After having talked about Shopify many many times before on this website and I have finally managed to write a detailed and in-depth Shopify review.

Before I get into this review, I’d like to explain with a few quick words of how I got started with Shopify and what I did to close over $2,500 in sales (which Shopify contributed to).

For the most part of the last 5 to 6 years, (since I started doing online business), my main efforts were mostly focused around affiliate marketing, which, if you don’t know what that is, you can see my “getting started with affiliate marketing” guide here.

However, sometime November (2016), I came across (luckily) a free downloadable eBook provided by Oberlo.

Oberlo is a tool that helps you set up, launch and run a whole hands off business using Shopify to build an e-commerce business with AliExpress.

Needless to say, I was intrigued about this topic and immediately after I read this book, I found myself as the owner of a brand new Shopify Store.

The rest is history, and at the day of writing this, seven months after being introduced to Shopify, I can say that Shopify makes me a solid amount of money each and every month.

So, back to my Shopify review:

I explained to you this little back-story of how I got introduced to Shopify because I wanted you to see that even if you think your capabilities lie way beyond building and running a profitable online store, there is information that will help you get started if you just put in a little effort and time.

It only took me a few minutes (and a lucky break coming across that ebook) to now have a store that makes up about 40 to 50% of my overall online income.

So, are you interested in learning how to do this yourself Would you like to have weekends such as this with the help of a passive income online business

I hope so, as that is what I will be talking about today mostly in this Shopify review I have for you here.

Shopify Review

My Shopify Review: What You Need To Know

Name: Shopify
Website: Shopify.com
Price: Free, $29, $79 or $299 (see below for a more detailed pricing structure)
Rating: 4.5/5

What Is Shopify?

If you are familiar with WordPress, and I am hoping you are, you know how great it is to be able to build a website that requires very little expertise to get up and running.

Well, Shopify is kind of like that, but instead of creating blogs and websites, Shopify helps you build your own online store.

What Is Shopify Used For?

Shopify, as I explained above and I will also how you how to do below in this review, is an online store builder. This means that with the help of Shopify, you can create an online store, drive traffic to it and make sales completely “hands off” online.

How To Make Money With Shopify?

This is a terrific question and one that may be a bit complicated to answer but seeing as how I want this Shopify review to be completely transparent; I am going to show you some of the ways you can use Shopify to make a little (or a lot) of extra monthly income.

Have a look at this video below and you will discover  a few simple methods you can adopt to make (more) money with your Shopify store:

The Pros & Cons Of Using Shopify Store Builder

Below I am going to tell you about some of the pros and cons too of using and operating with Shopify. This should give you an idea of what to expect once you become a member of the platform and start building your online store.

The Easy Of Use To Set Up

I have been building websites for several years before I ever found out about Shopify but even then, I imagined building my own online store is something that was way beyond my scope of understanding.

Well, I was wrong as building a Shopify store turned out much easier than first imagined.

I will be writing a post on how to set up your own Shopify store very soon but in the meantime, I am sure that the Shopify team can do a much better job it.

See here for to see how to set up your Shopify store.

The Stores Look Great

There’s a lot of talk in the digital world that you would need a dedicated developer and a designer for you to have a store (or a site) that looks appealing to readers.

But, with the many themes there are available for you on Shopify, you’d be surprised to see how easy it is to create some awesome-looking stores with just a click of a button.

Although there are both free and premium themes for your Shopify store, the free ones are just as good.

I have yet to purchase a premium theme for my two stores and I have been working (rather successfully) with a free theme installation that yes; still looks pretty damn good.

Below are some of the screenshots and examples of the types of stores you can build, these will all be available to you once you join Shopify:

available shopify themes

Support Is Available 24/7

Shopify also has a great support system, and one thing I love about this is the easy way to reach them via Twitter.

A lot of companies are using Twitter as their customer support channel, and this is great to see, I am a huge fan of this idea. I have not needed Shopify’s help much, but the few times I needed them, they delivered quickly and solved my issues.

