Once you have your store set up and ready to sell, you're going to need customers! Here are 5 great ways to get started!
1. Social Media (Don't forget to set up your store in Facebook!)
Social media is a great way to expand your customer base! Hundreds of millions of people access a relatively small group of social media sites every day. Obviously, the more you are active with the more exposure you will get, however, you can get a lot of exposure from just a couple!
The most popular social media, by far, is Facebook. With over 250,000,000 unique users on any given day it is a great place to get started in social media. First, you'll need to set up a Facebook page; this is a great tutorial for those new to Facebook pages. Next we suggest you add your MiiDuu store to it! It's easy and just takes a few clicks. To learn more about the MiiDuu shop builder check out their Facebook page.
The next biggest social media giant is Twitter. Twitter is a great way to interact with your followers in real time! Remember this is SOCIAL media! Make sure to communicate with your followers in a genuine way, not just a bunch of Tweets advertising your store. Of course, a few of these are ok too, just don't forget to make your Tweets interesting!
Some other social media sites worth a mention are StumbleUpon, Squidoo, Digg, Reddit, and Delicious.
2. Maintain a Blog
One of the most important things you can do for your site is maintain a blog! Blogs are great for SEO because they are full of fresh and interesting content and keywords. They're also great for keeping your customers engaged with your store and attracting new customers! Blogs are much more likely to get linked to or get traffic from social media sites like StumbleUpon or Digg than your actual store. As with your social media accounts, you'll want to focus mostly on creating interesting content that people want to read. You can also blog about any and all news related to your store or new products you've added.
Not a writer? Don't worry, if your content is good and solid your flare doesn't matter that much (especially when it comes to SEO)! You might also consider getting creative and starting an audio or video podcast! Videos rank high in search results, and go viral (get tons of hits from people all over the internet) all the time, so this could be a great way to get your store out there! A great site for podcast hosting is Podbean, which also allows you to easily list your podcasts in iTunes and integrates with YouTube, as well as lets you maintain a text blog.
3. Submit Articles to Article Directories
Another great resource for promoting your site is submitting relevant articles to article directories. Many of these directories will also link back to your site, which will help boost your SEO. Your article will be categorized according to topic, so your readers are much more likely to be in your target audience. Any article mentioning your site will help, but those that allow you to embed links into the article (especially dofollow links), will be much more likely to drive traffic to your site. It will also help you when looking at your site's analytics. Before submitting any articles make sure to read the fine print regarding rules for publishing. You don't want to have your article rejected because you forgot to read the rules! Also, remember you are writing articles, not direct advertisements for your store. Make them as interesting as possible to attract the most readers! Here's a good post about the benefits of article writing, as well as a list of dofollow article directories sorted by page rank!
4. Post on Forums or in the Comment Section of Blogs, Articles, Etc.
Forums and comment sections are another great way to find people in your target demographic. They can also be a lot more fun and engaging for you! While some forums allow you to directly advertise for your site, most discourage that. So just find a relevant forum or article where you can casually and naturally mention your store. After a certain number of posts, a lot of forums will allow you to put a link in your signature. Make sure to take advantage of this! Not only does it help gain exposure for your store from other members, but it also builds links! A lot of forums also show up high in search results and can drive traffic to your site that ways well. Again, like with submitting articles, you'll want to make sure you read all of the rules so that you don't spend time posting just to get banned from the site! There are TONS of forums out there. You can search for them with a search like "[relevant topic] forums" or sift through this list of 600 dofollow forums sorted by page rank!
5. Paid Advertising
Of course, there is always good old fashioned advertising. There are many options for this on the internet, and a many of them are quite cheap. There are pay-per-click options such as Google's AdWords or Facebook ads (which can take people to your site or Facebook page). You can also find relevant sites to your product niche and request to put up banner ads on their page. You can also pay some more popular bloggers to write about your site. Whichever way you go, paid advertising is a good way to get more targeted traffic to your site.