For the last two weeks, I have been very busy setting up my Aliexpress affiliates websites. I joined the Aliexpress Affiliate Program on 22nd of August and I even wrote the first article about Aliexpress on 24th of August. You can read more about the program here.
So far, I have to say I am really impressed. Aliexpress is unlike other affiliates programs since there is no fixed affiliate commission. Sellers are responsible for setting up their own affiliate commission and some can set as low as 1% and others as high as 50%. However, most sellers seem to be setting their affiliate commission rates in between 5% and 10%.
As I have said, I joined Aliexpress Affiliate Program last month on August 22. I bought a domain name and since I already have unlimited hosting account with Hostgator, I just used it to upload my websites files. However, I still needed to look for a good Aliexpress plugin which could allow me to import products and minimize my work and that when I came across the Aliplugin. You can read more about Aliplugin here.
Once I had my Aliplugin ready, it was time to get started. Aliplugin allows you to import products with their original titles and contents straight from Aliexpress but it also gives you the option to change, if you want.
For me, I did not have time to go through all the products. So, I decided to just leave the products with their original contents and titles. To my surprise, after one week, I started noticing some organic traffic from Google. This is because most sellers use very long keywords in their titles making it easy for any product to get ranked on search engines.
What was even more interesting is that, the traffic did infact convert and within the first week of setting up the site, I made my first three sales. Below is the screen shot.
These sales were made within the first week of setting up the site. The affiliate commission rates for these orders were in between 3% – 5.5%. Two items were paying 3% commission each and other one was paying 5.5%.
This was during the 7 days after setting up my site. Now, moving forward to the month of September, the commission has continued to increase and so far, everything seems to be moving in the right direction. Below is a screen shot of September total number of orders.
I have a total of 10 orders for this month of Septmeber, 2 orders are already completed. The other 8 are pending confirmation from the buyers. Once a buyer confirms receiving or the system waiting time expires, the orders will become complete. This means during this month of September, which is still in mid month, I have already sold 10 items. The total commission earned is around $42.27.
To be able to see a more detailed report or live tracking of customers orders, you can install HelperAli, a Google Chrome Browser extension. This will also help you to know which countries are your customers coming from, what are the sellers affiliates commissions rates and much more important information. Below is a screen shot of live order tracking for my customers for this month of September.
As you can see, the latest order was made yesterday, the affiliate commission for this order was 5%. The affiliate commission of what I have sold so far seems to be ranging in between 1.0% to 5.5%. However, you can always set to only have items on your website with commissions of 20% and above since the Aliplugin allows you to do exactly that but since I usually like importing products with good ratings rather than high commission, I rarely use this feature when importing products.
This is how I have been fairing with Aliexpress Affiliate program. To be frank, I am happy with the results I have gotten so far. If you are reading this article and you would like to get started, here are a few things you need;
- Register for Aliexpress Affiliate Program – http://portals.aliexpress.com/
- Fill all required information and apply for API Key – You can read more about Aliexpress Affiliate Program Here.
- It takes around 5 business days for API to be approved. Once approved, search for products you would like to promote from Aliexpress.
- Register a related domain name
- Look for reliable hosting company, if you do not have one already.
- Buy the Aliplugin to import products from Aliexpress – You can read more about how it works here.
- Import products to your website, promote your site on social networks or just wait for search engines organic traffic.
That is all you need to do to get started with Aliexpress Affiliate Program. If you have any other question, kindly leave a comment below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to own your own dropship store instead of doing affiliate marketing, check out the alidropship plugin.