Their Blog Is GREAT!

This is a big one, and I had to mention this in the review because Shopify’s blog is absolutely fantastic at sharing the best tips anybody can find on how to create an e-commerce business.

I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis, and I have to say that the Shopify Blog is a huge source of inspiration, information and amazing tips on how to get started and grow your business.

It’s worth checking out and have a read through, I use Feedly to stay up to date with all my blogs or else you can join the Shopify email newsletter and you get all the new posts sent to your inbox.

Fast Checkout System

An other thing that I love about Shopify is that the whole process from when a visitors comes to my store to when he or she checks out is super easy and streamlined.

Why is this important?

Because a complicated process of “checking out” will put readers off and may cause you to lose valuable sales.

I am not a fan of losing sales, especially if I am putting a lot of effort in getting traffic and potential sales in the first place so this was something I really paid a lot of attention to and Shopify did not disappoint.

PayPal Integration

As a Shopify store owner, you are free to add as many payout methods that you feel like but the fact that they offer PayPal was for me a great feature.

Why? Because once a sale comes in, it instantly goes straight to my PayPal account and this is important because I used drop shipping to build my store.

I write a post about drop shipping with AliExpress and Shopify but just to give you a bit of context, drop shipping allows me to pay for the product AFTER I have received payment from my customer.

This means that I do not need to hold inventory, I do not need to shell out money on stock and I make money before I even shipped the product. How cool is this? Would you like to start drop shipping?

Lots Of Apps & Plugins To Use

WordPress made this feature popular and for that, we are welcome, but Shopify is now catching up on the “plugins market” and they are doing a great job at it too.

This means that you have thousands of tools and features now available on the Shopify App market that you can use to make your store run much better, and make more sales.

Again; there are hundreds of these plugins, and although I do suggest you try some of them out, you do not need to install them all.

Easy Domain Installations

Anybody reading that has read some of my previous articles might know that I am a fan of buying up domains from Wealthy Affiliate where I also get free hosting and a free security.

While I still suggest you go this route if you want a domain for your WordPress site, if you want a domain for your Shopify store, do it through Shopify’s own internal system.

Why?

Because if you buy it from any other place, it will just complicate issues and would require you to edit settings and change the DNSs of your domain.

Yes, this is a complicated process and although doable; getting your domain from Shopify will automatically register to your site and you can start using it without touching or adding anything.

I love features and tools that simplify my life, and I couldn’t have been happier with the service provided by Shopify Domains.

Speaking of domains, if you are struggling to find a domain for your new store, I suggest you use this handy Shopify Domain generator.

All you need to do is type in some keywords (or the niche) you are wanting to start in and let Shopify find you hundreds of .com domains which are available.

Find one you like, click the buy button and get started.

shopify domains 2

The 14-day trial is great

One last thing I would like to say that I really like about Shopify is the fact that you are given a 14-day free unrestricted access to your store.

No, you won’t be able to receive visitors in those 14 days as the store is not yet “live”, but in those two weeks you can build your site to maximum perfection.

Optimize your products and test every single element so once you are ready to go live (and purchase a Shopify license) your store is ready to start making sales immediately.

I always take advantage of this 14-day trial period to fully fill out my portfolio, install my plugins, do my SEO and maybe even publish a few blog posts for that extra reach.

Once my store is officially launched, this will allow me to step away from the technical things of the store and instead focus my efforts on promoting the store.

Once you start getting visitors, you can expect to make your first sale and once that equation loop is closed, you now have traffic and money coming in; and all you have to do is continue promoting and make money.

My 1 Little Issue With Shopify (Con)

Blogging With Shopify

I love Shopify, as I am sure you may have guessed by reading his Shopify review so far, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I dislike their blogging platform.

Yes, you can blog on your Shopify store, which naturally can lead to more search engine rankings, more visitors and more customers but compared to WordPress, the Shopify blogging platform is YEARS behind the standard.

