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Book Review: How to Make Money Online with eBay, Yahoo!, & Google

By CO Staff @canadaone |

Title:How to Make Money Online with eBay, Yahoo!, & Google
Author:Peter Kent and Jill K. Finlayson
Publisher:McGraw-Hill
ISBN:0-07-226261-3

My first reaction when I picked up this book was 'oh no, not another book full of computer screenshots and links that will probably be broken a year from now'. Then, when I actually started to read the book, my attitude changed dramatically.

How to Make Money Online with eBay, Yahoo!, & Google is not packed with revolutionary insights into the online customer, although to be fair it does offer some pretty sound advice in this area. What sets this book apart is the incredible amount of detail it provides about three very powerful Internet tools.

Much of the information in the book is available online for free and a great deal of it is self-explanatory. What the authors have really done is to save you the time - and a considerable amount of time it would be - to understand the the minute details and nuances for using eBay, Paypal, Google and Yahoo!'s e-commerce tools.

Given that times is valued at a premium, that is a pretty big deal indeed.

What I also liked is that this book has a number of excellent tips for people who understand the fundamental workings of these tools, but who have not actually used them. For example, most people have browsed eBay and possibly bought something from an eBay vendor. When you actually decide to sell your own products on eBay, however, you probably won't know the advantages of adding a bank account to your PayPal account or using ID Verify on eBay to increase your credibility as a seller. Brief explanations along with a step-by-step explanation of how to actually set-up these account features are provided.

The explanations don't stop with basic things like signing up for an account. This book covers virtually every small details you should know if you plan on becoming an eBay vendor. Then it goes on to provide a similar level of explanation for building a Yahoo! store and promoting the items you have for sale (whether on eBay or Yahoo!) using Google ad words.

One concern I have is that this book may become outdated quickly. The details are excellent for someone who wants to start using these tools immediately, but sign-up methods, links and even the tools offered can change quickly online. This wouldn't be a book to buy and put aside. Nonetheless, as the authors point out, eBay claims that over 400,000 people make a living selling through eBay. If you are one of them or are serious about making the move to become a online merchant, this book is sure to have something worthwhile in it for you.

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