Amazon Giveaway Pilot Program for FBA .. Part 1

This is what we received today;

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Amazon Account Management Services

We provide Amazon Account Management Services & Training To Power Your Amazon Business Profit. We understand the business cost and the time issue of managing a amazon account and offer our Professional Amazon Account Management Services to help you to set up, manage and monitor your Seller Central account. We help you build your Amazon presence from the zero. With Our all-inclusive Amazon account management services, we will run your amazon account for you. As your Account Management company; we have the right experience and attitude, our services are dedicated rapidly growing your company / amazon account and sales. Independent Amazon Account Managers will contribute to the successful growth of the Company’s products.

Seller Central Account Management – Our Services

  • Amazon Seller Central Account Set-up
  • Amazon category (gated) Approval and Brand Registry Application
  • FBA SKUs, FBA Inventory and FBA Shipment Management
  • Managing your virtual storefront and customer services
  • Responding to customer service inquiries
  • Strategic guidance on pricing, positioning, fulfillment, etc.
  • Assisting with selling internationally through Amazon
  • Developing and executing strategic plan and marketing, promoting the products on Amazon to sell more
  • Optimizing your product pages and inventory for Amazon’s search engine (learn more here)
  • Running and monitoring sponsored product ads (Amazon Ad-words PPC) Campaigns within Amazon
  • Creating cross-promotions between products
  • Creating amazon review campaigns and increasing the number of amazon product reviews
  • Increasing the number of good feedback for your seller account
  • Monitoring and Maintain your seller central account health (Order Defect Rate, Cancellation Rate, Late Shipment Rate, Return Dissatisfaction Rate, Policy Violations, On-Time Delivery, Valid Tracking Rate, Customer Service Dissatisfaction Rate, Contact Response Time, Customer Feedbacks)

I work over 15 Experts worldwide dedicated to handling your specific needs around your amazon account and products pages. Whether you need help translating product page content, providing product research, developing your brand website ir creating your 3D product images  – I got the Expert for you.

  • Product Promoters / Bloggers
  • Product Sourcing Experts in

China, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Korea, UK, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong and more….

  • Amazon European Content Experts – Human Translation

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Serdar (German)                                                Didier (French)

  • Amazon Image Experts (Local Photographers, 3D graphic designers)

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Victor (3D / Ukrain)                                         George (NYC)

Please contact us if you need help with managing your account, if you need a consultation for external marketplaces and e-commerce solution applicable to your industry, not limited to multi-channel integration, product sourcing, shipping, selling other Amazon countries and in general with selling more or operating more efficiently on Amazon.

Amazon Selling Fees & How much does it cost to sell on amazon?

Monthly Fee:

$39.99 (even if you don’t list or sell anything, you have to pay this amount for your account to be active)

Amazon Selling Fees Per Category:

Amazon Selling Fees
Amazon Sale Percentage Fees for most popular categories

%6: Personal Computers

%8: Camera and Photo1, Cell Phone Devices*, Consumer Electronics, Video Game Consoles

%12: 3D Printed Products, Industrial & Scientific (including Food Service and Janitorial & Sanitation)

%15: Amazon Kindle, Baby Products (excluding Baby Apparel),Beauty, Books,Clothing & Accessories, Furniture & Decor, Health & Personal Care (including Personal Care Appliances), Home & Garden (including Pet Supplies), Kitchen, Luggage & Travel Accessories, Music, Musical Instrument, , Office Products, Outdoors, Shoes, Handbags and Sunglasses, Software & Computer/Video Games, Sports,Toys & Games, Video & DVD, Video Games, Everything Else.

%20: Jewelry

Want To Be An International Seller at Amazon? (Part – 02)

Amazon Consulting services

So, here is the 2nd Post of the series for overseas FBA sellers. In this post I will discuss about making sales and getting paid for the sales. Yet, as a non-resident and non-taxpayer, there still are positive rules and obligations you have around reporting and collecting taxes.

