How to Sell Online

The Shopify Ecommerce Blog has over many articles about selling products online. From learning how to sell online to advanced tips and tricks, we cover everything you need to know to run a successful online business. Here are some recent posts that talk about selling online:

How You Can Profit from Personalizing Content on Your Ecommerce Store

In a traditional retail store, skilled sales associates observe how someone shops and offer an informed suggestion for their purchases.

The same can be done when a visitor lingers on your ecommerce store.

With ecommerce personalization, you can give each customer the personal shopper treatment simultaneously.  The one size fits all approach doesn’t work online anymore.

In this post, we’ll go over the importance of offering a personalized shopping experience, and how you can apply it to your ecommerce store.

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A 5-Step Plan to Updating and Optimizing Your Online Store

Many times with the day-to-day hustle of running your online business, you end up cutting corners. Compounded over months (or years), things like outdated information, unoptimized product pages, missing SEO meta data and old (still active) coupon codes becomes serious problems causing lost traffic, revenue and sales opportunities.

Much like an annual physical checkup with your doctor, an online store checkup is meant to address these deficiencies as well as identify other potential issues before they become a problem. 

In this post, you’re going to learn an easy 5-step plan to get your store updated and in tip-top shape. 

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How to Create Beautiful (and Persuasive) Hero Images for Your Online Store

Most online stores and theme templates have one major component in common, a large, featured image or series of images prominently displayed on the homepage.

These images are often referred to as hero, banner or carousel images. No matter what you call them, they’re the same and serve a very important role for online businesses. 

In this post we’re going to look at the importance of hero images, introduce you to some best practices for using them as well as provide some incredible tools and graphic resources to help you create beautiful and persuasive hero images for your online store.

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Should You be Charging Sales Tax on Your Online Store?

Note: This post applies to U.S. based merchants only. 

Nearly every U.S.-based product seller is going to have a sales tax due date in January. Some sellers have to file sales tax often and have the whole sales tax thing licked. But many only have to file sales tax once per year. For those sellers, January and it’s many sales tax due dates can be a cold and unwelcome wake up call after the fun and profitable holiday season.

But never fear, the sales tax compliance process can be broken down into five manageable steps. Start here and you’ll be sales tax compliant in no time.

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How to Use Social Proof to Influence Visitors and Increase Your Sales

It’s a cold evening on the town, and you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat.  You come across two restaurants - one is close to full, the other is almost empty.

Which one do you choose?

Chances are you’ll go to the one that’s close to full.

That’s social proof.  It’s a psychological phenomenon where we look to the opinions of others and additional "signals" to help us make decisions. It’s also a powerful persuasion tool you can use in your business to influence potential customers who are trying to make a buying decision.

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7 Conversion Rate Optimization Experts Answer the Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask

2014 was the year “Conversion Rate Optimization” became the new “social media marketing.”

Hype riding marketers published story after story about how these “tiny little tweaks” were producing enormous gains, and it got you fantasizing about double and triple digit percentage increases.

Maybe you dipped your toe in and experimented with some of the “tips & tricks” only to be disappointed, wondering why you ever wasted your time.

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