Benefits Of Open Source Web Development

In the present market, open source web development is the buzz word. When you get in touch with a professional web design company, to check the platform they use for developing portals, most of them will be using the open source web development platform and this is because of the following benefits they are able to get.

Stability: In the community of business, users do not think about any changes to the platform they use, unless and until the job changes occur or when a more efficient process is identified for ensuring stability for ensuring their smooth operations. As this platform provides them the required stability, the professional web design company relies on it. This stability is achieved due to the fact that even though upgrades are introduced, it is not compulsory that the users should upgrade to the latest version. If they feel the already used version to be convenient and effective, they can continue with the same. On the other hand, when a proprietary software is used, the vendors will exert pressure to upgrade to the latest version as it will be helpful for them to provide better support and for easy bug fixing in the present version as compared to the older counterparts.

  • Audibility: When it comes to open source web development platform, it can be completely audited by anyone. Anyone can conduct a check over the claims made by developers, which will never be possible when using commercial software programs from vendors. The developers can easily identify, security threats, backdoor accounts, etc.…., when you choose open source web development services.
  • Cost: As this platform is free to use, an affordable web design company can effectively make use of this platform for providing the best service to their customers. As it provides them the opportunity to reduce their management costs, they are able to give affordability to their potential customers, thereby attracting more and more business owners to get the best Open source web development services. It also eliminates the need for virus checking as it has near zero-vulnerability to viruses. This will also reduce the chances of downtime.
  • Freedom and flexibility: The affordable web design company is able to get flexibility when using this platform. This will ensure that they can make any changes to make the website more tailor-made for businesses. There will not be any compatibility issues and it will be possible to do free internal data exchanges with other products.

Choose the Best Professional Business Cards Design Company

If you are starting a business then you would certainly be worried about your business card and you should take it seriously because this accessory can play a crucial role in your business development.

Business card has come a long way from just a piece of paper to a tool. Earlier it was used to be a piece of paper for providing contact details. But today, it is used for business development, branding and streamlining customer relations.

When you say that you run a company, it is expected that you would introduce your company with a card. A carefully designed card carrying your company’s logo and other details can make first and last impression on the person, whom you are handing over your card. The person would look at your card and would try to relate the design, color and content on the paper with your work.

Look at the card of a bookseller. You would find it simple, sober and convenient. It would carry details of the bookseller and it would show seriousness as expected from a bookseller. Now have a look at the card of an entertainment group. It would be vibrant and lively as expected from someone from entertainment industry.

Every business has a card but it should be designed according to the needs of the business. Or the professional business cards design company UK should understand the needs of the user before starting designing its card. Your card is your introduction. It should reflect your work, experience, commitment and strength.

In today’s competitive times, one won’t want to leave anything to chance. Competition has reached next level. Companies have to use extra measures to target their customers. Business card development also comes in marketing. A well designed card is a powerful tool that can help in branding. It can familiarize your logo and company.

Card development is no less challenging than website development. A professional business cards design company UK would take some time in coming up with a design. It would study needs of its clients and then suggest the client some options matching with the needs.

One should contact an experienced professional business cards design company UK for his cards. There are many companies into this business hence it shouldn’t be a difficult job for one to find a reliable service provider. But one should look into the work done by the design company to make an opinion on it.

Money could play a deciding role in selecting a professional business cards design company UK but one should keep money secondary. An experienced company would never charge unreasonable amount for his work.

Weekly market recap: Markets advance on low volume

For the week ending May 31, 2014, the markets advanced during the short 4-day week (markets closed on Monday for Memorial Day) with the S&P500 again making new highs on low volume, and the Dow posting a new record close on Friday. The advance occurred despite a very poor GDP figure indicating a contraction in the economy for the first quarter.

For the month, both the S&P500 and Dow had the largest gains since February with each making new record highs. The S&P500 gained 2.1 percent for the month, closing at 1,923.57; the Dow gained 0.8 percent, closing at 16,717.17.

GDP dropped to -1 percent after a first quarter revision (down from initially +0.1 percent) following a fourth quarter 2.6 percent rise. This is the first negative number in GDP in 3 years. The largest portion of the drop, as much as 1.5 GDP points, is blamed on bad weather; the remainder is blamed on a decline in inventory investments (especially car dealerships), U.S. exports, and reductions in spending on government programs and housing.

On the earnings front, as earnings season comes to a close: Costco, missed estimates; Kors and Toll Brothers beat estimates, and HP hit estimates (although revenue missed).

