Fulfilment By Amazon Business Beginners Guide

November 23, 2017

You have probably read a few course descriptions about the Fulfilment By Amazon FBA opportunity. Lots of hype about how you can easily make thousands of dollars or pounds per month.

The truth is it has been done. The reality is that a lot of people will get started and make very a little money and after a few months or so they give up.

It is a simple enough process to get set up.  There are a few things you need to think about before diving into the set up process. Let me explain:

You really need to be clear on what type of Amazon Store you want to create from two main options.

  • Retail Arbitrage – you search for products through special offers, end of line deals, wholesale merchants. Even bricks and mortar stores that are selling up. You are looking for items that are priced lower than the same item that is listed on Amazon.
  • Private label – here the business is very different. You research popular selling items and see if you can improve on the quality or add value to an item. Or you can be inventive and create a new listing for a product that is not being sold via FBA.

There are pros and cons to both of these methods.

Getting set up.

First things first: You should set up a new gmail account for you new business, so that you have a dedicated account that you can keep separate from all the other messages you receive.  When you have done that, in order to get your FBA business up and running, you’re going to need to create an Amazon seller account. Go to Amazon’s website, scroll down to the footer and look for the heading marked “Make Money with Us.” Then, click on the link that reads “Sell on Amazon.”

You have to choose either an “Individual” or a “Professional” account.
When you sign up as an “Individual,” you will not be charged a monthly subscription fee.
To build a business over the long term, you really should sign up as a “Professional.” The first month is free, and after that, it’s $39.99 per month plus selling fees.

You just need to follow the instructions and prompts until you complete the sign up process. Now you have your account set up with your new gmail account you can go to the mobile app store and search for Amazon Seller Central, the app for sellers.

The app allows you to use your phone as a product scanner, it helps you to easily research and find products to sell. If you have decided to start with “retail arbitrage” you can use the mobile app in a store for example. It can also be used with a catalogue showing images of the products.  Seller central is the back office of your new business you can keep track of your sales and inventory. Respond to buyer messages and stay up to date with price alerts.


The difference between retails arbitrage and private label. Starting out with retail arbitrage is the easy method. In the beginning you will be researching profitable items in various stores and wholesale merchants. You will need to pack and have the items labelled and shipped into your nearest Amazon depot. The instructions in the seller central back office can be a bit overwhelming so just take your time.  This first method is  a lower upfront cost to get started and is also lower risk.

The private label method. What does that mean? It is a way of putting your own brand on a product that you purchase in bulk, you will need some start up capital. You will be ordering products from overseas suppliers that may cost you several thousand dollars. But if you’re looking to build an asset that can later be sold, then this is the direction you want to go in.

Finding suppliers and manufacturers

I’ll leave you with a few resources that you can research for yourself.

Alibaba.com   Directory of wholesale suppliers and manufacturers.

Aliexpress.com  Similar to above but with a lower minimum quantity order

Made-in-China.com  As above a place to find hundreds of products and suppliers

Further Training

I recommend you buy a training course. Now I personally know friends who have paid thousands for live training events and membership sites that gave them access to videos and one on one support. Personally I did not go down that route when I got started.  I did however have a step by step training which was delivered online in the form of a membership site. It was a very good training guide and was set up by a UK FBA seller who was having good results with “retail arbitrage.”

If you are serious about getting started with a home based e-commerce business through Fulfilment By Amazon then I have a very good offer for you here.
The Amazon FBA Blueprint.

Amazon FBA Blueprint

This course will teach you what you need to know to get started, leaving out the “hype” and the “fluff.” It focuses on teaching you what matters in a simple and effective way. In just two hours you will have learned everything you need to know to get started with your own Fulfilment By Amazon business.

How to get better results from Cold Emails.

November 23, 2017

Cold emailing is not as awkward as cold calling, but it still can be a frightening thing to do. A well-written cold email could be the key you need to get into contact with employers, celebrities, speakers, and just about anyone else you want to contact. You might be trying to reach out to one particular person you want to partner with or you might be trying to sell your product to two dozen people you met at a conference. Either way, cold emails are a fast and simple way of communication.

