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I screwed up or was hacked.

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

My toy train website dropped off Google years ago. I thought Google had banned the site because it was over optimized. I was writing articles about specific toy train models like the Lionel Mickey Mouse Circus Train, Lionel’s 402 locomotive, and American Flyer’s K335 Northerner Loco One of the plugins loaded links to eBay auctions below the content. The allowed readers to see what the trains were selling for on eBay.

Initially I did OK with the site. eBay paid me  a few hundred a month for the traffic and the articles were based on trains in my collection, or on items I’d sold on eBay so I didn’t have to spend much time adding new articles.

Just before train99 fell out of Google,  eBay changed their affiliate program and my earnings dropped so the site was only making about $25 a month.

I assumed Google had blocked and the money wasn’t worth  the time to try and fix it.

Recently I’ve been playing with Google’s Webmaster tools  for my ebay advice website. I added train99 to the list of my websites in Google expecting to see the site had been blocked.

It turned out there was a robots.txt file on train99 telling search engines to ignore the site. I wouldn’t have added this to my site, but it’s been years so I can’t say that for sure. I don’t even know when it was added since my site has been moved to different servers. I changed the robots.txt file and now I’m waiting to see what happens.

Two weeks after I changed the robots.txt file Google crawled train99, but has yet to index any pages.

New Interview for eBay sellers

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I just added an interview with Sydney Johnston called Adding Backend Sales To Your eBay Sales to IWantCollectibles.

It’s a PDF that explains how to sell low priced items on ebay and then sell the buyers more expensive items. The process works for affiliates too.


Two new eBay articles

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I wrote two articles last month relating to Jim Cockrum.

Actually, one’s not an article, it’s an interview Jim and I did about how we went from eBay sellers to building online businesses. Great stuff, and FREE!

Jim Cockrum on building an online business

The other article is a Review of Jim’s Fullfillment By Amazon package. My article explains when you want to sell on Amazon rather than eBay, and my thoughts on Jim’s package.


All my eBooks and interviews in one place

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I’ve slowly been updating my ebooks and interviews and decided to put links to all of them in one place.

This helps me keep track of them, but also helps YOU find them.

I’ve decided to give some of them away, other have low prices. You’ll find reports on Antiques, Collectibles and eBay, Creating and selling information products and on Internet Marketing.

Here’s a link:

eBooks by Terry Gibbs


The Marketer’s Guide To Facebook

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Have You Seen These Facebook Statistics?

  • Facebook has over 500 Million users
  • Over 50% of Facebook users log in every day
  • The average Facebook user spends 55 minutes on Facebook every day
  • More than 5 BILLION pieces of content (web links, photos, stories and notes) are shared each week.
    (stats from on 3-16-2010)

Now you can use Facebook to generate new leads and find out exactly what your clients want to buy.

Get your copy of The Marketer’s Guide To Facebook.