Last week I wrote a review about BANS (Build a Niche Store) and how successful I thought the idea was. It’s been a few days now since I first launched ShoeWinner.com and the results so far are very good.
First of all, I was able to get the site listed in Google in just over 24 hours after registering the domain name. How did I do that? I spent about $50 on AdWords, $10 on USFreeAds.com for an annual membership, wrote a few articles and submitted them to popular article sites, submitted my sitemap to Google and Yahoo!, enhanced my headings on the content pages with keyword rich phrases, added meta tags and a robots.txt file for easier indexing by the search engines and posted the site in the BANS message forum. All of these things brought ShoeWinner.com about 1400 unique hits in just a matter of days.
Since I’m running AdSense on the site as well, not only do I receive commissions from eBay, but also some extra change from Google. In the first few days the site had 7 sales, which brought in a total of about $157. All items that sold were between $0 and $100, which means I received 50% of each sale.
While choosing the niche of shoes to build the site around, my biggest target audience were females. That proved to be right, as my most popular pages of the site are female athletic and female casual shoes. While the men’s shoes get lots of clicks, they haven’t converted to sales. But that’s okay – I don’t mind what kind of shoe I sell or whose buying it, as long as the items sell. The eBay Partner Network tracks cookies for up to 7 days since the item was clicked. So if somewhere were to visit my site, click an item and then forget about it for a few days, as long as they come back to the auction page and buy the item within 7 days, I still get credit for the sale.
Overall, I’m very impressed with BANS and it’s worth every single penny. You only buy the software once and you can install it on as many sites as you want. I’m currently in the process of opening up a second store, but I’ll keep that information on the down low for now.
If you haven’t already purchased BANS, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s probably the most user friendly, automated money making software there is.
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