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Official List of 100+ Resources on Shopify and Dropshipping (more in comments)

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  1. imustbebored

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    With over 500K merchant stores now using the ecommerce platform, Shopify, to power their stores, it's no secret that Shopify is the go to solution in the industry..but many entrepreneurs/dropshippers do use alternative platforms. That being said, I wanted to create a one stop resource for BHW to find the best guides focused on growth hacking ecommerce. This list was created to help fast track execution and help you quickly establish a successful ecommerce business.

    Please help the community by continuing to add helpful information in the comments of this thread. My hope is that this will continue to serve BHW for years to come and help those just starting out to learn as well as provide further valuable information to others already involved in Shopify and ecommerce.


    Inventory, Shipping & Fulfillment

    Beginners guide to ecommerce shipping and fulfillment:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/14069585-the-beginners-guide-to-ecommerce-shipping-and-fulfillment

    Definitive guide to ecommerce shipping and fulfillment:
    http://shopifynation.com/operations/ecommerce-shipping-fulfillment/

    How to run efficient, highly automated warehouses:
    http://www.ecommercefuel.com/automated-warehouses/

    Inventory labeling basics - SKUs, UPCs, EANs:
    http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/88529-Inventory-Labeling-Basics-SKUs-UPCs-EANs

    The definitive guide to dropshipping with aliexpress:
    https://www.shopify.com/blog/117607173-the-definitive-guide-to-dropshipping-with-aliexpress

    The ultimate guide to dropshipping:
    https://www.shopify.com/guides/dropshipping

    How to start an online store with shopify in less than 30 minutes:
    https://www.oberlo.com/blog/how-i-launched-my-ecommerce-store-in-less-than-30-minutes

    Choosing an ecommerce order fulfillment service - the guide:
    https://www.shipwire.com/w/support/choosing_an_ecom_order_fulfill_svc_guide/

    Conversions

    How to increase your ecommerce revenue - 10 ecommerce experts share their insights:
    https://receiptful.com/blog/increase-ecommerce-revenue/


    Top ten tweaks to increase ecommerce conversions:
    https://econsultancy.com/blog/65074-top-ten-tweaks-to-increase-ecommerce-conversions/

    Data backed proof for why product videos drive high ecommerce conversions:
    http://blog.bigcommerce.com/product-video-conversion/

    How to setup conversion funnels in google analytics:
    https://blog.kissmetrics.com/ga-conversion-funnels-video/

    Ecommerce checkout funnel review: how vintage kind audio can improve:
    http://conversionxl.com/ecommerce-checkout-funnel-review-how-vintage-king-audio-can-improve/

    10 ways to increase ecommerce site speed:
    http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/87656-10-Ways-to-Increase-Ecommerce-Site-Speed

    Boost ecommerce conversion rate - 30 best practices and tips:
    https://www.conversioner.com/blog/boost-ecommerce-conversion-rate

    Psychology of ecommerce sales - consumers and the ecommerce checkout (infographic)
    http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/consumer-psychology-ecommerce-checkout-infographic

    Reducing abandoned shopping carts in ecommerce:
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/10/23/reducing-abandoned-shopping-carts/

    8 ways we increased ecommerce sales by 10,000%:
    https://boagworld.com/design/8-ecommerce-improvements/

    Fundamental guidelines of ecommerce checkout design:
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/04/06/fundamental-guidelines-of-e-commerce-checkout-design/

    Ecommerce is a bear:
    https://medium.com/@dunn/e-commerce-is-a-bear-d233f02d52a5?attempt=2

    6 step checkout pages cheat sheet #1:
    http://www.infiniteconversions.com/checkout-pages-conversion-cheat-sheet

    How to optimize your checkout page for conversions:
    http://blog.lemonstand.com/optimize-checkout-page-conversions/

    Quick checklist for you ecommerce checkout:
    https://www.userlike.com/en/blog/2014/10/09/quick-checklist-for-your-ecommerce-checkout

