Your own website - eBay Suspended & PayPal Limited Forums
eBay Suspension & PayPal Limited Forums  
Join Today
Register Subscribe
     

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!


Go Back   Home > General Discussions (Off-Topic) > Everything Else

Everything Else For off-topic conversation. The rules are relaxed in here, but play nice!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 05-06-2010
arshavin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 853
Thanks: 3
Thanked 39 Times in 30 Posts
Activity: 0%
Longevity: 79%
iTrader: (1)
Default Your own website

Would anyone recommend using your own website to sell goods instead of the evil ebay? When you start your website is it very slow sales wise and impossible to make a living?

How did you get more traffic to your site and ultimately more sales? How much did you pay professionals to create the website roughly? In a perfect world i could use both ebay and my own website.

I am sorry if this type of questions annoys fellow forum members. I am just trying to learn so please dont be offended.
Reply With Quote
The complete step-by-step guide to get back to selling today!

  #2  
Old 05-08-2010
jeffweico's Avatar
Executive [VIP]
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,217
Thanks: 895
Thanked 4,068 Times in 2,169 Posts
Activity: 0%
Longevity: 80%
iTrader: (12)
Default Website Sales

You can certainly generate sales from your own website, but the challenges are different than selling on eBay.

eBay has built-in traffic. That is why they are valuable. With your own website, you will have to promote it to get visitors and sales.

Unless you have a very good understanding of HTML and META TAGS, you might want to go with a company that sells online store software, or pay monthly for it. I like Volusion ($100 per month) as it has many built-in features and some great videos that show you exactly how to use them to your advantage. I have also used Miva in the past, and they are very good also. There are several others, but I do not have experience with them.

This will take some time to set up properly. You have to input each item (or mass upload) and that is time consuming in the beginning.

Once set up, the most important thing is promotion. Nobody will visit your website just because you built it.

There are endless menhods to promote a website, but I would stay away from the shady stuff. You might get a quick traffic boost, but you could eventually be blacklisted by the search engines.

I would also stick to spending money for advertising that has MEASURABLE results. Whenever talking to a saleman trying to sell you web advertising, I would run like hell if they use the term "branding". They use this as an excuse for poor results. If you ask why you spent $1,000 with them for no hits and no visitors, they will tell you that you need to spend even more, that each ad impression is actually "branding" your website in the consumers mind. Maybe that works if you have a spare $20 million to spend, but not for the average small website.

Some of the things that have worked for me are Pay-Per-Click, an affiliate program, coupons, etc. Give the customer a REASON to buy from you - NOW. Everyone likes to think they are getting a great deal!

It also does not hurt to optimize your site for the search engines. There are several companies who do this, just check the BBB and the web to see if they have any complaints first.

Banner ads are a waste of money, at least in my experience. So are the "traffic brokers" who promise you a millions hits to your website for cheap. Yes, you will get the number of promised hits, but are unlikely to make any sales.

Social network marketing seems to be all the rage these days, but I do not have any experience with it. Blogging works for some people.

Write your own content for sale items rather than just using the manufacturer's description. Search engines like original content, and they see the manufacturer's description on thousands, or even tens of thousands, of websites.

My suggestion would be to continue to sell on eBay and build your website over time. I have several sites, and I can tell you that it can take up to a year before you start seeing any meaningful results. Many people will promise you "quick riches" if you buy their marketing services or information products, but most of these do not work.

Making you own website is a very smart thing to do, but it is not quick and easy. There are many things to learn, and true results take either time or money. If you are successful, it will be because you put a lot of time into it and/or a lot of money.

I would also suggest not waiting until you have a problem with eBay to do this. Start now, and also sell on as many other venues as possible. That way you are not at the mercy of any one website for your business.

Lastly, I would recommend selling QUALITY products. I don't care if they are ⊗⊗⊗⊗, but they better be GOOD QUALITY ⊗⊗⊗⊗! Repeat business and word of mouth can mean the difference between profit and loss. These are no cost sales, and they DO add up over time. Acquiring new customers through advertising is expensive (although it CAN still be profitable).

I hope this helps!

Last edited by jeffweico; 05-08-2010 at 08:55 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to jeffweico For This Useful Post:
birti (07-17-2010), Burning (05-08-2010), paypalpains (03-13-2012), surcerouche (10-06-2011)
  #3  
Old 05-08-2010
Vicvelcro
 
Posts: n/a
Activity: 0%
Longevity: 0%
Default

Very good post. Thank you for sharing.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-09-2010
arshavin's Avatar
Senior Member
Threadstarter  
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 853
Thanks: 3
Thanked 39 Times in 30 Posts
Activity: 0%
Longevity: 79%
iTrader: (1)
Default

Thank you very much for that reply its awesome!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-09-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 225
Thanks: 0
Thanked 27 Times in 21 Posts
Activity: 0%
Longevity: 84%
iTrader: (0)
Default

Setting up your own online shop can be relatively pain free . Jeffweico made some great points in the above post
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-15-2010
Vicvelcro
 
Posts: n/a
Activity: 0%
Longevity: 0%
Default

Simple sites are quick to set up. Depending on what functional requirements are desired, it can get very intricate.

The quickie sites don't often have a lot of flexibility for creative appearance (canned themes), don't often support decent payment processing (if any), usually lack email newsletter potential, and oh so many other things.

Compare a couple of sites. 1 and 2. Which would you shop?

Sometimes simple is not always best.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do i accept Paypal payments as i am selling Vero on my website Website? johnnya Subscriber Discussions 1 03-03-2010 08:46 PM
Anyone ever used this website? VCC cortex UK eBay & Paypal 29 02-17-2009 01:30 PM
website help..? 2001kx Everything Else 15 07-02-2008 09:14 PM
Got My Own Website!! importracer150 Everything Else 10 05-08-2008 08:47 PM
website help iwuvmyson General Platform Discussions 18 02-25-2008 09:58 AM


Aspkin Group

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:00 AM.


Stop the guessing games and learn how you can quickly and easily get back on eBay today!
Read the best selling step-by-step eBay Suspension guide eBay Stealth!
Amazon Suspension? Read Amazon Ghost to get back on Amazon!
vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Ad Management by RedTyger
no new posts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58