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Are you being Scammed by a legitimate supplier?

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News for people that are trading through eBay or have their own online store;


Spot That Scam !

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There is a new trick scammers are using to get you to part with your hard earned money. They first create accounts on numerous wholesale trade directories and chat boards, claiming to be employed by a supplier you know to be legitimate. They then impersonate that company until they drive you into making a deal with them.  Do the portals that receive the scammers’ advertising fee care about this practice? Not really. Do third party verifiers care? Another resounding No.

Be careful when dealing with suppliers just because their company name checks out. While the company may be legitimate, the people you are communicating with may not.

Since 2006 eSources is the Internet’s largest resource of verified wholesalers and dropshippers. We don’t just verify the legitimacy of a company, but also of the people behind the company. Is our work worth any money to you? Probably tens of thousands. Why do we charge so little? To maximise the number of traders that will benefit from the Internet’s largest verified trade community, while keeping tire kickers away and reinvesting membership fees on offering you an even better service, for life.

Be immune from impersonators. Get the edge your business deserves.

The chances are that out of 10 suppliers that you find, about 7 to 8 are scam sites. They are designed to avoid detection and lure sellers to commit to a purchase with no strings attached. This post will attempt to help you sift out these scam sites and avoid pitfalls. These tips are for all wholesale distributors and suppliers for whatever you are purchasing.

First of all, check the contact details of the company provided. Legitimate suppliers will definitely have a valid telephone number.

Also, a real company will always use a land line as the contact number instead of a cell phone number and be listed.

Secondly, verify that the contact details include the full business name and its registration number. It would be ideal to be able to verify the information from the company registry of the country where the company resides.

Thirdly, do an online Whois lookup on the domain name of the company website. You can do it at  http://whois.domaintools.com/ Check for the date the domain name was registered and its expiry. Legitimate wholesale distributors for example will have their domain registered typically for a period of more than 3 years.

Fourthly, verify the address to make sure it is not a fake. Make sure it is valid and not in some poor, deserted and undeveloped area.

Last but not least, go for secure methods of payment like Escrow, Cod, PayPal or credit cards. Try to avoid Western union and wire transfers which are unsecured and untraceable.

Another great post over at Contest Blogger about contest scams.

If you or somebody you know has had a run in with a scam artist, then please let me know and leave a comment.

I no that it can be a painful experience for anybody who has been affected, so the more people that are made aware of these scams the better.

Thanks’

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Mini Sites Exposed Part Two Starter for 10

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OVERALL QUALITY
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It’s important to note that these are online videos that you access from your web browser. Michael uses Camtasia Studio to create these videos, which is the premier software program for creating screen capture tutorials such as these.
The first thing I noticed when I hit the play button on the first video was the incredible production quality. These are NOT your ordinary screen capture videos. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone make videos that are this high quality before.
He uses beautifully created graphics to pass his wisdom along to you, and the sound quality is the highest you will ever hear in an Internet marketing product. They sound like they were recorded in a professional studio.

Michael explained to me that he was sick and tired of seeing all the low quality videos out there, and so he set out to create something different in order to raise the bar in our industry. I think that, when you see Mini Site Profits Exposed for yourself, you’ll
agree that he has succeeded.

Now let’s move onto…

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THE ACTUAL VIDEOS
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Here’s a brief summary of each video. Obviously it’s impossible to list every single thing here, but I want you to get a feel for what each one covered, and how well it covered it.

If you’re in a hurry, you can just check the     videos out right now for free. Here’s the URL:

http://www.minisiteprofitsexposed.com/?thankyou-page=13452

VIDEO 1 - INTRODUCTION

This videos introduces you to the entire course, as well as the teacher himself. You’ll learn what you can expect from the course, and why it’s structured the way it is. Michael realizes that you may not have heard of him, and so he spends some time establishing his credibility with you by sharing some of his biggest successes. It doesn’t come across as bragging at all.
Michael explains that, in order for you to get value from the teachings, you need to have faith that the teacher actually knows what he’s talking about. By the end of this video, you will have no doubt.

