This Build A Niche Store review is my week by week experiences with BANS. I made my money back in the first month and I definitely recommend it. The harder you work at getting traffic to your stores, the more money you will make.
Since the time this was written, I have realized that getting backlinks to every single page of your BANS site is vital for building keyword authority and getting those pages to the top of the search engines. To help me do this, I have been using Bookmarking Demon which is a program which automates much of the process of getting backlinks from the social bookmarking sites. Pleas visit my Bookmarking Demon Review to learn more about this software and the importance of getting links to all your BANS pages.
I will be buying this program when the updated version comes out. I don’t know when that will be but I hope its soon. I bought a couple of domain names just for this project and I want to get started. Check back later when I will give my review of it and tell you how easy or hard it is to get this up and running.
I Bought the New Version Today (version 1.3) and 10 hours later no success in getting it to run. This Build a Niche Store is definitely NOT FOR BEGINNERS. The manual assumes you know a fair amount about websites and all the mumbo jumbo that goes along with building them. VERY FRUSTRATING.
My first BANS store is now up. Alot of work needs to be done and I understand there are some bugs in the software. It is not working right in several areas but hopefully that will be fixed soon.
Well everything is on hold as the new script is full of bugs and supposedly they are working on fixes for all the problems. Don’t buy this yet! Wait for all the problems to be worked out. Again though, you can check out my store at the link above and if you go to the site section you will notice several of the links don’t work. Also right now you can’t upload a new header photo. At least you can see a real store up and running.
The update is supposed to happen tomorrow. Hopefully I will then be able to make my store work like it is supposed to. Then I will have to figure out how to get traffic to it.
Its been a long road. I could have never done it without Adam at BANS who personally helped me with both of those sites. It seems there are so many little things that can go wrong. Hopefully the new manual that will be coming out soon will give more in-depth and detailed instructions. My first site is a GPS site/store and my second site is about the Sony PSP. I have made a little over a dollar so far!
The owners Kelvin and Adam are supposed to be working on a better manual that is a little clearer about the installation. I had a lot of problems and wanted to give up. They are also supposedly working on another manual about ideas to get traffic to your sites. Hope that comes out soon. It’s now time to start to get traffic to my sites!
One way I am going to get people to my sites is through submitting to directories. I have found this directory submitter tool and it is free for 350 directories and then costs some to get to the gold edition which gives you over 1700 directories. This submission tool takes you right to the different sites, has everything prefilled for you (except the category), and all you have to do is click the mouse a couple of times and your link is submitted. WOW, you can download the trial version with the 350 directories for FREE to test it out. I would say it takes less than a minute per directory. This is really worth looking into. Again it is FREE to try out. In much the same vein Bookmarking Demon is the best tool for automated linking to social sites. You can get thousands of links by using this tool.
It has been about 2 weeks and my two sites have seen very little traffic. Admittedly, I have not done very much to promote them. I do have one GPS article on Ezinesarticles.com pointing to one of the sites and I have a couple of Squidoo lenses pointing to them as well. I also submitted both sites to the PR4 and 5 sites using the directory submitter I spoke about in the last post. No real results so far however. Total Adsense and Ebay commissions around $7.00.
I have made about $51.00 now in Adsense and Ebay commissions for my two sites. My GPS site has about 35 incoming links and a someone signed up to Ebay through my store for which I got $25.00! Now I just need more of those – lots more. One thing I have noticed is that my banner ads are getting virtually no clicks at all. For my two sites I think I have over 1000 impressions with maybe 1 click. In response to that I have made my GPS site a two column site as I took out the right side ad column. I am hoping the viewer will be less distracted and now be immediately drawn to the Ebay items and click on them. We shall see as I will be watching
The new manual is out and what a difference between that and the first one! Wow. Lots of pictures and step by step instructions make this manual 10 times better than the first one. I would have saved so much time and confusion if I had this one when I tried to install my sites. Two more manuals are on the way (I hear one of them about how to get much needed traffic) so now is a great time to buy Build A Niche Store. One thing I have requested is that they put out instructions on how to get BANS into a WordPress template. The templates that are provided with BANS are OK but not as nice as what can be done with WordPress.
