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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Last Wall Comments

 
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Claudia says at 20:56 et
Name one thing that you or your business has struggled with this year?
 
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 USA says at 20:56 et
Motivation and Traffic
 
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 Aria says at 20:57 et
I have more ideas than time to implement them
 
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 Wolf says at 20:57 et
Conversions
 
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 ED says at 20:57 et
Conversions too. Glad I'm not the only one
 
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 Chris says at 20:57 et
Keeping up with stock levels. I always sell out and run out of stock too fast.. Hard to predict what will sell so well
 
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 mya says at 20:58 et
Weight loss lol
 
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 JO says at 20:58 et
Traffic and conversion...Planning to implement new FB strategy from your mastery video!
 
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 max says at 21:08 et
How do you guys handle delays related to Chinese New Years etc?
 
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 Emili says at 21:08 et
You can say the product is out of stock due to "high demand", "custom printing", "warehouse relocation". And then instead use Pre-order now and get special early bird discount price...
 
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 Jonas says at 21:12 et
guys, how do you prevent long term storage fees for things that sell slow?
 
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Claudia says at 21:12 et
Several options.. Liquidate It, Ship it back to you, Have Amazon Destroy it
go to INVENTORY > INVENTORY PLANNING , then INVENTORY AGE link. You'll see which products are coming up for the 6 month or 12 month long term storage fees. Just make sure nothing stays over 365+ days.
 
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 Lane says at 21:13 et
@Jonas, make sure you get rid of duds that dont sell over 6 months!
 
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 lou says at 21:33 et
Glad to see you are all rocking! I am hitting 20 units sold per day this week. EXCITING STUFF! Just wanted to share! If you doubt - time to START! JUST DO IT!
 
Claudia says at 21:33 et
you rock LOU! thanks for all the help to the community!
 
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 Cameron says at 21:33 et
Great stuff lou! Keep up great work!
 
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 Bill says at 21:34 et
I am planning to reach $150 profit per day next month.
 
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 Optimus says at 21:35 et
Good to hear, good for you! i am just starting is it late?
 
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 Lucy says at 21:35 et
It's never too late. It's a perfect time actually to start Shopify and Amazon FBA! GOLDEN TIME!
 
Claudia says at 21:35 et
I agree with Lucy, great time to start is NOW!
 
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 Good Vic says at 21:44 et
I made a shopify store about FURNITURE and people want to mix or match so I had to create a collection for each piece. the big furniture stores have it where you can choose different piece all from that same page. how to do it?
 
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 Kylie says at 21:44 et
Try Option Apps will do this..
 
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 mia says at 13:24 et
Hi facebook experts.. whats the flow with trust msg and many chat bots? please help i am frustrated
 
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 Ted says at 13:24 et
1. Post top shared post (inspired message etc) and boost it to collect many COMMENTS. the engament must be FOR COMMENTS ! Very important.
like "Tell me one thing that you will trade your best friend for?"
Name your top challenge for this year?"

2. Once you have at least 100 comments on the post, run trust msg with welcome message asking something! important to ASK something. ex "Hi there! thank you for commenting my post!! By the way Whats your beloved dog name?"

3. once they reply they get collected to manychat bot automatically where you build the list,sequences etc and followup via Facebook messanger!
 
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 Jeff says at 13:24 et
are those bots legal or will get me in trouble?
 
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 Evan says at 13:25 et
they use facebook api, if you dont spam or abuse i dont see why you should get in trouble... they simply post messanges in FB messanger on your behalf. Never spam and make sure you are relevant! then you'll be fine! works great for me.
 
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 jo says at 13:30 et
The trick is to get MANY COMMENTS. find top discussed / shared posts and do similar, ASKING people for something. https://app.buzzsumo.com/research/most-shared helps to find most shared posts I neach topic
 
Claudia says at 13:49 et
The hashtag for the day is "GET STARTED". Don't just sit on the information. Take action, and we are here to guide you and help you along the way!
 
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 Optimus says at 02:33 et
love the course pals!! my question is what are tthe best Autoreponsder services to use to build the list and followups? sry for my question
 
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 Mike says at 02:34 et
Try Aweber.com , convertkit.com , getresponse, mailchimp or icontact. I used almost all of them, pretty easy, drag and drop email creation... Make sure to watch our video about Email Mastery as well ;)
 
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Alexander says at 04:45 et
Should I finish all the videos before I start building my E-commerce store?
 
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 Highlander says at 04:46 et
You can start building it alongside watching videos, but it's good also to finish all to have a FULL picture!
 
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Sallyann says at 14:22 et
Hi there,
On my own I have set up my Shopify website with my domain, I have Oberlo and have imported lots of products and listed them, however, i am really not sure that they are worded right in the SEO way and I have been trying social marketing but still have no sales, I've been doing this for several weeks now. so I have just discovered Sells Like Hotcakes and thought that you may be able to help me with the marketing, the conversions and eventually with Amazon FBA is this something that you can do or because I have done most of the set up myself do you think I should continue on my own? I really am struggling to get past this rut where I have done everything I should do and no sales. Please help?

thanks in desperation!
Sallyann
 
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 Mike says at 14:24 et
Hi Sallyann, it's hard to suggest anything blindly. I suggest that you post your website here http://sellslikehotcakes.co/critics.php in critics and we can all give suggestions to you!