Thursday, May 28, 2009

Selling Wholesale Lists On E-Bay

Selling wholesale lists on eBay has proved to be very profitable for me in my eBay selling efforts. I specialise in identifying niches and creating wholesale lists to suit the needs of these niches. It's simple to create wholesale lists once you know how to do it.

Firstly, you need to join a wholesaler's directory. Once you have joined, decide on a topic to base your wholesale list. For example, DVD's or clothes or candles etc. Once you have decided, compile all the wholesale sources from the wholesale directory you joined related to the category you chose into a Microsoft Word document.

To find additional wholesalers you could do Google searches, compile website links from other wholesale lists and read reviews on related forums.

Let's say for your wholesale list subject you chose DVD's. Many sellers would be inclined to list their item with the auction title "The Ultimate DVD Wholesale List 2006". But that method doesn't work. Very few people search for the keyword, DVD, and even if that keyword was searched regularly, you would still be up against HUGE competition. You need to focus your marketing!

Choose a high profile newly released movie and include that in your auction title. For example, "The Da Vinci Code at Wholesale Prices" Many buyers will be looking to buy that product and would be desperate to find a way to save money somewhere along the lines. You could also put the auction title "The Da Vinci Code - 80% Off" but only if you have numerical data to prove it.

Constantly change the auction title to keep up with the new movies and use the eBay pulse to determine which movies are searched for the most. You can also use internet keyword research tools to determine the hottest movies out at that time.

Always feature your wholesale list auction for maximum exposure and play around with different auction titles. Featuring your wholesale list means you can get your auction listed in the search engines and you will attract a lot more traffic that way.

Once you have one wholesale list ready for sale, you can move onto creating another one. Link all of your wholesale lists together so if a customer buys your DVD wholesale list, they also have the option to buy your designer clothes wholesale list and after buying your designer clothes wholesale list they have the option to buy your candle wholesale list.
Hope that helps.........................................Ricky

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What Are Broadband Phones ?

Phones that use Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, are generally referred to as broadband phones. The major function of such phones is converting analog voice data into digital data so it can be transmitted over the Internet. The phones link to high-speed Internet connections via computers that enable voice communications. Broadband phones have transformed the Internet into a technology that can provide telephone calls for free by avoiding traditional phone service providers.

VoIP phone technology has the capability of changing the way people talk to one another around the world. VoIP service providers are growing by leaps and bounds, and major phone firms are establishing a presence in markets worldwide by offering calling plans that have bundled VoIP broadband phones with their other services. The Federal Communications Commission and other regulators around the world have started to investigate the new technology and study the impact and future risks associated with it.

The VoIP phone looks just like a traditional phone. While a regular phone connects to the wall socket with an RJ-11 connector, a broadband phone connects to a computer or router using an RJ-45 connector. All broadband phones come with software pre-loaded to handle IP calls. In a recent innovation, Wi-Fi VoIP broadband phones have become available. These phones can make calls via any Wi-Fi hotspot. VoIP can also use ATA sets, which are telephone-like boxes that connect to a computer and convert analog voice data to digital signals. VoIP can connect calls made from one computer to another computer as well. This means users only pay for the Internet connection and not for the call itself. VoIP phones are dedicated devices and can be used only for making calls using this technology, however. To get a taste of what is available in a VoIP phone, users can check out the latest version of Yahoo Messenger, which is voice-enabled. It can be used to make computer-to-computer calls, and it is very easy. Another place to check is

Long-distance callers may be making VoIP calls involuntarily using their VoIP phones and paying regular costs. This is because most phone firms around the world want to reduce their bandwidth by routing some calls through circuit switches to an IP gateway.

Experts predict that all the existing phone technology that currently uses circuit-switched networks will be replaced by packet-switching technology. VoIP offers financial and infrastructure efficiencies, costs less, and is more effective. Broadband phones are used by most corporations, and it only a matter of time before they are commonly used in individual households. VoIP phones can be used to call anywhere in the world that has a broadband Internet connection. VoIP firms offer rate plans similar to those of cell phone companies for individuals who want only VoIP broadband phones, usually $30 to $80 per month. Users can take their phones anywhere or use a laptop computer to make PC-to-PC calls.
Thats it....................Ricky

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pinging- What is it?

You’re a blogger and are constantly hearing about pinging. The thing is, you don't know what it is and what it can do for your blog. Well that's fine because a lot of bloggers don't quite understand pinging. In this article, I will explain what pinging is, how it helps your blog, and what the best pinging services are. After you've read this article, you'll know exactly how to use pinging to make your blog popular.

What is pinging?

