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!
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.
About Peter Pelliccia I'm an Aussie blogger who loves to blog and share everything that I've learned on my blogging journey, including blogging tips and ways to blog for money. I am also trying to make my way on YouTube. You can follow my progress by subscribing to My Bonzer Channel.