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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th April 2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 254
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: suppliers and vendors

Proof, that it works.

Trust, that it's not weak, or worse, a scam.

Proposition, a unique angle on why a vendor/supplier would buy or list.

Good luck with your venture.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd April 2017, 12:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 713
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Is List Building Very Profitable?

You're making a couple of mistakes.

First, you're selling a low cost product. Second you are only selling once.

The value from a list, providing you are doing it properly (most people don't) is...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 21st April 2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 918
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Can Someone Critique My Website, I Cant Convert My Traffic Into Sales

To the original poster, cselectronics.

Are you listening to OnlineStoreHelp in post #30? You absolutely should.

He's telling you the reality of it. I took a look at your site and sighed. Your...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 18th April 2017, 01:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 120
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Amazon seller related issues

"... to maintain profits..."

1. To maintain profits means to protect them from any erosion.

2. Protection of the volume of sales from any decline.

3. Protection of the margin from any fall....
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th April 2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How risky is an FBA business

Agreed.

Doesn't make sense unless there are some highly unusual circumstances.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th April 2017, 04:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How risky is an FBA business

Page ranking on amazon is as much art and science.

For anyone who is familiar with page ranking on google, this is very different.

Amazon has nearly 100 elements it associates with page...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th April 2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How do you combat "Friendly Fraud"?

It's an unfortunate cost of doing business.

As others have said, you will get a small handful of people who do this but, in the main, people are honest and trustworthy.

What is perhaps more...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th April 2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: What The Hell Is A Whoosh?

I stand corrected. Swoosh it is.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th April 2017, 10:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By ZanyZebra
What The Hell Is A Whoosh?

In Phil Night's excellent memoir, Shoe Dog, he describes his long battle to create Nike.

The lessons for online entrepreneurs abound. For example, the commercial impact of a great communication.
...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th April 2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 926
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Best Ecommerce Platform??

Well the best ecommerce platform is obviously amazon. By far.

No, i'm not being flippant, I see that you are near the $1m annual mark. I am too, for my amazon sales alone. Now I wouldn't advise...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th April 2017, 08:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 700
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How To Make Money By Being Stupid, Struggling Badly, Being Ripped Off & Learning The Hard Way

No. It's not.

Oh, the irony.

No offence, but I would expect you, a copywriter, to spot that instantly.

Did you actually read the opening of my post?

It's not clickbait, It's a parody of...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 8th April 2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Physical products on Amazon, some questions

Amazon.

That's where you start your investigation. There are quite a number of 'musts' if you're going to try to sell food on amazon.com. It's also a gated category, so you need to get approval in...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th April 2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 700
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How To Make Money By Being Stupid, Struggling Badly, Being Ripped Off & Learning The Hard Way

Confused.

Given the subject matter of my original post, I wasn't sure whether you are genuinely desperate or being ironic.

If it's the former, then best advice i can give you is to read my...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th April 2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 700
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How To Make Money By Being Stupid, Struggling Badly, Being Ripped Off & Learning The Hard Way

Kay, yes the clues are always there somewhere.

What's most sad is that those most vulnerable to the scams are the ones who, often, are least likely to pick up on the BS (eg those that are new to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th April 2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Selecting Niche Products From Amazon For Private Label

Here's a few pointers for you (I have a large ecommerce business including amazon sales)

1. The issue isn't necessarily that you have $5000 to spend on stock, the issue is cash flow.
As long as...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th April 2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 214
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Market research resources

Market research for what, exactly?

There is no one-way of doing market research, that's because it depends heavily upon what you are researching and what your objectives are.

For example, if...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th April 2017, 03:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 741
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How to boost sales on Amazon

it depends on your skill level (partly).

Actually the most valuable thing an Automatic campaign can do for you, in the beginning, is VALIDATE your listing with amazon. I can't tell you the number...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd April 2017, 05:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Missing In Action..... So What's Changed!

A lot has changed. Nothing has changed.

There are still a load of guru scammers around - "buy my ebook that shows how to make $1m a week using just your smartphone from the beach 1 hour a day". -...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd April 2017, 05:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,123
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How long does it take to make real money from a website?

It took me, literally, years.

