Wasting Time & Getting Things Done

Posted on by Donald in Life, Rant Leave a comment

How to start this post… Hmmm…

I haven’t posted a Real post in such a long time; it’s hard to start up again. It’s not that I don’t want to post anymore. It’s just that whenever I have something to say, by the time I get to a computer I don’t feel like writing it out. Have you ever had that happen to you? You’re in your car, or somewhere else and then it hits you… a great post idea! You think how you would write it, what great information you have and then by the time you get back to your CPU it’s all about Digg and YouTube?

Before I started to write this post I was on YouTube for 45 minutes. Bah!

It’s gotten to the point where I finally deleted my bookmarks of time wasting sites. It forces me to type out the domain name, which makes it less impulsive at times.

I’m glad I’m not into Myspace or Facebook, or I would never get things done…

procrastinateLook at you… Instead of reading this blog you could be doing real work, making more money. We all have that attitude of we’ll do it later. It’s always later. I have a list of stuff written all over my desktop of things I have to do, each one making me possibly hundreds of dollars maybe even thousands easy.

I once read a blog post (time waste?) from a Black Hat SEO guru that still inspires me today. It’s a bit vulgar, but it’s very true. It’s titled:

Do it Fucking Now.

Basically what he says is stop wasting time and start working on building your online business. But in a Black Hat SEO tone.

Give it read, and then get some work done!


EBay Stealth Update 1.6

Posted on by Donald in eBay Leave a comment

I just finished updating eBay Stealth to version 1.6. If you own eBay Stealth 1.5 already, you can download the latest version by going to the download page. Have your serial key handy incase it’s needed to unlock the file again. To buy eBay Stealth and unlock it, go to AuctionStealth.com.

Thanks,


Smosh – There Will Be Pokemon

Posted on by Donald in Uncategorized Leave a comment

This has got to be one of the funniest videos I’ve seen on YouTube. I can’t get enough of it; I’ve probably seen it 20 times already.

Now for the not so funny, original version of it…


Forum Update

Posted on by Donald in Other Leave a comment

After some major issues with the forum I think for the most part everything is good again. We lost PMs, and most of the mods to the forum like ‘flags’ for users and spam stoppers were unable to be retrieved. But overall things should be solid again. Send me a private message if you have any specific issues; other then that I’ll get the rest of the forum mods up shortly.

Go to the Forum

Have a great day!


Can You Say Opps?!?

Posted on by Donald in Other Leave a comment

So I just moved the site to a new server about two days ago, and today while looking up one of my highly ranked keywords, ‘eBay suspension‘ and clicking on one of my post… it didn’t work. Opps!!

Apparently I forget to update my Permalink Structure!

Everything is okay now, I just updated the links. I hope Google doesn’t penalize me too much for showing 404s for a couple days. 🙂

At least it explains the slower then usual traffic in the EBay Suspension and Paypal Forums.

Cheers!


eBay Suspension Guide for 2008

Posted on by Donald in eBay 7 Comments

A Simple eBay Stealth Guide: Getting You Started

As my other eBay guides have been outdated with time. I decided to create a simple step-by-step basic outline on creating an eBay Stealth account for 2008. This won’t be in great detail as I don’t want to be here all day, but it should be enough to get you going, and if you have any questions you can post them in the eBay Suspension forum.

This is based on the recent eBay guide (eBay Stealth), which goes into much more detail. To get the full guide go to http://www.auctionstealth.com.

Here are the basic steps you should take in order to create an eBay account:

1. Remove TurboLister and any other eBay programs you might have

Removing eBay software off your machine limits eBay’s ability to link you to another eBay account. For example every time you connect to eBay through TurboLister, your userid and Ip address are transmitted to eBay and compared just as if you were logging into eBay directly. Any other software eBay has does the same thing. So take my word for it and remove any eBay software from your computer before getting started. * Tip, Auctivia is a good alternative to TurboLister.

