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Curdbee Review: Online Invoicing for Freelancers and Small Businesses

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I do a bit of freelancing sometimes. And when you do that, you need to be able to invoice your clients.

Of course, you could just whip a quick invoice in Words or any word processor that you use. But where’s the fun in that?

Now imagine this — invoicing is FUN (yes, apart from getting paid). I want to introduce you to That’s what I use for invoicing my clients. is an online, web-based invoicing software by a company called Vesses. I am starting to really like this company and the things they do.

I have been checking out online invoicing for some time now. I didn’t really test everything out, but I know about the others like FreshBook, BlinkSale, CashBoard, Zoho and others. But when checking these options out, I am drawn to

Why I am drawn to One is because of their generosity.

You see, online invoicing software makes money by charging you a monthly fee. But at times they still let you in for a free peek. But these free peek accounts are always limited in some ways. Well CurdBee has a free account that is limited too. But the main difference here is this — While others limit you by how much you can earn with their software, CurdBee does not.

Let me explain.

How To Sell Your eBooks, Files, Downloads with Paypal using

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 is my latest venture. Coming from me, I am biased. But I want to say it anyway. makes selling ebooks, files, downloads or any other digital products easy. All that you need is your files and a verified Paypal account. After that, all that you have to do is just UPLOAD and SELL.

Though UPLOADnSELL requires no training, no explanation, today I want to give you a walk through on how to use UPLOADnSELL.

At, the first thing that you see is a some forms that you need to fill in. They are segmented into four area labeled with numbers from 1 to 4. The first one is about selecting the files that you are selling.


Simple IPN: Free Paypal IPN PHP Script for Digital Download Products

Monday, August 17th, 2009


UPDATED: 20 June 2014

Simple IPN is now open sourced and can be downloaded from Github. Or you can use the link below.

[ Download ZIP ]

[ Project Repository at Github ]




I was running a class for my Netpreneurs Online Classroom and we got to the part where we are suppose to learn how to deliver our downloadble digital products.

I don’t want to make this complicated for my students. I want to make this simple, but at the same time offers some form security from online thefts. So I started thinking of a simple script that should be able to do the following:

  • Expiring download link
  • Expiring download page
  • Minimum setup
  • No database required
  • Uses Paypal IPN
  • Emails the customers with their download info
  • Customizable download page, thank you page and email
  • Multiple files product package
  • Allows Paypal Sandbox testing
  • No need to create the Paypal Button form – will generate for you
  • Don’t have to understand Paypal IPN – just know that it’s more secure
  • Strict verification process – verifying price, Paypal email address and currency


eBook Cover and Box Shot Software for Mac Users

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I heard complaints where a lot of the must-have software for mini-sites and internet marketing are created for Windows users. There are not many software for the Mac users.

Well Mac users, you are in for a treat…

Box Shot 3D – for Mac and Windows
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Back in April, I wrote a review on Box Shot 3D. And that was one of the feedback I got about it. It was not available for Mac users. I checked out their website again recently and surprised to a Mac download…

With Box Shot 3D, you can easily create smooth-looking software box shots or ebook covers for your products. Unlike similar products based on Photoshop action scripts which limits your ecover creation, Box Shot 3D is much more powerful. Because it is powered by a 3D engine, you can create your ecover in any way you want, viewing from any angle while controlling a number of other elements like shadows, lighting, etc…

And when comparing Box Shot 3D with similar 3D-based software, Box Shot 3D exceeds in creating a sleak, smooth image. Many similar 3D-based software fail at that. Box Shot 3D will smoothen the image with a state-of-the-art anti-aliasing algorithm, leaving you with something that looks almost like the real thing.

When I think about it, even a real photo can’t come close to what Box Shot 3D will create for you. And you want something better, the only thing I can think of is high-end, commercial 3D software like Maya or 3ds, which has a 5-figure price tag.

So for $60, you really get a good deal. Last time I check, there are over 50 styles and designs that you can create with Box Shot 3D. You can create software box (with and without CD), books, ring binders, flyers, magazines and more…

If you are a Mac user, and have been looking for a good box shot or ebook cover software, checkout Box Shot 3D. In case you are wondering, yes, Windows version is also available.

