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eCommerce: Affiliate Marketing Vs Dropshipping



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eCommerce: Affiliate Marketing Vs Dropshipping

You can do ecommerce in various ways. However, here I am talking about two methods that cost little money to start.
Affiliate marketing: If you want to do affiliate marketing, all you have to do is set up a website, join affiliate networks and promote the products. Cost involved is domain registration and hosting fees.
Dropshipping: Create a website, join drop shipping companies, sell the products, forwards the address of the buyer to dropshipping company. Rest of the work is done by the dropshipping company. Sometimes you might have to pay for the product in advance.

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Blank629

I do now some affiliate marketing in some websites that offers affiliate marketing. I first discover this when I searched for some jobs online. Then I give it a shot. At first, it is hard to earn some income because you just promoting a product and you don't know if someone is interested in it. But after some trainings and searching tips and techniques to earn commission, now I earned what I deserved to. Affiliate marketing is a good online job for me.



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dzannerz

Well for me now because Affiliate marketing is just investing for nothing. To become an affiliate in some company, there is money involved when your about to start and you need to promote your product but if no one or maybe all the people are already an affialiate then hoe can you earn?



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vinaya

I don't think you need a lot of money to become an affiliate marketer. You can do affiliate marketing through email marketing. Build an email list, create a newsletter with affiliate products and sent the email through mass email services. You don't even need a website and you can find a free mass email service. If you want to promote affiliate products through a website, you need to pay for domain registration and hosting fees.



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Baburra

I think both are good ways to earn because you can do them all without even leaving the house. The problem really is finding the right products because with either, you can end up with low selling products or sometimes even scam products, so it's best to do as much research as you can before diving in and spending money. The good part with affiliate marketing is that you don't have to spend that much money to get started.



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gelotologist

I agree both are really a good ways to earn money at home even when you're just lying on your bed. And also, I haven't tried the eCommerce Affiliate Marketing but I heard a lot of it on social media sites, especially on YouTube. But on the drop shipping thing, I've hear a lot of successful stories about it, which they make a 7 digit out of it and mostly drop shippers are on the age of 14-18, like they successfully drop shipped something like a magic.



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anor0428

You are right. The
success of these two methods will depend on choosing the product to sell. It is nit really easy at first, but then there are tons of tutorial video on youtube about affiliate marketing and dropping which can be your guide. You will only have to choose what will fit best for you. However, for me, dropshipping takes more risk than affiliate marketing, because if ever a product is damaged, you will also have to deal with your costumer returning it, and from that you will need to spend some extra money.



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treecko142

Yeah, it's always important to research whenever you are going to undertake a new endeavor just so you can have the right expectations going in and you won't be caught off-guard by any problems that you might encounter along the way.



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dzannerz

As for my own opinion dropshipping is better because unlike in affiliate, the income is only from the money you invest and the others that invest too while in dropshipping there is a product involved which you can promote, I mean a literal product and not a system. Being an affiliate is that your about to buy a system product which is not that easy to promote rather than a literal product.



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anor0428

I think one more advantage of dropshipping method is that you can get high profit like for example you found a product on sale, let us say 50% less. Then you will add profit with the actual price of that product on market(not the discounted), and from that you will have 50% profit of the product. So I think, earning on dropshipping could be much higher that affiliate marketing.



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vinaya

Thanks for vouching about dropshipping. I don't have any experience with dropshipping. However, I have been doing affiliate marketing since a long time, I have even developed websites to sell affiliate products.
I have heard that you make more from dropshipping. All you need is to set up a website, list a product from dropshipping company, promote the product and sell it.You take the orders and the dropshipping company will ship the product. You don't have to bother to ship the product to the seller.



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dzannerz

Well based on my own experience every company that promotes affiliate marketing has need an investment.



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overcast

I think dropshipping is one of the expensive of out of these three. Here you have to drop a lot of money into the system. You can see that if you are adding the money into dropshipping then this can turn out to be profitable venture. And on that note I'd surely say you can go ahead.

Affiliate marketing is all about efforts. More buying traffic the more profit. You have to find right traffic that buys from you. You have to focus on the links that can convert. You have to focus on the links that can bring some e-commerce traffic and then redirect them to your companies. It is more effort wise hard task.

