International dropshipping allows you to sell products worldwide without even leaving your home. Sounds impressive, right?
This article is going to help you find your footing in international dropshipping.
What doesn’t catch on with the customers in your country may be a profitable opportunity in another one. And you don’t need to travel to these countries to launch your business.
Dropshipping blurs the international borders. Your business is no longer tied down to your location. You can live in Uganda and sell goods to the USA or Europe. You can even travel to your heart’s content without any harm to your online business. All you need is to take your laptop with you.
Sounds too good to be true?
Believe it or not, but it’s really so. And you don’t have to work miracles to become financially independent and lead a life you’ve always dreamed of.
However, it doesn’t mean you should dive into dropshipping without planning it out. Without a plan, you’ll run up against plenty of unnecessary problems that will get you down fast.
To let you avoid this, we’ve drawn up this roadmap to international dropshipping. Take one step at a time and watch your business grow.
#1. Make the list of the countries you want to dropship to
Obviously, the first thing you should do before starting your online business is research a potential market. You need to know where your products could do the trick and bring money in.
Thanks to the tools like Google Trends, you can easily evaluate the level of demand for certain items. You just need to type your keywords in the search field and see how the interest in the product has been changing over the years.
In some countries a product can be desired by a large number of people, while in others, the level of demand will be far less.
Thus, you need to weed out the countries that don’t have any interest in the items you’re selling. Draw up the list of the most promising countries to sell your goods to. It’s going to be helpful for your further work.
#2. Size up the level of competition in your niche
In these kinds of circumstances, it’s going to be difficult and quite expensive to win over the competition. There, customers have a lot of alternatives to your store – plus, promotional campaigns on oversaturated markets cost a lot more.
However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a high level of competition is a sign for you to back out.
Remember that the competitors’ products and promotional campaigns may not be of the highest quality. And here is where you can break into the market and come out on top!
Yet, if your common sense drops hints that the competition is too tough, then you’d better focus your effort on the countries with better conditions.
But besides this, there is one more thing to consider if you want to dropship internationally. Your suppliers should be able to deliver the products to every country you target.
Plus, your clients want to receive their packages as soon as possible. And, most certainly, they have little desire to pay extra delivery fees.
Meanwhile, it may turn out that an AliExpress seller has a free or a low-cost shipping option for one country but doesn’t have it for another. Or it could occur that the shipping to some states costs higher than the item itself. Who would like that?
Thus, you need to go to AliExpress and try to choose the suppliers who provide cheap delivery services, such as ePacket, to all your target countries.
Finally, another thing worth mentioning is the tracking code. When you pick your suppliers, make sure their shipping options include the tracking information. Tracking a delivery order helps avoid all kinds of troubles. If you can track the goods, you will have information about the status of the shipment, whether it has been delivered to the address or if it’s experiencing some delays.
In any case, with having access to the tracking of the package, you will be able to resolve any issues much more effectively.
#4. Try to find suppliers that store their products near your customers
If the order takes a large amount of time to reach its destination, you risk running into various predicaments with your customers. The most impatient and irritable of them could be a real pain in your neck and cause some serious troubles.
To keep customer anger at bay, you should work towards reducing the delivery time. The best way to achieve this is to search for the sellers on AliExpress who store their products in the countries you target or in the neighboring states.
It’s simple – the shorter the distance is, the faster the delivery.
In one of our articles, we explain how to find the suppliers with the warehouses in the USA. This way, you cut down the shipping time from 20 – 30 to 7 – 5 days.
The good news is, you can repeat the same trick with any other country you need. Some AliExpress sellers have their warehouses in various countries like the one in the pictures below.
#5. Set suitable payment gateways
You come across an item that you want to buy right on the spot without any delay. But, you can’t. The store doesn’t accept your credit card and you’ve left your cash at home.
If you don’t want your clients to feel the same way, you need to integrate suitable payment gateways in your online store.
#6. Run separate promotional campaigns for each country
Every country has its own history, culture, and traditions.
What puts people off in India could be right up your alley if you’re a US citizen. And the other way round.
While creating your advertisement, you need to consider the diversity between countries. You should have a specific approach to each country you target. Besides, if you want to get the best results from your advertisement that targets a specific country, you need to translate it into the local language.
How do people figure out if your online store is worth buying from?
From the people who have already had this experience, of course! Don’t even doubt it: your store visitors read the reviews that the previous buyers have left about your products and your customer service.
Fortunately, you can build a sound foundation for your online business right from the beginning. Even if nobody has bought anything from you yet.
As a rule, unsatisfied customers are more inclined to take their anger out on you by leaving negative feedback. If everything goes well, people just take it for granted.
If you don’t want bad rumors about your online store to run rampant on the Internet, you should provide your clients with excellent customer service.
It means that there is no room for any misunderstanding between you and the customers. If you can’t speak English or the other target languages fluently enough, there will definitely be some problems.
The key to handling this difficulty is hiring somebody who has the necessary knowledge of the language. They’re going to take care of your customer support and save your reputation. Freelance platforms like Fiverr, UpWork, Freelancer let you easily find someone who is fit for this.
#9. Additional international dropshipping features you should be aware of
If you are indeed interested in creating a dropshipping business that will target other countries, then there are a couple of additional factors you should be aware of.
Let’s go over them one by one.
The laws and regulations of the destination country
It’s no secret that every country has its own restrictions for international shipments. If you wish to run a profitable business you need to make yourself familiar with the laws and regulations of the countries you decide to target. Thus, you will avoid any unnecessary troubles with the law and keep your profits to yourself.
For example, in certain countries you are required to file information about the incoming order. If you fail to file this info, you risk facing various fees and penalties.
As you can see, the outcome can be costly for your business. So, making yourself familiar with the laws is strictly in your interests!
A poorly packaged product can be a major letdown, especially to consumers who enjoy it when the package is of high quality and represents the product in the best way. However, aiming to please your potential customers is not the only reason why you should try to create a custom package. Besides ensuring your items are delivered in the best condition, it heavily affects the shipping rates, as they will differ depending on the size and weight of the package.
For this reason, if you want your dropshipping business to look like an actual business, you should invest in the packaging to make it more presentable and memorable to your customers.
Make a creative packaging design that best reflects your brand. Moreover, try to use lightweight protective materials to ensure low shipping rates.
Return terms and conditions
Just like any other wholesale business that sells various products, make sure to get acquainted with the return policies of your dropshipping suppliers. Moreover, don’t forget to list your own return policy om your online store, to provide your customers with this information. Provide straight and clear information about the payment methods, guarantees, etc.
By getting better acquainted with the general features of international dropshipping, you better prepare yourself when you start dropshipping your goods to customers from other countries and increasing your profit margins.
Now, you’re good to go! You know the most essential things about international dropshipping and can give it a shot. If something still holds you back, feel free to leave your questions in the section below. We’re always ready to help you.
For a person unfamiliar with this business, starting an online store with dropshipping might seem to be quite expensive. Still, it’s nothing but a common dropshipping myth: actually, there are ways to minimize your expenses heavily. Let’s discuss the most beneficial life hacks!
You don’t feel certain yet: you don’t have much relevant experience, and even though you know the basics of dropshipping, you mostly rely on other people’s experience.
Naturally, you’re unsure about the costs of the whole venture. In the beginning, you obviously, need to invest some money to start the process. However, you need to understand the balance between wasting money and not spending enough for a successful launch.
Don’t worry – here’s a handy guide for you!
Before launching your dropshipping online store, consider your startup resources
By resources, I mean your personal strengths – skills, knowledge, and background experience.
Actually, I believe that each and every person has some kind of a superpower 😉. Think about what you’re good at and find a way to use it for the benefit of your dropshipping store.
For example, if you, similarly to our friend Martin, know how to build and set up a website, it obviously gives you a great advantage and lets you save some money on the store development.
Or maybe, you’re a charming person who can easily become friends with anyone? In this case, you can partner with local influencers and engage in various free collaborations and cross-promotions: this way, you’ll cut your marketing expenses heavily.
Oh, and here’s one more thing: if you already run a blog, you can safely use it as your startup capital: it is possible to connect an online store to it and save lots of time (and money) on gaining an audience of loyal followers. Here’s the example of Yan who benefitted from his previous experience of running a thematic blog!
Write down the strictly necessary expenses
Find out what you REALLY need to buy in order to start an online store with dropshipping.
Concentrate on must-have expenses only: a good example is the hosting fee. You must buy hosting because if you don’t have one, your website can’t go live, and no one is able to access it.
But at the same time, what about all the other stuff? Do you really need a premium account in a mailing service that sends mass emails to your subscribers? Is it really necessary to pay extra to your suppliers to put branded gifts with your name/logo in every package? Is there an urgent need to hire a visual effects specialist to create a complex promo video for your store?
At some point in your dropshipping journey, when you will have a booming business, you can consider these features. But as for now, you simply need to make sure that your store performs its core functions. And the time for additional “luxurious” expenses will come later.
Cut on marketing expenses in the early stages of starting an online dropshipping store
At first sight, this idea might seem ridiculous.
Marketing is fundamental to the success of any business. Without any promotional efforts, you won’t attract any potential buyers to your store.
But here’s a little secret: you can successfully use a range of alternative promotional techniques that don’t cost you much, or are even available for free.
For example, search engine optimization doesn’t cost you anything at all. At the same time, if you optimize your store to be more SEO-friendly, it can have a beneficial impact long-term. Here, you can find the instructions on making a SEO-friendly online dropshipping store.
Social networks also give you massive opportunities for free promotion: previously, we have explained how to promote your store on Instagram and Pinterest with little to no expenses.
Speaking of efficient low-cost promotion, social proof marketing is one that definitely needs to be mentioned. The main idea behind it is to demonstrate a positive experience of the previous buyers. When your store visitors can rely on authentic feedback, it gets much easier for them to make a purchase decision. Here, you can read more about a free plugin that creates a gallery of happy buyers’ photos: each photo has your store’s link to the product that is featured on the picture.
As you can see, there are numerous low-cost techniques to raise awareness about your store, and make your visitors interested in your offers. In one of our recent articles, we’ve counted 23 free ways to boost your store traffic – surely, they can be a great alternative to expensive advertising methods!
Consider package offers in your online dropshipping store
Let’s suppose you need several different things for your online dropshipping store that you can’t do yourself. Naturally, you will order them from proficient companies or private individuals. It will be absolutely up to you to choose whom you will trust with these tasks.
Still, here’s a tiny piece of advice for you: research if there’s an opportunity to order several things at once from the same place, and ask if you can get a discount as a repeat customer 😊
Even if this service provider doesn’t have a special coupon code for you, most likely, you can get access to a package offer: a set of services that costs less than all of these services bought individually.
There are at least 2 reasons why you really benefit from package offers:
They save you money (or, at the very least, help you spend your finances in the most efficient way)
They guarantee consistency
When everything’s done by the same person (or team) you generally don’t worry about the little technical difficulties. For example, like receiving totally incompatible elements of your online dropshipping store that don’t work together technically. Also, you can be sure that all the details have the same style and the store is well-organized in general.