In The News

U.S. warned China today to halt actions in Asia that are causing destabilization; specifically its actions asserting claims in the South China Sea. In response, China said it would not initiate aggressive action in that area unless provoked.

The situation in the Ukraine grows worse under President-elect Petro Poroshenko (the inauguration is scheduled for June 7). Acting Defense Minister Mykhilo Koval said Ukrainian forces will continue operations in East Ukraine, charging that Russia was conducting “special operations”. Poroshenko will be meeting with world leaders next week to garner support for military actions against the separatists.

Next Week

Despite the negative first quarter GDP figure, the markets believe that economic growth will continue through the rest of the year.

The focus next week in the U.S. will be on the following: ISM Mfg Index, International Trade, and the Employment Situation (Jobs Report and Unemployment Rate).

Globally, where the economic data in Europe disappointed, the focus will be on the ECB and its Monetary Policy Announcement. China will be reporting its PMI Manufacturing for May on June 2.

We are expecting increased volatility next week as there is an abundance of economic data being released; of key importance will be the Jobs Report and Unemployment Rate. If the turmoil in Ukraine leads to further Russian involvement, expect the markets to drop.

Market Gauge

Year-to-date the markets are up: Dow 0.8%; S&P500 4.1%; Nasdaq 1.6%.

The Markets for the past week were: DJIA up 0.7%; S&P500 up 1.2%; Nasdaq COMP up 1.4%.

Commodities (ETFs) for the past week were: Gold (GLD) down -3.28%; Silver (SLV) down -3.11%; Oil (OIH) up 1.86%; Dollar (UUP) down -0.05%; 30-yr Bonds (TYX) dropped 9 basis points to 3.31%.

The VIX this past week (a measure of market sentiment and volatility) rose to 11.40% due to uncertainty over economic growth.

Weekly Review

To see the week in review, go to the Econoday calendar.

On Monday, markets closed for Memorial Day.

On Tuesday, with a strong Durable Goods report, the Dow rose 0.4% to 16,675. Gold dropped $25 to $1,265.

On Wednesday, with little news, the Dow dropped -0.3% to 16,633.

On Thursday, despite a negative GDP (offset by a very positive Weekly Jobless Claims report), the Dow rose 0.4% to 16,698.

On Friday, despite soft economic news, the Dow rose fractionally to 16,717.

Next Week’s Calendar

To see what’s on the calendar for next week, go to the Econoday calendar.

The economic calendar for next week is full: on Monday – ISM Mfg Index, Construction Spending; on Tuesday – Motor Vehicle Sales; on Wednesday – ADP Employment Report, International Trade, Productivity and Costs, Weekly EIA Petroleum Status Report; on Thursday –Weekly Jobless Claims; and Friday – Employment Situation.

If the Markets move down, stay on the side lines or consider Contra ETFs. For Option players, selling premium is advised.

For more information about options, see the ‘Suggested by the author’ links below.

To the Charts

The following ETFs (DIA, SPY, QQQ) provide a technical review of the Market (and are also excellent Option trading vehicles). Represented are the Dow Industrials (DIA), S&P500 (SPY), and Nasdaq 100 (QQQ).

The Charts for each include views for Monthly, Weekly (including Price Channels), and Daily (including monthly Pivot Points) with MACD and Stochastic indicators. The Pivots are: white for central pivot point; yellow for R1 and S1; magenta for R2 and S2; red for R3 and S3.

DIA

The Dow Industrials (DIA) closed up at 166.93. If the DIA drops, then the next level of support will be at 159.88 (weekly chart); the next level of major resistance is 167.29 (weekly chart).

The monthly chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive but weakening, and the Stochastic moving up above the overbought area.

The weekly chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving down above the overbought area.

The daily chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving up at the overbought area.

SPY

The S&P500 (SPY) closed up at 192.68. If the SPY drops, then the next level of support will be at 181.31 (weekly chart); the next level of major resistance is 192.68 (weekly chart).

The monthly chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving up above the overbought area.

The weekly chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving up above the overbought area.

The daily chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving up above the overbought area.

QQQ

The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) closed up at 91.31. If the QQQ drops, then the next level of support will be at 83.28 (weekly chart); the next level of major resistance is 91.31 (weekly chart).

The monthly chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving down above the overbought area.

The weekly chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving up above the midpoint.

