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How to add products to your Shopify store? Step-by-step guide

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To add products to Shopify is a piece of cake, if done correctly in a structured way. Thus, we have compiled a simple step-by-step manual to help you add products to Shopify in just a few minutes. The whole idea behind coming up with this blog is to help you cut down your efforts and time so that you can invest your energies in other aspects of your business, which require equal attention. It may be marketing, business expansion or anything else that you have been eyeing on for long.

How to add products to Shopify?

Methods to add products Shopify:

1) Add products to Shopify manually

a) One-by-one product addition

  • Step 1: Login to your Shopify store
  • Step 2: Go to products, Click Add Product
  • Step 3: Add Product details
  • Step 4: Add Product images
  • Step 5: Click Save
  • Step 6: View products

b) Product addition via. CSV

  • Step 1: Login to your Shopify store
  • Step 2: Go to Products, Click on Import
  • Step 3: Click on “Add file” or Drop a file (CSV)
  • Step 4: Click on “Upload and continue”

2) Add products to Shopify from other platforms automatically

  • Product Import from a marketplace to Shopify
  • Product DropShipping to Shopify
  • Product Import from a print-on-demand platform to Shopify

Basic Steps to add apps to your Shopify store:

  • Step 1: Click on Apps
  • Step 2: Click on Visit Shopify App Store
  • Step 3: Click on “Add App” and begin performing the app’s specific steps

The steps to add the products to Shopify vary as per the method used to add the products. In this help guide, the steps to add products are revealed on the basis of the method defined. Thus, making a guide an easy digestive.

1- Add products to Shopify manually:

This involves adding products to Shopify on your own without employing any app or tool.

This can be done by one of the following methods, depending on the size of your catalog-

a) One-by-one product addition:

This is particularly effective if the size of your catalog is small, preferably upto 50 products. The idea should be not to invest time more than required.

1- Log in to your Shopify store:

If you do not have a store yet then click here to know how to start a shopify store.

2- Go to products, then, Click Add product:

Go to products section

3- Add Product details:

While adding products on Shopify, the following details are must to be filled appropriately:

a) Title:

It is the first field that appears for being filled when you add your products to Shopify. This gives the basic idea about your products to the buyers. It often includes product attributes such as size, color, etc.

Key points to remember:

  • A title should preferably be 20-70 words.
  • Use simple language and avoid fluffy words.

b) Description:

An ideal is the one that is informative and provides all the necessary details regarding a product.

Key points to remember:

  • Avoid jargons and fluffy words.
  • Use simple language.

Add title and description

c) Pricing:

This section allows you to enter the product charges. Let’s look at each field one by one-

  • Price:The field where you enter the original price of the product in case you do not offer any discount.
  • Compare at price: The field where you enter the original price of the product so that you can offer a discount on your products. In this case the reduced price is filled in the “Price” field.
  • Cost per item: In this field you can enter the price of each item in case of bundle products. For eg: you sell a packet of pencils for $10 and the packet consists of 10 pencils, then, you can fill in $1 in this particular field.

Note 1:

This is for your convenience since buyers cannot see this information.

Margin and Profit:

In case you are offering a discount on a product, then Margin tells you the profit percentage per product and profit tells you the difference between reduced price and cost per item.

For eg: You the cost price of a packet of pencils is $12 , the selling price is $10 and the cost of each item is $1, then,

Margin=($10-$1/$10) * 100

= 90%

Profit= $10-$1

=$9

Note 2:

You can also enable or disable “charge tax on this product” as per your requisites and guidelines.

Pricing

d) Inventory-

This section governs how the details regarding the quantity of your products are displayed on the frontend as well as at the backend.

Fields in the section:

  • Inventory managed by: Here you can select the name of the platform that you have opted for managing your products’ quantity. For eg: If you select Shopify, that means you will manage the quantity of your products from your online store itself.
  • SKU (Stock Keeping Unit): In this field you need to enter the unique code assigned to your inventory. These are a combination of alphabets and numerals.
  • Barcode (ISBN, UPC, etc): These are the numeric codes assigned to each of your product quantities.
  • Track quantity: In case you manage the product inventory on your own, you can enable this option so that you can prevent overselling and stock up as soon as required.
  • Continue selling when out of stock: You can enable this option in case you have employed a third-party to manage your inventory. The third-party may be a print-on-demand company such as Printify, Printful, etc. or a dropshipping company such as AliExpress.
  • Quantity>Edit Location- Locations are the physical places where you store and manage your inventory of that particular product. It can be a retail store, pop up or warehouse. In this section you can enter the name of your locations and edit them as well. If you have opted to use a third-party fulfillment app then the name of the app automatically appears as one of the locations. The number of locations that you can set depends on the Shopify plan that you have chosen.

    In this subsection, you can enter the quantity of the product you are adding, available in a particular location.

    For eg: If you are adding a pencil to my store and you have its 20 quantities available at 125 West 5th Avenue, then, you can enter “20” adjacent to the location’s name.

    inventory

e) Shipping-

As the name tells, this section is concerned with the shipping details of the products. First of all, you can choose whether your product is a physical product or not. In case you sell digital products, you do not need to fill in the fields of this section.

