Goodwill Banking – some people seem to make cash by reselling junk bought there

I’ve recently moved out of a place. It was a nice place, for the most part.  There was a sauna in the back that no-one ever used, and my walls were painted blue in the bedroom that I rented out.  There were paintings everywhere.  There was expensive vintage stuff everywhere.  There was electronic stuff, and every imaginable cooking gadget in the kitchen.  This place had a lot of stuff….why?  Well, the landlord made his cash (aside from the rent checks) by buying crap at Goodwill, then selling it on Ebay. There were a pair of Bose speakers that were obtained for $15.  There was a 50 inch plasma television that was obtained for….hmmm….between $50 and $150, can’t remember exactly.  Doesn’t matter though, cuz the stuff was got on the cheap to be sure.  Evidently this is not a new phenomenon.  The landlord also met a lady friend who did the same thing: bought stuff at Goodwill that was donated post-divorce or who knows what, then sold it for a good profit. When I first moved in I thought this was a pretty stellar thing to be doing, and even woke up one morning planning on going to a Goodwill to try my hand at it.  I ended up eating Vietnamese with a friend instead, which was just as well. I did end up going to one at a later time……and left within 10 minutes.  I decided that I would not be able to do that sort of thing.  He (the landlord), told me that one has to spend a few hours there at a time to catch the awesome deals....

Online dev resources (just a few)

Google Dev Stuff http://net.tutsplus.com Google Webmaster Central Of course, Adsense Affiliate Stuff:  CJ  Google Affiliate  Linkshare  OneNetworkDirect  Shareasale  Impact Radius Domain management: GoDaddy Web Copy...

The Absolute Worst Web Hosting Company in the World

I wrote this up so that you would know why you should never sign up for web hosting with Total Internet Solutions.  It is truly the absolute worst web hosting company in the world. I give it negative 4 billion stars. Why, you may ask?  I’ll break it all down for you right here. Let me first start off by saying that I was initially content with this web hosting provider. I had signed up via a deal they had going on CNET, which was around $96 for 2 years of service. In the beginning, I was content enough that I even told my web developer friends that I was using Total Internet Solutions, and that they were decent for the price.  When I signed up, it was with the understanding that I was allotted unlimited bandwidth and unlimited space – a common theme among the web hosting providers.   Then one day things got pretty terrible…..   One night, I sat down with my laptop and went to one of my sites, b2me2.com, and found that it was offline.  In its place was a message that stated: “Account Suspended.”  ‘Weird,’ thought I.  What could I have done that would warrant a take down of my sites without warning.  I then logged into my email and read the following message:     I tried calling the company that night, but was unable to reach them.  I go to work the next day, and despite having a lot of work to accomplish and not wanting to deal with additional headaches, I gave them a call at lunch. The person I...

How to setup an eCommerce WordPress Blog – Part 5

E. Additional Helpful WordPress Setup Sites (vetted by myself) How to Set up a WordPress Website How to Set up a Hosted WordPress Website A Comprehensive Checklist to Creating the Perfect WordPress Website If you feel like there are major gaps in this guide, please feel free to let me know. Go to any WordPress setup section: 1. Setup, 2. Installation, 3. Configuration, 4. Marketing, 5. Additional...

How to setup an eCommerce WordPress Blog – Part 4

D. Marketing  You now have your site rockin’ online…along with billions of other sites. Don’t be discouraged! I believe it depends on what audience you want to reach, and what you want to accomplish, but I’ve put together a few pointers for you. I’ll provide more practical information in the latter part of the article, although I really feel the need to outline some pointers that will hopefully help you avoid mistakes that I’ve made in the past in the online-marketing world. Point 1: Don’t do it just for monetary gain. Seriously, this will only frustrate you. We’ve all seen the commercials, ads, etc. where some company or person is talking about how they got filthy f*cking rich doing nothing but thinking magical thoughts and writing small pieces of shit booklets about how to get rich. Don’t listen to ANY of that noise. The only person I know of who seems to be honest with that kind of stuff is Pat Flynn. If you want to make cash off of your site, then that’s awesome. Just know that it ain’t easy, and it takes time to get things off the ground (unless you have some pretty spectacular ideas that you execute). Not everyone is a Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, etc., etc., etc. Point 2: Create something that will benefit others, not just yourself. If you try and create something with the intention of only making a quick buck, then the user will see it (for the most part). I know this from experience. I once made a site that was a virtual shopping mall. It was total shit. I...