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Moving to My Own Dot Com

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So I decided to move my blog, Over the past month and a half I have posted 17 articles here on WordPress.com and now I feel that it is time to move this blog to a domain of it’s own.

WordPress dot com was a great place to get started and to play around with while deciding if I was going to keep up my blog. but when I started weighing my options it came clear that getting my own domain and hosting package was the way to go.

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So it was clear, setting up my own hosting package was the thing to do financially. Alright, now the next thing,  how important is a name? Sure I wanted EstatesInTime, but what about the extension? Right now there is somewhere around 400 different extensions on the market. While a large number of these have restrictions, quiet a few of them might be cool to use with a blog. Blog.info, Blog.buzz, Blog.cool, or even Blog.guru, over the last few years there has been an explosion of new domain extensions released, some of them unbelievably expensive.

But which one is best and why? What was the first thing you thought of when I mentioned moving my blog? Was it EstatesInTime.com? Dot com is the oldest, most respected, and easiest remembered extension even to this day. That in itself tells me I should want the .com extension, And still another reason is that many of today’s browsers search for dot com by default. These two reasons gives the dot com more value than any other extension, and while I have no plans to sale my domain name, if in the future I should decide to, owning the .com gives me far more resale potential than any other one would.

So I know the name I want, EstatesInTime.com, next I needed to figure out where I was going to buy the name and host my blog. There are numerous hosting companies out there.

This list is in alphabetical order and is not intended as a review or endorsement.


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While all of these offers seem pretty good, I chose to go with Go Daddy, mostly because of past history and being happy with the service I had received before.

Once I got my Domain name (www.estatesintime.com) and had my site setup, it was time to transfer my archived post over to the new site. Doing this was amazingly simple.  Having never done this before a 5 minute phone call to Go Daddy support was all it took. The Support Tech I reached (Jason) walked me through 4 easy steps.

  • Open my WordPress.com assount.
  • Then on the Dashboard under Tools, Click Export   (This downloaded all of my files to my computer)
  • Open my new Hosted WordPress dot Com
  • Then on that Dashboard under Tools, Click Import   (This ask me for the file I has just downloaded and I was done).

The next thing I wanted out of my own Blog site was a way to embed my Etsy Shop into my blog, At this point in time I wasn’t really interested with keeping up with the inventory in two stores, especially two stores tying to sell the same things. Plus the idea of dealing with my own shopping cart didn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to me.

After an evening of digging around and playing with different codes I found on my favorite cheat sheet W3schools  I came across a plugin from Fairground Media, Etsypro. This was an easy fix to my problems and I was able to get my shop set up in just a couple hours.

I was able to re-size my thumbnails so that they what worked with the theme I had selected for my blog and I was able to install different pages for each of the selection pages of my Etsy Shop.

The one thing I haven’t gotten around to yet, is working with the SEO on my new Blog page. Which brings me to one more product I would like to mention, I Business Promoter. I have used this software to get into the first page of search pages on Google, MSN, Bing, and Yahoo many times in the past.

Each one of these search engines have their own algorithms which makes it extremely hard to figure out how to perform well on all of them, yet this tool is the only software on the market which offers a money back guarantee. If you use this software and don’t get into the top 10 they refund your money!

So I guess I’ve reached the end of this long post tonight, and I hope you find some of this information useful, But don’t forget this is my last post here on estatesintime.wordpress.com So bookmark the new website for Estates In Time, and don’t forget to re-subscribe so you will continue to get updates sent to your email.

Thank you for reading my blog.

 

Mystic Legends of the Jewels We Wear

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Myths and legends have been passed down and written about the powers of gemstones dating back to the beginning of recorded history. Amazing tales of folklore through every culture and every civilization. Still even more is unknown and lost to time.

Quartz tools and crystals were unearthed with the discovery of Peking Man in the early 1900’s, dating man’s use of crystals back 750,000 years.

Worn by Babylonians, the agate was believed to ward off danger and to be a stone of strength. Often worn on breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle.