The ultimate life hack: read carefully what you’re buying
When you manage your expenses wisely, you surely want to be fully aware of the details behind every service you’re ordering, and every piece of software you’re buying.
If you’re planning to purchase some kind of service or plugin for your online store – look at the payment terms. Do you need to make a one-time payment, or a recurring fee will be collected on a regular basis? What exactly do you get for the money you pay?
Surely, there are some things to consider apart from the financial side. For example, some issues might appear if you’re looking into starting an online store through an external platform. Most notably related to the level of control you’ll have over your business.
Will you have full ownership of the online store? Does the platform owner have the right to shut down your store for some reason? Do you get your profit in full, or is there a platform’s commission for the completed sales? Are there any requirements for the types of products to sell? Or any limits on the number of orders being processed?
Learn as much as possible about the offer you’re considering before starting an online store with dropshipping. This way, you’ll be sure that both your time and money are going to get into safe hands.
There is no doubt: you need to find the best products to dropship in 2021 from AliExpress if you want to succeed with your online store. Simply follow these instructions, and you will learn how to evaluate the items correctly and how to pick the most promising ones.
You are what you sell.
No, seriously. Correctly chosen products define about 50% of your dropshipping success.
AliExpress currently offers much more than 100 million various items, and even though you can use advanced technical solutions to easily import any of them to your own store, you can anyway get confused – what exactly should you import to dropship for profit?
So, let’s figure that out!
Choosing the best products to dropship in 2021: web analysis
It is super important to start thinking about the products you’re going to sell as soon as possible.
We typically use Google Trends to learn if people are getting more interested in this particular product over time. But this service gives us some additional information as well: look at the screenshot below.
Here, we’ve tried a ‘cat hoodie’ query. The ‘related queries’ category gives us additional product ideas: from this field, we see that people are also looking for specific types of cat hoodies (hoodies with kangaroo pouches) and specific prints (‘never bring a bat to a cat fight’, ‘I am a cat’, etc.). This data will surely be useful at the stage of picking items!
Research Keyword Planner
As you know, we use Keyword Planner to find out the most promising keywords to use when running a dropshipping store. At the same time, these keywords can also give you an idea of the most demanded products. Here is an example:
Here, we try the same ‘cat hoodie’ keyword, and the ‘keyword ideas’ tab shows us a great selection of related keywords. This is what people search on Google, so obviously, products that match these descriptions will be a great choice.
Use Moz Keyword Explorer
Moz Keyword Explorer provides data about the intensity of competition in a particular niche. But again, as it shows a range of related keywords, it is a wonderful tool for picking demanded products. Take a look at the screenshot below.
We took the same ‘cat hoodie’ keyword again and got a number of keyword suggestions. If you click the ‘see all suggestions’ link, you’ll view the full list of related queries that can potentially give you a couple of ideas on the products’ choice.
To find out the most demanded products, you can either look at competitors (huge platforms like Amazon and eBay) or check out social networks. Check all the life-hacks on how to find niche products easily.
Choosing the best products to dropship in 2021: social media search
Social networks are great both to look for products to sell and to evaluate the potential niches. Creating insightful content is one of the main tasks of such social networks as Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. So, surfing social media can give you a wide range of valuable ideas.
Besides, you can find many examples of content marketing on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Snapchat and other social media. And some of them are worth taking note of. Let’s take a look at some social media in detail.
It’s logical to start from the most popular social media platform. Look for product ideas in various thematic groups. Study the communities of your potential competitors. The analysis of their content can bring a lot of valuable ideas for your niche research.
Try to search and count groups with 30K+ members devoted to your dropshipping niche. How many groups have you found? If there are more than 10 groups, it is a good sign, and your niche is popular enough.
This social media is the home for influencers, trendsetters, and hottest tendencies. Whatever niche you decided to try, you will find here a plethora of thematic pictures.
The rule for niche rating is the same as for Facebook: if the search volume shows that there are at least 10 groups with 30K+ followers devoted to the chosen niche, it really looks promising and is worth trying.
Many companies and ecommerce entrepreneurs use Pinterest for promoting their products. Thematic boards and accounts of influencing bloggers contain numerous inspiring pictures.
Buyable pins are another great source of valuable content. It narrows your search – you’ll see only things that people can buy, so they are potential products for an online store.
YouTube is not only our favorite time killer – it can be a plentiful source of inspiration as well if you use it as a search engine. Here you can catch ideas of products and trends that are popular right now. Besides, you can go further and investigate the trends in some definite promising niches.
After you’ve completed all these steps, you can take all the suggestions you got from the research, and create a whole super long list of potentially good products. What to do next?
How to find the best products to dropship in 2021: sorting out
So, you have a list of products related to the chosen niche that are demanded by Internet users. Now, it’s time to cross out the suggestions that are not appropriate for a dropshipping store – you don’t want to waste your time searching for useless items, right?
Check if the products in your list have these features:
When people make purchases from you, they have to wait for some time till the package arrives. This wait makes no sense at all if they purchase some generic products. Why would they do that, really, if they could find an identical item in a nearby offline store and start using it on the spot? Surely, the wait should be worth it.
Dropshipping stores show the best results when they generate impulse purchases. Generally speaking, that’s the effect you should try to achieve: if your store visitors get excited with the offers, they are likely to place an order immediately. Obviously, you can fuel their interest even more if you use a solution for buying motivation, for example, Countdown Timer or Recent Sales Pop-Ups, but the products also matter. Look for something with a wow-factor!
Your store needs impressive yet simple products. People never see your items before the purchase, so, for example, they don’t have the chance to try on clothes, shoes or fashion accessories, or to check the performance of technically complex items. This factor might stop them from making a purchase, and can later lead to returns and refunds. Plus, highly sophisticated items typically cost quite a lot, so think carefully if you want to deal with high ticket dropshipping.
Perfect for delivery
These items will be bought by people across the world and shipped all over the globe, so they should be A) lightweight (no one likes extra shipping costs) and B) damage-proof (imagine a buyer’s disappointment after receiving a broken, scratched, or crushed item).
Able to grow
Yes, you are just a beginner now. But smart entrepreneurs selling products online do not live for the moment only – they plan to grow their businesses in the future. Besides, the dropshipping business model allows you to expand your niche and add new product categories easily. So, the products chosen should have the potential for growth.
Do you think that shipping, for example, knives or electronic cigarettes is a good idea? Consider the country or region you’re targeting, and try to find out local laws. If some particular products are banned from use or selling or importing within this area, it is better to take them out of your list. Plus, make sure you are not selling copyrighted items that are a subject of intellectual property law.
Okay, now you have a much clearer idea about the products you’re going to offer in your store. Now it comes to the most interesting part!
Choosing the best AliExpress products for dropshipping: scanning the platform
At this stage, you already know what exactly to search for. Let’s figure out how to do it correctly!
First, go on the AliExpress homepage and type the first query from your list. You will see a list of related queries as well:
Write them down and don’t forget to check them later, and as for now, start with the query you have already typed.
Select the regional settings: in the ‘Ship to’ field, choose the target region where you will mostly send your products. If your store already had some orders, look at the buyers’ geography to understand where do your customers commonly live.
Why is it important? Because the next step is to put a tick in the ‘Free Shipping’ field. The system will automatically leave out the products that can only be shipped to this destination for an additional fee.
Don’t forget to also put a tick in the ‘4* and up’ field – this way, you will only see the items that are approved by the previous buyers.
Finally, in the ‘Sort by’ field choose the ‘Orders’ option to view the most frequently purchased items. The more orders an item has, the better; at least 100 is recommended.
This is how the correct settings should look like:
Great! Now it’s time to evaluate each product separately.
How to find best products to dropship in 2021: final evaluation
Click on every product you like and take a look at the details provided.
More specifically, you should carefully evaluate:
Your store needs items with trust-inspiring pictures that show the product clearly. Images basically are the only source of information for online shoppers, so they matter incredibly.
Don’t forget to look at the item description: sometimes, sellers place additional product photos there, so the picture gallery might be not the only source of images for your store.
The reviews from actual AliExpress buyers are a great source of information about the product quality and the seller’s behavior. AliDropship solutions let you import the product reviews along with the item because the number and the content of the ‘Feedback’ tab is super important.
From today’s research, you will learn more about choosing the best products to dropship from AliExpress, and filtering out the least appealing ones.
What makes a product totally unsuitable for your dropshipping store?
And what, in turn, makes an item an absolutely great find for your business?
How to dropship products that will definitely bring you sufficient profits?
Here, we will show you how to find the best products to dropship and evaluate AliExpress products to check if they are worthy of your time and attention.
Let the fun begin!
Best products to dropship are something you’d buy yourself
So what are the best product to dropship? Obviously, the main idea of your ecommerce store is to sell items that people always buy. This means that the best dropshipping items are the ones that are desired and requested by your target audience.
This is certainly the most important parameter for any dropshipper. Obviously, there’s no reason to fill your eCommerce store with the items that no one needs.
Ideally, when starting a business, you should go on Google Trends. There, you will check if people are commonly interested in this particular product.
Let’s compare the following 3 graphs:
Here, we were analyzing the demand for 3 product types: sweaters, sweatshirts, and hoodies. All of these are warm clothes protecting the wearer from cold weather and providing additional comfort. It means that they solve the same issue for a potential buyer. But, as you can see, the demand levels are totally different.
Still, there is a similarity. For these graphs, we took the period of 5 calendar years. Do you see that all the 3 graphs have the same pattern of peaks and falls?
These fluctuations happen during a specific time of year. Every year, there are the same periods of time when the demand goes super high, and there are periods when the demand is close to zero. It means that these products have a seasonal nature.
It is not a bad thing itself for product sourcing. Nevertheless, you should always remember that if your dropshipping store contains seasonal products only, the volume of your sales and profits will be unstable during the year.
And if you compare these 3 graphs again, you’ll notice that the peaks and falls of the hoodie graph aren’t as sharp as the ones on the sweater graph. It gives you a reason to assume that in this example, hoodies are a more reliable product type. Still, ideally, you should mix them with non-seasonal items in a store offer.
Choosing generic, plain, boring items for selling online is a serious dropshipping mistake that has a huge negative influence on sales.
Let’s continue talking about hoodies and consider the next example. Take a look at the pictures below:
This is an AliExpress hoodie that costs $11.99 and has a rating of 5.0*, 141 reviews and 282 orders.
As you can see, the item has a moderate price, a large clear high-quality picture, and a good description with the relevant size chart and lots of illustrative pictures. Plus, both the store rating and the item rating are quite fine. Still, judging by the low number of reviews and orders, none of these can be convincing for potential buyers.
And here is another example:
This is an AliExpress hoodie that costs $10.10 and has a rating of 4,7*, 3568 reviews and 1348 orders.
This is an impressive difference, right?
This hoodie is 12 times more popular! Meanwhile, it’s even cheaper than the one behind. BTW, you have a huge selection of prints, for all tastes! So it’s obvious that the reason for such a huge demand is the unusual hoodie design: an interesting print heavily attracts buyers.
