Real-World eCommerce Training You’ll Love

insider-guide-boxToday 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. First, I want to share how the Insider’s Guide can help you build a life-changing business:

Everything You Need in One Place

There’s an incredible amount to learn when starting an eCommerce store, and trying to glean information from hundreds of sources is time-consuming and frustrating. The Insider’s Guide includes everything you need to know to successfully build your business – from incorporation to niche selection, and all the way through marketing and site optimization.

Learn From Real-World, Successful Stores

The Insider’s Guide offers you a true insider’s look at the techniques I used to grow my two eCommerce businesses, TrollingMotors.net and Right Channel Radios, to more than $1.3 million in annual revenue. I incorporate my successes (and failures) into every aspect of the training so you get to learn from proven first-hand experience.

Screencasts That Show You Exactly What to Do

Ever gone through training only to remain confused at the end about how to actually implement what you learned? It’s frustrating. That’s why the guide is packed with “in action” screencast videos that let you watch over my shoulder as I apply the concepts learned to actually carry out the task.

Watch over my shoulder as I create a real AdWords campaign for TrollingMotors.net. You can also see the exact process I use to do keywords research from scratch. The Guide’s numerous in-depth screencasts show you precisely what to do.

High-Quality Video Training

The Insider’s Guide is made up of 70+ bite-sized video lessons and more than 20 hours of content. It also includes nearly two dozen worksheets, spreadsheets and checklists. All the content is immediately available, and you can download every lesson (in audio and video form) for ultimate flexibility.

If you’ve enjoyed the content I’ve published on the blog, you’re going to love the Insider’s Guide – it’s by far the best work I’ve ever done. The lessons are incredibly detailed, well organized and actionable, and are designed to help you quickly understand what took me years to learn.

 

Student Reactions

A few weeks ago, I invited a small group of Beta testers to review the Insider’s Guide. Here are just a few of their comments:

Harradine“I have gone through several paid eCommerce courses and I can say without a doubt this is the most comprehensive, well laid out and specific course I have taken. You really get the sense that a lot of time, energy and thoughtfulness were used in putting this together.”  

– Jesse Harradine, Beta Tester

Richter-3“The beauty of this course is that it is taught directly from experience, using real-world and successful eCommerce businesses as examples. The content is more practical and exhaustive than any I’ve ever seen.”

– Jason Richter, Beta Tester

Bear“I was ready to spend thousands of dollars on a personal business coach to get the same information that was provided in your course. The content is highly detailed and focused, and far exceeded my expectations.”  

– Mindi Bear, Beta Tester

Smith“Compared to other trainings I’ve done, this one is quite exhaustive. Most training programs only offer an overview. You go into a lot of detail. I believe your training course is so extensive that a person who wanted to get into eCommerce would be able to do so.”

– Michael Smith, Beta Tester

 

The Complete Edition

The Complete Edition of the Guide includes all the Guide’s content and is designed to help you launch and market your own successful store from scratch, even if you don’t have a niche idea yet. It includes all five modules of content:

  1. Business Incorporation
  2. Niche Selection
  3. Launching Your Store
  4. Marketing
  5. Store Optimization

If you don’t already have a store, the Complete Edition is the one you’ll want. It includes everything you’ll need to build a profitable store from the ground up.

For more details and to purchase, please see The Complete Edition of the Insider’s Guide.

 

The Store Owner’s Edition

The Store Owner’s Edition includes just the last two modules of the Complete Edition – the Marketing and Optimization modules – at a discounted price.

If you’re an existing store owner, you likely don’t need the information in the first three modules (picking a niche, launching your store, etc.). So I created the Store Owner’s Edition to offer you the option of just buying the Marketing and Optimization modules at a fair price.

For more details and to purchase, please see The Store Owner’s Edition of the Insider’s Guide.

 

Win a Copy of the Insider’s Guide

To celebrate the launch, I’ll be giving away copies of the Complete Edition of the Insider’s Guide to two lucky readers! To enter the contest, get acquainted with everything the Insider’s Guide has to offer and then let me know in the comments what aspect of the training would be most beneficial to you.

For Bonus Points: Let me know why you deserve to win. Have you sacrificed to make your business dreams a reality? Maybe you’ve already taken the first steps toward opening your own store or even have a storefront online! Whatever it is, let me know why you deserve to win.

Deadline: I’ll be selecting the winners on Monday, June 3, at 10:00 MST so make sure to get your entries in by then. Already purchased your copy? You can still enter! Leave your comment below, and I’ll refund your purchase price if you win.

And The Winners Are….

Thank you, everyone, who submitted an entry below!  It was extremely difficult to pick just two, but after significant deliberation the winners are:

Melanie Riddell – Despite being a full-time mother and working, Melanie has made large strides with her store, Sizzling Science, and is even manufacturing her own product.   Awesome work, Melanie!

Umayr Hussaini – Reading Umar’s comment, you get the sense he’s really put in some serious time to learning as much as possible about eCommerce, online business and even the technical side of things.  Not only that, but he’s showing this commitment at 19 years of age when few of his peers are investing in their own business education outside of school.  Well done, Umayr!

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners!

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Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Wondering if you have payment plan for the Insider Guide course?

  2. Mike Chrest says:

    Love your site and articles, helps challenge me to improve what I have started . I am a E-comm Junkie and need help to keep on track to improve! Its easy to become complacent and not challenge your self to improve your sites performance…keep up the good work

  3. Jaclyn says:

    Andrew,
    I have been a member of ecommercefuel.com since I came up with my idea for my e-commerce business. I left a job six months ago with a large sports organization to follow my dreams of being an entrepreneur and trying something new. I now have my e-commerce site up and running as well as a brick and mortar store. I am a 27 year old female who is trying to live the dream but needs help with optimization, conversions, Google Adwords etc. I know I would really benefit from your existing business book. Hopefully I will be your next success story!

    I am trying to fill a niche in the endurance sport nutrition scene so athletes can spend less time shopping around for their food and hydration needs and more time on training and racing. I hope you will consider me for your giveaway as I am in the crucial 6 months-1 year phase and I would like to see my hard work to continue to grow with your help.

    • Andrew says:

      Awesome story, Jaclyn! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on taking the plunge away from employment. I know it can be scary at times.

      Best of luck with Kick Start Endurance and with the content!

  4. William Earls says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for putting this out! I’ve just recently found your website and all the information you give is amazing. I’m currently in the process of creating my own e-commerce store and what would be most helpful for me is finding that niche market.

    Coming out of college, I was also working in the Finance industry and was feeling very unfulfilled. I’ve had a number of different jobs since then and really just want to be my own boss. My dream is to become a successful entrepreneur and set up a great life for my future family. I’m currently 26 and have not had true success in my career, I’m willing to do anything to get that.

    Thanks!

    -Will

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for sharing, Will! Always a pleasure meeting other ex-finance guys. Best of luck as you’re pursuing your next steps, and in the contest as well.

  5. sean says:

    Hey man,

    Great looking course! I wish you much success with it. I think for me,the most beneficial part would be the real world right in front of your face demonstration. It’s fine to read an ebook and all, but to have a total BOSS show you how it’s done, well, I think I could really benefit from that.

    As to “why me,” well, I’m busting my A$$ on the side hustle (yeah buddy!) and trying to pull myself out of the life that I let “happen” to me, and into the life that I WANT to live. I’m a special ed teacher for a high school, and I spend most of my free time working hard on side businesses in the evening, learning everything I can and trying to apply it. I’ve got a solid 50k in student debt (fail) and I am looking forward to paying that off and moving to a tropical paradise while I make some cash, offer people great products/services, and give back to others however I can.

    That’s my dream, man. Maybe your awesome course will help set me down a more concrete path.

    Thanks for listening to my sob story. I hope you pick me for the giveaway, because I sure as hell don’t have the up front cash to pay for something like this, but I just KNOW it would pay off big for me with all the hard work I will (and currently am) putting into this all.

    Sean

    • Andrew says:

      Yeah buddy! Thanks for sharing, Sean, and I appreciate your being so honest. Sounds like you’re really hustling to make things happen in your spare time – well done. I also think it’s great you’re focused on getting your loans paid off quickly.

      Best of luck with your side hustles, as well as in the contest!

  6. Hey Andrew – if this course as anywhere near as good as your blog posts, I’m sure that makes it one of the best on the market today. If you send me a copy I’ll shoot you some feedback, plus I’ll send everyone that emails me asking for this exact advice (how I started, how I do fulfillment, how to pick a niche, etc) directly over to your site. It’ll save me a lot of typing :)

    Not to mention I’ll probably pick up a tip or two from the store owner’s section! I’m interested to see how all the advice translates to a business like mine that manufactures and sells several of our own product lines, but still very much follows the 4HWW model.

    Cheers,
    Bill

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Bill! Good to see you commenting here on the blog, and thanks for sharing my stuff via Twitter. And I like your eCommerceFuel promotion move – very nicely played. :-)

      Was checking out Element Brands yesterday, and it looks like you guys are doing some awesome stuff. I hope business is going well!

  7. Jackson says:

    Hey Andrew,

    This course looks incredibly helpful and well thought out. I’ve recently started my own storefront on Shopify and business is starting to ramp up. So many questions come up once you’ve started that you would have never thought of. For example, right now we are doing research on fulfillment centres. At first, Shipwire seemed like the obvious choice. But after being on the phone all day, I’ve found some really great ‘less fancy’ fulfillment centres and I feel like I know that aspect of the business now.

    My next pain point is trying to figure out what type of corporation we should be, if any. Until now we have just been winging it but I think it’s time to get legitimate. Was doing research and making calls to figure out S Corp vs C Corp vs LLP etc.. What a gong show. Anyway, that would be the most useful aspect of the book for me.

    Why should I win the free copy? Well because I am *this* close to actually succeeding in my business. I’ve already taken action but could use some help to tighten it all up.

    Jackson

    • Andrew says:

      Congrats on getting your Shopify store live! Isn’t it amazing how much stuff you realize you don’t know until you have to make decisions? It’s insane. I may looking into a fulfillment center for my next venture, so it’s cool to hear your experience with that. Shipwire looks like a pretty impressive company, but there are lots of options – FBA, 3rd party guys, etc. I hope you find the perfect partner.

      Thanks for your submission, and best of luck!

