There is an old saying that’s often rolled out whenever something goes wrong or doesn’t happen in the way you want it to. It goes a little something like this:
Failure to plan is planning to fail
When it comes to building your online business using one of Agriya’s clone scripts like our Etsy clone or Airbnb clone then not having a clear plan of action, or a business plan, is just the same as planning to fail. Can you think of any other business in the world where you can just ‘wing it’ and see how it goes? We can’t!
The beauty of the Internet is that it is such a controlled environment compared to a bricks and mortar business. You can buy visitors to your website and calculate the conversion, you can change the entire layout of your website and track the impact it has, you can network directly with tens of thousands of potential customers, you can contact your past customers at a click of a button and so much more.
However, don’t mistake this opportunity as being the easy path to success, your online business needs as much planning and thought as any regular offline business. Before you even buy one of Agriya’s scripts you should have a business plan in place and know exactly what you are going to do and when.
So without further ado, here are Agriya’s 4 top steps to success when you use one of our products.
Do Your Market Research
Agriya has been telling our customers to focus on niches since day one. Every website started out focusing on a niche and grew from there, you’ll never be able to stock the range of products Amazon do from day one, so don’t even think about becoming the next Amazon, instead, find a specific type of product to sell and become the go to online shop for it.
If you are planning to use our Groupon clone script then you need to mix it up with some offline research. If you don’t already have good connections with local business owners then it’s time to step outside and start knocking on business doors. Find out what their needs are, find out if they have used coupon sites before, what were the positives, what were the negatives, how can you build something that creates a win-win for everyone?
Doing research online is about judging consumer demand. Use Google’s Keyword Tool to judge interest in your niche by seeing how many searches are being done each month, then check out forums and blogs to find what people are discussing, what problems are they facing, how will your new website overcome these problems?
Have A Business Plan
Saying you need a business plan is all very well but if you’ve never written one before then you need to research how to write one. It’s not that you will be submitting it the banks to get a business loan, but it’s important to get the plan on paper so that there are no surprises or you are not sat infront of the computer one day wondering what to do.
Your business plan needs to comprise the results of your market research along with how you plan to actually make money. You need to do competition analysis to see who you will be competing against and find out what they do well and what they do badly.
A business plan will also try to estimate the cash flow in to out and of your business. A brand new website with no prior community to back it up is going to take several months to be generating a good income so ensure that you have the time, money and determination to keep growing the business, even if it’s not making anything to begin with.
Have A Unique Selling Point
By the time you have completed your market research and business plan you should have a good idea of what your visitors are looking for and where your competitors are failing. This is where you come up with your unique selling point to differentiate your business from everyone else.
Woot do a great job of building a USP in the daily deals industry because their website is fun, quirky and they have a particular way of writing to make their deals sound irrevent and awesome at the same time. From their constant engagement with their customers they have built up such a loyal following that even their “mystery boxes” achieve millions of dollars of sales – and the customers don’t even know what they are buying!
A USP can be anything from targeting a certain niche to out of this world customer service to awesome social media engagement to content marketing. SEOMoz are an SEO software company but their USP is the fantastic content they add to their blog for free everyday that keeps people coming back for more.
Focus, Commitment, Determination
Building your online business is going to take time and determination, whether it’s speaking to people in the real world or trying to drive traffic to your website through various Internet marketing efforts. If you have the funds (which should have been identified in the business plan) you can outsource a lot of the work or hire someone to do it for you, other wise you will need to invest your own time in to making your website success.
The key to building a successful online business using one of Agriya’s products is consistency. Nothing will happen without your involvement so ensure that every day you are doing something that is growing your busines, whether it is networking, content writing, SEO, seeking out new opportunities, talking to business owners or something else. If you can spare at least an hour a day to build up your website then you will achieve success in the long term.
If you want help, advice and consultation on how to build a successful online business using one of Agriya’s clone scripts please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist you. If you’ve got any other suggestions on how to make your online business succeed then add them in the comments below!
Agriya has a well deserved reputation for creating the best clone scripts on the market, but did you know that we also employ a team of highly skilled designers? Agriya pays top dollar for our talented designers because we know how much a good, clean and usable design can contribute to the success of a website and it’s something that no website owner should have to compromise on.
Today we want to take some time to showcase the stunning and beautiful templates dreamed up by some of our designers for our Etsy clone software, BuySell. This software lets you create a marketplace where you enable merchants to open mini-stores so they are taking care of the procuring, storage and shipping of all the products and you take a small fee as a commission on each sale.
This fantastic green styled template has a funky quirky feel to it with the unusually shaped title boxes and the header image. Although the designer had toys in mind when he created the design, the template is also generic enough to be used on a different niche.
