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"If you had to start all over with only $300 what steps would you take?"
I found this question from the facebook group. Many of the Amazon FBA experts recommended not to start into the business.
I also agree with other sellers.
Can I start the Amazon FBA business at $300?
Yes, you can! But, you may lose all your money in a few days. Of course, Amazon will start to charge extra fees for tons of things. You may end up spending more than your budget, $300 if you fail.
(If it's a private label product)
On the other hand, it's possible to be successful selling on Amazon if you find the perfect products, great images on your sales page, and all correct keywords.
I found products that are constantly selling without running PPC. One of them is a pretty cheap buying price product so that I can make decent profits. And, another one I am constantly selling is the expansive purchase product which is no other sellers are trying to sell on Amazon.
Both products, I don't run PPC. All I need is to check the listing to make sure I have my Buy Now button and send the products to the Amazon FBA when it's running out of inventory.
It was not easy to find these products.
I tried to sell so many different products, but most of them are not that great selling numbers without running PPC.
Here are some you should know before starting the Amazon FBA
Amazon fees: The business owners usually start the Amazon FBA business, hoping to make some great sales. And, they begin to struggle and get upset with Amazon fees. They usually have their stores and storage. All private label products they are selling at their stores should be popular and trendy.
They think about the display of the products for their buyers to find popular products easily in-store. When they make sales, they get profits.
When these business owners start Amazon business, they would complain about the Amazon storage fees, ranking factors, giveaways, reviews, and very small profits. Their physical stores and Amazon FBA are a totally different business model.
If you try to sell popular products which other sellers are already selling on Amazon, you may need to compete for prices, increasing more coupons, and giveaways to make your listing visible.
I have been working at the grocery store as a designer; I had to create ads every week. Each week, I received a price sheet that has organized the products profit margins. So, I can make a design which products are deeply discounted.
Did you know that the biggest grocery stores' profit margins are around .1~$5 per each product selling? Of course, not all products, but the most of daily products are that low.
Small profits are not a big issue.
When I find 20 different products that are selling 3 or more every day and have $5 pure profit per each product, 20x3x5, $300 earn each day. $9000 for a month earn.
This is my goal, and I am still actively testing many different products on the market.
Software: Software is not a must, but highly recommended for finding keywords and use them to your sales page. To me to research on products, to find keywords, running PPC, follow up emails to customers, check product ranking, protecting buy now buttons, and checking my listings are indexed keywords. With all these, I use the Helium10 software.
Buying Products from Alibaba or 1688 sites: You can easily use the Alibaba.com to find the products easily. Most of them will offer less than 100 units to buy. I highly suggest finding the product that is lightweight, not easy to break, and less than $1 per product.
Let's say, you purchase 50 units for $50 and $50 for shipping. $100
Helium10 software for researching keywords and follow up emails for your customers and so many features to use. $90
Amazon fees. $40 + @
Amazon FBA product preparation, barcode sticker and polybag. Around $35
Listing main image background remove. It's required to remove background to a pure white for 1 main image. You can find who does it for you at Fiverr.com. $5
Running PPC. $10 + @
For the first month, your spending is around $280+@
Yes, you can start your Amazon FBA business at $300, but this budget will burn out quickly.
Again let's go back to the question, "If you had to start all over with only $300 what steps would you take?"
If you still want to try the Amazon business, this is what I will do.
I will visit the Walmart clearance section, and find good products and buy. Resell them to the Amazon.
With the Amazon, all you need is to find already ranked identical product listing and add mine with the lowest price I can sell. When I make sales, I send the product to the customers' addresses. Or, you can send the products to Amazon to start the FBA with small quantity products.
If you want to do a Dropship with Amazon works during the Christmas season, but after holidays, people prefer the Prime to purchase.
Amazon business is more likely to need the cash flow. If you can spend around $1000 for trying the Amazon business, I will highly suggest starting it. But, at $300 to start? I will say no.
Then, what would be the other suggestions for you? Maybe eBay? Your own website to do a dropship?
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I purchased their lifetime deal years ago, and they constantly added new features. I thought I found a golden entrepreneur full of trustworthy.
But, I was wrong.
They don't support any of their software: no support ticket, no responding to their emails. No one cares about their promises.
I recently tried to find any information about this vendor, so many negative feedbacks only left behind.
They seem to expand their business more and more and fail and fail. Right after the Smart Member membership software, they started to have a community as if a school to teach people about the entrepreneurship.
I remember to join their program was around $1000~$3000 or more.
Now, I can find so many upset students and team members who joined.
They are now trying to open another business model.
I keep realizing that I should never invest in the new software developer team or the business members.
In my experience, the average online software lifetime is about max three years. We can't identify who would abandon their promises.
But, one thing, I always caution to the leader who speaks too well in front of the camera. Not all, but most of them are only purposely to sell their products, not keep their promises.
I really hope the Smart Member is not a scam. But, It seems the software would not support the customers. They are still alive, but https errors and no ways to contact their team.
Yes, this could be you or me if we do not understand about the Amazon policy. Please check the image below.