2. Get Organized

Organization should be self explanatory. It’s hard to do anything without being organized, now try taking on multiple eBay accounts, juggling IPs, cookies, passwords, etc. Save your self a lot of trouble and organize your account details with an excel spread sheet. This means names, addresses, usernames, passwords, emails, IPs, etc. Keep organized. Google Docs is free and easy to use for this.

3. New Name (LLC/DBA etc..)

You can use any name your want really. I like to use funny names. The only time it matters to use your real name is if you’re accepting checks or MO. Then just use a variation of your name.

4. Firefox + remove cookies

COOKIES! Who doesn’t like Cookies? No, I’m not talking about real cookies — I’m talking about your browser cookies. Cookies keep your login details so you don’t have to log back into a site every time you visit it. For example this forum (http://www.aspkin.com/forum/): Once you sign-in, a cookie is set on your computer so the next time you visit you won’t have to log back in. But this can work against you if you’re on eBay. Remember to delete you browser cookies if you’re working on multiple eBay accounts. One slip up with the wrong IP address without deleting cookies could link your accounts. If you just have one eBay account you don’t have to worry as much because you’re not logging into multiple accounts and cross contaminating accounts. But to be safe, use Firefox (http://en.www.mozilla.com/en/firefox/) and set it to auto delete cookies when you close your browser. Tools >> Options. Also to add you’ll need to clear your flash objects before setting up a new account.

Learn more from eBay Stealth (http://www.auctionstealth.com)

5. New IP Address (Dialup / restart modem / VPN)

Change your Ip address. I’m not going to get into too many details here. Simply find a way to change your IP address. If you’re having any issues I recommend this forum: http://www.aspkin.com/forums/ebay-tracking/

6. New Address (Virtual Address or P.O Box)

Quick and dirty, you need a new address. You can not use your old address linked to another eBay account. Use either a P.O. Box or a Virtual Address if you’re expecting people to mail payments. Or an address of a neighbor that you know isn’t on eBay or a vacant house if you’re just doing online payments. The main thing is the address should be real, and within 50-100 miles of your physical location. If you’re in Los Angeles, California don’t list your address in New York somewhere.. it looks funny to eBay and may cause future issues.

7. New Phone Number

You need a real working phone number. There are a lot of options for free phone numbers out there that forward calls to your cell phone or you can answer online, etc. I don’t want to list any here because they cease to exist too often. But in this forum you can find a phone solution: http://www.aspkin.com/forums/phone-number-verification/. Just know you need a real working number for eBay verification. You can get away with a fake number for a month or two, but eBay is calling numbers and making sure they’re real. Don’t risk a limited account; use a real working phone number.

8. Choose a Merchant account or Paypal

This is probably the biggest decision you’ll have to make. To go with Paypal, risk being linked or limited. Or go with a Merchant account and all the extra work to make it usable on eBay. Let me make it a little easier. If you’re a small seller, and you don’t have a lot of eBay accounts. Stick with Paypal. If you sell a lot, and have multiple eBay accounts you’ll most likely want to have a Merchant Account.

Paypal: Sign up for a Paypal account using a new bank account and virtual credit card. Use the same account details you have for eBay and you’re usually good to go (name & address).

Merchant Account: Sign up for a merchant account and FAX in required documents to eBay. Setup Auctivia tokens and you’re set. There are a lot of options for a merchant account and some extra steps you need to take in order for them to work with eBay. Read this forum for more information: http://www.aspkin.com/forums/merchant-accounts/. Or get all the details now at http://www.auctionstealth.com.

9. New Credit Card (virtual credit card to verify eBay)

I recommend a VCC because they’ve always worked for me. More giftcard options here: http://www.aspkin.com/forums/credit-card-alternatives/

10. Create your eBay account

Sign up for GMail account (http://mail.google.com/mail/signup). GMail is the best option for an email address. Use your new name, address and phone number to signup for eBay. Verify your eBay account. Add your giftcard for your seller account. Continue.

