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When you are starting your business, having a mentor can be incredibly helpful. Let’s quickly go over what a business mentor is. A business mentor is someone who has been where you are at (getting a new business started) and they are willing to counsel you.

You may be asking yourself, “do I really need a business mentor?” We cannot say what you do or don't need, but many successful business owners have had one when they were starting out.

So how do you find a business mentor? What should you look for in one?

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If you are building your website from scratch, and you know HTML code, then you should be fine to add the basic HTML code we provide to your website.

If you are adding our code to a site like WordPress, than you may need a hand with how to do so. Many web-building programs/sites like WordPress use what is known as “What You See, Is What Your Get” or WYSISYG editing. Which allows you to see how your page looks as you add elements to it.


Let's start with adding E-junkie code to a Free WordPress Blog page which is a page on their site. WordPress' blog page cannot handle custom plugins or javascript. So what you will want to do within E-junkie is get the non-javascript code. 
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Guest blog post by Keran Smith is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of a social media management agency, LYFE Marketing.

If you have products to sell there is one thing you cannot get enough of: low-cost exposure to your target audience. Luckily, Facebook has over 968 million daily active users and is still one of the best places to advertise a product and acquire new customers. In fact, e-commerce brands advertising on Facebook typically see a 152% return on investment. Facebook’s advertising platform contains a number of key features that make it worthwhile for any e-commerce brand.


If you sell products, and want to start advertising on Facebook like a social media marketing company, here is a guide on how to best advertise your products on Facebook...
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When I studied archeology I came across information about a stone tablet written in cuneiform. The text was lamenting the way the world is getting worse, and one of the things mentioned that showed that the “end of the world was fast approaching” is that everyone wants to write a book. Well the world has not end in the past 4800 years, but everyone still wants to write a book, or in the case of the world today, release an album, make a film and so forth.

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How to Add Your First Product

Posted: 8/20/2015
So you've taken the plunge and started your E-junkie account. That's step one in having a successful e-commerce shop. Step two is adding your first product. In this post we'll talk you through how to do that. 







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In the past couple of weeks we have talked about the pros and cons of gaining money for your growing business with loans and investors. The final fundraising method we are going to cover is also the newest one.

Crowdfunding has become huge in recent years, helping raise money for films, TVs shows, records, books, games and more. And there are many sites that you can use including IndieGoGo, Patreon and KickStarter.

But what are the advantages of going this route?

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Getting Started with E-junkie

Posted: 8/11/2015
Let’s get back to basics this week with our tips and tricks series. If you are looking to sell your products online, setting up your own website to sell your products is a viable option. E-junkie provides you with code to place within your own website that will allow you to have a shopping cart. Our system is customizable and favored by DIY-ers. We also have a helpful support crew to help you out if you get tripped up. Here’s how you take the first steps to setting up your E-junkie account.

The first step is to go to our login page and sign-up for an account using the fields on the right...


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Last week, we posted about business loans, this week we are going to continue and talk about Investors.


Investors, sometimes call angel investors, business angels or angel funders, are affluent people or groups which provide an influx of capital in your business because they believe in it (or believe in its ability to make money). If you watch TV, the show Shark Tank is about business owners trying to get an angel investor to help take their business to the next level.


First, you need to have a business plan, so get one ready.


But do you think you want/need an angel investor? Let’s look at the pros of going down that road…

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When you set up a e-commerce shop, having a secondary place to sell your product is helpful. Even if you self-publish through Amazon's CreateSpace and sell on Amazon, getting a few copies of your book to sell at your local coffee shop may be something you want to do.

With E-junkie not only can you sell your digital products on your won website, you can also choose to use E-junkie's Marketplace to sell your products.

The first thing you will need to do is get your products setup. Once you have your product setup, you can add it to the E-junkie Marketplace.

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Website Speed is Vital

Posted: 8/03/2015
Running a website can be difficult. There are metrics that must be tracked and plugins to tweak. For a small business, understanding how to improve conversions could make or break your bottom line. 

Site speed has always been an important factor in increasing conversions. Recently, Google has started to factor site speed into their ranking algorithm, a decision that strongly favors light responsive sites over slower sites with long load times. Utilizing a CDN, removing Flash plugins and hosting your site on a virtual private cloud can give you excellent results in terms of speed and help you scale your resources rapidly if your site needs to grow. Testing your site to ensure it is loading quickly and giving your users a great experience will help you improve both conversions and your Google search ranking!

