How much money did you make in your first year?
kristadegroot
Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:04:26 AM
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Hi everyone,

Ok, here's a cheeky question. At the end of this month I'll be celebrating my first Zazzle-anniversary (yay!). I've sold more than I ever expected in my first year and I'm very curious how well other Zazzlers were doing in their first year. I understand it's kind of personal to share your first year's earnings in these forums, but I'm pretty sure other Zazzlers are just as curious as I am. So, I'll be the first to open up:

I earned $848,- (still some royalties pending...)

I have four shops, three of them haven't been running all year of course. I'm very content with my first year, but I honestly don't know if I should be. I easily could be somewhere in the bottom regions, for all I know.

xd

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mousearte
Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:24:58 AM
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Congrats on a great first year, you did better than I did. Looking back really helps put things in perspective.
ruralfrance
Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:30:27 AM
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I should imagine there are a lot lower and a lot much, much higher. I'm in roughly the same sort of region as you though, being here just over a year. I started off slowly and things didn't really start happening till May last year.
I'm content with how things are going. Congrats on your first year (and mine)!
kristadegroot
Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:12:40 AM
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ruralfrance wrote:
I started off slowly and things didn't really start happening till May last year.


For me it just started happening last December. Before that I got two or three sales a month. It takes time...
ruralfrance
Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:58:12 AM
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I agree, the more you work at it, the more you get an idea of what sells and how to promote, and the more products you have of course! I had a sharp rise in November as well, which doesn't seem to have gone away, touch woodSmile
jessperry
Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 1:03:05 PM
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WOW! Congratulations. I have been here just over a year and I've had a lot to learn. I only had a few sales during the first 7 months and then in October it started to pick up. I'm not sure about the £ to $ exchange rate but I think I might have earned enough for new proseller status. It's going to take me a long time to get where you are. Well Done!
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weirdklown
Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011 7:32:22 AM

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wow congrats.
I made no where near that much.
a2zgraphicsworks
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 10:59:41 AM
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That might be good - dunno. Within the first three months over at the 'old' place - I was hitting that, and more, every month. Now - not so much, here. It seems, generally, sales here are considerably lower than there, and am still waiting for Zazzle to have market penetration. There are folks here doing much better than that and we must have hope. As a disabled Veteran - this contributes to me having a roof over my head! Good luck.

Smile
nuestraherenciaco
Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 1:02:22 PM
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Been here since July and the way it's going I think I'll be making about 48USD from that 848 you made in a year! haha Oh well, I you've done pretty well! Congrats! :-)
orangesodapress
Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:17:11 PM
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You can laugh out loud but I only made about $40 per store in my 1st year, too (1 sale in 1st week then nothing for 5 months). Entering my 2nd year this month. Earned about $40 in first month alone as for 2nd year. Hope that is a good sign. My progress is very slow with real life deadlines and chores as a parent/housewife. It is encouraging to hear success stories here. I make new/seasonal designs and promote products through Forum whenever time permits. My goal is to have $1000 earnings per year or more, eventually....
shopaholicchick
Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 9:29:00 AM
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that is good for a first year! just keep trying to double it every year and you will soon be living on that income!!

my first year with zazzle was not typical because i had been with a previous POD for several years, so i had a large cache of images to bring with me and load into zazzle quickly.

cowboyannie
Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 10:30:25 AM
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I think that's a GREAT first year income! Congratulations!
VectorGraphics
Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 12:38:01 AM
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Congratulations Krista, that's a great income!

Shopaholicchick, you have 200.000+ products(??!!), how long did it take you to have that kind of numbers? I suppose you're a fulltime Zazzler?
shopaholicchick
Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 7:11:01 AM
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well i have been with POD since 2005 - so like i said when i moved to zazzle i had a lot of designs, also i use quick create so my designs go on all products - i make my own template and do not use the zazzle premade ones for QC so i do no exclude certain products and the fit better.

and actually i am closer to 400,000 products i think...i have 20+ stores....
Dessie_bg
Posted: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 11:56:20 AM

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Yayy!! 400,000 products! Shocked I'm on your way! LOL
ImagineThatDesign
Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011 8:18:53 AM
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That's a great first year! Congrats and keep on going. I'm happy to be making almost a sell (sale?) a day, but I still haven't reached high volume by any means. I've added a bunch of new stuff recently and have seen my hits increase. I wish I had more time to add more and paint more fun animals and stuff, but alas, this is not my full-time job.