      • Jackson says:

        Yeah for sure. Shipwire definitely *looks* the best but I found that some other smaller fulfillment companies are way more flexible and less expensive if you’re smaller. FBA looks like an awesome option except they deal exclusively with bar codes which is kind of a PITA if your manufacturer is unwilling to barcode them.

  8. Sven says:

    Well, I have had some eCommerce ventures and sweared to myself (not religous) that i won’t touch any shop anymore in my life. Most ventures where freelance job and setting up a shop CAN suck great times. Even more when you are not the owner but only some outsourced slave that has to make a living :-)

    Why do I deserve winning? Don’t really know. Will get married in September in HK and saving some bucks will increase the helicopter-flight after lunch from the roof of the Peninsula (that place sucks, stay in the Mira, it is awesome!) another 15 minutes. OK, 7 minutes, will pay the difference out from my pocket, haha.

    What am I looking for? Someone kicking my ass. I paid way more for less in the past but got distracted. Think I am up to see the legal stuff in the full-edition. I am kind of a globalized kid (made that myself, my father ruined his back and liver in constructions and my mother still makes her living cleaning in an elementary school…). Moved from Germany to London, from there to Brazil and ended up in China years before the gold rush here began (glad me)! Still having my original citizenship, while living in Asia and thinking about starting a new venture (business clients suck – no offense – most of them suck) in the US I want to get as waterproof as possible! Not for taxation reasons but for building a business and not another fly by night operation.

    I really though why aren’t you publishing something but giving away everything for free on your blog?! Well done Sir! Your posts sold me and I read every email in your pre-launch.

    And better set up a payment plan. Not for me, I’ll be happy to pay once, but for other fellows as the price tag isn’t the lowest around. This ain’t not a physical product, so being screwed once or twice still sucks, but on the end of the day you haven’t lost that much…
    And set up an affiliate program! I doubt it isn’t covered in your video series, so include it also here. If you aren’t using affiliate software better get one and credit me for recommending it, haha. I doubt that the fishing community has friends that don’t fish. There ain’t nothing better then telling everybody that you got that awesome and inexpensive trailing motor while dropping the shops address with YOUR aff-link. Sweet sweet… Teach someone how to fish…

    Have a great one and count me in, just waiting for funds (just started a day job – more for social life, so most of my money is paid in RMB – cash for sure – which is not that convertible…).

    Best
    sven

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks of the wild backstrory, Sven!

      For now, I decided against using an affiliate program so that folks would know that any reviews they read of the course were legitimate and not biased by someone trying to make a buck on affiliate commission. I hate trying to research products only to find all the reviews are overly glowing and packed full of affiliate links. I may re-consider in the future, but that’s why I have done it yet. :-)

      Congratulations on your engagement, and best of luck in the contest!

      • Sven says:

        Hi Andrew,

        was kind of a wild ride indeed :-) Still glad escaping 9-5 age 20, haha.

        Same here. That makes sense! I am a a heavy purchase of “information products” (did webdesign and SEO for more then a decade and there is a need to stay up to date) and it makes me sick to see this “my buddy just released this awesome product” emails in my inbox only to see that they are not only endorsing a product but also left a testimonial… Same goes for “I got a review copy, but this totally unbiased” comments on sales threads. You should mention it in your sales copy. No kidding. I am reading your blog for a while and I know it that you aint no fly by night operation, but others might still be on the fence or just don’t know that your course is out there.
        Honors you indeed!

        Thanks! Got engaged 2.5 years ago and my Chinese might be stepmother doesn’t believe at all that we’ll really get married as we were telling her 明年 (that’s Chinese for next year) all the time we run into her (they are living 1.400km away from us) every year ;-) Glad me they already have a step sun and after hearing me saying next year since 5 years they got kind of used to it…

  9. Jason says:

    Hey Andrew,

    I’m determined to quit my job before the end of the year. So since April, I’ve sacrificed my social life and spent my week nights and weekdays working on my first ecommerce store. My store launched two weeks ago and I’d love to see the detailed videos of CPC ads and also Facebook and YouTube marketing.

    You’ve helped me build a store from nothing but this course would definitely take it to the next level. The next months for my first store will be dramatically different if i had the guidance and detail of your marketing strategies.

    Thanks again for everything, and looking forward to your marketing advice.
    Thanks again.

    • Andrew says:

      Congratulations on getting your store live! That is no small task, especially if you’re working the 9-to-5. Well done!

      I hope things are going well in these early days of the business, and best of luck in the contest.

  10. Patrick B says:

    Hey Andrew!

    I’m really excited about this course – and I will gladly pay for it, even if I don’t win a free copy! I’ve read almost all of your blog articles, and they’ve been a huge help.

    I’m really looking to build a BIG eCommerce company. I believe if you’re going to do something, the old adage “go big or go home” is my favorite motto! I’ll start small, and grow this business with scale in mind. I really want to change an industry and be a leader among my peers – and I get weird satisfaction from being the “underdog.” I’m really looking forward to the marketing & store optimization sections of the course because those will help me build a business with scale in mind. Yeah, I’ve been “burning the midnight oil” learning & reading everything I can.

    That said, I can’t wait to get started! Here we go…

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Patrick! A big thank you for picking up The Insider’s Guide! I hope you get a ton of value out of it.

      Love your mindset to go big right immediately. One thing with niche markets: sometimes you pick a niche that’s too small, so after 2-3 years you don’t have much more room to grow. Picking a business that has a lot of room to run is something I’ll be thinking about with my next venture, too.

      Thanks for the comment and best of luck! (And even though you purchased, you’re still in the contest…)

  11. Juan Pablo says:

    Hi,

    I am a full time developer. I have a lot of experience with OsCommerce, ZenCart and OpenCart.
    I know Andrew uses Magento which is more professional but also a lot more expensive.
    I have been reading your blog for a while because I want to start my own business and stop working for other people. I think it will be more profitable.
    I think the most important part is how to market your store because I have seen how owners struggle to get customers.

    The Setting Up a U.S. Business Overseas part is important for me because I live outside the US.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Juan! And thank you for picking up the Guide as well!

      I think you’ll find the interview in Module 1 on Setting Up a U.S. Based Business Overseas really valuable. Also, the Marketing module is one of my favorites and has a lot of actionable tactics for getting customers to a site. If you follow the tactics outlined, you’ll definitely be able to generated traffic for your store.

      I hope you find the Guide incredibly useful!

  12. Brian says:

    I’ve built ecommerce websites for others, but I want to break out and do it for myself.

  13. Thomas Connolly says:

    Hey Andrew,

    I read your eBook and found the content really informational. Thanks for that!

    The company I worked for since I graduated from college in 2008 went out of business at the beginning of the year. I decided then that I never wanted to do the corporate hustle again (despite the large amount of student debt). I’ve been looking at different business ventures and really want to establish some income through eCommerce ASAP. Money is running low since I haven’t had a paycheck since January. The good thing is, I actually have the time and energy to get something up and running.

    I still a little unclear on a lot of the details and feel your new course would really help.

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    Best,
    Thomas

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Thomas! Sorry to hear about the business going under, but sometimes those things can be a blessing in disguise. At least now you’ve got some time to dedicate to learning – sometimes that’s the most difficult thing to find.

      Thanks for entering the contest, and good luck!

  14. Allyson says:

    Hi Andrew,
    I would so love to buy your program, my husband and I have had an online store for years that isn’t really doing much business. Unfortunatly I have been laid off and our finances are really tight now. I’m sure we could use some niche analysis and to add products to what we are already selling as well as learning how to market the site. I have enjoyed reading the free guide you wrote as well as looking at the videos and going to your sites as well. Thank you for the valuable information you have already provided me, I am still considering buying the complete insiders guide.
    Allyson

  15. Web strategies for ecommerce would be an interesting topic, How do you promote the site and what channels work best for ecommerce sites to increase traffic and conversion?

  16. Man this is an awesome course! It is far easier to follow what a real person is doing rather then buy a “ecommerce course” from a internet marketing company.

    So the why me aspect…After discovering the opportunity to make a full income online and live the “internet lifestyle”, my main focus was taking this path and not to do the old fashion life formula: mid school + college + MBA + do whatever job you hate for the rest of your life.

    But the internet is full of crappy info and people trying to get your money as quick as possible. At least here in Brazil theres lots of it =/ So after read lots of ways to make money online the idea to open an ecommerce doing dropshipping from China was an “why not” feeling. As here we have a brazilian “ebay” and I saw lots of people selling products from China, I asked my self that if there people making money on third part platform, what would be the outcome to have an niche ecommerce store?

    So I began to build my online store after lots of research, only with the which products I would sell. This was in April 2012 but the path to go on was a terrible one. I spent money that I couldn’t, payed for things that I could left for latter and tried to learn everything that I could but with the information overload and the addiction to only learn and not implement them, I only open the doors in January 2013 – took a long time and I know it could be faster than that.

    By now, 4 months later, I’ve just make 2 sales and have no clue about what to do to get traffic, target traffic to my website, because I don not have the money to spend in paid traffic.

    I tried to do business with site like Groupon and other companys with the same business model, but it was horrible because their profit margin was too high and I ended up have no profit. My hot shot was make the sales and no having negative outcome. I don’t know how I can marketing without spend too much money. If there’s a way to do it for less than $ 1K, let me now.

    So I need the help to take where I am now to where I wan to be. Have the freedom to do what I love, anywhere and being with my loved ones. I know its not impossible, there’s lot’s of people out there doing this, you Andrew are one of them, but I’m sure if I have the roadmap to follow, my journey would be less difficult and far faster.

    Cheers

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, George!

      You asked if it’s possible to market for less than $1,000 – and it definitely is. Apart from the AdWords training, all the other marketing lessons are on non-paid tactics. In fact, I think non-paid tactics can be some of the most effective and have the highest ROI in the long-run if you do them correctly. But it takes time, being able to build relationships and knowing how to marketing your store properly.

      Best of luck with your store and the contest!

  17. Jeff Fields says:

    Andrew,
    This is my entry to possibly win a copy of the Complete Edition of the Insiders Guide.
    I currently have a business called JMJ Distribution, Inc. it is registered as a California corporation, I have my EIN number and Resellers license. I have tentatively planned to go into the high end and vintage women’s lingerie business. At this point is where I am lost on how to proceed. I am relatively new to your site and have just begun to learn but I believe the Insiders Guide will give me more of the step by step process from beginning to end to better help me understand it all.

