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Last Build Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 09:53:39 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2005 John L. Dilbeck

Blog readership jumped 58% in 2004

Wed, 05 Jan 2005 07:38:11 GMT

It looks like I picked the right year to focus on adding more blogs and more RSS (also known as XML) feeds to my sites! From the Pew Internet & American Life Project site:
By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture. Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November established new contours for the blogosphere: 8 million American adults say they have created blogs; blog readership jumped 58% in 2004 and now stands at 27% of internet users; 5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online; and 12% of internet users have posted comments or other material on blogs. Still, 62% of internet users do not know what a blog is.
If you're one of the 62% who don't know what a blog is or what RSS is all about, let me recommend the following sites to start learning about them. RSS was co-developed by Dave Winer and you should read about Radio Userland, the product I use to manage this blog and nearly 5,000 pages on several websites. Also, be sure to read All about RSS. Another good resource, and one that keeps getting better, is written by Ken Evoy. One of Ken's claims to fame is presiding over the company that developed Site Build It!, which I think is the best web design, hosting, and promotion service on the planet. I am one very happy customer. The product just keeps getting better. Visit the Site Build It! link first so you can see where he's coming from. Then, go read the information he wrote about RSS: Really Simple Syndication for his Site Build It! customers. I spent several months in late 2004 developing my blogging infrastructure and staking my claim on several blogs at Now that the development work is mostly done, I can pass along newsworthy information to a wider audience faster and more efficiently than ever before. Also, from the other side of the story, I use Radio Userland to read others' RSS feeds using the news aggregator that is built in. I subscribe to a little over 50 feeds and read them on a more-or-less daily basis. It's a lot easier to read the RSS feed and then click on a link that interests me than it is to remember to go to all 50 of those sites and try to find the new information. I'm to the point now that I'd rather get newsletters and site updates in an RSS feed than in an email message or newsletter. I have commented on quite a few blogs and I always meet an interesting person on the other end when he or she responds to my comments. One of the most interesting recent developments -- for me at least -- has been the addition of RSS feeds to the Site Build It! customer forums. Now, instead of having to go to the forum every day, I added the RSS feed and I can easily read down the list of posts to see which ones I want to read and perhaps respond to. This is a very busy forum, and the addition of the RSS feed has shaved a couple of hours off my forum reading time every day. I think we'll be seeing much more about blogs (also known as weblogs or journals), RSS, XML, and similar topics this year. If you have a business with information that changes on a regular basis, you should look into blogs and RSS syndication.

Site Build It! - Buy-1-Get-1 Free Sale until Midnight Dec. 25. Get two websites for the price of one!

Sun, 19 Dec 2004 12:19:36 GMT

I've been telling you for a long time how much I like Site Build It! and how much the tools included with this outstanding website design, hosting, and promotion service have helped me earn more with my sites. From now until midnight on Christmas Day, you can buy one SBI account and get a second one free. That's an outstanding bargain and I just wish I had the time and energy to take advantage of it. If you are looking for a way to build a site that attracts targeted visitors instead of sitting there and growing cobwebs, this is your opportunity. You can get both sites for the price of one -- or you can keep one and give it to a friend, relative, or colleague to help them build their business, too. I host my Act On Your Dream! site using Site Build It! and I couldn't be happier. I haven't had the time to build that site to where I want it, but that will be one of my major priorities in January and February. I can tell you, however, that I've been using the tools that are included with an SBI site to help me on all my other websites, even though they are hosted on other services. If I were starting all over from scratch and if I were only going to build a few websites, there is no doubt in my mind that I'd use Site Build It! to do it. If you want to build your business and promote it online, don't pass up this opportunity! If you wait just one second after midnight on December 26, you'll miss the special sale. Don't delay.

