Thursday, July 15, 2010

One of my buyers is looking for the following:

Composters – both countertop and larger outdoor units


Benches and Gliders

Gazebos and Canopies

Outdoor Rugs (not mats)

Butterfly Houses & Butterfly Bathes & Ladybug Feeders


Rain Barrels

Kneeler/Garden Seat

Garden Scoots

Eco-Friendly Garden Products

Pest Control

Instant Greenhouses

Solar Products that “do something” during the day

Outdoor Storage

Outdoor “Fire” items

Let me know if you have anyone with products in any of these categories.


Foreward Reviews: 2010 Book of the Year Awards

ForeWord Reviews is now accepting entries for the 2010 Book of the Year Awards. This time-honored book award celebrates the independent spirit; it's open to independently published books which have been or will be released in 2010.

ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Awards program was established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.

The deadline to enter is January 15, 2011. To enter and find out more about the award categories, eligibility guidelines, and judging criteria, visit:

If your books expand a reader's world, introduce a voice society needs to hear, offer practical knowledge where none existed before, or simply entertain so compellingly that all distractions fall away, they should be submitted for the Book of the Year Awards!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Event calendar listings

Are you holding an event, gig, class, group meeting or seminar? One of the easiest, and possibly most overlooked, ways to get free publicity is through calendar listings. Despite checking the local paper and other neighborhood news forums when looking for activities to do, many people do not utilize the calendar sections when it comes time to promoting their own event.

There are a number of places where you can submit calendar listings, depending on your business and your community. Larger city newspapers are dwindling and less inclined to print something in the paper if it’s not a big event, but online locations are a great place to get the word out. Neighbors want to support their local businesses and people are always looking for fun things to do.

Some locations to consider posting your event:

Local radio station, local newspaper website, local television website
Craigslist Community section
Tourism & Visitor Associations websites
School District Websites
Local fraternal organization websites

What goes into a calendar listing?

You want to include the following items:

Who: Your company or the name of your event

What: Self-explanatory, but basically, what is your event? Is this an anniversary? A sale? A seminar? A gig? A grand opening? A class? Philanthropic tie-ins should also be noted.

Where: Provide the address and note any needed parking information. If you are hard to find you might want to put a map link into your verbage.

When: Day and time

How: Do people need to purchase tickets in advance? How much are they? Is there a website?

Be sure you include your own contact information so journalists or attendees can get in touch with you for any follow-up questions.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Do you know your real Google rankings?

When you search Google for the rankings of your websites for
keywords, you might not be seeing the same rankings as other users.
Why? Because Google uses your previous searches to rank websites
you often visit (such as your own websites). The sites you visit can
often rank higher for you than for other users.

How can you find out what others see? Easy. Use Scroogles scraper.
This website searches Google without using your search history or
computer's unique address. That ensures that the search is clean
and more accurate than a search done simply from your computer.

To use Scroogle, go to:

Syndicating Your Feeds

If you want to syndicate your blog or parts of your website so people
can subscribe to your feed (to get regular updates), here are a few
services you could use.

Note: Feedburner is the service used by many major websites, but it does cost some money. The other feed services list below offer a free version (and charge for upgrades or more capabilities).