Wednesday, September 29, 2010



My website needed more targeted traffic. Guess where I found it?

Posted: 29 Sep 2010 03:48 AM PDT

My website needed more targeted traffic. Guess where I found it?
by: Brian McGregor
There's nothing new about using joint ventures (JV's) to get traffic to websites. And good information is freely available from many internet marketing sites on how to set up JVs.

This article is for the 97% of webmasters who aren't aware of a particularly powerful JV partner who already exists, and is willing to work with you.

Before I reveal all, let me just check...

Like me, I would image you'd be happy if:

* Your JV partner's site gets huge traffic.
* The vast majority of page views are by targeted traffic.
* You can create links wherever YOU like from their site.
* You can start now. There's no delay in setting up the JV.
* The JV continues as long as you want.
* It costs you pennies to set up and run.

Does that sound like it's what you're looking for in a JV?

If so, welcome to eBay. You're new joint venture partner.

But I Thought...

"eBay?" I hear you ask, "Isn't eBay just an auction site?"

Well, it certainly started as an auction site. Today, eBay is an ecommerce phenomenon.

* eBay's 1.5 billion page views puts it in sixth place on Alexa traffic rankings. Ahead of Amazon, AOL and CNN.
* eBay members make 79 million targeted searches for items each day.
* There are 35,000 categories within which to place items for sale.
* There are eBay auction sites in 27 countries.
* eBay has 125 million registered users.
* 40,000 new members join eBay each day.

What we have here is a hugely successful internet business with massive traffic. And, thanks to eBay's sophisticated categorization and searching mechanisms, the traffic is totally targeted.

More importantly, there are several smart ways to drive eBay's targeted traffic to your own website. All of these clever methods add up to what I call the eBay Traffic Funnel.

Does it work? Well, I sell a communications product from my website. I run 5 simple auctions in the appropriate categories using the principles of the eBay Traffic Funnel. Each auction costs me 30 cents and runs for a week. I get around 300 targeted leads from these auctions to my website every week. Not bad for one dollar fifty!

Let me show you just one of the ways to get hold of that targeted traffic...

Sell, Sell, Sell

First of all, you make eBay part of your marketing mix. You start selling your products on eBay.

Why do I say this? Well, eBay isn't just for mom and pop businesses anymore. IBM, Disney, Motorola, Xerox and Dell, are just a few of the major corporates that now use eBay as an additional sales and lead generation channel.

Creating eBay auctions is easy. Anyone can do it - literally. But if you don't want to learn, you can use a Trading Assistant. These are eBay experts who will create, run and manage auctions on behalf of others for a percentage of sales or a small fee.

When you set up your auction one of the decisions you make is in which category to place your item. This is important. Visitors to your auction page - just by being there - have self qualified themselves as being in the market to buy products in that category. This is targeting in real time.

But merely creating the auction isn't the trick. Here's the key tip. In your auction page, make sure you tell your viewers that if they've any questions about your auction, your products or your policies, they should email you. And encourage them to do this by having a live email link in your auction, like this one

As soon as they make contact with you, you've acquired a targeted lead you wouldn't have got any other way. You can start building a relationship. You can get them on your list, direct them to your website and start selling to them.

Pieces of Eight

I've only the space to show you one way in which you can direct your share of eBay's targeted traffic to your website. There are eight ways in total. If you want to know the other seven, you'll find them in my free ebook 'The eBay Traffic Funnel'. You can get this here:

Setting up a JV with eBay can produce significant results. There isn't another business on the web that gives you access to the targeted traffic eBay supplies for the price of a few pennies. Best of all, 97% of webmasters have yet to realize the power of this. The opportunity for you and your website is there for the taking.

About the author:
Brian McGregor specializes in showing website owners how to make more money from their sites by applying inventive and original use of eBay. For free information on how to use the power of eBay to make more money with your website, visit

These 3 Freshwater Fish Are For Your Tank

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 10:13 AM PDT

These 3 Freshwater Fish Are For Your Tank
by: Paul Curran

The Lemon Tetra, the Leopard Corydoras and the Orange Chromide are three freshwater fish suitable for your tank. Find out about their behavior, what they look like, water conditions, how to feed them and how to breed them.

