New to SEO? Here Are Some Useful Tips

You should have some understanding about Search Engine Optimization as an Internet marketeer. SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization, is utilized by Internet marketeers everywhere to increase the ranking results of their websites with the various search engines. Bing, Google and Yahoo will exposure your website to loads of targeted traffic who can visit and buy from you. However, you have to learn a bit about SEO to get it right. It can even seem impossible when you first start out, if you’ve never used it before. Let’s go over some SEO essentials that will help your marketing efforts.

Give your site the most readable and legible format possible. You’ll know that you have to work on it if even you can’t figure out how to get back to your home page. Making your site as simple to move around in as possible will allow search engines to find it useful and relevant, which will help you immensely. If you insert as many advertisements into the site, blurring the line between what is actual content and what is not, you will find the confusion does not help you in the long run. When it comes to readability and design, the old cliche, “Less is more,” is the golden rule to follow.


Keep in mind that the sites that rank high on the search lists are the ones that keep their content updated on a regular basis. This keeps visitors coming back and shows the powers that be that you are constantly working on your site. So be sure to upload SEO content regularly. Your readers and the search engine spiders will eat it up.

Think about it this way – you wouldn’t want to visit a site over and over again just to view the same content, would you? You’ll find that this part of SEO remains true all the time.

One keyword at a time is what you want to focus on optimizing. For each page or post you put up on your page, center on one keyword phrase. If you are trying to optimize for too many different things, you will end up doing so for none of them and your writing will be cluttered. Remember, you want your content to be readable and enjoyable. The visitors to your site will turn their back on you and go to your competitor’s site if your content sounds like spam because of all the keywords you’ve tried to include. Spiders are good, but readers are better. As a matter of fact, your site rankings turn on readers. Search engine optimization comes with so many rules and nuances that you might be daunted by the large task of sorting it all out in order to just get a few articles posted. It doesn’t help at all that it’s a constantly changing thing, either. Fortunately, you will understand what you need to do to ensure that your websites and information are both user and search engine friendly over time. You can get on Google’s front page before you know it!

Tips To Establish A Sustainable Income With Drop Ship Products

One of the greatest tips and best ways to make money with drop ship products is to do research and analysis of the items that you are thinking about reselling. The most common mistake that people make is to decide to sell items without getting information that will make a critical difference is your overall business growth and success.

The marketability of a product is determined using calculations and factors from several different areas. When you are using a tool like that provided by World Wide Brands, you can get some important information before you commit a product to your website or ebay account. Evaluating the products you are selling and knowing the realistic return that you can expect will give you the opportunity to focus your efforts on growing your business and generating traffic to the product site.

Some of the information that will be important to your successful sales will be an analysis of the number of people on the Internet that search for the item and the number of people selling the item. When you are selling a product that is sold on a massive scale by several sources, your margin for profit will be reduced.

Knowing about the current advertising and marketing techniques and methods currently used by people who are currently selling the item will aid in gauging what type of marketing you will need to do to compete with your competition.

When there are several variations of a product on the market it will dilute the profitability of the product. This can significantly decrease the net profit on the product and reduce your return. The most common variations on products are found in software programs and products that can be hacked or replicated easily.


A great advantage for success with drop shipping products will be driving traffic to your product site and increasing visibility and credibility in your market. When a person is reselling items in a niche market, the necessity of visibility is further increased because the competition for many of these markets is intense.

Clothing Wholesale Dealers To Build Your Fashion Store Online

When you decide to make retailing clothing your job, you still need to find clothing wholesale dealers to give you the products you need. Checking online may show you companies that can get them to you, but in many cases this is a middleman that will eat into your profits.

You need to find dealers that have been approved by the manufacturer for wholesale when you get your product sourcing. This can be found sometimes by contacting the manufacturer and asking, or you can more easily find it through a network like World Wide Brands who has already checked for these dealers and listed them within their network.

If you look for these independently, you need to make sure that you can easily access their contact information, including numbers and length of time in business. Make a call to see if they answer it as a house phone, or if it is a business. When you place orders, they will always require you to give your business and tax id information.

Using a place like World Wide Brands has the benefit of letting you search for the products you want and other options. They mark the ones that allow smaller orders at the wholesale price, which clothing wholesale dealers let you sell the items on eBay and even which do the drop shipping for you. They did the leg work, making this an easier option in many cases.

Once you have your distributors, research. Go to the place you want to sell at and look at the items that are hot and selling well. Make note of the color, cut and design and what the name brand is. Check the prices they sell for and then go back to your wholesaler and see if they can get this for you. If you are in a network, this is a simple search. You can use this information and be able to compete effectively for your profits and be able to earn money.

Having good clothing wholesale dealers to give you the items you want can help to make your business perform well and make you money. A company like World Wide Brands can make this process easier, giving you time to manage your business and grow it.

