I remember the day I discovered the world wide web back in the 90’s. I went to the only internet cafe in the neighborhood which was basically a room full of clunky pc’s and a bar fridge full of cans of coke. I paid about $3.00 for an hour session and then sat down and did some random one word then two word searches. After surfing the net for some time I created an email account then realised I had no one to email. For the next few years I used it as a research tool for assignments and to email my flatmate, and one other person I knew that had an email address.
I didn't discover online shopping till years later and even then I wasn't sure of what I should be looking for. I would spend hours searching for online shopping Australia, shopping online, online shops and many other variations of online shopping. The few times I tried to buy something I felt like I had to tell people that I was a first time online shopper like it was some kind of warning.
After making my first purchase, which was a book on an eBay my online shopping confidence grew and I began buying from actual stores. I learnt that using very general words to find stores online produced pages and pages of information, most of which had nothing to do with what I was after. Using specific words helped me find the kind of stores I liked and were relevant to what it was I was after. Using words such as: birthday gift ideas, gifts for her, gifts for him, online shopping Australia, quirky gifts, gift ideas Australia etc are very helpful when looking for an online store
The next time you find yourself invited to a birthday party, do a search for birthday ideas and you may be surprised with how easy and convenient it is to find that special gift for a friend. There have been a lot of advancements since I first surfed the web many, many years ago and with online shopping, forums, blogs and communities at your fingertips you don’t need to feel nervous making that first online purchase.