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Data Feeds: Why Do You Need Them

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in featured, The Drop Shipping Blog | 0 comments

Data Feeds: Why Do You Need Them

Data Feeds are the gears that help drop shipping businesses run smoothly. Once upon a time, if you decided to start a drop shipping business, you would have to upload the details of each product one by one to your website. When you are selling thousands of products, this can take a while. Essentially, the average do-it-yourself web designer would spend months uploading products to their website before they even made a dime.

 

Then one day some genius came up with the idea of data feeds and the world of drop shipping was changed forever…

 

Data feeds are a spreadsheet that contains information about products. Typical categories include product name, reference number, weight, short description, long description; image url, UPC and categories. Through product import programs, you can upload thousands of products on one single sheet in a matter of minutes.  It almost sounds too good to be true right?

 

Not all wholesalers supply data feeds. As we discuss in “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Drop Shipping”, a legitimate wholesaler does not charge for access to their products. However, many wholesalers only offer limited data feeds – such as those for two vendors instead of the 12 that they offer – or charge a monthly or yearly rate to access their data feeds. Some of the better manufacturers will actually give you data feeds for free if your business is generating a specific volume of sales.

 

If you can get your hands on data feeds from a wholesaler, do it. It will save you time and money. Once you have downloaded the data sheet from your wholesaler, it is necessary to check for errors. Data feed errors come in many forms. The most common are blank fields, unrecognized characters and lack of capitalization. Knowing how to use Microsoft Excel is pretty much essential if you want to save time on data feed editing. For example, if you have 14,000 products in a list, the last thing you want to do is go through and capitalize the first letter of each word in the product name. With Excel, you can enter a simple formula to do that work for you.

 

Check your shopping cart program to see what types of additional fields you may need. We talked about PrestaShop here, which is a great shopping cart program for newbies. With this program, there are two important factors to data feeds that you need. The first, is a column that determines if the product is Active or not. For this shopping cart program, you must enter 1 in that column to make the product active. You also must add a tax rate column and enter the tax rate code that you set up in your preferences in order to charge tax on your goods. Unrecognized characters such as the trademark or registered symbol will cause the product to be voided when it is uploaded to the system. Use the search function on Excel to eliminate any unrecognized characters and then use the spelling/grammar check to delete any other mistakes that you find. For a large data sheet, you can expect to spend 2 to 3 hours editing the content before it is ready to upload. Save the file in CSV format and you are ready to go!

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Choosing and Installing Third-Party Shopping Carts

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in featured, The Drop Shipping Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Choosing and Installing Third-Party Shopping Carts

The biggest challenge of operating a drop shipping business is choosing a shopping cart program. There are literally dozens to choose from and they all claim to be “user-friendly”. The downside is that if you are not really educated on the world of web design, you might just find yourself having nightmares about third-party shopping carts. Most webhosting companies offer shopping cart programs that you can choose to install for free. To determine which ones are available through your webhost search for “Fantastico De Luxe” and “QuickInstall” on your cPanel. Under the ecommerce section, there will be a variety of shopping cart programs which you can click to install instantly. One-click install is ideal for anyone who is not a professional web designer.

 

ZenCart, OSCommerce, CubeCart and PrestaShop are the most popular options for drop shipping businesses. The key features you are interested in are ease of use on the interface, customization and ability to upload data feeds. ZenCart boasts being the most user-friendly shopping cart around, however anyone who is not a full-fledge web designer has trouble understand the jargon in the tutorials. There are forums to find more information, but the other “smarter” Zenies can be snarky if you do not know the “basics”. OSCommerce and CubeCart are both easy to use and offer the features that you want, but the best choice if you want real simple and easy is PrestaShop.

 

PrestaShop is easy to customize by uploading your banner images, changing the store layout and customizing all of the plugins through the “Modules” Tab. Additionally, it offers quick and easy data feed import under the “Tools” tab. Once your data feed has been imported, a preview is shown to allow you to select which title should be assigned to each column. Within minutes you can upload thousands of products to your webstore including the various categories and images for each product.

 

There are two main ways to install your shopping cart program. You will want to choose the one-click install options available through QuickInstall and Fantastico De Luxe. When prompted to install, it will give you the option to install on a certain directory. Think of a director as a page on your website. If you leave the directory blank it will install on your main domain. This means that if someone visits www.yourdomain.com, they will be brought right to your web store. If you only want to sell products and not offer any additional services or a blog, then this is the option for you. However, if you are planning on having a stationary website and having it linked to your webstore, then type in a directory name you wish to create. For example, “estore” or “shopping” are popular choice. This means that your domain will read www.yourdomain.com/estore before installation. Customers will visit this link to access your online store. If you are using WordPress to build your main website, the page directs to plugin will allow you to attach your store domain to the main website.

