All posts by Steve C

133: How Mike Brown Created A Multi Million Dollar Online Coffee Company

133: How Mike Brown Created A Multi Million Dollar Online Coffee Company
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ133MikeBrown.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 49:19 — 56.7MB) Today I have Mike Brown on the show. Mike is someone who I was introduced to through by Tommy Walker who runs the Shopify Plus blog. Anyway, normally I don’t interview referrals who I haven’t met but Mike has an amazing story. He runs the popular coffee brand Death Wish Coffee which even has its own wiki page. His company has been featured in countless publications and even had an ad in the superbowl. Normally, I wouldn’t necessarily advise anyone go into the coffee niche because it’s extremely competitive and saturated, but Mike made it...

132: How Ryan Grant Scaled His Amazon Retail Arbitrage Business To 7 Figures

132: How Ryan Grant Scaled His Amazon Retail Arbitrage Business To 7 Figures
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ132RyanGrant.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 50:17 — 57.8MB) Ryan Grant is someone who I met at the Import Summit last year and I’ve been following his work every since. He runs the popular site OnlineSellingExperiment.com where he talks about all of his adventures selling physical products online. Now if you recall way back in episode 17, I had Jessica Larrew on the podcast to talk about her Amazon retail arbitrage business. Well Ryan has taken that same model of retail and online arbitrage and scaled it to small company with employees. What is online and retail arbitrage? It’s the process of buying from...

On Site Search Mistakes That Are Killing 30% Of Your Sales (And How To Fix Them)

A lot of online business owners focus so much on getting traffic from the search engines and optimizing for Google that they completely neglect the search functions for their own website! After running our online store for many years now, I’ve found that many customers who visit our store don’t browse the categories to find the item they want to buy. Instead, they jump straight to the search toolbar and look for exactly what they want. And guess what happens if they yield the big donut from the search results? Over 95% leave the...

131: Which Ecommerce Business Model Is Right For You With Steve Chou

131: Which Ecommerce Business Model Is Right For You With Steve Chou
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ131SteveChouEcomModel.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 34:43 — 48.0MB) Today I decided to do a solo episode because it’s been a long time since I’ve taken the mic to give some of my own opinions. A lot of people have been asking for advice lately on what type of ecommerce business model to pursue so I put together a quick and dirty episode to describe all the different models out there and give you enough information for you to make an educated decision for yourself. Enjoy the episode! What You’ll Learn How dropshipping works How private labeling works How selling wholesale works The pros and cons of each business model Which business...

3 Common Adwords Mistakes And How To Buy Cheap Targeted Traffic For Your Site

I don’t know why but Google seems to go out of its way to make sure that you lose money when advertising on their Adwords platform. Not only is the interface overly complicated but there are so many bells and whistles that even experienced advertisers can get confused. It also doesn’t help that Google offers “free consultations” to show new users how to waste even more money than they could on their own. In fact, convincing my students how to use Adwords the right way for a small business has been challenging because much of what I teach goes directly against Google’s “automated”...

130: Tips And Tricks On How To Find Suppliers And Source Product In Asia With Manuel Becvar

Tips And Tricks How To Find Suppliers And Source Product In Asia With Manuel Becvar
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ130ManuelBecvar.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:12 — 55.4MB) Today I have Manuel Becvar on the show. Now Manuel and I had exchanged several emails in the past few years but it wasn’t until Will Tjernlund and Peter Zapf of Global Sources and I started chatting did I get to know Manuel. If you’ve never heard of Manuel, he runs ImportDojo.com which is a site that helps others source goods from Asia. In fact, Manuel runs a sourcing service as well and he has been helping me source a few things from China. Anyway, Manuel has a ton of experience sourcing products from Asia and...

Private Label vs Retail Arbitrage vs Dropshipping vs Wholesale – 8 Ecommerce Business Models Compared

Every time I look at my Facebook feed, I see a brand new business guru pushing yet another ecommerce business model. And while most of these methods of making money online are in fact legit, the sheer number of choices is pretty overwhelming. Should I start my own website? Should I sell on Amazon? Should I do retail arbitrage? Should I sell wholesale? While I don’t consider myself a “guru”, I do get quite a few emails from readers asking for advice on what type of business to start. But here’s the thing. Every time I publish an ecommerce article that encourages my readers...