The daily chart indicates a bullish posture (up Arrow) with the MACD positive and strengthening, and the Stochastic moving down above the overbought area.

Trying to Create Tomorrow’s Company with Yesterday’s Rules and Tools: Part 1

If you have ever been to a TED talk or OpenCo conference or any other semi-chaotic gathering of clever Millennials you’ve experienced the new rules of innovation first hand. Everything moves quickly, changes frequently, no one seems to be in charge but everyone except you seems to be in on the joke. All you need to play along is a smart phone, an obscure app, fluency in arcane chat slang and prehensile thumbs. By the time you get the hang of it the party’s over. Like a flock of migrating birds these groups have no center but somehow manage to fly together and reach a distant destination just in time.

Conventional thinking has it that these youngsters are narcissistic slackers who lack the intellectual prowess or willpower of the brawny Boomers.After all, we went to the moon and back, put the miracle in all manner of drugs and made the music of our monstrous stereos dance on the head of a pin. Though our accomplishments may be Homeric they are in fact mostly an extension of the work of the Great Generation and the Great War that defined it. Bigger, smaller, faster or longer our achievements are elaborations of fundamental shifts that occurred over half a century ago. Our technology gives away our actual age – combustion engines, integrated circuits, microwaves, antibiotics and the like. More so, our social institutions while having undergone some freshening are also essentially the same – marriage, religion, political parties and corporations.

Visit your local fair trade coffee shop and you may see Gen Next in their native habitat. If you are truly observant you will notice how they have opted out of our Boomer world – more text and less talk, über-multitasking, ad hoc transportation, dot.org start ups, personalized self-help spirituality and friends with benefits. They work horizontally, spontaneously and are connected primarily by their values – we can do it – as opposed to our vertical generation which is fueled by personal ambition – you can do it. They succeed in their cause by ignoring our traditional boundaries – race, preference, intellectual property and even capitalism itself. So how do we lead innovation in a generation that doesn’t follow leaders? How do you measure the success of an innovation if the aim is social good instead of economic value created? How do you innovate in an institution when the new workforce doesn’t believe or participate in institutions? The answer is simple – you don’t.

The Need for Speed and Magnitude

What has fundamentally changed is that Millennials don’t want the same things we did when we were young and consequently are refusing to pursue that same future in that same way. If you are able to suspend your voice of judgment for a moment – along with your cultural heritage and technical training – you may just see that this generation is changing the way we create and offers those of us who are no longer on the sunny side of the hill some new ways of making innovation happen in our old companies.

The truth is that many of the tools we routinely use in multinational corporations to develop innovations are well over a half century old:

Phase-gate systems were established by chemical companies in the 1940’s because compounds were developed sequentially before the age of molecular engineering.
TRIZ was a creative problem solving technique developed to help overcome the resource constraints of ship building in the Soviet Union during the Second World War.
New product portfolio management was developed as a way of connecting and leveraging a complex array of existing assets to generate incremental improvements during the reign of the robber barons at the turn of the century – the 19 Century.
While these approaches have been updated their underlying basis is essentially the same. They assume a world view that is no longer entirely relevant – economies of scale, organizational hierarchy and evolutionary market development for example. The global economy that emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall added four billion new participants to the old Capitalist world and changed both the speed and magnitude at which innovation now emerges. The omnipresent web, inexpensive hand held devices and research universities with international presence have accelerated the transition to a decentralized, real time and unbound world where anyone can innovate anywhere anytime. This is too much and too fast for traditional innovation practices to handle. Politicians, patent lawyers and investment bankers alike are all showing signs that can’t keep up with this pace but are still unwilling or unable to adopt new innovation practices. Perhaps the old adage had it right – “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.”

Next time we will explore what are the new rules and tools of innovation that will drive tomorrow’s company.

WEB MARKETING

An effective web marketing strategy drives traffic to your website through advertisements, search engines listings, network marketing and other marketing methods.

Designing an effective web marketing campaign is not an easy task as it takes time, effort, and knowledge to design marketing methods that work. It also costs money to use certain marketing methods and they can be quite expensive, especially if done without true understanding of their uses and ramifications.

If you are unsure about how to run a successful web marketing campaign you can use the services of a consulting company to help. It is possible to learn all the important techniques of web marketing but implementing them is a complicated job that is most effectively done by a professional. No matter who runs your web marketing campaign there are few things that should be done to ensure it is successful.