Ecommerce is easy. but here the task is bring the clients to buy from you. Not going to be easy if they don't know your brand. So establishing brand takes more time for sure.



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vinaya

Ecommerce is a way to do business online. Dropshipping and affiliate marketing both are e-commerce business. Another way to do exommerce business is through direct sale. In order to do the direct sale, you need products, however, for dropshipping and affiliate marketing you do not have to acquire products. Since you don't need products, your investment will be small. However, setting up a dropshipping website or affiliate website does not make you money, you need to attract people who end of buying products from your website.



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overcast

There is also one more e-commerce type here. Where you are the manufacturer of the product. And you're the one selling it through your website. So that's the third type. It'd be direct sale here. And there won't be leaks with dropshipping and affiliate program. That is if you make your own products or service. It surely pays off.



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vinaya

Oh yes, I missed that point. Businesses are normally classified as B2B or B2B. B2B or business to business is a business model where two businesses are involved, for instance the manufacturer sends the products to the wholesalers, or whole sellers send the product to the retailer. B2C or Business two customer is a business model where businesses sell products directly to the consumers.



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anor0428

I think it will depend on how you execute both method. Some do succeed on dropshipping but it is undeniable that others do earn a lot also from affiliate marketing. I mean, you cannot choose between the two because each has an advantages and disadvantages. On dropshipping, you may need to spend more but then you can also earn more for putting the profit you want, while on affiliate marketing, you wont have to spend to much because you wont need to pay for the product you’re going to sell. But the success of these two methods both depend on products and how you promote them.



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overcast

Spot on execution part. We can have good sites in both affiliate and drop-shipping. But how do we execute this helps the case. You can see that some of the time it'd be reasonable to make money with the affiliate marketing if you don't want much headache on that part. Another thing is that affiliate marketing takes time it's not cut and paste approach for sure. It all comes down to how we execute to get sales in both context.



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vinaya

When you are doing affiliate marketing, your sales will be automated. You promote your site, the visitors will come to your website, choose a product, go the website where the actual product is available, buy the product. When the product is sold you will receive a commission.
However, if you are doing affiliate marketing, you will have to work. You take the order and forward the order to the marketplace that is actually selling products. When you do drop shipping, it appears that you are the actual seller.



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overcast

Yes dropshipping is a work. But I worked as a VA for one dropship seller. And I used to automate his shopify work. So It's doable and it's not much work. But if you understand how to manage the backend then surely it can be helpful as well. You can see that dropshipping if one has money then good. In other conditions affiliate marketing is good.



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gamergurl

I'm not sure if I'd consider affiliate marketing ecommerce, really, because there's essentially nothing in relation to the actual product sales you'll be dealing with. It's under the umbrella, sure, but IMO not really ecommerce per se.

Dropshipping would be, since you're actually in contact with the buyer and the original seller, but then again this makes the whole comparing pretty useless as we're talking about two entirely different things. And on a sidenote, you don't necessarily need a website for dropshipping, just buy from e.g., AliExpress or alibaba and sell with margin on eBay. There's decent money to be made if you just bother being a reliable point of contact.



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vinaya

A simple definition of ecommerce is "selling product or services online instead of from a storefront" Based on this description, affiliate marketing is also an ecommerce, yes, you don't have products to sell, however, you are sending buyers to the affiliate network's site.
Yes, you don't need a website in order to do dropshipping. You can resale products from various ecommerce marketplaces such as alibaba and aliexpress.
However, success lies in the fact that you need high traffic that converts to sales.



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overcast

I think affiliate marketing and dropshipping fall into same aspect. They are indirect means of the e-commerce. Here things are done by third party. So they can't be direct e-commerce vendors. And so we can't put them into this type of the marketing aspect. I have tried to see how the dropshipping market can be working there. I have seen some of the good dropshipping models like shopify and oblero but it all depends on traffic for final conversion for revenue.



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Pixie06

You can earn a good amount both from dropshipping and affiliate marketing. You need to have the right skills to be an affiliate marketer. I know people who have been really successful at affiliate marketing. This is even easier than dropshipping. Before becoming an affiliate marketer you must learn the techniques. I have a friend who is in the dropshipping business and she earns a decent amount from this. However, in the beginning, it was not easy for her. With time she learnt from her mistakes and today she is successful.



