How To Build An Online Store From Scratch? Easy As Never Before!

To date, if you want to get a stable source of high income, one of the most effective solutions is starting your own business. And the dropshipping business model suits those who are eager to become a 100% business owner and make money online without extra investments and effort. That’s why people who want to join dropshipping are very interested in the following question: how to build an online store from scratch?

And since we always do our best to let even ecommerce newcomers easily start their dropshipping ventures, we have decided to prepare for you a detailed guide on how to build an online store from scratch.

Actually, nowadays there are lots of options to get a smooth start in dropshipping, but it’s not always clear what’s the difference between them, and which one to choose. So make yourself comfortable, the travel along right creating a dropshipping business is about to begin!

How to build an online store from scratch: options to start a dropshipping business

Let’s assume that you’re the very person who appreciates the dropshipping business model and decides to start your own profitable dropshipping venture. Right, when starting a dropshipping business, there are a number of aspects you should pay particular attention to. So you need to do the following:

  • Select a promising niche
  • Find reliable suppliers
  • Consider the product range of your online store, etc.

Meantime, one of the key actions you need to take is building an online store. But since there are lots of options of starting a dropshipping business on the market, how to choose right? Which one is supposed to suit you perfectly?

Well, let’s figure that out!

Custom online stores

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What is the easiest way to start a dropshipping business? Well, it’s a lot easier for you to buy a ready-made online store. And we are happy to provide you with 3 options to choose from.

One of them is ordering a custom dropshipping store.

Custom dropshipping store is an online store that AliDropship specialists create for you in accordance with your preferences only.

Delivery: 12-25 business days.

Actually, buying a ready-to-go custom dropshipping store made by our experts for you individually is supposed to be the best option for ecommerce newcomers. In that case, you won’t need to worry about anything.

So you choose one of the custom store packages and add hosting which we are also glad to provide you with. After that, it remains for you only to get extra add-ons and services from AliDropship if necessary, and you can start to dropship! Simple and great, isn’t it?

By the way, we have prepared an Online Store Builder for you to let you get an online store of your dreams even easier!

Established dropshipping stores

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If you are not eager to create an online store from scratch, get it on track, etc., but want to become an owner of a ready online business that already brings profit, we suggest you pay attention to Established Dropshipping Stores from AliDropship.

Any established dropshipping store for sale is a long-standing business that is already bringing profit.

Right, established stores already deal with a particular niche. However, pay attention to the fact that such stores already have a solid track record, social media accounts, lots of followers, well-thought product range, etc.

And, most importantly, you will get access to the most efficient ad campaigns our marketing specialists have run and gained from. So it remains for you only to go on and repeat the success we have achieved using the winning marketing materials with a proven efficiency.

By the way, if you buy an established store, you get it to the day! It means you can easily start selling right after the purchase. This is great, isn’t it?

Premium dropshipping stores

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Well, what if you like the idea of buying an established online store, but, for a number of reasons, you can’t afford it? In this case, we recommend you consider buying one of our Premium Dropshipping Stores.

Premium dropshipping store is a 100% replica of one of the most profitable dropshipping stores AliDropship team has been running.

Not clear? Well, the idea of Premium Dropshipping Stores from AliDropship is pretty simple. Not all the profitable stores we run are sold as Established ones.

When some of our stores start to bring a high and stable profit, we make copies of them and sell. So what do you get in case of purchasing a Premium Dropshipping Store from AliDropship?

You become an owner of a 100% replica of one of our most successful dropshipping stores. In fact, this is an online store that also works in a particular niche, has a profitable product range, etc. All you need is to upload this copy to your hosting and voila – you can start to sell online to the day!

How to build an online store from scratch: summing up your options

Well, how to start a dropshipping business if you’re an ecommerce newcomer eager to own a ready online store? We have tried to make it clear for you. However, if you are still not sure what option to choose, here is a short guide for you:

  • Do you need a custom online store? Are you eager to choose a niche for your business, look for the promising products based on the tips from our experts, etc.? Do you want an online store that is made for you individually in accordance with your preferences only? Meantime, are you ready to wait for 2-3 weeks till our managers do their best to build a store for you? If so, choose a Custom Online Store!
  • Are you reluctant to waste your time creating your dropshipping store and putting it into operation? Is it desirable for you to get a ready-made business that already brings profit? Are you ready to invest into a thriving business with a long history of successful performance? In that case, you should definitely pay attention to Established Stores For Sale from AliDropship!
  • Do you like the idea of getting an already operating business, but want to minimize your startup expenses? Would you like to start promoting and selling your products immediately after the store purchase rather than wait till our managers create an individual store for you? Then, consider buying one of our Premium Dropshipping Stores!

How to build an online store from scratch by yourself at minimum costs?

Well, there are several ready-made and ready-to-go business solutions we have mentioned above. It means you have an opportunity to let our team make all the hard or boring work for you.

This is convenient, isn’t it? You can easily save your time and effort, meanwhile, get a smooth start in dropshipping.

But what if you are ready to spend time building your dropshipping store by yourself? What if you want to sort out all the technical aspects and understand how it all works? Or what if you can’t afford a ready-made online store? Then, all you need is AliDropship Plugin!

AliDropship Plugin

 how to build an online store from scratch with AliDropship Plugin

What is AliDropship Plugin and how to build an online store from scratch with this plugin only? Let’s figure this out!

AliDropship Plugin is an instrument that helps you easily create and manage a fully-fledged online store.

How does it work and how to create a store using it?

Actually, it’s not challenging to build an online store from scratch. Even an ecommerce newcomer is able to sort this out. Moreover, there are lots of guides and video tutorials that help you do this.

Well, here are 15 steps to build an online store from scratch by means of WP and AliDropship Plugin.

1) Buy hosting

First of all you need to buy hosting in order to make your website available for other Internet users. There are lots of companies that offer hosting. However, we recommend that you pay attention to the option from AliDropship since it’s specifically optimized to meet the needs of dropshipping business owners. Here is AliDropship hosting FAQ.

2) Install WP and AliDropship Plugin

Since we build online stores using WordPress, you need to download it and install it to your website. What’s more, you need to install AliDropship Plugin as well. This is the very instrument that will help you not only easily create and customize your online store, but also put most of your business operations on autopilot. Learn more about installing WordPress, AliDropship Plugin, and themes for your online store from AliDropship Knowledge Base.

3) Choose a theme for your online store

What will your online store look like? It depends on the online store theme you will choose! Please, pay attention to the fact that AliDropship Plugin is compatible with original themes that are designed by AliDropship and can be downloaded from our website.

Beyond this, AliDropship plugin can work with several third-party themes. So feel free to learn more about the themes for your online store. To apply a theme to your online store, you need to go to ‘Appearance’ in your admin area, then click ‘themes’, and upload a theme you have downloaded.

4) Create and upload design elements

Do you want to make a unique and trustworthy online store? In that case, you need to create and upload such store design elements as logo, favicon, banners, etc. In order to add them to your online store, go to ‘Customization’ in the admin area of your website. It lets you customize the appearance of each website page, add descriptions, and so on.

What’s more, you can add links to your online store social media accounts so they will be shown on your website.

5) Create product categories

All the products in your online store should belong to categories. In order to create product categories, you need to go to ‘Product’->‘Product categories’ in your admin area. After you create a product category, don’t forget to add it to the menu and mix the categories in the way you like.

6) Create a product range

Now you need to add products to your online store. So, then go to ‘AliExpress’->‘Import Products’, and click ‘Direct Import’. You will be redirected to AliExpress. In fact, it remains for you only to choose the product you like and click ‘edit’ at the top of the page.

BTW, pay attention to the fact that AliDropship software lets you check if there are suppliers who sell the same product at a lower price. And don’t forget to edit product titles and product descriptions when importing products. Moreover, you can also use bulk import.

Don’t you know what products are trending to sell? Then, use Insights from AliDropship! This is a free-of-charge database of the best products to sell, time-tested dropshipping suppliers to deal with, and the most promising niches.

7) Import product reviews

In order to make your online store look trustworthy, AliDropship Plugin also provides you with an opportunity to import reviews. It means if a product you choose for your online store has reviews, they will also be added to this very product in your store. What’s more, you can choose the language they will be written in and whether they will include photos from original reviews. In order to do this, you need to go to ‘AliExpress’->‘Import Reviews’ in the admin area of your website.

8) Choose the currency

Your next step is to choose the currency. AliDropship Plugin suggests to use USD by default. However, you are able to change these settings in accordance with your target audience. All  you need to do this is to go to ‘Settings’->‘General’ in the admin area of your website.

9) Consider the pricing policy

For your convenience, AliDropship Plugin lets you easily set up prices for the products imported. So you don’t need to do this manually. All you need to do is to set a pricing formula or choose a recommended one. In order to do this, go to ‘Settings’->‘Pricing’ in your admin area.

10) Make your website SEO-friendly

Search engine optimization is crucial for ecommerce. So if you want your website to rank higher on Google, we recommend that you enable several functions in AliDropship Plugin. So go to ‘Settings’->‘SEO’ and create titles, descriptions, and keywords for your homepage. Moreover, don’t forget to create articles for your homepage and product category pages.

11) Boost your sales by means of coupons

As a way to boost your sales, we recommend you enable coupons by means of AliDropship Plugin. In order to do this, go to ‘Settings’->‘Coupons’.

12) Automate product-related tasks

If you want to import products from AliExpress, update them, and process your orders automatically, you need to install AliDropship Chrome Extension. This is absolutely free of charge. So go to ‘AliExpress’->‘Import Products’->‘Install AliDropship Chrome Extension’ and put your products’ management on autopilot.

13) Set up payment gateways

After that, you need to set up payment gateways. In order to do this, you need to go to ‘Setting’->‘Payments’.

14) Make your store run automatically

Since AliDropship always does its best to make the process of running your business as convenient as possible, our team has developed lots of add-ons that can do the hardest and most boring work for you. So you can easily reduce your business participation to several clicks a day. That’s why feel free to learn more about them!

15) Run Facebook ad campaigns

In fact, your store is ready. However, if you want to count on first sales, you need to promote your store. That’s why it’s high time to launch ad campaigns on Facebook. But before promoting your ecommerce store, it’s a good idea to check whether all the systems work as planned.

So that’s it! When you get the first order on your website, you need to go to ‘Orders’ in your admin area. Fortunately, AliDropship Plugin has a ‘Place Order Automatically’ magic button. So it remains for you only to confirm the order!

Well, there are only 15 steps you need to take in order to get profit. It’s not as challenging, actually, right?

Final thoughts on how to build an online store from scratch

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As we have already mentioned, there are lots of options to start your own dropshipping business. All you need is to choose the one that suits you perfectly. And it mainly depends on time and money you are ready to spend on it.

The most affordable option is to build an online store from scratch by yourself using AliDropship Plugin. Right, this requires some time, but the level of involvement in your ecommerce business is going to be over the roof!

If you’re not ready to spend hours on building your online store from scratch, but you are eager to get a ready-to-go business or the one that already brings profit, there are also several options for you, for all tastes!

We hope that these materials will help you to choose the option that suits you best, and buy a ready business or create it by yourself. We believe it won’t be challenging for you since you already know how to build an online store from scratch by means of AliDropship Plugin!

