If you want to learn how to achieve the faded or vintage look for these designs follow the links below.
If you want to learn how to achieve the faded or vintage look for these designs follow the links below.
I wanted to share with you a couple of changes I made. We knocked down a couple of walls and went with a different kind of teak wood. Kidding. Actually, I added some share buttons at the bottom of my posts. You know, the end of post which never seems to come fast enough, here. So, if you are all web savvy and linked up with the satellites overhead and can play chess with Joshua, you can now directly share my designs and tips with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and other thingy ma bobby mcgees around teh interwebz.
So, feel free to do what we learned in kindergarten and eat paste. No, don't do that. I meant share.
Oh, and by the way, I found that enabling the buttons for sharing in the dashboard didn't do a blessed thing for making them actually appear in my posts. I needed to do some tweaking to the template. if you own a blog and want to add this function I found a great fix. WARNING: You need to add code to your template so back up your blog in case you screw up.
The Undocumented Spot: Share Buttons on Blogger Not Showing
Not too many people like it when a t-shirt begins to fade. You spend good money on a graphic tee that has a great design on it and after a few washes the colors run or the screen printing begins to fall off of the shirt leaving flecks of ink missing from the image.
But what if you want to actually achieve that effect on your shirt or your artwork? Maybe you are designing a vintage style shirt that is supposed to look like it came from the 70s or 80s or has simply been through the war. I’m going to show you a ten step process to making your images look faded and worn. As usual, I will be detailing this using Paint.NET. NOTE: For this tutorial, I am going to be working with an image that only uses one color.
What you need:
- Paint.Net with “Strip Primary Color” plugin installed.
- Single color image, preferably black or white.
Step Two: Use the magic wand to grab all the visible elements
Step Three: Add a layer
Step Four: Render Clouds
Step Five: Move Sliders all the way to right side
Step Seven: Move Sliders in opposite Directions
Step Nine: Strip Primary Color
Step Ten: Release Magic Wand
Move the Sliders to adjust the color how you see fit.
Find your desired color and click OK.
Harry Potter has cast a spell on Zazzle causing a site wide discount…on EVERYTHING. Reveal the product discounts by entering promo code: PRICEREVELIO at checkout to see the sale amount for each product type.
The spell will expire at midnight on July 25th , so take advantage of this while you still can!
Just read this on Yahoo's Finance Page. Check out the first tip.
1. BloggingSee, once again, someone has a blog, writes interesting content... something I know nothing about... and also sells t-shirts with an awesome quote on them. AND SHE IS MAKING MONEY! 'Nuff said. Class dismissed!
Web logs -- now almost universally know as "blogs" -- were once the sardonic voice of dissent on the Web. Now, everyone seems to have a space on the Internet where they offer opinions or other reflections.
If your blog captures the imagination of the public, you could earn money while you entertain.
Eden Kennedy of Santa Barbara, Calif., started Fussy.org when her son was 3 months old. She's been blogging about parenting, marriage and the hilarity of daily life for eight years now.
Kennedy says she built a readership by reading, commenting on and showing interest in the blogs of others.
Eventually, Kennedy had enough of a following to sell advertising space on her blog.
She works with several different advertising networks, each of which compensates her with anywhere from $1 per month to several hundred dollars per month.
One day, Kennedy had another flash of entrepreneurial insight: She decided to sell T-shirts to her readers.
She had shirts printed up with the phrase "Writing well is the best revenge" and watched the orders roll in.
"Just that phrase, it hits people pretty well," Kennedy says. "Actually, a lot of academics buy the T-shirt."
Kennedy now earns roughly $200 a month selling T-shirts. That income is in addition to the advertising dollars she rakes in.
Kennedy says her online pursuits have been more fruitful and less time-consuming than her former "real world" job working in a bookstore.
"Usually a post, no matter how long it is, takes me about an hour to write, and lately I haven't been updating more than twice a week," says Kennedy, who adds that designing her blog and dealing with advertisers takes an additional five hours per week.
