9 Easy Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your First Shopify Store

Are you considering starting an online business? Is dropshipping through Ali Express one of the options you’re considering?

If so, you don’t want to waste time or money, right?

These tips and suggestions will help you make the most of your time and money.

I learned all of these the hard way, and I hope they help you avoid the same errors.

Avoid these costly mistakes when building your first Shopify dropshipping site.

Don’t pick products that are out of stock.

I went through all the work of selecting a product, tweaking the images, writing the sales description, setting it up in my store, and getting the sales ad ready.

Then, when it was time to place a test order I realized the product was out of stock from the supplier!

Always check how many are in stock before choosing your product.

Import all the photos you need from Ali Express the first time.

After choosing about fifteen different products and writing their sales descriptions, I started setting their sales prices.

That’s when I noticed that most of the products had only one or two images.  Many of the images were really bad, too.  Or they had the wholesaler’s logo splashed all over them.

What a huge waste of time!  I had to go back and re-upload the products while carefully choosing the images I wanted to include.

Save yourself the headache and make sure you scroll down and look at all the images of your product and select ALL of the ones that you’ll want to use.

Products with multiple variations take longer to set up in your store.

If you pick a product with multiple variations be prepared to have to set pricing and descriptions on each one individually.

I chose one that had about twenty different color options.  I didn’t realize how much time it would take to set up each one in the store until I was clicking through, having to set the price and weight options on each one.

Make sure you really NEED to sell multiple variations of a product.  And even then, you can choose to only offer a handful of them even if the product defaults to offering lots of options.

Have a plan or checklist for your Shopify store settings.

Go through each of the Shopify settings in order – instead of randomly – so that you don’t miss something and have to go back and fix it later.

When I first set up my store I was jumping around from the Products page to the Settings, to the Shipping options, etc.

Each time I logged in I was tweaking a different setting.

Not until I was doing a run-through and placing test orders did I realize I had missed several settings.  And a few other settings were just wrong.

This will cause extra work and wasted time on your part.  Just go through and get everything done and get everything right the first time.

Shopify offers a free 14-day trial – you can check it out by clicking here – so it’s best if you can get your store up and ready to go within this time.

You’ll thank me later.

Oberlo saves your product information.

Oberlo is a free app that links your products on the Shopify page to their listings on Ali Express.

Not just for when you place an order – the information is ALWAYS there.


Oberlo is a free app that makes it easy to import products from Ali Express to your Shopify store.

Don’t do what I did, manually searching for the products again on Ali Express when I needed more information for the sales descriptions I was writing.

Once you’ve imported the products with Oberlo, just use the Oberlo dashboard and all the info on your products will be right there.

Don’t waste time making your site look “perfect”.

You can spend a LOT of time trying to get the site to look right.

If you’re a perfectionist (speaking from experience) you’ll need to restrain the urge to spend hours tweaking an image or background color or the size of the text.

Get something up that looks decent and that works correctly and then focus on your marketing.  You can always come back improve the look of your site once you start making money.

Make a template for your product descriptions.

This is a big time saver.

You’ll be writing a lot of the same stuff over and over, so you may as well save a lot of time by copying and pasting as much as you can.

This will also help you make sure you don’t forget to include a section of your sales description, like the call to action, for instance.

Avoid crappy images.

Similar to the tip above about making sure you import all the images you need, the focus here is choosing good images.

Avoid blurry images, images that have nothing to do with your product, and those that have logos splattered all over.

It’s a pain in the ass to have to erase text and logos unless it’s on a part of the image that has a white or black background.

Bonus tip – try to find images that show people USING your product, if you can.  These tend to perform better.

Use Canva to create and edit your images.

When you do have to edit images or create your sales ads, Canva is a great tool.

It’s free to use and lets you create professional-looking images. Visit www.canva.com.


Have a plan before you jump into building your store and you’ll save a ton of time and spare yourself several headaches.

I hope you find this useful and I wish you the best of luck setting up your dropshipping store.  If this information helped you, sign up for our email newsletter.  You’ll get exclusive content only available to subscribers and we’ll never share your information with anyone.


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