If a Youtube or other link image thumbnails are not showing up when the link is pasted on a Facebook status, use the Facebook Sharing Debugger.
1. First, copy the link and paste it on the text field.
2. Click on "Debug".
3. Click on "Scrape Again".
4. Refresh the Facebook page for your status.
5. Paste the Youtube link again.
And now it should be fixed!
1. Research and choose 2 best-selling products in a single niche and put them in your store
I will assume you know how to do research for niche products. If you don't, this post from the Shopify blog is a good start.
2. Join many niche related Facebook groups, forums, and other niche online communities
This should be self-explanatory. Use the Facebook Search or Google Search to find these communities.
3. Make posts on the niche communities asking for advice for gifts or shopping
Instead of outright selling, ask for advice. This will disarm people and put them in a helping mode. I do recommend making other neutral posts before doing this to show you have some history.
Here is an example:
"Hey, everyone, my (sibling/parent/significant other) loves (niche/niche products). I'm looking at a couple items that I might give him for (birthday/anniversary/special occasion). Can anyone help me choose?"
Wait for a response asking for the products. This is the hard part. However, once you get a response asking you, post the two products links with pictures as a response.
Some stricter communities will ban links or such things. Move on.
You will now get traffic and sales for free, if your niche products are worth it to your market.
Other things you can say in addition to your request:
"I have a coupon code (coupon code) for (percent off/money off/free shipping/free plus shipping) that would expire soon, and I really want to use it!"
"The (store is almost out of stock/products are being sold only for a limited time) so I really want to get the deal soon!"
This gave me so much trouble, and had to dig way down to find it, even though I already have done it before, so I'm putting it here for future reference.
This is for Shopify owners who use the Facebook Pixel for conversion campaigns in their Shopify stores, and use the following:
You might see a discrepancy in your data concerning purchases when optimizing for conversions that may drive up your ad costs.
Your number of sales may not correlate with how many times the Purchase Event is fired by the Facebook Pixel.
To review, there are 4 main conversion events: View Page then Add to Cart then Checkout then Purchase.
Your goal as a Shopify owner is to get the shopper to the Purchase page event. That doesn't always happen when someone buys, however.
When a shopper uses PayPal, ApplePay, or Amazon Payments, an extra conversion event happens between Checkout and Purchase: The Add Payment Info event which looks like a Loading screen.
This happens because PayPal or whatever service gives you a new page from their website outside of Shopify where you log in to PayPal. When you log in, the transaction completes, and you get a "Thank You" page.
Shoppers may exit out of the "Thank You" page without actually getting to the Purchase event. You still made the sale, but the Facebook Pixel does not capture it.
So if your data does not correlate with the sales you made, you may be driving up ad costs.
However, you still need to optimize and set your conversion goal to be Purchase event as that is what Facebook uses to gauge how likely a person will buy from you.
1. When a shopper uses Paypal, Amazon Payments, or Apple Pay to make a purchase, the "Add Payment Info" event is fired by the Facebook Pixel, which is an extra page.
2. A shopper will receive a "Thank You" page. Most shoppers will exit out of this page and not get to the "Purchase" event.
3. You still need to optimize and set your goal for the "Purchase" event.
"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."
First written 3/7/2016.
In this week of research, I have encountered countless tools by marketers. But since I don't want to end up like the allegory of making/finding a better tool without actually doing something, I'm just going to go out with these:
Mailchimp is what I have been using for most of my listbuilding. I have tried out Constant Contact as well, but Mailchimp's simple style is what I like.
Mailchimp now offers FREE Automation! Exactly what I have been waiting for.
Send In Blue
SendInBlue is free and has an unlimited number of contacts. The interface is very clean.
Email Listbuilding: Privy
Surveys: Google Forms
Sales Funnels: Clickfunnels
An all-in-one package, although expensive. I think it's better overall than LeadPages. However, since I haven't launched yet, I will update on that if it works.
Website Builder: Weebly
This is my favorite free website builder so far. Wix is very slow comparatively to Weebly and also less flexible.
I made my first store Merchant of the Universe with Shopify.
Google Domains offers $12 per year domain subscription. While pricey for some, it is very clean, and offers quick integration with Gmail addresses.
Freenom provides free domains, as its name suggests. I might transfer to another soon, if this experiment works.
Facebook Messenger Bots:
ManyChat offers free automation to unlimited subscribers, except for their Growth Tools.
MSGHero offers unlimited send to Messenger from comments to unlimited pages, unlike ManyChat.
