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    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for the information, I currently sell items on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist but I need more exposure. I thought about building a site but I’m really wondering if my items would show up in google search if someone were to search for the items I make. How would I know if my items would show on a google search if I use one of these web building sites?

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      The short answer is: you don’t. There is no guarantee for Google success. You can probably guarantee that your products will be indexed but there is no 100% guarantee that they will show up high in Google. However, what you can do is follow best practices, do proper SEO, and develop a thorough marketing strategy to get visitors onto your site. This makes success much more likely. You can start with this article: /increase-website-traffic/

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    Hi Nick,
    I scrolled through a lot of your latest responses but I feel like I may be of a different group. I’m an artist and I just to sell some cards (greeting cards) and maybe have some print options for my artwork. I have a portfolio site with Square Space and didn’t originally intend to sell, just display. I don’t think I’d be selling tons just want to at least try. Would Square Space be a good site to use for a very small seller like myself?

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      Hey Rebecca, if you are already on SquareSpace, I think the easiest would be to try out their e-commerce functionality and see if it’s enough for your purpose. That way, you don’t have to migrate the rest of your content.

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    Hi Nick, I am struggling to find a platform suitable for my needs, I will be selling on average a range of up to 20 one off products with a value of between £500 – £2000 each with a predicted sale volume of 1 – 2 per week ( I am retired so purposely kept low), each product will have an extensive technical description and 12 good quality pictures.
    I do not need to take payment through the site but it would be a bonus, do you have any sugestions?
    Regards
    Steven

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    I am wanting to have a blog but also sell products. Which platform do you recommend? I probably wouldn’t have more than 500 products at a time. I also want to be able to link products from my Instagram page.

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      Whenever someone wants to use blogging as a major part of their marketing strategy, I recommend going with WordPress. It started as a blogging platform and has all the tools you need to build a successful blog.

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    Hi! Thanks for this insightful article. I’ve picked a couple to research more closely from your list, but I’m still confused about which companies offer sales tax calculators or adds on sale tax per shipping location for easy tax accounting, or if this is even possible with any of these sites. I’m a complete novice looking to open a business at the beginning of the year, so I am looking into it but not sure what I should be looking for when reading the sites! Thank you!

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      Hey there, it’s not really easy to give a blanket statement for your problem. All of the platforms on this list are being used by people from allover the world and in different markets, so they configuration options are all quite flexible when it comes to dealing with taxes. So, if what you are looking for is not out of the ordinary, most of these platforms should be able to accommodate you. If you are in doubt, I would recommend writing down exactly what you need and then contacting the support for the options you are considering to be sure.

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    Hello Nick,

    I am looking for an easy (beginner) platform to begin selling products. The site I am looking to build will have a large inventory with a variety of products. I would like to be able to build the platform to appear similar to sites like Chewy or Zappos. I don’t plan on incorporating dropshipping. What type of platform do you think would be good for me?

    Thanks for your time,
    Chase

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      Hey Chase, sites like Zappos are custom built and are, therefore, hard to copy. If you want a beginner-friendly platform, I advise you to go through this list and see if any of them offer templates that encapsulate the design you want. If you need more flexibility, you might want to look into WordPress and WooCommerce: /woocommerce-online-store-tutorial/. However, here, you might need the help of a developer to achieve what you are looking for.

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    Hi Nick,
    I am looking for a ”ready made” ecommerce platform that doesn’t need programming knowledge. I want to sell products in Ireland and UK and use my own domain name. I am also looking for a possibility to integrate 3 or more webshops at once like multi-shop facility. What type of platform do you think will be good for me?

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      Hey Daniela, sounds like Shopify might be a good option for you. While they don’t have a multistore option out of the box, apparently you can add it with an app: https://apps.shopify.com/multi-store-inventory-sync

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    I’m leaving here more confused then before
    Whatvus the best e commerce for a person that is starting out and doesn’t know much about anything
    What to choose and what to learn first
    How to learn step by step?

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    I am looking for something easy and self-hosted. I’m started online with 7 000 products. Abantecart advantages and disadvantages? I try prestashop but it was slow

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        Thanks for the suggestion but I believe a plugin for vulnerable blog software is not the best solution for a solid ecommerce store. Even more, there is a big chance to break something when WordPress is upgraded but WooComerce is not yet ready. I prefer to embed products to the blog or install blog plugin to ecommerce software.

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          I’m not sure what you mean by “vulnerable blog software” but, of course, you should choose what works best for you. Just a quick info: WooCommerce is owned by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. As a consequence, you can be sure that it is updated at the same time as WordPress core.

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    Ruth Elisabeth Jones

    Hi I need a website with tiered pricing – one price for retail sales and another for trade (wholesale) who are on a 30 day account and would tick an option to ‘pay later’ at check out. Does shopify or big commerce allow this?
    Thanks

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      Hey Ruth, please have a look at these pages:

      https://www.bigcommerce.com/solutions/wholesale-ecommerce-platform/
      https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/sell-online/wholesale

      Cheers!

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