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eBay to Shutdown Classifieds

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Years ago eBay purchased global classifieds giant Kijiji. It did operate as Kijiji for a while until eBay finally (and slowly) changed it to ebayclassifieds.com.
Today, we received emails from eBay Classifieds that it will be shutdown shortly, I will assume that it’s because of the low traffic they have had since they made the switch.
eBay also had purchased mobile local trading app Close5 about a year or so ago and it looks like it’s gaining momentum in the ranks of local trading apps market. eBay is pushing Close5 to be “The” replacement of eBay classifieds as you can read in the email screenshot above.

About Close5: We have personally used it last year before our big move and were successful selling a few items we needed to get rid of, however other more popular local selling apps like Wallapop and OfferUp gave us better results.
eBay Classifieds will stop accepting new postings by the end of August and will completely shutdown by September 30th 2016.
RIP eBay Classifieds.

Happy Belated Cyber Monday 2015 (In Numbers)

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It’s the day after Cyber Monday, we have just finished shipping and fulfilling our orders, and the numbers are in…

We have made more online sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday than Cyber Monday this year.

Adobe analysis determined that 105 million people visited retailers on Black Friday and 103 million of them ended up making a purchase, also for the first time in history, Black Friday online sales topped the in-store shopping numbers.

Now with our numbers, if you count the entire weekend from Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday at midnight, all of our online sales were up a 12.3% comparing to last years sales. However, for Cyber Monday alone, the sales went down 7.9% (again compared to last years totals).

This is not counting the incredible success I had with the Master eBay In A Weekend course that I ran a promotion for last week, we sold all 500 spots in a record 3 days and 2 hours from the second I launched it. (for those who have been asking, I may open a few more spots at the same price, I just have been busy with Cyber weekend sales).

I think more people are realizing that shopping on Amazon or eBay is safer, easier and for almost the same prices as if you went to wait for a week outside of Walmart to get the best deals just to end up stepped on by the herd of people behind you, even worse to look like an idiot like this guy in this video going up the escalator the wrong way! (Enjoy the video and happy Cyber Weekend).

Martha Stewart To Leave eBay

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First a quick Note:

We just started the count down for our eBay course, and we’re giving away a free video with live Q and A this Saturday (2 days from now), if you haven’t already, sign up for news and launch updates in your inbox from the signup form to the right of this post or at guruofsales.com)

Martha Stewart’ American Made store  just left eBay to go to Amazon.

This is not a bad thing for eBay at all.

In a statement from eBay’s VP of Merchandise, she said that there are still hundreds of sellers who used to sell through Martha’s eBay store now have their own eBay stores and continue to sell their products.

I think there were a few mistakes with this decision:

  1. Although data is great to rely on, the fact that Martha’s store might sell more products on Amazon, does not mean to completely close down a streamed line of product selling, I personally think they should have kept the eBay channel and expanded beyond that with other channels, I am a firm believer in not putting all your eggs in one basket.
  2. I think that her American Made team should have took my eBay course, why I say that? (Not to be cocky)  It’s because I have personally helped hundreds of individuals and big brand businesses build a great business with eBay throughout the years, and I made sure to put my experience and knowledge into it.
  3. I believe this entire situation is simply a marketing stunt to grab attention to the brand, I don’t necessary think it’s a bad thing for eBay or even Etsy for her brand to be on Amazon only.

As for handmade or home made products, I have always suggested to have it listed in as many channels as you can, the fact is that some people are completely loyal to one marketplace, if you’re an Esty buyer, you most likely don’t even shop on eBay or Amazon.

I have to mention that there are many services that will help you manage multiple channels completely from one interface, making your life (and your team’s) much easier.

Bad Will Happen, What Are Your Going To Do?

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Just Breathe.

The reason to get beta testers is to make sure everything is working, not perfectly, but as close to perfect as possible.

My eBay course beta testers were in love with the user interface, the membership portal worked great, however, 3 of the 5 payments did not go through, not only it’s technical issues with the payment gateway, it was also a matter of approval, that payment gateway customer service gave me hell and wasted 2 hours of my time on the phone with them. They said it would be a couple of days to resolve then this may happen again!

