Friday, October 15, 2010

The Blogsters Gift Shop - My OpenSky Store

After seeing a post on Blogger Buzz, I've joined Open Sky. In doing so, I created my account and a store:

Since I'm still discovering how this works, I've only added one item for now:

Start & Operate Your Own Home-Based Business DVD - Buy Now

When adding an item, we have the ability to "Grab the link", and "Grab the HTML". So I've included both. The first I defined as an image, and the second is simply a hyperlink. (We'll see if the item image displays, at present it doesn't).

Once the account is set up, you are asked to create a store. That process is fairly simple. You need to make up your store a name, a Open Sky mail address, identify the type of items you're interested in selling, and upload a picture of yourself. Next, you have to enter your real mailing information which tells Open Sky where to send your earnings.

After that, you have to add items to sell in your store. There is a search box in the upper right. You must use it to start the browsing process. For example, enter the word "Kitchen" or "Gift".

Once done, you'll see a list of items. When you see something you like, click on the image. Then, press the Sell this button on the next page.

At that point, a little pop-up will appear and you have to copy the links to your blog post.

Next, you have to publish your post, and tell Open Sky the URL of that post.

In order to make everything work, you will need to install a javascript OpenSky distributed cart. From the help page, it says this code is currently unavailable. It tells us to contact them, so that is what I'm going to do.

So this is where I am at.

Hopefully, I'll be all set up by next week and can report back to you the final steps.


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