December 13, 2005

Under Construction

I’m adding some ecommerce capabilities to my blog here. My first batch of products will be these EXTREMELY cute keychain type of hangy bobber thingys (to the right in the sidebar.) We’re working on the cart system to take orders for them as I type this. It should be done soon so if you want one, check back soon. They will be $13.95 each with free priority shipping.

Update 12/30/05: As you can see, I still haven’t gotten around to implementing the ecommerce stuff. Anyway, I took down the keychain images as they looked awful against that different colored background.

November 30, 2005

Solo Tees Interview

I did an interview for the entrepreneurial site over at solo tees.

I hate when bloggers say stuff like, “Sorry for not posting… etc” but I feel like I should give an update. I have been sorely lacking on the posts because my main business is holiday related and I’ve been busier than you can imagine. Plus, I’m trying to get my new blog developed. The one that should be changing the landscape of internet retail and blogging forever. (Of course, in my ever so humble opinion… haha!)

So, keep me in your RSS feeds. Much more wonderous stuff to come from DanSherman.com. Be patient.

October 9, 2005

Chitika eMiniMalls - Are They Effective?

I’ve been reading about Chitika’s eMiniMall ad serving service. It’s all the buzz on the blogs. More about them here, here and here.

I’ve decided to give them a go. You’ll notice one of their ads below. The really unique feature is the dynamic interaction. Run your cursor over the ad and you’ll see what I mean.

As is everyone else, I’ll report back to see how this has done, compared to my Adsense banners on the right. (They don’t seem to be too contextualized, for some reason, which irks me.)

Update: Well, I thought I was going to be posting my first Chitika ad box, but it won’t show up for some reason. Can anyone out there tell me what I’m doing wrong? Chitika doesn’t seem to have any help on the actual posting of the code.

Update #2: I’ve decided to bag Chitika. Too many problems with trying to post it using Wordpress and when I did get it to work, via a plugin, I couldn’t customize the products it showed. Plus, I absolutely hate when an ad does that flash dance thing when a site is loading. It did it when I tried to load it. It’s bad enough when Adsense does it.

June 14, 2005

American Blogger Tshirt

I’ve created another fundable action over at fundable.org. Another cool t-shirt. This time for us bloggers. American bloggers, specifically. Remember, if we don’t get enough people to contribute within the preset time frame then everyone’s payments are automatically refunded and the fundable action is not carried out and cancelled.

You can see my other fundable action going on here.
Anyway, here’s the new t-shirt.

American Entrepreneur Tshirt

If we get 50 people to join this fundable group that I just created, by the end of July, I will have this t-shirt made for all of us. It’s ONLY $12. That includes first class shipping.

(If you require XXL or larger, I’ll need to get another $3 from you separate from the fundable group if it funds. So, please note this!)

The t-shirt will be on a high quality shirt (I hate crappy t-shirts, so you can be sure I will do the right thing here) and the image will be professionally screen printed onto the shirt.

This is a VERY cool t-shirt to sport if you are an American Blogger. So join our fundable group! It’s only $12. That’s cheap for a t-shirt now a days.

Click here to join this fundable group. You’ll have to create an account first. Then you can join the group.

May 27, 2005

Newspaper Circulation - Every Day is a Bad Day


I recently started another blog to chronicle the demise of the daily newspaper. But it soon became apparent there need not be any specific blogging on that topic since it’s becoming such common knowledge and with so many outlets covering the most important of news regarding the demise of the newspaper.

I subscribed to a Google newsfeed based on keywords like “circulation decline” and other related nuggets. I soon started seeing an avalanche of bad news. Newspapers from around the world are reporting downward spiraling circulations. I just couldn’t keep up with all that bad news and report it with any amount of clarity.

So, I quit the blog. Say bye bye to ByeByeInk.com. :-)

But I’ve picked up another project that relates directly to the demise of the traditional newspaper (and pays me better, to boot!) Wait until you see this. Can’t wait to unveil this baby. You’ll hopefully be reading about it left and right once I release news of it. It may or may not rock the news publishing world. Who knows? But it’s going to be fun trying.

