller who doesn’t yet have a DSR then be sure to drop by the eBay promotion page for full details and then start cleaning out those closets!

Dec 082008
 

I just love pointing out how the market occasionally manages to fight through all of the government regulations and bureaucrats to actually accomplish the things that people claim we need the government to do (though it consistently fails at doing so). The latest example to cross my inbox is ArtFire.com, an online market for crafters and artisans to sell their goods directly to shoppers, which is planning on planting one million trees in 2009!

Why would an art marketplace be planting trees?  Because they care about the environment and, more importantly, they know that their customers care about the environment.  In other words, people are more likely to use their services than a competitors because Art Fire is more in line with the customer’s desires.

But Art Fire is about a lot more than planting trees!  They provide a global marketplace to artisans looking to sell their handmade crafts, jewelry, and art online – and all for free!  Sure, the free account has certain limits (4 photos and up to 10 items for sale), but for someone who is just beginning to sell their handiwork it’s a zero cost starting option.  Plus, you’ll be making the Earth a little greener at the same time!

Nov 252008
 

I’ve finally come to accept that one can’t run a blog without sharing videos at least on occasion.  That’s just the way the web (and society in general) has gone.  Not only are there just cool videos to share, but many online marketers are releasing product information exclusively in video format and advertisers are now seeking bloggers to produce videos for them .  For example, the post before this on.  This is, in fact, what has lead me to my current dilemma. You see I prefer to host my videos on Revver because they actually share advertising revenue with content providers.  Unlike Google’s YouTube video service.

However, when an advertiser commissions a video they typically want it published now, which is possible with YouTube (that last video took about 60 seconds to upload and less than two minutes to go live on the site).   With Revver, I need to wait for a manual approval process, then wait for them to run the video through their ad-matching software, and only then can I actually share it with y’all.  I’ve had videos take days upon days to get approved through Revver.

So I’m at a bit of a crossroads.  As I create more video content having multiple video hosts becomes more and more of a hassle.  I’d really appreciate insight from any of my fellow bloggers or webmasters out there.  Which video sharing sites do you use and why?

Sep 152008
 

While I’ve written about effectively using real world mailing lists a few times here at Philaahzophy I’ve never shared any details about using your email mailing list effectively. Primarily, this is because I simply don’t know any “secrets” about doing so.  However, Tellman’s The ListBuilding Club asked me to share my thoughts about how their services can help you start a successful online business.  They even offered a free account so I could poke around the program and get a good solid idea of how list building could help my business.  Sounded pretty good, so I headed on over.

Unfortunately, upon entering the account info they provided I was told that “Your account has been disabled. Contact site webmaster for details.”  Hrm… it was presumably the webmaster who provided me with that acount.  Oh well, never one to be deterred I headed over to their website, provided my name and email address, and clicked the “Click Here For Free Instant Access!!” button. Then two things happened-

  1. I was taken to yet another spammish looking page asking for my credit card information in order to “Get A GOLD Level Membership for FREE … As part of a very limited marketing test,” and
  2. I received an email with a link to my “first video sneak peek.”

Well, I wasn’t interested in providing my credit card info before I learned more about the program and am still not sure why they needed it if the Gold Membership was going to be free.  So, I clicked over to the video.  It was an instructional video on “Buying Your First Domain.”  Considering I purchased my first domain more than 10 years ago, and have purchased nearly a thousand since then, not very useful for me.  And what, exactly does this have to do with using my mailing list to make money online?

Still seeking some actual information I tried the various navigation buttons above the video –  Videos, Audios, Articles, Resources, and Help.  All led directly to a login box which (again) claimed my account had been disabled.  So, despite being promised “A ‘Quickstart’ program that puts your idea online in 24 hours”, all I have at this point is one more online marketer taking advantage of having my confirmed email addres, a video explaining how to do something I was able to do a decade ago (and I’ve explained in detail how to do here on this blog, and a request for my credit card info in order to allow entry in to the free membership area.

It should be clear at thi spoint why I know so little about effectively using a mailing list for online marketing.  Every time I try to get some information about it I keep running in to brick walls.  If you’re a member of The List Building Club, please drop a comment ot let me know how it’s working out for you!

Sep 032008
 

Join Associated Content

Despite my early excitement about earning opportunities at Associated Content, I hadn’t actually submitted anything to them since February until a a slight variant of my recent RideMax review.  That article was rejected because “[c]ontent submitted as Non-Exclusive must be published on AC before it is published elsewhere.”  I’m not sure when that rule went into effect, but it certainly wasn’t there in February.  My guess is that it is a result of the more stringent anti-plagiarism efforts created in the wake of the Mashable.com fiasco that occured last December.

While this doesn’t prevent the “double dipping” I proposed for monetizing blog posts last November it does make it somewhat more difficult.  Now, instead of simply submitting any post that you feel AC would be interested in, such posts must be submitted to AC prior to being published on your blog.  This isn’t a huge stumbling block, but can be a pain in the ass considering AC takes up to two weeks to approve/reject and finally publish submissions.

So, whenever I write an entertainment review I originally write it up for Associated Content.  Once it’s been accepted there I publish it on one of my blogs and then, finally, submit it to epinions.com (when appropriate) as they still have no requirement that reviews be unpublished.  Of course, a wise blogger always changes things up a bit when publishing the same info at multiple sites.  Not only does each site have a different audience, but no one wants to be tagged by the Big G for hosting duplicate content either.