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Tips for Operating a Dropshipping Store on Shopify.

Here are tips for operating a Shopify dropshipping store.

With 500,000 active users, Shopify is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms on the market today. And that number steadily grows as more people decide to start their own dopshipping business. Newcomers may be confused about how to operate a dropshipping store using this ecommerce platform, thus the following will give some tips on how to get started.

Website Design

  • Buy a domain

When you initially set up your Shopify store, you will be given a free domain, so your store URL, here’s an example ( This doesn’t look great from the customer’s perspective and it also doesn’t help you build a strong brand. Your URL should be short, recognizable, simple to remember and easily printed on any material. Try coming up with a few names and see if they are already taken, once you have settled on a good URL you can purchase the official domain from GoDaddy or Namecheap and direct your domain to the Shopify store.

  • Design theme

Every Shopify theme is made up of four key elements, which are HTML files, CSS, Javascript (which is optional) and images.

There are a lot of templates available that you can customize within the settings, including the layout of your site, colors, typography, favicon, social media, and checkout page. Play around with different options and see what works best for your brand.

Try to make your site look as unique as possible, consider developing a brand guideline before you start. If you’re highly skilled at web-designing then it’s worth looking at the partner program. That way you can design as many stores as you like for free and list them on the partner program for a price.

  • Add a phone number

Add a phone number on your header, footer, contact, and about us page. People calling in are trying to give you money. And having a phone number builds trust with your potential customers. Furthermore, it’s best that you return every missed call and voicemail ASAP.

  • Use Tidio live chat

This is a free live chat app in the Shopify App store. When someone live chats your store, it’ll push to your phone letting you respond wherever you are.

  • Add aFAQ page

With a FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions), you can give the answers to the most commonly asked questions that your customers may have. Having this makes your site look more professional and can be useful in securing a sale.

  • Install privy exit intent

When your potential customer goes to click off of the tab, a pop-up needs to appear, typically offering a discount code. This can help you secure a sale when you might have lost a customer. Generally when applier for a coupon the customer would have to enter their email, This helps with email marketing further down the line.

About Customer

  • Offer afree bonus gift

A free bonus gift means people can get more at the same price and makes people prefer to buy from you. Venders tend to offer a gift after a customer reaches a certain price point, for example “free gift for order above $50!”

  • Feedback campaigns

It’s a good idea to use a customer feedback to gather information on how to optimize your conversion funnel. A tool like Feedback Lite is an excellent for this purpose. It’s a survey widget you can place on your Shopify that gather information about your customers overall shopping experience. Not only does this service offer 8 different types of feedback widgets (i.e. Multiple Choice, Open-Ended Answer, Rating Scale, Thumbs-Up/Thumbs/Down etc) but allows you to customise the interaction you have with your audience by setting your feedback widget to show automatically, as a slide-out or popup campaign and even on page exit.

  • Provide more payment options

Give your customers as many payment options as you can. Here are some payment options you should provide:

  1. Shopify Payments (U.S. Based)
  2. Stripe Atlas (Outside of U.S.)
  3. Paypal
  4. Amazon Payments
  5. Apple Pay
  • CRM system

There’s widespread support for website integration with CRM systems such as Infusionsoft and Hubspot. And CRM allows you to store the details of anyone who provides you with their email address in a purpose-built sales funnel designed to increase the chances of the customer making a purchase from you. By consistently building the levels of information you have on your customers’ interests, you can run automated marketing campaigns specifically designed to increase expenditure.

Product Photos

  • Background

Using eye-catching high-quality images is essential to entice to your visitors into making a purchase. Potential customers want the focus to be on your product, using a white background helps drive focus to the product itself.

  • Lighting

Lighting is a key component to taking quality pictures. Clamp-on utility lamps and painters lights are practical and affordable. They also ensure you have great lighting and are better than the flash located on your smartphone.

  • Uploading

Once you’ve got the product photos you can easily upload them to your Shopify stores backend. If you are an Apple or Mac users then you can use the Airdrop feature to transfer your photos quickly and efficiently.