Indeed, it’s easy to find a basic monochrome hoodie with an ordinary cut nearly in any offline store – you can buy it on the spot and waste no time waiting for its delivery. The printed hoodie, in turn, is quite a rare find for the majority of other stores, and it certainly attracts more interest from store visitors.
And this is how we go over to the next product feature that is an absolute must-have for each and every of your dropshipping items.
– Triggering impulse purchases
Basically, impulse purchases are a major driver of growth for any dropshipping store.
For such stores, neither fast shipping nor low price is a competitive advantage.
But please note that if your products are not appealing enough, none of these tools will help you. So do your best to create all the necessary conditions for your website visitors to induce them to make impulse purchases.
Let’s look at other examples of hoodies. To make a more fair comparison, we will take 2 different product offers from the same seller.
The first item is a regular fleece hoodie that costs $16.63 and has 2 orders, 4.5* rating and 2 reviews.
The second item is a rabbit-ears hoodie that costs $13.84 and has 5385 orders, 4.9* rating and 3247 reviews.
The numbers speak for themselves: people are more likely to buy emotionally charged products.
This is the reason why cute, adorable, kawaii products are quite often chosen by dropshipping store owners. But, you don’t have to limit yourself with ‘sweet’ stuff! Anything that immediately creates a strong emotional response is a good choice. Try to find products that manage to do this.
Take a look at an example below:
This sad patch is not exactly cute, but, thanks to its semi-sarcastic emotional drive, it got 1594 orders, 1103 reviews, and an impressive 4,9* rating. Not bad, right?
Or, let’s look at this indecent enamel pin:
It can cause various feelings, of course, but you can benefit from these emotions anyway. Judging by the 1512 orders, 462 reviews, and 4.8* rating, the pin is really popular. Emotions matter, as you can see!
There is a simple rule: the lower the original seller’s price is, the higher your potential profit will be.
It’s quite obvious, indeed: a low initial price gives you the opportunity to set up a considerable markup without disappointing your customers. Ideally, both you and your buyer should be happy with the item price 🙂
The item itself is good: it comes from a reputable seller and has a 4,8* rating, 50 reviews, 81 orders, and free shipping. The only downside is the price: if the seller asks $39.25 for this jacket, imagine how much this item will cost after you apply the markup formula!
This is why it’s so important to click the ‘Check if this is cheaper on other sellers’ button (it’s an exclusive feature of AliDropship Google Chrome Extension, by the way). The system will offer you several matching options, and you will be able to choose a more suitable alternative – for example, this one:
This jacket is also a great find: it has a 4.4* rating, 862 orders, 470 reviews, and free shipping. The difference between these two products is not big, but why not save $5?
So, it’s not that hard to guess which of the two items is more beneficial for your store, right?
– Quick and cheap to deliver
If you want to lure your store visitors into making an impulse purchase, don’t charge any extra fees for shipping.
Quite often, people leave online stores without completing their orders simply because they get unhappy with the total order cost. Surely, a high shipping fee is a common reason for it.
So, while selecting items on AliExpress, you can only pick and import products that are shipped for free. To do this, you simply need to put a tick in the ‘Free Shipping’ field. Don’t forget to specify the country where you want this product to be shipped! The results’ page will look the following way:
Alternatively, you can only select the items that have the ePacket shipping option. AliDropship Google Chrome Extension easily shows you which products have this feature and which ones don’t.
We traditionally recommend to stick to the items with ePacket delivery option for a very simple reason. This shipping method allows your buyers to receive their packages really quickly. With ePacket, the long period of AliExpress shipping is not a problem anymore. In this case, the seller will promptly deliver the products directly to your customers just in a couple of weeks.
What’s also great, the shipping fee in this case is usually quite low, so you can simply include it in the item’s final price. The product will still remain affordable, and your customer will be happy to see the ‘Free Shipping’ phrase.
A good dropshipping product is an item that helps you differentiate. We have already discussed this subject above when we were talking about the benefits of unique products.
It is really important for you to build a memorable store identity: a specific pleasant atmosphere in your online store makes it more appealing for buyers and helps you compete with AliExpress and other online selling platforms.
This is why the best products to dropship from your store should have the same mood and sentiment. Consistency and integrity of the product offer are the key to creating a wholesome store image that attracts buyers. Look at the picture below:
At the first glance, it might seem that these two items can be easily included in the same store offer. Both of them are unisex sweatshirts with soldier-related prints, so they seem to be suitable for a store dedicated to military stuff.
Still, they are not exactly similar: they certainly generate differing emotional responses, and each sweatshirt has its own ‘tone’. While both of them are a good find in terms of popularity and feedback, your final choice should depend on the desired atmosphere you’re trying to create in your store.
– No logo or brand name
According to AliExpress official policy, it is not legal to sell branded products through the platform.
Still, this restriction only applies to globally known brands because it’s aimed on fraud prevention. At the same time, lots of items on AliExpress are in some way ‘marked’ by local manufacturers. Many products have some kind of a logo or brand name on them.
Here’s an example of a branded wallet below:
As we see in this example, an Asian-based manufacturer put its name on the item in a very distinctive and obvious way. So can we consider them as the best product to dropship?
Normally, they are not. When you’re trying to build your own store identity, the best strategy is to avoid items that show the manufacturer’s name (especially if it’s done in such an eye-catching manner).
Obviously, it is not always possible. Some types of products, for example clothes and gadgets, are not even manufactured without the producer’s mark. If you are working with such product categories, examine the pictures in the item description carefully. This way, you will be able to only select the items that don’t have their brand names shown openly:
This example shows a hoodie label with the product size (M) and the manufacturer’s name (Rumeiai). The brand name is rather discreet and you don’t see it on any other part of the hoodie. So, it is perfectly acceptable to add this item to your store.
How to find the best items to dropship?
There are several methods to find product ideas and estimate their potential. You can search for the best products to dropship and analyze them with various web tools, by looking through social media content and, of course, by browsing AliExpress.
– Web analysis
First of all, you can find the best products to dropship in Google Trends. This free service shows how people’s interest in a given search query changes over time. Besides, Google Trends also shows you related queries, which can be helpful when you look for new ideas.
The second tool for you to use is Keyword Planner. Although its primary function is to tell which keywords you should use for optimizing your website, it finds related keywords as well. The keywords with high search volume can definitely indicate the best products to dropship.
Alternatively, one can use Moz Keyword Explorer, a tool for checking the competition level in particular niches. But since it shows also related keywords, the same trick will work here as well. As you can see, we used the same keyword and got a number of suggestions.
Today social media serves as advertising platforms, which is why one can find lots of ideas there as well.
Since Facebook is the most popular social network in the world, we suggest that you start with this platform. Try looking for thematic groups related to your niche with 30K+ members. If you can find more than 10 such groups, it’s a good sign. Also, analyze the communities of your potential competitors and study their content.
The same approach works with Instagram. If you find at least 10 groups with more than 10 thousand followers, browse their content for ideas.
Just like Instagram, Pinterest is a platform where lots of influencers, trendsetters and bloggers operate. Visit thematic boards and popular accounts to find what to dropship.
YouTube can also be a valuable source of ideas if you use it as a search engine. Besides, you can go further and investigate the trends in some promising niches.
– Searching on AliExpress
First of all, one can use AliExpress search bar and its autosuggestion function to find related queries. But you will need to check them by other means as well to make sure there’s high enough demand.
But if you do have some ideas you have already checked, here’s how you can find out if such products are sold on AliExpress.
In the “Ship to” section, choose your target region, then tick the “Free shipping” box. The system will only show offers from sellers that can ship these products to your desired destination for free.
And make sure you also put a tick in the “4* and up” field to narrow down the search to items approved by previous buyers. Then sort the results by the number of orders to see the most popular goods first. We recommend paying attention to items that have at least 100 orders.
This is what the settings should look like:
Whenever you find an interesting product, open it in a new tab to evaluate its potential. When doing it, pay attention to the following aspects.
Best products to dropship have informative pages on AliExpress
Let’s assume you’ve noticed a super cool item on AliExpress. Imagine that this product immediately got your attention because of its unique nature, affordable price, and strong competitiveness.
Does it mean you should immediately import it into your dropshipping store?
If the original AliExpress product page doesn’t include some of the following details, it might be challenging for you to create a good-looking item profile in your own store. So, before pressing the ‘Import’ button, make sure that this particular product has:
– High quality pictures
Well, if this item has already caught your attention, most likely, its main image is good (otherwise, you’d never had noticed it). But a single photo is not enough!
For example, take a look at this product:
The price is great, the shipping cost is tiny, the feedback is positive, the preview image looks fine – it’s a perfect product, right? But, once you open the product page, you notice that the picture quality is not that high. Plus, it is the only image in the gallery, and the description only provides 2 additional product-related pictures that don’t give much information as well. This is not the type of item you should be looking for.
For your store visitor, product images are basically the only source of knowledge about this or that unknown item. Check both the product gallery and the item description to find out if there are enough informative pictures. Ideally, the pictures should demonstrate an item in actual use. Plus, there should be close-up photos showing the product details.
Here is an example of a product that is more suitable for dropshipping:
The product has multiple variations, and each of them is clearly visible. The seller provides a large high-quality picture to prevent confusion and misunderstandings. The photos are professional and appealing, and you can view the product from various angles. You can even see the back side of the earrings and the fastenings type! If you scroll down to the description box, you will also see the pictures that give indications of the earrings’ size. There is a measurement picture, and there are photos of the earrings placed on a mannequin for scale. Even though the measurement picture contains some unnecessary info like the company name, you can easily fix it with the help of Image Editor.
– Informative description
An online store visitor can’t physically see or feel the item, which is why many questions may arise considering the item’s features. You need to be able to answer any of them correctly and professionally in order to provide a high-quality customer service. Also, you will need to fill in the item’s description to make your store look credible and trustworthy.
This is why items with descriptions that contain no information on the pendant size and the chain length don’t suit you. It can be even different to guess what is the actual product’s material:
For a necklace or any other simple type of product, such lack of information might be just disappointing, and not really disastrous. But what if something similar happens to an item of a more complex nature? How can your customers make sure that it’s a quality product satisfying their needs? Having no data to rely on, a potential customer will simply leave the store without making a purchase.
– Relevant reviews
AliExpress reviews serve two really important purposes.
Such reviews get even more helpful after you install Customer Gallery add-on: this way, you let your store visitors view the real-life product pictures made by previous buyers and provide the direct links to the items featured on these photos.
But the quality and content of reviews matter: please look at this example.
The reviews are positive and seem to be authentic, but, due to the automatic translation to English, the first one looks really messy. You can vaguely understand that the buyer is happy with the purchase, but this review doesn’t add much to your store credibility. You should either leave such reviews untranslated if they are written in your target audience’s language, or simply delete them.
The second important purpose of product reviews is to help you decide whether you’d like to import this product directly to your store. For example, you found an affordable item with high quality pictures and a detailed description in “New Arrivals”. It seems like a good find, but it doesn’t have many orders yet. Should you add it to your store?
To answer this question, go straight to the ‘Feedback’ tab. Here’s what you see:
One default review simply proves the fact of completing the purchase, while two others give a bit more details. There, you can see real-life photos and some clarification on the pendant design. So, the buyers actually received their orders, and they seem to be quite satisfied with the quality. The item is worth trying, most likely!
