My AliExpress Dropshipping journey starts today!

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Finally, I have developed my first AliExpress dropshipping store - WorldOfHarry.com and want to share some experience with you.

The site uses unique theme and plugin developed from scratch. There is a possibility to search and import products directly from AliExpress through your WP admin panel automatically.

I have studied the experience of some successful AliExpress dropshippers and decided to take a narrow niche that I think will be easier to promote.

I made a research and selected the most popular products in this niche with the wholesale price not more than $20 and with worldwide free shipping option only. Then I increased prices on my site at about twice the standard cost.

Another feature of this site is that the plugin imports only products that participate in AliExpress affiliate program. So, if I get any order I will be able to purchase necessary item on AliExpress using my affiliate link to get additional 5%-50% commission.

I am going to start promoting the site soon; however some improvements are still needed.

It would be great if you could review my site, give some recommendations, ideas, share your experience or just wish me Good luck!
#ecommerce sites, wholesaling & drop shipping #aliexpress #dropshipping #journey #starts #today
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  • Profile picture of the author alimov
    Do you use AliPlugin which is sold on this forum? or you have another plugin?
    • Profile picture of the author Yaros
      Originally Posted by alimov View Post

      Do you use AliPlugin which is sold on this forum? or you have another plugin?
      This dropshipping site uses the solution based on the platform of AliPlugin. However there is no possibility to build dropshipping sites with AliPlugin, only affiliate ones.
    • Profile picture of the author ahmadabbas
      Any recommendation for some quality list brokers ? I've been in contact with Exact Data (they have a lot of negative reviews) and BUYER ZONE - however Im based in Europe and they claim they don't do business with non-US rezidents.
  • Profile picture of the author iwhiz
    when you receive an order what happens next, do you go to aliexpress and place the same order from the seller? or
    • Profile picture of the author Yaros
      Originally Posted by iwhiz View Post

      when you receive an order what happens next, do you go to aliexpress and place the same order from the seller? or
      Yes, exactly. After I get an order I go to AliExpress (using my affiliate link to get additional profit from affiliate commission) and order the same product entering shipping details of my customer.
  • Profile picture of the author tonyalpha
    Awesome Yaros. Just get a feeling that the upper part of the site (top menu, logo, category) looks a bit crowded. just my feeling.
    I've been much into wholesale and recently trying to exploit aliexpress for dropshipping. Would be great if you can share your themes and plugin (at a price of course) one day.
    Good luck man.
  • Profile picture of the author MrFume
    So what makes your plugin a 'dropshipping' one - is it that you request the supplier to not include aliExpress branding?
    Not a bad looking site, perhaps get some better images, they look a bit washed out - people respond immediately to graphics.
    Good job!
    • Profile picture of the author Yaros
      Originally Posted by MrFume View Post

      So what makes your plugin a 'dropshipping' one - is it that you request the supplier to not include aliExpress branding?
      Not a bad looking site, perhaps get some better images, they look a bit washed out - people respond immediately to graphics.
      Good job!
      Connecting shopping cart, gateways, variations, shipping options, etc. - make my plugin a 'dropshipping' one.

      No, I did not make any requests. Here there are two options. If a seller is good and reliable you can contact him personally asking to ship the item to necessary address without mentioning AliExpress. Another way (I am going to use myself) is when I order a product via my own AliExpress account (using my affiliate link). I enter shipping address of my customer, but contact email is mine. So, all emails regarding the purchase and delivery I will get to my personal email. In my turn I have prepared my own branded emails for my clients.

      As for images, the plugin takes them and imports automatically, but I can edit them. Thank you for a valuable recommendation.
  • Profile picture of the author Yaros
    While putting the finishing touches and preparing my site for the market, I would like to share with you my experince and recommendations regarding choosing a niche for such websites.

    How to find a good niche for AliExpress drop shipping store?

    1. Popularity and Trend.

    Choosing a niche for your drop shipping website you should focus only on products that are always in demand and have positive or at least stable trend.

    Go to https://www.google.ru/trends to get better idea about selected niche. For example, we are going to build a store that will sell ‘Harry Potter’ products for Harry Potter fans.