Unfortunately, it is often very difficult to find a way to get somebody to notice your email amongst dozens of other messages. Most people have countless spam emails in their inbox that they never read and they might disregard your email in the same way. Here are some tips you can use to make cold emails work for you:

Keep it Short and Sweet

 Busy people don’t have a lot of time and they’re not going to stick around to read an essay when they have 200 other messages to read. Make your headline direct and to the point. Avoid the fluff in your message and stick to the bare bones. You should be passionate, but avoid gloating too much over your love for the recipient’s work. The emails should be easy to read and respond to without the recipient having to dig up extra facts or ponder about what you were saying.

Establish Yourself

 If you met the person before, make sure to indicate that. If they don’t know who you are, you must establish your credibility. Tell them what you do or what organization you are from. You can show them sample of your work, if relevant, but avoid piling on too much detail. A quick and easy way to establish yourself without taking up too much space is by linking to your website or LinkedIn profile. These links will explain everything you need to so that you can save time and space.

Remember that there are certain elements of your personality that you want to shine through: your professionalism, your confidence, and your passion. It’s much easier to decide how to display these things when you are behind a computer screen rather than when you are meeting with someone in real life. Avoid generic messages and let your personality show.

Make it Personal

 You should know something about the person you are reaching out to. Personalize the message so that it meets their needs and expectations. People are far less willing to respond to what looks like a mass email sent to a dozen other people. Take the time to begin the email with the person’s name rather than “to whom it may concern.” If you are sending out a mass email, you can use certain software to automatically add the recipient’s name to the message.

See if you two have anything in common and use that to your leverage. Perhaps you picked them to speak at your conference because of their vast knowledge on biology. Maybe you reached out to them because you both graduated from San Francisco University.

You should also take into account who exactly this person is and why you decided to reach out to them. Let the person understand why you are reaching out to them and not anybody else and how they can benefit from it. Quite obviously, people are far more inclined to perform a favor if they can benefit from it in some sort of way.


 Once you click “Send,” the message is gone forever so any mistakes you make will be loud and clear. Sure, you can always send another email with corrections, but that seems unprofessional. Proofreading doesn’t take that long and it always pays to double-check the details. Make sure that your letter to TechCrunch doesn’t say that you are writing to The Verge and make sure that any dates are accurate. You don’t want to send yesterday’s copy-pasted letter if it still has yesterday’s date on it.

Follow Up

 It’s true that the vast majority of cold emails will never receive a response, but it’s always good to follow up if you haven’t heard back from them in a week or so. In fact, the recipient might have just forgotten to get around to answering your email because it got lost in their inbox. Make sure that you mention the first email you sent them so that you don’t come across as a complete stranger.

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 Getting someone to read a cold email is always a challenge. Most people are natural adverse to opening up anything strange or unfamiliar. However, cold emails can become your business’s top way of reaching out to new clients, customers, and partners. If you want to find out more about how to utilize this, check out my done-for-you system.

Six Top Types Of Subject Lines to get you started.

November 20, 2017

Here are my six top types of subject lines to help you get started with email marketing.
The type of subject line is a very important part of your email marketing campaigns. You have to realise that your customers probably get a deluge of marketing mails into their inbox. Savvy marketers will use these types of subject lines to get a response. If you think about it most people will just scan the subject lines before making the decision to open your message. You have just a second or two to get inside the head of your prospect or customer.

1. Personal subject lines

Are you coming?

You’ve changed?

NAME – Surprise inside

NAME, check out these hand-picked tools

Crazy invitation, I am going to buy you lunch…

Seriously, who does this?

Quick favour?

? your detailed results…

Thanks for helping us.

2. Retargeting subject lines

I’m deleting your account

The price dropped …

we are not gonna give up on you!

How can you afford xyzzy

3. Pain point subject lines

Stop wasting money on  xyz…

“Your xyzzy issues, solved”

“Wanted: Digital Entrepreneur Superstars…

How to survive your next xyz

job lay off, big medical bill, financial crises

Stop wasting time on mindless work

Learn a new skill with only 20 minutes a day

Start a business without breaking the bank

4. Greed subject lines

Get priority access

25% off your favourites

Turn your mobile into a cash generator

5. Humour subject line

Text message: “loraine we need help the bathroom has been stolen”  (True Story)

“We like being used”

Look what you did, you little jerk…

6. Fear of missing out subject lines

Urgent, breaking, important, alert,

eg. Uh-oh, Your xyzzy is expiring

[URGENT] You’ve got just ONE DAY to watch this…

Your 7-figure plunges bye-bye at midnight…

[WEEKEND ONLY] Get this NOW before its gone…

You can find more useful marketing tips with my done-for-you service.