It's a message from the Amazon to the seller that the account has been suspended and all his listings are closed.
Amazon is asking for the product Invoice that he was selling. Unfortunately, he does not have the invoice. I have no idea why and what he was trying to do. All I can see in the letter shows that this seller sold the counterfeit product(s).
I can easily find fake products that have high leveled, well-made ones. And, some sellers think that's the money to sell. If you sell these products on Amazon, what happens? Suddenly, your account will be suspended, and all listings will be deleted.
Amazon holds your money for two weeks. You will not get money from the Amazon.
This seller who received the message from the Amazon might not be possible to provide the real invoice if he already knew his products are counterfeit.
Valuable products have unique numbers on each product. Let's imagine he was selling the Rolex watches. He can consider buying the real Rolex watch and send the invoice to the Amazon to pretend that he was reselling the Rolex watches. This is one of the methods other experienced sellers teach on their online courses.
If you do a dropshipping on Amazon, you would sometimes receive a message from the Amazon requesting to provide the invoice.
To use the Amazon platform to sell the products are possible to succeed in your selling business. But, as increasing the number of sellers and consumers, counterfeit cases are also increasing. It happened to the eBay.
I purchased many electronic products at eBay before Amazon became popular. And, I ended up losing money for the counterfeit products. It is the best platform for selling fake ones in a short time. If they have many negative feedbacks, they delete the eBay account and easily recreate one again. And repeat.
Amazon offers a free return to customers. If it's a counterfeit product, Amazon immediately suspends the seller's account and ask for an invoice.
If you consider selling the fake products on Amazon, stop thinking about it. It's too easy to return as a customer and easy losing money as a seller.
To provide a good product will be a shortcut for becoming a successful business owner.
How to create Amazon Listing Variations or merge other listings?
If you are trying to create a Variation-s- under the listing does not have a parent listing, you want to check this information.
I contacted the Amazon support team to ask how to create a variation on my existing listing that does not have variations -Child listing-.
They replied back to me with a long process and confusions on each task. They suggested using the Excel template to download from the right category and fill out the product information. I have done this so many times to upload listings if there are more than 5 products.
Yes, it's faster.
But, it takes time and so many errors I found from the listing. And, I had to wait up to 24 hours to check the listing.
So, I tried a different method to create a child listing from the existing active listing that does not have a parent listing.
**PLEASE NOTE:: BEFORE YOU PROCEED THE METHOD, MAKE SURE TO BACKUP YOUR LISTING INFORMATION. Title, Images, and ASIN will automatically merge, but your bullet point, description, and backend keywords will be disappeared. You cannot retrieve the information. When it's gone, it's GONE.
Create a NEW LISTING. Select the right category.
Fill out on the Vital Info page -You can add any title, Skip the UPC code, Fill out the other information such as product manufacturers and brand name-
Offer page to choose the Amazon takes care of all if you will sell as an Amazon Prime. If you missed this part to choose, you could do it after creating a listing.
Go to the Variations to add your existing SKU and ASIN. And, add other variations.
Skip other pages
Hit SAVE and FINISH
Wait for about 12 hours.
When you come back to the listing will start to see your existing listing changed to the child listing.
Now, you can start to add images to other new variations you created.
LoginPress has an additional feature to redirect users to a specific page whenever they log in to their account.
This feature will be very handful when your clients are not familiar with WordPress. WordPress is built for user-friendly, but WordPress needs a learning process to understand where they need to access to create a new post or some other features.
Instead of telling them where to click, you can make an individual user redirect to a specific page.
Of course, LoginPress will hide the login. Hackers usually use their bots to try to find the ID and Password to your WordPress site.
They will visit www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin. "WP-ADMIN" is the universal and default to log in to the WordPress backend. So, you want to change the login page that bots cannot be found.
I recently purchased 10Web for managing all my websites in one dashboard.
If you have just one WordPress site will be so much easier to manage. But, if you have more than 10 websites, you need something to update all your plugins and theme up to date to make sure the hackers will not enter your sites.
10web provides a Google hosting a free of charge for 1 year. But, you don't need to use their hosting. You can keep your sites from somewhere else, and connect with 10web.
This is one of the top problems for WordPress users not to update plugins and theme. The top WordPress developers always announce that hackers will enter your site that is not up to date plugins and theme.
And, Plugins and Theme supposed to compatible together, but old updated plugins will not work with new updated plugins and theme. That means your website will corrupt and start to see the error messages anywhere. Unfortunately, WordPress is a machine made by code, not an AI. It's silent if they are sick or old. And, start to see the issue. When it happens, you have to uninstall all plugins and install one by one to find which plugin has an issue. Inside of the plugins page, you can install or delete.
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When you add a high-quality heavy image, your site will need power and time to load it for your users. Even though you have a powerful hosting provider, the user will feel it's a bit slow to load that image. So, 10web added Image Optimization feature to make sure your site needs less work, but still not breaking image quality and load faster.