11. Create Auctiva Account & Create a Token For Your EBay Account

Auctiva gives you access to free themes, picture hosting, tracking, an Auctiva store, and automatic invoicing of buyers. It’s a free service that’ll save you time and money on eBay. Sign up, and create a token for each of your eBay accounts. Learn more about Auctivia here: http://www.aspkin.com/forums/ebay-tools-software/.

12. Add A Merchant or Paypal Account To EBay

Select if you’re going to use Paypal or Merchant account. EBay hides the Merchant account option so you’ll have to dig around to get to it. Learn more here: http://www.aspkin.com/forums/merchant-accounts/

13. Slowly Start Listing

Just as the title suggest, start your listings slowly. I can’t tell you how many items you can list per day because it all depends on what you’re listing. If you’re listing $1500 laptops, I wouldn’t list more then 1-2 a day max. If you’re listing High end items, you have to list slower then cheap $20 items. But it also matters on VeRO and other risky factors. Basically list based on what you think eBay would consider high risk. More and more high risk items are requiring Paypal. Use that as an indicator.

So there you have it, a basic guide to setting up a new eBay identity. This is very basic, but an outline of what should be done when creating a new account. Read the forums for more detailed information, or if you want the full eBay Stealth Guide that will show you step-by-step to creating a stealth account go to: http://www.auctionstealth.com.

Thanks for your support,
Aspkin


EBay Stealth! Newest EBay Suspension Guide!

Posted on by Donald in eBay Leave a comment

So it’s been awhile since a new eBay guide has come out. I’ve created a lot of smaller guides since my final eBay suspension guide a year ago. Some of the guides I wrote include:

  • 23 Ways to Get Suspended By EBay! And How to Avoid It!
  • Account Limitations / Suspension Reinstatement FAQ
  • Best Giftcards to Use – How to Use Them and Other Options
  • EBay Suspensions Invalid Phone Number Q&A
  • IP Address Q&A – Proxies, AOL, VPN, Broadband – IP Tracking
  • Paypal Alternatives Guide
  • Pros and Cons of Becoming a eBay Powerseller
  • The Feedback Question!! Is it safe to buy feedback?

These guides are great and before now were only offered in our eBay Forums Subscribers’ area.

http://www.aspkin.com/forums/

But now they’re integrated into a new guide another member and I have put together which basically outlines a Step-by-Step how to create an eBay account for the New Year. As we all know how much eBay changes, this guide has been updated for 03/2008 and we offer lifetime updates.

http://www.auctionstealth.com

The eBook includes a fully updated guide that supports the new changes to eBay showing you step-by-step how to create a new eBay account, how to not get suspended after creating your new account, how to get around Paypal, learning about better payment processors and how to integrate them with eBay and so much more.

I teamed up with a fellow member of our eBay forums and we created this masterpiece eBay Guide, Thirty-Seven pages of raw detailed information you need to get in order to start selling again!

If you’re ready and want to learn the secrets the pros use to create a stealth eBay account, go to AuctionStealth and order now. It’s only $27! And if you want to get it free there is an alternative option for you, go to the site now and find out. Scroll to the bottom to learn how to get it free!

http://www.auctionstealth.com

You can keep struggling on your own or you can learn everything from the pros, we have years of experience and research on the subject, eBay Stealth is the ultimate solution!

Good luck!

Download the Guide Now:
http://www.auctionstealth.com/download.html


Create Your very own PHP Redirect!

Posted on by Donald in How-To Leave a comment

Hi guys! Sorry for not posting in awhile. I’m working on a number of projects that are taking up a lot of my time. Right now it’s like I’m in the eye of a hurricane. And this is my break from the bad weather. While I’m here, I just wanted to post a simple but effective way I use to hide my affiliate links from search engines and make my links look more professional.

The first way I hide my affiliate links is through a PHP redirect.

