How to Become a Ninja Dropshipper

You don’t need a warehouse full of stock. You don’t even need cash tied up in products you are not even sure you can shift. If you want to make money on Shopify with the minimum amount of risk, then you need to become a dropshipper. Let some other company take all the risk in storing products. Your job is to set up a Shopify store, wait for the sales to roll in, then get in touch with your dropshipper to send them out. It will take mere hours a day to be successful. Sounds simple, right? Well, sort of. There is a lot that can go wrong. Thankfully, this guide will teach you the basics on how to become a dropshipper.

Choosing Your Niche

This is absolutely vital. So many people skip it. They jump right into products that they ‘think’ are going to sell. They think they are setting themselves up to make a decent packet of cash, when in reality they are setting themselves up for nothing but failure.

If you just jump into a product that you think is going to sell, then chances are other people will have had the same idea as you. Not just sites created on the Shopify platform, but thousands of other eCommerce sites. You will find it tough to stand out from the crowd. By the time you have worked your way into the minds of people, you will have blown through a whole heap of money.

The best niches are those which offer products which are ‘in demand’, but are not that competitive. The niche shouldn’t be too broad, but it shouldn’t be too narrow either. Yes, this can be confusing to understand. Basically, what we mean when not too broad or too narrow is something like this:

Pet Products (too broad!)Dog Blankets (too narrow!)Dog Accessories (perfect!)

Obviously, this is nothing more than example. The dog accessories market is far too saturated so you probably wouldn’t want to operate in that area. But, hopefully this gives you an idea of the sort of thing you should be aiming at. It will make it far easier for you to target your products and your marketing.

It is also important that you understand the niche. Choose something you love and marketing becomes a whole lot easier. It will also make it easier for you to work out what could potentially sell and what won’t.

Choosing Your Dropshipper

Plenty has been written about choosing a dropshipper before, so we are not going to dwell on it too much here. However, what you must remember is that you need to put the effort into choosing decent dropshipper. If they fail, your company fails. It won’t be the dropshipper getting the blame either. You are a dropshipper. Nobody knows that you are dropshipping, and that means all issues are going to fall squarely on your head.

You should ensure that the prices are competitive too. Not just in terms of the product, but also the postage.

In an ideal world, you will be able to incorporate the dropshipping process directly into your Shopify store by way of plugin. This means that you don’t deal with the orders at all (beyond collecting the cash). Everything will be automated. However, since it often takes minutes to place an order with a dropshipper, this shouldn’t be a priority for you. At least at the start. Focus on everything else the dropshipper brings to the table first.

Building Your Shopify Store

Obviously, if you are looking into how to become a dropshipper, you are going to need to have a Shopify store. There are other platforms out there, but since Shopify makes it so easy, we can’t fathom why you would want to use any of them.

There are several different ‘price points’ for Shopify. If you are new to the dropshipping game, then you should probably start with the cheapest subscription. This should give you the ability to set your store up and have money start to flow in. As your site grows, you can expand your package and get a few more features.

If your dropshipper has their own plugin to use on the site, then get this installed. Go through the various themes on Shopify and find out what layout you like the most. Go through the plugins too and look for some which catch your attention, although don’t use too many of them as it can hamper the site experience for your customer. At the minimum, you will want to have an SEO plugin and some way in which you can reach out to your customers.

Adding Your Products

It can be tempting to add absolutely every product that your dropshipper has. Don’t do this. For several reasons:

Your site will lack focusIt will be tough to market the siteIt is going to be difficult for you to update everything when needed

If your site lacks focus, then you are going to have tons of products which aren’t really connected, which will confuse customers. It works for a site like Amazon. Not for a site like yours. Too many products impacts marketing as you suddenly have tons of products you need to push, rather than a group of them. Updating will be dependent on whether the dropshipper has a plugin or not.

Yes. Your dropshipper will likely have their own product descriptions you can use. If you are looking into how to become a dropshipper, then don’t touch these product descriptions. Write your own. Remember; hundreds of sites are going to be using the same product descriptions, and this means you have ‘copied’ content, which is tough to rank in the searches for. If you don’t know how to write product descriptions which catch the eye of your readers, then get somebody else to do it. A proper product description can mean the difference between making a sale and failing.

Marketing Your Site

There are several ways in which you can market your site, and ideally you would focus on all of them. The minimum you should focus on are:

Paid adsSearch engine optimization (SEO)Social media marketing

We know that paid ads are going to be an extra expense, but if you plan your campaign well, then your business will be off to a flying start. This is one of the reasons why you shouldn’t really be choosing a competitive niche. If you opt for paid ads in a popular, yet not competitive, niche then they are cheaper to run in systems like Google AdWords. Try to drive your ads towards specific products as opposed to general ones. It will translate to more sales.

