WHY TRAINING ON E-COMMERCE STORES?

Based on queries from members that have responded to some of the comments I have made here on Wealthy Affiliate, I created this tutorial...Hopefully you find it useful and I and others are here to answer any questions you may add in the comment section about this topic...

Over time, more comments will be added and questions asked and answered. Some good and useful information may get buried in the thread, so take the time to read through the comments please, it will help you as you plan for your e-commerce shop...

BEGINNINGS

First, I think we can agree that Wealthy Affiliate members are here to learn how to make money online. As the name of the site suggests, much of the training here is focused on building affiliate income.

Because many of the same lessons and tactics from Wealthy Affiliate can be used for e-commerce as well, if you choose to go in this direction in addition to affiliate marketing, here is a guide that will help you get a solid start.

Even if you just want to increase income from your existing online affiliate marketing business, creating an ecommerce store is an excellent strategy to do just that.

E-Commerce is 100% one of the best ways to make significant money online. I daresay it is the future of online marketing and now is the time to get started! Bold claim you say? Yes, it sure is!

But read on to find out why I am confident in stating the e-commerce is the future...





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ipalladino Premium
Hi, I am having problems with guests of my site being able to ship my product to a different address than the billing address. My site does not want to accept the new address. Do you have any thoughts on how to fix this?
thank you for your help,
Irene
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SydneyMac Premium
I had this problem on two of the sites I was purchasing from. My billing address is Canadian and my shipping was to a US address. One site allowed me to do this via PayPal only so that was solved. The other site wouldn't allow it. For that site, I ended up putting my US shipping address in as both billing and shipping. I figured it wouldn't work because generally, the billing address has to match the credit card information. To my surprise, it did work so that might be another suggestion for your guest. The only other way around it was to call the customer service and order from them via phone.
Sydney
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ipalladino Premium
Thank you Sydney, I have changed some of my settings in woo-commerce. I think this helped. Irene
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Mland444 Premium
Ok, I am having a super hard time with this. I know that this post was 1-1/2 years ago but I am having such a hard time getting woo commerce to work on my website. It will not activate unless I activate jet pack and apparently WA is not compatible with jet pack - so Woo commerce cannot be activated? I need help! I want to sell actual physical products on my blogs as well as provide a store for affiliate links...
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061317 Premium
I'm having the same issue. I hope someone is able to help.
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ReneeC1 Premium
Have you had any luck with installing woocommerce?? I'm having this issue as well!
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ReneeC1 Premium
Were you able to install woocommerce ... I'm having the same jetpack issue ???
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Taresa Premium
Thanks for this info. I am probably going to install Woo Commerce and attempt to set up store pages ... I don't sell anything myself but I am an affiliate for several sites. My concern is that I already have product pages ... what happens when I take them down?

Also another question can the user do product searches in Woo Commerce or sort the products?
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sheikave Premium
Yes, WooCommerce do have this option to let you categorise your product.
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hanskristian Premium
I am far from being an expert in woocommerce but for one reason or another a update from woocommerce failed so I was unable to log in to the site again (not WA hosted). Had to start from scratch. No big damage since it was my first try/testing however it doubles the work, so make sure to add a great backup plugin before any attempt on woo commerce.
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ecomtom Premium
If I add a WooCommerce store to my website, I would like to be able to use a different theme for the store without changing the theme of the rest of my website. Do you know it that is possible? I'm guessing it isn't but thought I would ask. Thanks, Tom
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MoritzS Premium
You can do this by creating a subdomain of your original domain.

As usual, Marion has you covered:
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ecomtom Premium
Thank you Moritz.
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MoritzS Premium
You're welcome.
You can name it "store.yourwebsite,com" for example.

But I would recommend to make it at least look similar to your main website, so people know that they really belong together.
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FrasierCB Premium
Thank you so much for creating this article. I was really wondering if it was possible for me to host a store on top of my website and it is!

It's so simple and I already took action on establishing a store for the site and rank it up!

Thanks again!
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Igor13 Premium
Hi Dave!

Thanks a lot for this guide! I have been thinking for a long time to start up an online store. This tutorial will help me to decide whether I will go for it or not.

There is a lot to do to run the successful online store. I am working at the moment on my site content. I might consider adding a store as well.

It seems that WooCommerce is best option to start with.

I will need to go through some more training before taking a final decision.

