Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Photo posting 101!

Ok kids, we love all the photos you post with your ads, but there are a few things you can do to make your photo posting easier and your ad viewers experience a little better. Think of this as Craigs quick photo primer.

Keep it under 1000x1000 pixels.
When loading those massively giganticness like photos you love on your hard drive, remember that some people don't have smoking fast modems or super duper graphics cards. Our recommendation is to keep your overall photo size BELOW 1000 pixels wide and 1000 pixels tall... to show you have large that format looks, the main photo above is just under those proportions. Click on it and you'll see that it is pretty big, but not stupidly large big, which is important.

What if I want to post a BIGGER photo?
You can try, but our server filters try to format all photos to better interface with all web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla. If you post some whoppers and they don't seem to load... don't panic, just open up the originals on your hard drive, resize them down under 1000 pixels in both directions, reload them and you will have magic on your hands.

Hope it helps and as always, drop me an email if you want to chat, gripe, complain, insult or torment us in any way.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The TRUTH is hard to find today...

Fox News says that the economy is flat, and unemployment numbers keep coming in as they always have recently. CNN says the the economy is growing and jobs are up???

I went and hunted up the data and found the following. Fox used overall unemployment numbers, which means... count the warm human bodies that came into the office and file to collect unemployment. That number did indeed climb noticeably higher than the month before. Especially if you take into account all of the people who have not found work yet and got and EXTENSION on their benefits. (in years past, these people who have had to come in refile again) not more with the stimulus package (yes please) have another extension that just magically happen.

So, CNN did show a HUGE spike in Hiring! (with waggin tails and bated breath)... good news? Nope... most of them are part time census takers. the rest are people who always come back after winter it over... law mowers, farm help, etc.


The reason i put this on paper and splattered out here in the netsphere is that i want you to feel like you are smart too. Take home foreclosure rates... here is some hard data on this... according to our very government agencies that are in charge of tracking such things, that are barely a teeny, tiny bit of them out there, less than 4%.. Put that in real word terms? Look at any 25 house neighborhood and at least 1 house on that street it in foreclosure! There are now nearly 3 million people who are very close to being flat out tossed on the street by the same banks that raped them on closing costs and interest rates, while also taking all of their customers daily deposits and fiddling around in mortgage derivatives and crashing the entire United States into what even i would have to admit, looks HELL of a lot like a full blown depression.

My advice? Look around you and see what people are needing that they can't easily find. Find a way to supply them what they want for a low cost. Charge a good profit, Take that extra money, split it in half and feed, clothe and shelter yourself and your family... .take the other half and reinvest it in growing your business to supply more of  whatever those items are, to even more customers, as a good profit.

Do that long enough and you will pay a ton of tax, employ a pile of people and have a great successful business. Don't care what it looks like right now kids, business is business in good times or bad.

Learn how to glean facts from the news and learn to quiz your neighbors and friends on what they want that they can't find right now AND go find ways to do that while making them happy and YOU a profit.

The rest is all BS.

GEt up, get to work, ask questions,, think smart... you'll do fine.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com