    How a 4 step amazon hack helped me convert visitors into paying customers insanely fast:
    https://medium.com/@jibly/how-a-4-s...ors-into-paying-customers-faster-698eb5b95a3d

    6 emotional steps that increased ecommerce revenue in 30 days:
    https://www.conversioner.com/blog/ecommerce-conversion-optimization

    Digital wallets - end of the beginning or the beginning of the end:
    http://www.wired.com/2015/02/digital-wallets-end-of-the-beginning-or-beginning-of-the-end/

    Social Media

    Oh snap - how to use snapchat to growth hack your store:
    http://blog.lemonstand.com/oh-snap-how-to-use-snapchat-to-growth-hack-your-store/


    An introduction to instagram marketing for ecommerce:
    https://ecommercetrainingacademy.com/introduction-to-instagram-marketing-ecommerce/

    How to motivate customers to share your products:
    http://www.woothemes.com/2015/05/ecommerce-social-sharing/

    The definitive guide to pinterest for ecommerce:
    http://marketingland.com/definitive-guide-pinterest-e-commerce-115042

    Platforms

    Ecommerce marketplaces - 20 places to sell online:
    https://pixc.com/blog/post/3408


    10 of the best hosted ecommerce platforms:
    http://www.sitepoint.com/10-best-ecommerce-platforms/

    Tools

    10 best shopify apps to grow your ecommerce business:
    http://www.zapstitch.com/blog/top-10-shopify-apps/


    15 ecommerce infographics we love:
    http://www.friendbuy.com/blog/ecommerce-infographics-we-love/

    7 innovative analytics tools for ecommerce sites:
    http://www.moblized.com/blog/analytics-tools-for-ecommerce-sites

    5 customer retention tools for long term ecommerce success:
    http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/customer-retention-tools-long-term-ecommerce-success

    5 cheap (or free) digital tools you could be using for your ecommerce site:
    http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/cheap-free-digital-tools-ecommerce

    51 of the best ecommerce tools for your website:
    https://medium.com/@pixcphotos/51-of-the-best-ecommerce-tools-for-your-website-8b2dac1a0dd5

    What are the most used tools in ecommerce marketing:
    http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-used-tools-in-Ecommerce-Marketing

    Everything you wanted to know about creating a $100k online course:
    https://medium.com/i-dont-know-a-th...ut-creating-a-100k-online-course-9d473c957349

    20 best ecommerce wordpress plugins of 2014:
    http://www.wpexplorer.com/20-best-e-commerce-wordpress-plugins-2014/

    15 fabulous options for selling digital downloads:
    http://www.vandelaydesign.com/selling-digital-products/

    UI, UX & Design

    15 ways to improve an ecommerce store:
    https://medium.com/@InspirePixels/15-ways-to-improve-an-ecommerce-store-2-of-2-9a0a9fa04475


    Designing a great ecommerce product details page:
    https://medium.com/@Moumita85058426/designing-a-great-e-commerce-product-details-page-1e14f4da18fd

    User experience impacts on ecommerce:
    https://medium.com/@LetsAlign/user-experience-impacts-on-e-commerce-a5a953eb76e6

    50 inspirational ecommerce website designs:
    http://www.vandelaydesign.com/best-ecommerce-website-designs/

    24 of the best ecommerce website designs to inspire you:
    http://www.referralcandy.com/blog/24-best-ecommerce-website-designs-inspire/

    30 beautiful and creative ecommerce website designs:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/11863377-30-beautiful-and-creative-ecommerce-website-designs

    What I learned the hard way building an ecommerce site:
    http://firstround.com/review/What-I-Learned-the-Hard-Way-Building-an-E-Commerce-Site/

    The current state of ecommerce search:
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/08/18/the-current-state-of-e-commerce-search/

    The current state of ecommerce filtering:
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/04/20/the-current-state-of-e-commerce-filtering/

    Improving magento speed/performance guide:
    https://paulnrogers.com/improving-magento-speed-performance/

    10 great magento extensions to try out:
    http://growwithtrellis.com/blog/10-great-magento-extensions-to-try-out/

