Below you will find more than 13 awesome dropshipping tools that I recommend you use for your dropshipping store. These are tools that will help you start, grow, and scale your dropshipping store. You can click under “Page Contents” to directly jump to the tool category you like. Happy dropshipping!
1. Dropshipping ecommerce website tools
Let’s start my recommended dropshipping tools list with the ecommerce platforms that I suggest.
If your budget allows it, I highly suggest you use Shopify.
Shopify’s cheapest subscription currently is $29 per month, but you can get a free 14-day trial if you click here.
Hosting your dropshipping store yourself
Yes, WooCommerce is free, but you will need a WordPress website to install it on.
And guess what you will need for your WordPress website? Hosting!
You will need hosting to bring your dropshipping store online. With Shopify, hosting is included for free.
If you’re interested in seeing all my hosting recommendations and what to look for when picking the best host for your dropshipping store, then I suggest reading this article here.
2. Dropshipping order processing and supplier tools
Next up, you will need to have a tool that processes your dropshipping orders for you.
Some of these tools have their own suppliers, while others let you connect to sites like AliExpress.
First off, Oberlo!
- Free for unlimited orders per month. (Before it was only free for 50 orders per month) The lowest paying plan for Oberlo is currently $29.9.
- Only available on Shopify.
- It helps you connect your Shopify store to AliExpress. (Only AliExpress, nothing else.)
The second tool is called Spocket.
- Their pricing plans currently start at just $19 per month, and they offer a 14-day free trial for each plan.
- Available on Shopify and WooCommerce.
- They’ve got their own selection of dropshipping suppliers. Around 80% of them are based in the US or Europe! This means a faster delivery time!
Alright, next up is Dropified. Most people switch from Oberlo to Dropified after they are getting a lot of sales per month or if they don’t want to use AliExpress anymore. Dropified has got a lot of extra features.
- If you pay monthly, then the price for 1 store currently is $47 per month (annually it’s $39 per month).
- Available on Shopify, WooCommerce, CommerceHQ.
- It lets you connect your store to AliExpress and eBay. (And many more websites)
And last but not least, AliDropship!
- You can click here to read my full in-depth review of the AliDropship Plugin.
- The price is currently $89 for a lifetime license. So, no monthly fees like with Shopify!
- Available on WordPress and WooCommerce.
- It lets you connect your store to AliExpress.
3. Tools for product and market research
Next up are tools that will help you to do product and market research!
First off is a tool that will help you with market research. It’s called Google Trends!
This awesome tool from Google lets you see how a keyword is doing in the search results (and it’s free).
For example, see the screenshot below to see what’s going on with “dropshipping.”
It’s definitely trending a lot! See how you can use this?
Alright, one more example!
Do you see that not that many people are searching for fidget spinners anymore after the hype went down?
The second tool that will help you with the product research on your dropshipping store is called Sell The Trend.
Here is one example from one of their tools inside Sell The Trend called ‘The Nexus’:
It’s one tool, but it contains so many tools, as you can see in the image below.
The subscription price, after the free trial, is currently $39 per month, and you will get two months for free if you pay yearly.
4. Tools that help you be unique
Next up is a tool that is going to help you be more unique than other dropshipping stores.
As you probably know, most dropshipping stores out there just copy each other. (Source)
No one tries to be unique. Here is your chance to beat them by making your dropshipping store look unique.
One app that will help you with this is the new Glorify app.
This tool will help you create beautiful and unique product images!
It will even help you with removing the background of your image. This way, you can make your product image as beautiful as you want.
I suggest going to their website to see all their features, or you can watch their video below:
The current price of Glorify starts at $13 per month, but they offer a yearly plan as well.
You can click here to see their latest pricing and to see what’s included with each plan.
5. Email marketing
Let’s continue with the dropshipping tools that you will need for email marketing!
First off, you will need an email marketing service. I suggest you take a look at Klaviyo if you’re just beginning.
Their free plan allows you to send 500 emails per month, and you can have 250 contacts!
If you’re interested in learning more about Klaviyo, then check out this article here. Plus, that article covers seven other email marketing service providers.
I suggest you take a look at Zoho Mail. With Zoho Mail, you can create a professional email address for free.
If you’re looking for more information on how to get a free business email address, I suggest reading the article I linked to below.
6. Keeping track of your dropshipping store visitors
Alright, let’s move on to the tools that will help you keep track of your dropshipping store visitors.
You probably know this one already, but if you didn’t, I highly recommend you add Google Analytics to your dropshipping store.
Google Analytics is free to use and has got so many features that you can use to keep track of your visitors. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this step-by-step guide here.
Although Google Analytics is awesome; I suggest combining it with a tool that creates a heat map for you. This way you will have so much information about what your visitors did on your store.
I suggest you take a look at Hotjar.
The awesome thing about Hotjar is that they have a free version available, and their tool works with the most popular platforms out there.
I suggest checking their website for all their available integrations!
7. Social media help tools
Let’s continue this list with tools that will help you with your social media platforms.
Currently, it’s $15 if you pay monthly, but they have a free trial that lets you schedule up to 100 Pinterest posts for free. Also, you get the first month for free if you click on my link!
If you’re looking for a free tool, you can try the new tool from Facebook called the Facebook Creator Studio. With this tool, you can easily schedule your Facebook posts, but you can also use it to schedule your Instagram posts:
Plus, you can even schedule your posts on your mobile:
8. Tools that help you with influencer marketing
Now that you know the tools that will help you with your social media post scheduling, it’s time to cover the tools that help you advertise your dropshipping store with influencers. For example, Instagram influencers.