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$20,6K+ In 2 Months: How An Entrepreneurial Mindset Helps Mary Run Her Online Business

Mary, our today’s guest, is the type of person you immediately recognise as an entrepreneurial minded one. Let’s see what she did to create her independent online business with almost zero experience – and how she’s changing the world around her, helping those affected by the pandemic to make their first steps in ecommerce.

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Mary Masambo, a Kenyan by nationality, currently living in Finland. I moved here for my Bachelors in Business Information Technology and graduated in 2017. Currently, I’m in my last year of Masters majoring in International Business. My choice of studies makes it obvious I’m highly interested in business!

I am very entrepreneurial minded, a content creator, a risk taker and hard working as well. It’s what I do best: quickly recognize situations that can be turned into business opportunities. I can proudly call myself an entrepreneur.

As an entrepreneurial minded person, did you have any business experience before you launched a dropshipping store?

Entrepreneurship has always been a thing for me.

A couple of years ago I was working as a technical specialist in an advertising company in Kenya. I had this one unique manicure set that I always placed on my desk. Once, one of my colleagues saw it, and her impression was “Wow, this is such a beautiful and portable manicure set. I’d like to have one of my own and also get one for my sister too. Where can I buy it?” Without a second thought, I told her I was selling them. In 2 days, I fulfilled her order. I knew where to source this set, how much it would cost me and how much I would sell it for. And I made 70% profit from that product!

On that same day, I took this set with me around other departments, and over 70 people made a pre-order in just one day and I fulfilled their orders in 2 days as well. Later, I got recommended to some other people and I made more sales. They also had friends who they wanted to give such a set as a gift, and so on.

While doing my Bachelors in Finland, I had an idea of a book lamp branded with the school logo on it, and it was a success. I integrated the northern lights story into my promotional message for this book lamp since the university is located in Lapland. The lamp was purchased in hundreds of units as a university gift for the guests!

All these stories happened before I created my first online business. This right here made me use every opportunity I got to sell.

How did your ecommerce story begin?

My Bachelors was IT and Business-related. I created my first online store using WordPress as an assignment for my Content Management Systems course. This was actually our final assignment and we had to make sure that it was hosted and up and running.

Once I passed the content management course, I thought of what I could do with the website I had created. So I went online and I found some amazing women outfits from different websites and I posted them on my site and put my markup price. I made sure that my payment gateways were working and I was good to go.  And truly, I had zero idea that what I was doing was actually dropshipping!

There was some inconvenience, though. It was a struggle to add products on my site manually and process the orders. So, when I saw a Facebook ad for AliDropship, it changed a lot in my business practice. You have no idea how much time it saved me, and how well it all reflected on my returns.

Do you remember the first sale made from your online store?

Yes, I do. That day, I sold a blue top to a buyer from Germany. It happened 2 weeks after I posted an ad for my business on Pinterest. I took my time to learn and make myself updated with ecommerce trends to make it happen. There wasn’t much information about this business as compared to now.

And still, I felt like it was the best day of my life, and right there I knew there was something big coming – a huge opportunity.

So, how does your business perform now?

I have 3 stores now, and two of them are pretty young. Here are the numbers for the last 2 months for my best performing stores:

Online store performance screenshot from an enrepreneurial minded owner

I currently use AliDropship Plugin and most importantly, a whole range of add-ons. My favorite ones are the Upsell, Facebook Business, and Recent Sales Popup. They have helped me increase my sales so far. I am able to utilize my time more in marketing or creating content since the rest is easily taken care of.

What is your product strategy?

My niches are mostly based on my passion and the current trends. And the products I sell mostly target women of all races: that makes it easier for me to focus.

There are a number of factors I consider when choosing the products. Most importantly, I evaluate the product quality, the number of orders for this item, shipping periods, and check whether there is good positive feedback. It takes me a while before I get a profitable product. However, good things take time. Once I get it, then more dollars are in!

I tend to update my website with new product offers constantly, focusing on some unique products that are currently trending because they sell well. While setting the prices, I make sure I have at least 45% profit margin.

How do you promote your stores?

I use Facebook, Instagram, Google Ads and Pinterest. Definitely, paid ads on Facebook are the most efficient marketing channel for me. On the other hand, Pinterest has done a good job in bringing in organic customers. In addition, SEO has also played a big role as well. Now I am also getting myself in the Tiktok world which looks promising.

So, broadly speaking, there is a promotional opportunity in each and every marketing channel for an entrepreneurial minded store owner. You just need to understand how all these channels can work for your business and use that to grow your stores. It costs me about $2,000-$3,000 per month on average to promote my business.

What can you tell about managing your business?

I spend at least 8 hours a day to keep an eye on all my 3 stores. The most time-consuming part of it is providing customer service. Connecting with customers is key and if you are successful in that, then your business future is bright since they will keep on returning.

The customer is always right. However, being polite and diplomatic always makes the situation better. It doesn’t matter how rude some customers can be but it’s important to be professional always.

Being positive in every situation is the best way to keep yourself going. The last thing you need is something to pull you down or hinder you from being successful.

How have your and your closest ones’ lives changed since you launched your dropshipping business?

I became a legal business owner, first of all. Business registration is a simple process here that only requires your identification. You can easily do it online and have all the paperwork ready and sent to you via post. In addition, the tax and VAT registration takes place in the same system making the process much easier, so there was no trouble at all.

I can proudly say that ecommerce has opened new doors for my growth. Last year, I was able to travel to Asia and live in 6 countries for 1.5 months. There’s a form of freedom that comes with this business.

There are opportunities in this digital era. We all know how hard the pandemic has hit businesses and many of them are looking for solutions to survive. Some people have simply lost jobs. I am now helping out friends whose jobs have been affected by Covid 19 and who are looking for a way to earn online. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping others as well. Currently, I am training my small sister through the process and she has her first website up and running. My whole family is very supportive, and I am working on some new stores together with teaching others.

Any final words of wisdom to other entrepreneurial minded dropshipping newcomers?

Do not give up. Failure is part of this business. However, we don’t consider it as a failure. We call it lessons. So keep pushing. If you’re about to start, don’t wait. Just do it, and welcome to the club.

Whether you’re an entrepreneurial minded individual or an experimenter simply curious to test ecommerce out, dropshipping is just the perfect online business model to begin with. Mary’s experience of running her own business and launching stores for newcomers proves it perfectly – and shows how beginner-friendly this venture can be.

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Dropshipping Tools Review: AliDropship VS Rival Solutions

Why should you choose AliDropship over other eCommerce solutions? If you’re concerned about this question, read this dropshipping tools review which can help you understand what makes our offers so special compared to platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, Squarespace, Wix, etc.!

You should accept the fact that it’s a part of the digital revolution unfolding before our eyes. Instead of being stuck in a stuffy office working 9 to 5, people can grab their laptops and run their businesses from wherever they want. Nowadays we have the opportunity to make more money with less efforts, why are you still missing out on this chance?

One of the advanced ways to earn money at home is dropshipping. Why is it so special? Here is what makes it such an outstanding business model. Doing dropshipping there is no need to buy products in advance, or to rent warehouses for storing the goods, or to arrange products shipment. Moreover, there are plenty of dropshipping tools which let you turn your business process into plain sailing.

Meanwhile, you have decided to start dropshipping and still do not know how to do this because of this wide range of options? In this article we will try to describe why AliDropship is the most interesting dropshipping tool on the market compared to the competitors like Shopify, etc. So, here we go!

 

What makes our dropshipping tools stand out?

Every business needs a sound foundation!

Today, we’re going to list the main features that help AliDropship stand out from other ecommerce marketplaces and what makes it a unique tool for dropshipping businesses.

#1. AliDropship grants a 100% ownership

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of being a fully independent owner of your dropshipping business.

The development and growth of your venture directly depend on the level of your autonomy.

Some eCommerce platforms keep entrepreneurs under their thumb. Once you’ve decided to launch your dropshipping store using one of such services, you sign up to do their bidding. Otherwise you’re going to lose all your data and have to start all over again.

The reason is simple. The use of these dropshipping tools is based on subscription. It means that you have to pay some monthly fees to continue using their service. When you stop paying, they just cut you off.

Besides, when you subscribe, you accept all the restrictions and rules an eCommerce platform has. Doesn’t look like independence, right?

AliDropship plugin is WordPress-based software. WordPress is a free content management system. It has no payments and rules to follow. Using AliDropship plugin you get an exceptional opportunity to remain the one and only owner of your business having no risks of losing it in the future.

What is more, if you create your online store with AliDropship, you don’t need to pay every month. You only make a one-time payment and get either AliDropship plugin or a custom store. There are also no restrictions on the number of products to import, the volume of orders to process, the amount of profit to make, etc. You’re free to do whatever you want with your store.

So, dealing with AliDropship you’re a 100% owner and the only decision-maker.

#2. AliDropship asks a fair price

Before throwing yourself into dropshipping, you need to map out your actions and size up your budget.

Dropshipping is a sort of business available for almost everyone, as it requires minimum investments. 

Yet, you should keep in mind that you need some time and money to speed up your venture. If your expenses mop up your profit, then what’s the point? 

Thus, all those monthly fees could turn out to be fateful.

As we’ve mentioned before, AliDropship requires no recurring payments or any transactional fees. 

Still not convincing?

Let’s figure out how much money you need to maintain your online store with AliDropship for a year. Therefore, you’ll be able to compare it with other platforms and make a decision. 

  • AliDropship plugin is going to cost you $89 (one-time payment for a life-long support)
  • 1 year of hosting costs $48
  • 1 year of a domain use costs around $10

That’s all! Sum up these expenses. You should spend only $147. The rest of your money can be easily invested in a marketing campaign. And now let’s try to compare this sum with other offers on the market. After several minutes of surfing the Internet you’ll find out that if you want to build your dropshipping business with other solutions like Shopify or BigCommerce, you will have to pay at least $348 annually. Moreover, this sum won’t include the expenses on hosting purchase and domain use. The second year of using AliDropship services will cost you only $58, while the cost of competitors’ offers starts at the same $348. It’s just basic math and it’s clear that in terms of expenses AliDropship offers you to get a wide range of functions for a very small fee.

We don’t think it’s cheap, we just think it’s fair!

#3. AliDropship puts no limits on the number of products and orders

Isn’t it annoying when a movie stops halfway through?

Of course!

What about your business process?

You’ve paid the fees and kept following all the rules. Your dropshipping business is steadily taking off. But, suddenly you stumble on the glass ceiling. You can’t add more promising items to your store. Or your automated order fulfillment refuses to work.

Yes, it’s really painful.

Most of the dropshipping platforms, such as Shopify or Wix, offer you various subscription plans. Unfortunately, the cheaper plan you choose, the fewer products you can add to your store and the fewer orders you can fulfill per month.

The good news is, there is nothing like these with AliDropship. No subscription plans, no limits, no glass ceiling. Import as many items as you wish, get dozens of orders – nothing’s going to put any limits on your activity.

#4. AliDropship offers free professional themes

To attract many customers and get their interest, your online store should stand out from the crowd.

There are plenty of dropshipping stores popping up on the Internet. And many of them look all the same. They hardly can catch customers’ attention.

Many dropshipping solutions give you a poor choice of tools to design your online store. Usually, you have to customize your shop manually with a narrow range of features.

However, to be fair, some platforms provide you with some interesting options (if you have money, though).

For example, here is a WooCommerce themes store.

But pay attention to the following: why would you pay so much for a store theme if you can perfectly customize your business with AliDropship? Our original plugin comes with several brilliantly developed free themes that are designed to boost your dropshipping profits.

