The AliExpress Sales Funnel [ClickFunnels]

This post was originally going to be a full blown course...

It was supposed to be created in January, then February... and now it's May.

Obviously, the course isn't happening any time soon; so, I figured I could still write an epic blog post that covers 80% of what the course would cover... and just get the dang thing out the door!

So, let's go!

Update: I did turn it into a course!

The AliExpress Sales Funnel [ClickFunnels]

There's a huge opportunity right now for individuals to source products from China on a 1-to-1 basis by dropshipping via AliExpress.

This means, you can sell a product to someone in the United States for $10, go to AliExpress, buy the product for $3 and ship it for $2 directly to that individual. Thus, you make $5.

The benefit? You don't have to hold any inventory and you only buy products AFTER you have received payment from a customer. You literally have no expenses (beyond customer acquisition, which we'll get to).

Ultimately, it's a very "cool" model and a lot of people are doing it/want to do it...

We do it here at Crazy Eye Marketing and this post explains our approach.

The "Big Idea"

The "big idea" behind this strategy is that you're going to build a lot of funnels and test a lot of products very quickly.

Most will be losers; however, some will be "OK" and others will be huge winners!

So, the plan is to iterate and build fast.

Since this post is quite long, I figured I should give you an outline of what's covered so you can see where it's going and how it's all connected.

  1. Figure out your niche/audience - You must have people to sell to
  2. Figure out what you're going to sell them
    1. Ultimately, you're going to build a bunch of funnels and test a lot of products - You will test a lot. Most tests will fail and that's OK because the winners will more than make up for it
  3. Build your AliExpress sales funnel with ClickFunnels
    1. Free + Shipping vs. Crazy Discount
  4. Send traffic via Facebook
  5. See if it works
  6. Repeat steps 2-5.

Finding Your Niche/Audience

The very first thing you need to do is figure out your niche or audience... who are you going to sell stuff to?

There are many strategies and methodologies for doing this...

  • Pick a niche you're passionate about - This can be a good idea because you'll likely care more and do a better job
  • Pick a niche with raving fans - Maybe you don't care about the topic; however, there are 3 million other people that love that topic (ie. I <3 Cats!)
  • Pick a niche that has products people NEED - Maybe these people aren't "raving fans"; however, they have a hobby and need certain products to do that hobby (ie. cooking, camping, cars, etc.)

I'm sure there are other strategies as well, but those will help get you going in the right direction.

Now, you also need to make sure...

  • They're willing and able to buy online - There are certain demographics that don't buy online. Whether it's age, location, etc., for some reason, some groups of people simply don't buy online.
    • A good way to test this is to go to Amazon and look up products you believe your potential audience would be interested in. If you see products listed, they have reviews, and look like they're selling... then you're probably OK!
  • The audience is large enough - 1-5 million people. Any less and it's probably too small of a pool. Any more and you're probably going too broad.
    • A good way to check audience size is by going to Facebook and checking...

Precise Interests

  • Precise Interests are those that aren't "made" by someone at Facebook, instead they're made by an algorithm.
  • Basically, if it's something generic/broad and short like "fitness", "hiking", "digital marketing" ... it's NOT precise. If it's longer and specific, it's typically precise.
  • Also, as a general rule of thumb, if the Interest matches the name of a Page, then it's a Precise Interest.
  • Another general rule, Precise Interests typically have less than 1 million people in them.

The "Perfect" Niche

The "perfect" niche is one where all the aforementioned requirements are met.

It's a niche you're passionate about, it has raving fans who will buy stuff "just cuz", and it also has products people need. It has between 1-5 million people, and it has people willing, and able to buy online!

For example, cat lovers is a "perfect" niche (if you also love cats). There are all kinds of trinkets (necklaces, t-shirts, phone cases, etc.) people will buy to show they love their cat. Then, there's practical cat stuff people NEED like litter boxes, toys, treats, etc. that cat lovers also need. Plus, it's a large audience that includes people willing and able to buy online.

Why Pick A Niche?

You may be thinking to yourself, "Why should I pick a niche? Why not pick random products that are already selling well?"

The reason why you want to hone in on a particular audience is so you can build your lists.

Whether they're leads lists or buyers lists or email lists or retargeting lists or messenger lists... you want lists of people with similar interests so when you launch a new funnel/product, you have a group of people to put it in front of who already know you and your business.

While you could conceivably launch a bunch of funnels with a bunch of different products and still do fine, it's best to have a core audience to go after so you can essentially "recycle" them!

How To Pick A Good Product To Sell

Now that you've figured out your niche/audience, it's time to find some stuff to sell them!

There are a million ways to do this...

... you can find voids in the marketplace, survey your audience, and do a ton of market research. Then, go about finding or developing the product that fills that need. And, this is probably the "right" thing to do if you aren't playing this AliExpress game!

Yes, this is a game.

There is nothing stopping anyone else from setting up funnels and dropshipping from AliExpress.

All you need is a couple hundred bucks to run ads... you will hopefully make back that same day.

It's very much a game and you have to move fast and adjust quickly.

Finding The Initial Product

Since this is a game where speed and agility are keys to success, it's best to use products that you already know sell well.

You can do things like go to Amazon to look at top selling products and then try to find them on AliExpress...

Or, you can pay attention to the marketplace to see what's "hot" right now... like fidget spinners...

Or, the easiest way is to just go to AliExpress and...

  • Search for and/or browse the categories you believe your audience is interested in
  • Keep price under $5 (of course, this is up to you, but I try to sell the initial offer for less than $10, so I need enough to cover the product, shipping, and ad spend)
  • Check 4 stars & up
  • Sort products by "orders"
  • Ensure manufacturer has at least 3 Diamonds
  • Ensure ePacket shipping
  • Double check reviews to see complaints

When you find a product you want to use, add it to a Wishlist that's the name of the funnel.

Finding One-Time-Offer Products

In the last step, you found what you hope is a great Initial Product... one that will sell like hot cakes!

