E-Business Articles: My Top 7
Favorite Ecommerce Tools
When you make your living on the Internet, you sometimes forget
that the resources you use every day (and take for granted)
might rate an incredible discovery to anyone who doesn't already
know they exist.
Whether they help you make money, save time, save money, or
avoid frustration, these ecommerce tools and services rate
my highest recommendation for anyone who conducts any form
of ecommerce online.
If you sell a downloadable product such as an ebook, report,
or software, you can't beat ClickBank for processing credit
card payments. Not only do they take the payments and send
you a check twice a month, they also plug your product into
an existing network with tens-of-thousands of affiliates who
can sell it for you. Also, unlike a traditional merchant credit
card processing account, ClickBank assumes all the fraud risk
and prevents many of the "horror" stories you hear in connection
with online credit card processing.
Since ClickBank only allows the sale of downloadable products,
MySiteSales.com comes to the rescue for anyone selling a physical
product or service. Offering a suite of integrated product
catalogs, follow up autoresponders, advertising tracking,
a secure server, and even limited-time coupon offers, this
tool rates a "must have" for setting up and integrating a
professional ecommerce solution on virtually any size website.
If you need an unlimited number of follow up autoresponders
and the ability to send an email "broadcast" to all your contacts
at one time, Aweber offers an excellent managed solution.
Specializing in helping small to medium-sized Web businesses
implement an effective email follow-up strategy without complicated
software, Aweber gets our highest marks for service and dependability.
Cheap, reliable, easy-to-use domain name registrar that only
charges $8.95 per year for each domain name you register.
Godaddy rates cheaper and just as, if not more, reliable than
any other domain registrar. They also offer a "private registration"
option that allows you to keep your identity as the domain
owner a secret from unscrupulous people who exploit domain
name records to compile mailing lists, spam databases or worse.
Any successful ecommerce endeavor begins with a solid website
hosting service. Nothing shuts you down faster than an unreliable
web host because, the second they go offline, your business
goes offline. I host one of my servers at FrontierPowerHosting.com
because of great customer service and guaranteed up-time.
Ever pulled your hair out searching for that perfect image,
photo, or piece of clipart for your website? Once you exhaust
the Microsoft collection on your computer, the next stop (if
you want to find something fast) is Clipart.com. With thousands
of images searchable by keyword, you can always find the perfect
image in less time and without the worries of copyright infringement
if you just pull something off the Web.
Website got traffic but no making much money? Open a free
account with Google AdSense and earn a commission any time
someone clicks on any of the targeted ads. An excellent way
to earn extra cash on virtually any website.
by Jim Edwards