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My Zazzle Sales and Earnings

Updated on October 1, 2014
Balance Rainbow Fantasy Poster
Balance Rainbow Fantasy Poster
YinYang Fish and Cat - Mug with 3 images
YinYang Fish and Cat - Mug with 3 images

Referral Sales and Sales of My Own Products From Zazzle

(Note, I wrote this a couple of years after signing up to Zazzle, and while I'm still there a few years later, it has been somewhat neglected. My sales and referrals still wander in at about the same rate, reflecting the amount of effort I've put into it since. While a few technical details might have changed, most of this article remains accurate).

I've been on Zazzle since 16th September, 2008, and initially, hardly sold anything! I made $12 that November then got lucky with a huge order in December (Christmas-related cards and postage), then hardly anything until the following December. After that it was a year of trickles, not making payout until suddenly, all this year, I've been making payout every other month ($25 or more - I tend to make about $20 and have to wait for the next month!)

By the 16th August, 2010, I earnt $178.35*, and it's slowly - very slowly - going up. I sell maybe one postcard or poster or mug a week, and half of what I sell this year is referrals. This lens lists anything I've learnt about selling on Zazzle that matters (after you've made the items; there are far better lenses about that already!), and lists all the items, of mine and of other people's, that have actually earnt me money. So if you're looking to promote something that has actually been bought... here you go! There are a few consistent sellers, which I'll point out.

You can also have a look at what I've earnt from Zazzle each month - it's not a lot, by a 'professional' Zazzler's standards, but it's slowly increasing as I add more products (I have a huge number of pictures, and never remember to add them to every type of product they'd fit well on!) and as I promote more on Squidoo and elsewhere. I've never reached the volume bonus* (you need $100 in profits a month, my highest is $50) - and I also don't even do more than check for sales for months at a time. Most of the products were added in the first year, after which I've mostly ignored it. I did rearrange all the categories recently, to organise them by picture instead of general 'type' as I had enough paintings to make it confusing otherwise!

* I update this page every month or two, when I've made enough sales for it to be worth it. Currently: $462.68, April, 2011

**I actually reached the volume bonus just after I wrote this - 15% of anything over the threshold, so I got an extra $1.07. I also made it again in Dec 2010

***Haven't updated in ages, but the trend is exactly the same. Some months I make loads of referrals, other months I sell my stuff; Christmas was very kind to me, and I've actually made $70-160 a month from Dec-Feb, but that was highly unusual.

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My Zazzle Earnings Over Time: Graphed - A pretty graphic version of my Zazzle sales and referrals since I started in 2008, until April 2011

My Zazzle earnings - royalties and referrals from 2008-2011
My Zazzle earnings - royalties and referrals from 2008-2011
Yinyang Art poster
Yinyang Art poster

I opened my Zazzle store in September 2008; it didn't really earn much for another year and a half, and I only started picking up steady sales and referrals after using Zazzle on Squidoo. You can see that, while overall it trends upwards, there is huge variation.

I only really promote my work on Squidoo - I link to the same design on Zazzle from RedBubble and DeviantART, and I rarely post on Twitter or my blog, but for the most part, my promotion of my work, and of other people, is on Squidoo.

As you can see, I only started picking up referrals when I started making a point of adding Zazzle products and linking to them - and as the number of lenses grew, so did the number of links.

Obviously, some of my (own) sales are from my promoting - but they may also be from random searches, or from other people promoting me. The referrals are the most honest reflection of effort ^_^ (...still hoping to become so famous and astoundingly artistic that people come rushing to buy my art without me having to do anything at all, of course!)


You don't need a Zazzle store to make money from Zazzle - you can just refer products from across the entire site!

Sell Your Own Art - Or Make Referrals? - Which is the best strategy?

While selling one's own artwork is awesome, and an ego booster (and makes us more money), focussing on making referral sales means you've got a much wider range of products (that might actually sell better) to choose from! It also has the nice karmic result of helping make other artists a bit of money.

My cat plays with her new toy mouse keychain
My cat plays with her new toy mouse keychain

Ordering From Zazzle : Shipping and Domains Tips

Make sure you know what to order, how many and from where

Zazzle has a few complications to trip up the unwary. They've branched out into local domains - .co.nz for New Zealand, .co.au for Australia, and so on. Orders are still shipped from the US

However, referrals don't work across different domains, and the prices vary enormously. In almost all cases, it is better to order from the .com site. The prices are increased to ostensibly cover 'import taxes and duties' regardless of whether this is necessary.