Now, it's time to find some complementary products that customers will want in addition to the initial product they just purchased.

Obviously, the more products they order... the better it is for you!

However, there is a catch...

YOU MUST PICK PRODUCTS FROM THE SAME MANUFACTURER!

Why? So you can save on shipping costs!

Watch this...

The AliExpress Sales Funnel

At this time, you should have three awesome products from the same manufacturer to save on shipping costs.

Now, let's talk about the funnel!

Free + Shipping vs. Crazy Discount

There are two ways to approach this funnel:

  1. Free + Shipping: Give the product away for free, but the customer has to pay shipping costs
  2. Offering a Crazy Discount: 50%+ off with free shipping

Both ways can work incredibly well and ideally, you will want to split test both.

There are also some pros and cons for each:

  • Free + Shipping has the word "free" in it, and people love free
    • This may lead to some viral-ness
    • People will complain about how "it's not free if they have to pay for shipping" - you will have to monitor your ads closely for people calling it a "scam"
    • Pretty much everyone and their mother is following this tactic and it my be "over done"
    • Typically has high cart abandonment rate because people bounce once they see the price of shipping
  • Crazy Discount is pretty straight forward... save a lot of money on Product X.
    • People won't typically call it a "scam"
    • It might not go as viral as a "free" offer
    • You can charge more. People won't believe it cost's $10 to ship a "Cat Paw Necklace"; however, they will believe the true cost of the necklace is $20 and that at $10, it's 50% off!

Personally, I always go with the Crazy Discount first and if it starts to generate sales I will split test that version against a Free + Shipping version.

If it doesn't make any sales, I move onto the next product.

The Funnel Design

This is the structure of the AliExpress Sales Funnel:

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Facebook Ad(s)

Most of my Facebook ads look something like this:

If the product performs well, ie. starts making some sales, I will order it, shoot a video demonstration of the product and run that as an ad as well.

Video ads typically outperform image ads... so, if you find a winning product, it's certainly worth trying!

Note: Make sure you're optimizing your Facebook Ad Campaign for Conversions. Having said that, you need to ensure you're tracking conversions in your funnel. I do this by placing the purchase conversion tag on my OTO 1 page.

2-Step Sales Page

I try to keep my sales pages as plain and straight forward as possible...

>> Click Here To View The Page <<

All my pages follow a very similar structure as the one above.

I explain who/what the product is perfect for and then list out some features & benefits.

I re-iterate the FREE Shipping & Handling aspect and also mention that it will take 2-4 weeks for delivery. We want to make sure people know it will take a little while to receive their product... do not deceive people.

On occasion, I will add a few more product images and possibly some reviews/testimonials, if I feel like it will help. I never add more than is necessary.

Step 2 of the order form looks like this:

A couple things to note:

  • I'm giving people the chance to purchase more than one and even incentivizing it by offering even greater discounts. Some of my funnels offer quantities up to 10 - try not to limit anyone who wants to buy a lot!
  • There's a bump offer. In this case, it's for a "cat library" which is a ClickFunnels membership site that has a bunch of cat related information - PLR, YouTube videos, etc. It's a digital product so that $4.95 is essentially pure profit. It's a nice little kicker to increase average order size on the front-end. Think of products, whether physical or digital, that you can offer as a bump and watch your average order size increase!

Cart Abandonment Emails

The great part about the 2-step order form is that as soon as someone fills out their contact information and clicks the button to go to Part 2... their contact information gets stored in ClickFunnels and can be passed to your 3rd party autoresponder tool!

This way, even if someone doesn't buy, you're still able to follow up with them!

I use a very simple cart abandonment series for people that don't buy right away:

Email 1 - Sent 1 hour after abandonment:

Subject Line: Complete Your Purchase

Hey %FIRSTNAME%,

Your shopping cart at Crazy Eye Marketing has been reserved and is waiting for your return!

In your cart, you left: Cat Paw Necklace

Click here to complete your purchase!

Thanks for shopping!

Crazy Eye Marketing

Email 2 - Sent 1 day after abandonment:

Subject Line: Last Reminder About Your Cart!

Hey %FIRSTNAME%,

Your shopping cart at Crazy Eye Marketing has been reserved and is waiting for your return!

In your cart, you left: Cat Paw Necklace

Click here to complete your purchase!

Thanks for shopping!

Crazy Eye Marketing

I then roll those people into my general follow up series where I send great content and other offers in an effort to get them to become a customer.

Order Confirmation Email

After someone purchases the initial offer, they're sent this email:

It's a simple email that thanks them for their order, reminds them it takes 2-4 weeks to receive their order (and gives a reason why it takes this long), tells them where to go if they need help or have questions, and closes with a reminder to checkout another one of our products.

BONUS: Super-Powered 2-Step Order Form

Personally, I run a few "pro tools" on my 2-step order form and I highly recommend them because they optimize your form.

The "pro tools" are from Jaime Smith of CF Pro Tools.

Most are FREE! Which is insane because they provide so much power.

I use:

  • CF USA Only Shipping Hidden - Automatically selects USA as country and then hides the country option (one less field to fill out)
  • CF Best Seller Highlight - Highlight your top selling offer (see image below)
  • CF Select Default - Pre-select a product option (typically pre-select the "most popular" option)
  • CF 2 Step Track Lead - Track leads. Those that fill out Part #1 of the 2-step form.
  • CF State Selector (paid) - "Forces" people to select a State abbreviation. Otherwise people type all sorts of random stuff and misspell their own state. (the less options you give someone, the better)

I'm not a partner, affiliate, or anything for CF Pro Tools. It's simply an awesome resource that I highly recommend!

OTO 1

After purchasing the Initial Offer (and hopefully the bump) they're greeted with One-Time-Offer 1 (OTO):

>> Click Here To View The Page <<

Notice that it starts with "WAIT! Your Order Is Being Processed, BUT It Isn't Complete" - this tells the individual that they aren't done. This is important because we don't want people to randomly leave after they submit their order.

