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How To Make Money With Zazzle

Updated on July 23, 2010

Make Money With Zazzle

Make Money With Zazzle.
Make Money With Zazzle.

Make Money With Zazzle Designs

Making money with Zazzle is like any other online venture, it takes time and effort and a whole lot of patience, Zazzle is a very good business model for artists, designers and photographers of all types, if you can create it and size your drawings up to fit onto many gifts and products that Zazzle has in stock, then you can make money from this site.

Of course by simply being a good marketer you don't necessarily have to be any good at designing as you could just promote others products as an affiliate marketer as Zazzle has it's own in house affiliate program which you could earn up to 15% on each sale which is very good.

Zazzle has become the market leader for print on demand products with it's range of gift items and seasonal product range of calendars, cards and party invitations. I personally like the way you can knock out a single product in under 5 minutes if you have the image all correct and you can store all of your artwork images and photos on Zazzle too.

Making money with Zazzle - Creating A Store

By creating a Zazzle account you will be creating a store for all of your zazzle products to be housed and archived and this can be done simply at first, as all you want to be doing is creating new products quite regularly and build up some categories for your store items. Later on you will want to really have a good go at building your Zazzle store into a brand that you control, Zazzle makes it easy for you to customize your Zazzle store on basic and advanced levels, plus there is forum support and advice that will help you to get the best out of your Zazzle Gallery.

Each product that you create, should have a descriptive title, description and good keyword tags, so that your product can be found in the Zazzle marketplace and online in the search engines, although your main Zazzle Home page will have nofollow links in the text of your Zazzle Gallery description, you can still list offsite websites or blogs to promote your designs if you build up enough of a following.

You can create as many Zazzle stores as you like, so long as you have enough different email addresses to sign up and keep track of, this is especially useful if you want to break up your products into their own store as a separate category, for instance if you did a Zazzle store with just Christmas designs, then you may open another Zazzle account to create a Halloween store with Halloween designs on gift items.

When you yourself buy your own products, you actually get the affiliate commission also, which comes in handy if you want to buy some of your own products in bulk to which you get a discount. The main reason why people buy their own products is to sell them at other venues, either on Ebay or to further brand themselves by using some of their own products as offline marketing opportunities which present themselves as brilliant ways of marketing.

Seasonal Zazzle Marketing Ideas

By thinking in a seasonal sense you are cornering certain areas of the yearly markets, Holiday occasions such as Christmas, Halloween, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving and Birthdays. Also by spreading yourself in multiple target audience areas you are securing a viable business by covering your net far and wide across all angles.

But reading between the lines of the obvious Holidays there are other events that require some cool gifts and marketing to make you some money, so think along the lines of Weddings and events were the families gather, times when you know that your product designs can be used or planned to be bought to share in the event together.

Think of all the days in the year and find specific special days that could be targeted towards the right audience, St Patrick's day is one, national no smoking day could be another, keep bouncing around ideas all the time, think up new designs that fit many special days or events and plan them out into a schedule, so that you can map out all of your promotions and time spent on creating or sourcing new designs.

Away from all of the holiday days, you could then target special interests, such as fishing, sports, fantasy art, phrases and sayings, so long as the designs look colourful or they at least seem interesting. Imagine your Zazzle store as a real life brick and mortar store, as time goes on your product inventory grows and grows and so does your reputation as a top quality artist/designer or photographer.

By trying to anticipate what others like and what people are looking for is when you can really start to make money, you can find out a small portion of this information on Zazzle itself, as it lists the Top Products and Bestselling Products and also the Hot Searches, this is useful as you can start to create new designs that cater to these listed categories, but this does change quite frequently, so it's best to keep note at least 5 times a week of what designs could be worth investing time into creating for your Zazzle shop.

Zazzle Associate Promotions

You can promote any Zazzle product that is in the marketplace, so there is potential to make money from other peoples products, if you are committed enough to do so. Zazzle makes it easy to share and link out to all products, so that you can link and show a product image on your website or blog and even use Twitter to tweet a new product when it gets created or when you find it to promote.

There are a range of tools in your Associates center that will help you create affiliate links....

Zazzle Affiliate Promotion Tools

Store link

This is the basic linking tool that you can use to link to any Zazzle store that is active on Zazzle, so long as you know the correct store name, so check the spelling. Store names can be found below each product, so link to stores that are relevant to yours.

Product links

When signed into Zazzle you can click the Link link under each product and this will bring up a page to copy and paste some code to show the image on sites that accept html code and also you can bring up the link that will feature your special affiliate id code within it, so that when you link to any product and someone clicks through and buys, you get a percentage of the sale.

Zazzle Banners

Zazzle has some ready made promotional banners which you can use to promote Zazzle and earn from when someone buys through your own coded links, which is nice, but do use them sparingly,as people want to get more involved with your blog or website and will more than likely click an in text link more than a banner link, but never rule out a well placed banner though.

By clicking on each banner you will be presented with different size banners, so click the one you want and copy and paste the code on your site. Making sure you have your special 18 digit affiliate id in the code, you'll find this within your associates center.

Flash Panels and Blog Panels

These are like little windows that feature your products that rotate slowly through your current product ranges, you can place these anywhere that accepts this type of code, usually blogs or websites and they are a good promotional tool if your site gets a lot of traffic.

Merch Store At Facebook

You can link your Zazzle store to your Facebook account and feature your products there, again this is better when you have a network of interested people that like your products and either they may spread the word about your Zazzle products or they buy themselves.

