Are there known footprints for eCommerce platforms?

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I was sent a link a few weeks ago that contained a bunch of tutorials on how to target eCommerce owners and provide services that they were willing to pay $1,000 for.

I have no problems hustling and mailing as many of them a day as it takes to get to $1,000 a day (hell, $1,000 a week, at this point), but I haven't pursued it because I didn't really have a clue on how to reliably track down new leads that could use the services.

During a dream last night, I was using a scraper to find the footprints and send out mails until I got a sale, and kept repeating the process every time I'd finish up work for the previous client. It makes so much more sense than racking my brain creating content, but I'm at a loss on how to find them.

Even though I love writing, it's not something that can be scaled, and I need to make a lot more than the $1,500 I brought in last month.

I'm curious if you guys know of any footprints that the mainstream eCommerce platforms use, so that I can reliably track down new leads, and start bringing in a lot more money.
 

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This is a great topic. Here goes:

How To Find eCommerce CMS Footprints

Step #1
First get a list of the top ecommerce platforms/CMSes. Google "ecommerce CMS" and you get websites that have lists of ecommerce CMSes, example: http://blog.templatemonster.com/2014/02/03/open-source-ecommerce-cms-for-small-medium-enterprises/

Step #2
Next step is to aggregate that list:

1. Magento
2. Spree Commerce
3. Zeuscart
4. OpenCart
5. osCommerce
6. Zen Cart
7. simpleCart
8. TomatoCart
9. Prestashop
10. CubeCart
11. nopCommerce
12. Loaded Commerce
13. WooCommerce
14. VitueMart
15. Ubercart

Step #3

Next step google a random niche with one of the CMSes, I chose: 'Toys "ubercart"'

I then viewed the list of results, (You might have to go to page 2, 3, and up to 10 for some others. Screenshot:




Step #4

I found this "louiestoybox.com" website that was a Toy site using ubercart. I then visited the toy site and scrolled down to the bottom of the site (that's where you see 'Powered by Wordpress' or whatever when websites don't remove the footprint of what they are using). I found this:



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Hint: Try using negative modifiers like -themes -templates to remove them from your initial hunt.



Step #5

^^ Now I know the footprint for Ubercart is "Supported by Ubercart". and they also are trying to rank for "open source e-commerce suite", since they are using that as an anchor. But since I'm only looking for the footprint to find more ecommerce sites by Ubercart, I now have the footprint which I can Google: "Supported by Ubercart". Results:



^^ You are going to have to scroll to pages 2-10, in most SERPs results.

If you want to make life easy and you are smart enough, you can aggregate ALL the ecommerce platforms' footprints together into a textfile list and import it into a certain software that just does the daily Googling for you while displaying the top 100 results. Then export CSV files of the 3rd party metrics and sort by Alexa, and delete the urls with high Alexa and start calling those ecommerce platforms for your mission objective.

Sponsored by SERPWoo.

I found 5 sites within 30 seconds that are powered by Ubercart:

1. http://www.usgbc.org/merchandise/usgbc-flexi-cover-journal-ecosystem
2. http://www.roomofonesown.com/product/swarm-glory-garnett-kilberg-cohen
3. http://www.oblongbooks.com/mr-splitfoot-hardcover-signed-samantha-hunt
4. http://www.hicklebees.com/passenger-autographed-alexandra-bracken
5. http://www.squarebooks.com/product/where-do-they-go-game-day-story-squirrels-who-live-grove-laurie-g-fisher

--

Interesting enough one of the results showcased that Ubercart also uses "Powered by Ubercart", so now I know there are at least two footprints to continue using to get websites created by Ubercart.

--

Another tip:
You can also find specific popular themes from these platforms from themeforest for example and then google the footprint of the theme. For example I Googled "Car Parts Magento" and got a ton of themes and templates. Screenshot:



then I went to the site and clicked on the first theme:



then I viewed the Demo of the template:



I then found that the very bottom of the template there was a footprint "Magento Templates by WebExperiment":



https://web-experiment.info/magento14/grayscale

Now I can Google "Magento Templates by WebExperiment" and find all the websites using that theme.

There is a lot of trial and error here, and you may want to use the inurl or intitle Google modifier as well when hunting for footprints with your keyword (mine was toys and car parts).

--

Now obviously I would rather automated all of this instead of Googling things daily one at a time. So I would rather aggregate the huge list of footprints I found and input them into SERPWoo and then just let the system Google everything for me daily and then come back and find new websites that jumped into the rankings within the bottom 30-100 results and call on them for client work.

This type of hunting for clients doesn't have to stop at ecommerce, you can google 'intitle: "Untitled Document"' and find millions of websites which have that as their title tag and probably are scratching their heads as to why they are not ranking, example this whole site:

http://www.osianbw.com/home.html



--

This type of footprint Googling is also one reason why most website owners delete the footprints at the bottom of their site. So the people that you do find who have most of these footprints are pretty un-educated and can be desparately looking for someone to help them get more traffic to their website.
 
