Helpful Tips for Increasing Your Online Sales
Once you've launched
your eCommerce web site, you'll need to show it off to
the online world. Whether you're paying someone to submit
your site to all the major and minor search engines and
directories, it's still up to you to continually advertise
your eCommerce site in order to keep attracting business.
Many online business owners will tell you that within six to nine months of your launch date you'll start seeing increased orders for your products. However here are 8 things you can do to lure people to your site now!
Advertise on http://www.Craigslist.org . This entry will only last for 10 days and you must submit to only one city and category at a time. You can include photos and/or advanced HTML in your ad.
Write a press release and send out for free to the following sites:
[this one has been around for several years]
Paid submissions will get you more views, quicker listings in the search engines, and the ability to post photos and keep track of your statistics.
Submit your site[s] to http://www.isedb.com/html/Web_Directories [You'll discover loads of directories here, from the highly specialized to the mainstream. Many of the sites have ratings; indicate whether they're accepting new submissions, and if there's a fee for submitting].
Search engine positioning. When advertising your eCommerce site, always have the following information on hand: A. Your Web site title. This should be approximately 7-12 words.B. Description. Have 3 different descriptions of varying lengths. 15 words, 25 words, 100 words. Have them summarize the essence of your site. C. Keywords. 10 - 50 of your most important keywords arranged in order of importance. Again, some online directories will allow you to contribute more keywords than others.
Write articles about your products/service. Be an online expert. What makes your site so unique from the thousands of others in your chosen category? Is it your customized service? Your low prices? Your high quality? Don't over promote your product, but concentrate on what will help others. It's highly recommended you include at least two or three testimonials.
Exchange links with other sites that have quality information and are related to your field in some way. For example, I sell a lot of soap so I link with mostly gift basket, crafting and candle sites.
Free classifieds. While these can sometimes get you sales or your listed in the search engines, don't expect too much response from them.
Offer a freebie. For example, if you have an eBook for sale, you won't give the entire book away, but having a chapter or two online will increase interest - and sales. If you make or sell a product, offer a free sample with a paid order. Or free shipping on sales over a certain amount.
Contests reel 'em in! Not only will you get their e-mail address for future offers, [but ask that they opt in to your mailing list first], but you can give away a product or service of yours and look good doing so. Also, this is a good time to send out a press release and let the online community know about your special contest that runs for only a short time, thus generating more publicity.
Follow one or more of these helpful tips and watch your online business bloom!