If you’ve just launched your online business, one of the many challenges you’ll face is getting traffic and then converting that traffic to paying customers.
In this post you’ll find out how you can quickly kick start your ecommerce business into action.
Selling online is one of the most rewarding business ventures you can get into, if you know how. However there are many stages to get through, first there is the process of creating a website and then finding or creating products to sell online, and then building a customer base and so forth…
However we won’t get into this part today, instead I want to share with you 7 simple things you can do right now, to kick start your ecommerce business into a growing business…
Kick Start your Ecommerce Website
1. Get on Submit Express…
First thing to do is to submit your ecommerce website URL to all the search engines including Google, although many search engines automatically crawl websites, you can speed up the process by using a useful tool from Submit Express; this submission tool will allow you to submit your site to over 70 search engines including Google… You can find the submission link below:
2. Get on the Good Guide…
There are two guide directories which you can also submit your ecommerce website to, the GoodNetGuide and the GoodShopGuide. Once your website has been approved you get a cool graphic badge which you can display on your site, which will give your website some credibility and trust.
3. Get on Google Places…
Google Places is a free local business listing platform which allows you to add lots of details about your ecommerce website business and your services. It’s a great opportunity to put your business on the map and kick start your ecommerce website, as well as generate some extra online exposure.
4. Create a Facebook Page and Add Shop Items to your Page…
Getting a little social media marketing implementation going is another great way to kick start your ecommerce website… You can start by creating a Facebook business page for your website, then add some information about your business and upload images of your products, don’t forget to link your photos back to the products on your website. Add a Facebook Like box to your website’s homepage to start building those fans.
Should you wish you can also add your products to your Facebook page using a shopping cart app such as Shopping Mall by Payvement, or VendorShop.
5. Get List Building…
Add an email op-in form to the home page of your ecommerce website and get those visitors subscribing to your email newsletter, send out newsletters with all the latest offers and promotions to promote sales. Check out our post on how to build a list effectively…
6. Create a Google Plus Business Page
Using social media as a platform to create customers and build relationships with those customers is essential; regardless which platform or indeed media you use…
Google Plus is Google’s most successful venture into social networking. Businesses are already flocking over there to create business pages and so should you be… so get ahead of your competitors and create a business page for your ecommerce business and upload images of your products with links to your shop pages.
Click on the following link to create a Google Plus business page: http://plus.google.com/u/0/pages/create
7. Sell on eBay
One of the best ways to kick start your ecommerce business is to start selling on eBay and using eBay as a platform to promote your ecommerce website. Just add a few low profile products to your eBay store and generate some sales, whist using the communication aspect of the sales and after sale to promote your own website.
You can check out our post regarding eBay and ecommerce here:
So just to recap on the tips we’ve just covered to kick start your ecommerce business –
- Use Submit Express to submit your website to over 70 search engines
- Get your website listed on the GoodNetGuide and the GoodShopGuide
- Get listed in Google Places
- Create a Facebook page
- Create a Google Plus business page
- Sell on eBay
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