Why You Don’t Want it to be Easy!

We’ve all the heard the saying ‘keep it simple stupid’, KISS for short. There’s a lot of merit in that saying because the simplest way is often the best way. The more we over-complicate a task, the less likely we are to ever complete or even start it.  But, simple is not the same as easy. We shouldn’t expect easy. We shouldn’t ask for easy, and the short video below shows you exactly why you don’t want it to be easy!

 

 

Ebay V Amazon for New Sellers – Which is Best?

light-bulb-1002783_640It’s a great question and the first answer is going to depend on what you plan to sell. If you want to sell your used/new unwanted items just to get them out of the way or raise some extra cash, then Ebay is the best place for this.

However, if you plan to make a regular income selling new items that you source and then sell to make profits, Amazon is without question your best bet.

Here’s why:

Amazon has twice as many shoppers as Ebay. So more potential customers to tap into. 300 million to be precise!

Amazon customers buy and spend more than Ebay shoppers do. Figures show that Amazon buyers are spending at least double on average per annum, than Ebay buyers.

The average Amazon shopper has a higher annual income than the average Ebay shopper and is willing to spend more on an item.

On top of this, Amazon has it’s own loyalty scheme called ‘Prime’ membership where customers pay an annual fee in order to gain certain benefits such as free shipping. This brings Prime customers back to shop on the platform over and over again because they naturally want to get the most bang for their membership buck. According to recent reports, the number of Prime members in the US is more than 60 million!

Why is this good for sellers? Because these Prime customers are frequent shoppers and will often purchase several items in one session. AND, because of their above average annual household income, they will readily pay more for an item than the average Ebay shopper. This means that you, the seller, don’t need to sacrifice your profits by selling at ridiculously low prices in order to make enough sales.

In order to fully benefit from this as a seller, you should be selling via FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). This is where Amazon warehouses your items and ships your orders to your customers. In any case, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of FBA because it cuts your workload down and takes away the headaches of packaging and shipping orders to customers.

So providing you sell through FBA, all those Prime customers will see a little icon beside your item listings, letting them know that your item qualifies as a Prime purchase. Many Prime customers will ONLY buy items that qualify, putting you at an advantage over other non-FBA sellers.

There one really BIG advantage of choosing Amazon over Ebay if you plan to sell items regularly…

It’s less work!

When you list an item on Amazon, you don’t need to keep re-listing it. Nor do you need to take the payments for customer orders. Amazon do that on your behalf. FBA sellers don’t need to deal with refunds either, because once again, Amazon does this.

In summary, if you are in thinking about selling on one of the big online marketplaces, Ebay or Amazon, the only time that Ebay would be your best bet, is when you want to sell some unwanted personal items or perhaps a one-off lot of stock. Otherwise, Amazon is a much better option over all.

The Top 6 Reasons Why Everyone Who Strives to Earn a Living Online Should Have a Blog

chalkboard-620316_640Want to turn your passion into a part or full-time income? There is no better way for the ‘average’ person to do this than blogging.

Imagine that your work is also your passion. Most people only ever dream about earning a living from doing something they love. But some have used blogging to realize that dream, so why not you?

Aside from the potential of earning an ongoing income, a blog is actually an asset. Blogs can sell for 4, 5, even 6 figures.

Let’s take a look at the top 6 reasons why everyone who strives to earn a living online should have a blog.

  1. Blogging is an ideal way to get free traffic from Google and the other search engines
  2. Blogging can be used to market almost anything at all from affiliate products, to e-commerce, to Amazon listings, and more.
  3. User-friendly technology available today makes blogging simple, even for non-techies!
  4. We can use blogging to turn our interests into profit. Almost any subject can be monetized.
  5. It’s virtually free! You can build and run a successful blog on less than $5 per month.
  6. A blog is an asset and can be sold it in the future for a healthy sum.

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Throughout the course I demonstrate every step in detail with ‘over the shoulder’ lectures. You will also learn how to create posts and which types of post work best. You will learn where and how to get content and ideas for your posts. And how to optimize your posts for the search engines – the simple way – and much, much more.