Thanks again and have a great day!
Regards,
Igor
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ZaidAlasad Premium
Thanks Dave. In terms of product customizations, which of these give you the most flexibility? I will have 4 products, but the range of customizations will make the number of products 6.1 million (yes I know, I am a math geek).

These customizations will have varying prices. I can't figure out which platform is best for this kind of business model.
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RaniaM Premium
Hello Dave
A big like and huge thanks for this amazing training.. Very useful information..
I recently created a new estore that's why I need this information.. I have a question:
I used Paypal pro for checkout.. two people tried to buy from my shop but couldn't process the payment as PayPal Pro works only at US, UK and Ca .. I tried may be 5 plugins but no one works
Any suggestion
This is my store
https://almascorner.com
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DaveSw Premium
Good to meet you first of all, and thanks for the follow...I have also followed you...

Nice store, you have a good set up!

I use PayPal standard with business accounts and banks in Germany, UAE, and Thailand for our different stores...

So far we have had no issues, I would recommend discussing with PayPal and see what they say.

We do use plugins for our checkout process and have had no issue getting them to work.

It may be that the Pro version of PayPal is the issue. I know that we are adding a secondary payment gateway, just in case PayPal becomes a problem, and maybe you could consider that...

Let me know how things go. I am all ears!

Dave : )
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RaniaM Premium
Thanks dear Dave for your quick answer.. I really appreciate your time and effort.. I will try to contact PayPal and see what they will suggest
Have a great day :)
Rania
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DaveSw Premium
Cool! You too Rania! : )
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sherlock77 Premium
This is your best work yet, Dave. Amazing and detailed tutorial, but I'd expect nothing less from you.

I'm keen to get into some eCommerce (drop shipping to start with), so I've been doing a lot of research. Going through all your replies in the comments here, sounds like you have a pretty big operation going on.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks Darren...I appeciate the positive comments...

Yes, this project is big and complex, no doubt...We are beta testing with 10 stores at the moment while we complete building the support site...

The domain is parked here at the moment while we build on our staging platform...Once complete we'll move the domain over to our host provider (we are using SiteGround) and go live...

Drop shipping is the perfect way to get started with e-commerce from my perspective...Once it is complete and open I will let you know - the membership site is free, and there will be some free training as well...

Also we wil offer drop-shipping and an affiliate program as features - open to all, and our partner stores can use the platform to manage both right from the site...

Some unique features we will have that even Amazon or eBay does not have will be an App program, ad creation program, and a FB messenger feature...

The App we offer can be built for Apple or Android (or both at extra cost), will live update all changes on the Facebook fanpage or the store, and using an app called Storeya we can have all three updated live...

It means that you have three channels for selling, and the App will work pefectly for the majority of people that are using smartphones only for their shopping...

The ads support is also HTML 5 so there are all kinds of possibilities for presenting banners that get attention...They are animated, 3D, can show videos, fold down, etc.

As yet another example of how things build off one another, as I build the membership site, partner program, and etc. I'm talking to others, and the conversation switched to related business...

The business owner ordered 40 smartphone apps to be built for him...Price: $400 a pop! Nice $16k USD order...

There is more, but too much to mention everything here...

In any case, appreciate the stop by...

I advise definitely consider the drop shipping segment, little money up front, and as long as you have some good suppliers and have researched your niche/product(s) you can make a go of it...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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addgypsee83 Premium
ok, this is exactly what I'm getting at. But what I'm wanting to sell is businesses to fill projects and receive the referral fee or commission from that in part. I also have other products I want to sell, but I want to be able to sell the right resources for these major projects that are becoming a pretty major movement. So, can you do that with e-commerce?
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littlemama Premium
Without content, you won't get any traffic to your site and that's the problem with a lot of e-commerce sites. That's why the focus here is writing content and using SEO to get traffic to your site.

With an e-commerce site, you need a shopping cart added, but from your description, it seems you're offering consulting services to businesses that needs projects filled? So not sure if an e-commerce site will be suitable for that neither.
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DaveSw Premium
Yes this is why we are adding one person whose only job is content and social marketing (tie the two together) for all of our e-commerce sites...

On the woo commerce side and carts, depending on what you are selling it may or may not work. Some tools could be better served through a blog...

Best to really analyze how to present what you have to your prospects, but one thread I think carries through is the need for content, and keywords, etc.

