15 Common Dropshipping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them as a Beginner

1. Do your research with paid advertising

For many dropshipping beginners, you will be focused on using Facebook ads to drive traffic to your store. It’s important to understand the different campaigns, adets and objectives.

When I first started dropshipping, I made the mistake of setting up my Facebook Ads campaign objective around Traffic.

I was getting a significant number of visitors to my store each day.

I was spending $20 a day even scaling my budget to $50 a day to see if I can make a small return just to break even at this point.

However, I did not make a single sale… Why is that?

The traffic that was coming from Facebook wasn’t targeted at people who are actively shopping online. I was literally pouring money down the drain and feeding Facebook’s wallet.

I recommend playing around with the Facebook ads dashboard to familiarize yourself with the platform before investing your money in paid ads.

YouTube and blog articles are great resources to educate yourself. Keep your budget small if you’re a beginner. 

To be successful with paid ads, you will have to test, test and test to find out what works best for you. 

You can increase your ad budget when you scale winning ad sets. 

2. Selling Tradmarked Products

Selling trademarked products on your store is a recipe for disaster. 

There are hundreds of products you can find on Aliexpress with Star Wars, Rick and Morty and Harry Potter designs and branding.  

These products are much easier to sell since the brands are already established with a passionate fan base.

However, selling these trademarked products on your store may get you into some trouble. 

When I first started out with dropshipping, I use to sell anime related products that were trademarked on my store.

Things were going well until Shopify payments, Stripe, PayPal and Facebook banned me from using their services. Just like that, I was wiped out.

Even though making sales was easy, it’s really not worth the headache. At the time, it was very unfortunate but it was a great lesson learnt. 

An easy way for beginners to find products to sell is to look for products that are problem solvers. 

3. Always Test New Ads

Facebook is constantly being updated with new ways to display ads on their platform.

Testing new ads will help optimize your adsets to find what works best for your store and your customers. It also keeps your brand fresh by using new ad creatives. 

Have a look at small and big brands to find inspiration. Analyze their copywriting and visual elements. Are people commenting, sharing and liking the ad?

Right now, if you check your Facebook feed and engage with an ad, I guarantee you will see a different version of that ad targeting you again. 

That’s because they are constantly trying new ads to see what makes the most ROI. 

Knowing which ads works best for your customers will allow you to make better decisions when you invest in paid advertising. 

4. Wrong Expectations

Most dropshipping beginners expect to make thousands of dollars by running $5 Facebook adsets. 

I’m not going to lie, I thought it was going to be easy at the start but I was wrong. 

Dropshipping is a business and you will have to treat it like a real business to see the right results.

Many marketing gurus make dropshipping sound easy so that people will buy their courses. 

The hard truth is, most of these gurus don’t make their money from dropshipping but from selling people their courses.

There’s a saying, when there is a gold rush, sell shovels. 

5. Giving up to soon

Similar to the previous point, if you have the wrong expectations from the start, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. 

Many beginners give up too early in their dropshipping journey and claim dropshipping is a scam or its “dead”.

There can be a variety of reasons why your store isn’t converting the way you want it to. It can also be your ad sets and how your marketing your products.

To make any business work, whether its a traditional brick and mortar or online store, you will have to focus, be determined and persistent in order to achieve success. 

6. Spending too much time deciding between a general and niche store

There’s going to be mixed opinions about starting with a general store versus a niche store.

If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend you start off with a general store so that you have the opportunity to test multiple products from different niches.

Once you find a winning product, you can branch out and start another store around that niche. 

This is where you can scale your dropshipping business by ordering in bulk and letting a fulfillment center process your orders. 

As a result, you will have your own branded products and more control over shipping times. 

7. Know your audience

Understanding who your customers are will help you target the right people who would benefit the most from purchasing your products or services. 

Knowing these small details about your customers will help you create marketing content that resonates with their pain points thus easier to convert them on your store. 

This also helps with lowering your adspend when your ads are placed in front of the right people.

8. Poor customer support

This is a common problem I see many dropshippers fail to get right.

They are too focused with making sales and ignore their customers who are asking questions or making a complaint about their recent order.

If you have a Facebook page for your store, please communicate with your customers like talking to a friend and avoid copying and pasting your product page URL when it’s not relevant to the customers enquiry. 

9. Having the wrong mindset

I get it, you started a dropshipping business to make money. But if you’re constantly chasing the money, you will eventually burn out and lose interest in your business.

Use your dropshipping business as an opportunity to help solve your customers’ pain points. Promote high quality products and be passionate about your customer service.

When I changed my mindset from wanting to make money to helping and providing value for my customers, it kept me motivated and more focused with my dropshipping business. 

10. Find trustworthy suppliers

There are thousands of suppliers on Aliexpress and it can be a bit overhwelming finding the right ones to rely on.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing any supplier and finding out later they haent shipped out your customers orders or become silent when you try to contact them.

Here are a few things I look for when selecting a vendor or supplier to work with:

  • Are they responsive to your questions?
  • Are the products high quality? (Check past customer reviews or order the product to test for yourself just to make sure)
  • Do they ship on time and honor their refund and return policy?
  • How old is their store and what is their overall rating?
  • Do they have high quality images?
  • Do they have related products for upsells?

It’s always a good idea to build a relationship with your supplier so that you can do business with them long term. You can also negotiate prices and even faster shipping times. 

11. Be clear with your Shipping and Handling details

Its important to display your shipping and handling times throughout your store and product pages. 

You don’t want a customer to freak out when they haven’t received their order in a few days. 

Being transparent and upfront will reduce the number of emails from ing from angry customers asking about their package. 

You can offer your customers a flat rate shipping price to make it easier for you and your customers.

12. Not enough branding

You want your brand to be seen throughout your store to increase brand loyalty and retain more customers long term.

Avoid using colors or fonts that does not match your branding. I have seen many stores use bright fluro colors with fonts that make is very difficult to read text on their store.

Make sure you have a high quality logo on your homepage and checkout page to ensure your brand is seen throughout the shopping experience. 

Some suppliers also offer custom packaging and branded packing slips printed with your logo. 

You can also send a follow up email to say thank you and ask the customer to fill out a survey about their shopping experience.

13. Supplier Marketing Material

When a customer places an order on your store, it is your duty to make sure you process the order as soon as possible to avoid any delays. 

One thing you should not forget is to leave a little note for the supplier to not include their own marketing material when they ship your customers package. 

You don’t want to confuse your customers or raise any red flags when they open up their package.

14. Not optimizing for Mobile

Many beginners focus on optimizing their store on desktop but forget to optimize for mobile devices. 

They often use images that are too big which takes forever to load on smaller devices. Let’s not forget about the plugins and extra apps that need to load every time a user refreshes the page.

Since you will be using Facebook to run ads, most of your customers will be viewing your store on mobile.

If you’re on a budget at the start you can opt of a free Shopify theme that works pretty decent for both desktop and mobile. 

But if you have some extra cash, I highly recommend investing in a premium theme and I guarantee it will make a huge difference in improving your store’s user experience on desktop and mobile.

Most premium themes include marketing plugins that will help you save money long-term compared to using a standard theme and installing apps which you have to pay a monthly fee to use. 

This can quickly add up and affect your profits. 

15. Be clear with your refund and return policy

Be organized and have a system in place to handle refunds and returns. It’s important to work with trustworthy suppliers and selecting high quality products to minimize your returns and refund rate. 

You can state in your store’s policy that you do not offer any returns on items that are on sale. 

If they are very unsatisfied with their purchase, just refund their money, no questions asked. 

Sometimes you will have to take a loss and move on as it’s not worth dealing with an aggressive customer.

How to Invest Your First $1000 in 2019: 7 Ways to Make Passive Income

investing-money

In today’s post, I will share with you 7 ways you can invest your first $1000 to make passive income in the future.

7 Ways You can Make Passive Income at Home

1. Financial Literacy

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” – Warren Buffet

First on the is financial literacy. You might be thinking, “why do I need to care about financial literacy?”. 

You would be surprised with the number of people who do not understand about managing their finances and end up swimming in a sea of debt when they are adults.

As I started to reach my mid 20’s I was in a lot of debt which restricted my cash flow. I felt like I was stuck in the mud.

I wanted to use my hard earned money to invest in my side hustles but I couldn’t since I had to pay back my debt plus interest on top! Month after month it felt like this debt was never going to leave me. 

I realised school did not teach me about saving money, distinguish between a need and a want, managing budgets, paying bills on time or planning for retirement. 

Instead, they force you to learn subjects that have little value once you’re in the real adult world.

Financial literacy provides you with the information you need to adjust your lifestyle and help you create a roadmap for better financial decisions. 

You can read books and blogs about managing your finances. Your local library is also a great source of information. Spend a day at your local library, you will be surprised at the content you can find for free.

You can also purchase ebooks from Amazon, online video courses and attend community college courses.

Watching videos on YouTube is a quick and cost effective way of educating yourself about finance.

Becoming a financially responsible adult will free you from debt and provide you with enough money for you to enjoy when you retire. 

2. Blogging

You can start a blog for less than $100. All you need is a domain, hosting and a simple WordPress theme. It’s a great online business model to make money online for beginners. 

Decide what niche you’re interested in. It will help if you’re passionate about the content you will be creating. 

You will have to do some keyword research and find out what your audience’s pain points are and how you can add value and help solve their problems.

Overtime as your blog ranks in the search engines and traffic starts to come in, you can monetize your blog to make more money. If you don’t like to write your own content, I recommend outsourcing this task to freelancers on Upwork or iWriter. 

Creating your own blog is super easy. You can check out my tutorial here. 

Pros and Cons of Blogging

Advantages

  • Business Opportunity: You have the potential to monetise your blog and turn it into a full-time business.
  • Flexibility: You can work from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection. 
  • Purpose: If you have a business website or e-commerce store, adding a blog and consistently updating your blog with quality content will help search engines rank your website and attract more visitors.
  • Daily Journal: Great platform to document your journey and business.
  • Outreach: When you create informative and engaging posts, your visitors are more likely to share your content with their friends. In return, you will gain new followers and subscribers.

Disadvantages

  • Laziness: Having a flexible workplace can often lead to laziness if you’re not careful. It’s always a good idea to have a clean workspace free from clutter and remember to take regular breaks so you’re not indoors for long periods of time.
  • SEO: You will have to learn SEO and it does take time to master. There’s no point of creating amazing posts if no one is going to read them. Google is constantly changing their algorithms so its important  to constantly learn new techniques to optimize your blog.
  • It’s a business: If you take your blog seriously and treat it as a business, you will be able to turn it into a full time business. It’s important to always optimize the user experience on your blog by making it easier for your audience to digest content. You want your audience to stay engaged with your content and keeps them coming back for more.
  • It takes time: Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. To create a sustainable blog that will continuously make you money in the future will take time, patience and discipline. You will have to add value first by providing quality content which connects to your audience and then the money will follow eventually.

3. Start an e-commerce store

Another way of investing your first $1000 is starting your own e-commerce store. 

But you’re probably thinking, “what do I sell and where do I find this stuff”?

If you’re a beginner you can do this two ways. The first method is to dropship products from a supplier individually or you can purchase items at wholesale.

For beginners who would like to sell stuff online, I recommend the dropshipping method.

E-commerce platforms like Shopify have made it super easy for beginners to set up their first store. 