    I don’t know that I deserve to win any more than so many others that could benefit from this material but here’s my story. I went into the military straight out of high school and spent 20 years as a paramedic in helicopter ambulance crews on both UH-1 Hueys and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. As a retirement gift to myself I planned on treating myself to a cruise of the Caribbean for maybe 2 weeks. Never happened. I was offered a job that started 3 days after my retirement and pretty much felt I had to take it. As the Operations Manager I spent the next 13 years helping the owner build the company from 3 million in sales to 21 million in sales and then had watch as the doors closed recently in bankruptcy because although they put up a good front, the owners had pissed away every dime over the last two years and those of us who had been there for so many years ended up out on our butts with nothing. Having just turned 54 earlier this week, I have over the last month since the doors closed that at my age it is really not easy at all to find employment so now I am at risk of loosing my home, my car and everything I’ve worked for since I was 16. I lost it all once years ago due to a divorce but luckily I still had a job at that time so I was able to rebuild my life, this time I don’t know. I have helped a lot of people in my life, everything from saving lives while in the military on Medvac missions to helping people learn the business I’ve been in since retiring from the military and watching them go on to be successful salespersons in the medical device industry. Unfortunately, it’s an industry for the younger folks. So now I am reaching out for some help so that this late in life I don’t lose everything and find myself having to depend on family who really can’t afford another mouth to feed. I know there are a lot of people out there who need this as much as I do and I thank you for your consideration.

    Jeff

    • Andrew says:

      Very sorry to hear about the tough times you’ve had recently, especially with the company you helped grow go under due to mismanagement. I can only imagine how hard that must have been after 13 years…

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you in the contest, and I hope that regardless of what happens you’re able to get your business off-the-ground soon.

      Best of luck, Jeff!

  18. Greg says:

    I really must say this course will help me start my online ecommerce store the right way and to learn how to find legitimate supplies for I can start my dropshipping business.This course will be a very big help for me in so many ways I really look forward in search engine optimization sections and marketing and niche sections on this course.Ready to start a real business and tired of getting scammed by all the middlemen out there who say they are the real dropshippers and not.

    • Andrew says:

      I definitely do a thorough walk through on how to tell real wholesalers from “fake” middle men, so hopefully that is helpful…

      Good luck, Greg!

  19. Mitesh says:

    Andrew I know I said I couldn’t afford it as had other projects to complete and stuff to sort out it but I do think it’s good investment into my self-education. The discounted price is on until Next Wednesday right!

  20. Nathan K says:

    Super stoked for the marketing module. A couple years ago I spent a lot of time and money to mfg a product overseas. I setup an e-commerce site, outsourced my SEO and managed a #2 page rank only to fall completely off the map after the penguin update. By then cheap knock-offs had flooded the market and I was too far behind the 8 ball to recover. Looking forward to learning a lot that will help me avoid that mistake again!

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Nathan! Thanks for sharing.

      I’ve had sites hit with Penguin, too, so I know the feeling. Fortunately, I’ve also learned how to build and market sites the right way to minimize the chances of getting slapped with a Google penalty. It takes longer, but it’s by far the best long-term option, and really the only one to consider in the future. The marketing module provides a ton of step-by-step guides for how to do this, and I think you’d love it.

      Best of luck!

  21. Colleen says:

    Hi, Andrew!
    I am completely new to this and I have been taking the research-everything-myself- route. It so far has been slow, tedious and at times, frustrating. However, I am excited about this! I especially look forward to the videos (I am more of a visual person) and the information on drop shipping (something my husband and I are talking about doing) and about the niche research. I find I am constantly second guessing my choice of a niche and wonder if the “angle” I am taking is enough to set it apart from an otherwise competitive area, or if I can market it to be sure I set it apart enough to make some money. I have a site and have been going through the motions of posting, writing articles on Ezines in the hope of developing backlinks somewhere, put up a landing page for an ebook I wrote and tied it into my website, added Twitter and am struggling with Facebook right now, etc, etc. I would absolutely LOVE to have access to this information from one place and the format sounds like something I could really learn from. If I ever do make some money, I will absolutely purchase this but at this time, can’t afford it. So, I am hoping to obtain what sounds like some great information in this giveaway. Either way, I am joining your blog and hope to learn more.

    Colleen

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Colleen! Thanks for sharing, and I completely understand about where you’re currently at – no problem. :-) One tip for marketing your site: instead of writing article on Ezines, try finding other sites in your niche and approaching them personally about a guest post or article. You’ll get much higher quality backlinks, as well as access to their audience that will likely be in your customer demographic. The benefit of Ezine articles – especially after you’ve posted your first one – is fairly minimal.

      The Insider’s Guide has a complete 5-part mini-series that talks about how to find guest posting opportunities, approach the site owners, write the content and make sure it gets published. But you can get started now by heading over to OpenSiteExplorer.org and doing a backlink analysis of some competitors to get some linking ideas.

      Hope this helps!

  22. Hi Andrew,
    I just received your email about your eCommerce program and just took some time to go through the contents. Pretty awesome buddy. I’m actually on an action plan to get an ecommerce store up and running, almost finished the fist section, research, brainstorming etc. And must say after reading your free ebook, it was truly inspiring and definitely the path that is calling me. Your course looks extremely comprehensive in all modules and looks like a must have, and a great tool to have by ones side for the journey. You definitely show authority in your field, which is great for anyone looking for the real deal. Some of the Modules that really interest me are, Setting up from overseas, Marketing and keywords – which can totally be applied to any website ecommerce or not, Niche choice…well it all interests me and the fact that you have working videos with real world applications is INVALUABLE!!

    My business is in production, and it’s cool except it is extremely time intense, lots of delegation, working with lots of indecisive clients and generally most of the time frustrating. That’s why I’m on a path to change my life, and quickly.
    It was way more fun doing production as a hobby..lol, and want to invest this skill set into my eCommerce business or many should I say many online stores.

    Once some clients decide to pay their invoices (lol…oh yeah their is that too) this is certainly on the shopping cart. And once again thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and keeping it real.

    Cheers
    Jason

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Jason! Great to hear from you and thanks for sharing. One thing I’ve always loved about eCommerce is that payments are all instant with credit cards, and I don’t have to go chasing people down to get them to pay. That sounds like a big headache, and I don’t envy you’re having to do that.

      Glad to hear The Guide would be so valuable to you, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you in the giveaway! Best of luck as you’re working toward your new eCommerce future… :-)

  23. David says:

    Hi Andrew, great job with the new program. You’re certainly living the dream and helping others to do so as well. I’d love a chance to win your Insider’s Guide. I’ve recently purchased an established domain malibuhammocksplus.com which needs some improvement. The plan is to transition over from its current design to a Bigcommerce platform and your guide would certainly help me there! Also I’m currently operating outside the US, so your section on incorporating and running a US business from abroad would contain some valuable information I’m sure. So pick me!

    Cheers,
    Dave

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks David! Glad you like the looks of it, and good to hear the overseas U.S. incorporation content would be valuable.

      I hope the re-design and transition to Big Commerce goes smoothly for you, and best of luck in the contest!

  24. Robert Hall says:

    Andrew, I have sacrificied too much previously to give up now. A lawn care business that dissolved because i lost a partner and a construction business to the economy. Working seven days a week for the better part of twenty years I continue to strive for the ability to provide above and beyond what my family could ever imagine.
    This past February I came across drop shipping. I instantly associated it with the seven years as a operations manager for a large brick and mortar retailer. I read more. Then i found ecommerce university- The Dropshipping guide- and i was hooked. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and i know it will take a lot of time and determination, but I truly believe I have what it would take to start my own online store.
    I then went on to more research including your Profitable ecommerce Guide, also reading your mini coarse last week. At the same time I have started to put some niche ideas to work. Doing keyword searches, researching social network advertising, researching organic traffic and SEO tools. Looking for a shopping cart and supplier.
    With the release of The insiders Guide to building an online store, I believe there is not one piece of this guide that i could do without. To be taught by someone who has had success & is willing to allow me to get a look into two of your own online stores is invaluble to me. I also believe marketing will be key and to be taught by someone who’s been there done that would be an incredible opportunity. Given this opportunity to receive this book and having the time to dedicate at least 40 hours a week over the next six months-well- i cant imagine where i might be in a year from now! Thank you.( and if I don’t win i will eventually find a way to buy it.)

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for sharing Robert! Sounds like you’ve caught the eCommerce bug for sure. :-) Having 40 hours / week to dedicate to your store will be a huge advantage in getting your business up-and-running – it’s great you have so much time to dedicate to it.

      Best of luck, both with your store and the contest!

  25. Troy says:

    Andrew,

    Can’t thank you enough for the high quality content found here on ecommercefuel. It has already helped me tremendously with researching the right niche. I saw your posts on Tim Ferriss’ 4HWW blog and with your mentions on Shopify and Steve Chou’s blog it really seals the deal for me. To gain deeply detailed info on all the core topics of opening/running an ecommerce business, your course will be an invaluable resource!

    I’m on the cusp of baby-boomer/genXer and determined to build a successful ecommerce store. I’ve investigated a variety of niches using your tips, which have helped me weed out losers and avoid making bad decisions, highly increasing my chances for profitability from the start. My goal is to be open and profitable by 3rd quarter of 2013. I plan to chronicle & share my journey, especially to target the message for other “boomers/genXers”, letting them know the new economy can also be for us “old dogs” :-D

    Keep up the great work and congratulations on your well-deserved success with trollingmotors.net and http://www.rightchannelradios.com.

    All the best,

    Troy Corp

    • Andrew says:

      This is my favorite quote of the day: “…the new economy can also be for us “old dogs” – love it! Laughed out loud when I read it.

      Very glad you’ve enjoyed the content here on the blog, and that you see value in The Insider’s Guide. Please let me know how things go when you launch in Q3 – I’d love to hear where you’re at and how things are going. Best of luck!

      • Troy says:

        Thanks Andrew, will keep you posted!

        Glad my bit of wit got you laughing – humor keeps life in perspective.

        Best,

        Troy

  26. Goran says:

    Hi Andrew
    In the last seven months I have been researching how to create an online web page, monetize it, how to make SEO optimization and many many other things. I read a lot I saw a lot and I think I know a lot. I have 2 websites but I must to admit that I have not earned until now. I watched your video for how to search for a keywords, and I think that is the most complete video what I’ve seen so far, so I guess you made other chapters of your training so good. I will be very grateful to have you training.
    Best Regards

    • Andrew says:

      Glad you found the training so useful! Thanks for your comment, and best of luck with your two sites and the giveaway.