There are other tools to use to promote any product as well as your own on Zazzle and it's best to just sign up with Zazzle and see what you can do with this print on demand site that can really make you money.

Coming up - Advanced Zazzle Promotional Tips.....

Making Money With Zazzle

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      cheers now! Zazzle is a great place to try and earn from your art and others art too. Try and promote items that are in bulk or could be sold as 2 or more for extra commissions!

    • Tricia Ward profile image

      Tricia Ward 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi I have a zazzle account but maybe I need to look into it again. Thanks for the hub. I need to get my head round it but I am hoping to do my online shop so may be I can add widgets. Thanks

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      Lovebugz Products 

      6 years ago

      Help plz...I use Zazzle and want to put my pics into thier catagories but do not know how---I click the box to move the pic and try to Move_ but it does not move anywhere -- What am I doing wrong? I live with a computer programmer who does not really know much on Zazzle yet....

    • jaclinart profile image


      7 years ago from California USA

      Hi - Congratulations on creating so many Hub Pages, and having oodles of followers!

      I have a question for you. Do you refer other Zazzlers? Also can you contact me via Zazzle? Via Jaclinart's contact form.

    • superbob17 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great Hub. You got some great tips to get the most out of Zazzle.

    • viryabo profile image


      7 years ago

      I signed up for zazzle about a year ago, but haven't been there since then. Thanks for this hub Waynet. It's making me reconsider and i think i'll go give it a PROPER TRY.

      Thanks for jolting me :)


    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Kirsten!

      Strange thing with my Zazzle experience is I didn't earn anything the first 4 months or so and then when I created other zazzle galleries and promoted them with seasonal designs I suddenly got a good few sales!

      Some zazzle experts say that if you build up 10,000 of your own products then you'll have more of a chance to make sales, but that's the numbers game that all websites say to earn, I think it's all in where you place your zazzle prodct links and stuff too.

      Cheers now!

      And yes those email notifications of sales are awesome when they arrive!

    • kirstenblog profile image


      8 years ago from London UK

      Hey Waynet, surprised I did not find this hub before! You have some great info here. I hope a few folks are willing to give zazzle a go. I know for me I got 2 sales in my first 3 weeks there and that really gave me huge confidence that I was on to something. Nothing like getting your first email saying you have sold a product! I had a friend over and he and hubby both jumped when I shouted with excitement over that email LOL. I think the best thing is that a person does not need to be a pro marketer to earn with zazzle, likewise a pro marketer does not need to be an artist to earn with zazzle and in the zazzle world the artists love the marketers!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Sort of, except you have an in built affiliate program where you could potentially earn from everyone elses Zazzle store and you are promoting way more products than a Lulu store.

    • Jenny Calender profile image

      Jenny Calender 

      8 years ago

      So sort of like Lulu, right?

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah, even buying your own products, you can earn some affiliate cash too...I sneakily buy some of mine at the lowest prices and then put them on ebay and sell them for more than they should be.....only very occasionally will an item not sell.

      It's a great place to shop and sell stuff!

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      Dame Scribe 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I have been looking for such a place for my own sons. I like the idea of buying your own products since those can be used for 'home party' marketing. Great info! :)

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now Coffee cup!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It sounds like a winner. I will be looking into it. Thanks for sharing.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      @Fgual If you have a good scanner you can scan drawings into your computer and quite often they will need sorting out, such as re-sizing and cleaning up some drawings and yeah, a digital camera is useful to take photos too and put them onto products, but I do use Photoshop and Gimp to create some cool effects on the photos if I wanted to.

      Zazzle is cool!

      @jycmba - Zazzle is a lot better on many levels, first it's easier to create products I think and much smoother than Cafepress and also the amount of promotional tools built into the products that you create and the in house affiliate program too which Cafepress once had but then they relocated to Comission Junction which just seemed quite dull.

      Zazzle is just far superior!

    • jycmba profile image


      8 years ago from Los Angeles CA

      How would you say Zazzle differs from Cafe Press?

    • FGual profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Great information. I have not taken Zazzle seriously. Will take a closer look. How can you promote your drawings? Do you have to take a picture of them with a digital camera, or scan them somehow. Still unclear on that. Have some drawings I have done over the years.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It certainly is, in fact it's becoming one of my top ten online earners, the more I add to my Zazzle stores and because I draw new designs almost daily, I'm building up new stuff every week.

      Cheers Ethel!

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Another useful earner

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Hey thanks Martha!

      Look out for more Zazzle promotional tips which will be advanced tips, but they still can be applied even for those starting out....cheers now!

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      Martha Castillo 

      8 years ago from San Diego CA

      Excellent information--- you are such a great wealth of useful information. Thank you and God bless.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Sally!

      I'm going to follow up this one with some advanced stuff based on what I am currently doing as my aim is to become a proseller, so I'll be doing everything I can to make more money as I'm very serious about my Zazzle business.

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Your general marketing "brainstorming" thoughts are as valuable as the excellent info about Zazzle. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

      Zazzle is a great place to try and earn money, although it is stressed that you do need to know some basic marketing beforehand as you could have the perfect store, but no one to buy stuff!

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      waynet, I appreciate the information. I will check Zazzle out.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Ah sorry, I'll add that important information to the hub....$25 is the minimum and you are paid through paypal or check if you like!

      Cheers now....I Zazzle everyday!

    • ns1209 profile image


      8 years ago from UK - England

      Useful article - sounds like quite a nice way to earn money!

      How much do you need before you can get payed and how are you payed?


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