What does it take to sell profitably and successfully online? If you ask that question in ten different places, you will most likely get a million different answers! But not today at 12:30 Today Jay Berkowitz and I will discuss the Ten Golden Rules of eCommerce in a Internet Marketing Club Webinar I am a […]
Archive | 2009
Why oh Why eBay, did you not think of That! Hmmmm – maybe eBay can sign up for Google Commerce Search and scrap this whole “finding” experiment… Maybe with Google Merchant Center Search installed on eBay.com, the term Best Match might actually mean that the best product matching the search terms entered will be presented.
Free is good and Internet marketing education is everything… therefore, why not combine the two great opportunities to learn for free in one article? Read about Jay Berkowitz’s new Internet Marketing Club and Jeremy Shoemakers Free 12 Week Course
For years I was an eBay evangelist, promoting the benefits, offering training, offering business setups, designing eBay stores… I was writing this “Trading Assistant Journal” which started as an eBay based blog about being a “Trading Assistant or Trading Post”
I have tried the old fashioned methods of web rings and I have gone through all of the can’t miss super affiliate long sales letter “Systems” for building links and page rank and ultimately traffic and I know there are very few easy or free ways to build up traffic to a site besides old fashioned content generation (some say free – I say valuable) and a well placed and yes – monetized link building plan.
Obviously I am talking about affiliate marketing here… Some make hundreds of dollars a month with affiliate marketing, while others make millions per year. If you are an affiliate, you are familiar with eBay in a different way than most merchants.
Vendio is offering a free online store as described in our previous article/Review on the All Business Auctions Blog: Vendio Platform Review Does anyone have a follow up on this service and the effectiveness of the free ecommerce store Vendio is offering to the public? If you do, please chime in here on the TAJ […]
…. Unless You USE It! It is no secret… I love WordPress as a Content Management System and I am an evangelist when it comes to discussing the possibilities this CMS offers small business owners for website development . The shear magnitude and the purity of this web publishing systems capabilities and simplicity is absolutely […]
Commisioning and Building a website can be a very stressful experience. The time that it takes to come to the decision to let a professional handle the job usually creates doubt in the business owners mind about the entire process. Many people share the same experiences and thoughts along the development path that is … […]
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No matter what business you are in, no matter what you sell, no matter who you work for or if you are an attorney or a broker or a architect or a ditch digger – there are people out there that want to know what you know and they will find the information you publish – if you leave enough “clues” to follow.
Have you ever needed to send a really large file to a friend or business associate? Possibly a whole folder full of images or a back up file from your website? Maybe you tried to do it with your email program and it bounced as being too large… Or you tried to FTP the files to a server somewhere, only then having to explain to your associate or friend how to install a FTP client and use it to retrieve the files…
This is the first in a series I would like to call “What is Scott Doing Now”?
It seems that I have “gone missing”, people ask me where have I been, what am I doing? Well, I have been busy and have not had the time required to keep this and many of my other blogs current. A “BonanzleStore” (launching late summer 2009) is an outside website, separated from Bonanzle and allowing the merchant to brand themselves with a completely customized eCommerce Web 2.0 Site.
Billy Mays may yell louder than you like and Anthony Sullivan may not be a household name, but we can learn from the many years of experience of these two pitchmen. Refining your selection of products to sell, knowing the magic price point number of your audience, explaining the product in a way that takes no effort for the buyer to understand and showing the problem the product solves immediately and demonstrably… are all key to improving your bottom line.
This last week has been a maelstrom of attacks upon the management team and CEO of Auctiva. From bloggers and journalists to customers and competitors – it seems everyone felt that Auctiva had somehow ripped them off or personally attacked the eBay world by actually proposing to charge for services.
Sure – the fee structure could end up costing a pretty penny but it was not unlike several other paid software plans.
Many good quality eBay listing platforms such as InkFrog, Vendio, and MerchantRun-Globallink charge for their services and does anyone in the room think that Channel Advisor or Infopia will offer a free software or eBay listing services any time soon?
Guilty as charged – your Honor!
We did it, we accepted advertising – oh the ghastly truth!
Will my Mom survive the embarrassment?
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Robert Scoble is a fairly famous blogger, videographer, photographer and all around tech critic/guru. he has worked with all of the big tech conglomerates including Microsoft, Fast Money, and now RackSpace
The Vendio Platform is a complete eCommerce solution that includes a robust, feature-rich online store as well as item, order and customer management – all for free. It doesn’t matter whether a merchant sells 10 or 10,000 items in their Vendio store – they pay no web hosting fees, imaging hosting fees, listing fees or success fees. There is no catch. No gimmicks.
These changes have left me with a quandary about what to do with the All Business Auctions name and the two sites associated with it. The blog has experienced good traffic from the start and has been linked to from sites around the Internet. As anyone who has studied how WordPress blogs bring in organic traffic knows, the regular addition of content is key to maintaining a healthy blog. What to write about when eBay is no longer the focus for the brand All Business Auctions? It has been a quandary only accentuated by the expansion of iBusinessLogic and the client work we have been blessed with since changing our focus.
No one would argue that as a civilization we as humans have evolved. From pre-historic times when humans huddled together in small groups to survive the rigors of the natural elements they lived within, to the days of vast nation states that massed the will of their people into one awe inspiring force. Social networks of all kinds have been at the core of the human experience.
I logged into my Bonanzle.com account today and proceeded to the My Bonanzle home page. This is the central hub for all Bonanzle users, buyer or seller and serves as a control panel/information resource. Today I noticed one interesting update: This site currently has 49096 users This seems like a momentous amount of users and […]
Vzaar is an easy to use, easy to utilize and effective video embed marketing tool. A tool that allows the merchant the ability to keep his/her viewer interested in in his or her product and not go wandering off into the video surfing darkness.
Vzaar is cost effective, easy to setup and allows eBay sellers to embed videos in hundreds of live eBay listings with a click of a button.
Vzaar is worth a try – take a look at the videos in the sidebar here on the Trading Assistant Journal to see how people use Vzaar to sell Guitars or to see how easy it is to setup. What have you got to lose when the initial cost is zero and the upside is you could start engaging your customers like never before!
Twitter is now mainstream and big time, if you have not heard of Twitter yet you must have been hiding in some deep dark cavern. Oprah Winfry, Regis Philbin and Ellen DeGeneris are all talking about Twitter. Nearly every local television news department in the USA has a dedicated Twitter specialist and all your friends with iPhones or Blackberrys are using it, but what the heck is it and how does it help your life or business?
For Sale: Charmingly Linda’s Quality Consignments. A retail & Ebay consignment shop. 10 years in business. Over 2400 registered consignors. High demographic consignor base. Located on Lancaster Ave in the Philadelphia burbs known as the main line. Continued growth even in this economy. Over 4000 positive ebay feedbacks. Turn key and profitable!
In any journey, especially those that last as long as it takes to build a profitable business, conditions change. On a voyage it could be the weather, or the current or a torn sail. In business it could be interest rates or the economy or in the case of a lot of my readers… someone like eBay changing their business plan and effecting your journey. Strong navigators, captains and business owners all have the ability to adjust to new and more difficult situations within the span of a single journey. They know that nothing ever remains the same and are prepared to adapt to endure and to overcome.
The Center of Effort is defined in business as the single point in a business plan where you can visualize all the forces of the marketing, supply, logistics and demand coming together to drive a company forward.
What credit card processor should I use?, What are the rates? What is the best for online payments? What merchant account is the easiest to integrate with my shopping cart?
or… What shopping cart do I need to easily integrate a payment system? What merchant accounts accomodate recurring billing or subscription payments?