Pros and Cons of Dropshipping

Advantages

  • Low start-up costs: You only have to buy the items once you make a sale. Even if you didn’t have money to start off with, you can use a credit card to pay for the items.
  • Less risk: You don’t have to worry about keeping inventory you can’t sell.
  • No storage needed: You don’t have to worry about finding a place to store your inventory or warehouse expenses.
  • Hands-free: All the packaging and shipping is done by the supplier. You don’t have to make regular trips to your local post office.

Disadvantages

  • Low Profit Margins: With dropshipping, your profit margins will be lower compared to purchasing items at wholesale. 
  • Unreliable suppliers: Your goal as a dropshipper is to drive traffic to you store and convert your visitors into paying customers. A bad supplier can take your money and not send out the goods to your customers. When you receive too many negative reviews, it can destroy your business reputation. It’s important to research trustworthy suppliers.
  • Takes time: this is not a get rich scheme.

If you would like to learn how to create your own profitable dropshipping business, you can check out my eCom Elites course review here.

4. Pay off your debt!

You can’t go too far ahead if you’re stuck in the mud. Pay off your credit card debt with the most interest rate first. 

There’s no point investing your money if you have debt you need to pay off. The interest you have to pay overtime will 

To be financially independent, it’s important to have a financial game plan so that you stay positive cash flow. 

Pros and Cons of Paying off Your Debt Fast

Advantages

  • Save money in interest: Taking out a loan or using a credit card will involve interest payments. The longer you take to pay off your debts, the more interest you will have to pay overtime. 
  • Free up cash: Having debt will prevent you from having financial flexibility. Paying off your debt off quickly will help free up some cash that can be used for a rainy day. 
  • Sleep Better: Knowing you have debt from month to month can drain you physically and mentally. Paying off your debt quickly will reduce your stress and anxiety. You will also have the peace of mind, knowing you’re not burdened by debt.

Disadvantages

  • Depleting Emergency Fund: Paying off all your debt is ideal, but you need to be careful where the money is coming from. Make sure you have at least three months of living expenses saved away. When you have no money left, it can be difficult to cover medical emergencies or losing a job. Using different funds: At times, you may have to dig into your savings and other funds you may have in order to keep up with debt repayments. Paying off debt early can also decrease your investment funds and opportunities. 
  • No Money Back: Lenders will not send you your money back if you change your mind. Once the debt is paid for, your money is gone. 
  • Credit Rating: Paying off your debt early can potentially hurt your credit rating. Consistent repayments is the best way to build credit. 

5. Buy and Resell on eBay

  • User Friendly: Flipping things on eBay is very easy. All you need is an item, take some photos of it, list it on eBay and configure the shipping details. You can also set the handling time to suit your lifestyle in case you would like to take some time off to go on vacations. 
  • Flexible: You can sell almost anything on eBay besides illegal stuff like weapons and drugs. It’s a great way to test different niches to see what your customers love to buy. I have sold products from books, clothes and electronics. 
  • Vast Audience: One of the best things about selling stuff on eBay is the potential to reach more customers. eBay is an established e-commerce platform with millions of shoppers looking for products to buy making it easier for you to attract new customers. 
  • Gain new customers: Making a sale is one of the best feelings you can experience as an entrepreneur. It’s also a great opportunity to entice your customers to check out your eBay store for repeat purchases. 
  • Second Chances: When you’re selling things on eBay, it gives the item a second chance. You will be helping the environment by recycling stuff but also making money in return. It’s a win win!

Disadvantages

  • Motivation: You are your own boss and you are responsible for everything that happens in your eBay business. Its very easy to be distracted and side tracked with our environment You will be required to find and list items on your store.  However, if you keep practicing, you will get better and faster as time progresses. 
  • Time: With any side hustle, you will have to develop new skills. It will take time and patience to master these skills . You will learn how to use the eBay to list your items, how to find profitable products to sell and how to package and ship your order. Some products may sell faster than others so dont expect to make a return over night. 
  • Seller Fees: It’s important to understand the eBay fees that may affect your profit margins on certain items. Make sure you do some research to see how much your item has sold for in the past before listing it on eBay. You don’t want to waste your time by listing an item and later not making much profit after eBay fees have been deducted. 
  • Customer Service: With any e-commerce type of business, you will have to deal with answering your customers questions and resolving any problems they have with their order. There was one time I had sold a set of keyrings to a customer which got lost in the mail. Instead of the customer contacting me directly to resolve their issue, they left a negative review which affected my store ratings. When customers don’t see 100% positive feedback on your store, they are less likely to buy from you. I reached out to the customers explaining to them I have sent another set of keyrings and they should have contacted me first instead. Lucky enough, eBay was able to remove that negative feedback!
  • Tracking Inventory: As your store gets bigger, you will need a process or system in place to track your inventory. Let’s not forget you’re most likely going to store a lot of your items in your own home so it’s important to keep them organized and easily accessible. 
  • Competition: Depending on your item and niche you’re selling in, certain products will have more competition than others. Its always a good idea to do some research before listing any items. You will have to find ways to make your listings stand out from the crowd. This can be as simple as taking better photos, improving product titles and descriptions. 

6. Create an Online Course

Everyday I see a YouTube or Facebook ad promoting a new course from some expert living across the world. 

Selling online courses are currently trending and is a great way of leveraging your expertise and knowledge.

Platforms like Teachable and Udemy make it super easy to create and sell courses online. 

They handle most things like web hosting and payment processing so that you have more time to focus on creating awesome courses. 

The Pros and Cons of selling your own course

Advantages

  • Revenue and Profit: You can serve multiple clients at the same time and make more money while keeping costs low. 
  • Engaged Learning: Being able to deliver your content in different formats can offer more educational opportunities for a wider audience. Some people learn better by seeing visuals or listening to audio instead of just reading.
  • Ownership: You own and earn 100% of the profits. You can use your course as a way to reach more people and increase brand exposure. Top marketers all have their own courses and products which helps them stand out from the crowd.

Disadvantages

  • Technology Costs: Creating your own course will require the use of software and services which includes a monthly fee. You will also need time to learn how to use them.
  • Marketing Costs: Utililizing your own email list to drive traffic to your course is a great way to make your first few sales. However, if you do not have an email list to market to, you will have to utilize other marketing methods like PPC advertising, guest posting, affiliate programs etc. This can easily drive up your marketing costs if you’re conversion rates are low.
  • Difficult to Protect: One of the downsides of creating an online course is the difficulty to protect your course from being redistributed over the internet. There are many tools and tricks available that people can use to download your course and re-upload and sell them for a cheaper price. 
  • Takes Time: Creating and developing a course will take time and patience. If you’re producing video and audio content, you may need professional equipment and this can cost you more money.
  • Pricing: Deciding how much you should charge for your course is not a simple task. You will have to include costs of reformatting existing material, promoting the course and profit margins need to be considered. Conducting competitor analysis is a great way to see what is currently on the market.
  • Sales Funnels: Some marketers use their online course as part of their sales funnel. This leaves a bad reputation for online courses as more people are skeptical of marketers who flash their expensive cars and lavish lifestyle in their ads. 

7. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of my favorite side hustles which I highly recommend for beginners looking to generate another income stream online. 

All you have to do is, recommend products and you will make a commission every time someone buys using your affiliate link. 

There are many marketplaces you can sign up to find products to promote. These include Clickbank, Amazon, MarketHealth and many more.

If you would like to learn more about affiliate marketing, you can check out my Savage Affiliates review here

The Pros and Cons of Affiliate Marketing

Advantages

  • Low Cost: To start your own affiliate marketing side hustle, all you need is a domain name, hosting and a website. It’s very easy to setup your very first WordPress website which I have shown here. 
  • No inventory: You don’t have to worry about storing inventory or dealing with packaging and shipping. Your goal as an affiliate marketer is to drive traffic, collect leads and recommend products to help your audience solve their pain points.
  • Customer service: If you’re an introvert like me, you don’t have to worry about dealing with any customers when you’re an affiliate marketer. The vendor will be responsible for dealing with customer enquiries on the backend.
  • Adding Value: Becoming an affiliate marketer is a great way for you to add value back to the world. You can create content that documents your own experiences which can be shared to millions of people. 
  • Scaling: You can leverage multiple platforms such as social media, forums, organic and paid traffic sources to promote your affiliate programs. You can also collect emails to build your email list which you can later market to through email marketing to make more commissions in the back end. Your email list is your money printing machine so its important to collect emails as soon as possible!
  • Cost effective: Your startup costs are almost non existent in the beginning of your affiliate marketing journey. All you need is  electricity, an internet connection and a computer. You also have the flexibility to work from home or remotely. Compared to other business models, you don’t have to worry about hiring employees or paying for a workspace at the start. 
  • Secondary Income Stream: As an affiliate marketer, you don’t have to quit your day job as you grow your side projects.   This ensures you have a steady   which you can use to invest in your affiliate marketing projects.  
  • Independence: Another reason why I love affiliate marketing is the independence and freedom to do what you want and when you want. I can work on my blogs wearing my pyjamas while playing classical music in the background without anyone interrupting. Compared to a regular job with rules and regulations, you have to put up with other people’s bad habits and a loud workspace.
  • Passive income: With affiliate marketing, you can make money while you sleep. One of the best feelings you can experience is checking your affiliate programs to see that you were able to generate money without lifting a finger. Passive income is possible if you put in the hard work at the start and reap the rewards later in the future. 

Disadvantages

  • Slow progress: This is where most people give up in their affiliate marketing journey and often say making money online is a scam. Affiliate marketing will take some time at the start before you see progress as there is a learning curve and many skills you have to learn and master. I must admit, I was also sceptical about affiliate marketing when I first started out. However, when I made my first commission, I knew affiliate marketing was going to be my freedom from the conventional 9-5 lifestyle. It may take you months and even years before you will see any returns. The key is to stay persistent and develop the right habits that’s going to keep you focused for the next couple of years. 
  • Additional Costs: With any trade, you will need tools to help you run your business smoothly. This includes email marketing software and outsourcing tasks that you can offload to someone else while you focus on the important stuff that takes your business to the next level. 
  • Relying on the vendor: You don’t have control over the affiliate program. You will have to adhere to the vendor/merchants rules and any changes they implement. For example, changes with commission rates or removing certain products.
  • Competition:  Depending on your niche and industry, there can be a lot of competition created by other affiliate marketers. However, don’t let competition scare you. As an affiliate marketer, your hard work and persistence will help you get a piece of the pie. All you have to do is take action.

Final Thoughts

When you hear people talk about investing money, its either in stocks, real estate or crypto currency.

However, I find investing your first $1000 into a side hustle is more profitable and sustainable in the long run. 

The key is to choose one side hustle, focus and master it before you hop onto the next. 

Its very easy to be distracted and fall for the shiny object syndrome. Stick to one idea, focus and stay persistent. Your results is an indicator of how much effort you put in. 

What side hustles are you currently focused on? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

eCom Inner Circle Review – Is Arie Scherson’s Course Worth It?

Hey, Darren here.

Are you looking for an eCom Inner Circle course review?

In today’s post, I will share with you my honest opinions to help you make an informed decision whether or not the course is worth its price.

Can you really build a successful 6-figure e-commerce business by following what Arie teaches?

Keep reading to find out.

Who is Arie Scherson?

Dropshipping has seen a wave of popularity in 2018.

There has been an increase in the number of Shopify gurus claiming to be making hundreds and thousands of dollars from dropshipping products from China.