– Good seller reputation
Most dropshippers pay attention only to wholesale prices, but the seller’s reputation is also a crucial factor to consider. It is especially relevant if you’re importing items with minimum orders and zero feedback. This strategy is quite common: business owners focus on new market arrivals with a strong potential.
In this case, you can’t rely on previous buyers’ experience because there simply is none. Instead, it’s wise to consider the seller’s rating and performance. AliDropship plugin has an integrated feature that evaluates the seller based on many criteria (time in operation, customers’ feedback, etc.). Take a look at this example:
The t-shirt looks awesome, has an affordable price, which is great. But, it’s new on the market: there is only 1 order in its history, and there are no reviews yet. Still, the seller is reputable: it has a good store rating. So, we can assume this supplier works professionally and doesn’t sell items of poor quality.
Worst things to dropship through your dropshipping store
So now you know how to find the best products to dropship. Finally, it’s time to talk about serious things: what are the worst AliExpress dropshipping products?
The possible issues connected to a wrong product choice might be:
A super angry customer who wants to return the product, make a refund, and ruin your reputation on social media
Commonly, these 2 issues are connected to each other; they arise because of the same reasons, and it’s wise to never let any of them happen.
In order not to get into trouble, please avoid the products that are:
Take a look at this item.
Do you remember that we’ve mentioned something about the AliExpress own ban on branded items…? Technically, the platform forbids selling such items, but here it is, shining bright.
We don’t recommend adding something of this kind to your store. If it’s a replica of unsatisfactory quality, the buyers will highly likely get disappointed because of unmet expectations, and their negative feedback won’t do you any good.
Plus, most likely, you will have difficulties while promoting these items on social media (Facebook ads, Instagram shoutouts, etc.). If they get wide coverage, they will certainly get the attention of original brand owners, authorities, or just concerned individuals. Your social media account might get blocked, and your whole business will get compromised. That’s not what you want, right? And you cannot avoid using this kind of promotion, as other sources – email marketing or something else – cannot provide such great coverage of your target audience.
– Potentially dangerous
The item below is a good illustration of a product with a provocative nature. A customs officer would be likely to ban it from entering the country.
Every country has its own understanding of the legal items for import. These regulations even apply to online orders of private individuals. There might be some restrictions on importing defense articles, hunting tools, military-related items, smoking devices, etc. If you are not sure that it is safe and legal to ship this or that product to your buyers’ country of residence, please check it twice, and if you’re still doubting, just leave it out.
The item on the picture below is super cute, but somewhat tricky.
Product delivery takes a lot of time. During the shipment process, the package will certainly see some external impact.
No one likes receiving deformed or broken items! This is why the products of glass, ceramics, or other similar materials are sometimes a questionable choice.
If you still want to have them in your store, talk to the relevant AliExpress seller first. Ask about the used type of the packaging materials, and read the previous buyers’ reviews. This is how you will find out whether the seller can actually provide the items with a secure and damage-proof package.
According to the seller’s description, the weight of the package containing this animal-head piece of home decor is 4 kg.
Even for domestic shipping, such items could be considered as the best products to dropship if they were not a bit tricky.
International delivery, most likely, will demand some extra shipping fees, which is not good news for your buyers. Plus, the heavier items are inconvenient to manage. Any unpleasant incident that happens during the loading activities may result in the product damage.
– Technically complex
The picture below shows an example of a drone offered on AliExpress.
Even though dropshipping drones can really let you make a fortune nowadays, and the gadget industry shows a rapid favorable growth, it might be a better strategy to focus on the relevant accessories and spare parts instead.
The reason for this precaution is simple: neither you nor your buyer can physically examine this complicated piece of technology. So, none of you can be 100% sure in its perfect working order.
If something goes wrong, you will have to deal with the standard return and refund routine. Generally, it is a simple and quick procedure, but if you’re dealing with costly items (and gadgets are quite expensive, as you can guess), the whole process might get a bit longer and trickier.
– Tight-fitting clothes and shoes
Typically, we don’t even recommend you deal with dropshipping shoes (except for home slippers) and ‘demanding’ clothes. Here’s what we’re talking about:
This dress is exquisite and looks fancy, but, as you guess, it requires a specific body type, plus it needs to be tried on before purchase.
You have certainly seen some funny ‘AliExpress: Expectations vs Reality’ posts on social media. And this is exactly what might happen to your buyer. When a store visitor has no way to try on a piece of clothing before purchase, there are two possible scenarios for this customer. The client will either leave the store without completing the order, or buy an unsuitable and disappointing piece of clothing, and return it later. None of the options is really great, right?
The same is true for shoes; here’s an illustrative picture from a seller’s page.
Even the modelling person clearly has some inconveniences with wearing these high heels; can you expect that a random customer’s feet will definitely fit into this pair of shoes?
This is why we recommend picking oversize clothes and items with a loose cut. Since they don’t have to fit you tightly, buyers with any body type can pick and wear them with no stress and discomfort.
That’s all we would like to recommend you pay attention to when searching for the best products to dropship.
We have collected over 50,000 best products to dropship in a single database!
Our new, extraordinary product database contains a list of more than 50,000 best products to dropship from AliExpress (their number is growing daily).
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It means that from now on, you can pick any of these best products to dropship, and import them directly to your store. In seconds, you will get popular, money-making items with catchy and appealing single product pages. Imagine how many long hours it will save you!
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Are you tired of working on a full-time job or just want to earn some extra money? Starting your own ecommerce business and selling products online can be the answer for you! With our dropshipping for dummies guide, you will understand why dropshipping is the most affordable and least energy-consuming way to pull it off!
So, you’ve decided to get your own dropshipping store, and even purchased our plugin for this purpose – now what? Let’s explore the step-by-step process of launching your awesome moneymaking business!
Dropshipping for dummies: technical issues
First things first: let’s start our “dropshipping for dummies” guide with the essential basics!
To make the most of the AliDropship plugin, you need to install it on the website where your store will be located. Here’s what you need to do if you don’t have the necessary site yet.
1. Buy a domain
When creating a website for the first time in their life, most people have no idea what a domain is, and why they need to get it.
To put it simply, a domain name is the address of your website. All domain names are unique and there can’t be 2 identical domain names on the Internet.
For example, the domain name of our website is alidropship.com and it is the only one of its kind.
In order to get a domain name, visit websites such as Namecheap, for example. Type a desired domain name in the search box and click the search button.
If your domain name is already taken, you will get a list of available alternatives. You can choose a domain name from this list or look for another one.
If you want to learn more about how to choose the perfect domain name for your dropshipping store, feel free to read our article. And we’re switching to the next step!
2. Find a hosting provider
Let’s say you have chosen and bought a domain name. Now it’s high time to find a hosting provider and place your website on the Internet.
How and where do you find a hosting provider?
Any information on the Internet is stored on different servers. If you don’t know what a server is, in simple terms, it is a computer that works 24 hours a day and stores a lot of information. This information can be easily accessed from other devices such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, etc.
In order to make your dropshipping website accessible to other people on the Internet, you need to buy storage space on a server. This storage space is called hosting. A company that offers you hosting is a hosting provider.
When you have found a hosting provider and got a domain name, it’s time to build your website. For this purpose, you need to install WordPress on your hosting.
WordPress is a content management system that allows you to build and manage your website without any programming knowledge. WordPress is free and can be easily downloaded from the official website (WordPress.org).
The question we’d like to highlight in this dropshipping for dummies guide is “Why to choose WordPress over other content management systems?” Go here for a detailed answer! In a nutshell, if you want to use the best solution for AliExpress dropshipping, setting up WordPress is a must.
As a rule, there are 2 ways to install WordPress – automatic and manual. And each of them doesn’t pose any serious problems. In our knowledge base, we have a detailed plan on how to install WordPress, so feel free to read it.
If you do everything right, your WordPress admin panel will look something like this.
4. Install AliDropship Plugin
Well, the hardest part is over. It’s high time to install AliDropship Plugin and start making money.
Go to your WP account, choose the Plugins tab, click the “add new” button, upload the plugin from your computer and install it.
Congratulations! Your plugin is installed successfully.
5. Activate your AliDropship license key
After installing the plugin, you have to activate it so that it could start working. For that purpose, you need your key license.
You can find the key in two places – on the “Thank You” page that you see right after purchasing the AliDropship plugin or in the confirmation email that you can find in your inbox.
Copy the license key, paste it into the plugin settings, and click the “Activate” button.
Well done! Your AliDropship Plugin is good to go.
Please note that the key license is unique and valid for one domain name only! So if you want to share it with your friends, it won’t do the trick.
Dropshipping for dummies: the creative part
Hopefully, you have successfully completed all the technical requirements. Now, it’s time to be creative!
A theme determines your website appearance. In other words, when you choose a theme, you choose the design of your website.
We offer you many beautiful themes that have great customization options. All themes are free and you can easily download them from our website.
We have tested all the themes and can safely say that each of them is perfect for customizing a dropshipping store. So choose the one that you like the most and download it.
After that, go to your WordPress panel, find the Appearance button, and click Themes. In the opened window, find the Add New button, choose the downloaded theme, and install it. Don’t forget to activate the chosen theme!
Let’s say, you’ve installed the Andy Warhol theme. In this case, your store will look something like this.
Now, let’s make your website unique and memorable!
7. Customize your dropshipping website
Before you get started your ecommerce business, you need to create the store design elements such as your own store logo, favicon, main page images, and banners. You can do it on your own or with the help of professional designers. Of course, it is not necessary to appeal to the big design studios and pay them a lot of money! You can turn to freelancers to get it, for example.
After getting all the pictures, go to the customization section, and change all the things related to your website appearance. Feel free to play around with colors and pictures to achieve the website design you like! But before you make any changes, kindly go to the Themes section of our Knowledge base to see how to customize your specific theme properly.
Also, don’t forget to create product categories and menus. Think of your website structure carefully and evaluate whether it is easy to use or not. If you have some doubts, ask your family and friends to test your website, think over their opinions, and make all the necessary changes.
Dropshipping for dummies: the financial side
Your goal to start this business was to create a profitable source of income, right? Let’s figure out how to deal with the money-related issues!
8. Choose the currency
Now, it’s time to start configuring the AliDropship plugin settings. Let’s begin with choosing the currency.
Click the orange button at the top of the menu, select the settings tab, and open the general section. Here you can choose your website currency.
The default currency is US dollars, but the plugin supports many other currencies as well. Choose the currency you need and activate it. In case you want to let your customers view your prices in different currencies, don’t forget to select the additional ones.
9. Set up your markup formula
The currency is selected, so it’s time to set your prices to make sure you get the best profit margin.
When you import products from AliExpress into your store, they are transferred with their original prices. In order to get a profit, you need to determine pricing rules and set margins. The AliDropship plugin has a feature that will help you with this. You can create as many formulas as you need and set any kind of price you like.
However, we highly recommend you to get familiar with our pricing tips and follow them in the early stages of your business development.
