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Creating My Own Online Store

Posted by on Apr 2, 2009

I don’t know if anyone here has been to one of my sites called Services And Stuff. It’s my own take on a web directory, which hasn’t done quite what I’d hoped it would. So, I’ve been thinking of other ways I could use the site, or change it up some.

One of those things I’ve been working on, though slowly, is converting those affiliate links that actually allow me to put up products into a type of online store. It won’t look like what I consider is a traditional boilerplate template, though. Instead, what I’m doing is going through the site, picking out 12 products that I believe are fairly representative of the site, then putting them up on the site, in the hopes that people will possibly buy something directly from my site, but if not that, if they see things they like, they’ll follow the secondary link, which I put in the little bit of content I write on each site that I’m representing, and maybe purchase something that way.

For those sites that don’t sell products specifically, but offer services instead, what I’ll probably do is have them link off my main page to category pages within my site and then write something short about each product. I’ll have to do it for things such as all of the web hosting services that I promote, just like I have grouped together on the right side below.

I’m not sure how well it will work, but here are some examples of what I’m going to do overall:

Things You Never Knew Existed

Ultra Diamonds

Of course, then I’ll have to figure out how to re-promote my little storefront, if you will. The first thing I’ll have to do is rewrite the content on my main S&S page to let people know that the listings in the middle are my online store. I already have a link to it in the business section of my blogroll, so that won’t change, but I may change what I call it so people know what it is. Then again, I’ll have to think about that one a little bit more. Luckily, I know how to optimize things as much as I possibly can, fitting within the parameters I’m allowed to use in marketing them. This may not be affiliate marketing at its best, but at least I’m trying to do something different.

Anyway, let me know your thoughts, and try to be nice; you might drive me to eating those mint Oreos I talked about a couple of days ago if you’re not. Then my diabetic coma will be on your head. Oh yeah, before I forget, most of the products I use for my online store come from Commission Junction, just so you know.


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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile Mitch, I just haven’t come up with a good name for the store. Most of the obvious ones are taken, so I reckon I’ll keep it on the back burner until one comes to mind.

I like the way your store match the theme of the original site, and like you said, you need to start promoting it anew for it to take off.

One question. Is it possible to move the main menu icon up next to the search box so that there isn’t such a big gap?

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April 3rd, 2009 | 5:13 PM
Mitch:

Thanks Sire. I could move it up to the level of the search box; I’d have to do it on every page of the site, though, for consistency; that might take awhile to get done. Still, I’m not necessarily married to the menu, or layout, the way it is either. Part of me thinks I should have every category on every single page, and change my search box to look for items on the page, rather than on the internet in general. To do that, for the menu part, I’d have to shrink each of the product boxes so they could still fit. I think the first part for me is going through each product page and creating that first; that would at least give me the chance to market the store part early on while I went back and possibly changed things around.

April 3rd, 2009 | 5:59 PM

Too much work for my liking Mitch. I know you will do what you think best. That menu box isn’t a major issue, I just don’t like large blank spaces.

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April 3rd, 2009 | 6:21 PM
Mitch:

Well, as I said, it’ll take time to get to it. Right now, I’m doing some maintenance on that site; a lot of affiliates have changed, and I haven’t kept up.

April 4th, 2009 | 12:15 AM
khaled:

Its a good idea and until you try you will never know. I think you need some kind of consistent navigation either at the top of the page or left hand side, with possibly tabs for differing categories. I have to say I do hate the background colour, It has to go as it cheapens the whole thing.

April 4th, 2009 | 8:28 AM
Mitch:

That’s the thing about choice and differences, Khaled, because we all don’t like the same thing, and I figure it’s my website, so the color choices are mine to make. Course, I change the color from time to time, and every time I do I then have to remember to change all the Adsense colors also, which is a pain. So, that color will be staying for a long while as I work on other changes first.

April 4th, 2009 | 9:04 AM
almir:

I like it it’s not to shabby for Me but I guess everyone is just entitled to their own opinions but yet again some are just afraid to fess up and telling someone the truth in the first place which is why you might not get really accurate responses from others.

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April 27th, 2009 | 3:03 AM
Mitch:

Almir, I must admit I’m not really sure what you’re saying here. Could you clarify it for me?

April 27th, 2009 | 3:24 AM