I do not mean to diss this feature a lot, but it does need some work.

Obviously, WordPress will remain the KING of content creation and publishing, but I am sure the geniuses behind Shopify can come up with a more decent blogging platform for their customers.

In fact, I dislike it (hate it) so much that whenever I start an online store with Shopify, I also start the blog on WordPress.

This is not ideal, as I would like the blog on the store website directly, but it’s just too frustrating so doing it via WordPress then linking to and from the store is the more sane option.

If somebody is reading this from inside Shopify, please try updating the blogging feature as it is lacking.

Online Store Building Simplified

Who Can Benefit The Most From Using Shopify?

Anybody who is looking to make money online can benefit off of Shopify’s products and many features.

  • If you want to sell your creations online, you can use Shopify.
  • If you want to start a drop shipping business, then you definitely need Shopify.
  • If you want to have an easy payment option for your offline store, then even Shopify comes in handy here with their Shopify Pay feature.

All you need to run a store is provided by Shopify, and I see no way I can fault them on this. They are just that great.

How Much Does A Shopify Subscription Cost?

Below are the pricing models for Shopify. Just remember to take advantage of the 14day free period to fully understand the platform before buying into it.

You can join Shopify for free here.

Are There Any Alternatives For Shopify?

As with everything online when it comes to online tools, you are spoilt for choice.

While I have not yet (and don’t intend to) try the following Shopify alternatives, I suggest you also take some time to research some of these platforms.

Yes, I am super-biased here; but out of all these, I would say Shopify sits at the top of the pile. As I am sure you have seen from this Shopify review I have for you here, there is of much things that make Shopify that much better.

Anyways, here are a few Shopify alternatives available for you:

  • BigCommerce
  • Magento
  • WooCommerce
  • WixStores

In Closing

Thank you for reading this Shopify review, I hope this has answered some of your questions about the whole Shopify business model and the many things you can do with it.

May I ask a favor of you?

If you have any questions about the platform or you have used Shopify in the past, be sure to leave me a comment down below with your 2c on it all.

I would love some more reader feedback on Shopify to see how the world is using it.

If you liked Shopify as a platform and would like to know more, then I invite you to join Shopify as a free member and start your 14 day free trial period. Again, if you have any questions, be sure to let me know.

Talk soon

3HUNDRD

Shopify Final Rating
  • Price
  • Features
  • Training
  • Value For Money
4.5
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I was sick of people telling me what to do, so I set out to create a passive-income business online. Nowadays I share my experiences and what's been working for me as I work my way up to my goal of $10,000 p/month. If you think that sounds exciting, maybe you should follow along - here's where I suggest you start.

36 Comments

  1. TheTourist Reply

    Thank you so much for this great review on shopify! I had no idea what it was all about.

    I knew it was something about selling stuff through facebook, but that’s just a detail! I really gained a lot of insight about the “webshop-maker”.

    But I do have a question. Can I do Affiliate Marketing with shopify? Because that part I did not get.

    Greetz,

    TheTourist

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      I am glad you enjoyed the review and thanks for your comment.

      With Shopify, you can sell whatever and wherever so it’s not just Facebook, it’s a website and you can drive traffic to it in any way shape you seem fit.

      As for affiliate marketing, yes you can install a 3rd party plugin that will allow you to do affiliate marketing as well and have your own affiliates sending you traffic and customers. 🙂 

  2. Very interesting stuff, I must say I have been tempted by shopify in the past but the sheer amount of competition sort of put me off slightly. This free book by Oberlo – could you maybe tell me how it actually helped your store? What sort of subjects did it cover?
    I would love to hear more about it – especially considering it’s free!

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Hi there Chris. Oberlo basically laid out simply y explaining every thing in an easy to understand step by step manner and I was instantly hooked. 🙂 

      Also, I have to disagree here. Yes, there is a lot of competition but the weird the niche is, the better chance you have of selling. Just look at some of Shopify’s most successful stores, it’s mind blowing. 

