A Quick-Start Guide to Selling on Amazon – Fulfillment by Amazon

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Have you ever encountered third-party vendors while shopping on Amazon? Contrary to popular belief, these aren't all major retailers with huge distribution - these are 3rd party vendor's selling on Amazon using FBA.

It turns out that it's possible for anybody to register as an Amazon seller and list products on the site. Furthermore, third-party vendors are often selected as the top search result when Amazon's own inventory runs dry for a given product. If you build it, they will come. 

It's not hard to register as a Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) seller. After that, you're only a few steps away from your first sale. Here's how to make it happen.

What is FBA?

Signing Up as a Seller

There are two options for Amazon Seller accounts:

  1. Individual Seller
  2. Professional Seller.

To be frank, anybody who is serious about making money on Amazon should go straight for the pro account.

The professional tier has unlimited sales with no fees other than a $40/month subscription payment. You'll get access to Amazon's sales API, inclusion in the Prime program, and the ability to sell in most product categories.

You don't need any credentials to be approved as a pro seller. Just fork up the $40 per month as your initial investment and you can move on to the next step.

Fulfillment By Amazon

Fulfillment by Amazon sign up page

Amazon's FBA program is the smartest choice for new sellers on the site.

It means Amazon will store and ship your products for you, vastly simplifying your sales process. Even more importantly, this is one of the only ways to get your products into Amazon Prime.

Whenever you want to sell a new product, the first step is to create a listing. Be thorough and fill out every single section on this page. A complete listing is crucial to optimize your page for Amazon searches.

After you post your listing, Amazon will send you information on shipping your inventory to their warehouses. Shipping standards vary from category to category, with no one-size-fits-all rule about how to handle it.

Amazon has stringent rules when shipping your inventory to their warehouses, there are many companies (Fulfillment Bridge being one of them) that can do your Amazon preparations for you

Be careful not to ship too much inventory at once. You will have to pay a fee if it sits in the warehouse for too long.

Promotion

You shouldn't sit around and hope that people discover your product by sheer luck.

Be active in driving traffic to your Amazon product page.

Here are a few ideas:

Try running a blog with weekly updates, buying the content through third-party vendors at affordable rates. With proper SEO principles, this can lead to massive organic search traffic over time.

Alternately, social media advertising and influencer campaigns can get attention for your goods. Pay mid-level influencers to post about your product, measuring the results with referral links. Keep working with the most effective influencers over time for continued success.

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Whatever you do, avoid sending weak traffic to your page. The most important metric in your product's search rank on Amazon is the sales conversion rate. If you send a ton of people to your page who decide not to buy, it will wreck your search ranking.

Selling on Amazon

There have been many manifestos written on the topic of passive income. Some entrepreneurs have gotten rich, or claimed to do so, with perfectly optimized businesses centered around drop-shipping and referral links.

To be clear, selling on Amazon is not a get-rich-quick scheme. You certainly won't make a ton of money with little effort. The truth is, as with anything in life, it takes a lot of work to get the best outcomes.

With that said, Amazon is the easiest and most affordable way to reach a huge audience with your goods. This is clearly an opportunity worth pursuing.

With hard work, you can see magnificent results. The sky's the limit when you sell your products on Amazon.

Make Your Amazon Prep Easy with Fulfillment Bridge

Once you have your Amazon listing set-up and are ready to send your inventory to an Amazon warehouse, avoid the pitfalls of missing one of Amazon's stringent guidelines, which can be costly. Prepare your Amazon inventory the right way with Fulfillment Bridge's Amazon Prep solutions.


When you are ready to take your ecommerce shipping and fulfillment to the next level, contact Fulfillment Bridge

Kais Khadhraoui
Kais Khadhraoui
I'm the CEO & Founder at Fulfillment Bridge. I spent more than 12 years providing cutting edge financial solutions to global banks and stock exchanges and running successfully Multimillions projects at global scale. I decided 8 years ago to start my entrepreneurial adventure in the eCommerce industry. I discovered similarities in both fields which made it easier for me to provide high quality eCommerce related services inspired from the Fintech world. My ultimate goal is to create a leading eCommerce solution following the high standards adopted in the financial industry. When you are looking to take your ecommerce to the next level and partner with a logistics provider that specializes in global ecommerce solutions, you can get in touch with me on LinkedIn.