Starting a Shopify store for the first time is such a fun experience. It can also be a bit nerve-wracking if you don’t know all the Shopify tricks that allow you to create a better online store. One of the biggest mistakes new store owners make involves over-optimizing the wrong things while forgetting a few of the essentials. In this article, we’ll break down the Shopify tips that’ll help you master the basics while making sure you’re focusing on the right stuff.
1. Remove logos with the draw tool
Using Shopify, you can now draw on your product photos. A handy way to use this feature would be to remove logos from your photos. As you can see in the photo below, I drew a red line. You can clearly see that the line is broken and this was done by using the white brush to remove part of the red line. If you have a logo on your white background photo, using the white brush can be a handy way to easily remove the logo.
However, not all photos will have the logo on a plain white background. Sometimes, the logo will be placed on a photo. Fortunately, the color picker allows you to add any color code so you can match and draw on the exact color.
The easiest way to know the exact color code is to use a Chrome extension like ColorZilla (this is the one I’ve been using for over a year). It allows you to hover over a color in a picture and capture the exact color code. You can then use this color code to place in the “Color picker” box where you see the letters “#ffffff.” This lets you to remove logos on photos with colored backgrounds.
2. Change pricing from 26.99 to solid 27
Most online retailers who are looking to seem affordable add cents to all their prices. Walmart tends to end their prices with .97, while the average online retailer prices their products with .99 at the end. If you’re trying to position your brand as a bargain, adding cents might help make your brand seem more affordable.
However, not all dropshipping brands need to play the budget game. You can position your brand to appear more reputable by adding solid prices like Nike does.
Fortunately, you don’t need to manually create the ending of prices for your products on Shopify. If you want all your prices to end in .97 like Walmart, .99 like the average budget brand, or a solid number to seem more professional, you can use a Shopify setting to make it happen automatically.
You can do this in Settings > General > Store Currency > Change Formatting. I’ve set my store with no decimals but you can set it with a decimal if you prefer.
3. Add all your policies to the footer
One of the biggest things new store owners forget to do is add policies to their website. Often, when customers browse websites, they want to look at the return policies to ensure that they can get a refund in case products are defective. Policies also add an element of legitimacy to your website.
Fortunately, you don’t need to manually create your own policies from scratch. You can take or modify the one’s in your Shopify admin. However, keep in mind, that you’ll be required to follow the policies on your website. If you accept refunds in your policies, then you also need to accept refunds when a customer asks for it.
4. Update your product inventory monthly
Focus on adding less than 25 products to your online store on your first day. I know how tempting it is to add them all but you’ll be more likely to succeed if you focus on a smaller batch first.
Then, every week or every month, depending on how much time you have to work on your store, add a bunch of new products.
What you want to signal to Google (powerhouse of organic traffic) is that you update your website regularly. If you post all your products on day one and never post another product again, Google sees that you get traffic but they don’t see the need to crawl your website. When you add new products, blog posts, or pages regularly, Google’s crawlers are aware of it.
The more you update your website, the more active your website appears and so the more organic traffic you’ll get back to your website.
So as an online retailer, create a schedule for how often you can manage adding new products. If you can do one new product a day – great. If you can only do 25 products a month – also great. But try to maintain a schedule that you can keep over the long-term to benefit from organic search traffic.
5. Promote on free channels if you don’t have the budget
Most people who run an online store for the first time want to make money as fast as possible. And so they turn to Facebook Ads so they can hear their first cha-ching. I love that ambition you have. But if you’ve never created a Facebook Ad in your life, your first ad is more likely to result in an oh no!
To make your bank account grow, you need to be careful with how you spend your money.
First, add your Facebook Pixel to your website. Then, create a retargeting ad on your website. This could be an add to cart retargeting ad which tends to convert the best (at least it does for me).
Now, to avoid spending too much money, focus all your efforts on driving free traffic to your website. Go on Pinterest and post a ton of products on your account. Be sure to pin other images as well so you don’t trigger your account as spam. You want to promote hard but still follow the terms of service.
Then, go on Instagram and post your products on there as well. If you’ve already built a following on Instagram, share links to your products in Instagram Stories. If you don’t have an audience, reach out to niche fan pages like “fashion lovers” and ask them if they can share a sponsored story on their account. In my experience, fan pages have lower ad rates than models.
If you’ve created blog content for your website, you can share those on Twitter. I like to run retargeting ads targeting blog content exclusively in case people didn’t realize I also had a store attached to my website. This is my second best retargeting ad.
