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 22:40 et
With the new Amazon policies, Amazon does not allow incentivized reviews tied to free or discounted products. However they still allow discounts coupons and people can leave the reviews as long as you never ASK THEM TO or promise discount in return for a review.. See new video we posted about AMAZON launch and getting reviews legally with Followup series and social media!
 
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Claudia says at 07:40 et
Moreover discount sales will boost your amazon ranks a lot. It's still a great idea combining with Lightning Deals and PPC.
 
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 peter jr says at 22:47 et
I'm new here but really LOVE the course and the all the detailed info so far!! You guys have been really helpful to me!
 
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 Natalie says at 21:01 et
Please recommend an app for to show related products on shopify?
 
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Claudia says at 21:02 et
@Natalie.. Check Personalizer - Targeted Recommendations by LimeSpot.. it's in one of the videos of the course too!
 
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 Optimus says at 21:02 et
hi guys! great to see you are all crushing it. Any help would be really appreciated.. How can I ship Fedex DHL from ali without killing the bank?
 
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Claudia says at 21:02 et
Welcome to community! You will love it here! Regarding your question - Make a deal with your supplier or get your own Fedex and DHL account. Usually a big factory that ships a lot get special deals and lower rates on shipping.
 
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 James.W says at 21:11 et
Hey pals!!! Is dropshipping legal on amazon? or just shopify?
 
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 Mia says at 21:11 et
here is what amazon policy says "Drop shipping, or allowing a third party to fulfill orders to customers on your behalf, is generally acceptable. Be the seller of record of your products;
Identify yourself as the seller of your products on all packing slips and other information included or provided in connection with them; Be responsible for accepting and processing customer returns of your products; and
Comply with all other terms of your seller agreement and applicable Amazon policies.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201808430
 
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 Olga says at 21:11 et
It's not illegal. Dont listen if people say it is. Read amazon link above!
 
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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
 
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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 Olga says at 21:49 et
I am on FIRE!!! I Got a BIG $1200 order (100 pieces) from a customer. do you think it's fraud? How to avoid chargeback? Shopify says LOW RISK..
 
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 lou says at 21:49 et
Call them to confirm or better via email because if he still try to ask for chargeback you have prove. They could be resellers, distributing.. google map the location is real, ship to billing address .. use paypal protection also..
 
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 Kettle says at 21:50 et
you are hot olga... sorry for offtopic
 
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 Bogdan says at 22:26 et
What should I put as the "Ship From" address in seller central when I'm building the out the shipment and the carton labels? And how do I determine which fulfillment center to ship to?
 
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 Uncle Sam says at 22:27 et
Ships from - your factory or your sourcing agend address. fulfillment center is decided by Amazon not you! (when you create a shipment)
 
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 jo says at 22:49 et
I am about to ship soon from China...do I need to put the sku on each product or just label on the boxes?
 
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 Ron says at 22:50 et
Jo, You need your bar code on each and single item, how else amazon will receive it.. FNSKU or UPC
 
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 Chris says at 22:51 et
UPC if you are brand registered with amazon. else FNSKU. You need to see the videos of the course first.
 
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 Tycoon says at 23:31 et
Morning Amazoners. Im looking to increase the quality of my listings AND increase conversions. Any tips?
 
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 little_tiger says at 23:32 et
Learn yourself too! Don't be lazy.. Check the video about the listing and brainstorm, put to CRITICS!
 
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 Samuel says at 23:47 et
Agreed. dont pay $150 to some shady guys. you should do it yourself and become your own expert. 1/2 the people that claim to know don't. You know your product better than anyone else. Dont be lazy! USe the tools provided and dont look for magic pills!
 
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 Oli says at 23:32 et
Run Split tests also!
 
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 lou says at 23:48 et
There are tons of services like amzfoster.com to get your listing optimized
 
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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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TRI says at 01:24 et
Hai, I am obsessed with online business. I have bought some e-commerce affiliate software, that is completed with with Youtube video review for every product I added. The e-commerce is linking to social media. It covered three affiliate : Amazon, Ebay, and Ali express. Organic traffic is about 8,000 visitors in 3 months, but ZERO affiliate hit. No sales. Then yesterday I saw this system. Here claimed can get usd 45,000/month if we follow all the guide. My question, if we just started with Shopify, and we follow the guide, is it possible to get that number? By some posting I read, the contribution is more come from FBA instead of Shopify. Nice to meet you all here.
 
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 Lane says at 01:25 et
Glad to have you here. There are many shops on shopify that are doing much more than 45k, it's a pretty modest number but after couple of years you should be doing much more than that. just take your time to learn!
 
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Leslie says at 01:27 et
Videos provide two examples of searching niche. I need more. By the time I go to camel, and best finder, and video, back and forth, i get lost. I thought I found something, all looked good, until I went to aliexpress. Price was more than amazon! That was hours of research for a dead end. Maybe I'm not doing it right.
 
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 Father says at 01:30 et
Aliexpress price does not have to be lower than amazon.. Aliexpress is only good for Shopify Dropshipping business.

If you plan AMAZON FBA business, then check prices on Alibaba, not on amazon! hope it helps!
 
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Leslie says at 22:56 et
Can't do FBA until business succeeds. The lower the price when buying, the better one can compete with anyone. I don't want to stock or ship, so I'll stick with the dropshipping model. I'll Keep searching I guess.The videos however are very good. Some company tried to sell me $3500 dollar CDN course on dropshipping. Was already doing what they are teaching. This is way better!
 
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Claudia says at 22:57 et
Thank you Leslie. Don't buy into overpriced courses. All the tools you need is right here. FBA model you can also start without big investments using the "alibaba wholesale" instead of whitelabelling... One of the videos cover it.
 
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Kizzie says at 14:22 et
Great job
 
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sol says at 05:00 et
I want to better my bullet points as i mentioned i have many best sellers and in house softwares that i built myself but i am lacking in describing my products so wwell
 
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 Amelia says at 05:00 et
try bulletpoints tools and keyword research!