There is one question that is often asked by the widest range of eBay sellers, whether they’ve been selling for a while or just starting out. That question is… “what are the best items for me to sell”?

I’ve discussed this before in previous article. You want to stick to something you are familiar with and enjoy. I’ve also pointed out that if you’re not one of the most experienced sellers on eBay, you most likely want to avoid the highest profile items, such as electronics, brand name purses, videogames, and the like.

This is still not an easy solution though, as the questions still linger. Another question often follows up… “how do I figure out the best items for me to sell”? You’ve eliminated the high profile items and the ones you don’t feel comfortable selling. At this point you may also be done selling the extra items around the house, and are interested in pursuing a serious eBay business. Where do I go from here?

I will say that there are many resources you can use to determine products that would be good to sell on eBay. All you have to do is search Google and you will find countless people and resources to help. The problem with this is that there is so much information out there that it can become overwhelming. Another issue is that many of these sources charge money to receive access to them. Once you have developed an established eBay business, spending small amounts of money for these resources is a good idea. However, at this point I will assume that if you are reading this, you are looking to increase your capital first, and are probably seeking the most inexpensive and free ways to accomplish this.

In my experience, one of the most valuable resources of assistance I have received is found right on eBay itself. It’s called eBay Pulse. The purpose of eBay Pulse is to tell you what the most popular products are on eBay. It can also advise which products are TOO popular for you to sell, as in which products are already too saturated and are therefore more difficult if not impossible to break into and achieve success amongst the competition. On eBay itself, I often have difficulty in finding the page amidst all of the navigation. Here’s a shortcut that will take you right there..

http://pulse.ebay.com

When the Pulse page first comes up, the most important thing to remember about this list that you see at the top of the page is that it’s an excellent indicator of which products/brands NOT to sell on eBay. This is because, as mentioned previously, the market for these higher profile items is highly saturated. For various reasons (to be outlined in a later article), it is almost impossible to succeed with these items as you are competing against the most experienced eBay sellers.

The key in using eBay Pulse is in finding the hidden gems of what to sell. This is what I have had most success in using this resource, and I believe it is extremely valuable in helping you do the same. How? Find the area that says “Categories”. When you click on this you can further break it down into more detailed categories instead of using only the general ones. The next step is to find a category that you are interested in, and break it down as specifically as possible. You will then see a list of the most popular products within that subcategory. You can get some great ideas by doing this with one subcategory. However, the more you can break it down into several other subcategories, the more detailed information you can receive.

I my opinion, eBay Pulse is the easiest way to get started in researching specific items to sell. Determine what you would possibly be interested in selling, then break it down into various subcategories. You will see the most popular items and whether it is popular and profitable enough to look into selling.

There are other ways to research which items to sell. I will follow-up with articles of more helpful details. In the meantime, I recommend you check out this free e-book on how to increase your income and profits on eBay..

How To Make Money On eBay

Have an excellent day!

Published: December 31, 2013, 20:19 | 1 Comment
Category: eBay

It’s the end of another year. Time to reflect on our successes and failures, and start planning ahead for next year.

It would certainly help to have an idea of what to expect for the coming year. What are the expected trends, forecasts, etc? I did some research and found an excellent article that forecasts some potential trends for online marketing in 2014. Some of these trends include potential changes in email marketing, search marketing, SEO, and more.

For more details, I recommend you check out the article here…

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/features/205020/online-marketing-trends-2014

Have an excellent day!

 

Published: December 30, 2013, 16:17 | No Comments
Category: Online Marketing

There are many people using eBay to sell items and make money online. Some utilize it to make additional money by disposing of un-necessary items from around the house, while some utilize it as a full-time salary earning business.  This article is intended basically for the individuals who are fairly new to ebay, or those or who looking to take their expertise and success to the next level.

The most pressing consideration for those looking to make outstanding profits on eBay is about what to sell. Initially, it might be a simple response. Why not offer everything? However, the more you contemplate it, the more you most likely understand it might be best to be more specific on one or few items. It’s much simpler to deal with, especially at first, and you can focus your endeavors in one area rather than scatter your energies in different directions.

