When I launched my first e-commerce store in 2004, using SEO to get search engine traffic from Google was probably the easiest way to start making money with an online store. All I had to do was trade links with other related e-commerce stores and the search engines would send targeted traffic to my site.
A lot has changed since then… Google made it harder to get ranked and now you actually have to do real marketing. But Amazon opened up its doors to third party sellers and now just about anyone can start selling on Amazon.
The good thing is that if you want to sell on Amazon, you can get started for free and if you want to launch your own private label brand, an investment of $1,500 to $2,000 might be enough to get started. And once you get your product launched, it’s often mostly passive income, which is great if you are working full time or have other obligations. You just have to monitor your sales and keep the product in stock.
But how do you find a good product to sell?
I did a good bit of research on Amazon not too long ago and one of the tools I kept hearing about was Jungle Scout, which is a tool designed to help find items that can sell well on Amazon. Jungle Scout offers a web app that lets users search a database of Amazon items for products to sell and a Chrome extension that allows users to display information about a page of products.
This review covers the web app and some of the drawbacks.