    We can observe a small decrease since 2004 but the overall picture looks good, there are no dramatic falls and the trend is rather stable. So, Harry Potter niche seems interesting to me for a drop shipping site.

    Or let’s take ‘GoPro accessories’ as an example:



    Here we see the trend that is increasing year by year starting from 2011. This is a good niche to be taken and tried.

    Below you see the niche (‘Nokia’) that is not worth trying:



    2. Competition.

    It is impossible to find any popular niche with a good trend without competition of course. Before launching your drop shipping store it is strongly recommended to search for similar web stores in the Internet. If you find many good sites offering the same products (especially by good prices), probably you should think about another niche and products, which are generally more hard to find. Obviously, there is no point to create another usual “Shoes”, “Car parts”, “Gardening” stores. It’s better to take some narrow niche and try to be creative.

    3. AliExpress Stock.

    Before starting building your web store, make sure there are enough categories and products available in the niche. Go to AliExpress.com and enter necessary keywords in search bar. In my case with ‘Harry Potter’ everything looks fine.



    4. Prices.

    Generally, AliExpress offers very competitive (often unbeatable) prices for many products. However, I would always recommend making a small research about the products’ prices you are going to sell on your site. Ideally, AliExpress prices should be twice lower the prices of your competitors.

    You should pick at least 5-10 products in the selected niche and find best prices for these items on AliExpress. Then go to search.aol.com, enter shopping section and search for the same products in order to compare their prices with prices at AliExpress.

    Let’s take an example.

    I found such Harry Potter Scarf on AliExpress for $9,05/piece.



    Then I went to search.aol.com and found the same item sold by other sellers.



    As you can see the prices are much higher. In my opinion, it’s a good item that is worth adding to my store.

    to be continued...
    • Profile picture of the author beets79
      Originally Posted by Yaros View Post

      While putting the finishing touches and preparing my site for the market, I would like to share with you my experince and recommendations regarding choosing a niche for such websites.

      How to find a good niche for AliExpress drop shipping store?

      1. Popularity and Trend.

      Choosing a niche for your drop shipping website you should focus only on products that are always in demand and have positive or at least stable trend.

      Go to https://www.google.ru/trends to get better idea about selected niche. For example, we are going to build a store that will sell ‘Harry Potter’ products for Harry Potter fans.



      We can observe a small decrease since 2004 but the overall picture looks good, there are no dramatic falls and the trend is rather stable. So, Harry Potter niche seems interesting to me for a drop shipping site.

      Or let’s take ‘GoPro accessories’ as an example:



      Here we see the trend that is increasing year by year starting from 2011. This is a good niche to be taken and tried.

      Below you see the niche (‘Nokia’) that is not worth trying:



      2. Competition.

      It is impossible to find any popular niche with a good trend without competition of course. Before launching your drop shipping store it is strongly recommended to search for similar web stores in the Internet. If you find many good sites offering the same products (especially by good prices), probably you should think about another niche and products, which are generally more hard to find. Obviously, there is no point to create another usual “Shoes”, “Car parts”, “Gardening” stores. It’s better to take some narrow niche and try to be creative.

      3. AliExpress Stock.

      Before starting building your web store, make sure there are enough categories and products available in the niche. Go to AliExpress.com and enter necessary keywords in search bar. In my case with ‘Harry Potter’ everything looks fine.



      4. Prices.

      Generally, AliExpress offers very competitive (often unbeatable) prices for many products. However, I would always recommend making a small research about the products’ prices you are going to sell on your site. Ideally, AliExpress prices should be twice lower the prices of your competitors.

      You should pick at least 5-10 products in the selected niche and find best prices for these items on AliExpress. Then go to search.aol.com, enter shopping section and search for the same products in order to compare their prices with prices at AliExpress.

      Let’s take an example.

      I found such Harry Potter Scarf on AliExpress for $9,05/piece.



      Then I went to search.aol.com and found the same item sold by other sellers.



      As you can see the prices are much higher. In my opinion, it’s a good item that is worth adding to my store.

      to be continued...
      Really appreciate this breakdown! As someone just getting started it is VERY helpful! Glad I was on the right track with using the Google Trends to see how things are doing. I'm basically self-teaching myself everything so these informative posts help!