They often create videos flashing their expensive cars and to try and persuade you to buy their course.

These gurus will make it sound as though their course holds the secret to achieving the lavish lifestyle overnight.

On the other hand, you have genuine guys like Arie Scherson.

I’ve been following Arie on Youtube since his first videos about dropshipping and it’s great to him progress throughout the year.

Arie constantly delivers value to his followers and has the results to back up his teachings.

He consistently uploads fresh new content with actionable strategies for you to implement straight away in your own business.

I remember he shared one of his stores used as a case study which he had to close down because many of his followers were copying exactly what he was doing.

His eCom Inner-Circle course is currently priced at $397 and is accessible on the Teachable platform.

Teachable is an amazing platform with high quality videos to provide you with the best learning new skills.

You can watch all the videos of a course on most devices as long as you have an internet connection.

Even though $397 is not a cheap price for the average person, it does however deliver a lot of value compared to other courses priced at $997+.

To access the eCom Inner-Circle sales page, you can find a link on one of Arie’s YouTube videos which links you to the sales page.

Its clean, simple and explains what to expect when purchasing his course.

eCom Inner Circle Review

Module 1: Warm Welcome!

In the first module, Arie welcomes you with a few videos and introduces you to the course and what to expect.

It is also great to see Arie mentioning about updating his course and Facebook strategies regularly.

You will only pay a one time fee and receive unlimited updates from Arie.

He does not charge any extra fees for updated strategies which shows that he cares about his students instead of making a quick dollar.

When learning any new skill, it’s important to make notes and take action rather than rushing through the course.

I made the same mistake of trying to consume as much information as I can and not taking action.

This lead to information overload which made everything much more overwhelming.

Analysis paralysis is real people!

Module 2: Store Setup

In the next module of the course, Arie will teach you how to setup your dropshipping store.

He further explains whether you should start a general or niche store.

He breaks down the information so that it is easy to understand and digest.

Similar to other dropshipping courses I have come across, I’ve learnt you should start off with a general store to find winning products before investing money into a niche specific store.

Arie shows different examples of other e-commerce business to give you ideas and inspiration for your own store.

Module 3: Product Research – Finding 4,5 and 6 Figure Products

Aire teaches you how to find winning products. The strategies will help you find products that can make you 4,5 or even 6 figures.

In total, Arie will show you six different methods for finding profitable products.

In the first few videos, the strategies covered are suitable for beginners with the extra videos covering more advanced methods.

Arie also shares some information on how to find relatable products to increase your store inventory and make you more sales through upsells.

Arie also recommends a software called ProductListGenie.io which costs $97 per month.

If you’re just starting out with dropshipping, you don’t really need this software.

Update: Arie does not own this software. It is currently owned by Gabriel Beltran and his partner Coach Gianny.

In one of the final videos, Arie will discuss about the difficulties of finding your first winning product. This is to give you a heads up in case you do not see the results you expected from the course.

Module 4: Instagram Influencer Marketing

Update: Arie has updated this section to include Instagram Influencer Marketing

In this section, you will learn about Instagram influencer marketing and how to find the profitable influencers to collaborate with.

He also shows you how you can get the best ROI from your influencer shoutouts.

This section is very short and the videos are straight to the point.

Module 5: Understanding Facebook Ads

This module is more theory based. Arie will give an overview as to why Facebook Ads is his preferred traffic source for dropshipping.

He also shows you an overview of how you will test your products, how to budget and organize your adsets so that you can easily understand the data and analytics.

Arie also teaches you how to manage failing campaigns.

He also explains what BEP is and why it is important. I haven’t seen any other courses that cover this.

In the last few videos, Arie will show you the importance of product cost percentage and the best ways to get consistent results with Facebook Ads by lowering your ad spend.

Although he does provide a lot of value in this section about Facebook but it is more limited compared to eCom Elites by Franklin Hatchett.

Module 6: Facebook Ads

This module is more of an introduction to Facebook Ads.

If you’re a complete beginner, Arie will walk you through the process of setting up your business account and installing a Facebook pixel for tracking user data.

He then shows you how to create a Facebook Page for your store followed by a video ad tutorial.

Knowing how to create high engaging ad videos is very important with driving targeted and lowering your ad spend.

Facebook loves to reward video content with lots of user engagement.

Arie also includes and over the shoulder demonstration of creating your first campaign and what kinds of data you should look for after 3 days of testing ads.

There’s also a video about split testing ad copy and thumbnails followed by videos about scaling winning ads and how to lower ad cost and everything there is to know about PPE.

Module 7: Advanced Facebook Ads – Going From 5 Figures To 6 Figures

This section of the course is a follow up to the previous module.

This module is more for dropshippers who have started making money through Facebook Ads.

Arie will teach you how to setup your campaigns for optimal scaling.

He will also teach you how to create custom and lookalike audiences, how to retarget, micro testing to scale your store from 5 to 6 figures and manual bidding.

There’s also a few videos about caste study which can be used for some inspiration.

Module 8: Maximizing Profits With Back-End Systems

In this module, Arie will teach you how you can make more money in the back end of your business.

He will show you how to use Shopify plugins to increase your sales and profits.

Arie will also show you how to setup an email sequence for people abandoning their cart.

Abandon carts will always happen on any e-commerce store so it is important to win those customers back.

There’s also a video about using Manychat to retarget Facebook users with no extra costs.

This is an interesting tip I haven’t seen mentioned in other e-commerce courses.

Arie also shows you how you can double your sales using Zipify.

Module 9: Building A Long Term Brand

Building a brand is very important for long term success with any business.

A brand helps you stand out from your competitors.

Arie only recommends building a brand once you have found winning products from your general stores.

He will also teach you how to outsource and create a team of virtual assistants to help you scale your store.

Arie also shows you how to private label your own branded products so that you can sell these products for a higher profit margin.

Arie also teaches you how to incorporate an affiliate program to your store to help with building brand awareness and generate organic traffic to your store.

Module 10: Resources

In this section of the course, Arie provides you with some case studies and templates which you can use as a guide.

Facebook Mastermind

Signing up to the course will give you access to a private Facebook group.

You can ask questions and interact with other like minded members, even Arie himself.

Its also a great place to fall back on incase you’re stuck.

How Much Does eCom Inner Circle Cost

At the time of publishing this post, the price for eCom Inner Circle has increased to $397 and $997 for the VIP Mastermind package.

Money Back Guarantee

You can try eCom Inner Circle risk free for 30 days. If you’re not satisfied with the course, you will have a 30 day money back guarantee as long as you do not view more than 20% of the course.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Arie does provide a lot of value and quality content throughout his course. The only thing I found kind of strange is the use of PowerPoint slides to show stats instead of showing the audience the data from his Facebook Ads manager.

With the current price tag of $397 and $997 for the VIP package  can be a little steep for beginners.

As an alternative, I highly recommend eCom Elites by Franklin Hatchett.

eCom Elties is perfect for beginners who would like to learn more about e-commerce and dropshipping.

The course itself has hours upon hours of valuable content for only $197. Franklin also updates his course regularly so that you are always aware of the latest marketing strategies and changes to the ad platforms.

If you have any questions about the eCom Inner Circle course, leave a comment below.

Shopify Responsive Theme Review: Is This the Best Shopify Theme in 2019?

What is the Shopify Responsive Theme?

The Responsive theme is a premium theme from Out of the Sandbox made for the Shopify e-commerce platform. This is a flexible and robust theme to suit a wide range of products and industry types.

The Responsive theme is highly customizable allowing you to modify the layout, typography and featured promotions in your store. The theme is designed to tell your brand’s story with simplicity and sophistication.

This theme comes in four different styles, New York, London, Paris, and San Francisco. Each style allows you to display full-width slideshows and centered focus on the menu navigation.

The only differences are the content sections that follow under the slideshow banners.

Let’s take a closer look at each theme style.

Click here to check out the Responsive theme. <

New York Theme Style

Classic style and very simple color palette. Professional and elegant. Makes you feel welcomed and valued as a customer.

Drop down menu for easier navigation and organizing content.

Under the slideshow is a section for a featured product.

Full-Screen banner for high-quality lifestyle photos of your products or services. Helps create perceived value and credibility and trust.

Under you can display customer testimonials. Creates credibility and social proof very important with doing business online.

Featured collection, Quick shop

Full-screen banner with video embed option. Great way to tell your brand’s story and its mission and values. Creates engagement and increases interaction with the user.

Towards the bottom, you can display the latest blog posts and an email sign up form. Collecting emails is important to make more money in the backend of your e-commerce business.

The Footer is kept simple, with most elements centered aligned. You can link your social media profiles to the social icons.

Displaying payment icons to let your customers know what type of payments you accept.

The product page is easy to navigate and to display the most important information above the fold.

You want to write product descriptions outlining the benefits of your products instead of the features.

Customers purchase on an emotional connection, so using persuasive descriptions to solve their pain points will convert theme faster.

You can also display customer reviews and related products.

Click here to check out the Demo store. <

London Theme Style

Minimalist template, with subtle styling that puts your products front and center.

The London style lets you feature two full-width tiles on the homepage. When a customer clicks on one of these tiles, they will be directed to a product page. It’s like having an interactive lookbook.

Below the fold, you can feature products, full-screen banners, blog posts.

Towards the bottom of the page, you can display customer testimonials.

The footer has a unique layout. The sign-up form is centered to attract the customer’s attention

Size guide, customer reviews, social sharing icons. A well-balanced product page layout to increase your conversions.

Product pages are where you will make your sales. The theme uses negative white spacing to create contrast with the background and other elements on the page.

Without cluttering up the page, customers can focus on the product images and Add To Cart button.

Click here to check out the Demo store. <

Paris Theme Style

In the Paris template, you can display a promotional banner at the top of your website to draw your customer’s attention to any special promotions or discount codes.

Below the navigation, there is a full-width slideshow which you can use to upload and showcase high-quality photos of your products.

On the banner, you can have a title and button. When a user clicks on the button, they will be taken to another page depending on which page you decide to link to.

For example, on the demo store clicking on the button will take you a Contact Us page.

Below the fold are more tiles, featured products and a full-width banner. These full-width banners are great for showcasing your products or to tell more about your brand’s personality.

Towards the bottom of the template, you can display your recent blog posts and an email sign up form for your customers.

Building an email list will help with producing more sales in the backend of your store without spending a lot of money on marketing.

The footer design is a bit strange. There is a big open space between the sides of the footer. I would have placed the email signup form in the center to make use of that space. This will also help push up more of the content above the fold.

The product page layout is very clean and simple. The light color palette combined with the serif typeface helps with creating a sophisticated look and feel. Remember to use colors that are related to your brand for consistency.

The FAQ page is a very useful feature of the theme. It helps reduce the number of emails you will receive from customers asking the same question.

When a customer needs help, they can click on a relevant tab and it will expose the answer to their question.

Click here to check out the Demo store. <

San Francisco Theme Style

The San Francisco template creates a warm and inviting Shopify store. It uses a soft color scheme and is complemented with a round typeface, adding to the template’s simplicity and clean design.

Navigation elements in the header are positioned to help the user navigate around your store without any difficulty.

Under the header, you can display a full-width slideshow. Similar to the Paris template, you can a title and button on the sideshow banners.

Below the slideshow is a section for you to talk more about your business.

In the main content area below the fold, you can display tiles which can be linked to your blog posts or product collections.