You might be interested to read Six Subject Line Tips to get your emails opened.


Six Subject Line Tips To Get Your Emails Opened

November 19, 2017

 Get your emails seen and opened.

Massive email marketing campaigns are a great way to get more eyes on your newsletter or website since. You can reach thousands of people at once. However, your campaign won’t be successful if nobody opens your message. MY six subject line tips will help you to get your  emails seen and opened. According to Madison Logic, over 122 billion emails are sent an hour, so knowing how to stand out from the crowd is important.

Your email’s subject line is arguably the most important part of the message since it’s the part readers will see first and make a split-second decision whether opening the message is worth their time. Headlines that aren’t interesting will quickly be marked as read or deleted. In fact, copywriter coach Chris Marlow claims that studies have proven that headlines are responsible for 50-75% of an ad’s success.

Knowing just how much of your campaign’s success rests on the headline alone, it’s important that you really take the time to examine how effective your headlines are. Here are a few great tips to craft better headlines:

Personalize your subject line.

A study by MailChimp examined about 24 billion emails and found that subject lines with the recipient’s first and/or last name were opened more often than those without. The most effective emails had both the first and last name.  However, those which only used the last name were strangely more effective than emails that only used the first name.

The power of first name personalization varied based on industries. Personalized emails sent to those in the government were opened 92% more often than usual while there was 45% difference for the creative services/agency industry. There were positive effects in all sorts of industries such as software, art, retail, and entertainment, but proved to be ineffective in the legal industry with a -31% open rate.

Create a sense of urgency.

A headline that compels the user to read right away will surely be opened. Such a headline tells the reader that there is some important information within the email that needs to be read right away and can’t be put off until later.

The aforementioned MailChimp study found that the following words results in a higher open rate:

  • Urgent: 79%
  • Breaking: 68%
  • Important: 55%
  • Alert: 31%

Note that Adestra similarly found that “alert” lead to a 61.8% increase in open rates.

Try giving a deadline with phrases like “today only” or “last chance”. Make sure that they know they must act now.

Make them feel special. 

Adding a first and last name to a subject line makes the email feel more personal. Adding phrases that make the email sound like it’s exclusively for the reader. Headlines such as “An exclusive offer just for you,” or “For your eyes only”.  Try this “A message for our dear customers only”. This makes the reader feel that this message is just for them or their group of people.

Keep it short and simple.

Your subject line should ideally be 6-10 words. Keep it under 50 characters.  Provide a description of what the reader can expect in the message. People are receiving an a ton of emails and won’t want to waste any time on something that doesn’t immediately meet their needs. Subject lines that are too vague or too detailed won’t be opened very often.

Short headlines are important considering that 40% of emails are opened on mobiles, so longer headlines will get cut off. You can shorten your headline by using contractions and not spelling out numbers. (i.e. “don’t” instead of “do not” and “45” instead of “forty-five”)

Capitalize each word.

MailChimp found that capitalizing each word in the subject line lead to a 7% increase in open rate. However, only capitalizing at least one word lead to a -1% open rate. These numbers are small, but they shouldn’t be overlooked. If you have a very large mailing list, the small percentage points can translate to hundreds or thousands of consumers.

Use an A/B test.

You will likely reach a situation where you have multiple headlines you would like to use, but can’t decide which one is best. You should A/B test them by sending them to segments of your mailing list. Collect some data and then send out the winning headline to the rest of your list.

Make sure to keep as many factors as consistent as possible. For example. When you send Headline A at 2:00 AM and Headline B at 9:00 AM, you should see a difference in open rates.

Using the right subject line hacks can exponentially improve your marketing success. You should use Aweber, Constant Contact, or another email marketing service to send out your emails, track statistics, and watch your numbers grow. You can find more useful marketing tips with my done-for-you service.

