Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Unique Mother’s Day Gifts

I think one of the neatest thing about print on demand type stores is that you can give a gift that’s; special, personal, fun and the person won’t already have one just like it.

I created a new Mother’s Day design and added to my shop last night. The design says, “Mom on the Outside Babe on the Inside”

Get one for the mom in your life. Trust me – it will make her feel good!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

pdf files

I used to wonder why some people used Word attachments and others used pdf files.I learned today the benefits of pdf files: compatibility with all browsers, and operating systems, universally readable, (the format that the viewer sees is identical to the format that the creator created regardless of screen size, resolution or operating system.)

It doesn’t matter if the receiver has the particular application you created the document with, only the reader, Adobe Reader for example, which is free to download.

Also the content of a pdf document is difficult to edit, adding a good layer of basic security and avoiding "accidental" modifications to the original by the receiver. And finally, a pdf file is compressed making it smaller and more easily transmitted via email attachments.

Traditionally very expensive to buy the original program to create pdf-formatted documents, you can now use a great new product that is inexpensive and fully capable so you can take advantage of this handy and professional tool.

Click Here! to learn more.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Newest Christian Apparel and Gifts added to givitup

I created some more designs for the Christian section of my online store while all my sections were gone. Then this morning all my missing images came back! Yea!

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

10 things you can do today that will improve your Internet Marketing


I’m still reading There is so much information! All important to online storeowners too. The site has a blog and I am including a link to ”10 things you can do TODAY that will improve your Internet Marketing” by Jimmy Ellis:

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

4 Sections worth of products in my store disappear

Another unpleasant surprise for CafePress shopkeepers yesterday! Many of us received an email saying all of the images they stored on one of their servers were corrupt and they were taking them down. So for two days now 4 sections in my store are empty!

All of my ads pointing to. …nothing! All of my blogposts talking about my new designs pointing to …nothing!

After I saw on my statcounter that someone from Harpo in Chicago spent 10 minutes this afternoon clicking around my empty “Knut” section I put a message on every blank paging stating what happened and to please try back.

Oprah! Knut is really there, keep trying! (Only maybe wait a day!)

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And click on Truly Unique Gifts

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Press Releases

I mentioned yesterday that I write press releases. I was emailed asking for an example of one so thought I should post that if you type press release in the search box of this blog you will see six that I wrote for my own site.

Mostly I have written for local companies by sending them to area papers or to online sites (which I really suggest for those who have a website), but tomorrow I am going to start placing a couple ads on Craigslist to branch out a bit.


Sunday, April 15, 2007

I’ve recently come across a website that is just fascinating. It is incredibly useful for any business owner, especially an online business owner. is a member of the MEC Labs Group who has the following mission statement, “To discover what really works.”

The Lab tests every conceivable marketing method on the internet and publishes the results in The Marketing Experiments Journal. Their experiments run 3 to 18 months with budgets between $4500 and $100,000.

Since I write press releases for businesses the experiment where they compared pay per click and press releases was of special interest to me. See if you don’t find it eye-opening:

And if it makes you want to start sending out press releases and you aren’t a writer, feel free to contact me!

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hints to help your e-commerce store stand out from its’ competitors.

This article is a big help for online storeowners. Here’s one thing the author starts out with: “Your e-commerce store needs to stand out from every other store selling the same products. There are many facets of creating a powerful online business, including a clean design, simple-to-use catalog and shopping cart and competitive pricing, but one major aspect that is sometimes overlooked, however, is the content.”

Click here to read the whole article.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Hats Moms Wear

I’ve really gotten into the creative mode lately. I’ve been spending a couple of days coming up with new designs and adding them to my online shop. I’ve also been updating all my ads, which is terribly time consuming.

My latest isn’t entirely finished. It’s called The Hats Moms Wear and it was going to be just hats with all the different jobs moms do. As I was loading them I thought the design looked good on other products as well, so I expanded the line.

I thought these would be a great Mother’s Day gift or a gift for a new mom, baby shower or a bridal shower.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Knut is Kute!

I did something totally fun today. My husband showed me a story in the paper about Knut the baby polar bear at the Berlin Zoo and how people are just flocking to see him. I thought he was so cute I created a section of Knut apparel and gift items. See what you think: and click on Truly Unique Gifts

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

New Positive Thinking Designs

After a solid week of reading not only CafePress’s forums, but also other forums where people talked about all the CafePress pending changes, I was cross-eyed, tired and discouraged.

Then I spent 3 days helping with a youth mission project and am still tired! But, now only physically instead of mentally.

Tonight I added a section to my store based on The Secret, which I really like to think of as positive thinking.

You can see my new designs at Just click on the Truly Unique Gift section near the bottom.

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