As we scroll further down, you can feature multiple products on the homepage to create interest and engagement with your visitors.

There also a section for another full-width banner and a Featured In logo’s area.

If your business was featured in an article or promoted by a partnership business, you can display the logo of the company to increase your credibility with new customers.

You can also link your Instagram account and it will display your latest posts on the home page. This helps increase social proof and a way to gain new followers and fans.

Showing customer testimonials also plays a huge role in creating trust with new customers.

I think the footer works very well on this template. The colors and font used to create a clean user interface.

There is also an area for an email sign up for customers to sign up to your newsletters and promotions.

Click here to check out the Demo store. <

Responsive Theme Key Features

The Responsive theme has several features to help you create a professional Shopify store without any coding required. Setting up your own store is super easy.

  • Promotional Banner: Display a banner at the top of the page to attract your customers’ attention. Let your customers know about promotions or special discount codes.
  • Multi-level Menu: A drop-down menu makes navigating around your store simple and easy.
  • Customer Testimonials: Trust is important with online transactions. Displaying testimonials will help increase social proof and your store’s credibility.
  • Hero Video: Embed a video from YouTube or Vimeo to increase engagement and encourages interaction with your store.
  • Quick Shop: Customers can view a product’s details without having to leave the current page.
  • Product Filtering: Product filters help customers narrow down what they are looking for more quickly. They are more likely to make a purchase if you make their shopping experience fast and smooth.  
  • Product Zoom: Hovering over an image will display more details up close.
  • Related Products: Displaying related products provides customers with more selections and keeps them shopping in your store for longer.
  • Google Maps: Let your customers know where you are located by displaying your business location using Google Maps.
  • Instagram Feed: Share your latest Instagram posts on your home page. This helps with building social proof and brand authority.

Why you should use this theme

Let’s take a look at the benefits of using the Responsive theme

  • Mobile Friendly: As the name suggests, the theme is completely responsive to mobile devices. The layout will automatically adjust itself to fit nicely on smaller screens. I’ve seen many Shopify stores that look great on desktop but fail to function properly when it is viewed on mobile.
  • On-Going Support: Not only are you purchasing a high-quality product, but also reliable customer support that comes with it. You will also have access to the Theme Help Center to fall back on if you get stuck.
  • Zoom: Customers can enlarge images for a closer look at the finer details.
  • Email Subscription: Collect your customers
  • Blog: Increase trust and your store’s credibility with blog posts. You can also share these blog posts on your social media profiles for more reach and brand exposure.
  • Social Media Icons: Social media and e-commerce go hand in hand. You can easily link your social media profiles to your store and use these channels to promote your products to your customers.

What are users saying about this theme?

The Responsive theme currently has 28 reviews, averaging a 5 out of 5-star rating. This shows that the theme performs well and is a great investment for your online business.

You know you’re getting a quality product when it is from Out of the Sandbox. Reading through each review so far, I couldn’t find anything comments about the theme.

Here are some of the reasons why people are happy about this theme.

  • Service: The support team over at Out of the Sandbox are extremely helpful and responsive to their customer’s email. You don’t have to wait for days to fix any issues.
  • User-friendly: The theme looks great and performs flawlessly across different devices. More people are shopping online using mobile and tablet devices so it’s important to have a website that can adapt to these screen sizes.
  • Design: The design of the template is simple and navigating around the store is very intuitive. The template can be customized to suit your brand’s personality and business needs.

I have personally used the Responsive theme on one of my Shopify stores and it has been a satisfying experience.

I also noticed an increase in conversions switching over the Responsive theme from a free, standard Shopify theme.

There have been times where I wanted a specific feature or edit done to my store. I reached out to their support team and they were glad to help me out without any extra fees!

Most beginners will opt for a free Shopify theme that is not optimized for conversions or mobile devices. They will spend a lot of money on paid traffic but return no sales because their store is not optimized for conversions or user experience.

The Responsive theme comes with many useful features, aimed to increase your store’s conversion rate and provide a great user experience.

Many standard Shopify themes will require you to install extra marketing apps with recurring monthly fees. This can be challenging if you’re a beginner and not making consistent sales.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I will give the Responsive theme a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating.

This theme is one of the first premium themes I have personally purchased when I was looking for an upgrade.

I was using the free Brooklyn theme on one of my dropshipping stores but noticed it wasn’t working the way I wanted to.

So after weeks of debating, I took the leap and purchased Responsive. I must admit, it was one of the best investments I have ever made.

I now have a modern e-commerce store which didn’t cost me hundreds of dollars to build. Since conversions went up, the theme pretty much paid for itself.

I hope this review has helped you decide whether or not you should invest your money in a paid Shopify theme.

Let me know what Shopify themes you like best in the comments below!

Click here to check out the Responsive theme. <

eCom Elites Dropshipping Course by Franklin Hatchett
Gain access to the complete A-Z guide for building and scaling a profitable, e-commerce business. Click here to read my review. <

23 Best Trending Dropshipping Products To Sell This Summer On Shopify In 2019

When choosing which products to promote on my Shopify dropshipping store, I follow a criteria to help me find potential winners.

The type of product I usually look for needs to be a problem solver has a passionate audience and unique product features.

In today’s post, I have put together a list of trending summer products which you can dropship on your own Shopify store.

Being able to notice trends will give you an advantage over other dropshippers since you will be offering products that are proven to sell. Don’t waste your time and money promoting products that no one is going to buy.

Trust me, I learned the hard way of promoting products I thought people would buy based on my own assumptions.

Keep in mind, seasons will vary depending on which country you’re targeting.

Trending Summer Products

  1. Paw Cleaner paw-cleaner

Why are these so popular? In summer the weather is warmer and people like to walk their dogs outdoors.

Paw cleaners are great for active dogs who love to dig and useful for rainy days when there’s a lot of mud outside.

The dog niche has a passionate audience and the product solves a common problem. The paw cleaner is portable and safe to use on dogs.

Promote this product with Google AdWords, Google Shopping and Facebook ads to target interests related to dog owners.

You can create a video ad demonstrating the before and after results of using the paw cleaner.

For an upsell, you can offer the fur comb or trimmer.

paw-upsell

  1. Beach Tents

Beach tents trend every year in during summer. People love to be by the beach and water when it is too hot at home.

Beach tents are cheap to buy and replace which makes them a very popular item to have when the weather gets warmer. You can upsell a sand-free beach mat or a waterproof dry bag.

Use Google Shopping ads to target keywords related to beach tents. Creating a roundup article and reaching out to influencers and asking them to share your article can help reach more customers.

  1. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The next product doesn’t just trend in summer but all year round. People love to head to the beach or hang by the pool listening to their favorite tunes.

This product can also work great as an upsell. For example, if a customer purchases a tent, you can offer them a Bluetooth speaker.

I’m not the biggest fan on dropshipping electronic products, but you can use Google Shopping Ads to drive traffic to your product page.

You can also use Facebook Ads and target outdoor interests.

  1. Solar Charger

You can test this product on multiple interests. For example, you can target hiking, fishing, camping, traveling, different smartphone brands like Samsung, iPhone, Xiaomi and many more.

This is a product that solves a problem and can be sold for high margins.

I absolutely hate it when I forget to charge my iPhone before heading out. The feeling of my iPhone shutting off when I need to use it can be very inconvenient.

These solar chargers also use the sun to recharge itself and have other beneficial features like a flashlight, lighter and compass. You can also offer USB charging cables as an upsell to make increase average order value.

Use Google AdWords and Facebook Ads to promote this product but be careful of the country you’re targeting. I have noticed some suppliers do not ship battery chargers to certain countries.

  1. Hiking Shoes

This product is always trending around summer time. Having a look at Google trends shows its an increasing interest every year.

It’s another potential winner which you can test on your store.

You can use Google AdWords and Google Shopping to promote this product. Just make sure you have high-quality product photos and video to showcase its benefits.

As an upsell, you can offer quick dry waterproof pants.

  1. Golf Clubs

Golf clubs are more on the high ticket dropshipping side. You can see from Google trends it’s always trending upwards every summer.

People who are passionate about golf are willing to spend a lot of money on their gear. Drivers, putters and golf club sets can be sold on your store for big margins.

Use Google AdWords and Google Shopping to promote golf clubs. You can also offer a golf swing trainer as an upsell to help golfers improve their technique.

  1. Grills Mats

It makes sense this is a trending product every summer. When you’re grilling food on the BBQ, you don’t want to ruin the food by having them stick to the grill.

Grill mats are low cost that you can sell this product on your store for a higher margin or as an upsell.

You can use Google AdWords (or Google Shopping) to promote this product.

If you can create a high-quality video ad demonstrating the grills mats being used, you can try using Facebook and Instagram to test some ads and see what results you can get.

As an upsell, you can offer an electric portable BBQ fan.

  1. Portable Grill

Similar to the previous product, the portable grill will go hand in hand with the grill mats.

People love to be outdoors and enjoy each other’s company over a home-cooked meal.

Portable grills can be promoted to multiple interests in the outdoor’s niche. You can use Google and Facebook Ads to target specific keywords and interests.

Portable grills can also be bundled up with grilling or camping utensils to increase your average order value.

  1. Dog Cooling Bandana

Dog owners love to take their dogs on outdoor adventures. Whether it be going to the local park or walking by the beach, they are exposed to the sun and heat.

Dog cooling bandanas can help prevent dogs from heat exhaustion. You can promote this product by connecting with the customer through emotions about their dog’s safety in summer.

You can promote this product by using Facebook ads and target interests like dog grooming, dog world, puppy, pug, rescue dog, and PetCo just to name a few.

Dog owners are passionate about their dog’s wellbeing. You can offer a dog cooling mat as an upsell which is useful for indoors.  

  1. Kayak Cover

This is another high ticket product you can test on your store. It solves a pain point and has a passionate audience.

Even though it is a small niche, it has the potential for big profit margins.

It is proven to trend during the summertime when we take a look over at Google Trends.

You can use Google ads to target specific search keywords or create a video ad and promote it on Facebook and Instagram.

If you can find influencers, offer them your product for free in exchange for some content which you can both share on each other’s social media profiles.

This helps create credibility and trust with new customers.

For an upsell, you can offer a backrest to help protect their back.

  1. Pool Floats

Pool floats are always popular every summer and can be seen posted all over Instagram every year.

Pool floats are great impulse purchasing products and can be used as an upsell with other pool related products.

They come in different shapes, sizes and designs. I’m pretty sure you have seen those giant unicorn floats popping time to time on your Facebook or Instagram feed.

You can reach out to Instagram influencers who can help you promote your pool floats to their audience in exchange for your products.

The influencer can take their own photos, share it on their own profiles and tagging your business in their post.

Creating a blog post and pinning it to various group related boards will also help generate traffic quickly to your store.

As an upsell, you can offer your customers a float drink holder.

  1. Beach Towel

There are over 40 000 monthly searches on the term “beach towel” which makes this product a must-have accessory each summer.

Beach towels usually peak around June and July and you should use it as an upsell on your store.

There are a lot of different and unique designs you can find on Aliexpress which you can use to target different niches.

You can use a combination of Facebook and Instagram ads since you can take photogenic lifestyle photos to showcase the product.

To promote beach towels, you can reach out to other niche influencers and ask them to take a lifestyle photo of your product and promote it on their social media profile.

When you share each other’s posts, you can gain new followers and make a few sales.

