The Case for Bootstrapping Your Business

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These days, it’s very fashionable to have a business “funded” by an investor or venture capital firm.  While this kind of funding is most prevalent in the tech sector, it’s still tempting for ambitious new store owners to bring on investors or get a business loan to “accelerate” their progress. But that’s almost always a […]

Real-World eCommerce Training You’ll Love

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Today I’m thrilled to announce The Insider’s Guide to Building an Online Store. The Guide is a comprehensive, step-by-step eCommerce training course designed to help you build your own store – even if you’re just getting started. To celebrate the launch,  I’ll be giving away a few copies … but more on that in just a minute. […]

Launching a Store With a Full-Time Job

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One of the biggest obstacles to launching an online store is finding the time to do it.  And while I think focusing on your business completely is a great option, most people just aren’t in a position to quit their full-time job. That’s why I was impressed when I met Kamal Taylor at my recent eCommerceFuel reader […]

The 15-Minute Guide to Becoming an SEO Ninja

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Learning SEO can be an intimidating process. There’s an incredible amount of information online and even more conflicting opinions from so-called “experts.” You could spend months trying to sort everything out. Or you could invest 15 minutes reading this guide and come away with a solid foundation of how SEO really works. I’ve focused on […]

28 Drop Shipping Questions Answered

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I get asked a lot about drop shipping, so I sat down to write a brief post answering a few of the most common questions.  Nearly 5 hours later, I was still writing and my “quick little post” had ballooned into a 4,000 word beast! To make the information a bit more managable, I created […]

4 Key Strategies for Launching Your Online Store

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Once you’ve made the decision to start your own eCommerce business, the process of launching it can be confusing and overwhelming.  There are a lot of decisions to make, and focusing your efforts in the wrong areas can lead to months of wasted effort. Fortunately, you don’t have to blindly guess at the best approach.  Based on […]

How to Find Great Drop Shipping Wholesalers

One of the most common question I get is “Where do I look for legitimate drop shipping wholesalers and suppliers”?  In this screencast, I’ll tell you exactly where to find great drop shipping sources.  You’ll also learn to identify top tier suppliers you’ll want to partner with as well as how to spot – and avoid […]

30+ eCommerce Tools I Use to Run My Business

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Interested in a sneak-peak inside my business to see how I manage things?  Well, I’ve created a list of the tools I use to run and grow my sites – the eCommerceFuel Toolkit.  Based on years of experience, it contains my top recommendations for shopping carts, hosting services, outsourcing resources, payment merchants, research tools and […]

Uncovering High-Traffic Niches With Google’s Keyword Tool

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Google’s keyword tool is a powerful resource for discovering great niche eCommerce markets IF you know how to use it properly!  In this video, I discuss: Common mistakes that result in misleading traffic figures How to estimate traffic for a #1 listing in Google The treasure trove of keywords that will generate 90% of your traffic […]

Anatomy of a Great Niche

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This post is an excerpt from my 55-page eBook ‘Profitable eCommerce: A Guide to Market Research, Suppliers & Niche Analysis‘, which can be downloaded here for free. Picking a niche is usually the biggest hurdle most people face when starting an online business. It’s possible to spend weeks — even months — on the issue […]