MRRADS.com is an
alternative to the shotgun search approach for model railroad
merchandise used on the many search engines like Google, Yahoo,
Bing, AOL, etc. Our aim is to provide an easy way for
buyers to find the merchandise they want and provide to the
merchant a high performance way of bringing customers to their
website or store. Customers come to MRRADS with an interest in
products to buy, no other reason. MRRADS.com will be heavily advertised on the
web (Google, Yahoo, Bing) for all things model railroad.
Currently about 999,999 items, 600 visits/day and 1800 merchant pages viewed/day.
We encourage merchants to
maintain their own page. Merchants with hard to find,
specialty items and
merchants that do not have a web page are welcome here.
1) At Create your Page create a sign-in and
password - write it down
2) Fill in the profile page
Name of Merchant
The name of your best photo, name only, no path, and
.jpg example= (mybestphoto.jpg)
Description up to 200 words text only. NO paragraphs
in first box.
No active html links. A
non active link to your web is allowed . You can have
phone numbers, address, etc if you wish.
No html is allowed.
ACTIVE URL is allowed at
the proper input on the profile page
If you need a category that is not listed, ask
NO SPECIAL CHARACTERS (#$*&!"+@) except in
text boxes 2,3,4
3) Sign in to Managers desk (Have a sign-on)
4) Go to New Photo and load one image.
5 Go to Update/Add/New and load the remaining
images to a maximum of 70. You must delete photos if you have 70
before adding new. More than one page (additional sign-in)
is allowed for different scales and construction and complete.
6) You can reload the same image name (to update picture) or
add new ones from Update/Add/New Photo
7) Delete images from the delete photo option
8) You can edit your Profile from managers desk for different
best photo or change text. The best photo name in profile
MUST match exactly the name of the uploaded photo you
select as your best photo. Most errors are due to a mismatch in
naming between the actual uploaded photo and best photo
listing in the profile.
9) From managers desk you can open a second window to check
page for look.
11) Pages that have no photos for 5 days will be deleted.
13) There is an additional text box for 500 words for
construction or more info which becomes available after the site
is open and a mid page text box for dividing photos top and
bottom like construction at top and finished at bottom.
12) You can arrange the photos on your detail page by
sort photos in managers desk. 0,1,lowest number = top
number = bottom or
multiple photos at 1 will be higher than multiple photos at 3.
The default is 0.
13) You can add individual text per photo, limit 250
characters, (use special characters with care, they might not
14) Merchants are arranged on the summary
page by category choice and last update.
This contact has no
information about the merchants listed or products sold. This
contact is for merchants who wish to take ownership or use
1-800-540-1708 . (Backdrop Warehouse- sponsor) If there is
a problem with the program., or you need help with sign-on or
paid Premium Merchant.
email 4help (at) mrrads.com
There are three settings for jpg images. All 3 are
1) Physical size in pixels or inches
For this site around or about
900 p wide x 600 p high is good
2) Resolution in pixels per inch ppi
72 ppi is standard for the
Use high compression or low
We recommend an image aspect of about 900 pix wide x 600 pix
high at 72 ppi, jpeg only which means the extension MUST be
.jpg not .jpeg or .gif or .bmp or
Try to make your photos close to this aspect otherwise they will
be smaller and not fill the available space. It only takes a
few seconds to adjust the size. Also try to
get clear, well lighted photos. No advertisements or
promotions allowed. We can remove photos that are other
than your layout or promote a product.
To get good depth-of-field and sharp image, you need plenty of
even lighting, a high f-stop (f16, f22) and a tripod.
An optimum size to load is 900 pix wide x 600 pix high x 72 ppi (74kb)
low quality setting on jpg
check this .
Recommended file sizes are 40 - 80kb, maximum size 100kb.
For larger expanded images follow the procedure below
(for web servers only) if you load from
a PC this is not for you.
1) On your server, copy all the images to be uploaded
to a different temporary folder.
2) Using whatever software you have to compress the
jpg image, make images under the 100kb limit at the
approximate aspect of 900p x 600p.
3) From our manager''s desk, upload all your photos
4) Copy the original jpg photos that are over 100kb
from the temporary folder to the folder just uploaded,
overwriting all the smaller images. The file names
and folder must remain unchanged.
5) Any updates will require the same procedure.
Crop images that are high and narrow or of a much different
Most digital cameras come with photo manipulation packages.
Your operating system may have the necessary Photo program. A
good, reasonably priced editor is PhotoShopElements
by Adobe (not to be confused with PhotoShop also by Adobe). This
is available on-line like (
http://www.ebuyer.com USA or UK
pricing) for around $80 or at COSCO and other retailers.
There are many other editors but you get what you pay for.
Tutorial on Photoshop Elements
Backdrop Warehouse does not recommend an editor and takes no
responsibility as to their use and results. Links are for your
Be sure to save the new photo as a new name. Don''t
overwrite the original, you can''t get it back.
Also jpg is a lossy format. Always start from the original.
Each copy loses detail.
On file names - do not use special characters (&%$#'@)," only
underscore is useable. Do not use spaces. The computer
cannot handle space and will change to %20. Do not use .jpeg.
This is true on all computers worldwide, web, home.
Good examples: myphoto.jpg
Bad examples; my photo.jpg
The choice is 1 most important category
you sell, 2 next important, 3
next, 4 next
If there are no paid, the paid below move up. If
paid choice 4 is the only one, it will be on top.