129: How Nathalie Lussier Created A 7 Figure Business Selling Software And Courses Online

How Nathalie Lussier Created A 7 Figure Business Selling Software And Courses Online
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ129NathalieLussier.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:35 — 60.5MB) Today, I’m thrilled to have Nathalie Lussier on the show. I’ve actually known Nathalie for a heck of a long time now dating back since 2010. In fact, I remember the early days when we were both launching our blogs But since 2010, Nathalie has been kicking butt. She first found success with her site Raw Foods Witch where she teaches people about the benefits of raw foods. But what I love about Nathalie is that she’s a techie. With her tech, design and marketing skills, she also created NathalieLussier.com where she now helps small online businesses...

How To Launch A 6 Figure Private Label Product On Amazon – The Definitive Guide

The way you launch your Amazon product matters. And if you don’t follow the right steps, even a great product may not sell very well. In this post, I’ve compared notes with several other 6 and 7 figure Amazon sellers to teach you… How to setup your first Amazon listing the correct way How to optimize your listings for maximum conversions How to get early exposure for your products How to run Amazon pay per click ads the right way How to make the front page of Amazon search The launch strategy that I’m describing today is meant for private label sellers only. Remember, if...

128: The Dark Side Of SEO And Little Used Ways To Rank In Search With Glen Allsopp

The Dark Side Of SEO And How To Rank In Search With Glen Allsopp
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ128GlenAllsopp.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 54:43 — 62.9MB) Today, I’m thrilled to have Glen Allsop on the show. Glen runs the awesome site ViperChill.com where he teaches people how to get traffic to their websites. Glen and I actually go way back to 2010 where we were members of the same blog voting group and we’ve loosely kept in touch since. He’s got an amazing array of articles that go into incredible depth. I want to say a short post for him is like 3000 words. And the reason why I follow Glen’s work is because he talks about topics that other...

How An Easy Tweak Boosted Mobile And Tablet Conversion Rates By 31%

A while back, I posted the results of my most recent website redesign. And while I managed to increase the desktop conversion rate by over 42%, the gains for mobile and tablet were much more modest. At the time of the redesign, my tablet conversion rate was up 25% year over year and my mobile conversion rate was up 21%. And even though I’m quite happy with these gains, I knew they could get even better with a little more work. Editor’s Note: Click here if you want to get the nitty gritty details about my website redesign...

127: How Nathan Latka Created The 8 Figure Business Heyo.com By Age 24

127: How Nathan Latka Created Heyo, An 8 Figure Business By Age 24
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ127NathanLatka.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 44:42 — 61.7MB) Today, I’m thrilled to have Nathan Latka on the show. Nathan is the founder of Heyo.com which is a company that does social giveaways for Facebook and other social media platforms. Now what’s amazing about Nathan is that he started this 8 figure company at age 24 and then recently sold it to his main competitor for a nice sum. What’s also cool is that Nathan started his businesses knowing absolutely nothing at age 21 and actually made 70K worth of revenue before he ever started building his product. His story is truly inspirational. Enjoy the...

Read This If You Are Hustling Hard But Not Seeing Results With Your Business

There’s a saying that entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40. And if you’re spending 80 hours per week on your business, then power to you. But what if you’re putting in the time but not seeing the results? Here’s an email that I received from a reader the other day… Hey Steve. Everyday I wake up, eat breakfast, work the entire day on my online business, eat dinner, work some more and then go to bed. I’ve been doing this for almost a year but I don’t feel like I’m getting...

