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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 6:53:22 AM
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 7:08:13 AM
Have you set your storefront so it is not viewable by the public? - I can't see it.

Also it looks as if you only have 30 products - most sellers will tell you that they didn't start selling until they had at least a few hundred or even 1,000+

Don't take much account of the view counter right now as it hasn't worked properly for months!
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 7:09:31 AM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


What, if anything, are you doing to make sure your products are getting out there to be seen? Are you promoting? Posting to Twitter, Pinterest, FaceBook, etc? Don't rely on the MP to be seen... There are too many products there to be compete with. You have to take steps to put your products into peoples line of vision.
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 8:21:27 AM
All the replies above are essential for sales, and before you can have a store that is successful you are going to need to become educated on internet marketing, and designing your products.

At the top of this room are many posts and areas that teach you and I highly suggest you take time to read all of them then start applying suggested avenues to get sales.

Designing just one factor is something you need to work on. The card below is not going to sell. The graphic does not fit the template. There are free software programs like GIMP that you can use to along with Zazzle's templates or size instructions to make sure your art fits correctly

A lot to learn and much as you go along, but without this valuable information with today's competition and the millions of artists out there getting seen is going to be tough enough so what people see has to be unique and perfectly done, with art, tags, descriptions, and you have to promote it to get it out there/


http://www.zazzle.com/greeting_card_birthday_colorful_blank_inside-137568734120341410
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 9:10:09 AM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.

TinkerM wrote:
Designing just one factor is something you need to work on. The card below is not going to sell. The graphic does not fit the template. There are free software programs like GIMP that you can use to along with Zazzle's templates or size instructions to make sure your art fits correctly

http://www.zazzle.com/greeting_card_birthday_colorful_blank_inside-137568734120341410


Especially not with the "Download now from Dreamstime.com" text on it! You need to read up on copyright issues as well as the terms of use for Zazzle (and also Dreamstime). You can't just upload screenshot thumbnails of images you see on the internet to sell on products. It's so wrong for SO many reasons, and right now as so many of us are fighting IP thieves left and right, it's especially poignant to see it happening right here on Zazzle itself. Ack.
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 10:23:22 AM
Sonja Quidama wrote:
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.

TinkerM wrote:
Designing just one factor is something you need to work on. The card below is not going to sell. The graphic does not fit the template. There are free software programs like GIMP that you can use to along with Zazzle's templates or size instructions to make sure your art fits correctly

http://www.zazzle.com/greeting_card_birthday_colorful_blank_inside-137568734120341410


Especially not with the "Download now from Dreamstime.com" text on it! You need to read up on copyright issues as well as the terms of use for Zazzle (and also Dreamstime). You can't just upload screenshot thumbnails of images you see on the internet to sell on products. It's so wrong for SO many reasons, and right now as so many of us are fighting IP thieves left and right, it's especially poignant to see it happening right here on Zazzle itself. Ack.


Wow I did not see that but was not looking. This is totally what we are trying to avoid, and just looked at some others that may also be screen shots.
Yikes... Good catch.
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 11:45:41 AM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


Adding more to the suggestion list....

Really good tags, titles and descriptions are what will be picked up during a search. You have to give the search engines and the shoppers something to work with.

Your birthday card that was shown as an example, would probably sell even better with an actual greeting on the inside.
Yes, there are sections in stores like Hallmark that may have a blank card section, but look at how small that section is. People want to buy a card, sign and give it.

The tags are - birthday party, balloon birthday, birthday, birthday celebrations, gift, happy birthday, colorful, birthday wishes.
It could also use tags like - balloons and stars, colorful balloons, festive party theme, colorful stars, candles, pink candles, pink and black candles, brightly colored birthday theme, colorful swirls, heart design, etc.
Also, I don't think "gift" is the right tag to use as there's no "gift" within the design. You have to be careful of tag spamming.
Why Tag Spam Hurts

This Father's Day card looks to be unfinished because of the white edges at the top and bottom. If you're resizing your images with the Zazzle tools or to fit after you get them to the product, you can use matching background colors that Zazzle provides.

It's supposed to be a Father's Day card, but I don't see where it's of that theme. It says "Feel Alive". That could be a phrase used for most anytime, but it's not specifically making your card a "Father's Day" card. It's also blank on the inside.

The tags for it are - fathers day, dad sailboat, guys abstract, nautical, black red abstract, rough texture design, fathers day boat water, sailing lover, abstract nautical, special friend.

The phrases "dad sailboat" and "fathers day boat water" don't make much sense, so you may want to edit those.

You could mention something about the black and white stripes and the red background.

As for your mugs, you should try and get the design to fit all the way around. I know that not everyone wants that, but in some cases, especially with square or photo images, the "wrap-around" is often more appealing to many.