Choosing the best keywords for your web marketing campaign is one of the most important things that you have to do when developing your marketing strategy. Keyword research is important because if you do not target the right keywords in your marketing you will not receive traffic and sales; or sometimes you will get traffic that may be foreign to your business. You have to find the best keywords to use, you can do this by looking at your competition, the content on your website, and with keyword tools such as Overture, Word tracker, and Google keyword suggestion tools.

Keyword selection is a science onto itself. A whole internet industry has grown around this very item. And if you didn’t have enough to worry about; but now you must also be concerned with the new catch phrase – keyword trends – the phenomenon of certain keywords becoming popular for short periods of time and then falling into disuse. Many web consultants do nothing but concentrate and trying to discover the next keyword trend to be one of the first to apply it to a website.

A web marketing strategy is the most successful when it is aimed at a targeted audience. It is important to identify the demographic of the people that are the most likely to buy your products, or use your service, so that you can design your marketing to appeal to them. You also need to know which types of marketing will reach the most people in your target audience.

Some types of marketing work better with certain types of audiences. Think about your average customers and the websites they frequent to get a good idea of how to target your marketing to them, and how they may try to reach your site. For example if you own a commercial printing company – just using the keyword printer won’t help you much. Try it – computer printers is a much larger field than commercial printers and 90% of the results of that keyword will apply to computer printers. Conversely, if you search printing you will see a slew of commercial and online printing companies. Try buying the keyword on Google or Yahoo and see the bids and positions received for certain amounts.

Most experts recommend trying to be in position 4-6 (from the top result) rather than spending the big bucks for the first position. The real idea is to get as many clicks from people who may be interested in your product. By being in position 4-6 you’ll end up with 2-3 times as many clicks for the same money.

Web marketing can take on many forms. It can be a pay-per-click campaign displays your ads on relevant websites and in search engine results, it can be network marketing which can take advantage of very popular websites such as MySpace, or it can be marketing in the form of blogs and other user generated content. No matter which type of marketing you use make sure you have clearly defined goals for what you want to achieve and you know who you are trying to reach with your ads.

I would normally recommend attacking web marketing with a multitasking approach. After your site is up and running pay-per-click gets people there immediately. Optimization of your site, and keyword research, will get you organic traffic over a 5-8 month period. Then a mix of article marketing, press releases, social networking sites, and direct mail, will build your site into one of the leaders on the internet, over time. So far, no one has invented a instant, quick fix, for internet marketing; but marketing today can be done more economically, and more precisely, than years ago with the same success.

Sony debuts “Project Morpheus” VR headset, is this the future of entertainment?

This is the time of the year when many new technologies and products are announced and introduced into the marketplace. On March 19, 2014, Sony announced a new virtual reality initiative that is known as “Project Morpheus” that could end up being a huge shakeup for the video game industry.
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Forbes reports that the new product, which was announced at the 2014 Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), is a huge step forward in the entertainment industry. Project Morpheus could represent a new chapter in the future of video games and digital entertainment. Project Morpheus will be a competitor to the upcoming Oculus Rift, another VR device.

It will take some time before we can see if virtual reality peripherals are the next stage in digital content evolution. There have been many different interactive devices that have had various levels of success over the years. The Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Kinect are two examples of technology that have changed the way we interact with our games.

Google glass is another product that has changed media consumption and may impact the way we play games, watch movies, and browse the internet on a worldwide scale in the future.Wearable tech and full immersion seem to be two of the major trends that are coming for 2014.

Even though this new tech development is cause for excitement, it is important to remember that there have been many technological fads, and attempts at VR and entertainment immersion in recent year. Some of which have fallen flat. 3D television in the home was once touted as the next big entertainment thing. However, 3D TV has not even come close to hitting mainstream usage. Sony’s own Playstation Move technology is another products that has not been a big hit with consumers on the Playstation 3 or 4.

It will be interesting to see if Sony’s newest gadget ends up being a success with game and movie enthusiasts. It could end up being the next Wii, or it could be another case of the Virtual Boy…

Trading options for income: Two earnings trades

In our quest to understand trading options for income, we often consider strategies specific to earnings season, when companies release their earnings reports. A bullish strategy (Sunnyside Up) is compared to a bearish strategy (Over Easy).

The bullish Sunnyside Up strategy consists of an ATM (at the money) Call debit spread (bull Call spread) and a 1 SD (standard deviation) OTM (out of the money) short Call (which finances the debit spread). The short Call should bring in enough premium to result in a net credit for the strategy. This is an undefined risk strategy requiring 3 options for a 1 lot (the Call debit spread plus the short Call).

