My name is Nick and today i’m going to be providing you with an in depth jungle scout review. If you’ve read my story you’ll know that i started out as an Amazon seller a few years back, within the first 12 months, my amazon business hit six figures and i haven’t looked back since. Here is a video to give you an insight into why i like jungle scout, i also run you through a couple of my favorite methods to find products, without using tools like jungle scout.
If you want to learn how to become an amazon seller you will need to perfect the art of finding profitable products. When i started i spent hours, trawling through amazon with the hopes of uncovering a hidden gem. Jungle scout most definitely speeds up this process, but i think as an amazon seller you should understand how to do it manually, i’m going to explain how you can do this later on in this article.
The Web App
So, the web app consists of three different tools:
- The Product Database
- The Product Tracker
- The Niche Hunter
I’m going to go through each of these tools, starting with the product database. Now, if you already sell on Amazon you will know about the importance of product research, after all products are going to be the heartbeat of your amazon business. Using this feature, jungle scout allows you to filter products across multiple categories by demand, price, estimated sales, ratings and more. With their database you can search through thousands of different products based on criteria you set. I can tell you now, this is a very powerful feature and it can save you a lot of time. With that being said, you can of course do this manually by trawling through the amazon pages yourself, you just need to know what you are looking for (i’m going to explain more about this later).
Next up, the Product Tracker. So, you’ve found a few products that take your fancy, well with this tool you can track and compare key product metrics without using complicated spreadsheets. You can quickly find products you’ve discovered within the product database and add them to the product tracker. This allows you to sound out the competition, you can keep an eye on the fluctuating best seller rank along with other important metrics like pricing, sales and so on. This data is like gold dust within the product selection process.
Last but not least, the Niche Hunter, sounds pretty intimidating doesn’t it, no? maybe that’s just me. Anyway, this tool helps you qualify a niche as a whole. It can also help you find useful keywords, it helps you find opportunities on amazon. Let’s say that you are interested in the “Yoga” Niche, well this tool helps you delve deeper into this topic. You can analyse the levels of demand along with the competition, you can even analyse the quality of your competitors listings. If you are looking to build a brand, in a particular niche, the “Niche Hunter” may be what you are looking for. With that being said, i don’t feel its necessary for everyone, after all you can work all of this out yourself, but be prepared as manual product research can take up a lot of your time.
How much does it cost?
Let’s talk about cost, an important part of this jungle scout review. Now you have options here, you can choose to pay on a monthly or annual basis. If you wish to pay on a monthly basis there are three levels of pricing, “Start up” $39 per month, “Standard” $69 per month or “Business” $99 a month. With the “start up” package you get everything except “Niche Hunter”. In my opinion, as a beginner this is all you need, if you are looking to scale things up a bit quicker, go for “standard”. The “business” option is only really relevant if you want up to five users. If you are in a position to pay for the year up front, you can save 30%. The graphic below shows the prices basis on the monthly billing method.
So there you have it, if you can afford it the web app can save you a lot of time. When i started out, i did all of my research manually, it helped me learn and understand the process then i moved onto tools like this. Anway, let’s move onto the next part of this jungle scout review.
Ok so in the early days, i spent a lot of time compiling spreadsheets in order to analyse some of my potential products. Your products are the heartbeat of your amazon business so it’s a really important part of the process. I first bought and installed the jungle scout chrome extension two years ago and it has made things easier. Think of the Jungle Scout Chrome Extension as a real time, amazon data, fact-checker (wow, that was a mouthful). It helps you qualify your potential product ideas. It has been designed to make amazon product research easy and accurate, and to be fair it has always served me well. Here is how it works.
So earlier on we talked about being interested in the “Yoga” niche. Specifically, you are thinking wow i’d really like to come up with an all singing, all dancing “Yoga Mat”. Well punch that keyword into amazon, click your chrome extension and watch the magic happen. Check it out.
Pretty cool right? This is information is like gold dust, the importance of your product research process should not be underestimated! The columns are pretty self explanatory, from left to right you have; Page position, Product Name, Brand, Price, Category, Best Seller Rank, Estimated Monthly Sales, Estimated Monthly Revenue, Number of Reviews, Review Rating and finally Seller (Amz means this is amazon’s listing, FBA means the listing is owned by a private FBA seller.
How much does it cost?
For this part of the jungle scout review, we will look at the cost. You have two options with the chrome extension, both are one-time fee’s. For the “Pro” version, you will pay $197, with this you will have access to more information, again it can help. I opted for the “Lite” option, only a one off fee of $97. You can see full details below.
