Finding New Ways to Sell Your Product Online

sell your product onlineIf you run an eCommerce site and sell your product online, you’re probably always looking for new and more efficient ways to get it out to potential customers, and make it easier for them to purchase. Finding new ways to sell your online product can be as easy as finding a site that already caters to the type of product you sell. There are some things, though, to keep in mind while you’re looking for an online sales venue: make sure you choose the right eCommerce site, and be aware of the way each works, so you can make the most profit while reaching the largest customer base.

Determining Which Sites Suit Your Product Best

Many online eCommerce sites cater to specific types of products, so determining which one to use for your online sales is important. You need to determine which venue will reach the type of customer likely to purchase what you’re selling. If, for example, you specialize in homemade apparel, an online fashion boutique or retailer is a great choice for you. There are also sites that specifically sell vintage good or crafts, such as handmade jewelry or hand-knitted scarves and hats. Find a site that sells the same sort of product you do, and then determine if it will work well.

You need to look into a few things before signing on, though. First, find out what percentage of your sales will go to the eCommerce site you’re considering. Then, determine whether or not the time frame in which people expect their order, and the standard costs of shipping for this site will suit you in terms of production.

Getting Your Product Out There

Some eCommerce sites have a much larger audience than others, so it helps to start with one whose audience is substantial. You might, for example, consider selling your product on a site that doesn’t specialize in just one type of retail, but instead, has a huge market audience, such as Amazon eCommerce. While a site like this doesn’t necessarily draw people looking for your specific product, it has such a huge customer base you’re still likely to reach a large audience. Another possible benefit is you attract customers you wouldn’t have if you’d chosen to feature your product on a more specialized site.

You can also consider selling through multiple venues. Just because you offer your product on an eCommerce site doesn’t mean you can’t also set up your own eStore to do the same. This just gives you two means by which you reach more customers.

If you do use more than one eCommerce site, make sure to keep careful track of your inventory, and update each online store every time someone makes a purchase. You don’t want to accidentally oversell an item because it was available on multiple sites. Also be aware of any charges you incur by using an outside site. You might, in the long run, however, find your sales increase so much the extra charges are worth it for your overall profits.

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7 Responses to Finding New Ways to Sell Your Product Online

  1. Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter 12/23/2013 at 5:40 pm #

    There are so many platforms that one can use these days to sell product online, compared to before. WIth Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, etc, you don’t even have to have your own ecommerce site these days.

    • Paul 12/24/2013 at 9:03 am #

      The storefront sites are impressive however, I was shocked at how many fees there are on Ebay. I guess the only way to make up for the high fees is to move products in volume.

  2. Felix Lee 11/24/2013 at 4:08 am #

    I am actually thinking of what product will be most effective to sell online, even if for just local buyers. Any ideas you can share?

    • Paul 11/24/2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Great question Felix! In my opinion, it is totally dependent upon the credibility your visitors view your site and your product. Most successful ecommerce sites have a brand and a product and without a brand it is difficult to build product loyalty. I would recommend building on your expertise and develop a local following and leverage that following to grow your customer base!

  3. Jerry @ Scuffz Longboards 11/19/2013 at 3:04 pm #

    I’d recommend going through multiple venues like mentioned in the article. I have an ecommerce store through BigCommerce but it requires a lot of work. You get to keep all the profits from your sales by just paying a monthly fee but you’ll be in charge of everything that’s required to run a successful business. Doing SEO on your own can be a very daunting task.

    As for selling on the Amazon marketplace, they pretty much take care of everything for you but you’ll giving them a cut of any sales you make.

  4. jefferson @See Debt Run 11/11/2013 at 11:38 pm #

    I have a few product ideas that I am working on. I am looking forward to figuring out the storefront options for wordpress. Thanks for the article!

    • Paul 11/12/2013 at 6:50 am #

      Looking forward to hearing how it works out for you! Best of luck..

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