I hung up the phone, and just took a long breath.

I then decided to use another payment gateway, it will take 4 to 6 days to setup from beginning to end. This is why I am pushing the launch another 2 weeks, the new official launch date is November 10th.

I am OK with that, I made my peace with it, I learned a while ago that bad things will happen in business, no matter how perfect it is, you just have to breathe and pause for a second, and find a workaround or a solution for it. Everything is going to be fine.

And The eBay Course Beta Testers Are In!

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Super excited about my eBay course launch, I first announced it on this blog and on Periscope yesterday and the response was great.

I opened the doors to beta testers (only 5 testers) during my Scope yesterday and within an hour I got 5  people in, I did charge $200 plus the work and feedback they will help me with. By 9pm last night, and only 6 hours after I received another 9 requests, unfortunately I am only allowing 5 beta testers (which I think is sufficient enough), so the extra people would be joining the full program once I launch on Tuesday.

We already started working on testing the interface, and so far (thankfully) no issues, I even got 2 great comments on how awesome it looks.

Tomorrow, we will test the private group.

I’ll keep you updated throughout the launch about everything. And still supper excited.

My Biggest eBay Project Since 2008

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In February 2008 I started working on my eBay course that was delivered online by video, it took me about 6 months to launch it back then, we had so much success that we got an offer to sell the entire site with all materials for a lot of cash, that’s when we sold WAHOL.com (stands for Work At Home OnLine). I had a blast creating the course and enjoyed answering questions, the best thing about it was not the amount of money I made, but it was the success of my previous members, and I only sold it after everyone got what they wanted from it. Only 2 years later the company that bought it was almost out of business due to some none related bad investments, I offered to buy the domain back and they agreed.

Ever since I sold it, I had extra time to work on my other ventures, affiliate marketing was a big thing and I was making a decent income with very minimal work, as well as continuing teaching my eBay classes and selling of course.

I have been working with my team on a new eBay course all build from scratch, sharing everything I learned throughout the years. My past clients will tell you I have always over delivered information (good useful info that is), and I can tell you that I really get a lot of joy of seeing results, in fact, I tell everyone how proud I am of their progress.

Today, I am launching my course!

Though everything is completely different from what it was 8 years ago, I made sure I include everything I know that will either start you a business from scratch or expand your business, whether you already sell on eBay or not, this course is for everyone.

Throughout the next 2 weeks, I will share more details about it, but I can tell you now it is completely worth it.

The official cart open date is Tuesday October 27th, and it will close down on Sunday November 1st.

I have a few tiers launching this course, including beta testers, email subscribers, affiliates and JV’s, and then we have a huge ad campaign including online, newspapers and possibly TV spots. If you want to keep up to date, you can do 1 of 2 things:

  1. You can join my periscope if you download the app and follow 1LX. (Psssst… I will be scoping today at 3pm EST).
  2. Sign up for the mail list on the right side of this article.

I will have a few short classes that will be extremely useful for free during the 2 weeks launch, the 2 methods above are the only 2 ways to get the free classes notifications.

I can not tell how truly excited I am about this, it’s going to be awesome 🙂

eBay Seller Hub Is Here

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Over the weekend I received early access to the all new eBay Seller Hub on 2 of my eBay accounts.

If you know anything about me, I am a numbers guy, and eBay Seller Hub is the new analytics and business marketing interface from eBay.

It took over 2 weeks for it to work and analyze all my sales and marketing campaign within eBay (on the back end), however, late Friday night I was able to see the results.

I used to use a few 3rd party services and go to multiple pages within eBay, not any more.

The new free interface aggregate all my sales, traffic, marketing, and it even deducts the fees automatically to show my net sales, not only that, I got super useful insights and eBay even gave me some recommendations that (from my own experience) I know it’s actually good recommendations.

If you do not have it yet, you can request early access right here.

It even breaks down my view by sales trends and country, I am really impressed so far, not only that, they will keep enhancing it though 2016 as well.

Enjoy the new Seller Hub.

P.S. Tomorrow we will be announcing something we haven’t done in almost 8 years, it’s eBay related, and it’s AWESOME! Stay tuned.

