Most people start blogs because they want to share information, thoughts, ideas, and ideologies with a diverse online community of like-minded individuals (or other interested parties). Your blog might focus on the latest celebrity fashions and foibles, the art and craft of woodworking, the difficulties of motherhood, or animal rights and conservation. There are just as many types of blogs on the web as there are hobbies and interests. Some are so targeted to a specific niche, though, that they have very few visitors. And this does not bode well for monetization opportunities. If, however, you have created your blog with monetization in mind, you want to sell your own products, or you happen to have grown to such a degree that you now have related websites clamoring to become affiliates, then perhaps you are interested in adding an online shopping cart to your blog. And here are a few tips to help you get started.
First you need to consider your options for payment type as this could dictate the manner in which you go about adding a shopping cart. If, for example, you want to use PayPal exclusively (so that you don’t have to bother with credit cards) you’ll need to go through their particular process when setting up a shopping cart. You’ll start by collecting all the information you need to sell items (name, description, item number, price, photos, etc.) and actually building web pages for visitors to peruse. From there you’ll need to create a PayPal account.
Once these steps are complete you simply go to the merchant tools in PayPal, access the PayPal shopping cart, and enter the info for items you want to sell. Once this is done you enter the URL of the “add to cart” button on your web page and click “create button now”. The appropriate scripts will then be generated and all you have to do is copy and paste them with your website editing tools. In truth, using PayPal is not only one of the easiest ways to create a shopping cart, but also to manage it since you never have to deal with credit card companies and they handle the security of transactions.
However, you may want to offer your visitors more options. After all, those that don’t have PayPal accounts will have to take the time to create them in order to shop your site, and this could lead to lost sales. Luckily, there are all kinds of shopping cart software options available to you with various levels of functionality and cost. You might want to start by reading shopping cart software reviews so that you can select the one that meets the needs of your business. And once you have found the program that provides the best options at a price you can afford, you should be able to easily install it by following the instructions or utilizing tutorials. If all else fails you can even hire a web developer to create and maintain a custom shopping cart for your blog. But in most cases you can do it on your own for a lot less money with just a little planning and a willingness to learn.