Life After Drop Shipping – The Best Alternative to the Shopify Craze

I got into shopify in 2015, back when nutra trials were doing super well, there were no MIDs issues, you could run awesome 1 click flow mobile pin submits and bank hard, cpi offers were still the talk of the town. Back when it wasn’t the hot topic of every make money expert on Youtube.

Back then, the stuff being thought today by the fake Youtube Shopify gurus actually worked!

*For some reason they always teach the stuff that used to work, and not what actually works right now.

I got ‘shopify’ drop shipping to work using the FREE just pay shipping model. I got it to work for niched items like harry potter necklace and wizard wand and other shit. BUT I HATED IT from the start. I actually summarized why here in detail. I hated it because customers were bitching and complaining that it took WEEKS even with ePaket for their shit to arrive.

I hated bad feedback, I hated unhappy customers because I knew from running real businesses like Banners&Landers that returning customers == money.

So I quickly shut down my store and went back to running BH campaigns, and dabling in lead generation. But I can’t ignore ecommerce how its growing worldwide – but I still hate and don’t want to do shopify and drop shipping. I really hate pissed of customers and shitty products that’s why.

There is a solution, and it was there all along I was just too involved and focused elsewhere to notice.

But then I met two guys who are doing what I love – owning and promoting your own brands. Brand power is real. My oldest brand is 11 years old and it’s STILL making me money. It survived the crazy Panda, Penguin pandemic, it survived Google’s new Trick to Click policy update, it survived Facebook’s endless paranoia where you can’t call out anyone because then they will know all the evil things Facebook truly is doing behind the scenes like knowing who’s someone’s secret affair or what kind of shit they truly into.

What is this solution I speak off? It’s called Amazon FBA, or Fulfilled by Amazon. Trick to making it work from what I learned so far? HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT, and FAST PRIME SHIPPING.

I KNOW, if you give customers high quality product they love and deliver the goods fast, they will be happy, recommend to their friends/relatives and come back and buy over and over.

This seems like a good avenue to take and invest all the fast profits from affiliate marketing to build a steady brand, a real business to add multiple streams of income.

But fuck, I knew nothing – so what could I do? I went to youtube, and watched the gurus of course. Sifting through the bullshit after bullshit, the lambo and fake screenshot gurus to find a few hopefuls. I’ve ran into a guy named Yaniv, he seemed pretty truthful saying things like his course is the TLDR version of many courses with his own stuff added in.

Awesome I thought, here a guy summarized the knowledge from many courses into one.

So I decided to buy it for $497. And At the time of this writing, I have finished 2 parts. The intro and overview about FBA to grasp wtf it really is; and the most important part. How to find products to sell.

Now I stopped going through the course, because at this stage the rest is super irrelevant. TAKING ACTION is what creates success, not consuming course after course. So, now I am searching for products, then will order samples to check the quality. Once I have that done, I will continue to the 3rd part in the course.

If you are interested in also learning about Amazon FBA, and joining me in the ‘newbie zone’. You can buy the course right here. It’s actually good, proof you don’t have to pay thousand and thousands for a course.




[ECOM 101] How to Add Products to Your Shopify Store Using Oberlo

If you are not using OBERLO to add products to your drop shipping store, then you should. ¬† ¬† Doing it by hand is so yesteryear. ¬†Anyways, here’s a quick guide that I wrote for my staff so they know exactly how, why, and what we do in order to add products to our store. ¬† ¬† ¬† I have written notes on the screenshots in red, you might need to click to view the full image sizes to see what they say (if interested).

Pull up the products you imported/added to your Oberlo

The main product page will have Product, Description, Variants, and Images.  These tabs let you set everything that needs to be set when importing your product.

 


 

One important thing to note is the link to AliExpress product preview. ¬†Or this red button down below. ¬†You want to press this and open a preview of the product on ali in a new tab/window. ¬†Hopefully you are working with a dual monitor setup, in which case you can throw that to the left or right monitor and have Oberlo product edit screen open. ¬† ¬† You will then be able to come up and write the product titles/descriptions really fast and efficient while looking at the product on the other screen. ¬†If not, then you better become fast at switching between windows/tabs ūüôā

 

When adding products, it’s very important to also select the right collections,

 

You will also want to select or add in the product type, and some tags that most relate to your product like this:

 

Next up, comes the description of the product. ¬† Many aliexpress products come in Centimeters; ¬† sadly Americans use Inches and Feet, the imperial system so you will have to whip out a converter and convert the cm’s into inches so they can understand the sizes. ¬†Same goes for weight. ¬† ¬† ¬†Write an interesting and catchy description for this product, and include the product specs after it – or if you are a bad ass, ¬†tie in the product specs into the text, and bold them so they are eye catchingly easy to find. ¬† ¬†If you suck at writing descriptions, ¬†hit up bannerslanders.com, and ask about their description writing services for ecom.

 

Next up, variants. ¬†This is imported by default in Oberlo, and it usually is spot on, however sometimes they add weird numbers or words into the Variant description boxes like you see below, so it’s important to make it look nicer by fixing it up a bit.

 

A ton of images are grabbed by oberlo, and some are auto selected. ¬†It’s important to review this tab and make some adjustments either by adding kick ass pictures from the selection or ommiting pictures that contain watermarks, logos or foreign text.

 

When all is said and done, ¬†all you have to do is press the Push to Shop button to get the product live in your store, and that’s it. ¬†Not rocket science is it? ūüėÄ

What bank accounts does Stripe support?

Stripe, ¬†the best solution to accept credit cards on your Shopify store. ¬† Only problem, ¬†they only support a limited number of countries. ¬† ¬† For internet marketers based in the countries of support, it’s smooth sailing, but if you are not in these countries your 2nd bets for a merchant account are bleak. ¬† ¬†They often charge more fees (which right away give you a disadvantage) or they take visitors of the site, or interrupt the user flow with verification screens.

So what can you do to open a Stripe account then?   For many,  opening a UK company or a company in the countries that stripe supports is the solution.

But which bank accounts, in what countries/currencies does stripe work with?

Here’s the list you’ve been looking for:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom