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Design Your Home Office Competition – 8 Days Left

July 23, 2014

This is a reminder that this month we’re running a  design competition in collaboration with our friends at Fiverr! Fiverr is a community of buyers and sellers where designers, copywriters, and folks with many  other talents can sell their creative services. We’re partnering with them on this fun Design Your Home Office Competition and inviting you to join in.

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All you have to do is submit a design for a business card, lamp, iPhone case, mug or mouse pad to contest@fiverr.com and you’ll be entered in the competition. You can read the full description and prize information here.

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Don’t forget to check out Fiverr and happy designing!

Race to the Finish Line Associates Challenge Reminder

July 15, 2014

This is a reminder that we’re offering a little something extra for any of our associates who reach the threshold of 50, 100, or 150 referrals in the month of July.

The goal is simple: earn as many referrals as you can between July 1st, 2014 and July 31st, 2014.  All Zazzle associates are welcome  to participate – if you have a Zazzle referral ID (which comes with your Zazzle account), you’re invited to join in!  You can find your ID here. Qualifying referrals include referrals earned on orders for products placed between  July 1st, 2014 12:00 A.M. through July 31st, 2014 11:59 P.M. except for any orders that were cancelled or products that were returned.

We are offering the giveaways in three tiers so everyone has the chance to participate in the challenge. Along with the giveaways, the top two associates from each tier will be featured in a Zazzle blog post on August 8, 2014.

Giveaway Tiers

Tier 1:   150+ referrals = $50  Zazzle credit*

Tier 2:   100-150 referrals = $25  Zazzle credit*

Tier 3:    50-100 referrals = $10  Zazzle credit*

 

*We’ll deposit this amount in your Zazzle account, to be used against future Zazzle products.  The credits cannot be redeemed for cash.

Let’s work together to make July a successful month!

Here are few helpful links:

Making Money with Referrals 

Associate Handbook

Join the fun and start referring today!

 

Design Your Home Office Competition

July 10, 2014

We’re happy to announce a brand new design competition in collaboration with our friends at Fiverr! Fiverr is a community of buyers and sellers where designers, copywriters, and folks with many  other talents can sell their creative services. This month we’re partnering with them on this fun Design Your Home Office Competition and inviting you to join in.

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All you have to do is submit a design for a business card, lamp, iPhone case, mug or mouse pad to contest@fiverr.com and you’ll be entered in the competition. You can read the full description and prize information here.

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Don’t forget to check out Fiverr and happy designing!

Design is Only Half the Battle

July 7, 2014

Creating an inspiring and original design is the first step to having a successful product. The second step is making your design visible and searchable by creating a unique  title and description and tagging your design correctly.

Product Design Title Tips

o   Avoid special characters.

o   State what the product design is in simple, searchable terms.

o   Add in general descriptors such as color, pattern and size.

o   Spell check for typos or misspellings.

o   Place the main descriptors towards the front of the product design title based on how a user would search to find your product design.

Example:

Okay title:

BBQ Baby Shower Invitation

Great title:

Vintage Chalkboard Baby Boy Shower BBQ Invitation

Product Design Description Tips

o   Provide design details such as: – Features and benefits- Dimensions, fabrication and materials.

o   Use at least 150 words.

o   Spell check and carefully proofread for typos or misspellings.

o   Include keywords, but write for your customers, not a search engine. (We do that for you.)

o   Consider other closely related terms to your product design that didn’t make it in the product design title and use those appropriately (don’t keyword stuff) within your description.

o   Start with a strong/enticing opening description of your design to make customers want to read what you have available.

o   Make it easy to read by formatting your description into multiple short paragraphs.

o   Tell a story! Ask the follow questions and then answer it in the description:

  • What inspired your design?
  • Why does this design work so well on this specific product?
  • Has your design won awards elsewhere?
  • What occasions might this design be great for?
  • Can there be custom changes if they contact you?

 Example:cat

 

Okay description: 

Black and white 8.5 x 11 matte cat print that’s great for decorating any room in the house.

