Saturday, September 20, 2014

Don't Panic If an Ad Gets Old

Sometimes we take on too much work, don't we?

I do. I plan on doing x, y and z but only x and z get done and it can be weeks or months before I get around to y.

This was a situation that I found myself in last week. I have several blogs, some of my more popular blogs had a lot of traffic but the quieter ones, well were getting lost on the do it list.

Suddenly one article on a quiet list got several hundred visits in  one week. An advertisement on that blog which is an automatically updated ad from amazon suddenly seemed popular too.

The ad server had been linked to the blog for over two years and had only two clicks in that time. Suddenly when this post went popular I had several clicks on the advertisement which showed some expensive Digital SLR cameras, in a week three cameras were sold from that link. OK three sales from an ad that was about two years old was not a lot over the length of time, but it was three clicks and sales.

The products in the ad space were the latest items, the ad space had been set up with the amazon wizard to show new products. So the space never got really stale.

So whenever setting up ad space on a blog or website. consider using the ad wizard which will update automatically with new items rather than showing the same item and having to swap out regularly.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Low Cost Borrowing From the Crowd

Over recent years there has been a number of ways to get money from crowd sourcing and micro-investors.

The aim of crowd sourcing is to  gather together people who are willing to lend small amounts of cash to borrowers.

Borrowers can borrow for various reasons; setting up a small business, consolidating credit card debt or borrowingg at low interest rates to fund a car purchase or make home improvements.

I recently found a new source of income from lending with a company called Lending Club a San Francisco based organization which brings together lenders and borrowers to fund loans by issuing notes of a minimum of $25.

To read more go to my Investore Blog and read the article  Lending to Invest

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Zazzle Store to Look At

While I was looking around on the other day I came across this great example of what you can do with the store functions.

Take a look at this great store and see what fun you can have creating products.

Cute N Comfy Online Gift Shop

Or Urban Vibes 

Urban Vibes Mug
Urban Vibes Mug by Urban_Vibes
Create unique custom cups at Zazzle.

What has been Happening?

Over recent months I have been expanding my online businesses.

My online bookstore, Bretsuki's Books, at marketplace has been pretty successful.  Turning over sevel hundred books in the first six months of business and the business is still growing.

I have also been continuing to create products for my stores. The biggest of these stores, *, has increased sales over 250% in the last year, March 1, 2013 until March 1, 2014.
My biggest surprise with my stores is the numbers of International sales. a full 60% of my sales in the last seven months have been from Europe, mostly Germany and closely followed by the United Kingdom.

The major seller has been with items using products bearing what you may consider United States icons, the U.S. flag and Uncle Sam have been very popular.