Is US Bank Account Required to be an Overseas Amazon FBA Seller?

A number of would-be Sellers come across what appears to be an uncertain block when starting up their Amazon business. A bank account is required by Amazon to proceed your payments. PayPal or Bitcoin will not be an option. But for an overseas person, it is impossible to open a US bank account. Because to open a bank account in the US, the person needs to attend physically in the US. Even to open a US LLC or Corporation, the owner must usually be physically attending in a bank to set up a business account. But the very good news for overseas Amazon seller is that a system has been developed by Amazon by themselves to create a bank deposit in an International Bank Account which is called Amazon Currency Converter for Sellers (ACCS). By ACCS, you can get your payment in your existing local bank and in your local currency. International wire fees or bank limitations are not required on your account. Offering your account is in a country and currency maintained by ACCS.

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Countries and Currencies Supported by Amazon Currency Converter for Disbursement

Note: Disbursements can only be made in the home currency of the country where the bank account is located. For example, if your bank account is located in the UK, then disbursements can only be made in GBP, even if your bank account is capable of accepting deposits in both GBP and EUR currencies.

Country Currency
Eurozone: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain EUR
United Kingdom GBP
United States USD
Albania* ALL
Argentina* ARS
Australia AUD
Bulgaria BGN
Brazil* BRL
Canada CAD
Switzerland and Lichtenstein CHF
China* CNY
Colombia* COP
Czech Republic CZK
Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands) DKK
Hong Kong HKD
Croatia HRK
Hungary HUF
Indonesia* IDR
Israel* ILS
India INR
Jordan* JOD
Japan* JPY
Cambodia* KHR
South Korea* KRW
Laos* LAK
Sri Lanka* LKR
Morocco MAD
Mexico* MXN
Malaysia* MYR
Norway NOK
Nepal* NPR
New Zealand NZD
Philippines PHP
Pakistan* PKR
Poland PLN
Romania RON
Russia* RUB
Sweden* SEK
Singapore SGD
Thailand* THB
Taiwan* TWD
Turkey* TRY
Vietnam* VND
South Africa* ZAR
 * Disbursements in these currencies are supported via a partnership with Payoneer, a third party, and require a separate Payoneer account. Learn more about Using Payoneer with Amazon.

Few Basic Questions & Answers about the program.

How do I enter my bank details if you have a bank account in one of those countries above?

Please follow the steps below:

  • In the “Settings” click the “Seller Account Information” link.
  • Click the “Edit” button next to “Deposit Method.”
  • Select the country of your bank account from the drop-down menu next to “Bank Location Country.”
  • Read and accept the terms and conditions.
  • Enter your bank account information.
  • Click the “Submit” button.

How do I get paid? Every disbursement will automatically be transferred to your local bank in the local currency.

Isn’t my seller central payment going to take more time because it is an international transfer? No. Your payments may be delayed only by a few minutes.

My bank is not based in one of the countries supported by Amazon Currency Converter for Sellers. Can I get paid into my local bank in my local currency? Currently, this capability is not available for any bank account locations other than those listed in the table of countries and currencies supported by Amazon Currency Converter for Sellers.

How about the fees? If you have entered a non-US bank account and you have a positive balance in your seller account, you can view exchange rate for transfers by clicking the “View Exchange Rate” button on the Payment Summary page.

What about the other registration fields like  credit card, billing address, and phone number ? Do they need to be US-based? No,  Those stuff doesn’t need to be US-based to register. You can register to sell on Amazon.com if you are resident in one of the many accepted seller registration countries. make sure that your credit card needs to accept international charges.

