Month: June 2009

Online Shops and Business Web Directories

Online shop owners should be able to get more exposure by using business web directories. Yes, aside from making sure that your online store is indexed by leading search engines like Yahoo and Google, it’s a good idea to submit your website to business web directories.

What’s the difference between Search Engines and Business Web Directories?

While a search engine scans through all types of web pages, a business web directory exclusively scans business-related pages. Thus, it returns more specific results. If you’re someone looking for a supplier, a sponsor or a business-to-business partner, you can surely get a more precise list of business web sites using a web directory for business.

Yahoo! Directory and The Open Directory Project or DMOZ are two of the most popular directories for businesses in the World Wide Web. Another huge directory is

Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your business website will be included in the larger directory listings. But take note that getting approved at Yahoo! Directory, The Open Directory Project or wouldn’t be that easy. Every day thousands of businesses submit their own sites to these directories so you may need to wait for a few months before getting an approval. For this reason, submitting to smaller scale directories for business can be a smart move.

Jasmine Directory and Max Directory are examples of human edited directories that are worth checking out. Both offer a free listing service for small businesses and even larger businesses alike. And because these directories are human edited, nuisance sites are blocked from the listing.

Before enlisting your website URL to these directories, be sure to choose a category that is closest to your line of business. This way, when prospective customers do their search, your website will surely be included in the appropriate listing. Add to this, doing so will ensure that your submission will get approved more easily.


Shop of the Week: You Are What You Love

Finally, this is what I’ve been looking forward to since the idea of turning the Shop of the Month segment into the Shop of the Week. This segment will be posted every Sunday but since the 1st day of July starts on Wednesday, we will start the Shop the Week series today=)
Our very first shop to be featured is You Are What You Love. The shop is owned by Aprile Elcich and she makes beautiful collages out of vintages books and paper. I sent Aprile a bunch of questions for the Q&A and I enjoyed her candid answers. For such a young age, I admire her sense of creativity and boldness in launching her own home business. Let’s get to know Aprile a little bit more:

What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?
You Are What You Love is actually a song by Jenny Lewis, one of my favourite musicians. I just think it’s an amazing quote and it makes you think about what you love the most. I love collage and making art, and so it seemed to me like a natural match. It might not be the most catchy, but I still like it!

Read the interview on Beautiful Handmade blog.

Voice Biometrics Solutions for Business

Voice Biometrics Solutions is the type of technology used to improve a business’s customer support service. By analyzing the voice biometric of an individual through telephone or microphone, identification and verification can be done without the need to ask for confidential details such as SNN, PIN or passwords.

Voice biometrics solutions is said to be as secure and as reliable as using fingerprints for identification or verification. It is interesting to note that a fingerprint has approximately 40 unique characteristics whereas a voice print has over 100 separate characteristics.

Through IVR speech recognition solutions, the risk of identity theft and fraud is greatly reduced and even eliminated. More importantly, it is an unobtrusive method of providing a convenient and secure telephone support to customers.

For more information about voice biometrics solutions, check out this website.

Inspirations from My Blog List: Flowers and Nature

Here are some inspiring photos of flowers and nature from my blog list:


flowers in vintage tins via High Street Market


polaroid series via Abstract the Day


sky; grass; birds; flowers via Moxie Photo & Design

Make Believe Shopping: Lovesac

LoveSac is not a Dirty Site

Today, we’re visiting the Lovesac – an alternative furniture online shop that offers comfortable seating pieces and accessories.

This is called the BigOne Eskimo Phur. It is the largest from Lovesac’s Bean Bag Collection. This massive bean bag chair is famous for its size, durability and comfort. I would love to have one in our living room:)

LoveSac® – our Bean Bags are Bigger!

Their bedding collection sounds tempting. The mattresses, pillows, comforters and blankets seem to be the softest there is!

For accessories, I’d like to get the Dawg Pad for our pooch, George!

I thought their actual shop looks cool and if I live anywhere in the US or Australia, I would surely drop by:)

Make Believe Shopping: Indies In

I came across this shop calledIndiesin and found some items that I would’ve liked to buy.


I love dresses and I thought these dresses are cute for hanging out!


Some accessories that caught my eye. I especially love the cookie mirror!
Yup, those cookies are actual handy mirrors you can take in your beauty kit:)

Visit and don’t forget to check out stuff from the shop’s Sale collection!

Day Dream Destination: CIty of Paris

We would stay at Hotel Baltimore Paris. It’s a 4-star hotel located at the heart of Paris near the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
We’ll start our day with breakfast in bed and enjoy the fabulous view from the suite’s window.

Take a stroll along the city’s famous roads and admire the old architectural structures.

More sightseeing through Seine River Cruise


Enjoy vintage finds at Clignancourt flea market

Be awed by the “City of Lights” illuminated at night

the Arc de Triomphe


Champs Elysees


the Eiffel Tower

Take pleasure in fine dining

Lounge and sip good wine

Enjoy a goodnight’s rest in a luxurious room for another day in beautiful Paris!

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