Cheers!
Dave : )
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littlemama Premium
Thanks, I was just trying to answer Ashley's questions. :)
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DaveSw Premium
Cool! How are things going? Do you have a replacement for Mass Planner in place? I decided to go with Buffer and Quuu (also have hired two full time VAs out of PH and one out of Thailand and looking for a second person in Thailand to take care of this and more)...Cheers and thanks for helping out! Dave : )
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littlemama Premium
Hi Dave, I haven't needed to yet, MP is still actually working for those who already had a subscription, it's all on the down low.. shhhhhh. Lol

Otherwise, things are still going, nothing to exciting to report, although I have outsource some articles but I haven't found anyone that I can really rely on full time. Do you have any writers you can recommend from other there where you hire people?
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DaveSw Premium
I can look around for you, sure...The cost for 40 hours a week per month is about $300 USD, a bit higher in Thailand especially if they base out of Bangkok.

You really can't beat that price, it may be higher if you went through a company (my accessions are private and work from home straight cash for services performed)...

So that means at the moment we have 480 hours of labor and a fourth position we are interviewing for now (also from Thailand)...

Training is the key...I have spent a considerable amount of time preparing a general job description, a detailed by subject area task explanation, and we are using excel spreadsheets for websites and concurrently spreadsheets by subject...

Four areas they will cover include the social marketing program, content creation and publishing, customer support, and back end website management and product addition and download preparation...

Putting it all together took some time, but it is going to be invaluable because they will have a clear guideline on how to get everything done, plus targets for how much to get done in what time...

The other part of this is communication - we will be using Skype, Whats App, and We Chat plus Drop Box, AWS S3, and MS 365 Office plus storage to keep it all moving forward as per plan...

The beauty of this investment is that huge chunks of time are going to be freed up for myself and my partner.

We have also full and part time workers for the warehouse ops and order fulfillment, so more time is free...

Of course this does not mean more pool time...Heck no, we are focusing on fine tuning the e-commerce membership site and partner program we are developing. That will kick into high gear!

Getting back to your question, we will look around for you. I have some very good connections here in Dubai and in PH, and what we are looking for are the educated folks that are looking to work from home for cash...Also they must have a laptop and access to internet...

Have a great week!
Dave : )
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Dave! I understand there's no pool time. :) There are so many aspects of our businesses to work on so there's really never ending work to be done as business owners.

If you are going to look around for me, that would be awesome. Do I have to hire full time? Or could I buy per article? I would buy 3-5 a week, 1000 words each. Anyway, PM me if you have any prospects so I can follow up on them and see if things can work out.

That's great that this kind of labor is available but my concern is good writers, so I hope they can write well but you are right, training is key, so I just need to let them know how to do the research and how I'd like the posts to be written.

Thank you so much for your time! I really appreciate your help. :) As always!

You have a great week too,
Grace
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VonnieOh Premium
I need help with setting up the WooCommerce on my site. After installing and activating the plugin, why am I not seeing the 'Welcome to the World of Woocommerce' page?

Instead, there is 'WooCommerce data update – We need to update your store's database to the latest version.' Should I run the updater?
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DaveSw Premium
Yes run the update, then you can look at the dashboard on the left side and you will see a WooCommerce tab....Click on that and you can click on the 'settings' tab and set things up....Best of luck! Dave : )
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philaccardo Premium
Hi Dave:
I Have a couple of questions for you. Related to Subdomain which I think I prefer over a new domain:
Once I have created a subdomain for eCommerce, will I advertise that subdomain or will I advertise the main domain?
Can I call the subd. shop.mydomainname.com or myproducts.mydomainname.com
Is there a special way to link them together? Or are they just naturally linked?
Thanks again
Best
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Phil!...If you're looking to get prospects directly to your store, you can use either the sub-domain link as is, or if desired, and perhaps better, use a tool to change the link name to whatever best fits, i.e. a cloaked link...This way there will be no confusion...Certainly, you can link the two together through banners, ads, links within posts, etc. Cheers! Dave : )
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philaccardo Premium
thank you, Dave.
Unfortunately I do not understand this : "use a tool to change the link name to whatever best fits, i.e. a cloaked link..."
Can you explain, please?
Best
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DaveSw Premium
Sure...

If you go to a link cloaking tool like bitly dot com (replace the "dot" with a period) you can then create a shortened link or a link that relates to where you are sending the person clicking on the link...

