For those who prefer not to use Shopify for their eCommerce store, or more specifically DropShipping store, will have probably heard of AliDropShip. The guys at AliDropShip specialise in offering products to help entrepreneurs start their own DropShipping store using WordPress, or WooCommerce, via plugins or custom stores. They also offer a number of custom services, so today we are going to have a look at the AliDropShip services that are on offer.
AliDropShip offer a total of 25 extra services on top of their plugin and custom store services that they offer as a standard. These services range from standard data entry, all the way up to social media help. These services can really help elevate your business, or just get you started in what can be quite a complicated world.
I will split them up, and check out each of the services, focusing on the ones that I think can really help out a business, and maybe skip a few of the ones that can be found elsewhere.
If you want to check them out yourself, click below
These services, are what I would still class as 'core services' due to the nature of them. These services are going to be the ones that focus on getting your business looking out of this world, or making life a little easier.
A bit of a generic one this, as we all know WordPress uses plugins or Add-Ons as AliDropShip call them, they of course offer a range of their own Add-ons that you can purchase such as Recent Sales Pop-Ups, Upsells, Social Rabbit and Countdown Timers.
AliDropShip will set these things up for you, so you don't have to do it yourself.
The cost itself is $10, per add-on, which is quite expensive, for something that should be fairly when it comes to set up, especially as they come with instructions. You can pay to get all the add-ons installed in one go, if you do the Add-On Bundle And Installation Service, you do save $88 if you fancy that.
Definitely a service for someone who may have paid for an install and now wants to take their store to that next level.
Product Data Entry
I am not going to lie, I like this service, especially due to the fact this can take time and effort.
For $2 they will upload products, choose the top suppliers for those products, sort the names, descriptions and images.
For $2 you have a product that is ready to be shown to the world, that's a bargain. One thing though, you have to buy a minimum of $20 worth, so you have 10 products set up and ready to be purchased.
Great for those who want to add extra products to their stores or are looking for some new ideas on the next best product to sell.
The downside with this, is that they are not writing new descriptions, just editing the huge amount of fluff you get with the AliExpress ones. So if yo are after some amazing sales pitch, this is not it.
This services from AliDropShip goes hand in hand with the Add-On set up, and personally I feel this should be added together, but lets take a look.
The AliDropShip Plugin service includes someone setting up plugins such as email notifications, currency converters, pricing formulas, branded email set up or google analytics sorted. They do also do a payment gateway set up, which could be worth it's weight in gold, because they are fiddly!
This service is great for someone who may just want to do the 'install' part of the plugin, but then may not want to get into the more complicated parts of setting the emails up or notifications.
Not everyone is technically minded, so again if you know someone with experience is doing this, then you can be fairly confident it will all work.
Custom Design & Development
For those who may think that their standard theme looks a bit flat, or fancies themselves a nice shiny new button or maybe fancy a sexy new logo or business card that they can hand out, AliDropShip have got you covered.
Their custom services are paid by the hour, with both services starting with 1Hour slots.
AliDropShip will work with you to understand your needs, as well as giving you a time frame and amount of hours it will take. It's worth noting that you should contact them before ordering, as you may try and order a huge custom theme, for 1 hour..which isn't going to work!
The prices are reasonable, they are not stupidly high, or suspiciously cheap either. The design work is $20 an hour, which is good, though it does depend on how many hours they estimate things for. A logo charged at a few hours I feel might be quite expensive (though mine cost $200), but a social media banner at 2 hours could be a bargain.
Similarly, the custom development work is $30, when compared with sites like Upwork or Fiverr, is a very good price. Again, it does partly depend on their estimates of time though.
If you are completely new to WordPress or don't fancy messing about with databases, or your hosting company sucks and won't install WordPress for you, then you can get these guys to do that bit for you.
They will even install AliDropShip plugin and a theme, how kind of them!
For $37 it's not that bad, but these days most hosting providers should give you a website, with WordPress installed, because it's massively popular. Plus, it's pretty easy to drag a plugin onto a screen or upload a zip file them into a window.
Or you can follow some nice instructions on how to do that part. I will only charge $20 for the advice!
For those who might want to focus on finding new products, or maybe would prefer perfecting their store, there are a number of services on offer from the AliDropShip team that might help you with this.
Luckily, this not just your run of the mill 'social media' marketing, they have actually thought about this.
SEO Starter Pack
Straight off the metaphorical bat, the SEO starter pack is designed for those who want to get a little push up the Google Ranking list, the list of services within this pack are there to help your store move up the lists, drive more organic traffic, but also show the big search giants that your store is worth visiting.