There are only four PAID positions for each
choice and you also remain in FREE (two showings)
DO NOT LIST CATEGORIES YOU DO NOT SELL.
False listing will result in removal of
page, paid or not.
The GENERAL INTEREST category is limited to museums,
organizations, scenic RRs, some publications
indicates a division between paid positions
choices are limited actually all choices are
Not everyone can be
on top. You might consider some less high profile
categories for your top choices. You might be better
with a higher standing in LIGHTING or TRUCKS or FIGURES
than down 75 in ROLLING STOCK. ROLLING STOCK will
still show on detail page even if choice 8. Suggest not
using both ROLLING STOCK and LOCOMOTIVES as each get
heavy traffic. ALLCAPS are higher usage then lower case,
example LOCOMOTIVES vs decals.
Beware there are only four paid
positions per choice. If your first choice is SCENERY
and you want to pay and there are already four paid
SORRY. If you
are paid and change
choice you will be level 6b but that may be on top if
no other positions taken. Level 6b only applies to a
change in a paid choice category. Limited manual
adjustments may be made by a new pay, ie.
moving from a paid category choice 1-6 to another paid
choice 1-6 that is open, no refund on old pay.
It is important to keep the same look
and format as all the other pages. We block the page for
all CAPS, oversize images, violations and other tricks
to make the page stand out. Use our GOODIES to push up
your page. Approved use of paragraph, bold and color is
Listing of total choices used 1-6 paid and free list
aide in deciding your choices
Display order of
listings - PAID above FREE
Paid choice 1 four available positions
Paid choice 2 four available positions
Paid choice 3 four available positions
Paid choice 4 four available positions
Paid choice 5 four available positions
Paid choice 6 four available positions
Paid level 6b unlimited positions - for
changes from original category - all changes go to level 6b
This is not available
to buy but if you start at SCENERY and change to WIRE
you go to 6b
Example: For SCENERY if there are two merchant paid choice 2 and
one paid merchant choice 4
Top two positions
alternate paid choice 2
Paid choice 4 next
Any choice 6b
We have tried to arrange pricing according to views
Base Payment is $100 or
per year by the following table:
$300 will be
reduced to $200
during the promotion period.
Add $200 to base for first choice (cash cow) on all
accounts ($300 for red)
For the $400(5
applies to choices 1-3 and $300
for choices 4-6 [#1=$700, #2-3=$400,
Note for RED (LOCOMOTIVES and ROLLING STOCK
and 3 others) the first
choice is $400 + $300=$700/yr
There are no refunds, payments are yearly
by all four major credit cards
If you change category for a paid category you move
to choice 6b above
You can pay for all six choices but be careful on
choice 4 - 6, they could be down 8 levels but always
above choice 6b and FREE.
There are tools to help you decide on choices,
payment, expiration dates, how many in a category, etc.
You can request to see what your paid pages will
Price chart by color$100 $200
3 paid choices
BLUE LITE SPECIAL is FREE
Look at this site under ROLLING
STOCK as an example of some of the goodies
Will show on all 10 categories
PAID or FREE
Will last 7 days
Select from MANAGERS DESK -
Must have 3 PAID choices
Must wait 60 days before using
FEATURED - FREE
SALE - FREE
3 paid choices
Your can feature a
category for 7 days or have
SALE on your
detail page for 7 days
select from managers desk -
You must have
at least 3 paid choices.
You are allowed to set
featured or SALE every 60 days
Featured is not currently
in use and featured will stay up for 7 days
For 4 paid choices
SPECIAL - FREE
4 paid choices
(min $400/yr) Maximum
Your can have your detail
page come up directly from the home page for 7
Use with paid choice and
Blue Lite Special to put your page on top. Have
a special on your web page like a sale.
select from managers
desk - profile
You must have at least
4 paid choices.
You are allowed to set
SPECIAL every 60 days
SPECIAL is not currently
in use and SPECIAL will stay up for 7 days
SPECIAL has a RESERVED
option that can be set so your name replaces
current on expiration
"This is a PREMIUM Merchant"
on the Detail page for 4 paid choices
No time limit as long as
you have 4 paid choices
Also has direct link on
home page "Visit
Merchant" on the by state listing
For 5 paid choices
For a limited time 20%
discount for 5 paid choices.
(not added to other discounts, max discount 20%)
"This is a PREMIUM Merchant"
is on all 10 choices. Choices
7-10 are not moved up but have the
logo. This applies if conditions are met, no
request is required.
Everything Merchants - Must have 10
choices and paid for 5. Also indicates "AND
MUCH MORE" on detail page that there are
more categories sold than listed. This applies
if conditions are met, no request is required.
Note: We may check that you
actually sell a reasonable quantity of items of
the each of the categories listed. If not
the Have Everything Merchant will be
blocked. This only effects this goodie and does
not effect listing the category or paying for
We reserve the right to increase the charge
for services but paid merchants will not be
effected until renewal. We may add or change
GOODIES but existing GOODIES will remain until
renewal. We also reserve the right to end any
page without refund if the page violates our
requirements. Notice to fix will always be given
and removal is a last resort to protect the
site, however if violations are serious and
effect other pages or the site, immediate
removal is certain. No refund for removed pages
because of violations. We have the right to
refuse/block any page or ads on this site and
there will be no charge.