      Thanks!
    • Profile picture of the author LABEShops
      Originally Posted by Yaros View Post

      4. Prices.

      Generally, AliExpress offers very competitive (often unbeatable) prices for many products. However, I would always recommend making a small research about the products’ prices you are going to sell on your site. Ideally, AliExpress prices should be twice lower the prices of your competitors.

      You should pick at least 5-10 products in the selected niche and find best prices for these items on AliExpress. Then go to search.aol.com, enter shopping section and search for the same products in order to compare their prices with prices at AliExpress.

      Let’s take an example.

      I found such Harry Potter Scarf on AliExpress for $9,05/piece.



      Then I went to search.aol.com and found the same item sold by other sellers.



      As you can see the prices are much higher. In my opinion, it’s a good item that is worth adding to my store.

      to be continued...
      Actually, you are comparing knock offs on aliexpress to officially licensed products which is why you are finding them so much cheaper. I am an authorized dealer for ELOPE that owns the license for Harry Potter accessories and they have set MAP pricing which you are bypassing by selling the knock offs.

      Anyone else thinking of doing this sort of thing I would suggest you look for non-branded, non-licensed items instead of knock offs as sites selling counterfeit and knock off items can be shut down without notice and many manufacturers are now going after aliexpress vendors and those selling their items. Paypal and other payment processors are also shutting down accounts for selling counterfeits - I know someone that was shut down because of "designer" handbags and dresses that were counterfeit.

      So if you are looking for a scaleable, sustainable business, I personally would NOT go with this sort of niche.
    • Profile picture of the author Significantincome
      Hello,

      I want to ask if there are people out there that use dropshippers outside their home country for 3rd party selling?

      I am based in Srilanka, but I want to resell US products from aliexpress. Its unable to alccess paypal from my country so I registered with 2checkout (srilankan account).

      I bet there are many people outside USA who do this legally without issues, any feedback is welcome.

      Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author tonyalpha
    Thanks Yaros. For your generosity. I just started building my store and also use google trends as a filter. Let's see how it works out.
  • Profile picture of the author Danny Keegan
    Do you use 2 aliexpress accounts, one affiliate account and one to buy the products? Or is aliexpress OK with using your own affiliate account to buy the products?

    Cheers,
    Danny
    • Profile picture of the author Yaros
      Originally Posted by Danny Keegan View Post

      Do you use 2 aliexpress accounts, one affiliate account and one to buy the products? Or is aliexpress OK with using your own affiliate account to buy the products?

      Cheers,
      Danny
      I am using only one my own account. There is not a problem to buy products from your account using your own affiliate link.
  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel Sopitan
    Great concept. I will be following this as a case study and see how it goes.

    Regards
  • Profile picture of the author ibasq
    I am also interested in your dropshipping plugin. Will you be updating this thread when it is available for purchase?

    Also.. I was wondering if you are ordering your customer's order via your affiliate link...does the Aliexpress supplier include an invoice of any kind showing the original price (what you paid)?

    I ordered a few things from Aliexpress about a week ago. I will be paying attention to this specifically.

    Thank you.
    • Profile picture of the author Yaros
      Originally Posted by ibasq View Post

      I am also interested in your dropshipping plugin. Will you be updating this thread when it is available for purchase?

      Also.. I was wondering if you are ordering your customer's order via your affiliate link...does the Aliexpress supplier include an invoice of any kind showing the original price (what you paid)?

      I ordered a few things from Aliexpress about a week ago. I will be paying attention to this specifically.

      Thank you.
      Yes, I will be updating this thread and Iwill let you know if I release this plugin.

      The point is that I order necessary item (that was bought form my site by my client) from my own AliExpress account giving only shipping address of my customer. So, all the information regrading the price comes directly to my personal eamil.
  • Profile picture of the author Riccur
    Originally Posted by Yaros View Post

    Finally, I have developed my first AliExpress dropshipping store - WorldOfHarry.com and want to share some experience with you.
    !
    If it is free shipping worldwide, how long does the order take to get to another country? Are people willing to wait a long time for it?
    • Profile picture of the author Geedan007
      Originally Posted by Riccur View Post

      If it is free shipping worldwide, how long does the order take to get to another country? Are people willing to wait a long time for it?
      I am also curious. OP, could you please tackle this query?
    • Profile picture of the author Yaros
      Originally Posted by Riccur View Post