I am based outside of the accepted seller registration countries. Can I register? No. In order to register to sell on Amazon.com, you need: Your business name, address, and contact information A US or internationally chargeable credit card with a valid billing address in an accepted seller registration country A phone number in an accepted seller registration country where you can be reached during the registration process

What happens if I want to issue a refund?  exchange rate also apply to refunds?  Refunds to buyers on Amazon.com are made in the website currency (i.e., United States Dollars (USD) for Amazon.com) and as such are not subject to any exchange rate fluctuations. However, it is possible that a card issuer or bank may apply a new exchange rate and a conversion fee to the refund if a non-USD credit/debit card was used for the purchase and the refund was made to that card. Buyers may contact us when this happens, and we advise them to contact their card issuer or bank for an explanation of the exchange rate and any charge applied to the refund.

Taxes – Can you be exempt from U.S. tax reporting requirements?

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All Amazon Professional Sellers and those with over 50 transactions in a calendar year must submit their tax information to Amazon. During the account creation, you’ll go through a Taxpayer Wizard which will generate an IRS tax form for you to complete. Foreign sellers still need to complete the tax questions, and it’s likely that the form which is generated for you is a W8-BEN form, which means you’ll be exempt from U.S. tax reporting requirements. Foreign persons are not subject to U.S. income tax withholding if performing the work outside the U.S. Of course, you may still have to pay tax on this income in your own country. And if you set up a US-based corporation or LLC, that entity will be considered a US “person” and therefore subject to paying income tax. I am an amazon consultant and not not you tax guy 🙂 , so please make sure that  to consult a tax professional to determine the best action in your case.

Want To Be An International Seller on Amazon USA? (Part – 01)

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Are you thinking to be an International Seller on Amazon USA? Then here is some good news for you. If you are not a US resident or if you do not have an organization in US then don’t worry, you can sell your product at Amazon.

Throughout the below article, I will let you know about how to set up an Amazon account as a foreigner, ins and outs of importing your products, being paid and growing beyond the US.

Step 01: Pre-requirements for Opening an Amazon US / North America Account

To be an international seller on Amazon USA and start selling , you must open an account first. First of all, you need to know what types of account you want to open, Professional or Individual?

Decision 1: Professional or Individual?

From the below image you will come to know about the difference between Professional and Individual seller. The individual seller account is for those who will be selling less than 40 units per month. More than 40 units is for Professional sellers and you have to pay $39.95 per month. You also have to be on the Professional Selling plan if you are thinking to sell specific product category.

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Decision 2: Merchant Fulfilled vs FBA

This choice interrelated to how you get your products to clients.

The answer of the question ” Merchant fulfilled or FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon)” might be different for every seller.

You might consider to choose 3rd party fulfillment centers if the 3rd party fulfillment center’s fees make much more sense especially for your light weight items or if you have products with multiple variations. We will talk about general shipping issues and advantages later.

You should definitely consider to FBA if you have an new account. There are multiple reasons like starting health account without having any shipping problem etc.  but this article is not about that. Please send me your questions. I’ll try to respond as fast as I can.However as you can imagine you will have less problem when it comes to “trust” and “healthy account” you should definitely go with the FBA.

Below are some points on How FBA works for a foreigner seller

  1. You register in the FBA program after opening a Seller account in that country’s marketplac
  2. You introduce your products to the US and deliver products to Amazon’s fulfillment center(s), whereby Amazon will dispatch products directly to US clients. In part 3 you will learn more about importing requirements & processes.
  3. Your product inventory, picking and wadding clients’ orders, client service, and returns information will be handled by Amazon. The cost of these service is same for both US based and foreign seller.
  4. Amazon fulfillment centers will receive the Customers return. If the product is sellable, the product will be re-stocked and can be sold yet again. But if the product is dented or faulty, stock can only be returned to a US address or smashed by Amazon.

Decision 3: Status of Amzon Taxpayer

Tax information needs to submit of all professional sellers or those sellers whose yearly transaction is more than 50 transactions in a calendar year. While opening an account, you have to go through a Taxpayer Wizard, which will create an IRS tax form (W-8) that need to complete by you. Non US residents have to complete the tax interview and you will find that it is a W9-BEN form, which means you will not be liable from U.S. tax reporting requirements.