Six Figure Income : Affiliate Marketing

 Is It Possible To Pocket A Six Figure Income
With Affiliate Marketing

“Generally those marketers  who own websites and don’t create products or sell services of their own, find it difficult to earn big money through the internet.”

How many times have you heard this?

It is possible to sell space for advertising. You would need to be generating  significant amount of traffic to your site. You can’t expect to sell the advertising space if you don’t  attract high traffic.
To become a  six figure income earner, affiliates need to learn what to promote, and then how to promote it.  The secret is in what you offer on the front end of the website or funnel.  In traditional affiliate marketing  the commissions earned on the products are usually low.  The disadvantage is that a product creator usually has affiliates promoting these low ticket products and the higher ticket items are reserved to be sold out to the email lists that are created.

A home based business

Most marketers prefer to start earning money from home on a part time basis, while still working another job or business.  However, there are pro’s and con’s here, working form home is fine but the reality is many online entrepreneurs will not earn huge commissions.

One reason for this is that the marketer will treat the new business like a hobby while working part-time. Individuals are not fully committed to focus on starting the business the correct way.  I’ve listened to many success stories and I can tell you there are a lot of people who tried and tried and failed before they became successful.  The difference being, they did not give up.  They worked on growing themselves first. Successful marketers get educated, then find mentors to support them.

Generally, affiliate marketers are selling other people’s goods and services for a commission which normally ranges between 5 to 25 percent of the product price. The secret is to have a product that fits with your target group. Then you drive traffic to the offer and collect names and emails. Results come from converting the traffic to sales.

You should also ensure that your adverts do not look like conventional advertisements. This is because many people do not take their time to pay attention to the banners that are scattered all over. When they do visit your site they are wanting information on what you provide.  A good strategy is to have something that you can offer FREE this way you can build a good list of potential customers.

When you are researching for products as an affiliate you need to look at some of the Affiliate Platforms that sell the goods and services that are related to your niche.
See my earlier post on TOP ten affiliate programs
These websites have affiliate programs with offers that you can promote on your own website, you will find information on how you can sign up to join them.

Six Figure Income : Affiliate Marketing

The smart affiliate marketer promotes companies that pays out commissions on all of its products through the whole sales funnel. Even smarter they sign up to a company that helps them to build a team of marketers.  A company that teaches them how to get sales in the first 30 days.  A company that pays up to 90% commissions on front end sales and 50% commissions through back end sales. There are big rewards for top earners. Reach $5,000 per month in sales you qualify for a $600 lease payment for the car of your choice. The higher your monthly earnings the higher the lease payment.

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Top 10 Affiliate Programmes

The Top 10 Affiliate Programmes to Monetise your Blog

Want to know how to monetise your blog or your niche website?  Consider adding some offers from the Top 10 Affiliate Programmes as promotional adverts in your niche.

I’ve researched what I consider are the top 10 affiliate programs.  The programs are not ranked in any order by the way.  I can not recommend any of them personally. I will leave that to the Affiliate Marketing masters out there.

Starting Here

1  Amazon Associates  –  https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/

Amazon is probably one of the most  well know on-line retail stores. by becoming an affiliate or associate you can monetize your web site and promote products sold on the Amazon Store and be earning up to 10% in referrals.

Our friends over at Authority Hacker said this:

Did you know Amazon associates is one of the biggest affiliate marketing programs in the world?!

That’s exactly why we did a deep dive into the Amazon associates for a recent blog post. It covers everything you could imagine, from getting started to dealing with a dreaded suspension.

We work with Amazon Associates every day so like to think we know our stuff, and I hope you’ll agree too!

Check out the Authority Hacker post here

Another widely accepted on-line & mobile store – the affiliate program requires approval but once approved you can link to music, apps and books via iTunes, the App store, iBooks and the Mac App store.
If you are thinking of joining this program I strongly advise reading through the FAQ’s on the website.


Some of the lesser known programs

3  Affiliate Future – http://www.affiliatefuture.co.uk/default.asp?id=1

Free to become an affiliate – no set up fees.
You subscribe to Merchants and allow their advertising on your website. To earn revenue from your sites your visitors need to click through on ads. This generates visits, leads or sales for the Merchants.

Typical Merchants: Airlines – Jet2  & Virgin Atlantic, Retailers – Bed Shed, Smart Phone dealers, online gaming.

