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Here is our updated step-by-step guide on how to build an AliExpress shipping shop using Shopify in 2019.
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Today you will build an AliExpress store to deliver goods – even if you are new or have no experience.
With a little time and effort, you will have a store that is semi-automatic, highly converted and ready for customers to come and spend money.
This step-by-step guide is an updated 2019 version of our video guide and contains exciting new changes to our previous version for 2018.
This guide will take 20 steps, and we will use two tools – Shopify and Oberlo – to build our store and make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.
As an added bonus, I’ll give you helpful tips on how to optimize your store for more sales and more conversions.
This tutorial will be interactive. We do not want to passively read and forget everything ten minutes later!
Sit down, grab a coffee and get ready to follow this detailed guide!
Step 1: Sign up for a FREE Shopify 14-day trial
The first step is to sign up for a Shopify account. Shopify costs $ 29 a month, but you can try it for free for the first 14 days.
- Go to Shopify.com and click on the “Start Free Trial” button on the homepage.
- On the next page, enter your email address, password, and your store name. Look for something short and catchy for the store name – no more than two or three words. This helps shoppers remember your store – and makes your store not look “spam”.
- Complete the survey. To be honest, you can choose anything here because it doesn’t matter.
- Lastly, fill in your personal information, then click “enter store”. Now you have opened a brand new store!
Step 2: Install the free Shopify Theme “Minimal”
For this step, we will add the theme of our store. Although we are going to add this now, you won’t really work with it until later in this article.
- In the dashboard, click Online shopping.
- Click Explore free themes, then scroll down and select the “Minimum.” There should be three variations of this theme, but we’re just focusing on using the “Modern” variant.
- Click the button to finish Add a minimum button – then below action, click Publish to activate your theme.
Step 3: Install the Oberlo Shopify application
Oberlo is a “secret” tool that makes our store semi-automatic. According to a layman, it is simply a tool that fulfills orders for you through AliExpress.
But for all its simplicity, completing an item without it would be a tedious job. Fortunately, Oberlo eliminates a lot of hassle by doing most of the dirty work for you.
- In the dashboard, click Applications, and then click the button Visit the Shopify App Store button on the next page.
- Type “Oberlo” in the search bar. Once you have found and clicked it, click the icon Add an app button.
- Click the button Install the application button on the next page.
- Once Oberlo is installed, click settings in the lower left part of the dashboard.
- Now it’s time to play with some settings. Enter the name of your store first and set the unit of measurement for the weight of the product from kilograms (kg) to pounds (lb).
Next, below Automatic updates, mark both Notify me box and select the following questions for Set the quantity to zero:
- “When product is no longer available”
- “When variant is no longer available”
For the following two options (as shown in the figure), have both Notify me check the boxes – but for “When Costs Change”, set this to Do nothing, and select “When inventory changes” Update automatically. (Remember to click Save!)
- Back to Dashboard, click Suppliers, Set the default shipping method to EPACK and insert your phone number.
For Custom note option, copy and paste the following text:
“I’m dealing with shilling. Please don’t send invoices, QR codes, promotions, or your brand logo to shipments. Send them as soon as possible for repeat business. Thank you!”
For the last step, click the button Add a payment card button at the top of the page, then enter your credit card information. This is the card Oberlo will use to buy items on AliExpress.
Step 4: Install the Oberlo Chrome extension
In addition to the app, you’ll also need the Oberl Chrome extension to import the products you want to sell directly from AliExpress to the Oberlo app.
Since this is a Chrome extension, you will need to use Google Chrome. This browser is easy to install, so if you don’t already have one, click this link to download Chrome.
- Visit the Google Chrome Web Store and type “Oberlo” in the search bar.
- Next to Oberl, click the icon Add to Chrome then click the button Adding extensions when the popup appears.
Step 5: Add AliExpress products to your store with Oberlo
NOTE: Before you begin this step, open Chrome. Then open Shopify on one tab and then open AliExpress on the other tab.
- On AliExpress, type in the search bar the name of the product you want to add to the store. Be sure to sort your search by click orders to make sure you are only looking for the best-selling items.
