How to Furnish an Apartment Inexpensively

March 2, 2009

Have a plan when furnishing an apartment on a budget. A disciplined, step-by-step approach works best. Make up your mind that some of your furnishings will be compromises for a while, and invest the most – by far – i

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5 Free Ways to Convert Blog Posts & Documents to PDF

February 27, 2009

sharing PDF versions of blog posts via email, to ebooks and plugin documentation, PDF’s are widely used throughout the blogosphere. They provide a “Read Me” only interface that can be easily downloaded or viewed within a browser, viewed on smart phones, or even printed for offline reading. It’s this versatility that gives PDF’s the power they have today.

It’s only right, then, that we find out how to create PDF’s to aid in our blog promotion and management. Here are five ways to easily create PDF ebooks and documents.

PDF24 – WordPress Plugin – Convert Blog Posts
PDF24 is an excellent WordPress plugin that allows your readers to email a PDF version of your blog post to their own email address or to a friend. This is an fantastic take on the ‘Send to a Friend’ plugins.

The plugin places a short email address form below all your blog posts. Find out more about this plugin.

Bullzip PDF Printer – Convert Microsoft Documents
Bullzip is tailored to convert Microsoft applications to PDF. Like many PDF converters, it acts as a printer on your computer, so to convert a document all you have to do is go to File > Print and choose the PDF converter from your list of possible printers.

Bullzip comes complete with a wide range of features, including the ability to choose different quality settings for different uses (ebook, screen or print), add and edit watermark text and password protect the PDF. Find out more.

CutePDF – Create PDF Forms for Digital Completion
Another free option that installs itself as a printer on your Windows PC, CutePDF is recommended by many. Whereas many free PDF converters add watermarks to your final file, and bombard you with adverts upon conversion, CutePDF doesn’t. No adverts. No mess. Just one very simple and easy to use PDF converter. Find out more.

Primo PDF
Primo PDF is one of the oldest PDF converters, and is able to convert over 300 different file types. Just like other converters, this program sets itself up as a printer on your PC.

Creating PDF’s on a Mac
Of course, I can’t forget the Apple fan boys (I know plenty of you are reading). For those not aware, Mac’s have a built in PDF converter (they’re always more advanced than us Windows folk!). To convert a file to PDF using a Mac:

In OS X 10.4 or later:

Choose File -> Print.
Click on the PDF button in the bottom left of the “Print” Screen.
Select the option Save as PDF…
In OS X 10.3 or earlier:

Open the document you want to convert to PDF in the native Mac OS X application.
Choose File -> Print, and continues as follows:
Choose Save As PDF (Mac OS X v10.2.x), or click Preview and do one of the following (Mac OS X v10.1.x):
If Acrobat opens the preview, choose File -> Save As, and then choose Adobe PDF Files from the Format pop-up menu.
If Preview opens the preview, choose File -> Save As PDF.
Specify a filename and location, and then click Save.
PDF files really are a useful asset for bloggers. I’ve seen a huge explosion in recent months from people downloading audio podcast versions of my text blog posts so they can listen and learn from them while offline and away from the computer. PDF’s are a great alternative to audio, to allow your readers to learn and experience your brand while away from the office.

How often do you use PDF’s? Do you provide a way for your readers to convert your blog posts to PDF? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Create an Amazon Pro Merchant Account

February 27, 2009

Amazon’s Pro Merchant account allows you to sell more items for less money. Sellers with a high volume, moving more than 40 items a month, can benefit from the decreased fees that help the account to pay for itself.
InstructionsDifficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step1Sign up for an Amazon account. Activate your account with banking and credit card information. Confirm your email address and phone number via their automated system.
Step2List your media items. Go through the listing template and fill in the description and condition fields. Choose reasonable prices for the items that correspond to the prices listed by the other sellers.
Step3Sell the items, ship them out on time and arrange the deposits into your bank account. Wait until the amount of sales per month, warrant spending the monthly fee for the Pro Merchant account.
Step4Sign up for the upgrade. Use the extra privileges to design a storefront for your listings and to write product pages for items not included in the Amazon catalog.
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Tips & Warnings
Watch for Pro Merchant account sales. There are often sales that apply to the first two or three months of the membership fees. Normally, anyone who has had a Pro Merchant account at any time is not eligible for a fee sale.

If the volume of sales goes down after the sale period is over, reevaluate keeping the account. If the fee discount isn’t paying for itself it isn’t worth having.

Amazon’s Pro Merchant account offers high-volume sellers lower selling fees.

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