The Urban Grunge mug with the camera, has "Hello" in plain black text, and it's a bit on the small side. You could consider larger text that's more decorative and colorful. You can also make the items easier for people to personalize by replacing your text.

Tags like "funny" and "office" don't fit. You can try - items for photographers, camera images, photographers tools, camera theme, camera design, etc.

Here's some information on allowing customers to replace your text with their own. How to Allow Customers to Change Text/Images

Also, I've noticed that you're listing the product type in your titles. You don't have to do that. Zazzle does it for us, even if it may not always show up to where we can see it. It's there for the searches.

Advice for advertising has been given, but I'd like to add that you can also visit the sections of the forums called Affiliating theory, advice and generating traffic and Show Me. You can also lead people to your store by handing out your own business cards.


Hopefully this will be of help.

Good luck.

Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 12:32:33 PM
dreamNwish_Photo_Art wrote:
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


Adding more to the suggestion list....



Your birthday card that was shown as an example, would probably sell even better with an actual greeting on the inside.
Yes, there are sections in stores like Hallmark that may have a blank card section, but look at how small that section is. People want to buy a card, sign and give it.




This birthday card first and foremost cannot be used as its taken off a screenshot and does not belong to this OP unless bought with a print option license which does not appear so. You probably did not see the last two posts above yours. Most of this OP's products are copied off other sites.Sad
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 12:42:09 PM
TinkerM wrote:
dreamNwish_Photo_Art wrote:
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


Adding more to the suggestion list....



Your birthday card that was shown as an example, would probably sell even better with an actual greeting on the inside.
Yes, there are sections in stores like Hallmark that may have a blank card section, but look at how small that section is. People want to buy a card, sign and give it.




This birthday card first and foremost cannot be used as its taken off a screenshot and does not belong to this OP unless bought with a print option license which does not appear so. You probably did not see the last two posts above yours. Most of this OP's products are copied off other sites.Sad


Interesting to know.

I actually did only skim across the other posts, trying to make sure that I didn't repeat exactly what had been said, so I missed the full post.

I did see a comment about them having downloaded images from another site (Dreamstime?), or that they were directing others to download from the site. Either way, and though I didn't read in full, I got the idea that they were doing something with that site and images that they shouldn't be doing. I didn't know it was the image I'd talked about, let alone most of their images. Wow.

Thanks.
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 12:50:38 PM
dreamNwish_Photo_Art wrote:
TinkerM wrote:
dreamNwish_Photo_Art wrote:
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


Adding more to the suggestion list....



Your birthday card that was shown as an example, would probably sell even better with an actual greeting on the inside.
Yes, there are sections in stores like Hallmark that may have a blank card section, but look at how small that section is. People want to buy a card, sign and give it.




This birthday card first and foremost cannot be used as its taken off a screenshot and does not belong to this OP unless bought with a print option license which does not appear so. You probably did not see the last two posts above yours. Most of this OP's products are copied off other sites.Sad


Interesting to know.

I actually did only skim across the other posts, trying to make sure that I didn't repeat exactly was had been said, so I missed the full post.

I did see a comment about them having downloaded images from another site (Dreamstime?), or that they were directing others to download from the site. Either way, and though I didn't read in full, I got the idea that they were doing something with that site and images that they shouldn't be doing. I didn't know it was the image I'd talked about, let alone most of their images. Wow.

Thanks.


Some or maybe many people see "Free Images" and go no further and just take what they can. For the OP the other images appear to be copies of products but not sure if they made them or not.

You crack me up, I do not know how you can give our such detailed information to so many...exhausting. Laughing I sure hope people do read what you add as its so valuable. I just tell them to go read the links..LOL I know until I did my stores went nowhere.

Don't stop being helpful, it is very unusual for someone to do what you do...Roses
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 1:29:14 PM
TinkerM wrote:
dreamNwish_Photo_Art wrote:
TinkerM wrote:
dreamNwish_Photo_Art wrote:
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


Adding more to the suggestion list....



Your birthday card that was shown as an example, would probably sell even better with an actual greeting on the inside.
Yes, there are sections in stores like Hallmark that may have a blank card section, but look at how small that section is. People want to buy a card, sign and give it.




This birthday card first and foremost cannot be used as its taken off a screenshot and does not belong to this OP unless bought with a print option license which does not appear so. You probably did not see the last two posts above yours. Most of this OP's products are copied off other sites.Sad


Interesting to know.

I actually did only skim across the other posts, trying to make sure that I didn't repeat exactly was had been said, so I missed the full post.

I did see a comment about them having downloaded images from another site (Dreamstime?), or that they were directing others to download from the site. Either way, and though I didn't read in full, I got the idea that they were doing something with that site and images that they shouldn't be doing. I didn't know it was the image I'd talked about, let alone most of their images. Wow.