What are the Fees for Selling on Amazon?

calculator-iconAmazon selling fees are quite low when you take into account the fact that as sellers we use their platform, leverage their trust and credibility, and make use of their registered customer base of close to 3 million shoppers.

Shoppers on Amazon tend to be prepared to pay a little more for items than they would on say, Ebay for example. Therefore we can set our prices that little bit higher, which helps to offset some of the fees.

That being said, we still need to know what these fees are so that we can work out whether or not it’s possible to make a profit on an item we want to sell.  Sometimes new sellers simply look at the wholesale cost of an item, compare it to the selling price on Amazon, and think they can make a great profit. They completely overlook the fact that Amazon needs to make money too!

Amazon Referral Fee

This is a percentage of the selling price of each item sold on Amazon and it’s usually 15%, although there are some categories where this percentage is a little higher or a little lower. Generally though, you can expect your referral fee to be 15%.

For example. If you were selling a dog lead for $22.99, Amazon would take $3.45 (15%) from each sale.

FBA Fees

This only applies if you are using ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’,. This is where Amazon stores your items at their warehouse and then ships them out to customers as your orders come in. It’s a great service because it takes away the headache of packing and shipping out orders.

For most items this fee is around $2.60  If the item is large and bulky, it will be a little more than this and if your item is classed as ‘small and light’, it will be less.

If you are not using FBA, this fee does not apply.

Both the Referral Fees and the FBA fees are taken from your earnings. You don’t need to pay either of these fees from your own pocket.

FBA Long-Term Storage Fees

Again, this only applies if you are using Fulfillment by Amazon and these fees don’t kick in unless you have stock at the FBA warehouses for longer than 6 months. Meaning, your stock is slow selling. There are ways to avoid this happening, but if it does happen, then you need to factor in around  $0.55 per item per month

Professional Seller Account Fee

As an seller, you can either open an ‘Individual Account’ or a ‘Professional Account’

There is no monthly fee for an Individual Account, but you will pay Amazon $0.99 per item sold in addition to the costs listed above

The Professional Account has a monthly fee of $39.99 (first month is free), but you do not pay the $0.99 per item sold.

Generally, if you intend to sell more than 40 items a month – which hopefully you do – then the Professional Account is the one to go for.

Conclusion

Even when factoring in the fees, there’s good money to made as a seller on Amazon providing you do your calculations first. Of course there’s more to it than just making sure you can turn a profit. You also need to know how to choose the right items to sell, where to get them, how to create listings that convert to sales and more.  Even so, Amazon is still a great place to sell. New sellers can still make their mark and it doesn’t require a big start up budget either 😉

Get More Sales by Adding a Simple Video to Your Website

moving-clip-art-moving-clip-art-10Want to know a quick and easy way to turn more of your store visitors into buyers?

Add a simple animated video to one of your pages.

You could do this on any page, but it’s really effective on the ‘About Us’ page or the ‘Delivery Information’ page.

So what should your video be about?

If it’s on the ‘About Us’page, you could create a short video to inform visitors about your company/product line/customer service.  If it’s on the ‘Delivery Info’ page, you could create one that explains your delivery times/policies, along with information about returns and refunds.

Here are some ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’t’s’ for your video:

Do:

  • Make it an animated video because these have a lot of appeal and can be created for less than $20 on Fiverr.
  • Make it under 90 seconds.  30 seconds is often long enough.
  • Add upbeat music to the video
  • Use fun and interesting characters in the video

Don’t:

  • Make ‘whiteboard’ videos.  Whiteboard videos have their place but can often end up looking ‘cheap’.
  • Use ‘text-to-speech’. There is no ‘text-to-speech’ software on the market that doesn’t sound like a robot. In any case, voice may not even be necessary. Many short animated videos do a great job with just the animation and music.
  • Make the videos longer than 90 seconds (unless you are making a product demonstration video).
  • Spend days or weeks trying to make the video yourself. Instead outsource it for a few dollars by going to Fiverr.com
  • Overdo it by adding too many animated videos to your website.  One or two will add a touch of professionalism to your site and help to engage visitors. More than that and it get’s boring!