Besides that, make a point of activating the rounding option. With this feature, prices like $9.71 and $5.48 will be automatically changed to $10 and $5, respectively. In terms of buyers’ psychology and level of trust, it is a good decision.
10. Set up your payment gateways
After setting up the prices, you need to choose a payment gateway. In simple terms, a payment gateway is an online equivalent of a credit card terminal that one uses when buying goods at a brick and mortar store. AliDropship plugin supports many payment gateways, beginning with such giants as PayPal and ending with not very popular ones. Click the link and choose what you like the most.
Dropshipping for dummies: product pages
We’re getting close to the final! There are only 5 steps left! Let’s go!
11. Import products to your store
Now, when almost everything is ready to start your ecommerce business, you have to fill your online store with goods.
To start importing products from AliExpress, you need to install AliDropship Google Chrome Extension. This tool allows you to import products in bulk, edit product descriptions, and manage all the things related to delivery.
Once the extension is installed, click the AliExpress button and choose the Import products tab. Select the Use Direct Import button.
When the items are selected, you have 2 options of products import – single product import and bulk import.
If you need to import only one item, click the orange AliDropship logo near it. If the item is imported successfully, you will see a tick near the logo.
In case you need to import products in bulk, write the keywords in the search bar, select a category, and click the import items button on the main panel. All the products will be imported into your Import list.
12. Edit your product pages
Every ecommerce entrepreneur understands how important for the product pages to look appealing to the customers.
There are 2 ways to edit product pages – you can do it before importing products or after that. Actually, it doesn’t make much difference.
Secondly, you need to make changes in the pictures of your products. For that purpose, use the built-in Image Editor. Delete all AliExpress logos in the picture, change the size, add your own labels, etc.
13. Import reviews to your store
The next step is importing reviews to your store directly from AliExpress.
Feedback is a powerful tool to build trust with your visitors and turn them into loyal customers. Most of the conducted researches points out that feedback is very motivating and helps people make decisions faster. Customers tend to trust each other more than any advertisement.
You have many different options to import reviews from AliExpress, such as – choose the number of reviews per product, add reviews only in your language, import reviews with images only, etc.
14. Set up shipping options
Carefully decide on what shipping methods your store will offer your clients. The plugin has a special section where you can enable or disable different shipping options and select the countries that you want to deliver to.
You can add up to four different shipping options. For example, free shipping, super savings shipping, standard shipping, and expedited shipping. However, we highly recommend you to focus on using free shipping options because it encourages customers to buy more. A study found that 62% of all online consumers would not have bought products online if they had not received free shipping.
15. Set up SEO
Your dropshipping store is almost ready. The last point is your website promotion. We recommend you to use SEO tools available with the AliDropship plugin.
Congratulations! You have finished the ‘dropshipping for dummies’ guide. After reading it, you should have an understanding of the basics of the development process. And, hopefully, now you know how to set up your dropshipping store! Although, if you want to save your time and get a ready to go online store made with your preferences, we offer you a unique solution in Custom stores! After receiving your store, you can easily follow our tips to start making really good money! Good luck!
Before we focus on finding a niche market, let’s start with the definition.
A niche is a narrow market segment with some specific products that are interesting and desirable to a certain category of potential buyers.
For example, let’s take a broad market: clothes. Within this huge market, there are lots of smaller product categories: outerwear, underwear, homewear, sportswear, and many more. And each of these categories, in turn, can be divided into numerous, even smaller niche segments, for example:
Classy jackets and coats for young men
Comfortable workout clothes for women
Affordable home clothes for toddlers
Now, you see it: there can be countless variations! Defining a niche, you:
Take a broad market as your starting point (for example, clothes)
Pick a narrower category within it (for example, office wear)
Make it even more narrow to understand who you will be targeting (for example, smart suits and accessories for middle-aged men)
When your niche is defined in such a specific way, it lets you run and grow your business much more efficiently as you understand:
Who exactly is your average target audience representative
Which product features and online shopping aspects are most appealing and desirable to this audience
What should your advertising messages be and where you should place them to reach your potential customers effortlessly
And now, when you see how important it is for your store to be built around a certain narrow niche, let’s discuss the importance of choosing a niche store over a general one and how to find a niche that gives you the best business opportunities!
Why a niche store is more beneficial than a general one
At first glance, dropshipping may seem like a very easy way to earn money. And in most cases – it is! All that you need to do is set up your online store and upload the most popular products.
It doesn’t take much to open a general store: all you have to do is import the most popular products to your website, regardless of their niche. You will have a wide range of products to offer and attract lots of customers and earn a fortune. It should do the trick, right?
As a matter of fact, a general store has some critical downsides you need to consider. Let’s look at the most significant ones.
Extremely high level of competition
Having a general store means competing with the biggest marketplaces out there – Amazon, eBay, etc. Are you sure you can handle that kind of competition? Let’s be honest, at the beginning stage of developing a new business, it will be extremely difficult, nearly impossible, to do so.
Have you considered regular brick-and-mortar stores that are near your buyers’ place of living?
In most cases, if consumers can get the same product you’re offering in a nearby store, even if you provide a better price, they won’t opt for online shopping. Why? It’s simple, customers who are looking for more general items won’t wait for the goods to arrive if they can purchase them right on the spot.
No way to come up with a breakthrough marketing or SEO strategy
For a dropshipping business, marketing is everything.
When you offer a wide range of products to buy, it becomes impossible to find your target audience to zero in on. Meanwhile, it is vital to draw up your marketing plan. If you don’t have a proper marketing strategy, your dropshipping business is not likely to succeed.
In this case, it will be incredibly difficult to choose the necessary keywords, properly optimize plenty of your product pages, and fill up your site with unique content to come up on the top of Google search results.
However, if you do decide to focus on niche-specific products, you get totally different results! You can forget about the inconveniences that we’ve mentioned above, and even open up opportunities to scale your business.
Now, let’s discuss finding a niche market that is best suited for you?
How to find the perfect niche for you
Finding a niche market with some potential and one that you’ll enjoy creating your ecommerce business around will require you to do some research. Here are some things you need to think of to find the perfect niche for you.
Consider your own interests and passions
Customers need to be sure that they deal with someone who doesn’t simply want to line their pockets at consumers’ expense but has something in common with them. In this case, your clients perceive your service as a sort of aid.
It’s important to establish trust with your potential customers!
Besides, if you like what you do, it’s much easier to keep yourself focused on having your business succeed. The simplest way to specify your passions is writing down a list of the interests. Carefully think about the sites you frequently visit, magazines you read, communities and groups on social networks you’re subscribed to, etc.
Estimate the level of competition within the chosen niche
Before choosing a niche to focus on, thoroughly analyze it.
Can you be competitive in this niche? What potential profit can you expect?
Pay attention to the emotional response your products are triggering
Nowadays, people suffer from the crazy pace of living. To cope with the stress, they need some positive, uplifting emotions. If your product can make them happy, it will be great for your success.
Make sure the goods actually solve a problem
Think about your interests and what are the most common difficulties within them. Generally speaking, your product needs to help customers overcome or alleviate the obstacles they face while working or spending time on their hobbies.
Find something unique
Most people want to draw other people’s attention. It’s not a brand-new discovery. Nobody wants to wear the same dull clothes or jewelry. Customers will be eager to buy something unique and recognizable.
Check if the items hold some sort of value
Everyone wants to keep their image up to date. Some products make you look respectable and fashionable.
AliExpress is one of the worlds’ biggest online marketplaces where you can find hundreds of thousands of different products from all kinds of categories.
When choosing what products you are going to source from AliExpress, you have to carefully evaluate several key factors, such as relevant statistics that help us understand if this niche and these specific products are popular with potential customers.
While scouring through AliExpress in searching for a niche market, here are the elements to pay attention to and estimate the popularity of the niche.
Estimate the product quantity on AliExpress
Look at the number of items that can be found on this platform upon the use of a particular keyword. Furthermore, to get the best results possible check the free shipping option and the 4*+ rating to get the best products and sort the products by the number of Orders.
As you can see by search results, this niche is very popular with over 20,000 products to choose from.
Find a trusted supplier
To get a better understanding of how trusted the supplier is, here are the parameters you should evaluate the reliability of the seller by:
How long the store has been in operation
What’s its feedback score
What is the percentage of its positive feedback
How much the items match the description
What buyers say about the quality of seller communication
How satisfactory is the shipping speed
You should heavily consider each parameter, however, in our opinion, the most crucial of them is the percentage of positive feedback.
Evaluate the seasonal fluctuations in demand
There are types of goods (for example, Halloween decorations, Christmas gifts, etc.) that are in demand only within a limited period of time. There’s nothing wrong about having these products in your store if they are combined with some other kinds of offers (birthday cards, wedding decorations, etc.) that are not season-dependent, but it’s not recommended to rely on them solely.
In order not to miss the hottest trending topics, monitor general public interest towards various areas of life. Google Trends shows the graph illustrating how public interest towards some particular topic is changing.
Finding a niche market with the help of Google Trends
Google Trends is an instrument that gives you the necessary insight into general public interest towards this or that product. This service is designed to analyze search trends, so it can be perfect for your business because it shows:
How the search volume changes over time
What are the most popular search terms
Where do the people searching for this term live
Whether the interest towards this search query is seasonal and changes through the year
In order to use it, you need to:
Pick a product category. The easiest way to do this is to rely on AliExpress in order to gather all the possible categories (e.g. electronics, home and décor, jewellery, etc.).
Go to Google Trends and type in this category in the ‘Explore Topics’ field. Let’s take ‘knitting’, for example.
Look at the result and try to analyze it with the use of additional settings.
For example, this graph shows how the search volume changes over time, and, as you can see, it decreases gradually. To learn more about these dynamics, you can change some settings:
Your region of interest
Type of content
What’s interesting, this example shows the seasonal interest in this search query. Like we previously mentioned, if you mouse over this particular graph, you will see that peak seasons for this search query are winter months.
Surely, you will also find it essential to see the regions where this search query is the most popular.
Additionally, you will get the chance to take a look at the most popular related search terms and estimate the speed of their popularity growth. This will be a very important piece of knowledge at the moment of planning your marketing and SEO strategies necessary to promote your dropshipping store.
Finding a niche market using Instagram
Let’s estimate whether we can use Instagram for this or that particular category. All you need to do is type the chosen category in the ‘Search’ field.
As you can see, there are numerous results in the dropdown menu. These search results contain your focus keyword, which is why they are shown to you. Your task here is to open every one of these and see what users are posting. Also, this can help estimate how popular a certain topic is on Instagram.
Furthermore, try to collaborate with accounts that specialize in this niche and have at least 10,000 followers as this provides us with quite a significant audience. The most common way of such collaboration is promotion via shoutouts – we ask the account owner to publish our advertisement posts from time to time on a paid basis.
Finding a niche market with the help of Facebook
To check whether the niche you’ve chosen has the necessary potential, type its name in the ‘Search’ field on Facebook and choose the ‘Groups’ section. You will see a list of the existing groups that have this keyword in their name and the number of their members.
We usually consider a niche to be promising and prospective if it has more than 15 groups with more than 30,000 members per each.
