After driving our trusty old Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi close to 10 years, we finally had to get it replaced due to wear & tear. Getting the worn out parts replaced and having the engine overhauled just doesn’t make economical sense.
Our local car ownership regulations does not allow cars to be driven beyond 10 years although an extension is possible but expensive. On top of that, insurance would cost 30% more and yearly inspections are required to be certified road worthy.
So as much as we would love to keep her even though she has served us well, it just doesn’t make sense cost wise; sentiments aside.
Against all odds on us buying a continental car which we never would have imagined; we ended up with the new 2016 BMW 216d Gran Tourer. This is a vlog of our new ride.
Are you sick and tired of trying to remember all the passwords to your email accounts, software backoffice log-ins, membership sites, social media accounts and everything that requires log-in credentials? I know exactly what it’s like.
As a new internet marketer just starting out, you will soon realize that nothing is more frustrating than trying to remember new passwords to different online accounts, create unique ones every single time whenever required, and to make matters worse; saving each of them securing without losing them.
You end up misplacing every log-in credential frequently and having to reset with new passwords again which is annoying just as it is troublesome.
In the past (like many of you), I use one password for every single online account to save time which is prone to hacking. To resolve that, I laboriously create, copy and save every new log-in credential using formulas in an excel spreadsheet.
The problem is that all my private information stored in every account can be easily hacked, and saved excel spreadsheet files are not secured (since computers can crash) which leads to unproductive time trying to find my passwords.
And it’s for this reason that I’m pleased to share with you a FREE to use online tool called “LastPass”. “LastPass” is created with internet marketers in mind. It is password management tool that stores all your passwords using the best encryption algorithms to ensure complete security in the cloud.As the name suggests, “LastPass” stores all your passwords and keeps everything organized in your own vault.
This way you will never forget a single password, you have access to them online & offline, help generate strong unique passwords when required, auto change new passwords and audits old vulnerable passwords at the click of a button.
Unlike other password management tools available on the market which I have tried before, “LastPass” not only manages passwords, it also helps keep track of other important information & simplify your online life with just a few simple clicks. Let’s take a look at how “LastPass” works, plus feedback from other users on why they are extremely pleased with;
Unlimited password storage – once you save it, you’ll always have it when needed and logging in is quick & easy. One password to remember – all you need is one master password to access your own vault. And that’s the only password you need to remember,
Helps keep digital records – insurance cards, memberships, wif-fi passwords; keeps everything safe and easy to find,
Simplified online shopping – if you shop online regularly, your profile will auto-fill your payment and shipping details automatically,
And perhaps the most important of all; Fortify your passwords! Only you know your master password to gain access to all the passwords you saved. So only you can access your information in your encrypted vault – NOT EVEN LastPass can.
This is due to “LastPass” use of the industrys’ Leading Encryption Algorithms; AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256 to ensure complete security in the cloud.
Here’s just a snippet of what existing users are saying about “LastPass”;
“I feel so much safer knowing I have different password for every website. Even when a website gets hacked, I know everything else is safe”
– Jeff M.
“LastPass Enterprise just makes it so much easier to to have, to maintain and its completely secured”
– Homer Bartlette,
Director Internal Resources, MailChimp
“I’ve completely switched my entire password management solutions after spending days researching, testing, and playing with it. Over to you LastPass!”
– Steve Gibson
By now I bet you want to know how much it’s going to cost to use “LastPass”. And that’s a fair question given that we are talking about a vault to securely store all the important information that is vital to the survival of your business and online personal digital profile.
However, because like many new online business owners who have had trouble with same problem before you; “LastPass” is built a little like a social enterprise to help people manage their online digital security efficiently and effectively to save time to be more productive.
You can sign-up and use “LastPass” completely FREE with a personal account while the premium and enterprise accounts are just $1/ month or $2/ month respectively, which I feel is not necessary for new internet marketers just starting out.
You might also like to know that previously, “LastPass” is only free to use on one laptop, but now it’s free to download and use for every device you own.
All you need to do right now is click the link here, sign up and start securing all your passwords. Unlike many other online tools out there, there is no credit card to enter, there is no subscription, it’s just a one time sign-up and you are set.
And I’m confident you’ll find “LastPass” extremely useful as soon as you see how simple, secured and productive it is in helping you manage your digital identity.
Put simply, no more trying to remember different passwords, no more wasting time to manage every account profile, no more losing and having to reset passwords you can’t remember, and most of all; spend time focused on the important things that makes you money online.
FREE is a great price for something as useful as “LastPass” is. There are so many software and tools online today that internet marketers get promoted on but frankly “LastPass” is one tool that I am glad to own and without paying a single cent to use it on my laptop and every device I own.
Internet marketing is all about being more efficient, productive and the ability to protect your online business.
Do the smart thing; sign-up and log-in to “LastPass”.
I recently heard a very wealthy online entrepreneur make the following bold statement;
“In the year 2016, no one has a legitimate excuse to be struggling financially – and anyone who’s half serious about achieving financial freedom should be well on their way to achieving it.”
Do you agree with this statement?
A lot of people (especially those struggling financially) might be offended by this. This person went on to explain why he believe this though.
With the internet, you have the following advantages in your favor which just a few decades ago, were not even imaginable;
You can instantaneously receive payments from anyone in the world, thanks to Paypal / credit cards,
You can target prospects with your ads with pin point accuracy, so you’re not wasting money advertising to the wrong people,
You can find online business’s that already have high converting sales systems, and by simply sending them traffic you can make a % of all sales,
Never before in history have these kind of things been possible. But with where the internet is at in 2016, it’s now very easy for someone with an online business to go to sleep at night and wake up richer.
