Ecommerce Growth and Drop Shipping Question

by Lambss
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First question about growth. I've had an eccom website now for about 4 months. I notice very small growth, but was wondering if there was an average time that people noticed before things really got busy?

At the moment I advertise about 100$ a day on adwords, get like 70 clicks a day or so. It's just really hard for me to tell if my business will make it or not.

I am making a profit in just 4 months, and I also have a lot of room to grow to maximize profit still, mostly from adding additional products.

Second question I have is about drop shipping. I read a lot of posts here, setting up an ecom site based off only drop shipping sounds great! But how do you find these drop shipping deals? And what are the requirements normally ot be accepeted?


Sorry, just a newbie here. I honestly feel like eCommerce could be the solution for my life, I can see how doing this for years and years could really pay off, just not too sure what to expect the first 6 months - a year.


Thanks for your time
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  • Profile picture of the author johnzhang
    1,First question about growth. I've had an website now for about 4 months.
    keep updat the product and you website,do some seo,will get google trafic

    2,do you website better than drop shipping (that is my idea)

    hope helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Young Gun
    My first website was drop-shipped and it took around half a year to have steady profit. Now 3yrs later it makes over $100,000/yr in net profit. Takes about 1-2hrs a day to run between submitting orders and answering calls.

    The key is to find a good niche. Focus on cheaper products, since people will be more impulsed to buy. Expensive products can provide a bigger return but not everyone will be willing to buy super expensive things (more than say $250) online. Plus if you get a chargeback on an expensive item it can be hell straightening it out -- if your not found in favor your screwed.

    Also focus on organic rankings. Make sure you have unique text on all landing pages as well as product pages. People search for just product names, so if you can get your product pages in the top 5 for that you will get more sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author kumarvijay
    Originally Posted by Lambss View Post

    First question about growth. I've had an eccom website now for about 4 months. I notice very small growth, but was wondering if there was an average time that people noticed before things really got busy?

    At the moment I advertise about 100$ a day on adwords, get like 70 clicks a day or so. It's just really hard for me to tell if my business will make it or not.

    I am making a profit in just 4 months, and I also have a lot of room to grow to maximize profit still, mostly from adding additional products.

    Second question I have is about drop shipping. I read a lot of posts here, setting up an ecom site based off only drop shipping sounds great! But how do you find these drop shipping deals? And what are the requirements normally ot be accepeted?


    Sorry, just a newbie here. I honestly feel like eCommerce could be the solution for my life, I can see how doing this for years and years could really pay off, just not too sure what to expect the first 6 months - a year.


    Thanks for your time
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    • Profile picture of the author Lambss
      When people consider doing a drop shipping site, what is the plan to generate traffic to the site? SEO and PPC advertising?

      I guess the only real experience I have so far is in PPC advertising. Starting from scratch with no real guidance has been very difficult, but i am starting to understand the art of generating money off keywords.

      SEO i only have a vague idea about, I understand the practices, but I guess what I am not sure of is if people are doing the SEO 100% themselves, or if its more commonly something people outsource to companies.

      I don't mind doing the work myself, I just would love to know a good point to possibly start at. For example, if I were to start drop shipping a bunch of cell phone cases, are people writing articles or making videos about these cell phone cases? Providing some kind of unique content about the cases?

      Trying to take baby steps forward, questions are all over the place so forgive me.


      thanks for the replies
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      • Profile picture of the author garyisonline
        I'm going to make an assumption that you're in the US, unless I missed you stating otherwise.

        But here's what I'd do...and do.

        I would continue to find new products that you can have dropshipped simply to test them inexpensively on eBay and Amazon. Get an idea of their potential. Use your free analytics tool (Omniture) included with your eBay store to get keyword ideas.

        I'd skip PPC at first.

        Then as a product proved itself on Amazon and eBay, I'd bulk order a 2-3 week supply (saving money increasing profit).

        I'd then sign up for Amazon FBA. Then prepare and ship the supply into their warehouse. Now you can ship using Amazon's UPS prices (saving money increasing profit). With orders made at Amazon.com and fulfilled through FBA, they'll even deal with the customer, offer Prime benefits (2 day shipping) and even pay for return shipping if needed! Heck yeah!

        You can also fulfill your eBay and other (website, phone etc) orders through FBA (saving money increasing profit). On those you have to deal with returns and customers, of course...but eBay even has a way to save on returns now.

        Now that you've built a product line, purchased much cheaper in bulk, being fulfilled by Amazon, you have a very good idea of your top selling products' velocity.

        Two things I'd do now.

        1) Start steering your eBay buyers over to your website using incentives (coupons etc.) for future purchases. Get them on your list. You own them now. Retain that customer for yourself...It's cheap! Warning: You can't do that with Amazon buyers. Amazon gets all antsy when it comes to that stuff.

        2) Start your PPC again using EXTREMELY targeted keywords [EXACT MATCH ONLY] directly to your top selling products. ALWAYS monitor EVERY SINGLE keyword for conversion rates. SWIFTLY FIRE those that don't convert consistently at a profit. Note: Sometimes I start with broad match, JUST to get traffic flowing and ideas on some phrases that I may never have thought of. But shut it off quick before you lose your conversion ratio.

        A note on PPC: Once I have my conversion ratio rockin' in a campaign. I say, GOOGS....send me all you got!! I don't care if it's a million dollars an hour as long as conversions stay in ratio.

        An overview I know. Work out your own details before hand, making a solid business plan and keep a very very close eye on everything. Retail plans and budgets can be very tricky...and if ignored can kill a business quick!
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  • Profile picture of the author Monsterd
    I'm totally against dropshipping, but that's just me. I don't like the feeling that I'm not in true control of inventory, shipping etc. What if my super popular item is no longer available? What if 500 other people see that it's had success and are with the same drop shipper as I am?

    Drop shipping is a good supplement to a core product offering, but I would never make it my core business model. Yes, you can make money with it, but I prefer empires and to thrive rather than to survive, so I would build a business or it's core based around drop shipping.
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