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Ut’ Oh eBay… Google enters eCommerce – Best Match or Best Darn Search – You decide

Why oh Why eBay, did you not think of That! Hmmmm – maybe eBay can sign up for Google Commerce Search and scrap this whole “finding” experiment… Maybe with Google Merchant Center Search installed on eBay.com, the term Best Match might actually mean that the best product matching the search terms entered will be presented.

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Thanks to LinkedIn, I learned what an Ass Hat Award is… from the Daily Blonde

No matter what business you are in, no matter what you sell, no matter who you work for or if you are an attorney or a broker or a architect or a ditch digger – there are people out there that want to know what you know and they will find the information you publish – if you leave enough “clues” to follow.

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Pitchmen – Can eCommerce Merchants learn from BILLY MAYS and Anthony Sullivan ?

Billy Mays may yell louder than you like and Anthony Sullivan may not be a household name, but we can learn from the many years of experience of these two pitchmen. Refining your selection of products to sell, knowing the magic price point number of your audience, explaining the product in a way that takes no effort for the buyer to understand and showing the problem the product solves immediately and demonstrably… are all key to improving your bottom line.

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Auctiva Auctiva – Why all the drama? It’s a Mad Mad Mad eBay World!

This last week has been a maelstrom of attacks upon the management team and CEO of Auctiva. From bloggers and journalists to customers and competitors – it seems everyone felt that Auctiva had somehow ripped them off or personally attacked the eBay world by actually proposing to charge for services.

Sure – the fee structure could end up costing a pretty penny but it was not unlike several other paid software plans.

Many good quality eBay listing platforms such as InkFrog, Vendio, and MerchantRun-Globallink charge for their services and does anyone in the room think that Channel Advisor or Infopia will offer a free software or eBay listing services any time soon?

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New Direction, Future for All Business Auctions – Reviews Anyone?

These changes have left me with a quandary about what to do with the All Business Auctions name and the two sites associated with it. The blog has experienced good traffic from the start and has been linked to from sites around the Internet. As anyone who has studied how WordPress blogs bring in organic traffic knows, the regular addition of content is key to maintaining a healthy blog. What to write about when eBay is no longer the focus for the brand All Business Auctions? It has been a quandary only accentuated by the expansion of iBusinessLogic and the client work we have been blessed with since changing our focus.

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Meetup.com – Getting Together – Business and Social Networking – Locally

No one would argue that as a civilization we as humans have evolved. From pre-historic times when humans huddled together in small groups to survive the rigors of the natural elements they lived within, to the days of vast nation states that massed the will of their people into one awe inspiring force. Social networks of all kinds have been at the core of the human experience.

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Bonanzle Nearly at 50,000 Users – Poll – Service, Selection, Simplicity or Price?

I logged into my Bonanzle.com account today and proceeded to the My Bonanzle home page.  This is the central hub for all Bonanzle users, buyer or seller and serves as a control panel/information resource.  Today I noticed one interesting update: This site currently has 49096 users This seems like a momentous amount of users and […]

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Vzaar Video for Business Video for eBay Video for Marketing – It’s Just Vzaar!

Vzaar is an easy to use, easy to utilize and effective video embed marketing tool. A tool that allows the merchant the ability to keep his/her viewer interested in in his or her product and not go wandering off into the video surfing darkness.

Vzaar is cost effective, easy to setup and allows eBay sellers to embed videos in hundreds of live eBay listings with a click of a button.

Vzaar is worth a try – take a look at the videos in the sidebar here on the Trading Assistant Journal to see how people use Vzaar to sell Guitars or to see how easy it is to setup. What have you got to lose when the initial cost is zero and the upside is you could start engaging your customers like never before!

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Twitter Tool for Business – Twitter Tools for You – How I use Twitter and Why You Should Too

Twitter is now mainstream and big time, if you have not heard of Twitter yet you must have been hiding in some deep dark cavern. Oprah Winfry, Regis Philbin and Ellen DeGeneris are all talking about Twitter. Nearly every local television news department in the USA has a dedicated Twitter specialist and all your friends with iPhones or Blackberrys are using it, but what the heck is it and how does it help your life or business?