Traci
twopinkhearts
Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011 9:05:04 AM
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congratulations on an awesome first year! i also had a great first year with this store. i opened it i believe in july and ive already made over $1200 in that 8 months, well on my way to catching up to my main store which i opened in '09. ive recently created a few new stores and hope to have the same success as with my first two, so far not too bad. i'll be the first to admit im kinda lazy when it comes to tagging and descriptions and my promoting stinks but ive made it my goal this year to work on those things (or break down and pay someone to do it lol) so hopefully by this time next year i'll be bringing in steady income throughout all my stores. zazzle will help me buy a new car once im confident the sales wont stop suddenly. anyway, keep up the great work! its a nice feeling to see it pay off Smile
cinnamonbite
Posted: Saturday, March 05, 2011 2:10:39 PM
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$32.77

Yup. I suck.
shopaholicchick
Posted: Saturday, March 05, 2011 2:19:23 PM
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cinnamonbite wrote:
$32.77

Yup. I suck.


you dont suck..but i hate to say your descriptions do...

shuttle launch
space shuttle launch at dawn
shuttle launch as the sun rises

i expect to see a space shuttle on the launch pad with flames coming from under it....

what i see is "A wild pattern of smoke in the sky above the tree line, left behind as the space shuttle launches at dawn. wild patterns and colors are really vivid and amazing it looks like someone painted the sky with a brush."
TinkerM
Posted: Saturday, March 05, 2011 5:17:37 PM
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Not much...xd But I had shops elsewhere and really did not spend much time here. When I did however I have earned more every year. Have 9 shops 5 do well. One this one does very well. So it is about getting products on there and working the shop as much as possible. I get a lot of referral sales which I am grateful for from other shopkeepers (thank you!!). There are a lot of ways to work this more than I know and I am finding out new ways all the time.

You actually as already said did very well your first year. And it shows in your shop why, nice nice work.!!
archclan
Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2011 9:44:27 AM
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hmmm ive had a store here since 2009 i think but i wasn't active. till now i just have 7.50$ lol, I might try being more active and figure out how to fix my store.
JackieP2010
Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2011 2:33:53 PM
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kristadegroot wrote:
Hi everyone,

Ok, here's a cheeky question. At the end of this month I'll be celebrating my first Zazzle-anniversary (yay!). I've sold more than I ever expected in my first year and I'm very curious how well other Zazzlers were doing in their first year. I understand it's kind of personal to share your first year's earnings in these forums, but I'm pretty sure other Zazzlers are just as curious as I am. So, I'll be the first to open up:

I earned $848,- (still some royalties pending...)

I have four shops, three of them haven't been running all year of course. I'm very content with my first year, but I honestly don't know if I should be. I easily could be somewhere in the bottom regions, for all I know.

xd

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Hi yall I am a full time zazzler i guess thats what you call it when you make products and promote them all day
Its been a while since I posted in here trying to reply to you.

This is the start of my 2nd yr feb was my first yr I am glad you did so well with your sales in hard times. I am getting my 3rd commission check. I had sales nov, dec and feb. And only 3 items were cansled.
I wish I had sales like you my husband is out of work. Its promomoted every where like wildfire and I have helpers who like my stuff promoting too and I have had 2 over seas sales.
So what am I doing wrong? I choose key words very carfuly that has helped with sales. and what is POD
Yall have anytips for us that aren't doing well I blame mine on job losses
Arkansas is the lowest place on the planet. My husband is working for a ad agency and hopefuly I can start getting some local sales. Other than that I don't know what else to do
Good for yall and Good luck this yr.
Jackie in Arkansas
I like your stuff too very nice.Sad
funny_tshirt
Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2011 3:25:09 PM
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Jackiep2010 I think I see your problem. You say you work hard on choosing your keyword tags etc but I dont think you understand their function.

eg. Angel Harp stickers (v.nice btw)

but your tags are only : t, mouse, pads, all, sizes, colors, i, pad, pod, phone, cases, hoodies, tote, doggie, canvas, photo

In fact no mention of angels or harps at all - only in your title. You need to choose words that your customer will use when looking for similar products so that they will find yours.

Now im not the best tag maker either but I do get regular sales so for example if this was my product I would tag

angel harp celestial music christmas baptism holy christian religion religious spirtual wings stickers and so on

you can use similar words eg angelic christ etc
you can use words as a phrase eg "angel wings"

so if someone searched for christmas angel or angel wings yours should appear there as well as in a search for angel harp stickers

also Zazzle may see the list of products other than a sticker as spam and this will send your product to the bottom of the heap real fast.

Your description doesnt actually describe the product. You should write it as though describing it to someone who cant see. eg Angel with long blonde hair in blue gown playing a golden harp - great for baptism invitations and announcements or church events. That way google knows what it looks like, and zazzle will pick up the extra words such as golden, invitations, announcements etc. You will find you get very creative once you see the effects of taking the time to write a good description.

I didnt look at any other tags in your shop, just picked one at random, so perhaps Im being harsh but when I wasnt having much success at first another Proseller gave me the same advice and I went back and made (long laborious) changes and i havent looked back since. So im kinda hoping to 'pay it forward'. Hope it helps cos your stuff should be selling once its more easily found.
silbran
Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2011 11:02:24 PM

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In addition to funny_tshirt let me say that you should check the design of your products. For example in the Angel Harp category there are several items with cut off wings and gown. Take the sticker: First I thought I can fix it by customizing the sticker and resize the picture, but then I saw that the picture is like that. Who may want an Angel with his wings cut off, especially when he looks at the other items in the neighborhood showing the full picture. Any customer who would like the Angel and add a message will leave disappointed.
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