Help me! No views on my product/shop :(
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 3:52:07 AM
Hello, everybody!
I spent the whole month of August setting up my shop. I added a few products and design, but I notice that they were not viewed almost for nothing. Crying
What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions on how to improve it? Thank you! Love

https://www.zazzle.com/store/luciacoronadesign/products
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 7:34:22 AM
The same thing we tell most new people: Titles, descriptions, tags. Read and apply this:

https://help.zazzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000373127-Title-Description-Tagging-Best-Practices

Titles and descriptions are extremely important for external search engines. Tags are important for Zazzle's search.

Indexing of your product page by external search engines isn't immediate. Once they do crawl it, it takes more time for people to begin finding it, sharing it, etc. Without good titles and descriptions, they may not find it at all.

Helping that process along requires promoting your work outside Zazzle on social media, a blog, or web site.

Don't assume that Zazzle is going to promote your products. Think of it more as a platform for designing products/merchandising your work; getting it noticed is mostly up to you.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. People who immediately start selling here are the exception, not the rule.
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 7:53:59 AM
Yes, I have read the various guidelines regarding titles and tags and in the same way I am sharing and advertising the shop and products on my social channels. Despite this, I don't see any results. I'm not talking about sales (I know it takes time for that), but about visualizations.
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 9:13:29 AM
Let's take a look at a specific example:



Your title: Sunny toughts

Your description: Seamless and symmetric rhombus shapes pattern arranged on abstract paint background.Sunny taughts quote on sun sticker.

Note: This product is a button, not a sticker. I'm still fixing stuff like this on my own offerings. In my case, it's the outcome of copying & pasting descriptions and being in too much of a hurry. I now try to write every description from scratch for every product I create.

Your tags
: diagonal squares, rhombus pattern, diamond shapes, harlequin print, textile design, sunlight shines, under the sun, stripe colors, sun icon, sunny

I like this design, but you need to remake it, with the correct spelling (I'm assuming you meant 'thoughts'? While things like misspellings can actually sell under very specific circumstances, I don't think this is one of them.) You might consider adding the text via the design tool, instead of it being part of your image. It could then be made into a template that customers can change.

Here's one possible way to title this: Simple Graphic Sunny Thoughts Orange Sun

Why is that better that just "Sunny Toughts"? It tells them something about the style, includes the words of the text element, and gives the main color component along with what it portrays (the sun). Where the original title only had two keywords, this one has six. That's not insignificant.

A possible description
: Spread positivity with this simple graphic depiction of the sun in bright orange against a dark purple background. The sun is composed of a circle surrounded by triangles, representing its spreading rays. A white rhombus pattern in a grid formation overlays its circular center. As these shapes change in size from the middle outward, they create the impression of a color gradient, from lighter at the midpoint, to darker around the outer edge. The words "Sunny Thoughts" appear over this central circle, with "sunny" in script form, and "thoughts" in a sans serif font. The text color matches the background.

The above is a keyword rich description. It starts with a 'call to action' (spreading positivity) to capture the buyer's attention, and follows with a detailed description of the design itself.

You might want to start by writing your descriptions first, as they will suggest options for your title and tags.

Possible tags: simple design, bright orange sun, spreading positivity, bold geometric graphic, white rhombus grid pattern, dark purple background, cheerful, luminous, circle, triangles

While a harlequin pattern is composed of diamond shapes, I think that's too far a reach. I don't think "harlequin" at all when I look at this rhombus pattern, which is quite subtle. A harlequin pattern is the opposite of subtle.

Lastly: Pay close attention the safe area (dashed green line) in the design tool. Your sun graphic should stay inside them. As designed, it's stretching past the safe area. Also, the portion of your background outside the circle isn't the same color as the background inside it. I don't know if that's on purpose, but it looks 'wrong' to me in the design tool.

I hope this helps.
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 9:42:58 AM
One more thing Fuzzy didn't mention and I don't want to sound mean, but spelling errors as in the word thoughts being spelled toughts will work against you. try to proof read and correct them to increase your chances of being found.

