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EB-Update Issue #254 - January 10, 2010.

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What's ahead for online marketplaces in 2010, and how would you rate them as selling venues? Check out the first AuctionBytes editorial of the New Year.

Four Ways to Apply Big Brand SEO to Small Merchants, Part 1

Online retailers know how important it is to drive traffic to their product listings in order to boost sales, but many sellers are stumped about how to do it on small budgets. In Part 1 of a two-part series, Jennifer Van Iderstyne takes a look at Search Engine Optimization and how small sellers can apply the principles of SEO to their listings to generate traffic. Ka-ching! Creates Online Shopping Engine for Brick-and-Mortar Retail

If you've ever wasted a trip to the local store or shopping mall looking for a particular item, only to find it out-of-stock (Zhu Zhu pets ring a bell, anyone?), you'll appreciate the concept behind Before you venture out, check the search engine to see which local brick-and-mortar stores carry what you are looking for - this site has the potential to change the way you shop offline.

First Item Sold Online: eBay a Stepping Stone to Artisan's Business

Do you remember the first item you ever sold online? Let us know by sending an email to and we may publish your story. Today we hear from Nan, who created special mica shades for antique lamp bases, tested them on eBay, and launched a successful business of her own.

Collector's Corner: California Pottery

In the 1900s, many California potteries made studio-quality pieces that were produced for the mass market. If you have a little knowledge and a good eye, you may be able to score some stunning pieces at a steal! Read more in today's Collector's Corner.

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From feedback to payment services, from fees to posting policies, AuctionBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.