Kale on the left. Taylor on the right…
Stuck in the middle with you…
As of 7/12/2020, they got 18K subscribers & they started the channel a year ago…They got a course on Amazon FBA & its called Nine University
I know what your thinking…
Another Amazon FBA youtube guys? *Rolls eyes*
Yea there’s a lot of ’em out there these days…
It seems like everytime you search FBA related stuff on the good ‘ol tube you see a new face.
Sometimes older, but the faces seem to keep gettin’ younger, don’t they?
Young Hustlers, we’ve officially entered the age of Internet Entrepreneurship Gold Rush. #getmoney
Most millennial are tards, but there’s some out ther kickin’ some serious ass like Kale & Taylor
I’ll admit, that’s how I found out about K&T as well. Late night dig down the Youtube rabbit hole, bouncin’ through biz shit to conspiracies about Eminem being a clone…
Most of the time I don’t pay too much mind to Amazon FBA stuff these days (mastered that shit in 2017)
But these guys got my interest because they had some swag about ’em. Thought Taylor’s hat was dope lol.
They were talkin’ about their proprietary product research tool called Boost Nine.
& a marketplace called Honey Badger Boost.
Lol nice name boys. (I’ll get into what this is in a bit) Sure did incite my FOMO…
As someone that’s been through the ringer with FBA. What Buster Douglas did to Mike Tyson, I KO’d my competition stiff on my way to the top of that coveted high page 1 rankings of Amazon in 2017.
Proclaimed myself as the heavyweight champ of…. *drum roll*…
I tried to go for katana swords…. but the market for it wasn’t so great…
When you get to page 1 of Amazon & your ROI is high. Life takes on a brighter hue.
You smile more to strangers…
You stand taller. More pep in your step perhaps.
Beginners luck? Not quite.
I’ve failed several product launches prior, & failed a few more after also.
I say practice makes perfect & nothing replaces dogged grit & work ethic.
oh & some balls.
I know first hand the value of having coaches, someone that’s been there and done it.
Some ppl complain about price of coaching programs when its mere couple grand? 9 University by KT9 is $1997 btw.
That’s a small price to pay to avoid some of the pitfalls when starting a new business, especially Amazon FBA.
Sure there’s Youtube videos out there, but its night & day when you can reach out to coaches when dealing with your specific “sky is falling” moments.
If your butt hurt about having to invest in training, then you’re not ready for business. I don’t blame ya, we were never raised up in our education system to be Entrepreneurs.
I’m an easy sell.
I tend to impulsive purchase things if you sell me well *wink-wink*. Flashback to that Miami weekend when I bought 2 pairs of $1200 Louboutins but I digress…
KT9 sold me with that Honey Badger talk…
I decided to give their flagship Amazon FBA course, The Nine University a go.
Does it live up to the hype?
I’m here to give you the nitty gritty.
A review by someone that’s actually got a few years of experience successfully selling on Amazon… not someone that’s never made a dime putting up reviews as an affiliate.
And no I’m not after KT9 commissions, as of 7/12/2020 I no longer sell on Amazon FBA, I do lead generation for small businesses instead as my primary source of that passive internet money.
$50K per month with lead generation, I broke through that income ceiling that most FBA sellers eventually succumb to… “Baby we did it!”
Back to KT9.
These boys serious. Serious about giving you not just the pie in the sky, lofty “make $30K in your first month” lip service but give you the facts on all the ways your Amazon FBA can go to shit.
Here’s what I learned from Bonnie & Clyde <3
errr… Michael & Pippen… there better.
- First, brief backround check on Kale Abrahamson and Taylor Hiott ‘KT Nine’
- Nine University Breakdown
- Boost Nine Review – Amazon Product Research Software by Kale & Taylor –KT-Nine
- Overall Thoughts: University 9’s Core Principles of Success
- Amazon FBA is cool… but I found my new squeeze: Lead Generation
- How I’m earning $50k monthly by Generating Leads for Local Businesses
First, brief backround check on Kale Abrahamson and Taylor Hiott ‘KT Nine’
Kale Abrahamson & Taylor Hiott…
They are from different states but met in Pittsburgh where they became business partners and went on to launch their first successful Amazon FBA business in 2017. (around the same time I did)
A year later they go on to launch the Nine University.
Where they set out to go rescue & break the chains of 9 to 5 jobbers of the world. Even Daenerys Targaryen, breaker of chains, would be proud.
Daenerys before D&D decided to go full retard on the character (Google image search “bad writers”) God I love the internet.
K&T in order to market their coaching started a Youtube channel and somehow managed to not be cringey… Woah!
Teaching students proper product research (even built their own research tool) and running PPC campaigns (paid ads) to boost the product.
They also offer some higher level 1 on 1 coaching to select students.
You can tell that they’re the kinda people that wanted something more than sitting behind a computer screen all day looking at numbers & emailing foreign suppliers.
