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From Bottom To Top: How To Drive Traffic To Your New Online Store

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How to drive traffic to your online store

Are you are lucky owner of a fresh and young dropshipping store? Congratulations! Now, you’re probably wondering what to do next. So, here are our guidelines on how to drive traffic to your online store!

When you understand that your brand new online store is finally ready to welcome its first visitors and accept their orders, naturally, you are absolutely over the moon.

At this point, here’s one thing for you to think about: where, in your opinion, will these customers come from?

Will they just stumble upon your store on Google, and get thrilled with your offers?

Or, will they see your catchy product ad in their Instagram feed?

Or, will you use some alternative media channels to let the world know about your awesome business?

Now, while your store is very young, you, as this business owner, have a very important task. Your goal is to attract as many people to your website as possible.

Of course, you also need to try your best to convert this visitors into loyal buyers – but, first things first. If you don’t have a single person browsing your website, you have no one to convert!

So, let’s learn how to drive traffic to your online store while it’s fresh and young. We will start with the basics!

Table Of Contents

#1 Learn where to check your eCommerce traffic sources

Yep, that’s really the most basic part you can imagine 🙂

To understand how to drive traffic to your online store, and to see whether your efforts are really paying off, you need a reliable tracking system.

The best solution, obviously, is Google Analytics – a top class web analytics service. With its help, you will identify how many people visit your online store, track the places they are coming from, and access some more stats.

To use it for your business purposes, you need to:

  • Create a Google Analytics account
  • Integrate Google Analytics into your website
  • Make Google Analytics live stats show on your dashboard

All these steps are described in detail here, so, if your store is based on AliDropship plugin, simply follow these guidelines. As the result, you’ll get an access to the detailed stats describing your store performance! In the table above, you can see the example of a Google Analytics report on your traffic.

PRO tip: use Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce add-on to gather even more details about your store traffic.

This add-on, compatible with AliDropship original plugin, is absolutely free to download and use, and it lets you learn not only the amount of users and the time they spent on your site, but the number of transactions and the volume of revenue as well! Here’s what your report will look like:

Basically, with its help, you’ll see how much money you get from every traffic channel. Isn’t it awesome?

Of course, right now, while your store is really young, you won’t see any large numbers in the report. But, don’t let it discourage you! In a while, these numbers will start increasing – and you’ll learn a lot about your business and its growth potential.

#2 Look at your product offer critically

Was your store offer created by our team who made a custom dropshipping store for you?

Or, did you add and edit all the products yourself?

If you delegated this task to our experts, you have nothing to worry about – they have picked the items according to our strict criteria, and they did their best to bring every product page to perfection.

But, if you did all the job yourself, stop for a second and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are your products trendy, demanded, and ready to trigger impulse purchases?

If you offer basic, general items that are not interesting to anyone, you’ll have a hard time luring people into making a purchase from you. To learn what are the best and the worst products for a dropshipping store, please, go to this article.

  • Are your AliExpress suppliers reliable?

Most likely, the products you’ve added to your store actually originate from AliExpress. So, you need to check whether they are actually able to offer the highest quality goods to your customers. Otherwise, the previous achieved traffic will turn into dozens of disappointed buyers! To learn how to pick the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store, please, read this article.

  • Do your product pages look appealing, professional and trust-inspiring?

During online shopping, people pay tons of attention to the appearance of your website and the quality of information you’re filling it with. To learn our secrets of creating beautiful and informational product pages, please, go to this article.

  • Are your product prices set wisely?

Imagine the disappointment of your potential clients when they see your product ad somewhere and feel sorry they can’t afford buying it. To make sure your prices don’t scare your target audience again, make sure you understand who is your potential customer, and use your competitors’ prices as an example.

  • Do you have enough products to make your audience interested?

That’s the most curious part. If your store has only 15-20 products (which aren’t even unique), it won’t be really easy to achieve a stable traffic flow. However, if you have at least 50-80 products, it gets much simpler to target your promotional efforts at different customer segments. Therefore, you increase your chances of attracting more people to your store!

PRO tip: use DropshipMe to find and add the best products for your store in seconds.

DropshipMe is a convenient database of carefully edited, best quality products from AliExpress that is made and constantly updated by a dedicated team. It’s possible to use it for free: you can import up to 50 first products without any payments or fees!

This option will come in handy even if you have a custom-made store with pre-added products. You are not limited by this specific amount of items, and you can always import more if you want to!

#3 Make sure the content is optimised for both people and search engines

Previously, I mentioned your product pages optimisation in terms of their beauty and informative value.

These qualities are vital when you want to attract people. Still, if you’re wondering how to drive traffic to your online store, you need to get best friends with Google.

More specifically, pay your attention to search engines optimisation (SEO). It will help your website rank higher on Google search result page. To learn how to properly optimise your product pages, please, go to this article.

PRO tip: remember that not only product pages require a SEO attention.

If you want more people to find your store on Google, you need to optimise all the content you have on your website. To learn how to optimise your in-store blog (if you run it), please, go to this article. To check whether you did as much SEO as you can, please, use this checklist.