4  Paid On Results – http://www.paidonresults.com/merchants/

There is a wide range of Merchants from Food, Bedding, Hair styling products, Airlines, Designer clothing and more.
The affiliate payment terms are available from the website. Paid on Results advise that there innovative software can pay out validated sales commissions in three working days.

For the low down on affiliate marketing with Paid on Results we advise reading the Affiliate Page here

5  Book Depository – http://affiliates.bookdepository.com/affiliates/

Again this is free to join – the payments are 5% on all orders and pre orders, with a monthly payment.
With this program you don’t need to have a website. You can promote the Book Depository through other methods like the ever popular Social Media networks, forums, blogs and e-mails.

Half way through the Top 10 Affiliate Programmes

6  Aflite.Co.Uk – https://aflite.co.uk/

This program promotes new smaller on-line businesses and developing brands. Merchants types include home furnishings, books, clothing, hotels and holidays, education, business baby clothes and maternity and much more. The affiliate revenues vary depending on the merchant and range from 1.25% on Villa Holidays to 25% on fashion reading and sun glasses, the average is about 10%.
No set up costs- Free Affiliate sign up, check out the information on how this works here


7  Affiliate Window – http://uk.affiliatewindow.com/homepage/publishers/

This program has sections on their web site for Advertisers (Merchants) and Publishers (Affiliates)
The four main sectors of business advertisers are:
Finance & Insurance, Retail & Shopping, Telecoms & services, Travel.
To join this program they request a £5 nominal fee.  The nominal fee is a security check then when approved the money is repaid to your account. For more information on this program go to the “get started” page here.

Advertisers (Merchants) and Publishers (Affiliates)

8  Trade Doubler – http://www.tradedoubler.com/

With Trade Doubler again their website refers to Advertisers (Merchants) and Publishers (Affiliates)
Publishers have to register it says just four easy steps to becoming an Affiliate.  Read more at the get started page.


Trade Doubler has over 2000 top brand advertisers.  Affiliates will find adverts for almost any niche.

9  Commission Junction – http://uk.cj.com/

Again Commission Junction refers Advertisers (Merchants) and Publishers (Affiliates)

Publishers can receive payments by Cheque or Direct Deposit and CJ pay out in numerous currencies.

Advertisers at CJ.com include 3000+ merchants and some top brand names like Argos, Laura Ashley, Hotel Chocolate and Match.com. With around 35 categories of retail and services to choose from like Health, Food, on-line service, Telecoms, Books, Clothing, Insurance, well you get the picture.

If you are thinking of joining this program I recommend you go to the “Why CJ” page to check the information for yourself.


Number 10 of my Top 10 Affiliate Programmes.

10  Link Share – http://www.linkshare.co.uk/

Just three steps to signing up, with no fee to join.  Payments to affiliates are made by direct deposit or cheque, the program operates in a number of countries.  Merchants in the program or advertisers include some top brand names that reach UK consumers like Accessorise,  Avon, Benefit, Coast and many more.  See their Clients page for more information.


The TOP TEN AFFILIATE PROGRAMMES plenty of advertisers to choose from.  Please feel free to leave your comments or share this post.  I would love to hear from people who have found success in promoting affiliate adverts on their own blogs or niche sites.

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How to Start An Online Business.

Three of the most important key elements you need to start an online business.  Three Keys to Online Success, my first e-book is available now free of charge.  What you will learn in my e-book.   How to start an online business. What you must do to  create you first product. The five ways you can drive traffic to your product or service.


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Trello is being bought by Atlassian

 From Launch to $425 million in five years

The web based team collaboration and project management platform Trello is being bought by Atlassian.

According to Wikipedia Trello was originally made by Fog Creek software, the Trello project spun off from Fog Creek in 2011.

CEO of Trello Michael Pryor, confirmed the news of the acquisition on the Trello blog on January 9 this year.

Trello was launched just five years ago as and easy and fun web based collaboration software tool.  The online software platform has operated on the freemium business model, a basic service is provided free of charge, while larger business users can join the paid service.

19 Million Users

Trello has more than 19 million members who have used web based platform to solve many different challenges both personal and professional capacity.   I discovered Trello in 2014 when going through an online mentorship training course. I’ve used it to keep track of an important legal matter during 2015. I think it is a great online tool for small business and if you use VA’s or outsource tasks it’s perfect for sharing and allowing others to contribute.