They value connection & community.
As of 7/12/2020, their FB group now has 3.2K students.
and they got some top sellers to boast about. Oh yeahhhh
As a coach myself for the lead gen program, I know how rewarding that feels…
Nine University Breakdown
Nine University is a 7-week program that goes over the basics to you being able to spot out that diamond in the rough, find the winning product like a mom at Old Navy pillaging through the half-off section.
Aight so what ya get?
160 videos & a support group (major key)
Its lean & mean. (much appreciated btw, there’s some long winded Amazon coaches out there, *seals lips*)
- How to get your seller account going & navigate the seller central (basic)
- How to find that winning product (ya probably one of, if not the most important step)
- Sourcing it from China and white labeling it. How to add extra value to your product, make it stand out like a white dude in Japan. (Packaging goes a long way folks. Not my fav part of the process but important)
- How to properly optimize that listing (pretty basic here but ya better get it right)
- How to run PPC (paid per click advertising) on your product to go get them reviews… Get ready to put some of your $$$ on the sacrificial altar (this is how you scale and not be a newbie that makes $300 per month)
- How to communicate with buyers after they buy. (This is how you separate yourself from foreign sellers, be the hometown burger joint instead of McDonalds)
Still with me so far?
Aight let’s get into the good stuff…
Boost Nine Review – Amazon Product Research Software by Kale & Taylor –KT-Nine
Ok so this software will be a plugin on your browser and what it basically does is everytime you search for things on Amazon.
It creates a box with meters at the bottom that look like spedometers (clever, this software allows u to move much faster during this research phase)
You want both meters to be at least 7, in the green.
- Left Meter: Shows how many out of the top 10 product search result is generating revenue over $5000 (if this is not 7, it means that there’s not much demand, revenue will be low)
- Right Meter: Shows how many out of those first 10 products have Amazon reviews less than 75. (in the pic above: 1 is indicating that only 1 product listing has less than 75 reviews. So ya 1 is saying its competitive)
- On the far left [View Related Markets]: Is my favorite feature, if you search “chair cover” that button will pull up related products and put a green star next to ones that are solid on both left and right meters.
This allows you to quickly find potential products without having to do separate searches for each product from Amazon’s related search
So this can save quite a bit of time.
I will say that my go-to product research tool has always been Jungle Scout
Which does show a lot more data than the two meters.
Such as estimated revenue of each product listing and see what kind of # of reviews you’re dealing with.
So I don’t see my use of Jungle Scout going away anytime soon.
But I do dig the Boost Nine’s “View Related Market” for sure.
I’d say its pretty nice to use both in conjunction.
Jungle Scout still def a necessity tho.
Overall Thoughts: University 9’s Core Principles of Success
I gotta admit, I was bit skeptical about Kale & Tay at first, not that I thought their course was a scam or anything.
But the fact that they only had 1 year of success with Amazon FBA before they started their program.
I was no way in shape or form ready to even think about coaching just after 1 year of success in Amazon FBA.
I guess they were massive action takers, more so than me at least with Amazon. I had other biz going on! I promiseeee..
more on that later.
These guys break it down for you.
None of: “you can go sell anything you want and make money on Amazon”
And def not: “You’ll make $10K per month in profit if you do what we say” (not every product will be a home-run, despite doing product research to a T, there’s always the unknown that these softwares can’t foresee)
They’ll tell you its hard. They’ll tell you it takes patience and perseverance.
Might have to go through some losers before you find the winner. Tinder style.
You might lose money on inventory that doesn’t sell or PPC campaigns that fail like Fergie’s National Anthem at 2018 NBA All-stars game. (Youtube it)
But them telling me all the downsides of the business actually helped build my credibility for ’em.
Odds are stacked against you in a way because so many people are getting into Amazon FBA & there’s longstanding giants.
But if you follow some of the core tenants of success as laid out by KT9, you’re definitely increasing your odds of success.
I’m starting to really dig saying that… Kay-Tee-NINE
Here’s what u do to succeed in Amazon
- Make sure when picking a product that it qualifies 7 on both meters of Boost Nine, or use Jungle Scout to analyze top 10 product’s revenue & their reviews.
- Make sure there’s no competitor in the top 10 with 1000 reviews. That’s a silver back gorilla right there that’ll take all the bananas from you and there ain’t a thing you can do about it #prayersforharambe
- Patent Check that, pretty easy to do so that no one can copy yo shit
- Make sure you got 200% ROI
- Run PPC ads and scale
Why 200% ROI so important? (Return on Investment)
Here’s what this means
- 0% ROI = you sold your products at the cost of goods sold, you made zero. Still clocking into a J.O.B errday
- 100% ROI = you can buy back the product you just sold + buy another product (startin to make some cash but things are tight, money is tied up in restocking inventory each month)
- 200% ROI = you can buy back your product, plus 2nd product & a bonus product. (Now you got some room to play with amigo)
100% ROI is inevitable death.
