Category Archives: Websites

Learning about Websites

If you are totally new to the idea of having a website:

If you are totally new to the idea of having a website:

  • First consider how it will be built, managed and promoted.
    • The person or company who serves, or hosts, your site will probably help or cover registering a Domain Name for you.
  • I have recommended a couple hosting companies that include registering a Domain Name on the AaBiz Resource page

I hope this blog and the Website will help you in getting started and making choices.

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A Do It Yourself Website Option

I just tested the google site option and created the page


This is an example of a simple way to build your own site with a google account.

Your layout and editing choices are limited but it doesn’t take long to find your way around the options.

If you have no budget, it is worth checking into the google options. You might also see if your service provider offers web space.

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Contact Information: Location, Privacy, Spam

An e-mail address is one thing you do Not want the search to find with ease.

Of course you want to give your viewers a way to send email. Making it easy to click open a direct e-mail form also makes it easy for the address to be harvested by sinister crawlers seeking spam targets. It is a good idea to have an e-mail address that is just for your web mail. It can be set up so the website mail is forwarded to your primary e-mail. And, there are ways to have your e-mail address viewable on your webpage but less attractive to search. Like:

webmail (at symbol) actualart .biz (no spaces)

or make have an image of the address. The compromise, it is not quite as easy as just a  click open pre-addressed e-mail compose window. More and more we are seeing sites that use forms for mail. What is worse, having to key in an address or fill out a form? What would your audience rather do?

If you are comfortable with publicity and advertising you may see the public space of the internet as a great way to get your message out. Yet, if you see going online as a bit scary, it can be, but relax.  Just think about going online like going out. It is always potentially dangerous to go out in public and most of us still sometimes go out.  Look both ways before crossing the street. Pay attention to the road while driving and keep an eye out for potential hazards. Chances are you will survive and get where you want to go.

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Selling things on the Internet: E-commerce

Things to think about and prepare for a website that is selling stuff.

A clear comprehensive inventory is necessary for any kind of selling. When you are selling online you are preparing a catalog of your inventory so you need prepare information for each item. Use relevant key words while composing all text, titles, descriptions, alternate text…

  • ID #
  • Item Name
  • Item Price
  • Discount or comparison price if these apply.
  • Images
  • At least one image for each item. You will probably need a larger image and a thumbnail.
  •  “Alternate Text”
  • Alternate Text is a phrase that will go behind the picture. If the picture does not load the viewer will see this text in place of the image. Use key words that describe or identify what is in the picture.
  • A short concise description of the item.
  • A full description of the product specifications.

You will need a shopping site. If you are starting out, consider selling through another mega e-commerce company. You can have a low maintenance main website to present your company and link to other services.


  • They have brand recognition that you will be associated with.
  • They have reputations, they are known. It is likeley you have at least heard of ebay and probably purchased through Amazon.
  • If you don’t expect to sell a lot you can start as an individual seller and only pay the fees when things sell.
  • They include services that make selling easy to keep track of.


  • They have brand recognition that you will be associated with.
  • The cost of the service may or may not be worth it.
  • You have less freedom of design for the website.

Before you choose, compare the various fees, the per item fee and the % fee. Also consider potential costs related to postage and tax. Do a little math to figure out which service is best for your product. For  example if you are selling a lot of little things, a higher per item fee might really cut into your profits. On the other hand if you are selling a few expensive items, the per item fee is irrelevant.

Off Site Links

Selling on Amazon
– “Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce or e-comm, refers to the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.”
– E-commerce Times

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