Getting started in Automotive eCommerce and Dropshipping

Drop Shipping can be a great business opportunity that allows you to work your own hours from anywhere in the world. However it is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme requires a lot of hard work and patience.

If you’re new to e-commerce then it is steep learning curve. We have compiled a list of things you need to think about and some tips to help you through.

Find your niche market

This should firstly be something you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Auto parts have thousands of categories. Choose something and focus on it.

How to find Automotive Drop Shipping Suppliers

Ask prospective suppliers about shipping times, inventory control, payment methods and procedures for returns and lost items. It is normally best to set up a teleconference to gauge their level of English and professionalism.
Get in touch with us if you are looking for a quality Automotive Drop Shipper.

Decide where to sell

eBay, Amazon, you very own website, social media

Hosting your own website

Choose your domain name

Domain squatters drive me nuts. They take any and every single keyword combination. You will rely on some keyword research. You may also consider finding and buying an expired domain but make sure you look at its history.

Choose a domain registrar

You will want proxy registration details so spammers will leave you alone.
Sometimes it makes life easier when you have domain registrar and server host with the one company.

Getting an SSL certificate

It is a necessity these days. Choose something well recognised and reputable but you don’t need to spend a fortune. Namecheap offers Commodo SSLs for peanuts when you buy even a $0.99 domain you don’t plan on using.

Choosing a host

Shared server’s are cheap. However you are sharing your server’s resources which can lead to a slow website. Normally, you are sharing your IP address with the everyone else on the shared host. Potentially your site and emails could be blocked if others on the server are doing suspicious things.
A virtual private server (VPS) is definitely preferred. However it may be a little more expensive and require some technical expertise. You may want to check out digital ocean’s one-click WordPress install.

Choosing content management system

You will need to consider how your website will run and how you make changes on the back end.
WordPress running Woocommerce is definitely most popular way to start a site. It is easy to learn and manage. There is a free plugin for just about anything you need.
Shopify is another popular alternative. However beware, it is the cheapest to begin with but expensive long-term.
Opencart is a specialist e-commerce CMS. It has some great functionality however plugins are and themes are limited.

Choosing a theme

Theme shopping can be overwhelming. Often it is best keep it simple and make sure your site is clean and fast.

Marketing your site

These days quality counts over quantity. These things do take time so you need to be patient.
Register with Google search console and download SEO plugin like Yoast.

Increasingly you will need to find others in your niche that are popular and reach out to them. Building a few quality links from reputable sources will be worth more than a million spammy backlinks.

Paid advertising needs to be thought through carefully to get a return on your investment. You need a great strategy and quality landing pages in order to convert.

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