Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Halloween, Funny, Cats and Flowers - Feature Thursday Sept. 16th

Vintage Halloween Jack o' Lantern Card, Bone Heads Skeleton Bag, Flower Poster, Flowering Gold Card, Color in Cat Halloween Canvas Bags, Autumn-Blessed Samhain Card, Irony Is…T-shirt, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice Shirt, Look at me, America. I've Got Talent! T-shirt, Gazebo in Wine Country Card, Ghosts and Bats Shirt, these are all custom made products from talented Zazzle shopkeepers.

Flower Poster print
Flowering Gold card
Flowering Gold by Ecolicious
Make a greeting card online at zazzle

Autumn-Blessed Samhain card

Never Make the Same Mistake Twice shirt

Look at me, America. I've Got Talent! shirt

Friday, September 10, 2010

Funny T-shirts and Quotes About Life - Feature Friday Sept 10th

I love funny t-shirts. Today's blog is about funny quotes about life, the internet, people and finance. Starting with my new shop Funnyjokes. This shop has a collection of funny sayings, jokes, getting old, Halloween and more. It is a work in progress.

Choosing the 'find me' t-shirt reminds me of how advertisers are spying on us. This week a letter was address to me about The SCOOTER Store. Only thing I can think of is that maybe some of my old age jokes were spotted by an advertiser.
Often I wonder where my daughter will put me when I can no longer take care of myself.

Just think when credit was given out freely to people who didn't handle their finances well, making it harder on our economy.

Most people do seem normal, but we all have our little insanity. Except me.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Selling Tips for Your Zazzle Art

Making money on Zazzle is easy once you know the secrets. Bronze Seller Cheryl Paton CherylsArt on Zazzle was asked if she would share her secrets.

Cheryl wrote in an article of how the mind of a netpreneur works. Backlinks and traffic are the way to get noticed with Google search engines as part of what she learned. Here is the rest of it.

One very important thing is to look at Zazzle's home page. There you will find a list of the current top products, best sellers (categories), hot searches, and upcoming holidays. These items do change, but the idea is to check them out from time to time, to find things on the list that you like and can do. Selling well is not just finding the top pics; it's also about finding a good match. So pick some items and categories that are a good fit for you.

Once you have some categories in mind, go to Google keyword tool external. Just search on these string of words online to find the Keyword Tool. Then type in the main category (only do one category at a time) in the Keyword Tool. You will then see a wide variety of more specific terms that people have been actually searching for in that particular category. Keep in mind that these totals are what they have been previously searching for; and as seasons change, so can these categories and numbers. But don't let that worry you, this is about finding what works for you. The season and usual events will roll around again, and some of them will still be current.
So you've got some ideas for categories and product types and you've got your designs ready; then make sure to use those wonderful search terms that you've been looking up, as keywords when you post your products for the world to see. Also, update the tags for your Zazzle store with keywords that you've been using on your main products. It's all about matching. Before, you were making a good match for yourself on what you want to create. Now you're making a good match between what people are looking for, and them being able to find those items in your store. Also, be sure to come up with appropriate Product Line headings for the categories that are in your store.

Then what? There are a couple of trains of thought on this. I've read that some sellers on Zazzle do really well on just making lots of products and having good keywords set up. Others do well by continuing to create and also getting into the promotion arena. A key to promotion is that you're providing backlinks to your products. If this is the route you choose to take, be sure to become a Zazzle Associate first; and to make sure you're logged in to your Zazzle account before copying and pasting any product codes so that your referral id will be included in your post. Sellers on Zazzle can also earn referral fees on their own products as well as on others.

From there, it's about numbers. The more good choices you have in the categories that people are searching for, that work for you, the better. The other number to consider is the commission. Zazzle allows Store Sellers to set their commission. I've read from Zazzle that most sales are made in the 10 - 12% commission range. I also know that not all Zazzle Pro-Sellers keep their commission in that range. However, I've done no real study on that. I do what works for me. I liken my Zazzle store to say a Hallmark store. Prices on cards at Hallmark don't all of a sudden go up because a design was more intricate. If I was painting design for one person only, then, of course, I would charge more. My feelings are though that I'm selling to people that want multiples, and I give them the ability to buy multiples. That's what works for me.

Another tip that I learned from selling my artwork on Zazzle, is to add my store's URL on the back of cards and postcards. I usually add a little piece of artwork to accompany that. Then when the item is mailed, it also lets others know about my store.

For some people, as for me, art is a business as well. I do design work and have my business, Creative Brushstrokes, LLC, registered with the city and state. I design logos and designs for others, and that also increases my Zazzle sales.

Last but not least, I say things to myself, like; "The right products to the right people, and it's good for everybody."

Thank you, Cheryl. I would like to invite those who have found success on Zazzle to share their tips and secrets. You may send me an email at if you would like to be a guest writer.

Personally, I learned a couple of things I hadn't been doing on Zazzle, such as checking the current top products. Cheryl shows that she knows how to work smarter and not harder.  My motto has always been the opposite.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Funny T-shirts and Mousepad - Feature Friday

Starting of with a shirt my strange humor, making fun of being dumb. This actually began two years ago when my husband came to me and said, "I have d-u-m-b." So I am sitting there going d-u-m-b and looking at him like, what the heck is that. Then it hit me. He got me on it and I guess I have D.U.M.B. I admit that I am D.U.M.B much of the time. At least I am not stupid. This is a collection of funny products from myself and other Zazzle shopkeepers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Christmas Gift Tags, Vintage Halloween Stickers and Vintage Lady Postcard

What do all of these have in common? They are recent sales. Except the Christmas gift tags were given out free. Surprise to see $0.00 commission in my account for this, I made a phone call to Zazzle. I was told that a select few were given the opportunity to order free merchandise. Nice for the buyer, though doesn't seem fair to the seller. Perhaps someday, I can be one of the select few.

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