Forbes published Director of E-commerce. Specialize in Online Marketing and Business strategies.
I would recommend not to use any of the mentioned techniques, instead try this
1) Upload a sitemap to Google Webmaster tools
2) Fetch as google in webmaster tools (website and some categories)
3) Create social profiles such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and put your URL there. These sites have very high authority and get indexed all the time. Share the link in posts
4) Do cheap stumble upon discovery
5) Do cheap Reddit paid Discovery
6) Bookmark site in Delicious - just there
7) Write 10 blog posts, drive traffic to them through PPC, have a link back to categories or website
8) Submit RRS feed
9) Set up small PPC budget and get some clicks for very long tail and cheap keywords. Even if you get a lot of impressions and no clicks this is still visibility to google. So bid just enough to be on the first page and for the keywords that are cheap. Result - few clicks, a lot of impressions, and now Google knows about your site.
10) Monitor Webmaster tools and make sure that robots.txt is not blocking any URLs
I hope it helps
Great question.. First of all OpenCart is a great platform (personally my choice vs Magento)
Developing a site is easy - you just pay someone a set amount, follow some structural guidelines that work, and you have a website.
The hard part actually comes in when it comes to managing e-commerce process. It's similar to building a restaurant. You can hire a builder to make anything you want. The trick is how to get people to the restaurant that actually come in, come back, and refer other people.
From my experience (as a Director of E-commerce), if you were to partner with someone it should be E-commerce professional who knows how to measure key KPIs (key performance indicators) and effect of the KPIs to the brand and Sales. It's easy to outsource social media but it's hard to know if the social media is done properly. It's easy to outsource PPC, but it's hard to measure what works and what doesn't. It's easy to outsource product upload but it's hard to outsource understanding what product description should say.
Here are some examples
1) Anyone can post funny images on Facebook. Is that considered to be social media marketing? What is the ROI? How many people visit your website? How many people who came from Facebook buy?
2) Uploading 100 products is easy but what is the conversion rate for the product? Are people staying on the site, are product images optimized, are product descriptions written in the way to emphasize the benefits rather than just listing features? Are you driving targeted PPC and SEO traffic to that product and measure e-commerce conversions and page value?
3) E-mail marketing is easy. Understanding how to capture the leads, who to send e-mail, what kind of e-mail to send, and when to send e-mail - requires knowledge. Remember if you send an e-mail to people who are not interested or don't remember who you are, you're risking above 1% spam rate. Most e-mail providers would frown upon 1% and above spam rate and might even cancel your account. Another thing, if the e-mails goes out to people who are not qualified and/or not interested, you're risking a very high bounce rate- this is BAD for UX (user experience) which is ultimately bad for SEO.
So if you were to partner with someone, think about partnering with someone who knows how to put all the pieces together in order to drive quality traffic, generate SALES, and follow up to get more sales. Outsourcing and development is easy, understanding WHAT needs to be outsourced and what to look for - that's the important thing.
Let me know if you have more questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.