Around November 2016, I read a post about how you can use Shopify to dropship products from websites like Aliexpress, this got me interested and I decided to do more research.
Having never done anything like this before I decided to start brainstorming potentially viable niches for my website.
Ideas that I came up with and I tried all of them eventually (some of these might seem crazy)
- Vegan/organic products
- Stab proof jackets
- Nail drying lamp
- Anime/Video game merchandise
This is what my first website looked like, I planned to dropship seeds as they didn’t cost that much on Aliexpress $0.20 – $1
The website was aimed at vegans / people who want to grow their own vegetables and even though it wasn’t a success (I shut it down after a month) I learned a lot from my mistakes.
I won’t talk about the other 2 websites as they aren’t worth talking about however my last
was open for about about 3 months and here are the 90 day stats
I tried different advertising methods to drive some traffic to my store, the most successful were:
On reddit I visited different sub-reddits related to the merchandise I sold, for example I would visit a sub reddit for a specific video game and look for a user made post where I could advertise my website without it looking like I’m just posting to advertise.
This is because reddit doesn’t allow straight up advertising and will ban you from the sub-reddit if you break the rules.
I created a Pinterest account where I would pin all the products from my website which surprisingly drove a lot of traffic to my website, I also used a free program called Pinvictus which automates a lot of things you would be doing manually on pinterest like re-pinning, following, unfollowing, etc
Here are some of my pinterest stats
As you can see I reached out to quite a lot of people with not much effort
I first started off by manually advertising my website on the appropriate game channels however that seemed a bit mundane and spammy so I decided to try out an affiliate program that I would offer to the streamers.
This is what the email I sent to the twitch.tv streamers looked like
Unfortunately nobody accepted my affiliate invitation, probably because nowadays streamers want to be paid for putting an ad in their description instead of earning straight up commission, unless you’re a big known company.
This is where my Shopify journey ended and I transitioned into Amazon, however I urge you to try out Shopify as they offer you a free trial and you might be more successful than me at finding a perfect niche
Have any questions?
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