Drop Shipping Websites Using A WordPress Theme

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Drop Shipping Websites Using Just One Plugin

 

There is a lot of chatter online these days about Drop Shipping and how to do it effectively!  Well, now those drop shipping websites are easier than ever to set up and be in business within a week to 10 days.

The costs are so minimal and there is no city license to acquire and very little cash is needed to get you rolling.  What do you need for drop shipping websites?  Hmmm, how about a WordPress theme, or perhaps you are already hosted by Wealthy Affiliate and you have access to more than one website.  (Yes, as WA members you have several you can set up.) 

You also have access to a Shopify Website/Storefront that you can test run first.  Using Shopify takes a lot of the guesswork out of the equation.  You have apps to upload products and e-commerce built right in plus many other features.

WordPress is perfect for drop shipping stores because it is easy to run,  functional and convenient for any business.  You can make it even more functional if you install plugins with additional features. The AliDropship plugin is a good example of such plugins. This was created by drop shippers for drop shippers, so it has all the features you need for a drop shipping business.

Yes, You Can have more drop shipping websites than one or two.  You don’t want to start out with more than one until you are comfortable and understand how this all works.  In the sidebar,  you will notice a free guide to drop shipping is available for you.

The Best Drop Shipping Niches Come Alive

When you’re choosing niches for drop shipping websites, there are a few factors to consider.  Unlike Affiliate Marketing, you do not have to have a love or a passion for your chosen product/niche.  It works just a little differently.  You want to be sure that the niche you choose:

  • makes it possible for you to profit by a large margin
  • can be easily delivered worldwide with no restrictions
  • unique products not found in every box store are the best 
  • easy to find your target market using social media outlets

You can choose something you love, please don’t misunderstand me.   You will want it to be totally unique and hard to find.  The thing is when you love to say collect Marvel Comics that could definitely be a good niche.

OR think about the Minions, Pokemon or Star Wars! Both are hugely popular right now and score high for a good target.  Good examples of being passionate about something.  

More common niches that are always popular and don’t require all that ‘love’  can be found in Women’s accessories like wallets, watches handbags and Boho is huge!  If you don’t believe me have a look at Etsy.  You could class any of these in a Women’s Accessories category.

You might find Mens Accessories to be your favorite.  Ties, wallets, bow ties, even possibly cufflinks.  All smaller items, easy markups and really easy to ship.

 

Niche Ideas that Never Lose There Popularity

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Here is where I have given serious consideration to be my ideal drop shipping websites.  Everyone loves their 4 legged fur babies!  Yes!  Pet stores are huge anytime, all the time.  If you can find some unique items for your store and come up with an equally unique name this could be your winner.

What makes you smile the most on social media?  Yes.  Dogs and Cats and all their antics in cute little Tu-tus!  Add a charity donation to the SPCA and you will build your trust that much more.

fur babies are one of the best drop shipping websites

Another that stands out above many is Kid’s &  Babies and all things related to Moms and Babies.  Toys, clothing, accessories and even Nursery items.  

There are so many options to choose from and Aliexpress has you covered.  

From Sports related to Women’s Fashion Accessories to Phone Accessories and Gadgets.  Break each category down and you have pinpointed a niche product.  One Example is Sports.  Golf or Football and Baseball.  Women’s Fashion accessories could include Yoga clothing and floor mats.  I think you have the idea now.

Beginners How To Questions

There are some guides available online for beginners but not a whole lot.  It is almost still a bit of trial and error and asking others you meet for ideas or help to point you in the right direction.  Problem is the right direction for you may be different than theirs.   Sometimes the best way is to just dive in and get started.

This is suggested IF you have a Free Option to try it out like I did recently. My 14-day challenge no out of pocket expense.  I wanted to be sure this was something I could actually do without prior knowledge and loved creating it.  I did!! 