Bundling towels together can get customers to purchase more from your store at a discounted price.

  1. Fishing Lure

People love to head outdoors when the weather gets warmer and it’s the perfect time to go fishing. Fishing lures are always popular at the peak of June and July every summer.

Fishing is a profitable niche with passionate people spending hundreds of dollars on their own equipment.

You can use Google Shopping to promote your fishing lures by targeting key search terms or reach out to Instagram influencers in the fishing niche and offer them free products in exchange for brand exposure.

There are always new lures which you can find to test on your Shopify store. Fishing lures are cheap and can be used as an upsell and paired with other fishing related products.

  1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a no brainer when it comes to summer product must-haves. But marketing sunglasses can be a bit tricky since it is a very broad product so targeting can be a bit difficult with paid ads.

However, they can be promoted as an upsell on your store. For example, you can create a deal where the customer can purchase multiple pairs for a discounted price.

This also an opportunity for you to make some money from the shipping costs since they are paying for more shipping on multiple items.

A quick look at Google Trends shows sunglasses is consistently trending every year in summer.

  1. Travel Bags

Travel bags are a product that consistently trends during summer time each year and it is also slowly rising in popularity.

You can promote this product by reaching out to fashion, food and travel influencers to feature your product on their blog or social media accounts.

In return, you can do the same and repost their lifestyle photos of your product for your audience.

You could also use paid ads Google Shopping and focus on SEO optimized content to drive more traffic to your business.

As an upsell, you can offer travel accessories like luggage tags and organizes.

  1. Ice Cream Maker

Who doesn’t love some ice cold ice cream on a hot summer’s day?

Ice cream makers rise in popularity every year in summer. They are also a great novelty gift for housewarming parties and summer parties.

To market this product, I suggest using Google AdWords (SEO and Google Shopping) and Pinterest. You can target specific keywords in your blog articles about making ice cream.

You can pin this article on Pinterest to quickly build up web traffic to your site.

  1. Sandals

When the weather is warm, you don’t want to wear closed shoes that make your feet all sweaty.

Sandals are also easy to put on and quick to take off which makes them a must-have item during summer.  

People are more likely to do activities around areas with water. You don’t have to worry about walking in wet socks or shoes.

To promote sandals in your store, you can try a combination of paid ads and free traffic. You can contact influencers to promote your sandals on their blog or social media profiles.

For paid ads, try Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, and Google shopping.

You could also make a post on your Instagram profile using appropriate hashtags to drive traffic back to your store.

Pinterest can also come in handy by adding images of your products to specific boards related to your niche for more exposure.

  1. Laser Hair Removal

This product solves a common problem for most women. It can be sold for a high margin on your Shopify store.

A quick look at Google trends shows that this product will be around for a long time.

You can build a store centered around this hair removal product, reach out to influencers and make video ads demonstrating how your product helps with your solving your customer’s pain points.

I have seen a few ads pop up on my Facebook feed with a lot of engagement, indicating its a potential winner.

You can offer an eyebrow trimmer as an upsell.

  1. Swimsuits

Swimsuits are always popular when the summertime comes around.

You don’t have to create a whole new swimsuit store. However, you can test these products as a small collection on a general store or an accessories store which you can build a brand around.

To market swimsuits on your store, reach out to influencers and offer them some free products and ask them to take lifestyle photos to demonstrate the product.

They can also post these images on their social media profiles and tag your store.

You can also use a combination of Facebook and Instagram paid ads to make more sales. Offer discounts on bundled purchases to make more sales.

  1. Water Shoes

This is an interesting product you can test on your Shopify store. It helps solve a problem and you can target multiple interests with paid ads.

It’s a product that is always trending every year in summer.  

With your marketing, you can create video ads demonstrating the benefits of the product with outdoor water activities.

You can also reach out to social influencers in different outdoor niches and offer them to try out your product in return for some brand exposure.

When they tag you in their posts, it helps create more brand awareness for your business, hopefully leading to more sales and more fans.

  1. Pest Repeller

When it’s the warmer season, insects are more prevalent outdoors, preventing you from going outside.

Pest repellers can be used to deter mosquitoes and rodents from ruining your garden.

You can offer an indoor pest repellent as an upsell so that a customer remains protected from pests and bugs when they’re outside and also inside.

To promote this product, use Google Shopping Ads or Facebook Ads to target interests like home improvement, pest control, and insect sprays.

  1. Baby Beach Tent

Heading to the beach is a great time to bond with the family, especially for the little ones to get some fresh outdoor breeze. However, too much sun exposure can cause long term damage to a baby.

This tent has a built-in pool which is a unique feature of this tent and it solves a problem from dealing with the sun.

You can offer a sand free beach mat as an upsell. Everyone loves the beach but hates it when the sand lingers around.

There are multiple ways you can promote this product. You can use Facebook ads to target interests like baby food, sunscreen, parents with toddlers, diapers and many more.

Creating a video ad can also have the potential of it going viral. With more people engaging and resharing the video, it helps build credibility and social proof so that you make more sales quickly.

  1. Long plasma lighter

This product prevents you from burning your hand and won’t be affected by the wind when you’re trying to light a fire outdoors.

Compared to shorter lighters, the length of the plasma lighter provides you with enough distance to keep you safe from high temperatures.

You can offer fire resistant gloves as an upsell.

Use Facebook ads and target interests related to barbecue grill, smoking (cooking), grilling, fireplace, and camping.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a list of trending summer products which you can promote on your own Shopify store. Use this post as inspiration for more summer product ideas.

Always remember to upsell and bundle products together for more sales and profits. Customers are always looking for a bargain and ways to save them more money.

eCom Elites Dropshipping Course by Franklin Hatchett
Gain access to the complete A-Z guide for building and scaling a profitable, e-commerce business. Click here to read my review. <

Shopify Parallax Theme Review: Create a Stunning and Dynamic Dropshipping Store

Let me guess….you’re currently looking for a new Shopify theme but can’t decide which one to choose?

There are many Shopify themes which seem promising at first but eventually look outdated, and usually they are are not optimized for smaller screens.

That’s because these themes have been created by developers with minimum input from designers.

What you need to look for is a theme that looks modern, professional and responsive.

It’s important to choose the right theme to showcase your brand’s personality and has all the features you need to create a high converting store.

In today’s Shopify Parallax theme review, we will take a look at the key features and how you can benefit from using this theme over free Shopify themes.

Click here to check out the Parallax Theme. <

What is the Shopify Parallax Theme?

The Parallax theme was developed by an award winning team over at Out of the Sandbox.

The theme is fully customizable and includes a unique scrolling style hence the name Parallax.

The Parallax theme comes in three different styles. This includes Vienna, Aspen, Los Angeles, and Madrid.

At first glance, the theme looks amazing. What caught my eye was the full-width banner on the home page.

The Parallax scrolling effect makes the website dynamic and encourages interaction with the user.

Each style utilizes similar components and key features to showcase your business online.

Vienna Theme Style

The Vienna theme style helps with telling your brand’s story by using big images, slideshows, and video.

It uses a dark color scheme combined with a light round font style to create a balance between visual elements on the website.

The first thing you will notice is the full-width banner on the home page. You can also embed a YouTube or Vimeo video into the banner.

Clicking on the Play Video button will start the video in full screen.

Make sure you choose an image with a dark background to create a contrast between your primary navigation, business logo, and text.

Below the banner, you can display two featured products.

Clicking on the plus icon on each thumbnail will trigger a product page pop up.

Customers can add these products to their cart without having to access a separate product page.

Under the featured products, you can display another full-width banner to showcase your brand.

There’s also a section for your customers to enter their email address to receive newsletters from your business.

This is a great feature to help build your email list in the backend.

Scrolling further down, you can display customer testimonials, a slideshow, and unique selling points.

You can also showcase your latest blog posts, a featured product, another full-width banner, and image gallery.

If your business or products was featured on any publications, there is a section for you to display the logos of these publishing companies.

This helps boost credibility and increases trust with new visitors to your store.

The footer section is very simple and clean.

You can link your social media profiles, display quick links to your collections and contact us page.

There’s also an email sign up form for your visitors to sign up to your newsletters if they missed the first.

The product page layout is simple and uses a pyramid style structure.

Most important information for conversions is placed above the fold.

Further down the page, you can display more information and images about the product.

The tabs make it easy to organize your product information and look amazing.

On standard Shopify themes, you will have to install a third party app to have this feature on your product page.

Most of the time they won’t look consistent with the rest of your site.

The responsiveness of the Parallax theme is seamless on when viewed on mobile.

The menu navigation in the header is simplified to create less clutter on the screen.

When you click on the hamburger icon, the page will slide to the right, revealing the menu.

It’s a pretty cool transition which I do not see used very often.

The parallax scrolling effect will be disabled on mobile view. Images in the background will remain static.

Click here to check out the Demo store. <

Aspen Theme Style

The Aspen theme style has a flexible framework which can be customized to suit your brand personality. It is suitable for businesses in the outdoors camping niche.

Aspen comes with powerful features, a user-friendly interface, and impactful imagery to leave a great first impression.

On the home page, you can display a slideshow to showcase your products and lifestyle photos. Each slide will automatically transition after a few seconds.

On one of the slides, you can enable a button to direct your customers to specific collections. This slide does not take up the whole screen like Vienna.

Just make sure your background images are dark enough to make your header navigation more visible.

I noticed the header is in a fixed position at the top of the screen when you scroll down the page.

Underneath the slideshow, you display unique selling points to build trust with your new visitors. You can use a combination of icons, images, and text.

Below the unique selling points, you can embed a YouTube or Vimeo video to your home page. Video content creates engagement and keeps visitors on your website longer. The longer they stay on your site, the more time you have build credibility.

Scrolling down further, there’s a section for displaying a quote, full-width banner and an email sign up field.

You can also display featured products, image blocks with text, featured media logos and a map to show customers where you are located if you have a physical address.

The product page is very simple and utilizes a lot of white space to put more emphasis on the product images and add to cart button.

The rounded font style helps with making the text legible on smaller screens.

Scrolling down the product page, you can display more images and feature points about your product.

I went ahead and added a product to test out the cart. I quite like the panel sliding in when you click on the cart icon. I noticed there is an area in the cart where customers can leave a note before they checkout

On mobile, the Aspen theme style looks amazing. The layout and content on the page are optimized to adapt to smaller screen sizes.

Los Angeles Theme Style

The Los Angeles theme style is perfect for fashion boutiques and accessories. It uses a black and white color palette and a combination of sans and sans serif font style.

Most people may think black and white is boring and outdated, but the Los Angeles styles does it with style.

Using this theme style will give you a timeless and chic looking store.

The first thing you will notice is the widescreen slideshow. This area is great to showcase your lifestyle photos to create engagement with your brand.

You can also display a button when clicked will take the user to a collections page.

The header menu is similar to the other styles. The menu is kept minimal to make it simple for users to navigate around your store.

Below the slideshow, you can display category tiles. This will take the customer to a specific collections page.

As you scroll down the theme, there are sections for you to display multiple full-width banners, featured products, As Seen In media logos and an image gallery.

Towards the bottom of the theme, you can display customer testimonials, Instagram feed, and an email signup form.

The product page is optimized to provide all the information a customer needs before purchasing your product.

There are tabs to help you organize your product page content such as product details, sizing, and shipping.

There’s also a size guide you can enable on your product page to help customers decide which size they should order.