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anor0428

This can never be easy for anyone at first. They would have to do further study before they can get successful on any of these methods. I believe that if one is determined either for dropshipping or affiliate marketing, it can be achieved. And just like what others say, take your failure as a fuel to success. eCommerce: Affiliate Marketing Vs Dropshipping



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DarthHazard

I agree. Affiliate marketing can definitely be quite difficult so you need to make sure that you know what you are doing. The first few weeks and even months can be difficult so it is important that you try to avoid making mistakes. Personally, I would say affiliate marketing is as difficult as drop shipping really. Both are not exactly the easiest industries to go into.



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vinaya

Whether you are doing dropshipping or affiliate marketing, the basic requirement to make money is you need to become a good marketer. Without marketing, you cannot attract customers, if you have no customers there will be no sales.
As a marketer, you also need to know about the marketing channels at your disposal. You will have to market online and offline. When you are marketing online you need to use various channels from social media to search engine.



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wiseagent

I think the two paths are very effective, but I particularly prefer Affiliate Marketing because I can see more satisfactory results - at least from my point of view - in a faster way. But in both options you need to know how to take advantage of it by making good plans to be put into practice.



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augusta

I prefer more of drppshipping than affiliate marketing. one does not necessarily need to do much and you don't necessarily need a blog or site either.Just act a middleman between a buyer and a seller for a fee and that's it.



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vinaya

You don't need a website to do dropshipping, you can do dropshipping on ebay. You also do not need a website to do affiliate marketing, you can do it through email marketing. However, if you want to earn more from dropshipping and affiliate marketing, you need a website. A website helps you to showcase various products in different categories. Having a website builds a trust.



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manmad

Affiliate marketing takes way too much time and other resources to actually start earning decent income, you'll have to build up a site and invest a lot so it can become well known around a certain community, drop shipping on the other hand should be easier for starters, well not easier, but it's probably going to require less resources and you can start seeing progress faster, which can motivate you to work harder.



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Tronia

That is not completely true. You can do affiliate marketing without a website if you have a nice email list - many people just invest into building that so simply make a landing page that takes five minutes, get the emails and then do affiliate through there rather than through an actual website. That saves the hosting fees and so on. But it is never easy, I agree.



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Tronia

I have experience with affiliate marketing but I have never personally done dropshipping. I think people always assume they are both easy but that is far from the truth. They require a lot of work and effort - selling things or make somebody buy products is not a walk in the park but it is true that these two methods don't really require much money to start.

Affiliate marketing can be very profitable once you learn all of the little tricks and build a big email list.



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wiseagent

I don't think either of the two paths can be considered easy if you don't know enough about them to be able to devote your time to doing a correct work in order to get the results you expect.

Plus: I think it's precisely because of this - and consequently because people don't know how to take advantage of them - that many of them end up frustrated.



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vinaya

Affiliate marketing and drop shipping, both are difficult. You need to work hard to make money. However, it will be some what easy if you know the basic things such as:
finding a proper niche
getting traffic
marketing on the proper channel
etc.



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Judas2018

I think both ways come with their roadblocks per-say but, affiliate marketing to me is the easiest. There are so many options from Amazon to ebay to other more niche sites that might appeal directly to your target audience.



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AmieBotella

You are absolutely correct. Every type of money earning system has hardships on their way. Both can be profitable and both can be easy depending on the method you use. But it is true that affiliate is easier than dropshipping.



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vinaya

That's true. when you are doing affiliate marketing, you don't have to handle the checkout process. However, if you are doing dropshipping, you will have to take an order and then forward it to the drop shipping company.
Generally speaking, the amount you earn from affiliate marketing and drop shipping is more or less 10 percent. You have to do more work to make that amount when you are doing dropshipping.



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DenisP

I think that as someone who is new to the world of eCommerce, I'm going to be trying out affiliate marketing because it is more in line with the other goals that I've set for myself. I want to start a website dedicated to the content that I particularly have in mind, so I need that creative freedom available to me while still being able to do business and make money through AdSense, affiliate programs, and sponsors.

Dropshipping is more likely to limit my creative freedom so I'm not even considering it for the time being.



