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  1. #1
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    Default Online honey sales

    Hi there, does anyone sell much honey online? Really like the farmers market and local approach but curious if people sell online as well. As more people try backyard honey I'd think more people would support it and do their part to protect the bees.

    Thanks for your thoughts, really dig the forum. I'm also on twitter @adam_buchanan, seems like a few folks are on there, dig everyone's updates and photos.
    Adam Buchanan Stay updated on mylocalnectar.com the marketplace for local honey here: http://eepurl.com/bpO8BP

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    I'm subscribing to this thread as well, and I hope you don't mind me partially hijacking the thread Adam, but if I could add a few things?

    Online experiences (returns, anyone ran into laws to sell food products online, breakage for glass containers, ebay/craigslist/etsy sales etc).

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    In today’s business world, not having a website or some type of internet presence (at least a Facebook page) is like not having a telephone.

    Search engines give results based upon the IP address of the person doing the search and the address of the business that offers the goods (honey) or services the person is looking for. So when somebody in your area types “honey”, “raw honey”, “local honey” (or any of the products you sell) into the search bar there is a good chance your website or what ever type of internet presence (if you have one, even if it is just a listing on the Chamber of Commerce) will come up.

    A website works for you 24/7.

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Q View Post
    In today’s business world, not having a website or some type of internet presence (at least a Facebook page) is like not having a telephone.

    Search engines give results based upon the IP address of the person doing the search and the address of the business that offers the goods (honey) or services the person is looking for. So when somebody in your area types “honey”, “raw honey”, “local honey” (or any of the products you sell) into the search bar there is a good chance your website or what ever type of internet presence (if you have one, even if it is just a listing on the Chamber of Commerce) will come up.

    A website works for you 24/7.
    You didn't mention the endless questions, naive inquiries, requests for you name it, fishing emails, scam emails, millions of SEO company emails, it goes on and on. Is it worth it? I'm not sure for smaller operators.
    It goes on 24/7 also.

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    I do online selling but of different products. I think I mastered it in my own little way. I might be wrong though but business is really good these days. One thing that made it this good is yeah, the internet. Initially you can post product info in your social media accounts and first customers will be family and friends. It is a good way to start though. Of course I am only talking about small scale businesses. It will be something different and bigger once your clientele gets bigger. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    I sell most of my honey to customers who found me online - many of which become repeat customers. I have an extremely simple wordpress website devoted to honey - cookevillehoney.com - and I prime it every once in a while on LSN.

    Spam and other nuisance contacts are not a problem.
    Since '09-75H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    I sell most of my honey to customers who found me online - many of which become repeat customers. I have an extremely simple wordpress website devoted to honey - cookevillehoney.com - and I prime it every once in a while on LSN.

    Spam and other nuisance contacts are not a problem.
    That's awesome. I'm building up mylocalnectar.com and so far so good. I'll keep the conversation going when it comes to returns or how it's received.
    Adam Buchanan Stay updated on mylocalnectar.com the marketplace for local honey here: http://eepurl.com/bpO8BP

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    Does anyone know what the rules are for selling honey online? As far the Ag Dept? In Oregon, I can sell direct to the consumer at Farmers market without a license, but what about internet sales? Do those of you selling online have a license?

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    Definitely check your local laws, I'm not in the US so I can't compare. I'm a beginning beekeeper but I've been in the web development business for over 10 years. Personally I'm setting up a small web shop in combination with a blog and facebook page where I'm informing people about bees and my tiny bee colony. I don't have honey yet, but what I'll hopefully have next year is already reserved in advance. It definitely doesn't hurt have a decent online presence, but then again, I'd suggest only doing it if you have fun working online. Don't do it if it's only a drag to you. Let me know if you need any advice for setting up a blog or store or anything else, I'd be happy to give you my advice which will be worth more than my beekeeping advice at this point in time
    Beginning beekeeper
    Developer of Mybeekeeper.com, best beekeeping app out in the field!

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    If it helps, you can use an SEO company to help you make your website user-friendly and increase more traffic. I also have them help me promote my business through social media like facebook and instagram.

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    Local honey almost sells itself - even without paying experts to promote it for you. A simple website is just a good way for people to easily find you. Do include the name of your town or city and descriptive words that people might search for in your domain name, headings and content. Modern software such as Wordpress, squarespace, etc are pretty user and search engine friendly right out of the box.

    It's a niche product and most of us hobby beekeepers need a hundred or so customers at most - not millions.
    Since '09-75H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    Quote Originally Posted by leejones15 View Post
    Does anyone know what the rules are for selling honey online? As far the Ag Dept? In Oregon, I can sell direct to the consumer at Farmers market without a license, but what about internet sales? Do those of you selling online have a license?
    Not sure about Oregon but in Florida we have the Cottage law that lets us sell in person only. I am not allowed to sell over the internet and then ship it to them. Now that doesn't mean that you can't have a web page to let your customers know when you have honey in stock.
    Troy 7/12 -6 langs T

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    Default Re: Online honey sales

    Thank you for all your valuable thoughts. I will really look into it since of course, it will involve some cost on my part.

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