Top Tools & Resources for Ecommerce Online Businesses

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your Ecommerce and online business needs. If you are looking to sell physical products on Amazon and use FBA, this will help you.

I’ll add to it as I evolve myself and learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these products or companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Product Research

Jungle Scout Extension – This product research tools has become one of my favorites. It saves hours of time and allows you to export data to refer back to while in the research stage. There's a video Greg Mercer (the creator) made and shows how to use the tool and find products fast.

Jungle Scout Web App – New Product Discovery Tool – This allows you to find products that meet the criteria of low competition and good sales demand. The first time I used this tool I found a product I could Private label in under 10 minutes. No Joke!

Product Research Video and Podcast Episode

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Camel Camel CamelThis is a FREE tool that allows you to look at the price and BSR history of most any listing.

Google Trends – This tool will allow you to see if the product you are researching is a seasonal product and if it has growing trend.

Keyword Research & Tracking

KEYWORD SCOUT by JUNGLE SCOUT

In this tool you can search by product type or your competitors and find golden nugget keywords. You can find longtail keywords that allow you to target a buyer for your exact product and increase sales. This is also very helpful for Sponsored Product Ads (PPC).

This is part of the Jungle Scout WEB APP.

Google Keyword Planner – This is a FREE tool that allows you to research keywords for search volume and demand for a product. This tool is also great for creating new campaign keywords for Amazon PPC campaigns.

Merchant Words – This is a great tool to expand your keywords and determine search volumes inside of Amazon. These numbers are not 100% accurate, but is still very powerful for expanding keyword ideas for product ideas and future Amazon PPC ads.

Product Sourcing

NEW – SOURCING DATABASE by JUNGLE SCOUT 

This tool is a GAME CHANGER on how you find a supplier for your products. You can now search and find all of the factories that top brands are using. There's also a video that shows you how to use the tool here.

Aliexpress –This is website like Ebay, but for sourcing products. They make it real easy and allows you to get started with small orders to test, before investing larger amounts of money.

AlibabaThis is another website that allows you to connect with agents, suppliers and manufacturers.

ThomasNet – This is another website for businesses to connect with suppliers.

Product Pictures & Artwork


OutlineMatic – This company  was recommended by one of my past guests that created many successful products. Packaging is a HUGE part of standing out from the competition and these guys are AWESOME! – To test them out I had a T-shirt designed and I couldn't have been happier. They will be doing my future graphics for sure.

Use Code “TAS” and receive 10% discount

Fiverr – If you are on a budget, you can search and find a freelancer that could do product images.

Upwork – This website will allow you to connect with Photographers that could possibly do product photography.

99designs – If you have the budget and you want designers all over the world to bid and work on your job, then this is the service for you.

Canva – Online simple graphic design tool.

Listing Optimization

Amazon_Listing_TipsWhen I first started in this business I didn't know how important a properly optimized listing could affect sales and keyword ranking. After I purchased Amazon Advantage: Product Listing Strategiesby Karon Thackston, I realized there is so much I did wrong when creating my listing. From the keywords I used in the the copy to writing a benefit driven listing that converts higher.

I actually interviewed her on my podcast and she explained everything in simple terms. It can be listened to here on TAS Episode 86.

I recommend her book to anyone that wants to understand and write better listings.

Read Karon’s book (Use the code “scott20” to get 20% off) – NOTE: the code is case sensitive

Splitly is a tool that now allows us to Split Test various elements such as Images and Pricing and measure how they convert over time. Before this software was created you would have to manually change the element you were testing over the course of 2 to 3 weeks and then see what the results were. I've done it and it's a pain, but worth it of you can 3x your sales from one tweak.

When I found out that Greg Mercer of Jungle Scout was behind this software, I jumped in and tried it right away. It's Awesome and is super simple to set up and use.

Receive 25% Off your first month of Splitly===> Use Special TAS Link Here

Sponsored Products Ads (PPC Management)

Ignite is a powerful tool that helps you run you PPC campaigns and find winning search terms for increased sales.

We've created a FREE resource with video training on how to use and run Sponsored Product Ads.

Click here to access this FREE PPC training

There's also a FREE 30 day trial for TAS'ers and access to our Sponsored Products Mastery FB group.

Click here to start your FREE 30 day Trial

Email Follow-up & Feedback/Review Collection

SalesbackerSalesbacker – (My Tool Of Choice) – This was built for the Private Label Seller in mind. It focuses on both Feedback and Reviews for more control of your follow-up emails.

*60 day FREE Trial for TASers and Unlimited emails during 60 days. Pre-Installed email Campaign Templates – No Credit Card Required

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Feedback Genius – This tool will allow you to follow up with your customers and help build your feedback and reviews.

ConvertKit – This my tool of choice for collecting email addresses from customers. It allows my businesses to create a database that can be used for future product launches and following up.