Besides, AliDropship is constantly developing its new themes and improving the old ones. All of these are available for you once and for all if you’ve bought the plugin. And you don’t need to make additional payments. This makes a difference, doesn’t it?

Since AliDropship also has a WooCommerce version, our developers don’t only make our own Woo themes. They also do their best to test the available WooCommerce themes and recommend the most profit-oriented ones of them. You can see the approved selection here. As you can notice, the team has even found some zero-cost WooCommerce themes for your store – and made 100% sure these themes are perfectly compatible with AliDropship Woo plugin.

#5. AliDropship goes with a cashback system

It’s great to discover your profit is going up at the end of the month, isn’t it?

But it’s even greater to find out that it’s even higher than you expected.

So, you may have heard about the AliExpress Affiliate Program.

Simply speaking, when you’re registered, you get your reward for every order you process through AliExpress – up to 12% of the product price. Awesome, don’t you think?

The good news is that it’s exactly what AliDropship plugin allows. This feature is built in the software. Thus, in addition to your profit margin, you get the cashback from each order you send on AliExpress through our plugin. Isn’t that profitable?

#6. AliDropship has a range of integrated marketing tools

As you probably know, marketing is a crucial part of the dropshipping business.

It’s logical. The more clients you have, the bigger your profit is. And to bring customers in, you need to outfit your business with powerful marketing tools.

Dropshipping tools and eCommerce platforms don’t usually include any promotional features. That’s why you have to search for external solutions, make sure they’re compatible with your current plugins, and definitely spend extra money to install them.

But in this regard the AliDropship plugin is an exception. It already contains a bunch of free marketing tools. So, apart from its main managerial functions that ensure a smooth daily business performance, it also can:

  • Provide customers with discount coupons
  • Collect customer emails
  • Send emails to the clients who didn’t finish their checkout procedure (the abandoned cart feature)
  • Import customer reviews from AliExpress to your online store
  • Perform many other operations that can save you a lot of money and time

#7. AliDropship provides lifelong support

Imagine that you buy some gadget and after a while, it gets outdated. Then you sigh heavily and make your way to a shop for the topical item. Does it sound familiar to you?

AliDropship plugin doesn’t work like this. Once you’ve made the one-time payment, you can be sure that your product won’t become obsolete.

AliDropship team constantly works on keeping up its products with the new changes turning up in the eCommerce business. And all the improvements and updates are going to be available for you at any time.

You don’t need to pay any extra money. Just take it for granted. We value all our clients, and our company is ready to provide them with such a life-long support.

#8. AliDropship team creates custom stores

Let’s say, you’re so excited about dropshipping business that you can’t wait to start it. All your thoughts are occupied by running your future online store. All these prior tasks such as website creation or searching for a hosting provider seem like obstacles to you.

Calm down. AliDropship has a solution.

You can easily get around all the preparations and go directly to the business process.

AliDropship offers you hosting starting with $48 for a year. It includes free installation of WordPress CMS and AliDropship plugin, and provides you with a free SSL certificate. Along with a domain and the AliDropship plugin, it gives you a perfect and an affordable head start.

If it’s not enough, you can simply order a custom store. The team of professionals is going to take care about the most difficult tasks such as:

  • Niche research
  • Google Analytics integration
  • On-site SEO
  • Domain name choice
  • Etc.

Feel free to read more about this unique procedure of a custom store creation!

#9. AliDropship allows advanced product import 

The last feature from our list that makes AliDropship plugin a unique dropshipping tool is the advanced product import.

Pay less to earn more. It sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

Yet, how could you know that your supplier offers you the lowest price possible? What if someone on AliExpress has more promising prospects to work with?

It seems to be quite tiring to browse AliExpress for hours while looking for the best offer. Or not?

If you install Google Chrome Extension from AliDropship, you can safely forget this problem.

When importing products from AliExpress to your store, in the left part of the screen, you can see a small menu like the one on the picture below.

Dropshipping review of AliDropship's product import feature

So, if you want to know if there is somebody on the site with a better offer, just click on the “Search” tab. Next, you’re going to see a proposal to check on the cheaper versions of the same product.

Dropshipping review of how to import products with AliIdropship plugin

Click on the “Go to products” button and you’ll see all the alternatives.

You can choose the one that is better for your business.

Dropshipping review of imported women shoes

In the same Google Chrome Extension, you can easily edit product descriptions and pictures. This takes no longer than a couple of clicks.

When you’re on the product page, at the top of the screen you can see a field with two tabs: “Import” and “Edit”.

Imported women shoes Dropshipping review

Click on “Edit” and a new screen will pop up. There, you can easily make changes to product descriptions, edit the images, set the price, etc. before importing the item to your store.

Dropshipping review AliDropship's Plugin menu

To learn more about this feature, please click on this link and enjoy.

Dropshipping tools review from end users

If you can’t take our word for the products, take a look at genuine feedback left by entrepreneurs with first-hand experience of using various ecommerce platforms.

Dropshipping tools review from business owners who tried multiple solutions

The ecommerce market is huge and as such, dropshipping entrepreneurs are presented with lots of opportunities where they can launch their businesses. Let’s see what people who used a range of ecommerce solutions have to say: you are welcome to click on the author’s name to read their full interviews!

Antonio, Moldova 

“Shopify video about dropshipping has inspired me to start with this platform. I bought a domain, and started to prepare my store. At this time I kept searching and watching videos about dropshipping until I saw a video about Alidropship. 

What made me interested was that with Shopify, I need to make monthly payments if I keep using this platform and its solutions. But with Alidropship, it’s just a one-time payment, no matter how long I stay in the business. So I decided to switch to this platform.” 

Rafael, Brazil

“I started with Shopify, after some months I migrated to WooCommerce, then I bought the AliDropship plugin and it’s AMAZING. I chose AliDropship Woo Plugin, and what I love about it is that importing products from AliExpress is fast and practical.” 

Godfred, Ghana 

“I started working with Shopify, the business was great, but I had issues since I have to pay money monthly no matter if I made sales or not. I got tired of paying monthly fees and transaction fees to Shopify. I started making research online until I came across Alidropship. 

So I got the freedom to dropship. I can go on vacation whenever I want, I get to import as many products as I want, I get to design my website how I want it and add whatever add-ons I want.

I have two dropshipping stores and now I build dropshipping stores for others using the Alidropship Woo plugin since it’s the best out there.”

Tristan, France

“Everybody talks about Shopify, but from the point of view of SEO, WordPress is the best platform for blogging. So that’s what I’ve chosen, and I also benchmarked extra WordPress solutions that would make my blog more business-friendly. AliDropship plugin turned out to be the right software for my goals, so I got its WooCommerce version and that’s how it all began!

Now, I use AliDropship Woo plugin every day. Even though I work with an agent, the plugin helps a lot with products import and shipping tracking.” 

Sunit, India 

“First, I opened my dropshipping store with Shopify, using the Oberlo fulfillment service. But, I had to pay for Shopify, Oberlo and a few essential plugins for 55$ a month which was huge for a beginner like me. Especially when I didn’t have enough sales. Even if I wanted to take a break or pause for a few months, I still had to pay 25$ monthly for no reason.

Then one day I read about WooCommerce and AliDropship, I closed my Shopify store and started working with WooCommerce using AliDropship. 

I got AliDropship Woo Plugin, and it made my entire dropshipping business easy. Honestly, without AliDropship, I wouldn’t use WooCommerce. 

I don’t have an internet technological background. And still, AliDropship enabled me to open my dropshipping store and have a stable amount of sales every month.”

Angel, Bulgaria

“There were several options I tested, and in terms of WooCommerce and AliExpress dropshipping functionality, I liked AliDropship plugin the most.

It proved to be really helpful later on. Can’t imagine if I had to manually check and sync stock. Same goes for the products uploading and all the other automated things. Besides, the built-in premium themes I use give me what I need (at least for now).”

Sagar, India

“Choosing a dropshipping solution was not an easy choice, there are many similar services available on the market today. I am using another service for my other dropshipping business but that is expensive as compared to AliDropship. So I was looking for a one time solution to reduce my recurring charges and AliDropship has it. I am using AliDropship Original and have already migrated two other stores to this solution. By using AliDropship I am able to reduce my overall costs and my workload to at least 80%. I’m glad I switched and chose AliDropship.”

What do AliDropship users tell in their dropshipping tools reviews?

From the reviews above, it seems that for many people, the choice of a suitable online business platform is obvious.

So, what do end users find so special about AliDropship? Which of its aspects and features are crucial to ecommerce entrepreneurs? Let’s see!

Abderrahman, Morocco

“I looked for a WordPress ecommerce dropshipping solution and discovered AliDropship. Its WooCommerce version seemed like a right fit for me as it made things easy for everyone and didn’t have monthly payments: for someone who has just started, it’s a huge advantage.”

Anas, Morocco 

“To make the most out of this business model, I use AliDropship Woo plugin and Social Rabbit add-on. AliDropship literally does most of the work: imports products, updates and changes their prices, places orders, sends tracking codes, and more. I am sure it’s impossible to not come across this plugin when you look dropshipping up on Google!”

Anne, France

“There was nothing I knew about coding and creating an internet store. Alidropship seemed to me THE solution for a person who is new to sales and isn’t familiar with WordPress. As I wanted to get a turnkey store, I chose the basic package with accommodation. So I ordered the basic custom store in November 2019 and, to my great joy, it all started!”

Ryan, the Baltics 

“I opened my first store with Alidropship DaVinci theme in August 2016. I must admit that the idea of one-time payment delighted me as I didn’t get much savings to spend on dropshipping.”

Kitty, New Zealand

“I’ve picked AliDropship for WooCommerce because it allows more flexibility. Besides, for a fashion-related store, it’s important to have a signature and a really unique look.”

“Three years later, I am confident I made the right choice. It’s safe to say that my business success is 100% based on AliDropship.”

Chanong, the Philippines

“I use the AliDropship Original Plugin, your hosting, and some of the add-ons like Facebook Business and Social Rabbit.

It actually helps a lot, especially the Plugin. Just with the plugin, you can make a sustainable business and even manage it on your own. It also makes importing products and placing orders really easy on AliExpress.”

Tony, Mexico

“I researched several options regarding dropshipping, and AliDropship seemed like the best option for me. What kept me hooked was that on AliDropship website, everything was explained simply and had so many tutorials for a beginner like me and I can say now that this certainly helped. I didn’t only buy AliDropship plugin – I also got Addon Bundle to help me with the business promotion. These solutions, I think, are key elements to my success, especially Social rabbit since I can program when to post automatically. I also like the effect of the Recent Sales Pop up.”

No one’s dropshipping review has mentioned a specific reason for choosing AliDropship’s solution. As you can see each person has their own specifications for choosing AliDropship.

Nonetheless, many of them have similar reasons for choosing AliDropship’s solutions. Starting with the simple one that AliDropship’s solutions are incredibly easy for beginners. Over on our website, ecommerce entrepreneurs can find lots of different reading materials like manuals, tips and free guides. This way we want to ensure that everybody understands the core principles of dropshipping.

Among many of them, AliDropship’s solutions are incredibly easy for beginners. Not to mention that it is way cheaper compared to rival solutions, such as Shopify. As we mentioned before, you only have to commit to a one-time payment and you will receive everything you need to create your own online store. This means that you won’t encounter any recurring fees.

