I’ve been helping great people answer that question for over a decade now. Is it working? As evidence we have over a thousand positive comments and success stories to show for our efforts.
Part of my recent approach to teaching online success is to start out telling people what NOT to do because the odds are they’ve already gotten a bunch of bad advice by the time they discover my ideas.
My students are often surprised to hear me say that they definitely should NOT start their online business efforts by:
So, where should you start?
I run three distinct and successful online businesses and have been doing so for years. The success rate is high when I teach the models to others. I suggest you start with the model below that best suits you. If you aren’t quite sure, then I suggest you start with number one from the below list.
Here are the three strategies of online success that my coaches and I teach:
1. Sell high profit physical goods through Amazon.com, eBay.com and possibly (eventually) your own website. Optionally, you are continually finding creative ways to automate and grow a huge customer following for future sales and connections. (The membership site MySilentTeam.com supports this concept)
2. Find a profitable niche market, be a leader in that niche and give your followers fantastic content while also selling them related products, services, training, or information that is of interest to them. (MySilentTeam.com also supports this concept). NOTE: This IS NOT the same thing as setting up a bunch of tiny niche websites! That model is DEAD & I’ve not liked it for nearly 5 years.
3. Get paid to help other businesses, experts, authors and organizations apply marketing that works to their business. (OfflineBiz.com supports this concept)
Read more about each of these strategies plus more about where NOT to start in the $5 SilentSalesMachine.com book.
Any questions or comments? Let’s talk about it! I’d love your feedback.
One of the questions I get asked occasionally by new eBay and Amazon sellers is this,
“Jim, how do I drive traffic to my eBay and Amazon listings?”
That’s the wrong question.
There’s an inherent problem in that question that I’d like to expose in this blog post. This post is aimed primarily at “newbies” with stars in their eyes and big hopes for fast success.
If that’s you, the next paragraph is important for you to understand and take to heart and could save you a TON of wasted time, energy, effort and cash:
The beauty of Amazon and eBay is that the massive customer base is BUILT IN and all of those people are in a SHOPPING MOOD. There’s no need to ‘drive customers’ to your listings if you’ve picked the right products to sell.
If you picked the WRONG product or are trying to sell your own original unknown product and are left trying to “drive traffic” to it you are playing an entirely different and more difficult game.
While you may hear stories of people promoting their eBay and Amazon listings using SEO tactics, you won’t find me spending (wasting) much time on that type of strategy for newbies b/c it’s such wasted effort for nearly all people who try to do it.
The fact is, even if you start driving traffic to your products on Amazon or eBay from an external source (i.e. your blog for example), the number of competing products that Amazon and eBay display next to your offer will offset any advantage you may have had. You’d have likely been better off just selling the items on your own blog -something I also don’t recommend trying.
If profit is part of your goal, you are better off putting your energy into creating and finding products that have built in demand vs. wasting time trying to drive traffic to your listings.
My best guess is that the concept of “driving traffic to your listings” is something you read on a shiny object sales page somewhere. I can assure you that there’s absolutely NO strategy that exists to make this happen more often than every once in awhile. When it does work, it works for only the rarest of lucky sellers who are also tenacious risk takers and who are also willing to see it all vanish overnight on the whim of a Google algorithm change. (If you don’t understand that last sentence you should DEFINITELY stay away from any “driving traffic” strategies.)
I spend a great deal of time on my blog talking about SEO. My views used to be considered crazy, but now more and more experts are acknowledging that I was ahead of my time on this topic…and that I’m right! Read through the SEO section of this site or my blog for more detail. I promise you’ll never look at “driving traffic” the same way!
And I’ll repeat my foundational advice for this post:
If profit is part of your goal, you are better off putting your energy into creating and finding products that have built in demand vs. wasting time trying to drive traffic to your listings.
Please leave a comment – let’s talk about it…
This is a simple article with simple ideas, but the idea I’m going to present is the core of thousands of success stories.
