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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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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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Why photos matter for your ecommerce site

Written by Jeff Allen on July 24, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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You’ve come up with a great name for your company, you’ve made the perfect website, you’ve found the ideal niche, and you’ve picked the product you’re going to sell. Everything is how it should be. Your ecommerce website is going to move ahead flawlessly, and you’re bound to start making money. So you whip out your iPhone, snap a few pictures of your product, and upload them to your site.

And nothing happens.

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Your brand, your way

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

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In January of this year there was a remarkable 861,379,000 registered host names on the web. That’s a lot. And while only 180,000,000 of them were listed as being active, that’s 179,999,999 websites (assuming you have your own) competing against you in the Brand Game.

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Content: being king ain't easy

Written by Jeff Allen on July 17, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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We’ve all heard that “Content is King,” and having the right content is a fool-proof way to increase traffic to your website. On paper this is pretty straightforward. “Just have content that everybody loves, and everybody will love you.” In reality, great content isn’t so cut-and-dried.

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How to get more business with a better website

Written by Jeff Allen on July 14, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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Ever been to a website and immediately left because your brain emitted a giant “Nope”? Many websites simply aren’t successful because we don’t like the way they look. Others fail to keep visitors because things just get too complicated. People even leave e-tail websites because the item they’re looking to buy isn’t described well enough.

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Selling what sells

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

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What's the perfect product?

Finding the right product to sell can always be a daunting endeavor.  Picking the wrong product, while not necessarily detrimental to your business, always comes as a bit of a downer, and can affect the future of how you run your business.

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Why Mobile Marketing Matters

Written by Jeff Allen on July 7, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

The next time you’re in line at the grocery store, take a look around and see how many people are using their smartphones. You’d be surprised. From 2009 to 2013 there was an explosion of global smartphone penetration(5%-22%, almost 1.3 billion smartphones). One in five people now owns a smartphone. Tablet use is growing even faster.

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