Archive for June, 2007



Learn Affiliate Marketing!

Friday 29 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

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.)

Today’s Freebie Friday is a 21-page training manual to help you continue progressing in your affiliate program training.

It’s 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.

Click here to download your free copy!

To learn more about Affiliate Classroom and the incredible ongoing
training they offer, click here!




How You Can Find The Most Competitive Suppliers!

Monday 25 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

 Recently I got an email from one of my readers.  This is what it said:

Mike,

I have a question… 

One of my interests is selling new and used fishing lures on ebay. One brand in particular is XXXXXX. I have done some research and found some auctions selling XXXXXX lures cheaper than I can buy them from the distributor.

Have you got any ideas for sources, maybe surplus or overstock? I have looked but can’t find any XXXXXX’s as cheap as the auctions that I have listed below.

Please help!!!

Thanks,

Leo.

Leo, I’ve looked over the products you mentioned and it looks like you’ve got a pretty popular item.  (That’s why I took the brand name out of your email, so that you could protect your area of business!)

It is true that oftentimes new eBay sellers will choose a product from a major wholesaler or dropshipper, get all excited, buy a bunch, then go check eBay and find people selling them for less than they paid.  Zoinks!

“How is this possible?!?” they ask.  Then they decide that eBay doesn’t work and they throw in the towel.

First, you have to do your homework.  Definitely, definitely, definitely DO NOT BUY an item until you check to see what it’s selling for on eBay.  You very well may end up paying too much and NEVER being able to recoup your costs.

Second, look at the supplier you are dealing with.  Is he a retailer?  Is he a wholesaler?  Is he somewhere in between (a middleman)? Is he in liquidation, surplus, or closeouts?  Yes, it makes a difference!

You see, there is no money to be made on a retailer.  He’s taking the last bit of profit for himself.

There is barely any money to be made with a middleman.  (That’s the level the distibuter you mentioned comes in.)

There is some money to be made with a TRUE wholesaler.  He buys from the manufacturer, marks it up some, then resells it.  Most manufacturers do not deal with anyone other than wholesalers, so this is where the chain starts for most products you can get your hands on.

Finally, there are the liquidation/surplus/closeout suppliers.  Here is where the real money can be made.  Why?  Because the items are so cheap!  They are just trying to get rid of them, and the prices reflect that.  You can made a killing on eBay if you find the right items in liquidation!

To learn the details about different suppliers and how to contact and deal with them, I recommend Chad Maslak’s book  “The Ultimate Insider’s Surplus, Liquidation & Wholesale Buying to Resell for Mega Profits Guide.”

I also have recommended OneSource for that, and I still do.

You can also check out my Ultimate eBay FAST-Start Success Formula course.  This course contains 6 1-hour audio lessons detailing ways to be successful selling on ebay.  More than 8 methods are explained in detail of how to find products to sell on eBay.

So, Leo, those would be my first few recommendations for you.

Keep looking (even using Google) and you will find a real wholesale supplier for your fishing lures!




New Book Teaches Business Lessons From Mama!

Friday 22 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

Today my buddy Tim Knox released his first hardcover book entitled “Everything I Know About Business I Learned From My Mama.”

Tim has a hilarious style about him that is tempered with blunt business sense.  I’ve always appreciated that about him, and I think you will too.

Let me give you an excerpt from the book, describing who this book is NOT for:

If you’re one of those people who sit on your butt with the remote control in one hand and a beer in the other while you curse fate and your fellow man because you don’t live in a bigger house or drive a better car or can’t afford more expensive beer, this book is not for you.

If you’ve ever uttered the words, “It’s not my fault…” this book is also not for you.  You’re a “blame layer” and blame layers do not read books to make their lives better.  They seek out books that help justify and excuse their angry existence, books that lay the blame on someone else: usually their parents or society or a past love.  When they run out of physical beings to blame their problems on, they turn their anger toward a Higher Power and start laying blame there.

“It’s not my fault that my life stinks!  God doesn’t like me…”

If that sounds like you, then do not buy this book.

But if something like this intrigues you, take a look at the link below, where you can download sample chapters and see the thousands of dollars of bonuses you get just for taking a look at the book.

