Blogs are FUN and FREE ways to develop relationships with peers and potential customers AND advertise your business at the same time.

Blogs are FUN and FREE ways to develop relationships with peers and potential customers AND advertise your business at the same time.

In my opinion, reading/writing a blog post is entirely different from the social interaction that you maintain on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Blogs should be more like a newspaper article! (Or a press release.) You should be giving your readers something of value, not chatting socially.

For example:

A.) If you deal in coins/currency… what is the history of some of your most popular wares? The current value? What’s trending? Where are the shows that you plan on attending and why? etc.

B.) If you are a crafter… what is your latest project? Do you have a craft that you would be willing to share instructions for? What are your favorite materials? etc.

C.) If you sell electronics… again, what are the latest new gadgets and why are they important to have? What makes Brand “A” better than Brand “B”? What are some tips for use? etc

D.) If you sell glassware… how do you spot a real from a fake? What’s the history of a specific manufacturer? Explain some of the common terms… etc.

You get the idea! Take your chosen field and answer questions, or solve a problem, or share ideas and knowledge. All of this will lead to people following you who (eventually) will think you are either an expert in your field or are, at the very least, very entertaining. Wink

You can link back to individual items or your storefront in your post. You can put items or a store link on the sidebar. (The sidebar is also a great place for links to your Twitter / Facebook / other contact sites.)

Blogs are VERY customizable, meaning, you can add or omit as much info about yourself, your interests and your products as you like.

One great story… in the past we enjoyed a lady who sold books. She also loved creative writing, and boy, was she good at it! So her blog posts were mainly creative writing pieces. She grew her followers list to an amazing number and do you know what? All those people saw/used the links to her store and an occasional product or two. She’s retired now, but I sure appreciated having her on my blog roll. Very Happy

Anyway, here are the two most popular free sites to open a blog:
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And guess what? If you open a personal blog, you can write about whatever you like, whenever you like! But I will caution you… controversial topics might get a lot of attention, but taking sides can alienate people, so be careful if you are advertising your store on the same page. Know what I mean? Rolling Eyes

If anyone is interested in joining, just shoot me an omail. We’ll set you up and even give you a tutorial, if needed.


SCORE 4 AND EXPOSE YOUR STORE#sellingatauction


We’ve done a lot of talking and teaching about proper SEO (Search Engine Optimization), but it still seems to be lost in translation. I think that this method may be easier for some of you to understand and put to practical use.
SEO Spiders are the ‘word of mouth’ to the internet search engines. If the spiders like it, the search engines will use it. It’s that simple. In order to attract them and satisfy them in their quest for food (your listings), there are certain easy but necessary things you could and should be doing. I’ve always used the word ‘matches’ but this morning, Rowan used the word ‘score’. I like it better, so let’s try an explanation using ‘score’ instead of ‘matches’ in regards to SEO.


SEO is something that YOU do. It is completely in your power to get better results for your items in the search engines, including BING, Google, Yahoo, etc. Spiders read top to bottom and left to right, beginning at the top of your listing, which is the title. Here are the 4 things you should be doing to get the optimization you want and need.

1. TITLE. Search engine spiders read the same way you and I do… left to right, top to bottom. The spiders use the words in your title in the order you give them, which is to say that they don’t ‘seek out’ just the key words, they figure the important words are those you use first. You should put what you are selling, minus the fancies like ‘unique’ ‘vintage’ ‘L@@k’ etc. first. You want to use the words your customer will be searching for (after all, you aren’t selling to yourself) in the order of relevance. “Big Dog 24 oz Mug” is better than “L@@K!!! Big Dog 24 oz Mug!!!” because no one searches using the word L@@k or the exclamation points. So take out those exclamation points, hyphens, and other characters that are hurting your listing, start listing by relevant content and Score 1 Point.

2. SUBTITLE. Search Engine Spiders look for relevant content in the subtitle, the same as they look for it in the title. Using the exact or almost exact words as you have in the title (remember they’re reading left to right, the same as you and I and they’re looking for relevant content), so if they find the same relevant content, they see a second SCORE… Score 1 Point for a total of 2 points now.