We know what the designer had in mind when he created this template and BuySell would work beautifully as a e-Commerce site where budding fashion designers can sell their creations, but with it’s pastel colours and big rounded buttons this theme will also work well in many other niches.
If you are looking for a dark and trendy theme then this might be the one for you. BuySell is a great platform for your merchants to sell various media like DVD’s, CD’s and video games and this is probably the best looking theme you’ll find for that niche but it’s also generic enough to work in other niches like gadgets, tech and more.
A beautifully clean design with nice red highlighting accentuates the important parts of the layout. This generic design would work for virtually any kind of niche from consumables to cars. With a bit of extra work, the red highlighting can be changed to a different colour or you could even allow the user to select the highlighting colour they want to choose.
This modern and contemporary design features fashionably large buttons and navigation menu options along with a clean body content for you to sell your products. The theme is generic but the cool blue hues would lend themselves perfectly to some handmade beauty products or maybe even a site for baby items.
More Great BuySell Templates
There are over 15 more stunning BuySell templates available in our Agriya Store so head on over and check them out today. If you’ve got any questions, let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to help.
The reason everyone is buying clone scripts is because people want to make money on the Internet. When you read about these high tech companies getting $10m or more in venture capital funding it’s enough to make most of us virtually salivate at the thought of having that kind of cash to build a business.
The reality of the situation though is that like any business, you need to put hard work and time in to making it a success. If we look at some of the most successful sites that have used Agriya’s software like GigBucks, Zerrk, CrazyBees, PartySurfers, Spurr and more they’ve invested time, money and effort in to building their business.
The first tip that we have is to be realistic with your expectations. Success isn’t going to happen over night and none of Agriya’s products can be called ‘get rich quick’ solutions. What they are are platforms around which you can steadily build an online business and hopefully make a pitch to venture capitalists or angel investors within 6-12 months of your launch.
If you are building a business from scratch then it will take a lot longer to achieve a good revenue compared to if you are using one of Agriya’s products to compliment an existing website or online community that you have previously developed.
Invest A Resource
The second tip for making money with Agriya’s software is to invest a resource that you have. This mostly means investing money on marketing such as AdWords, Facebook Ads, SEO, Social Media, content creation etc. but another resource that you can posses is your time. If you don’t have the money to pay for your promotion then you need to invest your own time in to this.
Investing your time is not a one off activity, it needs to be consistent and done regularly. You can’t build your website, spend a week promoting it and then sit back to reap the rewards, an hour a day everyday will be far more effective than 50 hours in the first week.
If you are building a community based website using our Youtube software then it needs to be seeded with content, information and more. Give people a reason to come back to your site, make sure there is lots of content for them to see and of course ensure that it is constantly updated so if they come back again they discover a whole new load of information. People will only come back to websites when they know the information is fresh and relevant to their interests.
Focus On A Niche
We don’t know how many times we keep saying it, it’s probably a lot, but we’re going to say it again: focus your website around a specific niche. Yes, Groupon and Airbnb have gone global by targeting the mass market but they have an army of marketers, the best PR agencies getting their websites in to the mainstream media and millions of dollars of funding. By contrast we find most of our customers are usually on a tight budget and don’t have the resources to go head to head with the big boys
Sidenote: That’s not to say our software can compete with the biggest players in your market, it can, but we’re interested in seeing your success and helping you do what’s going to be right and successful for you.
If you are going to purchase our Airbnb clone, focus on a country, or better, a specific area of your country. Or focus on a specific type of living quarters like only spare rooms or only places that cost $50 or less. If you want to purchase our Etsy clone, then follow Etsy’s business model and focus on a specific type of product (Etsy have cornered the handmade market so don’t target that niche!).
Be A Person
To get traction to your website and start getting people to not just visit but hang around, signup, buy something etc. is going to take some time. You need to set yourself apart from the crowd and become a real life person that people can interact with rather than “just another clone”. If you start participating in forums and blogs related to your chosen niche, produce great content that’s posted on your website blog then you start to become the authority within the field. People like to deal with other people, not faceless websites with a generic sounding “about us” page.
If you purchase our Fiverr clone script for example, you can start with a blog that highlights people posting gigs, you can interact with people in forums that target your niche so you can get yourself known and taken seriously. Being a person that others can relate to does take time and it’s not going to have a measurable amount of success to begin with but over time your authority builds up and the reputation of your site grows as a result.
