[Journey] My Shopify Dropshipping Journey to $1000/day

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A Little Introduction
A popular term used in the Mafia is " making your bones ", it means to establish achievement, status or respect. So let's just say that by this journey, that starts 13 April 2018, I'm aiming to make my bones in BHW.




I'm a 22 years old guy, just graduated as a materials engineer living in Casablanca, Morocco. my dream ? well, I can't put a dollar amount to it, let's just say that I want for now that this journey succeed if it doesn't, at least to make someone learn from my mistakes and succeed.

So enough boring chat, let's get down to business.


My Goals:
  • Build a dropshipping store from Aliexpress
  • Build a system for continuously testing products
  • Build an organized process so I can easily automate it (by hiring VA, getting warehouses) <-- this is a looooong term goal
  • for short term, the optimal scenario is making 1000$/month in profit 1.5-2 months from now
The Plan :

Product Research :

Every product should respect these 3 conditions : VERY IMPORTANT

- It is ALREADY selling : I will know that from spying on other dropshippers, using some tricks that I'll show later on on this journey
- It targets a passionate niche (fishing, hunting ...) AND/OR Solves a PROBLEM
- The product should have a HIGH PROFIT MARGIN : No cheap stuff in Aliexpress, no rings/necklace/wallet/key-chain. only product that can get sold with a 15$+ profit margin.

Sources of ideas:
- Facebook (using the search bar! duh! to find dropshippers and jack their sh**t .. nothing personal strictly business)

- Wish.com
- Site:myshopify.com "niche" or site:myshopify.com "product" on google


Ad Text/Video :
The videos that I will use on my ads are Copied from already existing videos on facebook (the ones that I "stole" the product from) I will just download and do some LITTLE editing.

Ad text : I will not change my competitor ad text, I will ctrl+c ctrl+v the ad text WHY ? .. well, if my competitor is already selling the product and getting aloot of like and comments and shares why would I change his ad. NEVER CHANGE A WINNING TEAM

Product page:
I will build the best Product page I can.
  • Find the best product images
  • Write my best product description, contains images, Gifs videos and a lot of information
  • Implement a "Buy 2 to save 50%" because it worked for me in the past
  • Import photo reviews of the product I repeat .. PHOTO REVIEWS from Aliexpress usually using loox app
  • add scarcity and a countdown .. I will not make it look spammy
  • Add the new option in shopify themes "dynamic checkout" so I give the option to my customers to go directly to checkout and not go to cart then checkout.
  • etc...
Testing (fb ads):
the plan is :
- Every product will have 1 adset of a budget of 10$/day
- Test 2 Products / day
- Wait 3-4 days for the product, if I make a profit on this product I will keep it if not I will KILL THE AD and move on to another product the next day

- the first testing period will be of 11 days

Here's a little table explaining the process

upload_2018-4-13_3-23-24.png

So as you can see in the table,
Day 1 : i will test 2 products 2 products = 2 ad sets = 20 $ / day
Day 2 : let the ads for the 2 first products run and add another 2 products
well I hope you get the idea

That means that in day 5 for example I will be running full speed testing 8 products simultaneously
This will leave me with a budget of 560 $ in 11 days

CONCLUSION

This was an introduction to my journey, I'm taking it very seriously .. don't worry if something isn't clear I will explain every step that I will take in details at its time.

I will not update daily, I will update when I've done enough work so every update can be well written (well I will try)

Final thought, many of you will find putting 560 $ to test is a lot, Focusing on one product is a BIG MISTAKE, you'll fall in love with it and you'll try your best to make it work but in the end you'll find yourself with no or little sales.


Wish me luck guys I fucking need it!
Sorry for my english :eek:
 

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I wish you luck buddy. I hope you reach your goals and keep your progress updated.
 

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very interesting. motivating to start my first journey like this myself now.
 

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well done mate! you use a similar strategy like mine (product research, creative), but I use a different traffic source.

Best luck for your journey, I will follow with interest.
 

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Day 1:

today will be reserved for product research only.
The goal is to find a lot of products that respects the 3 conditions that I talked about on my first post.

So how’s that ?


First : Facebook.com
I will go to Facebook and type these queries in the search box:

  • “goo.gl” AND “free shipping”
  • “bit.ly” AND “free shipping”
  • “/collections” AND “free shipping”
  • “goo.gl” AND “get yours”
  • “goo.gl” AND “order here”
  • “bit.ly” AND “order
  • “bit.ly” AND “get yours”
  • “bit.ly” AND “order here”
  • “goo.gl” AND “order”
  • etc…. (be smart in finding this kind of combinations)

THE MAJORITY of dropshippers put this on their ads .. with this method I get some very interesting products, that have this kind of engagement:


upload_2018-4-13_15-9-12.png

Usually most of the them are Video ads .. that proves that video ads are waaaaay better than photo ads by the way.

