5 Best LIVE Shopping Apps for Shopify dropshippers

5 Best LIVE Shopping Apps for Shopify dropshippers2021 is definitely the year of live stream shopping, a type of promotion that combines  a lot of consumer favourites: live video content, two-way communication, and the ability to purchase directly from the platform. In the U.S. the livestream shopping market is expected to reach $11 billion by the end of 2021 and $25 billion by 2023. Live shows feature content you want: Product demonstrations, Unboxings, New launches, Customer connects, Partnerships or Collabs. Shows usually highlight product features and help engage customers with the item before they buy it.Do you think that LIVE Stream Shopping is incompatible with dropshipping? This is not true. Keep reading to find out the best Shopify LIVE Shopping Apps for your store and how to use them with your dropshipping business!Live Shopping and Streaming by Channelize.ioLivestream Shopping, also known as “Live Shop on Shopify”, helps you promote your products through Live or On-Demand Shopping Shows, increasing real-time customer engagement and therefore sales.This app integrates perfectly with Shopify so customers can watch a “Live Shop” page directly on your store for your store. It also offers in-show Products Promotion, Product Spotlight, and Add-to-Cart functionalities. Livestream shopping enables 2-way conversations through pinned messages and reactions but also provides live chat moderation tools. There is a free-to-install option that includes four 20 minute events per month but you can increase event frequency and audience numbers with subscriptions starting from $49 monthly.Live Shopping by Live ScaleLivescale’s app Live Shopping Apps integrates seamlessly with Shopify and requires no programming knowledge to set up. It can help engage audiences, increase loyalty through branding and scale sales. A branded experience can be set up by complete beginners and a branded account for live chat responses and community engagement is also part of the package.One of its key features is in-video check-out flow so that customers are not diverted onto other pages and their entertainment experience is not interrupted. Customizable polls and quizzes mean that this app also offers exciting gamification opportunities keeping consumers entertained and engaged for longer.Shop Showy Livestream WindowShopShowy uses a slightly less sophisticated technology that creates a picture-in-picture window on your website. Here, customers can choose to  watch live-stream while browsing specific products that are featured in the live-stream.As the app is free, it is ideal for dropshippers just dipping their toe in the water with live shopping. It does not require a lot of branding or high levels of interactivity and data analysis either.Shoppable Livestreams by Maestro Interactive, Inc.Shoppable Livestreams leverages the power of captive audiences to help you scale your sales.It is a native Shopify app that can be fully customized to your brand and offers a suite of two-way engagement features ranging from chat to polls, Q&As, gamification and raffles.Interactive overlays direct audiences to buy through Shopify transactions at key moments in your content without ever leaving the stream. This favours stickiness to the channel.There is no set monthly fee but a 5% service fee.SmartzerThe Smartzer app allows Shopify store owners to overlay live streams so that viewers can click on them to shop directly.Overlay pop-ups can also offer additional information such as sizing and prices or give additional product experience content such as demonstrations or unboxings. Pop-ups can also be used to direct to the product page for full specs.Like most of the other  Live Shopping apps listed it offers interactivity with the host through the chat bar and content can be recorded to be viewed at a later date on-demand.Best Practice for dropshipping and LIVE Shopping AppsIf you are going to take advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by live shopping then you need to make sure you have sourced top quality products at B2B prices that can be shipped to your destination country fast.To do this you need to select a supplier that can source products from a huge range of manufacturers and that runs checks on them  as well as on single items and that can offer stable shipping rates and tracking numbers for your customers.Yakkyofy’s track record for quality and huge range of hot products means you’ll be spoilt for choice when you choose items. So connect Yakkyofy to your Shopify Store downloading our Shopify App and import the product that you want to sell on your store.As soon as your orders start to arrive from your LIVE stream sales they will be automatically uploaded on the Yakkyofy dashboard, fulfilled and shipped to your customers.Buy a sampleTo make your LIVE shopping video you need a product or better a couple of variants to show to your customers. Don’t worry also if you sell in dropshipping, with Yakkyofy it is really easy to order a sample to ship to your home addresYou just need to upload an order using an excel file as you can see in this video below.Once the product arrives at your home, you can open it, check it, take some pictures to advertise the events and use it for the live show.And in case you run out of ideas, Yakkyofy also takes the pulse of dropshipping trends and monitors hot products offering you a curated selection on its dashboard.Packaging with you own logoWe know how much people love unboxing videos, so for your live show you can also think about unboxing the product in front of your customers. And what can be better than to show a box or a bag with your own logo on it to increase Branding?Having a customized packaging can help you make people remember your brand and increase the perceived value of your product. Do you think that with dropshipping this is impossible? No it isn’t, with Yakkyofy you can easily buy private label products with just a couple of clicks on our dashboard and at a very fair price.You need to buy a small MOQ of packaging (for example 300 standard bags are 60 dollars) and we will keep this packaging for free in our warehouse ready to be used as soon as you receive an order with no additional pick and pack fee.Not bad right? So what are you waiting for? Register on Yakkyofy to start creating amazing LIVE shows with dropshipping products.SIGN UP NOW! July 20, 2021by I. De Virgiliis

Start dropshipping with CommerceHQ in just a few clicks

