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Make Money With An Online Store... Ask Me Anything!

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Dan Da Man, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    Hey guys,

    I was just thinking and there really isn't that much information or talk about the ecommerce world and selling physical products. This can be one of the most lucrative ways to make money online but it is rarely talked about. I know there are a few threads but figured I would create my own.

    Who Am I? I have created over a dozen online stores and flipped almost all my stores for 6 figures. I now own my own brand which does quite well. Have done close to half a mil in online sales in past 2 years.

    So.. If any of you are interested in ecommerce, ask your questions here.. I will try and respond to the questions in a timely manner.

    Thanks
    P.S. I didn't even know this was my 1,500 Post! haha!
     
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  2. CazuaL

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    How do you go about finding a good, popular niche that can then be converted into clothing etc..
     
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    im thinking to start ecommerce with woocommerce what do you think ?
     
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    Do you have skype?
     
  6. MafiaBoss

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    Great to hear you have great success, just here to congratulate you :)
     
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  7. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    Hey, thanks man. I started here at BHW with knowing nothing. Learned everything here and doing it myself. If I can do it, so can anyone!
     
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    Great to hear you have great success. I was doing repl**a and made some 5-figures but it's hectic and illegal.
    I am planning to make a store and will use facebook PPC (Experinced in this).

    Suggest me some niches and drop-shippers.
     
  9. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    yes, but what is your question. It might be better to ask here and give more feedback for others.
     
  10. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    I don't go with any dropshippers although I know DOBA is a good one. I usually find a niche, find the manufacturers/suppliers through competitor websites, and contact them directly. Most suppliers have dropship programs set up. A lot of the dropshipping companies out there are scammy.

    For a niche, there are hundreds. Most of the times it is hard to really know how a niche will perform unless you do it yourself. Think of products that you can't really but in a brick and mortar retail store. If people can go to walmart to buy a product, why go online and buy? While people still will, the niche has a much higher chance if you can't find it anywhere but online.

    Also, make sure people are searching for that product.
     
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  11. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    I personally love bigcommerce. Super easy especially starting out. I use Magento now as it is much more powerful but also has a big learning curve.

    Bigcommerce is a better option IMHO
     
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  12. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    Don't really know. Go after long tails. Much easier and much higher converting. One keyword will just kill you especially with G updates.
     
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    Where do you find your suppliers?

    I know you said you look at the competitors and then find your suppliers, but do you use a directory?

    Thanks in advance.
    Dynasty814
     
  14. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    Contact suppliers directly. Find a competitor within a niche and call them or usually they will have the manufacturer on the site. Call the manufacturer and see who their suppliers are. Contact them and see if they dropship. I have created over a dozen stores doing it this way. No need for a directory. Lots of them are just giving you a list of suppliers you can find yourself for free
     
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    How do you advertise your store? seo or something else?
     
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    Hey man,

    I started an ecommerce shop about a month ago. I wasn't doing it really serious until I started ranking for some longtails and started getting orders, hehe.

    Im using woocommerce and Im really satisfied with it (answering the guy above me, who asked whether or not woocommerce is a good option). Its an open source, and if you really learn all the features its offering you, its a very nice tool to use.

    My question:
    How do you go about ranking your ecommerce shops nowadays? From my experience I must say that having higher amount of products is helping big time. Especially when products are related. Also having unique description is a must I guess? Interlinking will be helpfull for sure (related products).

    What about offpage SEO? I guess you are going after specific longtail keywords like "Coffee machine Sony XYZ-model302" instead of "Coffee machine". I know its a very generic question, but SEO was never my best part, so any tips for onpage/offpage will be highly appreciated!

    Cheerz
     
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    Couple of questions if you dont mind going into detail: :)


    - How do you initially get traffic to your site? SEO, word of mouth, PPC, Paid advertising?

    - What kind of hosting/server do you use, and do you use Amazons3 for hosting videos/images for the product?

    - You say you did about half a mil in sales, and flipped dozens of sites. When do you know its time to flip, how much monthly profit do your sites typically make, and do you make most of your income flipping, or selling goods?

    Thank you for any indepth answers!
     
  18. DangerousDEN

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    Congrats on your success!
     
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    So how exactly did you provide the customer their product? You didn't use anything affiliate based like Amazon, did you just instantly notify the seller and purchase the item a customer ordered, and transfer their shipping info with it? How exactly for your stores did your process go?
     
  20. Dan Da Man

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    Congrats dude. Honestly, never use the product descriptions that the supplier has. So yeah, unique product descriptions are a must. However, even product pages are though to rank.

    Best way to get traffic is create a bunch of blog review type sites, rank those, and refer traffic to your main store.

    Why? For one, it saves your store from using shitty links. Two, the traffic that is referred is much more inclined to buy since they were "referred by someone else."

    You can rank these blogs super easy as it is all content. And when they get hit, you just recycle them.

    And for your long tail questions. Exactly. Create a review type blog post and refer that traffic to your money site page.
     
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