You may be better off ordering through the local site, paying more, and not worrying about getting caught with more fees later, but that varies with the amount you order and the country.

The shipping ALSO costs more.

For example, here's a test of ordering one keychain of mine, to New Zealand:

NZ keychain = $5.54 (US$4.12033 USD

Shipping = $9.35 (US$6.95398 USD)

Total= $14.89 (11.0674 USD)

US keychain = $2.95 (3.96638 NZD)

Shipping = $3.99 (5.36426 NZD)

Total= $6.94 (9.33942 NZD)

Adding to the confusion, there are bulk discounts on items, shipping is separate for most types of product, and increases with certain amounts. (For example 1-9 keychains is $3.99 shipping, 10 or more is $12.99!)

Finally, there are very frequent discount offers - mostly on the .com site - which may mean that it's more worth getting the half-price mugs from Australia, than the free shipping from NZ. The only way to check this is to go to each one individually (have them both open at the same time, maybe) and test the prices by adding them to your cart.

Making the amounts and prices clear to people ordering is a labour-intensive but very helpful step.

Zazzle does have very good customer service if something goes wrong - even if you're overseas!

Symbolic Flows - Colours of the Imagination by Flynn_the_Cat
Symbolic Flows - Colours of the Imagination by Flynn_the_Cat | Source

This painting is the most popular - the one people look at, and are most likely to buy. Extending the vicious circle, it's the one I try and feature everywhere! The postcards from this picture are also rather popular, and I've sold several of each.

Dance of the Sea
Dance of the Sea

People seem to like mermaids. Jeez, but this painting was a lot of work - it crashed and corrupted on me when I added my watermark to export and upload to DeviantART (right when I'd finished). It was the only painting to ever do that in ArtRage (latest version, some odd bug). I sent the file to the ambient Design team, who rescued the PNG image file, but I lost all my layers and had to edit out the watermark again! So I'm very glad this is selling, and justifying all my effort ;D

Woodland Green: Barn Owl in Flight
Woodland Green: Barn Owl in Flight



This barn owl stamp is a detail from a much larger work, Woodland Green, which I love dearly, but doesn't translate well to small prints. I have an A2 poster of it, and that is fantastic. An order of these stamps was one of my first big sales!

Elemental dragons Bumper Sticker
Elemental dragons Bumper Sticker


This one makes me laugh a bit. This, and the Waterlight photo below, was one of my very first products, when I was just experimenting with Zazzle using whatever good quality files I had to hand. I nearly took it down again, thinking no one would be interested, but I figured it couldn't hurt to leave it up. I had very little faith that anyone would ever buy my work! Since then, I've sold four of these bumper stickers!

Mythphile wearing the pointy Unicorn shirt, while carving up a pumpkin
Mythphile wearing the pointy Unicorn shirt, while carving up a pumpkin | Source

You can also add text around your images for captioned designs. I was delighted to find that other people actually shared my dreadful sense of humour, and here you can see the marvellous Mythphile modelling my A Unicorn is a horse that... sweatshirt.

People Who've Referred My Items

I know they exist - I've submitted or randomly come across my work being featured on people's blogs and websites and lenses - and I can only assume some of them have made me sales.

Sadly, I can't keep track of them - or find most of them! But I appreciate them all very much.

My Referral Sales

Other people's products I have referred!

You can make a referral sale either by showcasing the product, or by linking people to Zazzle with your associate ID in the link and having them go wandering! I do have a few sales that are private (someone customised it and didn't want to share) so I don't know what it was, and I can't show you, but the rest are pretty obviously split between products I picked, and ones I just got lucky with.

The referral is 20% of the sale price - that is, it comes out of the total profit (this is the bit that complicates the maths). Zazzle pays the difference between the total and the 'net' cost. This means that, for the artist, the total profit goes down, so your royalty is slightly less.

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You CAN refer your own products. If you do, you get your royalty and the referral. If someone else refers it (and snags you a bonus sale) then you only get the royalty. If no one refers it, you get everything.

My Zazzle Earnings

How much I have made from Zazzle

I have made 27 referral sales, earning $67.16 (these are increasing in number as I start to actually promote my own affiliate links, and I earn a much smaller percentage) and 36 sales, earning $177.07 in royalties.