It is a good news that overseas persons are not subject to US income taxmaintenance if performing the work outside the U.S. Definitely, you may need to pay tax on this regard in your own country. And if you set up a US-based corporation or LLC, that entity will be measured a US “person” and therefore subject to paying income tax.

Before making the decision regarding whether you will open a business entity in the US or uphold a status as an overseas person, consult with a tax professional.

Receiving Approval In Your Item Category

There are some items which need approval in your item category. Items are listed below.

  • Beauty / Health & Personal Care
  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Collectibles & Fine Art
  • Grocery & Gourmet Food
  • Jewelry, Watches
  • Luggage, Shoes, Handbags & Sunglasses

Receiving approval in the above category will ensure that you are lawful manufacturer or brand. Also, Amazon wants to make sure that you have a considerable sufficient business to justify the attempt of reviewing your items or brands as well as you are not at a threat of providing cheap or out of order products.

Other Requirements

To make your account valid, you also need to provide

  • For International transaction (i.e. Fees) a valid credit card is required.
  • Cell number. As Amazon Seller Support apparently makes calls in US numbers so Viber Out or US Skype number will be helpful.

Note: Please make sure to look at the rules and regulations in your own country as well as the existing information given by Amazon and the US Federal Government.

In the Part 2 article I will discuss on  how to get paid for your sales on Amazon (coming soon) bank accounts, taxes, and selling fees.

Why My Amazon Sponsored Product Ads Campaigns Don’t Work.. A Few Ideas

Amazon Sponsored Ads

Ads Campaign Organization in wrong main category or sub category

Amazon has given seller categories to list their products and keywords match types for a reason – amazon definitely will limit your impression per search term if your product/s are in wrong categories, you need to check your categories sub-categories to maximize the chances of the right customer clicking the right ad when they enter the right query, at the lowest possible cost.

What can you do if have zero or few impressions of your product ads?

  • Are your right SKUs (not ASINs) winning the Buy Box?

 It doesn’t matter if you are the only one and if this is your private label product. Make sure that you are advertising the right SKU. If you have FBA and Merchant SKU per product and if your price for both SKUs are same or ver close you should know that you have to bid on FBA SKUs. Also  the sponsored product ads that are not winning the Buy Box will have a status of “Not in Buy Box.”

You should also know you won’t get the Product Page’s Buy Box if you are non- featured seller, it usually says on Buy Box;

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  • Add more SKUs and keywords to your ad group to increase the chance that customer searches will match your keywords and SKUs.

Did you check that your keywords are relevant to the SKUs in your ad group. To ensure a good customer experience, amazon doesn’t show ads that aren’t relevant to the consumer’s search. If you think your keywords are not relevant, you should definitely add more keywords.

Your bid may be too low? check that your maximum default bid and/or keyword bids are competitive. if you would like to check how your keyword bids compare to the marketplace average winning bids by going to Reports > Advertising Reports > Bid by Keyword Report.

Your campaign or ad group may be out of its daily budget? I hope you are selling and that’s the reason you are out of budget. you need to make sure your have some budget for the rest of the day otherwise reorganize your keywords and eliminate the unnecessary keywords.

Check the listings and content quality for your SKUs. Make sure each SKU has the correct content including a title, bullet points and description.

Failing to monitor, test and tweak.

Amazon sellers who let their Amazon Sponsored Product Ads campaigns run on autopilot will never get the full benefit of the campaigns. Anything can happen while you aren’t looking – your ads might fall off the first page, a competitor could ramp up, search trends might change, and so on. You need to stay on top of the beast.

Did you see this? Take Advantage

 

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Maybe Amazon Sponsored Product AdWords Isn’t Right for Your Product

It must be said: Amazon Sponsored Product AdWords cannot benefit every product. Sometimes, there just aren’t enough people searching for what you’re selling.