Search engine optimization is where you will be doing most of your work. This is all about getting placed as highly as possible in the search engines. This is where most of your traffic will come from. Your product descriptions are part of the puzzle here, but you will need to do other things. Make use of the blog that Shopify gives you. Contact similar sites to get guest posts. Get as many quality links as possible pointing towards your website, and you will see your site start to rise in the search engines.

Finally; social media marketing involves interacting with customers on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Don’t just share special offers there. Actually talk to people. Share useful articles. Answer customer queries. Give your company ‘a face’. If you are unsure as to how to use social media, look at some of the largest companies in the world and see how they do it.

This is just the start of your dropshipping journey

This is just a brief overview of the steps towards becoming a successful dropshipper. The basics you need to know are on this page. Expand your knowledge in these areas, and you will have a successful Shopify company on your hands. It won’t happen overnight, but if you choose your niche well and you put in the work, it is going to happen.

Paying for Online Courses

College education is great for those who want to enter the workforce.  There are many different professions that you can get into and to make a great living.  College is very expensive though in these days people are faced with huge student loans and debt.

When students finally get a job at the company of their profession they can spend many years paying back their student loan.  Keep in mind they have additional expenses such as paying for a car and rent or maybe even a mortgage.

Alternatives to College

In 2019, many people are now starting to look for alternatives to college.  People are looking to the Internet to make money.  Two of the most common ways to make money online is through affiliate marketing and drop shipping.  These two methods have made many people millionaires and the secret to this is that none of these people went to college to learn their craft.

A lot of money earned by these people is through testing for all methods online to see what sticks.  Many of them have become very successful will boast about their earnings on Youtube.  Some of them have even created their own courses that you can buy online for a fee.  They range anywhere from $50.00 to $5000.  Some of these courses are scams so you should be aware of them and not fall for the hype.

Read Reviews

You’ll need to look at Internet Marketing courses that are reviewed so you can know the good ones from the bad.  Be careful of the review site that you are looking at because a lot of the links are simply just affiliate links in the reviewer is just trying to push the product.  If every product that is being reviewed is recommended then there’s something wrong with the picture.  You will need to find unbiased reviews were the person doing the review appears to be legit and calls out a bad product when he or she sees fit.

Buying a Course Online

When you purchase a course online whether it’s for e-Commerce or affiliate marketing make sure that there is a refund policy in effect.  There are many courses out there that do not offer a refund policy which you should avoid.  However there are many reputable so called gurus that do not offer a refund because their product has proven to be satisfactory and have built up a large following.  Courses like this that do not offer a refund don’t necessarily have to be avoided but just be aware that you will be 100% committed and once you make that purchase.

If at all possible tried to avoid courses that charge a monthly fee.  This can get very expensive over time.  Instead, look for courses that are a one time fee only.  You’ll also find some courses that offer a one time fee but will break the payments up into a few monthly payments.  After you have paid the course off you’ll notice that you’re paying quite a bit more than what the course was originally priced at.  If you’re paying by credit card you’ll save money by just buying the course outright rather than choosing the monthly payment option.  Sure you may pay some interest but chances are it will be less of an investment than going for the payment plan.

Keep Your Commitments

Once you buy a course make sure you stay committed to it and don’t just buy it because of the refund policy.  A lot of people will purchase a course knowing they will cancel anyway.  Having this kind of mindset will never get you anywhere and it’s also a bad practice.  If the course is legitimate you should stick with it and not be focused on getting your refund to save some money.

How to To Succeed in E-commerce

E-commerce has undoubtedly been a massive influence in the retail world. What we see now is that many brick and mortar stores that we are well aware of are starting to close soon. Many people have never seen this coming especially the stores themselves.

If we look at toys R us for example, they had been in business for more than 60 years and are closing all of their stores in the United States.

When we look at the online world, we see this as a fascinating place because many owners are now starting to open up their stores. This can be done in the comfort of your own home and was minimal startup costs.

There are many things that you need to do to ensure your success, and we will list some of them here.

Many e-commerce stores that start,struggle for a long time. For the most part, the reasons are clear. It is probably because your site is confusing and people do not know how to use it. The value of the product is not clear. Also, navigation is not the greatest.

Another problem can be with branding. If your branding does not align with your business, then you’re looking at a tough time to build your brand correctly. You need to look at the core values of your site and determine what brand would work the best.

Search engine optimization is something that your site will need to have done correctly. If your site is not showing up in google for some key phrases that relate to your business, then the only traffic you will get is from paid advertising.

Another problem can be with the user experience. If your website is slow, this is a horrible experience for your customers. If you can recall yourself, when you last went on a website that was slow, chances are you probably left. If your site is slow, customers will also be moving.

Conversions could be an issue if you’re not getting sales. If your site does not convert well, then you need to look for the reasons why. Conversion problems can be any number of things such as poor web design and slow loading of pages. If you get these two corrected you should see an increase in conversions.

To get into more detail with how to improve your website, there are many tutorials online that can help you solve some of the problems that you’re experiencing. Take advantage of this immediately as the longer you wait for more money you’re leaving on the table.