“Think Of This Book As Jeff Foxworthy Meets Donald Trump!”

Click here for the sample chapters!

Click here to claim your copy and over $4000 worth of bonuses!




Affiliate Marketing Training

Thursday 21 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

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.)

Here is an 18-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.

Click here to download your free copy!

To view other posts about affiliate marketing, including past issues, click here!




Back From eBay LIVE 2007 Boston!

Tuesday 19 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

I just returned from eBay LIVE right up the road from me in Boston, MA.

The convention took place June 14-16 and was jam-packed full of sellers, reps from eBay itself, and reps from other companies wanting to share their eBay tools with any who would listen.

There was a meet-and-greet that was open to all eBay sellers on Wednesday night at Ned Devines.  I was a co-sponser of the event, and was able to meet some of my readers there.

Ina Steiner, of the popular eBay sellers news site AuctionBytes was there, and interviewed me about my eBay observations.

You can listen to the podcast here.

All-in-all, I had a great time meeting old friends and making new ones!

I took some video again this year, and will be sharing it in the coming days.




Get Your eBay Answers Here!

Monday 18 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

 Recently I got an email from one of my readers.  This is what it said:

Mike,

I just got let go from my job again. I need to know how to start a good internet money making business asap. I have gotten alot of free stuff, and I have bought alot of stuff from you.

As a Powerseller, can you help me get started?

Thank you,

Dan

Let me first say I’m sorry for the loss of your job.  In these times when the economy is faltering, businesses have to downsize or end up going out of business themselves.

That’s why working for yourself can actually give you more security than relying on an employer!

First, Dan, I’m going to recommend something that I don’t usually recommend. 

Go to your garage. 

Go to your basement. 

Go to your attic. 

Go to your closets. 

Go to your storage unit (if you have one.)

When you need money ASAP, it calls for taking different tactics.

So go to all those places you have and collect everything that you could possibly sell on eBay that (1) isn’t of high sentimental value, and (2) you haven’t used in the last 6 months.

Dan, go take pictures and measurements of those items, and put them up on eBay.

That is going to get you started.

Sometimes that’s the hardest part - getting started.

Just today I drove past a house that has had an old “classic” car just sitting in the driveway. (It’s an old Opal GT, a care from the 70’s) I was thinking “I bet I could sell that old thing on eBay for  this guy.

So… Do you have any family members or friends that have stuff lying around that they would LOVE to change into CASH CASH CASH? I bet you do!

Go make a deal with them.  Not sure what to charge. Check out what other consignment shops are doing here.

Although this is a great way to get started, getting stuff from your friends and family to sell can be very time-consuming and hard to scale up.

You need to find suppliers of product that you can make your ad once and then sell it over and over and over!

So now it’s time to find some product sources!

I have recommended OneSource for that, and I still do.

You can also check out my Ultimate eBay FAST-Start Success Formula course.  This course contains 6 1-hour audio lessons detailing ways to be successful selling on ebay.  More than 8 methods are explained in detail of how to find products to sell on eBay.

So, Dan, those would be my first few recommendations for you.

I hope you can use eBay as your business, leaving the reliance on an employer behind you, and take the steps necessary to build your own eBay business! 




Free PDF Creator!

Friday 15 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

I spend a lot of time on the computer.  And I like to create PDFs that I can share with others.

One of the great things about PDFs is that you don’t have to worry about anything in the file getting changed accidentally (or on purpose) while someone else is viewing it.

Last week, I came across this great program that will make any document you have into a PDF.  Now normally, you would have to use Adobe, which charges somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 to do this.

Now - get this - it’s FREE!

Here’s some of the features:

With the amazing new PDF Printer® software you can create high-quality PDF documents with just-like-the-original readability plus security and other features found only in programs normally costing an arm and a leg!

It’s FREE so you don’t risk even a penny! (and works on Win2000, ME, XP (sp2), VISTA)

The Pro Version even allows you to:

Secure your documents with tough, 128-bit encryption.

Now you can securely protect against cyberspace crooks—or anyone else who wants free access to documents you don’t want them to see (for reasons of privacy or profit). PDF Printer uses 128-bit encryption to guard against unauthorized access by anyone, anywhere, any time.

