Selling wooden crafts is an ideal way to earn a living. People purchase wooden crafts for home decor and to collect. The Internet offers a way for you to reach a worldwide market with your wooden crafts, creating a potentially profitable online business opportunity. Taking advantage of this opportunity is an effective way to market your talents and build a business doing what you enjoy, with the chance for a successful woodcraft business.
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Sign up with a web host service. This is what you will need for a website. Avoid using a free web hosting service. These free web hosts are free because they plaster your website with their own ads. This can give your business an unprofessional look and detract from the wooden crafts you're selling. There are many low-cost web hosting services available. If you prefer not to operate your own website, sign up with a website such as Etsy or eBay and sell your items there.
Register a domain name. Most of the web hosting services will do this for you, either as a free service to attract your attention or for a small fee. A domain name (www.nameofyourbusiness) will make it easier for potential customers to find you and establish your business identity. Ensure the name of your business is descriptive, lets people know what you sell and is part of your domain name.
Build a website that is easy to navigate, shows images of the crafts you sell and includes a shopping trolley. Most web hosting services include easy drag-and-drop web design you can use to create a gallery of your products, with prices and descriptions. Using the drag-and-drop method requires no web design knowledge. Your web host will also offer shopping trolley services to allow you to collect payment for your products online.
Design a website that immediately shows visitors what your business is about. For a woodcraft website, consider a background that looks like wood. Give your website a "country store" feel by adding photographs of your wood crafts on the front page. Design a logo that looks as if it's made of wood. Aim to stress the wooden craft angle of your business to draw your customers in.
Market your website to help build visibility. Create a list of keywords that you can insert into the key word editor of your web editing tool. This is a feature typically built in to the web editor provided by your web host. Examples of key words for a wood craft business include "wooden crafts," "wooden gifts," "wooden ornaments" "wood craft designs," and "woodworking." These key words in the heading of your website will help bring your website higher in the search engine. Another effective marketing strategy is to link your website to other craft-related websites. E-mail these websites and offer to link to their site in exchange for a link to your website. This cross-linking will help build traffic to both sites.
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