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Following Franklin Hattchet + avi619 + Sythix's drop shipping journey method

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by nocare, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. nocare

    nocare Junior Member

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    I stumbled on Avi619's Guide which lead me to these other threads and blog post. I realize I've been stalking those threads pretty heavily and decided to create a journey so I have my own place.

    Avi619's guide: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...mmerce-dropshipping-you-can-too-part-1-a.html
    Sythix' Journey Thread: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...so-far-4-hrs-thank-you-franklin-hattchet.html
    Franklin's guide: http://www.onlinedimes.com/how-to-make-money-online-2016/

    I got excited and I think it is a good idea to try. I had an old (unused) domain name to use, and setting up a digital ocean vps is pretty simple and carefree.
    So given these resources I setup a site and started looking at AliExpress products.

    I additionally created a decent logo for my site. It isn't the worst I have seen, but I am proud of my first svg :p

    So far my ad campaign has been a flop, but that hasn't demotivated me as of yet. I'm pretty much broke and without any traffic resources, so I created a pinterest and twitter account and have begun interacting with people there. I'll probably need to build a fan/follower base of some sort before I can ever make a sell.

    Right now I would be very happy to get my first sale(s), but more long term I would like to run a functional ecommerce site off of what I have created. Instant turn around isn't something I'm betting on, and I don't have much ad experiments money to even hope for that anyway. I'm a patient guy.

    I will add at least 1 product and interact on Pinterest and Twitter throughout each day. I find things that fit my site and I follow people following that, and do a little brown nosing on their feeds. I will post on this thread with an update each day and keep myself on track. Good plan?

    Running this a couple of days, I have 4 products listed and my site appears to be index on google.

    Spent: ~$10
    Earned: $0

    I will update with any interesting developments.

    Cheers :)
     
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  2. Boriss

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    Good luck with the method.

    There is big potential with it.
     
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    All the best buddy! Looking to see your rocking results.
     
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  4. guillaumemcom

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    Good luck !
    How many ads do you have running in your campaign ?
     
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  5. nocare

    nocare Junior Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Just one at this moment. I've not used real ads before so I'm not going into this expecting to have conversions.
    I ran 1 ad over the weekend, and my conversion pixel wasn't setup right, so It go eaten up with impressions.

    This second ad I created is targeted slightly different, conversion pixel is working and I disabled "partner networks display" on the ad so it doesn't get eaten up in 10 minutes like the first one did.

    So, one $5 ad. I have no real budget for ad campaigns so I'm just dipping my toes into the idea. I'll experiment over time but for the most part I need to focus on slower traffic sources.

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    I've been keeping tail running on my server access log and the fb pixel is indeed accurate, so that is good to know.
    Google bot has been hammering it for a few hours now, hopefully will see at least a little traffic as this morning gets rolling.
    I saw some last night as I created a twitter and played around on some active trends.
     
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  6. Neon

    Neon Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Good Luck OP :)
     
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  7. nocare

    nocare Junior Member

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    Wrote a quick php script to grab images from posts. You'll need to download simple_html_dom and execute either from cli or browser. In browser execute with script.php?id=product_id and "php script.php product_id" via command line.

    I'm quite tired of manually saving pictures. This only grabs from the description, but often all the product images + extra are there.
    My method of using this is with wget: "php script.php product_id | xargs wget -i"

    Thought I'd share :)

    Code:
    include('./simplehtmldom_1_5/simple_html_dom.php');
    $productID = (php_sapi_name() === 'cli' || defined('STDIN')) ? $argv[1] : $_GET['id'];
    ini_set('user_agent', 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64) AppleWebkit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/45.0.2454.15 Safari/537.36;');
    $html = file_get_html('http://desc.aliexpress.com/getDescModuleAjax.htm?productId='.$productID.'&t='.time());
    $images = '';
    foreach($html->find('p > img') as $image) {
      $url = $image->src;
      $pos = strpos($url, '.jpg');
      if($pos !== false) {
        $url = substr($url, 0, $pos+4);
      } elseif (strpos($url, '.png') !== false ) {
        $url = substr($url, 0, $pos+4);
      }
      $images .= $url . "\n";
    }
    echo $images;
    
     
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    anilpendu Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Cheers for taking action. Do keep us updated.
    Happy to answer any queries you have :)
     
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  10. Dresden

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    Good luck on your journey!
    I'm also going to be getting into this as I think I have found an awesome product to promote.
     
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  11. nocare

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    Thank you. I've just figured out how to create variable products with color/size/whatever.
    Do you know offhand if there is any way to make it not require inputting a price a bunch times? - Never mind, figured it out as it was right in my face.

    Good luck to you as well. I think... Just do it :p.
     
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  12. AstronomyDomine

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    Target high and look for establishing a long term business.

    I will soon start a dropshipping store, so your journey and eventual success can be a source of inspiration and knowledge.

    Good luck!
     
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    Good luck bud, I wish you success. :)
     
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  14. IndieN

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    Subscribed. :D All the best man. Keep going and good luck!
     
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    Do you use Shopify, Weebly or any other service? If yes, do you use the premium features?

    Anyway, good luck!
     
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  16. nocare

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    I set up a $10/m digital ocean lamp server and installed wordpress+woocommerce.
     
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  17. nocare

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    So far... pretty much nothing from my facebook ad. I will have to re-examine my ad, invest and experiment more when I can.

    I've managed to get 11 followers on twitter and 1 like+repin on pinterest.
    Seems like pinterest is really dead, I only get "pings" where someone does an action and then immediately undoes it.
    Is that just pings from bots?

    Will be adding 1-2 more products to my site today and research more about social traffic.

    Cheers
     
  18. nocare

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    Facebook finished yesterday with no conversions. That is fine, will continue my focus with twitter and pinterest for now. It is more affordable heh.
    While ad-based sells would be nice, my goal here is to create a successful site and it really wouldn't take much to turn a profit.

    Every time I create a new product on my site, I tweet it and pin it. I've directly seen at least one site visit from twitter, so I'll keep doing this.
    On twitter I've been spending time, interacting with people and following followers. Additionally i've started posting jokes here and there in attempt to get more return interaction and follows.

    I use google keyword planner to try and come up with a name I think can also do okay in google. The names on AliExpress are just a bunch of keywords and I don't want to be so sloppy. My internet connection sucks though and it often fails to load, so this slows me down and/or gets skipped. Any other options here?

    Stats

    Spent ~$9
    Twitter: 17 followers
    Pinterest: 2 repins, 1 like and 1 follower
    Products listed: 7
    Sales: $0
     
  19. ArmaVita

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    Made a great looking site, listed a number of products. Spent $75 in ads and made one sale.

    Not liking it so far.
     
  20. Dresden

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    Have you tried bing Ads? Im sure you can get a free Coupon for testing.