- Once you’ve found the item you want to sell, click the Oberlo icon in the upper right corner of the browser and click Add to import list.
Obviously, you don’t want to import just one product. Ideally, you need about 20-25 products. You want to have a significant number of products to make your store look professional.
Another bonus of having at least 20 products is when, when you reach product promotion on Facebook, you will have more “room for room” to test various products.
- After importing the last item, click Open the import list. From here you will want to click images tab, and deselect images that you do not want to appear in the product list within your store.
Once you have excluded the unwanted images, click Import to trade. Repeat this step for each product you imported into the app.
Step 6: Add product collections
“Collections” is basically a Shopify way of saying product categories – and that’s what we’ll add to our store in this step.
If you already know what categories to add to your store, great! If you don’t want to, spend a few minutes typing in the three categories you want to add to your store.
- Go back to the Shopify dashboard products and by clicking on the submenu Collections.
When the page loads, click Creating collections.
- IN Title enter the category you want to create. For example, if you sell mugs in your store, your title could simply be “mugs.”
Then under Type of collection, select Manual option. When done, repeat the process for the other categories.
Step 7: Edit Product Pages 14:17
Now we go into customer-facing stuff. Here’s where customers can actually see the products you’re selling, including a description and more, so you want to make sure you follow this step carefully.
- In the Shopify dashboard, click products then select the product page you want to edit on the appropriate page.
- Delete the existing title and create your own. Here, the long titles are directly drawn from AliExpress, but you better create your own clear, concise and compelling title.
- Then delete the product description and create your own, But don’t just choose the old description. You want to create a description that is SEO optimized, compelling and emphasizes the ADVANTAGES of your product. To learn how to do this, click here before moving on.
- Under, under Price, reset the price to a price you have personally selected, then delete yours Compare by price.
This is because we want to create an even split between “for sale” and “not for sale” products. No store sells all its merchandise – and even if they do, shoppers will usually feel something fishy going on.
Products with variations
- Under goods header, click All products and select the item you sell with multiple variations.
- Delete both the title and product description again, then add the ones you created personally.
- Under, under variants (directly below images), click the icon Edit button on a variant you do not want to sell. On the next page, scroll down and click Delete. Repeat this step for all variants you do not want.
Now, next to the variant you want to keep, click the icon Edit button again. Then under prices, enter your actual price and compare by price. For yours Compare by price, adjust to slightly higher than your original price.
For each variation, repeat these steps and add the same pricing strategy, then finish by saving what you made.
NOTE: Remember to remove a photo of variations you no longer sell.
Step 8: Add FREE Trust Badges to Your Product Pages (NEW in 2019 Shopify dropshipping tutorial) 20:49
- In the Shopify dashboard, click Applications, and then click Visit the Shopify app store.
- In the search bar, type “free confidential badge” and click on the app.
- On the app page, click the icon Add an app then the button Click install application button.
- Once installed, you will be directed to the application. Scroll down until you find one Design settingsand click the left alignment button. If you do, your badges will align on the actual product page.
- You end up clicking Activate the badge, then click Save.
Step 9: Add free shipping to your orders
Figuring out the delivery options or how much to pay for each item is definitely frustrating.
Because of this, as a newcomer to the internet, I recommend only one shipping option for each item in your store – and that’s free delivery.
Of course, shipping isn’t really “free.” Instead, you only slightly increase the price of the product so that it has free shipping (but it costs little a little more).
For example, an item may initially cost $ 9.95 plus $ 1.50 shipping costs. However, if we used the free shipping method, we would simply sum both the item and shipping price together to cost $ 11.45 – which is seem for the customer as if the postage was free.
Not only is this way easier to manage, you can also take advantage of Facebook ad “free shipping” ads.
Free shipping is a powerful selling step – and the reason why it is so powerful is because of the first word: free.
As humans, everyone loves bargaining. Alternatively, most people hate shipping costs; They are seen as one of the “hidden” costs that always manage to slip in during check out – and then suddenly your price increases by x amount.
This is a great sales show and it is turning great.
- In the Shopify dashboard, click settings, and then click the button on the next page delivery
- Then click Edit on both delivery options – “Local Shipping” and “Rest of the World” – and delete each option by clicking Delete zone.