When a blog is pinged, it essentially tells a web blog tracking system that the blog has been updated. Thus, pinging is the process of telling tracking services that a site has been updated.

So how does pinging work?

Well, a ping service scans regularly blogs for updates. Whenever there is a new update for a particular blog, that is reported back to the pinging service’s site. You can almost think of ping services being just like search engine spiders—both scan sites looking for information, and both report that information back to their specific site. The difference is, a ping service only reports back new blog posts.

Why is pinging useful for my blog?

Pinging, in effect, tells people that there is a new blog posting available. Those who are loyal followers of your blog will see the ping and want to visit your blog. Those who haven’t read your blog before will see the ping and perhaps think “hey, there’s a new blog I haven’t been to before, I think I’ll check it out”. Pinging helps to increase your traffic because it tells people when your blog is updated. Those who visit sites with pinging services will see this information in the form of a scroll on the left or right side, or top of the page. The scroll is usually in XML format and typically includes the title and URL of your blog, as well as the date and time of the update.

OK, so now I know what pinging is. Who offers pinging?

The answer is, there are several pinging services available which you can use to have your blog pinged. We’ll go over some of them right now. is probably the most well-known pinging service. monitors sites for updates and then pings whenever there is an update to report. Virtually every blog software is available to use Weblogs. Yahoo’s Another popular pinging service. This one is offered by Yahoo and has a built-in integration with movable type and other tools. One cool thing about this service is that it offers the ability to give out updates via Instant Messenging services like AOL and ICQ. It is a direct pinging service, so those who sign up for subscriptions to your blog will be sent an email anytime your blog is updated. Blogrolling allows its bloggers to manage their blogrolls(updates) through a web-based interface. Recently updated blogs are also highlighted on Blogrolling’s web site. Data is automatically retrieved from other sites like and every 5 minutes. Often times your blog is already being pinged by Blogrolling, so you might not have to sign up for it. Search on the site first for your URL before signing it up. Technorati Available at, Technorati is another service that pings blogs. It gets its data from a variety of places and is definitely a site you should go to for blog pinging. These are just 4 of the many different blog pinging services available. A quick search on Yahoo or Google will reveal many other possible blog pinging services to use for your blog. It is best to sign up for as many as you possibly can to ensure that your blog is well-pinged.
start pinging.......................................Ricky

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sniping Bargains on E-bay

After you have placed bids on a few things on eBay, the chances are good that, at one point or another, you will be beaten at the last minute by an eBay sniper. While this can be an extremely frustrating experience (and while its a reportable offense on eBay), the administration at eBay rarely acts on the report.

Unfortunately, there is only one way to beat the sniper: you need to become the sniper yourself. The great news, however, is that once you understand sniping, you can use these skills to win auctions at prices far lower than you would otherwise have thought possible.

Manual Sniping

Winning auctions through manual sniping is not very difficult. This is true especially if you have time to spare and a reasonably fast Internet connection. You must begin by writing down when each auction you are bidding on ends, and then make sure you are sitting in front of the computer at the bidding page at the last possible minute. In this position, you will be able to outbid the current winning bidder or defend your own winning bid.

It is important to remember that, for manual sniping, you must set your maximum bid very high. If you do not, you may be automatically outbid and the auction will have ended before you can bid again.

In addition, it is not possible to compete against someone who is using an automated sniping service. If the service is good, it will outbid you nearly every time. In the competitive world of online sniping, you will need to find a sniper of your own.

Automatic Sniping

Begin your search for an automated sniping service by typing the words, ebay sniping into your favorite search engine. You will find multiple online services that will snipe for you for a small fee. These services will often provide you with a free trial period, so it is worth giving it a try.

There is also software available that will do your sniping for you. Such software can be purchased online in programs like iSnipeIt or SnipeRight. The advantage to these programs is that you can pay for them once and use them for as long as you want. After you have installed the software on your computer, you will be able to enter which auctions you want sniped as well as the maximum amount you are willing to pay. The software will then place the bid you requested whenever there are only a few seconds left in the auction. The primary disadvantage of this type of system is that you will need to leave your computer on for much of the time so that you do not miss the end of your auctions.

A Sniping Alternative

If sniping in the ways described above seems too clandestine and unfair, there is another, less technical way to avoid sniping. You can simply email the seller and tell them that you were the victim of a last-minute sniper and really like the item. If the seller has another item to sell, they will often agree to sell it to you for the auction closing price.
try that........................................Ricky

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How To Make Your Blog Your Website

Thankfully creating your own website is not near as hard as it used to be. Anyone that can type can build a website in a very short time. There have been so many changes for the better.

