Monday, July 24, 2017

Why Buy From Zazzle? 20. Ways you Can Ruin Your Zazzle store

This a funny video that promotes zazzle, my own art and my zazzle friends.

My Day 10 of weightlifting was a attempt of carrying a bag cement.   Day 11 simple weights.
Day 12 wall press.   

20. Mistakes ZazzlersCan make to Ruin Their Stores
I love running zazzle store do not have ship my art. I like having my art brand being sold through an established site. I love the fact zazzle is a low cost way for me to make extra money. I love the artists. I love the products.

1.Abusing Quick Create: You need to delete anything cut off before you publish it. Customers don't want a bunch of broken text and graphics. Having gaps in art can also be an issue. Make sure text and images fit correctly.
2.Not updating tags:  Every once in a while you need to check your tags and look for mistake.
3. Using Zazzle bestseller list or just sold forums for inspiration: Copying other zazzlers designs just isn't cool but it also can get you kicked off a Zazzle.  Its okay to follow trends its not okay to copy other sellers products. It may make you a couple sales, but in the long run it waters down the market place, and you end up losing. Instead promote those best sellers with your own in your blog and website. You will save time and be affiliates. Zazzle can also shut down your products or your whole site if they find you are blatantly copying.
4. Rating pg13 and R rated products as G: One might think that having a wider audience is better but its not. It can get complaints and your products pulled.
5. Publishing dark texts on dark shirts and not hiding them or deleting them:  Its not the customers job to fix your mistakes in customization. It looks bad and will give you a bad reputation.
6. Not believing in yourself:  I know good artists who rag on their lack of ability. People buy your art. If you honestly don't like the art you create then be an affiliate.
7. Only having products in all your blogs: Product only blogs are great for archives but if you want to keep it interesting write something. If you love to cook write about cooking.
8. Not putting money into your store with profits: That doesn't mean spend what you don't have to but you should put a small part of your business back. Even its $10 for Zazzle and a couple of postcards.
9. Making art that doesn't go with the product. Some funny saying might be outright offensive on a baby shirt. Some styles of abstract art don't look good on shirts.
10.Making one design in 30 colors: I started out as a customer who used Zazzle to buy my sisters art and gifts for my family. Nothing was more frustrated that the sellers who put one design on with 30 different colors. Choose two or three colors of the colors especially if the customers can customize those colors themselves. Too much choice can lead to dissatisfaction.
11. Only making one product: A good zazzle designer doesn't need 8,000,000 products but they need. You can build slowly.
12.  Putting Music on your blog or website:  Music can be blessing or a curse in brick or mortar shopping but its awful in online shopping. Many people do their online shopping on their lunch break and don't need music disturbing their coworkers. When people shop online they also might want to pick their own music, not let you pick it for them.
13. Using zazzle products in new ways without buying samples:  I have had seen sellers get bad reviews for making recipe cards and selling business cards as bookmark. I put my abstract art on photo paper and I bought samples to make sure the product worked as planned. They worked better than expected.
14. Giving up: Do not just close your store your sales aren't perfect. You can always automate pr.
15. Being rude to affiliates: Some years back member some sellers being rude to affiliates who got the bonus for promoting their work instead of them. This was a sale they wouldn't have gotten otherwise. The affiliates work hard. be grateful when anyone promote you.
16. Using key words that do not fit: I found old product a lovely ice cream graphic that I designed. I looked at the key words and they were a mess. I had "ice cream" but then I had ice, and cream as separate tags which were not right.   
17. Taking images off the internet for your store: Just because its google images doesn't mean its free and legal. Even images and photos that our bought and paid for may have rules of how you can use them and if you can resale them.  Also many free to use images might have to be heavy altered and might take more time then created from scratch.
before you decide to use clip art buy a camera and a few art programs. You might discover you have artistic abilities you never realized. 
18. Not having a blog, or website:  Twitter and Pinterest often strips your code so without a blog or website looses you valuable ways to affiliate your own products. You can also add AdSense and other forms of making money .
19. Not having media file on your store:  Media files are a way you can engage future customers  into
Seeing  your products and art in the real world.
20.  Not making collections: Collections are an amazing way to promote more then one product with one link.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Interview with Elke Clarke, weightlifting Challenge, zazzle artists

Interview with Elke Clarke, weightlifting Challenge, zazzle artists

Interview with Elle Clarke By Askazombiehousewife Elke Clarke is one of the most successful Zazzle artist designers of all time, reaching Diamond ProdDesigner status.
She was once working in the pharmaceutical industry, but wanted to find a way to make money online being creative.
Zazzle was a perfect fit for her to be able to quit her 9 to 5 job and earn substantial passive income from heart, photos and graphic design.

