Journey goal: $3000 net profits a month. Afterwards and if i do reach this goal i may or may not continue updating it. I won't just dissapear and if do i'll let you know why(either it was because i abandoned it or because the goal was reached) Hey. I have been an active member on blackhatworld for maybe a year now, when i say active member i mean i come and read around here about two hours everyday. But i don't only do that, i've always liked to actually try stuff on my own and stuff i come up with, and i've had success with some of the things i have tried. Anyways, i've loved dropshipping ever since i first read about it and i've tried doing it different ways without success. Got kinda serious about 2 weeks ago so i purchased a VPS, purchased an aliexpress importer plugin and a couple of .com domains. Why a couple? Well i messed up buying the first one as it was a really bad niche, so i switched. Anyways. The plan: Store has to look professional. At least 100+ products must be added. Create social pages for instagram, facebook, google plus, twitter. Buy 1k followers for one of each of these social pages so that they don't look as empty. Upload just one or two pictures manually to each social page, non sponsor related, just niche related so i gain a nice follower base. Try paid traffic from facebook ads through instagram. Buy shoutouts on big pages with good engagement rate. Done Store built and completed Products added, clean titles, good descriptions, good pictures with no watermarks Instagram page created, didn't buy followers for it though but have gotten 1k in a few shoutouts i bought to my site. Set up an instagram ad, didn't let it go live though as cpc was estimated to be $3.50 for some reason and i was required to use a daily budget of $20 (Maybe later i'll let it go live) Expenses Good VPS with Cpanel = -$78 Plugin = -$65 Domains = -$20 Instagram shoutout 1 = -$10 Instagram shoutout 2= -$50 Total = -$223 Money in Sales so far: 1 (Added a $0.30 item and bought it myself to check things) Earnings so far: $0 (or should i say -$223.30 Paypal ate those $0.30 in fees) How it is been so far Shoutouts didn't do well for me, from the two shoutouts i bought, even though one page had insane engagement rate and i did get a decent number of visits, none bought. I got 6 abandoned checkouts of which 1 one was a fully info filled checkout with $90 worth of items, might be because i only accept paypal and have no means of using credit cards processing. People in the comments were commenting they loved the things i was selling. So i don't really understand what the deal is, maybe the niche doesn't really have a buy-prone following base. Maybe i don't have quite what they are looking for. Will keep going for one more week, will think about other ways of getting traffic and will try paid traffic too(not shoutouts), if no sales then i'll move to a different niche.