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  1. I had a lot of takeaways from your shopify review, all this time I was thinking that shopify is just a free program where you are offered to create your online shop to sell manufacturers products at a commission, I was wong. 

    I created a website which is 2 months now, so its still new. I created it mainly for affiliate marketing. As soon as the website start to generate traffic, I will try Shopify because I want to diversify. My plan is to start with the $79 Shopify Plan.

    But there seems to be a lot of tasks in operating a Shopify store than an affiliate website, hope its manageable when you have more than 2 sites

    Thank you so much for a great article.


    • Hi Nigoni,

      I am glad you found some value in my review. No, they are not free but they do help to relieve some of the grunt work. There are some differences. they use their own themes, so one drawback would be leaving. I would think you may lose your content when you leave, so it is like a more permanent situation, and you would be basically renting your site. I am not sure, but that is my guess because they use their own themes, and code called “Liquid”.

      I would think the purpose is to keep you as a client. I would recommend you start with the $79 option if you decide it is for you. You can also use woo commerce if you are accustomed to wordpress.

      There are a lot of tasks with any site, and with a product site like shopify, you will have the extra tasks of dropshipping,  or product inventory. Along with the bookeeping of a store.

      I hope that clears a few things up, Nigoni.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment,


  2. I’ve known about shopify for sometime but never really had a proper look at it. 

    It sounds ideal for e-commerce traders and alternative to eBay or amazon however the monthly fees mean you would have to generate income quickly to offset the outgoings.

    Would a new person have to have SEO knowledge to be able to attract buyers? 

    Also other platforms like WordPress have community support, does shopify have anything like this? 

    • Hi Darren,

      Shopify is the easy fix if you really don’t want to get your hands dirty with bootstrapping everything. They do have fees, but they have some good training and helpful support people to get you up and running quickly. Yes, there are some fees involved and you would have to get some SEO with social or maybe a few ads to get things started. you could gain SEO with google as well. But, It’s a quick fix for your site pages. Like I said, they have some good training modules and learning SEO is always a good thing to fall back on.

      Shopify has their own support, and they are focused on the eCommerce website model, and their own themes. They use a different code called “Liquid” and it is exclusive to Shopify. I am sure their are Shopify forums around on Facebook as well. thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


  3. I love your review.  Nothing good comes easy. 

    Shopify as you have mentioned is one of the best all in one website to grow your business…. Yes,  it costs money but the benefit one derived from paid services are nothing compared to the amount paid.  I am rather saying it takes investment in terms of money to get return on your investment and no amount paid should be too much. 

    Having options on the sub is a good idea for Shopify as well.

    • Hi  Olonisakin, 

      Thank you, I am glad you liked it,Olonisakin. You are right, hard work is what it takes to accomplish the tasks of a new business. Shopify is a tool you can use, but you must understand it is different than a wordpress site. Shopify has its own themes and code called “Liquid”. So, if you went with Shopify as your site, it would be a permanent move, like renting your site. I am not sure if you would even be able to move it.

  4. Having  built shopify stores in the past for friends/family I would the most useful is app is oberlo. You can take any link in aliexpress and bring it to your store quickly as possible.

    I enjoyed building the store, but you still have to market the same way affiliate marketing is done. Otherwise the products just sits in your store unsold. There is so much attention to detail, especially with the fees of shipping and such. 

    Great review you have here, are you looking at opening a store?

    • HI Jag,

      I was pondering the possibility of a shopify site. The only drawback I have is that you really can’t move the site, it has to stay with shopify. My wordpress sites, are mine and I can take them anywhere and host with anyone who hosts wordpress sites. 

      I have thought of the possibility of a woocommerce site also. But for now, I have enough with s 2 sites on wordpress. i think it would be just as much work if not more to sell products using shopify and alliexpress.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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