Search It! Adds Five New Searches for RSS and Blogs, and Four for Specialty Hubs and Directories

Sat, 04 Dec 2004 21:47:02 GMT

Ken Evoy's free Internet search utility has just gotten better, if you have any interest in RSS, XML, and blogs, or specialty hubs and directories. Search It!, which does NOT involve downloading anything to your computer, is a utility that makes it easier to find information relating to business and ecommerce on the Internet. By using a multi-step process (usually three steps, but sometimes four), it will build the searches for you and go to the appropriate search engine, directory, or content site to find the information in which you are interested. One item you'll see in the Step 1 dropdown box is "Reference Library for Content." By selecting that, Search It! will automatically populate the Step 2 box with appropriate choices. There is a link to get help for using the tool once you have selected your choices for Step 1 and Step 2. The new searches listed in the Reference Library for Content choice in Step 1 are: Yahoo! RSS Domain Search
Feedster Blog/RSS Search RSS Search
Google RSS Content Search
Yahoo! RSS Content Search
It's taken me years to learn how to search for some of these things and where to go to find them, and Ken has just given you that power for free. Not only that, but he just added four more searches related to hubs and directories. Select "Specialty Hubs and Directories" in Step 1, and you'll see the following new searches in Step 2: Google Wide
Google Tight
Yahoo! Wide
Yahoo! Tight
The help link below Step 1 and Step 2 gives information on how to use these new searches. I use Search It! just about every day. It's easy to use. Leave the small window open in the top-left corner of your screen so it will be available when you want to find something of interest. The more I use it, the better I like it. I was surprised to see that I have several sites listed in the top 10 for both the Yahoo! Wide and Tight searches for the following keywords: Step 3 = "Murphy NC" and Step 4 = "travel". It looks like the work I've been doing for the last several months is starting to pay off.

21st Century Sales website updated and expanded.

Mon, 07 Jun 2004 16:03:16 GMT

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been redesigning my 21st Century Sales site. I'm busily expanding it to offer great resources for people who want to build profitable home businesses. While there are many types of home businesses, this site is targeted towards online marketing and sales, with an emphasis on earning income by marketing affiliate programs. I've found this to be an excellent way to build extra streams of income without having to invest a lot of money. Of course, as with any business, it takes time, effort and some money to build a business to the point where it starts returning a profit. Normally, I expect to put in three to five years and a lot of time and money before I start earning a profit. This has gone faster than any other business I've ever started or helped to start. In the past, I've had to invest many thousands of dollars up-front and then put in the time and effort to make things work. With this business -- my home-based online marketing business -- I've been able to invest as little as three or four dollars every day (around $100 per month) and I'm already earning a growing profit all without incurring any debt. It's not financed by loans or credit cards, and that's a first for me. I love being out of debt. Now that it has reached the breakeven point, I don't even have to invest the small amount I was spending out of pocket each month. Overhead, advertising, and promotional expenses are now coming out of revenue, and as I reinvest a substantial portion of that revenue, I look forward to watching the business grow even faster. You, my customer, have made this possible and I appreciate it. I'll continue to offer the best opportunities I can find along with tips and advice based on my continuing research. I appreciate your business. Thank you! 21st Century Sales is one site in my growing network of Dilbeck Marketing websites. There are several more on the drawing board and I'll be introducing them over the next several months.

Tue, 01 Jun 2004 11:04:43 GMT

Recently, and joined forces to create a site that makes it simple to do quick research for finding niches that may be profitable for your website. You can test it at It's easy to use. If you need more detailed research, they refer you directly to Last October, I wrote an article on building web traffic, and I updated it earlier today. You can learn more about finding niches and building traffic to your site there. I recommend several tools that I use on my sites. The updated article is: Building Website Traffic. Finding a niche and building a site with real, helpful content is the only way that I know of to compete with the big companies that have much more time and more people than we'll ever have. They can control the general keywords and can afford to spend thousands of dollars in advertising every month. For those of us with smaller budgets and less resources, we have to be more agile and look for treasure in the niches. If you can identify a niche and build a website that has great content, you can build traffic and eventually monetize that traffic by selling your products, services, or recommending products for sale through affiliate programs or arranging to get finders fees for sending targeted leads to other companies. You can learn a lot more about this from Ken Evoy. He teaches you how to find profitable niches in his Affiliate Masters Course which you can download free. It's in PDF format.

