In my quest to earn money online, I have decided to try launching a Dropshipping site. I bought a membership to DropshippingLifestyle, and here is the progress I have made so far…
- Bought the course on Monday 4/13/2015, and have watched most of the videos (I haven’t watched modules 5-7 yet).
- Created a list of about 50 Niches using the techniques discussed in the video, as well as used some of the research I have done in the past.
- Picked out 3 related Niches from my list and did some competitive analysis, as well as made sure that they are Dropshipping friendly
- Grabbed a list of the suppliers and had an Odesk VA find URL, Email, Phone for each
- Started the trial for Shopify, and bought a theme… but that was wasted time/money
- Once I dug into Shopify, I Decided that I am not going to use it, and am going to use wordpress with woocommerce (more on that later)
- Set up a development site for my first store, and bought a woocommerce theme
- Got an Federal EIN, and began registering the business with my state and hope to finish this today/tomorrow
Plans for this week/weekend
- I will build out the development site for the first store, and add the demo products in preparation to call suppliers next week.
- Finish the registration with the state, and get the sellers ID
- Find domain names for the two related sites, and build the development sites – I plan on changing the colors but keeping the theme the same
I am creating these stores in WordPress for a couple of key reasons:
- I have built a process over the last few months for building sites that allows me to have 3 stages of sites (dev, staging, production). I develop in dev, and push changes to the other stages. Each stage has its own database (and runs on a different machine), but I have the ability to push/pull theme and database changes from/to each stage. This allows me to try out new things, while not negatively affecting my production site.
- Over the last year building sites, I have learned a lot about site speed, and have done a bunch of optimization to my Virtual Servers, as well as the process I use to build sites that helps make them super fast. I would not have that level of control with Shopify
- Because of my background, I try to make every single part of the website as SEO friendly as possible. Google has announced that they are using https as a ranking signal (note that it is a very small part), therefore to squeeze every little bit of SEO potential out of the site I want to run it on https. Shopify has that ability only on the Shopify Plus that costs $1000/month. I can do it on my servers for $10/year
- Finally, I am familiar with WordPress and use it for my other sites. Although in reality I prefer the templating engine of Shopify