You don’t need to have your own website or a product, i.e. all you need to know how to do, is place an ad online.
There’s literally thousands of platforms out there you can advertise on. The top platforms like FaceBook have over 1 billion users on them and think just what a mere 0.1% of that sees your offer?
In less than 60 minutes from now, you could have ads set up, and people (potential buyers) clicking on them. So as wonderful as all this sounds, and with all these advantages in your favor, why shouldn’t you be making money online then?
Because no one has ever shown you how to do all of this, from start to finish.
When I first started dabbling online in 2011 I needed someone to show me as well. I don’t think I would have been able to figure it all out for myself, because there’s just too much to learn.
So I found people who’d already done it, paid them for their time, and then took their advice. Today, I still made a lot of mistakes along the way, but because I had a coach in my corner I could always get support.
You need to do the same. Find someone who’s successfully doing this for themselves already, have them sit down with you and walk you through step-by-step through what needs to be done.
I assure you, with the right coach and training process these are skills you CAN learn. But you need to be willing to put in the time, and to take full responsibility for your own learning.
The problem is most coaches who offer 1-on-1 coaching costs thousands of dollars for a few hours.
But what if there is a system where they provide you with your own personal coach who will call you back, and explain exactly what you need to do to get the results?
What if, for the same amount you’d normally spend during lunch, you get full access to an online business training system (the exact same system 100,000 over students have gone through) that will teach you;
How to make high ticket commissions starting from of a $1,000 all the way up to $10,000 online without talking to anyone, nor make telephone sales,
How to place advertisements using social media platforms such as FaceBook, Google, Twitter and Instagram to send traffic to your offers,
What the successful online marketers earners do differently from regular affiliates,
How you can easily copy and use their strategies, and thinking as your own.
And what is even more ridiculous compare to my time (where I spent several thousands), It’s just $7 (the same amount you spend on lunch) for the first 7 days. For that, you’ll get access to the training and you’ll have your own personally assigned coach working with you.
Anyone who’s even half serious about changing their financial situation will invest that $7 lunch money and find 30 minutes a day to do this.
You’ll need to work with your coach whom will be assigned to you in your time zone so it’s easier for you both to speak. Each day you’ll have a short video to watch which explains what you need to do, and then you’ll just touch base with your coach and they’ll ask you how you’re going, if there’s anything you don’t understand, etc.
Mobile App Sports announces the closing of the United Games Affiliate Marketing Program effective October 10, 2016. Once the door shuts there is no guarantee that the company will ever offer the marketing program again.
More information, watch the United Games introduction video below
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The countdown is on for the much talked about and very popular live mobile sports app to shut the doors on the incredibly effective affiliate program that was launched earlier this year to promote the United Games mobile sports app.
With the deadline closing in all current affiliates seem to be very anxious to move forward with the next pre- launch phase of the United Games mobile sports app. The launch is reported to take place in the later half of October and will coincide with the NFL and MLS live games.
October 10th at 11:59 Pacific Time, the “pause button” will be pressed and those already signed up as affiliates before that time will be the founding group to participate in a never seen before revenue sharing model by which affiliates will actually get paid for playing and sharing the popular sports app designed and produced by United Games.
Instead of relying on traditional mass media advertising that requires boat loads of cash, United Games decided to take it straight to the individual marketer and reward those that will individually share the game to get the word out. Apparently it’s working since the company has reported over 500,000 pre-registered players and affiliates lined up and ready to download the game once it hits the app stores.
The last of the affiliates allowed access to this revenue sharing system as mentioned above will take place on October 10th.
United Games Marketing is based in South Jordan Utah with a global presence working with designers and developers all over the world. United Games app development focus is primarily bringing to the market next generation interactive experiences for sports fans worldwide.
Starting in the USA with NFL and MLS they will expand to European sports quickly to cover that market and spread throughout the globe. Using it’s proprietary live event predictive analysis engine combined with data and technology partners like SportRadar, a pioneer in the delivery of sports content for 40 sports, 800 leagues and 200,000+ worldwide events, the app is poised to become a powerful social magnate appealing to all sports enthusiasts worldwide.
The Founder and CEO Jeff Henderson along with Natalyn Lewis, VP Sales and Marketing, and Mark Mongie, Chief Creative Officer have teamed up to create and deliver a world-class live interactive mobile sports app, a game targeted to the sports fan that is generally not interested in gambling nor desires to learn or has statistical knowledge of players like one must know in fantasy sports games.
With a fan base of 280 million people that watch sports the market is 5X the size of Fantasy games and is designed to attract the casual yet competitive player. “It’s truly a better way to play and right now this thing is moving at the speed of light, it’s unbelievably exciting to see what’s transpiring”, says Natalyn Lewis.
Affiliates sign-ups are by invitation only and an access code is required. Access code are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To request for an access code, get in touch with me below.
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Address: 170 Lentor Loop #15-01
Bullion Park Tower 1 Singapore 789099
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On our first day in Busan, we woke up late morning and went for brunch at Busan KTX station. Our itinerary for the day was spent visiting 3 popular tourist spots; Beomeosa Temple, Haundae Beach and Busan International Film Festival Square or BIFF Square as popularly known to the locals.
Beomeosa Temple is 1,300 years old and was built on the edge Mt. Geumjeongsan by Monk Ui Sang during Silla Kingdom in 678 AD but it was rebuilt in 1713 after the Japanese Imjinwaeran Invasion in 1592.
Directions to Beomeosa Temple
After brunch, we set off for Beomeosa Temple. To get there, you would have to get on the Metro to Beomeosa Station and transfer to bus # 90 that will take you to the temple.
In Busan, we stayed at Almond Hotel which is conveniently located to the left and within walking distance of Busan KTX Station. It is also a short walk to Busan Metro Station (diagonally across to the left of the KTX Station).
We hopped on the Metro towards the direction of Nopo Station via the orange line (line 1) for Beomeosa Station. The ride takes about 30 minutes.
Tickets are available via ticket vending machines located beside the fare gates.
Metro tickets can be purchased from ticketing machines located on the station floor along side the fare gates. Do have small change available as they only accept coins and 1,000 KW notes.
If you plan to visit multiple places like we did, do buy a day pass for unlimited travel or rides throughout the entire day. Each trip typically cost between 1,300 to 1,500 KW for adults while a whole day pass cost 4,500 KW.
On arrival at Beomeosa Station, head towards station exit 7 and turn left for a short walk up a inclined street on the right towards the bus stop located immediately left of the fork to take bus #90. This is the only bus going to Beomeosa Temple. Check out my gallery below for picture directions.
This is also the arriving bus stop on the return leg.
The bus ride is about 20 mins or so. If you have motion sickness; bring a sick bag! The ride although short has a number of sharp bends which could make you queasy.
Your cue to get off on arrival at Beomeosa Temple? When everyone else gets off and you see many people queuing to get on! Just kidding but actually it is quite obvious, however you might like to ask the driver to alert you when the bus reaches the bus stop for Beomeosa Temple or pay attention to the LED announcements of stops.
The bus stop where you disembark is also where you will board for the return leg.
You will need about an hour or so (if not more) to complete the visit to the temple.
From Beomeosa Temple, we decided to stop by Haeundae Beach. It is famous just as it is popular beach attraction among locals and tourist due to its accessibility from Busan downtown.
It has a 12 KM long coastline and during peak season, thousands of people packed the mile of sand along the beach. During the FIFA World Cup in 2006, over 50,000 people watched the South Korean team play on a giant screen. Haeundae Beach has one of the largest expatriate communities in South Korea.
Directions to Haeundae Beach
The beach is easily accessible on Line 2 (green) towards Jangsan for Haeundae Station. However, from Beomeosa Station we had to transfer train twice. From orange line 1, to Yeonsan Interchange Station for brown line 3 towards Seomyeon Station, and finally on green line 2 towards Jangsan Station.
On arrival, leave the station at exit 5 and it’s a straight walk approximately about 600 meters to Haeundae Beach.
We were greeted with lovely weather today. It was cool and breezy which makes for a wonderful and easy stroll along the beach.
Along the street towards the beach, there are numerous eateries and cafes that you can enjoy. You may also like to drop by Haeundae Market. A walking street occupied mainly by seafood restaurants, street food, a couple of clothing stores, small department stores and mini marts that sells local dry food stuff.
We finally wrapped up the day with a trip to BIFF Square or Busan International Film Festival Square. The name suffice due to the area being dedicated specifically to film since Busan held its first international film festival in 1996.
Since then, besides cinemas it has evolved into an area for leisure, shopping and dinning targeting tourist and the younger crowd.
Directions to BIFF Square
To get to BIFF Square, get back on Line 2 (green) from Haeundae Station towards Hopo Station, stopping on Seomyeon Interchange Station to change to orange line 1 towards direction of Sinpyeong Station for Jagalchi Station.
After you exit the station, look overhead for the exit to BIFF square.
Check out my gallery below for pictures we took at the three places we visited. There are also pictures with illustrations highlighting the direction to the bus stop to board bus # 90 for Beomeosa Temple.
I hope you find the information on this post useful. Do feel free to share the information with anyone you know who is planning a visit to Busan, South Korea.
On our quarterly short getaway to recharge from work, we (or rather Brenda) decided on Korea (again…). On our last trip, we did Jeju-do and Seoul, so this time round we decided to spend a couple of days in Busan then go shopping in Seoul, South Korea.
We started checking out for flights late June 2016. After sifting through several airlines for best prices, we finally booked with Singapore Airlines on SQ600 leaving for Seoul on 22/9/2016, returning on 29/9/2016.
SQ600’s departure was 0800LT and the flight time was about 6.5 hours. A little short to enjoy all the movies on Krisworld (which for me is always a pleasure since I love watching movies).
Besides that, most other airlines don’t come close to the service on Singapore Airlines in terms of amenities and service.
Brunch and drinks were served during the flight with regular rounds of water and juice (standard service procedure) for all SIA flights, while other airlines only serve drinks and snacks on request.
We arrived shortly after 1430LT, and cleared immigration and collected our baggage just before 1545LT. First things first; to get connected on WiFi!
In Korea, you can rent a hand phone or a WiFi port to stay connected. We chose the latter of course since we don’t need to be connected by phone from anyone nor do we wish to be bothered while having a good time on holiday (who does anyway right?).
You can easily sign-up for a portable WiFi port from a LG service kiosk located immediately to the left of the arrival hall once you exit the transit area after you have collected your baggage.