  3. jeffrey16201 Reply

    I can see from your excitement from your article you are extremely happy with shopify, I have seen many ads on this program to start your own store and the price to start at 29.00 is very reasonable for most people to invest in their own online store.

    What would you recommend for someone new starting out with little money to invest?

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      My suggestion would be to start with a free 14-day trial., build out the store (which is more than enough time) and launch. Depending on what products you are selling, finf the right appropriate social media channel and go hard there. 

      Mine happen to be Facebook and Pinterest although I am also trying SEO with mixed results.

      Let me know if I can help in any way. 😉 

  4. I have heard about Shopify several times and very curious about how it works. So thanks for the info. I am intrigued by the idea of starting an online shop.

    Is there any additional costs to start running a shop in shopify than the prices mentioned here? Do I need to buy any other software etc?

    Also, do you know of any alternative that would work with wordpress, as I really like using that and would be great if I did not have to change?

    Thanks,
    Mikael

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      No, all you would need to get started is what I explained above and a basic Shopify membership. 🙂 Give it a go and let me know how it goes and if you need my help, do not hesitate to get in touch. 😉 

  5. I have tried Shopify before but it was too complicated for me. I had to find a vendor with good products, adding shipping costs, paypal and you must start an advertising campaign.

    It is a legit program but I wanted something simpler. Now, I have more experience and maybe I will give it a shot again.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      it does take soem time getting used to but the whole process is fairly simple. Everything is explained in an easy to follow manner. 

      Give it another go when you have a chance, they have made it much easier to you in the last few months. 

  6. I am so happy that I came across this review today. I’ve heard the words Shopify and e-commerce but didn’t know exactly what they were and what they can do for you. I’m bookmarking this review because I’m going to devote more time into looking at your recommendations of an e-commerce business, Shopify with Ali Express and the Oberlo tool. Thank you for posting this review.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      You are very welcome Karen. i am glad you’ve found this post useful and informative. 🙂

  7. I am thinking about joining Shopify to earn some extra income. I know that Shopify is a platform to build websites for drop shipping businesses. I am a complete beginner to web building and the world of drop shipping.
    Are there tutorials and training materials available to me? May I know how much money I can earn from drop shipping?

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Yes all the tutorials will be available to you. YouTube is also a great source to find information about all of this. 🙂

  8. Thanks for your great review on Shopify. I strongly agree that Shopify is the best platform for online business starters.

    It is super easy to use and setup. My friend didn’t know website building but he can build up the shop in just one day!

    I tried before too. I have planned to move my Magento based online store to Shopify as it is more easier to maintain. I don’t need any IT support anymore.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Great! happy to hear you are enjoying your Shopify experience. 😉 Well done on the switch! 

  9. Shopify seems to be a really great opportunity. I like that they are trying to streamline online money-making opportunities for business entrepreneurs like myself. You mentioned “hands off” sales. Does Shopify help generate leads to your store or do you still need to do SEO and paid advertising to promote your products?

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Paid advertising should be the go to place if you are a new store but there is no reason why you can;t start building on your SEO to hopeful one day be able to switch off the paid ads. 

      Mind you, SEO for e-commerce sites is done a bit differently since it involves a lot of product descriptions (pages) with little and not-so-original content. 

      “Hands off” sales applies to using dropshipping with AliExpress and using the Oberlo app to make sales automatically.

      Let me know if this helps 😉 

  10. I see while they shop a phi product or platform, whatever you do call it, is very useful. I would have to say I would like to get my wife involved for example because I don’t have the time to take it on with all my affiliate projects and blogging. Thanks for the thorough review, because that’s what I exactly was looking for

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      You’re very welcome Andrew. Hope all is well Let me know if you have some some Qs. 

