Monday, December 12, 2016

My Holiday Gift To You


READ for FREE! Use the link to the right!

In this holiday season, during the cold, cold days when the sun doesn't seem to shine, with only a nice blankie to properly warm your bones, correctly plugged in, probably on a setting of one, one and a half, I want you to sip something with marshmallows floating in it, and read something that in the end is fuzzy. Yes, I finished posting Love Dark over at Wattpad. All chapters, and the back matter can lead you to my other books. You can also come back here and use my Rip's Book page to find a link. Remember, I'm not at Amazon anymore.

If you're a member at Wattpad you can read and vote, and leave a comment or two on the chapters themselves. If you are not a member, you can still read the book from start to finish, you just can't vote or comment.

It's FREE!

And, you might find it fun.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Upgrades and Abandoned Cart Data


In order to access my abandoned cart data, which I seem to have a lot of, I need to
upgrade to paid status with my free web store, only I can’t do that. It takes money I
don’t have to upgrade, and the month to month fee I would be charged is being
used elsewhere right now.

Is this a wise decision? Am I making a mistake?

I see the problem, but I need to think on the solution side of this equation.

Because I deal in unique items, I formulated my policies based on the fact I deal in
unique items.

My items are of good to great quality, and my research upholds that impression of
my own goods.

My prices are competitive, based on the quality of each item, compared to my
research.

I could charge for shipping and handling, but I don’t.

My prices are still competitive, and I take a reduced profit on each item by
providing free shipping within the continental US.

I absorb that cost.

If I upgraded, and used the abandoned cart data to . . . lets say offer a ten percent
discount on all items listed, with the free shipping included to those potentials
who actually decided to abandon their carts, I would be further cutting into my
slim profit margin, and basically hurt myself even more so than by (alone) offering
free shipping and handling within the continental US.

Myself, I still think offering free shipping and handling within the continental US
a good idea compared to others out there who don’t offer this perk.

I’m strictly online. I don’t have a physical storefront. This is my incentive, the
only one thing I can I offer you to buy from me.

The only conclusion I can come to is, keep on doing what I’m doing right now,
and hope for the best. The best discount I can give is me absorbing the shipping
and handling costs myself.

That may change as time goes by, and probably will change. Don’t yet know. The
wisdom of what I’m doing is there, as is why I’m doing it, but that doesn’t
translate into sales.

Still, I have to give myself a fair chance. As of the middle of this month I will be
in operation three months, so can’t really expect miracles. My second ad is up and
running, as is an ad for my books, which directs customers to my iTunes store.

Yes, I could have directed them here to this store, two marketing pushes for the
price of one, but that didn’t work the last time, so I tried something new. My next
book ad will direct shoppers to the Barnes and Noble store, and I’ll see what
happens after that.

My ad for Rip’s Picks directs folks here to the blog, instead of the storefront,
simply because I wanted to see if that might work better. My abandoned cart data
will tell me something, but only after the ads finishes its run.

Oh, I would have to purchase my blog site in order to become one with Google
AdSense, actually own this site, costing me more money I don’t have to spare, so
that’s out. Project Wonderful continues to do okay with just the two ads, and I’ll
look for ways to do better. So . . .

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Are You Safe?


How do you protect your packages from porch thieves this holiday season? The simplest, and most effective way is to stop mail delivery to your house, and opt in to picking up your packages each day from your post office. Another way is to have your packages rerouted to drop stations, like at what you would find with UPS outlets everywhere. The idea is not to have them left on your porch if you're at work, but to pick them up at a safe location, where you get each and every online purchase you make.

Your purchase address and shipping address would remain the same on my end, but on your end, these same packages go to a safe and secure location for you to receive. Think about it.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each. Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Two Months Down

In the last month I’ve managed 6082 hits, slightly more than the first month, and
one more sale. The most popular page now is the antique butter mold, followed by the
coin bank, with the vintage post office door.

https://www.freewebstore.org/null2938/_Butter_Mold/p4143519_16449187.aspx

Butter Mold - $45.00 USD - Free shipping (USPS) within the continental United
States. No international sales or shipping at this time.

 Use the Order link above.

Antique (or near antique 100 years old or slightly less) this piece is nice. It looks
amazing.

5 and 5/16" inches long x 3 and 9/16" inches high x 3 and 4/16" wide. This 1 lb.,
antique butter mold, as you can see, has been finely crafted, and has withstood the
effects  of time. The product hasn’t been stripped of its worn and wonderful
patina (which, if you look around the web, is amazing).