 

How to Take Your Share of the Booming E-commerce Industry

 

shopping-745840_640Starting your own e-commerce store has never been easier – and more difficult – than it is today.
So what does that mean? How can be it be easy AND difficult at the same time?

Okay, let me explain . . .

It’s easy because you no longer need technical know how. Low cost, user-friendly and purpose built online store platforms have taken care of all that, and now almost anyone can set up a half decent store without too many headaches.

It’s easy because online shopping is a fast growing industry and the more money that consumers spend online, the more opportunity for new online store owners to make their mark.

It’s easy because many wholesalers are now willing to drop ship for online retailers. This means you can start and operate without ever investing any money in stock. In fact it’s more than possible to get going with as little as $100 – $200 in your pocket.

Sounds amazing right?

Yes it does and that’s the problem.  Because it sounds SO easy, it attracts hoards of wannabees who are under the misconception that all they need to do is throw up a website, list a bunch of products and hey presto, cash in the bank!

NO.

If it really were THAT easy, almost every new online store would succeed. But they don’t. In fact 90% of them fail miserably.

But it’s not as bad as it sounds.  Most failed online stores, failed for very specific reasons. The two biggest causes of failure are:

  1. Not enough traffic (visitors) to the store
  2. Not enough sales (visitors not converting to buyers)

To succeed, you need to master the art of getting traffic to your store and then converting that traffic into sales.  One without the other is useless, you need both.moneybox-158346_640

Fortunately you don’t need deep pockets in order to promote and market your new store online. Most of your marketing can be done without spending any money at all. Getting your visitors to buy from your website requires some ‘know-how’.  Some new online sellers think it’s all about pricing their products as low as possible.

Wrong.

In fact you could charge higher prices than your competitors, but get more sales than they do. Pricing is only one small part of the equation and it’s way down the list as far as ‘what makes people want to buy from you’.

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Are You Suffering from a Fatal Flaw?

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What exactly is a fatal flaw you may be asking!

The best way to explain is by relating it to works of fiction. Novels. Every novel has a hero/heroine and almost without exception, that hero or heroine has a character flaw. The flaw (whatever it is) prevents the character from getting what he wants (succeeding). But by the end of the novel, the hero has recognised his flaw, overcome it and ultimately succeeded.

Whether you realise it or not, this is the backbone of most novels. Whether that be mystery, crime, romance or whatever. Because people like happy endings. They like a good result.

Occasionally though, the flaw is what’s known as a ‘fatal flaw’. A fatal flaw doesn’t have to mean the hero dies – although he may do. It just means the hero never managed to overcome his flaw by the end of the novel and as a result, he failed in his quest… solve the crime, get the girl, kill the monster, whatever! In fiction writing this called a ‘tragedy’ and in fiction, they don’t happen too often.

In real life though, they happen all the time…

What are the potentially fatal flaws that prevent us from succeeding online;

  • Fear of Failure
  • Lack of Belief in Yourself
  • Procrastination
  • Cutting Corners
  • Easily Distracted
  • Shiny Object Syndrome

Fear of failure prevents us from taking action and without action, nothing can happen. This can be cured by…guess what…taking action!

Lack of belief in yourself can be cured by gaining the right knowledge and then acting on that knowledge. Even if you don’t get it right the first time, you will gain confidence.

Procrastination is a tough one and we all suffer from it from time to time. Yes even me 🙂 It’s all down to discipline and setting yourself a regime that you can stick to.

Cutting corners. This is a big one and I see it frequently with some of the students of my courses. It’s natural to be in a hurry to see results, but cutting corners is one sure way NOT to get the results you want.

Easily distracted. So easy these days with social media, YouTube, mobile phones. Switch everything off (if possible) while you are working and definitely close down all social media sites!

Shiny object syndrome is a real success killer. I suffered from it myself for a short while several years back. Decide on the method you want to use as your vehicle to start making money online and stick with it. Forget everything else and focus on ONE thing. If you’ve ended up on a ton of email lists, unsubscribe from them. Clear your inbox, clear your mind and focus!

