Merch by Amazon is one of the hottest platforms to grow an online income right now. Technically, you do not need any capital if you have some design skill, you don’t need any inventory, and there isn’t really much in the way of fees to get started. The hard part is finding those profitable shirt design ideas.
So, whenever you can find tools to make this task a little easier and reduce the guesswork involved, it's pretty sweet.
Here is what I mean.
To make money on Merch by Amazon you need to create products (shirts) that have a higher chance of selling. You can do this in a multitude of ways.
- Guess what people want.
- Steal what others already made.
- Make educated decisions based on facts, trends, and data.
Guess which one I think is best?
Today, I am going to share with you what I believe to be the best way to make an educated decision on what may sell, uncover niches that may be under represented, and also figure out what designs may or may not work for you.
“Art is Theft.” – Pablo Picasso
I am going to preface this by saying, I do not condone outright stealing. It’s wrong and your business will not last that way. However, I do condone stealing pieces of great design and making them your own.
Let’s dig into what ASINspector Pro is and what it can do for your Merch by Amazon business.
Finding Profitable Merch Ideas
We are going to start with an Amazon search.
You can either pull up all the merch shirt data or you can get specific. In the video below I am going to show you how we found profitable shirts about Hillary Clinton.
I use a Google Chrome extension called Amazon Merch Search to help me but you can easily do this on your own.
If you use “Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem” as a search term. You will want to prefix this by another search term that you are looking up. In my example it would like this: “Hillary Clinton”.
Next we will want to find out what items are selling the best. I suggest sorting by featured to pull back some of the most popular designs.
Once you have that completed we can start digging into the data from Asinspector Pro and making decisions for what types of designs sell well. We will also be able to do some keyword spying (shhh) that should allow us to rank very well.
Enter ASINspector Pro
Now that we have some ASIN information to use we can start really digging into data. It may get a little nerdy but details is where the money is made.
We can use this software to grab a lot of important details. Estimated monthly sales, estimated revenue, number of reviews, similar products for sale, as well as KEYWORDS. I write that in bold because it is extremely important and a way to set yourself from the competition. We will get into that later.
The first thing you will want to do is find a handful of shirts that sell well. Whether you want to focus on one niche at a time or if you would like to search across a handful of niches. There are seemingly endless possibilities for shirt designs on Merch by Amazon.
Check out the video below that details how to grab information that will be important to you.
Sorting The Data
Once we have the data from ASINspector Pro it is time that we turn that into information that will help us decide what shirts to make.
The way I use the information is threefold. Verifying that a shirt is selling well, finding more popular shirts in the same niche, and finding killer keywords.
In this video you will see how to find some other popular shirts that currently sell well on merch by amazon and how to parse out the data so we can throw away what is not needed.
This, my friends, is where the money is made. If you have made quality designs you MUST back that up with quality keywords. If you don’t no one will have the opportunity to see your shirts nor will they be able to buy them.
ASINspector Pro gives you a big advantage on Merch by Amazon by actually empowering you to pull the keyword data that is being used on existing listings. This way when you create a design you will be able to try and rank for the same keywords. This will give you a better opportunity to get in front of buyers.
Not only will you be able to see the keywords others can’t but you will also be able to download them and share them with your designers. This is useful because you can actually create new designs based off of each keyword and have a presence across multiple keywords simultaneously. This should increase your chances of selling one or all of your creations.
Watch the video below as I go through a few ways to parse keyword data so I can give myself or my designers Merch by Amazon design ideas.
If you want additional firepower for your Amazon keyword research, check out Merchant Words
Ok, thoughts? Thanks for reading!
Christopher Grant is a full-time Amazon seller and Merch by Amazon tee-shirt designer. He has a knack for finding profitable opportunities and pouncing on them like a cheetah…or puma…or something that pounces!