YouSendIt Changes Name to HIGHTAIL and Expands Services

ImageI’ve been using them for years to send large files online, such as my accounting program, Quickbooks.  It’s free and will continue to be unless your usage is high or contains larger files. The new name reflects their expanding services.



Fortune Hi-Tech reps-you were meant to be here instead

As a network marketer myself, my heart goes out to you.  But I bring good news.

I belong to a global shopping network who’s founder has dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘T’ to ensure it will be here for the long term.  No autoships, no joining or website fees.

I’m simply re-directing my everyday expenses, such as groceries, gas, clothing, travel, home maintenance supplies, pet care and more to retailers partnered with the network. And it doesn’t cost me more to do that, it saves me money.

There’s nothing like this out there that can and is helping consumers and businesses.  I get particular satisfaction as I see small and medium size businesses grow in their communities due to their partnership in the network.

This network offers 10 ways to earn money.  The following is but one of them.

Email me at for more information. I can, and want, to help you achieve what we all want, financial security.

3 Facebook pages you’ll want to ‘like’ to keep in the know

Staci Tooke is a virtual assistant specializing in integrated internet content management support, social media, and blog management.  Given Facebook’s recent site update,  she provided this great tip for Facebook users:

“A key to know what is going on at FaceBook is make sure you have ‘liked’ these pages: is another valuable resource.

Since it’s my business, I make sure to stay on the same page with the news makers.”

I couldn’t offer customers discounts via Paypal. My solution—added E-Junkie

If you’ve read my blog for any time, you will have noticed that I share solutions and resources.  Before I started my blogs, I would email solutions and resources  on a regular basis.  I cannot NOT do it.  It’s how I’m wired.

So today, you’re getting the full benefit of a solution and a resource.

I have two retail websites, and and use Paypal to process credit card transactions.  It’s a real time-saver, but surprisingly, they don’t offer merchants such as myself the ability to offer customers a discount or promotion.

A fellow online retailer had the same problem and recommended what she did, register with Among many of their services, they allow you to customize your cart, integrating it with Paypal, so discounts and promotions are easily managed just by logging into your E-Junkie account. charges me $5/mo for this capability.

I’m not knowledgeable about making changes on my retail website or shopping cart, and I knew I’d need someone to either walk me thru the set up or do it for me.  E-Junkie has all kinds of help to offer but it’s only via chat.  I needed more. They recommended Andrew, who works closely with them as the Lead Project Engineer for his own company,

I hired Andrew and he gave me an estimate of how long the job would take.  He ran a little over that, but didn’t charge extra since that’s what he quoted.  The prices at vary depending on the service and time required, but generally $50/hour.  Reasonable.

Have you ever had that rare occasion to work with someone who is such a pleasure — reliable, thorough, ethical, articulate, does all he can to save you money?

An staff member wrote this on Andrew’s website:

“We’ve got gurus, ninjas and support monsters at E-junkie helping our merchants, but when they are out of ideas, Andrew steps in. More than once I’ve seen him do things with our cart that I never thought were possible!”
Robin K. — E-Junkie

Apparently, he does everything from teaching people how to use, install, or configure the cart, to programming custom things to do with it.  More details about what he does can be found here:

Andrew and his team also offer web design.  I love a clean look on a website, and that’s what he created for this website:

For those of you interested, here are a few examples of solutions Andrew/his team have provided to their customers:

On RightOnTheWalls, we did the top-most Facebook/Twitter/Email header, the drop-down menus, the floating buttons on the right hand side, and everything related to the top three floating buttons on the right (we did the “Bulleten Board” feature, the “Design Custom Text” flash programming – this one is really cool, and the “Custom Photo Gifts” feature programming).  Also, for any products that need to have a photo or design uploaded as part of the buying process, we programmed that.

On OneDiscMore, we designed and programmed the order form to accept all the order information for a custom CD/DVD production order with easy to use buttons, and we programmed the price calculation “engine” that calculates just how much a custom order costs before passing all the details to the E-Junkie cart.

For NarcissismCured, we programmed a number of custom features on their sales pages.  First of all, the site uses “IP address-based pricing” which means that if you are in the US, it automatically prices your products in US Dollars, if you are in Canada, it prices them in Canadian Dollars, if you are in the EU Zone, it prices in Euros, etc…  Also, if you click on any of the “add to cart buttons” (which we did custom for them as well), you will see in the cart overlay two “upsell buttons” at the bottom of the cart overlay.  Clicking either button will add the specified product to the cart overlay without the user needing to leave the cart.  We did those too. 🙂  Also, whenever someone buys a CD from this site, we programmed it so the order gets sent directly to their fulfillment company,  So, their CD orders are completely automated.  Also, when someone buys a product that comes bundled with a subscription to their free eCourses on relationships and Narcissistic Personality Disorder, we programmed it so the customer is automatically added to their email list with iContact.

