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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 liam says at 21:00 et
How do i handle returns in dropshipping method?
 
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 Claudia says at 21:01 et
Great question Liam!

1. if the product is very cheap it's easier to just refund, absorb the cost and don't ask the customer to ship anything and wasting time with it.
2. if the item is very expensive them ask them to ship to virtual office address (which should have package forwarding features) that will redirect later the item to your dropshipper for replacement or refund.
3. monitor the quality and complains and switch dropshipper with high returns/refunds.
 
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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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 mya says at 17:20 et
Is Jungle Scout a scam or real deal?
 
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 Claudia says at 17:21 et
Of course it's not a scam, and greg is a great guy! we use a lot of tools and have a video about it, all the tools are helpful! The more tools you have the better.
 
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 chris says at 17:36 et
How to do SPLIT TESTS??? i mean for amazon listing
 
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 Emma says at 17:37 et
Try cashcowpro split test tools for A/B split tests. also Greg from jungle scout has similar tools i think. Split test only makes sense if you sell A LOT of units per day, else it's irrelevant, as data sample is too small.
 
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 Olga says at 23:29 et
Also Splitly just for price testing but testing cover photos is a good idea too.
 
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Blaine says at 00:14 et
I'm watching the videos. I can only watch a couple a day, looks very exciting. I will try to get it going this weekend.
 
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 Claudia says at 00:14 et
No rush, take your time! I know that's a LOT of info but they are pretty short and up to the point!
 
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Dean says at 12:32 et
I'm new to Shopify and was following another course but it was very general. This is exactly what I needed. Thanks for the great course!
 
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 Mike says at 01:40 et
thank you for kind words Dean! we really appreciate it
 
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Ernestas says at 05:02 et
some one use aliexpres for dropshiping ?
 
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 little_tiger says at 05:02 et
Yes sure, many of us use it! What's the question?
 
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Ricardo says at 04:48 et
HOW DO I manage customer returns?
 
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 Claudia says at 04:49 et
Ricardo, in case of FBA then Amazon will handle everything (returns, refunds). In case of drop shipping, I suggest to buy a virtual forwarding address in USA where customers can send returns and it forwards it to you later.
 
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Ricardo says at 06:24 et
Thanks Claudia! , I am starting with dropshipping aliexpress and shopify. My store is about Rock Music (t-shirts and accesories) I have a fan page with +3 Million fans (fb.com/elrockescultura.org) but they are almost everyone from MEXICO, so epacket here it does not work so well, I tested posting one product, (without ads, pixel, autoresponder, analytics, chatbots, retargeting, etc) and we sold 20 items in 3 days, but 15 from Mexico. So what idea do you know around how can I will manage returns?? thank you!
 
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 Kylie says at 06:25 et
Tshirts you can ship using tspring or t-launch app for shopify or even Merch if you use amazon. you dont need to ship tshirts from china.
I suggest to post your store for critics and we all can post more suggestions. It's hard to suggest blindly.
 
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 mya says at 06:25 et
Mexico is a great market, most people dont sell there and always target USA only.
 
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 Mike says at 11:35 et
Hi guys!

Great news, as you know I've been super active and super excited about the course, and today I'm glad to announce that I have added not 1, not 2 but 3 new great videos for you!

1. Exit Strategies: How to sell your business and buy other thriving businesses
This is a video showing why and how you can buy and sell the ecommerce businesses (small or big)

2. Fullproof tips how to avoid paying huge long term storage fees on Amazon FBA
THis is great to show you how to avoid pitfalls with storage fees and get rid of slow selling product!

3. Using Crowdsourcing Campaign to boost your sales and jump start your product (Case study)
I dont always win and this is a fun video showing how i failed in crowdsourcing on kickstarter but still made $10k along the way and what you can learn from my mistakes! I hope my story will give you great ideas on how to boost your sales with crowdfunding!

By the way if you enjoy our course, please let me know, I really appreciate your reviews and your comments and questions!

You joined the course on the insane low price for first early-bird 500 betatesters (you know similar courses usually charge $150-190 or more for way less content) so your early feedback is really important to me!

If you have any questions, let me know!

Mike
Sells like hot cakes guy!
 
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 Aria says at 11:37 et
thank you mike and SLHK team ... really great quality of video and I'm glad i joined early with such a silly price. I paid $10,000 for @Amazing@ Course 3 years ago and got way less info!
 
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 Vin says at 11:40 et
thx for update, appreciated the efforts and the community has been very helpful to me!
 
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 Mila says at 15:54 et
love the tools and community! my second product is reaching $300 per day now! it WOKRS!!!!
 
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wade says at 04:27 et
Hello - Brand new here - Just wondering how long it took you to reach this point ? Also congratulations on the progress... :)
 
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 Mike says at 04:28 et
Hi guys!

I just returned back from China trip, that was such an amazing and eye opening experience to see REAL China, to break stereotypes, to meet my chinese partners, sourcing agents.

I had a great opportunity to get in depth insights into Chinese whitelabelling business, I even visited and FILMED several factories for you! So you will see my journey and hopefully follow and take action as well, starting your own successful business in China!

We also had a chance to visit Canton fair, the biggest industrial fair in the world with over 45000 factories showing their newest products to potential FBA sellers from all over the world! We filmed it too to give you real life insights on how we choose the product and what questions we ask!

It will take me couple of months to cut all material and prepare the videos, but once ready, you will be first to receive them! Stay tuned and enjoy our course! Remember I do it in my spare time from selling, as doing course does not really bring me any money with such a low price, so my main profit only comes from selling itself, that's why I'm little slow on cutting the videos so bear with me :)

Thank you again for leaving your reviews for the course, it really helps me a lot spread the word and inspire me keep going and share this exciting material with you to help you succeed on Amazon and shopify!

Mike

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 Olga says at 05:31 et
looking forward mike!!! super exciting!
 
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Brandon says at 14:21 et
What was your most meaningful review (so far) like? What impact did it have on you? What would you want your dream review to say if your student could only use one sentence?
 
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 Mike says at 14:23 et
The fact that someone took action and started his own ecommerce business is the best review for me. I know many people only learn but never take action or find excuses like "i dont have time for this", so I really appreciate when people take action and do what they learn!
 
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Brandon says at 03:47 et
Good answer