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So about a year ago, I decided to take a risk and started working fulltime on a grassroots plastic recycling workshop business idea, which has been a huge dream of mine. I decided to try and build a sort of "passive" income stream that would help bring in some revenue so I designed a cool graphic, I think, put it on some merch with a printful/shopify store and made a few sales through family & friends but I know very, very, little of SEO, click funnels, marketing, or even building website etc. and haven't made any more sales. 

Tell me what you think! 

I also have very little money to put towards fb ads and stuff, be frank, I really need to make some sales fast. I really hate being that guy, but no seriously, I need some sales.

I don't know where else to go. Can anyone help?



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Shopify Partner
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Hi @PPBoston,

regarding your store, I would definitely think of these things:

  • Design and template of your store – I would definitely change the design and overall the layout of the store. It's too old-fashioned to me. Recycable and eco products are very discussed and kind a "modern" thing these days if you understand what I mean. So, I think that a design with a modern twist would suit the store more. 
  • The layout of the product pages – the images are too big, the add to cart and buy now buttons are on the left side down under the products, which doesn't look that natural. 
  • Machines, sustainable living – these pages are under construction, it doesn't give a good impression. 
  • The logo – again, too old-fashioned to me

And regarding the marketing, there are more channels and tactics you can use for your store. Even if you don't have budget for paid ads, there are other ways. You can start working on your SEO (titles, meta descriptions, alt text, keywords analysis, content, link-building...), or building your presence on social media (FB, Instagram), partnering with some other websites, getting to know the eco, recyclable audience by getting to this community, participating in relevant talks, conferences, and else...Really, many things you can do for your store. 

Hope this helps!

Send me a link to your store to and I'll help you out.
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Shopify Partner
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This is Boost Product Filter & Search - a solution that grows more sales for online stores by letting shoppers find the right products within milliseconds. As a Shopify Partner who is trusted by over 11,000 merchants, I would like to provide my recommendation.

After having a look at your online store, we think that you should focus on the following factors to improve your business: 

  1. Product copy that sells - write compelling headlines that catch attention focus on the product benefits that help consumers solve their problems, win brand trust by adding testimonials (social proof)
  2. Set up an appealing and user-friendly website: use high-quality visual elements, customize font and text sizes, make your site navigation simple and straightforward so that shoppers can find the products easily, make your search bar visible and in the same position on every page, embed your branded content and social media accounts. 
  3. Shipping strategy - some vital things a store owner should know: Who pays for shipping? Will you offer free shipping or flat rate shipping? Also, do you plan to offer international shipping? Shipping rates and methods: this depends on several factors, including package size, package weight, origin and destination countries, carrier, and additional shipping options (trạcking, insurance). Hence, you should consider all options to pick those giving you the best price-to-value ratio.
  4. As you have a low budget, we think you can take advantage of email marketing, backend sales & upselling, social media marketing. 

To figure out what works for your business, you need to measure all of them. Also, try to focus on and become familiar with these key performance indicators (KPI): 

  1. Conversion rate
  2. Bounce rate 
  3. Click-through-rate (CTR)
  4. Average order value 
  5. Shopping cart abandonment rate
  6. Customer lifetime value

Some analytics tools that we recommend are Google Analytics, Shopify Analytics, collection and search analytics. 

This is all we have to say, if my answer helped you, please like and accept it as a solution! 


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Shopify Partner
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Hi @PPBoston,

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I am happy here to share some experience and suggestions for your online store. And I truly hope that they are useful and helpful for you in improving your sales performance. 

I totally you are just starting your business. Firstly, congratulation for your first step. It would be hard at the beginning. Most other business would be same as you when beginning, and now they are successful. So be patient!

1. Your online store

I have just taken a quick look at your website. The plus points are:

  • The layout of the page is clear.
  • The information of each product is clear and detailed.

Here are some suggestions you can consider to improve:

  • You should divide your products into different categories. So customers will easily find different types/ colors of the products they are looking for.
  • You also have product review from your existing customers. That will help make your brand, products more reliable and attractive.
  • In the footer, you should add some information such as "Contact us", "About us", and some social channel you are connecting to (Facebook, Instagram). You should sell your products in different social channels and link them to your website. 
  • Add CTA such "View more", "Add to cart", "Buy it now" for each product.

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