April 18, 2005

Blogger - Please Do Something!!!!!!

I just spent a good two hours posting one of my better and more detailed posts in recent memory and while switching between “Preview” and back to see what the HTML rendered version looked like (I was finished!) Blogger just up and deleted about 80% of my entire post. Just like that. Bam. Gone!

There’s gotta be a better way, Blogger. There’s gotta be a better way. I’m so furious right now, I can’t see straight. All that work, down the drain.

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March 29, 2005

Blogging the Demise of the Newspaper

I’ve officially launched another blog. It’s called “Bye Bye Ink!” and it’s designed to blog the demise of the ink based newspaper, as we know it. It’s inevitable. The daily newspapers will be going bye, bye, sooner than you think. I’m going to be right there, chronicling it every step of the way.

February 16, 2005

Podcasting Goldmine

If you haven’t heard of podcasting yet, you’re going to very shortly. It’s at the same stage in popularity blogs were about 2 years ago.

It’s essentially a mini-broadcast, but not live. Anyone with something to say can make a recording of themselves saying it and post it on their blog or site and direct an RSS feed to it and their subscribers can pick up the latest podcast when it’s ready and posted.

Incidently, you’ll see a link for an MP3 file at the end of this written post. It’s my first podcast with me essentially saying the same thing that’s in this post. I guess it would be considered a “simulpodcast.” (Maybe I’ll be famous one day for coining that term first. Hehe!)

Anyway, just as the blog brought citizen journalists access to the common folk, podcasts will give the citizen broadcaster direct access to the common folk.

Adam Curry, one of the original “VJs” back when MTV used to actually play videos, is widely considered to be one of the first major podcasters with his daily podcast called The Daily Source Code. His listening audience is growing by leaps and bounds and is reported to be more than 50,000 listeners a day.

Think of what opportunities await those creative enough to use this medium to its fullest. I would venture to guess that about .5% of the American population even knows what a podcast is right now. But how many know what a radio is? It’s just a matter of time before the masses start finding podcasts and content they enjoy more than the BANALITY that is local radio. No restrictions on what you can say.. imagine a million Howard Sterns.

What this means is, the content that does stick out has to be even better and more creative than the most creative heads in radio right now. (Not saying much.) I can’t wait to hear what wonderous things the regular joe blow citizen comes up with for us to listen to every day.

So, how to get started in this. This is a perfect time to get a foot in the door without alot of noise to get in the way. Any podcast these days will get listened to because there are just so few of them.

Eventually newspapers and websites will start putting their content into podcasts for people to listen to on the way to work. It’s a perfect time saver. It’d be cool to be able to “listen” to all the blogs that you read in the morning, instead of actually reading them. (I know… many of them have too many links, but the ones that have just content, those are the ones I’m talking about.)

But while we wait for the newspapers to start doing this, what’s to stop some enterprising soul with a lot of time on his/her hands to sit down and read the want ads out of their local paper and categorize them into separate MP3 files according to the category they are listed in the paper and then offer the recording to job seekers. It’d be way cool to be able to listen to the job classifieds in your area on your car stereo on the way to work instead of sloshing through them in the paper.

How about reading all the different business opportunity ads like out of the major local newspapers and USA Today and offering a butt load of them in a podcast for people like me who would love to sit and listen to hundreds of bus opp classified ads.

You could have an entire site dedicated to delivering MP3 podcast files, listed by category and city for people to listen to on their MP3 players. If you’re looking for furniture, download the “Furniture for Sale” file for your city. Looking for a Lexus LS400? Download the “Luxury Cars for Sale” podcast file for your city.

At first the files could be free and you can just insert, vocally, an ad or two of your own to pay for the service. But then once people get used to using them and start relying on them, you could start charging .25 cents per file… or whatever.

The opportunities in podcasting are incredible. My mind just swims with ideas in this area. I have to consciously stop thinking about it at certain times because it monopolizes my thoughts if I get started on it.

Check out ipodder to read more about this amazing new movement. Get your creative juices flowing and have fun.

Podcast - Podcasting Goldmine