Guest blog post by Robert Nachum growth and marketing manager at Ranky.

Whether you’re diving into your very first business, or you’re expanding your brick-and-mortar online, there are a few very important things you must take into consideration before opening your e-commerce site. To get the biggest return from your e-commerce site, there are 3 things you need to understand before you begin shouting "we're open" announcements from the rooftops (i.e. ramp up marketing efforts). 

We were lucky enough to catch Danny of BlogStomp, and asked him what about them made them a success. Here's what he had to say... 

First off, can you tell me about your business and what you offer?

In short we make software for Photographers. Cross platform desktop apps and a cloud-based service that more or less is about helping produce deliverables from images. Those deliverables might be blog posts, Facebook galleries or photo books.

How long has your business existed online? What is the origin story?

BlogStomp was born out of this necessity in 2009 – its frustrated founders wanted to spend less time behind a computer screen, and more

Our cart is made for DIY-ers. We know you know how you want things done, and we're here to let you apply your aesthetic. A big part of that is allowing for customization of your shopping cart.

When using E-junkie you can set-up our cart as an overlay window on your website by using our View Cart button code along with the Add to Cart button code; the cart code looks like this:
<a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&ejc=2&cl=XXXXX" target="ej_ejc" class="ec_ejc_thkbx" onclick="return EJEJC_lc(this);"><img src="//www.e-junkie.com/ej/ej_view_cart.gif" border="0" alt="View Cart"></a>
<script type="text/javascript">
function EJEJC_lc(th) { return false; };
<script src="//www.e-junkie.com/ecom/box.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


Guest blog post by Phink TV Online Marketing Executive Manager Frank Vitetta. 

Lots of people know that actions speak louder than words, but in sales - VIDEO speaks louder than words! Videos are an extremely persuasive asset in boosting your overall sales and expanding your bottom line. So, how can you begin utilizing video content help your business make more sales? Below I'll explain why video works, and how to begin using it to your advantage.
We have decided to share the knowledge of our top sellers with you! We sought out our superstars and asked them a few key questions with the hopes it will help online selling newbies get things going for themselves. 

Second in our series is Fitness Revolucionario, a health and wellness blog that has grown a strong following in a few short years. Here's what the founder had to say about what makes Fitness Revolucionario successful...

How long has Fitness Revolucionario existed? What is the origin story?

I started the Blog 3 years ago. It started as a personal quest for a more authentic approach to health, away from all the supplement pushers and gym membership sellers. 

One of the great things about E-junkie is that since we provide our code in basic HTML form you can customize the button codes we provide.

The most common customization people like to make is to change the button image and use one of their own.  Here is an example of our standard Add to Cart Button code:
<a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&ejc=2&cl=XXXXX&i=1382652" target="ej_ejc" class="ec_ejc_thkbx" onclick="return EJEJC_lc(this);"><img src="//www.e-junkie.com/ej/ej_add_to_cart.gif" border="0" alt="Add to Cart"></a>

All you will need to do is replace that URL with one of your choosing, so the code would look like this...
Guest blog post by Steve Aedy of freshessays.com

Writing is a solitary craft. But with so many writers out there going through the same pain, blockage, frustration and burn-out, sometimes it helps to turn to another writer for help. 

There's a ton of wonderful advice out there for the taking. Tuck some of it behind your ear and write on.

Below are a list of websites that will help you sort out your writing woes and get back to writing better than ever.

Writer's Digest has stood the test of time and is an old favorite of many writers for good reason. 


We have decided to share the knowledge of our top sellers with you! We sought out our superstars and asked them a few key questions with the hopes it will help online selling newbies get things going for themselves. The first in our series is Jerry Cards, the one-stop shop that makes buying gift cards super easy (you don't even have to leave your house, or visit multiple websites to get your gift list covered). A great holiday pick right? Read on to see how this eCommerce success grew their business from the ground up. 

First off, can you tell me about your business and what you offer?
We are Jerry Cards, http://www.jerrycards.com We offer instant worldwide delivery of US Gift Cards in digital form. The most popular item on 

It is the giving season, full of online gift offers and shopping for difficult people in your life! A bundle of goods that compliment each other is a quick, no-brainer buy for your customers, especially if it is offered at a savings.

That being said, we figured this would be the perfect time to break down how to setup an Add to Cart buttons that adds more than one product to the cart. Usually, we would suggest using our Bundle Product feature to combine products into a single product, but sometimes a merchant might want to have the different parts of a “bundle” show up as separate line items in the cart.

For our example, I’m going to use two of our previously created products, “Product 1” and “Product 2”.  

Guest blog post by Kevin Skaggs of Idea Design Studio

It’s happened: you have a brilliant idea for an invention and you know it’s destined to sell. One of the hardest parts of the invention process is coming up with a killer concept, but the next steps are almost as challenging. Below are five necessary steps to getting your invention off the ground AND protect your intellectual property. 


Before telling anyone about your idea, document it! Dedicate a notebook exclusively to your invention and write out everything having to do with it: how it works, what materials it requires, 
how it benefits the consumer, etc. Keep original

The online marketplace is crowded, if your customers can get in and out with a simple click of a button (instead of scrolling down lists of options) they are more likely to buy right now. Luckily, you can make your customers' shopping experience quick and easy with e-junkie.  

