Ten Reasons to Have an Online Business

Written by Michele Webb

Are you considering an online business, but need a little more convincing? We could probably list a hundred or more reasons why an online business is a good idea, but for today, we will start with ten basic reasons.

1.Cost Effective: all right, so it is downright cheap! You will not find any other business that is so inexpensive to start up as an online business. You can spend (literally) millions of dollars starting a brick-and-mortar business, but for an Internet site you can literally get started for a few dollars! By carefully watching my costs and purchases, I was pleased to determine that my first year in e-Commerce cost less than $300 and I had my first sale inrepparttar first month!

2.Reduce Order Fulfillment Costs: handling orders for your products by phone or mail can be very expensive and time-consuming. Handling orders via a website is more efficient, costs less and is fast and accurate. You can further reduce your costs, time and risks if you securerepparttar 142767 services of an online payment processing center.

3.Your Catalog is Always Current: if you have ever struggled with updating a product catalog and then shipping it to your customers or as part of a marketing campaign, then you will loverepparttar 142768 online catalog! You can easily update and make changes to your catalog and immediately post it for your customers.

4.Say Goodbye to High Printing and Mailing Costs: Because your customers can download an electronic copy of your catalog or other materials, printing and mailing costs become ancient history. You may still want to print some materials, but your costs will be far less than if you were using professional printing or mailing services.

5.Reduced Staffing Costs: with a website there is no need for a lot of manpower andrepparttar 142769 associated high costs.

6.Service 24 – 7: while you are sleeping, vacationing, or off having fun, your website is still fully functional, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This brings all new meaning torepparttar 142770 term “passive” income!

7.A Global Audience: The Internet is unlimited in terms ofrepparttar 142771 global audience that it can bring to your business doorstep. The Web is a borderless market. It is great fun to watch your site log and see visitors streaming in from all parts ofrepparttar 142772 world. Just a hint, but make sure your payment processing center can handle foreign money exchanges so you can reaprepparttar 142773 benefits.

Catapult Your Traffic With These Web Site Add-Ons

Written by Ronald Gibson

Copyright 2005 Ronald Gibson

Having a website is great but, ifrepparttar site doesn't have any traffic, then what good is it really doing for you? Here are some features that you can add to your site to generate more traffic and more stickiness for your site.

1. You should add a blog to your website. Blogs are a fast and easy way to add content to your site. Why is that important? Search engines love content. A frequently updated blog will attractrepparttar 142733 search engine spiders and will get your site indexed quickly. You should try to post blog entries at least a couple of times per day.

2. Add a message board to your web site. This helps your site to develop its own little community. People will visit your web site to ask questions and answer other people's questions.

3. Add a directory of web site links to your web site. People will visit your web site to find related web site links forrepparttar 142734 topic they're interested in. As an added bonus, links are also content for search engine spiders.

4. Add an article section to your web site. People will visit your web site to read and learn new info related to their interests. And this also will provide content forrepparttar 142735 search engines.

5. Add an archive of past e-zine issues to your web site. People will visit your web site to read past issues of your e-zine that they've missed.

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