Selling online is a relatively new phenomenon. It has only been around for about 15 years or so. So for many people it is still a new territory that is shrouded in mystery. People are often afraid to break the rules because they don’t have the knowledge to do it well. This blog will help people who are just starting out to be successful online sellers.

1.Create an SEO Strategy

When selling online, you don’t have the luxury of having someone walk into your physical and mortar business by coincidence and make an impulsive buy. When SEO is done correctly and a strategy is in place, people can find an online retailer organically. It may appear frightening, but SEO is a solid technique to ensure that your target market can find you in a search engine.

2. Choose the Best Ecommerce Platform

Ecommerce platforms are the foundation of any online retail operation, allowing the front-end and back-end of an online store to work in tandem. An eCommerce platform should provide you with all of the tools you need to launch, scale, and manage your online business. Spend time exploring your alternatives and selecting the one that best meets your needs.

3. Reduce Friction

The most important factor in deciding whether you’ll be successful selling your goods online is reducing customer friction. Make every effort to provide your customers with the best possible experience, beginning with the information they require to make a purchase, such as a robust product description with the appropriate positioning, pictures, and video, to customer testimonials and reviews, to details on taxes, shipping, and delivery. If you clearly describe how your solution solves your customer’s pain points and make it simple for them to make a purchase, you’re 90% of the way to successfully selling online.

4.Don’t Send Customers Away

One of the most common mistakes I notice on new online stores is conspicuous social network connections in the website header or elsewhere on the home page. When someone sees a Facebook or Instagram logo, they will be distracted from purchasing from you and intrigued by the engagement that social media provides. This means that even if people click a link to your social network page, they’ll be attracted into their own notifications and feed, and they’ll forget about wanting to buy from you. So stop evicting folks. If you wish to integrate social media connections, place them in the website’s footer and make them unobtrusive (monotone in color and small in size).

5. Invest in Your Website

Make an Investment in Your Website

People will not enter their credit card information into a website with bad graphics and poorly written product descriptions in the world of online shopping. Invest in a qualified web developer to assist you in creating a website that integrates with your preferred eCommerce platform. Make sure they take the time to source quality product photographs, write outstanding information, and submit it to your website in an appealing and user-friendly manner.


6.Live and Breathe Digital

The most important piece of advice I can give you is that you must have an internet presence. You must be everywhere at once. You must be completely immersed in the digital world. What I mean is that when it comes to running an online business, you must know everything there is to know. You must have a website as well as social media pages. You must run advertisements, write blogs, create YouTube videos, and list your product on online markets. This may appear to be overpowering at first. However, there are numerous how-to publications available to assist you with your online business. 

7. Find Your Unique Selling Point

Find your unique selling point if you want to be a successful internet seller. Whatever industry you’re in, there are already thousands of other businesses doing the same thing as you. Some of these enterprises have been selling online for years and have established the kind of cachet that a new business just does not have. So, how are you going to compete? Examine your competitors to see what they lack that you have. When I first started out, I noticed that most VoIP companies lacked verifiable user reviews. As a result, many prospective buyers were wary of their legitimacy. We made this a vital component of our approach, and throughout the years we’ve amassed  a lot of user reviews.

8. Make Your Website Secure

When it comes to selling online, the most important aspect is security. Chances are, you will be using online payment methods to allow people to make the purchase in a simple and efficient way. Since you will be dealing with customer financial information, you need to ensure that your website’s security is excellent. Take all the right precautions to protect customer data. It is their trust that you want to keep after all. Even if it pushes the development of other aspects of your website back a bit, you need to ensure that security is at the top of your priority list when it comes to dealing with online sales.

9.Mind Your Margins

My best tip for online selling is to be mindful of your margins. It’s tempting to feel the need to offer free shipping because the big retailers do, but when you do, the cost of shipping combined with packaging supplies absolutely dilutes your margins. If you’re not careful, you could actually lose money.

10. Don’t Try to Reinvent the Wheel

Use what’s already available. Utilize Amazon to sell your best products. Let your offline customers know where they can now get their favorite goodies. Then, move to your own site slowly, after you’ve taken the time to figure out the best way to do things for your business. And even then, use what’s already there.

11. Develop a Hypothesis for your Target Audience

Most of the battle in selling a product online is identifying exactly who will buy it. Ecommerce sellers should develop a hypothesis for who the target audience may be, and then rigorously test the hypothesis through interviews, data analysis, shadowing, and selling. The result of these testing methods is getting closer and closer to the “actual” customers who will buy. Too often, that process takes too long. Develop a hypothesis, test it, and pivot often to increase the speed at which sales actually happen.

Ecommerce sellers should develop a hypothesis for who the target audience may be
Ecommerce sellers should develop a hypothesis for who the target audience may be.

12. Consider Your Customers’ Wants and Needs

With the market currently changing, it’s important for businesses to change as well. My advice is to constantly think about your customers’ wants and needs, and evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Best-selling products that were really popular before the pandemic might not be in high demand during these unique times. Think of ways to modify your products or innovate to better serve your customer needs.


Congratulations on starting your online business! This can be a great first step for you to make some extra cash and build a foundation for future success. However, you are going to face many challenges along the way. We hope this article has helped you learn how to overcome these challenges and sell more online. If you have any additional questions, please contact our team.