Uncovering Why People Buy Online

Before you can set up any kind of internet business, whether as an affiliate or a produce creator, you need to understand what motivates people to buy online. The truth is, more people than ever are buying goods online because they trust in the integrity of proven sellers or of the brands they know and love.

For you to enjoy a piece of the market share, you need to understand what motivates people to buy in the first place. The truth is, the internet is a vast place – but it can also be personal. Your prospects play a big part in your success because it is their interests, desires, habits, purchases, et cetera that shop the Internet.

People Drive Trends

Internet trends are completely driven by people. Brands my try to shape these trends but they don’t always succeed. It’s the users online that are the true drivers of success. It is for this reason that no two websites will be the same. Your site needs to be focused on delivering what your prospects want and need and this differs from business to business.

When people drive trends, this builds excitement and excitement is a driving force behind purchases that are made online. Here’s a look at some examples of how people drive trends.

  • Online Auctions. This can go a long way to show what motivates buyers. In online auctions, purchases are driven by demand and more demand is placed on a product where there are a lot of bidders. People want what someone else wants. If you had a store that is driven by the online auction model, you can build this type of frenzy by on your own by offering a limited number of products or constantly offering specials.
  • Retail Stores. Even online stores know how important the area near your checkout is. In the grocery store, people observe the displays as they near the register. How many times have you thrown a candy bar or a pack of gum in your cart while at the register? The same is true online – savvy retailers know that they can offer you last minute choices before you check out.

As an online marketer, you maybe know the tactic of offering bonus products. These freebies can help drive impulse purchases because the hope is that you will become tempted by the bonus and will be more likely to make the purchase. For the most part, people want to buy things because they’re looking to acquire something, they want an upgrade, because it’s convenient, they need a distraction, or they do it out of envy. Tapping into these reasons can really help you find success with your online business.


These are just a few of the reasons why people make purchases online. Take the time to really consider what motivates your prospects and you will find that if you meet these needs, they will turn to you when it is time to make a purchase.


2 thoughts on “Uncovering Why People Buy Online

  1. Kamran

    Thanks for sharing your ideas, and I’m really inspired with your articles since I always dreaming that someday I may able to write a book.
    So thank you once again for the motivation.

    1. Joy Post author

      Hi Kamran! Thank you for stopping in. 🙂 My goal is to show people that they can take all their dreams and make them a reality! You’re welcome.


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