3 Mistakes When Creating Your First Amazon Store

Amazon was the first ecommerce site I tried to make money with. I’ll be honest, I didn’t make a million… or anything close. But, looking back on what I did then, I learnt that what you expect your customers to do and what they want can be very different.

Amazon was the first ecommerce site I tried to make money with. I’ll be honest, I didn’t make a million… or anything close. But, looking back on what I did then, I learnt that what you expect your customers to do and what they want can be very different.

My First Store On Amazon

If you search for technical writing software and find an Amazon shop for technical writing software… you might find mine.
I thought it would make money. And it did. About six hundred dollars.
You make 8% of what you sell on Amazon, so you need to be selling big time and I wasn’t – so I left and had more luck selling affiliate products, such as BizTree Business Documents, Write English with Confidence kits and Project Management templates for Method123.

What I Did Right

First, it’s hard to know what other technical writers want before you open a web store. What surprised me was that they didn’t buy many technical writing books (which is what I had thought) but lots of gifts.
Lots of gifts. Gifts for kids were the biggest seller with Star Wars and The Simpsons selling tons.
I had developed the site navigation to focus on:

  • Adobe
  • Business Writing
  • DVDs
  • Gifts & Toys
  • Grammar
  • Gerry McGovern
  • Information Architecture
  • Proposal Writing
  • PDF
  • Robohelp
  • Technical Drawing
  • Technical Writing Software
  • Technical Writing
  • Training
  • Magazines
  • Screen Capture
  • Web Writing
  • Writing As a Career

Looking at Google Keyword tools, these were some of the terms technical writers were searching for. So, I built the site around these topics.

What I Did Wrong

What I didn’t know then was:

  • Technical writers don’t buy many books online. They get them through the company or downtown.
  • Technical writers don’t buy much software online. Same thing – they get them through the company.

What do they buy?
Instead, they:

  • Search for technical writing books online
  • Find them on Amazon and
  • Buy a present while they’re there… and maybe a book as well.

So, if I was starting again, I’d design the store around gifts for technical writers.
Do you see the difference?
While they may start out looking for books, when they come to an ecommerce site, their priorities change. One way to capitalize on this is to learn how to upsell. More on that next week!
How about you? What do you buy online?
PS – setting up these stores is Free. Just register as an affiliate and it takes about five minutes. You get paid by check every quarter.

5 thoughts on “3 Mistakes When Creating Your First Amazon Store”

  1. Hi, nice this post this one! Just a note for your blog. There is no contact form in the contact page I guess. Pleasea dd one. I was trying to contact you for guest posting in your blog. But there is no contact form in the page. Can you please mail me back regarding guest blogging if you accept them?

  2. Here at Dydacomp our software M.O.M. helps small businesses manage their inventory, process orders, run a website which can easily be integrated into Amazon. It’s not to difficult to use and great option for small businesses looking for further inventory control and run their eCommerce stores.

  3. Here at Dydacomp our software M.O.M. helps small businesses manage their inventory, process orders, run a website which can easily be integrated into Amazon. It’s not to difficult to use and great option for small businesses looking for further inventory control and run their eCommerce stores.

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