FYI:

At this time, amazon is not accepting new applications from sellers to advertise products within the Jewelry and Camera categories.

Amazon Tax

Amazon Tax Map

OK here we go Amazon Tax.. another popular question that you can buy tax exempt on Amazon when flipping products other than submitting each invoice to have the tax refunded. GREAT NEWS though! This how you get it! Go here & fill out the short questionnaire. It is pretty much the same form you would fill out at Wal-Mart or any other retailer. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201133370 Tax exempt status can be approved in less than 20 minutes!

Who is this amazon expert?

I am an amazon expert. I help amazon account owners to optimize their amazon accounts and product pages for A9 search engine.

I use my expertise to add value, discover my client’s niche and find cost effective ways to drive traffic and increase conversions.

Before working as an amazon expert , I have worked for several years as an e-commerce manager on the different e-commerce companies.

My Life As an Amazon Consultant;

If I look back on my life, and if I asked myself what I would be doing now, I am sure I wouldn’t say “Amazon Expert”, I probably would have to say working in travel industry somewhere in Turkey or Malta or sales manager in NYC, however working in my own business as an Amazon Consultant is a real dream come true.

There is never a typical day in the life of a consultant, every single day is different, I have no idea what kind of emails will come in, what kind of questions will be asked. Helping people take their amazon business to the next level is fantastic, and seeing people are getting exited when they see their products are doing great is incredible experience however it’s also not the easiest lifestyle.

Product sourcing came part of my service, some of my clients are telling me that they would like to be in amazon business but they don’t know what to sell or brand some of them consider the extremely competitive products, I work with anything however there are still well designed and niche products out there, why copy someone else? So I travel to find those products. Traveling is part of my life, seeing new cities and meeting new people excellent but it’s not always OK especially if I am far way from my family.

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Before Amazon & US

I was born and raised in Turkey. Before I come to US I received my degree in Travel Management. I worked at different tourism companies in Malta and Turkey for almost 10 years as German Tour Guide. I  found a chance to work in jewelry companies and online travel agencies. For more details connect with me on LinkedIn amazon expert   Currently I am trying to help my clients to develop comprehensive amazon business and make them see market insights to identify new opportunities for growth and also create  the strategies to build more profitable amazon account. My amazon consultancy includes brand strategy, customer relationship management, new product development, product portfolio and pages optimization , channel strategies, pricing  and sales + marketing strategies.

In my spare time

I am totally passionate about amazon, online marketing, playing guitar, having fun with my kids 1461058_10202923005097638_1866548158498101591_n

My Official Amazon Landing Page

I am prove to have my amazon landing page as 3rd part service provider.

Amazon certified consulting services

 

 Amazon Product Sourcing

Amazon product sourcing is one of the most important parts of the amazon marketplace business

What is the right product for amazon?

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There is no easy answer for this question; here are a lot of topics and criteria to discuss in this section,for example;

Which category?
Why China and/or Why not China?
Private Label vs Brand Products
Prices + MOQs
How many SKUs?
FBA?
and   MORE…….

Some of the trade shows I attended;


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The  Zuchex International Housewares, Gift & Lifestyle Fair

Location: İSTANBUL / TURKEY

ZUCHEX is the ideal place to see the top designs alongside the new best sellers, meet new suppliers and negotiate the best deals. Excellent show for amazon product sourcing


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Spielwaren Messe / Toy Show

Location: NUREMBERG / GERMANY

This is where international toy markets come together: renowned brands, toy novelties, trendy start-ups, buyers of large chains, independent retailers and a plethora of media representatives make the toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany, the most important event for the toy industry.


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 ISPO / MUNICH Sport Show :

The leading international B2B platform and an industry meeting exclusively reserved for sports business professionals. 

 


 

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New York Toy Show


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CeBIT is the world’s largest and most international computer expo. The trade fair is held each year on the Hanover fairground, the world’s largest fairground, in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany.