Chatfuel seems to be a good alternative to ManyChat, except without the ability to send to Messenger from comments, yet.
Other: Nothing else I can think of.
Set all retail item weights to 0.01lb
Set all free/promo item weights to 1lb
So for example, someone orders 2 free items and 99 retail items, they will have to pay $19.99 shipping. Follow the picture below for the guide:
Check out my new store Merchant of the Universe!
Or "How I made $20,574.61 for my client in a month without realizing it".
Let me tell you the first time I realized the power of a list.
I've built email lists before for my websites.
Let me change that, I started to build a list. I didn't really think it was the most important thing.
I focused a little more on promoting the Facebook pages, or putting up photos on Instagram, or hoping my page be in the first page of Google.
I held off those personal business projects and worked for a PAC. I was a political consultant, well, I still am.
It was a PAC supporting a specific candidate.
Anyways, the PAC had an email list.
I was tasked to set up the email campaign for the list to bring in donations.
The list was about 152 or so people.
I created the squeeze page, the trap, for the donations, too.
Didn't really think many people would actually donate, now.
The PAC gave me a long donation letter. I copied it over to my email sender.
After revisions and editing spelling and grammar, I sent the email.
Money started to pour in the first hour.
By the end of the month, there were over $20,574.61 in donations from that email!
Today, the list has generated $61,748.84 in donations in the span of six months.
It didn't hit me at first. I had to stumble upon a list building video by Amy Porterfield.
Building an email list finally made sense after I saw it.
Once you have a list of customers or followers wanting whatever you have to say, you can sell them anything.
Hey, you can even have them donate $20,574.61 in a month!
Do you now understand the power of building your email list?
Will this work for my business? You ask.
Yes. This works for any business. If you have customers that have any email addresses whatsoever, this will work.
But they were donating to a cause they believed in! You object.
That makes it easier to sell something of value to your customer? NO! Begging for money is a lot harder.
"The money is in the list."
Money does not grow on trees. Money grows on lists. The list is figuratively the tree where money grows on. You have to take care of the tree, prune the tree, water the tree...
But when it grows the right way, it can sustain you for years to come.
List of what, exactly? Your customer list, of course!
Online, your customer list is your email list.
Why an email list?
Would you rather have your customers go to you randomly, or you go to your customers whenever you want?
You want to be always reaching them. If you have them in your reach, you can provide value to them, and they will provide you value of their own, usually in the form of cash.
But you can't do that if you can't reach them.
That;s why you need their email.
Why not their Facebook account or placing on top of Google or?...
Say someone likes your Facebook page. It is proven by statistics they will probably never see it again. When was the last time you went back on a page that you liked?
Facebook posts from any page are only seen by 6% of its likers. Do you really want that?
If someone searches you on Google and you show up on top, they probably won't remember you next time unless they search the same thing again. And you will also be competing with other businesses for that first page of Google.
You need a direct line to your customers. That is your email list.
With a direct line, you can sell again and again to the same customers.
You can remind someone who was interested but hasn't bought anything yet.
Facebook and Google and advertising and blogging and all that are only good if all the prospects you gain from them go to an email list.
Don't take it from me, here are quotes from listbuilding veterans:
Disclaimer: None of those quoted are in any way, shape, or form are affiliated with this website.
So after a couple weeks in California, I am back in Ohio, ready for an adventure!
This blog/experiment/whatever is called "Forays Into Marketing", which means an adventure.
At first, I was going to go alone in this journey, but I realized, I needed people to work with. And who else better to work with than my friends from my college program?
My friends I made through College Plus, and particularly the VDP Student Leadership Society, are some of the smartest and most hard working people I know. God has blessed me to be able to get to know them. I've worked with them before, so I know they will deliver.
Being alone is great at first because you have everything under control. I am an introvert so working alone is my default. But even lone wolves eventually need a pack. You can't achieve what you want to do without a team of people following your vision. You can't do everything yourself, and that's from someone who describes himself as a jack-of-trades.
So introducing my team of businesses:
Elizabeth is a modesty fashion blogger. She sells Jamberry.
Catherine owns a writing and editing business targeting businesses and students.
Alyssa sells handmade jewelry, crafts, ukuleles, and other things in her Etsy shop.
Judah sells hand crafted knives.
I consider all these as my close friends. I will be recording our adventure here. Our goals as follows: Double their current sales
Double their customers
All within 3 months
So pray for us!
Samuel Garcia helps entrepreneurs, small business owners, and hobbyists succeed in using the Internet to increase their business.