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Selling Online for Newbies

If you are interested in selling online, it is quite easy to get started. First of all you must have a product or service to sell. The product or service can either be yours or someone else's. If you decide to sell someone's product in an affiliate program, try to know as much about the product as possible.

To get an idea of the type of product you are interested in selling online, you should think about what sort of things you are interested in buying. If you are interested in cars, you can sell anything from model cars to books on cars. You can even provide information on applying for car loans. If you choose a great enough product or service, you can find many ways to sell this product and would be only limited by your imagination.

After you have chosen a product you must create a website. If you have knowledge of website design, you can have your website up and running in a few hours, or less if you purchase and use pre-formatted website templates.. However, if you have no idea what to do to even get started with creating a website, you should hire someone to do this for you.

Depending on the city you live in, there will be local computer stores available that offer website design and hosting. Or if you have a family member or a friend that sells online, you can ask them to recommend someone to you. Your website is important because it will be the first thing your customers see before they buy what you are selling. If you retain the services of a design company, make sure you buy a web hosting package with enough storage and bandwidth to handle the traffic you will have. You can ask for feedback from other webmasters who have used the same design company or for feedback on ways to improve your website. Being able to allow customers to pay online and providing customer support is essential as well.

When you have gotten your website uploaded, now is the time to market your website. This part is crucial to the success of your business. You are unable to sell online if no one visits your website. You can market your website through a number of ways. For example, placing ads in classified sections both offline and online. As well, you can make brochures and hand out business cards. Also using banner and link exchanges with other high traffic sites can provide quality traffic and increase your business.

Until The Next Time,

Dr. J. Elisha Burke

Copyright 2005 Burke Publications All Rights Reserved

Dr. J. Elisha Burke, an educator and entrepreneur, has been involved in various business enterprises via his business, Burke Publications for 11 years. Dr. Burke is an educator, writer and motivational speaker on a variety of topics. He is also known for his expertise on nonprofit organizations and grant proposal writing. Dr. Burke can be contacted at http://burkepublications.com at http://news.burkepublications.com or jeb@burkepublications.com

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