Ecommerce Resources: Stay Ahead of the Competition by Using Ecommerce Forums, Blogs, and Online News

You are running an online store, but how do you know if you are running it well? Are you up to date with the current trends in ecommerce, or are you spinning your wheels with little results?

Aside from Volusion’s blog, there are many resources online to help you get ahead in online business. Here are just a few that we recommend:

DESIGN:
http://www.alistapart.com
Advanced blog about current style of design

http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/web-2.0-design-style-guide.cfm
Visual guide for modern style of design.

http://www.unmatchedstyle.com
http://cssvault.com/gallery
Two great galleries of web 2.0 style designs. Unmatched Style includes WordPress themes for your blog as well.
SEO and SEM:
http://www.seochat.com
SEO site with current trends in ecommerce, tips, and a useful forum.

http://www.searchengineland.com
Current tips and trends in SEO and SEM. Check out their crazy keywords!

http://www.sempo.org/learning_center
Organization completely dedicated to search engine marketing.

MARKETING and PR:
http://www.micropersuasion.com
Steve Rubel’s blog that features current on technology and how it can help you market your product. Pretty good with stats too.

http://www.marketingsherpa.com
Site full of useful marketing studies. Some studies are free; others are available for purchase.

http://www.gladwell.com/
Good to read to understand the psychological aspects of marketing rather than the technical. Check out Gladwell’s books too.

http://www.theb2blead.com/b2b-marketing-podcasts/the-b2b-lead-podcast-2-%E2%80%93-whurley-on-the-power-of-social-media/
Great podcast featuring William Hurley of BMC about the power and nature of social media.

NEWS AND MISCELLANEOUS:

http://www.ecommercetimes.com
Helps you keep up with the players and trends in ecommerce.

http://www.webmasterworld.com
Another means for keeping up.

http://www.practicalecommerce.com
Magazine completely dedicated to online stores.

Rather than reading a bunch at once, take a little time every day to gain knowledge about running an online business. You can make this easier by subscribing to these sites’ RSS feeds. Taking the time each day to understand the industry will help you take your business in the right direction.

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