here. He talks about starting his website and some of the issues he has faced as a start-up business.
I'd love to start ecommerce as a side income. I have experience with ebay, but no clue where o start with e-commerce. Any books or sites I could be linked to would be greatly appreciated.
Most of the stuff I learned has been 2 years, 12 hours a day 7 days a week and many many failures.
Really, as long as you know some basic stuff which this thread kind of gives you what you need to get going, your gna just have to start researching and start creating a site and start learning SEO.
Do you think it is better focus one one store and put everything in to it or open 100 little stores or something in between.
Also regarding cost of advertising for your stores... if you do spend money on advertising campaigns that is. when you spend a dollar what do you expect to see in return. I am not asking for your methods but just like to know if advertising costs turn an actual profit or do you depend on repeat business.
If you go with one big store, you will be more diluted in the beginning and it will be harder to rank for everything, but your upside is greater.
Logistically, managing 100 little stores is alot harder than managing one big store.
I think that if you look into the future, you will always wish that you had one big store instead of a ton of tiny ones. However, if you look at now to 6 months from now, you will wish you had a tighter niched stores.
I really appreciate this topic, (I haven't been as active in the last few months due to university studies) but I was wondering what do you do to get suppliers. Like my strategy was to put a bunch of products on my website and then call the supplier and show them my site. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
You would have to offer a new channel to them, maybe you also sell on ebay or amazon or increase their brand awareness.
But if you can find someone who has a shitty online store or no retail presence, then you can provide value by offering them a ton of new sales. Sometimes a supplier like this will be reluctant to supply you. But if you just began your store and began ordering things from them every week they will probably come around. Everyone likes money.
Biophase in your opinion is it better to have multiple sites under one holding llc , or creating a separate llc for each site.
Hey Biophase. If you get a chance to hit me up I would greatly appreciate it. I own about 5 stores and just seeing if I could run some things off you..
One of my main issues is finding the right products to sell. Some stores the products sell so good and while others just don't sell so great. Haven't really figured it out.
I think that once you get good at putting up stores and basic SEO and even PPC, you can easily put up trial stores in many niches and get an idea fast on which ones will do well. Then you close up the crappy ones and really work on the good ones.
Yeah thats what I am thinking.
Another question I had was how do you do your phone system. Do you use one common number for all stores or do you use a call forwarding type system?
And I have been thinking of adding my products to shopping engines. Have you ever done this and if you have, any tips on how this works?
Thanks for answering my initial question
biophase, what content management system do you use for your stores? I like it how every product has its own url with keywords in it and how simple the design is.
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