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Daily Success Keys from Dr. Robb Thompson
I have been subscribed to Dr. Thompson's "Daily Success Keys" for a some time now and I highly recommend his daily readings to anyone who might be interested in progressing in their day-today lives. Here is today's message to give you a sample. If you like it, please sign up on his "Subscribe" page.
It is easy to understand why so many people go unrewarded in life. They rarely seem to understand the correlation between solving problems and promotion. Most people stop progressing the moment their present environment is no longer pleasing to them. Our value is linked to our willingness to solve problems for those God has placed over us…in our lives…at our jobs…and even in our marriages. Until we begin to passionately solve problems we will not receive the favor that is necessary to bring us the promotion we desire.
Many simply exist at their jobs and in their daily routines, sailing roughly through life unwilling to serve those around them. We can never grumble about life and expect the blessings of Heaven. Although productivity plays a great role within our lives, it is our attitude that causes our productivity to become pleasing.
Everyone loves to be around an individual with a great attitude. Therefore, we must cheerfully solve the problems of those we serve. What problems can we solve for our authorities? What can we do to make their lives more productive? The fulfillment of these answers will bring you ever-increasing promotion. Choose to be a problem solver today.
eBay Reports Income and Revenue Gains
eBay Inc. reported net income of $291.6 million for the second quarter, up from $190.4 last year. The online marketplace reported net revenue of $1.1 billion for the quarter ended June 30, up over $773.4 million last year. "eBay achieved remarkable results in the second quarter." said Meg Whitman, CEO of the San Jose, CA company. "Excellent momentum in the U.S and Germany, as well as at PayPal, all helped deliver an impressive jump in revenues and profit." In addition, more than 724,000 Americans reported that eBay is their primary or secondary source of income. And another 1.5 million individuals said they supplement their income by selling on eBay, according to the July 2005 ACNielsen survey.
eBay Anything Points Rewards Program to be Discontinued
eBay has decided to discontinue the eBay Anything Points program on the U.S. eBay site . The process of transitioning certain features and functionality related to the eBay Anything Points program will begin immediately and continue over the next few months, with the program officially ending on February 28, 2006. However, you will still be able to use any points you have accumulated until August 31, 2006 (all points that have not been used by August 31, 2006 will become invalid). Please note that the eBay Anything Points program will remain in effect on eBay Canada.
Starting August 15th, sellers will no longer be able to offer eBay Anything Points as an incentive on new listings (listings already offering eBay Anything Points on this date will continue to do so). On September 30th, 2005, eBay will remove eBay Anything Points from any listings still offering them.
For more information about your eBay Anything Points credit card, please contact your respective credit card provider at the number printed on the back of your credit card. For more details regarding the phase-out of the eBay Anything Points program, please see the eBay Anything Points home page. eBay Anything Points must be used in conjunction with a valid PayPal account and in accordance with the eBay Anything Points Loyalty Program Terms and Conditions available at Anything Points Terms Page.
Shirley's Fund Raising Event 2006
I have an Adland Pro friend who is assembling an event for charity. Her name is Shirley Caron, and I recently learned that she's seeking musical talent for this upcoming show. I thought I might try to help her spread the word. The actual event is a few months away. So there's plenty of time to plan.
Here are her words on what is needed...
"We need a lot of help with this Event, so, if anyone can help us in the way of, Sponsoring, Entertainment, such as: Singing, especially, Country/Gospel/or Bluegrass, Playing Musical Instruments and helping us to find a Place to hold the Event, please feel free to Contact me. We have our own Caterer. We reside on the South side of Indianapolis, Indiana(Greenwood, Indiana), and if possible, we are looking to be able to hold the Event around the Greenwood area. We could also use people that are familiar with these types of Fundraisers to help form a Committee. We want to be sure that everything works out well, and that we are following all the Rules that apply... Some of our Entertainers will be coming to Indiana from out-of-state, and they are deserving of a great, warm welcome! All of them are very talented Artists, and some of them have Performed at The Grand Ole Opry and The Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tennessee."
This is the charitable purpose of the event...
"My Husband and I are planning on having a special Fundraising Event on January 21, 2006! The Charity that we are raising funds for is The Epilepsy Foundation. We hope for this Event to be a real prosperous venture. Everyone is invited, especially those that suffer with Epilepsy and their Families! We are holding this Event to bring an Awareness to everyone about Epilepsy and what can be done for the sufferers and the way in which their Families can be of assistance to them."