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International Home + Housewares Show / Chicago offers you the opportunity to see first-hand consumer lifestyle and product trends for all areas of the home, both inside and out, under one roof at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL. The event is your opportunity to join the world’s largest marketplace of home + housewares professionals.


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Mobile & Electronics Fair /Hong Kong is a trade fair for products of the mobile communications industry in China and one of the most important trade fairs for mobile phones, smartphones and wireless products in the region. For exhibitors this B2B platform is a very good opportunity to introduce their products to a knowledgeable audience. 


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Hong Kong Houseware Fair is Asia’s largest houseware fair, the Fair offers various houseware products including bar accessories, bathroom accessories, branded homeware, cleaning & supplies, eco-friendly products, furniture, gardening & outdoor accessories, hardware & DIY products, health & personal care items, home decorations & handicrafts, home tech, kitchenware, pet supplies, small electrical appliances, tableware, trade services, etc.


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CANTON FAIR / Guangzhou China

Canton Fair–The China Import and Export Fair is the largest biannual China trade fairs. Another good place for amazon product sourcing

Amazon SEO Service

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We provide amazon SEO Service (amazon search engine optimization consulting services) to ensure that your product pages reach their amazon marketing goals. Our amazon consulting experts suggest ideas and SEO strategies that are intended to be implemented over both the short and long term to help you create and maintain a successful amazon search engine marketing campaign. Our amazon consulting expert’s SEO services give you the knowledge and also execute the on behalf of you. Amazon SEO Service / Amazon Product Page optimization is becoming increasingly important for private label companies as well as brand owners. The ranking algorithms include many factors which are unpredictable and different than google search engine optimization. You pages  require full time attention and customized care of a Amazon SEO consultant.

What can do for you as Amazon SEO service ?

Advise and help you to bring your amazon product pages to better position per search term, maximizing rankings in amazon search results and catalogues.

Planning and Analyzing

analyisOur Amazon SEO Expert with his Search Engine Optimization Audits will identify the opportunities and issues; he examines content (titles. bullet points, descriptions, bullet points) technical, on-page and off-page elements and your competitors, delivering amazon SEO services for your amazon marketplace success. Our first step in an optimization project is to conduct an extensive audit of your amazon account and products pages. As a amazon SEO expert, he will help you to cover the existing obstacles that may hinder the product pages visibilities in organic search results. Next, he determines which of your search terms will best convert into inquiries.

Amazon Product Page Search Term / Keyword Research

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We will help you to find the valuable keywords with our for your amazon product pages for ranking high in amazon marketplace. This process data mines your existing product pages and/or your competitors product pages, We use multiple custom made softwares for this process, We also analyze the current position of every single child SKU per search term and monitor their position during the project.

Execution and Optimization

Based on our audit, we begin our tailored solution and content optimization for your amazon product pages. Our optimization process is performed in amazon guidelines so as not negatively effect your product page current rankings.

amazon adsAmazon Sponsored Adwords: We help amazon sellers to increase amazon costumer traffic to your page and increase conversions, turning visitors into buyers. I manage & develop Amazon Sponsored Ads campaigns for amazon sellers accounts and helping to increase ROI through powerful and affordable sponsored ads.

Sales Traffic and Amazon Product Reviews Optimization: We bring more reviews and sales traffic to product pages by using the specific unique promotions

Cross promotions: We create cross promotions between products, we bring the traffic from well selling product pages to less selling or new product pages.

amazon seo expert

With over 12 years of amazon SEO service experience, we have the knowledge and tools to increase your site’s organic rankings. We offer a transparent approach to amazon marketing success through sound Amazon product page SEO advice that produces quantifiable, measurable and dependable results for our clients in U.S.A and around the world. Discover more about how our amazon SEO services can grow your amazon marketplace visibility and drive your amazon revenues… Our Amazon SEO service provides research, analysis and recommendations for all amazon product pages, but especially for those having difficulty with their Amazon Search Engine visibility.