As you can see, the page is relatively simple... an image of the product (I would add more if the product needed it) and a few bullets about the features & benefits of the product.

Then, I give people the option to upgrade their order by buying either one or two of the OTO (remember, multi-product is where the money is made!)

I closeout the page by giving the individual a chance to opt-out of the OTO.

OTO 2

The layout of OTO 2 is very similar to OTO 1. Why? It works!

>> Click Here To View The Page <<

You may notice the background color of the very top bar is different than OTO 1. This hopefully draws their attention to the fact this is a different offer.

Beyond that, the concept of OTO 2 is the exact same as OTO 1... try and sell more than one!

Order Confirmation Page

The Order Confirmation Page lets people know their order is complete...

It also recommends other products they might be interested in - which of course leads them to other product funnels!

>> Click Here To View The Page <<

Membership Portal

The Membership Pages are only used when offering digital assets for the Bump on the Initial Offer.

These pages aren't always applicable; however, I include them as often as possible because it only takes a few hours to throw together a membership area and charge $4.95 a head for it... which can make or break your AliExpress Sales Funnel!

This is my Membership Access Page:

And Membership Area:

And...

Those are the pages of the AliExpress Funnel!

Handling Orders

Now that you have this super awesome funnel loaded with products... it's time to start handling orders!

There are many ways to do this and several tools to help you along the way like...

Unfortunately, I've seen both tools order multiples and, in general, screw something up...

So, human intervention is required...

Which leads me to my approach which is mostly manual. (yes, humans screw up too, but why spend money on a tool when you need to have a human engaged anyway? Why not just let a human do it?)

And, this is how I manually submit the orders into AliExpress...

It's pretty self-explanatory; however, I drop a few tips so it will be helpful to watch:

  • Note to seller: Please do not include an invoice or promotional material - thank you!

BONUS Tip! Mike Rocha left a real smart comment below recommending the use of Ebates when you submit your orders to AliExpress. Doing this will help you earn some money back!

How To Tell If It's Working

This topic, in itself, has over 8 million variables. (yes, I counted)

One word could literally make or break a campaign, not to mention your audience targeting, ad, pages, offer, etc.

We try and eliminate the possibility of getting something wrong by using a proven ad structure and funnel. Your chances for success are much higher because you're building on a solid foundation....

However, you can test and tweak and test and tweak until your eyes pop out... or...

You can iterate quickly - ie. start over with a new ad, offer, funnel, etc.

Once you've done it a few times, you'll be able to create these types of funnels in just a few hours... simply duplicate the funnel, swap out the products, make sure all the connections are good, create your ad, and launch! (there might be a few other steps in there, but the point is that it's a fast process)

My Recipe To Measure Success

To test a new funnel I:

  • Take the price of the product I'm selling (what I'm selling it for, say $9.95)
  • Multiply that value by 10 (10 * $9.95 = $99.50)
  • Divide that number by 5 ($99.50 / 5 = $19.90)
  • I launch my ad with a budget of $19.90/day and let it run for 5 days
  • After those 5 days I evaluate
    • If it's profitable, I let that baby run!
    • If it's break-even or close, I will either let it run (Facebook might auto-optimize it into profitability) or I may adjust my targeting by viewing breakdown reports in Facebook (mobile vs. desktop, age ranges, male vs. female). See if there's a cheaper audience/segment that I should focus on.
    • If it lost most money or didn't make a single sale... I kill it and start fresh. I figure, if I can't sell a product by spending 10X its sale price when targeting my ideal audience with proven ad and funnel structures... then I likely chose a bad product and I need to start over.

So, that's how I do it.

Again, there are many ways to skin this "optimization" cat... but, I personally prefer to just kill it and start fresh.

In Closing

You've now seen the strategy and tactics behind the AliExpress Sales Funnel!

There are people that sell this information for $1,000s ...

But, I put it all out there in the open for ya... for free... you're welcome 😉 ha

Anyway, I do have a simple pitch...

If this post helped you "see the light" or gave you insights in anyway...

And you want...

  • A copy of my sales funnel...
  • Over-the-shoulder training where I show you how to set the whole thing up (over 2.5 hours of video instruction)...
  • Support...

Instead of the $1,000s others might charge you, I'm offering unlimited, instant access to it for only $97 $20! (limited time!)

Click Here to get access to my shared AliExpress Sales Funnel, AND get access to the over-the-shoulder training! (note: you need a ClickFunnels account for this funnel)

Or...

If you still need a ClickFunnels account and register through my link, then forward your "Welcome Email" to support@crazyeyemarketing.com... I'll send ya the funnel & training for free!

Oh, and people are absolutely LOVING it...

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Or...

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2017-11-23T13:37:07+00:00
  • Robbin

    I am in the process of building an AliExpress sales funnel myself and picked up some great tips. People are indeed selling this kind of information for hundreds of dollars, so thanks for your generosity of sharing this information for free. I like the content you're putting out. I will keep an eye on your blog.

    • Hi Robbin - I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the post! Best of luck to you and your AliExpress funnel... I hope it's a home run!

  • Randolf Kim

    Well Done Nathan! You're great! I'm just curious about how you send the abandonment email? Does it happen automatically or you do it manually? What if I'm using Aweber?

    • Hi Randolf, I'm glad you like it! With regard to the abandonment emails... I either use Zapier to connect to ActiveCampaign (so, you can do something similar with Aweber), or I'll use the built-in automation function inside of ClickFunnels. But, it's definitely automatic! I hope that helps get you in the right direction!

