The Ecom King free dropshipping course. Complete A to Z blueprint for 2021? Is this course all hype, or actually worthwhile?
ALL HAIL THE KING?
This (almost) 5-hour course is available for FREE on YouTube (not too often that we come across free stuff that's actually good, so this is a welcome change.)
This course gives a good general overview of dropshipping and provides you with some top recommendations for apps, tools & suppliers.
There’s something here for all those newcomers who are ready to go to war…& even maybe something for those battle-scarred dropshipping veterans of you out there!
So does The Ecom King (not to be confused with the Ecom Kingz, by the way...totally different course) deserve his place on the throne?
Let's find out.
Who is Kamil Sattar?
Mohamed Kamil Sattar (born May 10, 1999) known as "The Ecom King" is a British E-commerce entrepreneur.
Let’s start things off by saying that Mr. Sattar is the youngest member of the Forbes business council EVER. He achieved this in April of 2020, just before his 21st birthday.
I mean...wow. Talk about impressive. And I'm sure you can imagine that Kamil Sattar's net worth is staggering for someone so young.
Kamil Sattar is the founder & partner in more than three companies in various industries, ranging from luxury goods to digital marketing, and from dropshipping to e-commerce. Kamil's companies have combined annual sales of more than $3,000,000 per year.
He has also been coaching business owners and their workforces for the past two years by sharing his knowledge that he's gained from being involved in e-commerce since 2016. Kamil claims that he has helped businesses grow to 6 or 7-figures in revenue, so needless to say, The Ecom King's net worth has grown tremendously in a relatively short amount of time.
You won't find an Ecom King website (although Sattar does have one under his name.) All signs point directly to his YouTube page if you're looking for his teaching resources.
The Ecom King Instagram page has 21.8k followers on Instagram which is pretty healthy. Not as much as some of the well-known dropshipping gurus out there, but that might be a good thing...?
According to Kamil’s numerous social media accounts, he graduated from Shrewsbury College after attending a 2-year Merit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, in 2016 at 17.
That means he was able to meet the minimum course requirements (4 GCSE’s’ grade 4 up) & started his Diploma in 2014 - when he was just 15-years old! Kamil started Ecommerce Mentoring in 2017 at the tender age of 18...
That’s super impressive!
SO, he may just be the Sheldon of the business world...
Let’s have a look at what’s on offer… and see if its only the business protégés who can become the big money makers of the dropshipping world, or if there's something out there for the rest of us mere mortals...
About your reviewer (your fellow mortal)
Unlike Kamil, I entered the online business world in my twenties. But, I have over 6 years of online entrepreneurial experience in Dropshipping, Search Engine Optimization, Amazon FBA, and Affiliate Marketing.
I've been an online entrepreneur since 2014 when I began my lead generation business. At the moment, I only focus on getting my sites to rank organically (for FREE) to #1 on Google.
I don't bother with dropshipping anymore, even though I once had a $48k month with my store. (You can read all about it here. Be warned! It sounds great, but I only made $3k in profit from that mid 5-figure month...)
Because I have several very profitable internet businesses, I believe that I am uniquely qualified to give an overview of Kamil's Complete A-Z Dropshipping Blueprint Course.
Let's dig in!
PLEASE NOTE: I am not an affiliate of Kamil Sattar / The Ecom King. My reviews are my own opinion, and free from bias.
What to expect from this program
Maybe with a name like "The Ecom King" attached to this course, it could be a good omen of dropshipping "Fame & Fortune"...
Thank you. Thank you very much!
Honestly, it doesn't take long to see that Kamil Sattar isn't one of your typical dropshipping mentors. I saw some great signs early on.
The enthusiastic dropshipper will be introduced to all the basics aspects required to, (…apparently) launch you into the world of dropshipping .
You’ll be introduced to the basic business model, as well as how to find winning products and suppliers. Kamil also covers how to build a brand and which apps to use in your Shopify store.
Sattar devotes a fair amount of course time to discuss & advise you on Marketing. The two methods focused on are SMS & email marketing.