Have a look at the image and I have created a simple sample and screenshot to show you what I mean...

This screenshot I have here is what will come up after you click on create a link from the bitly home page and when type in the link you want to change...

In the screenshot, you see three arrows...

(1) The first at the top shoe the original link as created by bitly after you add the link you are trying to change/shorten...

(2) The second arrow points to what I want the link to look like...i.e. instead of the shortened url as shown in arrow one...

(3) The third points to the "create" button, which when I click on it will then create my cloaked link which will look like you see where arrow 2 points to...

My result would look like this:
...bitly/memories

Note that the free version of the bitly tool will NOT allow you to create a modified cloaked link, it will assign a random file name, as what you see at the first arrow of the screenshot...

There are however many options out there you can use for this, many of them free. I use a tracker pixel tool and it will do the same thing for me (this is a paid tool)...

If you do a simple google search you will see some - check them out and see which would work best for you...

In our case, since we are tracking what is happening with our sales campaigns and ads, pages, and websites, the tracking tool works well and the cloaking of links feature is just a plus as part of this tool...

The reasons for using this kind of tool are many...

The links look nicer in many cases, they fit better to the subject or content, they hide affiliate information when you are promoting something, and they create a better impression to the prospects...

To tell you the truth, I do not think you would have to cloak the link for your subdomain unless you wanted to make it look better somehow. You could create a cloaked link and test it with a link that is NOT cloaked to see which gets a better response from prospects, and then go with what works better...

Cheers! Dave
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philaccardo Premium
Thank you much, Dave. Eveything OK now.
Best
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addgypsee83 Premium
good question! I would like to know this one too. Of course i haven't gotten to the part that I can have a sub domain for my store. even better.
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philaccardo Premium
Hi Dave:
please explain, this "If you did choose to move to this theme, the store that is created will ‘replace’ the website you already have."
Does this mean that you loose your original theme you chose to start with to create your store?
If this is the case, it doesnt matter what initial theme to install WP would be, Right?
In this case what initial theme would be better?
Also, you write:
"You might want to use a subdomain or a separate secondary domain for your shop and create a separate website, then link the two together rather than install the entire theme on your current blog website".
Where can I learn how to do that?
Thanks
Best
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DaveSw Premium
Hu, Phil!

Thanks for the questions and let me get you some answers...

When you start a website using a domain and WordPress, the first installation will add automatically a couple of themes that come standard...

After you have uploaded the WooCommerce theme you can activate and then delete the unneeded themes. I would leave at least one so you can switch if you need to...

As you say, it really does not matter. I would likely add a second WooCommerce supported theme so the store would be up and running if you do have problems...

Keep it there as a back-up, it might save you losing down time if something happened with the main theme you use...Also, I would create entire site backups often, daily or more if possible...

On to the next question...How to set up a subdomain here using SiteRubix...There is some training if you check out this tutorial it will help you get it done - this works, by the way, I have set one up here in the past... If you have any problems, just put a support ticket in (I had to as well because I was getting a specific theme set up and it required access from a third party)...The folks will help and quickly!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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philaccardo Premium
Thank you much, Sir.
Best
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DaveSw Premium
Not a problem at all...If you have more questions, drop them here, I do try to look in here regularly as possible! Cheers! Dave : )
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karden Premium
Dave,

Thanks for taking the time to create this training, you did an amazing job.

I do have a question, maybe you can help. I already have a Paypal account that was previously setup for personal use. Can I use the same account or do I have to create a Business Paypal Account?

Does it cost anything to setup Paypal Business Account?

I am also not sure if I have to setup a Braintree account also?

Sorry for all the questions.

Thanks for all your help it's much appreciated. :)

Ann & Alex
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Labman Premium
You can convert your personal Pay Pal to a business account easily.
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karden Premium
So I do need to have a Paypal Business Account. Correct?
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Labman Premium
Yes, I would recommend that you do that.
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, that is correct...Easy to change over....
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karden Premium
Ok Thanks :)
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Folks! No probs at all, I am glad this may have helped...E-Commerce works, so many are doing it these days, me too! Cheers! Dave : )
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Sophie5391 Premium
Hi Dave, thank you for making this tutorial. i just added the woocommerce plug in, because of my theme it is active as a link, but is very easy to access from my web page. this may seem like a silly question but how do i verify where the funds go, once a client makes a purchase? i found the wording in the setting options a bit confusing, so i wanted to be sure before i added product.... thank you for your help:)
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Sophie...