In Korea, instead of a data SIM card, the LG port serves as a mobile WiFi connector. It cost 6,500KW a day to rent. There is isn’t a package rate regardless of number of days you plan to use it for.
Take a queue number and wait to be served. We waited for about 15 minutes before getting our LG WiFi port. Do take note, you can share the network and only one unit is required if your group is together on the move.
Directions to Busan
Our challenge next is to get to Busan. Before leaving for South Korea, I was too lazy to do any research. Anyway, there are several ways.
You can rent a car (self drive), take a bus or get on the High Speed Rail (HSR) via Korail’s KTX trains. We chose the latter since we have never been on a HSR before and thought it would be fun.
Bookings can be made online via Korail’s website. Frankly, I can’t really say it’s user friendly. Train information and schedules were hard to find.
The only information I could gather were prices for their Happy Rail Pass. I decided to consult a Korean friend of mine who lives in Seoul for more information.
He told us that there are regular HSR trains departing for Busan every hour or so from Seoul and we need not book in advance. He also mentioned, the Happy Rail passes don’t apply to KTX HSR but only on regular rail trains. So it defeats the purpose of booking online.
The entire ride is about 2.5 hours from Seoul station not including a 40 minute ride from Incheon International Airport as there are no direct HSRs to Busan. For your information, a bus ride takes about 4.5 hours and self drive depends on your driving ability as well as experience.
You can buy tickets for the entire journey directly from all ticket counters located at Incheon Airport Rail Station. Your ticket connects and transfers you from the airport rail system to Seoul Station then onward to Busan (or other cities of your choice if service is available) on KTX HSR. Total cost 133,500KW for the both of us (one- way economy). First class tickets cost about 30% more.
We arrived at Seoul station around 1800 rather leisurely and with 30 minutes to spare before connecting to the HSR.
Just you know, KORAIL’s KTX and regular train connects statewide and the procedure is the same if you like to visit other cities in South Korea.
Do buy a takeaway dinner before you board your connecting train ride to Busan. They only serve beverages and snacks on board.
There are several stores selling bento set meals along the way to the train platforms. Bento meals cost between 5,000 to 9,000KW. Full set meals includes the main course, soup, wet napkins, and a small pack of water.
Another thing to note, all train services (regular or HSR) are very puncture. They arrive and leave on the dot. So do arrive early at the correct train platform and be ready to board on time.
We settled into our seats in economy quite easily. There are luggage racks in every cabin so not to worry.
The HSR train cabins are clean, washroom amenities are stocked regularly, the are the seats are comfortable, leg room is reasonable, and the air conditioning is just right. The 2.5 hour ride was fast as expected and it was rather enjoyable.
Overall, the experience was seamless and effortless. There are clear signage along the way to show you where to go, i.e. directions to the Airport Rail network, where to buy tickets, entrance to the station, cellular or mobile network service providers, etc. At one point, Incheon International Airport was rated the best in the world, so expectations are fulfilled above and beyond at most levels of passenger service.
Everyone from the airport speaks English reasonably well, and are mostly friendly assuming some are a little apprehensive due to their degree of proficiency. But overall, I find Koreans generally friendly. It was a great start to our holiday.
I hope my article was helpful in helping you plan for your trip to South Korea. If it is, do feel free to share by clicking on the share icons below or leave your comment and feedback.
The fastest way to send traffic to your affiliate links are usually through pay-per-click PPC campaigns such as Google AdWords, Bing ads, FaceBook ads, Twitter, solo ads, etc. Unless you have a budget set aside monthly and are getting returns on your investments; PPC campaigns can put a strain on your finances over time.
New affiliates have to be creative to find ways to drive targeted free traffic to their affiliate links consistently. There are a number of effective and proven traffic strategies that are free to use online but none as fast as through video marketing on YouTube.
I am not talking about making a video and uploading it on your own channel here. What I am referring to is through a JV partnership with existing owners of YouTube videos (related to your niche) that already has substantial and consistent views over time.
This is what you do.
Decide on a product that you’d like to market as an affiliate,
Go on YouTube, do a keyword research of videos related to the product,
Contact the video or channel owner and ask if they like to work with you to promote your product affiliate link,
Work out a compensation plan if they agree; share the commission on a weekly or monthly basis,
The first three offers some of the highest commission payouts online and extremely popular with new or seasoned marketers. Signing up is easy and only takes a few minutes to set up.
Once you have signed up, confirmed and logged-in; it’s time to find a product that you would like to promote. There are thousands of products arts & entertainment, business/ investing, education, games, home & garden and even betting systems that you can pick and promote.
Let’s use Clickbank as an example. Click on “market place” tab and chose the category you would like to promote from the left sidebar.
How you find the products that are selling well and popular is by reviewing the statistics of each product based on its gravity scores, initial $/sale, average %/sale, and average rebill, etc. You can refine your searches using Clickbank’s “reset filters & attributes” function found on the side menu bar.
This will help you narrow down your product search. A general rule of thumb is to find products that as at least a gravity score of above 50, and a commission payout of 70% of the product list price.
Once you have identified the product, it’s time to create your personalized affiliate link. To the right of each product listing, you will see a red “promote” tab. Click on it to create your own unique link.
Tracking link is optional but it is recommended you name it to help you identify where this link is being parked. This way, when a sale comes in you’ll know exactly where it came from.
Copy and paste it on a notepad for later.
Step 2 – look for related YouTube videos
Using “woodworking” niche as your product example, search for videos that are related to the subject. Remember, the key is to find videos that have an average of 10,000 views each month over a given time.