Emotionally, agate was said to provide courage, emotional strength, and self-confidence, Lessening  feelings of envy by grounding the emotions and dispelling fears. Because of the harmonizing values and its ability to remove resentments and bitterness, the Sardoynx agate was also considered to be an excellent stone which helped to heal and improve relationships.

Sardoynx Belt buckle

A story has been told that the Greek God of grapes and wine, Dionysus was n love with Artemis, the Goddess of the moon, forests, animals, and women in childbirth. Yet she had no desires for his affections. It was told that in a fit of anger Dionysus decided to release his tigers upon the first maiden he met, Amethyst a young girl on her way to worship Artemis. Just as the tigers pounced, before they reached the young maiden Artemis turned Amethyst into a pure clear crystal to protect her from the savage beasts. Realizing his error and in remorse for the damages he had caused it was told that Dionysus anointed the crystalized maiden with the last of his wine giving Amethyst its rich purple glow.

Amethyst Engagement Ring Of the many powers associated with Amethyst, protection against  intoxication is one to widest beliefs. A stone of clarity, and protection from thieves it was also known to protect travelers along their journey.

The Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite was said to have ridden the ocean waves upon an Abalone shell. The shell was often used to empower love spells. Said to protect its wearer from negative energies, the Abalone shell has been used by cultures ranging from ancient Egyptians, through the Middle Ages of Europe, to the tribes of Native Americans. A protector against anger, depression, fear, and sadness the Abalone shell is said to enlighten creative energies for the person wearing or carrying it.

Abalone Shell Belt buckle

Although little has been written down about the true history of Native Americans there is one haunting tail of the Apache Tear.  A stone said to bring light to that which is hidden from the conscious mind, to purify the soul by replacing negative thoughts with positive attitudes. The Apache Tear was also thought to stimulate success and to release pain and loss to allow the bearer to continue on with life.

The legend of the Apache Tear holds that a tribe of Pinal Apaches had made numerous raids upon settlements around Arizona. Trailed by the military, the tribe was attacked at sunrise killing two-thirds of the tribe in the first volley. Retreating to the cliffs edge the remaining warriors chose death by their own hands rather than to die by the guns of the white man. For years afterwards the bleached bones of these Apache were found wedged into the crevices of the treacherous Big Pacacho cliffs.

In the story of the Apache Tears, the wives and lovers of those who died that morning gathered some distance away, were the sands were white and pure and for a moon they wept over their dead. It is said that their sorrow was so great that the Great Father imbedded their tears into small black stones which when held up to light revels the tears of the Apache women who cried for their lost lovers.  

Apache Tear Neckless

Many more stories and legends abound over the crystals and jewels we wear, far to many to write about in this short blog. But each has its own legend in folklore which adds to the mystery and beauty of the jewels we wear.

Feel free to follow my blog and to stop by my shop Estates In Time. Also don’t forget to visit my Facebook page.

Growing Your Presents Through Social Networking

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So I have talked a little about SEO and Blogging in a few of my posts so far, but what else can we do to help our Etsy shops? I spend a good bit of time reading and commenting in the Etsy forums, in fact some of the ideas I get to write about in my Blog comes from the forums. So I felt like touching on the subject of social networking might be the obvious next step in this line of articles.

After all, what is a forum other than a social gathering of people asking questions, and discussing matters which are important to them?

Some reoccurring questions I see over and over are “Does Instagram work for your shop?”, “How many sales do you get from Pinterest?”, “Do you get many views from Facebook?”, or “Has Twitter helped your shop?”.

Well, the best answer to these questions is subjective. According to how it’s used socializing can both help or hurt a business. Take for example, your meeting someone for the first time. That first impression can be the start of a great friendship, or just another encounter never remembered. Or even worst an encounter that leaves a desire to never repeat.

The idea or propose of socializing for business is to engage peoples interest. To give them something they can use, and to gain their trust. Basically using a social network is about selling yourself more than selling your product.

