Archive for the ‘eCommerce’ category

Making Money with Your Online Store (Part 2)

October 21st, 2013

Once you get your online store up and running, how do you get the word out and keep those folks coming back? While there’s no magic solution, here are our tips on promoting your eCommerce site and maintaining a customer base.

Make Friends with Social Networking

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These days, everyone and their goldfish have a Facebook page, so why shouldn’t you? Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are great way to gain fans and customers – but remember to only get started if you plan to keep your accounts active. It won’t be too hard to think of ways to maintain your social networking page: you can encourage your fans to advertise for you by offering freebies, discount codes, or contests to those who share your products or page. A social networking page could also be great platform for your customers to share their pictures or reviews of your products. And of course, don’t forget the power of a good old-fashioned post where you can share updates, news, or anything you like!

Check out our 3 blog posts on enhancing Facebook business page engagement.

Online Advertising

If you have money within your budget, online advertising can significantly boost your eCommerce site traffic and establish your image. Some popular advertising programs include Google Adwords, Amazon Product Ad, or Facebook Ads. Think of your target demographic when you decide where to advertise – placing ads for your luxury auto parts business on a coupon-hunting site might not be the best move. After you’ve planted a few ads, continue to analyze your site statistics to identify the most effective placements by making use of Google Analytics.

Don’t Be Wary of Large Marketplaces

You don’t need to compete with the big guys. Well, in a sense you do, but use them to help you out as well! Online Marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon and eBay have a lot to offer. You can get your name out there by hitching on: they are known, trusted, and most importantly, they have a large built-in customer base. Try adding links to redirect visitors to your site whenever possible, and make sure that your product catalog is easily found.

Pay Attention to SEO

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Don’t underestimate the importance of SEO in the eCommerce game! Consider starting a blog where you can create relevant and compelling content. This can drive traffic to your site and encourage others to link and share your information. Also, stay active in relevant forums, but DON’T cross the line into Suzie Spammer territory. You don’t want to brashly post links to your site anywhere and everywhere: the goal is to establish yourself in the forum community, gain contacts, and keep up to date with industry news.

Site Performance and Speed

Your website speed and performance directly impact your bounce rate, visitor satisfaction and store reputation. With eCommerce and other image-heavy websites, initial page loading times can be especially slooow, and potential customers might not stick around for the wait. Here at Doteasy, we’ve been pondering the best way to offer exceptionally fast hosting to our clients, and we’ve come out with a SSD hosting plan. Not just any SSD hosting: we have a 100 GB plan that entirely uses a Solid State Drive for storage… at the lowest price in the world. That means load times for SSD sites can be up to 30X faster than traditional HDD counterparts. We believe in SSD hosting so strongly that we’re offering our plan for only US$4.95/ month for the first year: it should be accessible to everyone.

So get out there and start raking in the dough with your online store! Yes, there will be work involved and the beginning might be slow-going, but with patience and diligence, the pay-off can be huge.

Bonus tip: Don’t want to deal with setting up an online store? We can do it for you with our Doteasy eCommerce Solution.

Making Money with Your Online Store (Part 1)

October 16th, 2013

When thinking of “online store” or “eCommerce,” sites like Amazon.com and images of glitter and cash stacks come to mind. Well, at least for some people. For the rest of us, an eCommerce store can seem like an intimidating venture, with questions of how to get started and how to keep it from failing. Here are our tips on how to start and cultivate a successful online store. Who knows? Glitter and stacks of cash could be your future.

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Have a Business Plan

Yes, we think “business plan” sounds all official and boring, but creating one is not as difficult as you might think. You’ve probably already subconsciously created one! However, really knowing your plan can help you design all aspects of your eCommerce site. Questions to ask yourself include: What are you selling? Who are you selling to? What does your target audience need? How does your shop offer the solution to their needs? Who are your competitors? How do you differ?

These questions can help you develop a strategy to plan the layout of your site, prepare your advertising materials, and build a brand for your store.

Think Like Your Customer

Now that you know who your target customer is, it’s time to get inside their head. What would be the most logical way to display your products from a consumer’s viewpoint? Putting those plungers next to the lip balms might not be the best choice. Categorize similar product styles together, and consider putting complementary items side by side to potentially increase your sales. Above all, make your product page easy to navigate so customers can find what they’re looking for.

No One Likes a Sketchy Display

The look of your product display is arguably the most important aspect of an online store. A good look will assure your potential customers of the quality and legitimacy of your shop. Use attractive, high resolution images that can clearly show colours, materials, or relative size. Add detailed descriptions that can help potential customers trust that they’re making an informed purchase!  Remember that you want your products to make a good first impression. If you ever catch yourself uttering the phrase (or any variation of): “this picture is good enough for now,” chances are, it’s not.

Give it Away!

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Entice your customers to make a purchase with great promos. Buy 1 Get 1 Free, a free item with purchase, or free shipping are great offers that can tempt your customers to the checkout.

KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!)

As you pay attention to the look, quality, and advertising methods of your eCommerce shop, never forget the importance of keeping your site simple and easy to navigate. It would be useless if your site looks amazingly attractive, but your customers can’t find their way to the checkout! Also, put your shipping cost and return policy information in an easy-to-find spot to settle uneasy potential customers.

These are a few tips that focus on the branding and usability of your eCommerce site. We’ll be coming out with more tips on how to promote your online store, so check back soon!

Make Money with Your Website

May 13th, 2013

Simple ways to make money with your website:

1. Advertising

This is the most popular way because it is one of the best ways to make money online without putting in too much time and effort.

Some of the most popular choices for website advertisements are:

2. Get Paid to Post

If you have a blog that has a decent base of readers and/or a Google Page Rank, you can get paid to post reviews, articles and product launches on your website!

Some of the most popular choices are:

3. Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Programs are a good way to earn extra revenue on your website. By putting a simple URL on your website and/or pasting a banner, you can earn money any time someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase.

In Doteasy’s case, we pay you US$70 for every Unlimited Hosting sale. You get paid even if your visitor purchases our free Basic Hosting plan. More details on the Doteasy Affiliate Program*

Other popular choices:

4. Ad Space and Sponsorship

If your website or blog is popular enough, you can offer the option to accept site sponsorship and/or ad space. A lot of times, companies that target the same or related niche will pay you to advertise their services.

5. Donations

Placing a “Donate” link or button on a website can be an efficient way to earn money, especially if your blog contains information readers learn and gain value.

Popular “Donate” links/buttons:

6. Shopping Cart – Sell your Own Product

This is probably the best way to earn a solid, long-term income. When you are selling your own product, you directly control how much profit your make.

Popular shopping carts:

  • Doteasy Commerce System
  • ZenCart (click here to see how easy it is to install ZenCart with Softaculous, an auto-script-installer)
  • osCommerce (click here to see how easy it is to install ZenCart with Softaculous, an auto-script-installer)

*Conditions apply. Please refer to our Affiliate Program Page for full details.

Softaculous Video: Inspired by a True Story

October 2nd, 2012

We know that for those with little HTML experience, building a website can be both a difficult and tedious task. To help solve this problem, Doteasy has web tools such as our Website Creator and Softaculous to help customers jumpstart their websites without going through any coding. These user-friendly and powerful tools can build a website in just a few clicks. To better demonstrate how quick and easy it is to build a website, we’ve stepped outside our studio to make this “inspired by a true story” video so you’ll know how to make good use of Softaculous in your daily life. Enjoy!