Setting up a "virtual store" is a great way to make money from
your web site without having to spend any money. There are a couple of
easy ways to go about this. You can set up a free-standing virtual store site, hosted and administered by someone else.
Or, add product descriptions and direct links on your website to specific products on the other store's site
None require you to have any goods to sell or be able to process credit card orders yourself. Instead you
sell other people's goods, and they take care of all the credit card
transactions and shipping of the goods. In essence they're super
affiliate programs, with you getting a commission on all the sales.
Set Up Your Very Own Virtual Store!
You can actually set up what appears to be your very own store in just a
matter of minutes, and you can stock it with your selection of items. You can set up a stand alone site, and promote it directly, or set one up to
complement your main content site. While
you can set up a full range shop, it's probably a better idea to try to tailor
the items you sell to a particular theme.
Amazon.com hosts one of the most successful affiliate programs precisely because people can create virtual stores and earn commissions on literally
hundreds of thousands of items. Whether you're interested in books, videos, electronics, or housewares, you should be able to find a range of
products to market that suit your site's visitors.
A range of in-house and third-party solutions also provide you with the tools to build a complete shop with automatic feeds from Amazon for the range of goods you want.
For example, you can visit the associate shop set up to match this web site, which offers computers, software and related books.
The shop content is an Amazon feed, but appears directly within a page at this site.
offers a unique service - you can set up a virtual store through which you can
sell a range of items with your own designs. Promote your own art work, corporate identity, or website theme with T-shirts, sweatshirts,
baseball caps, tote bags, mouse pads, coffee mugs & more! CafePress
now also will create and sell your audio and data CD's!! They
manufacture the merchandise, and handle all order processing & fulfillment. They charge you a
base price for each item, and you can determine how much profit you want to
add into the final price.
The best advantage of setting up a virtual store is that you get a
commission no matter how many times customers visit your virtual store before
they decide to buy anything. With most affiliate programs offered by
online stores, you only get a commission if customers buy something on
the very first visit they make by following the link from your site.
Create A Store
Page On Your Web Site
The other way to create a virtual store is to set up links on your web
site to specific items in other people's stores - you get a commission if
people click through and buy! Many online stores allow you to link to
individual items from their catalogue, often they provide you with a link to
photographs of the item and a brief description. You may be able to add
your own description, in order to "pre-sell" the item while
customers are still on your site. That way, customers are more likely to be in
a buying mood when they first click through from your site to the online
You can set up a separate page and make it look like a mini-store
with photos and descriptions of all the items - just like a catalogue!
You can also place the links and descriptions to
individual items in the best context setting in the pages on your site -
that way the visitor sees the promotional material about the item exactly when
they are thinking about that sort of thing. You can use this technique
if you are an affiliate of such stores as Amazon and CDnow.
You can see this approach in action on the
page used at this site to sell USA flag items. An alternative is to provide
a price comparison guide, which is done on this site for a number of online prescriptions;
for an example, visit the Propecia Price Guide.
You can do this with items from your own virtual store - this is the
best option, as you get the commission no matter how many times customers
visit before they buy. If you don't want to set up your own virtual store, you
can still use this strategy with items from other online stores. Either way,
you should make some money along the way!!
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