Click on the video and have a look at the description of the video which is found directly below the video. What you have to look for would generally be;
How many views has there been since been uploaded, e.g. 10th August, 2016/ 50,000 views. That would equate to well over 5,000 views a day which means there are tons of targeted traffic coming to the video,
Are there any links or call-to-actions (CTA) found that are promoting their own products or that of others such as “click here to buy abcde product now” for example.
Are there links to ask you to subscribe or to follow for updates?
If you find any of the above, this typically means that the video is promoting a product or service of sorts.
If you don’t find anything related to the above it usually means the video is made purely for education or entertainment purpose without any intention to generate revenue and you can consider reaching out to the owner to place your affiliate product link.
Step 3 – reach out to the video owner
Once you have identified the video that you’d like to place your affiliate product link on, it’s time to get in touch with the owner. What you have to do is to send a message to the owner asking if he or she would like to work with you to market your product.
Below each and every video on YouTube on its watch page, you will find a tab which has a clickable link to the video or channel owner’s main page where you can find out more about him or her. You can simple reach out either by sending in a private message on his page or to his personal email (if available).
The key here is be nice, courteous and cordial about your intention of reaching out. A simple message as follows should suffice;
My name is XXX. I’ve really enjoyed your videos on YouTube.
I’m an internet marketer and I was wondering if you’d consider working with me to promote a product that I have. It won’t take a lot of your time to set up and I will show you how it will make you some money along the way.
All you need to do is to post link to my product sales page, that’s it. The product sales page is related to your video and as such it won’t scare your viewers away!
If you’re interested to find out more, kindly email back and we can discuss a payment plan to you and I’ll provide you with the website details.
Thanks you very much for your time.
While waiting for the video owner to reply, continue to look for other related videos to reach out to even more people to partner. The general rule of thumb is to send out about 10 – 15 messages a day consistently.
Here’s a trick. The conversion to partner is always higher if you send a personal email (if available from About page) to the owner instead of a private message on the YouTube channel page.
Step 4 – work out a compensation plan
Once you hear from the video owner, it’s time to discuss payment terms. The usual practice is;
a percentage of the proceeds,
a percentage of the actual product cost, and (or)
one time upfront payment.
More often than not, an owner would ask for option 3. However you run the risk of the having your link removed after a while (which rarely happens but do occur).
What you can do is to ask that your affiliate link to be inserted into the video description and check it before you send payment via paypal (which is safe and secure).
But if you can convince the owner to accept options 1 or two, it would be perfect. This arrangement benefits both parties immensely without stating the obvious. Put your charm into over drive here.
Finally, be honest and transparent with your sales revenue. If you have to send over a screen shot of monthly revenue generated from video, which would obviously work for you and for the owner as well.
You have to continuously build long term trust with the video owner.
Step 5 – rinse and repeat
I don’t need to go into detail for this step if everything works out as planned from steps 1 – four. You won’t need anyone remind you to start scaling your business over and over again.
Done correctly, this strategy could easily generate a four – five figure income a month. Starting out will be hard work for sure. Nothing is certain.
What I can assure you is once you get the rhythm going, everything you do would be simply to copy and paste the entire process over and over again. When that happens, you just have to come up with a system to be more efficient and productive.
It depends on how much you want to earn, and how long you like to work each day. Which leaves you with more time to do other things you enjoy?
If you are unsure of what affiliate product to promote using this simple strategy, click here and download a free eBook that reveals three business models that you can easily copy & use right away to start promoting.
The regular retail market has seen a huge slump over the past few years due largely to the popularity of online shopping. The bigger brand retail players have adapted quickly to include eCommerce platforms to their existing store fronts worldwide to capture the online shoppers market.
However, the price competitiveness between popular brands (with store fronts) and regular wholesalers is still pushing consumers towards the latter since they offer a wider range of merchandise with competitive pricing and convenience (free shipping, quick delivery, etc).
This has spurred enterprising home online business entrepreneurs to start their own eCommerce stores retailing clothing, electronics, household items, and many more.
Many people are jumping onto the bandwagon, but are not exactly sure how to get started. Most wonder where to source for products, which wholesaler to connect with, how much stock to keep, pricing their products to sell and the most critical of all; finding a product that sells.
There is inherent risk of losing money if you get one or all of the other components wrong. You risk stocking items that don’t sell, getting involved with wholesalers that are unreliable (fail to ship on time, delay or don’t deliver to customers) and end up with a poor customer experience which will affect your long term online reputation.
An alternative that can be equally if not more lucrative to consider is to start a drop shipping eCommerce business instead. This is basically an arbitrage business model, where you list products that you buy from a supplier (or wholesaler) and resell it at a higher price (after an order is paid for by your customer).
This way, you do not hold any inventory and run no risk at all if the product doesn’t sell. You can virtually list any product you like as long as you have a source (supplier with stock), and its resale price is competitive according to market supply & demand.
When you get a paid sale, you simply order the product from the wholesaler or supplier, make payment, provide your customer’s shipping address to them and the fulfillment is done on your behalf.
One of the most popular drop shipping platforms drop shippers used on the market is eBay. I tried it out myself and within a couple of days, I got a sale which made me a nice little $100 profit after fees and commissions (charged by eBay).
I showed my VA how to do it and she’s been scaling it up for me since.
Here’s a rundown of how you can easily get start a drop ship online eCommerce store and make some extra income on the side.
