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Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd March 2016, 04:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,148
Posted By amcg
Re: Selling a product on Amazon, would you suggest selling a low priced item or high cost item?

Sell something that's small, can be easily packaged and it cost effective to ship. That would be my advice for starting. Once you understand the process of importing, third party logistics etc you...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th October 2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 798
Posted By amcg
Re: Looking to build a website with wordpress

With any popular platform i.e Windows or indeed Wordpress, you are going to get security issues. But with the right approach, you can minimize these. Make sure your deployment is updated continuously...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 2nd April 2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 715
Posted By amcg
Re: Adding Bulk Products

Yes. There's software like Ordoro (https://www.ordoro.com/b), Shipwire (http://www.shipwire.com/shipwire-anywhere/), StitchLabs (http://www.stitchlabs.com/) etc. Look for something that integrates...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 24th January 2015, 12:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,924
Posted By amcg
Re: Is Amazon FBA worth it? And are there other options?

Not quite, Alibaba is by most measures (http://projects.wsj.com/alibaba/) the world's largest. Amazon for sure is the largest in the Western World however.
Forum: Copywriting 13th January 2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,130
Posted By amcg
Re: Recommend a copywriter please

There's a guy called Stefan King here on WF, you can find him via the member search. He's good.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 14th December 2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,352
Posted By amcg
Re: Trade shows for ecommerce sites...

Tradeshows are tyically under-rated by ecommerce companies, it seems distinctly old school and yet it's still important. This is particularly the case for wholesale - it's still the best way to reach...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 25th November 2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 852
Posted By amcg
Re: Shipping from China to USA, and delivery to the door

Be aware of customs/fees, you will want to negotiate this before signing a PO as the factories may pass this cost on to you. Most will provide you with a shipping terms as long with the usual payment...
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd November 2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,144
Posted By amcg
Re: What is the end game for your business?

The end game for me, and probably many others, is freedom. It's that simple; you get freedom to do what you want with your time on the earth.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 23rd November 2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 816
Posted By amcg
Re: Starting an eCommerce Business

Choose a niche. Seriously, people always make the mistake of trying to be too big, too soon and you actually want to dominate a small market. For example, choose a product (if you're selling a...
Forum: Email Marketing 22nd November 2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,900
Posted By amcg
Re: Why does nobody use mail chimp?

I think whilst I agree aweber and certain other email marketing providers might be more 'enterprise', there's nothing wrong with Mailchimp for a startup or smb. I use MC a lot, both free and paid.
Forum: Social Media 22nd November 2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,693
Posted By amcg
Re: Facebook email extractor

Why not just build an excel spreadsheet with those email addresses i.e ask for them in person? Sure, it will take longer but you can have peace of mind that you've actually got the user's permission.
Forum: Pay Per Click/Search Engine Marketing (PPC/SEM) 8th November 2014, 01:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,502
Posted By amcg
Re: Adwords: one keyword per adgroup

This. I think there is the danger of falling into the trap of investing too much time in individual ad groups when it would be better of focusing on keywords across the range of groups.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th November 2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By amcg
Re: Wordpress or Html Pages?

Technically, html is superior to php (dynamically served pages) but as others have said, Wordpress has excellent SEO wise.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 29th October 2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,362
Posted By amcg
Re: What is the best tool to check your google ranking?

Check out tools like Wordtracker or Wordstream - find out how your keywords sit with other keywords.
Forum: Conversion Rate Optimization 15th September 2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,066
Posted By amcg
Re: How to Generate Leads for B2B sites?

Email marketing is an excellent way of generating B2B leads, as are whitepapers.

Many people also shy away from physical things like trade shows and other medums but these are also excellent.
Forum: Mobile Marketing 4th August 2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,493
Posted By amcg
Re: Is Mobile Marketing Important to Offline Businesses?

It's kind of self-perpetuating in that most folks will access the net using mobile devices; this is undisputable. I think like Adwords and other online advertising products, you need to know what...
Forum: Website Design 15th July 2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By amcg
Re: Wordpress Classified Site

AppThemes (http://www.appthemes.com/) have developed a classifieds theme for Wordpress. Short of designing a custom theme, it's probably a good option.
Forum: Email Marketing 15th July 2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,126
Posted By amcg
Re: Top Tips For Subject Lines?

I would echo some of the previous comments and would recommend checking out this guide (http://kb.mailchimp.com/article/best-practices-in-writing-email-subject-lines) by Mailchimp. Note this point:
...
Forum: Website Design 30th June 2014, 01:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By amcg
Re: Need a designer for WP site, but don't know how it works!

