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Journey to $5,000 in dropshipping sales with FREE traffic

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by FeroXs, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. FeroXs

    FeroXs Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I've been dropshipping with Aliexpress since the end of March with decent success.

    (I say 'decent', because although I know there are many people banking seriously hard with dropshipping, they are also spending a lot on traffic. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and they'll probably end up making more than me, I prefer to find free ways on getting my traffic.)

    What makes this journey a little different is that I'm already banking and that the journey is aimed at me breaking the current monetization wall I've found with my methods. I am struggling to break £2,000 in sales ($2,900).


    Things to note:
    • I'm doing this thread to not only help track my own progress, but to prove you don't need to spend any money to make methods work.
    • This journey will end when I generate $5,000 in sales. This works out at about £3,400.
    • I'm using Shopify not wordpress, with Aliexpress.
    • This journey is tracking SALES and not profit, as it's quite difficult to calculate until the very end of the month what my profit is.
    • I actually had 2 stores but due to choosing a seasonal niche, my second store had to get closed. It did very well at the start though.
    • My current store has made £1,800 ($2,600) in sales so far this month, which is very promising!
    • I shall post a sales screenshot every saturday evening. (Everyone likes screenshots, apparently.)
    Traffic:

    So, the main reason anybody bothered on clicking this thread was probably to find out how I get my traffic.

    This is not some 'secret sauce' and it's actually very simple, I combined every good thread found on BHW and applied it to my store.

    Therefor, I...
    • Post links as blog comments
    • Post links on forum posts
    • Post links on reddit
    • Post links in Facebook groups
    That's literally what I've done so far, and I haven't spent any money whatsoever. Seems simple right? It is, and it's annoying seeing so many people spend $$$ on facebook ads and fail at their IM dreams.

    Obviously there now might be a risk of seeing more people hitting my niche, but as I've already seen one person copy me so far, I guess the not-so-secret is already known. The internet is a big place after all!

    Future plans

    My current goal now is to make lots more forum, reddit and facebook accounts and see where else I can start posting without hitting the same people.

    (I've tried to make this post as detailed as possible to eliminate the repeat of simple questions most journeys seem to get and to actually give back to this site, as it's helped me tremendously. Therefor, if you ask a question about something I've already covered in this post I will ignore it.)

     
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    How much of your sales are profit?
     
  4. Baros

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    Good job, dropshipping is for men!
     
  5. FeroXs

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    Difficult to say as each item has different values, but 70% is a close figure.
     
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    All the best mate.

    I have a questions,

    Is it possible to autopilot the drop shipping?
    Let's say you got 100orders everyday,do you key in 1 by 1 to your supplier, or how you manage to send the huge order from different customer to your supplier.
    How you receive payments.
     
  7. FeroXs

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    The shopify plugin I use fills out all the contact information and puts the item into the basket with one click, all I have to do is confirm the payment.

    I think there are a few different ways to make it 'easier' and I could definitely outsource it if I trusted whoever I hired, but I don't mind spending an hour or two processing orders.
     
  8. tapioka

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    I've made a little research on different suppliers. I found out that a lot of product in Aliexpress cost more compared to US dropshipper that I've found in Inventory Source.

    Yesterday I look for Quadcopter. There are 20usd difference! Pffffttttt!!!
     
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    Hey mate great to hear you are doing well, will defiantly follow and see you progress!

    Will you reveal some good information about how you find your niche.
     
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    Nice, I like the free traffic option. It just seems like a lot of work continually having to SPAM.
     
  11. sopacampeao

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    Great job man, wish you alot of sucess
    i have a shopify store too but i only have paypal on my methods of payment...
    in shopify what are your methods of payment? paypal and direct credit card?
     
  12. FeroXs

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    Nothing complicated, I literally just keep browsing until my eye catches something. I rely on impulse purchases, so as long as it is eye catching then it can convert.

    Thanks mate. I take PayPal as well as credit cards via Stripe. I'd say 70% of my purchases have been via credit cards.
     
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    Goodluck on your journey mate!

    I've started a shopify site myself recently and was wondering what kind of theme you were using? I started with a simple free theme, the minimalist theme and i've been having a hard time making it look really nice and crisp. Would you suggest any other themes or there's always a way to make it look nice? Thanks!
     
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    won't you get banned from the forums etc for spamming? This method will not work long term
     
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    The theme I use is also free. As long as it has a nice logo, a well thought-out category and nav bar and is full of products it'll look good regardless.

    Never said I spammed... And you're right, spamming will get things banned and deleted. People post and share websites all the time, the trick is to make it look genuine. Obviously if I wrote "OMG LOOK AT THIS" it'll get deleted faster than I could refresh the page.
     
  16. sopacampeao

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    Hm i see now man, credit cards payment its a must for conversion rate... i just apply for 2checkout now. Tnks

    Also, create your own instagram, and put your store link in the Bio... follow people on that niche, or interested in general on itens of your store, use tags to find them.. this can increase alot your traffic.... instagram is growing each day...

    Tell me another thing... are you using the Free+ Shipping price method? or just regular prices + shipping?
     
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    Thanks Mate.

    Can you share plugin name?is it working for ebay and any other supplier sites?

    I'm going to start shopify soon.thanks a lot
     
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    Is the plugin Oberlo? I have a drop shipping business currently, I send a file to my supplier each day with orders so its very easy. However, some products I still order separately from other suppliers on Aliexpress, it can take some time each day. But not sure if its worth paying each month for Oberlo just yet, as it is quite pricey.
     
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    Both ;).

    It is, yeah. If that works for you that's great; most of my items are from different providers though so it would take ages to do it 100% manual.
     
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