However, for you, it may take 1 day or 1 month, or 1 year or...

You see, it depends. It depends upon what you are selling. To what market? What is your business...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 3rd April 2017, 04:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 230
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Why is Amazon so customer focused?

It's not.

Amazon's focus on the customer is very carefully calculated in order to create trust (the ultimate factor in ecommerce) and volume (by building the biggest ecommerce search engine...
Forum: Website Design 15th March 2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 311
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Feedback on Landing Page

Context is king.

Unless I can see what the method is of driving traffic to the page then I can't really comment with any real sense as the landing page is only one element of the funnel you are...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 15th March 2017, 06:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 468
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Driving outside traffic to private labeled Amazon products

Excuse my forthrightness:

You're playing at it. You're not serious. All of which is fine if your aim is to have a little hobby and have some fun.

However, if it's a real business you wish to...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 8th March 2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 973
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: e-commerce Platform

The best site to begin with is actually amazon (you don't 'own' the site, of course, but it's excellent to cut your teeth on and I built a six figure monthly business on this alone to begin).
...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 7th March 2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: NEW to E-commerce

If you need to start making money quickly without a large investment, my advice would be to get a job (i'm serious).

When you are in a position to be able to spend more time and money, my advice...
Forum: Email Marketing 7th March 2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,731
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: What is your preferred Landing Page Creator & Auto Responder Service *Why*?

Monica, i didnt' find leadpages technical at all (but i guess that depends on your skill set).

Good luck with things.
Forum: Email Marketing 7th March 2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,731
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: What is your preferred Landing Page Creator & Auto Responder Service *Why*?

I have a very large amazon business (built up way back from ASM2).

As a result I extensively use landing pages using Leadpages. Have found them easy and quick to use with good support.

As for...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th June 2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 372
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Struggling with Sales - story so far

Cold freezes sales. Warm up your visitors, instead.

Your sales process may very well be too short (thus cold). Put them through a funnel, especially if your products are in a highly competitive...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 5th June 2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: How to Optimize eCommerce website ?

How to fix them?

Use Shopify.

Good luck with your venture.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 29th April 2016, 05:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 474
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Amazon suing more fake reviewers

You've got the wrong end of the stick.

Amazon's intent is not to track down tens of thousands of fake reviewers. That would be pointless and futile to try.

Their intent is to scare amazon...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th April 2016, 04:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 435
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: shopify vs wordpress

Missing information.

Need much more context. Including is it for a hobby or a serious business?

Good luck with your venture.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 19th April 2016, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 968
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Healthy margin per product

Your product is not dumb.

It's not inert, in terms of a market and therefore margin. It should be alive and kicking and moving around. Move your price (therefore margin) up and down, create a...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 17th April 2016, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,713
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Dropshiping with FB Ads

Nope.

No large fanbase required, not in the beginning (many make that mistake). Watch out for those who tell you it is needed, you won't find many/any ecommerce business successes that recommend...
Forum: Email Marketing 17th April 2016, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Best Way To Organize Mailing Lists

Behaviour.

Segment your list by most recent behaviour.

For example those who signed up from a homepage squeeze could be named "Homepage Squeeze". Those who you acquired directly from sales...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: is big social a advertisiers monopoly?

A small clue:

Your most fundamental problem is not advertising impact.

Your most fundamental problem is figuring out an economic model for your business that works for both short and long term....
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th April 2016, 03:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: why my website only 5 order?

I don't know.

You fail to supply even the most basic of information and therefore nobody can begin to guess at what the problem is. For example, traffic sources? Traffic volumes? Conversion rates?...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 7th April 2016, 08:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,323
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: starting eCommerce business

What is your aim?

If it is to spend time, effort and money in building, maintaining and repeatedly fixing a site when it breaks then there are a large number of candidates eg wordpress based...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 5th April 2016, 04:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 859
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Take a look at my website

Congrats on getting started in ecommerce. Most don't get that far.

1. The homepage is much too busy and unsettling to the eye (think apple.com).

2. The design lacks theme and coherence, too...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 1st April 2016, 06:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,616
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Adult Dating Niche --> Profitability, Reality of Competition

Q - What's the quickest way to end up with $1Million?

