How to Create a Website to Sell Items on eBay

Things You'll Need


eBay account

eBay store (optional)

Registered domain name

Written content


How to Create a Website to Sell Items on eBay


Website Purpose


Your website's purpose influences its focus. Without purpose, your website will appear unorganized and unplanned. Decide on your primary message or theme and your target audience to pinpoint your purpose. Also, determine your website type. Will it be informational, e-commerce, blog or other? Answering these upfront questions stimulates your thinking about your website's purpose.


Domain Name


Before creating your website, acquire a domain name. A domain name allows users to easily remember your website address rather than its numerical IP address. To keep your domain short and memorable use only letters, numbers and hyphens. You can purchase a domain name from domain registrars such as GoDaddy and Namecheap for a one-to-ten year time frame. 


Web Hosting


For Internet users to view your website, you need a place to store your site content. Web hosting allows you to store your website information on a server that's always connected to the Internet. Popular Web hosting providers include GoDaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator, and others. Some providers register domain names along with providing Web hosting.


Website Plan


Your website will require a plan. Creating a website plan helps you think about issues such as how many website pages will you have, what will be the website page names, how often will the website be updated and who will perform the updates. Your plan should list the main focus of your website along with the proposed Web page names. Your website plan organizes your website so that users can find information quickly and information can be easily updated.


Content


Each website page requires content, which consists of text, images and other information displayed to Internet users. Determine where your website content will come from. Also, be sure that you have permission to use any content before including on your website. Pay attention to images. Use those that you own or purchase royalty-free images.


Instructions for eBay


1 - Choose a domain name for your website that ties into your eBay store or your eBay listings. For example, if you are selling Buttons, choose a name that includes the word Buttons, such as Buttons.com.

        

2 - Register your domain name with an official registration service. Registering your domain name will give your new website an Internet address.

       

3 - Select a web hosting company for your website. Often, companies provide both web hosting and domain registration services.

        

4 - Create content about the items you are selling on eBay for your website. Keep your content informative, entertaining and engaging. Remember, the more quality content you have on your website, the better your chances of appearing near the top of search results on the search engines and the more traffic you will build.

        

5 - Link your website to your eBay store or listings by placing links within your content. You will need to learn a little basic HTML so you can create active links on your site.

       

6 - Use a website builder to easily create your web pages by cutting and pasting the content you've written into a template. Add photos and graphics to entice readers and enhance your site. Often, companies that provide web hosting and registration services also offer easy-to-use website builders.

       

7 - Submit your new website to directories such as bing, Google and Yahoo.

        

8 - Link your eBay store or listings to your new website by using the eBay Blog or add a link to your product descriptions.


Tips & Warnings


Choose a web hosting plan that is user friendly and affordable. Look for a company that will provide hosting, domain registration and a website builder, if you need all three services.


To continue attracting traffic to your website and maintain loyal readers, keep your site updated with new information on a consistent basis.

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