Which do you want? A website or a place to tell about your passion?

Sun, 23 May 2004 21:05:47 GMT

Everyone has a passion in life. There are thousands of companies that offer a way to build a website. There is only one that offers a way to explore your passion and tell the world about it. Perhaps your passion is a hobby or a business. Perhaps you want to help others. Whatever it is, there is a right way and a wrong way of presenting it to the world over the Internet. The wrong way is to get a cheap web host and put up a website that recreates your brochure. Who's going to find that? The right way is to write about your passion. Build a website full of excellent content that offers information others want to find. In the offline world, it's all about location. In the online world, it's all about information. If you provide good information, the search engines will rank it highly and people will find you. This builds traffic, and a website with no traffic is just a waste of time and money. There is exactly one company that will teach you how to write about your passion and build a website that automatically attracts targeted traffic with no tricks and no need for advanced technical skills. Site Build It will help you tell the world about your passion. It all starts by wanting to share your passion with the world -- that's where you come in.

New Site Build It! Pricing Options Available

Mon, 03 May 2004 10:53:11 GMT

Recently, SiteSell introduced three new pricing options for Site Build It! Option #1: Full Year Value Option Pay only USD $495 for a full year of SBI -- all inclusive, no additional monthly charges. Try it risk free today and receive an automatic $100 rebate and a special bonus of 3 free months -- a total of 15 months of SBI! for only $395. Annual renewal will be $299. Option #2: Half-Year Cash-Flow-Builder Option Pay only USD $299 for a cash-flow-building half-year of SBI -- all inclusive, no additional monthly costs. Try it with the same risk-free success guarantee, and receive an immediate $50 rebate and a special bonus of 2 free months -- a total of 8 months of SBI! for only $249. Option #3: Quarter-Year Intensive Business Builder Short on cash, but long on motivation? Pay only USD $189 for an accelerated quarter-year of SBI! -- all inclusive, no additional monthly costs. Order today and try it with the same risk-free success guarantee, and receive an immediate $30 rebate and a special bonus of 1 free month -- a total of 4 months of SBI! for only $159 (less than $40 per month for this complete business-building success package). I don't know how long these special options will be offered.

Home Business Tips Newsletter -- May 1, 2004 -- Posted

Sun, 02 May 2004 23:11:00 GMT

The May 1, 2004 edition of my Home Business Tips newsletter has been posted. Congratulations to my SFI sales team for growing their businesses in April!