      • Randolf Kim

        Thanks Nathan! Do you have available video for my case? It seems like easy to setup but triggering the abandoned funnel is hard and cause complications.. I hope I can read your mind. 🙂

  • Mike Rocha

    Dude this info is awesome. Im just starting out in the aliexpress dropshipping world. I started out with shopify. No sales yet but I know my niche is small. Question: Do you ever worry about being ablento cover the monthly clickfunnels fees? If so may I suggest opening aliexpress in ebates first. You get back 4.5% each transaction and that adds up. 🙂

    • Hi Mike, I'm glad you like it and congrats on entering the AliExpress dropshipping world... it can certainly be a fun one! I do not worry about being able to cover the monthly ClickFunnels fees... the tool pays for itself time and again. As for the Ebates "hack" ... that's smart man, much appreciated! I just opened an Ebates account thanks to you and I'm going to update the post with your tip... thanks!

  • Jon

    Hi Nathan,

    Great summary of using Ali Express and Drop Shipping for selling products using Facebook campaigns.

    Are you mostly selling products using landing page/click funnel methods for niche products? Or are you actually setting up an E-commerce store and setting up the Facebook ad to go right to the check out page of that product on your web site?

    Right now in the middle of developing and putting together a E-commerce site and will be setting up FB campaigns that link directly to the web site check out page of the product.

    If you are just doing the click funnel, with just product landing pages without an actual site, its a shorter method for selling items.

    Whereas, if you set-up an actual e-commerce store, then you really have to focus on branding, in addition to the FB ads and deals you are promoting.

    Any experiences with both sides of the platform, for either e-commerce or click funnel landing pages, would love to hear anyones experiences with it, in relation to promoting Ali Express items.

    Cheers,

    Jon

    • Hey Jon,

      Glad you like the post!

      I do both ClickFunnels and Shopify... probably a 50/50 split. How I choose what tool typically comes down to how many variants the product has and if I can find good, complimentary products from the same manufacturer...

      ClickFunnels doesn't do a good job with variants, so if it's a product with multiple variants that I want to use... I run it through Shopify. Otherwise, typically, I'll use ClickFunnels.

      Same with the complimentary products, if I can't find any... I run it through Shopify, otherwise, ClickFunnels.

      With regard to branding - I guess there are a couple ways to approach it. You could build "brandless" funnels in ClickFunnels and run them that way. Personally, I brand all my funnels the same brand as the ecommerce store... I try and make the whole thing congruous for the customer so they don't know the difference.

      While I could talk all day on this, that's pretty much a broad overview... I do use both platforms, depending on a few variables and I brand them all!

      Hope that helps,
      Nathan

      I love ClickFunnels for 1-off products that don't have any v

  • Jon

    Hi Nathan,

    Actually use WooCommerce, as there is a tool just like Shopify that allows you to see all the "epacket" products and import them over to WooCommerce with one click. Do not have to pay $200 to $300/month. But I can see how Shopify allows you to set quick and easy. If I did not have this plugin to add products/variants/epackets, might have gone through Shopify direction.

    Me personally, I am building a clothing web site with over 1000 products. Already have 300 products loaded and the variants get loaded auto using this plugin that loads the product from Ali Express to Woo Commerce.

    Trying to make a decision if for the main picture, to use either a picture of the person wearing the clothing item or just the clothing item itself. Because Ill have over 1000 products, it will be difficult to buy 1000 products and take high quality pictures of each.

    What I am thinking is just going with using the person wearing the clothes, and even though it will be different models, wearing each product, at least it will be consistent. I am changing around background color to all the same colour and cropping the photos, so the full face does not show. Its a long process, but it has to be done. Paying a free lancer to do that right now, along with doing some title changes for all the different products.

    Secondly,. I am using about 10 to 15 different clothing brands, and not promoting the clothing brand online. Someone of these companies will have branding on the back tag of these clothing items and some won't.

    Thinking about at some point about adding my own branding and logo with a paper tag, but not all suppliers will add a paper tag.

    Dont think people should care to much about buying clothing items from my site, that are from different chinese brands. Do not list any brand name in the product info. Also, secondly, I state in the I go that I am not the manufacturer of the products, and that I am selling other manufacturers products.

    Most of my products will be in the range of $15 to $30 range, with a $10 to $15 profit.

    Thoughts about display pictures and the sewn on tags, on the back of clothing items? Any experience with selling clothes and creating clothing brand?

    Guess at the end of the day, the tags are the tags, that are on the back of the clothes. You can get them removed sometimes and branded yourself, but it's a lot more costly.

    People are just happy to get the product, as long as it gets there within the amount of time you stated and the product is what they described.

    Great to talk to other people with drop shipping and e-commerce experience.

  • Cassie

    How do you handle the shipping turnaround time with AliExpress and your customers? Do you tell your customers delivery can take up to 3 weeks? Curious how you position that. Great article, btw! Very informative!

    • Hi Cassie - if you take a look at the sales page, underneath where it says "FREE Shipping and Handling" it says that orders take 2-4 weeks to be delivered. Also, in their email receipt I mention again that it takes 2-4 weeks. Of course, not everyone reads it and people do email in wondering where their product is to which I reply with something like:

      "Your order has was shipped by our distribution center on May 18th and all orders take between 2-4 weeks to arrive at their destination.

      We know it's a long time to wait and we're working on our logistics; however, it's the best we can do at this time while still offering amazing products at unbeatable prices!

      Please give it a little more time and your order will be there!"

      Hope that helps!

      • Cassie

        Thanks Nathan! Yes it does! I'm sorry I missed that in your example :-p Have a great day!

  • Jarrad Bosenberg

    That's a great post, thanks Nathan. My question is do you integrate domains or are you happy to leave it as https://www.click funnels.com/youaccount/funnelname ? Or do you integrate fuels into your website so that it has your privacy policy, terns of service etc already there?

    • Hi Jarrad, glad you liked the post!

      To answer your question(s), I always use a custom domain. As for Privacy Policy, TOS, etc. I just create pages in ClickFunnels with that content and then link the funnels to those pages.

      Hope that helps!

      • Minh

        Thanks for all the great information Nathan, I've found your blog invaluable so far. About custom domains, if I find a pet product that I want to sell, and later I find a gardening product, can I use multiple custom domains within one Clickfunnels account? Or am I stuck with the first one I use?