So whether you’re creating different price lists for different customers, confidential memos or reports, eBooks you plan to sell, or anything else, PDF Printer makes it easy to restrict access.

Enjoy simple, 1-click password protection.

With PDF Printer, all it takes is one click to incorporate a password into any document. And you can have an almost unlimited number of passwords (for different visitors) for the same document—so it’s perfect for marketing tests, membership programs, or any other purpose.

To get your free copy, first go here to read the features.

Second, click here to download the free version.




In Just 48 Hours, You’ll Learn the Secrets to Online Success!

Monday 11 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

I just received some exciting news from Internet marketing guru Derek Gehl that I wanted to share with you RIGHT AWAY…

Just a few times a year, Derek and his team of experts hold live Internet marketing “bootcamps” in a handful of cities around the world.

Right now, former seminar attendees… people just like you… are raking in
$8,750 to $66,200 a month with simple website businesses using what they learned at this 2-day event…

And I’ve just received word that Derek is rolling out a whole slew of extra dates in brand new cities!

This is an unbelievable opportunity for you to learn exactly how you can FAST TRACK starting and growing a brand new online business from scratch.

And if you already have a website, Derek’s experts show you exactly
how to attract MORE traffic and MORE customers
to your site than ever before!

Derek’s experts show you how to easily turn your website visitors into BUYERS by critiquing under-performing websites and transforming them it into online cash machines… right before your eyes!

To find a seminar in your city… and for a complete itinerary of what you’ll learn at this exciting 2-day seminar… go here now!

Derek is also giving away a very special BONUS gift to the first handful of people to save their seats… but quantities are limited!

To claim your seat and your free gift now, click here!




Free Interview Reveals eBay Store Success SECRETS!

Friday 8 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

eBay Stores are the most powerful e-commerce solutions on the internet. There is no place else where for less than $16 a month you can reach over 215 Million customers, get powerful search engine optimization AND advanced marketing tools for free.

However – of the over half a million eBay Stores that are currently open, 99% of them don’t take advantage of these powerful money-making tools.

And what happens? They lose out on the $5B made on eBay every year.

My friend Janelle Elms is the expert I go to get the latest and greatest about eBay stores. She is a lead eBay University instructor and creator of the highly successful eBay 101 and 102 classes taught nationwide.

She KNOWS her stuff!

We got together and I grilled her about what the 1% of successful eBay Store operators know that the rest don’t.

eBay Stores are much easier to setup and get traffic to than a regular website. With the info you’ll learn from Janelle you’ll be on your way to a highly profitable web business.

Below are the links you need to listen to my special interview with eBay Store Expert - Janelle Elms

Click here to download a ZIP version of the MP3 recording.

Click here to find out more about making your own top eBay Store

Or, you can listen to it by clicking below:

[audio:http://www.platinumpowerseller.com/audio/EbayStoreSuccessSECRETS.mp3]

 

I also have just transcribed the interview.  If you would like to download and print the interview, Click Here.

Click Here to claim her one-of-a-kind videos.

P.S. For everyone who purchases the eBay Stores Success Video prior to midnight PST on June 30, 2007…YOU will receive exclusive access to a 3-session e-commerce Success Newsletter & Marketing training this July.  

This rare training opportunity is a value of $697 and will include:

  • Over 6 hours of instruction with Janelle Elms, eBay University instructor, best-selling author, Dean of Online Business for LA International College, and Success Coach (I know, I rarely do coaching, but have decided to come out of retirement to help all of you who choose Success!!)

You will learn:

  • Why an online newsletter is your most powerful marketing tool
  • How to set up your eBay Store Newsletter correctly for profit

Did you know that you can get 75% off of your final value fees IF your eBay Store’s Newsletter is set-up correctly for profit?

  • Why you should have a newsletter outside of eBay
  • About the most powerful newsletter tool I have found that will increase your business without you having to do anything (all the big marketing gurus use this tool - isn’t it about time YOU knew about it?)
  • How to drive insane traffic to your newsletter (on eBay or off) using traditional and some very non-traditional marketing methods

This must-know training (value of $697) will be provided to all who are legal owners of the eBay Stores Success Video by midnight pst on June 30, 2007!!  You will receive automatic notification of this coaching training later on in July - this notification will include your exclusive guest passcode information.

