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  • Selling on website? Any recommendations for online shop?

    So, is it worth it? I've had an online shop before, back when I ran partners business, but now I'm not making as much having just started out again.
    I really like the idea, direct sales, discount vouchers etc, but don't know where to start looking? Anyone got any recommendations? X
    Nici

    Website: http://www.goblindreams.co.uk
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goblin-Dreams/33795458652
    Folksy: http://www.folksy.com/shops/goblindreams
    Blog:
    http://goblindreamer.Blogspot.com

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    Your own website is a fab way to go but needs a lot of plugging. Is it worth it? Yes, most definitely, but it will take time.

    For me, blogging has been an amazing way of getting people to the site.

    Remember to get your link everywhere you can (on products as well if possible) but the main customers are probably going to come from search engines so you need to bear that in mind.

    Facebook and Twitter help, and I'm sure all the other social stuff you can be doing does too. However, you could spend all day on them and get nowhere so you do need a kind of plan in place!
    digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
    blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
    hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply. I already have my own website, which gets plugged a lot, but currently the only way to buy is via folksy. I'm looking for a webshop I can add to my site, and sell direct.
      Nici

      Website: http://www.goblindreams.co.uk
      Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goblin-Dreams/33795458652
      Folksy: http://www.folksy.com/shops/goblindreams
      Blog:
      http://goblindreamer.Blogspot.com

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      • #4
        Oh I see. I did notice there was a website was on your signature but misunderstood. Sorry - that's me.

        I use PayPal. If you have access to html on your site for updating, it's easy to do as you create the button on PayPal's site then copy and paste the html onto yours. It's time-consuming but easy to do.

        There are others but PayPal is widely-recognised and easy to start up. You can run it alongside other shopping carts too if you wanted to add to it at a later date.
        digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
        blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
        hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
        blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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        • #5
          There are a lot web shop. I would recommend ZenCart this allows Gift Certificates and also discount codes it is free and always you to link to different payment modules like papal.

          It also allows you to add meta details to each product and is fully customisable.

          Have a look at our website which is built on a ZenCart template


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          • #6
            Blogging and having a website definitely pays off! Also participating in forums like these and exposing other crafters to your blog. It can really help get the word out!
            Check out our beads, pearls, stones and indie-designed findings!
            http://www.stonesandfinding.com
            Make it beautiful

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            • #7
              I designed one on iWeb with integrated Paypal buttons, but recently been revamping my website shop through Shopify and loving it! It is fairly straight forward to use and has an excellent source of 'how-to's' if you get stuck. Decent pricing per month as well (i'm on the second lowest package at $59 a month)!
              :: googlie-eye Designs :: Handmade gifts & accessories from recycled materials, giving new life to old discarded things!

              g00glie-eye's Website
              g00glie-eye's Shop
              g00glie-eye on Facebook

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              • #8
                Being online is great except you need the traffic to generate sales. Regardless of any type of eCommerce site the elephant in the room is sales. So I recommend that you join a platform which offer you increasing amounts of traffic as the number of sellers grows. The social aspect of sales is now very important so a blog or forum is vital.

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