Is Having A Zazzle Store A Waste Of Time?
Kitty Bitty
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 12:11:31 PM
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Hi!

I am new to zazzle. I have created my own store. I am wondering if it is all a waste of time. There is little or no traffic to my store from Zazzle. I know I have to promote my store outside of Zazzle. But I must say I am getting disappointed about the lack internal traffic from Zazzle.

What are your experiences? Share your thoughts.

Thanks
RGebbiePhoto
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 1:17:29 PM
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Kitty Bitty wrote:
Hi!

I am new to zazzle. I have created my own store. I am wondering if it is all a waste of time. There is little or no traffic to my store from Zazzle. I know I have to promote my store outside of Zazzle. But I must say I am getting disappointed about the lack internal traffic from Zazzle.

What are your experiences? Share your thoughts.

Thanks


I had a quick look at your store. You have less than 100 products up.

You are competing in a marketplace with billions of products and designs. Yes, Billions. Unless you have the next Grumpy Cat, or a license to sell a famous person's image, it's highly doubtful you'll see much traffic at all without self promotion. And, unlike Facebook or other social networks, the number of "likes" means absolutely nothing. It's more of a feel-good kind of thing. So do not let that fool you into thinking you aren't popular. Product views are what's important in this type of business. The more your products get viewed, the more chance it has at being purchased.

You need to make sure your designs fit all of the products they are on, and the descriptions and keywords are CRUCIAL in finding your products in the marketplace. Describe the IMAGE, not the product. Describe it as if you were telling someone about the design over the telephone. You would want to tell them the color, what it looks like, any expression, or anything at all about it. You do not need to talk about the product at all, zazzle has a product description already on the page. Your keywords should be things someone would type into a search bar to find your design.

Unless you already have a fan base built up for your product line, it's going to take a whole lot of product for people to notice you. When you've hit your first 500, reassess your descriptions and keywords. The more you do it, the more you figure out how to tweak them to make them work for you. When you hit the first 2500 products, you should be in a decent spot to see relative traffic and some sales. Unless you hit on something huge that goes hot, then you'll see it much sooner.

No one said it was easy. In fact, it's definitely not. It's Work. A job. For some of us, it's our full time job. A waste of time after 2 weeks of working? lol... some of us put in 12-16 hour days for months on end to see any type of return.

It is what you make of it. That's the beauty of it.

Good luck!
Pastimedesigns
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 7:32:04 PM
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Have you posted any of your products on the "promoting" forum? There are people there looking for all sorts of products. Some want specific products and others will accept any product once a day. These people have websites that promote their products along with other Zazzler's work. I don't know what I'd do without these "referrers" because I'm terrible at self promotion. Half my sales come from referrers.

Work on building up your store with products. It takes a lot of work and determination to keep at it. If I remember correctly I made my first sale in about a month. I only had less that 150 products at the time.

Being a Zazzler is not a get rich quick deal. Lots of competition out there. Give it more time, you're just beginning, and don't give up!

lwest
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:59:02 AM

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I guess it depends what you want to get out of Zazzle.
For me it's a hobby and a way to share my work. When I get the occasional sale it's a bit of an ego boost and it's nice to know somebody out there liked my work enough to pay for it.
I don't promote my work at all and never will, just not into the social networking, but my hat goes off to the people that do. The pro sellers work really hard at promoting their work as well as creating new designs and managing their stores.
So if you want to make a lot of sales and have a lot of traffic you have to work at it.
Hope that helps.
Heather Morgan
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:07:42 PM
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Hi there and welcome to zazzle!
I tried to look at your store but there doesn't seem to be one?!
When I joined last July I didn't get any traffic immediatley either. It does take time to get people to look at your products but its worth doing as much as you can.
You will find the busiest time here is between September through to Easter with Christmas being the most busiest time (obviously) but sales and traffic are pretty good most of the year.
Just keep adding lots of artwork to loads of products and customers will find you. The more you do the more people will find you.
I agree with the advice already given. I also suggest you visit other sellers stores via their products or from the forum and 'Like' their stores and then write a comment at the bottom. This gives you an idea of what others are doing, introduces you to other sellers who may also be referrers as well and you will feel more like your a part of the zazzle community.
If you feel down and fed up with how long things are taking please read he forum for encouragement and inspiration.
Don't give up so soon, really it is worth it.
Kitty Bitty
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:35:10 AM
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I wanted to thank everyone who gave their advice. It was very useful to me and I am taking it all to heart. I have even made my first sale.

Thanks again.
Quidama
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:40:15 AM
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Woohooo! I don't have too many sales yet but I sure do remember that first one quite well!

Here's to lots more sales coming your way!
Pastimedesigns
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:10:36 PM
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Congratulations! Hope it gave you a little boost to keep you going. Happy for you.
SweetLoveGifts
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:00:26 PM
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Congrats on your first sale!

I joined Zazzle in 2009 but didn't actually do anything until late last year. I've been fortunate as after the first few months, I started to see steady sales after the first few months, nearly daily with only 300-400 items. It's only fast food "value menu $" for now, but it makes me feel great!

Go into stores that have similar items to what you sell and find out what their best-sellers are. What is the concept, the subject, the colors? Can you create designs in your style based on what sells best?

Learn about competing in the marketplace. Develop critical analytic skills towards your work. It's not always great art that sells: it's what reaches people's hearts.

Much success to you!

nursemart
Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 10:30:06 AM

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Congrats on your fist sale! Best of luck and lots of sales.
Black Out
Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 4:34:54 PM

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I am new to zazzle. I feel like just giving up on the whole thing i thought to be honest it would be get rich quick. But i realize it's way more to it. I guess it's time to get Idea a JOB. I'll still work on it but i honestly can't put to much time into this i am specially lazy but thanks this was helpful.
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