1. Sign up for an eBay account (US domain) –
Regardless of location, your objective shall be to sell global instead of restricting your online business locally and the only way to do that is to do it on the US platform (ebay.com). You also improve your product outreach globally instead of local.
Certain products may not be available in one country (latest launches or release), e.g. iPhone, tablets, android smart phones, so it makes sense to list these products to sell to customers in those countries (global listing). You could potentially make a “killing” since customers who can’t wait for the product to be available in their country, and as such are willing to pay a premium over the recommended retail price.
2. Using eBay’s online presence –
One of the main advantages of using eBay as your online store front is that you shorten all the effort to promote your own online store. With eBay, as soon as an account is created, you already have some level of credibility thanks to its strict listing and customer protection policies.
With your own online store as a new seller online, no one knows about you. You’ll need to put in work and time to design your store front, promote your store to your target market, send traffic, create payment gateways, manage inventory, work with fulfillment companies and many things you might not be aware of in running your business.
With eBay, you have thousands of eyeballs right away (if you list your products correctly) with a really good chance to make a sale within a reasonably short time.
3. Find a supplier for products –
Some of the most popular products and suppliers can be found on Amazon, Home Depot, Target and even some established (reputable) wholesalers from China that has warehouses based in Europe and the US. Most of these wholesalers’ offer free shipping and orders are processed within the same day (sometimes a day or so longer).
Some of the most popular items to sell are household items, DIY kits, electronics, computers & accessories, baby products, etc. If you have no clue or whatsoever, you can use SaleHoo to find popular products (with low competition) to sell, determine trends, connect with wholesalers or suppliers, and get free tips & tricks to scale your business for more money.
There is a $67 annual fee to access their market analysis tools but well worth the investment. There is a 60 day money guarantee if you are not happy with the service.
4. List your products –
A new seller on eBay usually doesn’t have as much credibility or a track record with eBay or with customers; as such their listing may not be ranked when searched. eBay’s search result algorithm is like Google’s but with more emphasis placed on the seller’s track record, and customer review scores (high positive feedback).
You would probably ask how do I overcome that and get my listing searched more easily when I just started. As a start for a new seller, there are a few things you can do.
One of which is optimizing your product listing headline. Similar to search engines, your product listing titles must be keyword optimized.
Let’s use the following example for an iPad Mini as our example.
A generic search for iPad Mini had 272,883 searches which is extremely competitive to rank. Depending on your item specifications, how eBay listing works is you might want to include as many keywords that people are using to search for the particular version of your iPad mini listing.
There is a very useful, free online tool call title builder which helps you generate a list of the most popular keywords customers used to find products on eBay.
Enter a 3-4 word keyword of your item; let’s say “iPad Mini 16GB” into the search bar. This will generate a list of the most popular keywords that are frequently used.
It will also generate a sample listing title to the right.
If you’d like to use the suggested title, simply copy & paste into your eBay listing title box but make sure to adjust the keywords a little by reviewing the results and pick the most popular words to use because there is an 80 character limit.
Once you have optimized and published the listing title, your listing will now show up ahead and of other listings that are not optimized. It will now show up higher during searches that contains the popularly used keywords and help buyers find your listing which otherwise might be buried among thousands of other listings of the same product.
5. Submit the URL of your listing to Google –
Once you have published your product listing, copy the URL and submit it to Google for indexing immediately. This will help make sure your listing to start ranking when a search is made.
This is in addition to the spillover effect of eBay’s already highly ranked eCommerce platform and of course your optimized title of your listing.
6. Be selective of what you sell –
As a new eBay seller, you have a 10 item listing limit. This is to help eBay assess your credibility, customer service, and capabilities to fulfill all orders to your customers.
This includes communicating with your customers on questions of your products, timely product handling (process for shipping), updating tracking information, product quality and replying to any emails in a timely manner.
With this in mind, you will need to selective of what you list to sell. Listing popular products that are $50 or less with competitive pricing (compared to other same product listing) to make your first sale will help you can go through the entire fulfillment process.
Once you have completed your first sale, processed shipping and the order is delivered to a satisfied customer; make a call to eBay and they will gladly consider increasing your listing limit after asking you a few questions so you can list more even products to sell.
The more you are able to list, the higher chances of getting sales, and eventually increase your revenue month to month, year to year.
There are many other ways to start an eCommerce business or an online store but an eBay drop-shipping business eliminates all the risk that is involved with one that requires stocking inventory. You only need to monitor communication with your customer (which is the most important), ensure your listing is “stocked” and be constantly on top of things of your eBay online store.
Since leaving my previous job to start my own business, life has been good. I have more time with family and friends, get to socialized more, lots of great food and drinks (of course).
So good that I piled on more weight to the extend of feeling lethargic, unhealthy and totally unfit. Even though I was running and swimming regularly, I went from 72kg to 76kg in the space of a couple of months.
At 46, and with such a sedentary lifestyle (working from home), I fell sick more regularly and definitely felt unattractive (to my wife). The last I looked into the mirror, I looked grossly pudgy and decided to put a stop to my “decay”.
We have at some point in time heard about detox programs. It’s the type where you go on an entirely liquid and fiber diet of fruits, raw vegetables, and fruit juices over a couple of days (maximum three I think).
The problem however of detox programs is it leaves you drained completely of energy, makes you feel hungry, and unable to focus as you edge closer to completing the treatment. At the end of it (most if not all), put back everything you clear off your system just as fast.