        • Hi Minh, glad you're liking everything so far! To answer your question, you can use multiple domains... ClickFunnels doesn't limit how many domains you can use.

          • Minh

            Thank you for your answer! That's a relief to know that you can use multiple domains. I'm finding that Clickfunnels has a pretty steep learning curve, there are so many little things that need to be done, and it's really hard to find answers to the questions that keep popping up. Like this one, does Clickfunnels automatically send a confirmation email to customers once they reach the confirmation page in the funnel, or do I have to manually set something up to send an email? I'm used to other platforms like Shopify sending out emails automatically when orders are placed, when they get shipped, when they get delivered.

          • Yeah, I hear ya - ClickFunnels definitely has a lot of functions and it can certainly be overwhelming the first month or two. But, once you learn it - you'll be good to go and it's waaay easier than piecemealing a bunch of tools together to "make it work".

            As for the confirmation email - yes, one automatically goes out after purchase; however, it's very basic. To get to it and make changes you need to edit your product, then click on the Fulfillment Email tab. Then, you can edit it. (pic: https://www.screencast.com/t/HH6vK6EnC) If you don't want to send a fulfillment email automatically, delete the subject line.

          • Minh

            I had removed the subject line and body text from my products' fulfillment emails because I didn't want to send one email for each product they order, as my funnel has a main sales page with one product, a OTO page with another product, and a second OTO page with yet another product, so I'd like to send just one email showing the receipt for everything they ordered. I have my Mailchimp integration set up, but I'm pretty new to Mailchimp too, so I'm still learning how to use that. And then there's this thing called SMTP settings that I don't really understand. It's all kind of got me feeling a little dizzy haha

          • Ah, yeah - I gotcha. So, to send 1 consolidate email... unfortunately, there isn't an easy way to do it. Personally, I run all purchase info over to ActiveCampaign, consolidate it there, and then have ActiveCampaign send out the confirmation email. It's a semi-complicated process; however, it's the best way I know how to make it happen. (side note: I believe doing something similar with MailChimp would be near impossible... it doesn't have the right functionality)

            As for the SMTP settings, yeah - those are so you can use the automations within ClickFunnels. This can be kind of handy, especially for things like Cart Abandonment emails and webinar emails; however, it wouldn't be helpful for sending a consolidated order confirmation email.

  • Affx Ghost

    Came across this because it's exactly what I'm doing.. I can't believe you are putting it out there for free!! LoL. Awesome stuff man.

    Quick question.. Have you figured out a way to offer a few different variations of an item with the same multiple unit order form? For example, in your cat bracelet order form.. Keep everything the same except somewhere right above product selection, have a selection for "choose "gold" "silver" "black""? Right now I'm just guessing which would be more popular based on research and just split testing. But if I could give the option to choose any color above the order form.. would be powerful. let me know and great post again! affxghost at gmail 🙂

    • Hey @affxghost:disqus - I'm happy to hear you like what I'm putting out into the world! In regard to your question - YES! CF Cart Mode by Jamie of https://cfprotools.com ... it costs some money, but very worth it... as I'm sure you can understand why.

      • Affx Ghost

        Hey Nathan! Yeah I looked at that option and it doesn't look like it can do the job cleanly. If it allowed "type" instead of "quantity" in the dropdown menus it would work. What I'm thinking I will test is to create my sales page with 2 buttons, like "buy red" and "buy blue" next to each other. When they select an option they will be taken to the correct order form for the specific style product.

        • You couldn't just make a red product and blue product and then use the shopping cart tool to allow different quantities? Either way, your other idea can work too as I've certainly done it that way as well! Best to you!

          • Affx Ghost

            Yeah you could do that but then IMO you lose the massive power of offering discounts on buying higher quantity of the product because when you use the shopping cart tool, the price stays the same whether they select 1 or 5. I'll give the other option a test. Anyways, keep up the good work man and good luck!

          • Yup, makes sense - good luck to ya!

          • Mitch

            Hey man, did you figure this out? as i am wondering the same thing i want to offer a couple different colors but unsure how to approach...

          • Affx Ghost

            There's no really clean way of doing it. I'm surprised CF Pro hasn't created this yet, but for me, I just ask the supplier which is the most popular version and just run with that. Working good so far.

          • Mitch

            can i email ya?! woudl love to chat

  • Steve C

    Thanks for this article, great info!

    One thing I was curious about regarding the upsell items. Do you try to pick products from the same AliExpress seller so everything comes in one shipment?

    • Steve C

      Sigh, never mind I rescanned the page and saw that YES you do 🙂

      • Hi @disqus_Hng2ydTxtd:disqus - yup! I try and pick the same manufacturer so everything comes in the same shipment and *usually* reduces shipping costs... not always tho. Some manufacturers don't give you a shipping discount... so, just double check by adding the products to your cart and selecting the shipping to see what they're going to charge.

  • Hey @CrazyEyeMarketing:disqus - Just bought your sales funnel and it was worth it given the access to contents. Guys - I must recommend buying this.

    Just few quick questions:
    1. What is your general strategy for hunting winning products ?
    2. What are the advantages of using such funnel over Shopify ? Stronger pitch ?
    3. Given the ad layout you showed on this page, I am assuming you run "Traffic" objective ad. Correct ?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    • Hi Amit, I appreciate the remarks! Now, to answer your questions...

      1. Try A LOT of products, most will fail, some will do OK, and every once in a while you'll find a winner. It is relentless testing. Now, I do look at things like # of orders and I'll look for the product on Amazon to see if it's selling there and I'll also check the product on wish.com to see number of orders. So, I usually make sure people are actually buying the product.... however, be "warned" that's how most people do it, so you'll have a good amount of competition that way. So, sometimes it does pay to dig through the manufacturers' product listing and find products YOU "think" will do well. Sure, there might not be much sales data; however, maybe people just haven't been "shown" that product before and once you put it in front of them, it will take off!