You can also display product reviews and related products to keep your customers shopping on your store for longer.

Adding a product to the cart will trigger a slide out cart. Your customers can edit the quantity number if they change their mind.

When viewed on mobile, the theme looks chic and modern. If you have a dropshipping Shopify store in the fashion apparel or accessories niche, this theme is perfect for you.

Click here to check out the Demo store. <

Madrid Theme Style

The Madrid theme style is bold and smart-looking out of the four styles. It is suitable for tech or products targeting men.

It uses a sophisticated color palette and tall font style that gives it an elegant look and feel.

You can display a full-screen banner on the home page to highlight your product features and finer details.

Under the home page banner, you can display unique selling points to highlight the advantages of your product or service.  

Scrolling further down the page, you can display featured products and multiple full-width banners to make your website impactful.

It is very similar to Apple’s website layout, taking you on a journey about their product from start to finish.

Customers can also quickly view the products listed on the home page.

There’s a section for customers to enter in their email address to sign up to your email list for more benefits. You can send email marketing material to make more sales in the backend of your business.

You can also display As Featured In media logos, customer testimonials, and recent blog posts.

The product page layout is kept minimal to put more emphasis on the product images and Add To Cart button.

On mobile, the theme is very responsive and adapts to smaller screens seamlessly. The smooth transition effects add to the theme’s polished look.

Click here to check out the Demo store. <

What are the key features of the Parallax theme?

Here’s a list of features:

Parallax Effects: Add depth to your website with the parallax scrolling effect.

Hero Video: Feature a video telling your brand’s story on your home page. You can embed a YouTube or Vimeo video.

Sticky Navigation: The header menu will stay in a fixed position at the top of the page when you are scrolling down. Navigation is always visible and accessible.

Optimized for Large Images: Create high visual impact website by uploading high-quality images that best represent your business and brand personality.

Quick Shop: Customers can view product information quickly and add them to the cart without having to leave the page.

Product Filtering: This feature helps customers filter products by type, sort by price and best sellers.

Product Zoom: Similar to Amazon, customers can hover over a photo and it will zoom in to show smaller details. This very useful for businesses who are selling handmade products or jewelry.

Slideout Cart: Makes it easy for customers to find their cart and check what products they have added.

Customer Testimonials: Increase your trust and credibility with new customers by sharing your customers’’ reviews.

Google Maps: Customers can find out where your business is located. Some customers may not live close by, but they might have relatives or friends nearby who can visit your store for them instead.

Special Page Templates: Customize the content on your website with unique layouts templates.

Instagram Feed: Share your latest Instagram posts to showcase your brand and lifestyle photos of your products.

What are the benefits of using the Parallax theme?

Here’s a list of benefits:

Support and Resources: Out of the Sandbox provides video tutorials and guides to help you set up your store in no time. When you run into trouble, head over to their Theme Help Center.

Automatic Updates: The theme will automatically update itself. All updates are free and are quick and easy using the Shopify Theme Updater App.

Saves you money: This theme has all the features and plugins you need to start your own profitable Shopify store. Parallax theme is a one off payment without you needing to install any third-party apps like standard Shopify themes.

What are users saying about the theme?

So far there are 41 reviews and looks like it’s sitting at a 5 out 5-star rating.

The majority of customers who have purchased this theme for their own store comment on:

Look and feel: The theme looks modern, professional and functions flawlessly on desktop and on mobile devices.

Support: The support team is responsive to its customers, replying back quickly and super friendly. You can tell they really care about their products and reputation.

Customization: You can easily modify the theme to suit your business needs.

It looks like the Parallax theme is a real winner.

How much does the Parallax theme cost?

The Parallax theme will cost you $180 but it is worth every cent. You can pay with a credit card, Google Pay or PayPal.

Conclusion

To wrap up this Parallax theme review, I will give it a rating of  4.5 out of 5.

You can have a professional looking e-commerce website for an affordable price and takes no time to set up.

You don’t have search for a freelancer or hire a developer to create you a website and waste hundreds of dollars during the process.

This theme is packed with so many features, works flawlessly on mobile devices and looks amazing on smaller screens.

Out of the Sandbox has made it super easy for any business owner who wants to set up their own Shopify store. Their support team is ready to help you along the way.

Just be careful of overusing the parallax scrolling effect because it can slow down your website if you use images that are not optimized.

I hope this review has helped you with deciding whether the Parallax theme is suitable for you.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

Click here to check out the Parallax Theme. <

eCom Elites Dropshipping Course by Franklin Hatchett
Gain access to the complete A-Z guide for building and scaling a profitable, e-commerce business. Click here to read my review. <

Shopify Turbo Theme Review: Take Your Store to the Next Level

Hi, it’s Darren. Are you looking for a Turbo Shopify theme review? In today’s post, we will review the Turbo Shopify theme and decide if this is the best Shopify theme for your e-commerce business.

The Turbo theme is focused on one thing, and that is speed. But why is speed important?

Remember a time when you clicked on a website but hit the back button after waiting a few seconds because it was taking too long to load?

As an e-commerce business owner, having a slow website is setting yourself up for failure.

People these days have a very short attention span and are more likely to abandon your site if you’re using a slow theme that is not optimized for speed.

If your store takes longer than 3 seconds to load, they will click the back button and shop on a competitors store instead.

You can use GTMETRIX to check the performance of your website.

Make sure your images are compressed to reduce their size. You can use tinypng to compress your images in bulk and it is completely free to use.

However, the Turbo theme is developed for performance and optimized for mobile devices.

Let’s dive in deeper.

Click here to check out Turbo Shopify theme. <

What is the Shopify Turbo Theme?

The Turbo theme was created by an award-winning Out of the Sandbox team who specializes in creating Shopify themes.

The Turbo theme comes in 5 styles named after cities such as Chicago, Dubai, Florence, Portland, and Seoul.

Each theme style has its own font style, color palette, and page layout. They all share similar functionality and features but it’s the smaller details which sets them apart.

Chicago Theme Style

The Chicago style uses bold colors, font styles, and large images to create a strong visual impact.

The full-screen banner creates a dramatic first impression. Clicking on the banner will play a video.

It’s great to see the theme allows you to embed YouTube videos to your home page.

Navigation is very easy with the help of drop-down menus. The header is very clean and intuitive

Below the banner, you can display featured tiles which can be linked to specific collections or blog page.

You can also display a featured product to showcase your best selling product. Customers can add the product to their cart without viewing the product page.

Scrolling further down, it looks like you can add more images with text, banners and featured products.

The theme has made it easy to showcase your latest blog posts and a secondary search bar to let visitors search your site without needing to scroll back up to the top.

In the footer area, you can link your social media profiles, display a disclaimer and links to pages with important information.

I had a quick look at the product page and noticed it is quite dark. There’s no contrast between the product and the background.

So if your product images are dark, it will not stand out on your page.

You can also display related products to offer alternative products.

Click here to check out the Demo. <

Dubai Theme Style

The Dubai theme style has an elegant and strong appearance.

The layout utilizes subtle colors and a lot of white space to give you a clutter-free interface and makes navigating your store easier.

The Dubai chic style is perfect for Shopify stores selling fashion accessories and jewelry.

The header navigation is very simple and the drop down mega menu is great for organizing your product categories.

You can also display a promotional banner to let your customers know about special events or discount codes.

Under the header navigation is the full-width slideshow. This feature is great for displaying high-quality images of your products.

Lifestyle photos with people wearing or using your product can help with conversion rates. You can also add a button on the slideshow to direct your customers to specific pages and collections.

Below the slideshow, you can display featured collections, featured products, secondary slideshow, and latest blog posts.

In the footer, there is an area for customers to sign up to your newsletter, link your social media profiles and links to your categories and pages with important information about your store.

Having a quick look at the product page, I noticed there is a lot of emphasis on the product images.

Combined with the white background it really makes the product stand out and looks premium.

You can also display discounted pricing, social share icons, product reviews, and related products.

Click here to check out the Demo. <

Florence Theme Style

The Florence theme style will give your Shopify store a sleek and professional look without the expensive development costs.

Similar to the Dubai style, the Florence style also uses white space and large images to create a layout without clutter.

Under the header, you can display featured collections on a split screen, secondary search bar, image boxes which you can add text to highlight specific details about your products.

You can also link your Instagram to your store and display your latest posts on the home page.

Towards the bottom of the theme, you can display customer testimonials, send feedback and VIP members to sign up area which you can use to collect more email addresses.

Portland Theme Style

The Portland Theme Style was designed for performance and mobile usability. It uses an elegant font style and color palette, combined with large imagery for more visual impact.

The Portland style uses a full-screen banner and allows you to display two buttons which takes the user to a specific collection.

It’s best to use a darker image for the banner, as the text in the navigation will be difficult to read if it is set to white.

Below the banner, you can display category tiles which takes the customer to your collections, about us or blog page. This helps customers find what they are searching for on your store more quickly.

You can also display featured collections, products, secondary slideshow and image blocks with text.

If your customer scrolls all the way down the page and wants to search for something, they can do so with a secondary search bar.

You can also embed a YouTube or Vimeo video to display on your home page.

The footer is clean and easy to use. You can display social icons and payment badges to let your customers know what type of payments you accept on your store.

The Portland theme is perfect for stores selling sporting goods such as athleisure, workout yoga equipment.  

The product page is clean and clutter free. The main emphasis is on the product images and add to cart button.

Click here to check out the Demo. <

Seoul Theme Style

The Seoul theme style uses smooth rounded font style and shapes combined with a warm color palette. It creates a sophisticated looking website with user-friendly navigation.

The theme uses a full-width banner which you can use to display high-quality product images. There’s also a button to direct your customers to specific pages.

Below the slideshow, you can display featured products, collections and image gallery. Clicking on an image will enlarge it to highlight smaller details.

Similar to the other styles, there is a secondary search bar below the fold.

You can also display the latest blog posts and featured on logos. If your business was featured on any news media outlets to create credibility.

Towards the bottom of the page, there’s an area for customers to contact your business. You can also display your business phone number and a short description.

Click here to check out the Demo. <

Turbo Shopify Theme Features

Product Row Sliders

Showcase multiple products from a collection on your home page.

It’s a quick method to display more content without customizing the layout.

Customers can navigate the row slider by the left and right of the screen.

Testimonials

You can display customer testimonials to create more trust and credibility with new visitors. Toggle through each testimonial using the navigation on the sides.

FAQ

Customers can access your FAQ page to find answers to common questions they might have about your business.

Having a FAQ page also helps reduce emails from customers who are asking the same questions again and again.

Customizable Page Templates

You can turn on and off specific features you want to be displayed on your store. Customizing the layout to fit your brand’s personality without sacrificing performance.

Interactive Mini Cart

When you add a product to the cart, hovering over the cart will display an area for your customers to add a note to their order on certain theme styles.

Customers can also adjust the quantity number in the mini cart without having to go to the cart page.

Ultra-fast Navigation

The Turbo theme is built for speed and performance.

Browsing and navigating around each theme is very smooth and fluid. Pages load quickly, transitions are smooth and navigation is intuitive

Your store will always be updated with the latest features without any extra fees.

What are the benefits of using Turbo theme?

Built for speed: The developers of Turbo are consistently improving their theme. Your store will always be up to date with the new features without any extra costs.