Great description: 

Are cats the animal that you just can’t get enough of? If so, then this 8.5 x 11 matte painted black and white cat poster print will not only brighten up your home, but also brighten up your mood.

This watercolor print was inspired when I was standing in my house, looking out the window at the neighbor’s tuxedo cat sitting in the window sill. She looked so peaceful and tranquil, and yet those black eyes looked like they were carrying the world’s deepest secrets. It makes a great conversational piece and is a great gift for any occasion.

I do offer customization, so please message me with any questions or request.

Product Design Tag Tips

o   Be as specific as possible, avoid vague one word descriptors.

o   Ask yourself if you were to generically look for your product design, what would be the most common search terms?

 Example:                     

Okay tags:

Yellow, white, blue, tags, travel

Great tags:

Sunshine monogrammed awning stripe, yellow and white striped monogram, yellow white and blue,  monogram, striped

Other

o   Audit your least successful designs against your most successful and determine what changes you need to make.

o   Add videos, customer photos, or awards received for your designs to help sell your product.

o   Get reviews on your product designs to help convince the customer the quality is amazing.

 

Introducing the Race to the Finish Line Associate Challenge!

June 30, 2014

Today we are introducing the Race to the Finish Line Associate Challenge! Last month we invited you to participate in our Design Challenge, and now that you have all of these amazing designs, it’s time to show off your promotional skills! We’re offering a little something extra for any of our associates who reach the threshold of 50, 100, or 150 referrals in the month of July.

The goal of the challenge is simple: earn as many referrals as you can between July 1st, 2014 and July 31st, 2014.  All Zazzle associates are welcome  to participate – if you have a Zazzle referral ID (which comes with your Zazzle account), you’re invited to join in!  You can find your ID here. Qualifying referrals include referrals earned on orders for products placed between  July 1st, 2014 12:00 A.M. through July 31st, 2014 11:59 P.M. except for any orders that were cancelled or products that were returned.

We are offering the giveaways in three tiers so everyone has the chance to participate in the challenge. Along with the giveaways, the top two associates from each tier will be featured in a Zazzle blog post on August 8, 2014.

Giveaway Tiers

Tier 1:   150+ referrals = $50  Zazzle credit*

Tier 2:   100-150 referrals = $25  Zazzle credit*

Tier 3:    50-100 referrals = $10  Zazzle credit*

 

*We’ll deposit this amount in your Zazzle account, to be used against future Zazzle products.  The credits cannot be redeemed for cash.

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Here are few helpful links on how to start your race of right:

Making Money with Referrals 

Associate Handbook

Join the fun and start referring today!

 

Tips for Curating Collections

June 23, 2014

Want to make a curated experience for your audience? Check out the Zazzle Collection Feature which lets you link to a page with products handpicked by you! Maybe you’d like to share your favorite Frozen finds with your Disney fans, or maybe it would be fun to compile a set of Americana goodies for 4th of July – the possibilities are endless. Today we’ll review how to create a collection and go over a few tips to remember.

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How To Create a Collection 

You will need:
1) Your associate ID
2) All the product ID’s (or PID’s) you’d like to show in your collection (separated by commas)

Full link:

http://www.zazzle.com/pd/collection?rf=associateID&lst=PID,PID,PID

Part 1:  Collection URL
http://www.zazzle.com/pd/collection

Part 2: Asscociate ID
?rf=238xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Part 3: Product ID’s separated by commas
&lst=PID,PID,PID

Collection Feature Tips 

Tip #1 Your associate ID is mandatory. In order for the link to work you will need to include your associate ID in your collections link.

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Tip #2 Make sure there are no spaces. Sometimes when creating your link and posting it into WordPress or another similar site, spaces get added into the link and it’s no longer functional.  One way to get around this to use a URL shortner which brings us to our  Tip #3.

