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  • Looking to do some type of e-commerce store

     Douglas Owens updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago 9 Members · 12 Posts
  • Noah Richardson

    August 4, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I’m thinking about creating some kind of e-commerce site, either dropshipping or Amazon Affiliates or some other kind of business. I’m thinking about going into the pet niche. Does anyone have any advice or experience with that kind of thing?

  • Jordan Clark

    August 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I don’t have much experience in dropshipping in particular, but I have experience in e-commerce in general, and I have some tips I could give you:
    Biaheza is a guy I have been watching for a while, he is a very successful drop shipper and has made a few stores in videos. Obviously they aren’t his best stores ever, but they are stores that made a bit of money, and I’m sure if you followed the model a bit further out you could make some real money

    I would also recommend looking at different options for your online presence. I know everyone says to do Shopify, but in most cases, the first thing they say is to make your store not look like Shopify. I would have to recommend you go with a store like Ecwid. They have a free tier that is a lot more limited than Shopify, but you can go in without spending any money upfront. Plus, after you make some money, they have cheaper monthly costs than Shopify and no transfer costs.

    My third point of advice would be to shop around for URLs. I would recommend https://domcomp.com. They search most (if not all) popular website hosts and will give you the cheapest one.

    Anyways, I wish you luck with your store! I would love to see more young people be successful in this arena.

    • Zach Stevenson

      August 4, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      I watch Biaheza as well, the dude has some great tips and techniques. And good point with the alt-Shopify options, platforms like Woocommerce and the ones you mentioned can be great for keeping costs down. Shopify’s great but it’s pricy.

  • Charley Jones

    February 27, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I’d advise against Amazon Affiliates. The margins you get from Amazon are terrible (usually <10%) and it takes a ton of time to actually create the content needed to drive clicks to Amazon. It’s great for learning about SEO and building your web dev skills, but if you want a genuine chance at success/profits, I’d go with one of the other options that you and Jordan mentioned.

    • Noah Richardson

      February 28, 2021 at 9:50 pm

      I avoided going the Amazon route due to pretty much those exact reasons. It’s nice in theory, but for everyone I talked with, it’s hard to make a profit on the tiny margins if you’re not already a large site.

    • Vijay Gupta

      March 2, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Fair, although I actually found it helpful. Affiliates is a great way to get into e-commerce if you want a low-risk/low-cost way to do it, and you can still scale it up to make a lot of revenue. I wouldn’t rule it out for everyone.

      • Charley Jones

        March 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm

        True. I guess it really depends on if you’re trying to get experience or trying to make decent money. I’ll always advise for other methods but Affiliates does definitely have some nice benefits if you’re the right type of person.

  • Javier Lasso

    April 5, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    How much have you actually looked into going into the pet niche? Pet accessories, swimsuits, watches, etc are always popular store options, but because of that, there’s a lot of competition and you really need a unique angle or product. Do you think you have that?

    • Noah Richardson

      April 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      Yeah, I’ve spent a good deal of time researching products and I think I have a couple with a lot of potential upside. Plus, consumer spending on pets has been going up and up, especially during the pandemic, so while it is a crowded market, it’s always expanding. But I appreciate the advice and I’ll try to make sure I find some more products that haven’t been made mainstream already.

      • Anthony Stewart

        April 17, 2021 at 4:38 pm

        Solid ideas and plan. Good luck bro.

  • Ishaan Patel

    July 27, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    If you’re still thinking about doing this, the time is ripe. It’s just a matter of finding a niche with enough appeal to sell but that’s unique enough that you’re not competing with other big players. And make sure to use a good platform to build your site, I’m a fan of Shopify. It’s worth the fixed cost to have a high-quality store, especially as your numbers grow.

    • Douglas Owens

      July 30, 2021 at 1:02 am

      Solid advice, and I’m a fan of Shopify too. If you want to set something up and test it out both quickly and effectively, they’re the place to go.

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