Additionally, it can be useful to also check out the ‘Pages’ section – it gives you even more insight into this niche popularity and its opportunities for your business.
To learn more about strategies that are most typically used to promote an online store on Facebook, visit our blog – this case study shows a detailed example of a successful promotion.
What mistakes you don’t want to make while choosing a niche
Making mistakes is all part of the experience. The more you make – the wiser and experienced you will be. However, isn’t it better to learn from other people’s mistakes rather than your own?
Based on our experience, we are ready to share with you some thoughts on what common mistakes you should avoid.
Ignoring your personal interests
Like we mentioned before, creating a dropshipping store based on something you like, you will have extra motivation to succeed. Furthermore, you get the opportunity to market and promote it on a professional level that inspires trust and motivates your visitors to proceed with their purchases.
This has already been told a thousand times by each and every business guru, yet still, it is worth mentioning: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Only focusing on the profit
A very common question among our clients is: “What niche will give me the highest profit in the shortest time?”
The sad truth is, most likely, this approach will result in a poorly performing business. A profit-first attitude is a common mistake in ecommerce. Sometimes, people simply don’t care what they are selling, all they want to know is what’s most profitable.
Having figured it out, they launch a store and simply sit back waiting on the profits to come in. The niche is hot, why bother promoting it, right?
There are others out there that don’t mind supporting the store activity, however, experience other challenges along the way: knowing nothing about this niche apart from its good financial potential, they struggle with picking the right products, identifying their target segments, and communicating with the audience.
You spend some time and effort on building a suitable store, invest money in paid ads – and then find out that there are not enough high-quality AliExpress items to add to your offer.
Or, you’ve discovered that this store idea is already taken by high-profile market players attracting all the existing customers.
Or, you’ve successfully processed a number of sales but noticed that the final revenue is not worthy of your effort.
To prevent any of these scenarios from happening, finding a niche market requires you to conduct your own, independent research. There you will determine the strengths and weaknesses of the niche that seems a good pick to you.
Offering no specific value
This is a common problem for “general stores” that sell a random mix of unrelated items. However, niche-focused online stores can face similar problems throughout their dropshipping journeys.
Like many other businesses out there, dropshipping is a customer-oriented business. So, it is crucial to understand how a particular niche allows you to create a distinctive shopping destination that can successfully compete with other stores because of its unique selling proposition.
Meeting your preferred audience’s requests and focusing on their needs is the key to attracting customers. So, if you don’t see the way to use your chosen niche to create a memorable, landmark store that is tailored to suit the buyers’ needs, it’s wise to move on to a more client-centered product range.
Allowing no room for growth
One possible strategy of choosing a niche for your dropshipping store is focusing on hype items trending right now. As long as this particular product is popular, you can theoretically make good money from it. Still, as soon as it gets forgotten, you will need to rapidly switch to another super-hot category.
Traditionally, a less risky approach is more popular. Entrepreneurs choose a niche with a more or less stable demand that is expected to remain in a long-term period. Over the course of time, they slightly update their product range along with the promotional methods.
Summing up how to find your perfect dropshipping niche
You don’t have to go far to look for the best dropshipping niches, as we have already picked the best niche products for you. Nevertheless, finding and choosing the right niche market takes some time. You need to carefully consider and research various aspects and determine what is the best opportunity for you.
In dropshipping, selecting the right niche is one of the most important focal points, so approach this with due diligence and preparation.
Do you know how to create the best product pages and make millions of dollars on it? Are you eager to learn from professionals only? If so, you’re at the right place!
It’s an ordinary challenge for dropshippers and ecommerce entrepreneurs as a whole to create product pages. All of them can do this in different ways. Some put lots of text there, others rely heavily on images, few people show off and use animations, etc. But how to strike the right balance to go easy and create product pages that really sell?
We believe that you should always learn from professionals only. That’s why these are the creators of The Auto Merch store that makes over $2,000,000/year who are going to tell you how to create the best product pages.
Have you heard about this store? Ok, The Auto Merch is an online store that is run by two AliDropship employees on maternity leave working half-time. The most special part about this store is that it makes over $2,000,000/year! Sounds great, doesn’t it? And the most interesting fact for you as ecommerce entrepreneurs is not only that the creators of The Auto Merch are ready to share their strategy of managing an online store with you. Now you also have an opportunity to get an exact copy of The Auto Merch and repeat or even surpass the success of its creators!
So make yourself comfortable, we are about to start!
Why is it necessary to edit product pages?
Many ecommerce entrepreneurs don’t even understand why it’s necessary to make changes in the product pages they import from AliExpress. Wham-bam and ready-to-go. They really believe this is enough to just replicate the original AliExpress product pages.
In fact, it’s not. So, why is it so important for dropshippers to edit original product pages, but not just copy them to their websites?
The creators of The Auto Merch outlined several of the most essential reasons:
Not all the products from AliExpress have detailed descriptions with the item specifications, making it challenging for a visitor to make a well-informed purchasing decision
In most cases, the original product descriptions are written in broken English that doesn’t inspire much trust in the store and prevents its visitors from taking the website seriously
Most often, the original descriptions don’t have a clear structure that would let you deliver a compelling marketing message with an inspiring call to action
The store creators believe that a product page needs to have a distinct structure in order to generate more sales, increase a conversion rate, and prompt a successful store performance.
What should the best product pages look like?
The creators of The Auto Merch admit that it took them a while to find a winning strategy to create the best product pages.
So what, in their opinion, defines the best product pages?
Perfect product pages should be well structured. First of all, they need to have an introduction describing an issue this product can help you solve.
After that, there should be a main body. Its purpose is to describe the product’s features that can be useful in solving the problem, its strong points, etc.
The concluding part should consist of detailed specifications and call to action.
A product page should be optimized to let your website visitors easily open it even if they have slow Internet connection. The store creators claim that a well-optimized product page should be about 1.5-1.8 MB. By the way, make sure that your product page design is both mobile- and desktop-friendly.
Try to put only high-quality images on your product pages. It’s important to let your website visitors see all the product’s details and make sure the product and store are not fake. What’s more, this is a major parameter of ranking your product pages by search engines.
And please note that few customers are fond of reading into every word in product descriptions. That’s why the store creators recommend that you choose images that show how this or that product is used in practice.
Don’t forget that your product pages should not be too splashy. If a product page is overwhelmed by images and banners, it can easily confuse your website visitors. So try to strike a balance between attractiveness and informative value.
What elements should the best product pages include?
Now let’s move to the process of editing a product page. What are the essential parts of a perfect product page, and how should you edit them?
In fact, when you import a product page from AliExpress, you are highly likely to edit it completely. The creators of The Auto Merch recommend you start with a title.
As a rule, product titles on AliExpress consist of over 10 words that don’t make a coherent phrase.
The store creators recommend you edit them in order to get a short but insightful title.
Is this short? Sure! Is this informative enough? Yes, it is. Bingo!
Besides the points mentioned above, it’s also crucial to edit a product description to make it grammatically correct. Unfortunately, sellers who do their best to provide English texts frequently overlook this, but commonly it ends up with awkward automatic translations. See for yourself.
However, the store creators believe that a good product description should look as follows.
BTW, when writing about product specifications, don’t forget to adapt measurement units to the ones your target audience always use. And make sure you have indicated all the measurements in the right way.
And most importantly, remember about the description intent. After your potential customers have read the product description, they should have a burning desire to purchase this product, and not the other way around!
If you want to create a product page that is able to convert as many visitors into customers as possible, the creators of The Auto Merch suggest you pay particular attention to the product gallery.
They insist that it’s crucial to compress all the images for the product page or simply give up the images that are too big. In case you don’t do this, it’s highly likely to take lots of time to open your product pages. As a result, it can increase the possibility that Internet users will leave your website before they open it.
Moreover, make sure that there are no unnecessary inscriptions, original brand labels, etc.
What’s more, it’s a good idea to add images demonstrating practical use of the product. So try to visualize how useful the product can be. In that case, Internet users will be more likely to buy it.
The creators of The Auto Merch admit that they usually have to edit product variations. It’s due to the fact that original product variations sometimes might confuse you. For instance, the first variation is the product color and the second one is its capacity – but there’s only one option per each! This is not the way to do it.
That’s why the store creators suggest you check this up and edit the variations manually, if necessary, removing the needless ones.
And don’t be surprised if you see product variations that include color code, but not names. This is common for AliExpress suppliers, but for the buyers’ convenience, it’s best to rewrite the names of the variations.
Beyond this, the creators of The Auto Merch say that they even have to edit customer reviews quite often. It’s due to the fact that the most part of the user-generated content has grammar and punctuation mistakes, etc.
It would be great if your product page included detailed product reviews that consist of at least 2-3 sentences. What’s more, they should be followed by several high-quality product images from different angles.
What instruments can be used to create the best product pages?
If you want to create the best product pages that let you convert maximum website visitors into buyers, you need to spend your own time and effort on this. And here is a logical question: are there any instruments to create product pages in a quick and quality manner?
Yes, there are a number of instruments the store creators actively use to build up product pages!
Sometimes it’s necessary to add or remove an inscription or label from an image, or make other edits, you have a way out! You can easily do these tasks by means of a tool that is built in AliDropship Plugin – it’s Image Editor. So you don’t need to look for a third-party software, then compress your images again and so on. Now you have an opportunity to edit pictures right in the admin area of your online store!
If you have several ideas on improving your product pages (for example, choosing between two or three product titles), the best strategy is to simply compare them in action. And now there’s nothing challenging about it since you can use the Split Test add-on. So run tests, find out which tactic performs better, and make the most of your product pages and not only!
If it’s necessary to make several product pages look good at once, the store creators use one of AliDropship’s newest add-ons – it’s Sellika! This add-on lets you edit product pages thoroughly in several clicks. Due to the computer vision, Sellika creates well-performing titles and descriptions, that not all the content marketers are able to do, in a split second.
When a product page is fully prepared, the creators of The Auto Merch always check its size. If there are lots of pictures that are not compressed, it’s likely to take lots of time to open this page. And you can’t be sure if it’s ok for your potential customers to wait. That’s why they rely heavily on the Imgix Page Weight Tool in order to make sure that the potential product page is going to open quickly regardless of the device type.
It’s also an interesting fact that the store creators divide their product range on bestsellers and other items. They believe that, in case of bestsellers, it’s a great idea to work on a product page manually as much as possible: find competitors’ pages, analyze titles and descriptions, choose the best ones as an inspiration, etc. Meanwhile, if you need to edit several product pages at once, it’s worth using marketing automation solutions since they are able to save your time and effort.
Summing it up: how to create best product pages
So you are about to finish with a product page, but what’s next? What impact should it have on your potential customers? And how can it help you convert more visitors into customers and earn more?
The Auto Merch creators admit that the best product pages are aimed at gaining the customers’ trust. They believe that a well-structured product page with no errors that features high-quality images, detailed product specification, and social proof, is able to gain confidence.
The store creators claim if customers see a perfect product page, they won’t consider this online store as a fly-by-night company, but an online store which owners care a lot about its reputation. So the items and level of service are also high enough. And this is the exact way to win the customers hearts!