  • Ask suppliers

Ask suppliers for unique product photos is also a good option if you don’t plan on buying a sample or test purchase.

  • Use Photo Resize

Creating a clean, uniform look on your website should be your top priority. Sometimes you may need to resize images to achieve this goal. You can use Photo Resize, an app in Shopify, to make all your product photography look uniform automatically.

Product Review

Product reviews convert sales and are key to success. One of the best ways to boost your product review count is by incentivising your customers to make a review on your site when they make a purchase.

An easy way to do this is by sending a follow-up email with a discount code when a customer makes a product review. Another great way to encourage reviews is by developing a community culture across your site so that your customers feel like they are helping other consumers.

However, when you implement this kind of selling strategy make sure you have a solid support system behind the scenes to assist any customers who provide a negative product review. Often times the review can be redirected unfairly at an eCommerce retailer and that’s the last thing you want.

Best Shopify Apps

Here are some of the best Shopify apps for dropshipping that you can use to drive sales.

Google Analytics

Having analytics on your website is one of the most important things when optimizing your website for sales. Google Analytics is the best tool to track your website’s performance. It has become a standard tool because of its ease of use, informative reports, and the fact that it is free. It will give you priceless feedback in regards to how visitors interact with your website and where they bounce off. Your sales data is also accounted for so you can see what genuinely works and what doesn’t.

SEO for Shopify

If you are new to SEO and need a crash course to get you up to speed on cutting edge techniques I suggestions this guide.

You should really pick your battles and know your competition when it comes to SEO. You will be able to profile not only the performance of your top competitors, but evaluate the difficulty of ranking for key terms related to the products you are selling by Alexa. If you are just starting out, we recommend trialling these services first: Competitor Keyword Matrix, Competitor Backlink Checker, and Site Keywords.

Doing SEO on the Shopify platform is not much different than on any other platform. For the on-page SEO, you just need to know what to put in the proper places in the code of your page.

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Dropshipping Business Earthquake, after one of the dropshipping tools Shopmaster shut down. Oberlo is shutting down too. Dropshippers have to find alternatives.

Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
CJ Dropshipping
May 17, 2022
Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
What should dropshippers do?
What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
2. CJ Dropshipping
3. NicheDropshipping
4. Spocket
5. Printify
Today we got breaking news for dropshippers. Oberlo, one of the most well-known apps on Shopify will officially close its entry on June 15th, 2022.

Oberlo has been a successful dropshipping app. It provides a convenient method for store owners to fulfill orders with AliExpress.

Among all the various dropshipping apps on the market, Orberlo has got a great reputation in the community. It has helped countless people become successful entrepreneurs.

However, the sites will officially shut down on June 15th. For the people who are currently on a paid Oberlo subscription plan, they can cancel it now and get a refund.

What should dropshippers do?
There are many possibilities for Oberlo to make such a decision. And shutting down the Oberlo app doesn’t mean the Oberlo company is going to shut down.

We will talk about this topic in our latest articles and share some insights about the dropshipping industry in the short future.

For now, Oberlo will shut down soon. If you are one of the entrepreneurs who have been using Oberlo, you need to think about what to do next and find a solution for the incoming event as soon as possible.

In this article, we will present some best dropshipping sites as alternatives for Oberlo. If you wish to take this challenge as an opportunity with a new service provider, this is the chance.

If you are not using Oberlo, the event may also lead you to some deep thoughts about the industry. In case your current supplier or service provider got the same situation in the future, preparing in advance is always a good choice.

What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
On the official Oberlo FAQ page, Oberlo has suggested the users migrate to a trusted Shopify partner, DSers.

DSers is a dropshipping app that provides multistore management. You can use it to manage most dropshipping platforms such as Shopify, Wix, and Woocommerce.

Just like Oberlo, DSers allows you to sync orders from your store to AliExpress and then fulfill the orders in a more convenient way.