Thanks.


Some or maybe many people see "Free Images" and go no further and just take what they can. For the OP the other images appear to be copies of products but not sure if they made them or not.

You crack me up, I do not know how you can give our such detailed information to so many...exhausting. Laughing I sure hope people do read what you add as its so valuable. I just tell them to go read the links..LOL I know until I did my stores went nowhere.

Don't stop being helpful, it is very unusual for someone to do what you do...Roses


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Some or maybe many people see "Free Images" and go no further and just take what they can. For the OP the other images appear to be copies of products but not sure if they made them or not.


True. When I first started with Zazzle and had very few of my own images, other than photos, I would look for images that I could get for free or purchase. I was a bit paranoid about the terms of use, so I'd get in touch with the designer. I'm sure I got on their nerves with double or triple checking to be sure that I understood. LOL! I even took screenshots of some of the terms in case I needed them for later proof. LOL!

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You crack me up, I do not know how you can give our such detailed information to so many...exhausting. Laughing I sure hope people do read what you add as its so valuable. I just tell them to go read the links..LOL I know until I did my stores went nowhere.

Don't stop being helpful, it is very unusual for someone to do what you do...


I think part of my giving out such detailed information comes from seeing how a few people, from a while back, would post a link to almost every product in their store and ask questions like "What's wrong with this?", "Does this look right?", "Why isn't this card selling?", and so on. I thought if I just picked out some of the products I felt would have one of those questions attached, I'd just go ahead and answer before it was asked. LOL! I know that my stores and designs aren't the best, but still.... :/

Like you and many others, I used to just post a link to a helpful post, but would get a reply like - "That didn't help with my store."
I thought that breaking it down with their store and products, they really couldn't say that. I guess they could literally say it, but you know what I mean. Haha! They'd be able to see just what I'm talking about if I pointed it out.

Thanks a lot for the kind words. Smile I do appreciate them, and I'll continue to add my two cents about tags, titles and descriptions. It's kinda "my thing", I guess. LOL!


Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 4:03:44 PM
DreamNwish_Photo_Art,
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I do not know how you can give our such detailed information to so many...exhausting. I sure hope people do read what you add as its so valuable.

+1! I'm always impressed by your patience and helpfulness when people ask for feedback!
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 5:06:36 PM
Sonja Quidama wrote:
DreamNwish_Photo_Art,
Quote:
I do not know how you can give our such detailed information to so many...exhausting. I sure hope people do read what you add as its so valuable.

+1! I'm always impressed by your patience and helpfulness when people ask for feedback!


Thank you. How very kind of you to say. Smile

Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 8:12:45 PM
What a funny and interesting little turn this thread took. I suspect that we won't be hearing from the OP again, which I actually suspected when I first read the post a couple of days ago, even before people picked up on the blatant copyright violations.

So I almost ignored this thread today because of this, but I noticed that the last poster was listed as DreamNWish, and thought to myself, "That girl is always so helpful and says such insightful things" ("Girl" in this case being based on nothing but intuition and/or stereotyping, since I have no direct knowledge of gender here, and this was actually my next thought. I hate to think of myself as stereotyping people.) Anyway after stopping to question why I had made the gender assumption, instead of just coming to read what had been added to the thread, I made a detour through DreamNWish's store. You have some lovely music business cards, btw, which I'll add to the appropriate pages on their next update. Grin

So then I came back to the forum and really just came back to this thread to see what helpful comments DreamNWish had made, only to find that whole thread had already gone the direction of noting how helpful her (his?) comments usually were.

I was amused by this, and also thought to myself how I was clearly in the zone and in tune with everyone today, but maybe it's really just another case of brilliant minds think alike. Happy

+1 on the please keep the helpful comments coming . . . to all of you!
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 10:34:55 PM
UROCKDezineZone wrote:
What a funny and interesting little turn this thread took. I suspect that we won't be hearing from the OP again, which I actually suspected when I first read the post a couple of days ago, even before people picked up on the blatant copyright violations.

So I almost ignored this thread today because of this, but I noticed that the last poster was listed as DreamNWish, and thought to myself, "That girl is always so helpful and says such insightful things" ("Girl" in this case being based on nothing but intuition and/or stereotyping, since I have no direct knowledge of gender here, and this was actually my next thought. I hate to think of myself as stereotyping people.) Anyway after stopping to question why I had made the gender assumption, instead of just coming to read what had been added to the thread, I made a detour through DreamNWish's store. You have some lovely music business cards, btw, which I'll add to the appropriate pages on their next update. Grin

So then I came back to the forum and really just came back to this thread to see what helpful comments DreamNWish had made, only to find that whole thread had already gone the direction of noting how helpful her (his?) comments usually were.