Summing up this dropshipping tools review

Dropshipping is a profitable and accessible yet competitive business. Those who are one step ahead of the others achieve better results.

This, in turn, mainly depends on your choice of the dropshipping tools.

Thanks to this dropshipping tools review, we can say that the following features make AliDropship stand out from other ecommerce platforms like BigCommerce, Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, etc.?

  1. One-time payment
  2. No limits on the number of products and orders
  3. Advanced import feature that allows you to edit product pages right on the spot
  4. Cashback system
  5. Integrated marketing tools
  6. Life-long support
  7. All-in-one packages

In combination with the other features we’ve listed, these make AliDropship a unique solution for the dropshipping business.

We’ve pointed out some significant features that, in our view, make AliDropship the most suitable solution to start your dropshipping business. Now you can think over this dropshipping tools review and make your conclusion. If you need more information, please feel free to leave your questions in the comment section below.

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Life After Starting An Online Retail Business: Where Can Your Ecommerce Journey Take You?

When starting an online retail business, what should you expect your life to become? Today, we’re talking to Angel, an online business owner from Bulgaria, who is now able to pursue bigger dreams thanks to his venture.

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, my name is Angel, I’m a digital marketer from Bulgaria.

 

Since I moved to Varna to study Computer Science and Technologies and started to learn the basics of programming, I realized this is not for me and decided to start applying for all suitable jobs. I got hired by an US company with an office here in Varna where I learned to create WordPress websites and do basic SEO optimizations. I even tried to do business, but didn’t like the Bulgarian market and moved to work for another big company doing SEO and Digital Marketing, which I am still working in.

So, it’s safe to say that by the moment I was starting an online retail business, I had enough experience in creating WooCommerce and OpenCart stores, though there wasn’t much experience in the actual digital marketing.

And what’s your story of starting an online retail business with these skills?

In mid-2017, a very close friend of mine shared his plans to launch a dropshipping business. I liked this particular business model because it requires not that much money to start, no warehouses or stock monitoring, etc. So I started looking into the opportunities, too.

I love working with WordPress and WooCommerce, and I was googling a lot to find a proper solution. There were several options I tested, and in terms of WooCommerce and AliExpress dropshipping functionality, I liked AliDropship plugin the most.

It proved to be really helpful later on. Can’t imagine if I had to manually check and sync stock. Same goes for the products uploading and all the other automated things. Besides, the built-in premium themes I use give me what I need (at least for now).

How did your first sale happen?

I still remember that first PayPal notification I saw! Felt like I got a big shot of adrenaline.

It was really cool to see the business finally started working. To be honest, it happened not as soon as I expected. It took me over 4 months to find the right products and to show them to the right audience.

How does your business perform now?

Currently, I have 2 stores. The first one is on hold as for now, and the second one is giving me a good passive income. The average gross sales per month are $892 with no ads running.

Starting An Online Retail Business In Bulgaria: A Screenshot Of The Store Performance Data

What was your product strategy when you were starting an online retail business?

I have a small 1 year daughter, and I think this tells why I decided to go with that specific niche I’ve chosen 🙂

To pick products, I was following AliDropship tips: I was entering the keyword in the AliExpress search field, sorting the products by the number of orders, and checking the reviews.

Then, I was focusing on the products that seemed cool to me personally. I reviewed their pages manually and checked the sellers’ stats. Also, it’s a good idea to check the related products: this is how I found some of my best selling items.

Now, I keep adding new products to my store from time to time. Usually, I add many products to my AliExpress wish list from my phone during the day when I have a moment. Then, after work, I review them on my PC and group them in wish list categories. It’s closely related to my promotional efforts. I make a new post on Instagram every day, and when there is nothing to post, I go and add more products to show them in the Instagram feed. I just start uploading as much as I can, but because I am perfectionist, I am able to add no more than 10-15 products at a time.

Can you tell us more about your promotional strategy?

To promote my business, I rely on organic social traffic. Instagram and maybe Pinterest are my main marketing channels (Facebook didn’t work for me). Thanks to Social Rabbit, I got my Insta page to 20k followers. And actually, my first sale happened after an Instagram shoutout.

Also, I am following best SEO practices even though I am not pushing it at the moment (the niche is overcrowded with big stores).

On the plus side, thanks to my business niche, it’s easy for me to understand who’s my audience, and target them. Even though I live in Bulgaria, I target buyers from the USA and the United Kingdom. The good thing here is that I don’t pay for promotion mostly – I just spend my time (about 20-30 mins at a time).

What else can you say about managing your business?

On average, I don’t spend more than half an hour a day to manage my store. The most time-consuming task there is choosing and uploading products. And the most challenging part is being consistent even if there are no results yet. Meditations help sometimes 🙂

If there are difficult customers, I simply refund them. I don’t want them to go and submit a PayPal refund request as this might cause my account to be suspended. And on a brighter note, I get a lot of people tagging my store with lovely photos.

My business isn’t registered officially as for now. Registering a company doesn’t cost much in my country. Taxes are also low as for this model of business we just pay 10% flat taxes. I don’t think there are any specific requirements on top of that because with this model we don’t keep stock and stock never enters our country.

How has your life changed with starting an online retail business?

I changed mentally if you know what I mean and became more disciplined and purposeful. Finally, I have a bigger plan which I am following passionately. Money isn’t that important for me even if I am able to save more for my daughter now.

Interestingly, my friends and family support me even though they still are skeptical about this business 🙂

My plans for the future are to establish more connections with Chinese sellers, brand my products, and – why not! – open a store on AliExpress with the same brand.

What can you advise our readers thinking of starting an online retail business?

Don’t start if you are just after the cash, don’t quit if you don’t get your order fast.

Remember not  to rely just on your opinion about the products –  ask your audience, they know better. Be a perfectionist and don’t skip work. Don’t listen to negative people (both in forums or people you know): they just don’t want you to succeed.

Thank you, Angel, for such an encouraging experience of starting an online retail business with a life-changing potential! We wish all the best for your business and your family, and can’t wait to see you building your own ecommerce empire!

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Looking For Helpful Dropshipping Tools? Let’s Learn How To Combine AliDropship Add-Ons!

AliDropship offers a wide range of dropshipping tools including various add-ons for our plugin. This article is devoted to how you can combine AliDropship add-ons to achieve the maximum results.

AliDropship add-ons are additional software tools that extend the functionality of online stores built with the AliDropship plugin. These dropshipping tools are designed to increase the rate of conversion, the average order value or to improve the image of your online store.

However, it’s not a good idea to turn on all the add-ons simultaneously. Some of them perform similar functions, which makes certain combinations incompatible. Besides, some add-ons add widgets or banners to your website, and having too many of such elements can annoy potential customers, thus scaring them away.

Of course, those starting a dropshipping business can hardly foresee these issues. That’s why I am going to offer you a few possible combinations of AliDropship add-ons which won’t cause such problems.

Dropshipping tools useful in any combinations

This list contains AliDropship add-ons which don’t cause compatibility issues nor make your site look like a Christmas tree.

Promo Banner

This AliDropship add-on adds a banner to the top of your site in order to notify visitors about seasonal promotions. Users can choose out of 24 templates, set the required time period and enjoy the results.

Screenshot of the Promo Banner add-on used on a dropshipping website

This is one of the most useful automation tools to benefit from holiday promotions. At the same time, the banner is the only modification the add-on makes, which doesn’t annoy potential buyers.

Abandoned Cart

This add-on is another example of automated dropshipping tools. It sends automatic emails to site visitors who added a dropshipping product to the shopping cart but didn’t proceed to checkout. Thus, it’s a must for remarketing.

Screenshot of the Abandoned Cart add-on settings

The add-on adds no visual elements to your site’s design and does not interfere with the work of other tools, so it’s totally safe to use it in any combination. Besides, it’s FREE.

Reviews Page

This tool lets you import customer reviews from AliExpress and organize them into a tidy list. You can either add them to any page you want or create a stand-alone page with all the reviews of a given product.

Example of customers' reviews created with the Reviews Page add-on

The tool makes a small change to your site’s navigation bar, and that’s pretty much it. It’s a good choice for entrepreneurs wishing to earn customer trust.

SEO Image Optimizer

This add-on is one of your most important dropshipping tools in 2020. Today people are impatient, which makes it extremely important to provide high loading speed for your website.

SEO Image Optimizer can compress all the images used in your site. It also adds alt tags to images, thus improving the site’s search engine optimization.

Additional dropshipping tool for optimizing site images for SEO - before and after

The tool creates no widgets or other visual elements on sites and doesn’t interfere with the work of other add-ons.

My Suppliers

In order to succeed in this business, one needs good products coming from reliable dropshipping suppliers. This particular dropshipping management tool provides users with a list of their acting suppliers and their stats so that you could see how many products come from each partner, how well they sell and so on.

My Suppliers add-on showing the list of active dropshipping suppliers and their stats

Since this add-on only gathers statistics, it won’t cause compatibility issues.

Social media promoters

With social networks playing a huge role for small businesses in general and dropshipping in particular, it is highly important to develop this part. That’s why AliDropship has created three dropshipping tools designed to enhance your social media performance. They are:

Since none of these add-ons affect the inner work of dropshipping sites nor their outlook, they can be used in any combination with other add-ons.

Purchase Upsell

Unlike other AliDropship add-ons, this one doesn’t manifest itself until after a site visitor makes a purchase. It replaces the Thank You page of your store with a page promoting another product. Thus, Purchase Upsell doesn’t interfere with other add-ons.

Earrings offered through the Purchase Upsell pop-up window on a dropshipping store

AliShipping

If you’re selling products to one country, you need the cheapest and fastest shipping method. All other options available on AliExpress become unwanted. However, if you want to send goods to different countries, you may need more than one shipping option.

AliShipping allows you to import shipping methods from AliExpress so that customers could choose the most suitable on their own.

AliShipping settings allowing users to import shipping options from AliExpress to their dropshipping stores

WARNING! AliShipping can cause malfunctioning if combined with the following add-ons: Gift Box, Upsell, Purchase Upsell and Product Bundle. If you want to combine them, make sure you test their compatibility as certain settings may cause problems. For example, one of the add-ons may charge customers for shipping while another add-on offers the same product as a gift.

Recommended AliDropship add-on combos

Since different add-ons perform different tasks, one can combine them to focus all the efforts on one single objective. Here are a few recommendations on how you can combine AliDropship add-ons.

Dropshipping tools for raising conversion

There’s no doubt that dropshipping is dependent on many aspects including reliable suppliers, fine goods, high-quality customer service, fast order fulfilment, etc. However, all these aspects will have little effect if you can’t successfully convert site visitors into buyers.

The following combination of AliDropship add-ons will help you convince visitors to make purchases, which is especially important for recently built dropshipping businesses.

1. Gift Box

This add-on lets you create various gift offers including discounts on particular products. Moreover, the add-on adds a widget to your site to inform visitors about the current offers. This particular function of Gift Box can be used to tempt potential customers, thus increasing the site’s conversion rate.

Dropshipping online store with the Gift Box add-on installed

2. Urgency

The Urgency add-on lets you customize product pages of any goods and display the number of people who viewed the product, or added it to cart or bought it.

A product page on a dropshipping website that uses the Urgency add-on

All these elements create the feeling that visitors are dealing with a popular and trusted shop. Moreover, it adds a countdown timer to the checkout page to create a sense of urgency and motivate customers to make a decision quickly.

