Converting WordPress Templates to Work with BANS

If you haven’t discovered BANS (Build A Niche Store) yet, it is worth looking into. I have set one up and have really done very little with it and I have already made $12.00 from eBay.

The Niche Store Builder has written an ebook about how to converting WordPress Templates to work with BANS.  There is going to be a whole series of articles, so go and subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss a single one!  This article series is a must for anyone interested in BANS or has purchased BANS and wants an updated look to their site.

BANS – Build a Niche Store

I have been looking at this product for a while now and have decided to take the plunge.  I think I have come up with a good niche and will keep you appraised of my progress.

Build a Niche Store of BANS utilizes eBay auctions to produce your “sales”. Every time someone purchase a product from your site they are actually purchasing from eBay and you get a commission. You also get a commission every time someone finds your site and then signs up for an eBay account.

The KEY to making this process successful is finding a niche that will bring your profits. For example, maybe you will choose sports memorabilia, laptops, mp3 players, etc. After choosing your niche, you will utilize the Build A Niche Store website that you will receive. Here is an example of a BANS store that has been setup to focus on race cars Race Car eBay Affiliate Website and one for golf equipment Golf eBay Affiliate WebsiteYour store will automatically update as new products are listed for sale and old listing expire from the eBay marketplace and the software has built in development features which enable you to create new store pages, add content to these pages, create content pages, modify your template etc etc.

Build A Niche Store comes with a step by step user manual which will walk even the most technically inexperienced through setting up their eBay affiliate website, 9 professional template layouts which can be customized (from inside your admin panel) to match your target niche, lifetime member forum access, comprehensive product support and possibly most importantly – an UNLIMITED domain license which means you can build as many of these niche websites as you want for the small one time fee.

So far, I have purchased a domain name and hosting package.  I have also done some extensive research on a number of niches.  The key to making the site successful is promotion as well.  Follow my progress as I see if I can set up a successful BANS store.

Blogging and Working From Home

Here is a little personal confession from me – I am a work at home mom.  Now please don’t assume that I am not qualified to do anything else.  I choose to stay at home while my children are in school.  I find that there is sometimes a bias against work at home moms and most of it seems to come from other women.

I actually left a six figure income to stay at home.  I know crazy talk, but with three children, things were getting a little nuts and I wanted to be able to attend school functions, basketball and soccer games and chaperone class trips.  I get to do that all now.

However, I also like to keep my mind active and functioning and let me tell you, cleaning the bathrooms doesn’t activate your mind!  I started a work at home website and then got into blogging.

Blogging is a great business idea for stay at home moms.  Granted, you will probably not become John Chow overnight, but I made about $5,000 last year just from blogging.   If you are interested in getting started blogging, follow these important rules:

  1. Find your niche.  Don’t assume that your niche is family or parenting or staying at home.  There are a lot of blogs on these subjects.  Maybe you love gardening or cooking or cake making.  Do you have any hobbies?  Interests?  It needs to be something that you will be able to blog about consistently.
  2. Purchase a domain name.  It will take you a while to find the perfect domain name.  Take your time.  DO NOT use free blog services such as blogspot or wordpress.com.  It is best to do it yourself.
  3. Read, read, read.  Read anything you can about blogging.  Google it!
  4. Start blogging.  Don’t worry if you have the ugliest blog design to start with.  You WILL make changes as time goes on.  The most important thing is to keep blogging.  Try to write at least once a day.
  5. Don’t give up.  It will take time to build readership to your blog.

One of the reasons I started this blog is to help others blog as well.  Look for future articles all about blogging and tips to gain readership!

Blogging for Dollars – 2007 in Review

I have not yet tried any advertising for this blog. But, I do have four other blogs that I have monetized. Below are the results of my efforts for 2007. As you can see, I did much better at some programs than others.

Text Link Ads: $640.91
PayPerPost: $969.42
LoudLaunch: $30.00
SponsoredReviews: $197.60
PayU2Blog: $1,860.65
V7: $167.58
Blogvertise: $10
Dewitts Media: $28.82
Blogitive:$28.22
Others: $202.43

Grand Total: $4,135.63

In 2008 look for reviews of these programs and others that I have tried.