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Dead Reckoning – Navigation Technique or Sound Business Planning ?

In any journey, especially those that last as long as it takes to build a profitable business, conditions change. On a voyage it could be the weather, or the current or a torn sail. In business it could be interest rates or the economy or in the case of a lot of my readers… someone like eBay changing their business plan and effecting your journey. Strong navigators, captains and business owners all have the ability to adjust to new and more difficult situations within the span of a single journey. They know that nothing ever remains the same and are prepared to adapt to endure and to overcome.

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Payment Solutions Poll – Merchant Accounts – Credit Card Processing – What Puts Cash In Your Wallet?

What credit card processor should I use?, What are the rates? What is the best for online payments? What merchant account is the easiest to integrate with my shopping cart?
or… What shopping cart do I need to easily integrate a payment system? What merchant accounts accomodate recurring billing or subscription payments?

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Bonanzle Action Club Controversy – Evil Empire or Just Grass Roots Social Marketing

Bonanzle is a very interesting and ever expanding marketplace that has piqued mine and several thousand other peoples interest. The entire massive and ever expanding groundswell of acceptance has not come from 50 people repeating the same comments (something I have a problem with – please be original BAC members i.e. paraphrase your comments please) on several blogs. The interest has come both from within and from outside the community. The BAC members are simply reaching outside the site to make the site known to those who have never been exposed. From there the decision is completely in the consumers hands, try Bonanzle or not – it is up to the potential member. The BAC does nothing to trick or deceive people into trying the site.

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How many eCommerce Platforms?

How many of you are trying new and interesting channels such as Etsy, Bonanzle, Online Auction, Dawdle, or any of the others which have popped up in the last 12 months? Conversely, how many are sticking just with eBay or your own ecommerce shopping cart website?

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eBay Third Party Providers Experiencing Fall Out? Frooition Loses Managing Director

While riding the gravy train of eBay can be a sound business decicion (at least many of us thought it was), the hard crash at the end of the tracks can be just as abrupt. Other have noted that eBay may be on a uncontrollable death spiral (i.e. Scot Wingo) into the abyss that some great companies (AOL) fall into.

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eBay and Beyond Basics to Business – Internet Radio Tradition

Tomorrows 2nd anniversary eBay and Beyond show will be broadcast on TalkShoe and Ustream with Live video. It promises to be an extravaganza of unmatched excitement. I understand there will be a bevy of prizes for the listeners, including several brought to the table by yours truly… including a Website development package for one lucky winner including 6 months of free hosting.

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Traffic Test – NFL SUPERBOWL 2009 Championship 4 Club Level Tickets & 5 Nights in BEACH HOUSE – EBAY or BONANZLE ?

We have not done a head to head comparison like this in awhile… The idea is simple, basically we list the same exact item on two eCommerce platforms to see which gets the most traffic. Ultimately the test is who or where will the item sell the item first?

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Chicken Little is Alive and Well – eBay Stores Fear Mongering/Marketing

Do your own evaluation, check the facts, run your own business. Don’t let an unsolicited email from a supposedly reputable source cause you to make a quick decision. In the case of the eBay Stores Experience announcement, call your present designer or developer or call eBay before you jump into the unscrupulous fear mongering marketing spin of doubt and distrust.

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My Mistake – eBay Me Page Allows Links – Kompolt, Carroll Shelby & Restoration Hardware – My Apologies

I apologize to eBay, to Kompolt, to Restoration Hardware and to Mr. Carrol Shelby. I think everyone can see the tone of my earlier post that I have nothing but the most sincere respect for the good work these people and organizations do with charites and good causes. My only hope is that my little article possibly drove more traffic to the site so that the bids on that fine automobile can exceed expectations and the foundation the monies will benefit can see good things happen with the funds.

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Bonanzle Sellers Holiday Wishlist – Buyers Buyers Buyers

Bonanzle is an great tool for Internet sales of tangible and intangible items. The site can not be compared with eBay because it is not similar in any way other than a very fast start. If fact, I would wager that if the growth curve of eBay from day one was compared with Bonanzle’s meteoric rise in these last several months, eBay may not come out the winner.

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