Fields to be filled in this section if you sell a physical product:

  • Weight: You can enter weight in Pound (lb), Ounce (oz), Kilogram (Kg) and Grams (g).
  • Customs Information: This includes the fields required to be filled used by border offices to calculate duties while shipping internationally. The fields to be filled are- Country of origin (mostly, where the goods are manufactured), HS Code (used by border officials to classify the products.shipping

f) Variants-

Well, Variants are the alternatives of a single product that may differ in size, color and material. This section is dedicated to entering options available for different sizes, colors and materials. Shopify uses matrix formula to identify the variants of a product based on the information you feed in this section. Thus, it informs you the number of variants available in a particular location.

For eg: If you deal in apparels and have the following variants-

  • Size- Xs, S, Xl
  • Color-Black, Blue, Red
  • Material- Cotton, Silk, Woolen

Shopify will display the variants available as follows:

variants

g) Search engine listing preview-

This section is meant to store the SEO details for your store. You can enter the SEO Title, Description and URL in this section, which if framed accurately can help your product appear on Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs).

The basic rules to frame the title and description are the same as mentioned above.

Note:

  • Keywords that you enter in the product title and description must be well-researched.
  • The URL must be short and should preferably consist of a keyword.

Product SEO

h) Product availability-

This section helps you to manage the visibility of the products on the different sales channels of your choice. Also, you can select the date on which you want the product to be live on your Shopify store.

Product availability
Manage products in store

i) Organization-

This section allows you to assign Product Type, Vendor, Collection and Tags to your products.

  • Product Type: It is a product category used to classify products into groups. Each product has a single product type. This is generally for the internal management of the products. When you export the CSV, you can also see the Product Types in the CSV. For eg: Women’s Jeans
  • Product Vendor: This is the name of the manufacturer or wholesaler from whom you obtain the products for selling. For eg: If you sell Nike shoes, “Nike” is the Vendor’s name.
  • Collections: It is a broader category used to place similar product types in a single group. Shopify Collections make it easier for the sellers to browse the products. For eg: Product type Women’s jeans, Women’s T-shirts and Women’s dresses will form a broader category of Women’s apparel.
  • Tags: These are the searchable keywords relevant to a particular product. These are very important from the SEO perspective. These also help to place products while the creation of automated collections. For eg: Full-sleeves women t-shirts can act as a tag for women t-shirts.

j) Theme templates-

This section allows you to select the template that will appear when a specific product is displayed on your online store.

Theme templates

Click Here to know the tips to remember while uploading images.

add products images

4- Click on “Save”

save the product details

5- Click on “View Products> to see the added products.

view the saved product

view products

b) Product addition via.CSV:

This is beneficial in case you have a bulk of products to be added. This option helps to upload all the products at once.

Steps to upload products via. CSV-

  • Log in to your Shopify store
  • Go to products >All Products> Click on ImportImport products via CSV
  • Click on “Add File” or drop the CSV to upload

    Add Csv

Note:

  • You can view the sample CSV with the proper Shopify format by clicking on “sample CSV template. This will help you to arrange your CSV accordingly.
  • By enabling the option to overwrite current products, you can update the existing details of the products.
  • Click on “Upload and Continue”.

    Upload CSV

2) Adding Products to Shopify from other platforms automatically:

You may be a seller, managing the inventory from another platform such as a marketplace, a dropshipping platform, or a print-on-demand platform.

Let’s look at each of those cases individually:

a) Product Import from a marketplace:

You can add products to Shopify from a marketplace such as Amazon, eBay, etc., to fulfill the orders received on Shopify. All you have to do is connect your marketplace store panel with the Shopify store and import products. For simpler execution of this process you can employ certain apps such as the Multichannel Importer app by CedCommerce.

b) Dropshipping products to Shopify:

In case you do not want to be free from the task of managing inventory and shipping the products to the customers directly, you can import products from a dropshipping platform such as AliExpress.

To save time and efforts while doing so, you can use apps such as Oberlo and Multichannel Importer. Oberlo helps you to even manage orders received on Shopify along with managing their listings. Multichannel Importer lets you dropship products from leading marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, etc., in addition to AliExpress.

c) Product Import from a Print-On-Demand platform:

If you sell custom print products then you can fetch products from platforms like Printful and Printify who provide products with custom prints. These platforms handle the manufacturing, handling and shipping of your products.

The Shopify store can be connected to the Print-On-Demand platforms with the help of apps developed by these companies, hosted on the Shopify store.

For eg: Printful: Print-On-Demand

Basic Steps to Add Apps to your Shopify Store:

  • Click on Apps
    Click on apps
  • Click on “Visit the Shopify App Storevisit Shopify app store
  • Search the desired app in the app storesearch the app to import or dropship products
  • Click on Add app & perform the specific app functionsmultichannel importer app

Final Words:

Once you have set up your Shopify store, it is very important to add the products sequentially in a proper manner. With manual and automated methods of adding products, it is very important to select and go with the one which suits you the best.

No matter what method of adding products you choose, the idea should be to execute the process within the least possible amount of time so that you can focus on other business activities.

Looking for an expert to help you add products to your Shopify store? Click Here.

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