Things To Do Before Starting An E-Commerce Website
E-commerce based businesses have been on the rise for past many years. In fact, they are outdoing physical businesses for most part. According to one research that ask buyers about their shopping preference, 60% buyers responded in favor of online shopping as compared to traditional shopping. There is a strong buzz in market as for development of e-commerce website, as more and more software houses are getting into this business.
Personally as a SEO consultant, it is almost overwhelming to see the number of E-commerce based businesses approaching for search engine optimization. E-commerce industry in Pakistan is relatively new as compared to European, American or Chinese market and people have just started to take interest in E-commerce shopping. As a SEO consultant Pakistan I have been at the receiving end of numerous questions for search engine optimization of E-commerce site. Thus I decided to chalk-out few important considerations for a successful online store.
For all the possible reasons, choosing the right platform is the absolute necessity for any successful E-commerce website. It is simply a compulsion to choose the right platform as per your needs and requirements. Choosing the right platform also depends upon the amount of traffic you assume to be drive at your site.
Among the listed platforms, WordPress is the most preferred and used e-commerce website platform. It is not only used for blogging purpose, rather it is also effective for portfolio, magazines and e-commerce websites. Today over 140million installations is recorded for WordPress worldwide, not to forget one is every sixth website that accounts for top million websites driven by traffic is built on this versatile platform. These stats simply reflects the popularity and acceptance of WordPress as the preferred website development platform. My personal experience as SEO consultant in Pakistan for WordPress powered e-commerce websites have been tremendous, as I have always found it versatile and adaptable. They can be easily integrated into different themes and plug-ins and are customizable.
Once you have your desired platform sorted out, it’s time to focus on e-commerce plug-ins for your website. To put it simply, e-commerce plug-ins help putting in place the shopping store on your website, this include tracking of sales, sales evaluation and most importantly installing payment gateways. There are various e-commerce plug-ins available in market today, but if you asked my preference then as an SEO expert Pakistan I love Woo-commerce.
Woo-commerce is a truly adaptable and easy to integrate e-commerce plug-in that enable shopping cart designing, implementation of checkout process and products’ allocation. You can also search out some great extensions and add-ons for Woo-commerce; which are easily available. Most of all, I personally find it easy to work with from SEO point of view.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Now that’s something of a love. No matter how efficient and rigorous platform or plug-ins you have incorporated to your e-commerce store, until you have made it SEO friendly, you aren’t going anywhere with your sales.
Search Engine Optimization is the heart of all e-commerce businesses and as an SEO consultant I will definitely recommend you to hire services for some SEO expert in Pakistan while in development phase, so as to ensure your website is SEO friendly. Remember, the higher your site’s visibility, greater the chance of attracting traffic.
A common misconception that I have seen prevailing in minds of e-commerce businesses in Pakistan is about their casual behavior towards getting the right SEO. There are hundreds of SEO consultants working in industry and as a professional SEO expert I myself advise all people out there to never ignore the importance of SEO friendly website (especially when its about ecommerce website).
Since as long as I have been working as a SEO consultant, one thing that have retained its importance is the content. Remember, back in days we use to hear slogans, “Content is king”? Well, this is true even today and you got to have your website content written in most proficient way, not only to attract traffic but also to rank in search engine ratings.
Make sure you update your website’s content on daily basis and make sure your content is written professionally with proper keywords incorporated. This will help you greatly in achieving higher SEO ratings and thus more traffic.