3. Countdown Timer

This is another dropshipping tool designed to create a sense of urgency by adding a countdown timer under product images telling visitors that a sale is coming to an end and they should hurry to make use of the limited offer.

Screenshot of a dropshipping tool that adds countdown timers to product images

However, we do not recommend putting such timers on every single product in your store – choose those you are currently promoting on social media.

4. Bulk Discounts

You may also want to add the Bulk Discounts add-on to this combo as it lets you offer discounts to buyers if they purchase products in quantities.

Example of how the Bulk Discounts add-on changes product pages adding bulk options

However, keep in mind that this strategy works best when you deal with affordable goods that can be consumed in large quantities – for example, certain fashion jewelry types, certain toys, spare parts, etc.

Dropshipping tools for increasing the average order size

If the conversion rate is not a problem for your business, you might want to increase the average amount of money buyers spend. To do it, use the following combination of AliDropship add-ons.

1. Gift Box

Apart from simple discount offers on a particular product, the Gift Box add-on can also create incentives in exchange for bigger orders. For example, you can offer customers a free product or a discount under the condition that they spend a certain amount of money. It’s a simple, yet efficient way to convince site visitors to spend more.

Screenshot of a dropshipping website that uses the Gift Box add-on with the order size threshold

2. Bulk Discounts

This add-on lets you offer simple discounts on larger orders. It is usually super effective when you sell small and cheap objects which people often buy in quantities such as socks, spoons, buttons, etc. But it can also work with regular products as well such as T-shirts, sports water bottles, etc. Often people purchase another item for friends or relatives.

This add-on is also a good choice if your store can’t go into black no matter what you do. Our team says the Bulk Discount add-on always helps in such situations.

3. Upsell

This is a simple, yet very useful add-on if you want to make your customers buy more. It adds a You May Also Like box to the shopping cart of your store allowing you to offer additional products. You can attach such an offer to particular goods or a category.

Product page that uses the Upsell add-on as an additional dropshipping tool

4. Purchase Upsell

Since Purchase Upsell doesn’t interfere with other add-ons in any way, you’ve got no reasons not to use it in your store for increasing the average order size.

Dropshipping tools for seasonal offers

Holidays are a great time for shopping. But potential customers also expect sales, discounts and giveaways during holidays. Therefore, any dropshipping store can make use of the following combination of add-ons.

1. Promo Banner

This add-on not only lets you inform site visitors of seasonal offers but also creates mood. When the holidays are over, you can simply turn it off.

2. Product Bundle

This add-on can create bundle offers by combining three products from your inventory into a single set. You can offer either a discount as a reward for customers, or a free product, or nothing at all. The latter is used to simply recommend certain product combinations to customers.

Dropshipping tool that creates product bundles for your online store

3. Gift Box

Since people often expect gifts during holidays, you may also want to use the Gift-Box add-on.

Since both Product Bundle and Gift Box let you create discounts or offer products for free, you should be careful when using both of them simultaneously. Although they don’t cause bugs of any kind, there’s a chance you accidentally use them on one and the same product, thus making the discount too high to make any profit.

4. Upsell

It’s also a good idea to use the Upsell add-on to keep customers informed of other products they may like. After all, during holidays we always tend to spend more than we should, right?

Dropshipping tools for earning customer trust

Newly created dropshipping stores often suffer from the fact that most visitors don’t trust them. They doubt pretty much everything – the quality of the goods, your inventory source, and even the legitimacy of your business.

To improve this, one can use the following combination of AliDropship add-ons.

1. Customers Gallery

We all read customers’ reviews before making a decision. Moreover, reviews that contain customer-made photos are the best testimonials ever.

Customers Gallery lets you showcase your store’s inventory by demonstrating photos made by customers. Besides, this add-on is FREE.

Dropshipping tool that uses customer-made photos to demonstrate the store's inventory

2. Recent Sales Pop-up

This add-on creates pop-up banners on your site that tell visitors what products were recently bought by other customers, thus earning their trust. The add-on offers a lot of customization options to suit any business.

Screenshot of AliDropship add-on that adds a recent-sales pop-up widget

3. Social Rabbit Plugin

If you want potential clients to trust you, let them see your social media page. SMM is extremely important for small businesses, which is why you should pay a lot of attention to developing this direction. Social Rabbit offers a wide range of functions and can make this task much easier by automating part of the work.

Media gallery of the Social Rabbit plugin by AliDropship

4. Urgency

Among other functions, this tool also adds a number of trust badges to product pages, which helps you convince visitors that you can be trusted.

Trust badges created by the Urgency add-on for AliDropship websites

Beginner’s Set

Also, consider purchasing AliDropship’s Beginner’s Set of add-ons designed for those who have recently started a dropshipping business. The set will help you manage and grow your store. This package includes the following add-ons:

  • Urgency
  • Product Bundle
  • Previews Page
  • Promo Banner
  • SEO Image Optimizer
  • My Suppliers

By purchasing the set, you save $52.

Add-on Bundle

This package was designed for marketing purposes so that you could use the combined power of the six add-ons to boost product visibility in social media and search channels. The set includes the following add-ons:

  • Countdown Timer
  • Facebook Business
  • Recent Sales Pop-Up
  • Google Merchant
  • Upsell
  • Social Rabbit Plugin

By purchasing this package, you save $63.

A few more tips

You can always create your own combinations of add-ons. Simply think about what goals you should pursue and what kind of products you sell.

For example, soldering stations can hardly benefit from the Bulk Discounts add-on because nobody would buy more than one of these products. But potential customers will certainly be glad to see a discount: after all, these goods are quite costly.

Contrariwise, people will be glad to get a discount for ordering not just one but several batteries. So in this case, using Bulk Discounts is a good idea.

Also, consider using different combinations for differently priced categories or in cases when one of them clearly requires a higher conversion rate and another one needs more proof that you can be trusted.

The list of AliDropship add-ons gets updated regularly. So, don’t forget to get back to see new dropshipping tools.

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Is Dropshipping A Good Home Business For Moms? Let’s Ask Valery!

What does it take to launch and run a profitable independent business when you’re raising kids? Which type of home business for mom is the one that’s worth it?

To get first-hand insights from an actual business mom, we’re talking to a special guest today. As a full-time mother and a part-time online entrepreneur, Valery certainly can share a thing or two about a newcomer’s experience in ecommerce!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, my name is Val Grace, I’m a full-time mum from the UK. I had a good job, but after I had my children, I stopped working and that was when I started looking for the opportunities to work from home.

Why did you consider dropshipping to be a suitable type of home business for mom?

I was looking all over the internet (and YouTube in particular) for work from home ideas. Mostly, I was interested in the options that would suit me as a person with no previous business experience. Of course, there was another important factor: low costs of starting such an enterprise.

YouTube videos about dropshipping caught my attention – and I thought that’s a business model accessible and promising enough to try.

How did you launch your home business?

One of the countless YouTube videos about dropshipping that I watched was made by AliDropship. I really liked that their solutions required a one-time payment only, and bought the Woo plugin to create my online store all by myself. It took me a while: with 0 experience, I was building the store slowly, and frankly speaking, I am still learning 🙂

But, I registered it officially already. I know this is not a must-have and you don’t necessarily have to register a company if you want to dropship, but if you desire to create a large-scale business, it’s best to make it all 100% legal.

Do you remember the first sale made from your store?

Oh, it took a while! I was a newbie, so my first sale happened about 5 months after I bought the plugin.

I was reading guidelines on dropshipping SEO from AliDropship blog and understood that this part needs to be improved on my site. So I used the step-by-step guide to make the store more SEO-friendly, and soon afterwards, the first sale happened!

It felt awesome. I was so excited! It was true proof that dropshipping profits can be real 🙂

How does your business perform now?

I still keep running the only store. Here are the numbers for the first 2 quarters of the year:

A graph showing Valery's business peformance

What is your product strategy?

To make the right niche choice, I followed AliDropship advice on niche evaluating methods.

And to get the right products for the store, I used and keep using DropshipMe. It’s super convenient because the products are already selected and edited, and it saves huge loads of time.

Besides, by now, I already have a number of trusted suppliers I partner with. So, from time to time, I ask them what’s new and which of their new arrivals they can recommend. And for such products, I use the recommended markup formula to set up new pricing rules without much trouble.

How do you promote your business?

I rely on free traffic heavily: as I figured it out from my first sale experience, SEO can work magic. Plus, I don’t have that much free money to invest in paid ads, so technically speaking, I have to pay for the business promotion with my time.

I also do my best to make catchy posts on social media, and from this point of view, Social Rabbit is fantastic. It saves a great deal of time and is very cost effective. I only made a one-time payment, but these social media entries have already proved to be one of my most beneficial marketing channels.

Does this home business for mom take a lot of time to be managed?

As I already mentioned, like any other business, dropshipping requires time and effort – especially if you can’t afford some paid solutions or services to manage it easier. I spend about 3-5 hours every day to improve SEO on my site and to work on social media activities like making friends and thinking of post ideas.

For sure, marketing is the most difficult challenge for me in this business, even trickier than customer relationship management!

Has your mindset changed in any way since you started your home business?

Sure! It gave me hope. I enjoy the kind support of my friends and family, and I hope to grow my business to a larger scale in the future. Anything is possible if you don’t give up!

It’s encouraging to see that Valery managed to find the exact type of home business for mom that meets her criteria and helps her family head to a brighter tomorrow. We are humbled to be a part of her ecommerce success story, and we wish her the best of luck!

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Dropshipping Software From AliDropship: Here’s What We Offer!

Recently, we’ve been posting quite a lot of articles about the updates in our dropshipping software and extra services. We understand that this flood of offers might be confusing for some of our readers 🙂 So, if you’ve lost track of the solutions you can get from us, here’s the latest overview of our tools and services!

Historically, AliDropship company has started as an experimental local project.

At that point of time, we were just a bunch of enthusiasts who worked on their own dropshipping stores. This priceless first-hand experience of organizing the daily management routine helped us understand something. We realized that if we create some software that automatically performs some of the most important dropshipping tasks, we can turn this business around – and support hundreds of entrepreneurs across the globe.

So we did.

AliDropship plugin was the first dropshipping-related product that we have developed and introduced. We tried it on our own stores first, and documented every step of this experiment on the most reputed eCommerce forums: Warrior Forum and Digital Point.

You all know what happened next.

The plugin’s success was astonishing. Our own experimental stores started performing better than ever thanks to the plugin.

The external AliDropship plugin users got satisfied with the product, too! Our forum writings turned into the most popular threads in the history of eCommerce sections of Warrior Forum and Digital Point. Even the first plugin buyers spoke highly of it, and we realized that a huge audience needs the solutions of this kind.

So, we started the testing and development of new, supplementary dropshipping software that serves the same purpose – making the entrepreneurs’ lives easier and better. Now, we offer our customers a wide range of handy dropshipping tools, and there are more to come!

Dropshipping offers from AliDropship: turnkey solutions

In this section, we will talk about the AliDropship solutions that help you create an online store that automatically performs some of the most important dropshipping tasks.

AliDropship plugin

AliDropship Plugin is a piece of dropshipping software that automates daily business management tasks

This plugin is the foundation of all our products and services.

It’s the tool that transforms your vision of dropshipping business!

Simply speaking, the plugin can turn any WordPress website into a fully functional dropshipping store with all the vital elements: product pages, shopping cart, payment gateways, etc.

So, with this plugin, you can:

In other words, AliDropship plugin lets you enjoy all the benefits of dropshipping and have no worries over the technical side of this business.

