I'm still in exploration/research and testing phase with dropshipping.

I've made some sales with my eCommerce test store(s) which is a simple Woocommerce WordPress theme but recently I decided to set up a store with Shopify to see what all the hype was about.


Why Shopify?

While I was writing the 'Top 300+ Shopify Stores in the World' Post that I published the other day, I just realised how damn popular the platform is!

I've also come across some features I've really liked only to realise that they're only available on Shopify.

For example, if you've been on an eCommerce site recently such as this one, you would have noticed a 'Jennifer from United States Ohio Just Purchased a Harry Potter Scarf' type pop up that loops itself with other products in the bottom right corner. Check out this store if you don't know what I'm talking about.

They looks like this,

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Coding is one of my weak spots so either I spend a lot of time trying to incorporate these features myself or I pay some money to test out these features in Shopify.

I chose the latter.

Shopify also has a massive developer marketplace with a tonne of neat additions to their platform and subsequently your store.

So with such an active and healthy developer community, I thought I'd check out Shopify.

Shopify Store - First Sale

This store is a bit more niche specific so I won't reveal it just yet.

The concept is the same.

Send some targeted traffic to a variety of products, see which ones pick up the most and build a store around that niche.

I set the store up a day ago and have since made a sale with a few 'abandoned carts' which would have been sales as well but I hadn't set up the store correctly so the orders fell through.

BUT, one complete order means the store is buy worthy, the model works and from my experience, it's something to get into and master.

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The product cost me $17 on Aliexpress which means a straight 100% profit margin! That's $18 Profit which is huge!

Insert Gold Nugget Here

I'll leave you guys with something interesting though.

I've been testing international traffic this last 1-2 days and results have been promising.

This sale was from someone in Germany.

If I could get an 'auto-translate' feature based on geolocation, I'm very confident it will bring me more sales.

Just to give you an idea of the traffic distribution,

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Remember how I told you that you can't just do the same thing that everyone else is doing?

Well, this is my way of being different.

A lot of people rule out international traffic thinking translations are a problem but the reality is that many of these countries can speak great english and have booming currencies.

They'll buy something if they like it - I know this 100%

How do I know? Because I've sold over 50k worth of stuff to them in the past

Not to mention how cheap international traffic is since there's hardly any competition!

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Written by Mateen