The Selling Lounge Newsletter

The Selling Lounge is a friendly forum where sellers help sellers to help our/your online E-Commerce Business grow by having a place of resources and support along with help in promoting ourselves and each other.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Selling Lounge May 2009 Newsletter

May 2009 Newsletter

Best Site Contest Winner

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Jubilee Homespun Fabric Best Site Contest Winner - 1st Place!

Homespun fabric is fabric that is woven in a style similar to the fabrics that primitive women used when weaving their own fabrics at home. Thus the name "homespun" was phrased.

While today's homespuns are usually manufactured in factories, the unique style of weaving colored threads together to form a pattern still remains the primary characteristic of all homespuns. A homespun fabric is usually all cotton and can be identified by the fact that there is no front or back to the fabric. The design is in the color of the threads so both sides are the same. True homespuns are always either plaid, stripe or solid.

Best Site Contest Winner

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My Lil Guyz! Best Site Contest Winner

We are a store created by a mom of two boys! I love to shop online, especially after I had my boys. Taking them out with me to stores was stressful. So to me, online shopping is beneficial. My problem..... finding stores that have a great supply of items for boys and a great selection of different styles. I would usually go to 3 or more sites to find what I'm looking for. So, with my background in production and merchandising, I've decided to open my own online store. An exclusive store for boys!

We have a secure website thru Digicert. Our certificate is located at checkout. Bookmark us, and stop by often as we plan to add brand new designer and boutique clothes, toys, gifts, and great stuff for moms too.

Sign Up To Be Added To The Best Site Contest

We have a Best Site Contest each month and would love if everyone could participate in this fun activity. This not only gets visitors to your sites, but also get visitors looking at what you have for sale and helps up your page ranking.

Sign Up Here For The Best Site Contest:
Vote Here For The Best Site Contest Going On Now!
Please Read Our New Best Site Contest Rules!

When Do You Think We Will Hit 10,000 Posts Contest

The member that is closest to the date of when The Selling Lounge will hit the 10,000th post without going over will get their banner placed on the top and bottom of the site for ONE FULL MONTH.

Pick Your Date Here

Posting Contest

The Selling Lounge is going to have a Posting Contest!
This will run for TWO (2) full months!
May 1st - June 30th

The idea behind this fun contest is to get the members into the forum reading all of the important information that we have here for you to better your online business and to help others as well. To get you to welcome new members, to get involved with the Squidoo threads, StumbleUpon Threads, write about your site, ADD helpful information for others, and by getting involved to better your business.

Posting Contest Extra Bonus Points: Go to the forum here and post that you read The Selling Lounge Newsletter and you get 100 Extra Points.

Sign Up Here

How To Get Your Banner in TSL Scroll?

Now I bet you have asked yourself "How Can I Get My Banner in TSL Member Sites Scroll"!

That is really easy to do! Just be an active member of The Selling Lounge by posting and your 88x31 banner will be placed up there with the others. Once you become an active member please contact me with your Banner URL and your Site URL.

This is just another way that we help each other here on TSL!

Featured Site

The Vintage Scarf Is An Exclusive Online Vintage Clothing Store Which Specializes in Women's Vintage Scarves And Scarf Accessories Nothing equals the quality of my 1930's to 1980's captivating Vintage Scarves. I personally inspect every single scarf before it is put on my shop.

The Vintage Scarf is just that "Vintage" the real deal! My scarves and scarf accessories are not handmade. They are 100% Vintage.

Scarfs are back in a big way this season so dazzle all of your friends with you classy Elegant Style!


Why Are Forums So Important

Forums are a great place to share your ideas, learn, interact and advertise for free. They are a good medium to discuss, and make friends with people who share a common interest, and in our case it happens to be selling online.

Participating in forums in your niche is a great idea, if you want to drive some traffic to your website and create some valuable back links.

With forums, it is very important that you remain active. Contribute on a daily basis and try giving outstanding pieces of advice to fellow members of the forum. It is also important that you position yourself as an expert in your niche. The main reason here is to earn some value and credibility. When people notice that you have something to offer, they will come visit your website and some will buy the products you recommend.

Forums allow members to add what is called a signature file to their posts, so anytime you summit a new post or comment on someone's post, a link linking back to their website appears at the bottom of the post. Just as in article writing where your article is your Give and your Resource box is your take, with Forums, the good advice you provide is your give, while your signature file is your take. Put your full information and if possible contact details in your signature file.