Find Cheap Wholesale Sources

Do you ever wonder how some sellers can make money on the rock bottom prices they sell their items for? Believe it or not, many long running sellers are not only surviving while selling at those rock-bottom prices, many are also be making more profit than others who are listing the same items at a much higher price! This is because these big-time sellers can get their goods super-cheap from the very best wholesalers, meaning they can buy more, sell more and make more profit!

How can the large retailers can sell goods so cheaply?

Because they buy their items in big bulk (and I mean big!) and as a result, they can sell their items for very competitive prices. They order huge quantities at a time, often spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a single bulk order which considerably reduces the price per unit. Large retailers have often spent years building relationships with their suppliers which means they get the best possible deals when they buy in such high volume. While you might be a few years away from being able to spend a few hundred thousand on making a bulk order, there are plenty of things you can do to help you get the best deals possible from the very best suppliers. Here are a few tips to follow when you search for new suppliers:

  • Be prepared to spend a lot of time do conducting pricing research. This is absolutely essential for all retailer sellers. Top sellers differ from other sellers in that they understand the amount of time that goes into pricing research and they get stuck in and do it! Pricing research will help you to determine whether it is possible for you to compete in a particular market.
  • Go for suppliers who offer a guarantee or warranty for all items they sell to you. This is very important for keeping your costs down and profits up, as if you end up with a few faulty items, you need to be able to return them to your supplier, rather than refund your buyer yourself. This also helps to increase your sales as it gives buyers confidence in your products and your customer service. Usually, the warranty will be between you and the supplier – meaning if the items proves to be faulty, your buyer will return it to you then you will return the item to your supplier for a refund or exchange.
  • Avoid any suppliers who charge extra fees. This will help to keep your costs per unit down and there are plenty of suppliers out there who will not charge any extra fees such as monthly memberships or charges to access their web site’s store – you wouldn’t pay a supermarket to look around at what they have to offer would you? So don’t do it with any suppliers!
  • Import your items! You can save (and make!) a lot of money by importing goods from abroad. Countries such as China and India are much cheaper to produce items in than Western countries which means you can make a lot of money when you sell them in your own country.

How do they find these amazing suppliers?

There are several ways to find the very best suppliers out there:

Call manufacturers directly – this can help you get in touch with the very best of their retail suppliers, and if you can call and say “Hi, I’m Mike. Gary from Precision Manufacturing gave me your number and told me you are the man to talk to about…”. You can find names of manufacturers by visiting Manta.com an online directory of businesses in the US, UK, Australia, Canada as well as other countries. Here you can search for manufacturers by entering the name of the product you are looking into sourcing then following the links to the contact information for the manufacturer.
Use online wholesale directories such as SaleHoo which lists over 8,000 of the best suppliers on the internet. Also, check out our review of salehoo.
Go beyond the Internet. There are other ways to find great suppliers – try trade magazines and trade shows – a great way to build all-important relationships with suppliers. You can find trade shows near you by Googling ‘your state + trade fair/trade show’ or if you are really serious, you can visit the massive trade shows held in China. (I feel another post coming on…)

By using the above tips and information to find your next supplier, you’ll be profiting like an eBay PowerSeller in no time!

*** Update: We now have an ebook available detailing how you can make money on ebay. Just fill in the form on the right and you’ll receive this free ebook as well as occasional updates about new wholesale suppliers. ***

Cash Making Power Sites – Pre-Review

I came across the CashMakingPowerSites.com opportunity in my daily research for business opportunities to present to my readers. Honestly, I’m hesitating to purchase this system for review because I want to do some more research. I’ve read a few reviews that say it’s a great opportunity, and others that say it’s a scam. That’s why I’d like to hear from you to get your opinion. If you have used the CashMakingPowerSites system, I’d love to hear what you think of it. If not, take a look at their landing page and give us your first impression. Is CashMakingPowerSites.com a scam, or is it a great business opportunity?

I’d like you to visit their site directly to get your first impression, but here’s the high-level overview of their offer:

  • You get 5 turnkey websites that they have optimized to drive action from your visitors.
  • You basically need to do nothing except market these 5 sites.
  • They are affiliate websites where your goal is to direct visitors to a final purchase page via your ClickBank affiliate ID. (Which is free.)

The websites are:

  • PickAndClickCash.com – Has to do with Real Estate and possibly Buying Foreclosed Homes.
  • UltimateAdvertisingSolution.com – Secrets to advertising. (Get $10,000 in Ads for 1% of what everyone else pays.)
  • UltimateDiabetesSolution.com – A Cure for Diabetes?
  • UltimateCancerSolution.com – A Cure for Cancer? (Probably an herbal remedy or lifestyle change, but I’m curious.)
  • UltimateHealthyHeart.com – Secret to a healthy, strong, and powerful heart.

