Aabaco Small Business Review
In late 2015 as part of a strategic rebranding plan, Yahoo! Store renamed its small business services Aabaco Small Business. Formerly known as Yahoo! Small Business (or Yahoo! Small Business Directory), the company claims that its clients will still get top-level service and expertise to fulfill their online goals and e-commerce goals including:
- Creating websites with Web Hosting.
- Selling online with Stores.
- Local marketing and search with LocalWorks.
Speculation is rampant within the business media that Yahoo! has made this and other moves to better prepare itself for takeover bids from the likes of AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. Regardless, what small online entrepreneurs want to know is whether Aabaco Small Business is still worth considering.
Here are some of the key things you should know when considering Aabaco Small Business for your online based e-commerce business.
Aabaco Small Business Web Hosting Features and Benefits
In most respects, Aabaco is price competitive with other leading hosting companies. Its three (3) plans: Basic, Advanced and Premier cover the spectrum from sparse to heavy traffic websites.
The Advanced Plan ($5.99 USD per month for a one-year commitment) is probably the one you want to sign up for if you're new to e-commerce. Apart from the basics (24/7 technical support, 30-day guarantee, $100 search marketing credit, etc.) you get:
- 500 GB storage, 5,000 GB Bandwidth, Secure FTP.
- File Manager (Web-based editing tool for your pages).
- WordPress hosting and blogging.
- CPanel, Password Protection and other security features (e.g. SSL, 256-bit encryption).
- Various website design tools.
17 years (and $68 Billion Dollars) of E-commerce Experience
Through Stores, The Aabaco-Yahoo! team offers a suite of tools to get even the most technophobic person off the ground fast. Easy to customize templates, quick online store additions, multiple payment options and shipping integration can make your retail sales dreams come alive quickly.
Thanks to Live Insights, you will be able to monitor customer activity on your site in real-time and even initiate chats via the web or on iPhones. There are also a number of apps that can be plugged in to make your storefront more appealing than ever.
As of this writing, over a million e-stores are powered by the Aabaco platform. In short, it gives you a stable, scalable and secure e-commerce website that has the potential to turbocharge your overall sales and profits.
Exploiting Local Search Techniques
As the successor to Yahoo! Small Business Directory, Aabaco fully embraces search marketing with the LocalWorks facility.
For as little as thirty (30) dollars USD monthly, LocalWorks can place your business details in over fifty (50) important directories (e.g. Yelp, Bing, Superpages, MapQuest, etc.). It can integrate special offers, photos and extra details about your company. It can also track ad performance and quickly make adjustments to all your listings across the Internet.
As a bonus, Aabaco's Small Business Advisor offers you the latest news and articles about trends, advice and tools to assist your business growth.
Final Thoughts on Aabaco Small Business
For now, Aabaco remains a division of Yahoo!, and therefore inherits baggage – good and bad – from that association. Existing Yahoo! customers have been invited to set up an Aabaco account since the end of 2015.
While we are concerned with persistent Yahoo! takeover rumors and the effect they may have on customer and technical support, Aabaco should remain part of the conversation when searching for an online e-commerce solution. Some users have had issues with slow FTP, but by and large the early user reaction to the rebrand has been positive.
Does that mean forgoing a serious look at competing services? Absolutely not.
What it does mean is that in spite of various high-level corporate issues, Aabaco remains a viable small business service with a pedigree most companies can only dream of.