For me, the chrome extension was a no-brainer! I prefer to spend my time on other parts of the business, but we are all different! If you want to read some testimonial’s from other people that have used both the web app and the chrome extension, you can do so by clicking here. Now these tools are great, but i think its important for you to learn how to carry out product research manually and that’s what i’m going to teach you in the next section.
How To Find Good Products Manually
The above tools are brilliant but i think as an amazon seller, you should know how to find good, profitable products the old fashioned way. I’ve found some of my best products by digging through amazon manually, so how do i do it?
Ok, i use a few different methods to help me find products. First things first, brainstorming. Grab yourself a pen and paper and start listing down all of the hobbies and interests you can think of;
The list goes on, you can now do the same thing with general human needs, you might list down; back injury, knee pain, dieting and so on. Brainstorming, is an important skill, the human brain is your best tool and one you can’t download online (well not yet anyway).
So you’ve now got some good ideas down on paper, it’s time to put on your scuba suit and dive into the darkest depths of amazon. Punch one of your keywords into the amazon search bar, you will see a list of auto suggested terms below, these appear to be some of the most popular related keywords and products.
This list is like fuel to your brainstorming fire. Start clicking, analyzing levels of competition, pricing, best seller ranks and so on. Within this image you’ll see some numbers written next to each search term. This is because i use a free chrome extension called keywords everywhere it’s another magical chrome extension and its free, so it works well for me. I’ll explain what the figures mean, so next to “yoga socks” you’ll see 14,800/mo, this is the estimated number of monthly searches (potential customers putting this search term into the search bar). Next up is the cost per click £0.62 (no need to pay much attention to this, this relates to google pay per click advertising) and finally the levels of competition – 1, this is an indication of how competitive this search term is (0.01 is the lowest and 1 is the highest).
Please Note: It’s worth mentioning that this tool is mainly used in conjunction with google search, so it might not be 100% accurate, use it at your own risk. I find it useful as an indication, but i understand at times it can be inaccurate.
So you are starting to delve deeper and deeper into the depths of amazon, it’s not time to come up for air just yet. For this example let’s say you are interested in selling “Yoga socks”, you click on this search term and you can start looking around at the competition. At this point, i might click on one of the best listings, then i might look at this particular listings seller store front, this way i can see if they sell any other interesting items. All of these can go onto my master spreadsheet.
Here is another useful way to find further product ideas, when you are looking at a particular product listing, scroll further down the page and you will see a box; “Customers who bought this item also bought” this is another really useful section, start clicking through the products, analyzing the listings and adding to your master spreadsheet as you see fit. The most important part of analyzing the listing is understanding the “best sellers rank”. For me, its important that you take a lot of value from this jungle scout review, so i’m going to explain the best seller rank in the next section.
Understanding the best seller rank
The best seller rank is one of the most important aspects of an amazon listing. Only Amazon knows exactly how it works, but what we do know is; the lower the rank, the higher the sales within a 24 hour period. Lets look at an example.
The above product details have been taken from one of the yoga sock listings we were looking at earlier. You can see here that this particular product has an “Amazon Best Sellers Rank” of: #15,298, this will constantly fluctuate in line with the demand. The more units this listing sells, the lower the ranking will go. Jungle Scout also have a free product sales estimator you can use this to estimate the monthly sales, you can see the results for this listing below.
and there you have it, as you can see, this best seller rank in clothing, shoes & jewelry is estimated to 447 sales per month. At $10.99, that’s $4,912 in revenue. This was a random product selection, i have no affiliation with this particular product. I hope this example has helped you understand this important part of the product selection process. Now you can take off the scuba suit, let’s get back to jungle scout.
Jungle Scout Review – Conclusion
I really hope this article has provided you with some value, after all that’s the aim of eBusiness Boss, we want to help you learn about making money online. Lets conclude this jungle scout review.
As you can see above, you can manually carry out product research for yourself. I recommend that you spend sometime doing this, it will help you understand and navigate through the amazon platform. With that being said, Jungle Scout’s Web App can dramatically improve the process, by using these tools, i can usually do three times the work, in half of the time, if you already have some experience selling on amazon you may be ready to use this product.
In my opinion, the chrome extension is a must have, i wouldn’t be without it. As this tool gets more popular it might well go up in price, so if you want it, act quickly. You only have to pay once, then you have it for life, if you are serious about growing your amazon business i’d recommend making the purchase.
I will end by saying that you can do a lot of the above yourself, and you should in part! For my business, i use a combination of the two. It works for me!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, i’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
PS I’d like to remind you, if you do make a purchase through one of the above links, i may make a small commission. I believe in complete transparency on the internet so i’ll always try to make you aware if this is the case.