  27. Barbara says:

    I appreciate your blog and the clear way that you describe how you have built and changed your e-commerce stores, and why. The most useful part of the guide for me will be the Module 4 – Market your new store and Module 5 – Maximize Profits.
    I have made a decision to start an e-commerce store while on a break between contracts and have started researching. Now I just have to get doing and this could be just the guide to kick start me.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for sharing, Barbra, and glad to hear the marketing / optimization would be most useful. I think I love marketing most out of all the aspects of running an eCommerce business, and had a lot of fun putting that module together. It’s packed full of a ton of good stuff.

      Best of luck!

  28. Maliha says:

    hello Andrew ,
    i started my store on my own with not so much info but soon i realize that i have to know every bit of the system for that was looking for a reliable and straight to the point exact guide to guide me from every aspect of building an online store . a one time investment with not so many empty promises . i think this might be the thing i was looking for . i know that soon ill be succeed .for me the that aspect will be more beneficial when illl get to know my lackness , you have done all of us a big favor. you has taken the “hype” out of ecommerce…..you have pulled all the pieces together in a way that makes sense. thanks

    • Andrew says:

      I take being told I take the “hype” out of eCommerce as a great compliment – thanks! Best of luck, Maliha!

  29. Link Moser says:

    The most useful part for me of this course would selecting a niche. I have built ecommerce web sites for others as well as set up AdWords Campaigns. What holds me back from starting my own ecommerce site is trying to determine what to sell and where to get it. I think if I could figure that part out, I’d be able to move forward. And why me? With a real first name of ‘Link”, shouldn’t I be able to figure out a way to capitalize on that in the Internet age? : )

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Link! Thanks for sharing. I think the brainstorming module would be especially helpful for you as it’s packed with thousands of magazines, business brokers, niche products being searched for in Google and more to help get you inspired and generate some ideas.

      Best of luck!

  30. Malorie says:

    Hello,
    Congrats on releasing this course:) I found this blog from the
    buildmyonlinestore.com interview that you did (great interview!!!!). I really
    enjoy reading and learning from your articles.

    I’m especially excited about the marketing and site optimization chapters. I’ve been working
    on getting my store up since January and am about 2 weeks away from launching, but I know I can really
    benefit from learning some of your marketing strategies.

    A little about why I’d like to win:
    I was a nurse for seven years and was feeling unfulfilled. Last year, I made
    the committment and have taken the plunge towards entrepreneurship. I
    been studying/working as a copywriter and have even made it to a few internet marketing
    events. Now, I’d like to use those skills to work for myself and be my own client.
    After doing tons of research, I’m now dedicated to building a successful ecommerce
    business.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, Malorie! Doing all the writing work for The Insider’s Guide – especially writing the sales page – gave me a newfound respect for copywriting. It’s hard work! But if you can write great copy, you’ll be able to drastically increase conversion rates on product pages – one of my skills that I still need to work on.

      Good luck with your new business and the contest!

  31. Paul LaFaver says:

    I would especially love to find out how to automate the SEO process. It takes so much time to do all of the things that are necessary. Small businesses are generally lacking two things, time and money. To be able to have a “Cliff’s Notes” SEO would be great.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Paul! Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, to build a viable business up you have to be willing to invest either time OR money, so there’s no way around that. But the three month of free SEOMoz Pro that comes with The Guide has some pretty awesome tools for automating SEO research and tasks. I’ve been a Pro member for years and their tools have been indispensable to my marketing efforts.

      Best of luck!

  32. Barb says:

    I have created several ecommerce websites and have had some success, but not nearly the success I am looking for. I believe your course can help to confirm or change what I am currently doing. One of my concerns that I feel your course could help me with is conversions. I am getting targeted traffic yet my conversion rates are in the tank. I feel I have a lot of things set-up correctly. I am just not getting enough visitors to pull out there credit cards and make the purchases I am looking to get. In addition to the other topics you cover I believe conversions could benefit me the most.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Barb! Conversions can be tough, as it really requires understanding your customers and going through a process to find their problems and then position your site / products in order to solve them. In the Optimization module, I go through the exact process I’ve used to re-launch multiple sites to better meet customer needs and resulted in dramatic increases to conversion. It’s a long process to go through, but it’s worth it at the end.

      Best of luck with your future eCommerce work, and in the contest!

  33. StrayKat says:

    Wish this course was around a year ago! In the past I worked in copy writing and made retailers a tonne of money writing product descriptions etc. for them (I know because they told me). I decided to stop making others rich and build my own online business. Jumped on a plan and went to a fair few trade shows in both Hong Kong and mainland China. Met with potential suppliers via translators and narrowed down a few niches but the importing process is not an easy one and I was more confused than ever.

    Then I started playing around and testing all the shopping carts and dealt with some ecommerce developers in India. Once again this experience left me baffled more than anything. So then I thought I could be an ‘intrapreneur’ and work for a successful ecommerce store and learn behind the scene the day to day process. Found a local company willing to pay me minimum wage to pick and pack orders and answer calls from irate customers. Interesting experience but I can see ways they can streamline the process and I got terrible allergies from all the dusty boxes and was exhausted from fulfilling orders all day, not to mention bored from the monotony. Came to the conclusion dropshipping is the way to go.

    After running around in circles I think I am now on the right track after all this trial and error but a few pieces of the puzzle is still missing and this course, particularly the ‘Build and Launch Your Store Quickly’ module (!!!) will certainly help me launch a site some time this year.

    • Andrew says:

      Very cool you made it over to Hong Kong to chat with suppliers. I’m hoping to make it over there in the next year or so, and would love to see the Canton Fair (I think that’s what it’s called) where a huge number of manufacturers meet up to showcase their goods. If there was ever a great place to get niche inspiration, that’s it!

      Good luck and thanks for sharing your story!

  34. katrina says:

    Ummmm. You’re all nuts. Why don’t you just buy the course instead of trying to win a free copy?? You’re just wasting time.

    For a few moments, I too got distracted by Andrew’s offer of winning a copy, and then wondered why I would bother spending time crafting a pleading comment, and then wait days to find out if I won, when he offers a money back guarantee …..!

    So, I win! While you’re still trying to ‘win’ a course I have it on my computer right now and am watching the video about % of sales from email marketing.

    And no, I don’t know Andrew, and he doesn’t know me. I bought the course because I run 4 eCommerce stores of my own, and am interested to see if he takes a different approach that I can learn from. If it’s rubbish, I’ll simply ask for my money back! If his ideas make me $400 then I’ll be very happy.

    Anyway … back to the videos while you all keep trying to ‘win’ your way to eCommerce nirvana.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Katrina! Love your comment. :-)

      I looks like you have a TON of experience building stores at Motive Media so I hope you’re able to learn a few new things given your extensive history. I’m sure you’ll have some suggestions on how the Guide can be improved and/or additions that would be valuable, and would love to hear them when you’ve had some time dig into the content.

      Thanks for picking up The Insider’s Guide – I hope it’s helpful!

  35. David Goldstein says:

    For me, what I’d find most beneficial is niche selection. I just have too many fleeting interests and need to zero in on a product line that is accessible via drop-shipping that I actually enjoy.. and can make a comfortable profit with too!

    I’ll aim for bonus points on this one: I moved from a big metropolis to a small town to be with my spouse a couple of years ago. I gave up a good IT job in the process. Adjusting here has been ….. hair-raising. I’m not making anywhere near the same income I once was. Last week the big city tempted me once more and I landed a great job offer.

    When reality sunk in that I’d have to be away from Sunday – Friday each week.. without family, I just couldn’t deal with it. So just today I turned down the offer. Bittersweet yet I’m feeling frustrated once more that I’m back to square one. Really an ecommerce site would be just the solution.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey David! Thanks for sharing!

      One word of warning: it can be dangerous to put yourself in the position where you feel you MUST find a product that can 1) be drop shipped 2) that you enjoy and 3) you can make a lot of profit on. Drop shipping has a lot of strengths (location independence, little capital required, etc) but the margins aren’t extraordinary – 25% to 30% on the high-end for most items. So being able to drive traffic inexpensively is really important, which is why there’s such a massive marketing module in The Insider’s Guide.

      In terms of a product you enjoy, I think it’s important to make the decision about what’s more important: getting a cash-generating business or enjoying what you sell. It’s often really hard to find something that meets both. Not impossible, but can be hard – especially if you’re looking to drop ship.

      It’s a very personal decision, as some people really won’t enjoy the business selling something they’re not passionate about and won’t have the motivation to really see things through, which I understand. But personally, when I started, my #1 goal was to get cash flow generated so I picked what I thought had the best chance of success. Not always a viable strategy based on personality, but I think it’s important to consider.

      Don’t mean to be preachy, but just wanted to share my thoughts given your position! Ideally, if you can find a niche that meets all your criteria then that’s fantastic. But if you don’t, don’t let it stop you from moving forward. :-)

      Hope this helps, and best of luck with your niche search.

      • David Goldstein says:

        Thanks for the great feedback, Andrew! Yes, I was spinning trying to figure out a product a couple of months ago. I had a gigantic spreadsheet all set up, and after spending many nights whittling through potential products, virtually eliminated everything! That lead me to think that maybe this isn’t the right type of business for me… but it sounds like I should revisit this with less stringency.

        • Lukas says:

          David,
          there is one important thing you did not do yet, despite I understand your reasons. You have to move! Pick one niche that suits you best and just move. You can’t do anything wrong if you move. Even if you don’t succeed, you’ll get knowledge and the second round will be much easier. There is no wrong action! Any action is right!
          One more thing. You don’t have to be in love with your niche in the beginning. You’ll fall in love “on the way”… It is same as I have started working 10yrs ago in the area I didnt know anything about. I was scared, I thought it is boring, I was simply not in love with it. But after 3 months I got some knowledge and first successes started to come. Step by step, day after day I was falling in love with my job. And it did not happen just once. ;)
          Stop thinking, take action. Right now. Otherwise you are just loosing time. I lost few years like this… :(

          • David Goldstein says:

            Thanks Lukas, that’s a really interesting perspective that never occurred to me. Falling in love with the work…
            I had to check out your website btw, flashlights! Nice work.