Askazombiehousewife: What is one tip you would give to new artists?

Make sure you name your Zazzle store with a proper business name, not just something like “Sarah357”. Instead pick a name like “Sarah Jacob Designs”. Your Zazzle store name will help your Zazzle business be branded more easily and then you can use the same store or business name on all your social media accounts. If you don’t want to use your name come up with something generic like “Blue Sky Designs”. Always check to make sure your name you choose is not copyright protected or used by someone else. I quick Google search will tell you if your name brings up any other businesses or famous people’s names. You can also do a trademark search. If you are going put a great number of hours into making virtual products to add to your Zazzle store, you should make sure it has a professional business name and is not infringing on copyright.
I personally made this mistake when I started on Zazzle. My first store I started is named “epclarke”. So is not nearly as easy to promote compared to maybe Now that I have had this store for so long, I don’t want to start a new one just to fix the name. But I always have trouble getting people to easily remember my Zazzle store name.

It seems so simple but your choice for your Zazzle store name makes such a difference in how your store and brand will be recognized by online shoppers. I wish I would have known that tip when I first started.

Askazombiehousewife: I have made that mistake myself. A proper store name is an amazing tool when creating a brand out of ones art.

Askazombiehousewife: Elke Clarke, please tell us about your new business venture teaching artists how to bring in more sales.

As you might have guessed, I have a passion for Zazzle because it has been this amazing business opportunity for me. I have been able to work from home, while doing what I love. I am so happy I found this opportunity, I want other artists, photographers, graphic designers and scrapbookers to know that they can make money online too.
For many years, I have helped coach and mentor people privately to set up successful Zazzle stores. My 27 year old daughter, Jennifer, is one of my success stories. She is now a Gold Level ProDesigner, living her dream life on the beautiful island of Mallorca in Spain, supporting herself solely with her Zazzle earnings.

One day I realized that I can help more people if I put all my steps to success in a course for beginners. That is why I created my Beginners Zazzle Course
People loved my course. But most importantly, people were making sales in the first month after completing the course.

Zazzle is not a get rich quick scheme. Zazzle is a legitimate business platform you can use for free. You create the virtual products in your store and Zazzle takes care of the rest.
If you set things up properly and put in the effort like I did you can earn money on line while you are not working. I have made over $100,000 US every year for the past 5 years from my Zazzle earnings. I worked hard and made a lot of mistakes in the past 10 years on Zazzle, but now I just do upkeep on my stores and make a few new products.

For the past 2 years, I have only worked for about 1 hour a week on Zazzle and still make 6 figures a year.

So people asked if I could do a more Advanced Zazzle Course to teach people exactly what I did to set up my business and grow it to where it is today.

That is why I made the Advanced Zazzle Course VIP Masterclass. It is a combination of an online video course that you can do yourself in a month. But first you need to go through a month long VIP Masterclass so that you have access to me to ask questions and really get the right start. You can email me, post questions in the private Facebook group, there are weekly live Q & A sessions and 2 conference calls after the course is done, so you can still ask questions once more things are completed from the course. After the month VIP Masterclass you have life long access to all the videos and worksheets and tools and the Facebook Live Q&A sessions. I am here to help you be successful on Zazzle.

There is no use doing a lot of work if you do not get set up properly with the right tools and make the right choices. That is what the Advanced Zazzle Course is all about. It is not only a month long course, but it is a monthly planner with all the steps laid out with worksheets and checklists so you can follow my system and use the tools I use to be successful on Zazzle.

The Advanced Zazzle Course gives you 10 years of my knowledge about what works and does not work so that you don’t have to waste time learning from scratch. The July Masterclass is in progress. The members are loving the course and have had many AH HA moments which will help them tremendously with earning money on Zazzle. In fact 2 weeks into the course, people are already seeing more sales from things they used in the course.

There are 2 more VIP Masterclass Advanced Zazzle Course sessions in 2017, September and November. Enrollment for September 5, 2017 start date is now open. You can enroll through this link.

