I was more comfortable with this week. I’m lucky for that because I’ve been trying to pull ahead and work on both weeks since I’m going to Cancun on Tuesday! I enjoyed reviewing other websites and pulling ideas from them to incorporate into my site. I’m pretty used to doing this for reference to my own site.
Learning about PayPal was interesting. I like all the options available and how you can make your own button if you want. I also like that you can create a drop-down list, which I would definitely need. The class gave PayPal great reviews, both for user and buyer.
We also began looking into licenses and taxes. There is so much information available that it’s hard to sift through. I’m hoping I don’t go into debt from this!
I’m loving the hands on experience and look forward to having everything put together.
This week started to move into a territory I’m more familiar with, the actual website. First, I had to get through Google Analytics, however. I tried to figure out a lot of the program by myself and should have asked way more questions or watched videos or something. Luckily, my dad knows GA and was willing to give me a little tutorial based on what I needed for the project. After seeing the correlation between the Keyword search, graphs, and my project, I was on my own two feet once again! I want to learn more of the capabilities of AdWords and become certified. This is a project for once this semester is over, though.
Finding the perfect host and domain were easier than I expected. I got a lot of good recommendations and went with WordPress, with GoDaddy as the host. My domain is foreverbath.biz which is great because it was inexpensive and I like the .biz.
The next few sections is where I feel more in my element. Website, photography, layout…that’s me. I’m excited to get this thing off the ground!
Drop shipping and everything it entails was very confusing. It took me reading the comments others posted, who had a better understanding of it, to get the full concept. Even now it’s a little washy of an understanding, but experience is something that can fix that. There are just so many precautionary details to not get screwed over by a big company. When used properly, it can really turn a profit and be the best decision. I was able to understand affiliate just a little better because I’ve used Amazon, even though that’s about as far as my experience goes. The sites that promoted affiliates were easy to understand although it was apparent you wouldn’t get as much money.
In my own idea for bath bombs, I now have no idea what would be better to use since I would be making the product myself. It seems it would be easier for me to ship everything like with an affiliate rather than buy and send in bulk. I don’t know how drop shipping would work in my case.
Although I’m a bit confused, that’s what I expected from my first business class.
Weekly Summary 1
I loved learning how to use Google AdWords! I had only heard of it before but never actually understood the functionality. So far I’m really enjoying this class and like that it’s different from what I normally take. As this is my first business class, there is a bit of terminology I need to learn. All the descriptions of the different types of online businesses and the detailed explanation of each showed how diverse each business is. I never knew so much thought went into each type, I thought they were all roughly the same.
The process was eye-opening this week. From looking up specific keywords for a certain item to determining if that item is of high or low demand or high or low competition, I enjoyed seeing how it all links together.
Something I need to work on is understanding what each type of business could represent in real life. This will help me understand the process better.