Tip #3 Use a URL Shortener. Using a URL shortener like Bitly or Google URL Shortener will ensure that your links will not get extra spaces in them when uploaded to other platforms.  Another plus to using a URL Shortner is that you can view the stats of your link simply by adding “+” to the end of it.

http://bit.ly/1iME8iV –> http://bit.ly/1iME8iV+

 

Printables to Products Guide

June 2, 2014

Printables are a hot trend with bloggers and designers alike. Do you offer these free graphics on your blog or website that your readers can download and print for themselves? Great news! We’ve come up with an easy to use guide that shows you how you can place these images on a range of products. Not only can this be a new revenue stream for you, but it can also let your readers get the images they love from your blog on a variety of products.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks we’ll walk you through a step by step tutorial and share some best practices for turning your favorite printables into profits.

First, let’s take a look at an example of what your product could look like:

Blank Product

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Your Design

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Your design on the product

 

Now, let’s see how you can create these products step by step. If you choose to create your products one at a time, it could be very time consuming, so we came up with a guide to show you how to use the Quick Create Tool,  which allows you to put a single design on multiple products at once.

How to use Quick Create to create products using your own custom template set.

 Step 1)  Sign into your account and click on “Products”.

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 Step 2) In the left navigation, click “Quick Create”.

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Step 3) Select the store that you would like these products to be added to.

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Step 4) Go to “Use your own templates”, and choose the template set that you would like to use to create your new products. A template set refers to a custom set of  products that you can use in Quick Create to be able to place your image/design on that set of products at the same time. Zazzle does offer default templates, but we recommend you create your own, since not all designs/images fit well with all products.  For example, I can create a “Home” template that includes pillows, serving trays, and kitchen towels, but excludes lamps and light switches because my design wouldn’t  fit well with the latter. Learn more about creating a template here.

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Step 5) Select the image/design that you would like to place on your products by clicking “select image”. You can choose to upload a new image, or you can choose an image from your library.

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 Step 6) Click “edit options” to change the color and styles of your product.  Click “customize” to edit your design. We recommend that you look through each product to make sure that your design placed correctly on each one.

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Once you have edited and customized your products, you are ready to submit them for approval. (Please remember that it can take up to 48 hours for the products to be approved and posted in your store.)

Now you are ready to turn your printables to beautiful products in six easy steps. We can’t wait to see your new products.

Cheers!
Elizabeth P.

 

 

Top Gifts for Father’s Day

May 31, 2014

Take a look at the top gifts for this Father’s Day.

A manly monogram lets Dad have his personal stamp on handy accessories.

 

Let the gifts do the talking with a bold statement of fatherly perfection.

 

 

 

Get Father’s Day started right with a meaningful mug or give a gift for a personalized dad’s night out.

 

 

Fabulous Father’s Day Cards

May 24, 2014

Show your dad how much you love him this Father’s Day with the perfect card! 

Tell him with a funny card!

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Surprise  him with a cute card!

Or customize a “you” card!

 

 

 

 

Zazzle Associate Handbook

May 12, 2014

Wouldn’t it be nice to have all of the Tips & Tricks tutorials in one place? Great news – now they are!  During the last few months, we’ve been putting together the Associate Handbook which includes key posts from the Designer Tips & Tricks such as How to Track your Referrals and SEO. You can download the handbook anytime you’d like and keep it in a handy place on your computer.  The linked Table of Contents makes it easy to get to the topic you’d like to know more about and the layout makes it easy to browse or read in depth.

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Take a look at the Introduction for a detailed explanation of the associate program and how you can benefit from it.

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Check out the Creating Referral Links section to become a master at link building and tracking.

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Browse the Social Media section for a detailed overview of your favorite platforms.

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Review the Keywords and SEO section to improve your tagging skills.

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Last but not least, stop by the FAQ section for anything you might have missed.

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You can download the handbook here or by going to http://www.zazzle.com/sell/affiliates/referrals and clicking on Associate Handbook in the left-hand navigation.

Having trouble downloading the handbook? Try a different browser or clearing your cookies.

Happy Affiliating!

Elizabeth P.

 


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