How to save money when you shop online

How many people knew that 10-20 years ago, shopping online would be such an integral part of everyday life? Not only for material things and gift-giving, but all your potential shopping needs, from groceries, to medicines, to home supplies, and everything you could possibly want for DIY projects.

Take advantage of this virtually limitless resource we have at our fingertips by practicing these online shopping tips and tricks to make your dollar go further online.

Plan Ahead

The best way to avoid falling into any of the common sales traps or going over budget is to always have a plan of what you want and need to buy. We all know the mishaps of “window shopping” that turns into buying things we never intended. This is even easier to happen while shopping online, so go in with a strategy or goal in-mind.

Read and compare product reviews:

This is one of the biggest advantages to buying online. Investing the time into reading customer reviews will save you more time and money later, when you avoid a defective model or a product that doesn’t quite live up to its expectations/shiny packaging.

Hunt for coupons and promo codes:

This is where you really start to see the savings from ordering online. Nearly every online retailer has coupons and promotional codes out there at any given time, usually for a limited time. You can find these either on the company’s website itself or by doing some googling for coupon websites and communities that share the bargain offers with those who put the effort into looking for them.

Slightly related to coupons and promo codes, online retailers will often give discounts to certain combos or bundled purchases, which not only save you money on the bottom-line, but also on the shipping.

Always try to plan your purchases around free shipping offers:

If you have to delay one of the items you want for a few days to bundle it with another purchase you plan on making later, you may end up saving enough on shipping to reward yourself with even more goodies.

Plan your purchases around the holidays: 1 event in-particular, known as Cyber Monday, is where the internet’s retailers give the largest mark-downs and deals for the whole year. Try to hold off any major electronics purchases, if you can, or you may end up crying after seeing your big purchase end up going for $100’s less than what you just bought it for.

Use Apps to keep track of deals: Same goes for social media, there’s a bunch of good accounts out there that will update you as soon as a sweet deal is spotted online.

How to Start A Successful Online Blogshop

A blogshop is, as the name suggests, an ecommerce website which is run through a platform that was originally crafted for blogging. They are all the rage at the moment for a multitude of different reasons. On this page I am going to talk you through how you can start a successful online blogshop. For the purposes of this content it does not matter what blogging platform you are using as your ‘base’. The strategies are very much the same.

Before you dive into setting up your blogshop it is important that you know exactly what you want to sell through it. The most important component of your success will be the products that you sell. After all; there is no sense building up an epic online store and then trying to shift a product which is not going to sell in a million years. Sure; any marketer could look at a product and try and spin it in a way in which people may wish to purchase it even if they had never contemplated it in the past. This is an incredibly difficult task and it is not always successful though. Think about what you want to sell. Check that there is actually an interest out there for that particular product or think about whether there could be a potential interest if it was ‘spun’ in the right way. If not; go back to the drawing board.

Once you have a product in mind it is time to start preparing your content. Since you are running a blogshop things are going to be ever so slightly different from a normal ecommerce website here. Sure; you are going to have an individual store where people can purchase your product. You are also going to have a blog too. This is where you are going to bring in the majority of your sales. Let me give you a couple of tips on creating brilliant content for your blogshop:

• Do not push a product at every given opportunity. This is without a doubt one of the worst things that you could possibly do. People hate being sold to….even when they browse an online store. Your main focus of your blogshop will be to provide a solution to people. To provide them with the help that they need. Create content which is absolutely fantastic and helpful. Do not put a product for sale in every post. This will scare people away.

  • Create brilliant content that people are willing to share. Remember; people are much more likely to share helpful posts with their friends and family than products.
  • Use decent images for your products. Studies have shown time and time again that better quality images result in more sales.
  • Post to your blog regularly. Do it at exactly the same time too. You want people to know when to expect new content.

After this is it is very much a case of marketing your blogshop. You want to spread word that you actually exist. There are a couple of things you want to do here. I will not go into depth on every point because you could probably write a whole book on blog marketing. This is not a complete list either. There are little hundreds of ideas that you can use. This will give you a nice push in the right direction however:

  • Search Engine Optimization: This is probably going to be your main focus. Most of your traffic is going to come through the search engines.
  • Social Media Marketing (Facebook and Twitter at the very minimum)
  • Guest Posting
  • Directories (if you can find one in your niche)
  • Forum Marketing

I am not going to lie to you here. Creating a successful blogshop is going to take a whole lot of work. If you have the right product and the drive to succeed however then you WILL be successful. I promise.

Tips For Online Shopping On Blogshops

Do you enjoy the ease and convenience of shopping online? If so, you are not alone because this is something that more and more people are doing these days. There are many ways that you can benefit from shopping on blogshops or online ecommerce sites, once it’s done smartly. Keep reading below as some helpful tips are provided to help you shop online.

The blogshops offer many advantages because they allow persons to shop online at any time without having to worry about finding parking and getting the purchases home. However, there are certain security traps that you have to look out for. This is why it’s important to use common sense and follow some simple tips to ensure that your online shopping experience is as safe as possible.

Tips for Online Shopping On Blogshops

When you are doing any form of online shopping, you need to be smart about the entire purchasing process. It is important to know exactly who you are dealing with, what you are purchasing, and feel confident that you are getting whatever you are paying for. You should also ensure that your credit card and bank account details are handled in safe and secure manner.

Many consumers know about the warning signs that they should look out for when purchasing items in a shop or a store and the same applies to when you are online shopping. You need to be wary if the website has bargains are deals which look too good to be true; the website looks unprofessional or suspicious and you are not really confident that the site will send what you are paying for or that it will use your information properly. Always trust your instincts and use common sense.

Before purchasing items on blogshops, you should check to see if the right information is provided for contact details, currency, handling, postage, shipping and so on. It is also important to read the product descriptions carefully while checking the value, safety, color and size of the product. You need to read all of the fine print information which includes policies for refunds, complaints, and warranty.

When it’s time to make a payment, you need to confirm the final cost. You should only make payments on a secure web page that is showing a valid digital certificate. For this, you can look to see if https is at the start of the address bar and the browser has a locked padlock. In addition, you should use secure payment methods such as your credit card or PayPal. Your credit card or bank details must only be sent through a secure web page, never by email. After making the payment, you should always print a copy of the transaction and keep in your records.

If you follow these simple tips, it will be easier and safer for you to shop online at blogshops.