Earn More by Promoting Zazzle Products on Hubpages
How to use Zazzle on Hubpages
Today I would like to tell you about how you can generate more money from your articles here on Hubpages or your own website or blog. We all know that we can use Amazon capsules to earn money when someone buys a product listed. I would like to tell you about another site you can use, called Zazzle. Below I will explain, what the company offers and give you step by step instructions how you can begin selling their products to earn yourself a handsome profit as well.
What is Zazzle?
If you aren't familiar with this company, they are a print on demand company based in northern California. Print on demand simply means when someone orders something from them, they print it. The market for customizable products is huge and this is a good percentage of their sales. Some people will buy the product they see and others will customize it if the designer has allowed this function. For example, if you saw birthday invitations, you could have all the printing about time, date, address etc, printed for you on a design of your choice. They offer more than just t-shirts and business cards. They have everything from iPhone cases to skateboards! Take a look at the video below that explains a bit more about the company, products and people who design for them. The beginning of the video is a bit blurry but the rest of it is clear.
CNN report on Zazzle
Promoting Zazzle Products
I know what you are thinking, 'I can't write an article about something I don't believe in'. That's the beauty of Zazzle, you don't have to write about something you know nothing about. Because their selection is vast, there will be something that will tie in with your article.
The people who design items to sell are ordinary people like you and me. They have a passion about something and they create a t-shirt, or one of the hundreds of other products that Zazzle has to offer. Whatever you are writing about, there is a product that will complement your article.
Earning Money With Referrals
Perhaps you're thinking, I am a writer, not a designer. That's okay, you don't have to be a designer to make money from Zazzle. By selling their products, you can earn a whopping 15% of the sales price.
Also, the tracking cookie lasts 45 days. That means even if your customer doesn't buy something straight away, if he returns within that 45 days, you get your sale. To put that into perspective, with Amazon, your customer has to make a purchase within 24 hours for your account to register a sale.
Niche Market Products
Let's take the example of knitting. You would go to their site, type in knitting in the search box and it would bring up all the products relating to it. You would then choose the item you are interested in and one that works best for your article.
Remember the golden rule of marketing. Niche markets sell. If your article already has their interest, you are more likely to make a sale. The beauty of Zazzle is, the variety of items, let's take the knitting example again. If you are writing about knitting patterns, for example, you might place a photo and link to a tote bag or phone case with a picture of balls of yarn and knitting needles on it. Target your market.
Some people may think that if you are writing an article and offering knitting patterns, a phone case wouldn't sell. I'm not so sure, people love to wear and use items that show their hobbies.
Sign up with Zazzle
In order to get paid by Zazzle, you need to sign up with them. It is free and painless. Simply go to Zazzle and create your account.
Then when you have done that you can go back to your articles and decide which ones would benefit from having a customized product.
The way Hubpages is set up you will need to use the photo capsule.
Let's take a look at just how easy it is.
How to Sign in to Zazzle
I would like to take you step by step on how to place a product of your choosing in your hub.
First sign into your account, you have to be signed in or you won't get credited if they buy something.
Once you have logged into your account, type what you are looking for in the search bar. For the example, I will use one of my products. I love the game of Scrabble and have designed a mug for Scrabble players. Once the search takes you to the page, select the item you wish to place in your hub. It will bring up a screen like the one printed below.
Throughout this article, you will see notes I have made on the screenshots. Most of these will have red arrows indicating something to take notice of.
There are two ways to place a picture in your article and I will be discussing both of these.
The first is to copy the image from Zazzle. This is shown below. You go to the main page of the item you want to sell. Right-click on the image and then click save image as. A box will come up prompting you to save it. At this point, it is a good idea to rename it something memorable. For example, blue and white Scrabble mug. Then click Save.
This will be placed in your designated folder on your computer, normally your download folder. This will then be the same procedure that you normally follow to upload a picture onto Hubpages. The only exception will be the source, title and caption. Take a look below.
Remember, it is always a good idea to put a caption and a title on your picture. It will help with traffic from the search engines.
Below shows how I inserted one of my green mugs into a hub.
How to find your referral number on Zazzle
Now let's look at how you get your referral number so that you will get credited with that sale.
Go to the product you wish to sell and click Share. This will bring up another box that lists various social media sites that you will be familiar with. From here click the button for link.
Click on the line marked link. The box will go red. click copy.
Notice at the bottom it says that you will earn 15% from your product because this product is mine. If it were designed by someone else, it would say, "Your Associate ID is included. You earn 15% by sharing Zazzle!" Not bad for a few clicks of the mouse is it!
The information that is highlighted is what you will put on Hubpage as the source URL in the photo capsule.
That was one way to add a photo, and for the mug, it was the best way. When I tried the next method I am going to tell you about, it produce a photo that looked pixelated and wasn't as clear. This however may work for larger products so I will give you both methods.
As before go back to the product page and click share, and link.
Now you will want to right click and copy in the section for Html.
Copy this information into an office program such as Word, or Open Office..
You will want to copy the highlighted portion of the text above and open the photo capsule in you hub.
Doing it this way will bring the photo in and you would continue as above, placing the link to Zazzle with your referral number. Remember you must be signed in to generate this, it will be in the code and will be placed after 'rf='
Then tell your reader where the link will take them which is Zazzle and add a caption describing what it is.
This is how it will look on your page.
Beneath on this screen shot, you will see I have put an additional link. This provides your reader with more information about shipping etc. Because Hubpages limits the amount of external links, you may want to use only the picture and the link below the photo or a photo and a link box. The choice is yours.
Creating a Wow Factor
Now that you know how to upload a picture, don't stop there. You can really show it off! Using a desktop publishing program, you can create some stunning examples that will really add a Wow factor. I use Serif desktop publishing.
On this you would still want to put your referral link as you did before.
Do you use Zazzle?
Do you use Zazzle?
After this brief tutorial, I hope you feel confident about adding pictures of products from Zazzle. If you have questions I will be happy to try to answer them. Remember you can start earning once you have signed up with them.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Mary Wickison