When you set up your payment routing system you should be able to check it out to make sure it is working properly. PayPal has a sandbox tool where you can test everything to make sure it is working properly...

If you are using another payment system, I would make a test order just to make sure it all is working OK...Maybe have a friend make the order, reimburse them, and you will know...

We used the second method when testing the Thailand operation out, but for Germany, we used the sandbox testing...Both worked well and we had the peace of mind that all was OK...

When you do this testing, you will also see that the email series is working properly (i,e, thank you and order confirmation, shipping confirmation, update messages, support, etc)...

It is all about the customer experience, and this is an important piece of that...We have also added a checkout process plugin, so the clients can see their progress as they go through checkout (we have to activate this after switching themes)...

Best of luck!
Cheers!
Dave : )
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Sophie5391 Premium
Hi Dave, thankyou for the detailed feedback, I will go through it all again to check it and then test it. That's a great idea... I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my questions.
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DaveSw Premium
Not a problem at all Sophie!! : )
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jvranjes Premium
Dave, a few questions, again. I shall definitely use WooCommerce, so just trying to find a way.

Would it make sense using WooCommerce for selling Amazon stuff (as a start, for one site)? This means I would not need its all features, only some of them. Is there possibility to show updated price?

Product descriptions in such sites are usually short, so can one really rank with it? Earlier you replied to me by saying this was the usual SEO.

Are those pages or posts? If pages, there is a limit of pages in ordinary WP site menu (it is 80, know it for sure, I reached the limit once and could not continue, had to convert pages to posts). How is it with WC site?

Thank you in advance. Jovo
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Jovo...

Sorry so long to get back to you on your questions, I missed the notification I guess on my email....

I have not tried selling Amazon products using WooCommerce, but I do not see why not...

Here is an article that will give you some insight on options...

https://shopitpress.com/blog/woocommerce-setup/top-3-ways-to-integrate-your-woocommerce-store-with-ebay-and-amazon/

There are add-on plugins that will help you import the data I do know that...I just have not used them (I do not like the commission rates, I know they do build over time and can be significant, but...).

Regarding SEO, yes e-commerce stores typically have short descriptions and the keywords are in the title, the meta description, maybe the tags, and maybe the image information...

Maybe try to link a review article to the WooCommerce product page (not sure if this makes sense over sending directly to Amazon product page), maybe do some testing to see which works better?

On page limits so far no issue at all...We have 140 product pages and these have between a simple product with one item all the way up to 6/7 variations (size or color differences)...

We are in the process of adding an additional 160 items and some of these also have variations (i.e. T-Shirts) so at the end of the day, we will have almost 500 line items...

The other factor with this scenario is that we are adding German translation pages for each item too...That is a work in progress and each dau we are doing 4-5 pages...

With the auto translation tools such as Google Translate that the Chrome browser has, I am not sure this is worth the effort as of now - we will see (we are doing manually ourselves inhouse, after 4 external "experts" screwed the pooch badly for us)...

The WooCommerce product pages are also separate from the normal pages on the theme we use (all we have used to now too), and you manage these separately...There may also be a limit, but so far we have not run up against that (I believe I read somewhere that 500 was the magic number but not positive that is correct)...

I hope this is not too late to make any difference Jovo, and apologize again for taking so long to get back to you!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jvranjes Premium
Many thanks Dave, no need to apologize.
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DaveSw Premium
Cheers Jovo! : )
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docub Premium
You are 100% correct in your assessment of the potential financial
impact eCommerce is and will have over the next 10 years! If people haven't jumped on the bandwagon already, they soon will and IF they don't, they will be left behind in the dust I'm afraid.

Whether it's Amazon, Shopify, Teespring or an multitude of others. Great training which should open some eyes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts for the community.

To Your Success,
Brian
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much Brian and I also appreciate you jumping in on some of the questions, no doubt there is a lot to learn from each other...So glad we have an active forum to have this happen with Wealthy Affiliate!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jvranjes Premium
Dave this is fundamental, many thanks, I did not know anything about e-commerce although this term is around all the time. Have to read again, slowly. Not sure about products, the item 5 above, and also on page 5, Affiliate Products. How does this work?

Who is in charge of shipping? Am I supposed to advertise somebody's stuff and then shipping is their duty?