An ATM debit spread consists of buying one ITM option (1 strike in) while selling one OTM option (1 strike out).

The bearish Over Easy strategy consists of an ATM Put debit spread (bear Put spread) and a 1 SD OTM short Put. The short Put should bring in enough premium to result in a net credit for the strategy. This is an undefined risk strategy requiring 3 options for a 1 lot (the Put debit spread plus the short Put).

Tasty Trade recently tested the two earnings strategies over 3 years using the following equities: AAPL, AMZN, CMG, GOOG, NFLX, and PCLN (total of 72 occurrences). The option chain closest to expiration was selected, and the OTM option chosen was the first resulting in a credit greater than the cost of the debit spread and greater than 84 percent OTM. The trade was closed the day after earnings announcement.

The results: the bullish Sunnyside Up strategy had a P&L of $7,642 (95% winners) while the bearish Over Easy P&L was -$3,419 (82% winners).

In conclusion, the Sunnyside Up strategy outperformed the Over Easy strategy despite being in a bull market; its P&L, average credit, and even the percent OTM of the naked option were better for the Sunnyside Up strategy. One consideration is that these are undefined risk strategies; hence the buying power reduction will be very high (for AAPL, typically 3x greater than a defined risk strategy using a $25 wide credit spread). In fact, on the last earnings play for AAPL (April 23, 2014), this strategy lost -$1,733.

Six easy ways to stay in touch with your network

We all know the importance of building a strong social network with colleagues and mentors inside and outside of our industry. But once you have identified those contacts with whom you feel there can be a mutually beneficial relationship, how do you strengthen and maintain your bond with them over time?

One of the biggest mistakes people make is reaching out only when you need something. You need to maintain a genuine connection rather than an exploitive one if you plan to build and benefit from those relationships over the long haul. Jess Siegal, Managing Director of Execu|Search has six steps that will help you create a strong social network for when you need it most: (hi bio http://execu-search.com/our-company/Jesse-Siegal)

Here’s how:

Step One: Connect on LinkedIn. When you meet someone you’d like to network with, your first step should be to add them to LinkedIn (or invite them to join if they haven’t yet) with a personalized message. When you do so, LinkedIn will send you email updates about your new connection, including anniversaries, career changes, promotions, etc. Many people view these notifications as a nuisance in their mailbox. Some even block the emails. I say enable them so you get these emails and don’t miss an important update which translates into an opportunity to reconnect with your contact.

Step Two: Take advantage of birthdays, holidays, and special milestones. Once you receive these updates, be sure to use them to their full potential. If your contact receives a promotion, for example, send a congratulations their way! This also applies to holidays, birthdays, and other events and milestones. Sending an email or calling to say congrats can go a long way and spark some conversation. Follow you networks’ career and never dismiss a contact who makes a move that doesn’t seem relevant to you anymore.

Step Three: Send your connection(s) relevant articles. When you come across something interesting that you think a particular connection would enjoy reading or benefit from in some way, send it over. This is one of the easiest ways to start conversing and, as a bonus, it shows you have them and their best interest in mind. Also look for ways you may be able to help your contacts – and be proactive about letting them know. If you and a new account that could require someone’s expertise, reach out. Or if you can make a recommendation to someone else for them, do it.

Step Four: Keep in touch regarding industry news. There is no better reason to reach out than to discuss the latest advances in your industry and what they mean for your careers. Even an email to ask if your contact has heard of the latest industry news can be a great conversation starter.

Step Five: Invite a contact or two to professional events. Going to a networking event? Bring one—or several—of your current contacts! They may notice something or someone you don’t, and if they make a great connection as a result of your invite, they’ll be sure to keep you in mind for the future as well.

Step Six: Just ask to catch up! If it’s been a while since you’ve spoken to a contact, don’t let the distance grow until you need something. Reach out and simply say that you haven’t spoken in a while and you’d like to reconnect. In most cases, your contacts should be receptive to this and appreciate the honesty. Remember, there are plenty of means for staying in touch, but meeting in person—even for just a quick coffee—is still the best way to network.

If you have a large LinkedIn network that you have not been following these steps with – it’s not too late! Go through your contact list and reach out one by one. Say it’s been a long time and you just want to catch up. And then you are on your way to rebuilding your social capital!

Stay-at-home mom business ideas – part 1

When a woman chooses to become a stay-at-home mom she dramatically alters her career path, usually by completely exiting the workforce for several years, if not permanently.