  36. Chris Ternosky says:

    Wow, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? The course looks amazing. As someone who has a strong drive, but little direction your course seems to bridge the gap. The part about niche selection will probably prove most beneficial for someone in my case. The eCommerce model is rather appealing to me. Currently I am a teacher who has been traveling abroad. Right now I live in Taiwan, and I would love to continue teaching/traveling while making money on the side. In my early 20s I was more focused on partying and taking it easy. Now in my free time I am studying Chinese (ni hao!), and tutoring on the side. I see everyday as an opportunity to get better, and improving my financial situation, as well as my overall life are the only goals I seek to achieve. I am focused on eliminating my debt, and starting an eCommerce business. Your free content is amazing, so I can only imagine what the extent of the course looks like. I know that seeing actual pictures, and faces will make a huge difference versus staring at text. Text is nice, but pictures speak louder.

    My motivation is so strong that one day I hope to outshine the master, and teach you a few things. However, until then I shall remain the humble student and ingest any information you are willing to share. Thanks for offering your course for free (to those lucky few). It shows that you are passionate, and willing to help others who were in a similar situation before you had started your eCommerce life. I look forward to hearing more great things from you.

    • Andrew says:

      Ni Hao Chris! Glad you enjoyed the mini-course Insider’s Guide preview, and hope you got some actionable take-aways. And I think it’s awesome you’re making it a priority to get your debt paid off – solid priorities.

      Best of luck in the contest, and looking forward to learning from you in the future!

  37. John says:

    What I’d be most interested in is how to build for the long haul and not trend hop,

    • Andrew says:

      The long-haul is where it’s at, and I think building brandable websites – vs. SEO optimized ones and SEO optimized domain names – is going to be infinitely more important in the future. Good luck, John!

  38. Thank you so much for the email taster snippets of your Insider’s Guide to Building an Online Store – they have been so useful and beneficial, I’ve really enjoyed the hands-on, real store results. I can only imagine that the full course will be even more insightful to launching or re-branding a site.

    I’m the process of manufacturing my own products for my site, although it will also contain other suppliers products too. Currently I’m re-writing the site using OpenCart (so excuse the demo products!) and this course couldn’t come at a better time for me as I aim to launch in the next two/three weeks when my new stock arrives and I finish product photos! This is my burning the candle at both ends project, I also work part-time and I’m raising a family, so I’d like to prove that us Mumpreneurs can make it happen : )

    I’d love the opportunity to test your course on a new to market product! Module 4 – Market Your New Store Like a Pro really caught my eye and I’d be particularly interested in the Turn Video Into Visitors and Use Facebook the Right Way sections. I also think this section would help my focus my SEO efforts as I’m finding it tricky to choose my keywords when my product is new and the product itself will be targeted at both the educational and home children’s party market. I’d also like the opportunity to test the Finding Wholesalers Sections in a rather different way – I’d be looking for wholesalers to stock my new product.

    Really hope I win a copy, I’d buy the course in a shot but cash flow has been rather tied up in new stock and product development so fingers crossed!

    Thanks, Melanie

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Melanie! Congratulations on all the progress you’ve made so far with Sizzling Science – sounds like you’re makings happen. Very cool. How are you liking OpenCart?

      One tip / opportunity based on your comments: With newly released products (at least from known manufacturers who will be marketing them) there’s a BIG opportunity to rank well quickly in SEO. Most existing products have lots of people who have had years of time to try to rank for it and build up links. But when a new product comes out, the playing field is much more level. Not perfectly level – as domain authority helps some people rank much more quickly – but you’ll often be able to rank for a new product simply by optimizing a page and pointing 1 or 2 links at it. So if the “new” product you mentioned is one from an existing manufacturer people will be searching for, a little SEO will go a long way.

      Best of luck, Melanie!

      • I’m finding OpenCart very adaptable and relatively easy to find the bits I want to change within a theme.

        Just to clarify, the new product is being brought to market by myself, not a current manufacturer so that is why I’m so interested in how to SEO a totally new product.

        Thanks, Melanie

  39. Mark says:

    Hey Andrew,
    I’m really liking the look of this course! I’m actually at the start of the process at the moment. I have been saving up for several months now and just this month quit my job doing enterprise SEO consulting (for fortune 500 style companies) and moved to South East Asia (from Australia) so that I could focus on doing this full time.

    I’ve got the SEO side of things locked down but there are a few other aspects to the course that look really helpful. I’d love to get one of these giveaway copies. I’d be more than happy to help you build out the SEO content if you like in exchange. I’m willing to bet I can help add a ton of value to it.

    • Andrew says:

      Wow, a big congratulations on quitting the job and moving! Kudos for saving in order to make it happen. Thanks for your offer to help with SEO, and best of luck with the giveaway!

  40. Lukas says:

    Hi Andrew!

    I am following your blog for a few weeks now. I even dont remember how I found it, but the most important thing is what I found in it. I appreciate you put together so much useful information and advices for ecommerce entrepreneurs.

    I already posted my story below one of your posts somewhere around here, so I’ll not bother with it again. Shortly, I am from Czech Republic ( Europe ), I have a full time job and for almost a year and half I am working on my ecommerce business in US. It is hard, slow process, but I am managing it.

    Recently you post an article about who to follow in the ecommerce world. I got interested mainly in Steve Chou whose blog is full of awesome and very helpful information for free. just a few days ago I was interested to sign up for his course. I was checking it and at the end BANG! 500 bucks… No way…

    Yesterday you announced your own course, with similar price tag. This is not a complain! I am sure both courses are worth to pay even more!

    Yesterday evening I thought about becoming a winner of the free copy of your course, but I wanted to take some time before writing my comment, till morning. But in the morning over 60 comments slapped me directly in my
    face. No chance here for you, Lukas! There are over 60 people in the same situation as you are! They all have their dreams, they all have their own desires and obstacles in their lives. Why Andrew should pick you as winner? I started thinking…

    Five topics in your course. Business incorporation – I have done it! On my own! Niche selection. I have done it! On my own! Launching Store – I have also done it! And also on my own! It was really hard, no doubt ( imaging you as US citizen doing business in Czech Republic ;) )! Before I incorporate my business I thought I cannot do it, but I did! Same with finding niche and supplier, etc… I passed all the obstacles and I solved all problems successfully.

    Now I am working on the last two things – Marketing and site optimization. I know roughly how to do it from your free advices here on the blog, also from Steve Chou’s blog. Your course will help me for sure to speed up the process and will give me some tips&tricks of how to do certain things. But if I deserve it? Sure I did! Why? Because I put already so much effort to fullfill my dream! I am getting up every day at 5:30am, going to work, returning at 4pm and start working on my business till 10pm. Every single day. No parties, no friends, no hobbies, no free weekends. For more than one year. But, I am not the only one who deserves it. Everyone who is reading your blog deserves it. We all targetting to same goal, we all put same effort in it in order to succeed.

    Even if I don’t win, I will keep going straight forward to fullfill my dream. I am very close. I know it. I will do many mistakes without your course, thats for sure. But isn’t that the best school? I think yes. I am working since I graduated secondary school when I was 18 and everything I have now when I am 33, I must thank to myself. I did it. By myself.

    Take my comment as it is, I am not complaining, I am not blaming you for too high price, I am not blaming you for giving out just two copies for free, etc. I just believe strongly in myself and my skills and experiences I got from past 15 years.

    Keep writing your blog and help us, ecommerce newbies! You are on right way! And, when I suceed and quit my job, one of the things I will do first, I will invite you for a drink and say “thank you”, because your blog and tweets kicked my ass hardly. You refreshed my motivation when I felt down regarding my business. Thank you!

    Last but not least, I am starting my own blog these days, beacuse I think I can say a lot to the world. It is not going to be about advices, it will be more like a book of what it means to running own business together with day job, about fullfilling dreams, etc. I am sure it can inspire many people.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for such a detailed response, Lukas! You’re obviously pouring a ton of energy and effort into your your business. And you’re right – I do think learning by doing stuff yourself – even if you make mistakes – is the best way. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way for things to really stick. I know that’s been true of myself.

      Best of luck in the contest, and with your businesses!

  41. Andrew,
    My brother and I will celebrate this year the 20th anniversary of our STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNIT (SBU) shop in Rome, and we think it is a good occasion to finally open our online shop. We design and produce our clothing in Italy and export our product in the best windows worldwide, from America to Japan. We never took part to any show, nor advertised our product in any way. SBU is underground and independent. We always wanted to keep the company small and reactive. No need to tell you the incredible amount of sacrifice spent in these past decades (we started the business at the age of eighteen years old), and the huge number of mistakes we had to pay for! Nonetheless we are happy, determined and well motivated. We love to be free and, mostly, we love SBU as a child.
    Since we discovered your articles on the blog of Shopify, about ten days ago, we are fully immersed to understand all what is necessary to build up our online shop, as fast as possible, despite our English and some slowness due to the new terminology and concept. Your vision and comprehension of modern business is as valuable as your competence and skill. We will buy The Complete Edition of the Insider’s Guide in any case, being sure that it will make a big difference in this our new adventure, but we would be honored to be listed among the winners for the blood we left on the arena in countless battles so far. Congratulations, Andrew, and best of luck to you too!

    • Andrew says:

      Hello Cristiano! Congratulations on the success you’ve had so far with SBU. I just checked out the SBU websites and love the picture of the guy smoking the cigar! Are these your employees? Or models?

      Hope the articles here and on Shopify have been helpful, and I wish you the best of luck migrating your business online!

  42. Malinda says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for this oppertunity!

    What will be most beneficial about your course would really be… EVERYTHING. I am sure in every aspect of your course, will be loads of things that I did not know before. Online marketing also remains a challenge for newbies such as myself, but I can’t honestly single anything out. All the content will be helpfull.

    I am not sure if I “deserve” to win, more that anyone else who have posted already, but I will be honest and say, should I not win this, I will probably not be able to afford your course. I am working full time, studying in the evenings, to learn how to make the product I will be selling online. I work on weekends and I do research on, online marketing and e-commerce in every spare second I have.

    I know I will succeed as, I am extremely motivated to have a life where I can make money while, sleeping, eating, travelling and spending quality time with my family. A life fully lived.

    I am a person who does’nt dream of success, I work for it and therefore I know I will achieve it!