So this part is definitely not clear to me. What is the difference between Amazon affiliate marketing and this thing? Who gives so huge rates? This is only for digital I assume.
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docub Premium
In one scenario, generally the products are dropped shipped OR the product creator/owner/manufacturer will be in charge of fulfillment (warehousing, shipping, returns, etc).

When the product is purchased form "you", the manufacturer is notified by seller (you) and then packages and ships the items to the customer as directed.

This works well with manufacturers in China and keeps the costs way down..

Brian
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you Brian.

Here are 3 more if I can: a) how do you find product owners/manufacturers, b) how the price is created if you have such a manufacturer, and c) how do you drive traffic to your e-commerce site?
Thanks a lot!
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Jovo....

I see Brian has already replied, (sleeping here) but let me also throw my two cents in on your questions...

Drop shipping is a term that can be a training class (or course) all on its own.

It involves physical products that you offer on your store...

Essentially you advertise these products in the store and when customers buy, you, in turn, place the order with the wholesale shipper.

The drop shipper takes care of shipping for you from their warehouse. They will ship directly to the buyer that placed the order on your site.

Generally, these companies know that they are fulfilling orders for drop shippers, so will not add in invoices or other advertising to the package...

The advantage of drop shipping is that you do not have to purchase the product, have it shipped to you, receive and store that product, pull it and package any orders, or ship it. It cuts your costs way down...

Also, the buy price you have from the wholesaler is quite a bit less than what you are charging the customer. After expenses, the difference is your profit.

Here is an example of a variation on drop shipping (this is not EXACTLY the same but close)...

I have a friend and soon business partner here in Dubai that has two physical stores that both sell musical equipment and supplies to a hungry audience of musicians, hobbyists, students, hotels, etc.

He also has a department in his operation that handles online sales through their own online store, where they ship or deliver their items to buyers all over the Middle East and North Africa.

That department also adds items for sale on a site similar to Amazon called Souq dot com...This is where the drop shipping similarity comes in...

This online store allows sellers to add their products in one common store site (one store per country I believe), and when purchases take place, orders for his products are submitted to his staff.

Souq dot com does no warehousing, preparing orders for shipment at all...The product owners do this...

My friend's staff packs the Souq order using packing provided by Souq as well as adds in an invoice from Souq (no hint that the product is coming from his store anywhere)...

Souq then has that order picked up and delivers the package using yet another company that specializes in deliveries...

The drop shipping steps are kind of split in this case, but both sides win (also the buyer wins, generally they get some great deals on Souq dot com)...

My friend does a huge markup for the products he offers through that site - I am talking over double what he charges in the store! Not only that, he sells items in packs (bulk) when he does this, so currently he is selling 4 times as much online for double the price!

Note he does have to pay a commission or fee to Souq dot com, but even after this expense, he makes a lot more with his online sales than with his in-line store for the same product.

Now back to regular drop shipping...'

Regular drop shipping is similar except you do not have to worry about packing nor shipping...But that packing and shipping is a very crucial part of the business of course.

You want to deal with companies that know what they are doing and have a great reputation so you can minimize any problems you may have in fulfilling orders from your customers...

Also in my case, shipping times are important, because these days customers are used to getting their orders within a short time, but will understand the longer ship times if the price is right...

In selecting products for my stores, I will see what is selling well on Shopify, Amazon, or eBay and then see if I can source the same product or a similar product using a supplier that will do the shipping and handling for me...

So who do I use for sourcing my products?

I use Ali-Express or Alibaba, but as was pointed out to me by Robert in a comment reply and in training he has on one of his sites, there are also wholesalers outside of China that you can use in addition to the two I mention (on these sites there are mostly Chinese companies)...

Highly recommend that everyone interested in drop shipping have a look his articles on the subject you can find on his website....Robert provides some excellent guidance...

Affiliate marketing of digital products generally provides a high commission, up to 50%.

You can sell them on your store and provide a link to an external sales page or set up a buy button directly on the sales page...

In this case, the developer or author of the product has the delivery system in place, and you get paid after successful purchase and sometimes a waiting period...

Similar to Amazon but better commissions - and you can find decent products to sell using JVZoo or a similar affiliate platform...

Hope this clarifies a bit, please ask away if you need more!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Jovo...

