How does an entire year go by without a single post here? Well ... shift happens and life tosses curve balls. But, I'm happy to note that our eBay store is thriving - click the red letter link below to see what's listed - as of this writing, Bob has 880 items listed. (Link will open in a new window, by the way.)
Recently, Bob has put a LOT of things on sale, trying to do some inventory reduction. Here are some of my favorites:
So many things have changed in our lives, so we've adapted. The two biggest changes are (or will soon be) my taking on an outside the home job, and Bob taking over our eBay store. He's doing a wonderful job and I'm very proud of him.
It's a huge undertaking to tackle all of the inventory we've acquired while being enraptured by the fellowship of fellow eBay Thrifters, but he's doing a masterful job of it and I am so relieved it's hard to express my newfound feelings of contentment.
Right livelihood is a lot more than just having an ethical way to make a living, which eBay certainly is, but it's also got to be a good fit for your personality. What we've discovered over time is that I'm not good at running an eBay store, and Bob is. Not only that, he's actually enjoying the work, which I found to be soul suckingly sad.
Yes, I had some issues letting go and letting him find his own pace and style ... but we muddled through and I'm now able to focus on getting some of my projects going again. Like blogging ... and with a little luck, I'll be able to sew, knit, and crochet again one of these days.
Who knows? We might even start recording some short videos about things we've learned over the past few years messing around with this eBay opportunity. Stranger things have certainly happened.
We enjoy using the eBay App which you can actually get from Amazon.com of all places. I laughed when I saw that.
If you're new to eBay, there are a lot of good books on Amazon - as a matter of fact, that search I've linked there had at the time of this writing, over 1.5 MILLION results for "eBay".
There are also a lot of places online to hang out, many are Facebook groups. I'm not going there right now - it's way too easy to get excited and want to rush out and buy, buy, buy ... but the real "secret" to eBay success is to "LIST, LIST, LIST!".
Finding my sweet spot in the big blue sea of online opportunity is probably one of the most difficult things I've ever attempted, next to raising a special needs child, that is.
What you probably don't know is that I've been online tinkering, learning, and observing since the early 1990's. Talk about a blast from the past, I earned my first online affiliate check from selling Cory Rudl's manual on internet marketing way back when he first compiled it. (Cory passed away some years ago, and I don't know who owns his website now.) Yeah, I've been around that long.
So, bearing that in mind, I wanted to share today a post that I saw in a Facebook group this morning. I was so impressed with not only the content, but the fact that this person shares with me a disgust of marketers who prey upon those who are vulnerable. Offered up as advice to help creators of hand made items who are learning how to sell their items online, this just resonated with me on so many levels I asked if I could share it here, and was given permission.
Thank You So Much, Kateland!
SEO Service Rant
I want to put something out there for everyone.
First of all, this is a fantastic group, and I am really excited to be a part of it. For those of you who do not know me, I am a professional writer and a big advocate for teaching others how to write well with SEO in mind. I've recently had an experience with a client that had a very bad experience with a different SEO service and this got me thinking.
If you are considering hiring a writing service that offers search engine optimization assistance I would like to implore you to follow these general guidelines:
1. Try to do it on your own first!
There are tons of free resources available to you on the web. This forum is a great example. Go to Etsy Help. Read everything you can. Ask questions from established experts who do offer complimentary advice (we exist!). Tweak your listings and if you truly struggle to the point where it is taking up too much of your time, then consider a service. Do NOT go to a service first; you can do this!
2. Ask for references!
Do not just blindly jump on an ad and pay someone to write your SEO for you. It is so easy to throw a website together and say, "I am an expert!" Question the service! Ask for references that are independent.
3. Talk to former clients.
Are they happy? Many of us who are also shop owners hesitate to put up public feedback if they have had a negative experience. Instead, talk to a former client privately for the full scoop.
4. Look for red flags!
Red flags include improperly structured sentences on THEIR websites. If a person is trying to sell you a SEO or writing service and they cannot implement these techniques for themselves, they will not do you justice.
5. Look for professionalism!
Do they respond to you quickly? Do they answer your questions without attaching strings to everything? Are they well known in their communities? Do they help build others up, or do they publicly bash their clients?
I know this may seem counterintuitive coming from me, but I really hate to see people scammed and I really want to encourage everyone to be educated consumers of digital services.
This is a cross posted rant. Thank you for listening.
I hope you found Kateland's advice to be as useful as I did. I also hope you will take a moment to visit her on Facebook and on Etsy.
Here are some of the books I'm thinking of for myself:
Which one do you think I should read first?
Starting Over ... Again
Seems to me that no matter what plans I make, life has a way of using me for a hockey puck. So I've decided to just do what I feel like doing and to hell with planning. When I feel like writing, I'll write ... and when life prevents me from writing, I won't. It's that simple.
Today I'm testing Easy Product Displays and thinking about everything I've learned about online marketing over the years. So essentially, this is a sort of test and a way to get my feet back into the water slowly and without much stress.
Today's topic is Big Bang Theory and Minions - specifically tee shirts. This was fun!
Tee Shirts are the ultimate gag gift, especially when they are of a theme that you know your recipient loves. In my case, I adore both the minions and the Big Bang Theory TV Show. Even if a person doesn't wear tee shirts, they are awesome for upcycling into pillows, wall hangings, and even shopping bags. I loved these tee shirts - which one is your favorite?
Man Big Bang Theory Custom Regular White T-Shirts By MjensenZYA6W Women Big Bang Minion Theory Minion 100% Cotton Swag T Shirt Black MBig Bang Theory: Wesley Crushers T-ShirtStaBe Men Bing Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper Flash Logo T-Shirt 100% Cotton Swag M RedBazinga T-Shirt Sheldon Big Bang Theory Shirt-Red-MediumBig Bang Theory Shel-Bot Tee Shirt Men-largeMini ONS - Whaaat?!