5 Reasons You Haven’t Gotten Your First Sale Yet

Starting any business is not easy; starting a successful e-commerce business is no walk in the park either!

Knowledge is the key and working on the road of ignorance won’t get you very far.

The good news is that you are not alone!

We understand the rigors and mistakes a beginner can make because we used to be noobs ourselves, but we have decided to help stir you in the right direction by turning your focus to important things you should concentrate on, that will take you from ZERO to HERO!

Let’s dive in!

Reason #1: Ignoring social media

Social media marketing has transformed the e-commerce landscape, and it is not so difficult to see why. Social media provides a platform for interaction and expression; it is the single driving force that has turned the internet into a global village! Businesses that capitalize on this are prone to succeed. However, one must be careful, because when doing social media marketing, you have to get it right! Targeting the right audience, using the right words and images are some of the prerequisites for social media marketing success.

Reason #2: Selling the wrong product

Nothing can drive a business down the drain faster than selling bad products. It is never easy to select the right product, research must be done, and this encompasses competition research, product research, and niche research. Selling the right product boils down to doing your homework properly, substituting laziness for this research work will only lead you to pick bad products (which you think may be good), and this is as good as shooting yourself in the foot!

Reason #3: Using poor product image

Your product image says a lot about your brand and the quality of products you are offering. Now, you may be offering a good product that any serious buyer will want to purchase, but because you have selected a poor product image which doesn’t depict your wares in good light, your potential customers will run to the next store. Always utilize high-quality images, preferably, images that show your products being used by another human being; this would subconsciously create empathy and social value. Whoever said “pictures speak a thousand words” clearly had e-commerce in mind 🙂

Reason #4: Weak SEO implementation

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one thing you should ignore if you don’t want your store or products to be seen by people. I am guessing this isn’t your wish! SEO is a broad topic that involves the correct use and application of keywords, adwords, and even images. It is basically a manipulation that allows the algorithm of most websites, including Google and Amazon to pick up on your products/store and rank them high whenever a customer searches for a particular item. So, I’m guessing you want your products to be at the first thing a customer sees when h/she makes a search, if this is the case, then you better pay attention to your SEO!

Reason #5: Failure to analyze the competition

Ignoring the competition might sound good on paper, but trust me, this is a dumb move! Things are rapidly changing, and new tricks and ways of doing things are always pop up every day. In e-commerce, this rings true! How will you know the latest trends or tricks, if you don’t eavesdrop on your competition once in a while eh?

Analyzing your competition will keep you in the game and help you know what they are doing and how they are doing it, this will help you to strategize, modify or make new plans that will position you for success! Confused about how to stalk your pesky competitors, then you can check out our easy to use tool; the competitor spy tool.

There you have it guys! Implementing these tips will surely help you get the ball rolling in the sales department, and once you can get your first sale going, then you can get two more, ten more, a hundred or as much as you want.

But… you have to get that positive vibe going by getting the first one! I challenge you to get out and start practicing what you read, as there is no surer way to complacency and stagnancy than inaction.

Keep selling guys!

 

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 Mike says at 22:52 et
Great idea George.. The best thing is shopify is not just for dropshipping! You can sell your own products and even fullfill by amazon for your shopify sales. Check ByteStand and several other apps for AMAZON integration into shopify
 
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 adam says at 21:09 et
What books do you recommend for personal growth guys?
 
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 Claudia says at 21:09 et
The 4 hour work week, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, Losing My Virginity, Think and grow rich, Laptop millionaire, Millionaire fast lane, 10x rule, How to influence people, Cashvertising,
Rich dad poor Dad, The richest man in Babylonia, The blue truth, The hidden entrepreneur, Tony Robbins books and audios.
 
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 daniel says at 21:27 et
What do I need to have to sell in EUROPE?? in pan european seller central
 
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 Claudia says at 21:27 et
Business registration in an EU country or company in EU, VAT registration in every country where your inventory is held, (usually its UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic) Also need CE certification. then you do in future also Annual income tax filings in your EU registered country, Monthly VAT filings in your registered countries, Annual, quarterly, or monthly filings of your activities with Interstat (the frequency depends on your sales volumes), A continuous customs bond for Schengen countries.
Continuous customs bonds for non-Schengen countries (basically the UK). There are companys that handle all that paperwork like FBA-Hero, check resources sections..
 
