How to start an online store

Facebook, Instagram, eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Craigslist,  there are a phlethora of places to peddle your wares online in 2018 but nothing beats having your own store with your own domain name.

What is best for your brand?

Social media and marketplaces like Etsy, eBay and Amazon can be a great way to start selling online but eventually you should invest in your own store. What do you think is best for your brand; yourbrand.com or facebook.com/yourbrand?

Which brings me to…

  1. Buy a good domain name. Personally I like premium names but some of the new extensions like .xyz and .io offer exciting opportunities. With that said, .com and the equivalent ctlds (.de, .co.uk, .ca, .com.au, etc) are generally the safest bet.
  2. Sign up for a Google Cloud free trial
  3. Use Cloud Launcher to install WordPress
  4. Setup WooCommerce
  5. Add your products
Count the $$$

Bonus: Use Cloudflare for free SSL, page rules and more

Photo by Dion Tavenier

Domains of the Day 1



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I don’t like it that much but SnapNames’ list was bare today. Namebio has 98 registered sales that start with “bridge” and 452 that end with “systems”.


Goat is not a popular ending for brands but everyone needs food right?


Great for a barn repair man.


Great name for a SaaS app. Australian billionaire property investor Frank Lowy is said to looking to invest in retail technology after selling Westfield for $32 billion.


Love em’ or hate em’, just make sure to make money off em’ 🙂


Great name for a brogrammer led start up.


Redirect to andy.lol

Modifying robots.txt on Google Compute Engine

By default, Google Compute Engine instances have robots.txt set to disallow. This means that your site will not be indexed by/show up on Google and other search engines.

To fix this you need to connect to your instance via SSH and then type the following command:

sudo nano /var/www/html/robots.txt

Change “Disallow” to “Allow” > press Ctrl + X and save your file