How I Built My Online Store with $1 for My KDP Coloring Books (With AI)

How I Built My Online Store With $1 for My KDP Coloring Books (With AI)

How I Built My Online Store With $1 for My KDP Coloring Books (With AI)

Here's exactly how I built my online store for just $1 and turned it into a six-figure KDP Coloring Book business. Whether you're looking to ship your books directly or collect customer emails, this guide will walk you through the entire process. Plus, I’ll include some bonus tips on leveraging AI to maximize your success.

Why You Need Your Own Store

Latoya Nicole Coloring Books

When my Amazon KDP account got terminated and later reinstated, I realized the importance of not relying solely on one platform. By having your own online store, you gain more control over your business and keep a larger share of the profits. Here’s why you should consider setting up your store today:

  • Control: Avoid the risk of losing your business due to platform policies.
  • Profit: Keep the bulk of the earnings instead of sharing them with a third-party platform.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Shopify Store for $1

1. Creating Your Shopify Account

Start by signing up for Shopify. They offer a $1 trial that allows you to explore the platform and set up your store without a significant upfront investment.

2. Adding Products

Decide if you want to ship your products yourself or reroute them to your Amazon store. Here’s how to do both:

  • Rerouting to Amazon: Add a product on Shopify and link it to your Amazon product or author page.
  • Shipping Products Yourself: Add a product and set the shipping weight and other details such as your product description using Shopify AI.

3. Setting Up Payments

Configure your payment options to ensure you can receive payments seamlessly. If you encounter any issues, Shopify’s customer service is pretty helpful.

4. Updating Your Domain

Purchase and update your domain through Namecheap. Having a custom domain enhances your store’s professionalism and credibility.

5. Customizing Your Theme

Customize your Shopify theme to reflect your brand. Use tools like Canva to create eye-catching designs for your store background and elements.


6. Utilizing Essential Apps

Explore and install essential apps that can help you manage your store efficiently. Here are a few I recommend:

  • App 1: Digital Downloads - Digital Downloads is Shopify’s own app for selling digital products. It integrates seamlessly with your store, making it simple to manage and distribute digital files such as eBooks and audiobooks.
  • App 2: PageFly - PageFly is a drag-and-drop page builder that offers extensive customization options for creating unique and engaging pages on your Shopify store. It's ideal for authors looking to create visually appealing landing pages, book launch pages, or author bios.
  • App 3: Mailchimp - Mailchimp's Shopify integration allows you to sync your store data with your Mailchimp account, making it easier to create targeted email campaigns based on customer behavior and purchase history. This app provides tools for designing email newsletters, automating marketing workflows, and analyzing campaign performance.

7. Linking Your Social Media

Make sure to link your social media accounts to your store to drive traffic and engage with your audience.


Creating a website to sell your KDP Coloring Books online for just $1 is something that anyone can do. If you found this guide helpful, please share it so that others can benefit as well. For more insights on how I built my Online Store with $1, watch this video.

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