I have a decade of experience in the art and science of helping eager entrepreneurs find online opportunity. For the entire 10 years I’ve been playing the same tune, but lately my tune has changed a bit…
The old tune went like this: “Start on eBay”
Recently I’ve added two new words to that simple tune. Now it goes something like this:
“Start on eBay or Amazon”
Here are some reasons why I’ve encouraged my readers to start on eBay or Amazon:
o The customers are already there eager, loyal (to eBay or Amazon) and waiting for “stuff”
o It’s EASY (the EASIEST biz to run online by far)
o You’ll get experience and start earning profit early on in the process
o You’ll gain skills that can be applied in multiple other businesses online
o You’ll become part of a community of like minded people that are actually succeeding
o You can start with little to no investment funds
o You’ll start learning what it feels like to grow an audience or customer base
We recorded a beginners training session recently just for you!
Click Here For The Full Replay
Two of my most successful “Amazon Selling” students presented this free training.
I’ve seen literally hundreds (if not more) people launch simple eBay and Amazon businesses into massive success stories. In case you missed it here’s a fantastic success story from on of the $1,000/day Amazon students that we posted on my blog recently. Also note – many of my blog readers left comments on that blog post with their own success stories (in the blog comments): Click Here To Read It
Why is it so stinkin’ easy? It’s all about the CUSTOMERS. Tens of millions shopping customers monthly are going to those two websites to buy stuff.
Here’s our opportunity…
Imagine a huge wave of “inventory” moving from virtually every store shelf, warehouse, yard sale, factory and even website around the world. Where is it going?
It’s going to Amazon mostly…and a lot of it gets listed on eBay as well.
Why are millions of items daily heading toward these two sites? Because THAT is where the CUSTOMER are hanging out.
We see it each Christmas shopping season. Shoppers are staying home and clicking the mouse button to shop.
The loyalty of Amazon shoppers is unprecedented in the history of shopping. They’ll pay more, shop longer, click the mouse and fill their house with stuff they don’t even need. They LOVE Amazon.
As sellers we love Amazon because they do most of the “hard” work for us if we choose to let them. All we do is box up a bunch of stuff and ship it to amazon…and then wait on our check. They sell it and ship it for us.
But remember, eBay and Amazon don’t exist without you and me (the entrepreneurs).
WE (you and I) are the ones that find the low priced stuff in one place (a little known discount website, Walmart, thrift stores, a yard sale etc.) and ship it to Amazon so they can sell it. We send the hard to find collectibles to eBay so eager collectors can complete their collections.
In my case, I pay others to do this business for me! I don’t touch box tape or drive around shopping for bargains.
I’m eager to show you what we know about selling on Amazon and growing a real business that you can be proud of.
Interested in learning more?
Have a question? Ask it using the comment button at the top of this blog post and we’ll be glad to help you out as soon as possible with a reply.
I’ll also update this blog post with further detail soon so stay tuned.
My Proven Amazon Course is now only $347 and worth 10X that. After you check out this article be sure to check out our constantly improving course! “Proven Amazon Course” here.
Do you sell physical products online? By “physical product” I mean anything tangible that must be shipped.
Chances are you’ve thought about it, but you’ve run into a road block at some point (probably a mental road block), and you’ve gone off searching for “lower hanging fruit”.
Many of my readers sell physical product online as do I – but I NEVER touch box tape!
Selling physical product is one of only three core strategies for success that I spend a lot of time training my readers about. Physical products is where nearly EVERY newbie should begin. It’s one of the biggest opportunities of our time, but many would be successful online entrepreneurs shy away from it for one of a few different reasons that I’ve listed here:
The common misconceptions about selling physical products online:
1. it’s perceived as being harder than other types of online business
2. inventory seems hard to manage and find
3. there’s a perception of saturation
4. everyone wants the supposedly easier “affiliate income”
5. you have to deal with picky customers
6. a big investment in inventory is needed to get started
But the REAL facts are:
1. more and more people are jumping online to buy stuff all the time and the opportunity is BIGGER than ever
2. profitable inventory is available all around you once you know where to look
3. few people realize that every component can be outsourced to others – and none of it is hard work
4. affiliate income is one of the HARDEST ways to make a living online. Check that section of my blog for proof.
