Wednesday March 5, 2014
I really hope that you are not the kind the falls into the trap of headlines such as these. Keep in mind the adage that, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
I am prompted to write this post based on a recent press release by the Federal Trade Commission. Apparently there were all these deceptive work-from-home coaching programs that would teach you how to set up ecommerce businesses, and make pots of money.
It is good that this scam was halted, but there will be more. We will always have people who gain from the naiveté of others who think that ecommerce is a get rich quick opportunity.
If you want to really learn the ropes, this ecommerce website is the right one. Additionally, you can learn from the large number of ecommerce books out there.
Thursday February 27, 2014
Did you read my review of those 4 ecommerce books that I recommended in my previous blog post? Here are 4 more to add to that list:
First there is one more book that sounds like it came out of the get-rich-quick factory. It is No Money Down Internet Business by John Lagoudakis. Though the author has a strong record as an affiliate marketer, the book does not do anything for me.
Then there is the highly engaging, How I Made My First Million. The title makes its contents pretty obvious. But the lessons for ecommerce professionals might not be equally obvious.
The third book I am presenting to you is Passive Income for Life by Eric Michael. If you haven't read this book, your first reaction to the title would probably be a groan. That is how I reacted too. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a nice how-to guide about an ecommerce business plan that involves sourcing ultra low priced used goods and selling them on the Amazon marketplace.
Finally, let me close this list with the law text book The Legal Environment Today by Roger LeRoy Miller and Frank B Cross. Though this is an MBA-level textbook, I find that it contains a lot of useful information that every business owner should know; ecommerce business owners being no exception.
So that is the reading list for this time.
Thursday February 27, 2014
Recently I was hired as a consultant by a brick and mortar trading business to help them set up a drop-ship ecommerce business. That encouraged me to look out for a book on Drop Shipping and Ecommerce.
While I was browsing through the bookstore, or should I say Amazon.com, I saw an interesting title that grabbed my attention: Big Ticket Ecommerce. The book promised to talk about the process of selling high priced goods and services online.
Finally, I realized that one of my most popular articles is about using WordPress for ecommerce, but I do not have a follow-on article for that. So, I reviewed a book about using WooCommerce, a WordPress plugin, to create an online store.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Ok, I don't mean that literally. But I am sure that is what the fine folks at GoDaddy are hoping for. News, or should I say rumor, is that GoDaddy is taking the plunge into the business of powering ecommerce stores -- the same business that has witnessed Shopify emerge as a giant.
I will bring you the juicy details as, and if, they emerge. For now, I think that this space just got more interesting. With the large number of domain names registered, and websites hosted, with GoDaddy, they could scale up really fast in the online store-builder business.