    The ultimate diy guide to beautiful product photography:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/12206313-the-ultimate-diy-guide-to-beautiful-product-photography

    40 tools and resources for creating beautiful diy product photography:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/1351240...or-creating-beautiful-diy-product-photography

    The simple guide to shooting a perfectly lit product photo:
    http://photography.tutsplus.com/tut...ting-a-perfectly-lit-product-photo--photo-950

    Branding

    How to build a $120k ecommerce brand in less than a year:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/1293658...per-month-ecommerce-brand-in-less-than-a-year


    Mobile

    The ultimate guide to ecommerce mobile app development:
    https://medium.com/@anthonyblatner/...-commerce-mobile-app-development-fe1b9135e4e0


    Mobile commerce in 2015:
    http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/18/mobile-commerce-in-2015/

    State of mobile commerce Q1 2015:
    http://www.criteo.com/resources/mobile-commerce-q1-2015/

    Marketing

    The replenishment email: an ecommerce hack guaranteed to drive sales:
    http://blog.getvero.com/replenishment-email/


    Ecommerce growth hack of the week - unboxing videos:
    http://blog.lemonstand.com/ecommerce-growth-hack-week-unboxing-videos/

    Reciprocity - social psychology:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reciprocity_(social_psychology)

    3 simple pr tips to increase buzz about your ecommerce store:
    http://blog.bigcommerce.com/3-simple-pr-tips-to-increase-buzz-about-your-ecommerce-store/

    How should ecommerce brands be using content:
    https://econsultancy.com/blog/66438-how-should-ecommerce-brands-be-using-content/

    Blog best practices for ecommerce inbound marketing:
    http://blog.bigcommerce.com/ecommerce-inbound-marketing/

    6 psychological triggers that win sales and influence customers:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/8920983-6-psychological-triggers-that-win-sales-and-influence-customers

    5 ways ecommerce sites are killing it with content marketing:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/9938694-5-ways-ecommerce-sites-are-killing-it-with-content-marketing

    10 best marketing strategies from million dollars shopify stores:
    http://www.zapstitch.com/blog/best-marketing-strategies-shopify-million-dollars-stores/

    7 ecommerce email campaigns you should steal today:
    http://www.shopify.com/blog/14107733-7-ecommerce-email-campaigns-you-should-steal-today

    Metrics, Analytics, & Testing

    7 a/b testing ideas to steal for your next ecommerce conversion experiment:
    http://www.experimentengine.com/blo...r-your-next-e-commerce-conversion-experiment/

    The five indicators of breakout ecommerce growth:
    https://blog.rjmetrics.com/2015/02/04/the-five-indicators-of-breakout-ecommerce-growth/

    How to optimize your checkout page for conversions:
    http://blog.lemonstand.com/optimize-checkout-page-conversions/

    The 3 most important ecommerce benchmarks and how you can crush them:
    http://blog.bigcommerce.com/the-3-most-important-e-commerce-benchmarks-and-how-you-can-crush-them/

    8 ecommerce metrics you need to be tracking:
    http://www.ecommercefuel.com/ecommerce-metrics/

    A/B testing for ecommerce - 5 things you need to know:
    https://receiptful.com/blog/ab-testing-for-ecommerce/

    Testing ideas for ecommerce and retail sites:
    https://help.optimizely.com/hc/en-u...Testing-ideas-for-E-commerce-and-retail-sites

    5 ecommerce stats that will make you change your entire marketing approach:
    https://blog.kissmetrics.com/5-ecommerce-stats/

    SEO

    Ecommerce seo case study - white hat link building without any content:
    http://backlinko.com/ecommerce-seo


    17 essential seo strategies for ecommerce sites:
    http://www.inc.com/jayson-demers/17-essential-seo-strategies-for-e-commerce-sites.html

    The definitive guide to magento seo:
    https://paulnrogers.com/magento-technical-seo-issues-to-look-out-for/

    How to do bigcommerce seo optimization:
    http://www.osiaffiliate.com/blog/2014/11/17/how-to-do-bigcommerce-seo-optimization/

