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.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 2009 Selling Lounge Newsletter
August 2009 Newsletter
Welcome Selling Lounge Members

I would love to start off by Welcoming all new members to The Selling Lounge and to let you know we are all glad to have you on board! The Selling Lounge is a friendly forum full of resources for online sellers where sellers are helping sellers. We all work together in a positive manner to better our understanding of our business no matter where we sell.

Stop on by the “Introduction Corner” to get acquainted with all the members and tell us about yourself.

ALL MEMBERS please make sure that you add all of your links in your signature as well as adding your site to your profile!

We together, if we all work together; can help each other out by participating in the Squidoo, Stumble Upon, Blogging, etc. Threads in the forum.

Diana has been wonderful in helping us out with Squidoo.
Check Out Our Squidoo Threads Here!

Vintage Rose Collectibles has been busy since day one adding very useful content to the forum for us, and I can’t say thank you enough for all that she does for The Selling Lounge.

If you need help with your online business, come to the forum and get involved with the many threads we have to help you out. If you have a question, ask away and someone will be there for you. The Selling Lounge is a friendly forum where Sellers Help Sellers, so make yourself at home here.

If you find imprtant information on the net that is going to help out other online sellers, please bring it to the forum and post it for us. We would really love to see more of you participate in this as we are all working together to better our business’ together. Please make yourself at home!

Best Site Contest Winner – Congratulations Diana!
The Selling Lounge

Organic Gifts By Diana Best Site Contest Winner – 1st Place!

All Natural handmade soaps, lip balms, perfumes and other Gifts featuring herbs and flowers from my own organic gardens.

~ Pamper your skin, scent your home and awaken your senses ~ all the while being kind to the earth too.

Please stop by and check out all the wonderful products that she has for sale! I am a buyer of her many bath soaps as well as her bath products and I will never buy elsewhere since I started to purchase from her. I couldn’t be happier with such a top notch product that she makes.

Best Site For September Contest – Vote For Your Best Site

We Have 5 Sites To Pick From for The Best Site Contest for September!
We will have ONE (1) Winner
You can vote up to 2 times
You can only vote once for each site
You have to use your votes at the same time

Our 5 Sites to vote on are:
Preemie Patch
Dog Dish Store
Kelekas Kollections
More Than Just Toys

Vote Here For The Best Site Contest Going On Now!

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!

1/2 PRICE OFF on a 468×60 Banner Advertisement!

For 4 days only, The Selling is is having a 1/2 OFF discount on A 468X60 banner ad for 6 months. The normal price for 6 months is $36.00 for a 468×60 Banner Ad. Right now you can get this for only $18.00 for 6 months and your 468×60 banner will be placed in The Selling Lounge Directory as well as in the header of The Selling Lounge.

This is a great deal at only $3.00 a month! You can set up your own account and add your own banner and site URL.

Accessing Price List.
Look for Selling Lounge Header/Directory Ad 468×60 – 6 Months, which is the 11th ad from the top.

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
5. You must be an active member in the forum

Contact Me About Your Site!

A Special Thank You To Our Suzanne

The Selling Lounge would love to capture this opportunity to thank Suzanne for all her help and long hours working on the forum. Whenever there is a glitch or problem, Suzanne is forever on top of it for us. I just can’t thank her enough!

The Selling Lounge is going to be 1 Year Old on September 6th and Suzanne has been there for us every step of the way. Our forum would not be what it is without the help that she has given us.

For those of you who do not know Suzanne, she is the proud owner of and Surf4Bargains. Please stop by and check out what she has to offer us! offers a one-stop search portal for buyers and a central place for sellers to promote their products. Explorz’s uniqueness stems from the ease and convenience offered by the ability to search multiple store fronts in just one location. The Explorz Shopping Portal service allows sellers to have control over their products and more flexibility for the venue they use to sell online.

Visit and search for something today! is a traffic exchange helping you get more traffic for products and a place to find great bargains and deals! A new way to window shop!

Visit and get surfing today!


