If you want to create a website that is really pretty, glitzy, dripping with whistles and bells, an ecommerce site that Las Vegas would be proud of, that you can brag about to your
friends (although it gets no traffic and makes no money), I suggest you go to some of the commercial places and pay a few bucks. You can get complete freebies at
Wix.com, Weebly.com, Hubpages.com and Squidoo.com to name just a few.
if you obviously want to build a website that will generate passive
income for you for years to come, if you certainly want one that will be simple to build, risk free and
if you want one you could definitely work on in your spare time starting off,
then the 2 minutes it will take to read this article to the very end
will be the most profitable you will ever spend.
I feel your pain. You've bought every ecommerce web site ebook, taken every small business course, and fallen for every new GRQ (get rich quick) scheme that has come along, but nothing seems to work for you. You've lost money on the web site designer that could build one for you by supper time. Been there, done that. Take it easy. It's part of our learning curve, nothing more. There's nothing wrong with you.
Think about this:
In fact, we'll nail it down to a simple, very powerful and almost never used process epitomized in 4 letters: CTPM. With this simple system, we can create miracles.
One of the biggest challenges you will face is what to sell online and how you are going to decide on products and services to promote to the public. This is a daunting, risky task if you do it the old fashioned way with inventory, staff and so forth.
The modern way is to learn and use affiliate marketing. By the way, if you want to learn more about this risk free way of building a business on virtually any theme, read my article on "Affilorama" which is the system I use to learn and create online businesses with no risk on my part.
First, realize that there is an enormous difference between a
regular, bricks and mortar business and an online ecommerce business. An online business means that there no risks for you to take and you progress only as fast as you want. (Can we say part time, here?)
Offline, it's all about "location, location, location." Put your new business where people crowd by... and you're all set. Get your cash register ready!
Online, entrepreneurs fail to grasp the fundamental reality of how people use the web. No one just "passes by". Everyone is searching for "information, information, information".
Remember this: All successful web sites have the following 4 things in common.
That's the CTPM (content, traffic, presell and monetization) process. I must confess that I found it a bit of a difficult concept to wrap my head around. Take your questions to my CTPM Questions/SBI Questions page.
You've read this far. I can only assume that you are serious about
building an ecommerce web site for yourself. Stay with me. It is easy, but it has to
be done right or all you will have is a place on the internet and
For example. The first thing to do is to decide what you want your site to be about. I strongly urge you to build on something you love like a hobby. Watch the very short video below to see what can be done with the Site Build It CTPM process.
See what Jill did.
Questions about how she did it? Go to the Jill's story/SBI Questions page.
Remember this: The World Wide Web is so huge that you can become successful at almost anything you want to focus your ecommerce efforts on. I know people who have highly successful ecommerce web sites on:
How does this happen? You have to know what you are doing. Here's an example. Cute and pretty sites don't cut it. Look at the Google search page. A big page with just a small search box in the middle. There is a reason for this.
say I wanted to build a web site based around composters for the garden. I plan on having my site name having
something to do with them. Below is a screen shot of a keyword search I
did on composters using the brainstorming tool I use at Site Build It (SBI!).
Look at the value demand column. It shows the world wide searches for the keywords listed.
If I build my site on the bottom term "indoor composters", which would make sense, I'd get less than 20 visitors a month as that is all that term is getting.
However, if my site had a simple title like "composter", the top term, I'd have a good chance to get most of 11,000 monthly searches for that term!
Can you see where there is so much more to learning how to build your ecommerce web site? Whistles and bells and fireworks can be added later if you like. Remember the Google search page. It's all business.
Why I built this page: I have over 300 work from home online income business articles published online, 9 ecommerce ebooks published at Amazon/Kindle and hundreds of web pages dealing with every aspect of e-commerce. Frantic, desperate people often contact me for help. My readers all deserve a straight answer. I'm just out of seconds in a day. The simple CTPM process is the tool they all need. I've seen it work over and over again. This page was created to answer the most frequently asked questions:
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By the way, do you have any questions about how to design your ecommerce web site? If so, take them to my Ecommerce/Solo Build It Questions page to get competent answers.
Learning how to design your ecommerce web site is in your grasp. A properly build web site can guarantee your future no matter what happens. You want it simple and it is, but it does require work and effort on your part. You have to know what you are doing in ecommerce, otherwise it is just wasted effort if you are not careful.
Good luck and best wishes always,
P.S. How much does the Solo Build It software system I use cost? Less Than A dollar a day. Consider it the first step in a grand journey :-)