how to make money with shopify in 2020

How To Make Money With Shopify (Update 2020)

Today, you will discover how to make money with Shopify. There are many ways to make money online, but most beginners consider dropshipping when they search for online business ideas. It’s a good option, but dropshipping has many strategies and techniques too.

What Is Shopify?

Shopify is an e-commerce platform that allows small business owners to build their own online stores. It was founded in 2004, and now it’s the top e-commerce platform on the internet.

As a beginner store owner, you can expect to be able to set up, customize, and add products to your store without learning code or any other technical details. Also, you can find guides, resources, and tools that you can use to build and promote your products.

Why do I recommend it?

You can find all the tools you need for your store in one place. Also, it has many themes and applications and great support. It enables you to focus on your marketing efforts as you can build your store fast and start adding products.

If you prefer another alternative for a dropshipping store, or you want to create your own website, it’s fine. You can use the same steps and make them work. However, if you are not sure how to get started, I recommend Shopify. It has a 14-trial as well for those who want to test some methods before investing any money. It’s possible to have a profit in 14 days if you get traffic from paid advertising.

How This Business Model Works

Dropshipping is the simplest e-commerce model. You can start right away without products or a budget. You list other people’s products in your store, and if you sell them, the original seller ships them for you. This is the reason why it’s so attractive to beginners.

Simple does not mean easy. You still need to spend the time to research your niche and the products you are going to sell. You can learn how to do that through time. In the beginning, we will need some excitement and a take-action attitude.

Here is how the process works:

You can create an online store in any niche you want. I would start with a niche that I know. For example, if you have a hobby and you know the best products that people use in that hobby, you can start with that because you already have an advantage over your competitors.

If you don’t want to turn your hobby into a store, it’s fine. You can find some products you want to promote and then create a store to sell them. Whether you want to pick up your niche first or not, you need a drop shipper. A good idea would be to stick with the recommendation of Shopify.

Shopify recommends AliExpress and Oberlo to get started. They are beginner-friendly drop shippers, but there are a few complaints about these companies.

Again, if you have any other supplier that you trust, it’s okay to use it. There is no reason to stick with a company or a product. Your focus must be on finding the best products for your buyers and make sure that the supplier will ship what he promises on time.

How To Find Products For Your Store

Usually, people look for the best selling products or the hot product of a niche. It makes sense that when people want to buy a product, you have more chances to sell it. So, you can start finding the best products.

To give you an example, I will go to AliExpress and type a relevant keyword in the search box.AliExpress search

Usually, the first results are the ones with the most sales and the best reviews. You can check the comments of other buyers and shipping details (make sure that they do drop shopping) products

Try to think like a customer here. If you wanted to buy a product like the one you consider to sell, would you buy it or not? If there are good reviews and you believe that you can sell it at a higher price, go ahead and list it in your store.

In my opinion, finding the best selling products is a good strategy for a beginner, but through time, you need to focus on products that help your audience because you want to find some loyal buyers.

Other ways to find a product is by visiting other online stores and see what your competitors sell or search Google for good alternatives.

How To Get Traffic To Your New Shopify Store

Getting traffic to a new online store is not easy, but without traffic, you will not make sales. There are many ways to get free traffic, but it takes time. For fast results, you need paid and targeted traffic. The most popular advertising programs are Facebook Ads, Google AdSense, and Bing Ads.

1. Facebook Ads

Well, I am sure that many other people suggest the Facebook advertising program. The fact is that there some benefits that you cannot ignore.

It is cheaper than other alternatives and can be a part of a long-term Facebook strategy. Keep in mind that you have to build a Facebook fan page before launching your first campaign. You will get clicks on your site, likes, shares, and comments if a campaign is successful. These people can see your next updates as well if they like your page. So, you can create an audience.

Okay, I know that you want to see sales. There are many guides on Facebook advertising. Shopify also has some helpful guides too. My tip is to think of a long-term Facebook strategy. Also, make sure that you can afford to lose some dollars because advertising is a risky investment. Next, you can start with two huge free traffic sources. Choose the one you prefer and make it work.

2. Create a YouTube Channel

There is not a better way to sell some products than to show to your audience how nice or useful they are. You can do it in every niche. A few minutes of video about your experience with a product would be a great start. Then, you can compare it with other alternatives, show them how they can use it, make reviews of other products, and more.

Everyone can create a video these days and upload it. The only skill you need is to communicate with other people in your niche. If you create a video per day, in less than a year, you will have enough subscribers to make sales and, hopefully, go full-time.

Many people do not feel comfortable with being in front of the camera. If this is a problem for you, there are many other alternatives to make a video like PowerPoint presentations or recording the screen. Be creative and take action!

3. Start Your Own Blog

A blog has more potential traffic than YouTube in any niche. People will be able to subscribe to your email lists, share your posts on social media, and get tons of targeted traffic from Google.

You will need to learn some basic SEO and keyword research strategies. However, if you want to keep it simple, write some how-to guides, answer questions that people ask on forums, and write some product reviews.