Another way I’ve used Trello is to plan work and goals over a 12 week period
this follows the 12 week year program, which I discovered last year and starting using to plan and progress business goals.

I’v never heard of the Atlassian software Company until this week with the news of the sale reaching my inbox.  My quick search reveals that Atalassian is an Australian publicly traded, 5 billion productivity software company. Inc.com reports that Trello has been bought in the deal valued at $425 million made up of $360 million in cash and $65 million in stock.  Atlassian collaboration software  tools include JIRA, Confluence, HipChat and BitBucket.

Inspiration from Japan

Trello takes its inspiration from the Kanban or visual project management message which traces its roots to Toyota industrial engineer Taiichi Ohno. Easy to use, Trello lets you organise projects by moving virtual post-it notes on a virtual whiteboard.

Trello is being bought by Atlassian

Top users include teams and companies like Google, Adobe and Pixar.

Trello and Atlassian both have the same stated goal to reach 100 million users.  Trello  fans just hope that the buy out doesn’t have a downside. We want Trello to continue to evolve in it’s easy and fun to use platform.

Read more on Trello Blog here
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How to Choose Your Niche

Choosing your niche is dependent on several important factors.

You might want to spend several days on working through these factors when thinking about how to choose your niche. If you give these the desired consideration they will play an enormous role in building success for your business. Don’t allow choosing your niche to become a huge challenge for the business.

Follow five simple steps in thinking about what it is you are going into. There are no hard and fast rules that need to be followed for identifying the profitable niche market. It can take a great deal of time, energy and cost to identifying a suitable niche market for your business. The fact of the matter is that instead of focusing on the customers who are keen to purchase the products, it is better if you concentrate whether there is a substantial demand for your service or product. However, it should not be the sole focus for selecting a niche market. There are some important guidelines that can make a positive contribution in choosing your niche.

Five Steps on How to Choose Your Niche

Step 1 – Start by listing everything that you do. All the services or products you are providing.
Step 2 – Identify your high value goods & services. Then identify the products or service that is most frequently requested or purchased.

You will want to position yourself as a specialist, with a well defined target market and a well defined set of products or services.
Step 3 – Identify your customers or clients problems. What common problems, goals needs, wants and desires do your target niche share?

Step 4 – Identify your customers. Who most needs what you have to offer? Who do you want to serve or work with? Who have you already helped?
Step 5 – Refine your offerings. Promote the product or service that people purchase most frequently, then position your higher value offerings as upgrades and upsells, remember it is easier to sell to an existing customer than it is to find a completly new customer…

The niche must be interesting to you.

It is believed that apart from the niche being profitable, it has to be interesting to you in order to sustain it for longer period of time. The niche requires your perseverance and motivation for it to be converted into a profitable niche for the future. When you have interest , your work tasks are fun and fulfil your passion in variety of ways. On the other hand, if the niche is purely identified on a profitable basis, it will not take long for the rivals to creep in and take away your share of the market. Your dedication and commitment has to be there all the time to keep your niche safe and profitable for longer term.

The niche must have a reasonable life span.

While doing the in depth analysis for the niche market, you will observe varieties of niches considered to be “golden nuggets”. These types of niche markets have the potential to attract many businesses. However, you need to be keep in mind for how long will they be attractive? The time span of the niche market is very important. For example, if you select the football world cup event as your niche market, sales will only last for few weeks. The popularity of this niche market will soon be the thing of the past. You need to make sure that the niche that you choose will have consistent sales over a good period of time.

Choosing a niche is art as well as science and it takes a considerable amount of experience from an individual to correctly analyze the business niche’s true potential.

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⦁ Setting Up Your Shopify Store with Lawrence Aponte – video training going step by step on how to set up with Shopify.
⦁ LIVE Shopify & FB Advertising Training From Chris Record – fantastic over the shoulder training on using Facebook ads with low budget $5 per day ads.
⦁ From $7/hr to $700,000 in E-Commerce Sales Online! – Success stories to inspire you.
⦁ Q&A Section to Ask Questions & Get Video Responses – access to a question and answers section where you can raise your challenges and get answers to your most urgent problems in setting u your new ecom business.