Email List Building + Contest Tools

GiveawayBOOSTOne of the quickest ways we have found to create a targeted email list is by running contests in our market. After trying a few different contest platforms we decided to create our own that had more features for the eCommerce Seller. The plugin is designed to create a contest within minutes and start collecting emails ASAP!

ClickFunnels – If you're looking for a way to capture email addresses, sell on your own website, or just build a quick site for brand registry, this makes is insanely easy to do.

LeadpagesThis tool will allow you to create landing pages to collect emails and thank you pages to deliver codes and additional offers.

Business/Legal Stuff

Legalzoom –  If you need advice or help creating your LLC, Trademark or any other business services, then I recommend Legalzoom. I used them for my LLC and a recent Trademark filed.

Product Liability Insurance – Amazon requires you to have a policy if you are doing $10,000 in sales per month. I've looked around and did a lot of calling and they are hard to find. This company I've worked with that is specifically for Amazon Sellers.

Shipping and Freight Forwarding

If you're ready to start shipping your products by SEA, you need to hire a company that handles the process. FLEX Port has made the process easy and allows you to see your products travel through a simple dashboard.

I've heard some people have handled this themselves and it's a nightmare. You really want to use a company that you can communicate with during and after the process.

Use this link (TAS Special) to receive a free customs clearance on your first shipment (Value $125)

Accounting

Fetcher Accounting SofwareThis tool allows you to see all of your expenses and profits up to the very minute. It also allows you to see your inventory levels and how to plan for future months. If you want to see exactly where your business is financially at all times, this is a great tool and it's very affordable.

Special for TAS'ers? – 31 Day FREE Trial and FREE 1-1 account audit/consultation with their Fetcher account manager.

Click here to learn more and give it a try.

CPA on Fire – Josh Bauerle is a Licensed CPA and has been a guest expert on the show in Episode #143. I have hired Josh in 2015 to handle my taxes and advise me in accounting for my businesses. I'm very happy with his cpa_on_firecompany and recommend him to everyone I know.

Wave This is a FREE online cloud based basic accounting software. I currently use this software and it does everything I need at this point in my businesses.

Freshbooks – If you are looking for a more robust solution, then I would try this software.

Stitch Labs – This is an inventory management software that can also integrate with accounting software.

Sales Tax Collection

sales-tax-tax-jarTaxJar – This company has made it very simple to collect, file and submit your Sales tax. They also share a ton of information on this topic and always respond to questions. I currently use their service to collect and monitor my Sales Tax collections. I give them 5 STARS!!!

If you have any questions on this topic…visit their site or sign up for a FREE Trial.

Business and Liability Insurance

If you are looking for Product Liability Insurance or want to learn more about this topic, I recorded a podcast with Michelle Love who is an expert in this area.

Product Liability 101 – What you need to know

E. M. Ford Insurance Agency – Michelle’s agency

Contact with any questions – MLOVE(at)EMFORD.com

Top Marketplace for Buying & Selling FBA Businesses

Quiet Light Brokerage has built a reputation on quality and integrity. In business since 2007, FBA Businesses makeup nearly 50% of all transactions, and we pride ourselves on “white glove” service.

Every broker on the team has built, bought, or sold their own online business, many through Quiet Light. You’ll never get passed on to a Junior broker or an assistant, yet our entire team provides input and stands behind every listing.

Planning in advance of a sale of your most valuable asset, your business, is a critical step to financial success – regardless of when you might sell. And the time to begin is now, not eventually. To speak to an Advisor at Quiet Light to understand the value of your business and the process of selling, reach out to us at [email protected]com.

View current listings here.

I interviewed Joe Valley, a partner @ QLB who’s sold more than $60,000,000 in total transaction. You can listen here.

Hiring Virtual Assistants

Depending on where you are in your business, there will come a time that you may want to hire people to help grow and scale your business. I recently had the owner (Nathan Hirsch) of FREEE Up on the podcast (Episode 467) to talk about how to hire the best people for your company. He also has information and resources to help in this process.

Special OFFER: Nathan also is offering a $25 Credit towards your first hire. Click here for the details

Additional Resources

audibleAudible FREE Book and 30 Day Trial – I'm not much for reading, but I do listen to podcast and Audio books on a regular basis. I love learning and expanding my knowledge on all types of topics. The best way I can do that is through listening. I'm listing a few books I have read and think are very good for business and personal growth.

The Compound Effect

The War of Art

The One Thing

The Slight Edge

Private Label Training

TAS Podcast (Start) – The best place to get started is listening to the podcast series of how to get started.

Brand Growth Validation Checklist – I created a full checklist and video walking through the validation process to create a successful brand online.

Brand Creators “The Playbook” – If you are looking to build a brand and follow a proven plan, this book i s for you. It's broken down into 6 parts and gives the WHY and HOW TO, so you can use this as your Brand Building Playbook.

**Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links.