eBay is the most successful auction site on the web and it’s a great example of how you can build on a basically simple concept that has never been developed online. In fact most of the major success stories online are about developing new concepts.
But there’s also a lot to be gained from copying successful concepts and developing them for your own use.
It would be very difficult to try to compete with a site like eBay. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t create an auction site like eBay and succeed. The secret would be to start small and develop slowly as there are still small niche positions available where a auction site can be built around a theme.
The best way to start any business is to start small and find your own way to success. eBay didn’t become successful over night, they started off small and grew slowly. Yes they had some advantages over you, they were the first! Being first is a great advantage, but they also had some disadvantages because getting an online business of the ground was a big challenge back then. Today you can get your online auction site up and running in under an hour. I know this because I’ve just created an auction site myself and yes it’s completely new with only one item for sale, but it’s my site and up and running.
If you are also keen to build a auction website, I would suggest that you begin by creating your site on a well-defined niche and start a small auction that caters only to that niche. If you find you enjoy the auction business, then you can expand your niche and site to suit your own requirements.
Creating A Website
As you may know, the first step to creating any website is to register a domain name. Then once you have selected your name, you’ll need a web host to host your site.
This all costs money, but the good news is that you can bypass all this by signing up with Wealthy Affiliate and you’ll get two free WordPress websites. You could develop these two sites for anything you wish, so one of them could be used as a platform for your auction sites. Just fill in the box below and get started on your first website,
WordPress Auction Plugin
You can get started really fast by using a WordPress plugin called Ultimate WordPress Auction. This wordpress plugin is the most popular and best supported WordPress Auction plugin available. It’s easy to use, so you’ll have your auction site up and running in no time at all.
As an example I have just created a free website which include the auction plugin for myself at: eAppeal.siterubix.com. At present there is a minor problem with placing a bid on this site and when I get a bit more time I’ll look into resolving this issue, but for the time being the site can just serve as an example. To be honest there are quite a few other auction site plugins to choose from. If I can’t resolve this issue, I shall just use another plugin. I’ll update this post in a few days time, so stay tuned.
If all this sounds a bit too much for you, don’t worry because you’ll learn how to use WordPress plugins in the Wealthy Affiliate tutorials….all for free.
If you’d like further info then check out my Steps To Success and get started with your new business.