3 Steps to start an online ecommerce shop easily and quickly

Creating yourOwn OnLine store (1)

When people say the word “ecommerce” everybody thinks it’s quite complex thing to get started with or involves a lot of hard work. People think online shopping carts and all sorts of things, but today with modern technology it’s completely the opposite.

You could actually create your brand new online shop working in just 10 minutes (Yep Just 10 minutes!)  and start selling.

How to start an online shop and start selling

If you know what you want to sell – that’s all right, but if you are undecided then there are two kinds of stores you can make to start your business – A drop shipping store or an Online store where you have your own products being shipped from your warehouse. A drop shipping store is pretty straightforward and can be easily made in 10 minutes and involves the least amount of work.

A store where you have your own products and ship them is a bit more involved and can take a bit longer like half an hour to build your store. First I will explain the difference between a “drop shipping store business” and a let’s call it “general store” shop.

A Drop Shipping Store Business in 2017

This is where you decide you want to open a shop/store online but don’t want to be bothered about inventory, sourcing and storing products and then physically packaging or shipping them to your buyers. What you really want to do with this method is just open an online shop and list & sell products and once a product is sold then- you just buy that product that you sold in your shop from another seller in china (alibaba/aliexpress) and put in your buyer address and it gets shipped directly to them from china. You obviously would have listed that product at a much higher price to make a commission on the sale.

You need three things to get a drop shipping business started:

1. A shopify store account – ( free trial available now)

2. A Aliexpress accountsign up here free

3. Oberlo – App to make listing products from aliexpress to your store easy (free 30 day trial)


Why shopify

If you have used wordpress or (operated a blog/website like me) you know it’s one of the easiest website building software in the world and you can easily make professional looking websites just by pointing and clicking a few buttons ( my tutorial here) . Well Shopify is the wordpress for building online stores. Shopify is one of the easiest and best service provider to build an “online shop” quickly and easily and they are quite affordable too. Make sure of the free 14 day trial link I have given above and you can check prices on their website from there.

Once you register for their free trial, you will get access to your online shop and you can see that structure of the design makes it easy to do everything to get your store online. You will get familiarized with all the sections as you use the store more and more. To just a list a couple of products and get your store online doing drop shipping should not take you more than 10 minutes.

Aliexpress account

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Aliexpress is an online marketplace from china which list products for sale in hundreds of niches from fashion clothing, gadgets, electronics, kid’s toys, stationery and much more. There are thousands of sellers from china selling their products on Ali express and they deliver from china to your doorstep. If you are doing drop shipping- then you will provide your customers name/address while purchasing (once you get a sale on your own shopify shop).

It is free to register with Ali express – register here.

Oberlo app

Oberlo is a paid app that makes it easy for you to add products from your aliexpress account to your online shopify shop. This app makes it easy to add products quickly and easily from aliexpress to your store. Once the app is installed in your store , all you need to do is search for a product (clothing or gadget what’ve) in the app in your store and it will show you the product, details and pics of gthe listing. Now just click import product and it will import the whole product title, description and pictures.

oberlo shopify app screenshot

You can choose which pics to keep for your post  and then just hit publish and the product is ready on your store to sell and it also shows inventory of how many are still left from the ali express seller account.

If you want – You could do all this manually with your Ali express account, browse Ali express for a product you want to sell, copy and paste product title, details, description and pics etc. and then list it on your store – but the oberlo makes this damn easy and quick. When you have to add many products to your store and you want to save time doing that, this app becomes a blessing.

Trust me with drop shipping it is best to add as many products to your store to get sales. 10 to 20 products on your shop is a good number to start with.

Check out the free Oberlo 30 day trial and pricing over here

Both a drop shipping store and a general niche store when made with shopify, will have shopping carts and all features of an online store as they come pre- installed so you don’t have to worry about all that.

A General Store

For explaining purposes here, I will say A general store is where you will buy products or make products and then store it in your house/ garage or warehouse and then when you get a sale from your shopify shop, then you will manually package and ship the product to your customer country based on how many they ordered and where they want it to be shipped. You will need to keep constantly keep track of your inventory and order more as you need it.

What’s different from drop shipping is that you don’t need to do packaging , not storage space needed , take professional pics for products , no spending time figuring out where it needs to be sent and shipping costs etc. with drop shipping. Most aliexpress sellers offer free shipping for their products to many countries.

