Archive for March, 2007
For those of you who have been long-term subscribers to my newsletter or blog, you have probably noticed that I recommend having multiple streams of income, not relying solely on eBay to make your living.
Affiliate Marketing is an excellent way to increase your earnings.
My affiliate manager Dan and his wife are doing just that.
They are focusing on a niche and using Pay Per Click search engine traffic to point to CPA (Cost Per Action) offers that pay out commissions for sales. In fact, they are earning an average 500% return on their PPC investment!
You don’t even have to have someone buy something. That’s right! Some companies will pay you if you send someone to their website and they just fill in their zip code! No name, no address, no phone number, no email address required, JUST THEIR ZIP CODE!
How cool is that
Dan and his wife just got a course that he is raving about. The best he’s every seen, and he’s seen a lot.
In fact, he says with just one of the many ideas he got, that one idea will more than pay for the course!
The only problem is, he can’t sleep. His mind is racing, and won’t shut down. Every morning when he comes into the office, I look at his eyes and say, "Another sleepless night?!?" He has to get some sleep so he can work for me!
Today’s Freebie Friday is a free eBook from the creator of the course. Now I’m not crazy about the title of the book. "The Science of Getting Rich Online" is not a title I would choose, but the information he provides is invaluable.
In this 52-page eBook, he covers various ways of getting traffic to your website, including the best ways to track your traffic and how to turn that traffic into big profits by offering various products as an affiliate.
The eBook is not a sales pitch for his course. It contains information that can easily put money in your pocket, and that is a GOOD THING!
Don’t wait another minute. Go get this free eBook now!
Click on the Play Button below to listen to a special message from me!
My buddy Jim Cockrum has done it again!
He has created a members-only site that not only includes audio and video training for selling on eBay, but he has also gathered together 25 of the top eBay and Internet Marketing experts in the world and convinced them to reveal how they became those top experts.
There is a TON of information on this site!
I’ve never seen anything like it.
Not only is Jim offering a bunch of bonuses for signing up, I’m also going to share some of my products with you!
READ BELOW TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN GET THESE FOR FREE!
For the first 25 who join his membership site using the link below, I will give you a copy of my “eBay Importing Profit Secrets” teleseminar, which sold for $97 on the website. You will ALSO receive my “12 Killer Dropshipping Secrets For eBay Sellers” eBook, a $24.95 value.
That’s bonuses valued at $121.95!
For #26 and beyond (before April 4th) , I will give you the “12 Killer Dropshipping Secrets For eBay Sellers” eBook for free.
After signing up as a paid member of Jim’s site, forward a copy of your receipt to my assistant Dan at Dan@PlatinumPowerSeller.com and he will send you the bonuses.
Don’t wait, hurry there now! REMEMBER THE BONUSES END MIDNIGHT APRIL 3RD!
Click here to visit Jim’s site. Once you get there, remember to click on “Take the FREE tour” link in the top left corner.
Do you want to dropship products, but live in the UK?
I just got an email from a reader asking for my suggestions regarding that very question. He wrote:
I am very interested in the ebook, but live in the UK. Will the information still be viable for me, as the wholesalers etc all seem to be in the US.
It’s really hard over here to find genuine wholesalers and the ones I have found don’t really stock the stuff I want.
Cheers - Steve.
This continues to be a concern for my overseas readers.
The answer is…
Yes, you can dropship if you live outside the US, and yes, someone will help you to find companies to work with.
That’s right, you will be able to talk to a LIVE HUMAN that will help you get your dropshipping questions answered.
They will even do research to find a solution that works for you!
I’ve posted about this solution before, and it’s still highly useful and recommended!
I just finished an incredible interview with Chad Maslak.
Who is Chad Maslak?
He’s an expert in product sourcing.
Is finding product to sell a big challenge for your eBay business?
Chad has the solution!
He’s the author of the eBook “The Ultimate Insider’s Surplus, Liquidation & Wholesale Buying to Resell for Mega Profits Guide.”
He reveals such secrets as:
- The difference between wholesale, surplus, closeouts, and liquidation products.
- Where to find true wholesale/surplus/liquidation products (Over 500 sources!)
- The way to get surplus merchandise from QVC!
- How to find wholesalers right where you live!
I recorded the interview, and you can listen to it for FREE as today’s Freebie Friday!
Or click on the Play button below to stream the interview.
Click Here to purchase his eBook.
