This is a guest post by Trevor Ginn.
If you’ve put in all the work required to create a successful blog you might as well make some money out of it! One monetisation option is to offer things for sale which are related to your niche. Indeed, many large community sites such as NCT and BabyCentre incorporate an online shop to generate additional revenue.
Before You Start
Setting up an online shop alongside your blog is very easy and requires little technical expertise. Before you start you should think about the kind of shop you want to run as this will determine the requirements for your online shopping cart. Here are some questions to think about:
- Number of products you want to sell.
- Payment methods you wish to take.
- Nature of products, ie. physical or digital.
- Future plans for your business.
Write down a list of your requirements and compare these against the available options. If you only want to sell a few products you can set up a very simple online shop using PayPal. However, if you want to sell a wider range of products and offer products which can be downloaded, it will be necessary to opt for a more complex arrangement.