The infographic after the jump (made by SingleHop) delivers insight into how important website speed is and gives you some resources to test and optimize your site’s speed.

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If you are lucky enough to already have money to start your own business, that is amazing! But chances are that is not how it is going to go. Over the next few weeks we will go over the different options to get your shop going, or to keep your business afloat. This week we will kick this series by talking about business loans.


A business loan is a chance to get the capital you need for your business from a bank or other financial institute. But is it the best option for your business?


First, let’s look at some of the advantages of getting a business loan...
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When you’re selling products, you need a way to track your sales. When you have a brick and mortar shop, this is often done with a Point of Sale (P.O.S.) system or if you are computer adverse, by hand. With E-junkie, we provide a transaction log that users can access at any time. And the E-junkie Transaction Log is easy to access.

From the Seller Admin page, the option is going to be in the lower right corner...
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Every marketer who is running an e-commerce business should already know the power of email marketing. But without the correct strategies you might be losing out on a lot of subscribers AND revenue. The best aspect about email marketing is that a single promotional mail can bring in lots of conversions – but only if it is done right! Many marketers are still use the age old method of getting subscribers through a shabby looking Sign Up form and then sending them newsletters hoping to get lucky with some sales.


This is one of the biggest mistakes! The main disadvantage of this method is that often the subscribers get mails of unrelated offers which results in unsubscribes and/or low conversions and sales. This article walks thru 7 tweaks to improve your email marketing technique.
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When you sell products online the one thing you will always have is online shopping cart abandonment. According to research the average over the last ten years is about 68%, and looking closer to 75% for research done in the first half of this year.

So what causes online shopping cart abandonment? What can you do to limit the number of buyers who abandon their carts?

In the last 10 years, online shopping cart abandonment has gone up but saw have the number of people shopping online. There were far fewer people online ten years ago, the number of people willing to purchase online has increased dramatically and the number of businesses with an online presence has gone up as well.
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Even with the remote hosting option we mentioned last week, you may hit some trouble if the file you are selling is over the 2 GB limit we provide for remote files. But fear not! There is a work around. 

Our remote file size option being limited to 2 GB is a hard technical limit that is imposed by our web server architecture. That limit is derived from the maximum value that can be represented by a 32-bit signed integer, which is 2,147,483,647 bytes, which is 2.147 GB.

Some people have asked us, and maybe you are asking it too, “why don't we just upgrade the web server to allow larger files?”
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Guest blog post by Elizabeth Brown-Shook of Digital Exits. 


So you have a business that you have nurtured and grown but now you've decided it's time to move on and sell it. But how do you know how much it is really worth? 

Your goal is to get the most for the time you've put into your business but how can you put a dollar value on your e-commerce business? These four questions should help you become clear about what your business' value is, how you can possibly grow that value and how to proceed with selling it...
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When you start up a business you likely are starting it up all by your lonesome. You just have to manage yourself and your small shop. But if you are successful, eventually you will need to hire someone to help you out. It can be hard to determine when that point is.


Here are a few questions you should ask yourself to help you decide if you need to start hiring...

Is your business getting in the way of the rest of your life?

If you just don't have time to party as much as you'd like, you don't need to hire anyone. If you haven't seen your friends in six months and you aren't ever getting a full night of sleep, you might need to hire someone. If you are working fourteen or fifteen hours, seven days a week, maybe you need to consider getting help.

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When are selling your products online, you may have a need to include files that are large. For instance, maybe the file is a film you made. At E-junkie we have to put a limit on the file size that can be uploaded to our servers. But if your file is over 500 MB in size, you can host the file remotely. This means that your file will be located on your own server but when your buyers purchase the product from you,the product file is still provided using our download links which expire after a set number of download attempts or a set amount of time. Your buyers will not even know that the file is remote.


If you have a file over 500 MB you can use these steps to host the file remotely...

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In the past decade eCommerce has experienced exponential growth, in large part because of mobile technology advancements. The term m-commerce or mobile commerce, has been born because shopping can take place easily via mobile device. By 2017, m-commerce sales in the United States is estimated to gross $108 billion—a feat that has been fueled by mobile and social gaming.

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If your sales are decreasing unexpectedly, you need to take a step back and assess what is causing your business to stagnate. Writing off issues in the short term will hurt you in the long run. You need to troubleshoot issues as soon as they pop up and nip any problems that might cause your business to fail in the bud.


If you have a product that is no longer selling or your business is falling short of sales goals, get really honest and ask yourself if these issues might apply...


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