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Old 1st September 2004, 09:15 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone ~

Robert...feel free to move this if I put it in the wrong catagory...

I have had, for me, an enormous month of sales in August. The main thing I have sold...ribbed placemats! People have been buying them from all over the country and some as many as 10-15 at a time! I finally asked a few people why so many. They told me they make purses out of them! I looked under a few searches and I am listed #1 in Ribbed Placemats (woo-hoo).

Anyways, here is my question...should I ask one of these people if they would write an article of how they make these purses and why the ribbed placemats and put it on my site? In exchange, I could give her some placemats for no charge and she could boost her sales with this as well. It is totally off subject from my site, home & garden sales, but I am not joking when I say I have had a HUGE number of people ordering these placemats in bulk.

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Personally I don't think it is off subject because it is an example of what can be done with your products.

I think the article is a great idea that will provide lots of meat for the search engines and ideas for potential visitors. Having shopped at your site, I think of it as my ace in the hole for gift ideas for "hard to buy for" women in my family. Any ideas that you can give me, even if they are for products at other sites, will be of interest to me.

There are lots of opportunities for cross promotion with complimentary sites that reach a similar target audience.

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Thanks, Robert! I appreciate the advice. (and the nice comments ...your check is in the mail!)

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That sounds like a great idea... if you can get them to do it. The problem is that most people are not writers and would not feel comfortable writing on a subject. If you cannot get any response from your customers, why not conduct some research on the subject and write an article yourself or find out if there are any web sites online dealing with this subject that may already have article content you could then republish, with their permission of course?

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David ~

Thanks for the info. I'll definatly keep that in mind if I don't have any takers.

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Well, the first one I emailed about this took me up on it! She seems to be very excited about it and I think it will be great! I'll let you guys know when I have something...

Once again...thank you Robert & David for your input. It means so much to me that I have a place to turn for questions like this. You guys are the best!

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That's awesome! Way to go Lisa!

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That's a great idea, Lisa. You're a smart business woman for thinking of it!

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I think that the internet is the best thing to ever happen to the one man band business. It has allowed individuals to network and share their experience from distance. It really does keep me buzzed up constantly.

When someone post 'thank you' it is such a buzz, when someone tells how they have benefittd from ones input it gives me a lift like no other.

Even better than the email saying 'You Have Money' well almost

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Well, the page is up. The article is very small, but I think does the job. The pictures are sure worth a thousand words! I can't believe what she does with a placemat!

Please let me know what you guys think:

http://www.diversifiedshowcase.com/p...tpursearticle/

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