How much is Kennedy earning from her blogging?
"It still adds up to more than I made selling books for 40 hours a week," she says.
Not every blogger is guaranteed to make good money. However, bloggers who truly love what they do are the ones who flourish, Kennedy says.
"I think the people who really succeed and last in this just really enjoy writing and taking pictures," she says.
If you'd like to try your hand at blogging, the Web sites Blogger, WordPress and LiveJournal offer free blog templates.
If you'd like to sell ad space on your blog, check out sites such as Google AdSense, Text Link Ads and the BlogHerAds network (for women only).
Good information about the difference between SEO and SMO for website owners in the Print On Demand or any business.
Tees In A Pod: What Does SMO and SEO Really Mean ?#comment-form
Now this is funny. I love a good theatre geek shirt. It's from a shopkeeper named Jack A Barker.
For almost a year now, I have been touting the benefits of starting a Print On Demand business through any number of websites like CafePress, Skreened and Zazzle. If you are still not convinced that this is a great opportunity to make some extra money or become a full time shopkeeper, maybe this will help get you on the train. You can make money off other people’s designs. That’s right. You can let other people do all the work of imagining, designing and creating shirts and other products while you can earn money from their sales. In fact, there are people who earn money from my products every day.
There are no pyramid schemes or any other illegal activities going on here. Zazzle actually promotes associate sales www.zazzle.com/sell/link to people who already have an established gallery of designs as well as people who have no desire to be a shirt designer. All you need is a website, a blog, a twitter account, an email address or some other way to promote products to people.
Here’s an example of how it works. Let’s say you are an avid skateboarder and blog about skateboarding. You already have a following from your blog posts, featuring videos of you tearing up the half pipe. You can devote a small portion of your individual posts or even entire posts just to selling skateboards with cool designs by other people on Zazzle. All you have to do is look around Zazzle’s already established gallery of skateboard designs, pick the ones you want, and post them into your blog. Then, when one of your readers sees a design they like and they click on the link to buy the skateboard, you make 15% of the sale.
Doing a quick check on skateboards I saw that normal prices range anywhere from $60.00 on up. Those prices reflect a base amount for the board. (Zazzle’s cost, plus a royalty added by the designer which is what they earn from their own sales. ) That’s at least $9.00 from each sale you refer. In any one month if you’re referrals go over $100.00 in base sales your earnings jump from 15% to 22% of each sale. If you’re really good and can get your referral sales over $5000, your earnings increase to 32% of the each sale. All you have to do is point people to the products and earn the money. Again, you only offer up links to existing designs. You don’t have to buy or store inventory or do any designing on your own. This is all done through Zazzle. Click here to see an overview of the program.
Skateboards are just an example for someone with a niche to fill. Let’s say you are a HUGE fan of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney, Looney Tunes, or even DC Comics. You can link to official products with official designs from those brands on your website, blog or whatever. You still get the same referral rate as you did with other products. This is a really great alternative to creating your own designs and yields nearly the same amount of profit as designers receive. How is that possible?
Websites like Zazzle and Cafepress allow designers to set their own royalty or commission rate for their products. In most cases these commissions can range anywhere from 10% to 20% of the price of the item. A $20.00 shirt could get a designer $2.00 or $4.00 depending on the type of shirt and their markup attached. Like I said, if you don’t have what it takes to design your own, you can still earn as much as a designer on referrals. You can even use my designs as a referral, as long as you link to my products with your unique referral ID. Here’s how you do it. It’s so simple.
- Go to Zazzle.com and click on “sign in.”
- You will be prompted for a login. (If you already have an account, skip to step 5.)
- Click “Continue” below the header, on the left hand side, that says, “I am new to Zazzle.”
- Fill out all the information and click “Continue.”
- Once you are finished signing up, the sign in link will be in the top right corner of the front page of Zazzle.
- You can either start searching in the search bar or choose topics from the front page of Zazzle by clicking on the Zazzle logo on the top left corner of the screen.
