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I don't really know where to start. Some questions I have are:
- Should I dropship?
- Should I keep inventory? If so, Where?
- What kind of conversion rate would I be looking at?
- What do I need to get started? (not inc. website)
Thanks everyone for your help! :)
I can easily setup a shopping cart on my site and get a SSL certificate and payment gateway. I think my main problem is shipping to the customer. Should I get into drop shipping or carry my own stock. If I carry my own stock, I will have issues sending stuff over the border as I live in Canada.
I would look into drop shipping but this has pros and cons too.
I would point people over from your reviews website to your new Ecommerce one so they can buy if they would like.
This way you could advertise and track ROI better or so I would think.
I was thinking about affiliates but I don't much much about those. Would I go through a 3rd party company such as Comission Junction?
Joining a 3rd party is also an option, there are several major players that do list just about every supplier however you might get less money per sale you should research these things.
I would think your better setting up a new shop and going down dropshipping or something like that as websites that just have affiliate links don't do too well IMO. (Why would average joe go through an affiliate if you could go to a supplier?)
Just food for thought I guess.
As a fall-back, the standard affiliate path should be pretty easy for you to integrate into.