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State of Mind: Finding a Drop Shipper in a Few Steps

Ecommerce Income gives you practical tips and valuable tricks to get you on the road to online success. But what is the day-to-day practice like for an owner of an Kees van Dijkonline store? The dialogues of “State of Mind” focus on what is on the mind of Kees and other ecommerce entrepreneurs – in short, it focuses on your burning questions! In this third “State of Mind” interview, Kees tells us what he has been working on during the last two weeks. The second part of the interview focused on a
topic on which we received a lot of questions: drop shipping.
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Magento vs. Shopify

Loyal readers of Ecommerce Income already know that I am a long-time user of Magento. I built up my online stores on the platform years ago, kept on developing them, expanded my business abroad and now operate a modest “ecommerce empire” spanning half of Europe and multiple stores. I love Magento for how customizable it is. We can make it to exactly fit our needs.

But still: I’ve been saying that if I would start anew, I would perhaps not use Magento but instead opt for one of the SaaS providers. Because with Magento you need a lot of work “constructing” your store, while a provider like Shopify literally allows you to set up a store in as little as an afternoon – as I found out during my test.Magento vs ShopifyFor the benefit of the starting ecommerce entrepreneur, I will today outline a few reasons why I would choose Shopify – or indeed stick with Magento. Read more →

State of Mind: Big Chances in 2016

Kees van DijkIn the previous interview of the new “State of Mind” series we looked back to 2015. Today we look together with Kees at what 2016 may bring. What are the chances and trends in ecommerce in 2016? I asked Kees.

Kees, you now have multiple successful online stores. But what would you do if you could start anew?

In the SEO-analyses we do for ecommerce entrepreneurs, I discovered there are still a lot of chances in ecommerce. In almost all niches it is still possible to set up a successful online store. The areas in which you shouldn’t start an selling online, are, curiously, exactly those fields people tend to think of first. In short, everything that Amazon.com sells: electronics, books, DVDs… And also for white goods the price pressure is huge. If the margins are small, there is no room for nice marketing. In these niches it is simply not possible to compete with the big guys out there. Clothing also seems to be quite difficult, but there are still some opportunities left there.

But in all other niches the opportunities are many and for the taking. Read more →

State of Mind: Looking Back to 2015

Ecommerce Income gives you practical tips and valuable tricks to get you on the road to online success. But what is the day-to-day practice like for an owner of an online store? The dialogues of “State of Mind” focus on what is on the mind of Kees and other ecommerce entrepreneurs – in short, it focuses on your burning questions! In the first “State of Mind” interview Kees tells us about his successes and failures of 2015.Kees van Dijk Read more →

Planning for success in 2016

We have been quiet over the last few months here at Ecommerce Income. That is for a reason: our business has simply been sky-rocketing! Kees would like to share some of his inside knowledge of how to build a successful, stable AND high-growth international ecommerce business. Therefore we decided to open the new year with an exclusive interview!

How to conquer Europe in a few years’ time?

How to go from a boot-strapping business in your attic room or cellar to a 6-figure annual turnover?

How to do business across borders?

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The best SEO site structure: Shopify, Bigcommerce or SEOshop?

All Ecommerce Software providers claim to be Search Engine Optimized. SEO matters, because if your online store is easily found using a google search, this means you will get a lot of “free” traffic. Every online store should try to achieve a healthy percentage of organic search acquisition. Shopify claims to be “Search engine optimized”, Bigcommerce even boasts about “Search Engine Dominance”, and SEOshop writes: “The SEOshop platform was specially developed – and is continually being refined – for optimal performance in search engines.” So what Ecommerce Software provider to trust on their claims? Which of these three has SEO killer features? Ecommerce Income finds out for you!SEO site structure

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How ready out of the box are Bigcommerce, Shopify, and SEOshop (2)

This is the second in a series of blog posts in which I discuss important features that I would like to see in my ecommerce software provider. Thesehow ready are bigcommerce shopify seoshop out of the box are really handy and mostly even essential features that you – sooner or later – will need when building up your online business. It is, of course, handier and cheaper to have these features included, and be ready to increase your sales, out of the box. In the previous post, we found out that some of the discussed features were not included in some of our reviewed ecommerce packages and learned about some excellent options as well. In today’s post I will conclude which out of the three researched – SEOshop, Shopify, or Bigcommerce – is most ready out of the box. Read more →

Launching your SEOshop Online Store in 7 Steps

As the third part in a series exploring how easy today’s Shopping Cart Software allows us to set up an ecommerce website, I will discuss SEOshop today. Although SEOshopseoshop review is less known globally than the Ecommerce software providers discussed over the last two weeks – Shopify and Bigcommerce – it is software well-worth paying attention to. SEOshop claims to be Europe’s fastest growing e-commerce platform. Today, I will share my findings on the ease of use and design of SEOshop. In one sentence, I try to find out whether it is possible to set up a reasonably professional-looking online store in an afternoon with SEOshop. Read more →

Launching your Bigcommerce Store in 7 Easy Steps

What can a ecommerce software novice set up in an afternoon? Is it really as easy as those shopping cart software providers want to make us believe? What ecommerce platform is easiest to use and what ecommerce platform has the best looking stores? There is only one way to find out: testing for yourself. I build my own Bigcommerce store in an afternoon, and will share my findings with you in this blog post. You will find out how to launch your Bigcommerce Store in 7 steps.

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Starting a Shopify Store in 7 steps

Ecommerce Income offers loads of information on Ecommerce Software. You can, for example, check out the features of Shopify and other Ecommerce Software packages, and I put a lot effort into the software Comparison that you can use to see how they compare for all those features. The blog will start today with also offering a series discussing specifically the ease of use and the design of the SaaS packages. I’ll do this by creating an imaginary store “Socks Are Sexy” on the platforms of Shopify, Bigcommerce and SEOshop. Today, I’ll start with Shopify. So what can you set up in an afternoon? Check out this blog post to find out! And also find out if socks are indeed sexy… Read more →