- Find a product you like and click on it.
- On the page for that product, below the image, there will be some options under “Share this” listed as Email | Link | Blog. The easiest way to get started is to choose “Link.”
- On the next screen you have two options, “Link for Email or IM” or “Copy and paste HTML.” If you are signed in, which you have to be in order to get paid, you will see the sentence, “Your Associate ID is included. You earn 15% by sharing Zazzle.“
- Choose your method for sharing by copying the code underneath the option you want.
- Post the information where you want to share it and that’s it.
It’s not hard. Here’s a more visually based instruction
Remember, you have to use the link that shows your Zazzle Associate ID or you will not receive credit for a sale.
There you go. Enjoy and get linking!
CafePress is “kicking off” a special 2-day T-shirt sale starting July 7!
Go to Mongo Angry! Mongo Smash! and get $3 off* all T-shirts. Upon checkout use coupon code: TMINUS3.
Sale starts July 7, 2010 and ends July 8, 2010
* Save $3 off all T-shirts from CafePress shops, excluding shipping
charges, gift wrap charges and applicable sales tax. Coupon code
TMINUS3 must be entered at check out. Promotion starts on July 7, 2010,
at 12:00 a.m. (PST) and ends on July 8, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. (PST). All
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Gryffindor crest blue by harrypotter
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Before I started selling t-shirts online I had an aversion to Twitter. I thought, “How silly? I already have a Facebook account and only put up goofy status updates anyway. Why would I start using a new fad and be limited to 140 characters?” The fact that you would hear the inanity of someone’s inner monologue being played out like a checklist of things they’ve accomplished throughout the day sounded like a waste of time. Then I started working in the POD business and thought maybe I should revisit this tool.
Truth is, Twitter is not a fad anymore. There are millions of users on Twitter and businesses can reach targeted audiences with well crafted tweets that advertise their products. Now, I have tried to be balanced in my tweeting since I use Twitter for both my regular and store blog, but I’ve come to hand a lot of the heavy lifting to automatic updates from various sources. I’m still tweaking as I go for maximum efficiency and better user experience. I have a snake eating its own tail type of pretzel logic involved with my Facebook fan page, Twitter feed, and blogs, so bear with me. A lot of this is regurgitation from the net and I’m only detailing some of it as a lead up.
- Create your feed
Be mindful of your user name. I didn’t want myself or someone to have to type MONGOANGRYMONGOSMASH into a URL so I went with AngryMongo which is the middle of my store name and still retains some brand awareness.
- Customize your profile
Depending on who you are, there could be people or businesses out there with similar account names. Make sure you customize your profile to include a picture or logo that is part of your branding. I use the Mongo image on my Twitter avatar. I’ve also done myslef a disservice by doing very little to spruce up my bio since I set it up. I didn't put a lot of thought into my initial jaunt into Twitter. I think right now it just says, “Grrr, Arrgh!”
- Get the word out
If you already have a blog or store or even Facebook fan page you can mention you are on Twitter through these channels. If you don’t, you can embed your Twitter feed name into the basic structure of your POD stores on Zazzle, Skreened, CafePress, or what have you.
- TWEET TWEET TWEET
Start tweeting. Start off small, but be consistent. If you can you manage to come up with something every day that is interesting and relevant, do it. Sometimes I just have an opinion like, "In the year 3000 the Earth will have 12 billion people and three last names, Suleman, Gosselin, and Duggar." I try to consistently interject other tweets to break up the flow. It's more like “SELL, SELL, SELL, SELL” that can become stale. More often it becomes “SELL, FACEBOOK DESIGN ADD, SELL, BLOGPOST, SELL, RANT, SELL, WTF TWEET, SELL.” See more about this in step 6. Automation.
- Attract followers
There are a few ways to do this. Some may benefit you and some my just get you a lot of clutter in your feed.
