WHY TRAINING ON E-COMMERCE STORES?

Based on queries from members that have responded to some of the comments I have made here on Wealthy Affiliate, I created this tutorial...Hopefully you find it useful and I and others are here to answer any questions you may add in the comment section about this topic...

Over time, more comments will be added and questions asked and answered. Some good and useful information may get buried in the thread, so take the time to read through the comments please, it will help you as you plan for your e-commerce shop...

BEGINNINGS

First, I think we can agree that Wealthy Affiliate members are here to learn how to make money online. As the name of the site suggests, much of the training here is focused on building affiliate income.

Because many of the same lessons and tactics from Wealthy Affiliate can be used for e-commerce as well, if you choose to go in this direction in addition to affiliate marketing, here is a guide that will help you get a solid start.

Even if you just want to increase income from your existing online affiliate marketing business, creating an ecommerce store is an excellent strategy to do just that.

E-Commerce is 100% one of the best ways to make significant money online. I daresay it is the future of online marketing and now is the time to get started! Bold claim you say? Yes, it sure is!

But read on to find out why I am confident in stating the e-commerce is the future...





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philaccardo Premium
Hi Dave:
please explain, this "If you did choose to move to this theme, the store that is created will ‘replace’ the website you already have."
Does this mean that you loose your original theme you chose to start with to create your store?
If this is the case, it doesnt matter what initial theme to install WP would be, Right?
In this case what initial theme would be better?
Also, you write:
"You might want to use a subdomain or a separate secondary domain for your shop and create a separate website, then link the two together rather than install the entire theme on your current blog website".
Where can I learn how to do that?
Thanks
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DaveSw Premium
Hu, Phil!

Thanks for the questions and let me get you some answers...

When you start a website using a domain and WordPress, the first installation will add automatically a couple of themes that come standard...

After you have uploaded the WooCommerce theme you can activate and then delete the unneeded themes. I would leave at least one so you can switch if you need to...

As you say, it really does not matter. I would likely add a second WooCommerce supported theme so the store would be up and running if you do have problems...

Keep it there as a back-up, it might save you losing down time if something happened with the main theme you use...Also, I would create entire site backups often, daily or more if possible...

On to the next question...How to set up a subdomain here using SiteRubix...There is some training if you check out this tutorial it will help you get it done - this works, by the way, I have set one up here in the past... If you have any problems, just put a support ticket in (I had to as well because I was getting a specific theme set up and it required access from a third party)...The folks will help and quickly!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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philaccardo Premium
Thank you much, Sir.
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DaveSw Premium
Not a problem at all...If you have more questions, drop them here, I do try to look in here regularly as possible! Cheers! Dave : )
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karden Premium
Dave,

Thanks for taking the time to create this training, you did an amazing job.

I do have a question, maybe you can help. I already have a Paypal account that was previously setup for personal use. Can I use the same account or do I have to create a Business Paypal Account?

Does it cost anything to setup Paypal Business Account?

I am also not sure if I have to setup a Braintree account also?

Sorry for all the questions.

Thanks for all your help it's much appreciated. :)

Ann & Alex
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Labman Premium Plus
You can convert your personal Pay Pal to a business account easily.
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karden Premium
So I do need to have a Paypal Business Account. Correct?
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Labman Premium Plus
Yes, I would recommend that you do that.
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, that is correct...Easy to change over....
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karden Premium
Ok Thanks :)
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Folks! No probs at all, I am glad this may have helped...E-Commerce works, so many are doing it these days, me too! Cheers! Dave : )
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Sophie5391 Premium
Hi Dave, thank you for making this tutorial. i just added the woocommerce plug in, because of my theme it is active as a link, but is very easy to access from my web page. this may seem like a silly question but how do i verify where the funds go, once a client makes a purchase? i found the wording in the setting options a bit confusing, so i wanted to be sure before i added product.... thank you for your help:)
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Sophie...

