Recommending Amazon Products on Squidoo

There are many ways to make money using Squidoo. A favorite way for many people is to recommend products for sale on Amazon which are related to your subject or niche. For example, if you have a lens built around Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, you can feature Skywalker action figures available for sale on Amazon. If you choose to use the Amazon modules on Squidoo, then you will most likely make 4.25% in commissions on your sale because Squidoo usually lands in the highest bracket for affiliate commissions on Amazon which is 8.5% on general products.

Many people like to use their own affiliate links for recommending available Amazon products, but once Squidoo axed the use of the Iframe, using your own affiliate links went the way of the dinosaurs. Squidutils.com then came along and added the ability to make your own links using their Amazon link building service. To use this service, you have to give up every 10th click on your affiliate link to Squidutils. It really isn’t a bad deal, but some commissions from your lens can be lost this way.

You can now set up your own Amazon RSS feeds for Squidoo with a small amount of work on the front end. You will first need to set up a generic Storestacker website which is real simple. Then you need to add a category to your site for the type of product you would like to feature. Once this is done, generate an RSS feed from your category, copy and paste it into the RSS module on your Squidoo lens.

The feeds produced by Storestacker and not as pretty as those generated at Squidutils; there has to be a way to make them look better and you can be sure that I will be searching for the solution.

Effecting Planning of Exhibitions: An Advertising Tool in Marketing the Designer and His Products

Exhibition is the public display of artefacts such as manufactured goods, food, artefacts etc. in order to attract viewers and buyers. An effective exhibition should be well planned and organized. It is also noteworthy that only excellent works that merits appreciation and shows artists’ exceptional skills should be exhibited.

The organization of an exhibition is very relevant. Its importance cannot be over-emphasized. Some of the purposes of organizing and mounting of an exhibition are outlined below:

1. It showcases the designs and works of an artist: An exhibition mounted by an artist helps him to show the entire world what he/she is able to do. This invariably would help him to gain customers who may be interested in the purchase of any of his works or designs.

2. It offers an avenue for the sale of products: An exhibition gives the artist the platform to explain the concepts and ideas behind his artistic creations and this would move viewers to purchase some of his mounted works.

3. It promotes the manufacturer: An exhibition affords people the opportunity to know the manufacturer. This promotes and makes him popular or known.

4. It promotes competition and creativity in the industry: When an exhibition is mounted by the artist, other artists come to view his artistic creations. These artists are inspired by the works seen and are challenged to produce works that surpasses those they have seen. This ensures the development of new ideas and new products in the industry.

5. It entertains all in attendance: People who come for the exhibition are entertained after viewing the varied products of the artist. They gain new experiences of artistic productions and this greatly entertains them. Also, it may help them to get new friends and interact with people of different backgrounds. The side attractions such as the music played at the occasion all adds an entertainment flavor to the entire programme.

Exhibitions are broadly classified into two. These are General exhibitions and specialized exhibitions. General Exhibition is whereby varieties of items are displayed to the general public. It attracts all kinds of exhibits or works. It should be noted that several products are exhibited during general exhibitions. Several products such as Bags, belts, shoes etc. are exhibited at the same time. It can be called a Bazaar or Fair.

On the contrary, specialized exhibition involves the display of a specific kind of product or artifact. For instance, when only bags are exhibited, we can say it is a specialized exhibition. However, varieties of the same product thus, bags are exhibited.

It should be noted that either of these types of exhibition can be organized at various levels such as Individual exhibition, Group exhibition, Institutional exhibition, Community exhibition, District exhibition, Regional exhibition, National exhibition and International exhibition.

An effective exhibition should be well thought of or planned before it is organized. Several factors come to the fore in the planning of an exhibition.

1. Type of exhibition- The artist or organizers of the exhibition should seriously consider the type of exhibition that they want to mount whether a specialized or generalized exhibition. If the exhibition is organized by a different body, the artist should make the necessary inquiry through trade publications, newspapers, internet etc. to know precisely the type of exhibition to be organized. This would help him to prepare accordingly.

2. What to exhibit-The artist should deeply consider the kinds of exhibit to mount. He should consider the theme of the exhibition, the background of the potential viewers such as their age group, sex, levels of education and even their income levels. This would aid him in knowing the kind of artefacts to exhibit.

3. Where to exhibit- The place or venue for the exhibition should be carefully considered. Its location should be at the heart or centre of his most expected guests or the target group. The venue must be easy to locate. The premises should be spacious, clean, well ventilated and well lit.

4. Cost involved- The cost to be incurred for the organization of the entire exhibition should be carefully rolled out. The cost of publicity, side attractions/ programmes, preparation of the venue etc. must be well planned.

5. Publicity- This refers to the means by which the organisers want to broadcast or make known the exhibition to the general public. The best and most effective means of publicity should be adopted and implemented. Should it be done through posters, banners, flyers, signposts, open air announcement, brochures or the internet? The organizers should think about it critically.

6. Expected number of guests/visitors- The number of people to be expected at the exhibition grounds should be well thought of. This would help the organizers to plan the exhibition well. It would enable them to choose the right venue in terms of size, the number of seating etc. for the exhibition.

