How To Start An Online Store


My name is James and I created this informational website to share some of what I've learned about starting online stores. My hope is that my site helps aspiring entrepreneurs to get started online affordably, quickly, and effectively.

The focus here is to cover all of the basics, and some of the advanced aspects, of starting an online store. There really is so much more to it than just the actual site construction aspects. So, I also cover several other things that you should consider, including: a) advice on selecting products for your online store, b) thinking of and registering a good, effective domain name that is beneficial to your efforts to sell online, and c) identifying the right internet company to host your store on the web.

There is a lot to do if you want to start your online store the right way. But, I assure you that it is all very doable for the average person who is willing to learn and try. Read More

How I Replaced My Day Job and Became Self-Employed

It took 2 tries before I zeroed-in on the online store that allowed me to quit my normal day job and become truly self-employed. My first attempt at building an online store resulted in a site that looked very much so homemade. In fact, if I came across that first site as a potential customer, I would have surely left without buying anything. So, I re-grouped and examined the differences between my store and some professionally-built sites. I found that there were some very specific design and structural issues that I needed to overcome. Though I'm not a programmer, and I'm not very artistic, I was able to find the right tools that helped me build a great-looking and successful online store on a do-it-yourself basis (and with an extremely small budget). Read More

Products to Sell Through Your Online Store

An obvious first step to starting an online store is figuring out what you are going to sell. Perhaps you already know what that product is. And, maybe it is an item that you manufacture yourself. If you have your product choice all figured out, you may want to skip to the next section. But, for those of you who are still trying to figure out what to sell, I have some pointers for you. Read More

Effective Online Store Domain Names

When selecting a domain name for your new online store, try your best to include wording from your chosen market segment in your domain name. For example, if your online store will be selling tents, make every effort to include the word "tents" in your domain name. This is actually a bit tricky these days because so many millions of domain names are already taken. Read More

Search Friendly Web Design

It's critically important to make your store "search engine friendly". Specifically, you'll want search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing to quickly and effortlessly scan your website so that they can learn what your store is all about. By following some key principles of online store construction, you'll greatly increase your store's chance of ranking well in search engine results. Read More

Small Customers are Tremendously Important

We all know that customer service is important to the success of a business. But, there are some unique aspects of a newly started online store that makes the concept of "good customer service" even more crucial. Oftentimes, a new online store will be started as a side-business by someone who earns their actual living at a regular day job. Read More

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