    Who knows… I might invite you to join me on my private yaught one day :)

    Malinda

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for sharing Malinda, and best of luck with the contest! I’m looking forward to hanging out on your yacht soon…. ;-)

  43. Ravindra says:

    I think the one section that will help me the most from the Guide will be the part about find a niche market/product. What can I sell to ensure that I have a successful business and how to find that product? There will be many businesses that will be selling the same product so finding something that is sold by very few competitors if not none is something that I find hard. If I could figure out what I can sell, then I would start my own business.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Ravindra! Thanks for sharing. One thing to remember: you’ll never be able to find a product that’s being sold by very few people that is a profitable market. Good niches will always have competition – that means there’s money to be made there! The trick is to find a niche you can effectively compete in, and that isn’t so large that it takes years to start building a business and profits.

      Good luck!

  44. Hello Andrew, this is Ramon Espinosa from Santo Domingo. About a month ago I googled for dropshipping and I came across eCommerceFuel.com. I downloaded your Profitable eCommerce and The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping ebooks, and also followed the link to Mr. AAron Wise’s Doing Business in The USA guide. I have read them because I have made up my mind to open an online store. I’m trying to learn eCommerce and you have helped me a lot so far. And now you present your Insider’s Guide. From its description I understand that it is exactly what I need. I’m sure this couching will eliminate my doubts. I think my biggest problem is the incorporation and the Guide will help me solve it. It would be great if I’m benefited with one of the copies you will be giving away.

    Thank you very much,

    Ramon

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Ramon! Glad my content’s been helpful, and that the Insider’s Guide looks valuable to you! Best of luck in the contest, and with setting up your new business.

  45. WadeJ says:

    The biggest thing that I would look for in an e-book/course would be how to find a niche and how to work with suppliers. Thanks for your help so far Andrew

    Wade

  46. Remi says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for putting all the 5 years of your eCommerce experience into this guide. I’m looking forward to start exploring all the material included. What I would probably benefit from at first is the Drop Shipping model but outside the US. Not sure if you or any of your followers had dealt with any suppliers that offer drop shipping business in other countries. I wonder how I could start talking to suppliers in my country that do not offer this option but may be willing to start this kind of business venture.

    Thanks again for your 3-month hard work to help beginners and experienced users in eCommerce.

    Remi

    • Andrew says:

      Very welcome, Remi! It know there are fewer drop shippers outside of the U.S., but it still should be possible to talk with suppliers and see if you can work out a drop shipping arrangement with them. And if not, there’s always stocking your own product or incorporating in the U.S. and selling to the U.S. market from your home country.

      Good luck!

  47. Jb Lilley says:

    I’ve been researching ecommerce for about 3 weeks now and you’re exactly the resource I was looking for. I went back and read all your blog posts and your ebook. Awesome information. I also bought your “How to build a profitable ecommerce store” through startupplays. So my question is… how is this guide different?

    • Andrew says:

      Hey JB! Great question, and I was worried that the difference between the two was a bit confusing.

      The difference between the The Insider’s Guide and the Startup Play is that the Insider’s Guide is MUCH more thorough. The Startup Play is a high-level outline that gives you the steps needed to start a store with brief descriptions, but really doesn’t dive into the details. The Insider’s Guide includes detailed videos, interviews, worksheets and screencasts and goes into MUCH more detail on exactly how to do specific things. It also includes numerous worksheets and spreadsheets to help with the process, including a custom-build financial model for estimating niche profitability.

      The Insider’s Guide also includes a number of “In Action” screencasts that show you exactly how I do things like create an AdWords account, do keyword research and find suppliers in Google. It also comes with 3 months of SEOMoz for Free – which would normally cost $297.

      Ultimately, the two cover similar information but The Insider’s Guide goes into much more detail and walks you through the process in a much more in-depth way. The Startup Play is more of a high-level outline that can get you pointed in the right direction and give you “action items”, but won’t go into as much detail.

      If you do decide to get The Insider’s Guide, please email us after purchase and we’ll issue you a refund to credit you for the amount you spent on the Startup Play. :-)

  48. Adam says:

    Hey Andrew,

    I first came across ecommercefuel while reading a comment you left on Tim Ferris’ blog about six figure businesses built for less than $100. Since then, I’ve learned a lot from all the information in your ebook, your blog, The Ultimate Dropshipping, etc. Thanks for all the helpful information. It has all been very useful in getting things rolling. Thank you!

    I am nearing the “launch” phase and hope to do so near the end on this month. I know that I have a lot to do before then, but I also know I have a lot of resources at my disposal (this blog being at the top of the list!). The biggest hurdle that I think I’ll face after launching my store will be marketing. It seems like that will be the thing that will be the most time consuming. I think that portion of your guide will be the most beneficial to me.

    Again, thank you for sharing your ecommerce experiences with of us us. You have definitely helped me to get started on a new veture!

    Adam

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Adam! Glad you found me through 4HWW and I think it’s awesome you’re looking to marketing as the biggest priority and challenge – it is. That’s a great sign you’ll spend the necessary time and energy on it.

      Best of luck!

  49. Angela Randev says:

    I’ve read your ebook and have been very inspired by all of your blog posts.

    I started a website about a year ago and have had trouble getting any natural traffic. I’m lacking in SEO knowledge, and I think your course is exactly what I need to get my site on its feet.

    Thank you for the wealth of information you’ve been providing in your blog!

    Many thanks,

    Angela

  50. Sheetal says:

    I’ve been working so hard to help other people make money. I’d love to put the time and dedication into working for myself, but where to start, it’s a mine field. I have the passion and dedication, but the knowledge from your online course would be absolutely invaluable. It would help me make the changes I’ve been wanting to make for so long.

    Sheetal

  51. Randy Feliz says:

    I have been a member for the past year, after loosing my job in the finance world and almost loosing my house to foreclosure, I found your program and purchased the online version for 49.95. It has helped me get to the point of almost launching, I feel I need that little extra that your new program can provide. Your stories have been very inspirational and I feel I can really get this finally up and running, but I need a little bit more knowledge and insight. I can honestly I would not have even gotten this far it it wasn’t for your program. Your next program should be what I need to get this completed and be on my way to a successful business I can attribute all to you and your program.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Randy! Awesome to hear that my material has helped you so far, and that you’re very near launching. If you do decide to get The Insider’s Guide, please email after purchase and we’ll issue you a refund to credit you the $50 you spent on the Startup Play action outline. Good luck!

  52. Nadine says:

    I’ve been looking to start an ecommerce store this year to be able to create a new stream of income, and as I’m working with very limited funds, I’m looking to bootstrap the process. I’ve started doing some research a while ago and discovered your blog and ebook (as well as the dropshipping guide with shopify) which has been of tremendous help in understanding how the process works. My main challenge lies in the niche selection part, I’ve already narrowed down on an ecommerce platform (Shopify) and looking through a dropshipping database at the moment, but struggling to find a scientific approach to choosing the appropriate market to enter. I feel that your course will be of tremendous help in helping me narrow down on a market, and use appropriate marketing strategy once I launch.

    Thanks again for all the valuable info you’ve been providing on your site!

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Nadine! Picking a niche can be really, really hard – it’s probably the biggest struggle people face when trying to get started. That’s why I spent a ton of time on the Niche Selection module in The Insider’s Guide. It walks you through an entire process from offering tons of niche ideas (including 1000s of magazines, business broker sites, niche products in Google, etc) to filtering out the bad ones to competitive research to finding suppliers to a 5-page decision worksheet to help you pick the best niche. It even includes a niche profitability financial spreadsheet that makes it very easy to get an idea for how profitable a niche will be.

      Best of luck with choosing a niche, and good luck!

  53. Cristian Erives says:

    Dear Andrew:
    My name is Cristian Erives; I like your story of successful entrepreneurship and I’m one of your biggest fans.
    I like your blog ecommerce fuel a lot and I think your publications are a treasure for anybody that would like to get started into this business.
    Your Insider’s guide it’s just an amazing piece of work and even though I think every single module it’s an essential part of this starting process, personally I think the most benefitial modules for me would be:
    Module 2:
    Picking the Niche market easier.
    Module 4:
    Marketing your Store as a PRO

    For Bonus Points:
    I think I deserve to win because I’m just like you.
    I wasn’t happy with my job back in my country where I’m from (Mexico), I was working long hours with low pay, I was living frustrated and in the need of new opportunities.
    One day I decided to leave everything behind (Family, Friends and a Culture) to come to the USA and start again, looking for the American Dream.
    Now after several years of embracing the USA as my Country, learning English and studying, I think finally I’m ready to launch my internet business and I think your Insider’s guide would be one piece of the core in providing me with the right tools in my entrepreneurship.

    • Andrew says:

      Awesome story, Cristian, and a (belated) welcome to the U.S! I can only imagine what a wild experience it’s been over the last few years, and I think it’s impressive you made the decision to pro-actively move to try to improve your working position.

      Best of luck with your business and in the giveaway!

  54. Carlos says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and helped me to put so many ideas together and easy to know what I would like to do next. Congrats for that!

    The main purpose I want to dive myself into eCommerce is, not only for getting the experience and acknowledge and help/share with others, but to help my sister who is in charge of a cosmetic shop here in Spain. (Very difficult business)

    I think the best sections from your Great Insider’s Guide that will help me at the beginning are 3) Launching Your Store, 4) Marketing and 5)Store Optimization. Of course I would apply for the Complete Edition as my other big challenge this year is to learn about the other 2 main topics you mentioned (Business Inc and Niche Selection)

    I’m not sure whether being outside U.S. is a big issue or not to follow every single advice from your side but I have the solution for that: I would required to read and learn a lot about my regulation (if different) here in Spain and the different strategies to be followed.

    I would write much more but I would wait for my next entry :)

    Wish you the best Andrew and I hope the guys getting the free copy will use it for helping others as well and get fun while learning eCommerce.

    Regards,
    Carlos

  55. Umayr Hussaini says:

    I’m SHOCKED. When I read you were giving away two copies of “The Insider’s Guide to Building an Online Store”, my heart literally skipped a beat because this is exactly what I need, and this is in one word- amazing! Alright, sorry for posting this sort of late, but I had to make sure I took some time to piece together my thoughts and message, because this means a lot to me.

