Monthly Archives: July 2008

Bonanzle: The Best eBay Alternative We’ve Seen

This snappy, start-up company created an online marketplace that’s easy to use, affordable and includes awesome online selling tools. In fact, it’s the best eBay alternative we’ve seen yet.

One of the biggest problems that we find on many of the smaller alternative sites, and even on the big sites including eBay itself, is that in their attempt to be so feature-rich, they actually make listing items a chore for experienced sellers and for novices the task can be rather overwhelming.

As a seller, I know I am not alone in my frustration. From having to go through seven or more screens just to select an item category, to doing just as much work to create my own storefront category names (not to mention copying HTML templates from one Web site to another), listing online for the small, average seller is becoming more complex and awkward and you need to invest far too much time in the actual listing process.

During an interview with, the site’s founder, Bill Harding, summed up the heart of’s philosophy when he said, “Do we really need five or more screens to list a single item?”

Bonanzle: The Best eBay Alternative We’ve Seen
By Vangie Beal, July 30, 2008

Five SEO Tips for Better Search Engine Results

Jill Whalen, CEO and founder of High Rankings shares five on-page tactics that professional SEO companies use to drive the most targeted search engine traffic possible to their clients’ Web sites.

“Choose which keyword phrases belong on which pages. Armed with your researched keyword phrase lists, go through the key pages of your site and choose three to six phrases that apply to each page. Many people believe they should optimize each page for only one keyword phrase, but nothing reads as poorly as a page that has only one keyword phrase as its focus.

Ideally, you’ll want to use different sets of keywords for each page, but some overlap is fine. Avoid targeting any one keyword phrase on every page of your site — you gain no advantage in doing so. After all, the search engines will only show two pages at most from your site for any search query, so the idea is to show up for as many different phrases as possible. This works out nicely as no two people search in the same manner. You may use certain words to describe your product, but your prospects may use very different ones. “

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Cross-Network IM Conferencing with Persistent.IM

SHAPE Services, known for its IM+ brand of mobile clients, bridges the gap between IM networks with an easy-to- use, cross-network conferencing platform.

Users can create a user account on the site that lets them establish live (or persistent) IM conferences that shows up as a buddy or friend on the invited participants IM contact list. As the conference progresses, for example, when a participant writes a message, will deliver the message to all online participants and any offline participants will receive the message when they log into their IM service.

Khais said that is ideal for those who need to collaborate, but are geographically separated. “When you are in a conference, not all participants need to be online for activity, so if you have conference participants in radically different time zones, they will still receive all the sent messages and status information for the conference.”

Cross-Network IM Conferencing with Persistent.IM
July 29, 2008, By Vangie Beal

Nifty Tech Terms You Can Use #7: anticipointment

Here is another fun technical-oriented term you can use when blogging or writing. With this one, however, you will need to add some clarification to ensure your readers do not think you are making one heck of a typo.

Anticipointment is a slang term that is used to describe the merging of the two words anticipation and disappointment. In tech terms, it is used to describe those who are eagerly anticipating the price drop on technology products to make them affordable, but at the same time are disappointed knowing a better product is on the horizon. You may be highly anticipating the purchase, but are disappointed at the same time because something better will be out soon. Y

One could use the word anticipointment to describe how you feel about the Apple iPhone 3G. Currently the retail price is high, and you may have decided to delay the purchase until the price drops a bit. The problem however, is knowing that if you wait to buy it, you’ll own the Apple 3G just in time for all your friends to rush out and buy the next version, leaving you far behind the crowd of early adopters. The same holds true in the crazy word of video cards. There could be a new game out, and you might start saving up to purchase a new kick-butt video card. By the time you have enough saved to make the purchase, however, you are already seeing news headlines announcing the company’s newer, and better video card product.

An example; “After having read the rumors of a new Nvidia gamer card scheduled for a Fall release, Fred was filled with anticipointment as he left the store with his new GeForce GTX 280 in hand.”

The “Tech Terms” link on my blog lists all the nifty tech terms I have covered so far. Feel free to suggest a good tech term to discuss in a future post by adding your comments. Definitions added to each blog post is courtesy of

RedAntenna’s Widget and Marketing Helps Artists Sell Online

RedAntenna offers musicians, artists and affiliates a new way to cash in on digital content sales.

“Artists looking for a new way to distribute their videos, music tracks, and soon, games and digital photos, have a new way to promote their media and sell their digital goods online.

RedAntenna is a new company offering services specifically targeted for musicians, independent filmmakers, and other artists looking to sell their creative content online without a label. The firm’s proprietary ShopLet Widget lets you set your own price for your own content, while taking a straight seven percent cut of the sale, leaving the remaining profit for you and affiliate Webmasters.”

RedAntenna’s Widget and Marketing Helps Artists Sell Online
By Vangie Beal, July 24, 2008

Create Your Own RSS Feed – Part II has updated with Part II of the Quick Reference guide to helping you create your own RSS feed. Part I : How to Create an RSS Feed offered instructions for creating a basic RSS document, and talks about what RSS is, required elements, and feed validation. Part II: “Optional RSS Elements <‘tags’>, Syndication and More” covers things like optional elements, feed editors, syndication and other RSS topics.

“Last week we discussed RSS, the acronym used to describe the de facto standard for syndicating Web content, and we provided step-by-step instructions to help you create your own basic RSS feed using the required elements (“tags”). This week we’ll discuss some of the non required (optional) channel and item tags, discuss RSS specifications a little more in-depth, and also look at feed syndication and aggregators.

In creating our first RSS feed, we used only the basic required tags needed to create a working RSS document (also called an RSS feed). These elements, as defined by the RSS 2.0 specification, are called channel elements and the required <channel> elements include <title>, <link>, and <description>.  When creating an RSS document you can also use other optional <channel> sub-elements like <language>, <copyright>, <managingEditor>, <webMaster>, <generator>, <pubDate>, and others, as defined in the RSS 2.0 Specification.”

Part I : How to Create an RSS Feed
By Vangie Beal, July 17, 2008

Part II: Optional RSS Elements <‘tags’>, Syndication and More
By Vangie Beal, Last updated: July 23, 2008

eBay Watch: Safe Shop Search, on Tap


This week in eBay and online selling news: Security firm offers tool that vets e-tailers during search process, uBid announces fixed-price site to launch next month and iPhones continue to ring the virtual cash register.

“Much like the first incarnation of the Apple iPhone, and other hotly pursued consumer electronics, eBay sellers are cashing in on iPhone 3G eBay sales. Seller Dre101685, who offered a set of three black 8GB iPhone 3Gs found the auction bid up to over $2,000 this week. Kosmos247’s lot of four white 16GB iPhone 3Gs was also bid beyond the $2,000 mark.

Despite the high dollar sales on the iPhone, eBay Pulse data still shows “iPhone” as the fifth most popular search on the site. Topping the iPhone as the most popular search is Wii, iPod, Xbox 360 and Coach. On the Canadian Web site, iPhone is currently the third most popular search with Xbox 360 and iPod taking the number one and two spots. For the UK eBay site, eBay pulse tracks the top four searches terms as Wii, followed by Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PSP.”

eBay Watch: Safe Shop Search, on Tap
By Vangie Beal, July 23, 2008