If youre considering getting started in e-commerce, having your own eBay store is a great way to gain experienceits like putting your own website up right on eBay. According to eBay University Instructor Janelle Elms (http://JanelleElms.com, http://StoresSuccessVideo.com), there are considerable advantages to starting online with an eBay store rather than an independent website:
Its quick and easy. Launching a website involves time and preparationyou have to secure a domain name, find a host, and then design your web pages, or hire someone to do it for you. With eBay, you can literally have a store up and running in a matter of hours.
Its cost-effective. At only $16 a month, its highly affordable. And many of the marketing and optimization tools you would pay for with a stand-alone site are included for free with your eBay store. Says Elms, The marketing opportunities are phenomenal. Ive had clients whove ranked number one on MSN, Yahoo, and Google, for sixteen dollars a month.
It produces fast results. You can spend months optimizing and advertising a traditional website before you start seeing results; but with an eBay store, you have...