Backup is one of the top priority works to do for all website owners. WordPress site can be broken at anywhere and any reason. Once it happens, it will hard to fix without a pro developer involved. Nowadays, some hosting companies provide daily or weekly backup files for you. Or you can find tons of other plugin developers offer a good backup plugin. But, what if you have more than 3 WordPress sites will costly and need time to check each site for the backup files. Over years of my experience with WordPress, you will definitely need at least weekly Backups.
Without your website SEO, your targeted visitors will hard to find your website. It's the fact that there are millions of sites are out there to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars to their online marketing agencies to build links and promote their businesses. It doesn't matter which hosting companies you are using or plugin, you will need at least a basic knowledge to understand how the search algorithm works. You can follow step by step what 10Web suggests for you.
When I first time built a website, I didn't know about the 10Web. I built a website anything I want. And I broke several times. If I knew 10Web security feature, I would not go a hard way to understand how important it is. The security feature will show all red flag links to fix, so the hacker will less chance to enter your website.
I know you want to have a statistic of how many visitors you have daily. Usage Summary will provide you analytics, the total storage of your database and files.
Once you click on Enable to all features, 10web will install each plugin for you to your website.
If you want to add your website, you can click on the ADD WEBSITE.
There are two options to install a brand new website using 10Web's hosting or connect your website with 10web.
I was thinking to create a website using 10Web since Elementor, drag and drop website design tool and plugins already installed; complete design first and use backup files to migrate to my hosting.
With using 10web hosting, you can use their subdomain and connect your website later or use your own domain name right away.
I already created one. You can check the default website design by clicking EYE icon, W for the backend. Three dots to remove your website.
Before I show you the backend site, I want to show you one great feature if you use 10Web hosting.
Click Manage, and you will find Live Environment.
You can choose the option to change Live or Staging. If the site is for client's, to hide a new design and process, you can choose the Staging Environment option. Or, if you want to test out new plugins and some fancy codes you want to add, Staging Environment option will be a good choice.
Now, you are looking at the default Backend site with 10Web hosting.
Speed is great, and some plugins installed already.
I always go to the settings to work on Site Title, Tagline, and Timezone.
And, move to the Permalinks to choose Post name option. Well, it's already selected for me.
I go to the Appearance to delete all unused themes.
And, go to the Pages to add Homepage.
Plugins page to install my plugins. You can delete or add any plugins you want.
And, I start to use Elementor to create each page design. If you use another design tool, you can delete Elementor and install it to your site.
If you want to check your account details, you can click the icon on the top right.
What do you think about the 10Web? I purchased 2 codes for 60 connects sites without using their hosting, 3 sites for using their hosting with 10 GB SSD Storage. After testing and making this video, I decided to get more codes.
I think I will mainly use 10Web for all my sites and clients.
If you know how to use WordPress, it's limitless because you can build a blog site, images and video site, membership site, tutorial video site, selling digital and physical products, and so much more. If your WordPress sites are for your personal use only, you may not need to customize the login page. But, what if your users need your login page in order to download or follow up their orders from your website?
You would want to hide login URL address that you are using WordPress, or make some fancy design to make them believe your website is not temporary as if other WordPress unsupported ordinary sites.
I have been working as a website agency for years, and I have received so many requests to hide or redesign the login page for their business.
So, I want to share with you one simple solution; use the premium plugin, LoginPress.
+Customize login forms and get live previews, changing anything from logos to backgrounds to text fields
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+Best for: Freelancers, bloggers, agencies, and those looking to jazz up and secure their login pages
Not only customize the login page design and the URL, but you can also make your website login users redirect to any pages you want.
For example, if I am a blogger. The website owner can use LoginPress to set me up to the posting page when I log in to the site backend.
This LoginPress addon lets you (Adminstrator) generates a unique URL for your certain users who you don’t want to provide a password to login into your site. This Pro addon gives you a list of all the users who you have given auto generated login links. You can disable someones access and delete certain users.
Social login from LoginPress is an addon which provides facility your users to login and Register via Facebook, Google and Twitter. This addon will eliminate the Spam and Bot registrations. This addon will help your users to hassle free registrations/logins on your site.
This LoginPress addon is a widget you can use into your blog sidebar. It uses an Ajax way to login via the sidebar. You may need to know HTML/CSS to give it style according to your site even we have styled it in general.
Limit Login Attempts
Everybody needs a control of their Login page. This will help you to track your login attempts by each user. You can limit the login attempts for each user. Brute force attacks are the most common way to gain access to your website. This addon acts as a sheild to these hacking attacks and gives you control to set the time between each login attempts.
This LoginPress addon lets you change the login page URL to anything you want. It will give a hard time to spammers who keep hitting to your login page. This is helpful for Brute force attacks. One caution to use this addon is you need to remember the custom login url after you change it. We have an option to email your custom login url so you remember it.
Redirect users based on their roles and specific usernames. This is helpful If you have an editor and want to redirect him to his editor stats page. Restrict your subscribers, guests or even customers to certain pages instead of wp-admin. This addon has a cool UX/UI to manage all the login redirects you have created on your site.