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eBay Selling Tip from a Virtual Assistant – #2

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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I have another eBay selling tip to share with you today.

I have tested this theory for over 8 years and have come
to the conclusion that it must be the “implied value”
that makes the following true …

You have several books, movies or whatever else it is
that you have an abundance of or a need to get rid of.

You do all of your “homework” -

#1. Research for terrific and informative descriptions for your items
#2. Find or upload the best quality photos possible
#3. Spend hours listing all of your wonderful products, making sure you are in the right categories
#4. Price them competitively with other sellers of the same items

but, to test for the best responses, you:

a. Price half at a low price and with the actual estimated postage fee it will cost you
to send the item
b. Price the rest at a higher price but offer FREE shipping …

Strangely enough, even when I have them all priced equally on the TOTAL end,
the ones with the enticement of FREE shipping outsell the same priced comparable
item with the lower cost and actual shipping fee.

For example, I sell mostly books and movies on eBay. The highest eBay will let you charge for postage on one movie is $3.00 and the highest you can charge for postage on one book
is $4.00 – I also offer combined shipping when I do not offer to ship the item(s) free.

75% or more of my sales are on the FREE shipping item, no matter how high the price
is for the item when I list it with the postage cost IN the price.

I am not sure why this is true, but I find that I will also look for lower shipping
or free when I find several of an item I am interested in.

I have heard it said several times that you get what you pay for, but I still attest
that the word FREE works as good as, if not better, to IMPLY a value whether it
really delivers a better value or not.

I would love to get some feedback from other eBay sellers or those who are planning on trying their hands at this method of getting rid of some clutter, making a bit of extra cash
or for whatever other reason you might have for thinking about this option.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

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Some Basics on Page Optimization

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Search engines use several methods to identify which sites
meet the users’ searches in the best way. Search engine
optimization (SEO)involves looking at these areas and
improving the search engine rankings.

The most important thing the search engines look at is the
keywords on the website. The keyword density is the number
of times the keyword appears in 100 words. A keyword density
between 2% and 5% is considered optimal.

The thing I hate most when I visit a website is when I see the
title as “Untitled document”. It’s very important to use a
title on not only your main home page, but also all of your
other pages. Use the title to list some keywords. Keep the title
concise and short. Search engines will pick up on these
keywords.

Use the URL of the site to list some keywords. You obviously
can’t easily change your domain name, but try placing your
website within a folder using keywords, or name the files with
keywords. Do not use spaces in filenames; use hyphens (-)
instead. Example: http://www.mysite.com/write-article-guide/

Make full use of the Meta tags in the HTML code of your
document. Meta tags are not visible on your webpage, but they can
be read by search engines.

Search engines cannot see images; they can only rank the results
according to text. It’s important to make use of the alternative
image descriptions so that the search engines are aware of what
the images are about. Create headings on your site using keywords.
Remember to use the correct HTML tag and put some of the headings in bold.

By far the best way of optimising your site is by writing
content
with the keywords in it. You should write unique content,
or pay someone to write content for you. Do not use the content from other sites.
Even if you are allowed to do this, the search
engines will realise this and it will negatively affect your
page ranking.

Google also ranks pages based on how many different sites link
to your site and their rank.

Don’t have the time or desire to do these for yourself?
Hire a Virtual Assistant to do this as one of her duties and save your time
to do the things you LIKE to do!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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Registering a Domain Name

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Tallent Agency VA Services

Domain names are quite important in business.

To have a successful online business, you would ideally
like to have a very marketable domain name. To get the
best domain name, your domain name needs to be as short
as possible, easy to remember, and easy to spell.
If it is difficult to spell, you could lose visitors
to similar sounding websites.

Domain names must be unique, and it’s important to register
your domain name before somebody else takes it.

Before you can register a domain name, you must decide which
market you wish to target. If you only want to target one
country, then you can use a country specific domain name (such as
.co.uk for UK) – or if you want to target the worldwide market, you
can use .com. Country specific addresses are normally cheaper
than .com, and it might be easier to get a good domain name
with them because of less demand.

When you’re ready to purchase your domain name, you should
start looking at the prices and what certain registration
companies offer. The prices for website registration vary quite
a lot so it’s definitely worth shopping around. Decide now if
you will require any web hosting or additional services. If so, you
can look to see if any of the companies offer a package deal to
provide everything you need.

Choose the company who you register your domain through very
carefully. Although you can change the company, it is quite
difficult to do, even at the end of the contract. I suggest you
look at the review sites on the internet to check what other
peoples’ experiences of dealing with the different companies are
like. The choice of provider is quite important because you will
control your site through their control panel.

Once you’ve registered your domain name you can rest easy
until the domain is up for renewal. Be careful so that you don’t
lose the domain name to someone else when your contract is up.
See my previous blog post where I tell you what happened to me with this!

By registering a domain name you’ve established your company on
the internet. Hopefully you are able to register a great domain
name to use. You must start publicizing this domain name as soon
as possible so that people know about the existence of your
website. Remember, no matter how good your domain name is, people
still won’t like it unless the website is nice, too! Spend some
time designing your website now; don’t let all the hard work
deciding on the domain name go to waste!

IF this is one of the tasks that does not interest you, why not hire a Virtual Assistant
to take this job over for you
? She can attend to the details of this undertaking, leaving
you more time to do what you like to do!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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Over the past 15 years, Jan Tallent has spent countless hours providing writers and webmasters with free friendly tips on how to correct spelling and grammar errors in their written material.

From the feedback received she decided that since proofreading and editing help was so desperately needed, she should build a business around something she enjoys doing, while at the same time providing a valuable service to business owners and writers.

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