The other and a probably more sustainable idea is to treat it like any business plan and do your homework.  You need to know if you can or even want to run a drop shipping business.  Take a challenge like I did, or do a bit more research so you can answer this question.

Next and probably one of the most important factors in all of this is who will be your suppliers.  Who do you trust and how do you find them?  I have read a few reviews that were not all warm and fuzzy.   In part due to the person(s) not doing their homework first.  You want certified suppliers who have been screened and prove honest and trustworthy.

Will we find the customers, is a daunting question, isn’t it?  It was for me.  E-commerce is like the talk of the town as we head into 2018.  A business with a thousand options and room for more people like you and I.  Answer is Yes!  Yes, you will if you find the right target audience for your products.

EX:  Your store is Baby Products.  Your ideal customer is?  First-time parents, grandparents, any expectant parent and aunts and uncles and friends holding the baby shower.  Do you see where I am going now?

Beginner to Novice to Highly Successful

I don’t have a technical bone in me! ….. 

  • Do I need to learn new things?
  • Where will I do this?   
  • Will it be easy to learn? 
  • Is this like affiliate marketing on Amazon or ShareASale where I get paid a %?
  • How does it all work? 
  • How do I get paid?
  • What about taxes and shipping costs.

These questions are crucial. Without them, it is impossible to understand where to go next. You will need to do your research.   One cannot be done without the other.  In other words, there is no ‘Just One Step’ to take and be successful.

More Questions:

You need to ask what you will need to do to launch and get your business up and running.  How much capital will you need?   Can you comfortably manage any related costs while you are waiting to make that first, second and 10th sale?  Where can I set up my store and how do I get my products to my store?

there are a few drop shipping websites

Please do not panic at the thought of all you need to do!  This is a guide that any serious business should consider as they begin their new venture.  It actually is not as time-consuming as you think if you follow the suggestions and get the best help available.  You will spend more time floundering about struggling on your own.

Start 2018 off on a positive note.  If you are interested in a home business that requires little to $0 to get started my best shout-outs are below.

#1.  Wealthy Affiliate  ( No CC required to try this and see how you fit)

#2.  Shopify & Oberlo ( no CC required to take a 14-day trial)   www.oberlo.com

#3. Get Powerful Plugin for Drop Shipping Business

 

If you have a question or perhaps you have a drop shipping business and you would love to share we would love to hear from you.  There are of course more platforms you can work from.  I have shared what I found to be the best for any beginner.  No need to complicate things when simpler is available.

The keyboard is now in your hands so let your fingers do the talking.  And be a doll if you liked this post click and share on one of our social icons above.  We would really appreciate you doing this.

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14 thoughts on “Drop Shipping Websites Using A WordPress Theme

  1. Vesna says:

    Thank you for the great info and encouraging blog post. I’m sure that readers who’d like to start to deal with drop shipping or search for ideas for their business online will find valuable information and ideas. This info will help them decide/find what suits them the best. I think that your blog covers basic questions regarding drop shipping, like platforms & plugins, niches, if tech knowledge is necessary for this job, where to find more answers etc.

    Thanks again,
    Vesna

    • Merry Conner says:

      Thank you, Vesna. I like to share what I know can be the easiest home business ideas whether they are in affiliate marketing or Dropshipping. Both are simply the best with the lowest cost start-up imaginable. It really comes down to one thing for both. Choosing the right Niche. Without that, your success at home business will take much longer. Thanks again and wishing you the best in your endeavors.

  2. Ahmad Ballard says:

    Hello Merry, thanks for sharing this post with us. I have never heard of drop shipping before until I came to your site. I did some research on drop-shop, and it seems like a very legitimate business. However, I am not into the E-Commence business, and is only into the Affiliate Marketing business right now. Maybe I will consider the drop shipping business one day. Thanks again, and as always, I wish you the best of luck!!!

