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  1. Tammy Brown
    January 24, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

    love, love your blog and info. I’ve got a question-I sell Digital downloadable printable party items.
    I have a shop on etsy, but also want to set up an e-store or website-are they the same thing? I see you found a plug-in to do this. Where once they purchase, the item will be sent, do I need to purchase your blogger-to wordpress item to find out how to do this? Or do you have a special place to purchase the info as to how to set it up? Continue your great tips, and wishing you much success


    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      January 24, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

      Hi Tammy. You need to have a website of your own in order to set up your own store. Then you an sell your own products without the Etsy fees, no need to renew/relist etc. It would also give you so many more options to interact with your customers, send them emails, write articles they would be interested in to keep them coming back etc. I’m sure if you are in the party printables business you are familiar with some of the great sites out there that make their sales through their sites in this way. Next week I have the full article coming up on how to set this up on your site and what product I recommend, but you will need a site to set it up on! I’ll happily set this new site up for you for free and install the shop system for you, although of course you will need to add all of your own content and items for sale. If you would be interested, just drop me a line at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to talk you through it.


  2. Marti @ SewliciousHomeDecor
    January 25, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    These are very helpful tips! Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up this week at Sewlicious Home Decor! 🙂 Marti


  3. Val @ Love My DIY Home
    January 25, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

    I will be starting my third website for a new family business, Adark Holsters. We make handcrafted leather holsters, so I need a store that works with actual physical products that need to be shipped. Please address this specifically in one of your posts. This is Greek to me. Thanks in advance!


    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      January 25, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

      Hi Val. You’ll be needing step 3 in the process. There will be two ways of doing it. Either you set up the whole website as a store front with some blog pages, info pages etc as needed and then add in the shopping cart. Or simply add a shopping cart option to a blog-based site. I’ll show you options for doing both and you can decide which will be the best options for you. Feel free to ask questions throughout the series and I’ll do my best to ‘steer’ you in the right direction! Deby


  4. Sabrina
    January 25, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    Good info to know!


  5. Brenda Kula
    January 25, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    I know what drop shipping is. But how do you get set up with the company to do this? And…are there ever times when they don’t do what they’re supposed to and it makes you look bad? Have considered this option many times, just don’t have the knowledge to attempt it.


    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      January 25, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

      You’ll find it typically in a smaller company that might have various distributors but perhaps also a direct sales force themselves, on a small scale. Its just a case of approaching companies you would like to work with and asking them if they can work with you in this way, that you create orders and they send them directly to the customer on your behalf. Its a great way to work, in fact very little work and you get to keep a small sales mark up in return for generating the sale. There are no doubt some rogues out there, so I would avoid all of these people who want you to send them money in return for a list of companies that will drop ship. Better to do your own research and approach reputable companies you would like to work with.


  6. Debbie Borthwick
    January 25, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

    Saw you sharing at Sewlicious’s linky party and the title intrigued me. I’m setting up a store in the future and have been looking at 3rd party sites. You make sense in your post, but it also sounds scary…so technical. I’ve subscribed to your site so I can stay updated and hopefully learn a thing or two…and hopefully figure out which is the best way for me to go.
    Thank you!!
    Debbie 🙂


    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      January 26, 2014 @ 7:26 am

      Hi Debbie. What will you be selling in your store. Your own products, downloads, affiliate products, something else? None of the options I’m going to show you are actually very difficult and they can all be up and running in minutes, although you’ll want to spend a bit of time customizing all of the options and setting up your products just right. You will need to start with a WordPress site though, because all of the plugins and themes I’ll be looking at will only work on WordPress. If there is anything in particular you want me to cover, just let me know.


  7. Brooke
    January 27, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    Thanks so much for following up with this, Deby! I can’t wait to dive into it and study up on it. Thanks for sharing!!


  8. Diana Petrillo
    January 27, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    Lots of great information, Deby. I’m visiting via Pursuit of Functional Home’s Monday hop. I just started blogging and opened an Etsy store in October. I’m intrigued by the idea of opening my own shop, so I will follow your posts. Thanks!


  9. Natasha
    January 28, 2014 @ 4:56 am

    great tips.

    Now your newest follower


  10. Patti
    January 28, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    Always a home run when I come to your site. Thanks! (pinned)


    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      January 28, 2014 @ 9:04 am

      Thanks Patti. I hope everyone will pick up some good ideas from the upcoming posts on what I use and how I use it.


  11. Marti @ SewliciousHomeDecor
    February 1, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    Congratulations! This was the most clicked on project, everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂


    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      February 1, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

      Wow – thanks so much for the feature. I think there is a lot of interest in this subject, but it can be so complicated to set up your own store. My series will go through all the options and hopefully there will be a surge of new online sellers as a result, making a little extra cash online. Thank you for linking back.


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