A good support team is essential to running an e-commerce site. The team at your web host will ensure that you’re up and running 24/7, but there are several different things you can do yourself to keep your store running smoothly. To help guide you through the process of setting up your first e-commerce site, we’ve compiled our top ten ‘must-do’ tips for new merchants:
Find a great hosting provider.
Once you have chosen the right domain name, it’s time to find a great hosting provider. A hosting provider is a company that supplies the web server and other related servers for your website. You need to look for a host that offers the following:
Reliability and security
Your site will be down if the server has any issues, so ensure that your host has a good track record of uptime and reliability. Even though it’s not always possible, try to avoid shared hosting plans. These tend to be cheaper but slower than dedicated servers or VPS accounts, where resources can be specifically assigned based on your needs by an experienced administrator or technician.
In addition to being available 24/7, 365 days per year (in case anything goes wrong), you should also choose a company with knowledgeable customer service staff who are willing – even eager – to help out when things go wrong. If they do not offer this type of support straight away, then they won’t be able to get back into their stride fast enough when something goes wrong, which could lead up costing hours upon hours of lost revenue due lack of communication between management team members working remotely without any direct contact with customers such as yourself who may have questions about how best use their product/services according to specifications outlined within Terms & Conditions documentation presented before purchase confirmation.”
Choose an e-commerce solution.
There are many e-commerce solutions available. These platforms can range from simple to complex, depending on the features you need and your budget.
To ensure your success as an e-commerce business owner, choose a solution that is easy to use and has a good reputation with its users. Also, ensure it has good customer support and scalable infrastructure so that you can grow over time as your business grows. Finally, be sure the solution you choose is affordable and secure enough for you to build trust with customers and potential investors alike.
Integrations with social media
You can integrate your online store with social media and email marketing. And customer service. Also, you can integrate your online store with analytics.
Design your store for conversion
The design of your store is crucial to driving sales. Make sure that it’s easy to use, easy to navigate, and optimized for conversion.
Use clear calls-to-action
It’s vital that customers can easily find the information they need when browsing your site. You want them to know how and where they’re going to make a purchase, including clear calls-to-action that lead them directly from the homepage into the shopping cart or payment page. The more obvious these are, the more likely it is that you’ll see customers converting on these pages (and becoming repeat customers).
Create product listings
It would help if you created a product listing for each of the products you sell. It’s the first thing that customers will see when they visit your site, so it’s essential to make sure it’s straightforward and easy to understand. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Be specific. The more specific you can be about precisely what you sell, your customers will likely find what they’re looking for on your site.
- Don’t make people click around too much before they can buy something—if possible, try not to make them click away from a product’s main page at all (this is called “exit intent”).
SEO for e-commerce sites
Search engine optimization, or SEO, is one of the best ways to get your e-commerce site in front of a large number of potential customers. The trick is that it takes time and effort. But if you’re willing to put in that work, you can do a few things right now to improve your search engine rankings and drive more traffic to your website.
First off: think about how people shop online. This is an important step because most e-commerce sites don’t have much content on them at all (if any), which makes it hard for Google and other search engines to determine what kind of content will be helpful for their users—and thus lead them back onto our pages!
So what should we do? Create lots of product pages with rich images and descriptions that make those products sound awesome! Don’t forget keywords either–these will help us rank higher on specific searches, so people find us faster when they need what we offer 🙂
Creating unique and value-driven content
It is no news that content is king. It’s the most crucial part of your marketing strategy. In fact, it is also the foundation of your website and what makes a person stay on your site. So how can you create unique and value-driven content?
The first step would be to understand what people are looking for when they come to your site. This may seem straightforward, but there are so many different types of visitors that visit a website each day: those looking for information on specific products or services, those who want to learn more about an industry or company, those who have already signed up for an email list but wants updates about new products, etc…………….…
Off-page SEO for e-commerce sites
Off-page SEO for e-commerce sites is the process of getting your website to rank well on search engines. This can be done in many ways, such as writing high-quality content, creating backlinks and social signals from other websites, and building relationships with influencers who have large followers on social media.
The first step in any off-page SEO campaign is keyword research. You need to figure out what your target audience is searching for so that you can create content around these topics. If a lot of people are Googling “women’s athletic wear,” then you should write blog articles about this topic instead of writing an article titled “Great Sports Bras That Won’t Show Underneath Your Tops!” because it’s not going to show up near the top of a search results page when someone types those words into Google if there are thousands upon thousands of other articles already written about women’s athletic wear that rank higher than yours does within its respective category (for example: ‘sports bras’ vs. ‘women’s athletic wear’).
After identifying keywords related to e-commerce businesses like yours, it’s important now that we’re putting together our strategy for boosting rankings through off-page SEO tactics like link-building campaigns and social media marketing strategies like paid advertising campaigns on platforms like Facebook Ads Manager, which targets ads at users based on interests they’ve expressed through their likes/comments/etc.
Set up an email marketing campaign
Email marketing is a great tool for e-commerce business owners to stay in touch with their customers. It’s also a great way to grow your mailing list and build relationships with people who are interested in your product or service.
To set up an email marketing campaign:
- Create segments that reflect the different types of people who visit your site, such as “people who bought sweater vest,” “people who looked at black sweaters but didn’t buy anything,” or “people who clicked on the button that said ‘I love sweaters!’ but didn’t buy any items yet.”
- Send emails to each segment using a different message, so you’re not sending too many messages per day/week/month/year (too much spam!). If someone opens one email from you but not another one within two minutes, delete those other emails because they clearly don’t want them! This will help keep things organized, so nothing gets lost in transit.”
Integrate your store with social media
Social media can be used to promote your brand, engage customers and answer their questions. You can also use social media to share content and generate leads. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are also great ways of driving traffic to your e-commerce store.
Use videos to promote your products.
Video is a great way to promote products and engage with customers. It can be used on social media, the website, email marketing campaigns, and even in-person events! Here are some ways you can use video:
- Show how the product looks and works in real life
- Explain how it’s made
- Demonstrate how it makes people’s lives better (or happier)
A good support team is essential to running an e-commerce site.
If you’re planning on running an e-commerce site, you’ll need a team of people to help. You’ll need someone who can help with SEO, someone who can help with design, and someone who can help with marketing. It’s also essential to have a good support team that can answer customer questions.
I hope you’ve found this information helpful and that it helps you make the right choice for your e-commerce site. If you need help setting up or running your store, feel free to reach out to me anytime!