This is a sweet display piece for your home decor.

Of course, all of my items are used, but on the store page it lists the condition as new.
Now if I can only figure out how to change that . . .

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Updates

My most popular page here has always been the vintage 1950's GE Waffle Maker,
and that’s now gone.


I did make a video as I processed the item, after I confirmed the buyer’s address
was the same as their shipping address. I always confirm the buyer’s addy is the
same as the shipping addy, otherwise I would have to refund their payment. There
are numerous videos out there by various sellers that talk about why the buyer’s
addy should always match their shipping addy, and all of them say it’s for the
seller’s protection.

First I showed the item in the video, then I showed that the item worked when
plugged in. I then boxed it (once it cooled), with cord, showing both in the box,
and used plenty of packing peanuts. After that I showed the mailing labels, which
will not come off the box, being under the packing tape. I then mailed it to the
buyer, and emailed the buyer with the tracking number, and again thanked the
buyer by name. ( Edit: I confirmed delivery, and took a screen shot of the USPS
tracking and confirmation info. )

As for my other news, that long loud scream you might have heard last night was
me. I found a big typo in the first published part of my new line of XXX erotica,
under the pen name Nikki Blood.


Needless to say I fixed the typo, bumped up the sample you can read to 20%, and
now I’m working on part two of this ongoing serial. Right now it's only on Smashwords.

Also, Love Dark now has 38 chapters up. Check them out.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Love Dark for FREE!



This is a chance to read Love Dark for free on Wattpad. I have 34 chapters up so far, with more to come. The reason is simple: I need fans, and I don't write at the speed of wow. Since the novel is complete, I decided to post it chapter by chapter (on Wattpad under the Bastard Black pen name) in the hopes of gaining readers who like my dark fantasy, my urban fantasy, my grimdark fantasy.

Love Dark could be considered grimdark when you factor in how the story is told. I didn't hold back. Actually, I never hold back when it comes to telling a story.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Me in a Nutshell


via GIPHY

My epic fail starts with Google AdSense, because I must be missing something. I don't see any ads. I followed their guide, did all their troubleshooting stuff, and here I sit, broken hearted . . . I'd finish that, but that would negate my clean image.

Project Wonderful seems to working okay, but in doing my own ads, a gift card just isn't going to work. They couldn't tell me why, and neither could PayPal, so I'm on hold. No ads for me.

That's it for any news to post. Poor cat. I know how he feels.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Up Next

I’m still waiting on Google AdSense to finish their review of my site. It's been two weeks.
Chances are I’ll have to prod them a tiny bit. Use their feedback form. It’s all I got.

My Project Wonderful ads are basically on hold. Their idea, not mine, and will
probably stay that way until I get another ad of my own going. I have to see what’s
in the budget for this month. But, I do have an idea.

Everybody, at one time or another, gets and uses gift cards, and there’s always a
buck or two left on them. I’m going to see if I can transfer my extra cash into
PayPal. Use it before I lose it.

I’ve been exploring more options, too. I’ll admit I’ve moved slowly to minimize any
potential mistakes on my part, but it’s time to pick up the pace. I’ll have a few new
items up on the store soon.

On the book side, I do have two books up at Google Play, but the formatting
on the first book leaves a lot to be desired. People advised me to use my D2D
epub files, and they work just fine from what I see in the second book, but the
inside links to my other books, they link back to another store. I’ll have to do
some more experimenting, try to get things straightened out.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

EDIT: My Project Wonderful ads are back up and running. I'll stick with the small ad and the banner, just those two, and see what happens. My fault. I somehow erased the code that actually calls PW for an ad to place in the box. Once that was back in place, I reactivated the boxes. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

In Review

That’s what I've been doing. I decided to delete one of the Project Wonderful’s ad boxes,
because sometimes more isn’t always better. I may have to delete another box, and
just stick with two ad boxes, but this is one of those times size actually matters.
Two of my ad boxes were underperforming, or so I was informed by PW. In many
ways I expected this. Project Wonderful is helping me fine-tune what I need, with
what I have.

On the policy page, I spell out what I’m willing to do for customers, and I based
that on what my products actually are. I deal in antiques, rare and wonderful
vintage items, and I deal in collectibles. I only have one of each, and the condition
of each item can be excellent, it can be fine, good, or even just so-so. I’m priced
competitively from what I’ve seen elsewhere, taking into account the condition of
each item. When I say all sales are final, it’s for my protection.