So take a look at their sales pitch and let us know what you think. If the reviews aren’t all negative, I’ll purchase the system and do a more thorough investigation.

Click here to visit CashMakingPowerSites.com.

Liquidation.com Review – Video Followup

Liquidation.com has received a less than warm welcome from the readers of our wholesale blog, according the comments in our previous review of Liquidation.com. Nonetheless, I’m still on the search for someone that has had a fantastic experience with them.

I’d like everyone to check out this video and let us know what you think. The video portrays Liquidation.com as a great source of wholesale HDTVs. One guy bought 6 LCD TVs for $1300 and expects to resell them for $1800 each. Is this possible with the prices and selection at Liquidation.com? I would love to hear from someone that has visited one of their warehouses. As always, I’m trying to give Liquidation.com a fair review. However, all of the comments on our previous review told of horrible experiences or average experiences where the customer was able to break even. I have yet to hear a real success story, but I am optimistic. I can’t believe that a publicly traded company (Liquidity Services – LQDT) can be as terrible as everyone is saying and still be in business. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Liquidity Services Inc has a B+ rating and they are BBB accredited. It looks like they have about 100 complaints per year, but most of those get resolved. If you’ve been burned by Liquidation.com, you may have some success if you file a formal complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Here’s a link to Liquidation.com’s BBB report. They show lots of customers leaving happily with their fully functional merchandise. Does this video accurately portray your experience with Liquidation.com?


If interested, Liquidation.com is having a huge open box HDTV sale.

Top 10 Online Business Myths

There seem to be two groups of people when talking about starting a business online. There are the people that think the internet is easy money, and you just have to come up with one interesting idea to become a billionaire. On the other hand, there are the people that think it’s too hard, or you have to be a computer geek, or there’s already too much competition. The list of 10 myths below about starting an online business isn’t meant to convince you one way or the other. It’s simply information from experience that it may not be as easy or hard as you think.

Let’s start with 5 myths that make you think it’s too hard to start an online business:

Myth #1: You Need a Professionally Designed Website

The truth is that you can find endless amounts of free or very cheap templates. For example, Smashing Magazine has a list of 100 free standards-compliant website templates. You may need to learn basic HTML, but you do not need to pay an expensive web developer to build you a custom site.

This is especially true if you’re opening an ecommerce website. With free ecommerce platforms like OSCommerce and Magento, you can basically load your products and have the platform take care of the rest.

Myth #2: It’s too Easy, So Everyone’s Already Doing It

You should find a way to bring value to the market with your individual skills, but being totally unique is not necessary. There are many millions of people online. All you need to do is stand out from the crowd a bit and you’ll be in a position to enjoy your piece of the pie.

Myth #3: You Need Funding or an Otherwise Enormous Budget

It is absolutely possible to start an online business with no money. (or at least very little) A domain costs about $10, and hosting between $50 and $100 per year. There are free alternatives to these, but you’ll be forced to advertise someone else’s services. Beyond that cost, there’s no requirement for spending a lot of money. If you’re savvy with the computer and don’t mind learning some new tricks, you can absolutely do all of the work yourself.

Myth #4: You Need to Update Your Website Every Day

At first, you’ll have a lot of updating/customizing to do. However, once your site is finished, there’s rarely a need to make daily updates. Of course, unless you’re running a blog or have daily product updates. Most websites can be launched and left alone for extended periods of time. Is it better to update your website often? Yes, but it’s not essential.

Myth #5: You Need a Huge Advertising Budget

You don’t need to spend a dime, but you will need to spend some time. If you have products with descriptions and features, your site will naturally be “picked up” by the search engines. You will need to do some advertising on your own, but it’s not necessary to shell out a bunch of money to have a banner on someone else’s site. (btw…banners are very 1995) The name of the game is search engine optimization (SEO). You’ll need to get in good with the search engines and I promise you will receive traffic. How you get in good with them is the center of an entirely separate industry known as internet marketing.
Some good SEO / Internet Marketing blogs are: SEOMoz, SEOBook, and Awesome-SEO.


And now to pull you back to reality, because everything you just learned above isn’t really that easy.

Here are the top 5 myths that make you think starting an online business is easy money:

Myth #1: Just Launch a Website and Start Collecting Your Money

This is probably the longest-running myth of starting a business online. Simply putting up a website does not mean anyone will ever see it. You may be able to get 50 or 100 visitors a month by accident if you have a decent amount of content on your site. However, you need to write quality content, offer quality products, and you’ll still need to do some advertising. You need to build links from other websites to rank higher in the search engines, and you need to optimize your site so your visitors do what you want when they get to your site.

