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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!