My Ecommerce Journey III

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Spring is Springing

Spring is coming on fast to the Southwest Backyard. Last week was windy and cool. This week in the 70’s and tomorrow 84. Time to start on spring chores. I need to roto till the garden (minus my Permaculture area). Cut the grass down really short. Clean out the pool and get the chlorine levels back up. Number one this week is to get everything trimmed, bushes vines and trees. I have finished the front yard and have taken care of the peach tree, fig and rose bushes. Earlier in this blog are photos of the peach and fig. Below are the after photos. Not sure I have a clue how to trim a rose bush but gave it my best shot.DSCF1661 DSCF1662

Ecommerce Journey II

downloadSo it has been longer than a week but here we go. I have begun reading alot of material on SEO and I have a bunch of work to do. This isn’t quite as simple as I was led to believe. I am busy getting listed in the Free Directories first. Then making sure all the social media sites are able to link to my business page. Another large task is beefing up my content and selection in the on line store. This is time consuming but must be done. Additionally I have been trying to gain at least a novice level familiarity with html. Have found and not found some things in the web site that need to be changed and/or added. I have alot to do.

Ecommerce Journey

I wanted to share some thoughts on my experience on starting an ecommerce site. Keep in mind this is my experience and others may have a different take.
I was in a position where I needed to supplement my income. I am a couple yrs away from retirement and wasn’t ready to sit and watch the grass grow. I got hooked up with a company that stated they could help me. Shame on me for not comparative shoppinng (Lesson 1). I got set up as an LLC and got a number of dropshippers to supply product. A web page was set up for me that was OK. Honestly I had no idea what I was doing. Just an idea (Lesson2). At this point my phone began ringing off the hook. “You need to have a credit card machine”, “You need a tax company that knows ecommerce”, etc.. Don’t respond. (LESSON3). My next task was to get involved in all the social media sites, FB, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. I have with daily posts. I was led to believe that this would lead to persons visiting the site and placing orders for product. Guess what, after 3 months not a single order. There is much more to it than social media driving business to your site (Lesson4).
I have and am learning alot NOW on my own. I will continue this thread tomorrow. southwestbackyard.com

Oldtime store

The Daughter has Spoken (Used Car)

Took the daughter to look at a used Mini Cooper last week. Took the son along also. Glad we did. He is fourteen and I think that is his shoe size also! With the front seat all the way forward he couldn’t get those dogs between the back seat and the front seat. Not convenient for getting in and out when getting to school. Sooooo….. She next spied a black Honda Civic. 2011 with 22K mi. It had been in a rear end collision and been repaired. Wanted $9900 for it. Looked in great shape. Drove it with no issues up to 65mph. It’s in the driveway. Couple issues to take care of. Air bag sensor came on and after reading the computer it needs replaced. Dealer said he would split the cost. Don’t know if this a good deal? Anyway everyone likes it. I originally intended to unload the crappy 2003 Neon with the bad computer. As I was negotiating I was informed we would keep it and I (me) would drive it until it drops. About every third time I start it I have no dash gauges. Well I can remember how much gas I have and drive fairly slowly so until it leaves me on the side of the road I guess its mine. Sigh………Image

January is tree upkeep in the yard

Usually I wait until January to start shaping trees, so couple more weeks. I have a fig, pomgranite and a peach planted from a seed by my wife. They are all about 2 years old and they are getting alittle shaggy. Peach is the only one still holding on to a few leaves. As seen by the photo the fig didn’t have time to complete its second run of fruit before first frost. I need to trim these off and and clean up some odd branches. The first run of fruit was excellent. About 3 gallons of figs that were very sweet.

The peach on the other hand is really getting crazy as you can see. I have alot of thought ahead on this one. I am not an orchardist some will have to do some research. We had only one so-so peach this last year but the tree is still young. ImageImage 

Still Looking for cars

Got a call from a friend yesterday. He has a friend that had to take the keys away from his 80 year old mother. 98DeVilleShe has a 1998 Cadillac DeVille. 20k miles for $2500. Asked my daughter about it but didn’t see much interest. What do you folks think?

Sticker Shock

WOW! Did some preliminary scouting for used cars. Looking for a smaller 4 dr. Most are priced $9k-$12k and all have 75 to 98,000 mi. Maybe I just haven’t been used car shopping for a few yrs. Are used cars generally higher miles than they used to be?

Dodge Neon R.I.P.

This has been a good car. Ugly, but dependable. She was totalled by the insurance company years ago but has performed great for years after. Other night check engine light came on and had no dash gauges. Now at long last I am told both her computers need replaced or reprogrammed, and needs motor mounts. Probably around $600 – $750. More than the car is worth. 120K mi. on her. Oh, well everything comes to an end. Maybe eBay?

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Spring Gardening Catalogs

Received another catalog this morning. Interestingly I had never seen “grafted” vegetable transplants before. The photos appear impressive vs the normal seedlings started indoors. Alittle pricey but I may try one or two. Anyone tried these?

Have a permaculture experiment going on this winter. Trying a modified “hagelkultur” technique. Covered half the empty garden with six layers of newspaper and then covered with old lawn clippings. This area had been roto tilled for 3 springs prior. We will see. This ground is horrible. As the neighborhood expanded 20 yrs ago all the scrap was pushed into the next empty lot and the new house was built on top. Roto tilling this is similar to working on a parking lot. Usually takes 3 years of tilling and adding compost to get any type of yield. Maybe if this experiment works I will not need to till except to open new areas.