You distinguish yourself from the sea of competitors by creating great content. I'm not joking either. Creating high quality, highly relevant, engaging and SEO enhanced content is arguably the most important marketing exercise you can undertake. It takes a while for your content to be indexed by Google, but once it is the effects are cumulative (the more content you add, the more traffic you generate) and persistent (unlike online advertising, which offers no long term benefits).
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When you sign up for Shopify, your store has a free theme called Debut already installed on it. If you’re just starting out and on a tight budget, you can keep and make modifications to your free theme to make it look great. Of course, if you have a different vision for your store, you can choose a different theme. There are several other free Shopify themes to choose from, or you can go with one of the 61 paid themes. Here’s the ecommerce checklist for enhancing a theme:

You might be a little overwhelmed by this really long ecommerce checklist. And that’s a normal feeling. Many new entrepreneurs do feel like they’re in over their heads when they start out. However, half the battle is knowing what to do. I hope that knowing every single step you’ll have to take over these first few months helps you inch closer to achieving the success that you dream of. And that this list actually makes you realize that you can do this. Because honestly, you’re a rockstar and you know this. It’s going to be a busy few months as you build up that new online store, but with our checklist, you can just cross things off to see how far you’ve come.

Here’s the thing about checklists–they change all the time. One day’s tasks will differ from the next day’s. One holiday’s packing list will differ from the next. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll need to design from scratch over and over again. Once you’ve perfect one design to suit your style exactly, you can use it as a template for future checklists.
In the spirit of Spring Cleaning and the tax season deadline, I figured I’d give out an audit that people might actually appreciate. We perform audits for prospective and existing customer eCommerce sites to evaluate where they might be losing sales. We have developed our Website Audit Template specifically for eCommerce websites, and it has been extremely helpful so we wanted to share it with you. To get access to your own copy of the eCommerce site audit template (spreadsheet form), just click the text link or fill in your email at the bottom of the page to subscribe to our blog and get instant access!
Good content can also have incredible short term effects using social media. Write an informative article relating to your niche and spread it around twitter, Facebook, Digg and so on. You never know who might pick it up. Your article could lead to thousands or millions of hits, news articles, radio interviews and so on - and this can happen overnight. The world is changing rapidly and good content with a sound methodology for disseminating it, is the most powerful marketing tool you have.

Be aware that your URL affects your search engine ranking, so if you want to be found for “shoe,” it’s a good idea to fit “shoe” into your domain name. One way to do this is to use your brand name along with a keyword term. So MillerShoe tends to work better than FantasticShoe.com. (Which is why MillerShoe is taken, but FantasticShoe is still available.)

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