Start dropshipping with CommerceHQ in just a few clicksAre you thinking of taking the plunge and starting your own ecommerce adventure? Then dropshipping with CommerceHQ might be made for you!  With its low entry costs and the freedom to work from anywhere, more and more entrepreneurs are choosing dropshipping.Dropshipping is a form of supply chain management for eCommerce stores that allows merchants to sell products and have them shipped directly to the customer without ever storing stock themselves. This business model relies on a good relationship with a trusted supplier to help you automate manual tasks and sell more products faster.If you’re only just getting started with dropshipping, or even if you’ve simply decided to change platform for your store, chances are you’ve heard of CommerceHQ. The newest kid on the ecommerce platform block,it has even won Nick Peroni’s approval!So if you are interested in this business, continue to read our article to understand how to build a high converting dropshipping store with CommerceHQ and why this platform can be great for your business.Why choose CommerceHQ?CommerceHQ was created by Jon Mac, now a high-level multimillion-dollar eCommerce marketer but once a humble eCommerce retailer.He’d tried a bunch of different platforms and started raking in millions, but soon got frustrated with their limitations. He felt that they just weren’t set up to help him and other businesses like his really boost their sales.So he got together with his business partner Vlad to fix this, and in September 2015 he launched CommerceHQ, a platform specifically designed to be a conversion engine for your stores!LEARN MORE ON DROPSHIPPING WITH COMMERCEHQBoost your margins dropshipping with CommerceHQJon and his partner thought that one of the most annoying things about traditional platforms are commissions on transactions. Dropshippers must already pay the third-party payment provider a transaction fee and adding a commission on top of this seemed just too much!With CommerceHQ you save money on commission fees making your margins higher and giving you more cash to splash on reinvestment in marketing and advertising.Avoid bans on dropshippersA number of platforms have started to penalize dropshippers for no particular reason. They are banning completely legitimate stores just because they belong to dropshippers. This can leave you with a very nasty surprise!CommerceHQ, on the other hand, was developed specifically with dropshipper needs in mind so there is no risk of unexpected bans or unfair penalization.Build your dropshipping store: getting started First of all, sign up to CommerceHQ. You get a free 14-day trial period so you can decide whether to pay the monthly fee after you’ve given it a whirl.Enter a store name and store subdomain domain name (you will be able to change these later on). Your subdomain name should match your business and give a pointer about what you sell – TheMadhatter, if you only sell hats and caps for example. For first-time access, CommerceHQ provides a handy set-up checklist that speeds things up and gets you selling in no time! The main items on the checklist are:Connect your dropshipping domainFirst of all, you will be asked to buy a new domain name or connect an existing one to your CommerceHQ account. Remember to connect the nameservers in your existing domain too.Store Currency & Payment You should now set up your payment processing in the currency you prefer choosing between: US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Euros, Pound Sterling or Australian Dollars and set up payment processing with Stripe for credit card payments and Paypal.Unique checkout options on CommerceHQYou can select the number of steps in your check out (1- 4) and add your store logo, refund and privacy policies.Dropshipping store themeTo activate the selected theme, you will need to return to the Themes page and select the theme by clicking Use Theme (Themes > Use Theme > Dashboard).To customize it go back to the Themes page and let’s get started with CommerceHQ’s handy Drag-and-drop builder!Click Edit on your selected theme and start playing around!You can insert Headers, Headers & Text, Text, Icons with headings, Icon tiles and Text, Back quotes, Images, Thumbnail galleries, Videos, Sliders, Icons, Dividers, Buttons and other features simply by dragging and dropping them onto the page.If you choose to insert your own image or logo for example, you do so by clicking on the bottom right and selecting Add/Edit Images and then Select Files to Upload.In the same intuitive way, you can select elements on your store page and click on them to delete them until you are  happy with the look and feel of your store.Designed for dropshipping with CommerceHQIf you want to add more personalization to your store, CommerceHQ offers a simple drag-and-drop system that allows you to change the look-and-feel of your store as much as you want.You’ll also have a range of apps included in the monthly fee that you can add to your store to make it more unique.In your Dashboard select Tools then All themes in the column under “store set up”.We’ll be taking you through this standard process below.Select your theme and click Add to Library and select a theme such as VB Vintage.A reliable dropshipping supplierNow your store is ready you’ll need to populate it with your great products!Even if you are skilled at finding the products you want to sell by yourself, you will probably struggle with sourcing reliable suppliers.Your options are twofold:Buy at B2C prices from a marketplace like Aliexpress and struggle with slow and unreliable shipping.Find a supplier that you can trust to source products at B2B prices and fulfill your orders.If you want to start dropshipping with CommerceHQ and build a successful business, buying at B2C prices from chinese marketplaces is just not an option: it will eat into your margins too much. Add that these sites provide a very poor shipping experience for your customers, and it’s clear that you need to find another option to dropship successfully.Sourcing B2B priced products from factories, most likely in China is the only viable business option but it is also a huge headache for dropshippers that don’t have a reliable supplier to deal with the factories and with shipping on their behalf. Choosing a partner like Yakkofy that can help you source products as well as fulfill orders automatically end-to-end can be the make-or-break for a dropshipping store.Connect Yakkyofy’s SoftwareTo help you source and upload products to your store sign up to Yakkyofy’s free software and connect your CommerceHQ store.Visit Yakkyofy.com and sign up if you haven’t already. Remember to click on the confirmation email to activate your account! From your main dashboard click Connect Your First Store and select CommerceHQ from the pop-up box that appears.Give your store a name that helps you identify it- it is not displayed publicly so you can change it later. At this stage you need to fill in your API url, your API key and and your API password from CommerceHQ.Once you log into