The leaves are turning red and gold and it's time toget ready for the Holiday Rush!

This month I've included a few more tools you can use for free to help spruce up your ads. It's important to make your advertising stand out from the rest. Especially if you are competing with lots of other sellers at online auction sites like eBay.

You can edit your photos by removing any background clutter or maybe just add some color to the text and background of your ad?

If displaying a Gallery Photo in your eBay listing, try adding a red framed outline with a closeup shot of your image. You can add a different image than used in the ad listing to make your listing stand out from the rest!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,
Coach Danny


- Find, edit and share your photos the easy way
- Create professional-looking listings
- Create your own web pages & auction descriptions
- Ready to become your own publisher?
- UPS Rate Change Takes Effect December 31, 2007

We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.
-William Barclay


Picasa Image Editor

Find, edit and share your photos the easy way.

Picasa is a free software download from Google that
helps you:

- Locate and organize all the photos on your computer.
- Edit and add effects to your photos with a few
simple clicks.
- Share your photos with others through email, prints
and on the web: it’s fast, easy and free.

Download Picasa here.


List multiple items and upload to eBay in bulk!

eBay's Turbo Lister is a FREE listing tool to help you create professional-looking listings, as well as upload and edit items in bulk.

Try the latest version of Turbo Lister that makes listing on eBay easier than ever.

- Easy bulk listing and editing capability
- Search tools to find items fast
- Toolbar and special views for better control of your listings



Google's Page Creator for Auction Description

Create your own web pages, quickly and easily.
Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it
easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive
web pages in just minutes.

- No technical knowledge required.
Build high-quality web pages without having to learn HTML
or use complex software.
- What you see is what you'll get.
Edit your pages right in your browser, seeing exactly how
your finished product will look every step along the way.
- Don't worry about hosting.
Your web pages will live on your own site at
- Sign in to Google Page Creator with your
Google eMail Account.

Google Page Creator

No Gmail Account? Sign up

View my sample Auction Ad Template here.
(Left-Click your mouse and Save Target As... to download as text file.)

Starting A Blog

Ready to become your own publisher?

In last month's newsletter we discussed why you might want
to start a blog. Listed here are some various resources where
you can go and start your own blog with various options
available to choose from.

These blogging sites can help you make your mark on the Web.

AOL Journals:
You don't have to be an AOL subscriber to use AOL's blogging
service, AOL Journals. You only need to register and walk
through a quick creation process for a basic blog. AOL
Journals may suit AOL instant messaging users especially
well, since you can post blog entries via AIM.

On the downside, AOL runs banner ads along the top of your
blog, and the look of the blog isn't highly customizable.
So while it's acceptable for, say, family blogs, AOL
Journals is not a smart choice for a small business owner.

AskJeeves Bloglines:
If you can't get enough of reading other people's blogs,
check out Bloglines. This free news aggregator service
delivers a customized news page that you design. You
choose a group of blogs to which you'll subscribe, then
Bloglines grabs content from them when it's updated.
You can use Bloglines for any news offered via RSS
(Really Simple Syndication), an option you'll see at most
major news sites and many blogs.

You'll also find a blog-creation tool here, for sharing
blog clips with friends, but it isn't very intuitive.

Run by search-engine king Google, Blogger.com helps you
step through creating and publishing a blog in just a
few minutes. You can't beat the price: It's free. And
you'll find good-looking design options and cool features
like AudioBlogger, which lets you call in by phone to
leave a message that's posted on your blog in MP3 format.

Blogger has new features including a photo Slideshow and
a Poll option by Adding Page Elements. You can also make
a Blogger publicly available as anonymous, to Gmail users
only, or to registered Blooger users only.

On the downside, you can't password-protect your blog using
this service. Still, Blogger.com is a good way to try on
blogging for size.

LiveJournal is an open-source blogging service that's free
to join but costs $25 a year to enjoy some of the most
high-end features, such as embedded polls and surveys,
custom themes, online photo storage, and phone posting.
When you pay, you can also receive new posts via e-mail or
text message.

The service--which was recently acquired by Six Apart,
the company that brings you TypePad (see below)
--is very community-oriented. You can aggregate your
friends' most recent blog posts in one place or create
a community blog where several people with shared
interests can post on a certain topic.

MSN Spaces:
MSN's free blogging service offers a bit more flexibility
than Blogger.com. MSN Spaces boasts a quick setup process,
good templates, and easy-to-use editing tools, plus the
ability to post entries via cell phone. You can also share
music playlists with friends. And you can make an MSN Space
blog publicly available to everyone, to a small group of
people, or to no one.

The TypePad service isn't free, but it's a good value,
starting at $4.95 per month for a personal weblog with
one author. (PC World named it Best Blogging Tool in
the magazine's 2005 World Class Awards.) TypePad offers
a really understandable interface, classy templates,
and a text editor that makes it simple to jazz up the
look of your blog.

TypePad also expertly guides you through tasks such as
password protecting blogs, sharing online photo albums
and setting up pages that blend text, photos, video and
audio using the company's unique Mixed Media templates.
All in all, TypePad will make your blog more
sophisticated, for a reasonable price.

Yahoo 360:
Yahoo's free service, still in beta testing, shows users
how to write and publish blogs, as well as share content
like music, post pictures, all while keeping control
over who can visit the site.

UPS Rate Change Takes Effect December 31, 2007

Hi everyone. This is Kristina Klausen from eBay's Shipping
team. I would like to remind buyers and sellers that UPS
rates will be changing effective Monday, December 31, 2007.

The new rates will be reflected in the eBay Shipping
Calculator and the PayPal Label Printing Solution early in
the morning, December 31, 2007.

Sellers who are listing items with UPS shipping services
that are expected to ship on or after Monday, December 31,
2007 should take the rate change into account at the time of
the listing.

Further information about the rate change is available at

Kristina Klausen
eBay Shipping Team


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