By the way, this is a good lesson for all of us product developers. If you want people to accept you as an authority on any subject, you first need to establish your credibility with the reader. That way he’s willing to relax, and trust that what you’re
telling him is sound advice.

VIDEO 2 - THE BASICS

This video will introduce you to the basics of mini site marketing. This will set the foundation that all future learning will rest upon, so it’s important to pay close attention to this one.
You’ll learn:

* What mini-sites are, and what makes them different
from regular content sites.

* Which businesses they work well for… and which ones
they don’t.

* The right mindset to have when it comes to creating
mini sites as part of your online business strategy.

* And the different tools you need to get started.

This was a great video, and did an excellent job of kicking things off, and building the foundation for the rest of the course.
VIDEO 3 - SQUEEZE PAGES

This is probably one of the most useful videos of the entire course. Every Internet marketer needs to build an email list, but how do you do it? What is the best way to capture the most opt-ins?
The answer is ’squeeze pages’. This video will teach you:

* Why using a squeeze page is far superior to other
opt-in methods.

* The single most important thing you must include at
the top of your squeeze page to skyrocket your opt-in
rate.

* The secret structure of a squeeze page, and why most
marketers get it wrong (which costs them a LOT of
money).

* The most important to include in your opt-in process
that will make sure that people actually receive your
email.

After watching this video, you’ll know everything you need to know to start building a massive opt-in list right away. This will probably be the first video that you ‘take action’ on. You’ll be so excited about the possibilities, that I guarantee you’ll go and create your own squeeze page right away.

VIDEO 4 - MINI SITE COPYWRITING - PART ONE


Nothing happens until the sales copy is written. Graphics alone will never sell a product, but sales
copy alone WILL. This video begins to demystify the mysterious process of writing words that make people whip out their credit cards and buy.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

* Why you need to learn copywriting, even if you “hate
to write”

* What a compelling offer looks like, and how to tell
the difference.

* How to write an eyeball-grabbing headline that
practically forces your readers to go through your
entire page.

* A simple trick you can use in your opening to make
your reader want to learn more.

There is no skill that is more important to your
success than the ability to write killer sales copy.
Make sure you pay extra attention to this video, as
well as…

VIDEO 5 - MINI SITE COPYWRITING - PART TWO

This video dives right into the individual components of a killer sales letter. You’ll learn how to create the “secret structure” of a mini site sales letter that makes big money. Specifically, you’ll learn:
* How to create captivating body copy that draws your
reader into the sales letter.

* Bullets that force your reader to keep reading the
whole page, and makes them insanely curious and want
to buy your product

* How to take the risk off people’s shoulders, so
they’ll feel safe buying from you.

* How to craft your ‘call to action’, and get people
to whip out their credit cards and buy immediately.

* The secrets of writing a killer P.S. that helps seal
the deal, and flip your prospect into a buyer
instantly.

This video covered a surprising amount of detail, especially considering that this course is not
specifically about copywriting. Michael Rasmussen is definitely someone who overdelivers in his educational products.

VIDEO 6 - HOW TO AUTOMATE THE DELIVERY OF YOUR INFOPRODUCT

Unless you want to be chained to your computer, you must learn how to put your mini sites on autopilot. The only thing you should be doing is driving traffic, and letting the site itself do all the work, including the work of instantly delivering the product to the customer.
This video will walk you through the process of automating your product delivery, so you can just
relax, and collect the money. The best part is… once you have this automated system set up, you never have to touch it again.

Until Tomorrow

Here’s the URL:

http://www.minisiteprofitsexposed.com


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10 tips for growing your online sales

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The mantra for attracting traffic to your online store and persuading visitors to click through to your shopping cart comes down to three words: Utility. Utility. Utility.

In other words, make it easy for your shoppers to do business with you.

Yet there are dozens of convenient and affordable options to add pizzazz and personality to e-commerce ventures, from innovations in interactive marketing to distinctive product display, such as 3D animation.

In the end, it’s a matter of deciding what is the right balance, and what trade-offs your site might experience in usability if you add in dramatic effects.