CommerceHQ you’ll see your URL right at the top. Copy and paste it into the API URL box in the Yakkyofy dashboard. To find your API Key you need to go back into CommerceHQ and visit the Dashboard on the top bar. Click on “All tools”, then choose “App store”.As Yakkyofy is not listed in the App store you will need to add a “Private App”. Name it and be sure to give it full access. Click “Add the App” and now you will see the new app listed in your App store. Select “Settings” and you will immediately find the API Key and passwords listed. Copy them into the pop-up box in Yakkyofy and we have lift-off!Find a great partner to source your dropshipping itemsAdding your first collection of products is an exciting moment!Perhaps you’ve already selected some products you’d like to sell but, if not, don’t despair! There are several tools that can help you find popular products but try to avoid items that have become too popular, or you’ll struggle with the competition.Yakkyofy can help you automate your store management from product sourcing through to delivery to the customer. With our innovative Image Recognition Technology you can simply upload images of the products you want to sell onto Yakkyofy and get a full quote within seconds.This cuts back on endless back-and-forth emails with factories on the other side of the world and immediately identifies the right supplier for your products and your costs.Select the items and variants and these will be automatically uploaded to the Yakkyofy dashboard ready to be purchased in just a few clicks.Happy customers, happy you: automate fulfillmentYakkyofy is by your side at every step. Once you’ve got your site packed with exciting products, orders will start rolling in.To help you manage the fulfillment process Yakkyofy provides complete automation so that as soon as an order is made on your site we start processing your order. Our worldwide shipping is fast and reliable guaranteeing delivery of your items to the customer within 3-15 working days in North America and most of the European Countries.Yakkyofy also sends tracking numbers directly to your customers when they make an order so you don’t have to.We also guarantee the physical attribute of your products so that if your customers receive an item that is different or damaged, we will reship a new one with video or photo proof.Bumper services for dropshipping storesBut there is more! Because Yakkyofy is an experienced supplier we know that as your business grows you might have new requirements too.This is why we enable you to private label your products, by printing logos on items and  personalizing your packaging to help grow your brand.If you decide to buy a small amount of stock of a product that is selling really well, we can offer a discount and also store it for you in our Shenzhen warehouse free of charge.Give your business all the TLC it needs so make sure that your personalized and highly converting CommerceHQ store is also easy to manage by eliminating manual tasks with automation and avoiding customer complaints with reliable, fast shipping thanks to Yakkyofy.SIGN UP ON YAKKYOFY now June 23, 2021by I. De Virgiliis

New EU VAT rules 2021: what changes for dropshippers?

New EU VAT rules 2021: what changes for dropshippers?If you work in eCommerce, and you sell to Europeans, you might have heard about the new EU VAT rules 2021, that will come into force on the 1st July 2021.The new rules have been developed to tackle the tax avoidance from eCommerce, that import products from abroad one at a time, and do not pay the relevant duties upon the entrance of the items on European soil.It sounds really scary we know, but don’t worry Yakkyofy got you covered! Continue to read this step-by-step guide to understand what is changing and what you need to do to continue selling with Yakkyofy without problems.What is the difference between OSS and IOSS?The new EU VAT rules 2021 differentiates between One-Stop-Shop (OSS) and IOSS (Import-One-Stop-Shop). What is OSS and how it worksThe Union One-Stop Shop (OSS) “is the electronic portal businesses can use to comply with their VAT obligations on e-commerce sales within the EU to consumers from 1 July 2021.The Union OSS is an electronic portal that simplifies up to 95% of VAT obligations for online sellers and electronic interfaces throughout the EU, as it allows them to:Register for VAT electronically in a single Member State for all intra-EU distance sales of goods and for business-to-consumer supplies of services;Declare and pay VAT due on all supplies of goods and services in a single electronic quarterly return;Work with the tax administration of their own Member State and in their own language, even if their sales are cross-border.”What is IOSS and how it worksIOSS (Import-One-Stop-Shop), “according to the VAT rules applicable up until 1 July 2021, no import VAT has to be paid for commercial goods of a value up to EUR 22.The new VAT e-commerce rules will abolish this provision as of 1 July 2021. Thus, from 1 July 2021, all commercial goods imported into the EU from a third country or third territory will be subject to VAT irrespective of their value.The IOSS facilitates the collection, declaration, and payment of VAT for sellers that are making distance sales of imported goods to buyers in the EU. The IOSS also makes the process easier for the buyer, who is only charged at the time of purchase, and therefore does not face any surprise fees when the goods are delivered. If the seller is not registered in the IOSS, the buyer has to pay the VAT and usually a customs clearance fee charged by the transporter.”What are the major changes? Importing Products to the EU (EUR 22 or less)Up until the 1st July 2021, products that have a declared value that is equal, or below, EUR 22, are not subject to EU import VAT. This will change under the new IOSS rules, and each and every product entering the European market will be required to pay VAT.N.B.: VAT payments are only applied to purchases made by buyers residing in the European Union, for items that cost less than EUR 150. The New VAT RulesThe EU will introduce a new import scheme that will regulate products (up to a value of EUR 150) imported from third country countries.With this new scheme, the VAT will be due to be paid at the Point of Sale (POS), rather than when it crosses the EU customs border. N.B.:  You will have to start collecting VAT when you make sales through your eCommerce store, at the checkout.  