Anyway,


I add to that one little filter and the most important! The ad should be posted this year not 2017/2016, I do that by selecting 2018 here :

upload_2018-4-13_15-9-31.png


After that I will collect all the products that have a lot of engagement, ESPECIALLY SHARES Likes and comments and no shares is BAD .. probably mean the product is boring .. we are looking for something that makes the person share it with friends .. not just like it and scroll down. Shares and comments makes a post go viral, and bring organic ad impressions.


Second method : wish.com + Facebook

This method takes time I will not start with it now. probably will hire someone and train them to do it in the future.

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Now all of I’m doing is fill my excel file with product using the first method.

The next update will be when I will start building my store (themes, product page customization, branding .....). Stay tuned
 

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Interesting! Watching this closely.
Good luck and dont forget to update us
 

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Watch ads on Facebook with comments from real profiles and friends because when you put new adds you can buy fake Facebook likes/ views or comments 1000 for $1-$2 this makes your ads more active and new users like this but if you check your competitors need to see this ;)
 

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Watch ads on Facebook with comments from real profiles and friends because when you put new adds you can buy fake Facebook likes/ views or comments 1000 for $1-$2 this makes your ads more active and new users like this but if you check your competitors need to see this ;)

I'm looking to retarget people that like and commented so getting fake comments is a bad idea for me. But, here's a little trick for you, why buy fake likes when you can get real ones by doing an ad set and targeting third world countries? the CPM is cheaap af!
 

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A Little Introduction
A popular term used in the Mafia is " making your bones ", it means to establish achievement, status or respect. So let's just say that by this journey, that starts 13 April 2018, I'm aiming to make my bones in BHW.




I'm a 22 years old guy, just graduated as a materials engineer living in Casablanca, Morocco. my dream ? well, I can't put a dollar amount to it, let's just say that I want for now that this journey succeed if it doesn't, at least to make someone learn from my mistakes and succeed.

So enough boring chat, let's get down to business.


My Goals:
  • Build a dropshipping store from Aliexpress
  • Build a system for continuously testing products
  • Build an organized process so I can easily automate it (by hiring VA, getting warehouses) <-- this is a looooong term goal
  • for short term, the optimal scenario is making 1000$/month in profit 1.5-2 months from now
The Plan :

Product Research :

Every product should respect these 3 conditions : VERY IMPORTANT

- It is ALREADY selling : I will know that from spying on other dropshippers, using some tricks that I'll show later on on this journey
- It targets a passionate niche (fishing, hunting ...) AND/OR Solves a PROBLEM
- The product should have a HIGH PROFIT MARGIN : No cheap stuff in Aliexpress, no rings/necklace/wallet/key-chain. only product that can get sold with a 15$+ profit margin.

Sources of ideas:
- Facebook (using the search bar! duh! to find dropshippers and jack their sh**t .. nothing personal strictly business)

- Wish.com
- Site:myshopify.com "niche" or site:myshopify.com "product" on google


Ad Text/Video :
The videos that I will use on my ads are Copied from already existing videos on facebook (the ones that I "stole" the product from) I will just download and do some LITTLE editing.

Ad text : I will not change my competitor ad text, I will ctrl+c ctrl+v the ad text WHY ? .. well, if my competitor is already selling the product and getting aloot of like and comments and shares why would I change his ad. NEVER CHANGE A WINNING TEAM

Product page:
I will build the best Product page I can.
  • Find the best product images
  • Write my best product description, contains images, Gifs videos and a lot of information
  • Implement a "Buy 2 to save 50%" because it worked for me in the past
  • Import photo reviews of the product I repeat .. PHOTO REVIEWS from Aliexpress usually using loox app
  • add scarcity and a countdown .. I will not make it look spammy
  • Add the new option in shopify themes "dynamic checkout" so I give the option to my customers to go directly to checkout and not go to cart then checkout.
  • etc...
Testing (fb ads):
the plan is :
- Every product will have 1 adset of a budget of 10$/day
- Test 2 Products / day
- Wait 3-4 days for the product, if I make a profit on this product I will keep it if not I will KILL THE AD and move on to another product the next day

- the first testing period will be of 11 days

Here's a little table explaining the process

View attachment 102449

So as you can see in the table,
Day 1 : i will test 2 products 2 products = 2 ad sets = 20 $ / day
Day 2 : let the ads for the 2 first products run and add another 2 products
well I hope you get the idea

That means that in day 5 for example I will be running full speed testing 8 products simultaneously
This will leave me with a budget of 560 $ in 11 days

CONCLUSION

This was an introduction to my journey, I'm taking it very seriously .. don't worry if something isn't clear I will explain every step that I will take in details at its time.