A - Begin with $5Million and start a dating website.

Unless you have some serious new insights into adult dating, a significant amount of...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 1st April 2016, 01:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Best Platform For An Online Store

Depends 'pon your destination, Cap'n.

If you are really more interested in building sites, maintaining and endlessly fixing and fiddling with them as things break then go with wordpress, woo...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 30th March 2016, 09:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 807
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Need opinion from the experts

You have a good attitude.

If you keep thinking like that and keep learning it will take you far. Discipline and consistency also take you far.

Probably the number one thing I would say to you...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th March 2016, 04:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,539
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Help needed to start new online business..

You're looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

First, look at all the various online business models (affiliate, ecommerce, domainer, etc) in order to fully understand the vast differences...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 29th March 2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,221
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Have about $2.5k to spend on online marketing..

Nothing.

You should do absolutely nothing with it. What you should do is take Jason's response seriously (there's a reason why he's been thanked over 6,000 times!)

What I would do, if I were...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 29th March 2016, 08:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 807
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Need opinion from the experts

I can see you are very new at this. Nevertheless, here's some tough love:

Dude, you have to get serious. You're selling product for $250 but have absolutely zero trust from anyone visiting your...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th March 2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 813
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: 2 Sales in 2 weeks?? Not Good :(

Missing information.

How much traffic are you driving? What do the ads say? Where are they landing? Where are they exiting?... and a hundred and one other questions before anybody could begin to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th March 2016, 07:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 283
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Auto Play or Not?

I hate autoplay.

However, you should ignore me and yourself and others too.

Instead, test. Track conversion carefully. The beauty of the internet is that you don't have to guess.

Good luck...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th March 2016, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Who Wins Most Business?

I'm afraid you've missed the point.

The point i'm making is about overall business perspective not the detail of one aspect of it (and, as i said, I only had one sentence to sum it all up).

On...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th March 2016, 12:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 406
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Split testing question

Largest probable impact to least probable impact.

Start with split testing the most important elements and work towards the minor issues.

For me this is the overall look and feel (usually the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th March 2016, 06:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 398
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Is anyone using FBA to sell on Amazon?

I've only ever used FBA to help fulfil my orders.

To me it's a no-brainer such is the level of professionalism within amazon at fulfilment for such a very small price.

My results, that you ask...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 13th March 2016, 06:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,145
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Selling a product on Amazon, would you suggest selling a low priced item or high cost item?

To directly answer your question, my preference is to sell med - high priced products.

I have been doing this for quite some time now with what most would regards as considerable success.
...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 13th March 2016, 06:40 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,616
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Warrior Forum = Genuine Value

I agree with Tom and J.

Welcome back J. Yes there are some people in WF who we wish were not here but it has many fine contributors and people who genuinely like to chat and help others.

Good...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 13th March 2016, 06:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 993
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: 1 shop 10 niches vs 10shops with 1 niche each?

Customer base!

It's not so much about the niche as about the customer base. Are the niches relevant to the same customer base?

If they are completely unrelated then obviously separate sites...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 12th March 2016, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Do You Inspect Factory If You Have Concerns About Your Supplier?

Certainly try and sort it out with your current supplier.

However go through the process of finding alternative suppliers so that you can switch rapidly if need be.

Good luck with your venture.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th March 2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 686
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Which amount of money online you've ever make could make you have the feeling of the winner?

It was $1000 per month, years ago.

Then it was $10k. Then $50k. Then $100k.

I've now surpassed that $100k per month (most months) and have now realised that no amount of money changes your self...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 11th March 2016, 06:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,404
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Overwhelmed Internet Marketor

No.

Only you can help yourself. We can only point a few things out that may go on to help you help yourself.

Stop. Extract yourself from yourself. Pause for a while.

The world of IM is awash...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th March 2016, 09:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 698
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Which is Best, Physical Product or Instant Download?

Both.

Give the customer an option and let them decide what's best for them.

Good luck with your venture.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th March 2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 740
Posted By ZanyZebra
Re: Business with a single product

Yes, there are single product businesses that thrive.

The business model is different than that for those who rely more on repeat purchases or upsells, for example. Careful pricing and innovative...
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