There are some real horror stories out there from other sellers. Stuff that would
make your hair turn white.

Here’s the thing. A real and honest buyer, they just want their product. Thieves,
they just want my product, and they will do anything and say anything to get it for
free. I have to be pro-active. When you look at it from my point of view, it makes
sense.

In the last few days I made more money with my books than I did with Amazon,
exclusive or not, it didn’t matter, than I did in the last year. Now that’s what I call
sweet. I can and will do more to see that I succeed without Amazon. I’ll blog more
about that as I go along. I can only hope I get some honest reviews out of these
sales.

I’m doing what I can with what little I got. I went from zero USD, to $25.00 USD
in one month. Everything I’m doing right now online, I’m doing it all for free, or
on the cheap. I spent $20.00 on just one ad. Next month will be interesting. I want
to buy two ads, one for my picks, and one for my books. The book ad will take
potential customers straight to my iBooks store. I also want an ad that will lead
people straight my Barnes&Noble store. Eventually I will have three ads up and
running with Project Wonderful. Each ad doing just what I need it to do.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over my products, and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

More Good Ad-sense

Signing up to Google AdSense was fairly simple (I had the hits!), and my
application is under review.

Using Google AdSense correctly and to my benefit might be a little tougher, but
there’s just too much information online not to get a feel for the first ad I intend to
place.

One of the first things I learned was, by using Google’s analytics, I can narrow my
target market with a possible future Facebook ad. That's a win, win. Add a little
common sense, and I can further narrow my target market. I need the biggest bang
for my buck, so there’s a lot of homework to do.

My popular posts have to do with my Idiot’s Guide to Marketing Me and My
Stuff
, where I’m the idiot, trying to figure this out without getting too complicated.
I can’t post stuff like this all the time, trying to act like the expert when I’m not an
expert in any of this. I do what I can. I’ll fail, and I’ll succeed. I’ll succeed because
I’ll fail.

Failure is something to learn from.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is
more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated
derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
- Calvin Coolidge

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we
fall.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” -
Richard Branson

“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever
encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -
all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these
things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
-
Steve Jobs

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the
circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”
- B. F. Skinner

“For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it.
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.”
- Mary Kay Ash

“Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.” - Mike Ditka

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

And don’t hesitate to read a sample of my many books, and actually buy the book
that interests you. It’s the only way to find out how the story ends.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

One Month Down

Rip’s picks has been alive and posting for one month, as of today, and during that
time I had one sale. Time to look at things as they are, and plan for the second
month.

I had 5173 hits for the first month. The breakdown by country looks like . . .

United States - 3992
Germany - 790
Russia - 66
Ireland - 38
France - 32
Denmark - 8
Singapore- 8
Canada - 6
Poland - 4
New Zealand - 3

My most popular page by far is the vintage GE 1950's waffle maker, at 322 looks,
followed by the wooden coin bank. I don’t know what to think about that. Not yet.

No new followers, and no comments. I lost one follower.

Project Wonderful. My ad has been up and running for 14 days now, and I initially
put in $20.00 USD with a target goal of only spending a buck a day. I have $4.00
left in the ad account, and will have to let the campaign run out for this month.

I can pick my ad up again next month, and finance it in full, so I’m not that
worried. The idea is to be seen. I will lose a little momentum, but I just got started.
Remember I only had one small sale so far, and that’s what I used to finance my
first ad.


My ad was seen 49,605 times (at the time I took the screen shot), and I tweaked it
once to exclude everyone outside the United States until I can get a good
understanding of international shipping.

I had a total of 11 unique clicks, or purposeful clicks, with a click-through rate of
0.02%.

My affiliate links have, so far, remained untouched.

I made a little money, too, hosting ads. And I’m not done yet. There’s more I can do.
The main thing is to get myself out there.

I’m sorry that the book thing became my biggest distraction this last week, but I
had no other choice but to drop the almighty Zon.

Amazon done bleeped up too many times for me to trust them, and I’m losing
nothing by dropping them. Not really. Who knows what I’ve actually made,
because I’ll never get a straight answer.

Nobody else will, either. I’m not the first to leave, won’t be the last, and trust me
when I say Amazon will (soon) find another way to screw its authors out of their
hard earned money. When that happens, more and more will leave.

