Welcome to my review on Jared Goetz's dropshipping course eCom Hacks Academy.
The course is marketed not as a drop shipping course but a "Dropsurfing" course. The focus is on hot items that are selling well in the current market.
Now, i'm in eCom myself and I don't get this distinction. Finding hot items that sell well IS the purpose of drop shipping. So let's see what this course is all about and if there's any distinction with drop surfing.
Ecom Hacks Academy is No Longer Available
Yes, the course is old news. It's no longer available so you can't buy it. Here's a great alternative dropshipping course.
It appears that Jared Goetz gave up on ecommerce quite some time ago. In fact, there is no longer any ecommerce content on his Youtube channel. He has shifted from ecom to inner game and spirituality. This shows in his videos. His videos now talk about Abundance, self love, forming transformative habits, etc.
He even has a podcast now called "The Modern Soul".
A lot can happen in just a couple of years. I am not sure why Jared abandoned training in ecom, but I can only assume that his priorities in life have changed. Good for him.
I left the review i made back in Feb 2019 intact as seen below, with some minor tweaks.
The old review continues now...
Futher to that, his store was touted as the fastest growing Shopify store of 2017. In eCom, that's eons ago.
Anyway, let's take a look inside the course to see what you will get if I haven't lost you yet!
There are 4 modules plus a bonus section.
Module 1 - Structure
In this module Jared logs into Shopify to show you some numbers from his store. I imagine this was done for some kind of inspiration to keep you going.
He then talks about successful products with an overview. Importance is placed on testing before finding that winning product - I'm sure you've heard of this before.
You will then be shown how to set up your store on Shopify, how to buy a domain, getting a phone number, payment methods, setting up your support email, meta descriptions and shipping rules. These basics are pretty much covered in all courses and can be found online for free. Nothing ground-breaking here.
Module 2 - Setting up Your Store to Convert
This is a fairly large section with about 16 videos. One of the videos talks about the $5,000,000 theme. This theme is called "Shoptimized" which is available for purchase at $167 for a single license (one store) all the way up to $597 for a 10 license option.
Jared used this theme to make 5 Million dollars in sales but that doesn`t mean you will. The theme isn`t cheap but it`s focus is on conversions. eCom Turbo also focuses on conversions and it`s much cheaper - you decide if you`re looking for a premium theme.
Other videos in this section include`:
- Abandoned Cart Email Sequence
- FAQ Page Setup
- One-Click Upsell
- Customer Reviews
- Free Shipping Bar
There`s quite a few videos on how to set up the Shoptimized theme and this will only help if you decide to purchase it. Otherwise, there`s full training provided for the other theme I mentioned above.
Module 3 - Products
In this module Jared gives you a high level overview of what you should be looking for in a product and then gets into specifics later on.
Other videos show you how to add products to your store, where to find products and order fulfillment.
Module 4 - Advertising - Facebook ads
This module is all about Facebook advertising. There are no other advertising methods other than Facebook in Ecom Hacks.
No Google Ads, Pinterest, Instagram or even Bots. You'll get this in eCom Elites at a fraction of the price of this course.
There's about 14 videos in this section and also a couple of videos featuring Jake Tenenbaum.
Here's what you'll learn in this section regarding Facebook ads.
- How to setup your facebook page
- Setting up business manager, ad accounts
- Campaign structuring
- 4 videos on different testing methods
- Scaling strategies
- Manual bidding strategies
- Custom Audiences, Lookalike Audiences, intersecting
In the last section of the course you'll get some bonus content which includes building a master list of suppliers, getting help from virtual assistants, getting an 800 number and abandoned cart email templates.
Final Thoughts on Ecom Hacks Academy
Since the course is no longer available, there's really no point giving it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
If you are looking for a dropshipping course, then i'd suggest eCom Elites which is still available and costs only $197. It receives ongoing updates and is still being sold today.