(Note: Zazzle only pays you once you reach $25 or more so each payment below is for the month(s) previously; additional note: apparently you can request payment to Paypal now, for any amount).

If you're logged in, you can view your total referrals and total royalties in one place.

(Earnings from each month are paid out the next month assuming payout is reached; Sales is total sale, not my actual earnings)

MONTH

SALES                         EARNINGS

April 2011

$102.69                      PAID             $43.01

March 2011

$60.37

February 2011

$50.35                      PAID             $48.61

January 2011

$112.59                      PAID             $$26.20

December 2010

$215.16                      PAID             $47.99

November 2010

$34.85

October 2010

$63.07                      PAID             $37.00

September 2010

$18.82

October 2010

$48.71                      PAID             $37.00

September 2010

$18.82

August 2010

$115.32                      PAID             $39.76

July 2010

$0.00

June 2010

$25.60                         PAID             $36.73

May 2010

$31.42

April 2010

$12.55

March 2010

$50.25                         PAID             $41.58

February 2010

$63.29

January 2010

$17.95                         PAID             $26.02

December 2009

$19.08

November 2009

$0.00

October 2009

$0.00

September 2009

$3.39

August 2009

$2.40

July 2009

$1.74

June 2009

$0.00

May 2009

$0.00

April 2009

$1.74

March 2009

$6.27

February 2009

$1.98                          PAID              $24.92

January 2009

$0.00

December 2008

$40.35

November 2008

$12.57

October 2008

$0.00

September 2008

$0.00





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Blue Waters - A mermaid poster
Blue Waters - A mermaid poster

My Linkover History

Zazzle linkovers - referral click-throughs

This is just a sample of 'my linkover history'. It's a good statistic to keep an eye on, in a general sort of way - it tells you roughly how many times someone has clicked through one of your associate links, and I found that I didn't start getting regular sales (i.e. one or two a month at least) until it was averaging around 40 a day. Obviously the more visitors, the better! I've made three sets of sales in the last two week (and none for three weeks before that!). Currently I average 3-4 sales a month, about half mine, and half referrals.

If you have a Zazzle account, you can find it here: http://www.zazzle.com/my/associate/linkoverhistory


This is usually a day or two behind, and updates once a day

8/19/2010 5 Referral Sales

8/18/2010 129

8/17/2010 80

8/16/2010 59 1 Sale

8/15/2010 70

8/14/2010 79 1 Referral Sale

8/13/2010 55

8/12/2010 53

8/11/2010 75

8/10/2010 89

8/9/2010 72

8/8/2010 70

8/7/2010 79

8/6/2010 43

8/5/2010 58

8/4/2010 104 2 Sales

8/3/2010 70

8/2/2010 42 2 Referral Sales

8/1/2010 61

7/31/2010 61

7/30/2010 68

7/29/2010 48

7/28/2010 68

7/27/2010 64

7/26/2010 49

Sales From Other Sites

RedBubble and DeviantART

RedBubble and DeviantART are my 'art gallery' sites. RedBubble is my shiny finished gallery and portfolio/potential shop, and DeviantART is my 'everything' gallery with a prints section as I bother/people request. I have made sales from them, in an incidental way, but not many.

RedBubble

I love this site for the quality of their products (very good art printing and stickers and t-shirts) and for the fact that they are based in Australia (although I think they're expanding to the UK and USA). I order all my 'personal' and test stuff from them, as I live in New Zealand - t-shirts for family members and myself, greeting cards, and really awesome stickers. They can also print the full range of RGB colours, so no nasty surprises. Pricey, but quality, so worth it if that's what you're looking for.

I used the 'best' t-shirts that printed (the Tui and the YinYang ones) as displays on a stall at the last convention and they got a lot of attention, and hopefully will garner a few online orders, and I have a bad habit of giving stickers out to people. Unfortunately, they're raised my expectations for print quality a bit too high and I'm having trouble finding somewhere local to create stuff I can sell in person!

Actual sales: All my RedBubble sales have been in the past couple of months, and they sent me my thirteen pounds (somehow I set my payments to pounds when getting started and it's a pain to change) the month after without any problems. RedBubble buyers apparently like mermaids!