But the biggest change has to be in starting your own blog. Today many webmasters have what I call blog websites. Their blog is their website.

Blog is short for web log. Blogs started off as a way for people to create an online diary. Bloggers would simply log on, tap out a paragraph or two giving their thoughts on life and the universe (and everything in between); click 'publish' and that was that. Their words were live on the Internet for anyone to see. The big appeal of a blog was that it was interactive: readers were welcome to add a comment on any post, with a link back to their own blog or website.

Gradually, bloggers started to want more. They wanted easy ways to upload photos, and extra pages on the site - just like a real website. They wanted a range of themes, to better express their personality or business.

Programmers everywhere came to the party, particularly with WordPress, a well-known open source. Now, if you want a website/blog, it's possible to:

* Sign up with a web host with CPanel for a low monthly fee

* Install WordPress with just a few clicks of the mouse, using Fantastico on your website's CPanel

* Either use one of the pre-installed themes, or browse the various themes available at WordPress (and on many other sites) to choose one that suits your personality or business

* Upload the theme you want to the wp_content folder, using a simple FTP program (such as WS_FTP or Cute FTP)

* Start posting your articles or comments

* Add extra pages to your site (if you want to)

Now that you can add separate pages to blogs - just as you can with a standard website - many people are turning to them as their preferred way of building a website. By using various plugins, it's possible to do pretty well anything you want.

- What Are Plugins? -

Plugins are extra features available for your blog to make your life easier. You can get plugins, for example, that will:

- help you block spam

- make it easy to upload and sort your photos

- ping the search engines so they know when you've added new content

- insert Adsense blocks so you can earn money from your blog

There are quite a number of plugins available now - take some time to find out what they will do.

- Help With Using Wordpress -

While Wordpress is not the only blog software available, it is an excellent choice because (a) it's free; (b) it's relatively easy to use; (c) it's open-source, and therefore has a lot of people working on it constantly to make it better, and (d) there are quite a few 'how to' sites on the Internet showing you how to make the most of your Wordpress blog.

One of them is Guido Stiehle ("The Jungle Marketer") who offers an excellent free tutorial (with video tutorials) that will show you, step by step, how to set up and use your blog. You can find other providers by simply typing 'how to use Wordpress' into a search engine.

If you will take a little time and do a search for blogs you will see how they are being used in various categories. This will give you some ideas that can help you start your own blog website as well.
Good luck..........................................Ricky

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

RSS - What is it?

If you have your own web site, or if you are a web designer, this article will be of interest to you. Web sites that are updated on a regular basis, such as news sites or content-driven web sites, can pose a problem for the user. It is cumbersome for the user to have to scan through every page of a web site in order to locate any new information that has been posted.

To solve this dilemma, RSS feeds were created. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. They are coded in XML file format. They contain descriptions of or links to any new information that has recently been posted on the web site. These may be links to articles, or links to certain pages of the web site where new content has been published. These feeds can be used for almost any purpose, such as listing recent company announcements for a company web site, or providing the scores for professional sporting events from the night before (RSS is used on a lot of sport-themed websites in this manner).

It is important to utilize RSS feeds not only to make it easier for the user to find new or updated information, but so that those who connect to the web site with a wireless device will easily be able to navigate through the web site. Web browsers installed on wireless devices are often not compatible with many elements of the HTML programming language. However, all web browsers are compatible with XML, because XML files are simple text files; XML merely defines and lists data, it does not force the browser to display it in a certain way. Thus, RSS Feeds, which are created with XML, can be viewed on any web browser, and can help the user to navigate through the web site, which is sometimes not possible with web sites created only with HTML.

RDF Site Summary was the first version of RSS. It was created by Dan Libby of Netscape in 1999. This version was known as 0.9. Later that same year, Libby combined 0.9 with an XML syndication format created by Dave Winer to create 0.91, which gave birth to the other versions that would follow it, such as 1.0 and 2.0.

One of the advantages of having an RSS feed is that if you have one, you can register it with an aggregator service. Aggregators search through feeds all over the net and display links to content on other sites so that webmasters can select content that is of interest to them and link to it on their website. This is a good way for webmasters to get sites to link to them, which is helpful because link popularity is perhaps the most important factor used to rank web sites on search engines. Also, some search engines will rank sites that have organized RSS feeds higher than sites that do not make use of them.

A feed is extremely simple to create. The syntax is not complicated. There are plenty of online tutorials that can teach you how to create one in only a few minutes. I recommend the World Wide Web Consortium web site (W3C). If you have a web site that contains a lot of content that is updated frequently, using RSS is not an option; it is a necessity.
Just think about it ...............................Ricky

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Niche Blogging- make cash ?

