Apart from this blog i also have been delving into E commerce and Drop shipping, Starting from scratch and having no prior website design or business experience, i have in the past few months designed my own Shopify Drop-shipping store and have launched it, with vary minimal success, well actually no success at all.
So the story starts in November of 2018, i decided to upgrade my skill set from just playing Xbox games in my free time, to something which will become a investment in the near future, so i started a Shopify website called www.auzoffersstore.com. which is still live after going through months of evolution.
Initially i was drop shipping women’s lingerie, specifically in the larger ladies niche, as i had seen many a youtube video, from successful vloggers, advising that you should start in a niche that you am passionate about, so naturally it was big booty girls in sexy underwear that was my passion. That lasted for about 2 Months and failed miserably, as i did not know how to market my products, i did not know anything about Facebook advertising, google advertising or Instagram or pintrest.
I learned through trial and error, on how to make a site, and what is drop shipping as a business model, what is SEO and how to implement it, and the details of advertising. And I am still learning as i go.
Then after the failure of the Sexy Ladies Lingerie site, there was another niche that is was interested in, which was military clothing and gadgets. Years of FPS games such as battlefield, Black Ops, Medal of Honor ect ect has influenced me, and i am quite fond of Military style of clothing, especially camouflage design gear.
The “Camo”, style website lasted for some time until recently, i actually did sell a few products, and the customers were happy with what they received. but after wasting hundreds of dollars on Facebook and Google advertising i was actually loosing a lot, and the sales were just not coming in. So i decided to scrap the Camo idea, and left the site dormant for a while.
Then i have resurrected (or I should say Re-incarnated) the website into a up market and designer Bags and Watches niche. and so far after 3 weeks there is no sales at all.
In between all this i started this Blog, again with no prior knowledge of blogging. And i also learned Affiliate marketing and that is why is have some affiliated blogs.
What i Learned
- Website design and development for beginners has become so easy, that a person with limited computer knowledge can educate themselves within a small amount of time
- The Drop shipping model, is a viable business model for startups and those who have no business knowledge or experience.
- The information and tools available for advertising and marketing are extensive and with Shopify and Woordpress plugins makes for simpler and easier marketing and advertising strategies.
What i have yet to learn
- Marketing, Sales and Advertising
Marketing, Sales and Advertising, my most hated and despised Job descriptions, I hated customer service and sales when i Worked at Kmart, and i hated marketing when i worked at a contracting company.
But these are the secrets to having a successful business, weather online or brick and mortar. it does not matter what you are selling, the most important and most crucial part is getting that product in front of those who will be interested and then convincing them to buy.
You can sell me a pen, if you know how to do it well.