One more thing, while you do need a graphic software for this to create the flat product cover design, it doesn’t have to be Photoshop. So that breaks your dependency on Photoshop when creating ebook cover. If you are not a Photoshop user, than Box Shot 3D is great for you. A solution for the rest like PaintShop Pro, GIMP, PhotoPlus, Corel, etc…

Box Shot 3D – for Mac and Windows
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Relaunching My…

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

DIY eBook Cover - Create Stunning e-Covers for Your Website is the first sales letter mini-site. It’s a great example how I use mini-sites to make money online – by selling products.

My first actual website is a content mini-site about computer cases. Then, I tried my hands on list building by putting together a long sales letter squeeze page. Yep, a sales letter just to get people into my mailing list. That was, which is now my blog.

Then later, I created my first product –

Back then, was a set of videos on how to create your own ebook cover using Photoshop Elements 2. And not too long after that, Adobe came up with Elements 3, and then 4. That’s when I stop selling I felt that my videos were too outdated.

Anyway, a few months back, I thought I’d repackage DIY eBook Cover with some Photoshop Action scripts and start selling them again. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a set of instructions and commands that you can install in your Photoshop. I recorded all the steps needed to create a bunch of e-cover graphics, and now I am selling them as Photoshop Action scripts.

You can use this script and with just a few mouse clicks, you’ll a nice looking e-cover to represent your product. It’s just a simple 3-step process. Step 1, open the template layout file. Step 2, run the render action script to create your e-cover. Step 3, save it as web graphic.

It’s that easy.

With the new DIY eBook Cover, you can choose to represent your product online in 51 different ways. You can choose e-cover designs ranging from CDs, DVDs, books, ring binders, software box, even iPod and PDA and more…

Apart from that, I also maintain a few of the components from the original DIY eBook Cover. Customers will also get the eBook Layout Strategy Videos and also 51 eBook Cover Templates to get them started.

If you need great looking e-covers, you better check it out now…


Adding Comments To Static HTML Pages

Sunday, March 16th, 2008


When creating mini-sites, most of the times your mini-site is just a static HTML web page (no fancy content management or dynamically update content). In some mini-sites, you may not be selling something at all.

You could be creating a landing page for affiliate programs, a special web page with video, a special ebook download page, etc…

In the past few days, I created a mini-site, with only a few pages. Each page has a video that I created with Camtasia. And I wanted to know what people think of the video. So I thought that I should add a commenting system to the pages.

When you run a blog, you have the commenting system built-in. But with a static page, how do you add a commenting system to it.

I needed that. So I search around looking for a commenting system.

And I found a great one by

Check it out –

What I like about it is that it’s packed with features. You can set it up with Akismet (WordPress’ anti-spam system), Captcha image, IP blocking, flood protection, Text Link Ads integration, word filter and many more.

One feature that I hope they add later is AJAX commenting. With AJAX, perhaps the page doesn’t have to load everytime you add a comment. AJAX commenting is something that you see at You see that you can add a comment, but the video does not reload.

Perhaps I will do another post later explaining what AJAX is all about and how you can use them in your online marketing.

The Easy Way To Protect Your Digital Download With Paypal IPN

Monday, January 28th, 2008


If you sell ebooks or software, you need a way to protect your download page from prying eyes. Many of us use Paypal. It’s easy and it’s convenient. I use them too. And the easiest way to use start using Paypal to accept payment is to create a Buy Now Button from within your Paypal account.

But to protect your digital product, you need to do something extra.

The sad truth is, Paypal’s Buy Now Button doesn’t actually protect your downloadable products. By viewing the HTML source code of your website, people can see where they will be redirected after making a payment using Paypal. And knowing this information, people can just type that address in the browser, skipping the part where they make the payment.

But Paypal has implemented (since years ago) a mechanism that you can use to verify and approve orders before allowing access to your download page. And all that can be automated, so you don’t have to do it manually.

This is known as the Paypal IPN (Instant Payment Notification). You can get a manual at Paypal at Paypal’s IPN page.

Before I tell you about how to implement this with your product, let me first tell you how it works.