- Below the header Delivery area, click Add a delivery area, Under, under Zone name, enter “free shipping.”
Next, below country, click Add countries and select United States.
- Under, under Rates based on weight, click Adding a price, ticking free delivery box – and then click to finish Almost.
NOTE: If you are just starting out, I recommend only choosing the US as your home country. This is because most of the sales you make are likely to be from the US.
Step 10: Set Up Shopify Payment and PayPal (MAJOR Update for 2019 Shopify Delivery Guide)
- Click settings, and click on the next page General.
- Next to Standards and formats, set the unit system to The imperial system and set yours Default unit of weight set to pounds (lb) instead of pounds (kg).
- Next to Store your currency, set the currency to “US Dollars” and then finish saving what you made.
- Go back settings, Click Payment Provider, and then click Add a service provider.
- In the pop-up window that appears, make sure “Shopify payments” is checked, then click Continue.
- Then click complete setting up an account and fill in all the details on the next page. It is extremely important that everything is accurate here, as this is a legal requirement for all sellers.
- Once saved under PayPal express check-out, Select PayPal Express Checkout as your default payment method with PayPal. (For some of you, this option should already be turned on)
Then scroll down on the same page and click Activate, You will be redirected to the page where you will be required to enter your store email address (the same one you used to sign up for Shopify in Step 1).
Once you have entered your email address, click Following, log in to your PayPal and click on the “Grant permission” button.
Step 11: Add stamps to your store’s cash register
To complete this step, you will need two things: 1) the brand logo and 2) the brand color for your store.
If you don’t have a logo, you can easily create one on Fiverr for only $ 5
Your brand color should reflect the types of items you sell in your store. So for this cafe we are building in this example, the primary brand color is brown (because, well, coffee is brown).
But you might be selling something different; in which case you need to decide on the color of the brand that aligns with the niche around which you are building your store.
As a small exercise: Go to Google Images and type in your niche name to get a sense of the color associated with your brand.
So, if you haven’t already, get a store logo and choose a brand color before you go to this step.
- In the dashboard, click Online shopping. Then on Theme page, click Customization which will direct you to the theme settings.
- On the theme settings page, click the shopping cart icon at the top of the page, then scroll down and select the checkout button.
Switch tabs to Theme settings, then scroll down to Check. Under, under Logo, click Select an image and upload an image of your logo. (Remember, if you don’t have a logo, get one designed for you before you continue with this step.)
- Then scroll down to color, and under buttons, select or move the palette according to the color of the brand you have selected.
Finish by clicking Save, and go to the next step.
Step 12: Create a profile page
Unfortunately, making a whole lesson about About Pages will focus this blog elsewhere. (Although in our premium course, Dropship club, we provide members with a pre-prepared template that they can use for their site pages)
A good page about page contains three things:
- What your store is selling
- Your mission
- Why you are better than your competition
As long as you include these three, there is nothing to worry about. (Plus, you can always come back and improve later)
That doesn’t mean you should say, “We sell dog accessories to make dog lovers happy and have better products than all our competitors. BUY NOW!” sound like the About page, not some desperate offer.
After the copy for your About page is ready, follow these steps.
- Click Online shopping > Pages and then click Add a page.
- IN Title enter “About Us” and then below this paste in the copy you prepared below the description.
- If you have any images related to your niche (something I highly recommended), upload them to your page by clicking the small image icon.
Use the alignment icon to move the image to the right or click Wrap the text to move it freely.
Step 13: Create a contact page
Compared to the previous step, this is a piece of cake. You will add a simple contact form where your customers can easily contact you.
- Under, under pages, click Add a page, Then under Title, type “Contact Us.”
- Under template select “page.contact” from the drop-down menu. And as always, finish by clicking Save.
Step 14: Add menus to your store
In this step, we will edit the menu of the header and footer of the store.
Unlike our previous guide, creating a menu using Shopify in 2019 is much easier than it was before. They added additional modifications and modifications to simplify the process, which means your life is a little easier!
First, let’s start with the header.
- Click Online Commerce> Navigation, and then click The main menu.