Timeline of the changesWe have summarized in the table below the changes that will be introduced with the new legislation: EU VAT POSITIONBefore 30/06/2021After 01/07/2021 EU Suppliers to EU customersVAT depends on several factors, registration in multiple countries might be required. Only one EU VAT registration needed, can fill OSS returns easily. Third Party Countries Suppliers to European CustomersAccording to the VAT rules applicable up until 1 July 2021, no import VAT has to be paid for commercial goods of a value up to EUR 22.VAT collected at POS, rate depends on the destination country. EU VAT Registration needed, together with submission of a third party country OSS return.New EU VAT rules 2021: Yakkyofy got you coveredWe know the above might sound overwhelming, but don’t worry, because as always, Yakkyofy has got your back!  So let’s see together how it works if you choose to dropship with us! First things first, we will start to apply the new regulations on all the parcels paid on our system from the 24th of June, because, also if the new regulations of lOSS will start from 1st July, you need to consider the shipping time from China to the EU. So it is highly probable that all the parcels paid from the 24th will arrive in the EU after the 1st of July.Secondly, different rules will apply if you sell your products via an independent store platform or if you open a merchant account on marketplaces such as eBay or Amazon. Last but not least, these new regulations will impact only parcels to the EU, if you sell in the US, CA, NZ, AU, or Asia, nothing will change.Selling through a Marketplace (eBay, Amazon, etc)If you use Yakkyofy to sell items through an online marketplace such as eBay and Amazon, there will be no changes in the product prices you pay to us. This is because it is the marketplace itself that will handle the VAT collection from buyers located in the European Union and will provide us with their public IOSS that will pass over to forwarders. Independent Online Store Platform (Shopify, Woocommerce, etc..)If you sell with Yakkyofy on your own store built on a platform, such as CommerceHQ, Shopify, WooCommerce, or Storeden, you can have 2 options:You have an IOSS numberIf you already registered to the IOSS platform and you have a registration number you can upload it in the settings area inside your Yakkyofy Dashboard, in this way we will be able to pass it to the freight forwarder that will deliver your parcels in the EU without applying any additional cost.In this way, you are managing the VAT internally in your store so you can set up the correct rates for each country, 17% for Luxembourg and 22% for Italy.Insert your IOSS numberYou don’t have an IOSS numberIf you still do not have an IOSS identification number, you still can deliver products to the EU but you will need to pay an additional fee to the freight forwarders.This means that from the 24th of June if you do not send us your IOSS number, you will see an additional cost added to the product price of all orders inside of Yakkyofy directed to any EU country.Remember that you must add the correct VAT values inside your store settings, to cover the correct charge for each country as you see below, they go from 17% charged by Luxemburg up to 27% applied in Hungary:Austria 20%Belgium 21%Bulgaria 20%Croatia 25%Cyprus 19%Czech Republic 21%Denmark 25%Estonia 20%Finland 24%France 20%Germany 19%Greece 24%Hungary 27%Ireland 23%Italy 22%Lituania 21%Lettonia 21%Luxemburg 17%Malta 18%Netherlands 21%Poland 23%Portugal 23%Romania 19%Slovakia 20%Slovenia 22%Spain 21%Sweden 25%What changes for items shipped in bulk?The above rules only apply to drop shipping orders, where you ship items one by one, in one parcel. On the other hand, if you import products in bulk, nothing will change for you. All you need to do is just request a quotation to Yakkyofy and we will provide you a quote inclusive of all costs (shipping, customs, etc.). If you are interested to import wholesale products in your own country with Yakkyofy click here. June 22, 2021by I. De Virgiliis

10 Best WordPress Plugins For eCommerce Businesses In 2021

In this article we will analyse the best WordPress Plugins for eCommerce. Imagine a world where you desire a fabulous website for your eCommerce business and your basic package and tools deliver the same!Sounds amazing, right?Well, that’s because it is, or at least it can be – just a splash of some powerful plugins and your site is ready to take off. So come along and discover the beautiful world of plugins, with us through this article. Why Plugins?A plugin, which is nothing more than a software component that can add a feature to your existing or new webpage, is a vital part of any site in today’s day and age. After all, from eCommerce and animations to social media, security, and spam prevention – everything has a corresponding plugin that can help you control and manage the feature.As is evident from its definition itself, these components are used to add or extend the functionality and capability of your website. When you require customizations, these components are exactly what you need. Fixing the bugs that find their way into your codes and crawl across the firewalls you installed is also a task made simple with the help of relevant WordPress plugins for eCommerce.While these are just some basic functions a plugin may perform, there are several more with various other benefits to be explored. Let’s take a look together at some such feature options that made it to our ‘Top 10 List’.10 Must-Use WordPress Plugins for eCommerceOptinMonsterCreating conversion campaigns in the form of full-screen welcome banners, pop ups, and floating bars was never easier than this!With OptinMonster’s range of pre-designed templates and a simple user interface, anyone can utilize its available functionalities even without a coding background. No technical knowledge is a must to make optimal use of its features through a drag-and-drop builder.Being a renowned conversion optimization and lead generation software for eCommerce-based businesses across the globe, it is an expert in ensuring that your audiences are taking the actions you want them to take on your site. These campaigns can be used as per need to improve the viewership of your site, add to your email marketing database, and work towards a rise in the sales numbers, etc.BigCommerceAn Open SaaS platform, BigCommerce is one of the best WordPress plugins for eCommerce available in the market that can help your eBusiness in generating and receiving higher sales. With its cloud-hosting ability, integration of the same with your WordPress website can be smooth as a dream.Trusted by some major brand names ranging from Ben & Jerry’s to Skullcandy and Tyler’s to Burrow, this software has made a name for itself through its amazing features that include giving you a free hand in designing, flexible framework, global transactional reach, valuable analytics and insights as well as robust security.While it is both a free-standing software alongside being attainable in the form of a WordPress plugin, it is specially created