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Top 4 resources for newbies

November 2, 2009

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Do you want to start your own e-commerce website but have no idea where to start? When I first started this venture I thought I needed to know HTML code and have complicated programming skills.  Not so… to my pleasant surprise. You can be a novice computer user and gain popularity on the world wide web.

What’s first?  After you figure out what you want to sell you’ll want to find out who will host your website. That is the company that houses all of your information/code.   I use Buy it Sell It and have from the beginning.   It is $10 a month with no fees taken when you sell an item.  You’ll only pay fees through Paypal, Google Checkout, and/or your credit card carrier.  I’m pleased with Buy It Sell It overall.  Checking the chat boards you’ll find people that voice their displeasure for the site.   A lot of times I find their displeasure comes from high expectations that are not being met.  The thing many people should keep in mind about starting their own website is that it’s not just posting some items and hoping someone comes across them and wants to buy them. There is so much more involved than that. BUT the great thing is that the internet is FULL of places to help you gain the knowledge required for your site to succeed.
4 of my favorite sources of information that allow me to compete on the internet:

  1. The Selling Lounge:  This is a community of other sellers offering tips, answering questions, and generally being there for one another.  There are soooo many resources and so much help they offer that you’re better off checking them out for yourself.  Besides the great advice the site offers, is the lack of sarcasm that comes with soooo many other chat rooms.  Other chat rooms are filled with people that love to make you feel like an idiot.  Not this place.  Far from it!
  2. The Buy It Sell It Community: People here are very supportive as well.  You can find a variety of help here like SEO tips, templates for your store, help with setting up your store or making changes to your store, ideas for promoting your store, and many other types of help.
  3. Hubspot: This site I don’t think enough people know about.  They are a company that specializes in Inbound Marketing… getting your name/site out there and being noticed.  They have a very helpful blog and many webinars that are also extremely helpful.  I get at LEAST one great idea out of every webinar and blog.  This site really is a gem that more people should be taking advantage of.
  4. Small Business Website Development Training: This is an awesome class put on by Cricket Walker.  This is a FREE course online where over a period of a few weeks via emails she teaches you how to optimize your website for the search engines.  You’ll need to sign up for the SEO Training Class AND the Website Marketing Class at the same time.  I recommend setting up a separate email just for this class so you can categorize everything and it’s all easy to find when you want to refer back to lessons.  This truely is a remarkable class for the price… FREE.

Are there sources you think are helpful for new website ventures?  Please share them!

AngelaS

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Have your customers "jot" it down

October 21, 2009

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To avoid spammers from grabbing your email address, you’ll want to consider a contact form rather than posting your email address on your website. I also use a form for people to submit photos of the pets that I post on the website. If you need a company to provide you with forms for your website check out jotform.com. It’s free up until 100 submissions.  There are numerous other forms available with Jot Form:

  • Blog Contact/Survey
  • Event Calendar
  • Document Uploader
  • Satisfaction Survey
  • Time Sheet
  • Job Application Form
  • RSVP for a Party or Wedding
  • Bug Tracker
  • Reservation Form

The forms are very easy to set up and impliment into your site.  I have been very please with their service thus far.

AngelaS

Have your customers “jot” it down

October 21, 2009

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To avoid spammers from grabbing your email address, you’ll want to consider a contact form rather than posting your email address on your website. I also use a form for people to submit photos of the pets that I post on the website. If you need a company to provide you with forms for your website check out jotform.com. It’s free up until 100 submissions.  There are numerous other forms available with Jot Form:

  • Blog Contact/Survey
  • Event Calendar
  • Document Uploader
  • Satisfaction Survey
  • Time Sheet
  • Job Application Form
  • RSVP for a Party or Wedding
  • Bug Tracker
  • Reservation Form

The forms are very easy to set up and impliment into your site.  I have been very please with their service thus far.

AngelaS

It’s all about the marketing

October 18, 2009

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I have found a few very helpful resources of late. The first is Website Magazine. Only a few stories into my first issue and I love it. The issue has reminded me that I need to keep up on my network marketing to get my store noticed.  It’s not always easy as results aren’t instantaneous.  But then I remind myself to stay committed because I am doing this so I can stay home with my kids… someday.

I’ve added a page to my website that lists all the places I can be found on the internet. Helps me keep it all straight AND helps my customers find me.

I’ve started a lens on Squidoo as well.   Squidoo is getting more and more popular on the internet.  If you don’t have a lens yet, you should start one.
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It's all about the marketing

October 18, 2009

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I have found a few very helpful resources of late. The first is Website Magazine. Only a few stories into my first issue and I love it. The issue has reminded me that I need to keep up on my network marketing to get my store noticed.  It’s not always easy as results aren’t instantaneous.  But then I remind myself to stay committed because I am doing this so I can stay home with my kids… someday.

I’ve added a page to my website that lists all the places I can be found on the internet. Helps me keep it all straight AND helps my customers find me.

I’ve started a lens on Squidoo as well.   Squidoo is getting more and more popular on the internet.  If you don’t have a lens yet, you should start one.
******************************************************************
This update brought to you by our Savvy Tabby Cat Toy
-Our Interactive Cat Toys by Savvy Tabby called Jungle Jabbers are creatively designed cat toys in fashionable animal prints.
-Feathered balls make an enticing peeping sound.

Interactive Cat Toy

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Remember to leave a comment.  Let us know what you think of the post, the blog or any of the websites featured in the blog.  Thank you!

AngelaS