My life has changed pretty drastically ever since I discovered Aliexpress dropshipping.
I went from making $1,000/month on dumb little niche stores, to making $30,000/month on one big general store.
You can already see by the money which method has been more successful for me, but let me explain all the differences so that you can really see why Aliexpress is a game-changer for the dropshipping world.
Then after that, I’ll break down exactly how to do the Aliexpress dropshipping method that has worked so well for me, so that you can do it too.
And just incase you don’t already know – dropshipping is when you list a supplier’s product at retail price, and when you get an order, you buy the product from the supplier at wholesale, and then you keep the difference in price (the margin).
You then give the original supplier your customers order information and they then ship the product to the customer. You never touch the inventory.
Anyway, let’s move onto the different forms of dropshipping:
Table of Contents
- 1 Aliexpress Dropshipping vs. Traditional Dropshipping
- 2 How To Dropship From Aliexpress – 2017 Complete Guide
- 3 Aliexpress Ecommerce – My Extensive Video Course
- 4 Final Thoughts
Aliexpress Dropshipping vs. Traditional Dropshipping
|Advantages of Aliexpress||Disadvantages of Traditional|
|General Store - greater product flexibility||Niche Specific - too constrictive|
|Facebook Ads - no competition, allows for unlimited scaling||Google Shopping - way too competitive, can't scale|
|Focusing on one product at a time||Focusing on all of your products at once|
|Don't ever have to talk to suppliers||Have to get approved by suppliers|
|No rules/forms to fill out||Many rules/forms to fill out|
|You have control over suppliers - unlimited suppliers, they compete on price and inventory for you||Suppliers have control over you - can only work with suppliers you are approved with, they set the prices and only have limited inventory|
|High margins||Low margins|
|Automated product importing||Manual product importing|
|Can sell worldwide, shipping is cheap||Can only sell in the country you registered in, shipping is expensive|
|Less work, More control, More profit||More work, Less control, Less profit|
Flexibility, Control, and Margins
One of the biggest problems with traditional dropshipping stores, is that you’re confined to one niche. The reason being, is because you actually have to go out and get approved with suppliers.
They want to see that you already have a professional looking store in the niche, and a lot of the times they won’t even want to do business with you.
Why? Because many of these new dropshipping stores never bring in any sales for them. It’s not even worth it for them to sign you up.
And even if you do get approved, it’s no reason to celebrate, as you have to follow their own set of pricing, rules, and regulations. The supplier basically owns you, and the margins are slim.
On the other hand with Aliexpress, the whole world is your oyster.
If you didn’t already know, Aliexpress is a subsidiary company of Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce mega-company. While Alibaba sells product in bulk to other businesses, Aliexpress sells product direct to consumer.
This allows dropshippers to use Aliexpress as a one-stop shop for fulfilling all kinds of products to their customers on Shopify.
Additionally, you get to buy the products on Aliexpress directly from 1000’s of different manufacturers. This means you get to choose the absolute lowest price and allows you to make a much bigger profit margin.
Facebook Ads & Google Shopping
Back to traditional dropshipping, the standard practice of driving traffic is through Google Shopping.
This is the case because your niche has to have products with a very high purchase price, since the margins are so small. Google is the only place that you can really target buyer intent keywords, so this is necessary for the method.
Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, except that during recent years, all the big companies like Walmart, Target, etc. have crashed the party. Every brick and mortar business has seen declines due to ecommerce, so they are all focusing on the online front.
And with that, they bring their huge marketing budgets with them, and they are basically able to price you out of competition. Even if you can stay in business, there’s no scalability once your niche is tapped out.
Meanwhile with Aliexpress, the best way of driving traffic is through Facebook Ads. The Aliexpress model can do this, because you have plenty of margin to sell low cost impulse items, unlike traditional dropshipping.
In addition, Facebook is the ultimate advertising platform, as there is no cap on the scalability. You can reach billions of people with no side-by-side competition. You’re just an ad that gets seen while someone scrolls through their newsfeed.
Furthermore, the social proof of likes, shares, and comments, can really launch a winning ad into the stratosphere, while giving you tons of free organic exposure.
Lastly with Facebook, you get to target through interests, custom audiences, and look-a-like audiences, which allows for maximum relevance, and once again, scalability.
Can you see why Aliexpress Dropshipping is Better?
You can now probably see why dropshipping with Aliexpress is the better way to go.
You can whip up a store in minutes, automatically import some products you want to test, and jump right into Facebook Ads.
Dropshipping with Aliexpress gives you a minimal amount of startup work, with ultimate control, and much higher profits. There is literally not one thing that traditional dropshipping does better.
Actually, there is one thing that many people who have never done Aliexpress dropshipping seem to think is a big deal: the shipping time.
Aliexpress usually takes around 2-3 weeks to ship, which I will admit is pretty long.
However, your customers are buying impulse products off of Facebook. Most of the time they don’t even remember they ordered something.
Therefore, the shipping time doesn’t really cause any problems. As long as you choose a good shipping option with a tracking number, you’ll be fine.