Extended newsletter for my SFI sales team -- April 20, 2004

Tue, 20 Apr 2004 21:45:27 GMT

Hi, I was reading the SFI discussion board ( a few days ago and ran across a thread I'd never seen before. It was so interesting I decided to copy it here for you to read. The full thread is at: Did you know that you can become MIQ by making just two sales? Not two sales per month, just two sales (and one of them can be you). And, because it's a continuing service, you can remain MIQ for an indefinite period of time. The thread was started by an SFI affiliate named Steve and here's what he had to say: =================================== SFI Made Easy -------------------------------------------------------------- Do You Think SFI is Difficult? SFI is such a powerful opportunity that most of us try to make it much harder than it really needs to be. Would you be much more excited about SFI if you could see a simple and very inexpensive way to make it work? If so, please read on ... Don't Have Much Money? I'm going to show you a simple way to become MIQ and stay MIQ and it won't cost you any extra money at all! In fact, it's probably going to save you money! If you don't know what MIQ is, you need to go through the Smart Start program, but basically you have to be MIQ to make full commissions (and residual income) on your sales and the sales of the people that you sponsor. Don't Like to Sell? Did you know that you can be MIQ and stay MIQ with only ONE sale? And I don't mean one sale a month, either, I'm talking just ONE sale TOTAL! Yes, that's right, I said just ONE SALE, TOTAL! Have I got your Attention? Ok, here is how to do this in just two steps. 1) Switch your Internet to the Veriuni Pro Service 2) Get ONE person who is not in SFI to purchase the Veriuni Pro ISP service (this is your one sale) That's it. That's all that would be required for you to be MIQ every month that you and the other person stay with the Veriuni Pro Internet Service. Keep in mind that when "selling" someone on the internet service, you are not trying to get them in your business, you are just offering a highly regarded, competitively priced, alternative to a product they already use. If you are in the US or Canada, take a friend or relative out to dinner and talk to them about it (deduct the dinner from your taxes, of course). Everyone that I have heard from, likes the Internet Service, so you should feel confident promoting it. (I'd use it myself, but I'm one of those broadband folks). Remember, you only *have* to make ONE sale! EVER! So is there any FINE PRINT? The Veriuni Internet Service is only available in the US and Canada. If you live outside of these countries you can not subscribe. Also, some people either like their service or use broadband. What can these people do? Simple. Make just ONE MORE sale of the Internet Service to someone in the US or Canada. Remember, not a sale every month, just ONE more sale TOTAL! So if you are not in the US, or you don't want to change ISPs, you must make TWO sales. Not 2 sales a month, or a year, just TWO sales total! What about Getting Affiliates Under Me? Don't I have to "Sell" people on SFI to get them to join? Actually, you aren't selling, with SFI you are GIVING. Just give Free stuff away - like the SIM package or the Free Internet Income Course. Once people sign up (and they will, if you put it in front of folks), follow up with them and show them easy and inexpensive ways to make this great opportunity work for them (Like this one!). Some will "get it" and some won't - and that's OK. You only need a few active people to make money with SFI. Bottom Line - and Here's Where it gets Good! Make just ONE sale (or at most, two) period, ever, finito! Then show others how they can do this too. Get three other people who are willing to ma[...]

Google makes important improvements to Adsense

Tue, 30 Mar 2004 20:27:57 GMT

Whether you're an advertiser using pay per click ads on Google or you're a webmaster hosting Adsense ads on your websites, you'll want to know about the new Adsense updates that Google recently released. Rather than writing about it myself, I'm going to refer you to Ken Evoy's explanation of Adsense and how these changes can be beneficial to you, especially from the viewpoint of a webmaster using these ads to add another stream of income. Adsense is an important part of my strategy for monetizing my website traffic. If you have a site with any significant traffic, I'd urge you to learn more about Adsense and see if it makes sense to use it to add another stream of income from your site. The new features make it even better than it already was. Google has added several things we've been wanting since Adsense was first introduced.

Have you taken the Site Build It! QuickTour?

Tue, 30 Mar 2004 20:10:07 GMT

Sitesell has released a new version of the Quick Tour that shows you the unmatched SBI method of building a website that works! Aren't you tired of having a website that just sits there month after month and doesn't produce the results you wanted? Are you just now planning on going online? Don't waste your time and money on systems and hosting that don't work. Site Build It! leads you step by step from defining your concept, to brainstorming your most profitable key words and phrases, to building the pages, registering with the search engines and directories, tracking results, creating a newsletter, and much, much more. Why settle for less when you can have an integrated marketing systems at your fingertips that will lead you to building a site that produces results? Don't be penny wise and pound foolish! Look at the overall value of SBI compared to any other webhosting service. Spend a few extra dollars now so that you'll get many more back in the long run! SBI helps you produce results unmatched anywhere else. Take the Quick Tour today!

Learn how average people are doing incredibly well with their websites...

