While building & managing over 150 profitable eCommerce stores, we've used MANY products & services. Some of them have been great while others left a lot to be desired. What you'll find on this page is a collection of the VERY BEST products & services that we've used for our own online stores.
Recommendations For Your Store
Shopping Cart Platform
Our #1 recommendation for your shopping cart platform, by far, is Shopify. They make everything super user-friendly and they are very affordable. Click here for more info about Shopify.
We've tried all of the other big-name hosting providers, but none of them have come close to BigScoots. What sets them apart is the INSANELY HIGH level of customer service they offer.
Domain Name Registration
It honestly doesn't matter much where you register a domain name. But we've come to prefer NameCheap because of their awesome customer support & because private registration is free.
At CrowdSpring, you can create a project for one low cost and have dozens (or possibly even hundreds) of designers working on your design. You give feedback, they make revisions. It's that simple!
Credit Card Processing
No matter what shopping cart you're on, use NoFraud to protect yourself from fraudulent orders. NoFraud gives you a simple Pass/Fail grade. If it passes, you're protected. Rates start at 0.45% per transaction.
Most shopping cart platforms (excluding Shopify) make you provide an SSL Certificate yourself. At Namecheap, SSL Certificates are inexpensive and easy to install. Plans start at just $7.88/yr.
Toll-Free Phone Number
Phone.com is hands-down the best toll-free phone service provider. Plans start at just $9.99/mo and that includes all of the fancy options including extensions, custom greetings, e-fax & conferencing.
Customer & Merchant Reviews
Internal, unverified reviews obtained or created through your shopping cart are NOT trusted by or syndicated to Google and therefore do NOT show up by your paid ads. Shopper Approved reviews will!
Marketing & SEO Recommendations
My Blog Squad doesn't only specialize in blog writing. They also provide product descriptions, buyer's guides & much more. They are quick & efficient and their prices are the best in the industry.
Although paid advertising is how we bring traffic to our stores initially, search engine optimization is still an important part of making your store a success. Here are some tools we recommend.
Every store should utilize a newsletter and/or auto-responder service. Without question, our top recommendation is MailChimp. It's FREE until you've exceeded 2,000 subscribers or 12,000 emails per month.
For most store owners, Wave Accounting will do the job just fine. And it's FREE! Wave is basically a free, simplified, online version of QuickBooks. It lacks a few of the bells and whistles QuickBooks offers.
US Mailing Address
If you live outside the United States but want to build a store that targets the US's HUGE online shopping marketplace, you'll definitely want a US mailing address. We recommend Earth Class Mail.
Selling Your Store
We can help you get WAY MORE for your store than you'd be able to get selling it on your own! Using our brokering service will take away a lot of the work involved with selling a website. We've bought and sold dozens and dozens of websites over the last decade and know how to prepare the listing, drive interested parties to it, get maximum exposure, conduct the bidding/due diligence process and ensure a smooth transaction.
Legal Advice & Help
We believe that every individual (especially small business owners) should have access to attorneys for legal help & advice, and in our experience the most budget-friendly professional solution is LegalShield. For as little as $24.95/mo for an individual, or as little as $39/mo for a small business, you can have 24/7 access to a legal team via the free LegalShield app.
Store Coach is an affiliate for many (but not all) of these recommended tools & services and, as such, we earn an affiliate commission for referring customers. That being said, we don't recommend any service we don't truly believe in. These are all services that we've used ourselves.