in a way that even those without the technical know-how required to set up an online store can do so. The scalability it offers combined with its SEO-friendly elements makes BigCommerce a highly favored name in the eCommerce industry.All-In-One SEOSEO or Search Engine Optimization is an activity that every website developer, as well as owner, undertakes to ensure a higher ranking and good visibility to audiences on the various search engines like Google, Bing, etc. However, going through the entire content that a site is displaying alongside the data that is hidden but still plays a crucial role is a worrisome task in itself.Here enters All-In-One SEO, which is a user-friendly WordPress plugins for eCommerce that gives you a complete analysis of your webpages, SEO score, and even suggests optimization opportunities. On the one hand, its Headline Analyzer assists you in choosing the best headers for your website based on not just SEO but factors like audience readability, clarity, length, and much more. Simultaneously, on the other hand, it also provides ease of social media integrations with the page.BackupBuddyAccording to a study published by the Hosting Tribunal, approximately 40% of the sites on the internet today are built on WordPress, and if we only look at the websites made using a CMS, we get a whopping 64.1% that are WP-based. As per the same research, it has also been estimated that about 90,000 attacks happen every minute on WP websites. This brings up the burning question of security on this platform.BackupBuddy is a plugin that comes highly recommended for all sites, and more so for the eCommerce-enabled ones. It is reliable when it comes to retrieving the lost customer data due to a cyberattack or a hardware failure. This easy-to-set-up element helps create a backup of the entire website that can be accessed in times of site crashes and hacks.You can also save this backup thus made on a remote cloud server for additional protection.SendinblueTracking which marketing campaign is bringing you the most sales is simple, but being able to track every single email that has led to a conversion is a superpower that Sendinblue lends to its users. After all, who wouldn’t want to know what works and what doesn’t!An email service at its core, it can also help you with launching SMS campaigns. A user-friendly plugin, it is known to integrate with WordPress seamlessly, thus automating all your campaigns and giving a boost to your sales. Audience segmentation and A/B Testing features available in this software further assist you in picking who your audiences should be and where your efforts might not bear any fruit at all.Cart RecoveryAbandoning a shopping cart in a supermarket is a definite problem for the buyers, but when it comes to shopping online? Cart abandonment is a phenomenon witnessed more often than not seeing as it is easy to resume the process the next time one logs in. However, the eCommerce stores that are bearing this overload of deserted baskets face the real brunt of the issue with halfway sales and ambiguity in the success of a marketing campaign.Cart Recovery for WordPress is a plugin that equips the owners to tackle this situation with full force by tracking said carts and sending them automated email reminders about the same. This software can also help a business by automatically saving the name and contact information of a buyer as soon as it is entered into the system during the checkout process, thus enabling the store in expanding its customer database.RelevanssiHave you ever tried looking up an item online without knowing what it was called or misspelling it along the way? Well, that is what your customers might be doing too. Which means if you do not provide them with educated guesses and suggestions as to what it might be that they are looking for, you might just lose a buyer.The WP plugin Relevanssi comes in handy here as its primary aim is to improve the search function of your eStore. It can help you in customizing the searches while including the entire content available on your site so as to accurately predict what your customer might want. The “Did you mean” query prompted by the page alongside an array of items is also an invaluable feature provided through this plugin. This entire process in turn improves your customers’ experiences, increases sales, and vastly reduces your website’s bounce rate.Broken Link CheckerThe page ranking of a site on any given search engine is not based only on the SEO technique of keyword integration. Rather, a lot of factors come into play including the number and quality of backlinks said page has. While a simple search on Ahrefs can give you a detailed report on who is following and tagging your website, what it fails to provide is the mention of those broken links that were once active but have for some reason now changed status. Simultaneously, the inactive links on your own website can also lead to some embarrassing moments which can result in you losing a customer.Broken Link Checker as a plugin is of enormous help when it comes to this dilemma. It does not just keep an eye on the various blogs, comments, and pages, etc where links were placed, but also looks within each nook and cranny of your site to determine where those broken links are hidden so that you may resolve them before your bounce rate starts rising. It also assists you in editing said links right from the dashboard that comes with it, instead of scouring the codes for the same.WPFormsAdding a survey form to your webpage can be a brilliant idea for when you wish to know what it is exactly that your buyers expect and want from you. An innovative plugin, this comes with a lot of options and tools available to make a comprehensive form, including features like the Likert scale, multiple-choice questions, rating systems, and reviews, etc. With WPForms, you can also hold polls with real-time results without fretting about the coding required to do it, thanks to the drag-and-drop builder it uses. Creating forms ranging over multiple pages and email integration of the same are also some great uses of this plugin.Easy Digital DownloadsSelling physical items online is a business that is always on its toes, but selling digital products through your eStore is also not an easy task. Easy Digital Downloads or EDD is a WordPress plugins for eCommerce that comes to your rescue in such a scenario.Be it eBooks, PDF files, data reports, or even WordPress plugins themselves, these all come under the category of digital products, and thus dealing in them is a task best done through a software like EDD that offers multiple payment gateway options and marketing platforms to promote the goods. It works with almost every WordPress theme there is and is easy to use. In case you require help