If you’re running an online business getting access to potential leads is an absolute goldmine and recently I came across a platform called Ecomidata that offers a wide variety of meta data for up to 4 million e-commerce stores.
The website in question offers a standard package which apparently costs $397 but was on sale at $197 when I purchased a few months ago. They currently support 16 different platforms including Woocommerce, Shopify, Bigcommerce, Volusion, Bigcartel and most of the other free open source platforms such as Opencart.
I’m a drop shipper, affiliate marketer and product creator and getting access to e-commerce leads is a critical part of my business. With access to Ecomidata I was able to instantly download millions of email addresses, phone numbers, contact information and traffic stats about a wide variety of stores.
Now you’re probably wondering why would I need such information? Well I can now go out and market my e-commerce products to these stores and make affiliate commissions or collect payments using my own checkout funnel.
Another benefit of having access to such a large quantity of e-commerce data is that I can find the best selling e-commerce products. If you’ve read my quick guide on how to find the best Shopify stores then you’ll know just how powerful having access to over 330,000 Shopify stores is when it comes to finding the next ‘winning product.’
The website offers a free trial although it wasn’t really a free trial at all, it was a sample data file whereby you get four reports of 50 stores. There was sample Shopify reports, Woocommerce and Bigcommerce.
You’re then presented with a one time offer which is the discounted price mentioned earlier.
If you signup to the platform you’ll need to complete payment using Stripe. I was confused why they didn’t offer Paypal so reached out to their support team who advised they don’t support Paypal due to the fact you get instant access to data and Paypal transactions are easily reversed.
Within a few minutes I was emailed my welcome email and asked to create a password to login to the platform. Then within a few seconds I could download all the data.
Broken down into 16 different platforms all data is exported in .CSV format and .Zip. You’re given a download timer which only allows for 20 downloads per month so be sure to save your data files somewhere safe.
The data is exactly as described, you get access to about 15 different meta fields from store name, domain, alexa and quantcast as well as site contact information, social profiles and addresses.
Ecomidata claims to scrape the data from the website using a robust web crawler which looks for specific keywords in the code, as well as IP ranges for hosted platforms. They also crawl the whois records which is why only around 20-30% of records as most people seem to use Whoisguard these days.
The platform was very easy to use and $197 for over 4 million e-commerce store data leads is an absolute bargain. I mailed 1,000 people about a Shopify plugin and had over 20 new signups at $5 per month. Within two months this will have paid for itself already.
My only complaint is that it would have been nice to sort through this data using a web based table or directory however given how much data there is, it makes sense to open this in MS Excel or Open Viewer.
NEGATIVES: The only thing I disliked with Ecomidata is you’re buying one time access and don’t get updates to your data. Let’s say you bought in December and they update the data in February, you don’t get the new data, you must purchase again.