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EB-Update Issue #258 - March 07, 2010.

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It's that time of year when thoughts turn to Spring, warmer days, and,...taxes. Find out about the new IRS Form 1099-K that will affect online sellers, and also read about some advice on search marketing from Jeff Gawronski and Marty Weintraub. All this and more in today's editorial.

Two Tips for a More Profitable Google Adwords Campaign

Jeff Gawronski runs a site for entrepreneurial inventors and is a consultant on search marketing. In the last issue, he covered some budget-minded ways to market an online retail store, and suggested that sellers focus on search engines and set up an Adwords account on Google. Today he reveals two tips for making your Google Adword search campaigns more profitable.

IRS to Track Online Sellers' Payment Transactions Beginning Next Year

Online sellers who don't report their sales will no longer be able to fly underneath the radar screen. If you are operating your business in the United States and use online payment processors such as PayPal, Google Checkout, or credit card processors, you'll soon be hearing about Form 1099-K. The Internal Revenue Service - the IRS - has drafted Form 1099-K, a new information return that payment settlement entities will use to report the gross amount of merchant card or third-party payments.

First Item Sold Online: Lindi Sells Stonehenge Memories on Etsy

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 Lindi who sold a photo panaroma of Stonehenge on Etsy that had special meaning to the buyer.

Collector's Corner: Figurines, Part 1: Sebastian Miniatures and Bing & Grondahl Figurines

Collectors go gaga over figurines, and today Michele Alice examines two lines: Sebastian Miniatures and Bing & Grondahl. She promises to come back next week with a look at Precious Moments and Josef Originals. Happy collecting!

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.