Tue, 02 Mar 2004 17:01:55 GMT

...while millions more struggle just to get a few visitors and a few measly sales. I've mentioned many times before that Site Build It! produces results like no other small business webhosting service does. No other company even comes close. Now, Sitesell has released a new page of case studies that are detailed recountings of individuals and their experiences with SBI! They've chosen one case study for each of the major categories of small small businesses, and each case study is told in the words of the actual person who built the site. Ken Evoy, president of Sitesell, describes the site, "From the U.S.A. to Kazakhstan, from Australia to Israel, the case studies show exactly how successful businesses are built online, whether one is a 'pure infopreneur' or a vendor of hard goods, whether you're an economist at a brokerage firm or a novice employee of the world's most famous affiliate. It even shows you how one young man went from 'dead-end asphalt man to cutting edge digital man.'" I just visited the site and read all the case studies, and I find them to be inspirational. I love reading how real people succeed by finding their niche and then telling the world about what they love doing. When you visit the case studies site, don't just skim it. Take some time to really read what these folks have to say, and then read between the lines. Feel the emotion they have for their business, for their success, and for SBI! When is the last time you felt that way about your webhosting service and the tools they provide you? Have you EVER felt it? When you read the site, pay attention to the "BYOBAM!" factor. What's BYOBAM? "Bring your own brains and motivation!" Each of the people in the case studies began with a desire to do something different and they were motivated enough to research and learn how to accomplish it. Then, using their own brains and the tools SBI provides, they "took the bull by the horns" and started doing something. Motivation, brains, action, and persistence are the keys to success. SBI provides the technical help to make your dream come alive. Each of these people followed the SBI process of: CONTENT -> TRAFFIC -> PRESELL -> MONETIZE This process, fully explained in the ebook that comes with SBI and described in several of the case studies, has been proven to produce outstanding results. Find the specific case study that most closely matches you and what you want to do. See how someone similar has already succeeded. You can do it, too. A year from now, it could be YOU who is featured on the case studies site.

Link Fix It! Launches!

Mon, 16 Feb 2004 00:30:55 GMT

Site Build It! has just launched an integrated link-checking service. Some companies charge over $100 per year for this type of service, but for SBI! site owners, it's just another free feature that will save you hours of work keeping your site free of broken links. Ken Evoy, President of Sitesell, says, "LinkFixIt busily spiders through all SBI! sites once per week, looking for broken or dead links (you know the kind -- you click on the link and you get the "404 no such page" message). LFI e-mails an SBI! owner if any of his/her links (internal or external) are broken." Broken links make you look bad and don't help your prospective customers have confidence in you. Link Fix It! makes broken links a thing of the past... all at no added cost. Just one more great feature from the best webhosting service on the planet. Want proof? It's results that count. Can you find any other webhosting service that can show hundreds of successful websites that rank in the top 3% of all sites on the Internet? Take our test. How does your site or your biggest competitor's site compare?

Make Your Price Sell!, The Masters Course

Mon, 16 Feb 2004 00:10:43 GMT

Ken Evoy continues to offer outstanding free courses, available as Adobe Acrobat .pdf downloadable ebooks. Yesterday, he announced the newest, Make Your Price Sell!, The Masters Course. I don't know anyone, especially those of you who run a home business and want to sell your products and services, who doesn't have a problem identifying the best price at which to sell. Many of you make the mistake of pricing too low and losing profit you might otherwise acquire. Will this new -- free -- ebook help you price your products and services at the best point to make the most profit? There's only one way to know for sure. Download it today. There's no risk and no obligation. "How much money are YOU leaving on the table?" Price with complete confidence & double your Net profits. Make Your Price Sell!, The Masters Course. Looking for other free eCourses? Netwriting Masters Course - Want to sell more? Write better. Write smarter. First, write to PREsell. Then write to SELL. The *ONLY* course on the Net that shows you how to do BOTH. And it's free! Affiliate Masters Course - Become a high-earning affiliate champion. Service Sellers Masters Course - Attract new clients from around the world... Or from around the block. Make Your Net Auction Sell, The Masters Course - Start and grow a profitable Net auction business. MYNAS! --> Now Free! Webmaster BUSINESS Master Course - Show Webmasters how to run the BUSINESS of WebMastering... Super-assisted, of course, by the ultimate PRODUCTIVITY tool.

