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    Website, from zero to hero

    A couple of weeks ago I decided to start a darts equipment specific website. It’s more an experiment than anything else, but would be interested if people in SA were willing to start spending on Internet sales yet. It’s not a full “e-commerce” solution; you still need to login and then transfer/deposit funds before shipping…you can’t just tap in your visa number. And it’s not a bespoke website, just one of the freebee’s, but one that I prefer over some others.

    Although this is an “experimental” site, I have all the stock, and when funds clear, I will be posting the stock – and yes, a few thousand bucks was spent on stock.

    What I would like from interested parties…guys that are thinking of doing it/ have done it:

    Nice, objective criticisms. Please don’t worry about hurting my feelings, the blunter the better. But also please give me a solution, if possible, but not mandatory!

    Ideas. There are things I can do, and things I can’t – but all would be appreciated. For instance, my prices are good (with free postage), but not discounted by a huge amount. Would this put you off, or would you just be happy to find decent service at a price slightly cheaper than you local shop – that probably wouldn’t have them in stock anyway?

    I will post progress on the project, with updates on site visits and sales, if any! Only if there is interest, of course.

    At the moment site is up, has been indexed by google but not showing yet. Has been submited to ananzi and yahoo - will submit to new directories next week, any you sugest? More products to go up next week.

    almost forgot website is http://www.dartsdirect.co.za

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    Success for a niche site like this is probably going to heavily reliant on search engine traffic. Have you done the keyword research that would bring this traffic your way?
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    I haven't done any research yet - but would have thought that ones I do use would kind of cover it. I read somewhere that google do not rate meta keywords much these days (if at all) - although still put them in, of course!

    But you are right, will be trying to get one of the top three spots for the searches: darts za and darts equipment za. I wouldn't have thought it would be too hard - but we will see.

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    That's what had me wondering. The domain name can have quite an impact on search performance. While your domain name is good, you might identify some better ones after you've done the keyword research.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Hey there. we generally get pretty good results for our sites, well, Terry does, as she does the SEO for us. Same as you we have heard that Google does not rely on meta info much, but we still insert it, and do relevancy checks etc. What we have noticed is that content, good solid relevant content does work.

    Another thing, no one (that we have come across yet) uses za in a search term. Target South Africa, and don't assume people will use the 'Pages fron South Africa' option on Google.

    As far as Search Engines go, Google is King. We have submitted to the local search engines but have NEVER had traffic from them. Bing is coming up very nicely, and is worth looking at.

    That's all right off the top of my head, if you need me to ramble more, give me a shout.
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    As you say Tony, content is king. Will be working on the site tommorrow, adding a few more products that have arrived plus another page. The vesion of cubecart v3 is not the best for SEO - but then this is a small specific website and I would not have thought it would be too hard to become top in my chosen keywords. Need to get more inbound links and a few going out as well...

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    Success! 8th from the top (in google) for both darts za and darts equipment za.

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    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    First order today, probably should more call it an inquiry - it is a dart not on our website, but will see if it converts to a sale - unfortunately only be in the country in a couple of weeks.

    Anyway, unique visits for the month stand at 57 (last month - the first month, 23) so creeping up nicely. Have also revamped http://www.maxsport.co.za using wordpress, very quick and easy to use - need to get more content up ASAP. I think for a small business that would like to update their own website and not spend a fortune doing it wordpress is the way to go.

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    Hey Pap Sak

    Done nicely with word press!! Like it a lot.

    Chuck in my 2 cents. I dont know what darts are??? But soccer boots i do.....

    In the landing page "soccer boots" is not mentioned, boots yes but not soccer boots. If content is king then should you not consider soccer boots, or athletic boots, track boots etc. If i was to google then i would google IE "soccer boots" for my son.

    Just constructive please, if i a have missed the boat, (which i normally do born in Zim ) then so be it. Good luck with a great site
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