Update: Selling Armor on eBay

We told you previously about the armor we listed on eBay. This isn’t necessarily all that unique — people sell interesting things on eBay every day. What was unique was using a proven platform such as a blog in order to promote the listing.

How’d we do?

Well, we’re happy to report that the auction ended last night. We’ve already been in communication with the buyer (a “mate” from the land down under — howdy, Dan, if you’re reading this!). He seems like a great guy. We’ll be shipping his new purchase out to him tomorrow.

More interestingly, however, are the results we managed to achieve on our search keywords. We got into the top 10 (read: 1st page) of results for these words: antique armor cuirass. Here’s some photographic proof for those of you from Missouri:

The lesson? If you’re trying to get noticed, you can’t beat a nicely-placed business blog. From an internet marketing standpoint, this is nearly magical. If you have a business and you aren’t blogging, you’re missing out on a phenomenal opportunity to communicate with your existing and future customers.

For those of you wondering about our traffic, I don’t have any other armor auctions to compare things to, so I can’t speak intelligently to that. But on the blog site itself here, we had a significant spike in traffic looking for armor. Ironically, much of it seems to have come from Digg!

Get busy blogging!

And, by the way, we happen to specialize in getting you off to the right start. Contact us today! 😉

If you can’t wait, here’s a great article we just found from the folks that put together the snazzy new design for Michelle Malkin’s blog.

Live Free or Die

Freedom.

This is a concept that I believe we have truly lost. In recent months, I have re-read many of the writings and speeches from those who staked their lives to bring the United States of America into existence. Hearing the intensity of their passion, the resolute hatred of tyranny, and the willingness to sacrifice all for the future of their families has led me to believe that we have lost the art of valuing something such as liberty.

I truly appreciate the historic speech given by Patrick Henry which is most famous for the phrase, “Give me liberty or give me death!” To think that someone could speak extemporaneously with such clarity of thought about something with such ramifications leaves me breathless.

What a shame that today we allow our freedoms to drain as sand through our fingers without thought as to their purchase price. May God help us.

On this 4th of July — the “Independence Day” here in the USA — let us remember vividly the nature of that which our Founding Fathers overthrew. And let us be vigilant to watch that we do not allow it to return wearing another face.

And Now For Something Completely Different…

Well… we said we’d occasionally write about things that might be useless or trivial!

Here’s the skinny on some fascinating armor (breastplate & backplate) that we have listed on eBay. Know anybody who is a weaponry or militaria buff? Perhaps they’d be interested?

We plan to report back on how this process of using eBay in combination with some other internet marketing techniques actually works out. Watch this space!

Are You Getting Noticed?

Why do small businesses build websites, anyway?

I’ve come to believe that most of them (the businesses) are suffering from dysfunctional strategy.  Perhaps hypo-strategy is a better way to look at it — a sort of neglect where it comes to developing any overall business philosophy or vision.

Why would I say this?

Most small business websites do just about everything except what they should be doing.

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High-Tech Children

Now here’s a young lady who understands marketing. She’s found a medium that will evidently reach her father with her request.

Check it out on Seth Godin’s blog.

Now, my daughter’s only 2. But, since I’ve already caught her playing with a Rubik’s cube, I’m guessing that by the time she’s old enough to want new furniture in her room, I have something like this to look forward to.

The Motorcycle Jones

It doesn’t have much to do with business (or does it? hmmmm…), but my good friend Bill Sanders is on a meandering motorcycle trip and is reporting about it on his blog. He left from his home in Northern California on Monday and is making some scheduled stops before starting to wander aimlessly.

Every motorcyclist’s dream trip.

Reading about it is both joy and torture. Makes me wish I had a bike.

New Buffalo Wings Restaurant in Sarasota – Wing Junction on Beneva Road

**Update (January, 2009): Wing Junction has, unfortunately, closed. A victim of the 2008 high food prices? Perhaps we’ll never know. In any case, we wish the former owner the very best. He’s a heckuva nice guy.

In the meantime, check out our more recent post on buffalo wings in Sarasota.

For all of you Wings addicts in Sarasota, you’ve got to check out the newest gig in town…

Wing Junction is in the Publix shopping center at 935 N. Beneva Road — home of the U.S. Postal Service and former home of the much-missed Beef O’Brady’s. (I guess the center is called “Sarasota Commons,” but who notices these things?)

The store has only been open for a few weeks, but I’ve already had the opportunity to sample the goods twice now. Both of my visits have been during lunch – mainly because the location is near my new office and I seem to be running errands in the vicinity.

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Supercharge Your Internet Marketing

Thinking about amping up your website’s performance?

Or maybe even starting a new online business?

The recordings are now available for the SUPERB internet marketing conference we mentioned.

We invested 4 days for a trip to San Antonio, not to mention hundreds of $$ in registrations, hotel costs, airfare, etc… to be at this fabulous event and absorb as much information as possible.

It was WELL worth it.

Now you can have access to all of the recordings – 2 days’ worth! – for under $200 on CD.

Go check it out!

Verizon Says Their Phones Are “On”

Ever dream you’d see the day when a major telco goes on the defensive… over their basic phone service?

Verizon’s new “It’s On” campaign is directly aimed at those who have made the switch to VOIP (who hasn’t?). Defending POTS (“plain old telephone service”) as a viable option is just one more signal of how much technology is changing our lives. Not even the telephone company is exempt from being wiped off the map.

We made the switch to VOIP in business several years ago. My family made the switch at home nearly two years ago, and I must say, I don’t miss writing a check to Verizon every month. Sure, we’ve had a couple of blips in our service when the local cable provider experienced difficulties in service, but the reliability difference is not significant.

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