Microsoft blocking Sitesell email?

Thu, 12 Feb 2004 11:40:59 GMT

Microsoft blocks email from competitor. Dirty trick, or simple ineptitude?

Got an MSN or Hotmail account? How do you feel about buying something and being kept from getting access to it by Microsoft? Are you an affiliate for SiteSell's SiteBuildIt program? If so, how do you feel about your commissions being put at risk because of Microsoft's "spam... [Ramblings of a Marketing Geek]

15 Powerful Ways CBmall Makes You Money eCourse

Thu, 29 Jan 2004 15:42:14 GMT

A few days ago, I was looking at the Top 100 sellers at SFI Marketing Group and wondering what they were doing to build their businesses and earn more money than most of the rest of us. So, I started researching and learned some valuable lessons. Some of the top 10 affiliates have created systems to promote the products and opportunities, and they're willing to help others by plugging them into the system. Jeff Mulligan created the CBmall, a system that promotes the top selling items at Click Bank and several other affiliate programs, including SFI. Some of the best selling ebooks are available through CBmall, and it even has a search engine to make it easier to find what you're looking for throughout Click Bank. In fact, Jeff says there are at least 15 Powerful Ways CBmall Makes You Money and, by clicking on the preceding link, you can sign up for his free ecourse -- with no obligation -- and learn about what he's done to make the system easy to use for buyers and powerful for marketers. The price is right, and Jeff has responded promptly to a couple of service questions. My site was up and running in less than 24 hours. I recommend this site for persons looking for some of the best ebooks. I also recommend it for affiliate marketers who want to plug into a system that helps you build your business and increase your income. Highly recommended website.

Optimizing for Inktomi

Mon, 26 Jan 2004 09:44:20 GMT

(February 15, 2004. The article I originally pointed to is a reprint of another article written for a search engine optimization organization. I was contacted by the company and requested to point to their company and article, which is fair enough. However, that site requires registration before you can access the article, so I'm removing my quote from it. If I could have just pointed directly to the article, I would have been happy to do so. If you want to read the article, search on Google for 'How to Optimize for Inktomi in 2004'. -- JD) The information in this article is a basic overview of creating search engine friendly websites and everyone who builds, manages, or owns a website should be familiar with the information in this article. The information here, however, is only part of the story in how to create a website that sells. You MUST be listed in the search engines, but that's only one step. Most sites are build so that they're doomed before they start. Many small business owners follow something similar to this model: 1. Create a product or service (or decide to sell an existing product or service online). 2. Create a site to sell the product or service. 3. Add payment and fulfillment solutions. And then they... 4. Watch their sites die slow deaths of neglect, due to lack of traffic and willing buyers. 5. Wonder what went wrong. If you want your website to have a chance for success, you must follow proven strategies. Fortunately, you don't have to invent these yourself. You don't succeed by "putting up a site" and waiting. It is all about understanding how people really use the 'net and then building your site to deliver what they're looking for. Your prospective visitor may or may not be interested in buying. They ARE looking for information. The more information you can provide, the more likely you are to create a relationship with them that may one day lead to selling your product or service. You must learn to give before you can expect to receive. I've written many times about learning how others are successful in making their websites attractive to both humans and search engine spiders. I've learned much of what I know about this from Ken Evoy. I learned today that Ken has just released a free, updated version of his Netwriting Masters Course, and this free course (available as a downloadable ebook in .pdf format) addresses the vital differences betwen selling and PREselling -- a concept that Ken identified several years ago. (He discusses this concept and much more in his free Affiliate Masters Course and Service Sellers Course.) For any small business that wants to be successful online, the steps to success are exactly those that form the foundation of the highly successful SBI! product. 1. Write high quality content related to the theme or topic of your business or passion. 2. Use the quality content to draw free, targeted traffic from the search engines. 3. PREsell the traffic, use it to gain trust and confidence -- people buy from those they like and trust! 4. Convert your traffic into dollars -- whatever your business or monetization model. Once you've successfully completed steps 1 through 3, it is the time to start generating dollars from your Web site. Sure, it takes more effort and time, but the investment in your site pays off in the long run. These steps involve a different type of writing for your websites -- what can be called Netwriting. Write to deliver what humans want -- information. Write for two audiences -- humans and search engine spiders. The Netwriting Masters Course is the first and only course that shows you how to get the who[...]