      If it is free shipping worldwide, how long does the order take to get to another country? Are people willing to wait a long time for it?
      Shipping time is my main concern also and I know there were quite many complaints about AliExpress regarding this issue before. But as far as I know many things have been improved recently at AliExpress including shipping times. I spoke with many dropshippers who work successfully with AliExpress and they told me that they don't have big troubles with shipping, especially when we deal with not expensive products. Most people are ready to wait when thay get a free shipping option. Thtat's why I am going to sell only items that are shipped worldwide for free. Later, I will probably add other shipping options.
  • Profile picture of the author Yaros
    How to choose categories and products?

    To find best categories for my drop shipping site I use Google Adwords.

    With the help of Keyword Planner I usually start checking different niche related keywords targeting all locations and English language.

    For example, I take “Harry Potter wands” and see the results.



    In spite of the fact that this keyword has high competition its search volume looks rather good.

    One by one I select 10 main categories and add them to my site.



    Among these 10 categories I also select 3-4 most popular ones to add them to the slider.



    After my categories are ready I go to AliExpress.com to find necessary products.

    To find the best and most demanded products I filter all products by orders and pay special attention to feedback score.



    I get product ID of a desired item and add it to the plugin that automatically finds the product and imports all necessary information (images, description, parameters, variations, etc.) in my site.

    Or I can make all the process (search, filter and upload products) work through the plugin.





    to be continued...
  • Profile picture of the author Yaros
    Some SEO aspects:

    1. Before choosing main categories for my site, I use Google Adwords to find good keywords in selected niche. As a result all names of my categories are in line with chosen keywords. (For example: category name “Harry Potter wands” = “Harry Potter wands” keyword that has 40,500 monthly searches according to Google Adwords.

    2. I am using Senuke software for social bookmarking. It helps to index site well and get stable pages on Google.

    3. I write and place a unique article (3000 symbols) on the home page above footer.

    4. I write and place a unique article with necessary keywords (2000 symbols) on each category page. For each article I make unique title placing it in H2 tag. It is important that this title (H2) should be different from the name of the category (H1).

    5. Using special software (usually WebSite Auditor) I do SEO audit for all my pages to find out if:
    - I have any errors in the code;
    - robots.txt created and setup properly;
    - there are any pages with 404 error;
    - a site has any broken links;
    - all meta tags are written correctly;
    - all pages are mobile friendly.
  • Profile picture of the author littlesam
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  • Profile picture of the author Yaros
    For the last 4 days I was struggling hard with making my site mobile-friendly. Finally, done! Google liked it

  • Profile picture of the author violet0176
    Are you making any sales?
    • Profile picture of the author Yaros
      Originally Posted by violet0176 View Post

      Are you making any sales?
      I will start promoting my site next Monday.
  • Profile picture of the author Yaros
    I am ready to take the risks and try. If I get any trouble with trademarks I will instantly share it with you here.

    I am also preparing two more dropshipping sites to try other niches as well.

    As for scammers I select products and suppliers thoroughly and have not got any problems in last 2 years working with AliExpress.
  • Profile picture of the author Yaros
    As a part of my marketing strategy I decided to promote the site by video content as well. I have created a promo clip and added it to YouTube channel.

    It would be great if you watch this video and share your opinions about it.

    https://youtu.be/XL5gjzbQcDw
  • Profile picture of the author Yaros
    HURRAY! Got my first sale!



    I am quite glad with it considering the fact that I have not startred promoting the site yet.

    Another good news is that some keywords already appeared on the first page of Google.

  • Profile picture of the author legitsellerusa
    Your site and your attitude look very professional. I want such website for myself!

    And CONGRATS on your fisrt sale!!!
  • Profile picture of the author johndee2015
    My best wishes is with you. The success point in this field is innovation in your site and also low price and high quality product. The detail about your site seems good.
    • Profile picture of the author Bbstar
      congrats.

      my question is. ok so you made 1 sale. sold it for 20$. how much profit did you make?

      how did you make the website? did you just use the aliexpress plugin?

      im curious to see how well you will do.

      how long does it take for shipping to the US? i feel like it may take 20 business days. and you'll get a lot of complaints

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