though, it also has tutorials and videos alongside chatrooms to appropriately resolve your query.Closing Thoughts + Additional Tip While there could be tons upon tons of plugins, softwares, extensions and additional log file analysis tools available to you for making your eBusiness a simple picking out of the lot, what you need to focus on is choosing accurately what feature you actually require and which you can do away with.Now that we have covered all the plugins that can help you make the sale, you will need one last one to source your products and automate your fulfillment process. Being involved in eCommerce you surely heard of dropshipping in the past. This incredible supply management chain system can help you save up a lot of money and give you the possibility to scale your sales very quickly, as you will have an actual professional supplier who will evade your clients’ orders on your behalf. Now, most dropshipping products originate from China, and it is likely that not all of these items are of the best quality. So how can you make sure to always have top quality products, while maintaining a reasonable price and affordable shipping? Easy said! Your answer is Yakkyofy!Yakkyofy can help store owners to source their items in just a few clients and automate the entire management of their WooCommerce Dropshipping store. Yakkyofy’s plugin can source for you products to sell directly from some of the best factories in China, and import them to your WordPress store in just a handful of clicks. It can even process your orders automatically! But it does not end here, because you can enjoy Yakkyofy’s software for free, as you will have: No Monthly FeeFree Unlimited order fulfillmentFree product sourcingFree multiple store managementNo storage feeWith Yakkyofy you only pay for the products that you purchase. So what are you waiting for?   SIGN UP noW! June 11, 2021by I. De Virgiliis

5 Clever Methods To Boost Your Social Media Engagement In 2021 and Beyond

5 Clever Methods To Boost Your Social Media Engagement In 2021 and BeyondSocial media platforms have become the primary source of income for many companies, especially those in the B2C industry. People are spending a considerable amount of time on social media platforms rather than on any other channel. After the pandemic outbreak, social media consumption increased dramatically because people had to stay behind doors in lockdown. With countries reeling under the impact of the pandemic, social media consumption will most probably only increase further. As a result, brands are aiming to have a robust presence on social media platforms. Notably, unlike other platforms, there are many tactics that can be utilized to attract people’s attention on social media. This article will highlight some of the methods that will help you in maximize engagement on social media platforms.  Master The Art of Story-TellingBrands are starting to see conversion rates improve by using story-telling. As a result, story-telling is slowly gaining momentum in marketing. This is a powerful tactic that helps messages remain etched in the minds of people for a longer period of time. Brands can convey the benefits and the specifications of their product by creating a storyline and coming up with relevant visuals. In the present market scenario, almost every industry is very competitive. Stories have the potential to make a brand be easily remembered amidst the crowd.Moreover, conveying your brand’s benefits and other features through stories can help people understand more easily. Since all the leading social media platforms have become video-dominant today, visual stories can be used across various social media platforms. There are plenty of resources to help you use video marketing more effectively.  In TikTok, you can even buy TikTok likes services to enhance the engagement rate of your videos.Provide Necessary Insights: Coming up with promotional posts appealing to the eyes alone will not help you generate sales, however. This type of post can make a prospect stop and stare for a moment but, it will not help in taking the prospect to the bottom of the funnel; you must also provide convincing data that your products are worth the money they pay you. Elaborating on the unique characteristics of your product can also help you to outpace your competitors and eases the process of lead generation. Rather than coming up solely with attractive posts, make your ads data-centric. Let your prospects know the longevity of your products. This type of metric can easily convince people to choose your product. I stress this because consumers have become more research-oriented today. They are mindful of what they buy. With easy access to the internet, they do lot of research to understand each product better. All that people really want is data about the product, so, be sure to use it in your promotional posts.  tailoring it to your target audience.  Make Your Audience Feel That You Are Close to Them: The pandemic has had a disruptive effect across the globe. People are living in fear of job loss and pay cuts due to the devastation caused by Covid-19. Hence, during these challenging times, brands should act compassionately. They should make their audience feel that they are by their side during these hard times. For example, brands could conduct a live session on their Facebook page or Instagram handle with a psychiatrist on coping with the mental stress due to the frequent lockdowns during this pandemic. You can also come up with a post on how to get diverted from negative thoughts. This type of intervention is the need of the hour. People may follow these tips to manage these challenging times. They will probably remember you as the posts might help them relieve stress or cope with trauma. This type of measure will build a good reputation for your brand, which is the most necessary element to achieve consistent sales growth. So, attune your marketing strategy to the times and don’t be too salesy withyour posts. Show people feel that you care about them instead. Focus On The ‘Explore Tab’:Instagram’s Explore Tab is the ideal tool to generate leads organically. Currently, Instagram stands as the ideal platform for B2C businesses as it has the biggest potential audience than any other social media application. Though running ads on this social media platform is more expensive, it gives r brands the opportunity to reach their target audience organically without having to spend a single penny. Getting into the Explore Tab will help you to generate quality leads because Instagram will display your posts to potential customers. The primary essential feature to get your posts into the explore tab is that they should be engaging and must have gained more interactions than usual. Next, your posts must be appealing to the eyes as you know that Instagram is basically a visual-centric social media platform. So, to get featured in the explore tab you should please your own followers first. This will make Instagram notice you. The Explore Tab has the potential to boost your sales manyfold because it immediately takes your posts to potential customers. Needless to say, that Explore Tab can also improve your brand awareness considerably.  