Time to make some movies...or videos if we must. Tips and tools are given about how to create unique videos and thumbnails that will hopefully make your product and store stand out from all the competitors.
The setup for Facebook Business manager & Ads manager are shown…and the columns explained. You’ll also learn to launch, test & scale your Facebook Ads.
Lastly, Kamil shows you a foolproof way of getting that sexy Influencer to message you back without harassing them in any way.
That's right...if you know anything about Influencers, you'll know that you might have better luck herding a gaggle of geese than getting one of those slippery suspects to message you back.
But you're gonna learn how to get them to. Willingly.
The Ecom King Free Dropshipping Course Overview
First things first: Download the free cheat sheet as there is a massive amount of info in this course, and some of it only gets covered briefly. Trust me, this will make your life easier and be very helpful those of us who are predisposed to getting lost, confused or distracted…Squirrel!
Section 1: What Is Dropshipping & How Much You Need To Start
This section is an intro to the course and the business model, and gives you a description of what the world of dropshipping is all about.
Kamil suggests that you start with around $1k in the bank.
He also explains how much you should be spending and what you should be spending it on (I think that's pretty helpful, since this is where a lot of beginners can get lost and/or overwhelmed.)
Section 2: What Makes A Winning Product How To Find Winning Products Free & Paid Methods + Best niches
Kamil shows you how to find that top-notch product everyone wants.
He also discusses his best market niches, which are:
Section 3: How To Find A Quality supplier & Best Free & Paid Suppliers
Choosing the wrong supplier can lead to dropshipping failure.
Kamil provides a link to a blog on his preferred suppliers, as well as an additional list of 300 different suppliers.
Kamil's Supplier Criteria Are:
Section 4: How To Pick A Brand Name + Create A Logo For Free + Building A store From Scratch + How to Write Effective Product Descriptions
Kamil offers useful info on brand creation and choosing a store name.
Then he covers domain name registration, designing and setting up your Shopify store, creating a logo, and how to load and create product descriptions.
Section 5: How To Set Up the Recommended Apps
This section is the guide to all of Kamil’s recommended apps required for running your dropshipping shop effectively.
These include apps for Payments, Marketing, Tracking, Product Review & various Shopify Apps.
Note: None of these apps are free.
Section 6: Email marketing full setup guide
Kamil goes into some detail of the psychology behind your marketing campaigns.
You learn which clients to email to, what to email them, and when the best time is to send those emails.
Section 7: SMS Marketing Full Setup Guide
Similar to email guide from the previous section, the different types of clients and scenarios are discussed. Sattar goes over how to link them to an SMS campaign and when the best time is to send these.
A cheat sheet is provided with easy copy & paste options for you to use.
(I like this because sometimes it can be so hard to find the right words to say to someone you know and love, let alone complete strangers. Kamil must know that this is a really easy place to get stuck overthinking things and then end up doing nothing. So he removes that fear by giving you a cheat sheet. Clutch.)
Section 8: How To Make Video Ads - Thumbnails - Ad copies - Ad Headlines
Kamil takes you through the process of creating video ads, as well as what filters, text, effects and colors to use.
Kamil also explains the benefit of running multiple ad copies simultaneously.
PS: He offers an over-the-shoulder view that runs through all the different options.
Section 9: How To Setup The Business Manager + Ads Manager Columns + How to launch Facebook Ads With My Best FB STRATEGY + How To Scale FB ads
Kamil offers a runthrough of your Facebook business manager set up with some handy tips on how to maximize your profile.
He also shows you how to set up your Ads manager columns to be more efficient.
Kamil uses his own personal success strategy to show you how to launch Facebook Ads.
You are taken through the process of phase objectives, testing, scaling, targeting and retargeting.
So, is the King worth over 4 hours of your royal time?
If you are about to set up a new dropshipping business and you're just starting out, it's well worth spending a little more than 4 hrs and 20 min to watch this dude.
Although it’s not a very extensive, in-depth course, it covers all the basics and provides you with some cheat sheets, a suppliers list and some nice live setup tutorials.