    • Merry Conner says:

      Thank you and yes Drop Shipping is legal and is very close to affiliate marketing. That is actually how I came to know about Drop Shipping. 🙂 It has a learning side to it as well. So far I am enjoying the challenge just as I did learning about Affiliate marketing. So nice of you to take a minute and share your thoughts. We really appreciate that.

  3. Kenneth Ukoh says:

    Great post; very interesting and informative. I watched some videos on YouTube about drop shipping but in the end I was getting confused and did not know where to start. So, I forgot about it. You have really explained what it is and how to go about it. Also you have answered the main questions; where to get suppliers and buyers. Your post has strongly renewed my interest again. I think I am now going to look at it seriously and give it a shot! Thanks again for the post.

    • Merry Conner says:

      Thank You, Kenneth. I too was rather confused when I first heard about Drop Shipping. I looked at a lot of different ways but the best I could find was both Oberlo and Shopify and Alidropship. I was hoping to find something I could do using my WordPress platform and it is very comparative with others if not better.

  4. Jerry Huang | Smart Affiliate Success says:

    This is a really informative post on drop shipping. My brother is currently running a drop shipping business on Shopify. He said it’s really easy to run a drop shipping business on Shopify. I’m just curious how could you run a drop shipping business on WordPress websites. And which one is better?

    • Merry Conner says:

      Great question Jerry. Thank you for asking. I did a challenge using Shopify to see if I could actually get a store up and running in less than 14 days. I did manage that and Shopify and Oberlo is great. There is no doubt and they make it quite easy with so much included. Aliexpress is available on a WordPress site which I was not aware of. Your best move is to find the platform that has suppliers they trust and stand behind. Alidropship is also Aliexpress. You have a one time fee for life where with Shopify you will have a monthly premium.
      There are several platforms you could use Jerry, but the ones I mentioned are my personal Bests for 2018.

  5. Irma says:

    Excellent post! I have been toying with the idea of drop shipping for a few months now, but I have not gotten into it because I did not understand all the “little things” about it. You post has answered some of those questions, and raised a few more for me…but in a good way!
    I am now going to be focusing more on possible products that will align with my next website (health) and that can be easily drop shipped. I know that some people have had amazing success with finding that “one” product, and I believe that knowing the best way to promote the product is half the battle.

    You have given me a lot to think about! Thank you 🙂

    • Merry Conner says:

      Thank you, Irma. It is so nice to read a comment that has sparked someone like yourself and to answer some of the daunting questions we have. I had so many questions when I first started to look at Drop Shipping and then I met a few people in my Wealthy Affiliate community that were drop shipping and so helpful. It was my turn to pay it forward. And you are right. 1/2 the battle is the promotion and knowing how and where.

  6. Norman Richards says:

    You know I have learned about dropping shipping many years ago and ever since I am hearing great things about getting into this line of work. At one time I myself was going to give this a shot but then I came upon wealthy affiliate. but as far as I see it seems like drop shipping is also a great business to get involved with.

    • Merry Conner says:

      Thank you, Norman. Yes, Drop shipping is gaining in popularity again. I think with all the new technology and help it is much easier finding suppliers you can trust and the right products for your niche. I am an affiliate marketer as well and was very curious about drop shipping after hearing so much. Pleased to have you stop by and share your thoughts.

  7. 0rion says:

    Hi Merry
    An excellent detailed post you have written here – thank you for this! Now I get a better picture of what drop shipping is, and I think I should further concentrate right now at improving my current 2 sites who are with affiliate marketing and once well established then look into drop shipping – as I think it might distract me too much right now-now that I understand what is involved! This is definitely not something you do “on the side” and “by the way” kind of thing!!
    Thanks and happy New Year!
    Orion

    • Merry Conner says:

      Hi, Orion and thanks for your visit today. Yes, drop shipping can take up a bit of time. Mostly in the beginning as you set up. I think it depends on your store and products you will carry as well. So happy to have been able to give you a clearer picture of how this is done. So important when taking on any new venture.

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