126: How To Make 7 Figures Selling Wall Decals Online With Jason Weisenthal

How To Make 7 Figures Selling Wall Decals Online With Jason Weisenthal
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ126JasonWeisenthal.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 45:44 — 52.6MB) Today I’m thrilled to have Jason Weisenthal on the show. Jason is someone who I met at a mastermind group meeting that I attended in San Francisco last year. And what’s cool about Jason is that he has managed to combine tech and ecommerce together to form WallMonkeys.com, an online store that offers more than 20 million images that you can print and stick on your wall. Not only is his business model ingenious but he can basically run his 7 figure ecommerce company with just a handful of employees because of all of the...

Mid Year Income Report: How My Blog Is Performing In 2016 And Why I’m On Track For a 7 Figure Year

My wife just closed the books on my blog for the first half of 2016 and I’m happy to say that I’m on track to blow my numbers out of the water compared to last year. If you recall, I ended 2015 at about $712,000 in revenue (Click here to read the full income report for 2015). But 2016 is shaping up to be even better. One major event that happened this year is that I finally quit my job in June. And let me tell you… After running a blog, a podcast, an ecommerce store, an online course and a conference while...

125: Shipping Logistics And How To Transport Your Goods From Overseas With Pam Cail

Shipping Logistics And How To Transport Your Goods From Overseas With Pam Cail
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ125PamCail.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:55 — 60.9MB) Today I’m thrilled to have a very special guest on the show Pam Cail. Pam is the VP of a company called HYCLogistics and she’s helped thousands of sellers get their goods to their warehouses from Asia. They’ve been in business since 1948 and she knows shipping and logistics inside and out. The reason why I have her on the show today is because many people are intimidated by the importing process. Plus, my wife and I import many times a year by sea and we’ve also been confused by all of the...

Income Report: How Our Online Store Performed In The First Half Of 2016

My wife just closed the books for the first half of 2016 and I’m happy to report that we had another year of record revenues. And yes, this now marks the 9th straight year of double digit growth! To be honest, I’m a little shocked at the numbers because things have not been smooth at all. And we’ve been dealing with several problems across different fronts that have negatively impacted revenue. Now if you look back at my income reports from prior years, you’ll probably notice that I say the same thing every year:) Running a business is not easy folks!...

124: How To Prevent Your Amazon Account From Getting Suspended With Cynthia Stine

How To Prevent Your Amazon Account From Getting Suspended With Cynthia Stine
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ124CynthiaStine.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:46 — 76.9MB) Today I’m thrilled to have Cynthia Stine on the show. Cynthia is someone I met at the Import Summit last year and she runs a site called OnlineSalesStepByStep.com where she offers a variety of very unique services related to Amazon. She’s has worked with hundreds of Amazon sellers over the years and she specializes in helping companies get out of the Amazon penalty box. If you’re ever suspended, Cynthia will help you get unsuspended. If a dirty seller is purposely trying to sabotage you, Cynthia can help. If want to know all of the tips and tricks on how to...

How To Start A WordPress Blog On A Shopify Or BigCommerce Store And Should It Be On A Subdomain?

Most people do things backwards when it comes to selling and making money online. For example, the other day a reader emailed me to complain that he’d spent 3 months designing a beautiful website on Shopify but wasn’t making any sales because of a lack of traffic. Here’s the thing. Most people throw up an ecommerce store on Shopify or Big Commerce and pray that the customers will come. But the truth is that getting organic traffic to a brand new ecommerce store can be quite challenging early on. The easiest way to sell your goods is to first build...

123: How To Raise 9.1 Million Dollars On KickStarter With Zach Smith Of Funded Today

123: How To Raise 9.1 Million Dollars On KickStarter With Zach Smith Of Funded Today
http://traffic.libsyn.com/mywifequitherjob/MWQHJ123ZachSmith.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 50:40 — 58.3MB) Today I’m thrilled to have a very special guest on the show, Zach Smith. Zach is the founder of a company called Funded Today and he’s helped hundreds of startups achieve success with their crowd funding campaigns. For example, he helped raise over 9.1 million to launch the popular travel jacket from Baubax. And chances are if you are on Facebook, you probably saw an ad for it because it was a pretty cool product. In fact, this jacket became the most funded clothing project in the history of crowdfunding and one of the...