I built a new website over the last week – OneStopRetro.com.
It’s a simple new website idea that I can repeat over and over. I was approved to receive live product catalogs from certain merchandisers once a week. I programmed a script to take it all apart and put the products I’m interested in one database to run one website. Because the datafeed contains product description, photos, and prices then my website will always be up to date without me ever touching it again after the initial set-up.
In this case, I made a site targeted at retro clothing – you know – the look where you are wearing items that have so long been out of style, that they are back in? This site has velcro shoes, Converse, Pony, Reebok, and old style t-shirts.
Now my programming will all be tested in one week when the feed is automatically uploaded to my server and my script is triggered to unzip it, separate the products I want, and update my product database.
On this particular store, I get 12% of the purchase price. I’ve already done some initial marketing and we’ll see if I can make a sale. If I can make a ton of simple sites like this that don’t require updates and maintenance, if they only make a few sales each a month, I’ll be happy. The merchandiser for this particular site has the best return, no hassle policy around so people can easily return and swap shoe sizes. Free shipping both ways!