Mr. Sattar took a few days of his time & busy schedule to put this entire thing together just to help you. And there's no doubt about that because the course is free…
So I say kudos to him.
I love being able to give credit where credit is due.
You are shown step-by-step how to set up your dropshipping shop. It’s informative and covers the basics of everything you could need when just starting out.
It’s a quick course, so it would probably be best used as a checklist against your shop.
I wouldn't say that his content is unique, and if you've spent any time at all researching dropshipping and eCommerce, you've probably heard/read a good deal of it already.
Thankfully, Kamil doesn't hint at making a 'quick buck.' He's honest when he says that this business (or any profitable business, for that matter) does take time and only a fake guru would tell you otherwise.
If it's starting to sound like this business model isn't right for you, I do have a valid alternative to dropshipping. In fact, it's my Number 1 recommendation for anyone looking to start an online business model in 2021 and beyond - click below!
If you're just starting out with dropshipping, this is certainly a good course to work through. Kamil shows you just about everything you can expect when starting a new ecommerce venture. All the basics are covered...but not much more than that.
That would be just about the biggest issue that I have with this course. It is very basic when compared to other dropshipping courses that I've reviewed.
I'd say that if nothing else, this course is fantastic for people who have been on the fence about whether or not to start a dropshipping business. It's a great way to get introduced to the business model and decide if it's really for you before you spend much of your time and/or money on it.
Because after all, Satter took his valuable time to piece this information together so that you could benefit from his experience free of charge.
So you've really got nothing to lose.
(Except about 4 hours.)
If you're looking for a great course on a budget, check out my Ecom Elites Review
Ecom King on Reddit: All Good Things?
People on Reddit like to keep it real (and your boi is all about keepin' it real) so whenever I'm reviewing a course, I always like to check and see what the fam is saying on there. Gotta say, I found some surprising and interesting comments...
This Redditor gives attests to the value that Ecom King offers free of charge. They're going as far as to say that the paid courses aren't even worth it in comparison.
I'd say that's a pretty big deal.
This person mentions something pretty interesting, that they "doubt the goodwill of someone to simply put out a 4 hour course for free."
I totally get where they're coming from, I just think it's unfortunate. People are so used to getting conned by these "gurus" out here that any free help just seems too good to be true. But it looks like they did some more research and found the info to be valuable, so that's awesome.
The ECom King Mentoring
If you're looking for more personalized assistance, it's also possible to get mentoring from Kamil himself. However, if you're a total newbie, I'm about 99% sure that you wouldn't want to go this route. This would be a better option for more seasoned dropshippers who already have a lotta skin in the game and are looking for that extra boost to help them take it to the next level.
If you're looking for an Ecom King mentoring review...unfortunately I can't help you there. I didn't need to spend any money on mentoring to help me figure out that dropshipping was not the right business model for me...
So before you put all your savings into a new dropshipping business… WAIT!
There's some things you should know.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 20% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open. 45% will fail during the first five years, and 65% during the first 10 years.
Only 25% of new businesses make it to 15 years or more. I think it’s safe to say that if you honed in on dropshipping and looked at these same statistics, the numbers would be far higher.
According to Anton Kraly of Drop Ship Lifestyle, that figure could be a staggering 80% failure rate for first-time dropshippers.
5 Hard Dropshipping Truths No One Talks About
It’s difficult to maintain a business doing dropshipping alone, let alone start one from scratch.
Sure, since you don’t have to manage or store your own inventory, and the overhead is low...but honestly, so are the returns. Especially in the beginning.
You put less money in, but you also get less money out. That means you have to do a lot of business just to stay afloat, let alone turn a profit.
Most of the money goes to the supplier.
What you earn is skimmed off the top... between 5-20% profit (10% is most common.)
Because very little capital is required, that means there's a lot of competition. The popular markets suffer more than others.
The bigger the company, the more they can reduce their markups & offer lower prices.
Smaller businesses are forced to cut into their profits to stay competitive. At a certain point, it becomes unsustainable.
To make matters worse, chances are you won't have an exclusive deal with your suppliers.