  11. ive heard so much about shopify and how people make a lot of money through it but i didnt really understand how they do it or what the benefits of shopify were. after reading this article i know much more about shopify and whether i should look into setting up an online store myself as a way to make more money online.

    i’ve heard about shopify drop shipping but i dont really know what it is or how people make money through it. do you have a post on this?

  12. This is a really great review, thank you! I did try out dropshipping for a bit, whilst doing an online course run by Alex Becker (who owns a company called Market Hero).

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t carry it on as I wasn’t able to put in the ad spend to sell the products. And I’ve heard it’s something that may become saturated in the near future – but I may be wrong about that?

    May I ask, how much capital did you have to have to get this business off the ground?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Very little. The basic Shopify plan is $29 per month and you would need to spend at least $50 more to test out some ads.

      The testing out phase is very important – you might not get any sales but you will get a good measure of whether you want to carry on with it or do something else. 

      In total, I would say $100 in your first month will be good – after that you ideally find the winning ads and then they become assets that make you profit consistently ! 🙂 

      I wish you all the best – let me know if I can help!

  13. Great points hear about Shopify but I did not know. I heard mixed reviews on their blogs though. What I have heard is that their blogs are not good or useful for marketing if I am understanding correctly? The easy check out is a great feature and I presheet that as well. Thanks for the detail

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      You mean the blogging feature on Shopify? Well yes there are not “the best out there” – WordPress wins here! However, if you want to do blogging to drive traffic, you have the option to include Shopify widgets on your WordPress blogs. 

  14. Mmm I’ve heard about Shopify before but never really looked into it. This is the most in-depth guide I have read about it so far thank you.

    I’m still little confused though do you need to actually have the items on hand to sale or can you tell the manufacture send it to customer and your the middle man?

    Also I read where your making decent money with it, would you say you are making more with that then you are with affiakte marketing ?

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Not quite there yet, my affiliate income is still the bigger percentage but it’s getting close and closer to being equal.

      To answer your Q, no you do not hold the product yourself, the supplier ships it directly to your customer. 

  15. Marques Pizarro Reply

    Thank you for sharing this! I love blogging, but I wanted to start a passive income too. The information you shared gave me a solution to making passive income.

    My question is how long does it usually take to set-up a website and start a business. I am in high school right now and I don’t have much time on me. However, I am patient to see results.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      You can start it all within an hour or so – what would take time is building up traffic – but it can be done so don’t worry.

      As a high-school student, you have nothing BUT time. Get in on it while you are still young and in a few years you will have a great business on your hands. 🙂

  16. I have heard of shopify recently, it seems to have skyrocketed in popularity. This to me shows that it is a very good route to go. What I don’t yet know is if there is a chance for a newbie to come in with little to no knowledge, and budget, and actually have a fighting chance. What is your opinion on this.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Every one was once a newbie and we had to learn from the ground up. There’s a lot of information online about this and many drop shipping tools to help you make it happen. 🙂 

      Let me know if I can help in any way. 

  17. Great Blog. really simplified the confusion of having a online store. I like the idea of opening a Shopify store and learning about Shopify. Ill check out the ebook from Oberlo. Thanks again for simplifying what Shopify is. Is Shopify promoted through blogs and social media? I’ll have a look at the 14 day trial.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Great to hear Dave. Let me know if you have any Qs. 🙂 

  18. Jacqueline Reply

    Thanks for this great review. I’ve heard so much about Shopify but I’ve never really looked into it in depth.
    I have a WordPress website with a woo-commerce theme.
    You mentioned how you dislike Shopify’s blogging platform.
    If I wanted to keep my blogs in the same place as my ‘shop’ would you suggest building my shop on my WordPress woo-commerce enabled site or do you still think Shopify is the way to go?

    Thanks

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      If you are using Woo Commerce and are happy with it, then I do not suggest you switch now. However, if you are interested in drop shipping, my suggestion would be to switch.

      If that is not in your immediate plans, then stick with Woo Commerce.

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