Design or Look of your Store

parallax theme from shopify

Parallax them by shopify

The design or look of your store is very important and they are some amazing free designs for your online store, just browse the free themes/templates from your store and apply it to see how your store looks. Be warned though changing templates sometimes involves a little more readjusting of logos etc. with every change – your content will always remain in store as it is but will change how it displays with every time you decide to change the look/template in your shop. So choose a good one right at the start and stick to it.

multippurpose theme from  theme forest

Multipurpose theme by themeforest

They are some awesome paid templates that shopify sells and there are many third party providers also that make good designs for shopify stores. Just browse shopify or then the internet and you will find them.

Design sources for your store

1. Free shopify themes

2. Themeforest themes

3. Wpzoom themes






Payment Gateways for your Store

Collecting money for your sales is important and shopify has made this seamless, you get your shopify payment processing gateway when you sign up with shopify and so you can accept payments from all over the world. You’re automatically set up to accept all major cards as soon as you create your Shopify store. Shopify tells you if the payment method used or credit card is suspicious or dodgy and sometimes block payments.

accept payments directly with Shopify

If you’re not using Shopify Payments and you want to accept credit cards, you can choose from over 70 ecommerce payment gateways for your Shopify store. Check the list here. Businesses in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia can accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express debit and credit cards.

You also have the option of adding other payment gateways if you have a particular preference. https://www.2checkout.com/ is another option that some shops use as their payment gateway for processing payments.

How to make sales from your online store

This is where you will know if you can make it or break it. You are the measure of your own success. As with any business it takes time and hard work to make a business successful and that is the truth. If anyone tells you otherwise there are full of sh*t.

When you manage to make sales on your store then you can just keep doing the same thing and scaling and make more sales. Test more, try more new things and make more sales, find out what’s working for others doing the same thing, test try and sell more.

Setting up shop is the easiest thing to start your online shop, the rest of the bits are the hard ones. Like getting sales is hard and this I where you need the hard yakka. Saying that, I know some of my mates who have just started a shop, got the right ads and products on their shop and are doing $100k sales a month within 6 months of starting their store.

So how do you make sales with your store – This is something that you will need to test and see what works with your product. Facebook ads promotion is a must for everyone to try, but people are finding success with INSTAGRAM product promotion via shout outs from people with large following, promotion via Google and Bing ppc ads and some have managed to get sales via pinterest as well. So test out everything, but Facebook ads is a good platform to get sales for your shop, as you can find the right audience for your specific products with Facebook audience insights.

Apparently Facebook video ads also work very well and cost less to advertise right now.

Top Advertising platform for your online store:

1. Facebook ads

2. Instagram shootouts and ads

3. Google PPC advertising

4. Bing PPC advertising

5. Pinterest Advertising

6. Reddit advertising

7. Also Twitter, linked in and other social media platforms can be tested

I would recommend that as soon as you shop is published and online, you set up a business page from your Facebook account with your store URL and start publishing relevant content and your products to your Facebook business page.

Do create an Instagram account for your business and start posting relevant pics and content to your instagram account as well. I would suggest you keep your entire business accounts active by regularly posting stuff or get a tool to automate posting stuff by scheduling post s to your Facebook page/ instagram account etc.

As Facebook and shopify work together – With a Facebook page and store you can integrate your store to your Facebook business page, so that when you add products to your store – it automatically publishes in your Facebook business page as well.

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Need i say more? Good luck!

Getting your mobile friendly or responsive wordpress website can be easy

Getting your mobile friendly or responsive wordpress website can be easy

Don’t get Caught dead with SEO. Its 2015 and google has just announced that mobile friendly websites or responsive themes are going to be a factor in ranking websites in their search engines. Every serious blogger or internet marketer cannot ignore this, with google being one of the biggest search engines for now.

There is no doubt about it  that well known  people in the website business are backing up this move, with Matt Mullenweg  the founding developer of WordPress also supporting responsive themes by making all  their default wordpress themes like “twenty fifteen” “twenty fourteen”  and older default WP themes responsive.

Even Google ‘s Matt Cutts says that Responsive and mobile ready websites will be preferred in their search engine ranking factors.

Not having a smartphone , tablet or smart devices enabled website can cost your money and also on-line visitors/traffic to your blog.

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So What is a mobile friendly or responsive website ?

In simple words a responsive website is one which can display any website or blog on any device fluidly/properly without getting misaligned .

To put this into perspective earlier many websites were made only bearing in mind desktop screens or at the most laptop screens, so when you browsed that website on a small mobile phone or tablet or a big Wide screen monitor the website design either got messed up due to the different viewing dimensions or it was very difficult to navigate the website on a small device.