Most of Agriya’s platforms are about enabling you to build a community and service which means that you will be dealing with customers and stakeholders on a daily basis. Do what you can to exceed expectations whether it’s in terms of customer service or the value you provide when someone buys from you. If someone mentions you or a business in a tweet, take the time to respond to them, if someone emails asking questions a prompt reply is going to give you a better chance of converting that person in to a customer. In relation to this advice, make sure it’s as easy to contact you as possible, be very clear about what the person is to expect after contacting you and most importantly make sure you keep your promises.
These are just five basic steps you need to take in order to start earning an income with Agriya’s range of online business platforms. There are many other steps you can take and our team of MBA qualified Customer Relationship Managers will be happy to assist and guide you to create and grow an online business that makes you money.
It’s a festive time of the year for most people in the world and even here in India with the mercury pushing 30ºC (86ºF for our American readers) there is a festive spirit going around with the churches holding carol concerts and decorations going up in offices.
To celebrate this special time of the year and to really help you make 2012 the best year ever we have got a time sensitive sale going on with a large number of our most popular products discounted up to 33%. But hurry because this sale won’t last forever and on the 5th January 2012 we’ll be resetting the prices back to normal.
25% Off Flipit
Everyday tens of thousands of dollars worth of virtual real estate (websites and domains) are sold on online marketplaces like Flippa. By charging a listing fee and a success fee on the winning bid, companies that enable this type of website buying and selling transaction are raking in thousands of dollars each day. Infact, on the day of writing this blog post, Flippa.com have sold over $70,000 worth of websites which means they have earned $3,500 in 24 hours without lifting a finger!
Flipit will enable you to run a website marketplace where people can list websites for sale, view earning and traffic statistics, ask questions, use an escrow for safety and review seller feedback. It’s the only solution on the market and an incredible way to leverage the hard work of others to make a profit.
Was $1000Now Just: $750
25% Off Nabit
How much junk do you have in your garage that you haven’t gotten around to shifting yet? What if someone was to come knocking at your door and offer to take it away for free, you’d probably help them load it in to their truck! This is the concept in Nabit, some stuff is just too big or too damaged to sell on eBay but it might still have a use for someone. Nabit lets you build a marketplace of freebies and people from your local area can find stuff that’s available for free.
Since Nabit helps you make a freebie marketplace it can become the go to site for anyone who is in urgent need of something and doesn’t have the money to buy – especially in these austere times. You can profit from this by advertising a number of services like packaging materials, van hire, courier companies, insurance and more. You can also incorporate AdSense ads in to your site and earn money from clicks.
Was $1000Now Just: $750
33% Off TweetPic
40 characters is big business with Twitter securing tens of millions of dollars in funding and generating good revenues thanks to its sponsored tweets program. It’s also help establish an eco-system of supporting sites that can use the reach and popularity of Twitter to grow and earn an income. One of the most popular sites is TwitPic which in 2010 generated revenues of over $2m just from letting people upload photos and share them on Twitter.
TweetPic works in quite a similar way with short URL’s, discussion options and also lets users share videos that they’ve found. You can make money by promoting images or using AdSense on your site.
Was $750Now Just: $500
33% Off PeeweePay
1Does your granny know how to sell stuff online? Well if she tried using PeeweePay she would! In 60 seconds or less your visitors can start selling their physical or digital products on your website and it has the flexibility to allow product variations and more. With geo-location based technology, your buyers can find products in their local area to support the local businesses.
PeeweePay is a clone of the hugely popular TinyPay website and makes you money 24/7 like clockwork by charging a commission on every sale that is made. Thanks to the advanced PayPal adaptive payments that’s integrated you don’t even need to worry about paying your sellers because it’s done automatically and you’ll receive your commission instantly.
Was $750Now Just: $500
33% Off Exposure
Did you know that Sortfolio makes around $20,000 each month from advertising fees? Essentially it’s a classified ads directory with an innovative layout and targeting a very specific niche of web designers. Exposure follows the same principle with a unique layout and design where visitors can browse specific services and view feedback and case studies of the companies that are advertising.
You can make money using Exposure by targeting small niches such as wedding photographers, plumbers, graphic designers etc. and charging them a monthly or annual subscription to be featured on your site.
Was $750Now Just: $500
33% Off iSocial Pro
Who said social networks are dead? More than ever, older websites are turning to social networks to reinvent themselves or offer a better community experience to their members. iSocial Pro is one of the oldest and still the foremost social networking software you’re likely to need to run a community website targeted at specific niches.
iSocial Pro has everything you need to foster and develop a community of like-minded individuals with features like status updates, messaging, groups, photo albums, sharing of content and more. It’s perfectly designed to allow relevant advertising where you can make money as an affiliate or charge money for companies to put their banners on your site.