Videos Are The Future of Business: Video consumption has been increasing consistently. Today, all social media applications have become video-centric. Today’s internet users, mainly Generation Z, and Millennials have a marked preference for video content. These age groups are also the main target audience for the majority of brands. It follows that videos have become pivotal. Instagram Reels is the best example of engagement gained by video content. Though it was only introduced last year, today, it is the most consumed form of video content. AR and VR have also been utilized in brand promotions as these technologies can provide a sort of “real-touch” experience of the product t virtually. So, focus on creating video content as all the social media platforms tend to prioritize it. Wrapping Up:Social media e-commerce has become crucial for B2C businesses today. It is therefore necessary for brands to come up with alluring content frequently. The measures given above help you grab the attention of your prospects effortlessly and aid your long-term growth.  Working on your promotion and marketing should be your main focus, but to free up time for it you need to ensure that you’ve entrusted all your core business processes to a trusted supplier like Yakkyofy.Yakkyofy will help you completely automate the management of your dropshipping store, from product sourcing right through to delivery to your customer’s front door. Yakkyofy’s leading Image Recognition Technology will provide you with real-time quotations for your products at B2B prices and once you have sourced your products, you can import them directly to your store in just a few clicks.Each time a new order arrives, Yakkyofy will automatically fulfill it, ship your parcels with the fastest shipping method available for your destination country and send the tracking number to your final customers, leaving you free to keep selling! What are you waiting for?Find out more about how to promote your store on Yakkyofy:SEE MORE POSTS May 21, 2021by Josephine Ornago

SEO for E-commerce: Your Complete Guide for 2021

SEO for E-commerce: Your Complete Guide for 2021Dropshipping-based E-commerce websites rely heavily on online traffic to acquire leads and increase revenue. It’s important to generate enough traffic to keep your sales up, and one of the best ways to do so is through search engine optimization or SEO. SEO is the process of increasing the quality and quantity of your website’s traffic so it’ll be more visible to relevant searches. But how does it work? In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of SEO for e-commerce, and how it’s beneficial to your dropshipping business.  How Does SEO Work?Search engines like Google and Bing use bots to crawl web pages, going from one site to another to collect information about those pages and index them. Algorithms analyze the pages you’ve indexed while considering thousands of ranking factors to determine the order of how the pages should appear on every search query. Google wants its users to have a seamless and efficient search experience, which is why the algorithms are designed to provide the most relevant and authoritative pages related to your search. Optimizing your E-commerce website can help you rank higher and become more visible to your target audience.Here are some of the reasons why you need SEO for E-commerce:Long-term benefits. The benefits you get from pay-per-click ads end when you stop paying for them. While it could take months before you see solid results from SEO, the benefits you get from it are long-lasting. When your website ranks higher and starts showing up in search results, you’ll passively generate leads and earn revenue. Generate relevant and quality traffic. Effective SEO places your dropshipping business in front of your target audience. When your website is optimized for the right keywords (more on that below), your customers will be able to find you. Builds trust and credibility. Running a successful dropshipping business means establishing trust and credibility among both potential and existing customers. Ranking higher on Google gives people the impression that you’re one of your industry’s top players.   What You Need to Know About Dropshipping SEO in 2021Now that you know what SEO is and how it benefits your dropshipping business, the next step is to understand the basics. Here’s what you need to know about SEO for E-commerce: 1. Keyword ResearchIt’s impossible to rank higher on search engines if you don’t know what to rank for. Keyword research is the process of researching popular search terms for your target audience types in Google. Once you have a list of keywords, you can strategically incorporate them into your content to increase online visibility.You can use several tools for keyword research, such as Soovle, Google Search Console, or Ahrefs Keywords Explorer. For related keywords or long-tail keywords, you can use the Keywords Everywhere Chrome extension. Long-tail keywords are more specific phrases that visitors are likely to use. You can also incorporate long-tail keywords into your article for a more targeted result. 2. Keywords Research on CompetitorsBesides doing basic keyword research, it also pays to know the keywords your competitors are using. If they’re putting in the effort to rank for specific keywords, you might also want to check what those are. This is a very important step of your seo for e-commerce strategy.It’s easy to conduct competitor keyword research as long as you use the right tool, like Moz or Ubersuggest. But if you’re just starting your dropshipping business, you don’t have to analyze the keywords of your biggest competitors, like Shopify or BigCommerce. Research smaller competitors within your niche. In this way, the keywords you’re searching for are relevant to your dropshipping business. The next step is to paste their domain into your keyword generating tool, and you’ll be able to see the keywords they’re ranking for. You’ll have an idea of which keywords most relevant to your niche and which ones aren’t. 3. On-Page SEOOnce you have the keywords you want to rank for, the next step is to use those keywords on your website. On-page SEO refers to optimizing elements on each web page to improve search engine ranking. A good on-page SEO strategy ensures that search engines can easily understand