Responsive or smart device/smartphone friendly websites are made in such a manner that the website automatically responds or changes the website design to suit the screen you are viewing the website on. If you access the website from your smartphone (as a example ) you see a smartphone friendly version design where you can easily scroll and see better larger text to suit your reading on a smartphone but if you access that same website from a normal desktop you can see the a wider design version suitable for you desktop screen, so the website responds to the device you are viewing it on.

This has become a ranking factor for google , who is pushing for this to be adopted by all . This is also due to the increase of internet browsing and shopping by people on their phones and google having a major chunk of the online ppc advertising business. Warrior forums also states that this could be a compulsory factor for all websites in the future, enforced by google.

So where does word press comes in with responsive design?

WordPress is one of the most popular and website software that is also a CMS and blog software with many top websites like mashable and techcrunch and BBC America using this platform to host their websites. WordPress is not only kept regularly upto date but is also Html compliant and one of the platforms that have the most number of themes available for designing word press websites.

[ For newbies] A wordpress theme is a pre made design that you can install with one click in minutes to change the entire look of your wordpress blog or website

WordPress themes are one of the first website /blog design to be widely adopted by website designers to make responsive themes and they are hundreds so free and paid responsive themes if you use wordpress blog software for your website.

Even though there are good free responsive themes , I do prefer to use paid responsive website themes as they are updated more frequently by their developers. WordPress software is updated quite regularly and if your wordpress responsive theme is not properly coded or updated then it can break your website. Free themes are not updated as regularly for obvious reasons .

Website/Blog Responsive Design, What Does It Cost?

If you have a relatively simple website for your business, modifying your existing website to a responsive design may cost you as little as several hundred dollars to perhaps a few thousand based on how big your website is. That is also assuming that the existing design lends itself to becoming responsive and it does not have to be fully redone.

But its quite likely that if you haven’t redesigned your website in many years, you might need to go through a complete redesign process and the answer to what it will cost is, as usual, “it depends.”

If you have a website designer that you work with you on your website, simply ask them what it will cost to overhaul your existing website to be responsive. If you have a wordpress website with not much customisation done, then you are in luck and you can get your wordpress blog or website made responsive in under $100 dollars. Check out some demo websites and providers below that we recommend.

What Reponsive desing themes do I recommend ?

One of my favourite themes providers are Solostream Themes  (This website uses solostream -Check it out on mobile), Elegant themes and Theme forest themes in no particular order , though I like solostream for its streamlined design and good banner advertising options

Elegant themes I like for its price($69 one off  for 80 + themes ) and range of beautiful designs available .

Theme forest ( codecanyon, graphic river ) is good not only for the variety in website and blog designs but also cater to bloggers for a wide variety of scripts and wordpress-plugins that it offers

Below is an example of what you can get from these three providers

Solostream responsive theme

wp clear solostream $59 themewp radiance start a blog theme $59

Left [Wp clear theme] Right [Wp radiance theme]

Elegant responsive theme

elegant nexus theme for $69 for 80 wpthemes

[ Elegant themes –  $69 for 80+ premium  Wp themes ]

Theme forest responsive theme

theme forest  responisve themes from $10 to $60

Themeforest [Responsive sarah theme Demo]

I have also used other providers for themes like Genesis , WP thesis and WPzoom in the past but their prices are a bit on the higher side for what they are offering in comparison to the above theme providers.

Example of HTML5 Template

Ariva - Minimal AgencyPortfolio HTML5 Template

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ARIVA is responsive one page portfolio template with clean,simple,minimalist and elegant design.It can be used for creative digital agent or even personal/freelancer to show portfolios and selling services. Its build based on twitter bootstrap ,so it has powerfull features.

  • Build with twitter bootstrap
  • Icon powered by Fontawesome
  • Responsive Design
  • 8+ Header Style(Slider,Video and Youtube background)
  • Ajax Portfolio
  • Working Contact Form
  • and Many More
How to make my wordpress website responsive in 2 minutes ?

1. Login to your website admin panel .

2. Got o appearance / themes – just upload a purchased responsive theme (theme in a zip folder will also do)

3. Activate the theme, and your done (You might need to go to theme settings and do some minor fine tuning-Optional)

Get your new blog started the right way with a responsive wordpress website and blog your way to success. Early adopters of new technology always stay ahead of the game. Click one of the above referral links above to be taken to the latest offers available on those themes.( links regularly updated).

So if you liked the  simple design of this blog that is truly responsive  you can get/browse the solostream  themes & prices  over here or if you prefer to get a low-cost  wp premuim themes membership which also gives you a couple of plugins  you can browse/buy elegant themes at their website here. Good luck!


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