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5 Plugins for Your Drop Shipping Site on WordPress

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in featured, The Drop Shipping Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

5 Plugins for Your Drop Shipping Site on WordPress

WordPress is by far the easiest platform to use when building your own website. It is free and offers thousands of free plugins – added features – and hundreds of tutorials on how to set up different aspects of the website. For any person who is new to building their own website, this can seem intimidating. With a little practice and a lot of mistakes, you will successfully navigate WordPress to build the best drop shipping website for your business. There are five plugins that every drop shipping website needs.

  1. Page links to – This plugin is designed to redirect a page created on your WordPress website to a third party site. You can use this plugin for a variety of reasons but the most important is to redirect your customers to an online store. WordPress offers dozens of e-commerce plugins for businesses but they offer limited features for a drop shipping website. Considering that you want to add thousands of products at once, it is best to use a third party shopping cart. Your third party shopping cart will be installed on its own directory such as www.yourdomain.com/mywebstore.
  2. Google Sitemap – The sitemap is the total layout of your website. Google and other search engines use your sitemap to determine the worth of your website. A website with one page, for example, is ranked as less important than one with 10 pages. As a rule of thumb, your website should always have at least five pages with real content on it to give your site a decent score via the search engines.
  3. All-in-one-SEO – Keywords are used to generate traffic to your website. If your site is selling pet supplies and someone searches “grainless dog treats” then the search engine will determine that your site has that phrase on it and add it to the search engine results. The more keywords that your website utilizes, the more chances you have of gaining new customers through search engines. The All-in-one-SEO plugin allows you to specific keywords for each page and for the website as a whole. It also offers the option for automatic indexing of any categories or tags as keywords and easily integrates your Google Analytics tracking code.
  4. Ninja Forms Lite – There are many paid services for creating forms on the internet but free is always better. Ninja Forms Lite allows you to create order forms without payments, information forms and contact forms for free. The plugin is easy to use and allows you to amend a form to a page with just the click of a button.
  5. AJAX Quick Subscribe – As we discussed here, hosting a blog is essential for any drop shipping business today. Consumers want more than just a place to shop. They want to experience everything that you have to offer them. The quick subscribe plugin allows visitors to submit their email address to receive notifications when new posts are made. There is no extra work required on your part. Additionally, having readers email addresses allows you to have a ready-to-use list of contacts for email marketing promotions.
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Is Drop Shipping Right for You?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in featured, The Drop Shipping Blog | 0 comments

Is Drop Shipping Right for You?

Starting your own business can be scary. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you choose, there is always the possibility that your time and effort will result in little to no sales. For many business owners, this is the breaking point at which they lose hope of being a successful business owner. Drop shipping eliminates many of the risks because of the low overhead, but there is still plenty of work to do in order to be successful.

Determining whether or not drop shipping is right for you starts with the amount of time and money you have to invest into your business. If you are willing to learn how to build your own website, then starting your business will cost you around $30. This is roughly the cost of registering a domain name and signing up for a web hosting account. From there, many shopping cart programs and web design platforms are free. Of course, it takes hours to build an actual functioning website even with point-and-click style platforms. If you are unable to devote the time to building your website then it is likely that you will need to spend the money to hire a professional design service. A standard drop shipping website will cost around $400.00 to have built by a semi-professional and upwards of $1500 or more for a full fledge graphic designer.

The next consideration is your marketing. After your website is built you will need to invest time and money into driving website traffic to your business in order to make sales. Social media is a good method for building an online presence but will result in minimal actual sales. However, the more posts that you make through social media accounts, the more links will be and therefore the easier it will be for search engines to find your website and direct users to you. Press release writing and distribution is the best method to increase online presence, create necessary links to improve sales and spread the word about your new website, products and specials. No matter what, you should plan to spend a minimum of five hours per week marketing your website and products. Alternatively, you can outsource social media management to a professional freelance team that specializes in modern marketing.

Finally, the types of products that you choose to sell will greatly impact the level of sales volume that you experience. Many business owners who are successful with drop shipping choose products that are evergreen. This means that they are likely to be used far into the future. For example, cell phones, accessories and computer-related devices have been highly popular for the last decade. As technology advances, consumers want to purchase the latest of everything. Your website can be their go-to source of devices if you build a strong customer base through your marketing efforts. If you want to know what types of products are the hottest-selling today, you simply need to browse news headlines to see what people are talking about. Currently in 2012, the most popular consumer goods include all-natural baby supplies, electronics and weight loss supplements.

