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better to make own e commerce or use a service like ebay, amazon?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Corydoras007, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    Kind of in a debate here with a partner. We are both thinking of selling stuff online but we don't agree on the way to do it.

    One way is to build our own e-commerce site, the other way is to use selling platforms already available for merchants (something like amazon, ebay, etc.)

    IMO, it would be better to build my own site because I can control everything from seo to what I earn, or in other words independent, but a counter argument to this is that it will take some time to build and learn. Also, if something goes wrong e.g. a hack attack or coding error, at least I am not the one who will have to fix it.

    I guess it is a give and take situation but would truly appreciate some advice from members here who had some experiences running their e-commerce site vs. using third party.

    Thanks for reading.
     
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    jkwak Regular Member

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    Many people who do ecommerce use a combination of all those platforms you mentioned since its about driving traffic to increase conversions. Are you looking to sell your own product(s) or existing ones?
     
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    garrido Supreme Member

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    Use a combination with shopify.
     
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  4. Marcink99

    Marcink99 Power Member

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    Use ebay/amazon etc.... plus create your own site and use adwords to advertize.
     
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    edgematch Elite Member

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    Use your own e-commerce solution.
     
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    jascoken Senior Member

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    Build your own site and promote that, and also sell on Amazon, eBay and Google shopping etc. diversity is the name of the game; traffic from as many sources as possible.
     
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  7. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    sorry about the late reply here but thanks for the responses.

    To address some questions, yes, they will be my own products.

    A combination does sound good for traffic. You guys got me thinking.
     
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    Panther28 Elite Member

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    Ebay and amazon should be considered marketing tools, and your website should be your main platform. Get them in the door, then upsell them on your site.
     
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  9. SuaveSalmon

    SuaveSalmon Registered Member

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    I do a combo of all the above. SEO is a bit hard for me, so I usually focus on these platforms mainly. Also, when people purchase off these sites they feel safer, so its all up to what you want, and how much work you want to put in.
     
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