The Art of the Guest Post

If you own a website you know how much time and effort is involved with creating the perfect piece of content. However once you have created it you also need to find a way to get people to view it. This is the area that most people struggle with. The main reason is that the sheer volume of content created each day is astronomical.

It has recently been calculated that each day there are over 2 million blog posts. Or if you would like a more visual reference this is enough content to fill Time Magazine for 770 years. Your little piece of content can easily get lost and forgotten about.

There are a number of different ways to gain the initial traction and increase your sites viewer readership however there are a few that are more beneficial, especially if you’re willing to put in time, than piggybacking ‘ upon other people’s hard work. We can do this is by creating a super high quality guest blog.

Essentially you need to do is find a larger authority website in a similar niche to yours and then to offer them some free content in exchange for an author link back to your website. A few years ago this is a very powerful method of gaining a lot of SEO juice, however in recent years Google has reduced the overall flow on effect. However it is still a highly effective way to leverage an already established audience and readership.

The big issue is the way many people approach this method. Most reach out with a cold email, being leading to the content listed with was still sending in an already published piece of content. The key thing to remember is that a content manager running a successful blog does not have the time to babysit someone elses fledging business.

Guest posting is about leverage
When we are talking about leverage need to realise that it is really a two-way street. You need to be able to offer the blog owner enough value that they will be willing to directly post your piece of content on their website. After all they are risking their audience and credibility by letting someone new create a piece of content on their site. It really needs to be worth the time.

You need to write a piece that is as good as or even better than what is currently on the site, you also need to make it interesting so that people reading the piece become engaged and respond to it.

Automated Drop Shipping with SellerBot Our Full Review

One of the questions I am regularly asked is what is the best system to use for a dropship website?

There are a few different options available at the moment on the marketplace, one of the newer options I have recently come across is SellerBot (available at SellerBot.com).

I managed to get in touch with the owners so that I could review their product.

There is also a demo of the e-commerce system available that you can preview as well.

You can see this at:

http://demo.sellerbot.com/admin

Username: demo
Password: demo

this area looks like:

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When you first log in you will see the dashboard. This area looks reasonably straightforward to use, the menu items are on the left-hand side of the screen and categorized by different headings.

You can also instantly see the key stats about your products including:

Most Searched Keywords
Most Found Products
Most Opened Products
Most Compared Products

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If you scroll down the page even further, you will be able to see how your store has performed (in terms of sales).

This area gives a great snapshot of how your store is performing and conveniently displays the following:

Total Sales:
Total Sales This Year:
Total Orders:
No. of Customers:
Customers Awaiting Approval:
Reviews Awaiting Approval:
No. of Affiliates:
Affiliates Awaiting Approval:

Simple SellerBot.com stats

 

The SellerBot dashboard does give you a simple overview of how your store is performing at any given time.

 

Products area.

Your products.

The product page can be accessed easily by clicking products > your products.

This displays a list of all the products that are currently loaded to the store. A great feature is the in-line editing that is available on this page. You can simply click on a product name, model, price, quantity or its status – type a new text or information and then click the update button to instantly save your changes.

This would be a great times saver as you can easily modify a number of products at the same time.

Is also a in a button that you can click if you need to modify the product even further. This area lets you not only change all the information about the product images but also assigned categories, create sales and discounts and even select ‘related products’ that will help you cross sell your items.

This area does seem very in depth so may take a few minutes to get used to, however the extra control that you receive is very beneficial.

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Categories.

The categories area seems very straightforward to use. You can easily add in new categories and subcategories or edit already live categories with a few clicks of the mouse.

 

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Product options.

The product options area may also take a bit of time to get used to, however again it does give a lot of control.

Product options area creates the different options that can be available for products (i.e. sizes, colours etc) these can then be displayed on each individual product page a drop-down box or as a check box.

To be even more controlled out our attribute and manufacturer areas as well which let you further group products together.

 

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Information.

There is a complete section for the information that is displayed on your website. It is split into two different areas depending on how the content is displayed on your website.

Information pages.
These are the static pages on your site that generally do not change
(i.e. about us, terms and conditions, privacy policy etc).

 

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Blog area.
The blog area lets you display news on your site. This is store by date with the newest entry and the older ones below it.

 

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How to Dropship Successfully

When it comes to running your own business, there are many elements that have to pull together in order for you to become successful. From your marketing campaign to the point where the product arrives in the customer’s hands, all of these things must work smoothly for your business to be successful. One of the most important aspects is how to dropship successfully which is vital when selling products online.

What is Dropshipping? Continue reading How to Dropship Successfully

How Does Drop Shipping Work?

When it comes to starting up your own business, especially one on the internet it can be a difficult task to know what to sell and how to deliver the products to the customers. This is especially true for small business owners and entrepreneurs who do not have the money to store the products that they have for sale. Continue reading How Does Drop Shipping Work?

The Drop Shop Business Model

When it comes to starting up your own business the easier it is to get your products in the hands of the customer, the better for your company. For small business owners and entrepreneurs one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is streamlining your shipping process until it is the model of efficiency.

Fortunately, there is a method which has been in use for years that is highly popular and offers businesses of all sizes the ability to ship items quickly and efficiently without ever having to touch the product in the process. Drop shipping is considered one of, if not the best way for many types of businesses to ship goods to consumers. Continue reading The Drop Shop Business Model

Drop shipping vs inventory

One of the questions that we regularly get asked is how does drop shipping compare to holding inventory. Hopefully the below will help you understand the differences between drop shipping vs holding inventory.

To accurately answer this question you would need to go through both the positives and negatives of these logistical options. Continue reading Drop shipping vs inventory

How many dropship suppliers should you use?

One of the main benefits of drop shipping is that you can list products that you do not currently have physically available. This means you can essentially list in almost an unlimited amount of different products from different manufacturers.

At the first glance this may appear to be a great idea,  however if you start selling hundreds of different products all from different suppliers you will soon create an logistical nightmare. Continue reading How many dropship suppliers should you use?

How does dropshipping work?

The question that we get asked time and time again is:
How does dropshipping work?

Drop shipping may sound like a complicated way to sell products, how ever once you have looked into the sales process it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to sell online.

Drop shipping is a form of supply chain management. Drop shipping dictates how you list items for sale, how you sell your items and how you send goods to customers.

So how does drop shipping work? Continue reading How does dropshipping work?

Starting your new dropship business

Hopefully by the time you are reading this, you have already discovered that drop shipping as a business model is very easy to do and requires a minimal capital outlay. However it is very important to remember that this is still business so should be treated as such. Just like any other business, a dropship business does require a few things before being set up.

Commitment. Continue reading Starting your new dropship business

How to find in demand products – Using the Google keyword planner

You may have heard the saying that he is such a good salesman that he can sell ice to Eskimos.  Yes you may be able to sell a product to someone who really does not need it, however to become truly successful in need product that has consistent demand. Continue reading How to find in demand products – Using the Google keyword planner