Click here to find out more about making your own top eBay Store




Get A Peek At Another New Secret eBay Weapon!

Wednesday 6 June 2007 @ 12:45 pm

My new membership site is www.AuctionTNT.com and within it, you will find tools that all eBay sellers need to make their businesses successful.

In fact, you WILL NOT find this combination of tools ANYWHERE else.

Want a peek?

Here’s the second of several preview videos, this one focusing on the newly updated, better-than-ever FAME (Feedback Ad Maker for Ebay)


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After you watch the video, please come back and leave a comment!




Get A Peek At Your New Secret Weapon!

Tuesday 5 June 2007 @ 11:58 am

It has been taking place secretly for the last several months.

The time has finally come to begin revealing the next generation of eBay tools - tools that will explode your eBay profits!

My new membership site is www.AuctionTNT.com and within it, you will find tools that all eBay sellers need to make their businesses successful.

In fact, you WILL NOT find this combination of tools ANYWHERE else.

Want a peek?

Here’s the first of several preview videos to whet your appetite:


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After you watch the video, please come back and leave a comment!




Are eBay Listing Promotions All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

Tuesday 5 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

Every once in a while, eBay will run a promotion discounting listing fees.

Usually, you only find out that same day, and then you scramble to take advantage of the discount.

Some of my readers stay up all night trying to get everything listed they possibly can during that day.

Is it worth it?

Some say “Yes.”  Others say “No.”

One concern has to do with the crush of items that floods eBay during that day.  Do more items mean that less percentage-wise will successfully sell?

A study has been done on that very subject, and the answer may surprise you!

Read the results here.




Get Your Dropshipping Answers Here!

Monday 4 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

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.

The answer to this question below I’ve actually already answered in this blog, but it continues to be raised by new readers.

It involves dropshipping. 

Question #1:

Where Can I Find Real Wholesalers And True Dropshippers, Even If I Live Outside The US?

Dropshipping is an eBay business method that just about everyone wants to use.

Why?  Having a dropship business is VERY easy to take care of, and doesn’t involve any inventory.

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. ;-)

 

To Be Continued…

Be sure to check back here as we address other common questions from people like you.




Free eBooks Shows How To Become A PowerSeller in 90 Days!

Friday 1 June 2007 @ 12:00 am

You may have heard me mention eBay PowerSeller John Thornhill eBay ID (planetsms) before.  He makes his living selling eBooks on eBay.  He has always invited people to check out his eBay ID (planetsms ) - then they could see for themselves that he does ‘Walk the Walk’ because he was fed up of those who just ‘Talk the Talk’ but don’t actually help people!

He made it plain for people to see that he does make a very good living by checking his feedback numbers. They could get a good feel for what he does by browsing his eBay store.  And in “The 90 Day Powerseller Challenge” they could hear exactly how they could ‘copy his roadmap’ to making their dreams into reality.

He recently updated his eBook.

So why the Sequel?

Basically because times have changed since he started in late 2004.

John has continued to earn a full time living following his own ‘Road Map’ as laid out in “The 90 Day Powerseller Challenge.”  But he has since found a few ‘Super Highways’ on route that he wanted to share.

So now John’s checked through all the steps he originally laid out, and he’s
updated them all to make it even easier to follow the ‘Road Map’ to becoming a PowerSeller.

Don’t misunderstand though, the original is still good - and definitely still works. The difference now is the technology and tools available and a few years more experience.

It means he can still unreservedly guarantee that anyone who follows the ‘Step by Step’ guide in “The 90 Day Powerseller Challenge” Version 2.0 - Will find the success that’s been eluding them, and will become an eBay PowerSeller….

What’s more, it will be an easier route for ordinary people to finally achieve their goals and ambitions, to realize their dreams and desires to make that extra income, and even turn it into a fulltime income, to follow John and do what he’s done.

And that’s why this sequel is without doubt ‘Better than the Original.’

Best of all, John’s allowed me to give it to my readers FREE!

Click here to claim your Free copy!

Note: This is an exe eBook. It will not run on Macs, only on Windows-based PCs.