I realize that English may not be your native language and probably accounts for this problem but correct spelling really matters.

best of wishes to you!

I just want to add that it happens to us all...

When I first started here I had misspelled the word eclectic in my store tagline and I am very thankful for a fellow designer having pointed it out to me so I could fix it.
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 9:46:57 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
correct spelling really matters.

Indeed, it really does. Misspellings and grammar mistakes can make potential buyers perceive one's work as lacking in professionalism.

It's a serious problem.
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 10:11:56 AM
Thank you for your tips!
This was one of my first drawings (it was also the period when I was studying English better, sorry!), I noticed the grammatical error some time ago but then I forgot to correct it, ops...Shocked
For the design of new products of this type I'm using a different method: I insert texts directly as templates, while the objects are on multiple layers (background, graphics, text) so I can resize them according to the object I create (@Shelli Fitzpatrick the background color is the same at every point, it's just the optical effect).

At this point I'll see some titles and tags (I'm a designer, I'm not very good with words, but I'll try). Idea

Thanks again and good day (or evening, I don't know where you are) Smile
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 10:14:04 AM
Lucia Corona wrote:
Thank you for your tips!
This was one of my first drawings (it was also the period when I was studying English better, sorry!), I noticed the grammatical error some time ago but then I forgot to correct it, ops...Shocked
For the design of new products of this type I'm using a different method: I insert texts directly as templates, while the objects are on multiple layers (background, graphics, text) so I can resize them according to the object I create (@Shelli Fitzpatrick the background color is the same at every point, it's just the optical effect).

At this point I'll see some titles and tags (I'm a designer, I'm not very good with words, but I'll try). Idea

Thanks again and good day (or evening, I don't know where you are) Smile


afternoon here in Oklahoma... Grin
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 10:23:42 AM
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
correct spelling really matters.

Indeed, it really does. Misspellings and grammar mistakes can make potential buyers perceive one's work as lacking in professionalism.

It's a serious problem.


Only with the grammar police. Others see it as what it is a spelling error and only all too human. And just as the designer makes spelling errors as do customers when searching and before google introduced a spell-check to their search it was quiet common to use spelling errors to reach more people.

Laughing


It is preferable to not have spelling errors.

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I wouldn't worry after just one month. I sell regularly and still have designs that have zero views in the span of 13 months on a regular basis.

You compete with millions of designs and zazzle caps search results after 17 pages, so it is only logical that a certain percentage never sees the light of day unless you promote it outside zazzle and / or get lucky with keyword combinations.

And since changes in search algorithms are the norm you never know when your design is favored at a later time. So reflect on the numbers and on how you can honestly and accurately describe your design and expand the reach with your choice of keywords and keywords combination with the human searcher for a design in mind.

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Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 12:47:43 PM
vivendulies wrote:
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
correct spelling really matters.

Indeed, it really does. Misspellings and grammar mistakes can make potential buyers perceive one's work as lacking in professionalism.

It's a serious problem.


Only with the grammar police. Others see it as what it is a spelling error and only all too human. And just as the designer makes spelling errors as do customers when searching and before google introduced a spell-check to their search it was quiet common to use spelling errors to reach more people.

Laughing


It is preferable to not have spelling errors.

---

I wouldn't worry after just one month. I sell regularly and still have designs that have zero views in the span of 13 months on a regular basis.

You compete with millions of designs and zazzle caps search results after 17 pages, so it is only logical that a certain percentage never sees the light of day unless you promote it outside zazzle and / or get lucky with keyword combinations.

And since changes in search algorithms are the norm you never know when your design is favored at a later time. So reflect on the numbers and on how you can honestly and accurately describe your design and expand the reach with your choice of keywords and keywords combination with the human searcher for a design in mind.