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This is a great topic. Here goes:

How To Find eCommerce CMS Footprints

Step #1
First get a list of the top ecommerce platforms/CMSes. Google "ecommerce CMS" and you get websites that have lists of ecommerce CMSes, example: http://blog.templatemonster.com/2014/02/03/open-source-ecommerce-cms-for-small-medium-enterprises/

Step #2
Next step is to aggregate that list:

1. Magento
2. Spree Commerce
3. Zeuscart
4. OpenCart
5. osCommerce
6. Zen Cart
7. simpleCart
8. TomatoCart
9. Prestashop
10. CubeCart
11. nopCommerce
12. Loaded Commerce
13. WooCommerce
14. VitueMart
15. Ubercart

Step #3

Next step google a random niche with one of the CMSes, I chose: 'Toys "ubercart"'

I then viewed the list of results, (You might have to go to page 2, 3, and up to 10 for some others. Screenshot:




Step #4

I found this "louiestoybox.com" website that was a Toy site using ubercart. I then visited the toy site and scrolled down to the bottom of the site (that's where you see 'Powered by Wordpress' or whatever when websites don't remove the footprint of what they are using). I found this:



--

Hint: Try using negative modifiers like -themes -templates to remove them from your initial hunt.



Step #5

^^ Now I know the footprint for Ubercart is "Supported by Ubercart". and they also are trying to rank for "open source e-commerce suite", since they are using that as an anchor. But since I'm only looking for the footprint to find more ecommerce sites by Ubercart, I now have the footprint which I can Google: "Supported by Ubercart". Results:



^^ You are going to have to scroll to pages 2-10, in most SERPs results.

If you want to make life easy and youare smart and you can aggregate ALL the ecommerce platforms' footprints together into a textfile list and import it into a certain software that just does the daily Googling for you while displaying the top 100 results. Then export CSV files of the 3rd party metrics and sort by Alexa, and delete the urls with high Alexa and start calling those ecommerce platforms for your mission objective.

Sponsored by SERPWoo.

I found 5 sites within 30 seconds that are powered by Ubercart:

1. http://www.usgbc.org/merchandise/usgbc-flexi-cover-journal-ecosystem
2. http://www.roomofonesown.com/product/swarm-glory-garnett-kilberg-cohen
3. http://www.oblongbooks.com/mr-splitfoot-hardcover-signed-samantha-hunt
4. http://www.hicklebees.com/passenger-autographed-alexandra-bracken
5. http://www.squarebooks.com/product/where-do-they-go-game-day-story-squirrels-who-live-grove-laurie-g-fisher

--

Interesting enough one of the results showcased that Ubercart also uses "Powered by Ubercart", so now I know there are at least two footprints to continue using to get websites created by Ubercart.

--

Another tip:
You can also find specific popular themes from these platforms from themeforest for example and then google the footprint of the theme. For example I Googled "Car Parts Magento" and got a ton of themes and templates. Screenshot:



then I went to the site and clicked on the first theme:



then I viewed the Demo of the template:



I then found that the very bottom of the template there was a footprint "Magento Templates by WebExperiment":



https://web-experiment.info/magento14/grayscale

Now I can Google "Magento Templates by WebExperiment" and find all the websites using that theme.

There is a lot of trial and error here, and you may want to use the inurl or intitle Google modifier as well when hunting for footprints with your keyword (mine was toys and car parts).

--

Now obviously I would rather automated all of this instead of Googling things daily one at a time. So I would rather aggregate the huge list of footprints I found and input them into SERPWoo and then just let the system Google everything for me daily and then come back and find new websites that jumped into the rankings within the bottom 30-100 results and call of them for client work.

This type of hunting for clients doesn't have to stop at ecommerce, you can google 'intitle: "Untitled Document"' and find millions of websites which have that as their title tag and probably are scratching their heads as to why they are not ranking, example this whole site:

http://www.osianbw.com/home.html



--

This type of footprint Googling is also one reason why most website owners delete the footprints at the bottom of their site. So the people that you do find who have most of these footprints are pretty un-educated and can be desparately looking for someone to help them get more traffic to their website.
Marry me, yah?

Thank you, sir! :smile:

Now I've got to come up with a cold email, and do some digging.
 
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I must warn you, though. I have no mercy, nor fucks to give. :wink:
 
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inurl:/cindex.asp
inurl:/pindex.asp


OPENCART
inurl:neutral:ndex.php?route=

That's some I found from another forum. Just to give back!

I appreciate all the help!
 
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Great stuff.

If this forum had been around 7 years ago when I first got started in IM...I'd probably own my own island by now.
 
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If there's any scripts or widgets that they use you can search for the code with https://search.nerdydata.com/ and it will give you some nice results.

Works really well if there's a unique widget that people have been using which is adjacent to the services that you're offering.
 
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Great stuff.

If this forum had been around 7 years ago when I first got started in IM...I'd probably own my own island by now.
It definitely helps being around people who are all on their way towards owning one lol ;D Too many try-hards in other forums that couldn't buy their way out of their current position, let alone thinking about actually owning an island.
 

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I didn't even think on checking the CMS-footprints, but I just checked with the search term
"shipping terms" + "shop"
and it wielded a nice bunch of shops. Is there a reason you couldn't just go for word combinations you'd only find on blogs like the ones above?

Or
"terms of shipping" + "sale"
"free shipping" + "toys"
"shipping terms" inurl:shop

...

That'd would be my approach if I'm exclusively looking for shops but I don't know shit about scraping. Enlighten me if I'm completely off with my approach.
 
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Those are just other footprints you can use. I wasn't using them mainly because I didn't think of them lol ;P

I'm from a technical background, so my brain instantly jumps to finding footprints in the coding, vs page titles.

Nothing wrong with that approach, though! Not in my mind, at least.
 
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great thread.
what if I were searching for shopify sites of a certain category, like comic book sellers. Best way to do this without having to pay for something like builtwith?
 
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great thread.
what if I were searching for shopify sites of a certain category, like comic book sellers. Best way to do this without having to pay for something like builtwith?
I guess just use NerdyData, export a huge portion of data, then just crawl (screamingfrog?) the list of URLs looking for KWs such as "comic books"

Rinse and repeat