Details on how you can contact Shirley about this event can be found at Shirley's Fund Raising Event 2006
Other than the event, she has another way we can help. She sells products at the following website which benefit her charitable efforts also. Shirley's Epilepsy Awareness Program
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Clickbank Case Study: Update
Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and a happy and safe celebration of our American independence. I have two items to report on our progress with the Clickbank case study.
Great news! My little web broke another record receiving 788 unique visitor hits on Monday, the 4th. AND the APS toolkit has been selected and approved for inclusion in the "Best of eBay" project. I mentioned earlier the possibility of a JV partnership with some pretty influential backing, and this is it. In the meantime, I have a few preparations to make and I only have until August to get it all together.
One of the big launches I hope to complete is the BidMama site from which I plan to promote the APS toolkit, as well as many other fine products and freebies. I think the BidMama name will be easier for everyone to remember because it's catchy.
Also, my birthday is August 10. So, seeing that everything I've worked so hard on become a huge success would make a great birthday treat.
Thanks to all for your support and prayers.
Here's to our success,
I have been working hard at keeping up with the advice I've received via email. So, this means I have been writing articles to promote my Clickbank project. I took a slight detour today to check out the pulse on other auction formats, namely Overstock.
I did a little research on Yahoo! auctions too but they aren't as up as they used to be. I guess you could look at this as good news for sellers in a way, since they now offer free auction listings, but I'm not so sure that there's anything driving buyers to their market, which is a real shame.
Anyway, I went to sign-up for Overstock auctions since they are all the buzz. They even had an Overstock car at eBay LIVE this year. Unfortunately, I did not actually see it because I didn't go to eBay LIVE this year. (Don't get me started on that issue!)
So, I'm thinking of signing up for the sellers service at Overstock and go to check out the documentation, which by the way, there is none. However, there are a lot of heated discussions going on and available for your viewing pleasure from the two blogs they've set up.
The first is Patric Byrne's blog which appears to highlight his angst with Wallstreet. He is the CEO of Overstock. It also touches on the work that Overstock is doing to build their auction channel, but this is mostly left to the artful journaling of Holly MacDonald-Korth who is the VP of Overstock Auctions. Her work-diary-blog is more reminiscent of the early eBay bulletin postings when sellers went up in arms over every little change to the system. Today, eBay makes an average of 2 major changes per week. Can Overstock keep up? Right now it doesn't look promising.
One of the biggest issues that came up in the early days of eBay was the "community's" need to feel appreciated, respected, or whatever you want to call it. The draw for eBay was that it created a "level playing field" for it's sellers and included the "community" on most of the decision making.
I hate to say it, but poor Holly has already put her foot in her mouth on this one. First of all, she does not create the impression on behalf of Overstock that they are there for the little merchants. You know, the ones that built the empire that we call eBay today? She flat out said that Overstock was never intended to cater to the smaller merchants. Here's her actual quote, "Overstock Auctions is not a level playing field. We never planned it to be. We have always said that we will call attention to our best (which usually means biggest, unfortunately) sellers, be it on the home page, in search results, etc. "--Holly MacDonald-Korth, VP Auctions, Overstock
She's already complaining about sellers misunderstandings instead of trying to remedy them. (Not a good sign.) Here's what she stated verbatim in a recent post in response to sellers needing to be trusted/bonded in order to promote their listings efficiently, "This keeps coming up, and frankly it is really irking me. Everyone keeps overlooking the fact that this program is not just about being bonded. "
She doesn't appear to be a very savvy eBay buyer as she discusses her buying mistakes and blames them on eBay. (You know I can't stand whiners and I think it's very bad business to bad-mouth your competition, but at least, she doesn't go overboard on that.) She also seems to be really stressed about the whole auction process. (Patrick, give the girl a break or some extra staffers or something, cuz I think she's gonna blow any day now!)
I didn't even go past the first couple of pages to get all this. I could have probably delved even deeper for more of the same. But I'd read enough to know that Overstock, in its present state, is not an alternative market to eBay by any stretch of the imagination! Overstock may be the ideal outlet for larger businesses. This remains to be seen. But for small businesses? Don't be fooled by the "Quick, Easy & Free" sign-up process. If you want your small business to get noticed, you'll have to jump through some new hoops first.
Is Overstock all bad? Heavens, no! Overstock is great. But you wouldn't know it by reading their blogs. If you sell in Overstock auctions, please let us know how your experience has been.
Until next time,