Beyond this, the store creators recommend that you demonstrate your products in all their glory. It’s necessary to show that they are extremely helpful in solving people’s most burning issues. And don’t forget that when your potential customers scroll a product page, they need to agree that this is a decent product, absolute must-have!
Well, now you know everything about how to create the best product pages that really convert. Are you eager to try out your skills? So don’t lose an opportunity to become a 100% owner of an exact replica of $2,000,000+/year-making The Auto Merch and repeat the success of its founders – or even surpass it!
To date, if you want to get a stable source of high income, one of the most effective solutions is starting your own business. And the dropshipping business model suits those who are eager to become a 100% business owner and make money online without extra investments and effort. That’s why people who want to join dropshipping are very interested in the following question: how to build an online store from scratch?
And since we always do our best to let even ecommerce newcomers easily start their dropshipping ventures, we have decided to prepare for you a detailed guide on how to build an online store from scratch.
Actually, nowadays there are lots of options to get a smooth start in dropshipping, but it’s not always clear what’s the difference between them, and which one to choose. So make yourself comfortable, the travel along right creating a dropshipping business is about to begin!
How to build an online store from scratch: options to start a dropshipping business
Let’s assume that you’re the very person who appreciates the dropshipping business model and decides to start your own profitable dropshipping venture. Right, when starting a dropshipping business, there are a number of aspects you should pay particular attention to. So you need to do the following:
Select a promising niche
Find reliable suppliers
Consider the product range of your online store, etc.
Meantime, one of the key actions you need to take is building an online store. But since there are lots of options of starting a dropshipping business on the market, how to choose right? Which one is supposed to suit you perfectly?
Well, let’s figure that out!
Custom online stores
What is the easiest way to start a dropshipping business? Well, it’s a lot easier for you to buy a ready-made online store. And we are happy to provide you with 3 options to choose from.
Custom dropshipping store is an online store that AliDropship specialists create for you in accordance with your preferences only.
Delivery: 12-25 business days.
Actually, buying a ready-to-go custom dropshipping store made by our experts for you individually is supposed to be the best option for ecommerce newcomers. In that case, you won’t need to worry about anything.
So you choose one of the custom store packages and add hosting which we are also glad to provide you with. After that, it remains for you only to get extra add-ons and services from AliDropship if necessary, and you can start to dropship! Simple and great, isn’t it?
By the way, we have prepared an Online Store Builder for you to let you get an online store of your dreams even easier!
Established dropshipping stores
If you are not eager to create an online store from scratch, get it on track, etc., but want to become an owner of a ready online business that already brings profit, we suggest you pay attention to Established Dropshipping Stores from AliDropship.
Any established dropshipping store for sale is a long-standing business that is already bringing profit.
Right, established stores already deal with a particular niche. However, pay attention to the fact that such stores already have a solid track record, social media accounts, lots of followers, well-thought product range, etc.
And, most importantly, you will get access to the most efficient ad campaigns our marketing specialists have run and gained from. So it remains for you only to go on and repeat the success we have achieved using the winning marketing materials with a proven efficiency.
By the way, if you buy an established store, you get it to the day! It means you can easily start selling right after the purchase. This is great, isn’t it?
You become an owner of a 100% replica of one of our most successful dropshipping stores. In fact, this is an online store that also works in a particular niche, has a profitable product range, etc. All you need is to upload this copy to your hosting and voila – you can start to sell online to the day!
How to build an online store from scratch: summing up your options
Well, how to start a dropshipping business if you’re an ecommerce newcomer eager to own a ready online store? We have tried to make it clear for you. However, if you are still not sure what option to choose, here is a short guide for you:
Do you need a custom online store? Are you eager to choose a niche for your business, look for the promising products based on the tips from our experts, etc.? Do you want an online store that is made for you individually in accordance with your preferences only? Meantime, are you ready to wait for 2-3 weeks till our managers do their best to build a store for you? If so, choose a Custom Online Store!
Are you reluctant to waste your time creating your dropshipping store and putting it into operation? Is it desirable for you to get a ready-made business that already brings profit? Are you ready to invest into a thriving business with a long history of successful performance? In that case, you should definitely pay attention to Established Stores For Sale from AliDropship!
Do you like the idea of getting an already operating business, but want to minimize your startup expenses? Would you like to start promoting and selling your products immediately after the store purchase rather than wait till our managers create an individual store for you? Then, consider buying one of our Premium Dropshipping Stores!
How to build an online store from scratch by yourself at minimum costs?
Well, there are several ready-made and ready-to-go business solutions we have mentioned above. It means you have an opportunity to let our team make all the hard or boring work for you.
This is convenient, isn’t it? You can easily save your time and effort, meanwhile, get a smooth start in dropshipping.
But what if you are ready to spend time building your dropshipping store by yourself? What if you want to sort out all the technical aspects and understand how it all works? Or what if you can’t afford a ready-made online store? Then, all you need is AliDropship Plugin!
What is AliDropship Plugin and how to build an online store from scratch with this plugin only? Let’s figure this out!
AliDropship Plugin is an instrument that helps you easily create and manage a fully-fledged online store.
How does it work and how to create a store using it?
Actually, it’s not challenging to build an online store from scratch. Even an ecommerce newcomer is able to sort this out. Moreover, there are lots of guides and video tutorials that help you do this.
Well, here are 15 steps to build an online store from scratch by means of WP and AliDropship Plugin.
1) Buy hosting
First of all you need to buy hosting in order to make your website available for other Internet users. There are lots of companies that offer hosting. However, we recommend that you pay attention to the option from AliDropship since it’s specifically optimized to meet the needs of dropshipping business owners. Here is AliDropship hosting FAQ.
2) Install WP and AliDropship Plugin
Since we build online stores using WordPress, you need to download it and install it to your website. What’s more, you need to install AliDropship Plugin as well. This is the very instrument that will help you not only easily create and customize your online store, but also put most of your business operations on autopilot. Learn more about installing WordPress, AliDropship Plugin, and themes for your online store from AliDropship Knowledge Base.
3) Choose a theme for your online store
What will your online store look like? It depends on the online store theme you will choose! Please, pay attention to the fact that AliDropship Plugin is compatible with original themes that are designed by AliDropship and can be downloaded from our website.
Beyond this, AliDropship plugin can work with several third-party themes. So feel free to learn more about the themes for your online store. To apply a theme to your online store, you need to go to ‘Appearance’ in your admin area, then click ‘themes’, and upload a theme you have downloaded.
4) Create and upload design elements
Do you want to make a unique and trustworthy online store? In that case, you need to create and upload such store design elements as logo, favicon, banners, etc. In order to add them to your online store, go to ‘Customization’ in the admin area of your website. It lets you customize the appearance of each website page, add descriptions, and so on.
What’s more, you can add links to your online store social media accounts so they will be shown on your website.
5) Create product categories
All the products in your online store should belong to categories. In order to create product categories, you need to go to ‘Product’->‘Product categories’ in your admin area. After you create a product category, don’t forget to add it to the menu and mix the categories in the way you like.
6) Create a product range
Now you need to add products to your online store. So, then go to ‘AliExpress’->‘Import Products’, and click ‘Direct Import’. You will be redirected to AliExpress. In fact, it remains for you only to choose the product you like and click ‘edit’ at the top of the page.
BTW, pay attention to the fact that AliDropship software lets you check if there are suppliers who sell the same product at a lower price. And don’t forget to edit product titles and product descriptions when importing products. Moreover, you can also use bulk import.
In order to make your online store look trustworthy, AliDropship Plugin also provides you with an opportunity to import reviews. It means if a product you choose for your online store has reviews, they will also be added to this very product in your store. What’s more, you can choose the language they will be written in and whether they will include photos from original reviews. In order to do this, you need to go to ‘AliExpress’->‘Import Reviews’ in the admin area of your website.
8) Choose the currency
Your next step is to choose the currency. AliDropship Plugin suggests to use USD by default. However, you are able to change these settings in accordance with your target audience. All you need to do this is to go to ‘Settings’->‘General’ in the admin area of your website.
9) Consider the pricing policy
For your convenience, AliDropship Plugin lets you easily set up prices for the products imported. So you don’t need to do this manually. All you need to do is to set a pricing formula or choose a recommended one. In order to do this, go to ‘Settings’->‘Pricing’ in your admin area.
10) Make your website SEO-friendly
Search engine optimization is crucial for ecommerce. So if you want your website to rank higher on Google, we recommend that you enable several functions in AliDropship Plugin. So go to ‘Settings’->‘SEO’ and create titles, descriptions, and keywords for your homepage. Moreover, don’t forget to create articles for your homepage and product category pages.
11) Boost your sales by means of coupons
As a way to boost your sales, we recommend you enable coupons by means of AliDropship Plugin. In order to do this, go to ‘Settings’->‘Coupons’.
12) Automate product-related tasks
If you want to import products from AliExpress, update them, and process your orders automatically, you need to install AliDropship Chrome Extension. This is absolutely free of charge. So go to ‘AliExpress’->‘Import Products’->‘Install AliDropship Chrome Extension’ and put your products’ management on autopilot.
Since AliDropship always does its best to make the process of running your business as convenient as possible, our team has developed lots of add-ons that can do the hardest and most boring work for you. So you can easily reduce your business participation to several clicks a day. That’s why feel free to learn more about them!
15) Run Facebook ad campaigns
In fact, your store is ready. However, if you want to count on first sales, you need to promote your store. That’s why it’s high time to launch ad campaigns on Facebook. But before promoting your ecommerce store, it’s a good idea to check whether all the systems work as planned.
So that’s it! When you get the first order on your website, you need to go to ‘Orders’ in your admin area. Fortunately, AliDropship Plugin has a ‘Place Order Automatically’ magic button. So it remains for you only to confirm the order!
Well, there are only 15 steps you need to take in order to get profit. It’s not as challenging, actually, right?
Final thoughts on how to build an online store from scratch
As we have already mentioned, there are lots of options to start your own dropshipping business. All you need is to choose the one that suits you perfectly. And it mainly depends on time and money you are ready to spend on it.
The most affordable option is to build an online store from scratch by yourself using AliDropship Plugin. Right, this requires some time, but the level of involvement in your ecommerce business is going to be over the roof!
If you’re not ready to spend hours on building your online store from scratch, but you are eager to get a ready-to-go business or the one that already brings profit, there are also several options for you, for all tastes!
We hope that these materials will help you to choose the option that suits you best, and buy a ready business or create it by yourself. We believe it won’t be challenging for you since you already know how to build an online store from scratch by means of AliDropship Plugin!
The holiday season is upon us! What does it mean for you as an online store owner? It’s high time to look for smart holiday advertising ideas and get ready for your buyers’ booming activity!
So, how to prepare your store for the holiday season? What should you pay prior attention to if you want to get record profits? Should you prepare only for the national holidays, or Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also important for eCommerce? Keep reading this article, and you will find the answers to all these questions.
In fact, it’s best to come up with holiday advertising ideas long before the particular holiday. You should think of the product range, advertising strategy, and so on. You will actually have to devote a lot of time to these aspects. However, if you want to beat the eCommerce market and make a fortune during the holiday season, we have a great solution for you.
