About Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the founder and editor of OnlineIncomeTeacher. He is a Professional Blogger, SEO Consultant & Web Developer, running a number of sites from the UK. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • Great insights, those sure are the key things to do for a successful e-commerce business.

    • Meghan really outdid herself with this excellent post! I learnt a lot myself from reading this.

      • Meghan Wolff

        Thanks, Matt. I’m glad I could help you both learn some new things!

        • Yes, thanks Meghan! Really opened my eyes to some of the issues in starting and running an e-commerce site. Thanks again for the excellent guest post 🙂

      • Caitlin Foster

        Hi Matt

        I really, really, REALLY like the way you are so honest and open and let your readers know that you, too, continue to learn new things. It’s very refreshing to see you being ‘real’ and not pretending you know every single thing there is to know about website design/building and the business administration it entails.

        There are a great many website design/Internet marketing information providers around the Net who give me the impression they would not admit publicly they still had to learn aspects of this fascinating game we are all playing.

        So you earn even more ‘Impressed Points’ from me for being you and telling the truth. Good on you!

        Caitlin again, still in South-East Queensland, Australia

        • Hi Caitin,

          I once read this quote and it kind of stuck with me:

          “In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool.”- Lord Chesterfield

          It may be a bit cheesy, but I think it illustrates it’s point clearly. Anyone who pretends or gives the impression that they know everything, then they are only kidding themselves. These “gurus” who do exactly that can’t possibly know everything because things change so quickly in this industry.

          I’m not ashamed to admit that I am still learning. In fact, only today, one of my uni friends taught me something about Facebook that I really should have already known, but didn’t.

          Hopefully you’re not the only one who appreciates this honesty. Honesty has to be at the core of any business, more so for blogs where there is such an open connection between the blogger and readers.

          Thanks again for another great comment Caitlin! Hopefully I’ll earn some more ‘Impressed points’ over time 🙂

  • Caitlin Foster

    Thank you, Matt and Meghan, for this excellent article. I’m at Step 4; I’ve done a huge amount of research on how to execute successfully Steps 4 and 8, but I’ve not seen much advice or information on Steps 5, 6 and 7.

    I’m particularly grateful for the tip in Step 6: “Not all shopping carts are compatible with all payment gateways, so be sure to get your cart after you get a merchant account and payment gateway.”

    Because I’m at the beginning of Step 4, having just worked with a professional graphic designer who set up a WordPress theme for me and just beginning to load content into it, I have not thought at all about what to do when I’ve finished that task. Whilst reading your article, I realised that at the back of my mind, I had just assumed that he would create a shopping cart for me during website development; it hadn’t crossed my mind at all that I would need the agreement of a bank to process payments!

    So this one sentence is worth its weight in gold to me. Now I know that is a task I will have to perform when I get to the end of posting content; I will be prepared by that stage as you have told the features I will need the shopping cart to possess. There’s nothing worse than doing something and thinking you have finished the task, only to find out that that is not the case and you have to organise both your thinking and your administrative systems in a new way. Ignorance most certainly is not bliss – it’s an expensive, irritating, time-consuming hassle.

    Thank you for saving me from it.

    With gratitude
    Caitlin Foster in South-East Queensland

    • G’day Caitlin! It’s always nice to hear that our posts are genuinely helping our readers.

      I know when I was first starting out in the world of blogging, not knowing anything, finding little nuggets of information really helped me out and saved me loads of time. Your right that “ignorance most certainly is not bliss”!

      Meghan produced a great post here, so I’m really happy that it helped you out. Thanks for such a great comment Caitlin. Hope you get your site up and running soon.

      • Caitlin Foster

        Hello again Matt

        Thank you very much for your reply. I especially appreciate you, as a Pommie, making the effort to speak to me in my own language!

        I can understand and respect completely your experience when you “first started out in the world of blogging, not knowing anything, finding little nuggets of information really helped me out and saved me loads of time”.

        The most difficult obstacle I have faced as a newbie is spending literally three years – yes, you read that correctly: three whole, exhausting years 2008-2011 – finding the website design/Internet marketing information providers whose articles, information and opinions I could trust. It’s an absolute minefield out there in CyberLand!

        I got sucked in over those years to the tune of $AUD 3,000 buying BS ‘How to’ courses delivered either by email subscription or download. I could write a book on the ethics (or lack of them) in this industry (maybe I will one day).

        After ploughing through the BS which infected my laptop, discouraged my spirits and drained my pauper’s wallet, I have found some websites run by owner/operators I finally feel are telling me and their other users the truth. I believe you are such a person and commend you on the high quality of your work.

        Thank you also for your courtesy and kindness in wishing me well in getting my site up-and-running soon. As I have nine years’ worth of content to sort through, edit and post, launch time is a long way away. However, I love my niche (astrology, numerology and Tarot, about which I know a great deal having worked professionally in these fields since April 2001 [I began my education in the three modalities in 1973 as a schoolgirl]). I will just ‘plug away’ determinedly until I get there.

        So don’t hold your breath looking to see my website ranked No 1 on Google in the foreseeable future. Our relationship will be the other way around – I will be reading yours regularly for a long time to come, I think.

        Cheers again from Caitlin in South-East Queensland, Australia

        • G’Day Caitlin 🙂 (being a Pommie, this is the only time I can actually say that!)

          Sounds like you have had a time of it getting a site together in the last few years! I can sympathize because there is a lot of BS online from “gurus” who frankly don’t have a clue what they are talking about. Everyone has to learn at some point, but with all this BS, it’s no surprise that many newbies fall victim to some poor advice.

          I myself have fallen victim to some of this in the past when I was first starting out. The upside is that (hopefully) I learn from my mistakes and allows me to better inform my readers of the pitfalls to avoid.

          From my point of view, running my own site, posting BS advice that clearly doesn’t work is just bad for business. People are smart and they can see through it. I want people to keep returning to my site so I can grow my business, so the best way to do this is just be open and honest about things. Well that’s my philosophy!

          As for your own site, my best advice would be to take the plunge and get stuck in. I could have put off starting this site until I knew more about specific things, but I decided to go for it and learn whilst I went along. You could find hundreds of reasons not to start your site, but ultimately that is just putting it off. It takes time to build a site up, so start small now and grow it over time. It doesn’t need to be a masterpiece when you first launch. I guarantee that you will make mistakes as you go along (we all do) but you learn from them, which helps you to make a better site.

          Thanks for your kind words and for another great comment Caitlin. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have. All the best 🙂

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    This is great. Thanks for sharing