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

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 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

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.

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., 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

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

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

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.