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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.
 

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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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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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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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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 ;)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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I see that is a wordpress site so I would def. recommend installing the Yoast SEO plugin. Adjust your title tags a bit to include some better keywords to help you get found in search. Start to learn a bit more about SEO while you go.
 

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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.
Yes. I get plenty of that in person by putting up two little signs in my bee yard. "Will it crystalize?" "Is it Raw?" "Filtered?" "Do you feed sugar?" "Is sugar in the honey?" and on and on over a 12-ounce honey bear.
Imagine world-wide.
Can't think of a better way to get the USDA trying to know everything about your "operation".
 

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I spent a lot of time an money having a company do web site and it was not worth the effort for one main reason. People want local honey. Why would someone in California want honey from New York? There are other reasons why a site is good, but I can do better selling locally where there is more demand.
 

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Why would someone in California want honey from New York? There are other reasons why a site is good, but I can do better selling locally where there is more demand.

-for gifts.
-those who have relocated want a taste of home.
 

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I would strongly stress to check the local laws. Here in Wisconsin we are also considered under Cottage Law which means I must produce and bottle and sell the honey myself - I have to hand it to you, I cannot ship it. If I want to do as you suggest then I have to have a license.

A Farmer's Market is kinda fun anyway, I enjoy it. My wife has started a Facebook page for my little operation, we'll see if that helps bring customers directly to me rather than only through the Market. I also make a big, big deal about being very local and customers, especially those with allergies, really want that. It's nice when they ask "how local?" and I can point off towards my place and say "about two miles that-a-way".
 

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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?
Sometimes in life, it’s better to ask forgiveness than for permission.:applause:
 
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