I will not update daily, I will update when I've done enough work so every update can be well written (well I will try)

Final thought, many of you will find putting 560 $ to test is a lot, Focusing on one product is a BIG MISTAKE, you'll fall in love with it and you'll try your best to make it work but in the end you'll find yourself with no or little sales.


Wish me luck guys I fucking need it!
Sorry for my english :eek:

I have a question about the warehouse you mentioned.

Why do you need a warehouse when your shippper (Ali express) Can ship directly to your buyers?.
 

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I have a question about the warehouse you mentioned.

Why do you need a warehouse when your shippper (Ali express) Can ship directly to your buyers?.
It's a long term goal. If I get steady sales I will get a warehouse so I can do same day delivery and also cut the cost by moving from aliexpress to alibaba (for bulk ordering)
 

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Hey!

Good luck on your journey!

About using other dropshippers videos, with just slight editing, do you think there is a possibility to have any kind of problems with it? Maybe get your fb ads account banned if they report you?
 

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I'd rather hire a freelancer for some $$ to have mine created. It's good to stay away from troubles
Hey!

Good luck on your journey!

About using other dropshippers videos, with just slight editing, do you think there is a possibility to have any kind of problems with it? Maybe get your fb ads account banned if they report you?
 

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I'd rather hire a freelancer for some $$ to have mine created. It's good to stay away from troubles
Hey!

Good luck on your journey!

About using other dropshippers videos, with just slight editing, do you think there is a possibility to have any kind of problems with it? Maybe get your fb ads account banned if they report you?

I will not do that until I'm sure it's a winner product, I will not waste my time and money on videos in the testing phase + In the beginning you are still under radar
But by experience, fb ads DONT TOLERATE putting popular music on your videos.
For example : I was promoting last year some phone cases and added a kanye west song to the video .. the fb algorithm instantely picked up the ad and stopped it .. so it's probably handeld by AI not real human.

But in general video editing and my own videos will be after confirming that it's a winner product/ad
 

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In the beginning you are still under radar

Only in the beginning? by this you mean when your fb ads account is new?

It's not about music, it's about some angry dropshipper who may find you copied his video and text, what if they report you directly, not the AI taking off an ad for copyright music usage.
 

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I'd rather hire a freelancer for some $$ to have mine created. It's good to stay away from troubles

To create a video yourself, you need to have the physical product, which involves a lot of time usually to get things from ali. If you want to hire a freelancer, the same thing, he has to have it.
 

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Following. You informed us about how you are going to advertise but here are my questions.
1-Will you use any other platform expect FB? I know it has the highest conversions but getting your product there isn't a bad idea is it?
2-What theme are you going to use in your store? Or are you going to design one yourself?
3-Your product research ideas are very interesting do you mind sharing more or making a thread on how to do product research?
 

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Following. You informed us about how you are going to advertise but here are my questions.
1-Will you use any other platform expect FB? I know it has the highest conversions but getting your product there isn't a bad idea is it?
2-What theme are you going to use in your store? Or are you going to design one yourself?
3-Your product research ideas are very interesting do you mind sharing more or making a thread on how to do product research?

1. Instagram influencers after I think but not now, google ads for retargeting but not now also. The thing that I want to clarify is that this phase is for finding which products work. if I find one I will invest to scale it.
2. I will use a modified brooklyn theme (brooklyn is a great framework to add your own coding)
3. I think I did share it.
 

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Following. I am doing a similar approach to yourself. It is refreshing to see someone take the process seriously. I hope to add my own thoughts on same along the way. With consistent hard work there is no doubt success will land your way.
 

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Make sure to check how many clicks facebook ads get by typing ".info" after the shortcode, e.g. goo.gl.info
This will help show what likes and shares are real and what are not.
I have found a number of ads that look like high engagement but indeed have fake likes/comments with this trick
 

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Make sure to check how many clicks facebook ads get by typing ".info" after the shortcode, e.g. goo.gl.info
This will help show what likes and shares are real and what are not.
I have found a number of ads that look like high engagement but indeed have fake likes/comments with this trick
Or add a "+" at the end of the links .. works also on bit .ly
 
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