Automated Drop Shipping with SellerBot Our Full Review

One of the questions I am regularly asked is what is the best system to use for a dropship website?

There are a few different options available at the moment on the marketplace, one of the newer options I have recently come across is SellerBot (available at SellerBot.com).

I managed to get in touch with the owners so that I could review their product.

There is also a demo of the e-commerce system available that you can preview as well.

You can see this at:

http://demo.sellerbot.com/admin

Username: demo
Password: demo

this area looks like:

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When you first log in you will see the dashboard. This area looks reasonably straightforward to use, the menu items are on the left-hand side of the screen and categorized by different headings.

You can also instantly see the key stats about your products including:

Most Searched Keywords
Most Found Products
Most Opened Products
Most Compared Products

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If you scroll down the page even further, you will be able to see how your store has performed (in terms of sales).

This area gives a great snapshot of how your store is performing and conveniently displays the following:

Total Sales:
Total Sales This Year:
Total Orders:
No. of Customers:
Customers Awaiting Approval:
Reviews Awaiting Approval:
No. of Affiliates:
Affiliates Awaiting Approval:

Simple SellerBot.com stats

 

The SellerBot dashboard does give you a simple overview of how your store is performing at any given time.

 

Products area.

Your products.

The product page can be accessed easily by clicking products > your products.

This displays a list of all the products that are currently loaded to the store. A great feature is the in-line editing that is available on this page. You can simply click on a product name, model, price, quantity or its status – type a new text or information and then click the update button to instantly save your changes.

This would be a great times saver as you can easily modify a number of products at the same time.

Is also a in a button that you can click if you need to modify the product even further. This area lets you not only change all the information about the product images but also assigned categories, create sales and discounts and even select ‘related products’ that will help you cross sell your items.

This area does seem very in depth so may take a few minutes to get used to, however the extra control that you receive is very beneficial.

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Categories.

The categories area seems very straightforward to use. You can easily add in new categories and subcategories or edit already live categories with a few clicks of the mouse.

 

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Product options.

The product options area may also take a bit of time to get used to, however again it does give a lot of control.

Product options area creates the different options that can be available for products (i.e. sizes, colours etc) these can then be displayed on each individual product page a drop-down box or as a check box.

To be even more controlled out our attribute and manufacturer areas as well which let you further group products together.

 

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Information.

There is a complete section for the information that is displayed on your website. It is split into two different areas depending on how the content is displayed on your website.

Information pages.
These are the static pages on your site that generally do not change
(i.e. about us, terms and conditions, privacy policy etc).

 

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Blog area.
The blog area lets you display news on your site. This is store by date with the newest entry and the older ones below it.

 

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Drop shipping vs inventory

One of the questions that we regularly get asked is how does drop shipping compare to holding inventory. Hopefully the below will help you understand the differences between drop shipping vs holding inventory.

To accurately answer this question you would need to go through both the positives and negatives of these logistical options. Continue reading

Drop shipping vs inventory

No inventory? No problem!

A few years ago when you’re wanting to start selling something the first thing you would afford about is what inventory you are going to stock and sell. The next question would be where are you going to source the stock from and how much is it only cost you to buy it. Continue reading

No inventory? No problem!

The top products to sell – discover the best niche to sell in

When you are  setting up a dropship e-commerce store, there are a few important things that you need to consider. A bit of preplanning before you get started is far better than waiting for a few months down the track after everything has been set up and then working out that you should have done something differently. Generally changes after you have set everything up, will cost you a lot of wasted time and a lot of waste of money.

We have created a list of things to consider before you decide on a niche to sell in and products to list for sale. Continue reading

The top products to sell – discover the best niche to sell in

The benefits of drop shipping

The main reason people decide to drop ship items instead of selling items in a more traditional form is that drop shipping offers the entrepreneur many benefits.

Less upfront capital.
With the traditional form of stock reselling, you need to prepurchase stock in advance. Generally wholesalers require you to purchase a minimum quantity (normally at least 500 units) before they will even talk to you. Not only do need to pay for this in advance but you also need to work out storage of these units. The main issue here is your tied to this one stock line and have outlaid a significant amount of money to be able to sell it. Continue reading

The benefits of drop shipping

The drop shipping order process

Still curious about what drop shipping is and how you can do it? Hopefully the below order processes will help to explain it further.

 

Traditional e-commerce store:

  1. you purchase stock in bulk from a supplier
  2. you receive the goods and store it
  3. you manually list the stock for sale on your website
  4. you advertise your website and the goods you have for sale
  5. customer views your website and orders an item
  6. you pick and pack the item and make it ready for shipping
  7. you ship the item directly to the customer

Continue reading

The drop shipping order process

Finding in demand niche and what is popular with Google trends

Every year Google handles trillions and trillions of searches from a huge range of different people and cultures. Google as a company are extremely good at categorising these search terms and creating meaningful data out of them. Continue reading

Finding in demand niche and what is popular with Google trends

The disadvantages of drop shipping

Although drop shipping is a business offers a number of distinct advantages it also has a few disadvantages. The low barriers to entry, the no set location and competitive nature of e-commerce stores can make drop shipping a bit harder.

Resell price.
Depending upon what niche you enter, you may find that other people who are also drop shipping mean that you need to have low margins to compete. This is especially true due to the low barriers of entry, minimal overhead costs and the fact that they have invested so little to get started means that some people are willing to sell a rock bottom prices. There are ways to overcome this issue which will cover in more detail later on. Continue reading

The disadvantages of drop shipping

Handling returns

It does not matter what you sell who you purchase stock from unfortunately at some stage there will be the need to handle returns. A dropship store is different to a traditional store as you did not directly send the product to the customer. So there are a couple of different options available to you depending on who the supplier is and how you want to handle the return itself. The other option to consider is if you want to hide the supplier from your customer (this is very useful for products that have repeat sales, or for customers you are trying to upsell)

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Handling returns