- Follow someone else
You can search keywords like Zazzle or Tshirt and start looking for others in the business. If you follow them and engage them on a complimentary level, they may follow you. I wouldn’t suggest a celebrity because I’m sure they don’t have their Twitter feed turned on to display all their followers’ tweets.
- Use Twitter like a customerStart looking for people interested in stuff like you and follow them. You may see some spillage from them into your followers list. But, unfortunately, you need to hack and slash who you follow if they aren’t following you back. It’s nothing personal and people will do it to you as well.
- Just start following random people.
Go to their followers and follow them. It’s a wholesale approach that might gain a lot of followers who have no interest in what you do and are only looking to build their followers but you may get some staying power if you’re good.
Like anything else, whether it be savings, paying bills, or getting paid, I’m all for automation. Technology has made me lazy but it helps so much to be in the “set it and forget it” camp. I have 2 blogs, 2 Facebook pages, and four stores all running at once. Remember, this is not my main job. This is a side gig. Because of all this cross pollination going on I decided to make my Twitter feed an automated process, too. Let’s look at how I handle promotion and interaction with the Internet on a regular basis.
- STORE DIRECT TO TWITTER
- I create a design for my stores.
- I post the design on Zazzle (or any store)
- Zazzle updates my Twitter account with the design.
- FACEBOOK DIRECT TO TWITTER
- I add the design to my Facebook fan page’s photo album with links to all the stores carrying it or post a link to a specific design in my status update (Holiday, season, movie)
- Facebook updates my Twitter account with the added design or status update.
- BLOG TO TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
- I blog about a design, a theme of designs, a tip for designers or shopkeepers.
- My Facebook fan page imports the blog post into my notes section.
- The blog also updates Twitter.
- TWITTER BACK TO BLOG
- Since I have two blogs on Blogger, I added a widget for Tweets in the one blog that is dedicated to everything but POD business So, I guess it does have some dedication to the POD business. Blew my own business model right out of the water there, didn't I?
The not so simple way is to manage each individual connection to Twitter. Somehow, I really screwed up my Zazzle feed last week. I used to see posts directly from Zazzle on my twitter feed. But, either because I screwed up my Zazzle store trying to add something to the code or because I screwed up my Twitter settings trying to add other connections, my Zazzle publications stopped coming through. So, I went back and started over using Twitterfeed as one source. To correct the issue with my Zazzle account, I just added another feed, solely for that store’s updates. Not everything I post to Zazzle ends up on Facebook, so it bypasses it altogether.
A few final thoughts for using Twitter to promote your stores and you brand.
- Don’t spam: There are better ways to promote yourself without directly telling people to buy it.
- Be topical and fresh: Try to keep your followers interested in what’s going on with your world.
- Learn to be effective with your given space: Bookmark bit.ly. Use that to condense your links and save on space.
- Learn hash tags: If you are posting about a particular topic, look it up in a keyword search and see what hash tags are most commonly used. A hash tag is a keyword with the # in front of it, like #Twilight.
- Set up a Google alert: Just because things are automatically happening doesn’t mean you shouldn't stalk yourself.
- Retweet: If you are following someone and they are tweeting interesting stuff, retweet it, especially if they are in the same line of work as you.
- Twitter As a Traffic Generator : Set Up a TwitterFeed by Loren Baker
- Step by step instructions for setting up Twitterfeed By Kathryn Vercillo at eHow
- Twitterfeed Tutorial by Matthew Neer
- Adding a twitter widget you your blog in Blogger by Blogspot Tutorial
- Google Alerts by Linda McCloud at eHow
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17.76% of the net sale price will be deducted when the coupon code ZAZZLEUSAUSA is applied at checkout. For most products, the net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes). For Zazzle Custom Stamps, the net sale price is the difference between the price of the Zazzle Custom Stamps (excluding shipping and taxes) and the face value of the postage. Offer is valid from July 1, 2010 through July 5, 2010 at 11:59pm PDT. This offer does not apply to past purchases and may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers. If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater. Offer valid on Zazzle.com only.