This is good advice. Find someone to implement on Freelancer (http://freelancer.com) or a similar talent marketplace.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 24th June 2014, 01:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 479
Posted By amcg
Re: Paypal as only form of payment...

I think this is the way most people see it. Paypal has traditionally always been an account folks used for selling stuff on Ebay - so without a clearing process, naturally money remains in the...
Forum: Growth Hacking 20th June 2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 16,332
Posted By amcg
Re: What is growth hacking?

Read Ryan Holiday (http://www.ryanholiday.net) - he's dedicated his life to this. There's a bunch of other folks that also share their knowledge in this area if you Google the term "Growth Hacking".
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th June 2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,719
Posted By amcg
Re: Marketing for ECommerce

The Bonobos CEO shared a great post (https://medium.com/what-i-learned-building/e-commerce-is-a-bear-d233f02d52a5) on the state of ecommerce at the moment. Essentially, he argues that the most...
Forum: Website Design 27th May 2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 603
Posted By amcg
Re: Any way to get code for tables like these?

'Tables' in the UI sense are not such a good idea - you might be better off using other css techniques to achieve a similar effect.
Forum: Growth Hacking 27th May 2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,572
Posted By amcg
Re: 21 actionable growth hacking tactics and strategies

This is a good article but probably only scratches the surface with this type of marketing. Ryan Holiday's book Growth Hacker Marketing and Rework by Basecamp (37 Signals) is also useful reading.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 27th May 2014, 01:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,650
Posted By amcg
Re: What´s BEST Ecommerce Store Builder?

This sums it up perfectly. It's a pity mods couldn't pin this to the ecommerce forum as it would save many questions.
Forum: Offline Marketing 27th May 2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,796
Posted By amcg
Re: Just Do It...Start selling

Experimentation is the key - find out what works and what doesnt; preferably, very quickly. It's amazing how you can deploy small amounts of money whilst you can learn a hell of a lot.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th May 2014, 02:04 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,937
Posted By amcg
Re: NameCheap, Moniker, GoDaddy etc. Which is Best Domain Name Registrar?

I used to use GoDaddy however I was registering a lot of throw away domains for various projects and found that Enom do reseller accounts. Paying a one-off fee for a reseller account at Enom means I...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th May 2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 916
Posted By amcg
Re: Where to start?

Starting with the web; sites like this, Moz, Econsultancy etc. The whole field can be self-taught and at very little cost.
Forum: Website Design 1st May 2014, 03:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 749
Posted By amcg
Re: Which Photoshop Version..?

Gimp. :)

In all seriousness, I'm still on CS4 and enjoying using it.

(Gimp is getting better though and hopefully soon will catch up)
Forum: Social Media 1st May 2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 895
Posted By amcg
Re: Can I use same post for Different Social Media Sites?

You can use automation apps like Buffer (http://bufferapp.com)or Hootsuite (http://hootsuite.com). Be careful though, content you create even with these automation apps will require crafting to each...
Forum: Offline Marketing 21st April 2014, 02:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,284
Posted By amcg
Re: Email Marketing: What Service do you use for yourself/clients?

Mailchimp. It's just the best web-based email marketing service; I'm shocked none of the big commerce guys or indeed search engines/portals haven't bought them yet.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 985
Posted By amcg
Re: .com? .org? .something else....?

As others have said, get .com and only other tld's where it makes sense i.e for ecommerce, choose your country's specific tld.

To get your .com if its taken, add a prefix or secondly, a suffix.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th March 2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,324
Posted By amcg
Re: Best way to generate traffic for new online shop

The easiest and most expensive way is search advertising; it's proven to work and most of the big retailers spend millions of marketing dollars doing this. It's also something that you might need to...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th March 2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,721
Posted By amcg
Re: Anyone doing Amazon FBA, would appreciate some insights

I think before you start dropshipping from China and plan to use FBA or another third party marketplace you should ship to your warehouse. This will give you the chance to inspect the goods - crucial...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th March 2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 455
Posted By amcg
Re: Question about product descriptions and SEO

Hmm, 'unique' might not be the best way to sell more product. You should focus on making your descriptions clear, concise and accurate. If you're selling commodities, there's no escaping the fact...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 19th March 2014, 03:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,131
Posted By amcg
Re: Mobile based apps or convert my site to a mobile format ?

Responsive design is your best bet. Alternatively, if you have the skills or money to hire the skills, I'd develop a native mobile app also.
Forum: Offline Marketing 18th March 2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,987
Posted By amcg
Re: Your No #1 Ultimate Favourite Way To Get Leads In 2014

Sales people. Seriously!

I think with B2B, especially in traditional industries, many old school outbound marketing methods i.e sales people, direct mail etc often are far superior to digital or...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th March 2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By amcg
Re: Someone else is using .com. Should I use .net?

