Creating a dropshipping store is easier than ever thanks to a WordPress plugin called AliDropship.
This powerful plugin can transform any WordPress installation into a fully functioning eCommerce platform that works with AliExpress.
If all of this sounds confusing, don’t worry. In this post, I will explain what dropshipping is, how it works with AliExpress, and how AliDropship can help you earn income online.
What is the Dropship Model?
The dropship model has become very popular over the years thanks to its low startup costs. More and more people are using this model to create their own online businesses.
Unlike traditional retail businesses (whether online or offline), you do not have to buy or store any inventory.
You only buy products from a dropship supplier when a customer has ordered it through your store.
You pass the payment and shipping information to your dropship supplier and they ship the item directly to your customer.
Whatever the difference in price is between what you charged your customer and what the dropship supplier charged you is your profit.
For example, if the item costs you $30 and you charge your customers $80, you have made a $50 profit!
The flowchart below displays a visual representation of how the dropship model works.
It is easy to see why so many people have chosen the dropship model to start their own online businesses.
The benefits are too hard to pass up:
- No need to buy or store inventory
- One lowest cost businesses to start
- You do not need to ship items
- You can have more than one store
- Sell items from any niche you choose
How to Dropship Using AliExpress
One of the biggest obstacles for many would-be dropship store owners is finding reliable dropship suppliers.
In the past, you would have to do extensive research in an attempt to find a legitimate supplier.
Even having a list of suppliers would mean going through each one to figure out what their requirements are (if any).
Some dropship suppliers will not deal with new businesses and if you were planning to sell items on eBay or Amazon, some do not allow you to sell on either platform.
This is why AliExpress.com has become the go-to resource for dropshippers.
AliExpress is an online retailer owned by AliBaba.com. For the most part, the website is made up of small businesses in China.
They offer extremely low prices on most items which allows dropship store owners the ability to mark up items many times and still provide great prices to their customers.
In order to begin dropshipping with AliExpress, you’ll need your own online store. There are many eCommerce platforms to choose from that will work with AliExpress with the help of certain apps or plugins.
Shopfiy and Oberlo are two options that can be used together to create a dropshipping store.
The issue with using Shopify for many dropshippers is the ongoing monthly fees to use it. Oberlo also has monthly fees associated with it.
WooCommerce and WordPress is a free option to build your dropship store with.
If you choose to use WooCommerce, you would only need the WooCommerce compatible version of the AliDropship plugin to import products from AliExpress into your store.
Putting it All Together with AliDropship
Now that you know that you can have your own dropshipping store using AliExpress and AliDropship, you’re probably wondering how does AliDropship work?
What is AliDropship?
AliDropship is a WordPress plugin that turns your website into a dropshipping store that can import products from AliExpress.com.
The plugin has a ton of features to include unlimited product importing, unlimited automated order fulfillment, pricing automation, auto updates product information, and much more.
You can read a full list of features here.
Besides all of the cool features that the plugin has, two factors that you should consider when choosing a dropshipping eCommerce platform are monthly fees and store ownership.
AliDropship has No Ongoing Monthly Fees
Unlike other eCommerce platforms, there are no ongoing monthly fees with AliDropship. You only pay a one-time fee and there are no feature limitations.
You Have 100% Ownership of Your AliDropship Store
Another thing to strongly consider is that when you start your dropship businsess on fee-based eCommerce platforms, you do not retain 100% ownership.
Let’s say that you want to move your store off of a monthly fee-based platform, you wouldn’t be allowed to take the files with you.
Since AliDropsip is a WordPress plugin, your store is 100% yours right from the start. You will always retain full ownership of your online business.
Should You Get the Plugin or a Custom Webstore?
You have the option to buy the standalone plugin or order a custom webstore from AliDropship.
The difference depends on if you want to install the plugin yourself as well as customize your store yourself.
If you are already comfortable with using WordPress, installing the plugin will be easy for you. However, if you are not really tech saavy, you may want to consider ordering a custom webstore.
The benefits of ordering a custom webstore are many to include niche research, domain registration, custom design, social media pages, and so much more.
Even experienced WordPress users may find that a custom store can save you a lot of time which allows you to begin marketing your store right away.
I hope this post has helped to clarify what the AliDropship plugin is all about and how it can create an awesome dropshipping store for you.
I wish you much success in your online business!