#4 Create evergreen content

Well, since I’ve started talking about your in-store blog (by the way, here is why you really need it if you want to succeed), it’s time to talk about its role in your traffic growth.

To provide a stable traffic flow, it is a good idea to write articles that won’t lose its relevance quickly.

For example, when I write an article about the dropshipping product trends of 2019, I understand that in 2020, this article won’t be as relevant as it is now. Fashion will change, new technologies will appear, other products will become popular, and there won’t be any reason for people to read this article any more. So, most likely, it won’t work as a good traffic magnet any more, and it’s okay – I will simply write a new, more well-timed one 🙂

But not all the types of articles can ‘expire’.

Let’s take an article about WooCommerce and the ways to succeed with it: it is a great example of evergreen content. Whatever year it is, the article stays relevant and true-to-life, and it keeps attracting new readers. The same is true for success stories and various ‘how to’ articles: they describe processes or life stories, and the readers can refer to them at any point of their lives.

So, to drive traffic to your eCommerce store, make sure that along with various news and announcements of short-term value, you also have the following types of content:

  • Presentation of the items you offer
  • Reviews and feedback from your clients
  • Instructions on the products use or special care
  • Entertaining and educating posts related to separate products or to your whole store niche

These types of posts will be relevant as long as you keep the described items in your product offer. This is why you can expect them to drive traffic to your online store for years to come!

PRO tip: repurpose your content.

Of course, the types of content listed above don’t only refer to blog articles. You can safely use them for your social media posts and all the other promotions you do on various marketing channels.

Here, the strategy of repurposing will come in handy: if you, for example, have a new blog post about your product, you can safely use it as a basis for a promotional video, a colorful Instagram entry, an engaging Facebook post, and even an email! The same is true for all the other types of marketing materials. Just think what you can convert them into, and create valuable traffic-generating content with no extra efforts.

#5 Use the traffic generation mix from AliDropship

Did you know that we have assembled a whole list of amazing traffic sources you can use?

Here it is!

The best part about these methods is their ZERO cost!

While your dropshipping store is young, certainly, you can’t afford costly traffic generation methods. So, we did our best to think of the smart tips and tricks that don’t cost you a single cent, but still, do a lot to attract your first store visitors!

PRO tip: pick the strategy that suits your skills and personal preferences best.

While making this list, we were thinking of the people of various talents and hobbies. So, whatever is your strength, you can find a traffic generation tip that is perfect for you!

#6 Drive traffic to your online store via paid advertising

Okay, here comes the most interesting part of this article!

In case you have some savings that you can invest into paid advertising, let’s do it!

Generally, there are 3 types of paid advertising you can use to drive traffic to your online store:

  • PPC

PPC, which means pay-per-click advertising, means that you show your ads to countless Internet users. And, every time a user clicks on your ad (and gets redirected on your website), you need to pay a specified fee. Usually, PPC ads are really efficient – so, it is the perfect instrument to drive traffic to a really young website.

Most typically, PPC is done through Google Ads: there, marketers create and ‘stock’ their ads. When a user types something in the Google search bar, the Google Ads system picks some of these ads from its ‘stock’ and shows them to this user. The better is your ad, the bigger are its chances to be shown to the user. To make sure your ads are perfect, feel free to use this Google Ads audit checklist.

  • Google Shopping ads

It’s a slightly different type of promotion, but, it’s also highly efficient. Again, these ads are shown on Google – the search engine that people use across the globe to find the solution for their problems.

Imagine the users’ joy when they look up their issues online – and immediately see a product that can help them! Certainly, Google Ads are a wonderful eCommerce traffic source which is highly helpful for your clients – and beneficial for you.

To learn how to set these ads up, please, go to this article.

  • Ads on social networks

Instagram is a wonderful place not only to boast your vacations photos, but to attract visitors to your website as well.

For this purpose, you can use Instagram paid ads – here is the step-by-step instruction! Also, you can promote your own post in multiple ways – just follow these guidelines and choose the one you prefer.

Alternatively, you can partner with a famous and influential account, and ask the owner to publish a post that you submit. This strategy is called a shoutout, and here’s how it works.

Facebook is a great place for marketing, too – especially, if you define your ads audience correctly. You can, for example, launch Facebook remarketing ads (in our personal experience, they yield amazing results), and use a smart tech solution to create your ads just in a couple of clicks.

Another awesome thing about Facebook is that you can experiment with the ads audience and, ultimately, reach the people who are the most likely to visit your website and buy something from you. For example, you can set up a custom audience to once again reach the people who have previously left your store without taking any action. Or, it’s possible to build a lookalike audience which unifies people with similar behavior and shopping patterns.

As you can see, there are plenty of options – just pick the one that is understandable and affordable to you, and you’re good to go!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article! Now, you have a much clearer idea on how to drive traffic to your online store. And, don’t forget to read our free guide that explains what to do if you want your store visitors to never let your website without making a purchase!

By Olga L.
Olga is a content creator at AliDropship, and she aims to explain the most complicated drop shipping concepts in the simplest terms possible.
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