I published again with Smashwords, having sold several hundred books with them
in the past. Twice the amount I ever sold on Amazon. They make sure my books
are seen elsewhere, like the Apple iBooks store. I’m still waiting for Barnes &
Noble to show some movement, but they have always been slow on the draw.

I’m figuring out another vendor right now, and there are others I can use to pretty
much give me the blanket coverage I need. I’ll even set myself up to sell directly
from my web site. I can have another vendor for my paperbacks, too. I don’t need
the Zon. I’ll blog about it.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Amazon Just Got Dumped, and Why

I’m not going to pretend I’m doing the right thing overall, but it is the right thing
for me. What I’m talking about is, walking away from Amazon.com.

It’s one thing to sell books, but it’s another when you can’t trust, at all, the
distributor handling those sales to keep an accurate count, or to tell you the truth
on what was sold, how many people borrowed your books, and how many pages
were read, which is how us authors are paid when a book is borrowed. By the
page. $00.0046 per page per average.

It is a rather long story, and you can read all about it here.

You don’t have to join the Kindle Boards to read, the forums are public, but to post you
have to join (fake name if you so choose), and it takes a good while of reading to
get the full picture of what me and thousands of authors just like me are facing,
but the story is worth the time.

In order for me to counter this, to effectively take myself out of the picture, to
actually give me a fighting chance with my 16 e-books with the reading public,
and to get paid for all my hard work, I pulled all my books from Amazon.com.

It will take some time to get back up and on with other online vendors, but I can
wait. In the meantime I’m back with Smashwords.com (I can be bought right now,
today, with better prices, there.), who will then distribute me to all the online
stores around the world, including the Apple iBooks store, and Barnes & Noble.
There is another distributor for the Google Play store I’ll be using.

You might want to call it a glitch in Amazon’s reporting system, but I’ve been flat-
lined since I decided to give the (exclusive to and with Amazon) KU 2.0 program
a chance. And, I’m not joking.

Only thing is, I’ve been selling books, I have had borrows, and only discovered
through the thread link above, why I’ve been flat-lined. Oh, to be fair, I did show
some movement when Amazon adjusted things for everybody, and then I flat-lined
again.

That movement, their adjustment, was their mistake. It gave me a glimpse of the
truth.

They proved to me I had sales, and I had page reads, and nothing before or after
their adjustment (for all authors) had shown up on my sales and read reports. I did
get that one page glitch thing associated with Pageflip.

It hard enough to make it as a writer of genre fiction, without wading waist deep in
someone else’s doodoo.

You can still read samples of each book at the Smashwords.com store (links are up
on the books page, too), and soon to come, everywhere else. You can make up your
own mind as to purchase the book and see how the story ends.

In the meantime, I got another book to post, another to finish, more picks to get
up, and changes to make to my links. My online footprint.

I’m disappointed, more than anything else. All I wanted was a fair chance.

I do see authors like me, those with nothing to lose and everything to gain,
following in my footsteps.

It takes time to gain ground, to get your books in front of potential readers, make
no mistake about that, but going wide (again) will be worth it in the long run. I’ll
blog about this again in the near future. What steps I’m taking to introduce myself
to new readers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ch-ch-ch-Changes

In less than a week I’ll have been up and running for a month, seriously up and
running, and I had to make a few modifications.

I decided not to do international sales and shipping until I know exactly what it is
I’ll be getting into. A lot of that decision has to do with product weight verses
postage paid. A flat fee, at this time, would probably work against my better
interests.

I took the time to change the store’s shipping rules, and modified my policy pages.
All my product descriptions have been modified to reflect these changes. No
international sales or shipping at this time.

Shipping within the continental US will still be free. That I can do safely without
breaking the budget.

Prices: I’m not out of line with my prices, considering my quality. That much I’m
sure of. Still . . . I’ve decided to lower some of my prices ($5 to $10), but not on
all my products. The idea is to be the best overall value compared to others out
there who may have similar items. Give people more incentive to buy from me.

Take the post-war Japanese tea set. There is another online, and by the time the
shipping and handling is taken into consideration, the customer would be paying
about $165 USD, compared to my $145 (here it is) rate. I could have safely priced
the set at $155, and still saved my potential buyer money, but would the average
customer take the time to research and compare the two identical tea sets? And if
you did, you would find I still have the better value, even if I was priced the same.
Oh, the difference one cup can make.