Now then, let’s move onto all the juicy details on how to dropship from Aliexpress.
How To Dropship From Aliexpress – 2017 Complete Guide
There are three main components to dropshipping with Aliexpress. Obviously there is Aliexpress, but then there is also Shopify and Facebook Ads, which all link together to form a powerful trifecta.
1. Create an Aliexpress account
First things first, you have to create an Aliexpress account. This will allow you to order products to dropship them to your customers.
Also check out Richard’s blog post from A Better Lemonade Stand, on how he fully set up an Aliexpress dropshipping store in 72 hours.
2. Link to Shopify
After you have your Aliexpress account, then you have to use a separate app to link your Aliexpress account to your Shopify account.
There’s a few different apps that can do this, and inside my course Aliexpress Ecommerce, I share with you my preferred app which makes the whole process extremely easy.
3. Importing Products
Once you’re properly linked up, you can go to Aliexpress and one-click import as many products as you want directly into your Shopify store. It will bring the pictures, the description, and most importantly, the connection to each individual supplier.
4. Fulfilling Orders
When the time comes to fulfill your orders, all you have to do is go inside the separate app, and click the order button. Doing so will take you to Aliexpress, and automatically fill in the customers shipping info and place the order for you.
5. Hire a VA
Even though the ordering process is pretty quick and easy, when you’re getting a lot of orders, you don’t want to be doing it yourself.
You’ll have more important things to do like product research and managing your Facebook Ads, so the smart thing to do is to hire a VA.
1. Make a Shopify Account
Like I mentioned previously, you’re going to need to make a Shopify account and link it to your Aliexpress account.
2. Design a Custom Product Page
After that is taken care of, the next step is to design a killer product page template. The default product page isn’t going to look good at all, and if you want to maximize your conversions, you’re going to need to design it in a professional way.
3. Download all the Best Apps
The last and most important part of mastering Shopify, is making sure you have all the best apps. The apps will make or break your store, as they make it easier to sell, as well as manage the backend work.
Again, this is something I go over inside of Aliexpress Ecommerce.
1. Create Facebook Ad Account & Link Pixel to Shopify
Once you have your Aliexpress account and Shopify store created, it’s time to create a Faceb00k Ad account. Super easy – just login into a normal Facebook account and go into the Ad Manager.
After it’s created, you’ll need to go to the Pixel Tab, and copy your Pixel ID into Shopify. This will allow Facebook to track your data and conversions when you send traffic to your store.
2. Conduct Product Research
Now, we’ve come to the most important part of the whole process. Only very specific products sell well on Facebook. Some criteria include inexpensive impulse buy type of items, and products that reach a mass appeal.
You’re going to want to make a list of products you think will sell well, and then see if you can find some good videos for them online.
3. Make Video Ads
Like I just mentioned, you need to able to find good videos for the products. It’s easier said than done, so you’ll need to do a lot of searching.
After you find some, you’re going to want to pick the best parts of them and edit a video ad together.
If you’re really confident in the product you can also hire someone to make a video, or even order the product and make one yourself.
4. Targeting Adsets
Inside of the Facebook Ad Manager, you’re going to want to upload your finished video ad and start sending traffic to it.
The way you do that is by creating adsets targeting interests that relate to the product your selling.
It’s good to test at least 4 different interests per product, so that you can make sure you covered all your bases.
5. Scaling with LAL Audiences
If you find a product that is selling well and you are making a positive ROI after ad-spend and fulfillment costs, the next step is to scale it up.
This simply means increasing your daily ad budget, while creating Look-A-Like Audiences.
These audiences will allow you to use the data from your previous sales to make a much bigger audience, which is also more targeted at the same time. This is where the big money is made.
Aliexpress Ecommerce – My Extensive Video Course
*SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE BUT THE COURSE IS NOW OFF THE MARKET BASED ON ME NO LONGER BEING INVOLVED WITH ECOMMERCE*
What I just went over is super important, but it’s really just the starting steps of how to dropship from Aliexpress.
And ever since I started talking about my success with this method, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to create a full course on exactly how to do this.
At first I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t want to become a guru, but I thought it over, and eventually managed to do it in a way that doesn’t compromise my principles or ethics.
Therefore I just recently released my course Aliexpress Ecommerce, which contains over 21 videos and 3.5 hours of screenshared footage directly from my Aliexpress, Shopify and Facebook Ad Account.
No details are left out, as I literally go over everything you need to know to successfully dropship from Aliexpress.
Here are my results in 5 months, netting about $150,000 in profit.
Aliexpress dropshipping has completely changed my life, but I have to tell you, it is not easy.
It is extremely difficult, and you’ll have to be prepared to spend countless hours of testing before you hit a winning product.
You’re going to want to quit, but if you want to see success, you’re going to have to keep pushing no matter what.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way, and I wish everyone who is just starting out with Aliexpress dropshipping the best of luck.
The holidays are coming, it’s time to get to work and make the big bucks! – Brian