The unique links to your website which you generate while posting messages on forums can be of some help to you as far as Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is concerned. The search engine spiders crawl forums and will give your website a high rank based on the links you have in your signature files. So make sure you include your signature file in all your posts.

You can read this article in it's entirety here:

Featured Site

This is where I (Diana) have my store and they are a great host.
You can do like I did and start out with the FREE store and list up to 10 items. You still get to have custom templates, up to 100 pages of information ... and so many other great features too for free. This allows you to get familiar with setting up and running an online store and figuring out how to do things WITHOUT spending a penny.

Later, when you feel more comfortable with being a store owner, you can upgrade your store to have unlimited product listings.

buyitsellit makes selling online simple and fun!

Whether you are new to selling online or a seasoned veteran, we have all the tools you need to establish your online store in moments. Just a few of our features include order & customer management, sales reports, visitor statistics, multiple payment processors, customizable design, SEO optimization, built in email marketing, PDF receipts, real-time postage calculation via USPS. UPS and FedEx, Google Base feeds, domain hosting.

Click one of these links to get your own store:
OrganicGiftsByDiana Affiliate Link
Cruiseready's Store Affiliate Link

* BISI is always adding new features and improvements.
Now there is a Customer Accounts feature, which allows customers to establish their own password protected account is they wish. If they choose to sign-up, it will allow them to check out more quickly (without having to fill in their shipping and billing address info every time): check on the status of their order; save items in their cart for later purchase; and sign up (or not) for a "MadMimi" newsletter. This will also allow the store owner to better keep track of their customers' shopping patterns. This feature is optional

There is even an option that allows you to offer coupons to your customers. There are so many options for buyitsellit store owners and probably even more in the works.

You can accept Google Checkout, Amazon Payments, Authorize .net, Propay, PayPal, PayPal Pro, COD, Check and Money Order. You can ship through USPS, UPS and FedEx. You can choose either flat rate shipping or calculated shipping based on weight. Then, just modify/adjust shipping for handling fees.

Your buyitsellit stores connect directly to Google Analytics, Google Base. This means that BiSi automatically sends your product listings to Google for you. If you sell on eBay, you can even add a link to your eBay listings if you like

Now that you can see all the these wonder features, and you try it out for FREE, why not try it out right now ?

Do You Want Your Site Featured In Our Newsletter?

If you are interested in having your site featured in our Newsletter please submit to me why you think your site should be featured in The Selling Lounge Newsletter along with a brief description of your site no more than about a paragraph in length.

I will go through all submitted sites and pick which one will be added to the upcoming Newsletter. I will save all submitted sites to be featured in upcoming Newsletters.

I will need the following for your site submittal:
1. The name of your site
2. The URL of your site
3. The Description of your site
4. A Banner for your site no wider than 500px

Contact Me About Your Site!

Helpful Info:

The Selling Lounge appreciates all members adding helpful content to the forum to help others and I strongly encourage it.

Welcome Members
Please stop by the Member Center - Introduction Corner to welcome new members from time to time. This not only is a kind gesture, but a way to get to know other sellers and to get your links out there.

Your Signature
The Selling Lounge gives a great deal of space in your signature to place many links to your selling venues, so please add your links. This is a wonderful way to get your links searched by search engines.

Please check the size of your banners in your signature as we are going to limit the size in everyone's siggy area. I'm thinking the size limit for banners should be no larger than 140px (height) by 500px (wide). Members have to scroll too much because of the siggy area and I would love for all of us to take the time to fix the size of our banners. I will allow ample time for us to clean up this area. Thank You for your cooperation in this matter.

Special Thank You
I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have made The Selling Lounge what it is and what it can be. TSL has so many members helping each other and taking part in the many areas of the forum where we have places just for you to help get you out there and noticed.

A HUGE SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to our Moderators of The Selling Lounge!

Vintage Rose Collectibles whom is someone very special to me is always adding important content to TSL for all of us to better our business and I just can't thank her enough.

OrganicGiftsByDiana has really whipped us into shape when it comes to the importance of Squidoo and StumbleUpon along with many numerous ways to better out business.

Keleka and Vinewood are true assets to TSL as they are always on the ball making sure that our new members are being welcomed and getting the assistance that they need. Always there to jump in with suggestions to make our forum the friendly place that it is.

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