How to Research using google

Research your target niche with reverse engineering of successful Shopify stores. Go to google and type in site:myshopify.com horses  or cats or cellphone cases, or whatever your niche happens to be.  Search results will show Shopify stores that you can look through for inspiration.  If you find any stores that have a good layout you might want to try to discover which Shopify theme the store is using.  Go to whattheme.com and search on the URL.

Where to find Social Proof

You can check the various social media platform to find proof that products are being promoted or boosted as ads.  The following sites should help :
Facebook – fb-search.com find out how many likes, shares, comments an item has.
Pinterest – search out your niche for items that have more engagement or repins.
Twitter – look for your niche and see which items have mentions or retweets.
Instagram – hashtags are searchable, check for virality, comments and likes.

Sales proof based research

There are a few free ways to check on the sales of various niche items plus some paid for software tools.  Lets look at some of the free ways first.
Aliexpress.com – do a search (eg Music t shirts) and all  items displayed will show the number of orders placed. Use e packet and automate dropshipping by using a shopify app.
wish.com – another great store to check on what’s hot and selling well.
watchcount.com – find out whats popular on ebay as voted by ebay users.
Groupon.com – discover favourites and hot niches

Paid for software
Intelligynce is a powerful software tool that allows you to spy on over 170,000 Shopify Stores and over 800,000 products. Very powerful search tool. I’ts a one time payment of $197 and at the moment there is a very special bonus offer.  Get Ali inspector and find the best dropship products for your shopify store.   Preview Sales Page 

Teespy – is a huge searchable database for t shirt sellers.  Helps you to find ideas, includes FB interests tool to help you target the right interests and FB ad spy tool find live ads by your competitors. The software is available free with limited use and starts at $27 per month up to $97 for fuller use.

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How Gumtree got started

 Gumtree was founded in March 2000 by Michael Pennington and Simon Crookall as a local London classified ads and community site.  What’s the story on how Gumtree.com got started?

How Gumtree got started

 I think that  when people start out to create a business be it bricks and mortar or an on-line venture they never think about how successful it could be or even if it will make them huge profits, for some people it’s a case of a desire to  help people, or a project that they are passionate about.

Now everyone is familiar with Gumtree.com as the go to on-line classifieds and community website.  Classified ads are either free or paid for depending on the product and the market category. 

How Gumtree got started

But just how did Gumtree get started, well I’ve had to do a little bit of google researching to bring you this post.

Well according to www.londonlovesbusiness.com who have a fantastic article on their website,
Title: The mysterious founders of Gumtree.com.   The two friends Michael  and Simon decided to build a website to help the huge numbers of  Australian,  South African and New Zealanders who were based  in the UK  at that time.  The name Gumtree was chosen after they asked their target audience to vote on the names.   To read the full article go here

So what happened next….

They nurtured and grew the business through four years.  The website soon started to be profitable and was getting noticed.  After receiving an offer from eBay they sold the business.  So Gumtree went from dot.com start up, to being sold to a multi national business in just 5 years.  If you are interested in how it was reported in the news  you can still find that on-line here.
Guardian on Thursday 19 May 2005


It just goes to show that online success can come in all shapes and forms, never underestimate the power of this relatively new industry.

The global digital marketplace is still growing are you going to be a part of it?

Shopify Setup Checklist

December 13, 2016


I’ve recently set up my own Shopify store and I’m getting ready to launch.
I followed this step by step Shopify setup checklist that I put together after going through the Tecademics live training’s.

I’m really excited about starting a new business, so I just want to share this with other people who might want to become e-commerce entrepreneurs in 2017.

You can join Tecademics as a free member.   Tecademics has a special offer available at the moment, I don’t know how long this offer will be available, for those of you who want to set up your own Shopify store.

Special Offer
The first 30 days free, then the following two months are given at 50% discount for all Tecademics members.

I was blown away by content in the free training videos,  that I joined as a member of the EC Entrepreneurs Club.
There is extra training inside of the EC paid members area to support you as an ecom seller.

