|Scooped by Martin (Marty) Smith|
The Free Ecom Revolution Is Coming To A Store Near You
Can you create a web marketing business and ecommerce site with NO money for websites or blogs? Yes is the answer to that question. By using free tools such as Google Drive, Scoop.it and Blogger or WordPress you could create a business without paying anything to web development.
You might find that business is limited in scale, but so what. Your cost is limited to your sweat equity. Once you create a revenue stream THEN you can buy the website improvements needed to go to the next level. I just build a MagentoGo store (Story of Cancer Store: http://storyofcancer.gostorego.com/ ) and the same thing is ALMOST true for Ecom.
Between Storify, Volusion and Magento you can create a store for sweat equity + $500 (give or take). My little store has already made $130 inside of its first month so well on its way to paying for its serving costs.
The ultimate lesson of crowdfunding, crowdsourcing Free Revolution is DO NOTHING until it is worth the investment to do so :).
Here is the trick I discovered last night that prompted thoughts on The Free Revolution and crowdsourcing:
Found A Cool Use for Scoop.it's new Newsletter feature. It is easy to create a content landing page and host it free with Google Drive.
1. Create a newsletter using the Manage > Create A Newsletter
2. Download as a Zip file. Open the Zip file.
3. Upload the HTML file to your Google drive into a public folder.
4. Click on the HTML file. A window pops up, click on OPEN in lower right corner.
5. Click on preview. Copy the URL that appears in the browser window:
Next figuring out how to add a Call To Action and subscription code. BTW, Unbounce charges $700 a year to host landing pages :).
Also works on DropBox.