5. if you don’t want to deal with customers, just ship all your product to Amazon and let them sell it for you!
6. there are many ways to get started with little or even NO investment funds required
Some supporting evidence for the “real facts” I’ve just listed
1. Amazon is quickly becoming the default shopping destination for global online consumers. These shoppers tend NOT to shop around on other smaller, lesser known sites. They pay more on Amazon for product even if it’s less in other places. WHY? One big reason is that millions of them have paid for an “Amazon Prime” membership getting them special offers and incentives to stick with Amazon for all online shopping.
2. Inventory issues can be SIMPLE once you know where to look.
Check out this recent interview as proof. In the interview I spoke on the phone with a student of mine who lives on the beach in Jamaica and has found a stream of profitable products to sell on Amazon!
3. Just yesterday I paid $5900 for a bulk load of inventory to sell. I anticipate I’ll make about 3x my investment after all expenses. I have others doing the listing, boxing, shipping etc. and what doesn’t sell on Amazon can easily be sent to eBay.
5. Using Amazon FBA means you DON’T have to deal with customers…ever! You box up all your product and send it to Amazon. They take it from there.
6. If you lack investment funds, consider selling stuff for other people (it’s called consignment selling and many eBay sellers do quite well with this strategy). Also, try visiting the close out aisles of the stores you visit and compare the prices there with the prices on Amazon and eBay (use your smart phone if you have one.) You’ll almost always find a handful of winners. My rule of thumb: If I’m not 100% sure that I can sell a product for 3x the price I’m about to pay, I walk away. Of course there are many advanced strategies to ramp up from this simple starting point, but it really can be that easy.
What is your reason for NOT selling physical products online?
What questions can I address (along with other readers of my blog)?
===UPDATE: This blog post lead to a $5,000 bet in the comments section. The bet was between two readers Brett & Chuck===
I also interviewed Brett after multiple requests from blog readers to meet him. Learn how he’s grown his business, how his family is involved, and where he finds profitable inventory. Below is a play button and the MP3 download file of this encouraging and informative 40 minute interview:
Want the MP3 of our interview? Click Here To Access It
Finally – here’s the short video I made that tells the story of the $5,000 bet:
UPDATE A FEW MONTHS LATER: Click here to see how Brett’s business is doing just a few months later.
As we continue to get success stories from our Liquidation Investment Training students we add them to the top of this page. Scroll down for the full story in reverse chronological order with our oldest success stories on the bottom of the page.
Feb 23rd, 2013
New testimonials :
Yo Jimmy! You go boy! May God grant you many more years of expanding your network of success stories. As a member of your Liquidation Investment Training, I can only say thank you for all the giving with no personal agenda. You are concise, realistic and most of all you are right! Keep up the fine work.
I just wanted to tell you thank you! Our first deal just went through! Our ****** already indicated he has more inventory he wants to sell us!
Thank you SO MUCH for all the coaching, and your patience with me!
I’m so excited! His only question right now is “When will the check be sent?” I just thought you would want to hear some good news! One of your students is eagerly learning, and so very excited to be alive at this moment….
Thur. Nov 8th, 2012
Each LIT round fills up with amazing studnets! We look forward to working with you if you qualify, and if you are ready to work our proven system. Scroll down this page to see multiple testimonials from the people you’ll be joining inside the LIT members only training and discussion area once you’ve joined:
We joined LIT, feeling confident that we would make money with the information in the course – because we had already made good money with 2 of your previous courses. We didn’t hesitate, because you recommended LIT – and that is why we bought in!
Our main obstacle has always been finding profitable product to re-sell. We know how and where to sell it – but finding product at a price that is profitable is always challenging!
LIT opened a door to a completely new source – and is working well for us.
Linda has been such an awesome teacher and support! She is so good at this!
Thank you Jim and Linda for putting this course together, as it has opened new doors for us, where we were beating our heads against the wall before!
Mike and Vicki A.
Scroll down for multiple testimonials from the first 4 rounds. Remember – you’ll be meeting and working with all of these people once you join our group.