Here are some more thoughts in regards to your second set of questions...

a) As mentioned in my first answer, I use AliExpress or Alibaba, and now am looking into USA based wholesalers for the products I see that are selling well on Amazon, eBay, etc.

b) I look at the price offered by such sites compared to the price as indicated on Amazon and see the margin, then make a decision on whether to add it to the store...

c) Driving traffic is done through the tools I mention in the training, i.e. SEO, content, social media sites, and paid advertising...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you Dave. To c) again. usually I do not see any texts in those e-commerce sites, only pictures. So how do you implement SEO? There is no content. I cannot understand how those sites are ranked.
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jvranjes Premium
Many thanks Dave. Grateful.
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Learned a lot from this chain of discussion. Thank you!
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Hi, Jovo...

There are some ways to get some SEO juice, i.e. product descriptions (on the product pages, along with a relevant video on the product page, plus making sure titles are annotated correctly (H1 or H2) and images (proper annotation and keywords in the description and alternate title) - all this can be used for the SEO angle...

On the social side we also are linking our Facebook fan pages to the websites and standing up stores on Facebook (also starting groups focusing on the subject/products)...More natural links external to the website from people that have shown an interest...

Add in a blog or review piece on your website, again with SEO focus, start posting articles directly to Facebook, later maybe even do some live streaming, and with all of this, you can attract organic traffic/people doing searches to your site/stores...

Side point...

One of the things we are doing also is promoting offline the site and brand by sponsoring events. Right now our first big event is coming on 4 Feb....

We are providing some sample product and a LOT of beer to a regional professional hockey team in Bayern. In return for the beer, product, and giveaways, we get images, video, and testimonials...

They are going to post the images and videos on their team site (Facebook), while we will post to YouTube and on our fan pages...Win-win for both sides, and this is free publicity essentially...

Based on the fan base, we can expect 5000 to 8000 shares out of the gate, with much more over time...The total cost to us is minimal, we are using in-house assets for the photo and video shoot, our own products we have in hand, and no actors, etc....

Of course, we will also post a blog entry on this event as well, and use SEO while writing it that will attract more folks that are interested in the niche...

Two niche areas we are selling products within our online stores have an almost cult-like following, and I am sure that this will help...

Going back to that sponsored event, it will be repeated on a regular basis with other professional teams in Germany We are hoping that it will be like "Our turn, no, our turn", "Wait, it is our turn," etc...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Great, Gautam...That is what this place is all about...I learn every day here, sometimes a lot and sometimes a little...Thanks for the words of encouragement! Cheers! Dave : )
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Not a problem at all Jovo, I actually am pretty pumped about e-commerce and I do not mind sharing, and with the discussion I also pick things up I can use as I hope others do... : )
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Hi Brian,

There are so many directions to take this e-commerce thing. In one of my comments to Jovo, I mentioned a friend and soon partner here in Dubai that is selling his products on an online store in a version of drop shipping adapted a bit...

Well, that friend's brother is doing something even cooler...

They have their own complete full-on recording studio in Florida (St. Petersburg near Tampa) where they do live streaming of shows that present new products and ideas...I am talking about a three angle camera capability, high-end microphones, and a beautiful set...

They have a complete staff to man and record their shows, edit and publish (or stream live as may be the case)...

Their shows are also presented in a podcast format and they have a rather large following. They also are working with the television shopping networks HSN, QVC, and I am not sure what others...

They have a website as well and sell the products they present to their following (remember all of the streams of marketing they are using, so it is huge!) through that website, via Facebook, and via the TV shopping networks...

In this scenario, in return for featuring the product and often the developer of the product on their shows, they get a good commission on any sales that result from their clients/followers...

Over time, as you can see they have developed a complete system with multiple ways to get the word out on their own products (yes they also have some brands and sell a bunch of their own stuff too) and on the featured products...

By them appearing on TV regularly on the shopping networks, their brand, reputation, and products get more and more exposure, increasing sales and profits at the end of the day...

On top of everything else, they are nice guys and you can tell in listening to them and watching them...Excellent personalities for this kind of sales...

They are so good that they are now traveling to England, Germany, and Italy to present shows on the shopping networks there...

So my friend's brother? Well, he has built a lifestyle where he is traveling to Europe regularly in first class, owns a horse farm, and lives directly on the Gulf waterfront, and has a beautiful sailboat tied up to his dock!

This, of course, was not an easy task - it took years of work to get where he and his partner are...BUT that is the potential and not only that you can have fun as you create your business...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you.
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