How I Was A Neurotic Mess When Our Business First Launched

One of the reasons I love documenting my online business ventures is that I have the ability to go back in time and re-live some of my experiences as an entrepreneur. And this came in handy the other day when a reader asked me the following question. Steve, it seems like you always know what you are doing. Do you ever get impatient with the progress of your business? Do you ever compare yourself to other entrepreneurs and get frustrated with yourself? Now my first reaction was to respond with something trite like “Don’t give up. It’s completely normal to...

How Long Does It Take To Make Real Profits Or Good Money With An Online Business?

I receive many questions via email every single day but my #1 most asked question is… How long do you think it will take for me to make money with my business? Here’s another common permutation of this same question… I need to be able to make money in 6 months, can it be done? And finally my favorite… Can I expect to make 100K in the first year with my online store like you did? One year ought to be enough runway right? So here’s the truth. Brand new entrepreneurs are horrible at predicting how far they can get with their businesses in...

How To Create A Website For Amazon Brand Registry In Under 10 Minutes For 3 Dollars Per Month

Registering your brand with Amazon is more important today than it has ever been before. Not only does registering your brand allow you to control your listing but it’s also a requirement to get your brand gated so that other sellers can not sell your products on Amazon. At a high level, registering your brand on Amazon is very easy to do. All you need is the following… A Branded Email Address – Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail email addresses are NOT acceptable. In order for Amazon to accept you into the brand registry, you must have your own domain branded email. Branded...

How To Find What Makes You Happy And My Reflections On Life After Quitting My Job

It’s been a solid 4 months since I resigned from my day job so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my experiences with unemployment. Here’s the thing. Most people have this rosy vision of quitting their job and being their own boss but personally, my transition has not been entirely smooth. And for those of you who think financial freedom is the answer to all of your problems, you may want to think again:) In fact, at one point I considered taking on another day job at a startup because I felt a void in my...

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...

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”...

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...

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...
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