How should your holiday advertising be carried out?
Based on our personal experience and our customers’ feedback, we would like to remind you that you should prepare your online store for the holiday season well in advance. Why?
Imagine this lengthy process: your potential customer opens your online store, finds the product he is interested in, thinks for several days, then orders the item. And not to mention that it takes a lot more time to process the customers’ orders, to pack the goods, and, finally, deliver the packages.
In any other period of the year this would be all right. But in the case of the holiday season, your customers are risking too much not to get their orders in time before the holiday. Even if the delivery service makes the delivery on the last day before the holiday, your customer will have to worry a lot. However, if you start your preparation in advance, situations like this are almost impossible.
Is there a checklist?
In fact, there is a checklist which includes the most essential aspects of holiday advertising. You may find the detailed checklist in our article which was published a bit earlier. In the article you’re reading now, we will also go through the very aspects of holiday preparation procedure. Most importantly, we will offer you an easy way out of this situation if you’re not ready to devote your personal time to all these actions.
What does a holiday advertising checklist include?
1) Check if your online store functions in a proper way
You should make sure that your website is ready to serve the customers. So, check if your store works to its best on all types of devices. Then, test all the buttons and make sure that all of them are active and lead to the necessary pages.
We also advise you to make the process of product ordering as easy and short as possible. In that case, your customers are unlikely to leave your store at one of the purchasing stages.
2) Review your product offer
As a rule, during a period of holidays online store owners bet on the group of products which are more likely to be sold out. It’s all about the products which can be bought as holiday gifts.
Moreover, here is the second important aspect about your product offer. We recommend you to indicate the delivery date as precisely as possible. The problem is that your customers would like to get their orders before the very holiday because in most cases they buy those items as gifts.
Do you want to receive your Xmas gift at the end of January? We suppose you don’t. Neither do your customers. It’s unacceptable even if they get their orders on the last day before the holiday, because that’s not the service they expect from your store.
That’s why your main goal is to provide your customers with the opportunity to buy interesting products or services at reasonable prices. Another equally important aspect is to let them make plans and have an idea when to expect the delivery.
3) Make a promotion calendar
Since there are lots of holidays, and you’re supposed to get your store prepared for them in advance, we recommend you to think of your promotion calendar. Take as a rule that it’s necessary to start your holiday advertising not less than 3 month prior to the very holiday. Make sure that your customers have enough time to learn your product range, make their purchasing decisions, and wait for their orders.
In some cases, you’ll have to start preparing for one holiday when the other holiday marketing campaign is still in full swing. But, don’t worry! We believe you can handle it 😉
4) Make tempting price offers
When conducting a holiday advertising campaign, you need to make several low-priced offers. In fact, you may advertise your store, fight for traffic, and so on, but if your products are sold at the highest prices ever set on the market, your efforts will go in vain. Rethink your current price policy completely – it’s the holiday time! People are waiting for the special price offers.
So, try to attract the customers by means of hot and competitive prices. Moreover, you can think of some products to sell together as one item – for example, two-in-one packages and so on.
5) Revise your SMM strategy
In order to notify your potential customers about some events related to your store, you need to be active online, especially on social networks. When doing holiday advertising, make sure that your accounts on major social media platforms are managed in a proper way. What does it mean? You post lots of entertaining and educational articles, notify your customers about hot offers, and so on.
By the way, it’s important not only because of the fact you attract the customers who are already following your accounts.
Let’s imagine that holiday shoppers want to order something from your online store. If they don’t know anything about your website, what will they do? Right, they are going to look for some information about it on the Internet. That’s why, in case of a properly managed online store, these users are more likely to place an order on your website.
Wow, it turns out that you have a challenge before the holidays! You’ll have to devote considerable time to these preparations. But this game is worth the candle!
However, if you’re not ready to spend much time on such actions, or not sure you can handle it, we have a way out for you. You may use our new brilliant service!
Meet Halloween Marketing Services Bundle – a special pre-holiday offer!
Animated Facebook Cover for your FB page to announce Halloween Sale
Effective social media posts (15 engaging posts for Halloween week and more)
Halloween guide for your store (a detailed tutorial on preparing your store for the holiday season)
We are happy to inform you that you have an opportunity to buy this bundle at a 13% discount just for $215!
Now let’s look at the services available in this package in more detail. How can they help you generate holiday marketing ideas for your online store and boost your sales?
1) 3 image and 3 video Halloween-themed ads
Since you can’t make your store efficient without advertising, our team is happy to provide you with a unique package of 3 image and 3 video Halloween-themed ads. That’s why, if you need a high-converting advertising campaign for your online store, you’re more than welcome to contact AliDropship team. We will make every effort to make your business journey more convenient and profitable.
What exactly is this service about?
Our experts are going to prepare 3 image and 3 video Halloween-themed ads for your store so that you could place them on the most popular social networks – Instagram and Facebook. This package includes the following: 3 images and 3 videos created by our professional designers, advertising texts, and recommendations on the audience to target. By the way, this service includes its own guide to manage your ads. That’s why it will be so easy for you to figure this out.
2) Posts for social networks
We are also glad to provide you with 15 amazing posts for your accounts on social networks! We are talking about the most popular social media platforms – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.
Our experts will make templates for 15 posts for you to place in your store’s feed. Since all of these three social networks have different standards of post publishing, you need to make unique posts for each of them.
Moreover, this service is also provided together with its own guide which is supposed to help in case of some questions.
That’s why our team suggests you to save your time and leave these boring things to us. Since our experts have a lot of experience in this field, you’re more likely to succeed!
3) Halloween guide for your store
What is more, together with the Halloween bundle, you also get the Halloween guide for your store. Do you want to know how to get ready for Halloween? This guide is a must-have for you.
Here is what our new bundle comprises! If you’re still not sure about purchasing this package, we’ve decided to make some caveats.
The services within our new bundle can be used only for Halloween. You have an opportunity to benefit from each of these services throughout the entire year if you buy them separately before other special events. In that case, you will be able to carry out advertising campaigns before each holiday shopping season starts.
It’s not necessary to sell only Halloween-themed goods. This bundle doesn’t require a particular product range. So, you’re not supposed to give up selling smartphones and put some Halloween masks and other Halloween-related products on sale. What is necessary for you during the pre-Halloween season is to make ads in the Halloween style. That’s it, a genuine interest in your store is ensured!
Our goal is to prepare all the materials that are necessary to make a post and place an ad on the social media platforms indicated above. What is more, we provide you with the guides which can give you a lot of important information.
We give you all the necessary texts, images, and so on. It remains for you only to make use of these data and launch your pre-holiday season advertising campaign. So, you get cool ads, AND improve your advertising skills at the same time. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
So, are you out of holiday advertising ideas? Don’t you know how to prepare your online store for Halloween and boost your sales considerably? So pay particular attention to our new Halloween Marketing Services Bundle! We hope it will help you get the maximum benefit from the holiday season! Best of luck with your pre-holiday preparations!
What does the process of ordering an online store look like? In practice, you are provided with several options to choose from. And you are supposed to choose the one that suits you best.
However, you are totally aware that AliDropship always does its best in order to customize the process of ordering an online store as much as possible and lets you heavily influence our managers’ working process. But we decided to move beyond this!
We have prepared a solution that is designed to let you create an online store of your dream and customize it as you wish. So meet our dexterous online store Package Builder!
What are your options of setting up an online store?
So first of all, let’s discuss what a process of ordering an online store looks like, in a nutshell. When we speak about starting a dropshipping business, people fall into two categories.
Some of them want to get a quick and smooth start, without extra effort. In this case, we recommend them pay close attention to Premium Stores and Established Stores. So they buy either ready-made stores that already bring profit or replicas of our most profitable dropshipping stores. In both cases, they start benefiting from their online business almost immediately!
Others want to make their bold ideas fly and get unique products. In this case, we recommend that they focus on creating a custom dropshipping store. So our managers get in touch with clients and build ecommerce stores for them in accordance with their preferences only.
But what if to move beyond this? What if we can provide our clients with an opportunity not only to influence the process of creating an online store, but let them customize their business projects as much as possible? To that end, we have designed a new super-handy online store Package Builder!
How to set up an online store of your dream: an easy solution
So why should you pay close attention to this online store builder? Why is it so great, and how can you benefit from it?
Well, with this Package Builder, you are able to start an online store meeting your personal preferences since it lets you customize your future store completely.
You can build your store with its own unique set of features
It lets you speed up your business launch and first sales
What’s more, it also provides you an opportunity to take some extra steps:
Increase the number of imports to 2,000 items
Enrich your business by adding some extra add-ons and services
Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
How to easily set up an online store with our Package Builder?
So what does a process of ordering an online store with this Package Builder look like? Is it true that even a newcomer is able to get a unique and ready-to-go business having done just several clicks?
Well, actually, with this super-handy Package Builder, it’s now even easier to order your own profitable online store you have always wanted. How does it work? Take a look!
1) You find yourself on the Package Builder page. You have a basic custom store package that you’re supposed to enhance. This is the cheapest option we are ready to provide you with. It includes the following:
In case you are not able to choose the one that suits you best, feel free to count on niche research. So our managers will do their best to find the most promising niche for your business.
3) Then, you need to choose the size of your store catalogue. It ranges from 50 to 2,000 items.
Some entrepreneurs really increase their product range to several hundreds or even thousands items in order to make the most of their business. And in most cases, it pays off!
4) After that, you are able to add some extra services to your online store. In this Package Builder, there are 10 most popular and efficient services from AliDropship. They have already helped lots of our clients improve their business performance.
So it doesn’t matter whether you’re a dropshipping newcomer or an experienced entrepreneur. These services are exactly what can easily take your business to a whole new level!
5) Furthermore, this Package Builder lets you easily equip your business with automation systems. We have prepared for you the list of 10 most sought after and time-tested addons that will let you make the most of your business while paying less attention and time to that. Great, isn’t it?
6) At the final stage of ordering an online store, we would like to remind you that you need to get a hosting in order to let your ecommerce website be visible for your potential customers. For your convenience, we provide you with an opportunity to use powerful hosting from AliDropship to let your customers easily make purchases in your online store.
In fact, that’s it! All you need to do is to click several buttons and learn more about the solutions AliDropship offers to let its clients put their dropshipping businesses on autopilot and benefit from them. After that, feel free to relax and wait till our managers will do their best to build a unique online store with unique features for you only!
How to set up an online store you have always dreamt of: conclusion
Actually, this kind of configurators is extremely popular nowadays. And if you have ever bought a new automobile, you are highly likely to face them.
As a rule, when you buy a new automobile, it goes the same: you choose one of the packages and add the necessary features in order to get a car of your dreams. This is exactly how our Package Builder works.
We have done our best to make a process of ordering a custom dropshipping store clear and convenient for you. We have chosen the most efficient, sought after, and time-tested addons and services to let you improve your business performance and benefit from your dropshipping store.
So if you have any bold ideas and want to build an online store of your dreams, it’s high time to use our new super-handy online store Package Builder and make a fortune!