When you set up your payment routing system you should be able to check it out to make sure it is working properly. PayPal has a sandbox tool where you can test everything to make sure it is working properly...

If you are using another payment system, I would make a test order just to make sure it all is working OK...Maybe have a friend make the order, reimburse them, and you will know...

We used the second method when testing the Thailand operation out, but for Germany, we used the sandbox testing...Both worked well and we had the peace of mind that all was OK...

When you do this testing, you will also see that the email series is working properly (i,e, thank you and order confirmation, shipping confirmation, update messages, support, etc)...

It is all about the customer experience, and this is an important piece of that...We have also added a checkout process plugin, so the clients can see their progress as they go through checkout (we have to activate this after switching themes)...

Best of luck!
Cheers!
Dave : )
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Sophie5391 Premium
Hi Dave, thankyou for the detailed feedback, I will go through it all again to check it and then test it. That's a great idea... I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my questions.
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DaveSw Premium
Not a problem at all Sophie!! : )
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jvranjes Premium
Dave, a few questions, again. I shall definitely use WooCommerce, so just trying to find a way.

Would it make sense using WooCommerce for selling Amazon stuff (as a start, for one site)? This means I would not need its all features, only some of them. Is there possibility to show updated price?

Product descriptions in such sites are usually short, so can one really rank with it? Earlier you replied to me by saying this was the usual SEO.

Are those pages or posts? If pages, there is a limit of pages in ordinary WP site menu (it is 80, know it for sure, I reached the limit once and could not continue, had to convert pages to posts). How is it with WC site?

Thank you in advance. Jovo
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Jovo...

Sorry so long to get back to you on your questions, I missed the notification I guess on my email....

I have not tried selling Amazon products using WooCommerce, but I do not see why not...

Here is an article that will give you some insight on options...

https://shopitpress.com/blog/woocommerce-setup/top-3-ways-to-integrate-your-woocommerce-store-with-ebay-and-amazon/

There are add-on plugins that will help you import the data I do know that...I just have not used them (I do not like the commission rates, I know they do build over time and can be significant, but...).

Regarding SEO, yes e-commerce stores typically have short descriptions and the keywords are in the title, the meta description, maybe the tags, and maybe the image information...

Maybe try to link a review article to the WooCommerce product page (not sure if this makes sense over sending directly to Amazon product page), maybe do some testing to see which works better?

On page limits so far no issue at all...We have 140 product pages and these have between a simple product with one item all the way up to 6/7 variations (size or color differences)...

We are in the process of adding an additional 160 items and some of these also have variations (i.e. T-Shirts) so at the end of the day, we will have almost 500 line items...

The other factor with this scenario is that we are adding German translation pages for each item too...That is a work in progress and each dau we are doing 4-5 pages...

With the auto translation tools such as Google Translate that the Chrome browser has, I am not sure this is worth the effort as of now - we will see (we are doing manually ourselves inhouse, after 4 external "experts" screwed the pooch badly for us)...

The WooCommerce product pages are also separate from the normal pages on the theme we use (all we have used to now too), and you manage these separately...There may also be a limit, but so far we have not run up against that (I believe I read somewhere that 500 was the magic number but not positive that is correct)...

I hope this is not too late to make any difference Jovo, and apologize again for taking so long to get back to you!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jvranjes Premium
Many thanks Dave, no need to apologize.
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DaveSw Premium
Cheers Jovo! : )
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docub Premium
You are 100% correct in your assessment of the potential financial
impact eCommerce is and will have over the next 10 years! If people haven't jumped on the bandwagon already, they soon will and IF they don't, they will be left behind in the dust I'm afraid.

Whether it's Amazon, Shopify, Teespring or an multitude of others. Great training which should open some eyes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts for the community.

To Your Success,
Brian
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much Brian and I also appreciate you jumping in on some of the questions, no doubt there is a lot to learn from each other...So glad we have an active forum to have this happen with Wealthy Affiliate!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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