Here is a more detailed plugin review if you need it!

By the way, the plugin is perfectly compatible with WooCommerce websites as well. Read this article to learn more about the differences between the original AliDropship plugin and the AliDropship Woo plugin versions.

Custom stores

AliDropship custom stores are built on dropshipping software that automates daily business management tasks

A sceptical reader will say that an online store is not exactly a piece of dropshipping software 🙂 Still, it’s a turnkey solution that we offer, so it would be unwise to stay silent about it!

In fact, ordering a custom store is a super easy way to receive a fully functional business that is perfectly ready to operate from day 1.

When you buy a custom store from us, you receive a professionally developed niche store that has:

  • Catchy design elements created with your approval
  • A range of products that suit your niche and are carefully picked by the expert team
  • The already integrated and set up AliDropship plugin
  • All the technical elements that make it possible for your visitors to place orders and make purchases
  • And many, many more!

To get an idea of the amount of work that is required to set up a moneymaking dropshipping store, just watch this video!

And now, imagine that you don’t have to worry about any of these tasks. All of them are carefully done for you by our specialists!

Established businesses

Would you like to become an owner of an online business that makes money already? 

Thanks to the Established businesses project, you can get a dropshipping store that has:

  • A niche that is proven to be demanded and profitable
  • A long history of operation
  • Stable traffic
  • A solid amount of sales
  • An audience of loyal customers
  • An extensive social media presence

Don’t you want such an exceptional store to work for your benefit?

All these Established businesses are the stores created, enhanced, and advertised by AliDropship team members. As soon as these websites start demonstrating stable performance numbers, we put them on sale – and give you the chance to become their rightful owners. Don’t you want to seize this amazing opportunity already?

Premium dropshipping stores

Tired of choosing the greatest niche to take, the hottest products to add, and the best marketing strategies to apply? Why bother? Premium dropshipping stores from AliDropship let you start a booming online business with no worries at all!

Buying a Premium store, you receive a FULL COPY of a money-making, well-equipped online store – and start earning with it right away!

More specifically, you get:

  • An exact copy of our long-performing online store with lots of sales and traffic
  • A winning product range consisting of pre-edited, best-selling items only
  • A set of powerful marketing elements that are proven to attract and engage the audience
  • Guidance and support from our dedicated team of skilled developers and marketers

There’s all you need for a successful business start!

Dropshipping software from AliDropship: supporting add-ons

Have you already built your awesome dropshipping store? Great! Now, it’s time to let everyone know that you have one!

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of marketing for the growth of a dropshipping business. This is why we have developed a number of additional tools that help you boost your sales, increase your profits, and save even more time that is typically spent on marketing tasks.

Beginner’s Set

Enjoy an all-in-one solution for dropshipping newcomers: a set of 6 powerful add-ons to present your store in the best possible light!

Beginner's Set is a package of dropshipping software solutions for newcomers to ecommerce

This extraordinary add-on lets you manage multiple aspects of your store management with ease:

  • Notify site visitors of your hottest offers instantly
  • Create sense of urgency to trigger impulse purchases 
  • Demonstrate social proof to inspire visitors’ trust
  • Make the store more SEO-friendly and easy to load 
  • Figure out the best ones of your current suppliers to work with

Isn’t it a game-changing solution for those making their first steps into the exciting world of dropshipping?

Countdown Timer

Motivate your store visitors to BUY NOW!

Countdown Timer is an example of purchase-stimulating dropshipping software

This add-on lets you create catchy notifications on your product pages. You can modify the settings and change the sale duration and the amount of products available to create a so-called ‘fear of missing out’.

Certainly, your guests won’t like to miss out an appealing offer! Therefore, they will be more likely to complete their purchase with no second thoughts – and bring you a bigger profit than usual!

Recent Sales Pop-Up

Heighten your visitors’ interest in your store!

Countdown Timer is a piece of dropshipping software aimed at improving conversions and boosting buyers' trust

Thanks to this add-on, your guests will see the bursting activity on your website. It will let them understand that lots of other people are safely buying products from you, and there’s no need to worry about the reliability of your store.

Besides, as they will see the exact products that have been purchased, it will give them even more ideas of the items they can safely buy from you.

Who knows – maybe, they will end up ordering something that they weren’t even expecting to buy?…

Social Rabbit

Promote your store in 4 social networks at once with no extra efforts!

Social Rabbit is a multifunctional dropshipping software solution that automates business promotion on 4 social media at once

One of our clients, Asif from India, runs a $52,000-revenue store with $2,000+ monthly profit. He uses both free and paid advertising methods to grow his venture, and explains that he managed to use a free promotional channel thanks to another AliDropship solution – Social Rabbit plugin.

You can achieve a similar level of success, too!

Our Social Rabbit plugin can automatically promote your store across 4 social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. With its help, you can not only create engaging human-like posts, but also raise awareness about your store and attract new followers easily.

As for our estimates, this plugin saves you about 6 hours every day! How about dedicating this free time to more urgent tasks? Note that the plugin goes with a FREE 7-day trial!

Facebook Business

Create highly efficient Facebook ads in a blink of an eye!

Facebook Business add-on is a piece of dropshipping software automating the products catalog creation for your Facebook ads

If you have ever tried making Facebook ads, you know it’s really challenging and time-consuming to create the so-called product catalogues – the basis for the your product-related ads.

Nevertheless, these ads show incredible results! Our client Alan from China says that he spends about $2,000 on Facebook and Instagram advertising every month, and, as the result, he has an average monthly profit of $17,000!

It would be really sad to miss out such incredible opportunity to make money just because of the inconvenience of Facebook ads setup, right?

To solve this issue, we have created Facebook Business add-on: it organises the store products into a special logical system, and automatically creates a catalog that you can later use as the foundation for your Facebook ads.

Isn’t it a brilliant opportunity to cut down the time expenses and simply enjoy the financial effect of the ads?

Google Merchant

Make your store visible on Google and YouTube!

Google Merchant add-on is a piece of dropshipping software helping your products get featured in Google ads

Do you want to showcase your products on Google Shopping platform?

Martin from the Netherlands made over 4,100 Eur in 30 days of running his business, and, in his experience, AdWords text ads and Google Shopping promotion were the 2 most efficient ways to generate revenue.

To help you create winning Google Shopping ads and get your products featured on Google Search, Google Images and YouTube, we have developed the Google Merchant add-on – feel free to read more about it here!

Upsell

Increase the average purchase volume in your store!

Upsell Add-on is the perfect type of dropshipping software to increase the average order volume in your store

Are you happy when your store visitors purchase 1-2 items from you?

Would you become happier if your guests bought 4-5 products in a single order?

We know how to scale up your average check size!

Upsell add-on is specifically designed to inspire your potential customers on adding more items to their shopping carts.

Just attach 2-3 complementing items to your store products, and give your buyers more interesting ideas about the awesome things they can buy from you!

My Suppliers

Learn which of your suppliers plays the most important role in your business growth!

My Suppliers add-on is a piece of dropshipping software helping you keep track of all the suppliers you're cooperating with

Do you know which of your AliExpress sellers supply your store with the most demanded items? Have you any idea about the suppliers who are the most highly valued by buyers?

With our My Suppliers add-on, you can easily identify the best suppliers you currently have, and build even more efficient partnerships with the leading industry players!

Add-on Bundle

Save $63 and benefit from the joint power of the six profit-oriented add-ons!

Add-on Bundle combines 6 pieces of dropshipping software aimed at boosing the store owner's volume of sales

Do you want to cut your expenses, but still get the awesome dropshipping software?

Thanks to our Add-on Bundle, you can get 6 amazing promotional add-ons with a noticeable discount and save $63! Read more about this offer here.

Promo Banner add-on

Showcase your exclusive store offers in style!

Promo Banner add-on is a piece of dropshipping software that facilitates on-site banners' creation to notify site visitors of important news

Are you announcing a huge sale event? Do you want to display new product offerings you’ve got for the store? Nothing solves these issues better than a catchy banner on top of your page!

You can easily make one with the help of our Promo Banner add-on!

It goes with a set of professionally designed templates that make your website pages look trustworthy and appealing. What is more, these banners are customizable: it means that it’s totally up to you to achieve a unique AND purchase-motivating look for your pages.

Reviews Page

Use the power of social proof to multiply your business profits!

Reviews Page add-on is a piece of dropshipping software that creates social proof and inspires your customers' trust

Do you want your store visitors to feel that your offers are worth of their attention?

This amazing add-on uses the authentic client reviews as a highly powerful business growth driver. It works like magic: the add-on collects the reviews left by both AliExpress buyers and your own customers, and puts them on a specially created page.

This is a really easy and a truly impressive way to let your potential customers know they can trust your business – and to prompt their purchasing decisions!

Product Bundle

Make appealing sets out of your products to motivate the store visitors buy more!

Product Bundle add-on is a piece of dropshipping software allowing you to create attractive product sets and inspiring larger scale purchases

Thanks to the handy Product Bundle tool, you can easily increase the average order value.

Make your customers the offers they can’t refuse! Show them how to combine your products in the smartest way possible, and watch your profits grow.

AliShipping add-on

Import and customize all the offered AliExpress shipping methods in a couple of clicks!

AliShipping add-on is a piece of dropshipping software helping you manage the available shipping options

Improve your buyers’ shopping experience with no extra effort! Display a wide range of the shipping options to choose from, and customise their prices and names to give your store an even more professional, branded look.

Urgency add-on

Use this 3 in 1 solution to let your customers know they can’t miss out on your amazing, time-limited deal!

Urgency add-on combines 3 pieces of dropshipping software creating sense of urgency

Motivate your store visitors to place their orders right here, right now, before your tempting offer is expired! Use a variety of the motivational instruments integrated in the add-on to achieve the highest conversion possible.

SEO Image Optimizer

Make your website work several times faster and boost the technical performance of its multiple other aspects!

SEO Image Optimizer is a piece of dropshipping software reducing your site loading speed through optimizing the visual content

Would you like your website to load in a blink of an eye, making your visitors excited about their on-site experience? 

What would you say to the chance to improve your store SEO and protect its contents from competitors’ actions?

SEO Image Optimizer is the tool that solves all these issues at the same time!

Minimizing your site pictures without lowering their quality, it dramatically reduces the loading speed of your store. Having an extended functionality of optimizing the images’ ALT tags and file names, it also lets you add branded watermarks to make sure you’re using the potential of your images to the fullest!

Bulk Discounts add-on

Offer your buyers irresistible discounts – and encourage them to buy MORE!

Bulk Discounts add-on is a piece of dropshipping software letting you introduce discounts that stimulate bulk purchases

Wondering how to motivate your customers to spend a little more in your store than they originally planned?

Why not!

In fact, they will even be happy to do that – all because of this exciting add-on letting them save with bulk buying! Whether you want to make a tempting offer to wholesalers or entice end buyers into purchasing multiple product units, Bulk Discounts add-on has got it all covered.

Purchase Upsell

Make an irresistible offer when your buyer’s loyalty is at its peak!

Purchase Upsell is a piece of dropshipping software letting you reach buyers with more tempting offers right at the moment of them finalizing their orders

Is your buyer excited about the successfully processed purchase that has just happened? Don’t let this magical feeling of satisfaction and trust disappear! 

