With so many blogs competing for your attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by your choices or to spend far too much time reading the same information over and over again. We’re helping to streamline the process by highlighting some of our favorite eCommerce blogs.
Each of these sites brings something useful to the table, whether you are new to online retailing or an established professional. Whether you need some marketing help, want to understand your customers better or even need to finish designing your first site, these blogs provide the information you need to succeed.
The 20 Best Ecommerce Blogs (other than ours) to Help You Grow Your Business
A Better Lemonade Stand (ABLS) is a great place to start if you are at the beginning of your eCommerce journey or if you are trying to figure out how to improve your platform and strategy. With a little bit of everything eCommerce and both helpful evergreen and timely topics, ABLS is a don’t miss. Richard Lazazzera, the entrepreneur behind the site has collected an extensive library of resources that include:
- Personalized tools, including a product evaluator and more
- Frequently updated list of the best apps of eCommerce
- Comprehensive and in-depth guides to just about every eCommerce topic you can think of; these make a great starting point for research
The combination of user friendly site combined with rich content and in-depth research make ABLS an ideal starting point for any eCommerce pro.
Designed for the serious eCommerce marketer and entrepreneur, this blog takes an in-depth look at industry specific topics and is an ideal place to dive deep into strategy and planning for your business. Recent posts cover everything from creating an appealing lookbook for your eCommerce clothing biz to an overview of the top trending eCommerce ideas for 2017 and beyond so you are always up to date. If you’re an established pro, interested in LemonStand’s CRM or simply want a more in-depth look at a specific aspect of business, this blog is one to watch.
This handy site aggregates content from a variety of locations and curates eCommerce topics for easy reading. Whether you want to boost your marketing efforts, ramp up your traffic or even have concerns about handling cash flow, CommerceGeek’s tag cloud and easy reading format make it simple to find what you need. You could be missing out on interesting and relevant eCommerce topics, simply because you are not visiting sites like Entrepreneur, Inc and other business blogs each day. You’ll spot all the relevant topics in one place on CommerceGeek, without having to visit blogs that don’t always cover ecommerce, but that sometimes have gems of content you won’t want to miss.
One of the original inbound marketing blogs is still one of the best, and they cover a surprising number of eCommerce friendly topics. Recent articles included tips for using growth driven design for your eCommerce site and some creative content ideas just for eCommerce professionals. With thousands of tips, stats, papers and more, HubSpot remains a go to for anyone with a business and interest in smarter, better marketing.
Updated daily, this blog focuses on a variety of merchants and topics that examine some of the hottest ecommerce ideas around. From learning how to deal with abandoned carts – and bring those wandering customers back to your site – to fraud prevention and even tips for incorporating social media into your marketing, Volusion has a lot to offer the eCommerce pro.
Listen while you work out or go about your day, or read the articles online – either way, the Ecommerce Fuel site serves up rich, targeted content every week. The Podcast is hosted by entrepreneur Andrew Youderain and includes interesting topics like product creation and nurturing and Instagram marketing for eCommerce, while the articles allow you to quickly access more information about what you’ve heard or provide an alternative way to enjoy the useful content shared.
Around since 2001, Practical Ecommerce serves up the type of information you need to keep your business moving ahead of the competition. You’ll find in-depth content you can really use – and the site’s navigation makes it easy to get what you need in a hurry.
Practical Ecommerce divides content up into several categories and highlights the best information for each. Pieces are written by eCommerce professionals who know what you’re facing and can help you navigate the following key areas:
- Design & Development
Recent topics include a look at how fashionable maternity wear sells – and what you can learn from this industry, design inspiration from 11 animated websites and even a look at almost 100 retail website footers (and why they work).
BigCommerce, a platform site designed to help you create your store website, also has a useful blog. You’ll find plenty of technology and data driven posts here that are written specifically for the eCommerce professional and that will help you improve your business or refine your approach, whether you use the platform or now. From insights into using customer data to boost conversions to inspirational and in-depth case studies, BigCommerce is well worth a look, whether you are platform shopping or not. The free BigCommerce University is a don’t miss if you are just getting started or wish to scale your eCommerce business; this eLearning site is packed with useful information in one easy to read location.