your page while indexing. When Google knows what’s on your page, there’s a greater chance that your website will appear in relevant search queries.Here are some of the tips on how you can properly implement on-page SEO:Create content that gives value to your visitors to keep them on your page. Write long-form product descriptions (about 1000 words) and include the necessary keywords. However, remember not to stuff too many keywords in your content and product descriptions. Your pages should contain the necessary information relevant to your customers, like returns, terms of service, shipping options, etc. Place the main keyword in subheadings, meta descriptions, image alt tags, and URL. 4. Content CreationProducing high-quality and relevant content brings in organic traffic to build trust and credibility within your industry, and is especially important in SEO for e-commerce . The first thing you need to do is to create content around your product niche. This can help in improving organic traffic, generate leads, and increase your conversions. When your target audience is looking for a product to purchase, it’s safe to assume that they’ll start searching for it on Google. Your website ranks higher for your target market if you have several high-quality content based on the products you sell. Educate users about the product, how it benefits them, how to purchase, etc. Website visitors will likely turn into loyal customers because you’ve given them high-value content. You can start by writing a blog with 800-1000 words per week. Once you get the hang of writing content, you can adopt the skyscraper technique, which involves finding topics relevant to your niche that rank well on search engines and social media. You reverse engineer the content to create something better than the existing one. 5. Content MarketingAfter creating content, the next step is to market what you’ve written to your target market. You can do that by joining groups on Facebook or Reddit. Let’s say you sell skincare products. Joining health and beauty communities on Facebook allows you to share your blogs with your target audience. However, refrain from spamming them with your content as soon as you join. Content marketing involves building relationships with your audience. Take time to connect with people before sharing your content. Here are two ways you can market your content:Link BuildingLink building directly affects SEO and determines your search engine rankings. Google thinks a piece of content is good if it has a good number of high-quality links. This results in a higher domain authority (DA) and rankings. Some of the White Hat techniques you can use to build content include the following:Broken link buildingLink outreach Guest bloggingContent marketing with emailsPay-Per-Click AdsPay-per-click (PPC) is an advertising strategy where advertisers (you) pay a fee every time someone clicks on your ad. Unlike SEO, PPC can be launched within the day. Many marketers make the mistake of buying ads when their dropshipping store isn’t making any money. You need to understand your customers well to zero in on the right targets, such as pros and cons of your PPC campaign, keywords your audience use, customer demographics, etc. Ask a few customers who visit your website to participate in a survey. Update your survey and analyze the results regularly, and over time, you’ll get an idea of how visitors reach your website. 6. Website SpeedWebsite speed negatively affects SEO as it also affects user experience. Slow websites equal higher bounce rates and decreased conversions. In fact, according to SOASTA Research, bounce rates can go up to 90% of your website takes more than three to four seconds to load. Here are some of the ways to ensure that your website loads fast:Reduce and resize the images on your website. Check your website speed using Pingdom or Google Page Speed Insights. Use a fast and responsive web hosting package. Minimize the use of plugins and JavaScript and CSS files. Avoid redirects. 7. Dropshipping Website StructureDropshipping websites need a proper E-commerce website structure. Search engines will be able to find the pages quickly and index them faster, especially if your seo for e-commerce strategy is on the spot! It will also help in improving website speed because the proper structure needs fewer codes. E-commerce websites usually have more pages compared to other websites, so it’s important to have the right structure early on; otherwise, your customers will easily get lost in your website. One way to keep your customer’s attention is by implementing the three-click rule. The three-click rule says that web visitors should find the information they need with no more than three clicks. This makes sense since users often become frustrated if they can’t easily find what they’re looking for. Keep in mind that you need to properly categorize web pages that are already live on Google. Be sure that your old URL is a 301 redirect to the new one; otherwise, you’ll rank lower on the search pages and decrease Domain/Page Authority.  The Bottom LineDropshipping is one of the most lucrative businesses to be in right now, especially amid the pandemic as many people are doing their shopping online. If you follow the tips in this article, you will be able to maximize your  business’ potential by applying these SEO for e-commerce methods to increase your reach and profits. We have just one final tip to give you. As you know in order for a dropshipping business to succeed in the long-term, you will need a supplier who will be able to source for you top quality products and fast ship them on your behalf to your customers worldwide. The best partner you can choose if Yakkyofy, because we can: Provide you with an all-in-one software integration for free to automate your daily tasks;Source for you over 12 million products in real-time at B2B prices;Deliver your products in a handful of days, thanks to our Special Line Shipping Service;and so much more! Thank to our software, we will take of everything related to logistics, product sourcing and With Yakkyofy, you deal with the marketing and we will take care of everything else! All you need to  to start benefiting from all the above is simply…sign up nowBIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTHOR:Luisa started freelance writing in 2010. Since then, she has covered topics relating to health, entrepreneurship, and marketing strategies. She now works as a Content Promotion Manager for SMB Compass and is mainly focusing on business loans, strategies, and marketing tactics.  If she’s not writing, Luisa spends most of her free time binge-watching her favorite TV shows on Netflix, watering her plants or tucked in a well-lit corner reading a good book. May 19, 2021by I. De Virgiliis