ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Start A Simple E-Commerce Website Using Google Blogger & Payal For Free

Updated on March 25, 2013

How To Start A Free Ecommerce Site Using Blogger and Paypal

Many people have an interet in making money online by selling products online. Not everyone has the knowledge, the time, or the money to setup a full scale e-commerce website. In this Hub I am going to show you how to setup an e-commerce website for FREE using Google's Blogger platform as the e-commerce platform and Paypal as your "merchant account" or the way which you will accept money.

Now before you start thinking this is way over your head and your not tech saavy or web saavy enough to run an e-commerce store and sell items online let me tell you how simple it is. Google's Blogger platform is simple to use, it's literally point and click. For those of you who had a myspace profile in the past the layout will probably look familiar to you as Blogger's dashboard and layout is very similar to the old myspace layout with content blocks in which you could enter HTML code. It's also similar in the sense you can use custom templates by copying the HTML code in as well.


Now there's basically three main ingredients to starting an e-commerce store using this method. First you will need a Paypal account so go sign yourself up for a Paypal account. Next you will need a Blogger account. If you already have a gmail address and/or a Google account you're all set. If you don't set up a Google account. Lastly you will need a product to sell. This could be anything from an e-book you wrote, to some artwork of yours maybe a drawing or a painting. It could also be a product you buy specifically to re-sell, however in the spirit of keeping this venture free something you create that doesn't cost you anything will be best.

I'm not going to give a full overview of every step to setting up a Blogger account, Paypal account, etc. Those sites have their own tutorials and 800 numbers you can call for help. Plus they walk you through everything so you shouldn't need my assitance here however ifyou do have any questions leave a comment below this Hub and I will get an answer for you.

Once you have your Blogger account setup, select a template, and have a blog / site ready to go you'll want to write at least one page/post describing your product or products. Try to include as many pictures as possible and maybe even take an embed a Youtube video into the page. These are all very easy things to do, if you have trouble do a quick Youtube search of your question and I bet someone on youtube has made a video hsowing you hwo to do what you are trying to do. If you can't find your answer leave a comment below and I will walk you through.

Once you've got your first post made you may want to add some widgets to your site just to make it look more professional, more busy, more going on, etc. You can add widgets directly from the Blogger platform or if you're not sure they have what you want you can look on the web for other widgets which there are many. For example if you are selling Mexican themed artwork maybe put a weather widget showing the weather in Mexico. Just little things like that to add to the overall theme of your site.

Now we move on to how you accept payment. One key part of e-commerce is taking payment, after all the point is making money right. This is the beauty of using Blogger and Paypal as your e-commerce platform. Taking payment can be tricky requiring coding and SSL Certificates however with Blogger and Paypal you don't need to worry about any of this and the whole process is incredibly simple.

Your going to log into your Paypal account and select merchant services. Your then going to create a Paypal button. This is all pretty self explainatory and Paypal will walk you through it, however again if you need assitance leave a question in the comment box below or call Paypal on the phone and someone will be happy to walk you through how to do this. Once you've created the button by naming the product, selecting a price, etc Paypal will give you HTML code which is basically a jumble of numbers and symbols that may not make sense to you. Copy this and go back to your Blogger tab. Click one of your widget boxes where you would like this Paypal button to go, select the HTML option and paste the code into the box. Once you saving the settings you should now have a Paypal button on your page where people can buy your product.

One aditional tip I would give you is to within your page tell your customers how to order your product as not everyone will be as familiar with a Blogger ecommerce site as they are with a traditional ecommerce site. Have photos of your products or ebook and below it say something like "IFyou are interseted in ordering please use the Paypal button on the left sidebar."

Once you have a description and writeup on your product on your Blogger page as well as your Paypal buttons your essentially in business. Now you just have to promote your site, wait for orders to come in, and ship our your product when they do.

I'll briefly talk about how to drive traffic to your site as well as promote it. First submit your Blog to search engines. Do a Google search for "Free Search Engine Submission." Submit your domain to the search engines. This will allow you to be found when people are searching Google and other search engines.

As for promoting your site you can do this on Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Hubpages, and other social networks.

I know this Hub was somewhat vague in that I didn't walk you through step by step how to setup a Blogger Blog, however this stuff is pretty easy and self explainatory and the sites should give you a walk through. If you still have questions feel free to leave a comment and I am more than happy to answer you.


E-Commerce

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Ashutosh Sahu 

      2 years ago

      How to update products on that blog? I also wants all my products to be displayed in chronological order...latest first.... How to do that buddy?

    • profile image

      Kandothis.com 

      2 years ago

      Hello. I do e-commerce websites.

      Ready to help you. Feel free to contact.

      http://www.kandothis.com/ecommerce-development/

    • AlbertoJoseph profile image

      Web design and development 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Making your own e-commerce site is a huge pain, E-commerce is currently the most thriving and important emerging sector of the Internet. E-commerce makes business faster, less costly and more convenient. Everything that would traditionally be adjusted to optimize a businesses’ strategy is already provided to you with eCommerce. Awesome article guys, I would like to see more of this kind of stuff.

    • profile image

      Dennis 

      4 years ago

      Hey really superb post. i like your blog information

    • profile image

      Mr Tham 

      4 years ago

      I have read your article and your article is quite good!

      After i read your article, i also want to share my experience to you

      I am using Opencart and it is also free of charge for everyone to use.

      Once you download the software and installed to your server, you are enable to sell your product online.

      The most important thing is it is user friendly and most of payment gateway such as paypal are also supported in opencart :)

    • profile image

      Cherry 

      4 years ago

      I have a question about how to post multiple items on one page on Blogger. Is this possible? How will I personalize each listing on one page when it comes to checking out and paypal?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)