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From Zero to 200,000 Products: My Amazon Print-on-Demand Odyssey

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by Bank K.

Hey there,

Bank K. here, and I’m thrilled to share with you an incredible adventure I’ve been on in the world of print-on-demand business. 

A few weeks ago, I just hit a major milestone: my Amazon account now boasts a whopping 200,000 products!

And the best part? I didn’t even create or upload them myself. I’ve got a fantastic team and some nifty tools that have been helping me out since 2017.

It’s something I’ve nurtured and watched grow slowly yet oh-so-steadily. That’s what I love about it. It’s like tending to a garden constantly blossoming with new opportunities.

Fast forward to today, and this venture alone is raking in a comfortable six-figure income every year. 

And the best part? It’s not even taking up all of my time! 

In this blog post, I will not just brag about my success. I’m going to let you in on the secret sauce: 

  • How I got started on this exciting journey
  • How my awesome team took charge of uploading those 200,000 products
  • And the genius moves I make in just 2-3 hours weekly nowadays to skyrocket my sales.

Buckle up, because I’m about to spill the beans on how you can turn your dreams into reality, just like I did. 

So let’s dive right in and uncover the magic behind building a thriving print-on-demand empire on Amazon! 

Are you as excited as I am? 

Let’s dive into it!


The Myth from the Non-action Takers

Before we start diving into the nitty-gritty details, I want to address a few myths that often come up from those who haven’t taken action in this amazing business model.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’ve been sharing my journey of building a print-on-demand empire on Amazon for years. 

And guess what? Along the way, I’ve encountered some myths that refuse to fade away.

1. Print on Demand is Saturated.

Oh boy, I’ve been hearing this one since way back in 2014. 

Back then, we were promoting loads of cool t-shirts on Facebook. 

People started saying that the print-on-demand business had become saturated. 

“Too many t-shirts on Facebook, no one’s gonna buy them anymore,” they claimed.

When I switched to selling mugs on Amazon, those non-action takers still sang the same old song. 

“Mugs on Amazon? So saturated!” they exclaimed. 

But hold on a sec. The truth, as spoken by someone who takes action (like me), is that our earnings from print-on-demand keep growing year after year.

My sales on Amazon last month shot up by over 217% compared to the same time last year. 

And I’m not stopping there; I’m confident that I’ll see a whopping 300% increase by the end of this year. 

So, saturated? Definitely not!

2. This is Spam.

Now, here’s a funny one. I’m sharing a free print-on-demand mini-course on Facebook. I used Facebook ads to reach more people. 

Some folks said “This is spam!”

Let me set the record straight – whether it’s spam or not is up to Amazon to decide. After all, it’s their marketplace, not you.

I’ve created and uploaded a mind-boggling 200,000 products across various niches on Amazon. 

And guess what? 

Real people are buying them. 

Plus, Amazon boosts my products’ rankings after they’re purchased or reviewed positively. 

Imagine this: there’s another person out there trying to do the same. Their designs might be cooler, but they can’t match my speed because they’re getting caught up in the details.

Spam? I prefer to call it “working faster and more consistently.” 

The market is vast, and I’m making sure my creations catch more eyeballs by creating products across numerous niches.

3. You Have 80,000 Products, but Only a Few Sell?

Okay, let’s tackle this one. 

At around 80,000 products I had a few years back, some people asked how many actually made sales. 

I told them around 5-10 products were bringing in sales, which translated to $80-200 a day. 

And guess what they said? “Not worth it. You’ve got so many products, but only a few are selling.”

Hold on a minute. We might be looking at this all wrong. 

I’m not fixated on how many products I have. 

I care about the big picture – my yearly earnings. 

Let’s break it down: I invested around $20,000 in salaries for my members over the first three years doing this. But what happened next was remarkable.

This business consistently generates $100,000 annually for me after that. 

We should discuss a return on investment, not the nonsense ratio number. 

It’s actually made me even more than that. I’ve barely lifted a finger for this business in the last two years, and it’s still thriving.

There are various paths to building and growing a print-on-demand business, and this is just one of them. 

Our business model rides on the “free traffic” that Amazon provides, so the key? 

Creating and uploading products across a wide range of niches to catch the eyes of different groups of people.

Phew, those myths from the non-action takers are quite the handful, aren’t they? 

Now that we’ve brushed them aside, let’s get back on track and explore how I got started on this incredible journey.


How I Build and Grow the Print on Demand Business on Amazon

Now that we’ve cleared up those pesky myths, let’s jump right into the juicy details of how I built and grew my print-on-demand business on Amazon.

It all began in 2014. I had been hustling hard, selling loads of cool t-shirts on Teespring through the magic of Facebook ads.

As my journey evolved, I shifted my products to my very own Shopify store and kept the momentum going by selling a variety of print-on-demand items via those trusty Facebook ads.

But, here’s the kicker – relying solely on Facebook ads for sales can be a bit risky. 

That’s when I heard about another avenue – selling print on demand on Amazon. I decided to give it a shot.

I started small, creating and uploading a handful of products to Amazon to test the waters. 

Guess what? It didn’t take long. I made my first sale pretty quickly. This was the moment I realized that I was onto something.

I knew I needed a team to help me scale things up because I was busy with my Facebook ads. 