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vinaya

Dropshipping can truly become your ecommerce business. However, affiliate marketing cannot be termed as your ecommerce business. Affiliate marketing is a way to earn revenue from your blogs and websites through product recommendation. However, drop shipping is selling online, it is indirect selling though. You can use any of these systems to make money, however, the most important point to consider is how you market your website.



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Judas2018

A better idea than dropshipping would be to create your own line of products and sell them directly. Also make sure those products tie into your website, blog or online brand somehow. It acts as free promotion and spreads the gospel quite well.



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vinaya

I have plans to sell items online, I am considering various options like affiliate marketing, dropping selling, or selling direct.
Affiliate marketing will cost me nothing.
If I am doing dropshipping, I will have to take orders and forward to the dropshipping companies. I am selling the product but I am not delievering the product, which somewhat eases the work.
If I am selling direct, I need to procure products and this cost a lot of money.



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jaymish2

This is a tough one and not an easy choice. Both have their positives and negatives. Why can't we do both? For me, dropshipping has little risk. All you have to do is wisely choose your supplier. The logistics are taken care of. You would make more money than affiliate marketing. For affiliate marketing, there is no risk, but I think you earn very little, as you are only earning a commission from the seller's profit. I vote to dropship.



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overcast

If you do affilaite marketing you'd need around 100$ for typical setup. But dropshipping on shopify takes around 350$ per year plus the product pricing to be paid. So it is going to cost a lot for the both. I think one needs to be done at a time. And that seems to be the way for managing the affiliate marketing at first. And then the dropshipping depending on how you can manage it. Not all the time it'd be easier though.



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vinaya

I have to disagree with you regarding the cost involved in affiliate marketing. You can do affiliate marketing through free blogs, email marketing or social media. If you want to have a website to do affiliate marketing, it will cost you around $20-$25 for the first year (a dot com and shared hosting). If you do it in a proper way, you can earn the first year running cost as well as domain and hosting renewal in the first year.



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potentialwriter

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular online businesses started online. I too joined an affiliate company about 12 years ago. I could remember I had my first internet money making experience by becoming an affiliate marketer, though didn't have a website of my own then. Recently, I realized that it's a must to have a website in order to make real money online.

Dropshipping is equally one of those notable ways of making money, though most people don't really go into that like affiliate marketing.



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Martinsx1

Having to choose between affiliate marketing and Dropshipping, I would go for affiliate marketing. Although I'm still in the early stages of affiliate marketing program, I have set up a website of of my own and currently making use of free hosting plan in order to get a full hang of the business. Once I have mastered it 100%, then I will extend my work to the next level. I have seen quite a good number of successful people in affiliate marketing, so therefore I believe I'm definitely going to succeed.



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vinaya

You can start affiliate marketing with zero investment. You don't even need a website, you can do it through email marketing or even through social media. You can do affiliate marketing through free blogs as well. However, in order to do dropshipping you need to invest in a website. Sometimes you might have to buy the product in advance.



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Kakashi2020

Dropshipping to me is more lucrative but sometimes you need to shell out some money depending on the dropshipping company. There are several ways of doing it. I'll discuss the simplest.
First, you post and sell products from a dropshipping company at your site then someone orders from your site and he pays for it then you place an order with the dropshipping company paying them and they do the shipping using your company name and address.

Pros: You don't need to manufacture or buy inventory / you won't be spending big money to start your business.

Cons:. Coordination almost all of the time is time consuming. A lot of times the product is out of stock or the price have changed and products delivered are not as advertised. Shipping low quality and sometimes damaged products. Usually your customers will blame you for all the negative things that will happen during and after delivery.



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vinaya

That's true. IN drop selling, you sell to people, yet you do not have to deal with shipping. You take the order, cut your commission and forward the address and payment to the drop shipping company. You don't have to maintain the inventory. However, importing the products from other companies is time-consuming if you are doing do manually. If you use tools, you will end up paying a lot of money.



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Corzhens

I have many friends in Facebook who are into drop shipping. They said it is so easy because you don't need capital to start. Just connect to a supplier and you can start promoting your products in Facebook. But I aim to go into affiliate marketing because it looks better. Although I need a website for the convenience of promoting the products I guess it is just fine because the earnings will pay for the cost.



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