The Selling Lounge Top 100 Sites

Top lists are excellent traffic building tools and is an easy way to get traffic to you. The Selling Lounge has it’s own Top 100 Site and we want you to benefit from the free traffic that they bring, so please add your banner today for FREE.

Sign Up Here

Happy Birthday to our August Birthday Members
The Selling Lounge

Happy Bithday ForgetMeNotMinerals, elisia, kimskorner, wildflowerdesigns, Keleka, frstyfrolk, mylilguyz, mybookbarn, uniquelymehandcrafts, Bays, JewelryCollectibles, theclaybunny, cuddlycrew, & BobbiesButtonsandBows!!

Stop by the forum and wish them a Happy Birthday! You can click on our calendar which will let you know when their Birthday is.

Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide

If you are new to SEO, I strongly recommend you to
Download the Full 22 Page PDF of Google’s SEO Starter Guide.

Search Engine Strategies

Write a Page Title. Write a descriptive title for each page of 5 to 8 words. Remove as many “filler” words from the title, such as “the,” “and,” etc. This page title will appear hyperlinked on the search engines when your page is found. Entice searchers to click on the title by making it a bit provocative. Place this at the top of the webpage between the HEAD tags. (It also shows on the blue bar at the top of your web browser.)

Plan to use some descriptive keywords along with your business name on your home page. Remember, this title is nearly your entire identity on the search engines. The more people see that interests them in the blue hyperlinked words on the search engine, the more likely they are to click on the link.

Write a Description and Keyword META Tag. The description should be a sentence or two describing the content of the webpage, using the main keywords and keyphrases on this page. If you include keywords that aren’t used on the webpage, you could hurt yourself. Place the Description META Tag at the top of the webpage, between the tags, in this format: Some search engines include this description below your hyperlinked title.

Your maximum number of characters should be about 255; just be aware that only the first 60 or so are visible on Google, though more may be indexed.

Include Your Keywords in Header Tags.

Make Sure Your Keywords Are in the First Paragraph of Your Body Text. Search engines expect that your first paragraph will contain the important keywords for the document — where most people write an introduction to the content of the page.

Use Keywords in Hyperlinks. Search engines are looking for clues to the focus of your page. When they see words hyperlinked in your body text, they consider these potentially important, so hyperlink your important keywords and keyphrases. To emphasize it even more, the webpage you are linking to could have a page name with the keyword or keyphrase, such as blue-widget.htm — another clue for the search engine.

Make Your Navigation System Search Engine Friendly.

Develop Several Pages Focused on Particular Keywords. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialists no longer recommend using external doorway or gateway pages, since nearly duplicate webpages might get you penalized. Rather, develop several webpages on your site, each of which is focused on a different keyword or keyphrase. For example, instead of listing all your services on a single webpage, try developing a separate webpage for each. These pages will rank higher for their keywords since they contain targeted rather than general content. You can’t fully optimize all the webpages in your site, but these focused-content webpages you’ll want to spend lots of time tweaking to improve their rank.

Submit Your Webpage URL to Search Engines.

Fine-tune with Search Engine Optimization.

Promote Your Local Business on the Internet. These days many people search for local businesses on the Internet. To make sure they find you include on every page of your website the street address, zip code, phone number.

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!

The Selling Lounge Directory

The Selling lounge Link Directory is a 100% SEO friendly Link Directory and Human Edited. Submit your web site free to our fast growing link directory.

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I would love to take this time to thank KD Web Page Design for redoing my Skin Care Site, Baysbeauty Skin Care and giving it a professional look! I just love it and wish that you would stop by and check it out as well as her site as well to see if she may have some services that she can offer you. She did a wonderful job and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

She is based in Wyoming, specializes in the design of Web sites and projects conforming with standards set by the W3C and accessible to all. She offers logo design, eBay Store and Template Design, Web Page Design, HTML/CSS Tutorials, SEO Tutorials and Site Building tools. Shopping cart solutions for ecommerce sites including custom Zen Cart installation and design. TSL Link TSL Help Center TSL Contact Us @ Copyright 2008