If you are a retailer, you know you can sell on Amazon and eBay as a way to generated additional customer orders. However, there are several more options that most retailers don't know about.
Maximize your retail reach
Building an online retail store is a great, inexpensive way to start your product and brand on the road to success. For the cash-strapped, free social network marketing is essential to building awareness of and a following for your brand. But, while Twitter and Facebook posts can connect your brand with a lot of people, they do not necessarily put your product in front of those people at a crucial moment in time – when the urge to buy something is tickling their wallets and when they have itchy trigger fingers eager to punch in a credit card security code to complete the purchase and send your product on its journey into their lives.
To maximize your reach, you need to go where all your potential customers are visiting.
Multiple marketplaces to list products
List as many products as you can in as many channels as you can effectively support. There are multiple places for retailers to list, outside of their own webstore channel, Amazon, and eBay, and we want to open your eyes to some of those options.
Here are some additional online marketplaces where online retailers can list products today:
- Sears.com – the famous retail giant offers an online marketplace where you can list your products for sale.
- Buy.com – an expansive online marketplace that receives a lot of traffic.
- Newegg.com – the second largest online-only retailer in the United States now has its own marketplace.
- Storenvy.com – two stores in one for free; create your own webstore that is included in the Storenvy marketplace.
- Etsy.com – the largest online marketplace for handmade and vintage items.
Tictail.com – an emerging webstore marketplace.
- Shoply.com – a free marketplace operating specifically with the small business owner in mind.
- iOffer.com – a well-traveled commission-based marketplace.
- eCrater.com – a free marketplace that offers customizable online stores to retailers.
- Bonanza.com – a sales-commission-based online marketplace with a social community theme.
- Blujay.com – a free classified marketplace that allows for unlimited ad postings.
- ArtFire.com – a free marketplace geared toward sellers of handmade products.
- Offeritem.com – a free marketplace that provides an online store and shopping cart to sellers.
- Zibbet.com – a fixed-price marketplace for handmade goods, fine art, vintage items and crafting supplies.
- Atomicmall.com – a marketplace that has both set price and auction options.
- Sell.com – a marketplace organized in a classified ad format.
- Choxi.com – formerly known as NoMoreRack.com, Choxi is a discount retailer that allows merchants to apply to list their products in their well-known retail marketplace.
Optimize your marketplace listings
Once you have picked the appropriate marketplaces to list your products, don’t forget to submit your products to Google so that they can be listed in the search tool’s shopping results. These marketplaces will greatly increase your product’s opportunity for exposure and will send you well on your way to selling success.
Some marketplaces will allow you to perform some SEO on your product listings which can increase direct exposure to your listings via search engines.
If you're just getting started with your dropshipping business and found this information helpful, please check out our other business guides on dropshipping tips, selling on eBay, and listing products on Amazon. Good luck!