Jimmy Rodriguez

Jimmy Rodriguez
COO & Co-founder @ 3dcart. focused on helping internet retailers succeed online by developing strategies, actionable plans and customer experiences that grow and improve performance.

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Email Marketing

9 Ways to Score New Email Subscribers You Might Be Missing

For all its strategizing and versatility, email marketing is pretty simple when you boil it down: find people who want to hear from you and send them emails.

It’s a simple concept but far from an easy task. People are everywhere online. They’re on your website, all over social media, scrolling through search results… The trick is finding the right people, who have a need for what you sell, and convincing them to hand over their email address.

SEO

Structured Data for eCommerce: Understanding Schema.org and Rich Snippets

No matter what kind of online business you run, context matters. In most cases, it’s your job as an online store owner to set the right context for your customers.

One of the biggest contextual areas websites take for granted is search context. You can put tons of resources into creating content in the hopes of building up your search ranking. But if you haven’t put thought into how your search result appears to a potential customer, content will only get you so far.

To build search context,

SEO

The complete guide to implementing Google’s AMP on your online store

Just two years ago, mobile ecommerce represented only 15% of dollars spent online, even though people spent an overwhelming amount of time on their mobile devices.

That number is rapidly changing, and it’s partially thanks to the work done on Google’s open source Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project. Even if you don’t know what AMP is, you reap the benefits every day when you browse the web on your phone, where pages load much faster than they did just a few short years ago.

The internet’s[...]

dropshipping, Starting a Business

7 steps to opening a successful dropshipping store

Have you considered starting an online business by dropshipping products directly from the distributor? Either if you're planning to do this as your first venture selling online, or you have an established e-commerce website looking to expand, these steps can help you determine if the dropshipping model will work for you.

Like any facet of ecommerce, dropshipping done right can be a highly successful business model. But to do it right, you’ll need to create a foundation for a successful and[...]

SEO

Copied content seriously harms an online store’s search rankings

If you’ve invested some time in understanding how SEO works, you might be worried about duplicate content on your ecommerce website. And rightfully so -- but not necessarily for the reason you might think.

There are two kinds of duplicate content. One kind isn’t necessarily harmful, though it indicates you might be ignoring an opportunity to do better SEO. Done frequently, the other kind is flagrant and can cause penalties to your website.

How do you know which duplicate content is okay and[...]

dropshipping, Starting a Business

No products? No problem: Dropshipping ecommerce as a business model

One of the biggest barriers to starting an online store is the startup cost.

Like any business, ecommerce is a big investment. On the frontend, it costs money to set up your online store. But the meat and potatoes of your online store is where it can really get dicey. After all, you need a product to sell, and you need inventory of that product.

To sell a product, many online stores invest heavily in creating or stocking that product. But what if we told you there was a way to start an[...]

SEO

Penalized by Google: How you might be hurting your online store’s search rankings

Online stores can’t understate the importance of a comprehensive SEO strategy. That said, there is such a thing as an overzealous one. If your SEO program is over the top, Google and other search engines won’t look kindly on your website.

You migth not be aware that your website has been penalized by Google, but if visits keep slowing down, follow the simple actions listed below to help you determine if your website is currently being penalized. And learn the common reasons that could be[...]

SEO

Basic SEO tactics your online store might be missing

Whether you’re the sole employee or have a team of ecommerce wizards at your disposal, digital marketing might be the most time-consuming part of running an online store. Entrepreneurship is all about growth, and marketing is how you grow your online presence.

In the digital marketing realm, SEO often gets a bum wrap. It seems technical, whereas marketing tactics like establishing your social media presence and putting an email marketing plan in place might seem more straightforward. It’s[...]

SEO

5 common SEO problems online stores should fix right now

The internet is a noisy place. How does your online store stand out from the competition?

We frequently see online stores grapple with the discovery phase of marketing their websites. It can take time for your store to gain enough traction for potential customers to find you. A little patience can go a long way for your store. That and a whole lot of optimization. If you find drawing in customers is taking too long, you might be committing some of the cardinal SEO sins, and you’ll want to[...]

SEO

5 SEO Mistakes that Can Harm your Rankings

SEO — Search Engine Optimization — is a critical part of today's marketing efforts, and yet many online sellers miss the mark. This is partially because there's so much information out there, and a lot of it is outdated. Google is the leader when it comes to determining best SEO practices, and they're always implementing changes to ensure only the best content reaches the top of search results. The side effect of this is that tactics that used to be quite effective are now not only outdated,[...]

Conversion Optimization

5 critical issues affecting your Bigcommerce online store sales

Starting a Business

How to Create a Members Only Site

Have you ever wanted to create a site with specific areas for members only? Thanks to the features in 3dcart, you can customize your site to have a Members Only section. In the following article, we will discuss how to set the cart up in this way and why each feature or step is necessary.

eCommerce Marketing

How to Design an Awesome Welcome Email

The welcome email, typically triggered upon joining a mailing list, is one of the most important emails a customer will receive during the course of their relationship with a business. As the crown jewel of any retailer’s email marketing effort, the welcome email sets the tone for the type of relationship a business hopes to build with its customers, and can serve to aid or hinder a brand’s image.

Whether a welcome message is presented in a magazine style ad or more of a hero image[...]

Conversion Optimization

Turn Order Receipts into a Marketing Tool

A digital receipt, delivered straight to your customer’s inbox, is a powerful marketing channel that many businesses fail to fully utilize. Email receipts are an easy way for small and large businesses to establish powerful call-to-actions and promote free, revenue-generating advertising.

While the primary purpose of an email receipt should always be functional and never marketing-oriented, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to incorporate tactics that will increase revenue. An excellent[...]

SEO, Content Marketing, Starting a Business

How to Craft an Awesome About Us Page

When building your eCommerce store, it can be easy to get distracted by the design, products, and prices that make up the meat of your website, and neglect to add the important content that’ll help your store stand head and shoulders above your competitors. But content is key to succeeding long-term in eCommerce’s shark-filled-waters, and there’s no page more important for establishing a compelling presence of warmth and personality than your About Us page.

Your About Us page serves a number[...]

Holiday Shopping

8 Surefire Tips for Maximizing Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days in the United States, with millions of people hitting the web for hot, limited-time deals.  Compared to 2013, 2014’s eCommerce revenue during Cyber Monday increased by 15.4% while Black Friday saw an increase of 20.6%. In fact, last year’s Cyber Monday is commemorated as the biggest day in U.S. online shopping history, ever!

eCommerce Marketing

How Product Reviews Can Lead To More Sales For Your Online Store

In the world of eCommerce, gaining customer trust is vital. When first coming across your store, customers immediately gauge the trustworthiness of your site & your brand to decide whether they feel comfortable purchasing from you.

eCommerce Marketing, Web Design

Top 5 Reasons to have a Responsive Website

Times are changing and online businesses are finding new ways to standout in crowded and competitive markets. One design element that is experiencing a transition from trend to industry standard is the ability to view websites on any mobile device. If you are still convinced that having your site show up well on a desktop is enough, you might want to take a moment and consider these 5 reasons a responsive website is in your best interest:

american made, Success Stories

American Made Online Stores

Web Design

Makroffice Responsive Theme – New Updated Themes from 3dCart

Here is the preview of our most recent theme “Makroffice", a new FREE professionally designed responsive theme.

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