While some women choose to pursue work from home opportunities, there are few reputable companies offering reliable telecommuting or home-based positions.

Many women who would like to maintain a career while staying home with their small children have no idea where to turn. Just like Lisa Marcia, author of A Work at Home Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Building a Business, Blog and Brand, most moms are just looking for a way to stay home with their little ones while earning extra income doing something they love. Luckily, there are several small business ideas suitable for stay-at-home moms.

Administrative Consulting or Virtual Assisting

Virtual assistants usually provide remote administrative or technical assistance to clients from a wide range of industries and business sectors. Some VAs also work as virtual personal assistants, helping their clients with travel arrangements, scheduling and other miscellaneous tasks.

Administrative consultants differ from virtual assistants in that they play more of an advisory and directional support role in their client’s businesses.

This type of business is great for a stay-at-home mom, because it allows her to take on the number of clients or independent contracts that suit her own availability. People in this line of work often arrange part-time child care or establish quiet times at home during which they can communicate with clients who require phone calls or teleconferences.

The majority of clients, however, are comfortable communicating via email or through other web-based project management platforms.

Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is another great business venture for a stay-at-home mom. There are hundreds of reputable online media outlets that contract with people who have journalism backgrounds as well as mid-career professionals willing to share their knowledge in Internet-based magazines and newspapers.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of moms have found success as “mommy bloggers,” a term that generally refers to website owners who journal about everything from homeschooling to recipes. While starting and maintaining a blog that pulls in a reliable income is hard work, those who have achieved success with this type of home based business enjoy unparalleled flexibility and freedom.

Home Day Care

Many stay-at-home moms spend countless hours designing home-based preschool curricula, planning field trips and outings, preparing healthy meals and snacks, and setting up elaborate playrooms and outdoor play areas. With a few certifications courses and state license, some of those same moms open their doors to other infants and toddlers to establish a home day care.

Home-based preschools are attractive to many working parents as well as other stay-at-home moms who prefer a more personalized childcare setting. Some home day cares even function as cooperatives in which groups of parents pool their money for resources.

Read Stay-at-home mom business ideas – part 2 for more business ideas and links to helpful resources.

Top 5 mistakes Amazon sellers make

Selling on Amazon has become a popular way to earn a little extra money from home, get rid of books and media collecting dust in cabinets, and find new homes for collectible toys and games. Mistakes can result in unhappy customers, lower profits, and even account suspension. Unfortunately, many new sellers are jumping in too fast and not reading or paying attention to the Amazon Terms of Service. Here is a list of the top 5 mistakes Amazon sellers make – usually due to ignorance or sloppy listings.

Photos not to Amazon standards. Amazon’s Product Image Requirements state that the image must be on a pure white background, must be in focus, and cannot contain additional text, graphics or inset images. This guideline is often violated by new sellers coming over from eBay who quickly snap a photo of the item as they would for an eBay listing. Amazon is strict about keeping their catalog clean and professional-looking.

Confusing titles. The title of a product on an Amazon listing page should be concise and direct. Sellers often keyword stuff titles hoping for better placement in searches. The title should not include extraneous information, adjectives, or exclamatory words.

Wrong weights entered in FBA items. Fulfillment by Amazon, or FBA, is where sellers ship items to Amazon warehouses and Amazon ships (or fulfills) the order when the item sells. When entering a new product in the catalog, sellers should take great care to enter the correct weight as this can affect fees for any seller who sells the product. Typos in the weight section are a common error.

Changing the quantity of a multipack. Lazy sellers often change the quantity of a multipack – say a set of 2 bags of M&Ms to a set of 3. This causes great confusion on the customer’s part, and blindsides other sellers who have been selling under that listing. Respect the marketplace and make sure you are listing under the correct product page, and don’t change existing multipacks just because it is convenient.

Shipping unacceptable glass containers to FBA. Because FBA items endure extra handling in warehouses, there are strict rules for what can be sent to an Amazon fulfillment center. Glass containers cannot be more than four ounces, must be bubble wrapped, and must survive a three-foot drop test onto concrete. Make sure glass is adequately wrapped with bubble wrap, don’t send in glass containers larger than four ounces (even if another seller is doing it), and never bundle glass items together to make a set. For sets of items, wrap each item individually, put in a box, and send in the boxed unit.

Read and study all the Amazon FBA Policies and Requirements before shipping any items to a warehouse.