Askazombiehousewife: links to three products of yours that you loved creating.
1. This t-shirt is one of the first products I made. It has not sold too many times but I get a laugh out of it each time I see that it has been purchased. It meas someone else has my strange sense of humor about new husbands. Now the wife is the new management!

2. This baby birth announcement is so sweet. I have 3 kids, 1 girl and twin boys. They are grown adults now, but I would have definitely bought this baby announcement card back when my twins were born.

3. I love creating personalized pillows. This one is a favorite of mine because it is rustic but still modern and fits well in many people’s houses. I love that it can be a thoughtful gift someone could purchase for a friend at any time of the year.

Askazombiehousewife: Elke Clarke what is your favorite cake?
That is easy! My favorite cake is chocolate brownie. But I have recently gone on the Blood Type Diet and am not allowed any grains!! So not even gluten free. But I will treat myself with a great brownie. The Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie mix is THE BEST.

Askazombiehousewife: We love brownies as well. We mostly bake simple scratch Brownies in my house but anything with Ghirardelli is amazing.

Askazombiehousewife: Is there an artist whose work you love?
This is a harder question to answer because I love so many different styles of art and love collecting artworks. I also like to support local and Canadian Artists, so I have some Joe Average, Brian Atyeo and Zoltan Szabo originals. I also like Romero Britto and Roy Lichtenstein.

Askazombiehousewife: Do you go by a schedule or are you more a free spirt?
When I started on Zazzle, I was using a schedule to make sure I made the right number and type of products. Now I am more of a free spirit because I put all these things in place that are already working for me. So I can do things for pure enjoyment.

Askazombiehousewife: What is your favorite fruit and veggie? You can name more than one.
I love mangos and peaches. So I am glad those are on my Blood Type Diet list of things I can eat. My new favorite veggie is spinach. I would have never said that 2 years ago. But I have lost 25 pounds and feel great, so eating spinach and kale salads with chicken are now my favorite.
Askazombiehousewife: I Also highly recommend you pick up a free ebook entitled "10 insider Tips on How to Make Money on Zazzle" On the website you can also find her blog on the site with many free how to articles and posts.
I want to thank you, Askazombiehousewife, for interviewing me and having me on your fabulous blog. I really enjoy reading your posts and looking at the products you showcase.

I wish you continued success with Zazzle stores.
All the best
Elke Clarke

30 day weightlifting challenge Day Eight
Forcing myself to weightlift today but I feel better now it's done.

Art by abundancelovetrip Amazing Art from other artists

Monday, July 17, 2017

I Won A Giveaway from Fantasy Princess LOL dolls, Day six weightliffting challange

Day Six weightlifting Challenge I did day six and I am so stocked Weddings you can get quirky invites, and wedding favors online. Though I am not sure about buying a wedding dress online. I got my wedding dress at a store that sold dresses that were samples for other dresses. My dresses ended up being 200 for the dress and 50 for alterations. My sister spent double than I did at the same bridal shop, but her dress was usually triple the price. The store owner told her she marked it wrong but she would sell the dress for marked price. It was the type of dress you see in celebrity magazines. before I got married I got am few writing gigs for an online bridal magazine. I was hopeful it would turn into a job, but the magazine went under and I don't think I was ever paid. For my own wedding reception allowed my bridal party to where whatever formal dress they had in green. I am not fussy. I had a sheet cake from the fancy bakery and a wedding cake from Walmart.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'm a lawyer doll video (My 3am challenge)

Day of my 30 day weightlifting challenge

I was so bored with my weightlifting challenge today that I gave someone a piggyback ride. It was so much fun. I drank water. I been normally drinking a lot of peppermint tea and I will drink that today.

Believing in Yourself is not Enough

Before first started selling my art through Zazzle. I already had a cafes press shop. I was promoting my sister, and more of a customer than an artist. I was also promoting other zazzlers. I hadn't started using affiliates codes. I then started adding my own art. Many times I felt like giving up. If you feel you don't have the time then just use your art as passive income. But do not give in. Do not give up. Believing in yourself is not enough. You need a plan and a schedule. You can end up doing a lot of needless Busy work. I believe in effort but I used to spend 8 hours tweeting and got nowhere because I refused to automate and go by a schedule for the first few years. Twitter can be partially automated.