The Power of Bundling

Since the humble beginnings of FBA people have been speculating the most efficient way to stand out and get more clicks/views/conversions/sales. Before the surge of private label, one of the most effective ways to not have to battle out the buy box was to bundle. This would allow a seller to package multiple items together under a new ASIN.

Now brands big and small have caught onto the profitable potential of the Amazon marketplace, but the bundle trend doesn’t seem to have changed. Big brands and major sellers alike utilize the unique benefits bundling provides for a number of different reasons; to beat out the buy box, to offer more value, to have a more unique main image that converts more clicks or just to be better than their competition.

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Do Description Enhancements Help Keyword Ranking?

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One of the most hotly discussed topics regarding Amazon listing optimization and ranking is the product description area. Since the beginning of selling on Amazon people have speculated on whether or not this is an important section to devote time and effort to. Some people claim it actually is crucial to conversion rates. Others say it is negligible. Some explain it holds importance in search engine indexing, both Google’s and Amazon’s.

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Some Anecdotal Data on the Power of PPC on Amazon

I wish I had more concrete data to offer, as I know anecdotes aren’t nearly as compelling as aggregate numbers, but I don’t manage others’ sponsored product campaigns, so I only have my own experience to pull from. And I know that individual experiences vary too much to provide significant value, but I hope this sheds some light on the overall idea behind why it is good to run Amazon PPC.

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Do Inventory Levels Affect Ranking?

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As we dig deeper into everything that may affect keyword ranking, be it positively or negatively, we continuously run into the question; “Do inventory levels, specifically running low on inventory, negatively impact rankings?”

This is a really hard thing to determine. Without polling people individually on their subjective experience, and having them monitor keyword ranking during low stock, it proved difficult to gather any meaningful data. So that meant digging into as many listings as possible and ferreting out the information we needed.

Nonetheless, I came up with some data that we may find useful.

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Do Reviews Affect Rankings on Amazon?

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The topic of what effect, or if any at all, reviews have on ranking has been a subject of hot debate for some time. Experts with years of experience aren’t even on the same page when it comes to their speculation about review impact. The conversation has been the breeding ground for everything from the conspiratorially insane to the fear saturated, downright paranoid and all that lay in between.

And despite all the chatter, people still can’t seem to agree on a consistent answer to the burning question; do reviews affect ranking?

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Does Amazon’s Ranking Algorithm Favor Variations?

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This has often been a topic of contention. The reason the topic is so important to sellers is because in many cases, when faced with the option to expand our product lines, we stare deeply at a critical choice; to combine variations or list them separately.

And anecdotally ranking results vary across the board. Many say variations are crucial to the growth of your business while others claim splitting into variations caused lowered conversions and sales. Now, this really doesn’t apply to apparel items or things that have different sizes, but when it comes to colors or slight modified versions, this is a serious contemplation.

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Does Your Price Affect Ranking?

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What factors are considered in the Amazon search algorithm has been a discussion debate people in the private label circles have had for seeming ages. Everyone has a theory, and those theories range from conspiracy level ridiculous to well thought out and tested.

One theory that has been presented more than a few times is that price is a ranking factor. This stems from the idea that Amazon is concerned with profits and therefore would logically give rank weight to items that make them more money.

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Pricing, Seasonal Fluctuations & Understanding Market Trends

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If you’ve spent any amount of time selling on Amazon you’ve probably realized by now it isn’t a cakewalk. It’s much more like a wild ride, rife with challenges that even the most experienced business people get surprised by.

One unpleasant surprise is being greeted by seasonal fluctuations and the end of your grand opening “honeymoon period.” This usually means you’ll experience an unprecedented drop in sales and rankings. A number of factors contribute to this; competition, price wars, conversion history, market trends and so much more.

But what can you do? Is there a way to stop this?

Truthfully I don’t think there is. However, you can safeguard your business by understanding a few key principles.

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Deep Dive Into Amazon Indexing

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I am sure most people that started selling awhile ago have already tested all the nuances of Amazon’s indexing spiders, but since things have changed recently I was prompted to run some tests again. With the ever evolving Amazon landscape it is important to revisit the basics to truly get an idea of what is different. Or at least give you some idea of aspects of the algorithm that may have changed.

With that said, I’ll run you through my tests and the results I got from it so that you can compare notes from months ago.

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