    I won’t go to deeply in my “sob” story, because let’s face it everyone has difficulties, and honestly it’s what you are actively doing to differentiate yourself, in my case it’s learning as much as I can despite not being financially fit to purchase premium content. Alright let’s get on to my story, my parents being immigrants and living in poverty most of their lives have developed a very traditional mind set of success, being that the only way to have a successful life is by doing well in college and pursuing a Masters, and ultimately becoming doctor or lawyer. So they are having a very hard time lending me money so i can start my eCommerce business. Being that I’m in college and I already pay for my own tuition, I took the initiative to get an additional job at Dunkin Donuts to earn some money over the summer so I could fulfill my passion of starting and maintaining an eCommerce store. Since money is already short I know that if I want to succeed and conserve the money I already have, I need to go above and beyond when it comes to learning all the ins and outs of eCommerce, and more specifically drop-shipping, since that’s the business model that is most attractive for my situation. The great thing about being a motivated and passionate individual in this time and age is, no matter what your passion is you can at least become well versed in that area, if not succeed, and even if you don’t have the financial standing to receive face to face training, you can get it online, and frankly Andrew you are contributing towards that future by giving away free copies.

    That’s why I took the opportunity to self-learn, basically everything I could with the aid of the plethora of knowledge available online. I became serious about starting an online business, so I read, watched, listened to everything associated with not just eCommerce but business in general. Around March 2013 I subscribed to eCommerce fuel, and I have not only read every single one of your posts, but re-read them including your in-depth EBook, and the ultimate guide to drop shipping. Along with your blog I follow literally every source of information I can. Literally my whole twitter feed is filled with eCommerce related aspects, whether it’s the psychology of a consumer or why drop-shipping isn’t a perfect business model. Ha ha, I won’t lie it’s usually overwhelming the amount of knowledge that goes into making a successful business, but that’s life. Just 6 months ago I knew almost nothing, fast forward to today and I feel confident that I can succeed in eCommerce by Drop-Shipping Niche products, and if I feel if I win it would help immensely.

    Your prompt asked “what sacrifices did you make”, and the answer is possibly the most valuable resource of all, TIME. I spend at least 3 hours a day increasing my knowledge with eCommerce related aspects, not just blogs, but related posts on websites such as Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Quora (one of my favorites), you name it. 3 hours doesn’t seem like much but college, and working to pay tuition takes a lot work. Not only do I try and learn the tips and tricks to eCommerce type of things I also self-learned how to do HTML and CSS from the various sources on the internet so I can honestly say I tried my best. You also asked what would be the most valuable part of your Insider’s guide to Building an Online Store, for me, and sadly I can’t really say. Over the past you have proven that you are one of the leading individuals when it comes to providing free knowledge on eCommerce and specifically the Drop shipping model and every time I read one of your posts, I learn something new, and even if it’s the smallest of things I feel I’m better off than before I read it. Although this is true, if I had to, I mean absolutely must pick one, I would have to say the Niche selection module. I already have a good list of Niche ideas that are worth pursuing but I believe your course would help in further reducing it to the best of the best. Niche selection is in my opinion the most important first step in eCommerce, especially when it comes to drop-shipping mainly because of the margins, but hey there’s always going to be a downside. That’s why I really need this course, since it’s mainly catered to Drop-shipping as it’s based on your background and experience it would really help me a lot since it’s the same business model I’m pursuing.

    Overall what I’m trying to say is, alright everyone has a sad story of why they deserve the insider’s guide, and that’s why I didn’t go too deeply into mine, instead I tried to show you why I deserve the Insider’s guide, despite these obstacles. I could be doing what all the other 19 year olds are goofing around, and going to parties, but I value my TIME, and firmly believe that my passion to succeed will pay off, because I’m not just trying to succeed, I will succeed, and I hope you can see that your course will go to a person that will make good use of it. It would really mean the world to me. Thank you for this opportunity.

  56. Mark Burns says:

    Wow, this course sound like just what I have been waiting for. I have been learning internet marketing for the 4-5 years part
    time and six months ago I decided to go full time pro….this is my future! Over the years I have dabbled in all the various
    marketing models to see what would work best for me. But recently my sister has hit on some really hard times (lost her job,
    lost her home) and I was looking for a way to help get her back on her feet without her having to rely on a pay check that
    she has no control over. So I decided that my first real foray into the online world would be to help here set up an online store
    business. We chose this model because it is more familiar to her than the information selling model. However, this is the
    model I knew least about. So, off I went in search of training, and after paying for various courses and joining groups it led me
    to you and eCommerce Fuel. Unfortunately, your new course wasn’t ready yet and I didn’t even know it was in the works. But I read the free guide you offered and it was great….so I just keep waiting for more.

    I have looked over the course module descriptions to decide which one would best benefit me and my situation. I would have
    to say there likely isn’t one that I couldn’t have got useful info from specially since we have already started setting up a new eCommerce business. I am a Canadian and my sister lives in the US so module one would have helped with the legal and
    outside of the US issues.

    Module 2 would have really reduced the time we spent slogging through the niche research and market selection. This has
    always been a tough one to wrap my head around no matter what business model.

    Module 3 would have been helpful in picking the platform to launch from, even though I am familiar with keyword research and SEO etc.

    But I would have to say Module 4 “Marketing You New Store Like A Pro” will be the most help for us. Getting traffic (the right
    kind of traffic) is a little different than most other business models. But with the Adwords training and a real campaign built
    right in the course, will certainly put this course over the top for me. You see, my first try doing Adwords and following other marketing experts got me banned for life from Googles Adwords and Adsense programs. Which sucked big time as I was doing fairly well until Google told me they didn’t like my campaign but wouldn’t tell me why? After hours and hours of reading
    through their hundreds of guide line pages (they didn’t have tutorials back then) I sort of guessed what they didn’t like, but
    it was too late….banded for life.

    Module 5 is all about keeping your store moving upward and increasing rankings and in turn profits. This module will be the desert cream after getting the store off the ground. With Andrew’s long time experience running online stores I’m sure this will be
    equally valuable in the long run.

    Thanks Andrew.

  57. Adam says:

    Hey Andrew,

    Super pumped about the Insider’s Guide! I’ve already gone through your Profitable eCommerce guide more than once and loved the recent mini course you shared. The amount and quality of the information you share for free is awesome…definitely more than enough to help people get started on the right foot. So, thank you!

    I was laid off from my job a little over 2 months ago and, while it was unexpected and getting laid off is never fun, I have to say that I am glad that it happened. Deep down, I have always wanted to build my own business to live and work by my own set of rules. Instead of jumping right into a new job search, I took some time to figure out what it was that I REALLY wanted to do. I was sure that I wanted to build an online business, but wasn’t exactly sure what or how.

    I researched a TON while trying to filter out all of the get rich quick junk that is out there. I want to build a legitimate, long term business that provides value to people. I stumbled across your blog about a month ago while reading the Dropshipper’s Guide at Shopify and instantly new that this is where I want to start.

    Since then, my wife and I have put forth a plan to make it happen while paying down our debt at the same time (Dave Ramsey style). It has taken and will take incredible sacrifice from both of us to build this business without me having to get another job in the near future. We have a budget set aside for the business and are narrowing down our list of potential niches (it’s so hard to not just jump on something that sounds exciting!).

    We are trying to figure out a way to fit the Insider’s Guide into our budget, but winning it would obviously be awesome! I have the time, motivation, and (thanks to you) a pretty good foundation of knowledge to build a successful store online, but having the in-depth Insider’s Guide would no doubt make the journey a little easier.

  58. Avi Lang says:

    Hi Andrew

    I love this guide you put out and the full training. I think the most beneficial points in your training would be to open and setup the store correctly, and to get the traffic to the store.

    So let me go straight to the bonus points. so i am currently working in a job where i hate its so boring my boss doesnt know what he is doing. i have been following everybody on the internet for example empire flipper, nichepursuits, smartpassiveincome and others there all great but your going to be focest on ecommerce sites. my is trying to work on mary kay makeup but its not doing so good i have a very big passing to win this i know what it takes to build an ecommerce site i just need some guidents.

    there is another site that teaching you ever step o the way in building an ecommerece site but your is so indepth.

    So i want to thank you for this opportunity to try to win one of your copys. I feel i should win bec i have will make good with it and not waist this unbelievable training.

    Thank you Andrew

  59. Carole says:

    Hi Andrew,
    I would love to win the shop owners edition. I have been putting my first online shop together for the past 5 months, and found your Practical Ecommerce ebook and Start Up Play to be really helpful. It has taken longer to get up and running than I thought it would, but that is partly because I am having a custom website built rather than using an out of the box option. Also I am selling handcrafted furniture and decor, so have been sourcing all of my suppliers through google searches and links from other sites. It’s been a fantastic experience so far, and I haven’t even launched!

    I am sending the website to a few friends to get feedback next week, then launching for real! Therefore, I could totally use the store owners version of your new program. I’ve collected a lot of your blog posts in my Evernote file on marketing, so I know there will be great content in it that I’ll be able to use.

    Keep up the great work. Between you and Steve Chou I have great mentors.

    Regards,
    Carole

  60. Ric says:

    After having a disastrous few years with the GFC wiping out my major clients and seeing my superannuation and property disappear, I am about to embark in an eCommerce operation with 2 partners. We are committing months of research to make sure the products we produce are eco-friendly, our own funds plus borrowing a substantial sum.

    I think I’d benefit from the Australian quick start section, SEO and driving traffic to the store, but the whole course is attractive.
    Why do I deserve to win? Ah… because I am a thoroughly decent chap! Seriously though, it would be nice bonus to get something free, but my main focus is to get it right. Three of us have our futures, and our childrens’ futures motivating us, plus a commitment to a charity (stem cell research) as a tribute to the disabled person who has faith in us and providing the loan. We have an obligation to succeed.

  61. Kaven Ayotte says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I really like your website, even after only 1 year it is already one of the best ressources on eCommerce online.

    My situation is a bit different of most as I work full-time as the eCommerce manager of a big local sports/fishing/hunting retailer here in Quebec that targets french canadians. The store already works well and sales grow rapidly, but I would use the Marketing and Optimization modules of your store owner’s edition to take it to the next level.

    Thanks,
    Kaven

  62. Drew Williams says:

    Hi Andrew,

    First off, congratulations on all your success and thank you for publishing highly authentic and valuable information for like-minded entrepreneurs! Kudos to you for providing to your audience with such an information-rich e-book, “Profitable eCommerce”. This was an excellent read!

    I have a unique background that I bring to e-commerce. I graduated with a Biology degree and followed that up with a Masters of Science degree. I am currently doing further post-grad work in Florida. Over the years I have seen great opportunity to leverage my scientific background in the world of e-commerce. I have studied many individuals areas of e-commerce in my attempt to put together the pieces needed for success……and I have achieved some success, and even more failure! Although I have had to abandon past e-commerce projects, I am confident my failures have led to valuable learning experiences that I can apply towards my future project.