Ask questions, questions that really matter to the way you do business or to the products you sell. Then respond to the questions, let people know you’re a real person and that you value their opinions.

Give insights into things that are related to your product. Let’s say you have a business where you sell hand tied fishing lures, offer sections on your social page which links to lake water levels, or state fishing license requirements.

Run contest or trivia games, in other words make your social page a fun, informative site they will to visit again. By doing these things and using links to your shop, blog and any of the social networks you decide to use you not only improve your image to the public, you also improve all of your linking sites SEO.

Thank you for reading my Blog and check back soon for follow ups or follow me to be notified as new updates are added, and don’t forget to visit my Vintage store at Estates In Time.

Blogging & Marketing, How to use a blog for your Etsy Store!

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If you visit the forums of Etsy on any given day, 90% of the questions you will see have to do with either “What am I doing wrong”, “How can I improve my sales”, or “How do my tags look”. What it all boils down to is Marketing and SEO!

A few days ago I blogged a little about SEO and gave a brief summary about what I know about the subject. The whole idea is to get found, and to generate traffic. If you were thinking about opening a brick and mortar store, where would you want to rent your storefront at? Would you rather be on a major thoroughfare, or some secluded little out of the way place?

Well I guess we all now the answer to that one. On the Internet you have the opportunity to be on one of the busiest streets in the world, where anyone, from any country can pass by and walk into your shop. LOL and the rent here is a whole lot cheaper than Main Street in any town, sort of!

The cost of rent on the Internet isn’t measured in dollars near as much as it measured in sweat equity, so to speak. It’s a lot of work getting to the top (those first page listings), and even more staying there.

Lately I’ve been reading some post on the Etsy Forum asking about Blogs and are they worth the time. Well to be honest everything is what you put into it! If you start off without a plan and go at it for two or three weeks then quit, well then, NO, it isn’t worth your time. Nothing is an overnight success. But there are some things that you can do to improve your chances of success.

First of all you need to have an understanding of SEO, the same things that gets your product close to the top of Etsy’s search will get your blog found by the major search engines. So titles, tags and content is important. Next you need to write about things that will interest people. This is really the biggest part, because if you can’t grab the reader’s interest and hold them there, there is really no use.

You need to tell a story, tell jokes, and offer tidbits of information which are useful. I have read scores of really great blogs from Etsy writers, each one having their own style and format. There is really no wrong or right way to do it. Some post DIY information or recipes, some tell stories about the hunt for just the right vintage article to resell, while others focus on featuring other shops in Esty. To be honest they are all great stories, They grab your attention and hold you there through the end.

My blog, when I’m not trying to help other members out with ways to market their products, is more along the lines of history, I really am a big history buff, LOL I could go into a story right now about how a lady named Pollyann who saved the settlement of the town where I grew up during an Indian attack but I’ll save that for another story.

So anyway, once you get your writing style down and you have good content, just how do you get found? The Internet is full of FREE avenues to shout out to. I’m sure you have thought about Tweeter, and Facebook but there are so many others. Professional sites such as LinkedIn, News sites such as DiggStumbupon, Reddit. and add links through sited such as Delicious, just to name a few of the social networks you can join and post to.

Ok then, now you have good content, and you are listed in Social Networks, how do you get found by Search Engines? Well there is the natural process, a few months down the line you might get found, if you have your tags just right, and enough people are visiting everyday, OR maybe you could stack the cards in your favor!

I’m going to say one word “PING”. When you ping your blog you are telling search engines that your there, You are inviting them to crawl your site and rank you. If you have the parts of SEO it is like a fast track to Main Street with free rent!

There really is a lot involved, and it is not an easy task, you have to be diligent and persistent, but with hard work you can get on top!

Check out my Vintage Shop on Etsy EstatesInTime, and Thank you for reading my Blog

SEO and Etsy, trying to make sence of it all!

