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Raking in the Dough!

Spring officially arrives in about a week, but it's not too early to start a little Spring
Cleaning in your online shop. Perhaps you have items listed that have not sold
or have not had many viewers lately. This probably means that you need to do a
little sprucing up as a seller.

Start with your pricing. Are your items priced attractively for your buyers? Perhaps
lowering the prices a bit or offering Free Shipping would add some appeal.

Next look at your titles and descriptions. Have you described your items clearly
and accurately? In your titles are you including descriptive words that buyers
would actually search for? Have you included sizes and measurements?

Finally, view your pictures as if you were a buyer. Are your backgrounds clean?
Are your photos cropped to frame your items nicely? Have you edited your photos
to insure there is sharp contrast and bright exposure so that your buyers can clearly
see their beauty and appeal?

These are just a few cleaning tips to get you started. Pop on your white gloves and
do a little shop inspection to see which items need the most dusting. Spruce up
your storefront shelves and you'll soon be raking in the dough!

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Mary Lechelle' | March 16th 2014 at 1395032552

mrsdinkerson | March 17th 2014 at 1395059888

Thank you, Mary!
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Kelli | March 21st 2014 at 1395462472

are you a baker?
mrsdinkerson | March 22nd 2014 at 1395529804

LOL! I like the green kind of "dough", Kelli. Thanks for reading this blog and taking the time to comment. :)
Monty | March 26th 2014 at 1395847291 - in reply to mrsdinkerson

she bakes FRESH cOOkie$ for me all the time (lol)

I just now logged in and noticed this excellent piece of suggested advice.

+hank yoU, Monty

oh, a guidO to service this moment....gotta run, ciaO!
mrsdinkerson | March 26th 2014 at 1395855237

Spoken as someone who knows VERY WELL how to take care of his Addoway Storefront AND his customers! Thank you, Monty!
Monty | March 26th 2014 at 1395857380 - in reply to mrsdinkerson

Congratulations on your sale today...

What a Girl Scout indeed!

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Rosie | April 7th 2014 at 1396894590

That's a beautiful pink avatar rose. Is that from your own garden?
mrsdinkerson | April 7th 2014 at 1396895669

Thank you, Rosie. No, not from the garden, but from a bouquet from my soldier son.
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Preston | April 8th 2014 at 1397017126

looking at titles is what will make make click to see what the ad is all about
mrsdinkerson | April 9th 2014 at 1397047327

Absolutely, Preston. I totally agree! Thanks for adding your comment on this one.
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Pierre' | May 2nd 2014 at 1399100132

Etes-vous un boulanger français? Est-il si
mrsdinkerson | May 3rd 2014 at 1399128271

Non. Je suis juste un Américain vendeur en ligne. Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire.
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Wanda | May 3rd 2014 at 1399153171

Are you a raking gardener?
I also enjoy gardening just about this time but I don't care much in raking dead leaves once Autumn arrives.
Do you sell seeds with Free Shipping? I need some seeds for my flower pots.
Great topic from your bake shop!
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Curious George | May 20th 2014 at 1400651113

1. Why does everyone think you are a baker?

I understand this topic as being a better online seller.

2. Isn't this about better tips to sell online?

3. What's your comment about the recent 7 Top Trends in 2014 blog
mrsdinkerson | May 21st 2014 at 1400675172

Thanks for your understanding, Curious George. You're right that this blog is about tips to help you rake in the money as a seller, as referenced by the word "dough".
As for the recent Addo blog (7 Top Trends in 2014) I have to say while I agree with some of the points made (particularly #s 1 and 2 and # 5) the blog is a curiousity to me, as the blog written just below it (only 3 months before) contradicts point #7. I believe it IS important to market your items for sale on Social Media. I have witnessed myself how many of my own items sell because they are seen on Social Media, as opposed to showing up in a Search Engine. If there are sellers who are not savvy about Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. I feel it's a fabulous idea to pay someone who IS to help promote their things and get them SOLD.
Thanks for asking! :)

BTW- I promote things for others on Social Media sites (and get paid to do it) and have received nothing but positive feedback about doing so.
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Curious George | May 21st 2014 at 1400684293

Hi, thanks again for your nice reply about your blog.
I just went back to read particularly #s 1 and 2 and # 5 and couldn't agree with you more; however, #7 seems to contradict (by site) everything they first meant to be.

Am I reading #7 wrong or are they perhaps just not realizing that the only ones that would know best would be the "Merchant" on how or what they do or need to do to get their items out there? If no one has heard of then how can a seller get buyers over here? I see plenty of spam on this site within the each page. I see your ads with online ads that I don't think are yours. Do you sell fungus toenail creams? If I refresh your shop ad then I see "quick fix blister" ads or a AMEX application click button.

That is spam. Is it not?

PS: My friends call me by my first (shorten) nickname "Curi" but my co-workers use to
call me Mr. George.

