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My Amazing Selling Machine Review & How to do Amazon Marketing

July 7th, 2014

Now that you know what I’ve been doing so far this year and why I’m focused on Amazon Marketing, let’s talk about how I learned.  As such, I’ll give my honest opinions about “Amazing Selling Machine” by Matt Clark and Jason Katzenback.

To start, just in case you don’t know me, here’s what you need to know.  I’m not some gullible wimp online who enjoys throwing money at anything that makes hyped up claims about how I can get rich quick.  (No offense to anyone who is.)  I’ve been doing Internet marketing for clients and my own successful e-commerce business since 2003.  I’ve attended many conferences over the years and learned from some of the best.  I’m an avid learner.  But more importantly, I do this for a living and support my family. I also employ two close friends.

Given this, I have purchased a few training programs over the years at different price points.  I’ve paid anything from $19 to thousands.  I’ve also spent thousands of dollars traveling and attending search conferences such as SES, SMX, Pubcon, and many others.

Please don’t think I’m bragging.  I’m not.  I simply want to set the stage that I understand well the concept of spending money to learn.  I’ve also built training, helped run conferences (including being the Director of Training for Social Fresh), and done lots of one-on-one coaching.  Here’s what I’ve learned…

Expensive training can be well worth it!

It’s true.  But only in these circumstances:

  • Get what you really need
  • Learn from those that know and can teach the best
  • Most importantly, actually use the new knowledge!

So let’s face it, “Amazing Selling Machine” is expensive.  It cost me $3,500.

Technically, it cost Rhino Goods Inc that much.

Rhino Goods is the name of the business that my business partner and I started.  After a quick (and also a little expensive) visit to Legal Zoom, and a little investment money, we jumped in and purchased “Amazing Selling Machine” from Amazing Academy.

My review of Amazing Selling Machine

Sorry, I’m not going to bore you with repeating all of the details of what Amazing Selling Machine includes.  You can learn that when they re-release the program, which they typically do every six months.  We bought ours in April 2014.

What I will say is that they have an excellent 8-week program that teaches you all aspects of starting an Amazon business to sell private labeled products.  They teach how to choose a product, how to get setup in Amazon, how to find manufacturers, how to promote and rank your listing, and how to outsource most of the work.  They include various bonuses including some tools which are of various value.

Is Amazing Selling Machine worth it?

Yes.  Heck yes!

But only if you are willing to invest a little money and about 2-5 hours per week the first two months.  It is not a magic button.  It is training.  You must use it and you must dedicate the time to it.  You can’t just learn this stuff and expect to make money.  You must apply it.

The quality of the training is the best I’ve seen by far.  Honestly, I did not expect it to be as good as it was.  They have many different trainers in the videos and they are very well prepared.  The videos and corresponding documents are all very thorough and helpful.  (Seriously, I was surprised.)

Are we making money yet?

No.  But we’re only 3 months into this.

We do have a significant amount of our product in my office now.  We’ve got the packaging almost finished.  We’ll send it to Amazon this week.  We’ve got our marketing and Amazon ranking plans designed, and we’re ready.

Others have gone quicker than us and are making money already.  But my business partner and I have lives and jobs.  We’re taking it at a reasonable pace for us.

Yet, we are confident that this will succeed.  How successful?  We’ll see.

But I can tell you this.  I’ve learned a tremendous amount about how Amazon ranks products.  I’ve also learned how to get products private labeled, and how to work with China to get the best price.  This is incredible training for my current e-commerce business, let alone what happens with the new business, Rhino Inc.

Want to learn more?

In the next post, I’ll list many of the Marketing Tools for Amazon that I’ve been learning and experimenting with.  As of right now, AMS is closed.  Sorry.  But when the time comes, you can jump in to Amazing Selling Machine yourself here.