I recently read about another program that promotes progressive cleansing instead of a full on detox treatment. In brief, it encourages a well balanced diet packed with nutrients, protein, sufficient fiber and lots of water without making the toilet your bedroom.
The best part of it, there is absolutely no need to lay off things that you enjoy eating in moderation. It involves cleansing your body’s system of all the bad stuff that has accumulated over the years.
The cleansing program consists of healthy protein shakes, energy drinks, low calorie (but great tasting) snacks and minerals to help build lean muscle and assist in recovery after exercising. There is no need to skip any meals as I mentioned earlier but does require a little self discipline not to binge and snack unnecessarily (if you are guilty of it, like me) and of course to start exercising regularly.
In brief, the program replaces two main meals a day with two healthy shakes (comes in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors) packed with all the vitamins, proteins, fiber and carbohydrates an average adult needs a day.
Basically it isn’t the type that simply makes you feel full (so you don’t fell hungry) like most traditional weight lost diets where you completely lay off anything and everything else. Which makes it extremely demoralizing and most give up as soon as they started.
And by the way, this is not a weight lost diet per say although you do lose weight (in a good way) but one that promotes a healthy lifestyle change. There is a 30 day challenge which I decided to take up after going through lots of positive reviews, and picture proof of people who successfully complete the challenge.
I signed up and started my challenge on the morning of 13/4/2016 with a 350 ml strawberry shake. The initial taste experience was a little funny and powdery but it could be because I didn’t add enough water or mix it well enough. I decided to use a blender instead from there on and it was a lot better. Its just like a regular milkshake but only a lot healthier.
Mid morning each day, I have a choice between taking two chocolate snack tablets (really to carry around) or a 100 calorie snack bar with drank lots of water (with slices of lemon, not required but research shows benefits). This depends on how hectic your work life is as both choices comes in small convenient packages that can be easily packed in your bag.
Before lunch, I drank a 120 ml energy drink made from apple, raspberry juice concentrate with sodium and potassium 15 mins before heading for my swim. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel as tired like before.
As a matter of fact, felt I spritely and had energy to spare even after 7 laps and could have gone for more but due to time, I stopped. I didn’t feel breathless as much after my swim unlike before when I was already panting by the time I reached lap 5.
My spirit was high and didn’t feel any pressure at all during work nor felt any stress throughout the rest of the day. The mood was really easy and relaxed. I was really excited and eager to continue on to see what happens as I continue with the program.
Lunch was another 350ml of strawberry shake. Mid afternoon, I had another healthy low calorie snack with an apple.
Dinner was light (as always) with porridge, vegetables and small slice of fried dory fish only because the wife offered me (better not turn the wife down or else). I went for a 4 km run at around 8 pm after taking a 120 ml shot of energy drink mix.
I was amazed at how I was literally blowing away my run! My breathing was consistent and not labored.
After the run, I stretched down at the gym and was actually raring to continue with circuit training but felt some discomfort in my bowel so I stopped. My stool that evening was a little watery but otherwise nothing unusual although I did notice a layer of oil (yucks!).
It might be the cleanse working its way through my body, ridding it of all the bad stuff.
I did not continue with my workout but completed a short round of yoga to cool down. I had a banana at the end of my work out and took a shot of sports drink concentrate to help replenish lost salt and help rejuvenate tired muscles during my workout.
I drank more water today than usual which was good.
For the rest of the week and throughout each day, I felt fresh and energetic unlike previously on weekends when I am not at work. I was even motivated to work out even on a weekend and actually planned in more exercise then usual.
At the end of the 5th day on the first week, I felt really good in general and was less lethargic which was nice. Overall I felt light and fresh.
As part of the program every week, it also includes a two day (back to back) or one day liquid cleanse day to remove toxins and clear up the body’s system of bad stuff like a detox does. The difference is that it isn’t all liquid only, fruits and raw vegetables diet. You still get to enjoy small portions of fresh fruit, healthy energy snack bars during the day in addition to the energy drinks that are filled with proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins that are meant to cleanse and fuel your body throughout the day.
1st cleanse day
After 5 shake days, I started on my cleanse routine. Frankly, I haven’t read much of the nutritional facts on everything I have been putting in my mouth, but all I can say is that I feel really good overall.
I don’t feel hungry during the day even though it was a liquid diet but instead felt fantastic, energetic and focused with work on hand. During my mid day swim, and on my “before dinner run”; I felt that I has so much energy and strength to finish strong.
I rounded off my 4 km run with another one.5 round of a 9 course static circuit training. I don’t feel as drained after exercising like before.
All round it was pretty amazing to say the least. I actually look forward to completing the remaining 24 days of my first 30 days.
I like to add that other then the additional banana (mid morning), water melon, winter melon and another banana in the evening after my workout, I followed everything else exactly as recommended for my cleanse. I didn’t take any other solid food.
I had a total of 5 healthy snacks between breakfast, lunch, dinner and finally before going to bed. Took one shot each of energy drinks before my swim and run followed by sports drink concentrate to help in recovery.
Drank one shot of cleanse concentrate for breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon and a last one for dinner after my evening workout.
2nd cleanse day
On the second day of my cleanse, I weight myself in the morning after waking up. I had to weigh twice to make sure my eyes wasn’t playing games on me; 72.4 kg (down from 76 kg)! It’s unbelievable how much bad stuff I got rid of in my body after just 7 days!