That means any number of competitors could be selling your exact products... cheaper
3. No control over the supply chain.
In dropshipping, you’re more or less at the mercy of your supplier.
You're trapped between any supplier problems, and solving customer issues that are out of your control
4. Product research & testing.
Product research is a b!tch!. It takes up a lot of time. And it is a constant process.
With dropshipping, you are ALWAYS looking for the next trending/hot/winning product to make some money. And then you have to constantly test those products & their ads.
It eats your time and kills your soul a little bit, every time you have to do it. (Which is DAILY!)
5. Difficult to build a brand.
Customers are going to focus mainly on the product’s brand... the shopping experience is a secondary focus.
After all, it’s not your logo on the box.
Customer loyalty is key - regular traffic is needed to sustain any online business.
SO, what qualifies me to give you guys advice? And why do I think local lead gen is better than dropshipping...
Well, quite frankly I’m nobody. I’m just another average guy… with one slight difference. My story began about 6 years ago. I had my small local marketing business & my "Aha!" moment came when I produced my first lead for a local limousine company using free traffic - that’s when I had a moment of clarity.
A huge light bulb just went click & I realized…I can do this. I actually can make money online. And this is exactly what I need do to earn that online living. That’s when it all changed for me.(BTW, I still make $750 per month from my Lansing Limo site, 6 years later. Talk about a recurring passive income!)
I just had to follow the advice of a man who had cracked Google organic rankings.
He got his local lead gen sites to rank to number one on the organic searches and map packs and he showed me how.
All I had to do was live by a three-word mantra:
The words from my mentor (and now biz partner) that changed my life.
Personally, instead of going to all the trouble to launch products and worry about audiences to sell to, I prefer to get steady leads for local businesses by ranking websites on Google.
This business model is by far my #1 pick for what I feel is the easiest, most sound way to make reliable, passive income on the internet today.
The main reason I love it so much is because there is some kind of crazy satisfaction I get from helping local business owners.
Plus, there really isn’t anything else you can make so much money online with (at least that I’ve yet discovered) as easily and reliably.
Let's look at the alternatives:
- hardly any control over your traffic, very difficult to dominate your competition.
– completely relies on paid traffic, which means results vary from day to day.
Social Media Advertising
– Lots of maintenance and expensive/low ROI.
You name it, I've tried it.
After I built my 6-figure local lead generation business which runs on free traffic, I experimented with all those other online business opportunities listed above, just to see if there was anything else that delivered such reliable income for a similar amount of effort.
Look, Emperor Google ain't goin' nowhere no time soon.
And if you think about it, other than those cute animated homepage illustrations that pop up on special days, it really hasn't changed much over the years compared to things like the Facebook Ads platform.
Focusing on Google is a smart bet, as opposed to focusing on different social media marketing platforms that don't work the same and change more than Google...
I think you’re catching my drift here.
But I like comparisons. And that's what you should be doing right now, too.
So let's compare local lead gen and dropshipping real quick:
Peep this tree service site I built back in 2014 to generate calls for a local company. These guys have been paying me $2k per month every month since.
Think about it...
If you are skeptical, you can always google it yourself to find out..
That’s $24,000 a year, and $144,000 from this little site’s lifetime over the last 6 years up to 2021.
From ONE site. ONE client.
And you know the best part about it?
I own the site!
No one can take the site or the number away from me – EVER.
The truth is, as long as there is this little thing called the Internet and as long as there are local businesses, I'll always be in business.
The Internet and local businesses aren’t going anywhere.
I get to be my own boss.
That means I say when & where I work…Even if that’s from a beach in Thailand or on an African Safari…
I get to work WHERE I want, WHEN I want. That's TRUE FREEDOM...
A Recurring Passive Income
Earn a recurring & truly passive income. I no longer have to trade my time for money...
You determine what you earn - there's no ceiling to your earning potential.
You can increase your income every day!
Building something real
You get to build an ethical business that’s here to stay.
Be proud of what you do, because you make a real difference in other business owners’ lives
Honestly. Local lead generation with FREE traffic is the only way to go for me!
And it should be for you too.