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Every time I look in the Forums on Etsy someone is talking about SEO, and everyone seems to have an opinion, there are more myths and half truths flying around than Knats on a summer evening near a swamp, LOL, Truth be told, no one really knows how major search engines set up their algorithms, or how often they change them.

So let’s talk a little about what we do know, First of all, if your website or product isn’t on the first page of a search the chance of it being seen drops off dramatically, and if your not in the top 4 or 5 pages your chance of being seen is almost null! So you can understand how much competition there is out there for these first few pages. That being said, I have heard many people talk about how they don’t use tags that are too competitive. Let me tell you.

Although it may give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling to have a first page listing when you search for a “Red and Blue Poke-a-dot Bikini”, 99.999 percent of the people searching started their search looking for a “Bikini”, and if your Bikini isn’t in the first few pages, all you end up with is that nice warm fuzzy feeling.

Another point that we know, Search Engines are looking for relevant material. They are in competition as well with other search engines. Could you imagine doing a search for that bikini and getting a page full of websites advertising canvas boat tops or worst vacations to go skiing in Colorado? How often would you use that search again? So you can see why it is so important for Google to keep their algorithms secret.

Ok now, so just how do they set up computers to understand how relevant one site or product is compared to another?

It’s how words are used.

Words that are in bold print or larger font tell the search engine these are important words. Then mathematically, they scan the rest of the document.

In Etsy listings your product titles are a larger font and they are set to bold text, so to the search engines these look like the most important words in your document. Next important are the words you declare as your tags. If your large font, bold words do not match any of your declared tag words, search engines will decide the listing isn’t relevant and kick it out of the search.

Next is the tricky part, the part they keep secret, the part which decides between two listing with similar titles and the same tags which one is more relevant.

It’s really a mass of different things ranging from word count, to links,.to age and views. When I say word count, I’m talking how many times the large font bold words which you have declared as tags are used in your description.

Use these words too many time and search engines will decide it’s a phishing attempt and disqualify your site or product. Use them too little, and they decide the information isn’t relevant. It’s really a hit and miss / trial and error situation,

You really can over obsess with this, no one really knows where the limits are, so if you can get into the first few pages there are other things to play with. Besides, even if you do manage to get page one today, tomorrow the algorithms could be changed (and they often are) throwing your listing back to page three.

The next part is links, both onsite and off site.

You are often encouraged by Etsy to Facebook / Tweet / Blog your listings. These are links, when a search engine visits your store they are looking for ways to leave and Etsy gives them avenues to do just that, also if you have a blog listing or a link to your Facebook page in your store so are you.

This can be a good thing, because when they leave if you have set up links back to your store it makes your site and listing even more relevant.  

SEO can seem like magic, it can seem like the hardest thing to grasp, but as you play around and learn a few tricks it will become easier and remember, No One has the inside scoop and if done right Anyone can end up on the First Page.

Feel free to visit my shop at Estates In Time or Drop me a line. I hope this might help you understand SEO a little better.

 

  

Panther Figurine Vintage 1950's Ceramic Panther / Jaguar Planter

Welcome to the Estates In Time Blog

Hello and welcome to the Estates In Time Blog. . I am an Etsy Vintage Store Front selling mid century houseware goods.

Right now my store is just getting off the ground. I am a very small fish in a very big ocean of vintage goods. Below is a small sample of some of the vintage figurines available in my store right now, but please check back often as I am planning to add merchandise monthly.

Panther Figurine Vintage 1950's Ceramic Panther / Jaguar Planter Boston Terrier Figurine, 1940's era Chalkware American Gentleman // Collectible Boston Terrier Statue

Bathroom Toilet Paper Cover // Bathroom Decor // Southern Living Crochet Bathroom Decoration // Southern Belle Bathroom Decor

BTW you can click on any of the pictures above and they will take you to my store. Soooo anyway, Thank you for visiting Estates In Time Blog, and I hope you check back often. I will be adding new products into my Vintage Store monthly along with introducing some exciting new hand made products along the way.

B. R. Barnwell