Are you looking to start your own online store through dropshipping? If so, you’re in the right place! In this easy-to-follow guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to set up your dropshipping store using Shopify. No need to worry about complex jargon – we’ll keep it simple and straightforward.
Step 1: Installing and Publishing Your Theme
Once you’ve reached this point, you’ll see a message that says, “Installing Theme.” Now, it’s time to publish it to your store.
- Click on “Actions.”
- Select “Publish.”
- Click “Publish” again.
Now, your store will display the “Refresh Theme,” which is your newly published theme.
Step 2: Customizing Your Store’s Homepage
To customize your store’s homepage effectively, keep it open and inviting. You can align it with the current season or holiday. For instance, if it’s winter, you might consider featuring images of people enjoying the snow or spending time with family.
Remember to use generic images that are not copyrighted. You can find such images on websites like “Pexels.” Simply type in relevant keywords like “Winter family,” choose an image, and download it for use on your store.
Step 3: Creating a General Store
When starting, it’s advisable to open a general store. A general store allows you to sell various products from different niches under one roof. This approach saves you time and money because you won’t need to change your entire store layout every time you test a new product.
Step 4: Designing Your Logo
You don’t need to spend a fortune on a logo. You can create one quickly and at no cost using Canva. Here’s how:
- Visit Canva.com.
- Search for “logo” in the search bar.
- Select a template that suits your style.
- Customize it with your brand name and preferred colors.
- Download the logo with a transparent background.
Step 5: Adding Your Logo to Shopify
To add your logo to Shopify, follow these steps:
- Go to Shopify.
- Click on “Online Store.”
- Select “Preferences.”
- Choose “Change” next to “Default Logo.”
- Upload your logo image.
- Click “Save.”
Now, your logo is displayed on your store’s header.
Step 6: Checking Your Progress
Visit your store by clicking “View” to see how it looks with the new changes. Your homepage should now have a welcoming design, featuring the season or holiday theme, along with your logo.
Step 7: Setting Up Facebook Business Manager and Ads Manager
Before running ads, you’ll need a Facebook Business Manager and Ads Manager account. Follow these steps:
- Search for “business Facebook” on Google.
- Create a Business Manager account with your store’s name and information.
Step 8: Connecting Shopify to Facebook
To connect Shopify to Facebook, follow these steps:
- In Shopify, go to “Online Store.”
- Click on “Preferences.”
- Start the setup process.
- Connect the Facebook account you created.
- Set data sharing to “Maximum.”
- Save your settings.
Now, your Shopify account is linked to Facebook, allowing data to flow seamlessly.
Step 9: Running Your First Ad Campaign
Now that everything is set up, you’re ready to run ads. To learn how to set up, test, and run your first ads, watch this beginner-friendly video.
And that’s it! You’ve just learned how to start your dropshipping journey in 2023.