What have I been up to? (The professional stuff)

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I’m a big boy, so I will admit it… I have not blogged in 8 years!

My affiliate links on this blog are half broken and the income died slowly from the working affiliate links.

I don’t believe in the 9to5 bullshit.

In the past 8 years I changed my focus to a higher income than affiliate marketing, consulting.

I became a Certified eCommerce consultant, focused on eBay and Paypal. I have designed a few courses and action plans for many individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized businesses.

I have put my entire 19+ years of online selling and marketing into my courses and teachings. And I enjoyed teaching it.

My second focus was is still in cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is the most popular one, however, I have built a triple edge business around it, whether it’s mining locally, in the cloud, trading locally, online, or educating businesses who’s interested.

I have also built (well, not 100% done) 3 other businesses, call them startups if you like, all with my own capital.

That’s all for now. This was a catch up kind of post. I’ll fill you in tomorrow about my personal life in the past 8 years.

P.S. This is the first official time I ever reveal my  bitcoin and cryptocurrency business online.

Announcing the BIGGEST eBay class of 2013

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Good news: Alex will be conducting his 5th eBay classes live in NYC this July.

This will be the extended version of the May test class, extended means more information and more support!

Want to make extra money from the comfort of your own home?

Want to expand your business?

You can by becoming an eBay seller! Learn the basics of selling on eBay and you can have freedom and money at your fingertips.

In this 3-hour class, given by a Certified eBay Education Specialist you will be trained on the ins and outs of selling on eBay.

You’ll learn everything below:

•Do research and create listings
•Improve your listings with better descriptions and photography
•Set pricing
•Open and use a PayPal account
•Monitor your listings
•Complete transactions

eBay is the perfect portal for you to sell whatever you desire, whether new or old and Alex will help you do just that. He is a trained and Certified eBay Education Specialist for over 11 years and brings both knowledge and expertise to this field. His first item he sold was an entire RV Camper, can’t beat that, so come and learn from the best!

Sign up below to get the super early bird special discounted price:

eBay Partner Network (Updated) #WIWG #2

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Formally known as the eBay affiliate program, that was once ran by affiliate giant CJ.com, The (relatively new) eBay Partner Network program is a way for affiliates to make commission by driving traffic into non other than, eBay.

Towards the end of April 2009, the program introduced many new tools making life much easier on the eBay Partner Network site.

When eBay first started their in-house affiliate program, I was lucky to be part of the eBay developer community, I understood RSS linking (and made tons of easy cash integrating it with Twitter and TwitterFeeds as I explained in a 4 hours class on my online  school of making money at wahol.com), I also knew flash, AJAX and PHP, therefore, I didn’t have to wait for the support team to fix bugs or any programing issues from their side, instead, I fixed it my self and started making money instantly. Some of you guys will remember seeing the biggest banner I had on this same blog for eBay shopping. That was a big part of my income from this blog.

Now with the totally renovated user interface on the eBay Partner Network site, links, banners, RSS feeds, flash and other apps (Like the facebook app) is much easier, in fact it’s so easy, you will be done setting it up in seconds (Also tested with an 11 years old kid by his mom to see how easy it  is) Thank you Ashley from wahol.com for this info 😉

Here are the recent changes in the program or as they call it (upgrades):

  • New functionality for the Link Generator tool
  • The ability to link your eBay account with your eBay Partner Network account
  • A new way to calculate earnings per click (they are now calculated as earnings per one click vs. per 100 clicks)
  • New business model descriptions (to help us provide you with better customer service tailored to your model when possible)

The upgrades were released on May 1st. However, there was some bad news for some partners.

They have also announced that as of July 1st, there will no longer accept 3 business models in the programs, that includes: tier-2 paid search, ad networks, and sub-affiliates.

For that, I will say: BOOO to the network, this means that some third party apps (facebook or mobile apps) will not have the benefit of making a commission based on second tier, and that really sucks in my opinion, but, after all, it is eBay playground, and to be honest, I don’t think eBay needs affiliates to drive traffic to the site any more, but… That’s only my opinion 😉

If you like to sign up and make some cash go ahead and sign up at: www.ebaypartnernetworkblog.com

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