Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Designs Coming Soon

Watch for new designs in the Political Store. I attended the Kansas City Tea Party this evening and I am excited and ready to do what I can to help this grassroots organization.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

CafePress Announces Organic Apparel

Cafepress announces the addition of new organic cotton t-shirts, toddler and infant wear just in time for green day sales.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Zazzle Store Up and Going

My zazzle store is finally organized, product listed and sells coming in. It still needs lots of fine tuning, but at least it makes sense now.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

So Many Changes in Online Selling

There are so many changes being made to online selling. The days of your POD doing your merchanding, networking and selling for you are over. I am now spending as much time on networking as I am on designs. Stay tuned for more stuff showing up on this blog soon.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Let's Talk Design for Sale Online

About two years ago I ran across Cafepress and they offered what I thought was the perfect idea! I could create designs, upload them to Cafepress, go about my business and watch the sales come in. Isn't that what they tell you? Well as with everything, it is not that easy! Unless of course you are happy with making 10 - 20.00 a month :)

Like my Dad always told me ... "anything worth doing is worth doing right." And the first rule of retail (and cafepress is a form of retail sales) you must merchandise and promote your products!

While the internet has opened the opportunity to have a more customers than one could have ever do you reach those customers? How do you get google to pick up your website?

That was the hard part for me to learn! I didn't really understand how the internet worked, so I had to change my brain waves to get it! Especially as a designer that thinks of everything as an image.

Because you see ... Google or any of the search engines, does not see images! Search engines only see digits and symbols, ie.; TEXT! Very weird for a designer to understand :(

So now I figured out (with the help of many books, the great people on the GREAT GEAR message board, and lots of internet searching) that not only did I have to create nice graphics, I needed to learn how to describe these graphics, come up with keywords, and use TEXT to sell my pretty graphics!

In writing descriptions you have to be very good at using keywords that are directly related to your products, and use as many variations of those keywords as you can in a short description. Example: I specialize in Cheerleading Products at this time, so lets say I have a cheerleading t-shirt I am posting for sale ... the text should read something like this: These unique Cheerleading T-shirts & Cheer gifts will be the perfect gift for the cheerleader in your life. (Notice the keywords in bold)

You will find links on this blog to many of the resources that helped me!!

Tonight I will leave you thinking about TEXT and how you are going to sell your products using words.

As many have helped me over the last 2 years, I would love to pass it forward and help anyone reading this that has questions on opening a Cafepress or Zazzle store. I am still learning, but I am far beyond where I was 2 years ago! Post comments or email me, and we can talk :)


Sunday, March 9, 2008

New Zazzle Store

If you have been to the website lately you heard that I am opening a new store at Zazzle! You will see alot of the same designs, BUT ... Zazzle offers different products and allows you choose what product you want the designs on, and gives you an opportunity to personalize designs without having to contact me to get it done!

I am excited about this store, hope you like it :)


create & buy custom products at Zazzle

Friday, February 29, 2008

A New Look a New Site

OK ... it has been forever since I posted. I started this blog but really didn't know what to do with it. I have been busy learning how to be a success at an online business. I am happy to say I have been learning more than I can imagine and my sales have tripled this year.

Now that I have my websites set up I am going to share what I learned here just in case there are others that are going through the same struggle to find information.

Look for lots of information to come!