I’ve always advocated continuing education. You cannot sit back on your laurels and let time pass you by. If you don’t continue to advance, you will get left behind.
One of the (many) interesting things about our brains is that we continue to learn, no matter how old we are. The saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” does not apply, unless you choose to make it apply to you.
One of the reasons I attend seminars is to continue to expand my horizons. I don’t know everything, and I don’t pretend to.
Every once in a while, someone comes along who is willing, ready, and able to teach you. When that someone is introduced to you, you stand up, take notice, and make yourself available to learn from them.
For 2007, Derek Gehl is that guy.
He’s the CEO of a company that’s made over $60,000,000 in online sales… in less than 10 years.
Now, I know I’ve recommended some of his courses in the past, and I’ve heard good things from my readers who have accepted his training and have grown (and continue to grow) their Internet businesses.
Last year, Derek’s standout product was “The ‘Insider Secrets’ To Marketing Your Business On The Internet.”
This year, he has surpassed the valuable information he shared in that package by updating the course for 2007.
Just review some of the changes he has made:
- Completely revamped the content for the SEO and Email Marketing sections
- Removed or replaced any outdated information or strategy recommendations
- Added in new strategies (where appropriate) that will be golden for 2007
- All URLs checked to ensure the resources are still active and relevant
- All statistics checked and updated with the latest numbers available
- Updated examples and replaced success stories with newer ones where possible
- Brand new web site makeovers
And some new bonuses:
- Top Secret Business-Building Strategies that YOUR Competitors DON’T KNOW ABOUT
- Use Advanced Advertising and Promotion Techniques to Hook Tons of New Buyers
- Easily Create New Streams of Income to MAXIMIZE Your Revenues
- The Hottest Tools and Techniques to Give YOU the Cutting-Edge Advantage
- Secrets To Their Success – Steal the Secrets of Seven Incredibly Successful Online Entrepreneurs
- Bonus $130 Free Traffic Insert
- Site Review DVD
- Quick-Start Guide
- Getting Started Wall Poster
- Audio welcome CD
Now is the time to continue your education and grow your Internet business for 2007!
Adding audio and/or video to your eBay listings do more than just help you stand out in the crowd.
It builds TRUST!
That is something that is extremely important to your eBay customers.
Just realize how many potential customers look at the quality of your listing and your feedback score. Customers will be more likely to buy AND to pay MORE for items from sellers they like and trust.
When you start utilizing audio and video in your eBay listings you will set yourself so far ahead of the pack it will be ridiculous.
There’s only a select group of sellers that have been doing this, and doing it right.
The results…it’s made those sellers incredible sums of money.
Now it’s your turn to get in on the action.
With AudioVideoRiches you’ll be a part of the “Online Multimedia Revolution” and increase your sales, buyer confidence, customer satisfaction and your profits using this proven media…
With it, you can quickly learn how to take full advantage of internet audio and video and use it in your eBay listings as a fool-proof marketing tool on a budget anyone can afford.
In fact, you will only pay once for lifetime access to training and tools you need to skyrocket your profits!
AudioVideoRiches is the unfair advantage you’ve been searching for. It’s the competition killer you deserve. And, if you act right now, Jason is offering an
“early bird” discount for those that take action right away. He’s kindly rewarding the quick thinkers with a generous price reduction.
Ever heard of Clickbank?
You can make a great income from promoting products found in Clickbank. Anytime someone purchases a Clickbank item, you make a commission. And what’s really nice is that they pay commissions every 2 weeks, so you don’t have to wait long to get your payments!
Up until now, you usually had to pay if you wanted to get a website that promoted all of Clickbank’s thousands of products.
Download the free 19-page report “How to Leverage the Power of Clickbank’s Huge Product Database Through CbGlobe.com - The Free Clickbank Portal.”
I want you to use your imagination for a moment.
- Imagine raking in $102,869 in just a few months by making people an offer they can’t refuse.
- Imagine doing so completely on autopilot with zero extra effort on your part.
- Imagine having a point and click tool that will let you create an infinite number of webpages that feature over 100 different digital products that pay you 100% of the sales price.
- Imagine having instant access to all of these products yourself.
- This is a library of products with a retail value of over $4,700!
Stop imagining and start profiting.
Dave has done it again!
I used to spend HOURS putting together an offer for my readers to benefit from.
With Dave’s new software, it just took me 3 minutes!