3. LISTING. This is where you SELL the item, but first you want to make sure the spiders find the relevant content. Use your title for the title IN the listing to Score 1 Point for a total of 3 points now.

4. PICTURES. When you load your photos from your camera to your computer or to your photo hosting network, name your photos by using your title. This will Score 1 Point and give you a perfect score of 4.


If your SEO habits are technically sound, you should be getting pretty good optimization without doing a whole lot more, but who wants mediocre results when you can have great results? We all know it’s a good idea to use the social media avenues available like OLA Share (in your listings), blogging, Twitter, discussion groups, radio chat, site forum chat, etc. BUT if you haven’t used good SEO habits, like scoring at least a 3 using the above guidelines (the first 3 are imperative to your exposure on the internet)… if you’ve not followed the guidelines, the spiders (whom you’re looking to please) are not going to pick you up as easily. It’s like junk to them… and no matter where you put the info (Twitter, blogs, etc.) it will basically be Junk In Junk Out to the spiders and they won’t probably won’t pick it up from any of the other medias either. On the other hand, score a perfect 4, and every where you put your listing (FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, blogs, discussion and chat forums, etc.) and you double your SEO!!! That’s right!!! For each back link you create, your exposure climbs! So look at it like a disease, if it’s bad to begin with, you’re multiplying bad results… whereas if you are using the guidelines above, scoring a perfect 4, you are multiplying great habits into greater results.

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How to take a good photo #photosonlineauctioncom

Charity auction at all proceeds will go to the families of the fallen Prescott-area hotshots.

donateforthecauseAll proceeds will go to the families of the fallen Prescott-area hotshots.

This is a charity auction fundraiser to benefit the families of nineteen fallen Prescott Arizona firefighters who perished in the line of duty on June 30. 100% of the fallenfirefighter auction sales will be donated to this charity. The auctions listed are donations! The sellers also have donated the shipping fees. If you have questions about the following auctions call 800-900-2828. You can also donate your own items to this charity auction!

Classic_Chloe is store of the month at

classicChloeClassic_Chloe is store of the month at
Classic_Chloe sells a variety of items check out her listings! 🙂
Everything Else
Fraternal Items
Furniture, Appliances, & Fans
Glass – Depression
Historical Memorabilia
Holiday, Seasonal
Home & Garden
Jewelry & Watches
Jewelry & Watches
Kitchen Collectibles
Pottery & Glass
Pottery & Glass
Toys & Hobbies
Vanity Items
Worlds Fair
And yes that is President Bill Clinton!

Team OLA !

You can pay monthly $8.00. You do not have to pay the $96.00 up front for the whole year. For the $8.00 a month you can list up to 8,000 items, no other listing fees, no final value fees and no relisting fees and you can click on auto relist and if it does not sell you have to do nothing as it auto relist. The only way you will spend more money is if you want to feature an item.

I hope you decide to join us and I welcome you to OLA. I love it here after 11 yrs on ebay this is very refreshing to be able to keep every penny you earn and have so many people in the chat section to help others if they have a problem or need instructions on anything. No selfish sellers here as they want us all to succeed.

If you have anyother question call 1-800-900-2828 and if you get the leave a message be sure to leave your phone number and someone will get back to you more than likely the same day depending on where you live and their hours. seller Chatey Cathey

Home, Home on the Range! Secluded, 49-acre horse farm located in the Saginaw V

Secluded, 49-acre horse farm located in the Saginaw Valley
Near Federal & State Game Reserves, just 1 mile from the Tittabawasee River, reputed to have the best Walleye fishing in America. Acres of outstanding private deer, turkey, geese and small game hunting. Includes blind, private pond stocked with Large Mouth Bass. Forty acres, fenced, rich, tiled, land used for truck farming. Private 600 foot, tree lined limited access drive supports privacy, all located on old coal mining property. Grand fathered in a commercial zoned area. This property features endless possibilities like a Bed & Breakfast, Dude Ranch, Hunting Camp, Hideaway, or Private living.

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