7. Duration/Time- The length of time for the exhibition should be planned well. Will the exhibition last for a day, days etc. The time for the start of the programme and the time it would end should be thought of carefully and communicated with the expected guests prior to the programme.

8. Security- The organizers should beef up the security at the exhibition grounds to protect the exhibitors, invitees and the exhibits. This would make all in attendance very secured.

9. Visitor’s book- This is a special book that is made available to all the invited guests to write down their names, contacts, comments and experiences. This would enable artists to contact prospective buyers of their products and in the planning of future exhibitions.

10. General layout- The entire arrangement of the exhibits, seating etc. should be artistic and nice. There shouldn’t be any room for crowdedness and congestion. The place should be comely and refreshing.

Exhibitions are the enticements that draw people to the products and services offered by a business. Therefore it must be carefully planned. This would ensure that the products manufactured by individuals, groups or enterprises will have mass sales and sensitization among the populace.

Make Product Niches Easy to Locate

The products that make you the most profit margins, are not always the best products to sell. Those types of products always seem to have more competition. And what’s worse is; the competition is usually charging a way lower price than you can afford to sell the same product.
Popular products like I-pods and cell phones are not very good money makers. Especially if you are selling on ebay. Because everyone and their mother are selling I-pods and cell phones on eBay already. That means more competition and lower prices than you can afford. Stay away from popular or general products that bring lots of profit.

Think outside the box. Think small profit, lots of sales. I would rather sell 100 items a day and make 1 dollar profit on each item; than sell one item and only 20 dollars profit a day. Think small items that people need. Think about the things you use on an everyday basis. Think about products you like, use, or need. Do you really need an I-pod or do you want to sell them because they are popular?

You have to be smart and think 3 steps ahead if you are going to get into sales online. Make things as easy as possible for you at all times. Don’t struggle by doing research on niches that might work. Use your head, stop for a few minutes and think of products you need on an everyday basis. Necessities usually sell better than luxuries online.

Necessity may be different for different people though. For example, a headset and microphone may not be a necessity to most people. But, to a tele-communications expert, it would be a necessity. Think about what products would sell and would have little to no competition. I always say sell accessories for popular items. To this day, that little strategy works great.

Even little things like cool drinking cups sell great. You can make some good money if you sell a lot of them. Today, I want you to sit back and think about all the things you use on a daily basis. I bet if you did some research on those items, you would find the sellers, sell a lot of them. They might not make a lot of money per sale. But, like I said earlier: if they sell one hundred items a day with one dollar profit on each, that’s a one hundred dollar day. When I first started selling online; a hundred dollar day was a great day.

Think about it. The most popular and obvious Niche is not always the best niche. Too many complications arise when you have 3000 other sellers trying to out-do your starting price. You need to find a new ways to get away from that kind of competition. Think about the things you buy most, besides food and clothing. I bet you could open a floodgate of new possibilities if you really think about it. Everyday items sell remarkably great compared to a new television or surround theatre system.

I probably sell everyday items 1000 to 1 compared to big luxury items. People buy what they need. Once you realize that, you can make sales happen with a more positive outcome. Stop selling items just because they have a big profit margin. Start selling items that you know will sell. Give these little insights a try. They have worked great for me through the years.

How to Treat Eczema – Proper Nutrition and Mild Dermatological Products

There are a lot of triggers that can cause eczema. Look at your lifestyle, including what you eat. A simple observation of your environment may be the key. Is there enough moisture in your office or does the temperature leave your skin dry and flaky? Could you be allergic to any food? More often than not, you’ll probably have some difficulty finding these triggers. Be aware of your diet, your surroundings, and even the clothes you wear will greatly help in lessening the onset symptoms of this pesky problem. Preventive measure is one of the ways you can actively avoid aggravating the symptoms.

Certain foods can worsen your condition, which mostly include dairy products and other fowl-related products such as chicken and eggs. Wheat and cereal may also cause reactions. This is because these food are high-risk allergy foods, or goods that have a high rate of allergic reactions. Fish and some seafood such as shellfishes and squid may also cause an outbreak of skin itchiness. Sticking to healthy, organic food won’t only lessen your eczema, it may also contribute to the improvement of your health.

Nowadays, there are also a lot of dermatological approaches in order to treat eczema. Remember that your skin is sensitive, and the products that you use may worsen the condition. Generally, products with a lot of harsh ingredients may contribute to dry and itchy skin. Instead of using heavily perfumed products, go for the products that moisturizes the skin. Using mild lotion and body wash keeps your skin hydrated without irritating the skin with extra harsh ingredients. If it’s your scalp that needs attention due to itching, it’s likely because the skin of your scalp is affected. Use anti-dandruff shampoos, although try alternating it with a mild shampoo-even the baby shampoos will work-so you won’t worsen the condition. Remember that even anti-dandruff shampoos may have heavy ingredients, so try to stick to the milder ones.

This condition won’t disappear within a day; sometimes it takes weeks, months-even years-before they lessen considerably. However, you should always remember that the best way to treat eczema is to stick to the combination of routine healthy diet and useful products. With this, you’ll be able to counter the effects of eczema.