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Dave Pearce

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 09:44 PM

I’d agree with Rick. The site looks fairly clean and easy to navigate. A quick search on Google for turning blanks gives you about 186,000 hits, however, so I imagine your competition is pretty tough.

And yeah, 2 weeks isn’t a lot of time. Usually if a business invests in a web site store front, it either has an existing customer base that is better served using it instead of more traditional methods, or they spend serious time, effort, and in some cases, cash promoting their new site.

In either case, marketing determines the amount of traffic and sales from your site. Can’t say that I know anything about the turners market, so whether your competitive or not, it’s not for me to say, so hopefully, it’s just a marketing thing you’re looking at.

If you haven’t been promoting your site by using search engines and advertising to their fullest you might start there. At least getting a better ranking in Google searches might help and that’s something you can do for free. Google Ads or ads with woodworking magazines might be another avenue to look into as well.

There’s a reason Woodcraft shows up in the margins of most woodworking sites. They spend a lot of time and money making sure that happens.

If it were my business, I would continue to invest in it, but carefully, and not try to rely on it’s sales for income at least until it was showing a good measure of success.

good luck.


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