Holidays are coming up and I have just finished creating 2 new sites, well old landing pages into sites. I also have been busy promoting some Halloween offers as well. The biggest aspect to marketing is to take advantage of the up and coming waves - the holidays. I built 2 new Build a Niche Stores for the upcoming holidays. I currently have a couple sites that use the Build a Niche Store platform and I am continuing to grow my BANS network.
I am doing this because last year, I did well and would like to see if I can surpass it. I think this year or the upcoming months it is more about sales than offers. Users are in a buying mode no matter how bad the economy, lesser gifts and presents maybe but they still buy. Promoting offers at this time can still be powerful but I do not think it will be as powerful as selling physical items.
So with my new BANS site up and running, I still need to create some content and graphics, there is a lot to be gained. It is very easy to create your own store and just implement ebay and amazon items within your layout. If you do not know what Build a Niche Store is:
Game Improvement Irons Store Build A Niche Store (BANS) is a store / website development platform which enables you to create content based sites that generate income through the eBay affiliate programs.
BANS has recently upgraded their platform and has a brand new interface. It has more of a web 2.0 taste to it but I think there is too much white space and the colors are too light. Whatever. Their new system also works with 2 affiliate services, PepperJam Network and the eBay Partner Network. They have 2 separate scripts for each network to better service you. I personally use PJN because of the reporting.
Creating your own store or even e commerce site is time consuming, why. There are a ton of people out there that want to sell their items and eBay is a trusted company and brand. If you started your own building the type of atmosphere, brand, recognition can be very time consuming. Having this on the fly makes life much easier and faster. I have talked about BANS in the past and my experiences even with video and an out of the box experience. With all that I still decide to create a Build a Niche Store because of it's simplicity. I can pull thousands of products with just an eBay category number or a simple generic keyword.
Though BANS is already monetized to help you earn from the eBay network, you can monetize it even more with data feeds, widgets, Adsense, chitika, and so many other aspects. Just do not clutter your store, remember it is a virtual window to eBay - it acts as a landing page or bridge page before the consumer reaches ebay.
The system is literally a 5 minute install and make life simple. Again, I have about 4 and just about finished on 2 more. Once that is done promotion time for the sites.