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10 Mistakes To Avoid In Setting Up An E-commerce Site

Posted By: The Official Microsoft IIS Site     Posted Date: May 22, 2011    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net
According to SearchEngineJournal.com, the main things to avoid in setting up an e-commerce site are: 1. Complicated Checkout 2. Bad Payment Gateway 3. Information Overload 4. No Product Information 5. Not having a good return policy & terms 6. Not Securing Your Site 7. No Products on home page 8. Slow Loading Speed 9. Poor SEO & Marketing 10. Not Up Selling Read the complete blog post here: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/10-mistakes-to-avoid-in-setting-up-an-e-commerce-site/28221/......(read more)

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