How to win at E-bay without really trying

Some people give up on buying on ebay because they never win. I’ll tell you the secret to never losing. Never bid on an item until the very last split second, or you are bidding against yourself.Esnipe Logo - How to win at E-bay without really trying

But, you don’t want to sit at the computer when every auction closes? Here is the secret- use a sniping service like eSnipe.

Esnipe allows you to place as many bids on as many auctions as you want (in a “bid group”) where it will automatically bid your max dollar until you win.

Example- my girlfriend wanted a Sonicare toothbrush. These cost about $116 new, but plenty are available on Ebay auctions NIB (new in box). We bid on a bunch of auctions to end up at $65 with shipping. E-snipe kept bidding and losing, until, jackpot- we won one with free shipping for $54! Cost to us- esnipe sells credits for pennies on the dollar bid- so under $1.00 extra to get a toothbrush for half price.

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How to find out who is sharing your server

Most of us are on shared servers. One server, many hosted sites. We used to run our business on one until a Thai dating site was put on the server and our sites were constantly going down.

We now have our own servers- that we use for our clients. We host about 100 clients per server- and have had minimal problems. Many server companies excel at seeing how many sites they can stuff on one server- and that’s how you get cheaper hosting.

Use My IP Neighbors to see who is on your same IP- of course, a server can have multiple IP addresses on the same server which can obfuscate the answer to how many sites are on my server.

My IP Neighbors lets you find out if any other web sites (“virtual hosts”) are hosted on a given web server.

The tool is a great way to find out who your hosting neighbors are, or just to see how many other websites your hosting company runs from the same machine. Or perhaps you’d like to know if that flashy company still uses cheap hosting like the rest of us.

You can search by hostname or by IP. Search results include the neighbor’s website URL’s and titles, and links to WHOIS data.

via MyIPNeighbors Reverse IP Lookup (Free service).

Note, this service isn’t exactly fool proof- it also lists domains that are pointed to the same IP- and not all domains are hosted. It’s pulling out of Whois data instead of actually scanning the server.

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How to check social media user names

It’s hard enough to secure a url for many companies now- but what about the array of social media sites?

Meet KnowEm– which checks all the social media sites for your user name:

KnowEm was developed to assist everyone – from individuals to Fortune 500 companies – in discovering where their names, brands, or trademarked terms are available (or stolen) on Social Media networks. KnowEm will not only help you secure your name across the vast social media landscape but we can also show you how to contact each site in order to have the name released and returned to you.

via About Knowem, LLC.

A handy dandy tool for finding out who has your user name- and what Social Media sites you could be on.

We think the most important are YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn- and possibly FourSquare. But, you can decide after a visit here.

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