Find out how you can use this to rake in profits too!
I just compiled 8 different ways that you can immediately start making money with this program, all still connected with eBay.
But, like all great ideas, if too many people know about them, it won’t work.
So after you purchase from the link below, forward a copy of your receipt to Dan@PlatinumPowerSeller.com and he will send you my list of 8 ways to profit from OTO Page Generator.
For those of you who read by previous blog entry about server problems, the saga continues…
Now that I finally got the server back up, I found that no one could place any orders using credit cards!
It seems the Daylight Savings Time change, which was hyped in the media but I thought would not be a big deal, was a big deal for me.
Without going into all the details, there are some security measures taken for credit card orders placed online. Well, with the time change, transaction times didn’t match up. So when you would try to place an order and my shopping cart went to validate your credit card number, an error came back stating that the transaction was not allowed.
Ack! Ack! Ack!
For those of you who tried to order the FEAST / eBay Zero to Hero / Ultimate FAST-Start Success Formula Training Combo for $147, I apologize for the error.
I’ve been assured the error is fixed. So please go place your order now.
(I’m hoping for some peace and quiet now that the technical challenges have been overcome!)
We’re FINALLY back after the server has been down since Sunday 2:39pm.
That’s about 42 hours of downtime.
My current host is 1and1.com I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU AVOID THEM!!
The last 2 days have been extremely painful in dealing with these idiots.
The server was actually fine, but they had a routing problem on their side of things. I told them what the problem was, that the same thing has happened back in January, and they kept saying they “escalated” the problem, but NOTHING was getting done.
When I called back multiple times and waited 15-20 minute s on the phone just to talk with someone TWICE I found how how they said the problem was on the wrong server! (I have 3 dedicated servers)
Grrrrrrr….. Ack… I’m so ticked off about this I don’t even want to write or think about it.
My apologies for the confusion this caused this weekend.
Sunday is one of the busiest days for the website, so sorry you couldn’t access it!
I need to find a new hosting company for my dedicated servers. If you know of a good company please leave a comment below and let me know.
If you’ve been following the blog entries for a few months now, you’ll notice that I continue to advocate getting started in Affiliate Marketing.
(For those of you who are new to the idea, that’s when you promote other people’s products and receive a commission for referring the customers.)
This week’s Freebie Friday is a 19-page training manual to help you continue progressing in your affiliate program training.
Its’ set up not only for the beginner to learn how affiliate marketing works, but also for the intermediate person who wants to make sure they are doing things the right way.
I just found out the coolest thing about Alexa.com
(For those who aren’t familiar with Alexa.com, it is a site owned by Amazon.com that ranks all of the world’s websites by popularity. It also allows people to leave their own feedback about websites)
Before I’ve mentioned how PlatinumPowerSeller has over 50+ 5-star feedbacks (The highest possible).
I’m really proud of that fact.
I’ve also recommended that you check out every website at Alexa BEFORE doing business with them.
When you click this link, you’ll see what Alexa has to say about my site.
Something has changed recently at Alexa. They now tell how popular a website is in several different countries.
Here is a snippet ….
Check it out! I’m ranked the 2332nd most popular website in South Africa and the 7157th most popular in the USA.
Considering there are about a gazillion websites in the world, that is pretty cool!
(And I ain’t doin’ too bad in other countries either! ;-) )
Too see what others say about this website (or any other website), at the top of the page you’ll see a section like:
So click on ‘Overview’ to see the feedback left by others.
It will show something like shown below.
Alexa is a fantastic way to get the scoop on any website BEFORE investing your time, money, and attention.
Wow, since I put up the “What Do YOU Want?” section on the top right corner of the blog, it’s been bringing in a constant influx of questions and comments.
The wide range that they cover really surprised me.
Some emails come from people who want to know if it’s really possible to sell stuff on eBay and make money. (Yes… there are many hundreds of thousands of people already doing so.. and you can too!)
Other questions are from people who ARE making money on eBay selling product, but they want to increase their profits.
I will be answering many of these questions through this blog.
Since many of these questions have much in common, I wanted to take some time to address as many of these as possible in a more broader sense.
What can I sell on eBay?
Are you surprised that this is the #1 question? :-)
This is a very popular question. Experience has shown me that people who have trouble with this one need a little help in ‘thinking outside of the box’. Quite often they’re trying to copy what others are doing.
This is NOT the best approach.
