Step 1 - Get A Domain Name
(web address) For Your Online Store
Your first step will be to get a domain name (web address). By having your domain name, you will establish your own identity on the Internet. This provides surfers with an address to your website. By typing in your domain name they are able to come to your online store.
Step 2 - Sign up with a Web Hosting Company
to Host Your Online Store
You will want to sign up with a web hosting company (such as ours) so that you will have the ability to display your new online store on the internet and have the ability to use your domain name. Our web hosting company provides you with lots of storage space for your products. With hundreds of design options to choose from, you can customize your store to fit your style. However you decide to design your site, it still comes down to three basic steps.
Choose a design, add products, start selling.
Step 3 - Design Your Online Store
One should take the following into consideration when setting up your online store:
|How many products do you wish to display and the type of products|
|Do you have pictures of products and the ability to scan them and a digital camera.|
|Prices of items and discounts.|
|The ability to input information on your products that may include: Item Number,Category, Product ID, Description, Price, Weight (for applicable for shipping rates)...|
Step 4 - Advertise Your Online Store
Once your site is online, you will need to let others know about it by advertising. You can use various media, i.e. newspapers, radio, tv, cable, flyers, etc. Also, it will be important to register your web site with search engine companies. Some of the popular search engine sites include Yahoo, Google, Bing and AOL; and exchange links with other sites. There are also PPC (Pay Per Click Programs) and Google Adsense.