I initially thought it might have been water weight but soon realized (as I continued) that it wasn’t.
I swarm twice that day (no run) and both times had an energy drink 15 mins before heading out. I had an apple and a banana after my swims.
The cleanse routine was no different than the first day. I don’t even feel the urge to snack or binge anymore unlike other diets I have tried before. They don’t last beyond the week anyway.
For the rest of the 24 days of my challenge, everything became second nature. I didn’t even need to think of what to eat nor watch what I eat. I just replace two main meals each day with healthy shakes, eat my favorite food moderately at other times, enjoy exercising (not dreading it) more often and drank lots of water.
The matter of fact about drinking more water besides the benefit of hydrating yourself is that I realize it helps prevent yourself from eating more than you need to at other times. When you are consciously hydrating regularly, the water helps distribute the energy from the food you consume evenly in your body throughout the day .
This effectively stops you from feeling hungry which in most cases for many people resulted in unhealthy eating habits. Instead, I simply snack on small portions of healthier alternatives in between meals to fuel my body which is recommended not only with this program but also by nutritionist.
For the record; I lost 5 kg in 30 days and I haven’t put it back since!
How did I lose weight in a month? I stick to the cleansing program, exercise regularly (not excessively), fuel my body throughout the day with healthy snacks, drank lots of water (no more carbonated drinks for me) and still enjoy my favorite food in moderation.
The important thing is NOT to starve your body. Eating smaller portions in between the main meals helps fuel your body for the day and stop you from over eating.
Taking 5 – 6 small meals and snacks has been scientifically proven to improve your metabolic rate which of course aids to expend your energy faster and more efficiently instead of being stored in your body then converted into fat if left unused.
This is exactly why people as they age, their metabolic rate slows down and starts putting on weight due to the body’s inability to expend calories from poor eating habits and diet.
As I write this, I just past my 90 days or 3 months since starting the program. I have become fitter, leaner, feel & look younger and more energetic. I have lost a total of 8 kg and achieved my goal of reaching my healthy weight of 68.2 kg for my age group.
My BMI dropped from its highest at 26.3 (over weight range) to a healthy weight range of 23.6 today. I also dropped four pants sizes ( from 36″ to 32″)!
I am glad that I got started with the cleansing program and would definitely encourage anyone who is interested in changing the way they look and feel to a better lifestyle.
What I really like is the fact that it is a lifestyle program where it doesn’t tell you to stop eating the things you love; yes, not even the sinful things in life that most diet plans expects you to stop eating completely. As long as you fuel your body with the right amount of nutrients, proteins and all the great stuff necessary for your body, you can continue to enjoy your favorite food in moderation.
I can also tell you this, as you progress it is easy to include regular exercise into your daily life. As a matter of fact, even if you hardly exercise previously; as soon as you feel the amazing changes (emotional and physical), you’d want to hit the gym to make your body look the part too.
If you like to find out more, feel free to leave your questions and feedback below or you can connect with me on Facebook and send me a personal message on Messenger or simply post on my timeline.
I’d be more than happy to share with you a secret that is; no longer a secret.
That’s it! Apart from the investment you are going to put, nothing more to do.
To install WordPress it is easy, most web hosting companies offer a one click tool to install WordPress on your website. If you have trouble with this you can contact their customer support and they will get you up and ready in no time.
Another thing to note here is to buy the domain name from the same company you buy the web hosting from.
This way you won’t have to worry about connecting your domain name to your web hosting account. They automatically do that for you.
Starting your Affiliate Marketing Business
After you have created your website and it is live, you will need to start writing content for your blog.
Try to find ideas to write about, solve other people’s problem in the niche.
You can use Google’s auto-complete feature to also find topics to write about. Again, just type in your micro niche followed by “a or b or c up to Z”.
These keywords are more than just writing ideas; they are also keywords that are being searched on Google.
So by writing on any of these topics you could get your blog post ranked just based on what you are writing only.
You won’t need much backlinks to promote your posts (depending on the keyword competition of course).
The more content you write the more important your affiliate website becomes, people will start to like you and even more importantly they will start trusting your expertise.
This is very important in affiliate marketing, people who are able to impose their experience and influence on their website visitors tend to sell more.
Just think about it, why would people buy a product that you don’t own and they know you are getting paid for recommending it? This happens only when you have certain level of trust with them. It’s called relationship building.
What to Do Next
Now at this point you should have your affiliate website ready and filled with valuable content that people will love.
After writing few informative posts that purely offer help and not trying to sell something, you will need to then write reviews for your affiliate products.
I recommend for every product review, you write 3 information posts. This way you demonstrate to your readers that you care about helping them more than making money off them.
You will also need to get traffic to your affiliate website so that more people could see your product reviews and buy what you recommend.
You could use these free channels to get targeted traffic to your website:
Social Media traffic from Twitter and Facebook
SEO traffic from Google, although this requires certain skills that are outside the scope of this affiliate marketing course.
Comment on other niche relevant blogs to attract some of the traffic from the blog you are commenting on.
Be active on social communities and leave insightful comments there.
These are great way to start promoting your blog and over the time you will find your audience base increasing and in turn your affiliate sales as well.
You can find out more about making money on the internet here. There are more affiliate marketing resources available that will help you improve your skills and make you a more complete affiliate marketer.
Article Contributor: Ibrahim Dahy is a programmer and an Internet marketer
with 9 years of experience. He has worked with and partnered
top marketers to develop many best selling tools.