Use the power of Purchase Upsell add-on to offer wonderful additions to every recent order and make higher profit from every sale without extra customer attraction efforts! Just check out the screenshot above to see how this piece of dropshipping software transforms your buyer’s experience 😉

Gift Box

Treat your buyers with gifts to build long-lasting relationships and multiply the number of repeat purchases!

Gift Box add-on is a piece of dropshipping software helping you showcase and create gifts for your customers

How about creating an offer that’s too tempting to ignore? Gift Box add-on does just that! 

Who, indeed, would say no to an adorable gift? Show the colorful array of presents, discounts, and other tempting offers your buyers can get if their order meets specific requirements – and enjoy the difference it makes to your orders volume! 

Free dropshipping software from AliDropship

Since we’ve started to talk about saving money, it’s an appropriate moment to mention that AliDropship has a number of free add-ons!

That’s right – you can enjoy our promotional solutions and boost your business with no extra expenses!

Customers Gallery

Let your visitors know that your buyers are IN LOVE with their purchases!

Customers Gallery is an example of free dropshipping software creating social proof on your website

Do you know how important it is for online shoppers to know that your business is trustworthy and your products have a perfect quality?

To help them make their purchasing decision and to stimulate them on impulse purchases, you can safely use our Customers Gallery add-on.

With its help, you can create a lovely gallery out of the happy buyers’ pictures. What is more, you can link each of these pictures to the the product this person is demonstrating. Certainly, it will give a major boost to your store reputation and your revenues!

Abandoned Cart

Get in touch with the visitors who left your store without making a purchase!

Abandoned Cart add-on is an example of free dropshipping software letting you reach the store visitors who haven't completed their orders

Our client Pirn from Estonia uses email marketing as one of the most efficient instrument to promote his dropshipping store. With a 90% open rate and a 85% open rate, there’s no wonder that he makes $10,000+ in monthly revenue even with a 0 previous experience!

If you want to use the power of email marketing as well, start with our free Abandoned Cart add-on. It lets you send appealing emails to the people who left their shopping carts without making a purchase. These clients already got interested in your offers – why not persuade them to finally order the things they liked?

DropshipMe

Add only the greatest AliExpress items to your dropshipping store!

DropshipMe Database is a great example of dropshipping software helping you pick out and import winning products for your website

That’s probably one of the most time-consuming projects we ever did 🙂

As you can see, it’s a sort of a product database. As of today, it consists of over 50,000 items, and the list is growing daily. We’ve selected the most demanded and high-rated AliExpress items, and brought their descriptions to perfection.

It means that you don’t have to spend endless hours on browsing AliExpress, and you certainly don’t need to take any efforts to edit their picture galleries and descriptions. It has already been done by us for you! All you need to do now is click the ‘Import’ button and add these wonderful items directly to your store.

The best part? You can import up to 50 products for free!

GA Enhanced Ecommerce

Get the relevant data about your store performance and modify your business strategy in the best way possible!

GA Enhanced Ecommerce is a user-friendly piece of dropshipping software designed to help you track your store events more precisely

If you want to know where your cash flow comes from, or what channels lead Internet users to your store, you can spend long hours setting up Google Analytics and modifying your tracking code.

Alternatively, if you don’t have the right background or the money to hire professional developers, you can use our Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce add-on. It collects the necessary data and makes it easily available in the Reports section within your store. This way, you don’t even need to use any external resources to get the priceless stats about your business!

What principles do we use to create our dropshipping software?

When you run your dropshipping business, obviously, you don’t need a ‘random’ piece of software. Instead, you want a handy solution that solves your issues.

But what should it be, exactly?

You can’t even imagine how important is the the answer to this question for us.

This is why we actively communicate with the global dropshipping community through our forum. There, we collect the suggestions and preferences from the entrepreneurs all over the world, and do everything possible to help people meet these needs through our products.

We even offer our readers to take part in beta testing! This way, we can test our new tools on their production stage, and listen to the audience’s opinion. It gives us the opportunity to tailor our solutions to the clients’ preferences. So, this is how we create the dropshipping software that meets the public’s expectations.

So, what are the defining features of our dropshipping software?

  • Low price

That’s a pretty much obvious point. For many people, dropshipping model is the only suitable option for starting an affordable eCommerce business. Naturally, they want to have the lowest startup costs possible. This is why they commonly prefer affordable solutions that don’t require massive investments.

Curious fact: for the affordable price of $89, we offer our customers the plugin that can turn a basic WordPress website into a fully functional dropshipping store. A number of FREE supporting promotion-oriented products is also available! 

  • Extended functionality

Even a 0-cost dropshipping tool has no value for a user if doesn’t do much. Normally, dropshipping store owners expect that these solutions will help them with the daily business routine. This is why they pick the tools that can perform the basic dropshipping tasks automatically.

The range of these tasks is quite wide – actually, almost any procedure from niche research to social media promotion can be automated easily. It gives the entrepreneurs the opportunity to find more time for the work that includes the human factor – most importantly, the customer relations.

Did you know that? AliDropship plugin covers lots of dropshipping management issues, from searching & importing products to creating a unique and memorable in-store design. What is more, with the help of our add-ons, you can broaden the scale of your business operations even further.

  • Smooth operation

If a piece of dropshipping software slows your website down or works incorrectly, it’s obviously not a good choice. The same goes for tools that can only be installed on some specific types of websites. Surely, they limit you in your business choices.

Interesting fact: AliDropship plugin works on any WordPress-based website – even if it’s built with WooCommerce! There are differences between the original and the Woo-friendly versions of the plugin, but they are identical in their core. Both of them are aimed on turning your website into a user-friendly and moneymaking shopping destination, and they handle this job perfectly.

  • User-friendly interface

At the beginning of their dropshipping journeys, most of the newcomers don’t have the relevant experience, and aren’t well aware of the eCommerce world in general. Therefore, they need the intuitive solutions that are easy in daily use, and are understandable to the people of any professional background.

That’s curious: the already mentioned Pirn from Estonia, along with Alvaro from Chile and lots of our other clients, had a 0 experience in dropshipping at the moment of the AliDropship software purchase. Still, the lack of the knowledge hasn’t troubled these people’s user experience – they are happily working with AliDropship solutions and making pretty good money with them!

  • Easy to learn

When newcomers start to combine their 9 to 5 jobs with a dropshipping venture, they lack a vitally important resource: time. Typically, they can’t even find a couple of hours per day to learn more about the business they’re exploring. Surely, it slows down their progress and doesn’t really motivate them to keep going.

To solve this issue, we are offering a wide range of educational materials. They give some basic insights into the dropshipping business in general, and explain how to use our products.

Over to you: you can choose any type of our educational materials – just go with your personal preferences! If you don’t mind reading, explore our Guides and Knowledge base – you can find lots of priceless tips there. Alternatively, if you are a fan of videos, take a look at our YouTube channel. Or, if you prefer real-life communication with the field experts, you can hang out on our dedicated forum, and learn from the experience of skilled store owners.

That’s it! Now, you know much more about our current product offer and the strategies that we use to create our solutions.

Do you have an experience of working with our dropshipping software? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below!

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Online Business In India That Made $52,000+ In 7 Months: Ankit’s Story

Can you launch and run a successful online business in India? What do you need to do to make it happen? Today, we’re talking to Ankit, a 21 year old online entrepreneur who kindly agreed to share his first-hand experience – so, welcome our guest!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please, introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Ankit Patra, a Bachelor in Computer Science, and an owner of an online business in India. I run 3 dropshipping stores mostly targeted at the buyers from the United States.

Why did you decide to launch an online business in India?

Frankly, it all started when I was looking for sources of income to become more independent in college. It is very normal and customary for Indian students to be in college and still be totally dependent on their parents for their tuition and literally all of their expenses. I was no different but, I dared to think beyond just to at least pay for that meal on my own, you see it’s simple…I didn’t want to be dependent.

What motivated you to try AliExpress dropshipping model for your business?

Freedom. Isn’t that the reason why everyone enters into the online space in general? Well, the dropshipping model was the most welcoming with tons of content online and a lot of guides (not courses) available which made the initial process a breeze and I could literally search for any of the topics and there’s always more than 10 results to help me out with my problem. That gave me confidence as a newbie that okay, I can do this and there will always be people who can help me out.

How did your online business in India begin?

For my first store, I went with simple WordPress hosting and WooCommerce – I felt Shopify was too expensive. I used AliDropship Woo plugin to get this store going and with its help, my first store got off the ground.

I didn’t have much experience, though, and AliExpress was my first platform to experiment with. Maybe that is the reason for my initial failure, but trust me, I learned a lot from my failures to reach where I have reached today.

I have worked for months without success and testing tons of products only to be met with my fair share of failure. But I am a pretty disciplined individual and take my work seriously, so I kept going.

How did it all change? Do you remember the first sale made from your store?

Yes, I do remember the first sale: it was on the 9th of December, 2019. I just started running my ads and chi-ching! I got a sale for $29.95 (including shipping) for only $5 in ad spend and that was the motivation I needed. Frankly, I was elated and I am sure anyone would be. I am not very expressive with emotions but I won’t lie that I let that tear drop down when I saw my first sale.

It was only the month of August, 2019 when I entered into the whole dropshipping scenario. Day in and day out, I had been researching and testing products and already spent $1,000 with no returns or so I thought. I kept watching 4-6 hours of YouTube everyday and implementing whatever I learned in the Facebook ads and store. So, it took me about 4 months of rigorous testing and $1,000 to get my first success. For some it might happen sooner or later, but, I guess I got the right amount of time to hone myself to be able to run a proper business and I am glad it took me 4 months.

How does your online business perform now?

Here’s a performance screenshot I want to share:

So, you see nothing goes to waste, you just have to stay till the end, which I did and at the age of 21 I currently have a net worth of $50,000 and no liabilities.

How did you get the right idea for your online business?

To find a winning niche, I did research with the help of Google Trends. Also, checking out popular Facebook videos turned out to be really helpful to see what users want and expect to get.

While choosing the right products to add to my stores, I analyzed the AliExpress stats. Both the product and the supplier must have an average rating of 4.8 stars or more to make me interested. I keep adding new products to my stores from time to time: after an initial check, I test them with Facebook ads. To set the new prices, I usually multiply the original price by 2 – or even by 5 if it’s a low-ticket item.

How do you promote your online store?

I use Facebook and Instagram ads only, didn’t even try any other channels. Getting the right audience for my products is one of the most difficult challenges, so I test out several creatives and copies and do A/B testing to discover the best performing ads. Also, I test several interests at once to determine the best audience for my ads. On average, it costs me around $5,000/month to promote all my 3 stores.

What can you say about your business management?

It takes me around 2-3 hours every day to manage my stores. The most time-consuming task apart from ads testing is product research and product pages editing.

Sometimes, customer service can also be tricky. Usually, about 1% of customers are very difficult to deal with, so I try to keep enough margin to give out refunds. I just price my products as such that for every 100 orders I have at least enough money to maintain my 2x margin even after refunding 5 of them. But buyers are different, of course: my biggest order was for $518 without even a $1 discount. Probably, that guy thought that the price was too low…IDK

What about the legal side of running an online business in India?

Well, I registered my business officially. It’s not really difficult. You must be over 18 years of age, have a government issued ID, and have a rented place with proper lease agreement. Simple and no fuss!

How has your life changed?