By doing retargeting ads and focusing on driving free traffic, you keep your ad costs low in those early months as you learn how to promote your online store. It’ll prevent you from overspending money you don’t have. It’s about making sure you develop the foundational marketing skills you’ll need to succeed long-term but without going into debt.
This can be a bit of a long-term slow play. However, by doing this, you’ll be less likely to break-even on your acquisition costs and you could actually build a profitable online store.
6. Always test your store’s mobile settings
Before you run your first ad campaign, you need to double check to see what your website looks like on mobile. For example, when you create an ad, not everyone will view the website on their laptop. Some might see the ad on their phone or tablet.
Sometimes, when looking over your website on a different device you might notice that images aren’t resized properly. By knowing that the model’s face in the picture is cut off, you might choose to crop the picture differently so that it appears in the same format as the desktop version.
Mobile testing is especially important if your main sources of traffic are from ads, influencer marketing or if traffic comes from an app like Instagram or Pinterest.
To test on mobile, all you need to do is visit your website on your phone or tablet. Browse every page of your website and look for cut-off pictures, hidden calls to action, and monitor how much scrolling you need to do on each page.
7. Install ready-made products on your store
If you’ve just signed up for Shopify or are thinking of signing up for Shopify, you might not know what to sell. Some Shopify store owners sell unique products that they create themselves. Other online retailers purchase bulk inventory at wholesale prices. You can also create print on demand products which allow you to customize your own products. And with Oberlo (that’s us) you can browse millions of products that you can start selling the same day without having to buy inventory.
The fastest way to start an online store is to sell proven products. Using Oberlo, you can browse products by viewing order volume to determine the product’s popularity. You can also view trending products to find the best-selling products right now. By selling proven products instead of trying to create your own, you give yourself a head start to success.
8. Customize the theme as little as possible
Shopify allows you to customize your theme anyway you want. Amazing! But just because you can customize in any way, doesn’t always mean you should. So, if you’re a new entrepreneur one of the Shopify tips I highly recommend you follow is to customize your store as little as possible.
A professional designer created the theme you installed on your store. If it worked well enough for you to install it, it can work great at converting customers too.
When it comes to theme design, focus on changing the images so they’re relevant to your brand. If your theme works best for up to a certain number of products, optimize your store for that number or change your theme.
The biggest lesson I want you to take away with this is if you lack the design skills, it’s okay to rely on your theme’s designer. My best converting store kept most of its theme design intact with slight changes on images and a couple modifications on the homepage layout. However, the Google fonts, color palette, and general look of the store stayed the same.
Companies hire professional designers to modify the look of their website. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Save your energy for promoting your business.
9. Create a text logo
Every article, including some of mine, recommend creating logos. And by all means, you definitely do want a logo. However, most of the time when I look at a new store’s logo, it’s always painfully obvious that the store owner lacks design skills. It’s true, you can use a logo maker to create a logo for you. It helps you design a logo without needing design skills.
However, one of the biggest mistakes is when people have a colored store background and they’ve downloaded their logo as a .jpg instead of .png you end up with this awkward white box around your logo. And this makes you a dead giveaway for being a total newb.
I know you’ve put a lot of work into choosing your name and designing a logo that looks great. However, the one thing I want to stress more than anything is that it’s okay to have a text-based logo. Your logo doesn’t need an image on it at all.
Brands like Lulus or MVMT Watches have very minimalist logos. They may add a small graphic beside their name but overall the emphasis is on the name rather than on the design.
As a store owner, you’ll be wearing a lot of hats. And if you’re building a print on demand store, design skills are one of those hats. However, if you’re dropshipping with Oberlo, you don’t necessarily need to be a great graphic designer. Keep it simple.
You also want to watch out for image resolution. Many stores will have pixelated logos because they didn’t create a logo of the right size for the platform. Each theme will have its own dimensions that you’ll need to optimize your logo for. You can contact your theme creator so you can get the logo dimensions right.
These Shopify tips will help you simplify the process of running your online store. By trying out some of these tips on your Shopify store, you’ll be able to build the right foundation to help set you up for success. Your online store doesn’t need to be as big as your competitors on day one. You can build up to become a bigger brand over time. It’s okay to keep your store simple in the beginning with fewer products, ready-made templates, and text-based logos. Ultimately, your success will boil down to your determination to succeed. So get your products in front of as many eyeballs as you can to help your online store’s sales will grow.