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Starting Your Own Drop Shipping Company

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

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 IT SHOWS HOW GET FEED BACK, HOW TO SET UP A COMMERCIAL BANK ACCOUNT, HOW TO SET UP YOUR LLC COMPANY AND BECOME A CORPORATION HOW TO USE AND SET UP AN PAYPAL ACCOUNT FOR YOUR BENEFIT, HOW TO SET UP AN MERCHANT ACCOUNT, HOW TO SELL ON AMAZON AND EBAY AND MAKE A PROFIT.
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THE BOOK ALSO CONTAIN A LIST OF DROP SHIPPING COMPANIES THAT WILL GIVE YOU CREDIT, IT SHOWS HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFITS, DISCOUNTS ON SHIPPING FEES AND ORGANIZING YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES TO BE SUCCESSFUL, IT ALSO COME WITH A AMAZON AND EBAY LINK THAT WILL CALCULATE YOUR COST OF ITEMS THAT YOU PURCHASE AND SHOW YOU WHAT YOUR PROFIT WILL BE BEFORE YOU LIST YOUR ITEMS TO SELL. AND A LOT MORE.

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 Starting your own Drop Shipping Company and working with Drop shipping Companies offers several advantages over a traditional “brick and mortar” business. Starting a business in the off-line world requires incredible overhead because you’ll need to pay for renting a location, inventory, employees as well as a host of other unforeseen expenses. An online business can be a one-man show with no need for employees and your business can be operated from a laptop computer with no need for renting office or retail space. You don’t even need to carry inventory if you can find the right drop shipping companies to work with.


A lot of people drop ship on eBay or other auction sites. Whether you are selling at auction sites or from your own website or online store, you need to be able to find products to sell at wholesale prices. There are many sources that you could use to acquire inventory but if you are running your business out of your home you don’t want to be warehousing pallets of merchandise.

A drop shipping company allows you to buy merchandise at wholesale prices and have these products shipped to your customers from their warehouse, you never have to touch the merchandise you are selling. You would simply list items for sale and when the orders come in you would place an order with your drop ship supplier who would then ship the product to your customer.

The drop shipping business model is great because not only can you sell a wide range of products without the need for a large warehouse, you can also get started on a shoestring budget. You do not have to invest thousands of dollars in inventory before you can start selling. You don’t have to buy a product until you have already sold one. Once you sell a product you have the money from your customer that you can then use to buy the product from your drop shipping supplier. This is one of the least expensive ways to get started in your own business.


Finding the right drop ship company to work with can be a bit of a challenge. You’ll want to be sure that you’re working with a reputable company. You will also want to know how long it will usually take for your customer to receive a product once you place an order with your supplier. It’s also a good idea to find a company that will ship your products with your own company’s name on the package so that when your customer receives their order it looks like it came directly from you.


Finding all of this information out on your own would be difficult and very time consuming but at dropshipconsultants.com we do all the research for you. We review all of the top drop shipping companies and then give you our recommendations on the companies that we believe are the best choices. This valuable research will save you a tremendous amount of time and could help you avoid getting into business with the wrong company.

DROP SHIPPING

Drop shipping is a very simple and effective way of ecommerce. Numerous online established merchants use drop shipping to decrease their shipping expenses. Relatively, drop shipping has also been used to minimize online merchant’s stock on-hand. It helps web site owners to send their low/single unit quantity orders which are gathered via their web sites to warehouses or manufacturers, who will then “drop ship” the orders or products directly to the average customer.
Some advantages of drop shipping are as follows:
 Since warehousing companies are more likely to purchase in bulk, they will also offer you (the web site owner) the best price on your shipping and products, which can generate an increase in your overall profit.
 There is no initial capital or investment required, and no invested inventory is needed.
 With drop shipping, you are guaranteed greater flexibility for your product range.
 Using the drop shipping method, you no longer have to worry about delivery and inventory, so you can get a better focus and idea on markets and learning how to discover products that visitors actually want.
There are a number of factors that you must consider when joining companies via a ‘drop shipping arrangement’. Since these companies view this method as an aim to generate more revenue, you as a web site owner must never accept the first drop shipper offer unless you are positive that they can provide the “Best price guarantee” to you.
Secondly, you should consider the drop ship charges and fees. Knowing the overall expenses involved can help you better calculate the accuracy of your “profit margins”. Make sure that whatever shipping methods these companies are using, are effective enough to ensuring that your clients actually receive their items or orders safely.
In terms of accounts, you must also consider the payment terms of the drop shipping company. Some companies may prefer to debit your credit card with each order, while some may give you a monthly payment. Some companies may also offer credit, so before agreeing to start out with a particular company, it is imperative that you check out their payment style and credibility.
Additionally, you must ask your drop shipping agency about the type of return policy and support they have to offer for their products. Be sure that you get in writing the policy and guarantees which are associated with the products.
The credibility of the drop shipping company must also be prioritized. You must do your research and find out the length of time the company has been in operation for. And how effective they are in responding to your informational requests?
So if you are interested in drop shipping, well you can simply set up your web site which includes credit card processing and “shopping cart” facilities, and find suppliers who you wish to open an account with. The rest simply falls into place once you are fully comprehendible with the drop shipper.

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