WatchedItem.com blog is live!
Jul 10th, 2009 by estreet

My Watched Item blog is now live!

I did tons of customization on the theme, then I noticed that it looks bad in Internet Explorer. The round corners are square in IE. I almost always use FireFox.

But I’m satisfied that it matches the main site and he first couple of posts look pretty good. I just need to automate the link generation a bit. I’m doing too much by hand.

BTW – It’s blueberry season here in Illinois. We got 12 pounds of big ones. My belly is full.


WatchedItemEndingSoon blog moved
Jul 5th, 2009 by estreet

Well, we finally moved my blog to our own server. It’s easier to configure the plug-ins and there is a larger variety of templates.

Plus I saved $10 bucks on using my own blog domain name (instead of blah.wordpress.com).

Mei Ling’s Big Adventure into Affiliate Marketing – Part 1
May 9th, 2009 by estreet

Now that I released the MOST AWESOME eBay search tool and promo banner maker for eBay sellers, WatchedItem.com, I’m finally to the point that I need to get serious about marketing.

1. My first step to getting visible was to use my name, Mei Ling. Pronounced it sounds like “May Ling”. It’s my middle name which is Chinese for Beautiful Princess Warrior (well, more like pretty and petite). I used Mei Ling for my entire life until I started my own business and went by my first name, Michelle. Why? I guess I wanted to be stay anonymous. But I’m a Mei Ling at heart.

2. Second, I contacted ShoeMoney to see if he wanted to work with me and Vitalii on a new project. Jeremy Schoemaker had posted he was looking at opportunities to invest in or projects to collaborate on. My expertise is in specifying features and getting development done whether doing it myself or working with developers. That’s my sweet spot, but I need the Marketing piece. Partnering with a superstar would be awesome. We’re totally ready to build a larger scale service. No reply yet.

3. Third, I signed up for ShoeMoney tools, John Reese’s Opportunity.com, Tim Buchalka and entered The $10,000 Business Boost. One of the prizes for the $10,000 Business Boost is Aaron Wall’s SEOBook SEO Training. I already follow every single piece of SEO advice from SEOBook, but I haven’t signed up for the service.

Next post… What I learned so far.

Mei Ling :-)

Is Adam Nash a little bitter?
Mar 3rd, 2009 by estreet

I don’t think I even have to say anything here … although I want to. Adam speaks for himself.

Clearly WatchedItem.com is unfamiliar with recently. granted patent 7490056, held by eBay… http://tinyurl.com/dz6l35 about 14 hours ago from twitterrific


I will say that WatchedItem.com is going to breathe positive energy into the eBay marketplace.

Our new server is sooooo fast
Jan 19th, 2009 by estreet

We moved to a new virtual private server this weekend. Banners are generating in a fraction of the time they took on the old shared server. Check it out!


ChannelAdvisor burns through $30M in 16 months
Sep 15th, 2008 by estreet

ChannelAdvisor received $30M in May, 2007. Now they just got an additional $20M in funding.

Their cash burn rate is around $2M per month. Wheee! That would be fun.

That makes me think, what’s better: a small lifestyle business or a high risk, high reward funded business?

The decision is a function of the founder’s personality and skills. Do they want to spend their day setting company goals and persuading venture capitalists to invest? Or do they want control and slow growth?

A lot of times, the company starts as a small lifestyle business and becomes successful. Think eBay. Then the founder has to decide on an exit strategy. Think Pierre Omidyar choosing Jeff Skoll, and then Meg Whitman to lead his company.

To answer my own question, I guess there’s no “best” kind of company. They are just success or failure on a different scale.

I have a modestly successful lifestyle business. One day, I hope to grow the business enough so that I can run it rather than work in it. Halloween is the 3rd anniversary of eSeller Street, Inc. That’s my definition of success.

More nice eBayers
Sep 3rd, 2008 by estreet

Here’s a listing from eBay seller berkshire*lane. I think the WatchedItem.com seller profile banner coordinates very well with the template.

Seller Profile banner by WatchedItem.com.

Here’s Jake from WatchCount.com.

eBay seller purejts

eBay seller purejts

Unhappy eBayer
Aug 28th, 2008 by estreet

Tell us what you really think. :o )


David, if you happen to read this, I like your watcher counter!

Sometimes you get what you need
Aug 21st, 2008 by estreet

I went through self-checkout at the grocery store yesterday with a $13 purchase and requested $50 cashback. I only got $25.

Incensed at the error, I called to the attendant. The attendant is a lovely African-American woman with her hair done up to there and her fingernails polished.

I say, “I pushed the button for $50 cashback, but it processed it as a request for $25!”

She looks at me and says,

Honey, sometimes you get what you need, not what you want. Maybe that $25 needs to stay in the bank.

I laughed all the way home. The world is a good place.

Fresh Air
Aug 12th, 2008 by estreet

Working while camping is where it’s at. Today, I’m at the 2nd Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground of the season. This time we’re in Caledonia, Wisconsin.

Jellystone offers free WiFi and I haven’t seen the kids in hours.

There is a clicking noise in the branches above my head. I wonder if it’s some kind of cicada or katydid?

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