Speaking of my daily life, nothing much has changed. But, I have been able to get that dream machine 16″ MacBook Pro and my dream Sony headphones. Just the best combination to get my work done. I don’t want any liabilities or whatsoever and want to invest this money in my future business ventures. You see, in the future, I plan to start my own advertising and marketing agency. I have a long long way to go and be much more successful.

What do your friends and family think about your business?

They couldn’t have been happier. As an Indian family, my family couldn’t believe that I had acquired this much wealth just over the period of 6-7 months. Just to give you a broad picture, in India an entry level software engineer at say Facebook earns only $17,000 base salary in a year. So considering that I had almost earned 4 times of that in just a few months…that was a big feat.

What can you advise our readers – those who already run their stores and those who didn’t start the business yet?

I would like to tell all of the folks out there, to never give in and just keep going on. I know you must have heard this from everyone. But, trust me you never know when you will get your first taste of success and frankly it won’t come if you are just waiting for something magical to happen. You have to work hard and put the money where your mouth is (Facebook ads and any apps).

Remember, in dropshipping time is of essence. Imagine you are trying to advertise a product which recently went out of trend: you would hardly be successful! So, my advice is: invest money wherever necessary, and don’t try to do everything on your own. Not good at building stores? Pay for it if you can and save your time for other things… don’t break your head over petty things, you can’t be a master at everything so let others – specialists, apps, subscriptions – do their work for the money you paid.

Good luck!

We are beyond grateful to Ankit for his kind and detailed feedback! His experience proves that launching an online business in India is totally worth it – and hopefully, it will encourage you, our dear readers, to make your first steps in dropshipping, too.

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Starting A Business With Little Money: From 0 To €43K+ In 1 Year

Is starting a business with little money really possible? Of course! Even low startup investments can let you start a rewarding ecommerce journey. 

This point is brilliantly proven by Tristan, a well-off dropshipping business owner who kindly agreed to share his first-hand experience in an interview with AliDropship. Let’s hear him out!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Tristan Gatellier from Paris, France. I am very curious and passionate about technology – so, when I was making my first steps as an online businessman, I already knew how to make a website. Still, I had no practical experience in ecommerce at all – only a bachelor degree in business 🙂

As a newcomer to ecommerce, why did you choose the dropshipping business model?

In my opinion, the dropshipping model is the best model to start with very limited investments. I had almost 0 on my bank account when I started it.

So, what’s your story of starting a business online with little money?  

The truth is, I actually wanted to learn SEO because I wanted to build great websites for my clients and to work like an agency. But I had 0 skills in SEO, so I decided to create a blog to learn and experiment. When this blog started attracting some traffic, I decided to try earning money from that traffic. This is how I learned about dropshipping and figured out that in terms of monetizing a blog, it’s way more lucrative than affiliate marketing.

What technical solutions do you use to power your dropshipping business?

Everybody talks about Shopify, but from the point of view of SEO, WordPress is the best platform for blogging. So that’s what I’ve chosen, and I also benchmarked extra WordPress solutions that would make my blog more business-friendly. AliDropship plugin turned out to be the right software for my goals, so I got its WooCommerce version and that’s how it all began!

Now, I use AliDropship Woo plugin every day. Even though I work with an agent, the plugin helps a lot with products import and shipping tracking. 

How does your business perform now?

I run 2 stores. The first one was launched about a year ago and made €43K during this period. I wasn’t spending much on advertising there, and my profit margin was about 55%.

The second store was launched 2 months ago and made almost €10K during this time. On average, there’s a 25% margin, but it increases with every sale.

Do you remember the first sale you made?

Yes! I sold a moon lamp 🙂 It happened 1 month after launching my first ads. So basically, it took me 1 month of hard work (and isolation) to achieve it. And really, it was like a spark, a spark that tells you that you can make it !

How do you promote your stores?

I mostly focus on SEO and driving organic traffic to my sites, so backlinks and Google Ads work best for me. Facebook ads are not efficient in my niche: the profits they make don’t outweigh the expenses. They can only bring some profits on Christmas or Black Friday.

On average, it costs me €600/month to promote my stores, and I’d say my advertising expenses are pretty low. I do lots of research to understand my target audience, for example, track the search bar on my sites to see what people want. Also, analytics is amazing and helps me a lot: based on the interests of my blog readers, I launched some new products, and it worked great!

How do you choose the niches and products for your stores? 

The first store was logically linked to my SEO blog, and for that blog (and the store topic) I took one of my passions. The product choice there was not easy: I made a lot of mistakes, but that’s how I learned.

For my second store, I used my SEO software and skills that I gained during the creation of my first store. That’s why I was trying to focus on the products with a big number of orders, and to filter out the unsuitable suppliers.

In general, I don’t follow the ‘Hot sale product’ strategy: instead, I rely on SEO because it lasts over time and keeps working in the long term. My business performance results are improving every month because my stores are SEO-friendly. This is the SEO dynamics of my first store, for example:

To set the prices, I usually multiply the supplier’s price by 3, but it depends on the price itself. Sometimes, if the original price is high already, there’s no need to increase it 3 times.

How do you manage your business on a daily basis?

It takes me about 2 hours a day to manage the stores. The hardest task is not to create a store, but to maintain and take care of the incoming orders even if you delegate this part – and I work with an agent now! 

I take time to teach people to do the client support because many clients are worried about the orders’ delivery. It helps a lot if you answer them quickly: if you answer them within 2 hours, even angry customers will relax. And if a customer is still difficult, I have no problem to make a refund. There’s no reason to spend your time on it – isn’t worth it!

Did you register your business officially?

Yes, it’s 100% legal. I live in France, which is one of the most demanding countries in terms of a business registration, so I have to register my business as a real company and pay VAT.

Did starting a business with little money change your life in some way?

Actually, when I discovered the dropshipping business, I understood that it gives the opportunity to move freely all around the world. You can live whenever you want and make money with nothing but a computer. And that’s what I did up until the pandemic – I was travelling all year long!

I have optimistic plans for the future. I want to create stocks out of my best-selling products and build a long-lasting business.

What can you advise our readers?

Remember that short-term money is great, but long-term money is better! You need to plan your business so that it keeps having clients in the future, so think about SEO and invest in customer support!

Thank you, Tristan, for your words of wisdom! This first-hand experience of starting a business with little money is not only insightful and helpful, but really inspiring, too! We hope it will encourage others to set off for an ecommerce journey as well – and we will be more than happy to assist them along the way.

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Meet AliDropship Plugin – Best WordPress Solution for Dropshipping with AliExpress

Welcome to our AliDropship Plugin review! In this article, we will go over the basic settings and features of this game-changing plugin for dropshipping business owners.

AliDropship Plugin review: an introduction

To begin with, let’s make a quick overview of this exciting solution!

As you can see, AliDropship plugin is a user-friendly tool specifically created for both experienced and novice dropshipping entrepreneurs from all over the globe.

With its help, you can connect your online store to AliExpress and:

  • Import AliExpress products to your store in one click
  • Automate core business management operations (orders fulfilment, package tracking, products’ pricing, etc.)
  • Use a range of integrated marketing elements that help your store perform better
  • Manage and track your store operations from one convenient dashboard
  • And many more!

In other words, even if you don’t have any IT or ecommerce experience, you can easily make your first guided steps into the promising world of dropshipping – and watch your business run on autopilot.

Curious to know how exactly it’s working?

AliDropship Plugin installation and setup

Are you assembling your dropshipping store on your own?

After you have successfully downloaded WordPress, installed it, and set up the AliDropship Plugin, you need to go to AliDropship menu and enter your personal license key to activate the plugin.

After the successful activation, you will get access to all Plugin sections and can check your main Dashboard. Here you will find information about your recent orders, traffic stats and other in-store activities.

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To get a more detailed information about your Sales and Traffic, visit the Reports section. Simply connect your Google Analytics to the Plugin to get a detailed data about your visitors and traffic sources.

Note that the AliDropship Plugin features built-in themes that you can easily customise and set up according to your own preferences. All themes are mobile-friendly and have professional stylish design to meet all modern requirements and trends of successful online stores – go here to view them all!

Need professional assistance? We can set up AliDropship Plugin for you and even help you with primary website setup – just leave us a message 😉

AliDropship Plugin review: how it automates product-related tasks

As we already mentioned, the best thing about AliDropship Plugin is its ability to automatically complete daily management tasks that are an integral part of your dropshipping routine. Let’s start with product-related operations it performs!

Product import

With AliDropship plugin, you can easily search and import products to your site.

Specify categories, keywords, purchase volume and other filtering options to find the best products. Or just visit AliExpress.com, find a necessary item and import it directly in your site in just one click using a special Google Chrome extension that comes with the Plugin. A desired product will appear on your site instantly with all variations, images, description, stock information and pricing details.

You’ll be also excited to know that you can fill your dropshipping store with carefully picked and edited products from AliDropship curated database! Watch the video below for more details.

Oh, and here’s one more thing! Together with the products, you can also import reviews on your site directly from AliExpress.

Product updates

You don’t have to worry about changes in products prices, variations and inventory that happen on the AliExpress supplier’s side. The Plugin’s auto updating system is keeping your product info fresh with the latest data from AliExpress.

Pricing setup and updates

AliDropship Plugin features a profound system for pricing markup – the amount added to the cost price of goods to cover overhead and profit. After you determined the rules, all new products that you will import in your store will have prices according to the formula. If you need to apply the formula for existent products on your site, you just click update button.

You can show prices in different currencies on your site and also activate Rounding option and Assign cents. For example, if the product price is $4.19, it will be converted in $4. If you assigned .99 cents, this amount will be added to the final price.

AliDropship plugin review: managing orders

With AliDropship plugin, you can forget about ordering every product manually and entering your customers’ details each time.

When you receive an order, just go to Orders section, open order details page and click ‘Place order automatically’.

The plugin will visit AliExpress and create an order for you automatically. It will select necessary product variations, add items to your shopping cart and fill your customer’s shipping details on the checkout page. You just need to click confirm button to complete a purchase.

AliDropship Plugin review: built-in marketing elements

Some necessary marketing tools are also available with the Plugin and include following options:

Email Lists

The Plugin collects not only the emails of your customers but also email of users who leave their emails on your site but did not complete a purchase.

Discount Coupons

Run sales and promotions by offering coupon codes that save customers money. You choose whether the discount is for dollars off, a percentage off, free shipping, etc.

Abandoned Cart

When your store visitors abandon their shopping carts, it means that they leave your website without completing the purchase – but with some items already added to their carts. The best way to recover these abandoned carts is to send these visitors emails encouraging them to go back – and that’s exactly what the Plugin does. You can use a set of pre-loaded professional emails or create and add your own templates.

AliDropship Plugin review: what else is there?

Another great feature of AliDropship Plugin is AliExpress Cashback system. The cashback scheme works as follows: you use a special affiliate link and purchase the desired products. After the products are delivered, part of the cost is returned to you on your affiliate account. Then you can withdraw your money, getting an additional bonus to your main dropshipping source of income.

To activate this system, you just need to register with AliExpress Admitad or AliExpress EPN network, get your affiliate link and place it in the special field on Plugin settings.

Once you get an order, you visit Orders section and click Place Order button. If you setup your cashback URL before, you will be redirected to AliExpress through your affiliate link. You buy an item for your client and automatically get from 7 to 15% commission on your account.

What’s the conclusion? AliDropship Plugin is a wonderful piece of dropshipping automation software that lets you dedicate your precious time to anything you want without compromising your business management! Isn’t that the business opportunity you’ve been looking for?

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