Ecommerce websites are getting more and more popular these days in New Zealand and can be profitable if done the right way, for some people it is just a hobby or pastime, for others who are more serious an online shop is there lively hood and how they make a living.
Running a successful online shop is a dream for alot of people, you get to work from home and your own hours, however running a successful online store in reality is hard work.
There are several proven methods for developing your own online shop, and there is the easy way and the hard way of going about the development of your website and shop, in the last few years online Ecommerce platforms have evolved to greatly simplify developing and maintaining an online shop.
Companies like shopify have taken most of the hard work out of setting up online, shopify takes care of setting up your storefront, handling your products and taking care of online payment systems, however this all comes at a price through a monthly subscription Shopify is one of the best ecommerce platforms for your online shop. Visit Shopify and see for yourself
For the more adventurous you can create and maintain everything your self, however if you want to achieve this you need a bit of experience in building and maintaining your own website, to achieve your goal of building your own online store there are various components available that you install on your Joomla or Wordpress websites.
Virtuemart and Hikashop are just a few available for Joomla and Woocommerce is popular with Wordpress installations and they cost you nothing as they are open source software available to anyone, so taking this route will be more cost effective.
A third option for an online shop of sorts is to become an affiliate marketer, this involves setting up a blog that relates to the products that you intend to market, with reviews about your affiliate products and helpfull articles about the products you are promoting.
The difference with affiliate marketing is you are promoting and marketing products with affiliate links that redirect users back to the affiliate website, the idea is you attract large volumes of traffic to your own website through great content and social media marketing then through affiliate links you make sales on your affiliate site for a commision on each sale.
Which ever option that you intend to take there is going to be alot of hard work and dedication before you will see any results, and this may take any where from six months to a year before you will see any income.
You will need to start a blog and reviews section within your website to keep your customers up to date with new products and innovations, a blog serves two purposes one to keep your customers engaged on your website and two google loves new content, so to increase your rankings and move towards page one of Google you need to create new content on your website constantly.