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Creating An Online Shopping Store

For me creating an online shopping store is part of my making money online plan. I’ve tried for some time now using Amazon and promoting some products as an affiliate but that hasn’t worked out all that well. While I have made some money on Amazon their commission rates are pretty pitiful to say the least. As for promoting products as an affiliate, well keeping track and the constant updating of affiliate links is, as I’m sure you will all agree, pretty damn tiresome.

That’s why I’ve decided to give AliExpress a go! Like eBay, these guys have a huge range of products and most of them are at discounted prices. Truthfully I’ve never heard of AliExpress before. They only came to my attention when I came along the Xpress Stores Pro plugin.

OK, before going any further you need to join the AliExpress Portal as an affiliate before you even consider creating an online shopping store. Once you’ve done that you can buy your Xpress Stores Pro plugin. At the moment it’s selling for a very low $47 but they say that price is limited. It comes with a 30 day money back guarantee but the truth is you can’t judge this type of plugin in only 30 days. Why? Because generally it will take you way longer than that to direct traffic after creating an online shopping store.

I’m hoping to cut that time back by attaching my online stores to existing sites. So far I’ve created 4 online stores!

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creating an online shopping store

Created with the aid of the Logo Creator.

So far I have created 4 online shopping stores using the Xpress Stores Pro plugin.

The Wassup Top Shopping store went live today and it’s already got 630 products on its shelves  :smile:

Creating You AliExpress Online Shopping Store

I was so impressed with the Xpress Stores Pro plugin that I just had to make a video to show you how easy it is to have your very own online shopping store.

Custom thumbnails created with the Logo Creator.

You’ll notice when checking Wassup Top Shopping that I’m displaying 24 products per page. I do this so that my store is the same height as my sidebar. You’ll also notice the categories in the sidebar. What you may not notice first off is that all my stores run on the FlexSqueeze2 theme. This is even though the plugin creators recommended getting a so called ‘shopping’ theme. FlexSqueeze2 is so versatile that it beats any of those shopping themes hands down! The video shows just how versatile the theme is.

I know there will be a lot of you reading this who will not buy the Xpress Stores Pro plugin and that is a shame. I’ve always said the main reason so many people fail to run a successful online business is because they don’t invest any money in it. Perhaps it’s because they’ve never heard the saying “You have to spend money to make money“.

Your online business is like any business and if your serious you need to invest some money in it. The beauty about having an online business is that it’s so much cheaper than your average bricks and mortar business, My firs business cost me $80 thousand. My second cost over $600 thousand.

Last year, what with hosting, advertising and equipment purchases (plugins, software, etc) I spent over $2000 but I made over $5000 a profit of $3000. I know it doesn’t sound like much but that’s still 150% increase on my investment. It’s taken awhile to get there but I’m on the right track and I know that I will increase my profit as time goes on. I’m hoping that the small investment of $47 on the Xpress Stores Pro plugin will increase my profits.

The question is how much are you willing to invest on your online business.

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  1. Twitter:
    Hello Peter, Great job with this article as well as with your new stores. I am going to check out this plug in that you are talking about here,.And Yes I do agree with you, that you do need to spend money to make money, but only if it makes sense.. LOL

    Great Share.
    Wishing you the best of luck..
    Chery :))

    1. Twitter:
      Hey Chery,
      welcome to Wassupblog. I would have seen you sooner but I had to fish you out of the spam. Don’t know how you got there. Never mind, now that you’ve been approved you should be right for future comments. :thumbup_tb:
      As for spending money, of course you only do that when there is a possibility of making a profit.
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  2. Twitter:
    Thanks for the info. Yes, the Amazon affiliate program has been a real dud. I think I made about 5 bucks in three years and they only pay out when you reach $100. Good thing I’m not in this for the money, but it would be nice to recoup some hosting and plug-in expenses.
    Debbie D. recently posted…RAVES AND RANTS – #MONDAYMUSINGSMy Profile

    1. Twitter:
      Yeah, I’m not making as much out of Amazon as I hoped. Not for lack of trying either. So far this month I have over 300 clicks and not one conversion. Whats with that anyway?

      I’m hoping with my new stores I’ll make more sales because the prices are so much more competitive. Now I just have to drive traffic to them. Did you have a look at any of my stores Debbie? I wouldn’t mind an opinion from someone of the faire sex :innocent1_tb:
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  3. Twitter:
    I hope you make a lot of money from this Peter, but you’re going to have to figure out how to drive people to your page. That’s always the case isn’t it? Lynn Terry said you can’t really make much money until you can drive at least 10,000 people a month to a page; man, that’s hard!
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    1. Twitter:
      Yeah, traffic is always a problem. I’m getting about half that for Wassup so I’m half way there lol.

      Personally I don’t think that even 10000 will do anything unless it’s targeted traffic. You may get 10,000 vegetarians to a online butcher store but I don’t think you’ll get any sales.
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  4. Hi Peter,

    It’s sad that many people think that money can be made online without any investments! This is a sad belief that inhibits the progress of many – leading to more failure over the years.

    A smart businessman or woman invests – then seeks to make the best out the investment in question…which is exactly what you did!

    I appreciate the introduction to express stores pro…it looks like something I’ll adore :)

    I’ll check it out in a few minutes.

    Enjoy the day!

    Akaahan Terungwa

    1. Twitter:
      Hey Akaahan,

      I’ve had a couple of businesses and I increased the profitability of both of them by investing in equipment. Without that investment they wouldn’t have gone as well as they did.

      To me it makes perfect sense that the same thing would apply in any online business. The beauty about an online business is that they’re so cheap to set up. The problem with online businesses is it take a lot of work to get them off the ground. But then I never expected the money to come in without a little bit of blood sweat and tears. :laugh_tb:

  5. Twitter:
    Interesting… My sites are making more on advertising (for some strange reason) but when we try to do affiliate marketing again we may give this a try. Thanks for the tip!

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