Myth #2: You Can Buy an Online Business Plan or System and Become Instantly Successful

That eBook or seminar is NOT going to be the key to your internet riches. In the decade that I’ve been doing this, I’ve seen hundreds of these offers, and even purchased quite a few. They’re just like any other business. You need to work at them and have your own plan for making them succeed. The only people making money from these systems are the ones selling them.

Myth #3: A Home-Based Online Business Will Give you More Free Time

Until your home business gets really successful, don’t plan on quitting that day job. And since you’ll be working a day job and moonlighting with your online business, you’ll have LESS free time. This may go on for 6 months, a year, or many more than that. You will need to sacrifice some free time if you want the future benefits of owning your own business. (So I guess this isn’t really a myth because you will eventually have more free time if you’re wildly successful. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t successful right away, so it may be a grind for a very long time. *It’s after midnight as I write this.)

Myth #4: You Can Get a Grant or Loan to Start Your Business

There are government grants to aid local businesses, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) does help people get loans, but you cannot expect to get much help from either of these sources. The government and SBA are interested in creating jobs. They will help you out if you expect to create X number of jobs in your region, but for a home-based business, you really need to assume everything will come out of your pocket. (See the first 5 myths if you’re scared about not having enough money.)

Myth #5: You’ll be able to Claim Everything as a Tax Deduction

This is one where you can get into big trouble if you don’t take it seriously. Business and personal expenses must be tracked separately. Now remember that I’m not a tax advisor, but if you claim your tickets to the Steeler’s football game as a business expense, you better be able to prove it was a legitimate business-related activity. You can absolutely write off parts of your house and your utilities, depending on your local tax laws, but if you start writing off personal expenses, expect a call from the tax man.

I hope this list helped you to better understand what’s really involved in starting an online or home based business. If you thought it would be too hard, I hope this inspired you to give it a try, and if you thought it would be easy, I hope you take a second look at your plan before making any crazy decisions.

There are so many more myths about starting an online business that I’d like to discuss, but let’s leave it up to you what we talk about next. Please comment with your own myths or ideas you have about working from home.

SellWholesale.com is Popular in Pakistan!

I was doing a review of my site’s traffic with Google Analytics and Alexa, and was surprised to find that more than half of my traffic comes from Pakistan. ( 57% Pakistan, 27% United States, and 15% Other +/-)

This site is based in the United States, but I welcome all of my Pakistani visitors. Is there anything that I can do or offer that will help you get more out of this website? Are there any wholesale suppliers based in Pakistan that I could review? I’ll keep this short, but I was extremely surprised to find that Pakistan was a dominant source of traffic for this website. If there’s anything I can do to improve your visit, please let me know.

(The same courtesy is extended to my fellow Americans as well as anyone else on Earth that would like to leave a comment.)

How do I cancel my DOBA.com Account?

I have been frustrated more than once at the fact that DOBA.com can accept my membership via electronic means, but absolutely won’t allow me to cancel my membership with the same method.

For anyone searching for ways to cancel a DOBA membership, I give you the text from their help file:

To cancel your account, please call 1.877.321.3622 to speak to a Member Services Representative who can help you cancel your account. Member Services is available between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. Please note that, at this time, we are unable to process cancellation requests via email.

This policy is also outlined in the Terms of Use. See the Terms of Use by checking on the following link: http://www.doba.com/site/fees.html

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Basically, you have to call during their normal business hours. They will not accept your cancellation via any other means.*

*I was able to cancel electronically several years ago by making this same argument. Unfortunately, I recently created a trial account and tried to cancel it the same way, but it was a no go this time.

DOBA might be a good way to get your wholesale business started, but be warned that it’s not as easy to cancel as it is to sign up.

If you do want to give them a try, they’ve just increased their free trial length from 7 days to 14. Definitely worth a look. (and now that you’re going to bookmark this page, you’ll know how to cancel if you decide you don’t want the service.) 🙂

Click here to try DOBA.com

RebelSunglasses.com in Progress!

After a long and difficult research process, I’ve gone full circle and decided to go back to selling sunglasses. I can’t give too many details just yet, but the plan is to sell wholesale sunglasses from our new website, RebelSunglasses.com.

We still haven’t decided on the exact product line, but just about anything related to sunglasses is on the table. We’re looking into premium sunglass brands, replica sunglasses, and even importing sunglasses from other countries. As I mentioned above, we’ll be selling the sunglasses at wholesale, by the dozen. We may dabble in individual sales, but I think wholesale will be our primary business model.

We’re still in the business planning stage, setting up bank accounts, finding wholesale suppliers, getting partnership agreements in place, but we plan to officially launch by May 1st, 2009! If you’re interested in selling sunglasses in your shop, at flea markets, or at events, leave us a comment and we’ll be sure to contact you once everything is up and running.