E-Commerce Links and Web Guide
Getting Started in E-Commerce
E-Commerce Small Business Advisor
E-Commerce Tutorial - from Webmonkey.
E-Commerce: Let your business model be your guide.
E-Commerce and your Business
How does e-commerce fit with your business?
Write a Great Business Plan
Guide to Your
Internet Business Plan
Determine Your Web Site Goals
Creating an Online Business Plan
New Rules for Writing an E-Business Plan
Build Your Web Site
Register a Domain Name
Search for domain
List of accredited domain name registrars. - icann.org
Developers - How to find one and decide if they're right for you
Hire a Design Team to Build Your Site
How to Cut Costs
with Web Developers
How to Work with your Web Developer
Develop a web site that is easy to use
deeds in web design.
Usability checklist for site developers. If your site is
easier to use, customers will stay longer.
Web Storefront Services
Get an out-of-the-box, commerce-enabled site.
commerce-enabled web presence for your small business using
these low-cost, out-of-the-box services. Web storefront software
should allow you to maintain your product catalog as well as
enable you to process credit card transactions.
E-Commerce Software Packages
Features and Relationships That Support E-Commerce
E-Storefront options for small businesses
Comparison chart of web storefront services
How will you receive payment on your web site?
You'll need a
merchant account provider (MAP) to allow you to accept credit
cards over the web and a credit card clearinghouse service that
supports your MAP. It is also important to note whether your web
storefront software/shopping cart software is compatible with
your credit card clearing service.
Payment solutions for your e-commerce web site.
Electronic payment system guide.
Adding plastic to your site.
Making the payment process easier for your customer:
A Merchant Account Provider is a bank or other institution that
processes online credit card transactions, will verify the
credit card, process the transaction, and deposit the results
into your account.
Qualifying for a Merchant Account – Do You Meet the Criteria?
Don't Fly By Night: The Inside Information on Merchant Accounts
Understanding Merchant Accounts and their fees.
Choosing a Merchant Account Provider
Understanding Merchant Service Provider Rates - explains the
various fees and charges involved.
Finding the Best Merchant Account Provider for your Business
Credit Card Clearing Services (transaction processing
service or commerce engine):
A clearing service takes the credit card information from your
site and transfers the information to your bank or Merchant
Account Provider. Performs a similar function as a swipe
terminal might in a brick-and-mortar setting.
Choosing a credit card clearing service.
Other payment options:
Electronic Payments - Alternative Systems
Electronic Checks - works similarly to paper checks.
Other Payment Options
Prepaid Shopping - Example of prepaid shopping is
PayPal - a possible choice
for merchants with lower-priced goods who may not be able to
afford credit card capabilities.
Micropayments - From the W3C.
Ensure that all transactions on your site are protected.
Generally, security is provided by various implementations of
cryptography, including encryption, digital signatures and
notarization, secure protocols and digital certificates.
Customers Fear for their Online Privacy
Web Site Security
Thawte - Digital
Verisign - Digital
Entrust - Security
Taxes and E-Commerce
E-Commerce Taxation Principles
Market/Promote Your Web Site
Improve the chances of customers finding you online.
web site marketing.
Search Engine Submission Tips
Marketing Primer How to market your web site
Creating Effective Email Campaigns
Marketing ClickZ's portal for email marketing
Market Your Local Business Online
Beyond the Banner: New Strategies in Online Advertising
Marketing/Statistics on E-Commerce:
E-Commerce Statistical Toolbox
How will you track and fill your customers' orders?
Shipping Costs Bleed E-tailers Dry
Who Pays to Get it There?
Using Drop Shippers for Your Online Store
Distribution Decisions: Drop-Shipping vs. Inventory vs.
You Outsource E-Commerce Fulfillment?
Is shopping on your site a good experience for your
Understand Online Customer Service
E-Customer Service Gets Real
The Human Face of E-Customer Service
E-Commerce News and Information
Keep up to date.
The Industry Standard -
The Newsmagazine of the Internet Economy
Find out what EDI, SET and ASP mean.