      2. The #1 reason is the funnel itself. You can't really make a funnel with Shopify (note: there is a one-click upsell app by Zipify: http://zipify.com/apps/ocu/ ... however, it's kinda limited) Also, unless you're good with HTML/CSS and you have a lot of time on your hands, you can't really customize your Shopify pages like you can ClickFunnels. So, more control with ClickFunnels.

      3. No - I always tell Facebook the objective I want... ie, with that type of ad, I always select Conversions and optimize for Purchases.

      I hope that helps!

      • Kristian Sanchez

        But to start with conversion objectives, don't you need to warm the pixel by doing PPE and traffic objectives first? I thought FB needs data to do conversions.

        • Hi @kristian_sanchez:disqus - I've always produced better results when I "told" Facebook what I wanted from the start; ie. purchase conversions. But, if you want to do the PPE method to "warm" the pixel... please, go for it... people get good results doing that too!

  • Jelani Abdus-Salaam

    @CrazyEyeMarketing:disqus have you ever tried micro continuity as a bump instead of an OTO1? Since you are offering membership why not try to get a monthly fee for access to that info?

    • Hi @jelaniabdussalaam:disqus - I have... I've done a "stay 3 months, get access for life" membership portal and every week I dripped in 2-3 more courses/resources to get them to stay the next month. So, it was basically a 3 month payment plan... then, if they said now, I down sold to a first month free model. It worked and continues to work well... so, certainly a model you can use!

      • Jelani Abdus-Salaam

        Im trying to do a micro continuity 30 day free trial as an OTO but also include a discounted product along with...so similar to your OTO1 where you offer more product but including a 30 day free trial to the subscription..have you had any luck with that?

        • Kind of... I haven't offered a 30 day free trial with a discounted product like you're mentioning. But, I have offered a product with a recurring membership free (no trial) and that works very well because the perceived value has increased thanks to your physical product.

          Now, I really do like your idea tho! Maybe, I just hadn't thought of it is all....

          So, you're going to charge say $7.95 for a product + 30 days free, then recurring? I think that sounds brilliant!

          • Jelani Abdus-Salaam

            Yes, Nathan that is what I'm trying to accomplish, so after 30 days they would get charged the monthly fee unless they cancel before the 30 days. however, its more complicated than expected so far

          • Ah, I see what you're saying... the difficulty is in the technical "stuff"...

            Well, I did some Googling, and I'm sorry to say, I can't find a good answer to charge say $7.95 for the first 30 days then $19.95 recurring. I know you can do things like that with other platforms, but I don't see how to make it work with ClickFunnels.

            As a work around, could you maybe make your membership fee the same as the price of the product? So, it's $7.95 for the product + 30 days free, then $7.95 recurring? (or whatever price point you want... just as long as it's the same always?)

          • Jelani Abdus-Salaam

            I thought about that as well, which is probably what I will do, the only issue with that is product clarification on the receipts, i have an app that allows me to connect CF and shopify seamless which is how I can automate the orders so essentially when matching the products from CF to shopify there has to be a declaration. Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. I think that is the best idea for now

          • I gotcha, yeah... unfortunately I can't think of a better way. There might be somewhere out there and I'll keep my eyes out for it because I think it's a brilliant idea! Best, Nathan

          • Jelani Abdus-Salaam

            Hey Nathan, just heard from Jamie smith from cf and a new add on will be coming soon! See picture attached https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1a6f422ae57a7e3bb579e4c16ddd3f3c76d6573eab9b057037af50e1fcbfa98.png

          • Ah man, nice! Jamie Smith strikes again! Good share... I look forward to its release!

  • Zoo Keeny

    Great info Nathan.... thanks a bunch! I'm just getting started in AliExpress Dropshipping, and I'd like to learn more from you. I'll start by signing up for ClickFunnels through your link, which I understand will allow me to receive "The AliExpress ClickFunnels Share Funnel & Training". How does information compare to your Udemy course entitled "The AliExpress Sales Funnel Course [ClickFunnels]"?

    • I'm happy to hear you like it @zookeeny:disqus! And, the training offered here is the same training found on Udemy.

  • CB1

    So say you pick the right nitche, the right product, the right copy and ad target and campaign and you have a great month on that sell. What is an amazing ROI $1000 or $100? on a funnel? I realize you specify trying multiple at a given time, all the time, but what is a good ROI relativly?

    • Hi @disqus_a8jhOhSaDN:disqus - yes, assuming you get all the right pieces in place, you may reach upwards of 50-60% ROI ... that takes into account ad spend and cost of goods. I would probably consider that a "unicorn" scenario and more likely 20-30% is pretty freakin' awesome.

      Now, for me personally, I consider anything over 0% ROI to be a big win. Acquiring a list of buyers at break-even is a HUGE win because you now know who will buy products online!

      • CB1

        Thank you Nathan, I have taken the leap and am building set up as we speak. Great solid information and strategies. I used your link to set up my CF account btw. Cheers!

        • Awesome stuff... you're in for a great experience! And, if you don't already have access to the funnel and training... shoot me an email at support@crazyeyemarketing.com and I'll get you hooked up since you went through my link. Thanks!

  • Elona

    Quick question - does this funnel require the ClickFunnels suite ($297/mo) or just the basic ClickFunnels account ($97/mo)? Thanks for this awesome info! I am looking forward to setting this up (as long as I can keep the technical headaches to a minimum!)

    • Hi @disqus_1KItUFiLBK:disqus - just the $97 ClickFunnels package!

  • BV_2017

    Hey @CrazyEyeMarketing:disqus - Thank you so much for this information. It has been extremely helpful in setting up our own click funnels. We are just starting off, and are at the stage where we want to create Facebook Ads to drive traffic to our click funnels site. We are only selling one set of niche products, as opposed to having a store of unrelated products. Rather than using our personal Facebook accounts, we created a new Facebook account that will be used to serve the ads.