My Project Wonderful ad will only be seen in the US, and not the world over. I’m
still trying to figure out my overall settings. I’m hoping the concentrated effort
will attract more click-throughs. As of this morning I gathered 16,000 impressions,
or, my ad was seen 16,000 times. The click-through rate is dismal, but that’s still
not the issue. Not yet. Six months from now that might be more of an issue.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Featured Pick!


Post War Japanese Tea Set - 20 Pc - Vintage (makers mark, plus marked Made in
Japan) - Hand Painted - Gold Gilt - Classic Mt Fuji Scene- $145.00 USD - Free
shipping (USPS) within the continental United States.

This is a place setting for five, or a place setting for four, with one extra cup, cake
plate, and saucer (not pictured). The tea pot measures 5 1/2 inches tall from bottom to top of pot
lid, 8 1/2 inches spout to handle, and 4 1/4 inches wide. The creamer is 3 1/4
inches tall, 4 1/2 inches spout to handle. The sugar bowl is 5 1/4 inches from
bottom to top of lid, 6 inches handle to handle. Each tea cup measures 3 7/8 inches
in diameter, and 2 inches deep. The saucers are 5 5/8 inches in diameter, and the
cake plate measures 7 3/16 inches in diameter.

You can find this and several more products on page 2 in Home Decor at the storefront.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Just So You Know

First, if you want to see more of my inventory, or want to know more about fresh
picks, there is one thing worth your time to do. Become a follower. Follow me
here, on this blog with Google+, or with my newsletter. I’ll get the rest of my links
up soon enough.

BTW, any time you see real money in those ads on my site, be it three pennies or
whatever, that means Project Wonderful is working for me. I even had another
advertiser contact me and wish me luck, which was really cool. Yes, I replied in
kind. What amazed me was she’d been using PW for a few years, more like seven,
and me, I’m just a cherry bobbing on the waves.

My ad had 11,000 impressions so far, which means I’m being seen. I’ll give the
monthly totals when I have them. I am spending just a little more than a dollar a
day, and I’m not sure why. One of my settings is off, and I’m not sure which
setting it is. Still, I might keep the settings I have now.

Time to throw out another idea and see if it sticks. I’ve been looking into the idea
sharing and funding sites, like GoFundMe, and some of the others out there. I’ll
have to give these a try, but first I’ll have to do my research. I have to know
everything I can about what makes a campaign successful.

Two more things, My Do-It-Yourself Life vlog, that’s where I need to be me. I
have to feel free to share all my successes, as well as my failures. I’ll probably
cuss once in a great while. I don’t have the skills yet for the fancy intros, so I’m
not going to bother. I don’t know how often I’ll post on the vlog. It seems if you
don’t post twice a week at the least, you don’t get a lot of subscribers.

I’m not going to worry about that. Not really. What I’m doing takes time. Nothing
happens overnight. Nothing. My life can only be measured month to month. I
know what my house looks like, and that’s enough to keep me going, no matter
what. This is what it looks like. 16' x 32' feet of simplicity. I can add windows,
change door styles, and put a porch up. I can do what I want to make it mine. Tiny
house living at it’s finest.


If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monetizing Me Part 2



I was approved by Project Wonderful, and I’m allowed five of their ads to run at
any given time, and I have to decide what’s garish verses what’s practical. Sure, I
know, you see it all the time, everybody runs ads. I’ve actually clicked on ads that
interested me, and so have others. Do I want to look cluttered? Do I want the extra
cash five ads will provide?

I’ll just have to see what happens when I get a few ads up.

My Rip’s Picks ad will be running before the next couple days are out.

I’ve decided to call my vlog on YouTube, My Do-It-Yourself Life. I can’t wait to
get my first post up. The good with the bad. I’ve set up a slide show to run in the
background, one that highlights my picks, and my books.

Now I’ve got more products to get up, more products than my store actually
allows, so I’ll utilize another store. That’s for another post.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Waiting Game

Everybody plays it, and nobody likes it. However, when it comes to what I’m
doing, need to do, and want to do, I have no choice but to play the game.

I’ve made no secret to the fact I’m doing this because I want a better life for my
wife, and myself. Right now I’m waiting on many, many things, but always
manage to do something constructive each day. My Do-It-Yourself Life.