Thur Oct 11th, 2012
The fourth round filled quickly just like all the other rounds, and the success stories keep rolling in. Our LIT member discussion forums are active, and the biz model flat out WORKS. We’ve had exactly zero refund requests. Scroll down to see numerous success stories including the latest that we just added just below. Ready to get more info now? Visit LiquidationInvestmentTraining.com now to get started with the simple application process.
I would like to take the time to thank Linda, Jim and Nathan for offering the LIT program. What a ride it has been!
Before LIT, we had success selling on eBay and Amazon but found the process of obtaining profitable inventory difficult so when Jim announced the LIT opportunity we were very excited. We even cut short a vacation to be sure we could get in on the teleconference! We signed up immediately and it’s been amazing to say the least.
As a result of the information provided in Linda’s book and forum posts, we were able to find the best suppliers and prices for every aspect of the selling process as well as, a “real” understanding of buying wholesale and selling at retail. I dare say, everything a person needs to become successful at buying and selling inventory is provided. Her book, experience and knowledge are priceless. I’ve also learned a great deal from fellow LIT’ers through their forum posts, experiences and encouragement.
And now to the best part – we are making money from what we have learned on LIT and great money at that!!! We have purchased lots from several LIT members and the ROI has been very good. On one of our products we are making 4 to 5 times our cost!!
I could go on and on……but I’ll close with this – LIT has been the best investment we’ve ever made and it has been a blast!
As a result of the success of the inventory we bought, we have scheduled a cruise in March for the entire family. First time we’ve ever taken a vacation with the whole family!!
Thank you thank you!!
Mon., Sept 10th 2012 11AM ET
As we prepare to accept the next round of students into our LIT program I decided to check in with some of our students to see how they are doing.
Many students are doing HUGE deals, and we’ve had NO students drop out or ask for a refund. To see many more success stories from our LIT students scroll down to the July update just below.
Just below this paragraph is a great interview I just recorded by phone with Chuck K. He and his wife joined us just a couple of months ago as part of our LIT training. Use the play button to hear how great they are doing, and hear their advice for anyone considering LIT. Alternately, you can download the interview using the MP3 link just below the play button.
Ready to get on the waiting list for an upcoming LIT enrollment? Please scroll down this page for details.
Fri., Aug 17th 4PM ET
Round 3 is now full, but please scroll down for instructions re: getting on the waiting list for the next round of LIT if/when it launches (likely within 4-6 weeks).
Fri., Aug 17th 10AM ET
Round 3 of LIT is now being formed. Even more great testimonials have now been posted below. If you’ve submitted an application you should be hearing from my team very soon. If you haven’t heard from them yet, please be patient…we are taking apps in the order we received them. Look for an email update regarding the status of round 3 as well. If you haven’t submitted a simple info. request/application yet, read below for details. If you have a question feel free to post it here as a comment, or email us using the contact info on the contact page of the blog (including the toll free number for coaching).
Friday, July 27th 5PM
For several days now the “round 2″ LIT class has been full. We are working frantically with all new students (at their pace of course) and getting them all up to speed. The success rate among students in the program is unprecedented, and there’s plenty of room in countless niche markets for our incoming students. We still have many applications being received and we anticipate a round 3 in mid-August for our next handful of participants. Get your app in now to secure your place in line. To get started please visit LiquidationInvestmentTraining.com, scroll to the bottom of the page, click the “take the first step” button.
Friday, July 13th 10:30AM
What better way to update you on the progress so far than to show you what the actual LIT members have to say now that they are 3 months into the LIT program? These are all people that you’ll meet on our active discussion forums if you choose to join the LIT program. We are only taking on 5-10 new members each month and there is a waiting list. To get started please visit LiquidationInvestmentTraining.com, scroll to the bottom of the page, click the “take the first step” button, & fill out the short questionnaire we have placed there – someone will contact you asap in the order requests are received.
I bought a lot (a load of product) as a result of the LIT course (using the NLN concept they give us). It went perfect and what a ‘dream come true’. Never having to touch the product and already making sales with a ROI of 100+%. I will recoup my cost of the course with this first deal.
