Ever wish you could press the pause button on the ecommerce industry? It's not easy staying current on the latest news, trends, and insights. Plus, not all information sources are created equal. So we hand-selected 16 of the best ecommerce blogs and featured them in this post. You should check them out because they will help you become a better online seller.
Richard Lazazzera is an ecommerce entrepreneur and founder of A Better Lemonade Stand. He shares his real-life experiences of building an ecommerce business from scratch and does a great job of taking readers along on his journey.
His focus is helping early stage entrepreneurs build, launch, and grow their own businesses as well as partnering with the most influential companies and people in ecommerce to assist in shaping the direction of ecommerce for the future.
One of his top posts comes from his series #TheGreatBuild where he takes the reader Behind The Scenes Of A 6 Month Old Ecommerce Business. Lazazzera shares the biggest challenges he faced and how he overcame each one of them.
Shabbir Nooruddin is a successful ecommerce entrepreneur who grew up in New York City. He draws from his years of experience and provides his readers with practical advice and various perspectives on a number of ecommerce topics.
"I've been doing full-scale ecommerce since 2011," says Shabbir. "Starting first with the Amazon Marketplace and then progressing to my own ecommerce store. I've made every mistake, learned every lesson, and I want to share my experiences with you."
In one of his top posts, Shabbir gives his audience some Lessons In Conversion Optimization. He describes how the conversion rates for his online store were dismally low, and how, after trying almost everything to improve them, he was finally able to break through and solve the problem.
Drew Sanocki is a New York-based online retail veteran. He bootstrapped his own retailer in 2003, grew it into a national brand, and sold it in 2012. Now he advises ecommerce executives on achieving growth.
"My approach is not what you'll find on the thousands of other online marketing blogs. I focus on ecom. And I get tactical about what worked at my retailer, and at those I work with," says Sanocki.
In one of his top posts, Sanocki pulls back the curtain and reveals the #1 way to grow an ecommerce business. "It has nothing to do with SEO, or Adwords, or email marketing, or knowing which platform to use. No, this is a strategy - an approach that I think comes as close to a universal approach to growth as any I've ever seen."
Ina Steiner is a co-founder and editor of EcommerceBytes - the leading publisher and number one source of news for ecommerce and online merchants. She and her husband David are frequently quoted by major news organizaitons about eBay, online trading, and internet fraud including such publications as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Smart Money Magazine, and Fortune Small Business.
"Ina is a true e-commerce authority that has led countless sellers, buyers, and businesses through the online shopping evolution. Her reporting is concise, insightful, and lightning fast," says software engineer Michelle Mei Ling Waldorf.
EcommerceBytes has a loyal follower base that actively participates with each post. If you want to get the latest ecommerce news and find out what other online sellers have to say about it, then look no further than her blog.
Andrew Youderian is the founder of eCommerce Fuel - one of the web's best communities and knowledge centers for independent ecommerce merchants.
Youderian has a fascinating story of how he became involved in the ecommerce industry. He quit his investment banking job to start his own ecommerce businesses, which collectively generated $1 million in revenue in 2011.
"Four years and numerous businesses later, I've decided to start sharing my knowledge on this blog. My hope is to help others who, like me in my banking days, want to build a better life for themselves through entrepreneurship," says Youderian.
In one of his top posts, Andrew reveals How to Run Efficient, Highly Automated Warehouses. He addresses topics such as what to look for in warehouse employees and how to correctly manage the process from receiving orders to shipping them out. Check out the podcast linked in his post to get the full scoop.
John Larkin runs eCommerceLift - a blog about ecommerce growth. He has built software for the ecommerce industry in the past and currently is involved in his own hardware tech startup.
Larkin gives his two cents on topics such as Facebook advertising, conversion rate optimization, email marketing, mobile ecommerce, and even customer service.
In one of his top posts, Larkin shares 6 Tips That Will Maximize Your Store's Mobile Impact Right Now. He explains why mobile for ecommerce has become so important, as well as what merchants can do right now to make their store more mobile friendly.
Catalin Zorzini is the founder of Ecommerce Platforms - an unbiased review site that shows the good, great, bad, and ugly of online store building software.
"In 2013, I wanted to help a friend find the best ecommerce solution for his future online shop. After realizing there are so many different options, more than someone could compare in a couple of days, I decided to make it easier for others and started this blog," says Catalin.
In one of his top posts, Zorzini performs a comprehensive, side-by-side comparison of 10 ecommerce platforms across 9 different variables. (features, ease of use, pricing, template and design, inventory, seo and marketing, payments, security, and customer support)
"I carefully review (and revisit every few months) each builder and grade its features on a scale from 1 to 10. My chart is automatically updated with the latest grades for each platform and ranks them accordingly."
If you're more of a fan of the technological side of ecommerce, this is the blog for you. Ecommerce Times publishes fresh content daily about enterprise IT, mobile, security, social media, and much more.