I'd advise changing the name so you get the .com i.e add a prefix or suffix. The .net is ok but .com has the marketing spend behind it and overall much greater recognition.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 17th March 2014, 03:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,185
Posted By amcg
Re: Drupal for eCommerce.............

Yes. In a similar way Woo Commerce works with Wordpress, Drupal Ecommerce or Uber Cart will enable you to run an ecommerce site on top of Drupal. That said, I suggest rather you go with a hosted or...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 14th March 2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,748
Posted By amcg
Re: Best online shop or shopping cart software

Go hosted if you're not experience i.e Shopify or BigCommerce, focus on shipping vs technical issues. Once you've built a business, build your own platform using a proprietary or open source software...
Forum: Offline Marketing 12th March 2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 941
Posted By amcg
Re: Listing Prices Online

I would say in this instance, don't. Build up your portfolio, via whatever way you can i.e friends, friend of friends and other referrals etc and use them as case studies. If you can get potential...
Forum: Ad Networks (CPM/CPL, Display) 11th February 2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 660
Posted By amcg
Re: Buying email list

Perfect advice. Just don't do it.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th February 2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,131
Posted By amcg
Re: Drop shipping business

Some good suggestions above regarding processes, technology etc. I think you raised the most important issue however:



This killed my drop ship business. I built the website (Shopify), did the...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 23rd December 2013, 02:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,793
Posted By amcg
Re: Ecommerce - My only one Focus for 2014

This is a wise choice. There's really only three main business models on the web;, search, social (both advertising based) and obviously ecommerce. The first two are extremely difficult to build a...
Forum: Offline Marketing 18th December 2013, 01:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By amcg
Re: Where to start?

Great advice from Dan.

I echo what he says - do what you are interested in doing. Whilst whatever you do needs to make money obviously, sticking at something that you're not interested in is...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th December 2013, 01:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,621
Posted By amcg
Re: Start-up and already stuck

I'm not sure why you really want to build an ecommerce website on top of a CMS for a non-programmer like yourself. It's something you can learn (a CMS) to run but it still requires hosting, SSL etc....
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd December 2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,179
Posted By amcg
Re: Any good press release distribution service ?

I demo'd PRWeb some time ago and thought it was rather expensive however appeared to be the leading online PR service. I will try MarketersMedia for sure.
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd December 2013, 09:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,092
Posted By amcg
Re: Are we getting hung up on the "charging monthly" thing??

I think offering as many payment plans or methods as possible can only be a good thing. I guess it's one more reason to buy from your vs a competitor at the end of the day despite you incurring extra...
Forum: Social Media 3rd December 2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By amcg
Re: Facebook email addresses

Nope. Never used it and probably never will. I think they hoped it would compete against Gmail but the lack of features is scary compared to Gmail or even Outlook.com now.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 3rd December 2013, 02:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,346
Posted By amcg
Re: Struggling to make a good website

The best way to learn basic web development I think is to hack existing scripts. Take a popular CMS e.g Wordpress, learn to install it and use it. You'll find that when you have to add integrations,...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th November 2013, 07:46 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,299
Posted By amcg
Re: To Develop E-Commmerce Website which Platform is Useful?

For the non-technical person, a hosted option is better - IMO Shopify and BigCommerce are best.

For the technical person, self-hosting using Magento is an option for a medium to large size site...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 26th November 2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 29,797
Posted By amcg
Re: Where can I buy low priced, quality wholesale goods?

This is true. I think these marketplaces are excellent for market research, though you might find that you physically have to visit the factories/offices of companies on the site to inspect...
Forum: Copywriting 25th November 2013, 05:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,105
Posted By amcg
Re: Landing page not converting. Any recommendations from LP experts?

Hire a pro copywriter. I tried to use my own iniative but using a professional not only improved my app's copy ten-fold, it educated me on the the field itself.
Forum: Offline Marketing 11th November 2013, 02:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 901
Posted By amcg
Re: Help! My business needs business

Whilst you might repair computers, how can you sell it better? Is it just hardware or can you do networking, systems etc? Most large technology companies started off as de-facto consultancies, think...
Forum: Copywriting 1st August 2013, 02:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 800
Posted By amcg
Re: Launched A New Blog, Where Can I Find Guest Authors?

Thanks for the tips. Much appreciated and I'll act on as many as I can. I've submitted the blog to Technorati already. In terms of the design, I like minimalist design in general and the idea with...
Forum: Social Media 30th July 2013, 01:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Posted By amcg
Re: Help! Changing Page Name

Most likely. You need 25 fans in order to set a custom page name - when you have this option, there is a vanity url check which you can use to see if you name's available.
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