Build A Niche Store – The Most Basic Steps

Build A Niche StoreFor some reading this post, it is going to be very basic affiliate and eBay related information mainly because you probably work with these kind of things every day. However, there are people who don’t have eBay accounts, have never purchased merchandise or have very limited experience buying anything online and don’t have much of an idea of how ecommerce or affiliate marketing works.

Lest you think negative of this, don’t, because it is a huge opportunity as there are still hundreds of thousands to millions of people yet to be added to the economy of the Internet. And many of these individuals also want to learn how to make money online, but don’t know what hosting is, don’t know how to build a web site, don’t know how to upload files to a hosting account and so forth. They have no idea where to start. This post is for those people and actually came out of a conversation I had with a friend recently who wants to break into this field.

For someone who wants to get started in affiliate marketing and knows nothing about how any of this works, I recommend the eBay affiliate program known as the eBay Partner Network (EPN) and Build A Niche Store (BANS) to fully take advantage of the EPN.

Here are the most basic sequential steps you take to get started with EPN and BANS. (there are other ways to do this, but these are the steps I have taken or feel most comfortable with)

These are all steps to do after you have either decided on a niche to exploit or have done your own research. (that’s a whole other lesson) In the case of the friend I was talking with a few days ago, she already had a pretty good idea of what she wanted to do and after a little research on my own, it looks to be a very profitable niche. You of course never know though until you get in there and do the work.

Take these steps to build your eBay affiliate niche store:

Get a Linux hosting account at either 1and1.com or HostGator.com. I have used 1and1.com and HostGator is the recommended web hosting service by the BANS developers.

Look up domain names at Godaddy.com. Try and get a good keyword phrase in your domain name without making it too long. I like to use Godaddy.com to look up names because of the suggestions they recommend if yours isn’t available. They are very basic suggestions, but if you don’t know it by now, I like simple.

Purchase your domain name. 1and1.com gives you 3 free domains with the $9.95 per month hosting plan and your domains are $15 extra per year with HostGator’s $7.95 per month plan.

Sign up to be a member of eBay if you don’t have an account already. You need to be a member of eBay to be an eBay affiliate.

Sign up with the eBay Partner Network.

Buy Build A Niche Store.

Read the Build A Niche Store manual so you understand how everything works.

Log into your hosting plan control panel and set up an ftp account. This is a simple operation and instructions for this should be easy to find once you log in to your hosting account.

Download Filezilla if you don’t already have a program to ftp (transfer) files to your web host. This is a great free program that allows you to upload all your files to your online account.

Sign up for the BANS forum because there will be issues with your store or with eBay (get use to it) and the forums are a great place to get help when you can’t figure things out on your own.

Upload and install the BANS software according to the instructions in the BANS manual.

Find the correct eBay category number(s) for your niche and create your store. Also, make a logo for your header according to the sizes for the template you are using (found in the manual).

Add titles, meta keywords, meta descriptions and H1 title tags (in content titles at the top of your pages) and product descriptions for every page on your site. Depending on the size of your site you can do all this in an afternoon or for larger sites it can take several weeks.

Continue to add content pages on an ongoing basis.

Once you get your store in working order, it is important to stay connected to the BANS forum for some time so you can understand the process of how your store works by seeing what other people are doing or are having trouble with. You can also get inspiration and ideas from other BANS users for new stores.

These are just the most basic steps to get your store up and running, but beyond this you need to promote your store which you can learn about in this post, and in this post.

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13 Responses to “Build A Niche Store – The Most Basic Steps”

  1. 1and1 is great for domains – .infos are 99 cents & .coms & .orgs are only $6.99. They are my fav for buying domains in addition to the freebies they give you.

  2. Awesome. I use 1and1 as well. I was looking for something like this. I never used BANS before and a lot of peopel write about it assuming that people understand the system. Thanks for the detailed article :)

  3. Great post. Many of us blog without thinking about who the (total) audience is on our blogs. I had someone ask me just yesterday (who had read my blog many times) “what’s you expertise in?”

    It was at that point I realized my blog home page was horrible at conveying what it was about exactly, and where to start. It was trying to watch a movie halfway through.

    You will be able to point plenty of people to that post in the future, in fact you should make a FAQ leading to it.

  4. John,

    I’m going to draft an email and put this link in it so I can fire it off to the next person, and the next, and so forth when those questions come in, and they will.

  5. I bought this software last week and I would like to warn everyone that it will not work if you host with GoDaddy!

  6. Snoobington,

    I definitely don’t recommend hosting with GoDaddy, too many issues reported in the BANS forums.

  7. @Snoobington – actually it will work hosting with goDaddy (I’ve done it), it just takes a some setup and tweaking that the average person who’s not a techie or developer would have some issues with. I jumped off goDaddy as a result as well just because of the hassle. BANS recommends hostgator, and I have to say they work right out of the box for each and every BANS install I’ve tried.

  8. @Alan

    Great post! It is almost step for step on how I started with BANs a few months back.

  9. Awesome – I was just about to type up instructions on doing this for my mother, but I’ll definitely send her this link and see if she can figure it out!

  10. which is the best paying niche ?

  11. I’ve been following your steps & bought the BANS kit last month or so. Got around to getting 1&1 & hostgator today. Got all the way to Step 1 Install your store & 1&1 site says I need index.html – just get that temporary page. I’ve read the forum etc 1/2 the day & finally emailed BANS – hate defeat but no clue what I’m doing. If you know… otherwise, I post what response I get in case others have the problem.

  12. Robin,

    Without knowing how you set everything up it would be very hard for me to figure out the problem, but I would delete all your files from your domain and do a complete reinstall according to the instructions in the manual.

  13. very well explained for newbies …will recommend this post and share out with my frds who are noobs in making money online 😉

    gr8 one

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