If you write 2-3 posts per week, in a year, you will get tons of traffic, and you will be able to send that traffic to your Shopify store. Also, you will discover even more ways to use that traffic like affiliate marketing, advertising programs, sponsored posts, etc.

Final Thoughts

The easiest way to start a dropshipping business model is with a Shopify store. Why do you want to spend hours on all the technical staff when you can build a store in a few minutes?

The steps are simple, and anyone can take them. People from different countries, ages, languages, and education have built profitable online built businesses. You can do that too!button shopify

Thanks for reading my post. If you have any questions, feedback, or observations, you can leave your comment below.


14 thoughts on “How To Make Money With Shopify (Update 2020)”

  1. As far getting traffic is concerned then i’m confused between blogging and vlogging. What i personally feel is that it’s a visual era and people like to see more and read less, so, in that sense i think starting a Youtube Channel is more profitable as compared to blogs. Please correct me if i’m wrong, and nice article 🙂

    1. Thank you Raj,

      Both of them can work just fine. It depends on your skills and your audience.

      Also, you can do both of them. Many YouTubers have created a site where they promote their videos and many bloggers promote their posts with relevant YouTube videos.

      You can start with anything that makes you feel comfortable!

  2. I’ve always been interested in ecommerce and have tried some drop shipping before using East Asian companies. In my experience, the delivery times for items ordered from overseas widely varies from what is posted as the expected delivery date when you buy it. Has this been your experience regarding this?

    1. Hi Bob, I have ordered some products before and I am aware of the delivery problems. I think the reasons why Shopify recommends are the following:

      1. They accept drop shipping and a big part of their income is from people who resell their products. You can easily select drop shipping as the delivery method.
      2. They are very cheap and you can resell them at much higher prices.

      However, the quality is not great. Of course, you can always look for other alternatives. It will work with other alternatives as well.

  3. I really enjoyed your review about Shopify. I have always heard about it but didn’t quite know what it was — thankfully after reading your review though I got a much better picture about it.

    I have never done drop shipping myself, but I’ve heard it’s a good way to make money online.

    Have you personally done drip shipping before?Also, do you think drop shipping is better, worst, or about the same as affiliate marketing?

    1. Hi Michael and thanks for the good questions.

      I have tested drop shipping without long-term intention. I researched and tested it to get enough information.

      I would not say that drop shipping is better than affiliate marketing. While I am an affiliate marketer, I think they are just different. Of course, my top recommended program helps you to get started with affiliate marketing. But, if you do not feel comfortable with affiliate marketing, there are other alternatives.

  4. Claudia H. Blanton

    As someone who frequently buys online, I can always tell if someone sources their products from AliExpress or Oberlo – the quality is horrible, and due to the Asian market sourcing, clothing sizes are never accurate.

    Therefore I wish Shopify would stop recommending to work with these companies, especially to newbies who fall for the trap, and think that they are selling great stuff on their new website. Wrong.

    In any case, Shopify itself is not bad, but I still prefer WordPress sites, even for e-commerce. At least I own everything that way.


    1. Thanks for your comment, Claudia. 

      Every seller is responsible for the products he/she sells. I mentioned in the post above that there are some complaints about Oberlo and AliExpress. It sounds that you had a bad experience with these sites too. I think the best option is to try a product from these sites before selling it on your store. 

      If you use WordPress for e-commerce, you need an e-commerce plugin and sometimes a theme that works with that plugin. Then an SSL Certificate and a shopping cart. 

      Shopify is a solution that handles all the above for you. For this reason, most beginners who want to avoid the technical parts prefer it. 

  5. I’ve always been interested in making a full time business using drop shipping. I would like to make a big store like Amazon. I know drop shipping and Affiliate marketing are two different universes. Which is the best course you know of that focuses on drop shipping alone?

    1. Hi Dennis, Shopify has enough guides to get started and make money. You will also find many available tools and resources. Take a look at their blog, and you will get many interesting ideas.

  6. Hey,
    Nice post on Shopify. They seem like an alright company. Lots of strengths I see. If they are staying in touch with customers then that says a lot. Many companies that operate online have terrible customer service. Not this one. How would you compare your recommendation to this company?

    1. Hi Kendrick, I have said again tha Shopify is for dropshipping and Wealthy Affiliate for SEO and affilite marketing. If you start from scratch, I would recommend Wealthy Affiliate. If you have some experience and you have already earned money online, you can choose what fits better on your business.

  7. Jeannie Brickley

    Thanks for this review of Shopify. While it sounds okay, i still agree with your #1 choice. Wealthy Affiliate is a safe learning environment and there is more information there than one could absorb in a lifetime. it is the best place to learn affiliate marketing and it has a wonderful helpful community to boot.


    1. Thanks for your comment Jeannie. Shopify is a different program from Wealthy Affiliate. It focus on dropshipping as a business model while Wealthy Affiliate focus on SEO and affiliate marketing. I prefer Wealthy but Shopify is a great program too.

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