E-commerce is definitely a booming business. Online marketing have taken over a lot of the brick and mortar businesses, and the trend will continue.

If you have a retail store, chances are that by now you either have an eCommerce store as well, or at least an informative website that lists your products and services.

In this article, we will discuss how to start a general eCommerce website without necessarily having a physical store.

The beauty about online marketing is that you don’t need to have the product available with you when you sell it.

The best advise I can give you is to start as an affiliate. Learn to sell someone else’s products and services before you invest on your own portfolio.

An affiliate, is a sales partner who gets paid only when a sale is made.

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All you need to start is what you think is a good product niche that you can sell.

Learn about the ins and outs of the offers much as you can, learn about the consumers behavior.

Talk to your affiliate managers, they want you to succeed selling their products. Therefore, they are willing to give you valuable insights.

When you are ready, you can create affiliate accounts and get your referral codes.

Here are a few affiliate programs where you can register and see their offers to choose what can be suitable for you:

1 – ClickSecure

2 – Ebay Partner Network

3 – Amazon Associates

You can find many others if you search for performance-based marketing, affiliate marketing or revenue sharing programs.

You can learn the ins and outs of online marketing as an affiliate and start networking. Once you become knowledgeable, you can start pushing your brands.

And the next step would be to create and market your own brand through your own website.

The products don’t need to be yours either. You can work as an affiliate, in the sense that you brand your products as yours, you create the traffic channels to your own store.

You can start by using platforms like

1. Shopify

2. Volusion

3. BigCommerce

4. Weebly

5. Magento

6. Woocommerce

You save on the substile costs incurred when starting a standalone eCommerce site.

When you are ready you can have your specialty products and even start your own affiliate program.

We will develop the steps to drive traffic and do proper SEO in subsequent articles.

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