I'm now retired but you may call me Curi too.
mrsdinkerson | May 21st 2014 at 1400696478

Good points, Curi! If the owners of Addoway feel it is not a good idea to have others promote our items on the social media sites, (referencing # 7 in the above-mentioned Addoway blog) "The traffic you get from it is usually not real unique traffic. It does nothing for your business except make your links spam.", then why do they allow Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and other buttons that directly link to those sites for promotions?
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Lucinda | June 1st 2014 at 1401692189

My husband just now noticed this blog on Twitter while updating his Twt accounts.
I think Twitter is an excellent way to reach out to online shoppers with list ads.

What do you think?

When I was pregnant with our second child, we relied on Twitter to find cheaper baby clothes. Had we not seen these click ads, we would have not been able to afford paying retail for something that would be outgrown in a month or so. Clickable tweet ads from online merchants SAVED US MONEY.

Do you realize how expensive clothes for newborns AND toddlers can break ones budget these days?

We're NOT rich but we're also NOT poor. We rely on Twitter URL Link ads in order to help us shop online more often seeking economical buys.
mrsdinkerson | June 2nd 2014 at 1401720025

Congratulations on finding great online deals through Twitter promotions, Lucinda! I agree with you that many people find it convenient to do their shopping while on Social Media sites such as Twitter. It is a quick way to be linked up with just what you've been looking for.
Thanks for taking the time to add your comments on this blog. I appreciate you for stopping by!
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John Stone | June 2nd 2014 at 1401729697 - in reply to mrsdinkerson

I did not realize this site existed until I noticed the tweets actually coming from (also shown) from their homepage blog tab.

Addoway Support must be tweaking this site?
mrsdinkerson | June 2nd 2014 at 1401737997

I am glad to hear you saw something about Addoway on Twitter, John! I hope you will check out the site and remember to come here when searching for good deals. Thanks for taking the time to add your comments to my blog!
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Brandi | June 2nd 2014 at 1401742768

Chandler (my bf) just forwarded this to me

I've never heard of this site after reading your CS story on it.
Chandler says he thinks its only for Dropshippers.
Are you a dropship merchant? I am looking for a new dishwasher (but under $100). DO you have any? I need it in stainless or color black.
I must tell the girls (at the office) to visit your shop.
Which shop url should I use to forward?
I'm at "the office" and better get offline before the boss walks in on this.
Will recheck here tonight or tomorrow.
Oh, do you sell (used) cars?
mrsdinkerson | June 2nd 2014 at 1401759513

Hi, Brandi! Thanks so much for visiting Addoway. I'm glad to know it is being promoted so well through Social Media. In answer to your questions, I am not a dropship merchant and do not sell either appliances or cars. My Addoway storefront is located here: and I welcome your visits and those of your co-workers. Please tell Chandler thank you as well!
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Paula | June 5th 2014 at 1402027360

Hi, I just read today's homepage blog and then continued up into December 30th 2013 blog and gave up.

Do you think the owners lack of activity or participation suggest they have given up too?

P. at Empty Promises
mrsdinkerson | June 6th 2014 at 1402066621

Hi, Paula. Thanks for taking the time to add your thoughts to my blog. I don't know the owner(s) of Addoway personally, so I have no answer as to their lack of activity or participation. The last official Addoway blog can be read here:
It was posted on May 3rd.
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Brandi Lynn | June 10th 2014 at 1402443749

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Ashley | June 18th 2014 at 1403135725

Just read your excellent blog and wondering if you happen to be part of the National Day of Making movement?

If so, its your special day. If not, perhaps one day because I think you have what it takes in this cheesy business.

You can also watch the Maker Faire live and learn more at
mrsdinkerson | June 19th 2014 at 1403181323

To me, the business of selling online is not "cheesy". I enjoy the process of finding the perfect things to sell in my shops, preparing them for sale, listing them and selling them to all the fantastic customers out there in cyberspace. I do appreciate your compliment on my entrepreneurial abilities. I had never heard of the Maker Faire until your post. Thank you, Ashley, for taking the time to post on this blog and if you are part of the Making movement, congratulations!
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Ashley | June 19th 2014 at 1403194940 - in reply to mrsdinkerson

I'm sorry, I meant cheesy as an adjective: a good smell, or consistency of good.
And not meant to express cheesy as an informal: unpleasant

Regardless of how this term was misunderstood, I still think you have what it takes to run your own business. I went back and looked at your Addoway shop, clear photos and your description is impeccable. Your presentation to feedback is remarkable but I did not notice your own website?

I do hope you'll look into this because you have what it takes in being happily successful in USA.
Alright then, I shall leave you with great hopes to see more of you in cyberspace. Good luck
mrsdinkerson | June 23rd 2014 at 1403535941

Thanks for clarifying the "cheesy" word, Ashley. You're right that I did misunderstand what you were trying to say. I appreciate your kind words about my abilities!

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