E-commerce marketing is very similar to affiliate marketing but usually deals more with physical products that are sold directly from your website. This includes having your own shopping cart and checkout process using credit cards and services like PayPal.
Strategies for getting traffic and advertising are much the same as you would do in affiliate marketing but you have more responsibilities on what you are selling than what you would promoting an affiliate offer.
The most common form of eCommerce marketing is “Drop shipping”. With Drop Shipping you align yourself with a warehouse or handler that stocks and ships certain products. You advertise by making the consumer aware of these products, this would be the same process as you would use in affiliate marketing. The big difference is that you are now responsible for these products.
Your consumer purchases the product through your site, in other words you take the consumer’s money. Then you place the order to your handler or warehouse, they process the order and ship it for you. This is nice because you do not have inventory to manage or deal with the shipping. The downside of this is if your consumer wants to return the merchandise, you are the one that deals with the return and the refund.
With affiliate marketing, you point the consumer to a vendor’s store and they handle the whole selling part. As an ecommerce entrepreneur, you are the store or the middle man. With drop shipping, you make a profit with price margins. You may be able to sell a golf club for $30 but it cost you only $20, so making good money is very feasible to do. You just have more of a load on you to keep relationships in good standing between your customers and your vendors.
If you make your own product such as a craftwork and sell it on your website, this is still ecommerce. Also if you purchase products and store them yourself, this still falls under this type of marketing. As mentioned, the load of this type business is more intense because you deal with inventory regardless if you store it or you work with a warehouse. You also manage all the sale transactions through your site.
This however is much like a brick and mortar business, you are basically a store owner, your store is virtual so you do not have that overhead but still a store none the less. Some people prefer this type of business over being just an affiliate and the potential of making big money is really good.
Selling digital goods such as eBooks, games and music can be much easier than handling physical goods. With physical goods, there is the issue of dealing with inventory and ensuring the inventory is kept up to the demand. Whereas a digital product is one file stored on a server regardless of your or somewhere else and it will never run out and no hassle of keeping that kind of inventory. The other advantage is that your consumer gets the product immediately after purchase.
You can also sell through other companies such as eBay, Shopify, Amazon, Bonanza, Etsy, Rakuten and Newegg, plus there are many more. Selling merchandise through other sites usually incurs fees but the benefit is you do not have to have the cost and maintenance of a domain name and website. Also, these big sites already have the traffic so getting found will be much easier than if you have your own website.
Of course you can drive a huge amount of traffic to your site and the benefit of having your own site is you have no restrictions and can control your own layout of how you want to sell your merchandise. If you are drop shipping, many warehouse suppliers have an automated system already setup for you to link to your site, so when the merchandise is ordered, you do not have to do anything as the process is fully automatic.
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