Was $750Now Just: $500
Get Your Freebies!
Never in a million years did we think we’d be giving away these products but the orders came down from high up and have been duly carried out. These products have remained consistently popular since the day we launched them and we’re looking to try out some new business models by seeing what happens when we offer a product for free.
In a social world even the traditional internal business processes are being socialized. Discuzz is the best Social CRM solution on the market and designed specifically to help you business in three key areas: customer support, sales and marketing. Your customers can post pre-sales questions or technical support issues and the power of the community combines to answer questions about the product or service, reducing the amount of money you need to spend on resources.
Discuzz has been designed to facilitate traditional forum discussions with a new solutions based approach where someone can ask a question and various solutions can be proposed. If you are not making your business social you are missing out on cost savings and leveraging the power of your company evangelists. Even Agriya is hard at work integrating Discuzz in to our customers area.
Last year Digg made an astonishing $31m which is a huge amount considering that the only thing the site does is let people submit interesting news stories. But thanks to their promoted articles (similar to Twitters promoted tweets) and innovative ad displays more and more advertisers are looking to leverage the massive traffic that Digg can give and hit the holy grail of the “Digg effect”.
MarkIt is a full social bookmarking script that lets you run a website like Digg, Delicious, Reddit and MrWong. With advanced anti-spam controls built in and a full advertising management dashboard your members can submit news stories, network with each other, discuss articles and click on your ads which make you money.
Does your website let users upload a profile pic? Then you need MugShot! to let your users take photos of themselves directly from your website and then give themselves a complete makeover thanks to the awesome filters and special effects that can be applied while the photo is being taken.
MugShot! can be integrated in to virtually any platform and server that runs PHP. A programmer may be required for integration. Your users will the new feature that has been added to your site and now this fantastic software comes with the best price available – 100% free!
These deals are not going to last and on 5th January we’ll be resetting to the original prices. These products are all proven in scale, proven in reliability and proven in helping you to build a substantial income from the Internet. Visit the Agriya Customer Area for more deals and offers.
We created BuySell to fulfill the market demand for a high quality, scalable and fully supported Etsy clone – something which it has truly excelled at given the customer feedback we’ve received but we don’t want you to think that it’s just and Etsy clone when under the hood BuySell is an extremely powerful ecommerce system that with a bit of tweaking and customization can be turned in to just about any kind of web store.
Get real estate agents listing their properties. With all the vendor features already built in, real estate agents can create an account and start uploading the properties in their portfolio. With a little bit of customization and Google Maps integration you can add some geo-targeting in to the script to let people find properties listed in precise areas. It doesn’t just have to be about selling property though, it would work equally well as a place to list properties for rent.
BuySell works on the principle that anyone can come along and set up a store on your site to sell their product, but why do they have to sell multiple products? Every day tens of thousands of individuals are looking to sell their car and with most of the functionality built in, BuySell could be the perfect platform to letting anyone list their car for sale and have buyers make the purchase online. With some customization and Google Maps integration you can even make it so that people can find used cars for sale near to where they live. You can also take this concept further and do a site for different things like used bikes, used boats, used power tools etc.
Local Yard Sales
We all know eBay is the granddaddy of yard sales but BuySell would be an equally effective site for people to sell their unwanted goods. With vendor signup such a breeze, anyone with unwanted items can quickly list what they have for sale and sell it for a fixed price rather than hang around in an auction style associated with eBay.
Writers Publishing Platform
How many unsigned publishers are there in the world? We’re willing to bet that there are millions who would kill for the chance to get some recognition and with BuySell you could give them that opportunity. Authors can sign up using the vendors platform and start adding their ebooks to your site. Since BuySell allows you to sell digital downloads you have virtually everything you need to let authors set up a store front and start self publishing. With some customization you can let the authors customize their store fronts and enable them to really promote their writing.
Similar to the writers publishing platform, stock photography lets people sell their images to graphic designers and websites. Anyone with a camera can create a vendor account and start uploading their images and with a bit of customization you can insert watermarks on the photos to make sure they don’t get stolen.
Many people often donate high quality products and items to charity shops where no one ever sees them because too few people venture in to a charity shop. You can change this by setting up a store specifically for local charities to sell their donated items. Each charity can create its own store and add all the products it wants to sell. The benefit is that you can create a web store full of cheap, used items while the charity can increase its revenue thanks to more people buying their products.
These are six unique and out of the box ways that Agriya can think of to use our BuySell software and prove that it’s not just an Etsy clone (although it remains the best and only Etsy clone script on the market). What ideas can you come up with to use BuySell?
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