Ecom Power Team with Lawrence Aponte & Chris Record

  • Setting Up Your Shopify Store with Lawrence Aponte
  • LIVE Shopify & FB Advertising Training From Chris Record
  • From $7/hr to $700,00 in E-Commerce Sales Online!
  • Q&A Section to Ask Questions & Get Video Responses


Analyzing your Niche Potential

Analyzing your niche potential is very important for the business.

The tasks involved in researching and analyzing your niche potential market are very demanding and challenging.  If the intention of targeting a niche market is derived from a hobby, then it is a significant matter.  Where your business has a purpose of selling products or services, then it is important not to repeat the
mistakes that other businesses have made. As eventually you can become disgruntled and discouraged to continue if you do not see results.   To avoid this scenario, it is advisable to follow certain guidelines that can assist you in your research of the niche potential.

Drilling down into analyzing your niche potential

It is obvious that any product you want to sell in the market has to be appealing to the general public. To gauge its true potential, the easy and most economical way is to search its attractiveness on the internet. Make a list of three to five niche ideas and type them in the search box of Google Trends, Amazon.com or Adwords. The graph will appear that will reflect from the most popular ideas to the least popular ones. This is just the first step in he  process.

The next step is to visit the Google Adwords webpage and type in your niche idea in its search box. When you do this you will see the paid sponsored listings at the top and the bottom of the page. Through this you will know which niche ideas are being financed by paid ads, giving you more insight on the niche potential. Last but not least, type the niche idea in to the search box of Amazon.com. Here, you will locate books on your niche market and niche products, if any, to give a more refined conclusion on your niche decision.

Fads on analyzing your niche potential

The next method to determine the niche potential is by matching it with the possibility of it being in a fad or short lived market trend.  This is the issue that is rarely touched on by many businesses. It has a major bearing on the outcome of your decision.  You will need to be vigilant and guarded, irrespective of the amount of consumers purchasing, make sure the niche market idea or product is not a fad.

Market trends and Fads

For example, in the business of property investing, a good number of investors jumped into the HMO niche market, letting properties as houses of multiple occupation with Students as the target market, a solid niche market.  However, I witnessed the introduction of higher student fees and restrictions on overseas student visas which resulted in a fall off of student numbers, many of these investors with large HMO’s jumped into the next property fad “serviced apartments” as a way of holding on to their investments and creating higher returns.  However, their appeal and attraction may be short lived as the Government determine how to restrict the market.  So you need to be aware that the niche you are pursuing does not fall into the fad domain.

Does the niche have competition

Last but certainly not the least is the competition method. There are two thoughts on this method. One group of people believes that the niche identified is not targeted by any business. In other words, there has to be zero competition which is very unlikely in today’s world. The other group of people is of the opinion that the niche market has to be competitive.  A niche with competitors will provide you with substantial profit compared to niche market with zero competition. Hence, the competition map has to be studied well in order to have a conclusive outcome on the niche potential.

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Starting An E Commerce Store With Shopify

December 10, 2016

Have you ever considered starting an E Commerce store with Shopify?

Are you confused about what you need to do to sell physical products?

This will help you out a lot.  
Everything you need to do, step-by-step with detailed explanations. My Shopify Set Up Checklist – PDF, that I’m giving away to help anyone who decides to take action RIGHT NOW!  

You will easily be able to follow the instructions – plus there are tips to guide you through the process. My Shopify Set Up Checklist – PDF covers all this:-

1 – Decide what name you want for your store
2 – Register Your Shopify Store
3 – Buy your Domain + how to find a great domain in your niche
4 – General Settings
5 – Setup to take Payments
6 – Setup Checkout Page Settings
7 – Order Processing Options
8 – Add Facebook Pixel
9 – Define Shipping Zones
10 – Settings for Taxes
11 – Sales Channels
12 – How to customise your store
13 – Create Your Pages
14 – Add Products you want to have in your store
15 – Necessary Apps from Shopify App store
16 – Wholesale account with Aliexpress.com
17 – Facebook Page for your store
18 – Facebook Ads for your product
19 – Using google to research (spy on) other stores – Site: myshopify.com

Setting up an e-commerce store with Shopify

I will send you the exact step by step process I followed to set up my own Shopify Store.

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Starting An E Commerce Store With Shopify

For a first store start a General store with a few items in different niches areas.
Unless you already have an audience in your market niche then dive straight in.

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