Four greeting cards: Morning Flight(2); Blue Waters; Colours of the ImaginationOne framed print: Blue Waters

DeviantART

DA is also good quality, and it IS an art site, so it should be. They recently changed the commission structure so that it's actually fair to the artist, so I will stop trying to drive my buyers elsewhere now! I've had my earnings sitting a couple of dollars under the $25 payout threshold for a while and most of my sales were during a DA-wide sale . Mostly prints, but once a jigsaw puzzle, and a mug! Most of them are also Blue Waters, oddly. (I don't think I've ever sold any of that painting on Zazzle!)

Zazzle Promotional Codes

Keep an eye out for the regular promotions Zazzle offers and post the discount codes where people can see them. On the lenses is good, but I usually just add it to my bio to make sure it reaches everywhere it needs to, quickly!

Zazzle is a Print on Demand Site - ...and requires a different approach to a 'real' store

Guestbook - Share YOUR Tips! - Any Zazzle successes you'd like to brag about? Any tips for making successful referrals?

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      jasmints 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! Hopefully my sales can become as great as yours hehe..

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      carnado2008 4 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens. It's really help newbies like me.

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      RustyDoodle 4 years ago

      Thank you for this lens! It makes me pay attention to the potential of referrals!

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      micro164 4 years ago

      Love all the info and work you put into this lens and the only tip I have if you are on zazzle is to keep creating and promoting. Also I just got to 4000 products today.

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      bztees 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing so much info! Really, really appreciate it. I do have a blog which has been earning me referrals here and there (not much though), but lately for the past few months, $0 referrals, as I did not post anything at all. So I guess my tip would be don't neglect your blog or squidoo lens to promote.

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      cbjones 5 years ago

      Don't shortchange yourself with low royalties. If someone wants the product enough, they will shell out the money. It's a unique gift, so why not price it like one? Unless the design is simple, and has been done to death, none of your products should have a value price. If you had an idea, and put in a lot of work, you should value your creation.

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      blancaverome 5 years ago

      I make itty bitty sales off of my Zazzle account, but truthfully, I've never done much to promote it, either!

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      houseofelijah lm 5 years ago

      You have a great lense it is very informative. Maybe with more promoting we can all sell more on zazzle.

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      sconnelly711 5 years ago

      Great lens, I didn't know about tracking your linkover history! Thank you!!

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      KaLeeBunny2010 5 years ago

      I don't make very much ever. lol It has taken me around 3 years to make $20.00. I am dying,but then again, I made a lot more money this year that the last two year combined. I have been trying my hardest to advertise my butt off!

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      klaird 5 years ago

      I don't sell very many of my own items, but I make more than $100 every month from referral sales. I'm not a graphic artist, and although I like taking my photos, editing them into something cool, and putting them on a postcard or something, I rarely market my own items.

      But I like to group together similar items from other sellers and put together a page about one type of item, like "Purple Pattern Kitchen Towels". Since the referral commissions start at 15%, and you get a volume bonus of another 7% when you sell more than $100 of items in a month, I find it worthwhile to promote other people products. There are a ton of great designs on Zazzle. Love it.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I am still feeling my way with Zazzle but there are a number of very useful ideas here. You have very clearly and concisely created a great resource - blessed.

      BTW In the UK our prices are so much higher than the states and I wanted to use some earnings to buy some stuff from my own shop, so I used the dot com site. I had to nearly double the price when the post office asked for import duty. Boy was I mad. Will not be taking that route again.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      Thank you for the great lens I just opened my Zazzle account I'm not an artist but the website really appeals to my creative side

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for the information. I have been thinking about Zazzle.

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      SorayaShan 5 years ago

      Great written info lens! Thank you for the informations.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great info on zazzle.

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      xmen88 5 years ago

      Like the tips. I am sure can make money if persevere

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      xzendor7 5 years ago

      The One Thing I Would Say Is Put Together A Product Creation Schedule And Stick To It. By This I Mean Create 25 Products A Day. This May Take 1 To Hours To Do, But The More Products You're Creating The More Exposure You're Getting.

      Use The Zazzle Tools To Your Advantage As They Help In Your Marketing Efforts.

      Set Up A Blog Or Website, Post And Write About Your Designs, The Inspiration Behind Them. Create Tutorials On Some Of Your Designs, This To Get Visitors To Keep Coming Back This Also Helps With The Search Engines As They Love Content.

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      SuevianArts 5 years ago

      Great informative lens. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am fairly new to Zazzle yet - hardly over two months since I became active there - and am already getting 1-2 weekly sales. I hope they will increase over time!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thnaks for letting us share on it.

