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ive checked youtube out and seem quite conflicting views on how to go about a first website. i knows there's different ones like WIX and wordpress , all i want to do is make a website and maybe sell … Read More
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8m, 2w agoPosted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
ive checked youtube out and seem quite conflicting views on how to go about a first website.
i knows there's different ones like WIX and wordpress , all i want to do is make a website and maybe sell some stuff, so basically im asking whats the easiest way to go about it for a total newbie?
any advice would be appreciated.
Darren
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8m, 2w agoPosted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I'd first ask how are you going to market your website? You might be better off using ebay / Amazon to build up a customer base / reputation before investing time and money into an ecommerce website.
#2
Easiest e-commerce website builder is shopify, but if you're only selling a few things it may not be suitable for you.
#3
Well I would say go with WordPress.Com as free. You can play there and see how it goes and learn. You can have a basic WordPress site going within an hour. It's definitely the way to go for a home built sites however for a shop fronted site to sell things i don't know. You may need help with that.
#4
Sell on Ebay, Amazon and Etsy first. Build your business and then set up a website. Setting up the site is relatively easy it's getting people there and then getting them to buy that's the difficult part.

Good luck.
#5
weebly.com
#6
cheers guys! probably take your advice and start with Etsy
#7
Hi Darren, firstly good luck with your new venture :-)

I'm by no means a pro, but have tried several avenues of website building/selling over many years.

I'd say it depends on what you want from your site and what/how many items you're going to offer for sale.

There are lots of 'out of the box' website builders available, Easy enough to set up with drag and drop options.

I've also been down the ebay/Amazon store selling route, ebay is tougher to sell on I'd say these days and I don't use it as often now. I was a power seller many moons ago but found a few yrs ago there was a huge increase in 'non received items' and buyers threating neg feedback to get partial refunds. It got to stressful for me and recorded post was far too frequently just being posted through letterboxes without signatures, however, it works well for many sellers and fraudsters are few and far between, thank fully.

I'll be honest, I struggled with Amazon with the EAN and BAN numbers etc, it blew my mind a bit haha. But again, there are many sellers on there who do really well and it is my 'go to' site for buying.

Oscommerce have a fab forum with loads of help and advice if you choose to purchase a domain name, separate hosting and install the oscommerce shopping cart. Alternatively, you could go for an all in one style package, domain name, hosting and site etc from an array of companies. I have more experience with UK2 than any others and they have plenty of offers on, and always go through a cash back site. When I last checked I think quidco had 45% cash back on hosting packages. There's also ZPecommerce that I've used in the past, full ecart for £60 a year or around £30 when they have an offer on.

There's also your free options, (.webs) etc that give you a chance to play around with ideas.

I hope that helps a little, but hopefully someone more tech savvy will assist you further x
#8
new sellers on Amazon struggle due to the chicken and egg situation - people dont want to buy without good feedback, but you cannot get good feedback until people buy.

Our Amazon shop has cost us over £100 in fees over the last three months, and we have sold almost nothing; if there isnt a surge in the run-up to Christmas, we will be shutting it down and going back to party sales and pitching a marquee at events.
#9
depending on products why not look at just a Facebook page to sell from. start simple and build it up from that. you can build brand before any significant outlay.
banned#10
Buy a domain and some web hosting then install opencart
#11
Gentle_Giant
new sellers on Amazon struggle due to the chicken and egg situation - people dont want to buy without good feedback, but you cannot get good feedback until people buy.
Our Amazon shop has cost us over £100 in fees over the last three months, and we have sold almost nothing; if there isnt a surge in the run-up to Christmas, we will be shutting it down and going back to party sales and pitching a marquee at events.
I've used both Amazon and eBay as a good source of seo / traffic. Basically advertise products on both Amazon and Ebay, at a slightly higher price than my website (with P&P etc as well). Then, when people realise I am a business often end up on my website buying direct as a slightly cheaper price. With ebay you can do more in the body copy to suggest you are a business with a website etc. Amazon is tougher.

You can see how successful this is from your Google Analytics by looking at traffic your traffic source / income generated.
#12
I've just been looking through my emails I've received recently, Etsy is great for my handmade goods, I get a far better price on there than other sites, although sales are slower. I've had a couple of emails recently from Sellr and Storeeso, no insight on them but could be worth a look? x
#13
Gentle_Giant
new sellers on Amazon struggle due to the chicken and egg situation - people dont want to buy without good feedback, but you cannot get good feedback until people buy.

Our Amazon shop has cost us over £100 in fees over the last three months, and we have sold almost nothing; if there isnt a surge in the run-up to Christmas, we will be shutting it down and going back to party sales and pitching a marquee at events.

I really hope things pick up for you Hun, best wishes x
#14
Gentle_Giant
new sellers on Amazon struggle due to the chicken and egg situation - people dont want to buy without good feedback, but you cannot get good feedback until people buy.
Our Amazon shop has cost us over £100 in fees over the last three months, and we have sold almost nothing; if there isnt a surge in the run-up to Christmas, we will be shutting it down and going back to party sales and pitching a marquee at events.

If you've paid £100 in the last three months you have been overcharged. Amazon shops are £25 per month.

The OP doesn't need to have a shop, you can list a few items to test the water without a shop fee.
#15
windym
Gentle_Giant
new sellers on Amazon struggle due to the chicken and egg situation - people dont want to buy without good feedback, but you cannot get good feedback until people buy.Our Amazon shop has cost us over £100 in fees over the last three months, and we have sold almost nothing; if there isnt a surge in the run-up to Christmas, we will be shutting it down and going back to party sales and pitching a marquee at events.
If you've paid £100 in the last three months you have been overcharged. Amazon shops are £25 per month.
The OP doesn't need to have a shop, you can list a few items to test the water without a shop fee.

I'm sure I paid £25 a month + VAT so maybe that's where the confusion is x
#16
windym
If you've paid £100 in the last three months you have been overcharged. Amazon shops are £25 per month.
The OP doesn't need to have a shop, you can list a few items to test the water without a shop fee.

2 Ad campaigns, and it might be 4 months, not 3; £100 is a rough guestimate, I am too tired/hacked off to go check tonight.

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