Remember to weigh all your choices against the time it takes pages to load, the perils of glitches or crashes, the complexity of searches or transactions and the risks of making customers impatient.

Generally, simpler is smarter—and more profitable.

If you’re ready to launch an online shop or want to retool one that’s already up and running, here are 10 more tips that can help keep customers clicking.

1. Brand your online store. The first step, of course, is to choose your online brand—that is, the domain name of your store. You want a brand and URL that will immediately and accurately communicate your wares and image. For instance, a luxury linens shop won’t get far with a domain name of Cheapsheets.com. Craft a name that telegraphs the soul of your mission and products. Also, consider what will emotionally appeal to the customers you target.For help in registering your domain name, check out the Microsoft Office Live Small Business offerings, which include a free domain name for your business Web site. The timing for this decision assumes you’ve already put together a business plan to map your company’s progress. Template tools can help you get started quickly.

2. Choose a quality e-commerce platform. It’s likely to be your fastest and most cost-effective option to purchase an e-commerce package of site-building templates and services. Spend time researching competitor sites to see what’s available. Compare how vendors handle information about returns, shipping, and privacy, and what specific services they offer. (Be sure to check out Store Manager, a feature of Office Live Small Business.)

3. Select payment options. You will need to set up merchant accounts and credit card processing systems for online transactions. At a minimum, you will want to offer a choice of at least three major credit card options, and perhaps a PayPal account.”Understand all of your online processing fees,” adds Henry Helgeson, chief executive officer of Merchant Warehouse, a Boston-based company that specializes in setting up merchant accounts. Those fees include “interchange fees,” or the amount charged by bankcard networks to use their debit or credit cards.

4. Strive for clarity in design and navigation. The more efficiently you can deliver what customers seek, the better off you (and they) will be. For instance, don’t force visitors to return to your home page as they move through your site

5.Collect visitor information, but do it carefully. “If you collect contact information and stay in touch, you’ll extract more value from your visitors than if you depend on the 1 percent to 2 percent who are ready to buy right now and ignore the rest,” says Howie Jacobson, author of “AdWords for Dummies.”However, if you force customers to register too much personal information before they check out, you’ll lose the sale—either because it takes too much time or because the customer is annoyed by your information demands.

First, state your privacy policy clearly on your site, including on the registration pages, so that customers understand that their information will be protected. Next, give customers an incentive to share information. For instance, offer a discount coupon or free shipping in exchange for registration.

6. Let your customer drive. Instead of creating rigid pathways, build in search functionality or a dynamic database that lets customers find what they want, when they want it. Similarly, make sure visitors can get quick answers to their questions.A March 2007 survey of nearly 3,000 online customers found that 44 percent abandoned a shopping cart because they couldn’t get the answer to a question, according to Harris Interactive. A prominent FAQ page or Live Chat function can respond to such queries.

7. Leverage the power of search engines. When visitors input the product you sell or your brand name on search engines, make sure the link connects to your landing or product page, not your company home page. This enables customers who don’t know your company or who forget its name to still find you.

8. Use a content management system. This will not only make it much easier to post crisp and clear product descriptions, but will also allow you to quickly update prices and product information. Such systems, which used to be costly and geared to large retailers, are now much more affordable for small businesses.

9. Don’t make your customers dig. If you have invested in marketing a sale, discount, special event or any other promotion, post that in a prominent place on your home page. It should be the first item visitors see, so you immediately reward prospects for responding to your messages.

10. Regularly track site results. Set up a system to capture traffic information, either in-house or by using fee-based products, such as adManager, a feature of Office Live Small Business. This will transform the site into a marketing analytics tool that can tell you, among other data points, the sites and search engines that refer your best customers as well as which pages draw the heaviest traffic.Such tools also enable you to identify return customers, new prospects, and understand how users typically navigate the site—where and what they clicked. Then you can adjust your design or products accordingly.

Today’s intuitive, automated tools work fast and efficiently, so you should be able to launch your online store quickly and painlessly.
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