    7 critical seo errors of ecommerce websites:
    https://blog.kissmetrics.com/seo-errors-ecommerce-websites/

    7 actionable link building seo tips for ecommerce:
    http://growthtalk.co/t/7-actionable...nal-experience-with-my-first-online-store/118

    Trends & Predictions

    The top 5 ecommerce trends you should look out for:
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244085


    20 ecommerce trends and predictions for 2015:
    https://econsultancy.com/blog/65929-20-ecommerce-trends-and-predictions-for-2015/

    The future of small business ecommerce:
    https://medium.com/@bjsmith/the-future-of-small-business-ecommerce-feaf363c793d

    Strategy

    From zero to 10,000 clients in 2 years using channel partners:
    http://firstround.com/review/From-Zero-to-10000-clients-in-Two-Years-Using-Channel-Partners/


    Expanding the horizons of ecommerce content strategy:
    http://www.goinflow.com/expanding-horizons-ecommerce-content-strategy/

    The amazon experience:
    http://blog.getvero.com/guides/the-amazon-experience/

    Lessons from amazon prime's referral program:
    http://www.referralcandy.com/blog/lessons-from-amazon-primes-referral-program/

    Interview with greg bettinelli, former ceo of hautelook:
    http://www.retentionscience.com/ecommerce-interviews/hautelook-cmo-greg-bettinelli

    The 7 mistakes entrepreneurs make when launching an ecommerce startup:
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236428

    What adults can learn from teenage ecommerce entrepreneurs:
    https://blog.kissmetrics.com/ecommerce-kids/

    12 ecommerce strategies to grow your business this year:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusi...e-strategies-to-grow-your-business-this-year/

    The open book sale of my $600k store with complete financials:
    http://www.ecommercefuel.com/selling-an-ecommerce-store/

    5 ecommerce startups you can learn from:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-ivanovs/5-ecommerce-startups-you_b_7179272.html

    Sustainability

    5 ways easier checkout and billing increases customer lifetime value:
    http://blog.lemonstand.com/5-ways-easier-checkout-and-billing-increases-customer-lifetime-value/


    The opportunities and challenges of building a lasting ecommerce brand:
    https://medium.com/index-insight/th...ilding-a-lasting-ecommerce-brand-3c2cf0702204

    Communication

    Email communication for ecommerce business owners:
    https://www.bigcommerce.com/ecommerce-answers/email-communication-ecommerce-business-owners/
     
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  2. amoon

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    noce list...
    thank you for taking time and sharing it here...
     
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    Thanks for the kind words. Glad to contibute! :)
     
  4. Giant steps

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    The most useful and detailed post for all Shopify owners.Great TY
     
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    Thanks. This should be a sticky post.
     
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    nice detailed post mate! bookmarked it.
     
  7. Haraki

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    Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to research and share.

    I hope this list continues to grow and be updated continually. And here's my part:

    Top 20 Order Fulfillment Services & Companies of 2018
    financesonline dot com / top-20-order-fulfillment-services /

    (Wanted to but can't post links yet, sorry)
     
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    Bookmarked. Thank you, OP.
     
  9. imustbebored

    imustbebored Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Thanks everyone. Hopefully others will find it useful as well
     
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    Pretty handy collection of resources for those wanting to stert out. Nice share.
     
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    Thanks for the share...I'm sure people will find it useful
     
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    That‘s amazing. Posting here to find it later since I tend to forget which Thread it was ...
     
  13. imustbebored

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    Hahaha this happens to me too often man
     
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    I got one question. I was really motivated and started to build my store, then i started to install apps and it told me that i need credit card. Is it possible to run shopify with only having a DEBIT CARD ?
     
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    imustbebored Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You definitely can use a debit card. :)
     
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    Awesome list, thanks for sharing
     
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    imustbebored Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Of course, glad you're enjoying it!
     
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    What a great list! You post some really helpful stuff man, thanks!
     
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    Great share! Thanks a lot.
     
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    Great share !
    Thanks