Top 5 Ecommerce Platforms: Shopify vs Volusion vs Bigcommerce vs Big Cartel vs 3dcart (December 2016)

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In a market as saturated as the ecommerce platform market, it can be very difficult to figure out which shopping cart software best meets your needs. If you are considering starting your own store, then chances are you have already run into this struggle at some point. So far I have reviewed most popular platforms as individual offers, and created this comparison chart, then ranked all platforms after their SEO effectiveness, but now it’s time to see how the different platforms compare to each other: Shopify, Bigcommerce, 3dcart, Volusion and Big Cartel.

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How to Choose the Best Ecommerce Platform for SEO (December 2016)

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Why is SEO Important for Ecommerce? Well, 44% of every online purchase begins with an online search (IPSOS 2012). Making sure that your products can be found easily on search engines such as Google can be the difference between an ecommerce business that fails or succeeds. A large part of effective Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is to ensure that the pages of your site appear as relevant as possible to a search engine for the search terms (keywords) that your prospective customers are using.

Many business owners may be unaware that their Ecommerce platform (some of them discussed here) might not be equipped with the features needed to make their online shop search-engine-friendly. Some ecommerce software offers only the most basic SEO features, some only at a premium cost while others do not offer them at all.

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Selling Products Online: The Best Ways to Sell Digital Goods

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After researching for weeks and selecting the top 10 solutions, we’ve tested them in the last 5 days and here are our findings: We believe that Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) continues to be the best tool for people interested in selling digital goods online. This is followed closely by SendOwl and Gumroad, both of which stand strong for selling products online, particularly in the digital goods sector.

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7 Best Free WordPress Ecommerce Plug-ins (December 2016)

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WordPress has started its journey as a blogging platform, but now it’s being used as a robust solution for building eCommerce sites. The powerful plug-in architecture of WordPress makes it possible for anyone to transform an ordinary site into a fully-fledged digital shop. So in case you’d rather build it with good old WordPress instead of using dedicated shopping cart software, read on!

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50 Million Shoppers Prove Power of Personalized Recommendations [Infographic]

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Product recommendations have become integral parts of the online shopping experience. By analyzing data from 50 million shopping transactions, Dynamic Yield learned that visitors who engage with product recommendations generate 2.8x higher revenue per visitor and 20% greater average order value. Thus it is vital to maximize exposure to recommendations to help users move from window shoppers to buyers.

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Shopify Apps: The Best 50 Free and Paid Apps

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If you’ve worked with Shopify in the past, you’ve asked the question, “Which Shopify apps are the best?” The question generally comes from beginners trying to scale up their stores, but eventually you’ll start hearing similar thoughts ringing in your head. Although this time, it’ll be more focused, like apps for accounting, email marketing or social media. You’re also bound to hear yourself thinking about budgetary restraints, meaning the free and affordable apps are generally on your radar first.

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Shopify Themes “Sections” – All You Need to Know

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One of the main complaints that people have with Shopify is that you don’t get any sort of drag and drop editor. Although this functionality still hasn’t made its way to the system, they have released a new tool called Shopify Sections. The whole point is to quickly move around homepage content, somewhat similar to a drag and drop interface.

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Free Privacy Policy, Return Policy and Terms of Service for eCommerce

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Let’s face it. Even thinking about a privacy policy, return policy or terms of service page sounds dull. However, it’s required for you to protect yourself, your customers and the overall environment on your ecommerce store. These policies take a long time to write up, and they are far from cheap if you go to a lawyer. However, we don’t recommend writing these up alone. Otherwise, you could end with some loopholes in your return policy or privacy policy, making a sticky situation for you and your customer. Luckily, quite a few options are available online for finding a free privacy policy, along with various templates for things like return policies and terms of service.

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