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      whaleriders6 5 years ago

      Really interesting lens! I love reading about other Zazzlers' stories!

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      TheZinc LM 5 years ago

      great lens! though I still cant decided between zazzle and cafepress..

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      Paula7928 5 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of good info. Thanks so much. Please be sure to check out my lenses!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fabulous lens! I love my Zazzle products, but haven't done much promoting for them. I had no idea of the differences in pricing between the countries - great "heads-up" there, thanks. Love your artwork! Blessed. :)

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      KingLobster LM 5 years ago

      Wow I am really glad to see that your earnings shot up like that. Don't you just love making money something that you like doing? Sounds like the life to me. It also looks like you made a lot more after unleashing the power of Squidoo. Great for you :) I am shopping on Zazzle as we speak, it is a wonderful website.

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      ZCademy 6 years ago from Northeast North America, Earth

      Thanks for the info. I've been with Zazzle 4 years now, and learned some new things (linkovers) just recently.

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      Good information for newbies -- This lens is blessed by Angel Mismatch.Keep doing good sales!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm a newbie and knew nothing about Zazzle until reading your lens. Thanks for sharing this info with everyone.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thanks .. great information! I'm going to try it!

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      stylishimo1 6 years ago

      Found this lens really useful, thankyou, and your artwork is lovely too! The information about the shipping was very interesting, I wondered why the postage for two of my mouse pads was so expensive in the UK, I also did not know much about the linkover history, I am getting 12 - 30 per day and was wondering if it was working properly as I had not made any refferals, you have inspired me to concentrate on my zazzle store more.

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      letsgoduke 6 years ago

      great overview, good to see the details of your zazzle income

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I don't have any successes to brag about so I appreciate the tips!

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Ahaha, no, that's over $400 in total. Up until that month :D

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Wow over $400 in a month - is that a typo? I just opened my new store in June so I'm a newby. Come by and have a look. I do mostly photography.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      I've only been on Z since about Feb of this year, the best I can offer is to go read the forums and read all the newbie stuff over there. Then at least you will know what NOT to do ;-) I tried to vote on some things above, but kept getting a thing said I wasn't logged in. and I know I am.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Nope, no tips ... yet. I'm still very new on Zazzle. I've published some products for sale and have been sprucing up my store home page some, but I have a long way to go and lots to learn. Thanks for sharing about your income and experience there. Very helpful and motivating. (Tried to add my Zazzle store to your plexo, but seems to be a bug right now. It won't recognize that I'm logged into Squidoo, even though I keep trying through the pop-up box it gives me. Oh well.)

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      AnneVis 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am thinking about giving Zazzle another go. Years ago it really did not do anything for me but their new setup seems like it might help.

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Nice to know about your zazzle journey! Nothing to brag about just yet! Hopefully, I'll have something next time :)

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      CindyShim 6 years ago

      Beautiful art!

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      suzyjahi 6 years ago

      AWESOME!!

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      designturnpike 6 years ago

      Very nice lens. I have been working hard to sell my license plate art and map prints on Zazzle. I just joined Squidoo today to start promoting on here! Thanks.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Glad you are making more money on Zazzle now. You have some wonderful products. Blessed by a Squid Angel. Added your lens to Squid Angel of Zazzle

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Beautiful and informative lens. I've a Zazzle store too and reading about your earnings, I'll put my impatience in the cubboard and just wait, I too might get lucky some day. LOL

      I've two zazzle lenses, one of my own products and one of mostly refferals. I'll lensroll your lens to them.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thank you! I learned several things I didn't know about Zazzle, which is quickly becoming a nice, reliable income source.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I love, love, love your art! I just made a lens about What sells best at my zazzle store and I put one of your posters in the section where I talk about referrals.

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      RocklawnArts 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your sales info. It's encouraging.

      Also, I mistakenly added my store to your sold products list, so please delete that one. Then I'll come back and share something cool that I've sold. :)

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      NuMil3Design 6 years ago

      You sometimes are too modest and don't give yourself enough credit for your own superb artistry. Congrats from a fellow biology grad.

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      Luis2u4u 6 years ago

      Very nice and useful lens, thanks!

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      I found this lens most helpful, thank you for providing all that awesome information!