For new eCommerce entrepreneurs, this site’s free design capabilities and library of content make it easy to get up and running in a hurry. FoxyCart is designed to allow you to sell in a variety of ways and the site lets you play with the tools free – you don’t pay until you go live. The blog is primarily focused on making the most of the FoxyCart product, but does have some useful takeaways for eCommerce beginners and is a don’t miss read if you are just starting out.
This Ecommerce blog is designed to help you make the most of the look and feel of your online store. The PrestaShop product allows you to quickly and easily create a store, but the blog offers rich content and plenty of inspirational ideas for eCommerce pros using any platform. Recent topics include the importance of mobile in eCommerce fashion retailing and the essential features every fashion or accessory online retailer needs.
Opencart offers a CRM designed to help you streamline your ordering process and work as efficiently as possible. Their blog contains useful information about making the most of their product, but it also serves up helpful marketing and fulfillment information any ecommerce pro can use. Recent topics examine the ways you can use reviews to boost sales and adapting your SEO strategy to the newest Google algorithms.
Packed with useful information, from how to write compelling product descriptions that sell to tips for using SnapChat in your marketing, this blog is a must for those hoping to scale their business. Pinnacle cart is selling a specific product, but you do not have to be a customer to find an abundance of useful and relevant information on the blog.
Whether you are at the beginning of your journey, considering a change or just looking to learn a little more on a specific ecommerce topic, the 3dCart blog can help. While some topics feature content designed to help you get the most from the company’s headlining product, there are plenty of useful pieces available as well, from the recent “The Anatomy of a Perfect Online Store” to “How to Write an Awesome Return Policy for Your eCommerce Store“.
This ecommerce platform and storefront creator offers timely advice on a wide range of topics in several different formats. If you’re tired of reading, switch over to one of their videos and get the scoop on optimization, marketing and more while you multitask. There’s always something fresh and interesting available at the Miva blog.
As a product, Yotpo aims to help you boost sales by encouraging customer reviews, feedback and more; as a blog, it shares valuable advice on visual marketing and creating a site experience your customers will love. Recent topics tackle tips for coping with fake reviews and on generating more reviews from your existing base; you’ll love the customer centric approach and look at your marketing in a whole new way after visiting this site.
What are your competitors doing – and should you follow along? Prisync helps you see what competitors are charging and track market trends; their blog contains useful information for ecommerce entrepreneurs in a variety of fields. From a great roundup of beginner friendly ecommerce referral program tips to a look at why pricing optimization matters for ecommerce, you’ll find plenty of targeted and useful information here.
Don’t just guess where your prospects are going or what they are thinking – get in-depth reports that use real research to help you plan your next steps. The emarketer blog features a roundup of intensive and targeted case studies and research designed to give you real time information to hone your marketing strategy. This site is a good one for really targeting your buyer personas and marketing efforts for your ecommerce business. Recent top picks include:
- How Will Consumers React to the Removal of Data Protections?
- Japan’s Online Shoppers Pick Browsers Over Apps
- Channels used to receive coupons by Internet users in Q3
For thought leaders and strategists, this blog is a don’t miss. Recent coverage on how the advent of IoT is changing not only the way we do business, but the way customers buy provide valuable insight for the C Suite executive, while pieces on social media selling ensure the marketing department stays on point in 2017 and beyond.
It’s all about conversions – why we buy, what makes customers return and how to keep your ecommerce site buzzing with activity. With a heavy emphasis on mobile marketing for ecommerce and some surprising insights into why customers buy, this blog offers fresh takes and opinions on a variety of topics. Recent pieces highlight the importance of an easy to use, optimized mobile checkout and how to target the psychological responses that will boost your sales and conversions.
Serving up useful, longform blogs on the art of conversion, this site features detailed accounts of not only how to get customers to buy, but why they do so. Topics like “User-Generated Content May be the Ultimate Conversion Tool” and “10 Practical Product Image Tips that Will Boost Conversions” aim to make it easier for you to understand why your strategy works – and figure out what to do when it doesn’t. Visit The Good for actionable tips on strategy, planning, conversion and more and watch your stats climb as you put what you learn into action.
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