·△·




I was thinking in terms of SEO on the spelling... maybe some do mispell but the majority of people now have spell check and I have even noticed that my search engines will correct my spelling for me search for what they thought I meant....

so for instance someone accidentally searches for tought, Google corrects it for them and they still don't accidentally land on the misspelled title. It only serves them up thought anyway... so Grammar police aside spelling errors work against us.
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 1:17:38 PM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
vivendulies wrote:
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
correct spelling really matters.

Indeed, it really does. Misspellings and grammar mistakes can make potential buyers perceive one's work as lacking in professionalism.

It's a serious problem.


Only with the grammar police. Others see it as what it is a spelling error and only all too human. And just as the designer makes spelling errors as do customers when searching and before google introduced a spell-check to their search it was quiet common to use spelling errors to reach more people.

Laughing


It is preferable to not have spelling errors.

---

I wouldn't worry after just one month. I sell regularly and still have designs that have zero views in the span of 13 months on a regular basis.

You compete with millions of designs and zazzle caps search results after 17 pages, so it is only logical that a certain percentage never sees the light of day unless you promote it outside zazzle and / or get lucky with keyword combinations.

And since changes in search algorithms are the norm you never know when your design is favored at a later time. So reflect on the numbers and on how you can honestly and accurately describe your design and expand the reach with your choice of keywords and keywords combination with the human searcher for a design in mind.

·△·




I was thinking in terms of SEO on the spelling... maybe some do mispell but the majority of people now have spell check and I have even noticed that my search engines will correct my spelling for me search for what they thought I meant....

so for instance someone accidentally searches for tought, Google corrects it for them and they still don't accidentally land on the misspelled title. It only serves them up thought anyway... so Grammar police aside spelling errors work against us.


Yes, I mentioned the google spell check, which is why these days using spelling errors to pick up customers won't work as in the old days.

My first part of the comment is my opinion towards spelling errors reflecting on the store as a whole. I'm only all to aware of the miss-perception of some people when it comes to spelling. Somebody doubted my competence in MS Excel because I accidentally misspelled it. It wasn't because I didn't knew, how to spell it at the time, just a little hasty keyboard mistyping. His loss.
Laughing

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 2:11:32 PM
vivendulies wrote:
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
correct spelling really matters.

Indeed, it really does. Misspellings and grammar mistakes can make potential buyers perceive one's work as lacking in professionalism.

It's a serious problem.


Only with the grammar police.

I guess we'll have to "agree to disagree" about that.
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 2:33:05 PM
if anyone wants help with spelling, please ask..I always find spelling easy, except when I type fast the letters can jumble! haha...
spell checkers are hopeless, as I know from having family who find spelling difficult.
On theother had do NOT ask me to help with MATH !!! Smile Smile Smile
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 3:04:34 PM
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
vivendulies wrote:
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
correct spelling really matters.

Indeed, it really does. Misspellings and grammar mistakes can make potential buyers perceive one's work as lacking in professionalism.

It's a serious problem.


Only with the grammar police.

I guess we'll have to "agree to disagree" about that.


I hear you. The thing is I met both kind in almost equal portions, those who think it is a big deal and those who don't. I shorthanded anybody, who has trouble to differentiate spelling and craftsmanship or spelling and intelligence "grammar police".
Since zazzle is a cooperation the designers spelling is even more inconsequential as to make any inference towards any quality management.

Happy


And Yes, of course I'm aware that those I shorthanded "grammar police" can't help themselves.

Grin
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 3:45:45 PM
@Vivendulies

I am trying to imagine the struggle I would have trying to add my metadata in German (or any language other than my native English) and I can't even begin to think how hard that would be.

Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2019 3:39:30 PM
When it comes to spelling mistakes, I make plenty and then notice them later when re-reading a comment or whatever. Bugs the cr*p out of me! It's not a big deal when posting comments in the forums or social media (even though I'm always going in and editing my mistakes, although by that time it's too late and has already been noticed), but when it comes to selling on Zazzle or anywhere else it does make a big difference. Thank God for Grammarly! However, even then it's not 100% correct.
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