The Kibo Code is an eCommerce training program. It's not even been released yet at the time of writing this (mid-January 2020), and there are already 100 (literally) Kibo Code reviews on Google. That's 10x SERPs filled up, can you believe it!? The majority of which are presumably written by the affiliates. Well, the affiliate commission is $1,750 per unit. Don't matter what it is, just write anything as early as possible to get to the top of the SERP. That's the plan. Pretty crazy, isn't it?
Since my Kibo Code review is extremely unlikely to get on Google page 10 or higher among all the positive "reviews", I too can write something full of skepticism based on how it's advertised pre-launch, right?
The Kibo Code Review
The Kibo Code
E-commerce software & training
Aidan Booth and Steven Clayton
What Is The Kibo Code?
The Kibo Code is an 8-week eCommerce (drop-shipping) training program. Some Japanese characters are used in the logo but it's not clear what it's meant to be. It can mean "scale" or "extent", but that would sound quite hideous as a product name in Japanese. It could also mean "hope" but then it wouldn't be spelled correctly.
The Kibo Code is sold at $3,497, and the method involves "No Amazon, No Facebook ads, No China", which is good to know. Because we've already seen enough training programs that teach Amazon FBA and dropshipping using AliExpress. Facebook ads are still effective in my opinion but setting up and monitoring are the whole techniques to learn, and again, there are enough tutorials out there. It confirms that the dropshipping companies are all USA-based. So it's interesting to see if this new method becomes the new trend starting this year.
Anyway the creators Aidan Booth and Steven Clayton say that Kibo Code is based on the method widely used in Japan which they were inspired by and decided to adopt when they were in Tokyo.
Apparently Japanese fill their store with products and see what sells first, bring the best selling products to the storefront and remove products that don't sell. Add new products, remove ones that don't sell and replace them with ones that sell in order to maximize their profits...
Okay, firstly... Don't we all? We all have to monitor our sales performance, keep push products that sell and ditching ones that don't.
And secondly, I hear enough stories about the "trust" relationships between the brands and retailers in Japan, i.e. ass-kissing. Salespeople fiercely blackmailing store managers with gifts and annoying "Hi! Just come to see how you are today!" greetings. As a result, store managers are having to shift the products brought by the nicest salesperson to the storefront to show their faith, regardless of the popularity of the products. Mami who's written quite a few articles for this site used to manage a couple of shops in Tokyo would tell me all about it. But I suppose it can happen anywhere in the world - be a pushover and your revenue can suffer.
How It Works
#1 Buy a good domain name
The Kibo Code offers a tool that finds high-quality, generic domain names. That's a nice little bonus, although there are many free domain name generators available. Shopify's Business Name Generator is a good one. Check this site for various other tools - 15 Best Domain Name Generators by Hosting Facts.
#2 Ready-made store site is provided
A simple store with a preloaded high-converting theme is with the Kibo Code system and it will only take 60 seconds to set up.
This is good because setting up an e-commerce site from scratch can be pretty time consuming even if you know what you're doing. If you've never created one before, it will be a real pain. So you need a ready-made, quick-to-set-up web store that you can use right away.
#3 Pinpoint profitable products
The software will automatically choose profitable products from a selection of 3 million items regardless of the niche or market.
Research kits such as JungleScout and Viral-Launch can find out the most profitable items sold on Amazon, so I assume the software is something similar. Not focusing on the niche/market may sound like disregarding brand credibility. But that's what thousands of eBay sellers do - name themselves something generic e.g. "fantastic-store" and sell anything from jewelry to barbecue grills. As long as orders keep coming in, that may not be a bad thing.
#4 List up products automatically
The software will load up your website with these products automatically, so you don't need to worry about images or text creation.
The automation in this area has become standard in the past few years now. If you google search by a phrase such as "Shopify product importer app", you'll find quite a few.
#5 Send traffic
"We send instant traffic to the product listings using cheap, underrated and vastly untapped methods."
Now, this is what the Kibo Code says, and that's what everyone says. Done-for-you systems, new affiliate programs, make-money-online schemes... They all say they have a unique way of sending traffic (that's "never been seen before") but turn out to be solo ad traffic.
When it comes to web traffic, you either advertise yourself (on Facebook, Google, Bing, YouTube etc) or use solo ads, i.e. to get traffic providers to send visitors to your web store, which is always hit and miss.
Of course, the Kibo Code never says it will send amazing traffic so that you'll start making profits right away... Not a word of it. But we know there'll be no magic there, you see.
Each time an order comes in, USA-based suppliers will dropship the product directly to the customer.
Keep the profitable products, eliminate the ones that aren't, keep on scaling up by identifying additional winning products, hence increase profits.
This is a little confusing because the software's already "pinpointed" profitable products out of the list of 3 million items at #3 above...? I guess it's refining the listings by trying and testing, just as any eCommerce owners do.
So there's nothing unique as far as the process is concerned. But the Kibo Code promises that this is just a basic process and, you will not only receive training and software but you'll receive coaching, support, and extra community support. Whether it's paying worth $3,500 or not, it's up to you to decide.
Aidan Booth and Steven Clayton are both multi-million entrepreneurs, they've released many useful products and courses that cover online marketing, small business marketing, SAAS as well as eCommerce businesses. The courses and products include "Online Marketing Classroom", "Parallel Profits", "NetBlaze".
They both started their own eCommerce stores well over a decade ago, therefore the Kibo Code is going to be the ultimate eCommerce blueprint for 2020 for sure, no matter how much I skepticize!
Is The Kibo Code For You?
When I was running a dropshipping business until a few years ago, I was listing up, resizing and optimizing photos and monitoring the database all manually. I guess it's a lot easier now as the software will take care of this part.
But what I didn't like about the business is the fact that my days were ruled by customer orders. I was on my own, handling all the customer queries, complaints and returns by myself which meant I was always "on-call" even on vacation. I decided to quit and focus on affiliate marketing which would truly allow me to "work anytime I wanted". In other words, I was a lazy-ass and I was a wimp.
So if you've never tried dropshipping, not only will it take a lot of hard work just like any other business, but it will require some time-sensitive commitment too. You want to respond to each and every customer fairly quickly in a friendly manner if you want to gain trust!
What I'm not sure about this method is that it purely focuses on profitable products regardless of the niches. I've been there - I couldn't sell jewelry because I wasn't interested in it, and I couldn't promote ski equipment because I don't like skiing, even though they were highly profitable. You have to love your niche and it's hard to get solely money to keep motivating you, you see what I mean? Otherwise you'll be just some online shop owner. But then I guess if you are a million-dollar online shop owner that's a different story, and I've never been one. So to sum up, I think it's about time I shut up. ?
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