Here are basics:
- Do NOT sell the hot products unless you have deep pockets or a real killer source for these products. Why? Because the big boy sellers are gonna eat your lunch. Really! If an item is HOT HOT HOT, the big boys can (AND WILL) work out a great quantity discount price that the small guy simply can’t compete.
- Your number one enemy on eBay is COMPETITION!!!!! It is MUCH easier to make money selling a ‘less popular’ item when you face less competition.
Check out some of the things that I’ve sold A TON OF ON eBay (and made a TON of money).
- Dehumidifiers (over 1100),
- Chair mats (729),
- Barney The Purple Dinosaur (300+)
- Digital shipping scales (1641)
Do any of those items look like “super hot” products to you?
That’s right… They’re not! But they’ve made me HUNDREDS of THOUSAND of dollars in sales!
This method applies to dropshipping too. Hands down, the best place to find quality dropshippers is here.
But…. many people make the same mistake there too. They look to sell the most popular “hot item” from the BIGGEST dropshipper. Then when they see a bunch of people competing like starving wolves on eBay and no-one is making money, they give up.
That’s a shame.
So remember. Don’t sell an item that has too much competition or is too popular.
Now don’t get me wrong on this…
If by some miracle, or stroke of fortune-a-tuity (I don’t believe in luck) you find a hot item that has no competition, then you jump on that item and sell it like crazy until you stop making money with it. Then when the field gets too crowded, quietly walk away and let everyone else battle for the scraps.
There are MANY Different eBay Product Sourcing Methods
Did you know that there are MANY different ways to source product to sell on eBay?
In my world famous guide: ‘The Ultimate eBay FAST-Start Success Formula’ I discuss EIGHT different methods. Obtain your copy of this training using this special link, and you’ll also receive as a BONUS a (1) Year Membership to FAME (Feedback Ad Maker for Ebay) a $60 VALUE FREE!
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To Be Continued…
Be sure to check back here as we address other common questions from people like you.
Now I might be a little prejudiced when I say this… but I have the CUTEST kids in the world.
The only problem is that they keep growing so fast.
We took a picture like this when baby Selena was brand spankin’ new.
Now she is a whole 6 months old.
She’s still using her advanced sleep deprivation techniques to wear us down so she can take over the empire but I think we’re growing immune
Little baby brains are so funny in how they work. Selena’s favorite thing is my old Hewlett Packard Laser Jet 5si printer. Whenever she comes in the office, she sees that thing and her little leggies start kicking up a storm of excitement. She is such a happy baby and a blessing.
I think she is going to be helping her Daddy in a few years… Sweet!
Austin is going through the video game obsession phase but we’re careful that his brain doesn’t get melted that bad. He’ s a great reader and a deep thinker. It’s like watching myself when I was 8 years old.
India is going through her “Why” stage. Just today she came in the office and asked “Daddy, why is rain made of water?” My answer? “Because that’s the way rain is made.”
It is such a blessing to be able to work from home. I’m grateful everyday for it.
If you’ve been working hard to start and grow your business, you know it takes time and effort. Anytime you’re getting tired or down take a few minutes to focus on your goals. Whether it’s being with your family, reaching financial goals, or simply controlling your own destiny, be sure to concentrate and see that as the reality you can and will obtain.
Everyone is concerned about getting traffic to their website. There are tips and tricks, white hat and black hat strategies.
But the best way to get traffic is from referrals! Wouldn’t you agree?
If one of your friends found something that was interesting or useful to them and they recommended it to you, wouldn’t you be more likely to look at that than something that was mentioned by a stranger? Of course!
That is one form of Viral Marketing. You’ve probably heard of it, but may not be sure what it is exactly.
Yesterday I purchased a software tool that will help my readers share the wealth of information they receive with their friends.
The idea is that when someone goes to signup for your newsletter or download something, you offer a reward to them if they will take a minute to tell a few friends about your website. The software automates the whole process for you.
So.. if one person tells three… and they each tell three more… BOOM! We’re talking viral baby!
This software came with a training manual that I’m going to share with you that explains viral marketing.
It’s called “Virology - The Secret Science of Viral Marketing.” It’s written by a friend of mine Mike Filsaime, who is one of the most admired & successful internet marketers on the planet. (And a really nice guy too!)
In it, you will learn exactly what viral marketing is and how to use it to explode the amount of traffic to your website and your sales.