Customer Service: If you’re having trouble with setting up the Turbo theme, you can check their Theme Help Center, Turbo theme support articles and updating the theme is a simple process of using the Theme Updater app

Made for all sizes: Regardless if you are selling one product or one hundred products, Turbo can be used on a variety of different business niches.

Predictive Live Search:  Similar to Google search, the theme can predict what the customer is looking by analyzing the keywords being typed by the user.

This feature can help customers find what they are looking for more quickly.

The easier you can make their shopping experience, the more likely they will make a purchase and return to your store in the future.

Tutorials: There are step-by-step video tutorials to help you with setting up and customizing your theme.

Click here to check out Turbo Shopify theme. <

What are users saying about the theme

After reading pages of the feedback left by other users, I couldn’t find any real complaints about the theme. Most users say they love using the Turbo theme on their Shopify store.

Their support team is also very responsive and they over deliver with their customer service. It’s great to see a company passionate about their product and helping their customers succeed.

It’s safe to say, Turbo is a premium and high-quality theme. It’s fast and looks very professional. People may think you had paid thousands of dollars to create your sleek website.

It may seem expensive, especially if you’re just a beginner, but I think its worth every dollar. If you had the capital and opportunity to upgrade your store, I would highly recommend taking a look at the Turbo theme.

With any theme, there will be a learning curve before you master the platform. But don’t worry too much, there are video tutorials and a help center for your support.

How much does Turbo Theme cost?

To install the Turbo theme on your store, it will cost $350. If you’re making consistent sales, the theme will eventually pay for itself.

The number of features included will cost you more money monthly fees if you were to install third-party apps on a standard Shopify theme.

If you’re serious about your store, this theme is a worthwhile investment.

Click here to purchase Turbo Shopify theme. <

Conclusion

Overall, I would rate the Turbo theme 4.5 out of 5 stars. The high price tag may scare you away, but this is a theme which has all the features you need to take your store to the next level.

It comes with 5 different theme styles for you to choose from to match your brand’s personality.

Even Though the price tag does seem a bit high, you will eventually make your money back by converting more customers and making more sales from using the Turbo theme.

You can use the Turbo theme up to 14 days. If you don’t like it, you will receive your money back no questions asked.

Thanks for reading my Turbo theme review. If you have any questions about the Turbo theme, let me know in the comments below.

Click here to purchase Turbo Shopify theme. <

Shopify Booster Theme Review: Is it Possible to Double Your Conversions?

booster-theme

Originally named Shopify Booster, the name was later rebranded to Booster Theme.

The Booster Theme is equipped with all the features you need to double your conversions.

In today’s Booster Theme review, we will take a look at the features, benefits and how it can help your online business.

Click here to get Booster theme. < 

What is the Shopify Booster Theme?

When I was looking for a new theme for my dropshipping business, I noticed an ad on my Facebook newsfeed about Booster Theme.

I guess they targeted me since I visited other websites related to Shopify themes.

The Booster Theme is equipped with many features to maximize your conversion rate and average order value.

You can customize the layout, edit the font styles, colors, page format and many more.

Compared to a standard Shopify theme, you will have to pay extra fees every month if you wanted to certain features that are not included with the theme.

Booster has included all the addon’s you will need for a high converting store. This saves you money over time.

Booster Theme Demo Store

I spent a few minutes quickly browsing one of the demo stores available on their sales page. Overall, it looks very clean and user-friendly.

The first thing I noticed was the full-width banner at the top of the page. This is great for displaying high-quality photos of your products.

Below the banner, you can display products from specific collections such as your best sellers. Hovering over each product tile will display a button to view more details.

Under the products, you can upload images of your products and write a short description explaining the finer details.

Scrolling down further, you can display another web banner in the background with text. The parallax effect is a pretty cool feature.

Just below the banner, you can display product collections.

For example, if you are a dropshipping store selling watches, you can display collections for different types of watches.

You can also display customer testimonials to increase trust and credibility, collect your customer’s email addresses and display more images and text to further highlight your products and brand personality.

In the footer, you can display social icons, newsletter signup, payment icons and links to your pages containing important information about your business.

The Product page layout is very clean and clutter free. I love the simplicity and the twitch effect on the button to draw the customers attention to click on it.

You can also display related products to keep your customers shopping on your website longer.

I would use a better-designed set of trust badges. The ones used in the demo store looks very unprofessional.

The font used is very easy to read and looks great on mobile. The only thing I found kind of annoying is the product counter.

On mobile, it takes up a lot of the screen when stacked on top of the button.

When I clicked on the Buy It Now button, it took me straight to the checkout page, skipping the cart page.

This is an interesting feature not many premium themes offer on their store and it’s great to see Booster Theme has taken it into consideration.

The Cart and Checkout page are just the standard Shopify layout and navigation.

Click here to check out the demo store. < 

Booster Theme Features

Mobile Friendly

The Booster theme is optimized for most modern smartphones and has made it easy to shop on mobile devices.

The theme will automatically detect and adjust its layout to fit on any size screen perfectly.

If you’re dropshipping, most of your marketing will be invested on Facebook and Instagram ads. Your customers are more likely to be using their mobile devices when they see your ad.

You can display the product price, sale price, countdown timer, product variations and add to cart button above the fold to minimize scrolling.

Studies have shown mobile traffic is increasing rapidly, so it’s best to have a theme that will keep your store compatible with the latest technology. Source..

Direct to Checkout

This is a very useful feature I have seen used on a small number of Shopify themes.

Enabling this feature on the Boost theme will allow your customers to skip the cart page and take them straight to the checkout page where they enter their shipping and payment details.

The fewer steps a customer needs to complete a transaction on the front end of your store, the more sales you will be able to generate with ease.

Social Proof Sales Notification

When enabled, these popups will be displayed on the left corner of the screen which shows recent customer purchases.

Yes, these are fake, however, it helps provide social proof and increase trust for new visitors to your website.

These popups can also create a sense of urgency for products currently on sale, persuading the customers to buy from your business more quickly.

I personally find this feature annoying every time I see it used on an e-commerce store.

Use these popups with caution.

Countdown Timer

This is another scarcity tactic used on Shopify stores to create a sense of urgency. You can set the timer to start from any time, but remember to be reasonable with it,

If you set it too short, the timer will end too soon. This will look kind of strange if the customer can see the product is still in stock or the discount is still applied to the product regardless of the timer.

Visitor Counter

You know that feeling when you walk into a store and it’s just you and the employee, feels kind of lonely and awkward…

Having a fake visitor counter can help new customers feel more welcomed on your store.

Enabling this feature will make your store look more popular and trustworthy.

This feature can be useful for new drop shippers with a new Shopify store.

I personally wouldn’t use this feature on more own store but it would be interesting to test to see if there are any difference in your conversion rate.

Cross Sell Pop up

This feature is great for increasing the average or value on your store. The popup will recommend related products before a customer checkouts.

For example, if a customer is purchasing a tent, you can upsell them a torch or a foldable chair since they are most likely going to be outdoors.

You can add and display up to 6 products.

Currency Converter

The currency converter in the Booster theme will automatically change product prices based on the customers Geo Ip.

For example, say your business is setup in the United States, by default the prices on your store are set to USD.

If someone from Australia views your store, the prices will be displayed in AUD.

This feature is useful for store owners who are targeting a global audience. It can also help increase your sales.

Most standard Shopify themes won’t be able to automatically change the prices on your store, you will have to use a third party app which has monthly fees.  

Free Plus Shipping Offer

You can offer free products on the frontend of your store. How this works is, you will offer a free product and set the price to $0.

However, the customer will have to cover the shipping costs. The strategy is to collect their email address so you can send them email marketing material in the backend.

Email Discounts

This is another popup to collect your customers’ email addresses in return of a discount code.

You can customize the popup to match your store’s branding and also adjust the timing, and which pages it should appear.

It is useful to collect email addresses from visitors who are about to leave your store so that you can later send them email marketing to make sales in the future.

Again, use this popup feature with care. You do not want to annoy your visitors with multiple popups on your store.

Product Reviews

By default, the Booster theme has integrated the Product Reviews App made by Shopify. After installing the Booster theme on your store, you will have to install the app and activate the app in the product page settings.

You can also use other review apps but it is not guaranteed to work with the Booster theme flawlessly.

Click here to get Booster theme. < 

What are the benefits of using this theme?

Here are some of the benefits of using Booster:

High Converting Product Page: Booster has kept their product page design minimal, allowing the customer to focus on the product images and add to cart button.

With fewer distractions, customers can decide to make a purchase more quickly.

Mobile Responsive: The theme looks great and performs very well on mobile devices.

You can tell the developers have a great team with creating a theme that is so fluid.

Navigating the store is easy and intuitive.

Multi Language: Booster can be translated into a different language regardless of your location.

Support: Besides having a great product, Booster has a support team ready to help with operating the theme.

Video: According to the sales page, you can also upload a video onto the home page banner.

Only a small number of standard Shopify themes have this feature.

What are the negatives?

Besides all the amazing features that are included with the Booster theme, let’s take a look at some of the negatives.

Firstly, if there are any future updates for the theme, you will have to reinstall the theme again on your store and reconfigure everything again.

This can be quite annoying if you’re making consistent progress and have to a pause on everything just to make changes to your store.

Secondly, some of the themes included in the Booster theme can be found for free on the Shopify app store.

If you do not need all the apps that come with Booster theme, you can find alternatives for free instead of paying the $179 for a single license.

Thirdly, since the theme is quite popular, so it is important for you to customize the theme so that it looks different from your competition.

If you’re a beginner at dropshipping, your products will most likely be similar to your competition. It is also a good idea to be selective about the features you enable on your store.

Customers can easily pick up if a store is dropshipping products from overseas when they see

What are users saying about this theme?

Checkout the Booster theme feedback from other Shopify store owners.

It seems the theme performs very well for dropshipping and print on demand stores.

Booster Theme Pricing

Ok, so how much does this all cost?

Single License: $179 (1 Shopify store)

2 License: $297 (2 Shopify store)

5 License: $497 (5 Shopify store)

Each license purchased will also include:

  • Native English support 7/7
  • Theme updater app
  • Booster Theme security
  • Unlimited access to the Booster help center
  • Integrated Marketing tools

Conclusion

Overall, I will rate the Booster theme 4 out of 5-star review. I really like the layout and responsiveness of the theme on a smaller device.

The features included also helps improve your stores’ conversions on the frontend as well as the backend.

However, it is best to be selective when enabling certain features.

Too many popups on your store can make it look unprofessional and very distracting while browsing.

Click here to get Booster theme. < 

Booster Theme Alternative

If you’re looking for a more affordable theme which focuses on conversions, read my Ecom Turbo review here. The theme comes with complete training from a 7-figure marketer.

eCom Elites Dropshipping Course by Franklin Hatchett
Gain access to the complete A-Z guide for building and scaling a profitable, e-commerce business. Click here to read my review. <

Shopify Jumpstart Theme Review: The Best Theme for Startups

In today’s Jumpstart theme review, we will take a look to see if this is the best theme to start your e-commerce business.

What is the Jumpstart Shopify Theme?

The Jumpstart theme is designed for startup businesses. Unlike most themes, it only coms in one theme style.

The theme helps you setup and launch your store quickly. Keep in mind, its best to have all your branding content ready to go such as high quality images and videos.

The layout starts off with a home page feature video. You can embed a YouTube or Vimeo video to showcase your brands story and products.

