Originally Posted by simply4est
Sounds like a cool idea - all the best with it!
Thanks originally I was just going to go the normal e-commerce route..but building a database for over 750,000 products was getting to be very expensive and time consuming. So I started thinking what is separating me from being able to sell my products? It was easy I had the whsle connections at rock bottom prices and great service so I knew I had the infrastructure to be able to make this work via drop shipping.
I started advertising on one forum that I used to advertise on at the e-commerce business I last worked for and found this grass roots direct approach very successful but it was also a lot of work to give that forum the attention it needed to be successful. So I started to think how can I sell all of my products to all of the forums and maintain the level of high community standards and build a solid reputation. This is when I came up w/ the idea of Forum Super Agents..forum contributors that post quite frequently that are liked by all have great technical background in there specific car (universe) i.e Honda or VW expert or enthusiast.
My big thing right now is trying to nail down the whole process of signing on a Forum Super Agent to the completion of a sale. This is why I am interested in the "affiliate" aspect of this. I have to be able to prove and establish that the Forum agent will get his % and that he will have this faith that he knows he will be getting his cut so in turn he will be that much more motivated to sell. Also I will use Google Base/Checkout to load all specials and sales the forum Super Agent will be given the link to promote. I will push the angle that this is safe for all parties due to the fact that nobody but Google sees there personal info.
I plan on posting (Auditions or tryouts etc.) do develop some buzz about this on each forum. Part of the deal will be that once signed on for the Super Agent after the first month they will be responsible to pay for the monthly advertising fee for that forum as a (licensing fee etc.) after that all profits will be split 50/50. I will provide all the excel price lists to Super Agents with our discounts noted and our pricing clearly marked. I will also work one on one with each Agent to develop proper (Markups) and margins so that we all make money.
I plan on doing this on a small scale on 5 selected forums once my site is up and running. The site will be a content based community portal also offering parts advisory service..
I would really appreciate any feedback and advice or questions. I want to try to cover all my bases.