So, I ventured into the world of hiring. I brought on board two amazing individuals from Onlinejobs.ph – one to handle product research and uploads, and the other, a graphic designer responsible for crafting those designs.

For the next 3-4 years, my team did the heavy lifting while I was neck-deep in my Facebook ads universe, hustling to generate income to pay my team’s salaries. 

It wasn’t all smooth sailing on Amazon at the start. I encountered losses as I waited for my products to gain better rankings and attract more attention on Amazon.

As time passed, I picked some good-selling FBM products and transformed them into FBA products to increase sales.

Then came 2020 and with it, a game-changing creation – PODTurbo. This nifty print-on-demand automation tool revolutionized the game. 

It empowered my team to upload many products using CSV files speedily. Efficiency skyrocketed.

But there’s more. 2021 brought about another shift. I waved goodbye to my POD team members as I built PODtomatic

This tool became my trusty companion, helping me create and upload products with lightning speed. 

Sure, these products might not have the designer flair of a professional, but they saved me heaps on hiring graphic designers.

As the months rolled on, my team’s journey took another exciting turn. We established our very own print-on-demand company, Laser Chili.

We focus on engraved items like bracelets, keychains, and dog tags – a niche with lower competition. 

And you guessed it, PODtomatic also played its part in uploading these Laser Chili products to Amazon.

So there you have it – the story of how I pieced together this print-on-demand business on Amazon over the past few years.

But that’s not all. Curious about what I’m up to nowadays? 

Well, buckle up, because we’re about to delve into that in the next section.


What I’m Doing 2-3 Hours a Week These Days to Skyrocket My Sales

At present, my focus is squarely on accumulating FBA products. 

It’s a simple yet powerful strategy. I take my standout FBM products that are already selling well and transform them into FBA products.

Recently, I stumbled upon a fascinating discovery. 

Many of the countless coffee mugs, shot glasses, and travel mugs my team uploaded between 2017 and 2020 have suddenly become hot sellers this year. 

Yeah…2017-2020.

They rarely sold before.

I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but it’s as if Amazon bestowed them with better rankings.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands. 

Earlier this year, I put ChatGPT to work and optimized the product descriptions and bullet points for these listings. 

And guess what? The results were remarkable. I noticed a boost in sales for the products I’d freshly optimized.

These are FBM products – not FBA. 

I know, surprising, right? With this newfound insight, I set out on a mission. I had a treasure trove of FBM products that were bringing in sales this year, so I built an AI tool named Jesse PODMan.

Jesse PODMan’s superpower? Crafting optimized product descriptions and bullet points for Amazon listings. 

It streamlines what used to be a multi-step process I did on ChatGPT into a single seamless action. And the time it saves? Considerable.

My routine now involves dedicating 2-3 hours each week to optimize product descriptions and bullet points using my created tool. 

It’s a breeze to tackle around ten products in less than an hour, and I do this 3-4 times a week.

Now, here’s what really tickles my fancy. As I continue to optimize these FBM listings, the sales keep rolling in. 

And the best part? These products don’t even need to undergo the transformation into FBA. That means no upfront costs for stocking products.

So, there you have it – my secret weapons for boosting sales in just a few hours a week. 

I’ve got two main strategies on my plate: accumulating more FBA products and optimizing FBM listings. 

These straightforward tasks might only take a handful of hours weekly, but they’re the driving force behind my impressive six-figure yearly sales.


Conclusion

And that’s it – the journey behind the curtain of my thriving print-on-demand business on Amazon. 

As we close this adventure, let’s reflect on the key takeaways that can help you pave your path to success.

It’s remarkably simple when you break down the process I’ve walked through. 

If you’re dreaming of your very own print-on-demand empire on Amazon, rest assured you can follow a similar path.

Here’s a golden nugget of advice: kickstart your journey as soon as you can. 

Building a successful print-on-demand business takes time, as growth is the name of the game. 

And remember, patience and persistence are your trusty companions on this exciting journey.

Now, here’s the exciting part – you don’t need to make a hefty $20,000 investment upfront, just like I did years ago when I hired my team. 

The landscape has changed. 

In today’s world, there’s an array of print-on-demand automation tools at your fingertips.

Let me introduce you to my tools: PODTurbo, PODtomatic, or Laser Chili

For just $67-97 a month, you can access these tools to revolutionize how you approach your print-on-demand business. 

It’s a fraction of the cost I paid to my team all those years ago, and the efficiency boost is remarkable.

The path is clear – choose the tool that resonates with you and take that leap. The key to success lies in consistent action. 

Keep uploading products, stay dedicated, and watch your print-on-demand empire blossom.

As you embark on your journey, I’m sending waves of good luck your way. The world of print-on-demand on Amazon awaits, and your potential for success is boundless.

Are you ready to seize this opportunity? Here’s to your print-on-demand dreams and the incredible journey that lies ahead. Let’s make it happen!

Until next time,

—Bank K.

PS. Before you head off, I’ve got a fun little update to share.

If you’ve noticed, I’ve switched up my profile picture – now sporting a sleek black hoodie. Well, the new season of “The Uncanny Counter” is currently streaming on Netflix.

They’ve got the team rocking black hoodies as their new suit, and I couldn’t resist getting in on the trend too lol

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