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Issue 037 - Jan 17, 2006



Happy New Year! Welcome to another edition of the interactivetools newsletter, the first for 2006. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, we sure did (Ross will tell you all about it later). :)



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If you're looking to start a real estate or auto classifieds site, or just showcase your products online, Listings Manager is the perfect choice. We'll even install it for free!

To learn more about which Listings Manager product will work best with your project just visit one of the links below. If you have any questions or would like to place an order you can always give us a call (toll free 1-800-752-0455), send an email, post in the forum, or message us through live chat.
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Newsletter Only Special - Save 50% On Web Hosting I get so excited when opening gifts, I feel like I'm 6-years old, waking my parents up at 5 am on Christmas morning! Aside from the customary socks & underwear I received over the holidays, the highlights for me were a poker set and "Age of Empires 3". :)

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3. Coach's Corner With Mike Briggs - PayPal Shopping Cart And Listings Manager
Coach's Corner With Mike Briggs - PayPal Shopping Cart And Listings Manager I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and is ready to get back to work! :) I spent my holidays learning all about PayPal and thinking of different ways to use it to sell products with Listings Manager. Okay, I didn't actually spend my holidays researching PayPal, but I have looked into it over the past few weeks and found that it's actually fairly easy to link to a PayPal shopping cart, and can be very beneficial.

Listings Manager is extremely customizable and you can set up your install to list just about anything. If you're listing products that you sell, you can make money by allowing people to purchase products right off of your website (and really, who can turn down a great way to make money?). :)

I've compiled my vast PayPal knowledge into a tutorial that outlines a few simple steps for putting an "Add to Cart" button on your product pages so people can purchase products right off of your site! You can list products with Listings Manager and use Pay Pal's shopping cart to allow people to browse and purchase your products. It's quite simple, and if you get lost along the way, you can always contact us for support.

If this is something you would like me to set up for you please let me know. We offer a Priority Consulting service so you could always talk to me and we can go over your requirements together.

Read the full tutorial...
4. The Ross Report - Happy New Year!
The Ross Report - Happy New Year! Hey everyone! Let me start off with a “Happy New Year” to you all. Maybe it's two weeks late, but I haven't talked to most of you since 2005! So it may not be quite so "New" but wishing you a "Happy Year" sounds a little goofy.

Keeping everyone up to date with how the interactivetools team spent their New Year's Eve is going to be the theme for today so sit back and enjoy. Everyone did things a little different this year so I’ll have to keep it brief, but it will still be fun. :)

It’s a bit of a biased opinion, but I think I had the best new year's party; instead of the usual 4 friends coming over, I had 7 whole people [editor's note: not just half people ;)] and there was more fun to be had than you can shake a stick at. So much fun in fact, we didn’t even realize it was the New Year until about 1 am.

Then there was Cliff; he had a blast on Vancouver Island in a cabin with friends, lots of rain and family from as far away as Chicago. Up in Theo’s neck of the woods, he went for a posh night out at one of Vancouver's top seafood restaurants - though getting home was a hike through Stanley Park to find a cab, but fortunately he was spared the rain that Cliff suffered. For Luke’s night, there was a small gathering of the Holzken clan. For the record though, he's not Scottish. :)

As for Mike, well, Mike wasn’t in today so I couldn’t ask. We’ll just pretend it involved some friends, some drink, and some Karaoke into the McDonalds drive through. The brothers Edis had remarkably sensible nights that consisted of board games, walks, and an early bed. With the combined number of children they have though, can you blame them for making good use of some extra time off?

It would be great to hear from everyone out there on how you spent your New Year's, so maybe we can start a thread on the forum where everyone can recount their parties and good times.

Here’s a thread for you all to use.

So with all the holidays behind us for another year there’s nothing left to do except work off that “Christmas weight” and get any site you may be working on up and running. Last year was great and this year should be even better. Everyone in here looks forward to working with everyone out there. :)

Until next time.
5. Offbeat News - The Search Continues
Offbeat News - The Search Continues No, we're not searching for the next American Idol. Theo (our Project Manager) likes to search for phrases from our website, and check if they've been used on any other site. He can see how many sites have been "inspired" by our content.

For example, take the following phrase "There are a lot of companies on the internet that want your business. We want to earn your business." found on 12 Reasons to Choose Us page.

A google search reveals that we have a lot of fans out there, a few with more than "12 Reasons", most of them with less, though our 90-day guarantee stands strong. A few years ago, one site even forgot to remove our company name from the HTML they reused from our site. You know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

We're also entertained by the unusual keyword phrases that bring searchers to our site (we see them in our web logs). If you search for "warm guinness" you'll see that we're the second result. We also finish second for "seedless grapes reproduce" and third for "post its". Up until recently we were first for "post its" but I guess it's more fitting that 3M (the maker of Post It notes) is now first!

In fairness, I should point out that some these sites are friends of ours: for example, GSL Technologies makes use of some web copy and actually resells rebranded versions of our software bundled in with their own web design services under a Private Label. (Contact us with any questions you have about reselling and Private Label rebranding.)
6. Digg - A New Technology Site
Digg - A New Technology Site Digg is a technology site that’s been making a lot of noise lately. It combines blogging, social bookmarking, and RSS all into one community, and even has a weekly podcast highlighting the top stories.

Digg has tons of great tech news, all submitted by users of the site. Most impressive, it's not an editor choosing which stories make it to the homepage - the users of Digg decide. I think of them as democratically elected articles! ;)

The idea has really caught on too. I've just read that it may close in on Slashdot for mega-traffic status.

The whole cycle works as a massive traffic and community generating machine - users post articles, pick the best ones, Digg notifies users through podcasts and RSS feeds which bring users back to the website...and the whole circle continues!

If you're one of those people who immerses themselves in tech news or just want to see how it all works, you can check out Digg.com .
7. Add Google Maps To Your Website
Add Google Maps To Your Website Google Maps is becoming a popular choice for embedding a map into a website, and using Google Map's API and a basic understanding of HTML, it's really quite simple.

You can embed a map into your website in just a few minutes. All you need is a few simple lines of code, explained in this tutorial.

So where's a good place for an embedded map on your site? You can start with your "Contact Us" or "About this company" page. We've just added a map to our own Contact Us page. Take a look for yourself. You can zoom in and out, move it around, and even see a satellite view of our location! :)



From the Forum

This week, Cliff scored a "Hat Trick" with all three forum tutorials! I hope landing these three great posts this month doesn't go to his head. :)

1. Article Manager - Creating a sitemap with Google Sitemaps by Cliff Stefanuk
If you're looking to build a site map that includes all of Article Manager's articles, then this is your post! Cliff offers up an excellent solution using Google sitemaps, and one of the best benefits, using this method will make it even easier for Google to crawl your articles.
2. Article Manager - Open printer-friendly version in a new, smaller window by Cliff Stefanuk
Cliff explains detailed steps for getting your printer friendly pages to open in a new, smaller window. To make setting this up even easier, this post also includes a downloadable template with a working example.
3. Listings Manager - Display the count of new Listings by the Cliff Stefanuk
Want to let visitors know how many new listings were added the previous week? In this post, Cliff outlines the steps needed to set this up.

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