    My impression is that the potential consumer (Facebook user) will see this new Facebook account on the "Sponsored content". Since they will be seeing the Facebook account name, my questions are as follows:
    1. Do we have to develop a brand around this new Facebook account (get likes, add posts, get followers, add descriptions, etc.) before we start running ad campaigns?
    2. How do beginners start with this drop-shipping model (Using Facebook to drive traffic to their ClickFunnels site)?
    3. Is there a way around creating a branded Facebook account with a huge presence on Facebook?
    4. Finally, does this Facebook account have to link to / be associated with an LLC company? How does one deal with liability around the product?

    Too many questions, looking for your answers and guidance!

    TIA

    • Hi @bv_2017:disqus - glad you like the information and have found it helpful! Now, I'll try and answer your questions...

      1) No. Not at all. 99% of the time, I setup a new page the same day I launch ads sponsored by that page. 0 likes and overtime it gets likes and grows organically. Now, could it be helpful in the long run? Yes, most likely. However, I wouldn't let "having to build a brand" stop me from launching an ad.

      2) I'm not sure I understand this question... the post (and corresponding course, if you grab it) is how to do it from scratch. So, that's how a beginner could get started.

      3) Yes, read the answer to question 1... setup a page, and launch an ad. You don't need a big presence (or any presence) to launch an ad. But, it would likely be helpful to work on brand building over time.

      4) I'm not a lawyer so I can't answer this, but personally - I have an LLC.

      Hopefully that helps ya!
      Nathan

      • BV_2017

        @CrazyEyeMarketing:disqus - Thanks so much for your super prompt response. Questions 1, 2 and 3 are related. So answering 1, has answered the other 2 for me.

  • Nina Jay

    Hi Nathan, can you tell me how this is different from MageomegaX? They're charging $1100 with the main difference being Done for You Funnels. What does that mean? Many thanks and I will cancel that course and get Clickfunnels through you if you can answer this 😀

    • Hi @disqus_17q63Dy11A:disqus - I don't know precisely what MageomegaX is offering; however, in my mind - "done for you funnels" would mean that they build everything for you. Basically, you give them money and a few days later... you have a funnel! (They give you the fish) Typically, the "problem" here then is that you're entirely dependent upon them to make changes to your funnel... maybe you have to wait a long time for a change to be made, or they charge you, or they vanish and you're left with nothing.

      Whereas, what I'm offering here is training on how to do it, but you're going to have to do it. I don't do anything for you beyond provide the training and answer your questions (if you have any). I teach you how to fish. When you know how to fish, you're in control. When you want to make changes, you make changes. If you want to launch a new funnel with some different products, you launch a new funnel. Of course, it's not all sunshine and rainbows... if you're kinda new to the whole digital marketing world, you're going to have a learning curve. You will have to do some work. You will likely get stuck and frustrated a few times in the process. But, once you make it to the other side... you'll be better because of it.

      So, to finish the analogy... you can go to a restaurant and eat fish once... or learn how to catch, prep, and cook your own fish whenever you want!

    • Affx Ghost

      Not worth it at all! The funnels are absolute junk (sloppy, bad layout, not mobile optimzed, etc.) and the training is outdated. Nathan's funnel kills anything in MageOmega..

  • the membership access and hosting have Clickfunnels or i need some WordPress integration on my own server?
    And how about creating of login and password? its automaticly?

    • Hi @korneliuszkrause:disqus - ClickFunnels provides the membership areas which includes creation of login and passwords automatically! So, nope - you don't need any special WordPress integrations or anything (you don't even need WordPress at all).

  • P Dilly

    Hello and thank you for this excellent material! I'm sorry if this has been answered, but I am somewhat new to this type of ecommerce. It seems that payments can be processed through one's Shopify store by connecting it and the respective products to ClickFunnels through the store. Then, after having imported specific products to your Shopify store through Oberlo, the orders should be able to be processed almost automatically with the way Oberlo connects directly to Ali Express. Am I wrong about that? I do recognize there are multiple ways to go about it including processing payments through Stripe and manually placing orders at Ali Express, which is what it sounds like you're doing. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hi @p_dilly:disqus - I appreciate the kind remarks!

      Unfortunately, no - payments cannot be connected to one's Shopify store (unless you use a Shopify button, but that eliminates the whole "funnel" strategy).

      To connect to Shopify, you can do it manually (actually what we do) or you can use a tool like https://orderlytics.com/ to do it automatically. But, yes... once the order is actually in your Shopify store, you can use Oberlo and do everything like normal. It's just getting the information from ClickFunnels into Shopify... once you overcome that hurdle with manual or automatic transmission, you're good to go!

      I hope that helps!

      • Christy McGlothlin

        Hi Nathan. Thank you for this information. How specifically do you connect your ClickFunnels' funnel with Shopify? I have both and am getting ready to launch a t-shirt sell with Ali upsells. I'm trying to figure out how to have automated processing with both the shirts and the Aliexpress items. Any wisdom here would be helpful.

  • Shaun Cunningham

    Epic post @CrazyEyeMarketing:disqus - thank you. Bought your course and funnel immediately after reading and copied it exactly (but with my own products). Ran some ads for the bike niche and got a 1% conversion rate. It makes me wonder if the initial offer page might be more suited to really basic products like the cat jewellery you show, that only requires one photo?

    Take this initial offer (https://powerfulproducts.clickfunnels.com/order-form), it has the following elements that your initial offer doesn't:

    1. Countdown
    2. Number of units left
    3. Credit card icons
    4. Showed the actual price after the discount
    5. Testimonials
    6. Guarantee icons at the bottom
    7. Physical business address
    8. Email contact

    Do you think these will help with conversion or distract people?

    Thanks again for the great content, looking forward to learning more from you!

    • Shaun Cunningham
      • Hi @disqus_UT5zMZODL0:disqus - glad you like it and thanks for grabbing the course and funnel!

        To answer your question, I'd run a split test with a more thorough version like the one you linked to... as, I could certainly see it working, especially with more "complex" and/or "expensive" products.