Lemon Tetra - Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis (Family: Characidae)

Behavior:A very popular fish, well suited to a community tank, it is best to have say up to six of them in a small shoal. It is peaceful, active (good swimmer) and a sturdy fish.

Water and Tank Conditions:You need plenty of swimming space for this tetra and a tank temperature between 22 and 26 degrees centigrade.

Features and Colors:Seldom get to be more than 5 cms. Difficult to see the differences between male and female. The female is generally the bigger of the two but you cannot rely on this. As its name suggests it has a silvery yellow tint and a noticeable feature is its eye that is red in the upper part and yellow in the lower part.

Feeding:Not a fussy eater but give it a live meal now and again to maintain optimum health.

Breeding Conditions:t is very important to select a compatible pair for mating and it is advisable to condition the female before breeding. The breeding tank itself should be thickly planted and have water with a temperature of 26 degrees centigrade, a depth of about 15 cms and no gravel on the bottom.

The parents are cannibals so a lot of eggs will get eaten! So try to remove the fish after spawning has taken place. Low light conditions are recommended for incubating the eggs. Feed the hatched fry on the usual infusoria etc.

Leopard Corydoras - Corydoras julii (Family: Callichthyidae)

Behavior:They are active fish and well suited to a community aquarium. They are very good scavengers and will live a long time.

Water and Tank Conditions:The usual tropical tank temperatures range will be fine though it will survive in a wider range than normal.You will need to ensure there are plenty of hiding places for it.

Features and Colors:The head and top half of the body are scattered with black spots. These tend to merge forming horizontal lines along the flanks. The caudal fin also has spots and the dorsal fin might have a large spot at the top.

The overall body color is a white gray mixture. There are a few other species of the Corydoras genus you might be interested in.

The Corydoras nattereri that goes up to 6cms, the Corydoras arcuatus, that reaches 5 cms, and the Corudoras aenus growing up to 9 cms. The main colors are white-mauve, silver-brown-blue and bronze-green respectively.

Feeding:A large variety of food can be given as they are not particular.

Breeding Conditions:The male's pelvic fins are longer and more pointed than the female and it is also a bit smaller. Not easy to breed in the aquarium. It is suggested that three or four males should be partnered with the one female.

Eggs will be laid in the breeding tank on slate or flat stone and are in danger of being eaten by the fish so beware. Fry will hatch in three or four days and are easy to bring up.

Orange Chromide - Etroplus maculatus (Family: Cichlidae)

Behavior:This is a small member of the Cichlidae family (7.5 cms) and as it is one of the more peaceful ones it is suitable for your community tank. Best in a small shoal with its own kind as it is a bit shy. Also known as the Orange cichlid.

Water and Tank Conditions:A tank that is well planted is needed and a temperature range of 22 to 24 degrees centigrade is adequate.

Features and Colors:It is also known as the orange cichlid due to the orange color of its belly and throat. It's back is olive colored and sides are a light yellow. Its fins are also yellow apart from the ventral fins that are black.

The anal fins are also edged black. Along the mid-line of the body are several large spots. And each scale also has a spot, a red one.

Feeding:Can be fussy at times and refuse to eat dry food or any type of food on occasions.

Breeding Conditions:Not that easy to breed. Increase the breeding tank temperature by two degrees. The pair to be bred need to be separated and conditioned prior to placing them in a thickly planted breeding tank. Try something like a plant pot turned on its side for the fish to spawn in as well as the plants.

Eggs, dark in color, will be attached to the underside of leaves or the pot by threads. It is advised to leave the fish in the breeding tank for about two weeks after spawning takes place even thought the fry will have hatched after several days.

Three freshwater fish for tank conditions have now been described and give you more options when deciding what other fish you can add to your community tank. When you do add more make sure you have enough capacity for them.

About The Author
Paul Curran is webmaster at and provides a care information system for fresh water aquariums. Get your FREE E-Course on how to set up and maintain a beautiful aquarium, have the healthiest, happiest fish around AND learn about more freshwater fish in your tank at

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