- Then next Catalog, click Edit and change the name from “Catalog” to “Products” and then click Apply changes.
- Then click Add a menu item and enter the name of one of your categories.
- Under, under Connection, select the appropriate collection from the list, then click to finish To add.
- Use the mouse to drag and drop the category below goods so it is divorced below.
Repeat this step to create the rest of the categories About us page and a contact us Before you go to editing the footer.
The base is slightly different from the previous steps. Start your return to navigation page, and this time click Footer menu
- Click Add a menu item. Under Title box. type “Home” and then below Connection Select Homepage.
- Click again Add a menu item. Enter “Account Login” for the title, then below Connection paste it into your custom Shopify URL.
Your Shopify URL should look like “https: //your-store-name.myshopify.com/Account Login. ‘ (Remember to add the “/ accounts / sign-in” part!)
- Then click Add a menu item, name your “Shopping Cart” title and paste it into your Shopify URL. But this time it should look like: https://your-store-name.myshopify.com/cart.
To complete this step, finish by clicking Save.
Step 15: Create a Store Design and Homepage
- Click Online Store> Customize. Under, under Sections, click Letterhead and upload the logo image file you created in step 11.
Under, under Custom logo width, resize your logo to 250 px, then uncheck the “Show announcement” box.
- Return to Sections and click slideshow then under Content, upload the image you want it to appear in your presentation.
If you do not want to use each slide, delete the extra ones you do not need.
- Return to Remove All Collections under Letterhead – this includes and Collection list and Bulletin.
- Click Adding a section, After that, click Featured collection > Under title enter the name of the first product collection you want to present.
Then click the button To change select a product category from the list and finish by clicking Select button. This will now change the URL link to the product collection page.
Repeat this process two more times, adding the other product categories you created.
- Go back and click pedestal this time. remove News / Blog widgets as well as the Social icons.
- Come back and click this time Theme settings. Click colorand change the background color to your brand color.
- For keys and Text, change to a suitable color that contrasts with your brand color.
For example, since my top bar is brown, a white color would be appropriate for my text. But if it were white, black text would be a more appropriate color for my shop.
- Under, under Theme settings, click Typography (which basically means font) and change the font for your store. This is an optional step, but it is strongly recommended that you help your store look more personalized.
And, as always, you end up clicking Save.
Step 16: Add Store Favicon (NEW in Shopify dropshipping tutorial for 2019)
Laicistically, the favicon is a mini icon you see on cards like the one you are currently on.
To complete this step, make sure your favicon is 32 x 32 pixels with a transparent background.
Click Online Store> Customize. Under, under Theme settings, click favicon and upload your own favicon image. Finish by clicking Save.
Step 17: Add Facebook Messenger Livechat (NEW in Shopify dropshipping tutorial for 2019)
NOTE: Before you complete this step, make sure you already have an active Facebook page.
- Return to the Shopify app store and type in the “Facebook chat” search bar.
- Click on the Beeketing Facebook app as shown in the image below.
- On the next page, click the button Add an app then click the button Install the application.
- Click on the big “Start Connecting Customers” button.
- Click “Continue as [your name]Then select the Facebook page you set up before completing this step.
- Under, under Button design, select the icon I selected below.
- Click continue until you get to a page where you can save and activate the work you did, and then finish by clicking the Save and activate.
Step 18: Choose a payment plan
- Click settings, and then click Account.
- Click Compare plans, On this page, choose a $ 29 a month plan.
- Lastly, just fill in all your payment information and click The initial plan.
Step 19: Choose a domain name
Before completing this step, be sure to use the ‘.com’ domain – ALWAYS do not select another universal domain name.
- Click Online shopping, then click Next to me.
- Click the button Buy a new domain button and type in the domain name you want to use.
If your name is already occupied, choose another. But if available, keep clicking Buy button.
Remember that if you do not want your domain name to be automatically charged every year, deselect it Automatically renew this domain every year box.
Step 20: Submit Your Store LIVE!
Under, under Online shopping, click Disable password.
… then deselect the “Enable password” checkbox. Then finish (literally this time!) By clicking Save.
BOOM! Your brand new store is officially live – congratulations!
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