I shuffled what money I needed to start a one month ad campaign into my Project
Wonderful account, but because Rip’s Picks is a new blog, I have to wait for PW’s
approval to link my present blog to my future ad, and to place their ad boxes on
my site. To ease that process I’m family friendly. I’m also safe for workplaces
everywhere.

Rip’s Picks, in the last ten days of its existence, has gained ground. I’m tweeting
with and without pictures. Without pics, I tweet the blog’s page links. With pics, I
tweet the store’s purchase links. Now I have to get into the habit of doing this each
day, but at different times, reaching new eyes.

Not everybody lives on Twitter, but they visit, and it’s hard to say what the best
times are to tweet my picks. I’ll make a checklist, something visual, which makes
it easy to keep track of things at a glance.

Next, I Google+ my product once per day, but at different times each day. Again
I’m looking for new eyes. People can be there in the morning, afternoon, or
evening, but they don’t live there.

I don’t live online, but I do haunt YouTube. YouTube is great when it comes to
learning about new things, and they make it easy not make their mistakes.

I’ll be making my own vlog entries soon.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Project Wonderful is Good Ad-sense

ProjectWonderful.com does make sense for me, for two reasons. The price is too
sweet to pass up, and collectors are everywhere.

Collectors are young, old, have a house, or live in an apartment. People collect for
all sorts of reasons. They just have to see something they like. They work in fast
food, or as executives. It doesn’t get any better than that. Collectors cross every
social-economic line you can think of.

As you can see to the right, that’s my affiliate link (click the pic), and a statement
of participation.

My skyscraper ad will be 160 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall, and is only limited by
my imagination. However, I’ll keep things simple. What I’ll do is plug (copy and
paste) into the image area a bunch of product mini-pics, keeping those to 80 pixels
wide, letting the height become whatever it becomes. My dots-per-inch, I usually
keep that at 300 dpi.

BTW, to get the best out any picture on Twitter, the width should be 600 pixels at
the max, with a dpi of 300. The length when resizing any pic will simply take care
of itself, you just want to maintain the aspect ratio in the resizing.

Needless to say I’ll be working on the ad. Copy and paste, copy and paste. Move
things around a little. Add the text, or use the Rip’s Picks banner resized. Keep the
text as the focus.

And it’s done, but nothing I’ll do cartwheels or back flips over. I transferred $20 USD
into my Project Wonderful account, and will have to wait a day or so, and then I can
start.

Actual Size, or close to it.

I Google+ with photos, and use Twitter with and without photos. I do have a
Linkedin account, but I’m not sure what I doing yet, but I’ll figure it out. One
promo a day with a pic seems right. I don’t want to wear out my welcome. I did
get the Facebook business page up, and I’m not sure. In order to boost my
page or posts it costs. I just have to save that for later.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

New-Cool Picks


Vintage Jajaco Presidents of the United States - $50 USD - Free shipping (USPS)
within the continental United States. (International S&H will be a flat rate of
$25.00 USD)

Vintage collectors set of U.S Presidents, the 2 inch tall by 15/16 inch wide
figurines start with Washington, and end with John F. Kennedy. Made in Hong
Kong, © Jajaco 1963 New York.
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Vintage Easter Bunny Cast-iron Door Stop - $55 USD - Free shipping (USPS)
within the continental United States. (International S&H will be a flat rate of
$25.00 USD)

This is a vintage piece, it stands 7 and 3/16 inched tall, 6 and 1/8 inches wide, and
is 2 inches deep. It does show a little wear, has a little rust, mainly on the bottom,
and it still looks great. The weight in this is about 5 lbs., with no rubber slide
guard on the bottom. It needs a warm wet rag to it, but I’ll leave that to the buyer.


Two new items are up and running, and the links are on their respective pages, or
you can use this My Store link.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Monetizing Me!

Not as easy as I would like it to be. Turns out I’m NOW too new a blog to qualify
for Google Adsense, but I’m not worried about that. The idea is content and
traffic. I can do both. I’m developing a skyscraper ad for Rip’s Picks to run on
ProjectWonderful, and I have enough funds to get one campaign started.

ProjectWonderful.com, if you go there and read what they’re about, they explain
how advertisers get the best deals, and how publishers make the most money.
Well, you can get a lot of impressions for yourself, or your ad, and a lot of clicks
on your ad (those impressions), but it still doesn’t mean people will buy what
you’re offering. BTW, my last PW campaign cost me less than a dollar a day.