I've completed setting up my weblogs.

Sun, 11 Jan 2004 21:08:48 GMT

About two weeks ago, while working on one of my websites hosted by Site Build It!, I wanted to create a weblog for maintaining current information about telecommunications. While it is possible to create a weblog, of sorts, using Site Build It, it wasn't what I'd become accustomed to using Radio Userland or News Pro. I decided it was time to investigate the state of the art concerning RSS and syndication, and that led me to the newest version of Radio Userland and the replacement for News Pro, Coranto. Both are heavily invested in RSS and XML and it was time to do some updating and building of new infrastructure before I could make progress on my original goal. Now, I've installed Coranto on and I created a new weblog at I've updated some of the settings at I downloaded, installed, tested, and purchased a license for Radio Userland version 8. Now, I'm ready. At this point, I create my weblogs (also called blogs) using Radio Userland, which automatically uploads to John L. Dilbeck's Radio Weblog and to John Dilbeck's Ramblings. Then, it's a fairly quick procedure to copy the entries from my original Ramblings site to it's new host at where it's powered by Coranto, and to my blog at John Dilbeck's Ruminations. I'm running most of the entries concurrently on all of the weblogs, and I don't know if I'll continue doing that or if each will take a direction of its own in the future. Either way, the background work is completed. I have to add a few more pages to several sites where I'll use syndication via javascript to show portions of the blogs on pages that will be automatically updated with no extra effort on my part once they're in place. In a couple of months, I'll know how this is working and how well it suits my original desires. Now, it's time to turn my attention back to marketing and selling.

Make Your Net Auctions Sell! is now a free download

Mon, 05 Jan 2004 09:41:28 GMT

One of the continuing successes I've had is selling handcrafted pewter and silver jewelry for Arch Avary in my Dilbeck Metalsmithing eBay store. At the moment, all the items available are store items because the auctions ended earlier this morning and I haven't had a chance to relist them. Two out of four auctioned items sold this week. I also maintain his site at We don't make a huge number of sales, but they're fairly consistent. Over the next few months, I'm going to be helping several other artisans in western North Carolina sell their products on eBay. I intended to get it done months ago, but I'm still playing catch up. I originally got started with eBay after talking to my brother who was selling all kinds of drag racing memorabilia and being very successful at it. I looked around for resources, and found an ebook called Make Your Net Auctions Sell!, published by Ken Evoy. I paid the $30 for the ebook, immediately downloaded it, and studied what was presented. A few days later, I opened my eBay account and it's been active ever since. Recently, I learned that Make Your Net Auctions Sell! has been updated into what Ken calls one of his Masters Courses. His masters courses present quality, useful information, and he offers them free because he uses the opportunity to tell you about his outstanding service, Site Build It! Now, you can download a copy of Make Your Net Auctions Sell at no cost at: If you have any interest in auctioning your products on eBay or other sites, then you may want to make some time this winter to read this book. I recommend it highly.

Earning an Income with Affiliate Marketing

Sun, 04 Jan 2004 13:27:48 GMT

This morning, while following some discussions on the SFI discussion board, I read a message by an affiliate named Ann. I replied to her message, and then came back to and expanded it into an article about some of my thoughts on Earning an Income with Affiliate Marketing.