As time goes on, the market will get more and more saturated. Your profit margins begin to dwindle.
Any unexpected issues with supplier, increase in fees, customs issues and your basically out of business.
200% ROI is where the magic happens
Because you now have the $$$ flow to be able to afford to run PPC campaigns.
Yes PPC costs money folks. Its paid advertising on Amazon.com
PPC is what allows your product to get on a rocket ship instead of roller skates (not even the good kind, the old pass me down from your mother)
Name of the game is to understand these numbers to heart.
And do as what successful people do.
Starting to see why I’m a big believer in investing in courses?
Amazon FBA is cool… but I found my new squeeze: Lead Generation
You can def make Amazon FBA work but there’s some conditions to it.
You really ought to have about $15K in the bank account to go battle.
Most niches now in 2020 are… I wouldn’t say saturated like NYC subway but many of the revenue producing markets got some players in there with at least 200-300 reviews.
Not the end of the world. Like most businesses, things do get tougher over time.
When you have $15K tho, you can run the PPC to really get your product in shape for the title fight contention.
You won’t knock out a Floyd Mayweather with that.
But you can put some hurt into some B level players (200-300 review guys)
Without the PPC funds, its really tough to get those reviews.
without reviews your looked over like that invisible introvert in a house party (Eek!)
Also gotta get the inventory as well, another $5K maybe.
Yea when its all said and done, to be able to have the same success rate as some of these coaches you need some mullah in the bank: $20K+
My relationship with ’em is bit ‘complicated’
I learned a lot through my experiences of learning the biz & making it successful but when its all said & done.
I found much better success & easier time growing my income with a more digital business.
I feel that with a physical product business immediately it becomes much more competitive, much more demands on upfront investments & so much more moving parts from dealing with Amazon Fees (whopping 30-40%) to dealing with seasons, inventory management, Amazon’s ever changing policies, slow-to-respond suppliers and sharks that hail from overseas that are willing to cut their nose despite their face.
& That is how my Deck Umbrella business was taken out.
Competition lowering prices.
Luckily for me, in 2014 I had already began building a digital marketing business that got me to $10K per month (Net profit) in my first year.
Amazon FBA was something I did on the side because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
I didn’t realize until I actually tried the Amzn Biz that a digital business was easier & more scalable with higher income potential.
How I’m earning $50k monthly by Generating Leads for Local Businesses
The big gripe I have with the FBA biz is as follows:
- High Fees (30-40%), if you had your own e-commerce site you’d make so much more money if you could rank it in Google & generate traffic
- Takes so long to rank a product in Amazon (especially after 2017 when they did away with incentivized reviews)
- No control over other competitors coming in
- Visible increase in competition & saturation year after year
- Difficulties in scaling beyond 3 products at a time (ceiling in income)
Profit margins are around 10-20% with FBA for most ppl, yes lower profit margin is expected in a physical product business.
But the hassle of dealing with on-going product procurement means it does begin to feel like a drag once you hit the max you can make for that product per month.
Here’s where the lead generation business shines.
We build simple websites like these and rank them in Google.
Once the site ranks, your job is pretty much done.
You can leave these sites alone and they’ll continue to make your client’s phone ring.
They go out and do all of the work. Repair roofs, unclog toilets, cut down trees, rent out limos to drunktards.
You sit back in the comfort of your home and collect paychecks with Cheetos fingers from grateful biz owners that are now making more money than ever before thanks to your leads.
Monthly like clockwork, I got over 80+ sites out there that I’m collecting my rent money on. #digitalrealestatelife
Because I own the websites & tracking phone number, my clients have to keep paying me month after month.
I have control. If they don’t pay. They don’t play. I send the leads to their competitor. #imakemoneymoves
ok done with the hashtags…
Google & Small Businesses are here to stay.
No physical products to deal with. I don’t even answer the calls, my client does.
I just work on buildling more sites out there.
My entire biz runs on my skill to rank these websites in Google search engines. That’s how you found me & this blog *wink*
Local is easy pickin’ because instead of competing globally for kitchen knives, we’re dealing with 20 local plumbers that don’t know what their doing on the internet.
30 million small businesses in the US. Thousands of cities to choose from. 50 different niches we can get into. Enter endless passive income opportunity.
I like this business because I can consistently produce wins and will my way towards pro-athlete money. Top 1% income in the US.
There’s no prayer, no hoping to land on a winning product.
My skills carry me to the finish line each and every time.
Here’s the coaching program to learn more about building your very own lead generation business using free traffic.
IMO easiest path to your first 6 figures internet income known to man.
Here’s a recent success post from our group (7/6/2020)
We hand over the leads in advance. Give them a taste & they’re hooked like a cokehead.
Are we having fun yet?