They also cover the latest trends and innovations that are driving ecommerce growth around the world. This includes hot topics of discussion and the opinions/advice of accredited experts. So if you want to stay informed and ahead of changes in the ecommerce industry stay tuned to Ecommerce Times.
Get Elastic covers all aspects of ecommerce. It is the place to go for ecommerce tips, tricks, news, and commentary. Their award-winning blog was recently named the #1 ecommerce blog by PostRank and one of the 15 entrepreneur blogs worth reading by the Wall Street Journal.
In one of their most shared posts, Linda Bustos compares multichannel to omnichannel sytems in Omnichannel vs Multichannel and the Store of the Future. Even though these terms are often used interchangably, Linda explains why these terms in fact mean two different things and how retailers can stay ahead of the curve with omnichannel integration.
Hannah Stacey is the manager of How to Win at Ecommerce - a very useful blog for ecommerce marketers.
"It is the best place for actionable advice on becoming an ecommerce champion (in my humble opinion anyway!)" says Stacey.
In one of her top posts, Hannah looks at 6 ways online retailers can keep customers engaged after they've made a purchase, and how they can lay the groundwork for further purchases down the line.
"It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that effective ecommerce marketing ends with a customer buying something. Retaining a customer is far more valuable in the long-run than acquiring a new one. And when you start focusing on retention, a customer making a purchase actually marks the beginning of the process, not the end."
The mission of Practical Ecommerce is simple: to provide down-to-earth articles and commentary to help ecommerce merchants succeed. While it is a simple strategy, few are better at providing useful content to their readers.
Practical Ecommerce covers a wide range of topics from marketing advice to effective social media tactics to SEO. They also have a small army of authors who contribute to their site on a regular basis.
In one of their latest posts, Elizabeth Hollingsworth, an experienced online retailer herself, provides 9 tips for working with suppliers. Elizabeth offers advice for how to communicate with your suppliers as well as how to cut costs throughout the entire order process.
This list just wouldn't be complete without mentioning Shopify. Not only do they dish out high quality, actionable content to their target audience, but they also do so multiple times per week.
It's no wonder they've developed a cult-like following over the years. (With 60,000+ subscribers, their track record speaks for itself.)
From resources and tips for getting started, to things you can do to generate more traffic and sales today, to ideas and examples for improving your business, Shopify has all the bases covered.
In one of their top posts, Tucker Schreiber reveals 6 Ways You Can Make Your Website More Trustworthy. Schreiber covers the importance of having a trustworthy website, and things you can do immediately to instill a sense of trust in your business.
Skip McGrath is one of the most well-known names in the ecommerce industry. From his successful pubished books, to his impressive sales numbers on eBay and Amazon, he has truly become a remarkable success story.
Skip's most notable published book is The eBay Power Sellers Manual. For beginners, he offers The Basic Guide to Selling on eBay, which has also been a big success. Today, over 25,000 eBay merchants own Skip's manuals, including many of the top sellers!
McGrath's site is packed with testimonials from satisfied merchants who have used his books to boost their sales. Stay tuned to his blog if you want to get his take on the latest ecommerce developments and trends.
Hillary DePiano has been involved with ecommerce ever since she started her first business in the mid-90s. Now she shares her strategies for selling success on topics like self-publishing, social media, marketing, productivity, and other life hacks.
Hillary also sells books that help merchants become more profitable on eBay and Amazon. Because she has two decades of experience under her belt, you know that the tactics she teaches have been tested and proven.
In one of her top posts, Hillary reveals how to Increase the number and variety of products you have for sale to make promotion easier. She explains why listing multiple products will increase your chances of making a sale as well as how to effectively cross-promote your products.
Tim Peter is an award-winning B2C and B2B ecommerce executive and digital marketing expert with over 18 years of success driving online revenues and profits. His writings have appeared in trade publications and multiple online sources, and his ecommerce and internet marketing blog - Tim Peter Thinks - attracts a large following each month.
In one of his top posts, Peter reveals the little-known factors behind ecommerce growth in 2015. "Ecommerce growth is going to be spectacular for the next few years," says Peter. "In combination with the demographic realities driving mobile commerce, shifts in customer behavior will push overall ecommerce numbers way, way up. The key thing for you to do is recognize these coming trends and get in front of them for the benefit of your customers - and for your business."
Andy Geldman is the founder of Web Retailer - a free community site for businesses who sell through online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, with over 10,000 members worldwide.
"It helps them find the best software for their needs, discusses the latest issues and trends, and builds their knowledge of the industry," says Geldman. "Members also receive a weekly newsletter covering the latest ecommerce news, discussions and reviews, and profiles of innovative new software."
Web Retailer's unique Data and Statistics series of blog posts has covered topics including the world's biggest sellers on eBay and Amazon. The World's Top eBay Sellers alone has been read more than 60,000 times.
Did We Miss Any?
I'm sure there are other ecommerce blogs that we didn't mention. What ones would you recommend? We'd love to check them out, so let us know in a comment below.
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