This is an opportunity for you to connect and engage with new visitors.

Visitors can play the video by clicking on the green play button. The video will appear with an opacity in the background.

Your customer can adjust the volume and also view the video full screen without leaving your website.

Jumpstart Landing Page Features

I’ve seen a few one product store make well over 6 figures in sales from using the Jumpstart theme.

The theme is simple, user friendly and easy to setup.

Here is a list of features:

Goal Tracking Tool

Just under the video, you can display a campaign tracker to show how close you are to achieving your fundraising goal.

This also creates credibility and increases trust with new visitors.

You can also show the campaign details such as the funded percent, funded amount and the number of backers.

Custom Content Sections

Below the tracking tool, you can show images with a custom message to highlight the features and benefits of your product.

Newsletter

You can collect your visitors emails by enabling newsletter signups on your home page.

Growing an email list will make money for your business in the backend, through email marketing campaigns.

Text Columns with Icons

Under the newsletter, you can add a section which explains the benefits of your product.

Combine icons and short descriptions for customers to quickly digest the information.

Slideshow

The next section under the benefits section is a slideshow where you can upload and add more photos of your product.

This helps new customers understand what your business is about and what products you are offering.

Keep in mind the slideshow images are 1200 px wide so its best to use images with the same dimensions for better results.

FAQ

You can add a FAQ section on your home page to help answer any questions your customers may have.

This also helps reduce the number of emails you will receive from people asking you the same questions.

Answering common questions can also persuade people to invest into your business if it is a startup company.

Each question can be expanded by clicking on the each tab which reveals the answer. It also works well on mobile devices.

News

This section can also be considered as a blog page. You can share content to keep your customers up to date with your business and products.

Blog content can also help build trust and credibility for your branding and business.

About Us

You can add a section on the website to inform your visitors about your business operations.

You can share the business’s vision, mission and values as well as optimizing the page for more web traffic in search engines.

Featured Product

Towards the bottom of the page, you can display a featured product.

Customers can add the product to their cart from the home page. If they click on Full details, it will take them to the product page.

On the product page, the customer can share your product on their social media profiles by clicking on the social icons.

You can also add product descriptions to the product page so that it can persuade them to make a purchase more quickly.

Footer

You can add links to pages containing important information about your business.

This can include Returns and Refunds, Privacy Statement and Terms of Service.

Displaying payment icons also lets your customers know the type of payment methods you accept on your store.

The benefits of using the Jumpstart Theme

“As seen on” Section

You can display the logo’s of media channels which your business or product has been featured on. This helps build credibility and trust for new customers.

Quick tip is to edit the logos so that they are one solid color, perhaps a light grey.

Having too many logos and colors can make your website look spammy.

Built for small catalogs

The Jumpstart theme is well suited for store’s with a small number of products.

The layout is designed to make it easier for your customers to navigate through your store.

Good user experience leads to more sales.

Custom Modules

Customize each section on your home page to display what you like.

You can add blog posts, FAQ’s, image with text and featured products.

Mobile Friendly Design

The theme is responsive on mobile screens. The layout will automatically adjust when it is viewed on a smaller device.

Search Engine Optimization

You can optimize your website with content to help search engines index your website.

Optimizing your blog can also drive more web traffic to your store.

Free stock photos

If you decide to use this theme, you will have access to high quality photos from Shopify’s partner, Burst.

The best thing is, they are completely free to use and you can download as many as you like.

Make sure you choose photos that are related to your business and brand personality.

Social Sharing Icons

You can enable social sharing icons on your home page and product page.

Just link your social media profile URL in the Sections settings. The theme will automatically update these links.

When a customer clicks on any of the icons, they will be directed to your social media profile.

What are users saying about this theme

There are only 11 reviews currently left by users and the rating is not looking so good. Only 36% of users are satisfied with using the theme.

The common complaint most people have that they are not able to see the Buy button after spending hours modifying their website.

However, this problem can easily be fixed if they contacted the Shopify support team.

Conclusion

To wrap this review up, I give the Jumpstart theme a 4.2 out of 5 star rating.

For a free theme, its packed with all the features you need to start your business today. It also looks amazing on desktop and mobile.

You can have a professional looking website without paying hundreds of dollars for a developer.

eCom Turbo Shopify Theme
Are you looking for an affordable, premium theme with all the features for a high converting store?

Click here to check out my review of eCom Turbo Shopify Theme.<<

ecom-turbo

Shopify Minimal Theme Review: The Art of a Minimalist Theme

If you’re a fan of minimalist website design, you might want to keep on reading…

It’s important to keep your website clean and well organized so customers can easily find what they are looking for without getting distracted.

In today’s post, we will review the Minimal theme and also take a look at its features and how your business can benefit from using it.

The Minimal theme focuses on a clutter free user interface and clean layout and comes with three different styles.

Choosing the right theme before your store goes live will save you a lot of time in the future.

If you change your mind and wanted to use a different theme later on, you will have to start your store from scratch.

This means uploading products, writing product titles and descriptions all over again. So its best to spend a bit of time and invest into a theme which suits your business needs.

What is the Shopify Minimal Theme?

minimal-theme-review

The Minimal Shopify theme is a free theme built by Shopify. This theme is a popular choice amongst dropshipping beginners.

The theme comes in three different styles such as Vintage, Fashion and Modern.

vintage-theme-style

The Vintage style uses a minimal website layout with a bold color palette and font style.

The theme displays blog content instead of featured collections or products under the slider.

Below the blog entries, you can display two rows of products and a featured product to highlight your best seller.

The Fashion style puts more emphasis on it’s image tiles to promote your stores products. This style is suitable for store owners in the apparel and fashion niche. It uses a light color scheme and elegant font style.

fashion-theme-style

The slider is wider compared to the Vintage style and below that, you can display different collections.

You can also display information about your business and include a map of your business’ physical location.

These homepage features helps new customers to quickly understand what your business is about.

If you can’t decide between the two, you can consider using the Modern style instead. This Modern style combines features from the previous two styles

modern-theme-style

It has an earthy color scheme with bold font style and you can display up to eight collections on your home page underneath the slider.

Minimal Shopify Theme Features

theme-features

Here is a list of features you can expect from using the Minimal theme:

Slideshow: You can display different banners to highlight products and special promotions that is currently available on your store. What I like about the Minimal slideshow is ability to add a button to direct customers to a collection or product page.

Home Page Video: Videos can be used to engage customers with your brand. You can embed a video on your home page by linking a YouTube or Vimeo video to your home page.

Product Image Zoom: Ecommerce giants like Amazon and eBay use this feature to allow their customers to see the product’s details and features up close.

Since customers cannot physically touch the product, this feature can help persuade customers to make a purchase when shopping online.

Product Filtering: You can setup filtering options to help your customers find the products they are looking for quickly.

This can improve your conversion rates by creating a smoother shopping experience on your store.

Filtering options include color, categories, prices, brands, most popular and many more.

Related Products: The Minimal theme will automatically display related products on your store to increase your Average Order Value.

This feature is widely used by e-commerce businesses to boost revenue.

Home Page Customization: You can easily add or remove certain features on your home page.

For example, as a dropshipper you don’t really want to display a map of your location.

You can also display different collections and products depending on the season or global events.

Mobile Responsive: The Minimal theme will automatically adjust the layout of your store to suit the device it is currently being viewed on.

mobile-friendly

Color Palettes:  If you don’t like the default theme colors, you can change the colors to suit your store’s branding.

Besides color, you can also change the font style to engage customers to your content.

SEO: You can edit product titles, descriptions, page titles and tags to make it easier for search engines to rank your store.

Optimizing your store for search engines is a great method of driving organic traffic to your business.

Footer:  The footer of your website should include all the important information about your business such as your Refund and Return Policy, Shipping details, Terms and Conditions, links to your social media profiles and how customers can contact you incase something goes wrong with their order.

Minimal Shopify Theme Backend Features

You can easily modify the features of this theme to match your store’s branding and personality by accessing the Theme editor.

Here is a list of features which you can customize on your store:

Header: Upload an image of your logo in a .png format so that is has a transparent background. The recommended image size is 450px x 200px.

You can also add a message in the header to let customers know about special promotions, events, contact details or even a slogan.

header-message

To customize the logo follow these steps:

  • Click on Sections > Header.
  • Click on Select image
  • You can select an image from your computer by clicking on the Library tab, and then the plus button.
  • Enter the logo’s width in pixels > Save

You can also edit the message you want to appear in the header of your website.

Product Page: You can add or remove certain features by accessing the Product pages section. Keep in mind you can not add new products in this section.

product-page

Slideshow: Create a slideshow on your home page that shows up to six images. You can adjust how often you want each slide to change and the transition effect.

slideshow

It is recommended you use images that are 1280 x 460 px in size.

To customize your slideshow follow these steps:

Online Store > Themes

Find Minimal and click on Customize

Click on Slideshow > Adjust settings > Save

Video: Create interest and engagement by adding video content on your home page.

To embed a video follow these steps:

Online Store > Themes

Find Minimal > Click on Customize

Click on Sections > Add section > Video

Enter a heading for your video

Enter the share link > Save

Featured Collections: You can feature a collection on your home to promote sales and new products. You can add and remove products whenever you like.

To feature a collection on your home page follow these steps:

Online Store > Themes > Minimal

Click on Sections tab > Click on Featured collection

You can adjust the rows, display products on sale, center product titles below product images and also display or hide vendor or brand names.

You can also display products that are sold out which will be displayed with a circle label indicating the product is out of stock.

What are the Benefits of Using the Minimal Theme?

Besides all the wonderful features, how will this theme benefit your business?

Here is a list of the advantages of using the Minimal Shopify theme:

Newsletter: You can collect your customers email addresses so that you can send updates, promotions and personalized coupons.

Your email list is an asset which generates sales on the backend of your business when you implement email marketing.

The subscription form is located towards the bottom of the website. You can edit the text to entice your customers to subscribe to your list.

You can also offer free tips, eBooks and coupon codes after your customer signs up.

newsletter

Cost: This theme is free to use and you don’t have to worry about any monthly fees. If Shopify updates their software, your theme will also be updated at no extra cost.

Blog: You can write and publish blog posts when you use this theme. Blog posts can be shared on your social media profiles where it can be re-share to create engagement and interest for your business.

blog

Blog posts can also drive organic traffic from search engines. This is a bonus since you do not need to spend any money for this source of traffic once you publish a blog post.

What are Users Saying About the Theme?

user-feedback

Every theme has its strengths and weaknesses.

I had a look through the feedback left by previous users who have used the theme and I noticed two common problems.

The first problem are the social media icons sometimes are not displayed on the website but are replaced by numbers.

All you have to do is disable the social media icons and re-active them on the website.

The second problem people have with the theme are the colors not changing when adjusted in the backend settings.

These issues can easily be fixed by contacting the support team and won’t affect the customers user experience when they are navigating your store.

Conclusion

Overall, I would rate the Minimal theme a 4 out of 5 star.

It doesn’t have the same visual impact compared to themes like Brooklyn and Supply.

However, the theme is very easy to use and also saves you money and time from hiring a developer.

The features and benefits you get with this free theme surpasses its negatives points.

I highly recommend the Minimal theme for Shopify beginners.

eCom Turbo Shopify Theme
Are you looking for an affordable, premium theme with all the features for a high converting store?

Click here to check out my review of eCom Turbo Shopify Theme.<<

ecom-turbo