First thing you want to do is create a new folder called ‘go‘ or ‘goto‘. Just something to place files into later. Then create a new PHP file and paste the following code into it:

<html>
<head>
<title>Yahoo redirect</title>
<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,nofollow”>
<script>window.location=”http://yahoo.com”;</script>
<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”1; url=http://yahoo.com”>
</head>
<body>
<p align=”center”>You are being taken to the correct page.
<br>If the page does load after 5 seconds,
<a href=”http://yahoo.com”>click here</a>.</p>
</body>
</html>

Save that file as yahoo.php or whatever you want to call it and place it into the go or goto folder. Upload the folder to your web host, and call the file in your browser.

I created a folder called ‘go’, and in this folder I created the file yahoo.php. You can see it in action bellow.

Yahoo redirect

The good thing about a PHP redirects is if you ever needed to change the URL, all you have to do is edit that one PHP file and you’re good to go. Also by using redirects, when someone goes to click on your link the status bar won’t show the affiliate URL, which is good and may help increase affiliate sales.

Next time I’ll talk about link cloaking. It’s a little more advance, some cloaking better then others. But a necessary if you want to protect your self from affiliate commission theft.

Until next time!


Lunarpages Unlimited Domains for Basic and Business Hosting Plans

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I got a message from Lunarpages that Basic and Business Hosting Plans will now have Unlimited Add-On domains. That means you can host as many websites you want under One plan! I know my $400 a month ‘The Plant’ server is getting more expensive now that it’s the slow selling season, so I plan on moving all my sites to a much cheaper hosting at only $6.95 a month! Yay!

Previously Lunarpages only offered 10 add-on domains for Basic and Business accounts, so this is a pretty big deal. If you’re looking for cheap web hosting that can handle ALL your domains jump on this offer while it last! That means unlimited domains and content from the same Basic or Business Hosting Plans.

Get going and get your hosting setup ASAP!

Lunarpages

If you signup for Lunarpages, let me know and if you need help with transferring files or installing new software I can help you with that.

Have a great day!
Aspkin


The Girl Scouts Marketing Got To Me! But HoW?

Posted on by Donald in How-To, Internet Marketing, Making Money Leave a comment

So I’m on a Low to No Carb diet for the most part and man… up until 10 minutes ago I’ve been crazy low on energy today. I woke up around 7am, did the usual updating sites, checking the forum and affiliate sales and passed out around noon until 3pm.

Luckily! My usual route of checking mail boxes, visiting some neighbors, going to the local stores I found my self being slammed by girl scouts and their cookies. Twice I encountered these little screaming girls and sad to say I gave in the second time. *half of sleeve of my thin mints is down!

I got to thinking and in my crazy mind of marketing, the first group of girl scouts I wasn’t much interested in, but they got it in my head the idea of cookies. The second group had me sold before I walked up to them. They simply let me walk by without saying anything, but on my way out, I knew they would still be there; wanting me to buy their cookies. I know about their product, I’ve had it before. I had a demand at the time, I was low on energy and needed a quick carb pick me up. And damn the second time was a charm. I bought the cookies.

girl2

Marketing…

How does this tie in with Internet marketing? I’m getting there…

Email Marketing does wonders in gaining confidence in potential customers who just aren’t ready to buy from you.

Once you have someone on your list, you can email them again and again until the confidence is built and they’re sold on you. I have auto responders on a few of my sites where when someone signs up, they’re sent an email once a week for about 5 weeks. It really should be more but I haven’t had the time to write more emails yet.

Anyway, usually seven emails sales a customer if you can gain their trust. The seventh email is the proven money maker if you do things right.

A simple 7 week course on something you’re promoting is enough to gain the customer’s confidence and for you to make that sale.

I use GetResponse, it’s cheap at $19.95 per month and is easy to setup and implement. If the Girl Scouts can do it with their sidewalk Super Sales, you can do it too but on autopilot! Try it out!