OK, I have two stores going and for June so far I have earned $6.83 in Adsense and $70.64 in Ebay comissions. I almost have my purchase price back already! I have two other stores but I want them in a WordPress template so I am waiting to promote those till I can learn how to integrate BANS and WordPress.
Quick update…I will write more at the end of the month. As of today my Ebay commissions are $111.90 and Adsense $13.43.
Check out my BANS June earnings summary.
Not great in the earnings department for July so far. I think this is going to be a slow month with the July 4th week and a nice summer. It’s probably not the best time of the year to make money on the Internet. Adsense of $2.19 and Ebay commissions of $36.42.
I have decided not to put the BANS stores in a WordPress template right now because even if I could figure out how to do that, I am not sure whether a store would look right in a template designed for blogging. I might have to do a lot of searching to find the right one and I just don’t have the time.
What I am going to be working on all month is, however, the WordPress blogs I have put in the subdirectories of the BANS sites. If I can start to make good blogs with lots of articles relating to the niches then people can find my stores in two ways – going there directly or through my blogs. I believe WordPress has a good reputation for search engine optimization so I am going to give that a try.
Ebay commissions of $47.30 and Adsense of $5.68 so far this month.
See my big BANS update .
My totals this month so far are now $75.94 (Ebay commissions) and $15.19 (Adsense)
This is exciting news! I just got an email from the makers of Build A Niche Store and this is an excerpt:
We are just finishing off a new template pack of 10 unique templates
which are much more professional than the pack which comes with the
package at the moment. There will be no charge for these and they
will be sent out to you through this list at the beginning of next
This is totally unexpected and makes BANS and even better value. As I have said, I paid for my BANS software in about a month through commissions and with these new templates sales should be become easier. When I get the new templates I will use one of them for all the stores (hopefully).
Still no new templates have been sent to the members yet. It’s kind of frustrating when they promise something and then it is delayed. This happened with the new manual as well.
Well it has been three weeks since I got the email that said that 10 new templates would be made available free of charge “next week”. I am still waiting and wondering why they (the BANS creators) keep promising things before they are ready. I know they will come, I just don’t like being promised things and then having to wait. I guess I am too impatient.
Mid month stats are not very good again. My best site is doing OK as it is in the first position in MSN search (Yay) for the main GSP brand that the site promotes. Third in MSN and no where to be found in Google but I will take what I can get. That site has made a little less than a dollar a day so far in Ebay commissions. The other two sites have made about 7 dollars combined. And I have made about a dollar a day in Adsense which is again mostly for the GPS site. So, the total stands around $37.00.
The big problem (other than traffic) is that I have not made any of the $25.00 Ebay signups. They are huge in the scheme of things. One other thing, the GPS site is the one I attached a WordPress blog to. I have 5 GPS reviews on that blog and I have yet to put up a blog on the other two sites. I don’t know whether the blog has increased traffic but my next step is to put a blog up on another one of the sites. Man, this is time consuming.
WooHoo!! An Ebay sign up for $25.00 and a little over $8.00 in commission today for my GSP site. That almost doubled my earnings in one day!
Earnings this month so far are $61.92 in Ebay commissions and $17.89 in Adsense commissions.
The new templates are still not out but here is a quote from Adam of BANS in the BANS forum:
“Now we’re providing 10 new templates, a whole new CSS templating system, a WYSIWYG Editor incorporated into the Content and Store page areas, additional new search features (Min & Max bids), a whole new product display layout and more… You can see the new product layout (and one of the new CSS templates) at the following site – http://www.usedmotorcycle.org“
I goofed. I have been so busy with this website that I didn’t realize I had no Ebay link or banner on my main GPS site. I took 45 minutes this morning to put an Ebay “free shipping” banner on every page of my site. I also added Adsense to every page of my site. Hope it helps.