We are extremely thankful to Linda, Jim and Nathan for offering us this opportunity. We are truly blessed and look forward to working with everyone in the class
(It wasn’t easy, but…) Once I connected with the source (that Linda gave me), it took a grand total of 3 days from first call to FedEx picking up the boxes – AWESOME!
Just wanted to share my happy news on a Friday afternoon! Thanks to both of you for all your help!
I wanted to post my first success story acquiring product from *****. I recently received my leads from Linda. I made my very first call and the ***** told me he was very interested in speaking with me and had product he immediately wanted to sell. We started the negotiating process and I just purchased several thousand dollars worth of new inventory from him. Linda’s guide has been spot on every step of the way. When I needed questions answered, Linda provided the extra help I needed to get the deal closed. This ******* now has other lines he wants to sell me and has even said he would start referring me to other ***** he knows. My very first call could quite possibly lead to all the products I will ever need should this materialize as I think it can.
I’ve been truly amazed at how much opportunity we have all been offered to be a part of this program. I can’t thank Linda enough for making her methods available or Jim for making it available to his subscribers.
I know we’ve just scratched the surface of what is possible. My wife and I were looking for something that would change our lives – so that one day I could work from home with my family in OUR business. We’ve found it!
Jeff and Christy H.
It has been 10 years in the making but today I left my J.O.B. and joined the world of the self-employed!
Thanks go out to Jim and Nathan (Jim’s Coaching director) for all of your leadership and support. My husband has been buying and selling on Ebay for 10 years and branched out to Amazon FBA almost a year a
go. He signed up for coaching with Jim and Nathan and learned a lot in a very short amount of time.
We are very excited to now have more time to work on the LIT side of our business. My day job was really getting in the way
2012 has been our best (by far!) year ever and we are anxious to see what we can do in the 4th quarter! With both of us working full time the sky is the limit!
- Britni R.
Trust me, it does work!! My husband and I have worked many hours to get going
and get a system set up but are reaping the rewards “as we speak”. We are even having
fun with it now!
Our listings only started a few days ago and we’ve already sold 15 items so we are very
happy with those results.
The long and short of this story is THE SYSTEM WORKS. Linda’s attention to detail
in her book has been priceless not to mention her help behind the scenes which has been
I felt the need to post a huge thank you for the LIT mentorship that we each have access
to as part of this training. Today I ran into a situation with a rather large agency that has
numerous “A” type products and they asked me for a personal referral from an agency
that has worked with my company Vine Associates. They didn’t just want a rep referral
but a full blown agency recommendation. I sent Linda Tyler an email request for how I
could make this happen. She responded within 5 minutes and asked me for more details.
Within a half hour I received a call from Linda stating that the agency was now ready to
do business with me.
I just wanted to thank Linda, Jim, and Nathan for putting this LIT group together! Your
support on the sidelines has been stellar and more than I bargained for when I was
selected to be involved with this group.
I just closed a deal for an inventory of ******* that have a pretty good sell through rate
and they definitely fit the 115% rule. The book you wrote Linda is all that is needed to
put these deals together. I have read it numerous times and it is worth it’s weight in gold.
Everybody keep at it because this business model is something special!
Chuck & Kathy K.
I could never thank Linda enough for all the support and advice she’s been giving me
along the way. This is a fantastic business model, but it’s not easy, (nor did I expect it
to be) it takes a lot of individual determination and focus; however the support Linda
provides is golden. With Jim’s inspiration, Nathan dedication and Linda’s Knowledge
and support I think LIT will evolve into something bigger than any of us can imagine.
Mon, April 9th 2:30PM We have many people now asking how they can improve their odds of acceptance in round two of our “LIT” course offering. There are a few things you can do and ALL of them are good for you even IF you don’t get in next time. First, ramp up your eBay and Amazon selling efforts. New to Amazon? Check out ProvenAmazonCourse.com. That course has created more success stories than any other course we’ve put out in the last 18 months. Next, listen to the call recording below, and then FILL OUT THE APPLICATION offered at the bottom of the LiquidationInvestmentTraining.com page (look for the “take the first step” button). We are going through these apps in the order they were/are submitted. Third, save up. This course isn’t cheap (thousands, not hundreds), and you need to be positioned to purchase inventory if/when accepted.