Okay I know this is a not a complete list, but if you’ve been attempting to make money online for more than a few months and you’ve still not seen any success, grab a pen and be totally truthful with yourself. How many potentially fatal flaws do you have ? 🙂

Selling on Amazon. Which Categories Are Best?

decisionAs a new seller on Amazon, you may be feeling a bit uncertain about which categories to start selling in. When I started selling back in 2013, I had no idea which categories were the most popular or which were the most competitive, and I know from my student’s feedback that choice of category can be a sticking point.

With that in mind, I’ve sectioned out some of the main categories into high, average and low volume:

High Volume:

Toys & Games*
Beauty*
Health & Personal Care*
Home
Cellphones & Accessories

Average Volume:

Baby
Home Improvement
Pet Supplies
Kitchen & Dining
Office Products
Sports & Outdoors

Low Volume:

Musical Instruments
Camera & Photo
Computer & Accessories
Jewelry*

* Categories that require approval from Amazon (restricted categories). Note that Toys & Games only requires approval to sell over the Christmas shopping period. The rest of the year Toys and Games does not require approval.

So what does this mean that selling in low volume categories is a waste of time?

No, not at all! However, you should expect to sell less in these lower volume categories and if you plan to use FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon) to store and ship your items to customers, then you should definitely consider selling in a category with a higher turnover.

Generally, when starting out, it’s simpler to sell in an ‘average volume’ category. There are literally 10’s of 1000’s of suitable products to sell in these categories and you won’t face the same fierce competition associated with the highest volume categories.

However, even the high volume categories have sub-categories with less volume and less competition. So it’s a good idea to ‘drill down’ a bit and uncover some of these potentially very profitable sub-categories.

Amazon offers endless possibilities, but that’s part of the problem! Don’t let too much choice hold you back. Choose a category and stick to it until you have your first product listed and selling on Amazon. Action is the key!

How to Get More Free and Low Cost Traffic from Facebook

facebook-box-1334045_1920It’s no secret that Facebook can be an incredible source of free traffic and sales for our business.

Whether it’s selling physical products from our own store, getting extra traffic to our Amazon listings, or simply driving traffic to a blog, Kindle e-book, or anything else.

Back in the days gone by, we could post on a Facebook page and every single one of the followers of that page would see that post on their news feed. In other words our posts had a 100% reach.

Unfortunately things don’t work like that anymore…

Facebook wants people like us (people who use Facebook for business purposes) to spend more money on advertising. So because they want us to spend money, they now limit the number of followers who see our posts.

For example:

If you have a page with 1000 followers, previously when you posted on that page, all 1000 of those followers would have had that post displayed on their news feed.

Now, only approx 100 – 200 of the followers will see that post unless they actually visit your page.

Obviously this is not good because the whole purpose of a Page for Business, is to get business. Facebook is saying that now, if we want everyone to see our posts, we should pay to ‘Boost’ the post, or run a paid ads campaign.

So with that in mind, here are two very inexpensive types of paid ads on Facebook:

boostbutton‘Boosting’ a post is an inexpensive way of getting more people to see that post. So if you have a post that you really want everyone to see, click the blue ‘Boost’ button on the post and pay a few dollars to reach more people.

Running a ‘Post Engagement’ paid ads campaign is also very inexpensive. Post engagements are simply likes, comments, shares, clicks and often you will pay only a few cents per post engagement.

So is there anything you can do to increase the reach of your posts without paying anything at all?

Yes there is..

Facebook gives more weight to posts with pictures and/or videos. These posts will have an increased organic reach.

Short posts with images get more shares, likes and comments than do longer posts. People have very short attention spans when they are on social media!

Hope these tips help you!

Learn a New Income Producing Skill in 2016

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Our online courses are both affordable and beginner friendly. What’s more, the methods taught are not complex or technical.  So if you want to create a new lifestyle by earning a full-time living online, from the comfort of your own home, visit the ‘Courses’ page where you can see full details and watch videos on each of the current 2016 courses.

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