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Excellent lens. I know very little about Zazzle so this was helpful. Happily blessed.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Don't know about tips but it is lenses like this which are helping me to make a start on Zazzle - thanks

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you! That's really awesome :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your art is absolutely gorgeous! I am surprised you aren't selling it by the truckload! I am going to try and incorporate some of your work on my lenses, where applicable of course. I have a Mermaid Jewelry lens that I know I can feature at least one of your art pieces. Gotta go, I am off to check out your Zazzle store!

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      @CitC: Ours is the power of SCIENCE! :D

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      CitC 6 years ago

      Wow, another biologist on the zazzle board :)

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      BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

      Inspiring and useful info, thanks so much for sharing this. I've got a tiny little Zazzle shop, as well as one for my mom, and I think I may just make building those up something of a New Year's Resolution... I know it's only October, but I want a little more time to focus on Squidoo before I start focusing on Zazzle - I wanna be a Giant Squid so bad I can taste it! So bad, in fact, that the only zazzle product I've made and linked to is a coffee mug that says "GIANT SQUID OR BUST" :) (on my lego avatar lens if you'd like to see) Anyhow, thanks again for all the great info. Love that unicorn shirt btw!

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      eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

      Very inspiring! :) I take Zazzle in spurts. I really need to get more serious about it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for such an insightful lens and sharing opening.

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      sallemange 7 years ago

      This is really helpful. There are some things here I didn't know and I reckon I should definitely try and get into referral sales too. Thanks for creating such an insightful lens it will really help me do more with my Zazzle site

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      jenms lm 7 years ago

      I only just added some Zazzle items to one of my lenses - I am thinking I need to start using it more because it seems to be getting some people some sales.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Wishing you more success and earnings! It took a while for sales to pick up when I first opened my Zazzle store but I've learned that taking the time to add more designs and promote the store can help in a big way.

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      Yume Tenshi 7 years ago

      I made my first sale a few days ago! Hoorar for me!! :) Still, must confess that Zazzle is a TON of work - but I'll get there. :)

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Congratulations on making money on Zazzle. Keep up the good work!

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      RedSportNiac 7 years ago

      It looks like your Zazzle earning is getting better and better. Well done. More success to you.

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      rootadesigns lm 7 years ago

      I love your graph at the top of your lens.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Always interesting to see how others are doing. Encouraging, as it gives me a roadmap to follow in your footsteps.

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      @Yume Tenshi: Nope, no referral for sign ups, sadly :D

      I get karma instead? ^_^ Glad to help!

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      Yume Tenshi 7 years ago

      @FlynntheCat1: Thanks Flynn! I think you have convinced me to join. :) There is no referral bonus or something? Lol, you deserve some sort of reward for the hard work you did with this, as well as explaining Zazzle to me in the Squidu forums. :) So if there is, let me know and I'll sign up with you as the person that referred me. :)

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      @Lou165: Yeah - well, I didn't even promote anyone else's products for about a year, so I think that's part of the imbalance! (I just graphed it, it's quite striking the way all the referrals start up AFTER I started adding them to lenses ^_^ )

      Awww flattery :D Yes - some really weird things sell (IMO!) and don't be too discouraged - one of my better selling items (*coughthreetimescough*) is the waterlight photo.

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      @Yume Tenshi: Definitely open an account - whether you want to try selling your stuff is up to you, but the affiliate program is a good one. Zazzle's currently getting stronger and has a LOT of choice, so you should usually be able to find something.

      It means free images as well :D Better to start now, before you have too many lenses, and add as you go. Some people just make a living promoting other people's art! (they put a lot more effort into it than I do ^_^)

      ...just be aware that while you can open multiple shops, it can get complicated, so pick a shop name you can live with!

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      Yume Tenshi 7 years ago

      Thanks for this helpful resource Flynn! :) Must admit that I am still a little careful of jumping into Zazzle, but with a little more research I'll get there. :)

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      Lou165 7 years ago from Australia

      A great lens, I must admit that I've made more money through referrals than through my own products, but the feeling when someone buys your own product is fantastic!

      My products are mainly photographs as I'm not very artistic, I'm quite jealous of your artistic abilities :) I'm surprised that you haven't sold a lot more, but the good thing is that once you've made the product they can continue to sell for years and years to come.

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      What a great way to keep track of your progress and inspire others!

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      Thanks for the encouragement - gives me hope that spending hours on Zazzle might eventuially start to pay me back.

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your Zazzle experiences! I think one very important thing is to have patience and keep adding products, keep promoting them. Zazzle is hard work!