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Effective research for a better business

Written by Jeff Allen on August 21, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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If you plan on selling online, be ready to hear “Do your research.” It’s probably a phrase that you’ll hear a lot, or one that you’ll be thinking about constantly as you start your business and build your brand. And while you’ll be hearing it quite frequently, it’s definitely not a bad thing to always keep in mind.

For veteran etailers, research comes almost second nature. For newcomers, it can be a completely different story. Research is a pretty broad term, and covers many aspects of selling your products online. And even experienced etailers don’t always do efficient and effective research. With this article, we tried to pick out some of the most important aspects of ecommerce research and break them down for you.

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Building your brand with YouTube marketing

Written by Jeff Allen on August 18, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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If you’ve ever found yourself watching YouTube videos late into the night, you’re not the only one. Over 6 billion hours of video is watched every month, with 100 hours of video being uploaded every minute. For people who love watching YouTube, that means the content will never run out. For small business owners, that means a great chance to get your name out. With over 33 million unique users hitting up YouTube every day, chances are someone is going to see what you’ve got to share.

The problem is, many people don’t realize how great a marketing tool YouTube really is. They see it as a good way to pass the time--or a waste of time. If you let it, YouTube can definitely be both of those. However, if you’ve ever heard of the Orabrush tongue cleaner, you know that if you use YouTube right, you’ll see your business booming in no time.

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Announcing new drops in pricing for Baker and Taylor

Written by Russell Cragun on August 14, 2014 in Company News

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10 of the weirdest things you'll find on eBay

Written by Jeff Allen on August 12, 2014

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll notice that we like to point out the versatility of drop shipping. You can quite literally sell anything you want. From pens to bikes to video games, our catalog boasts over 2 million products. You’d be hard-pressed not to find something someone wanted to buy. And though you might find some odd products listed, we try to keep our products within the realm of normal.

Today, however, we thought it would be fun to take a step away from conventional products and show you the “odd” side of online selling with some of the weirdest items up for auction on eBay. So sit back and enjoy this list of oddly weird and funny items available on eBay. And who knows, maybe you’ll see something you like (clicking on their picture will take you to their respective auction).

1. Stuffed Taxidermied Cats

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Big mistakes to avoid with social marketing

Written by Jeff Allen on August 8, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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It’s no secret that social media can be a powerhouse for marketing your business. In fact, some may say that it’s the best way to get the job done. Your reach is infinitely larger than conventional communications, and your limitations are almost non-existent. What’s not to like? It’s fast, it’s up-to-date, and it involves you with your customers in ways that were previously impossible.


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New pricing with Honest Green

Written by Jeff Allen on August 6, 2014 in Company News

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Honest Green is the major online distributor of natural and organic health, wellness, and green living products. They make it easy to sell the largest variety of leading sustainable products to conscious consumers who share a desire to live sustainable and healthy lifestyles. Honest Green is now offering prices below wholesale, only offered to our top selling retailers.

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Announcing new drops in pricing for alphabroder

Written by Jeff Allen on August 6, 2014 in Company News

Without knowing it, millions of people wear apparel and accessories distributed by alphabroder. Consumers may not recognize the company's name, but clothiers and promotional agencies certainly do. Whether the item is a company golf shirt, a t-shirt from a rock concert, or a souvenir shirt from a vacation destination, chances are it has passed through one of alphabroder's many distribution centers in the United States. alphabroder supplies imprintable apparel and accessories to screenprinters, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, athletic dealers and other businesses. Now offering flat rate shipping of $6 per order. Browse over 95,000 products in Doba's catalog here.

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Doba product research powered by Terapeak ecommerce analytics

Written by Jeff Allen on August 5, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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Doba's marketplace is now delivering product research through an integration with Terapeak's ecommerce analytics. Doba Product Research gives you more ways than ever to discover, research, plan, and sell your products. Here’s how to get started:

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Tips for your startup online business

Written by Jeff Allen on July 31, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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It’s time to start up your own business. If this is your first ecommerce experience, you’re no doubt feeling pretty excited. You’re also probably a little overwhelmed. If you’ve never had an online store before, it can be a fairly daunting endeavor. It’s one thing to say “I’m going to sell ‘x’ online, I’m going to sell to ‘x’ people, and this is how I’m going to do it.” You always see these startup businesses who make it big on their first try. Someone sitting at home selling who-knows-what, and making thousands of dollars. It’s almost become the ‘new’ American dream.

Then you try it out for yourself and realize it’s something else entirely to actually do it, let alone even get started. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for starting up your first ecommerce site. Hopefully this advice will be enough to get your businesses off the ground, and put you in a comfortable place running your ecommerce site.

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Why to sell in bulk on eBay

Written by Jeff Allen on July 28, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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We’ve focused many of our other blog articles on the benefits of ecommerce, and why having a dropshipping business is a great way to make money. These articles focus on the the freedom of ecommerce and how you, the retailer, have the ability to sell just about whatever you want.  Some people only sell one type of product, while other retailers have multiple customers all buying different products.

Selling individual items is a great way to go for some businesses. For others, they just can’t afford the time spent looking for new products or constantly updating each individual item. If you find yourself in this category, or have found a “golden” niche, selling in bulk is the way to go. Here are some points on why bulk selling on eBay may be right for you.

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