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My Own Ezine                      May 3, 2005, Issue 19

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==> Feature Article
In her article below, Evelyn Lim gives us some answers to
the question, "why isn't your product selling?"

==> Recommended Resource
Check out this section for details on a new video project by
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==> e-Business Resources
Check out these referrals for a f*ree $50 a*d and the latest
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==> Work-The-Web
Learn how to make money with PayPal's newest competitor.

==> Tips & Tricks
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==> Feature Article:

10 Reasons Why Your Online Product Is Not Selling

There are tons of online products that you can sell and
represent. Just check out the directory at:
and the multitude of affiliate programs out there.

But before you jump into creating your website and go on a
grand marketing blitz, it is important to spend some time
studying what product to sell. Here are 10 reasons why
some of products fail to bring in the sales:

1) Product does not meet the basic needs of the customer.

2) Product does not add value to the customer.

3) Product is of poor quality and fails to perform up to

4) Product is created for the wrong target market.

5) Product is already obsolete due to fast changing

6) Product is too generic and has no distinct advantage.

7) Product is wrongly priced.

8) Product has a packaging that does not appeal to the

9) Product is in a market that is too competitive.

10) Product is not user friendly and is too complicated to use.

Enhancing or changing the product's specifications are not
within your control if you are not the one creating it. Hence,
the only way to a great business plan is to avoid being
associated with a product loser.

To analyze the product in question, try putting yourself in
the shoes of a potential customer and test it for usability,
reliability and whether it meets your needs. You can also
go to online discussion forums to check if there are any
negative comments about the product or alternatively,
if there are credible testimonials written.

One very important aspect to address also is the after sales
support of the product. You do not want to be caught selling
something for which there is no available support from the
originating merchant. The best way forward is to test the
product and email or contact the vendor on your questions.
If there is no reply within a reasonable time frame, move on
to the next product to analyze.

About The Author: Evelyn Lim is an online business
entrepreneur. She publishes a free weekly newsletter
"Mapping You to Success" for aspiring e-biz owners.
The aim of her publication is to equip readers with the
skills to acquire multiple sources of online income.
To subscribe, please visit
http://www.e-BizMap.com .

==> Recommended Resource

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his update to the course. Last year, I bought his completely
revised "The Insider Secrets to Marketing Your Business
on the Internet". If the cost fits into your budget, you should
consider buying his course. You will find, as I have found,
that you will be referring to his information for years to come."

Well, Cory has recently produced his biggest video project,
"The Accelerated Internet Wealth Video Series." It is a set
of 9 DVD's or Tapes based on his "Customer Appreciation
Celebration" in California which drew over 1000 people. In
these videos Cory reveals previously unpublished secrets
about making money online. He tells how to guarantee all
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==> e-Business Resources

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==> Work The Web

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==> Tips & Tricks

Most affiliate programs provide a "canned" text for you to use
when placing classified a*ds or solo a*ds. The problem with
this, however, is that your a*d looks like everyone else's a*d.
If you want your a*d to stand out but aren't yet ready to write
your own a*d, just make a few changes in the standard text
given to you by the affiliate program. Capitalize a few words,
highlight a word with *special* characters or quotes, and
change significant words to unique words with similar
meaning. Use a dictionary and thesaurus - either printed, or
in software like MS Word, or an online service like:
Sometimes recipients of your e-mail marketing need a little
push, an incentive to buy from you. Move them to action by
offering a two for one deal, or a percentage discount, or f*ree
bonuses. Make sure that you put time limits on the offer. A
time limit of seven days or less will make your offer special
and produce better results.
When describing your product or service, you should not
give your prospective customer the impression that you can
solve all his/her problems. It's better to say 90%, 95% or
even 99% of the customer's problems will be solved by your
product. This gives you greater credibility and increases the
chances of a sale.
Kim Kommando says "Dump IE and use FireFox" as your
web browser. She says Firefox is safer, f*ree and has a neat
tabbing feature. For more info, read her article at:
The tax benefits of incorporating your business have declined
as a result of the lower personal income tax rates. However,
incorporation offers some benefits you should consider.
Depending on your product line, you may be more at risk
than other online businesses. One way to avoid or limit
personal liability is to incorporate your business into a
Subchapter S corporation. An added benefit is that losses
experienced in the business can pass to you and, thus,
offset your income from other sources. As always, check
with your tax accountant or attorney.
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