        So, yeah - certainly try it! And, you gave me an idea to add a more thorough sales page to the funnel for those more complex products... so, I'll try and add that in the next day or two! Good call and thanks!

  • Lynne Hoyle Jones

    I sent this through the Contact Us page but I wanted to post it here in case others have the same question. The comments have been informative as well.
    First off - I loved the blog. It contained more information than many paid courses I've bought. I purchased your funnel right away to show support. It was well worth being able to copy the funnels than trying to create it on my own from your pictures. The videos in the course add even more value! Your walkthroughs are wonderful - you don't skip over details.

    After one day of using your funnel and a basic FB ad, I have three sign ups and 1 sale! VERY EXCITING! FB spend- $12, Sale - $9, Leads - ??

    The sale was only for the initial offer. Is there a way to re-enter the funnel at the OTO page? I was thinking about sending an email to the buyer and referencing the related products. If there's no way to do this I will probably set up a one page Square store and direct them there. I'm very familiar with Square and not ready to set up Shopify yet, I'm trying to stay focused on the basics and have success.

    • Hi @lynnehoylejones:disqus - I appreciate the kind remarks and that's awesome you've already seen some success! Just keep at it!

      To answer your question - yes, there's a way to have people re-enter the funnel at the OTO page. It's via what ClickFunnels calls "Sticky Upsells" and here's how to use them: http://docs.clickfunnels.com/funnels/sales-funnels-order-pages/how-to-use-sticky-one-click-upsells-in-your-sales-funnels-actionetics-action-funnels-and-clickfunnels-emails

      So, that's one way to do it!

      The other way is like you already stated, and typically how I do it (not necessarily with a Square store, but with ClickFunnels)... but, I have other funnels with those products as the initial product, this way they'll get a chance to buy the OTO products again, and if they do, they'll go through a funnel that offers even more OTO products. Then, of course, if they don't buy those... that's OK, because I have funnels for those products too... and so on. Basically, a never ending stream of products and funnels!

      I hope that helps!

  • Lynne J

    Another question(s).
    Can I copy the Footer Code (CFPro and FB pixel) from one funnel to another? Other than changing the Product ID is it the same code no matter the funnel?
    I want to use the email templates that you have under Automations in another funnel. How do I get to the Email Editor?

    • Yes, you can straight copy the CFPro and FB pixel code from one funnel to another - assuming, you want the same codes installed... and, correct, you'd have to update the Product ID.

      As for the nice, drag and drop email editor... ClickFunnels appears to have moved it somewhere... or, removed it altogether. I don't see it any longer either. Are you able to make use of what they do have, the regular WYSIWYG editor?

  • Ann Veronica Tislov-Romo

    Hey @CrazyEyeMarketing:disqus - I have tried the MageOmega, with great expectations but after a month I am dissapointed with regards to conversion rates as to what was promised.
    I will definately try your course as I still believe in the AliExpress and ClickFunnels. Just really hope to understand more and start earning some cash soon..

    So, I have a few questions:
    1. In the FB ads, what would you say are good metrics in regards of keeping a funnel? For example CTR, CPC? I saw an article saying that convertions in retail is about 1,59%. Doesn't that make it difficult to even break even?
    2. Do you use a generic homepage like "reach for the skies" that you use for all of your FB ads and niches or do you have nichespecific like "CarWorld"?
    3. Do you test many different products in many niches or focus on one niche at a time?
    4. I have not build a email list, but see that it is very necessary now. How do you use the list most? To send traffic to you Shopify account?
    5. Do you have a more positive experience using Clickfunnels and FB ads to send traffic to AMZ FBA, than using ppc ads on AMZ?

    I am really glad that I found this website and this looks like great work.

    Thank you 🙂

    Kind regards
    Ann Veronica

    • Hi @annveronicatislovromo:disqus - I'm not exactly sure what MageOmega offers so I can't speak to them; however, I'll try and answer your questions real quick!

      1) I don't care about CTR or CPC, both vanity metrics. I only care that I sell my products for more than it costs me source and advertise them. Even then, I don't necessarily need to be profitable on the front end as I'll likely be able to sell them again on the backend through automation and retargeting.

      2) I have a few domains... some are niche specific, others are more generic. Both strategies/models can work. Now, even if you go generic... I'd still recommend focusing in on some niches. Like, I wouldn't have 10 random, unrelated products... I'd make sure they're all connected some way.

      3) I kind of just answered this, but - 1 niche at a time (even if it's on a generic store). This way I can retarget and use automations to offer other, complementary products.

      4) I'd say I have a mixture with the email content... it's probably like 20% funnels, 20% Shopify, and 60% content.

      5) My partner handles Amazon PPC, so I can only speak on a high level with it... but, in our case it's usually, but not always, cheaper; HOWEVER, it has a cap. There are only so many people searching for X product a day, and it is what it is. You can't really "make" more people search for your product by using Amazon PPC. However, you can "make" people find your product from another traffic source like Facebook Ads. So, you'd have to measure your own results... but, if Amazon PPC is cheaper, roll with it until you cap it out and if you need more sales... you can try a 3rd party source like Facebook.

      Hope that helps!
      Nathan

      • Ann Veronica Tislov-Romo

        Thank you for your reply, it helps a lot 🙂
        Do you comment on automations and backend in the AliExpress salesfunnel course? Or do you have a blog post or anything like that? I am quite new to this and just trying to figure it all out..

        Ann Veronica

        • Hi @annveronicatislovromo:disqus - I comment a little bit about the automations and backend with the course, just the basics. I do have some free training coming out in a few days that talks about my overall strategy, so you may want to stay on the lookout for that! Otherwise, this blog post: https://www.crazyeyemarketing.com/blog/the-main-series-segmentation-strategy/ may be a good starting point for my overarching automation strategy. Hope that helps!

          • Ann Veronica Tislov-Romo

            Thanks 🙂 I will do that 🙂