They have include the standard creation of a home page article, great for attracting that first 'wide net' of people and also quite useful for getting some decent keywords in, especially as it's quite difficult to get keywords into product pages.
You are also given a variety of back-links. The diversity in this back-links is what actually helps with this service.
Most back linking services will just create a bunch of blog posts or try and spam your link into comments on blogs, the AliDropShip team have diversified with articles, blog posts, the creation of PDFs and submitting of PDFs to different sites, this is great for showing Google and other search engines that your site is being linked by multiple different types of sites and medium.
Check out the SEO Starter Pack
Promo Video Creation
I hate doing video promos, or any type of video if I am honest, my brain is just not wired that way!
You can check out the page to see a few examples, as trying to describe what you get is quite difficult. Essentially they take photos and screenshots from your site, and add them into really nice looking templates, so you have people scrolling through your store, or liking photos of the products your store sells.
The video can be used in a variety of places such as YouTube or adverts, allowing you to promote your store across a number of places.
For the price, the video is well put together, the music is catchy, though a little samey, and the templates are well put together.
Check out the Promo Video Creation page to learn more.
There are a number of ad creation services, so I have decided to bundle them all together, as they are all roughly the same, but for different platforms.
The AliDropShip team offer both Banner Ads, for when you want to find websites to promote your store, and also Social media style adverts, for those who want to promote their store via Facebook or Instagram, or maybe Twitter!
Both advert services start from $29, with final prices decided once you have discussed the requirements with AliDropShip, allowing you to request a different number of adverts to fit with your requirements.
The examples shown are bright, colourful and professionally done, so I can't complain with the quality at all.
The same can be said for the social media adverts, though each package they sell actually comes with more than just the image. They include;
That's a lot for $29. Most places will charge you $50+ just for the image, and the images and text that AliDropShip offer look to be eye catching and great for engagement.
It's also worth noting that the prices drop significantly if you order more than 1 pack.
Check out the advert packages
Marketing Services Bundle
If you are looking at getting a ton of your marketing sorted out without having to lift a finger, including;
This bundle is designed to help you improve your overall conversion rates, as well as the traffic towards your site. Now, this is a hefty price, but you save around $75 if you where going to buy them all individually, so you are already saving money. Plus, the type of services you are getting should help you increase the money you are getting from your store.
Many well spent in my eyes. If you are someone who has got some sales, but want to increase that then I would say this is a must have to see what you can do to improve.
Find out more about the marketing services bundle.
Blog Advert Set Up
When I read this, I thought to myself..damn this is clever. Lots of successful stores don't run adverts straight to a product or a store front.
They send people to blog posts, or articles, designed to capture your interest and to show you items that they might like, without pressing you into buying stuff.
Some of the best type of marketing is the kind you don't realise is marketing, because you don't realise you are having products shown to you. Newspapers and magazines do it quite a lot, they do give them a stupid name 'Advertorial'... luckily you don't have to call them that on the internet, you can just call it a blog post.
Costing just $69 for the advert and the post, I think that is a great way to switch up your advertisement.
Other Marketing Services
There are a whole host of other services that AliDropShip offer, with a number of different bundled designed to save you money, as I haven't tried some of the others, I couldn't really comment.
But it's worth taking a look and seeing if any of the other items take your fancy! From social media posts, to niche research, they really do have you covered when it comes to marketing and research.
When you purchase AliDropShip you do get the option of purchasing hosting, and I think it's a great deal considering the cost of eCommerce hosting with other providers.
Their hosting starts at $49 a year, which works out at $4 a month. To get an ecommerce site hosted for $4 a month is a great deal.
The best part is that you get space for 5 websites on that $49 plan, each of them set up for AliDropShip, with enough server space to hold your site without an issue.
If you happen to be a AliDropShip store re-seller or you create DropShipping sites for people and offer hosting, this is a great way to resell your services to others. You can quite easily charge $20- $50 a month for servers and hosting, so being able to get optimised hosting for such a low price is brilliant.
Check out their hosting packages
None of the prices seems to be that high, most are in line with sites such as Upwork or Fiverr, and I have a feeling they will be of a much higher standard.
It's worth noting for some of them, you will need to have the AliDropShip plugin for them to work, but for the marketing ones it looks like you can have any platform, as long as they can access it. It's definitely worth speaking to them before you purchase any of the AliDropShip services though.
James started The Online Student as a typical blog telling people about his struggles and woes with DropShipping, Amazon FBA and even Affiliate marketing. He then decided that blogging about it all would give people the skills, knowledge and apps to get up and running (while making a little extra on the side). After a few months he realised it was quite lucrative and decided to work his ass off making it a bit more than just a hobby!