We have compiled this list of blogs that we highly recommend you check out, and we’d ask you to consider adding at least a few of them to your reading list.
Richard Lazazzera shares his real-life experiences with building an ecommerce business from scratch (#TheGreatBuild). He covers topics including choosing and validating a product to sell, deciding whether to dropship, manufacture, or wholesale, and negotiating with manufacturers. Richard’s articles provide a fantastic over-the-shoulder look at someone crafting an ecommerce business.
This is the blog of Andrew Youderian, probably the most well-known and respected ecommerce “solopreneur.” Andrew quit his corporate job a few years ago and built two ecommerce stores from scratch that currently do over $1 million in revenue. eCommerceFuel shares Andrew’s story, his advice, and his particular take on ecommerce strategy. He’s got tons of useful resources, a free ebook, a podcast, a video training course (The Insider’s Guide), and a forum for ecommerce veterans and professionals.
This is a high-powered blog packed with real, useful information about marketing and analytics. The founders behind KissMetrics–Neil Patel and Hiten Shah–have helped big names like TechCrunch increase their traffic by leaps and bounds, and their articles are well-worth the time you’ll spend reading them.
If you can only find time to follow one blog consistently, Practical Ecommerce is a well-rounded resource for all aspects of ecommerce. Its articles cover marketing, conversion, shopping carts, social media, and design, plus more. It’s pretty much the Wall Street Journal of ecommerce.
Shopify puts a lot of effort into providing high-quality, relevant articles that especially apply to small ecommerce startups and bootstrappers. They also have quite a varied voice–many of their articles are guest posts from authors with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
Shabbir Nooruddin provides extremely practical tips and strategies for building your ecommerce store. He’s recently covered topics like how to get more email subscribers to your ecommerce store and how to build backlinks to your ecommerce site. Shabbir does a great job of not only sharing ideas, but also providing examples and actionable ways to implement those concepts.
Help Scout is a simple customer service solution that you should consider using for your ecommerce business, but they go above and beyond to publish high-quality content on their blog as well. The blog covers important customer service tactics and strategies–even things like how to avoid telling your customers that you “can’t” do something and instead craft a positive sentence.
Another service that also has a fantastic blog, Buffer churns out articles on productivity, life hacks, and business. It’s not specifically about ecommerce, but the concepts are highly applicable to any entrepreneurs hoping to supplement their creativity and productivity in business and life.
9. Drew Sanocki
Drew Sanocki built a multi-million dollar ecommerce brand, Design Public, before selling it and founding an ecommerce advisory agency, Mineral.io. Drew’s sense of humor will crack you up and his experience gives his writing insight that is hard to find elsewhere.
If we have to name the most inspiring, educational, and hilarious entrepreneurial voices online (in just the right mix), the award would go to Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves, and Caleb Wojcik of Think Traffic. It’s about online business–not ecommerce-specific–but the concepts they write about are applicable to growing your ecommerce store’s customer and fan base, as well as winning the mental game behind being a successful entrepreneur.
11. Forever Jobless
Billy Murphy writes long-form posts that will take you awhile to read, but are well worth the investment of time. Billy has successfully built several online businesses, and currently owns a portfolio of ecommerce stores that he runs with a team of VAs. His methods are unorthodox. Your mind will be stretched by the ways he’ll teach you to make decisions and build your business.