And, that’s not the point. The point is: You get seen, and the curious look at your
stuff. If they see something they like and they buy, that’s as good as it gets. The
definition of low-cost advertising in its truest form.

I’m a store, not a service.

One of the things I discovered is: to make money with ProjectWonderful ads,
you’re allowed three of their ads to place on your site (per one campaign). You can
choose three ads of different sizes (banner, skyscraper, block), and one of each
size is fine, or maybe two block ads and one skyscraper ad is fine. You decide
what you want. One, two, or three ads, of whatever size fits your site’s look.

Your overall traffic is the determining factor when it comes to how much you can
earn per day, per ad, placed on your site. A hundred or more hits each day gets that
money-ball rolling. I can easily see myself with 3000 to 5000 hits per month, or
more.

I’ll do what I can to drive traffic toward my stuff, I’ll blog family friendly and
provide worthwhile content, I can and will step up to Google Adsense, along with
ProjectWonderful.

Next post will be about building my ad, and placing my ad, and getting their ads
running in the sidebar. I’ll also talk about becoming a ProjectWonderful affiliate.

In the meantime . . .

. . . I got the photos worked up for another batch of products, so all I need to do is
spend the rest of this day on the measurements and description, researching
possible prices, and go from there.


If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Featured Today

Basket of Flowers Cast-iron Door Stop




This is a contemporary piece, it weighs about 8 lbs., and no rust! Check it out!

As of today I got my original items up and running, and each item has a page to better look things over. What you see is what you get. Click on any picture to see it enlarged.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Who, What, and Why

Rip’s Picks is me, Ripley King, and I’m a 55 year-old man who’s tired of living
well below the poverty line for a family of two. My wife is disabled, and we get a
government stipend and food stamps, for which I’m grateful. But, it’s not me. I
should be able to pay my own way, and still take care of my wife. My wife and
me, we’ve decided that we want a tiny house, sitting on a few acres we own
outright, and our garden back.

I was renting a house from my mother who had promised to sign the house over to
me, but she passed away before that could happen. I had a house, a big yard, my
massive garden, and I miss that life. Now I have a nice apartment about the size I
would want my tiny house to be (think small double-car garage). Only, I can’t grill out.
There is no real place I can sit outside and drink a morning cup of coffee. There is
no real privacy.

To get back to the tiny house for a moment, my idea is to build on a foundation or
slab a house about the same size as my now apartment. The roof line will hold two
decent rooms as an upstairs. I want a flush toilet.

And I love the green tiny house movement, but to be legal you have to have so
many square feet if you put your house on a foundation or slab, and be hooked up
to the various utilities like water and electric. The thing is, you don’t have to use
them. I can use well water, and I can produce my own electricity. I’m legal, but I
can still go as green as I want.

I’m an amateur picker. I see something that’s old or cool, and if I can get it for
little or nothing, that’s what I do. I look for the wow, the resell value, and price my
collection accordingly. My descriptions may not be the best, but I’ll improve with
time. The prices are researched using the web, and if I know my quality and price
match, I’m good to go.

I also have 16 published e-books for sell, yet people don’t know I exist. Most of
what I write is horror, dark fantasy, one crime thriller, and one XXX erotica. I’ll
have my books page rebuilt, probably right after I post this. It’s always free to read
the samples as part of that Look Inside feature at Amazon, or read the entire novels
using your KindleUnlimited subscription. The one thing I can’t do is twist your
arms.

In order for me to tell people I exist, I have to buy ads. It’s hard to buy ads when
you live on squat and food stamps.

I’ve adopted a strategy of throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. Yes,
I could have done eBay, but I would rather have my own store. I want to control
what I do, and save on all those crappy fees. I’ll start small, and work my way up.

There’s more to this wall-sticking thing, but that’s for another day.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New! Maybe Improved?

Okay, this is the story in short. My first blog and the hits it had got shredded for some reason, so I decided to fight back. Only, I had to start over. It took me all of this weekend to decide what to do, and why, and then do it. Today is my first ever post on this, my blog reborn.

I have a lot of things to do. Pages to put up again, and as always, my policies page comes first.

There's a lot of work to do. I'm not happy, but I will be. Just got a lot of work to do to recover the store. It's a shame that people can't be decent to each other, but this experience has taught me a lot about the recovery process.

Look, people are going to hate, bullies need to be punched down, repeatedly if that's what it takes, and I'm just the kind of man to do it. Give me a few days. Enough said.