Another question once you narrow your focus is in choosing exactly what that focus will be. There are a few approaches to doing this, and I will layout those principles as well. The following is a rundown of ideas that can help you in addressing those waiting inquiries regarding what to offer. Here they are:

  • Start by selling things from home – The most ideal approach to get your feet wet with selling online is to offer some basic items from around your house. I began with a few CDs and video games that my children were no longer playing. It helped me get acquainted with the posting process, things that work and don’t, taking exceptional photographs, shipping, and so on. In case you need help in choosing what to sell, you can utilize eBay’s “Idea House” for helpful hints.
  • Garage/thrift Sales – I have made some excellent profits finding things at garage sales. The no longer treasures the item, yet it is one that numerous others might love to have. For instance, a Michael Jackson book not long after his death. You can find some extraordinary deals and then sell them on eBay. An alternate recommendation is to check free items on sites like Craigslist. I know some individuals who have done well there too.
  • Avoid the most popular items – It might appear enticing and logical
    to offer the most well known things on eBay. However, I will recommend that
    if you are beginning to sell on this site, you are best advised to stay
    away. Why? Essentially on the grounds that the market for these items is saturated, and the competition is fierce.
    You are basically selling against the best, the individuals who are highly experienced dealers and have the cash to purchase these items in bulk. You can see which items I’m talking about by checking the “Popular Items” area. The top 10 normally includes things like phones, video game systems, iPods, Coach handbags, and other popular items.
  • Research – You have to recognize what items are gaining sales and how much they are selling for. One place to find this data is on eBay itself. Check the “Completed Listings” area. It indicates sales that have finished
    and whether the items sold. If the writing is in red, it means the items didn’t sell . In the event that it’s green, it means the item sold successfully. It likewise shows the amount that it sold for, number of bids, and so on. In the event that an item has a lot of green, you know it can possibly sell well. If the price seems like it would be higher enough than what you paid for it, it’s something you can look into selling.
  • Assess the information - After you have finished a few auctions, be certain to evaluate what worked and maybe what didn’t. Decide you can do to improve your profits and make adjustments. In the event that you wish to be a successful eBay seller, you will do this on a consistent basis.

These are some basic ideas to help you get started with your selling endeavors. By following the above guidelines, you will allow yourself to determine what would be best for you to sell. I will follow up with more details to help you determine what’s best to sell, and how you can maximize your profits. In the meantime, I invite you to check out a previous article about the prospects of making money on eBay. The article includes a link to a free e-book you can use to take your eBay selling to the next level. Here’s link to the article…

How To Make Money on eBay

Until next time, I wish you the best : )

Published: December 27, 2013, 21:09 | 4 Comments
Category: eBay

Many people are seeking ways to make money online, and there are many different ways for them to choose. One easy way to begin this endeavor is by selling items on eBay. Many people today are making significant cash selling all types of products on eBay. With persistence and dedication, this is certainly possible for anyone.

Due to the fact that getting started and maintaining an eBay business is relatively simple, many people are seeking to make good money selling on this site. As a result, there is a great deal of competition, especially for popular items.

A question many people ask is, how can I ensure that my items will sell, and I can make a decent income on eBay? How can I bring more traffic to my listed items than those of the competition? I did some research, and found 5 common ideas that work best. These ideas are good for anyone, whether you are just starting out on eBay, or if you are experienced and looking to take the next step in your marketing efforts. I will also say that I have used these tips with my own auctions. I will be honest and tell you that I am not making hundreds of thousands of dollars yet. However, they have increased traffic to my auctions and have helped me maximize my profits.

Here are the 5 important steps:

  1. The most relevant title keywords – I have found that most people searching for items on eBay don’t do so by category listing. Instead, they use very specific search phrases. As a result, this will have a very high effect on whether you get the traffic you need to make a sale. It is important to focus on the most relevant key words and work from there. To help with this, eBay has several tools on their eBay Research Labs to help match relevant keywords with what you are trying to sell. You can also take a look at which keywords other successful sellers are using to help determine which ones to use.
  2. Spell it right – This may seem obvious, but you will lose so many potential visitors (I am told up to 80%) if you have the slightest misspelling. You will also severely decrease potential profits because you won’t have a high amount of bids.
  3. Is free shipping better? – There is much debate in this area. However, I will say that as a buyer, this is sometimes the determining factor for me in choosing who to buy from. In my opinion it is more customer friendly, and can go further to gain the good graces of potential customers.
  4. Timing is everything – It is a fact that most of the bids on your items will come in the last hours and minutes of your auction. Do you want that time to be when most people are asleep? Or do you want it to be during a prime viewing time? I think the answer is obvious, and you’ll want to make sure the end time is when you will have the maximum target audience.
  5. The right price – This aspect takes some planning and calculating. You will want to offer your items at an attractive price that will still bring you maximum profit. This will take knowing your up-front costs, and other things like packaging, shipping, etc.

These tips may seem very basic to some of you. However, I will say that they go a long way in maximizing traffic to your listings and bringing maximum sales and profits. As mentioned earlier, I believe they can help the eBay beginner as well as the experienced seller.

I wish you the best in your eBay endeavors. If you are seeking further information and tips to jumpstart your eBay success, I recommend you check out this article….

How to Make Money on eBay

Best of luck to you : )

Published: December 14, 2013, 17:35 | No Comments
Category: eBay