Written by:Paras Katoch

How to start Alibaba seller account and Setup Alibaba online shop

In this post, I will explain how to start selling on Alibaba and set up your own Alibaba online shop as an Alibaba seller. This post includes – discussion on Alibaba membership fees, the account activation process, and further important details for the new and registered sellers.

I was fortunate enough to gain good experience in handling the Alibaba seller portal. I must say, it has a very friendly UI (User Interface) and a great support system in place.

Sharing the list of questions which I will be answering in this blog post –

Table of Contents

  1. What is Alibaba?
  2. How to sell on Alibaba online shop?
  3. What is Alibaba seller membership fees?
  4. How to activate Alibaba online shop for Alibaba sellers?

What is Alibaba?

Alibaba group or Alibaba company is known to be the biggest online commerce company in the world, bigger than Amazon. It is a platform that hosts millions of buyers and sellers, mostly for B2B or bulk transactions.

It doesn’t matter where you live, the model is so efficient to the point that if you’re an Alibaba seller from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh and receives an order from the United States, all you need to do is dispatch the product and follow your operations. Alibaba services assures the rest.

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How to sell on Alibaba online shop?

In order to start your business on Alibaba, you need to go through the registration process, which is followed by the business verification process, to be done on their website. Before registration, please select your country of origin from the dropdown on the top right corner of the page as shown in the image shared below –

Alibaba seller - Alibaba online shop
Alibaba website

Remember that business verification is an essential part of the process before you get started on the platform as a seller. The question you may ask “What is business verification all about?” Here’s what Alibaba has to say about it –

Alibaba seller business verification

What is Alibaba seller membership fees?

There are several types of memberships being offered by Alibaba. The types of membership start from Basic to Premium, the offering vary from country to country.

For example, in India Alibaba offers 4 types of memberships but in the United States, the offering goes down to two types of memberships only.

In India, The basic membership starts at INR 92,300 and goes to premium for INR 340,885 per year, each one with its own set of benefits. To know more, you can visit Alibaba.

Alibaba membership plan India
Alibaba Membership

How to activate Alibaba online shop for Alibaba sellers?

Activation of your seller or membership account is a simple yet a time taking process. Once you login to the Alibaba seller panel, you are greeted with a set of tabs which can be seen on the left-hand side of the panel, as shown in the image, shared below –

Alibaba online store - Seller panel
Alibaba Seller Dashboard

Inside the panel, there’s a Shop tab that you need to click in order to navigate to the edit profile option. There you can see a number of tabs with empty columns that need to be filled by you.

Following is the list of tabs inside Alibaba Shop:

  • Basic Company Details
  • Manufacturing Capability
  • Quality Control
  • R&D Capability
  • Export Capability
  • Certificate Center
  • Company Introduction

I have shared the screenshot of the same, share below –

Alibaba seller panel
Seller Details

Once you start filling up the columns inside the tabs, your profile completeness will reach 100%, that’s when your account will be fully active. In general, if you have profile completeness between 70% -100%, your account will be deemed active by Alibaba.

However, it’s always better to maintain the profile completeness to 100% to attract more buyers for your products. Learn about the next steps, understand Alibaba RFQ

Please watch this video to know more about Alibaba online shop setup for Alibaba seller –

I hope by now you’re all set to launch your business on Alibaba. Feel free to drop your comments in the comment section below and remember to read my next post on Alibaba online shop and Alibaba App to advance further. I wish you good luck!

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