Please see my summary of the August BANS earning stats and a place to get a great $10.00 logo.
The new version is now out. Version 2.0 of Build A Niche with a new manual, better templates, better everything is now out!
Ebay earnings to date for this month are $41.66 and adsense is $9.34. The Ebay numbers again include no signups…I wish I could get some of them.
Ebay earning so far are $57.93 and adsense is $12.67.
I have just put my final September BANS stats up. Almost the same as last month. The good news for me is that I am already over $40.00 in October as I made a new Ebay signup and that was worth $25.00 in commission.
Earnings so far this month are $47.24 from Ebay commissions and $6.67 from Adsense
Earnings this month are now are $67.83 from Ebay and $12.22 from Adsense. I have two stores up but one gets no traffic at all. I have not switched either of my stores to the new 2.0 version of Build A Niche. Maybe I should but I don’t want to spend the time right now.
I just read about people using Build A Nich Stores for domains that they previously had parked. I never thought of that and I don’t have any parked domains but a lot of people are really into the domain parking thing. Putting up a BANS store instead of parking a domain and getting just Adsense seems like a no-brainer to me. With BANS you have the possibility of getting Adsense, Ebay commissions, and other affiliate income if you choose to include it.
Income for October was $85.01 from Ebay commissions and $19.09 from Adsense. I made that one Ebay signup early on in the month and that was it. My GPS site went off the MSN search radar for a while this month and now it is back in the 3rd position on MSN. It was in the first position and I have no idea what is going on with that. It is nowhere to be seen on Google and never has been.
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I will tell you at the end of this month why I have not given any $$ stats for this month.
Ebay commissions of $26.71 and adsense of $3.56 so far this month. I am now doing nothing to promote any site (I have 3 total). Somehow I got an Ebay sign up which is $25 of my commissions.
Ebay commissions of $43.22 and adsense of $7.69 up till now this month.
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December stats are as follows: I made $55.21 in Ebay commissions and Adsense of $10.11. Again, I urge you to check out my post on putting an audio ad on each of your BANS sites. Since BANS is made for one time viewers via the search engines, even if these ads are slightly annoying it won’t matter. I will for sure be putting the ads on my Build A Niche sites.
Only $32.08 so far this month in Ebay commissions and $8.07 in Adsense.
An everyone can see, I haven’t updated this for over a month. BANS is one of the great ways to make money online and you will do fine as long as you figure out how to get targeted visitors to your site. I am really doing nothing at this point other than using Bookmarking Demon to create backlinks to my four sites. I broke down and bought Bookmarking Demon as I had heard so much about it and it does work like a charm. It is not to hard to figure out and sometimes I run it all day getting backlinks from the social bookmarking and scuttle sites to my BANS sites and niche sites. These BANS sites are no different from any other project you do to make money on the Internet: you need visitors and you need to figure out how to get them. They will not magically come by just slapping up a BANS site and you need to get as many backlinks as you can! Bookmarking Demon is a great automated program to do that.
Please read my Bookmarking Demon Review so that you can understand more about getting anchored backlinks to the internal pages of your BANS sites. Internal links are absolutely vital to the success of any Build a Niche site and very few people will really explain this to you.
The more work you do and the more targeted visitors you get, the more money you will make. Guaranteed. BANS keeps coming out with new versions and better looking templates and the support has gotten excellent. BANS is a better product now than it was when I bought it many long months ago. They have a large forum of members now that is very active and you can spend hours there learning. I think I will not update this post any longer as I have other things I need to do. I will keep several of my BANS sites that are doing OK and the others I might get rid of or change the things they are selling. I may in the future decide to go back to them and redo them properly and spend some real time trying to get visitors.
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