Are you into blogging? If you are not and if you are into online business, you are losing out on a lot of money that can be made. Blogging is not only the latest fad on the internet but also a large booming online business. Everybody seems to be blogging now-a-days, including the young and not the very young.

Blogging has really sky rocketed as an online business, especially because of the fun element in it. Many people now-a-days are making a living out of blogging, yes, just blogging, believe it or not! There is no reason why you should miss out on it. It's easy, it's fun and the best part, it earns money for you without taking too much of your time. Imagine, you can just spend about 30-60 minutes a day making blog entries and use the rest of the time to d what you have always wanted, like pursuing your hobbies, looking after the family or just plain having fun..! It's as easy as ABC, only you have to learn how blogging works and what Niche Blogging is all about.

Blogging Vs Niche Blogging. Blogging is more fun oriented while Niche blogging is where the money is. How it works: All you need to do is a little research and find out what's new and popular these days. Second step is to setup a blog. Third, find some products, as per your research to market on your blog. Now, regularly write at least one blog entry everyday to market your blog, and run to the bank to collect the money. Its sounds very simple and believe me it is.

Although the beginning requires a little work and lot of thought, niche blogging is very simple once you get used to it. The thought process is to finalize what your niche would be. The niche you select should be as unique as possible, not possible, I understand since there are already a few million blogs run by a few million people out there on the internet. The uniqueness can be in selecting the niche or it should become apparent in the information or content you put on your blog, so that you are one up on the competition blogging in the same niche as you are.

The hardest part is your thought process is finding your niche. I can help you to can start off by finding the most popular keywords, use the search engines and search for the keyword+"blog" or "RSS". You can estimate the number of blogs, now try to think and find out if you can make use of these keywords to create your niche blog and compete? If you think you can, you are there, otherwise keep searching until you find a niche for yourself.

Please make sure the niche suits your interests, we really do not want you to lose interest half way, do we? In finding a niche blog that suits your interests, you may come across a million similar blogs. Many of these blogs would have a huge following depending upon the popularity of the niche topic you choose, in which case you can still make the blog unique enough to compete and make money.

The process of setting up the blog is very simple. Most web hosting accounts that are available today come with blogging scripts. These scripts are easy to install and can be done in a few minutes, using the control panel. The domain name you need can be ordered along with the web hosting account. If you think you are not technically competent to do the blog install and tweaking, you can hire a professional to do it for you. Installing a blog is basically a simple process where you need to choose the color schemes and affiliate ads.

The regular work of putting up blog entries is very easy, you are ready to jump on to the niche blogging bandwagon and ride to your bank.

Thats all................................................Ricky

Friday, May 1, 2009

C-Panel- and why you need it !

For those not familiar with some of the terminology associated with doing business on the internet and with web hosting in particular, the tem “cpanel” may be unknown. When you get a web hosting package from a company it will come with a control panel to enable you to manage and maintain your domains and their respective files, cpanel is one of these control panel options and in the opinion of most professional internet marketers, it is also the one favored.

One of the most important issues when dealing with managing your domains is the ease with which that is accomplished, cpanel fits the bill for this. As a web based administrative control panel, cpanel makes it easier to manage all of your domain names and files associated with them from a central location. Cpanel also gives you access to important features like website statistics
such as web stats, FTP stats, AWstats, latest visitors, bandwidth usage, and even breaks it down to what country the visitors are in and gives you the functionality of FTP to upload and download files to your sites. The web hosting control panel within cpanel was designed with the end user in mind and is probably the most user friendly on the market today.

From your control panel you can manage functions such as account or site creation, domain redirects, and more. Cpanel also gives you the ability to manage your email addresses and gives you autoresponders and mail forwarding to help you with your business and even includes additional features like spam filitering and webmail so that you can check your email from any computer on the planet.

From your cpanel web hosting control panel you can build and edit web pages and manage your Microsoft Frontpage password plus make changes to the Apache handlers and manage options such as search engine submission. You can also set Cron jobs from there which for those unfamiliar with the term, is a way to set up automated tasks to take place at a particular time schedule.

Another great feature that is possible with cpanel is the ability to activate and use the pre-installed CGI scripts such as forums, chats, shopping arts, and website development tools. One of my favorite features with cpanel is Fantastico which allows for one step installation of Content Management Systems such as Mambo, Joomla, and the ever popular Wordpress blogging platform which I use for the majority of my websites. Having cpanel with the Fantastico enabled makes my life a lot easier and helps me to get my work done much more quickly. I am sure you will find cpanel to be the same for you.
All for now........................................Ricky