How to Make Money Dropshipping: A Newbies Guide

October 4, 2023

How to Make Money Dropshipping

I was deep into crafting an EPIC 10,000-word dropshipping guide when it hit me—this thing's putting me to sleep! 

So, I shook things up, cut it down to a lean, mean 1,000 words, and voila! Get ready for the fun-sized, high-energy version. Enjoy!

A Stupid Simple Guide to Dropshipping for Newbies: The Ultimate Edition


Hey there, future dropshipping mogul! If you're itching to dive into the dropshipping universe but feel like a fish out of water, you've landed in the right pond. This guide is your A-to-Z, no-fluff playbook for everything from product selection to customer acquisition. So, buckle up and let's get this party started!

Finding Products to Promote

Choose a Niche

First up, you've got to pick your niche. Think of a niche as your business playground.

You want something you're passionate about, but it also has to have market demand. Google Trends can be your guiding star here. 

For a deep dive into choosing a profitable niche, check out my article on top ecommerce niches.

Actionable Tips:

  • Look for a niche with a passionate community. Passionate folks are more likely to become repeat customers.
  • Consider seasonal trends. Some niches, like swimwear or winter gear, have seasonal demand spikes.
  • Use social listening tools like BuzzSumo to see what's trending in your chosen niche.

Research Products

Once you've got your niche, it's time to find those killer products. AliExpress is your go-to for this. Look for items with high ratings and lots of orders.

Actionable Tips:

  • Use AliExpress's "Sort by Orders" feature to find popular products quickly.
  • Check customer reviews and photos to gauge product quality.
  • Look for ePacket shipping options for faster and more reliable delivery.

Verify Suppliers

You've got your products, now you need reliable suppliers. Alibaba is a great platform for this. Check reviews, ratings, and even reach out to other businesses that have used them.

Actionable Tips:

  • Order a sample product to check quality before committing to a large order.
  • Negotiate with suppliers for better pricing or faster shipping.
  • Look for suppliers who offer dropshipping services to make your life easier.

Building a Website

Everyday Carry Website

Choose a Platform

If you're new to this, Shopify is your best bet. User-friendly and loaded with awesome templates, it's a no-brainer for beginners.

Customize Your Store

Shopify guides you through the setup. Pick a template and make it yours with brand colors, logos, and other personal touches. The more unique, the better!

Add Products

Time to fill those virtual shelves. Write compelling product descriptions and add high-quality images. The more info you provide, the more confident customers will feel.

Actionable Tips:

  • Use Shopify's SEO features to add meta descriptions and titles to your product pages.
  • Add high-quality images and even video content to give customers a 360-degree view of the product.
  • Use Shopify's analytics to track product performance and make data-driven inventory decisions.

Automating Dropshipping


Install Oberlo

To scale your business, you need automation. Oberlo is perfect for this. It lets you import products directly from suppliers to your Shopify store.

Set Pricing Rules

Oberlo allows you to set rules for automatic product markup, ensuring you make a profit on each sale.

Automate Order Fulfillment

Managing Customer Orders and Fulfillment

Oberlo also fulfills orders automatically. When a purchase is made, Oberlo sends the order to the supplier for you.

Actionable Tips:

  • Use Oberlo's bulk ordering feature to fulfill multiple orders with one click.
  • Use Oberlo's tracking feature to keep customers updated on their order status.

Finding Customers

Free Methods

Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are awesome for engaging with potential customers. Join groups in your niche and share valuable content. To learn more about how to use Facebook Groups effectively, check out this Facebook Groups Marketing Guide.

Actionable Tips:

  • Use the 80/20 rule: 80% valuable content and 20% product promotion.
  • Run polls or contests to engage members and bring attention to your products.
  • Use Facebook Insights to track engagement and tailor your content strategy.

SEO is your long-term strategy for free, organic traffic. For a deep dive into SEO, check out this On Page SEO Checklist.

Actionable Tips:

  • Use long-tail keywords in your product descriptions and blogs to rank higher in search results.
  • Create a blog on your Shopify store and post SEO-optimized articles related to your niche.
  • Use internal linking to boost the SEO value of your key pages.

Forums like Reddit are another goldmine for free traffic. Engage in conversations and offer valuable insights.

To learn more about forum marketing, check out this Forum Marketing Guide.

Actionable Tips:

  • Become a trusted member of the community before promoting your products.
  • Use your forum signature for subtle promotion.
  • Always follow forum rules and guidelines to maintain a positive reputation.

Paid Methods

Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads can be a goldmine if done right. To learn more about Facebook Ads, check out this Facebook Ads Guide.

Actionable Tips:

  • Use Facebook Pixel to retarget visitors who've interacted with your site.
  • A/B test different ad creatives and copy to see what resonates with your audience.
  • Use Facebook's Lookalike Audiences to target people similar to your existing customers.
Google Ads

Google Ads can drive a ton of traffic to your store. To learn more about Google Ads, check out this Google Ads Guide.

Actionable Tips:

  • Use negative keywords to exclude irrelevant traffic.
  • Use Google's Keyword Planner to find high-volume, low-competition keywords.
  • Use ad extensions to provide additional information like reviews or other links.
Email Marketing

Email marketing is an oldie but a goodie. To learn more about email marketing, check out this Email Marketing Guide.

Actionable Tips:

  • Segment your email list based on customer behavior.
  • Use automated email sequences for cart abandonment.
  • Use personalized subject lines to increase open rates.


And there you have it—a comprehensive yet stupid-simple guide to kickstarting your dropshipping empire. With these steps and actionable tips, you're not just well-equipped but primed for success. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and make those sales happen!

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About the author 

Jeff Lenney

Welcome to my corner of the internet! I'm Jeff Lenney, your navigator through the exciting seas of Affiliate Marketing, SEO, and ECommerce. My journey started back in 2009, and since then, it's been a whirlwind of success and fun in the digital world.

Before I dove headfirst into the vast ocean of affiliate marketing, I honed my SEO skills with some of the biggest agencies in sunny Southern California. I've been the SEO compass for 7-9 figure giants like Agora Financial, Investor Place, and Timothy Sykes, guiding them through the complex currents of online visibility.

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My expertise isn't just confined to the boardroom. I've shared my knowledge and experiences on numerous podcasts, shedding light on the intricate dance of affiliate SEO.

So, whether you're a seasoned pro looking to catch the next big wave or just dipping your toes into the digital marketing ocean, I've got a treasure trove of insights for you. Stick around for fun tales, savvy strategies, and maybe a few laughs as we debunk myths and explore the latest trends in the world of online marketing. 

Dive into my posts and let's make some waves together! ✋ My Name is Jeff Lenney. I'm an Affiliate Marketer, and Search Engine Optimization Expert with over 10 years experience. I like to talk about marketing, SEO & ECommerce, so read my other posts here: Jeff Lenney's Articles

  • Thank you Mr. Jeff Lenney for sharing this information it was very encouraging, enjoyable,and enlightening to say the least.Im ready to take action!

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