    Coming for a non-traditional background and stepping foot into the e-commerce world, I “The Insider’s Guide” is the comprehensive guide that I (and many others!) have been waiting for! Because of my non-traditional, scientific background, I would highly benefit from Module 3: Build and Launch Your Store Quickly and Module 4: Market your New Store Like a Pro. My current project focuses on specific niche related to my scientific background, and for this reason I am confident I can add much more value to the customers beyond the product itself – one of the lessons you stress in your ebook. I am fortunate that many of the pieces have been falling into place. However, NOW is the time I need to apply the valuable lessons from “The Insider’s Guide” in order to make this a reality!

    Thank you for your consideration!

  63. Tom says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for putting this course together, it looks really comprehensive.

    I am from Australia, so I find the business set up to be particularly helpful. I have been struggling to decide if I should set up a business in the United States or Australia. Obviously the market is larger in the US and there are more drop-shipping companies in the US. However, I am yet to find a straight forward guide to setting up an ecommerce business in the US for someone that is not a US citizen. The fact that you have interviewed an Australian who has set up a business in the US is very inspirational.

    I also find the niche and supplier section to be very beneficial, as this is something that I am also struggling with. I really like the fact that you have included worksheets and checklists in this course. I find that this helps a lot with being able to stay on the right track and feel confident about the progress being made.

    Why me? I am really motivated to create a store that provides a wide range of products for an enthusiast, as well as a lot of helpful “how to” information for someone who is new to the niche that I enter. I am currently not working at the moment so winning this course would really help me with getting started.

    As others have said keep up the good work!

    Thanks

    Tom

  64. Eazy says:

    Let me help you create an interesting case study. My day job is working for a medium or large (depending on your definition) internet-only retailer of outdoor sporting goods. We sell trolling motors so I guess that makes me a direct competitor. We’re on pace to do over 25 million this year through our ecommerce channels. We compete mostly on price and a large portion of business is done through third party marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon. We have a few catch-all websites for all of our products and one of them was at one point doing over 1.5 – 2 million annually. Recently, we’ve tried to develop niche sites similar to trollingmotors.net. We’ve done OK with them, but our focus is back on the catch-alls. I’ve been in eCommerce for 5 years and retail for about 15.

    The most beneficial part for me would be your hands-on approach. I’d also like to see your niche selection process as that is the most crucial part.

    Why should I win?

    I’ve had a business incorporated since 2009. In 2011, I tried venturing out on my own through dropshipping, but failed for various reasons. My wife recently lost her job and we just had our first child – very excited and nervous! My dream is to pass him a successful business.

    Not only can I learn a lot from you, but I have a decent amount of experience myself, and I can give you some ideas about improving your course (not that it isn’t great already – you are the real deal and your free content is great). But for example, I’m an expert in third party marketplaces and I don’t see much about a multi-channel approach on your blog.

  65. Remi says:

    Hey Andrew,

    There is one interesting for you and wonder whether you mention or teach that in you Insider’s Guide. How did you manage to start working on your on-line business while still working in a corporate environment? Did you have an overlap period? If you so how much time you took to switch full-time to your eCommerce project? Or you just went for it and did a switchover instantly?

    You see, I am in a similar situation, working for a big company, luckily working a bit home office and have some time to start preparing for eCommerce business, eventually leave my corporate carrier and dedicate 100% to my business. The thing is that I am struggling how to effectively run those 2 activities at the same time. I am so into starting my own business that can hardly concentrate on my day-to-day job, thinking all the time about picking a good niche and go out there, feel like I cannot waste much more time. But on the other side there is this thinking that I should be dedicating my self to my corporate job and this way cannot concentrate on any of the tasks hehehehe!!! What would be your advise on that? How can I overcome this uncomfortable migration process?

    Thanks in advance,
    Remi

  66. Davida says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your success with your businesses & training programme.

    As someone who has battled to get a job I started a promotional/branding business, which hasn’t done at all well as my marketing skills are not the best.

    To win your programme would mean the world to me.

    My financial circumstances dictate that as much a I would love to buy your programme I couldn’t afford to.
    With the business that I started that hasn’t gone anywhere & my husband not able to work due to a back injury.

    I would love have a go at making my current business more successful by taking it on-line and having you as a mentor would be “priceless”.

    Once again thank you for sharing.

    Davida

  67. Candice Kenny says:

    Hi Andrew!

    I’m really excited that this guide exists! I believe it to be the perfect resource for dropshipping and other models of ecommerce, especially for people who are newbies, like myself. It’s born at the perfect time for me, I had just been laid off due to work shortage and the future seems uncertain. I have been dreaming of starting a dropshipping business for years now, but haven’t been sure of the right steps to take. I like to do things perfectly the first time around and being this a underground type model of work, it’s been hard to find resources and tools to get started.

    I’ve been a fan of your blog for a long time and have not only read and watched but have thoroughly enjoyed all of your blog posts, emails, pdfs, spreadsheets and videos. I relate well to your writing and your style of marketing. I would love to be able to share knowledge with you as I believe that you are one of the best in the business.

    Whenever I speak about the dropshipping model to people, I am often met with a “that’s a pyramid scheme” type of response. My husband has been unsupportive in my quest to start my own store, and remains unconvinced no matter how I try to explain the benefits. Especially now that money is tight, he has been very much against spending the amount that I want to for this guide. It’s been a struggle to make him realize that it will save time and money as the business progresses. I am sure that I will learn quicker and more effectively through your guide than if I had learned on my own.

    The section that I would learn the most from would be actually be all of them. From start to finish I want it to be executed as well as it possibly can be.

    I want to say thanks for taking all the time required to create this guide. I admire your honest approach to marketing and I hope that I will soon learn what you have to share!

    Thanks for reading,
    Candice

    • Steve says:

      **Whenever I speak about the dropshipping model to people, I am often met with a “that’s a pyramid scheme” type of response. **

      Those people are called idiots.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for the entry Candice, as well as for picking up a copy of The Insider’s Guide! I hope it’s incredibly useful to you and dramatically cuts down on your learning curve.

      Best of luck!

  68. Hey Andrew,

    Firstly great work the blog, please keep it up. :D

    I’m sure the whole program will be useful, but i think right now the best part for me would be “Niche Selection”. I’m a Canadian Expat living in Guangzhou, China right now. I’ve made some really great connections in the jewelry industry and have been heading in that direction. However the more research i do on e-commerces, the more i wonder how i should niche jewelry.

    As for why i deserve it, I have to admit i hate these kind of questions. I don’t want to give a sob story and compete for pity.
    The truth is i’ve been researching, planning and saving for e-commerce for the past 5 months now, so with or with-out the training I will be launching a store this season. It would just be nice to join the ranks of e-commerce entrepreneurs, armed with some solid know-how and more confidence having completed your course.

    BTW, if you ever need a contact in Guangzhou or Shenzhen to source or QA a product for please feel free to drop me a line.

    Best of luck to everyone!

    Ryans~

    • Sven says:

      Hi Ryan,

      you are located in Guangdong province? Nice. Have been in Shenzen 10 days ago. Visa run :-) We are currently living in Yangzhou, east of Shanghai. Drop me a line on LinkedIn! Always great so see some fellow internet marketers with the same problems as me (VPN not working, slow connection speed and so on). But the great food and in your case weather makes up for it, right?

      Zaijian
      Sven

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for the offer Ryan! Appreciate your entry, and good luck as you’re starting your business.

  69. Omar says:

    Hi Andrew,

    For the complete edition, does it include 100′s of actively searched niches on Google?

    Thank you,
    Omar

    • Andrew says:

      It does, Omar! The Complete Edition includes everything, including the comprehensive niche brainstorming resources.

  70. Rob Marr says:

    I Need Help Building and Analyzing my Content and SEO Strategy………..Please!

    Introduction to project

    Okay so in this short paragraph I am going to give a brief insight into the project I am currently working on and the aims and objectives of what I and my company aim to achieve.

    Tools Company

    Basically I work for a tools company who are about to launch an online website to sell and distribute their products all over the UK. Tools boring…. I know, but stay with me. I have been given the task of optimizing the website as well as creating brand presence and engagement through research, development and implementation of an engaging content strategy. Through the content I aim to add excitement, educate, and inspire the tools buying persona and ultimately bring excitement to an industry which lets just say ‘doesn’t exactly get the pulse racing’. In other words, I want to away with all the boring deals,promotional and and store opening based drivel (not literally all of it but you get the picture) and bring back some ‘fun’.

    Bottom Line : Increase Sales Online

    I have done a large amount of research into the areas I need to cover. However admittedly I am relatively new to the world of online marketing and although I have a lot of experience in brand optimization and consumer psychology, I have a few questions to ask ‘the experts’ into the more practical elements which will help me execute and manage my project. I have split my queries into the different marketing areas I want to target. I do not expect anyone to help me with all, but any help would be greatly appreciated! Please try to bare in mind, I am a one man band on this so budget and time are major constraints.

    SEO

    1. Best way to research and choose the keywords for PPC?

    2. What very simple organic search SEO basics should I be utilizing?

    3. How do I build my social media channels, and blogging into SEO (link building etc)?

    Bench Marking

    1. I want to benchmark my nearest competitors Social Media analytic’s so I can determine their success’s and failure and also create targets for where I want us to get to. However I can’t seem to find any software which allows you to conduct competitor analysis. I am using Hoot suite but this only allows me to manage and analyse my own social networks

    2. I also want to do this for SEO, I know MOZ allows you to do this

    Research

    1. How do I set up listening posts to follow whats trending in a select websites, blogs, social media platforms etc? Search the whole WWW is too broad for the kind of research I am trying to conduct.

    Anything Else! (literally anything!)

    Any other useful or eye opening tips you have for me which you feel can help me deliver this project, the more the merrier!

    BEST ROI TOOLS AND TIPS…………………….

    MANY THANKS!

  71. Ravindra says:

    Hi Andrew,

    After thinking long and hard about doing something extra and starting my own business, I have finally bit the bullet. I am in the process of launching a business dealing with marine electronics and instruments like fishfinders, VHF radios, marine cameras, radars and instrument displays called BoatingInstruments.com (www.boatinginstruments.com). It is not fully operational although the website is up and running and will be open soon.

    Thanks,

    Ravindra

  72. Cathie says:

    This sounds really interesting. I’m thinking about it.

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