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 Bill says at 21:29 et
What dunnage to put inside to protect my products?
 
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 jo says at 21:29 et
For example bubble wraps, foam, air pillows and sheets of paper.
 
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 Ab says at 21:42 et
any good facebook bots?
 
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 Chris says at 21:43 et
check manychat.com and trustmsg.com to build list via chat on facebooks..
 
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 daniel says at 17:08 et
i'm new to FBA, whats ungating thing??
 
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 Claudia says at 17:08 et
Daniel, there are actually quite a lot of them including watches, jewelry, health and personal care, grocery, collectibles, beauty, automotive, clothes and accessories, and also luggage and travel accessories. So all these categories are selling really well. That’s why, guys, a lot of people are trying to get ungated and approved in these categories. And, obviously, the best of the best are those three: grocery, health and personal care, and beauty categories.
 
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 Tyro Meg says at 17:09 et
In the past, it was actually very easy to get ungated. The requirements are different in each category, but in general, what you need is to provide commercial invoices, and I really mean commercial invoices and not receipts or so-called pro forma invoices
 
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 Gab says at 17:09 et
Those invoices must be dated within the last 90 days and they must have your name or business name on them, they must have contact information of your business address, phone number, email, and website, and must have names of the products that you purchased, and of course, they must have documents issuer name, address, phone number, and email, and website. And you can obscure pricing information if you want.
 
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 Claudia says at 17:10 et
I am preparing a new video about UNGATING!
 
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 Claudia says at 17:10 et
but I need to be honest with you, guys, as of time of the recording of this video, it’s no longer easy anymore and your real chances of ungating are around 15-20% only.
 
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 Tyro Meg says at 17:11 et
There are a lot of so-called ungating scams on Amazon. Those services are offering you guaranteed ungating for like $400 or $300 payment, but you need to understand that there are no guarantees and nobody can influence Amazon’s decisions
 
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 tom says at 23:53 et
Just got ungated....only took two weeks....had to get an invoice from the manufacturer and a screenshot of the FDA registration from the manufacturers account...
 
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 Claudia says at 17:13 et
if you are just starting out, I would highly recommend that you first avoid categories that require ungating, all of these categories. So there are thousands of thousands other categories that you can start selling in so there is no shortage of categories and most of them don’t require any approval or ungating. And then, if you really want to scale up your business and you want to really grow, then you can start ungating process if you already have success of other products in other categories.
 
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 Alice says at 17:15 et
I agree Claudia, i would stay away from ungating if you are new to this and go whitelabelling and don't have your own brick and mortar
 
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 Dylan says at 23:08 et
I want to get in touch with a customer that left a one star review. I've been through all the reports and cannot find them!
 
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 Lane says at 23:09 et
Click on Orders and then click on Manage orders. if they have left their actual name, you can find them through a paid tool called 'sellermail'.
 
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 Claudia says at 23:10 et
Let go... Most likely it's your competitor, more over amazon does not allow you to ask customers to remove bad reviews directly. You can get in trouble. Nobody expects your product to ONLY have 5 start reviews, so don't worry about it. You can't please everyone. Just keep providing great service and good reviews will cover a stinker!
 
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 Claudia says at 23:10 et
You can remove however negative Seller FEEDBACK pretty easy. See our video on that.
 
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 mia says at 09:35 et
Question about inspections in CHINA for amazon FBA. How to get my shipment inspected in China so you can have it sent directly to the Amazon warehouse? Thx
 
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 jack says at 09:36 et
Use a 3rd party inspection company. Check out www.chinaqualitycheck.com or guidedimports.com
 
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Jimmy says at 03:41 et
Hi, may I know why my price in Shopify will change automatically for itself?
 
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Jimmy says at 03:41 et
I think the price has changed because of the vendor change their price in Aliexpress, may I know how to solve this problem? Thanks.
 
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 Rob says at 03:41 et
If you use the apps such as OBERLO to link alixpress to shopify then you can set auto update of the prices in the settings of oberlo!
 
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Jimmy says at 15:36 et
Ok, noted with thanks.
 
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GERRIE says at 08:27 et
I have watched a lot of videos and I understand what they are telling me to do. However, I can't memorize an all the instructions. Is there a written text instruction that I can reread the instructions as I am filling out the forms? I have been putting everything on my reading list but don't know if that is enough.
 
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 Mike says at 08:27 et
Most of our videos have text transcript to download.