Also, you can use DSers to source the products on AliExpress. Instead of sourcing products on your own, using DSers will save you a lot of time to locate the specific product you want among the massive category.

In addition, DSers is also available for data transferring from Oberlo. If you wish to migrate your Oberlo account data to DSers, you can do it directly on the Oberlo admin home page.

What makes DSers unique?
Good Chrome extension
Multiple store order manage
Optimizing sourcing time
Allow data migration from Oberlo
Good chrome extension
Still, DSers is not the best choice if you wish to save your budget and justify the cost. This is because if you want to fully use the functions of DSers to manage more than 3 stores, you will need to subscribe to the paid plan first.

2. CJ Dropshipping
CJ Dropshipping is a one-stop dropshipping platform that provides a complete Dropshipping service.

The service of CJ dropshipping covers sourcing, shipping, order management and even filming ad videos.

CJ Dropshipping has both features of Oberlo and AliExpress, you can find products that come from various international suppliers at cheap prices on the site. By using this sourcing feature, you can easily find better suppliers different from AliExpress.

If you need some information about the recent trendy products or best-selling products, you can also explore the trendy products recommendation columns on the CJ Dropshipping site. Every season there will be brand new innovative products for you to choose from.

Besides, the overall shipping time of CJ Dropshipping is faster than AliExpress suppliers. This is because many suppliers on CJ Dropshipping got their own international warehouses.

Also, if your business volume is big, you can actually have your own private inventory in CJ warehouses. Then your orders can be shipped out within 1 to 2 days.

If you are not only looking for a store integration service provider but also suppliers with better prices, CJ Dropshipping will be a good choice for you. Unlike other paid-to-use platforms, most functions on CJ Dropshipping are completely free to use.

What makes CJ Dropshipping unique?
Free sourcing for better suppliers
Trendy products recommendation
Faster shipping time than AliExpress
International warehouses
Bulk order management
Various extended services (POD, Photography)
3. NicheDropshipping
Niche dropshipping is a site that combines sourcing agents and dropshipping suppliers. You can find various product collections on their site just like searching for products on AliExpress.

When you want to search for any products with better quality or price, you can directly consult the agents of NicheDropshipping to find the product you want.

If some products got higher prices than you expected, you can also negotiate with the agents. Agents of Niche dropship are also professional in getting the best quotation from the suppliers.

Besides, Niche Dropshipping got international warehouses in both China and the USA. So if your market is in the US and you wish to optimize the processing time of the products, you can also choose to bulk purchase the products to stock in their USA warehouse. Once products are stocked in the USA, shipping and processing time can be amazingly fast.

In addition, the photography service is available if you wish to see the actual quality of the products. You can also request photos or videos for advertisement usage. But keep in mind this service is paid, the cost will depend on your request content.

What makes NicheDropshipping unique?
Free product sourcing quote
China & USA warehouses
Automated dropshipping service
Photography service
4. Spocket
Spocket is a high-rated dropshipping platform that allows you to connect with suppliers all over the world.

Most of the suppliers on Spocket are from the USA & the EU. This special feature makes it an excellent tool to search for products within the US and the EU.

The best thing about domestic suppliers is the shipping time. If you buy products from domestic suppliers, shipping will only need takes 2-5 days to deliver. This is why international warehouses are also recommended by other dropshipping platforms

Still, the limitation of domestic suppliers is the product variety. If your wish to expand your business, you will need to explore more international supplier platforms.

If your target market is in the US or in the EU, Spocket is a great choice for you to find the supplier you prefer to work with.

What makes Spocket unique?
Available US & EU suppliers
High-quality products with samples
Winning products recommendation
Support multiple platforms (Shopify, Woocommerce, Wix)
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On Printify, you can source a wide range of customizable products including hoodies, accessories, T-shirts, and so on.

Wish to see the effect picture? You can simply upload the picture to the platform then the editor will automatically generate an example picture.

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Specialized in POD products
Wide range of customizable products collection
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