Fri, April 6th 11AM We’ve had what can only be called an overwhelming response. I wish we could accommodate many more of my amazing customers and readers, but we are pretty much full with a waiting list at this point. We are determined to give top level support and training to those we let in so we had to cut it off at 40. PLEASE CONTINUE TO GET ON THE NOTIFICATION LIST AND SEND IN YOUR “TAKE THE FIRST STEP” APPLICATIONS THOUGH. This will ensure your spot for round 2, 3 etc. if/when we do it.
The reality is this, within a few minutes of wrapping up the live phone call we had over 90 qualified applications…and the number is still rising. The good news: If things go the way we are hoping they will, we’ll have plenty of room (and plenty of sources/leads) for dozens more members over time.
Thur April 5th 6:15 PM (just a couple hours after the live phone call): We’ve had 14 members sign up already (with dozens of qualified applications still to call on) and that’s an old update. This class is filling up quickly. Considering that it takes us 30 minutes or so to sign someone one up, answer any questions, and do the Non-Disclosure agreement etc., and there’s a waiting list of over 100…it’s pretty much full before we even begin.
If you missed the live call on “launch day”, Thursday April 5th, here’s a link to the full full mp3 recording.
Or use this play button:
This call was also recorded and sent via email asap after the call to everyone on the notification list.
The class is going to be capped, and will fill quickly. To get started please visit LiquidationInvestmentTraining.com, scroll to the bottom of the page, click the “take the first step” button, & fill out the short questionnaire we have there – someone will contact you asap in the order requests are received.
We suggest you not wait more than a short time before listening to this call and then making a decision. We will be talking directly with each person who is considering the LIT course in order to help qualify each candidate. If you are aren’t sure if this is for you, or if you aren’t quite qualified at this time for the LIT course, you might find another option better suited for your situation – please go ahead and fill out the form at the bottom of the LiquidationInvestmentTraining.com page (click the “take the first step” button on that page to get started).
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One of my top students (Linda) has successfully launched two six-figure hands free businesses online based on the ideas she’s learned from my book “SilentSalesMachine.com” and this newsletter. One of her businesses has a unique spin that allows us to share it with a good handful of others without ANY risk of competition saturation, so we are forming a class now that is due to launch next month (April 2012).
We are calling it “Liquidation Investment Training” or LIT.
This blog post will contain updates as more information becomes available.
If you’d like to keep up to date by email as more details are released, we’ve set up an email list exclusively for those wanting further info. Feel free to ask questions by clicking the comment button above.
Visit this page and we’ll email you more info:
CLICK HERE TO GET ON THE EMAIL LIST
Who is this opportunity ideal for? Check it out if…
o This is for you if you have experience selling on eBay or Amazon (not really for newbies without investment cash, but we’ll talk to you on a case by case basis to see if it’s a fit and/or offer you other great ideas)
o This is for you if you have funds to invest in bulk profitable inventory. You don’t even have to be the one to sell it! If you have investment cash this is a great opportunity to flip “pennies on the dollar” inventory to eager buyers. All student accepted into our “LIT” training program will form a “buyers group” with multiple opportunities for all.
Don’t join this informational list unless…
o You live in the U.S. (for now this is U.S. only, but we’ll expand it soon to other readers)
Over the years I’ve launched some of the most successful classes and courses online. What makes my courses different from so many others are these factors:
o We form a community among our students each time. It’s not a “hit and run” launch.
o It’s not “theory” – it’s real world stuff that works.
o We bring in true experts that stick with our students long term. It’s bigger than me or my ideas.
o We get results for our students. For example, the number of people earning daily from joining ProvenAmazonCourse.com (the last course we launched) is now in the hundreds and growing daily.
Don’t expect a big flashy launch production from me. I don’t do those. I just teach what works and get results for my students. If you’ve come to trust that, then this might be for you. Get on the informational list and we’ll go from there.
Interested in the LIT course? Go here for details and to get started: LiquidationInvestmentTraining.com (look for the “take the first step” button toward the bottom of the page)