When you are selling a product that comes in different colors, patterns, etc. you can use our variant feature to set up a product with Variants to allow a single product to handle it, using drop down menus for buyers to select the size and color.  But consider having buttons for each option, a button for a small white shirt, a different button for a small black one, etc. This can still be setup with our Variant feature and then just a little extra coding is needed to make each set of options into a single button.


Guest blog post by Jessica Oaks

The rise of mobile devices has completely changed the nature of how people shop and interact with brands online. With nearly 50 percent of mobile phone users now relying on their mobile phone as their primary Internet source, it’s critical for retail businesses to be smartphone and tablet-friendly, and many businesses have risen to the task. Industry data shows that sales on mobile devices have skyrocketed at astounding rates — the New York Times reported in 2013 that mobile sales increased 81 percent in just one year.


Gearing Up For Cyber Monday

Posted: 11/21/2014
The holiday shopping season is about to kick off in full force around the corner, and  brick and mortar stores are preparing for Black Friday. But if you sell online, forget Black Friday, because Cyber Monday is the game you should be ready to play (in just over a week!). This post will help you get prepared.

Last year was the first year where online sales for Cyber Monday exceeded Black Friday. Total sales last year were nearly 2.3 billion dollars according to Adobe Digital Index. That is a continuation of the steady increase in online sales during the holiday shopping season

If you are running an online store then there are a couple of suggestions we'd like to make so you can grab a piece of that pie. 

Sometimes when you setup a particular product you want to allow people to purchase more of that one item at a discount rate. Since 'tis the season, you may want to offer a discount on your perfect gift items for your customers to snag in bulk for the holidays. 

Instead of going through the trouble of setting up multiple discounts for a single product, you can setup the product using the Variant feature to get the same effect.

For our example we are going to name our product “Product 2” and set the standard price to $2.00 for one to three, $1.75 for four to seven, and $1.50 for eight or more.

Start by clicking Add Product; then enter the name of the product and check off the box for Variants. 
Guest post by Joshua Marx of Team National

A backlink is simply one hyperlink from one webpage to another. Backlinks are one of the most effective ways to increase your page rankings and search engine optimization (SEO). By displaying other webpage hyperlinks that link to your post, you can work your way up to page one on the Google search engine. This strategy will benefit your company and significantly increase brand exposure. Consider the following steps to help you develop high quality backlinks that will enhance your page ranking results.

This week, I was lucky enough to sit down with Horror Expert and Poet Eric Myford. Eric has released two Encyclopedias of Horror and Suspense Films and five poetry collections. He’s a super impressive do-it-yourself dude.

Willy of E-Junkie: Eric, since you encyclopedia is for the horror/suspense film genre, what was your first horror/suspense film and what is your favorite?
Eric Myford: First horror movie I remember seeing was when I was about 3 and it was Q - The Winged Serpent. As for my favorite, always a tough call, but I would have to say "A Serbian Film". It is an amazing movie but it stands out because it's really the only movie out of 3000+ that actually had an effect on me. I thought about it for days afterward and some images are permanently burned into my mind. 

One of the great things about E-junkie is that it can be used by people all over the world. But not everyone is the Latin alphabet, and I do not mean just adding in accent marks. E-junkie can still be used with other character sets. To create the product name you will just need to place a period before and after the name, in the two examples I am using Hebrew and Japanese as our currency options allow for both the Shekel and Yen. The price, at the time of this writing both figure to $25 US.

Start by clicking on Add Product, on the upper left of the Seller Admin page. One the page enter in the name with the period before and after, along with the other information for the product, like so...

Guest blog post by Ruby Andrews of NI card.

Who can be considered a sole trader?

A sole trader is a person who puts his or her effort in a business that belongs to him and benefits by enjoying all the process. Sole traders get involved with financial risks. They are accountable to all debts if the business fails. 

The advantages of being a sole trader.

Low managerial costs (since one person is the sole owner) and easy start up (since less capital is required) are a couple of the advantages of becoming a sole trader. Also, since total control is in one person's hands, decision making can be quick and the sole trader (maybe you!) enjoys all the profit. 


The holiday season is upon us, and gift sales are already going up. Gift certificates are always a go-to for gift buyers (who wants to get someone they don't know something they might not like?) and you should consider offering them. 

Although we don't do a traditional gift card, there is a way to setup a gift coupon with e-junkie. The difference is the code that comes with the coupon will be used in one go, unlike a gift card/certificate that can be used for multiple orders over time.

The first thing you will want to do is come up with a list of codes, you can either do this manually or use an online system to come up with a list. random.org will come up with a list of codes for you. 
Guest blog post by Tanisha Williams of Chat eBooks

More and more publishing success stories these days are coming from eBook authors instead of those who publish print books. As a result, the number of eBook writers has gone up drastically. Though it may seem lucrative to write your own eBook and sell it, making enough sales to earn good money is not as easy as it seems. You need to learn and implement the right techniques and methods to promote your eBook. Here are some tips to help you do just that.