On this site, we did just one thing.  If you scroll down to the “add to cart” button, you’ll see that there is a checkbox next to text that reads “I agree to the terms & conditions”… we programmed it so the use *has to* check the box before they can add the product to the cart and make a purchase.

Contact info:

Phone: (540) 808-0276


Free webinar with Peter Shankman (HARO) – How to grow your business using video

August 10th from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm EST.

Social media expert and founder of Help A Reporter Out (HARO) Peter Shankman will share his secrets in a free live video webinar on how to:

  • tell your story in a compelling way on video
  • leverage social media videos to get the word out
  • get press attention for your video

Plenty of examples will be shown and will give two selected business videos a ‘video makeover’.

Register here.

Awesome iPhone apps-Gratitude Journal, Vision Board, Little Buddha (inspiration)


What a find if you’re:

  • An iPhone owner interested in life improvement
  • Interested in iPhone apps
  • A potential iPhone app creator
  • Needing help with your app project

Need a virtual assistant with Mac expertise?

Found this good resource on Ivan’s Expert Blog (Mac and tech news and tips).

I really like this blog because it offers all sorts of info, resources and help useful and understandable for those of us who are non-techie’s.

It’s brought to you by IvanExpert, personal and small business Mac help for New Yorkers. Founded by a former Apple engineer, Apple Certified Support Professionals, and members of the Apple Consultants Network. (212) 353-3310, email:

Subscribe to HARO-daily opportunities for potential media coverage, and it’s free

HARO stands for, founded by Peter Shankman.  In under a year, HARO has become the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 125,000 sources (that would be you) around the world looking to be quoted in the media.

The free subscription provides three emails per day containing queries by journalists. Here’s an excerpted sample from a recent HARO email, which also contains other categories, such as Life Style, Travel, Education, Entertainment & Media, and more.

********* INDEX ***********
Biotech and Healthcare

1) protecting your veins in middle age and beyond (national women’s magazine)

Business and Finance

2) Benchmarking (HVAC publication)

3) Help A Reporter Answer Questions About Bank Information (Credit Union Times)

4) Online Bill Pay (CBS13 News)

5) Independent Contractors (NY Daily News)

6) future of advertising (austrian business media)

7) Speaker on WordPress themes customization (Event / panel)

8) Looking to Interview Founders of Startups (Marketing By Deepak Blog)

9) Challenging Top Sales Performers (Vows Magazine)

Click HERE for more information how to best utilize HARO to build your company.

Five social media thought leaders. One day online conference: RETWEET-Engagement Means Business. Completely free.

This is a Vocus Online Conference.  Can’t attend all of the sessions? No problem. You’ll get access to all sessions and resource materials for six months following the live event. Absolutely free!

Event description, Agenda, Speaker Profiles and Registration Here

Extremely affordable (dare I say, cheap?) writing service for articles, press releases, blogs

I use them myself for article directory submissions. only costs $9.95 per month for membership plus the cost of your article, which varies by word count, but all extremely inexpensive (see prices below).  I don’t know how they do it, but glad they are.  You’ll have a long list of writers to choose from, some with writing samples.  I’m very, very picky about writing and always make some changes, regardless of who writes it – even if I’m the original writer, LOL.  Included in the price per article is the ability to ask for revision(s) if you’re unhappy with something.  Even that might not be enough if it’s the wrong writer for you.  I’ve gone through a number of them to find the few that works best for me. For the cost of an article,  a writer that doesn’t work out for you won’t be an expensive mistake.  With this writing service,  you own the article and can re-write it to your heart’s content to avoid content duplication, or at their low prices, pay them to re-write it.  They offer tutorials, and reading through the site will help you understand how it works and what the abbreviations mean, such as UAW (Unique Article Wizard) below.

Current pricing
Note: Articles requiring long-tail keywords – add $0.50 per keyword. Long-tail kw’s are any kw phrase over two words.

550 words – $ 5.52
750 words – $ 9.03
1000 words – $ 12.50

Blog Posts
100 words – $ 1.75
200 words – $ 2.75
300 words – $ 3.75

Rewrite options
UAW 650 – $ 10.00
UAW 1100 – $ 12.00
600 words – $ 4.75 (Pkg1)
1000 words – $ 5.75 (Pkg2)
Single Rewrite – $ 6.75 (AR)