This is called influencer marketing.
If your budget allows it, you can use an influencer marketing platform. This is a service that connects brands (like your dropshipping store) with influencers. If you’re interested, I suggest you take a look at Heepsy.
If you don’t have the budget yet for a tool like that, then don’t worry! I’ve got two awesome free tools for you below.
First off is Phlanx. You can check the engagement rate of an Instagram influencer with this tool.
The next tool that you can put the influencer ‘s name “through” is called Social Blade.
This tool allows you to see the data from Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter accounts.
For example, you can check here if their follower’s growth is looking legit (that they didn’t purchase fake followers). If you want to learn more tips on how to find the best influencers, I suggest reading the article I’ve linked below.
9. Researching competitors
Below you will find two great free tools that I suggest you use to research your competitors.
First off is SimilarWeb. This tool shows you an estimate of the traffic that the website of your competitor is getting.
On the screenshot below, you will see me using this tool on a dropshipping store.
The second great tool to research your competitors is called Commerce Inspector.
Yes, their paid version contains a lot more than their free version, but their free version is still great.
You can use the free version to easily see the latest products that that dropshipping store added (and how many days ago). You can also see the apps that that store is using.
Plus, you can easily click on ‘Products’, which will automatically show you their bestselling products (/collections/all?sort_by=best-selling).
For example, see the screenshot below to see this dropshipping tool in action:
10. Tools for SEO
Let’s move on to the SEO tools that you can use if you want to get free traffic to your dropshipping store!
Most people use Ahrefs for their SEO research.
Ahrefs lowest monthly plan (not paid yearly) is currently $99, but there is an option for a 7-day trial for $7.
It’s an expensive tool for sure. That’s why I suggest you don’t use any paid SEO tools yet if your budget is tight!
A great option for doing keyword research for your dropshipping store is Keywords Everywhere. This browser extension shows you an estimate of the search volume for your Google search.
I’ve got one example for you below on how it looks if you, for example, Google: “Color hair wax.”
This tool was free, but you now need to purchase credits in order to see the search volume. It’s not that expensive though!
I do have two more great tools for doing keyword research for your dropshipping store.
The first one is called AnswerThePublic. This tool will give you a lot of data regarding what people are searching for around your keyword.
And the second one is called Keyword Finder. You type in a keyword, and it gives you a lot of keywords back!
11. Dropshipping business tools
You’re starting a real business when you’re opening your dropshipping store. These tools below will help you with your business.
First off, you can use a tool to track how you spend your time. This way you know what you can improve on in your daily schedule to be even more productive.
I suggest you take a look at Toggl because their free version is available for teams up to five members!
Secondly, you will need a tool that will help you with managing your tasks. This way you will be organized, and you will know exactly what to do each day.
Of course, the decision is yours on whether you use this or not. Some people like it and some people hate it.
The tool I recommend the most is Todoist (I currently use it as well to keep track of all the things I need to do).
Todoist is free to use, but you can upgrade to a premium account (or use their business version) if you want more features.
12. Dropshipping tools for creating your advertisements
Let’s move on to the tools that you can use if you want to create advertisements for your dropshipping store!
Creating video ads
For video ads, I suggest you use something like Camtasia Studio!
It’s a great tool that you can use to make awesome video ads. The price is currently around $260. I suggest checking their website to see their current price!
But yeah, that’s definitely not a great choice if your budget is tight.
Another option is to use Adobe Premiere Pro.
You will need to check their website for the current pricing, but at Adobe, they work with monthly (or yearly) plans. You could use the option to pay for all apps if you want to use Photoshop as well (I will talk about that tool below).
But, again, this is an expensive tool (you’re looking at $600 if you want to use all their apps and want to pay per year). So, what if your budget is tight?
You could use Quik from GoPro. It lets you create awesome videos on your mobile for free.
Creating picture ads
It’s the same with the price as with Premiere Pro. You will need to have a subscription to use this app (or multiple apps).
If your budget doesn’t allow for any paid tools for this yet, I highly suggest you check out Canva.
I currently use Canva as well to create the images for this blog (like the featured images at the top). The great thing about Canva is that it’s free to use!
You can also use the Glorify app (that I covered above) for your picture ads.
13. Tools to keep track of how fast your dropshipping store loads
Having a fast dropshipping store means having a smaller chance of visitors bouncing; it improves SEO, and it will improve your sales and conversions!
Below you will find the speed tools that I suggest you use.
- GTmetrix – This is one of the popular ones.
- Pingdom – Another popular one to test the speed of a website.
- PageSpeed Insights from Google.
- Think with Google – To see how fast your site loads on mobile. You can even scroll down and evaluate the impact of a faster site.
So, there you have it! All the dropshipping tools you will need for your dropshipping store in 2021.
I will constantly update this article if I find new dropshipping tools that could be helpful for everyone!
If you’re looking for more tools that will help you, check out these 8 awesome Chrome extensions for dropshipping store owners.
Also, if you’re going to start with dropshipping now (or maybe you have already started), then I wish you the best, and please don’t forget that success doesn’t come overnight!
If I’ve forgotten a dropshipping tool you really like or if you’ve got any questions regarding dropshipping, let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Us” button at the top.