I was amused by this, and also thought to myself how I was clearly in the zone and in tune with everyone today, but maybe it's really just another case of brilliant minds think alike. Happy

+1 on the please keep the helpful comments coming . . . to all of you!


The topic did take quite a turn, didn't it? I'm glad it wasn't an ugly turn. You guys and your positive feedback to me made sure of that. Smile

You're right to assume that I'm a girl. I'm not as young of a girl as I'd like to be (dang upcoming class reunion is a cold reminder), but still a girl. LOL!

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So I almost ignored this thread today because of this, but I noticed that the last poster was listed as DreamNWish, and thought to myself, "That girl is always so helpful and says such insightful things"


You saw my name and decided to read the post because you think I'm helpful and insightful ? That's so sweet. Smile

There are many times when I wonder just how annoying my posts may be to those who aren't newbies. I imagine that some of you would say "There she goes again,....same old suggestions. Doe she not have a life?"
Since I'm able to set my own work schedule with my other job, sometimes I'll get lazy and/or bored, not want to work, and use that time to post so much.

It really makes me feel good to know that what I'm saying is appreciated by those who don't even need the type of help I offer. Wow.

Thank you for complimenting my music theme business cards, and for taking an interest in them. You've actually reminded me that I haven't created any of those in ages. I should really get on that as they were actually a favorite theme to work with. I just need more images to use. The sax is my granddad's and the piano is my mom's. They've both passed away, but we still have the instruments. Smile

Sometimes being in the zone or in tune with others, can be a good thing.


Thanks again!
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:34:11 AM
This thread reminds at the end of how it was years ago here at the forum and that despite some things that have not been great incentives and sales going south for many of us, we are still the same good people.

So when we or should I say (I) like some whine with my gripes, don't judge me or others as we have gotten comfortable here and the new Mod's have been awesome not kicking us to the curb, and I am sure they still get those poison pen emails wanting some of us gone, but have let us be grown ups and not perfect and I like this, as it is how it use to be when Zazzle mod's did not get personal or put their opinions or complaints in the way of who we are and let us be just that. Of course with some exceptions of course but its so much nicer and friendlier in the public forums here nowadays and glad many of you hung in there. Take what you need and leave the rest alone.. and see what you can bring to the party not take from it. Have a great day

Love Love Love Love
Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 7:16:06 AM
Ok, thanks for all the replies. I am trying to weed through them and they are overwhelming. I just started on here. I have had a lot of medical stuff going on lately so have taken awhile to get back to you. I looked into the dreams time because I never even knew about the site since I got just a basic birthday thing off another site and added to it. I was told the stuff on the site was royalty free. I am very confused about it all. Most of everything I have added are my own and I do use a free thing like gimp on my photos. I read if you change the stuff up it is okay. I appreciate all the help and answers. I will try to go through each post one by one and put into play what is suggested.Someone mentioned my stuff not being shown. I will look over that again, but I tried to figure out how to put cover photos on categories on categories and gave up. I am really new at this and really put effort to study up, but learn as I go, so I do appreciate your mercy on me. I am a novice. I have sold on other sites, but not designs as on here. Having a lot of these moments: Idea
Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 9:32:40 AM
TinkerM wrote:
This thread reminds at the end of how it was years ago here at the forum and that despite some things that have not been great incentives and sales going south for many of us, we are still the same good people.

So when we or should I say (I) like some whine with my gripes, don't judge me or others as we have gotten comfortable here and the new Mod's have been awesome not kicking us to the curb, and I am sure they still get those poison pen emails wanting some of us gone, but have let us be grown ups and not perfect and I like this, as it is how it use to be when Zazzle mod's did not get personal or put their opinions or complaints in the way of who we are and let us be just that. Of course with some exceptions of course but its so much nicer and friendlier in the public forums here nowadays and glad many of you hung in there. Take what you need and leave the rest alone.. and see what you can bring to the party not take from it. Have a great day

Love Love Love Love


Nice post.

I'm so happy that things have cooled down with so many hateful comments. I know at one time, there were only a few who posted them, then about two years or so ago, the number unfortunately increased. It was awful, but thankfully, the kind-hearted posts outweighed the hurtful ones. Smile

No, we're not perfect and we all have some sort of complaint from time to time, but like you, I'm glad that many have decided to stick around. I think some of us have grown a thicker skin or an immunity to the extreme ugliness that has been known to pop up, and just keep doing what we do to teach and also to learn.
Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 10:18:15 AM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Ok, thanks for all the replies. I am trying to weed through them and they are overwhelming. I just started on here. I have had a lot of medical stuff going on lately so have taken awhile to get back to you. I looked into the dreams time because I never even knew about the site since I got just a basic birthday thing off another site and added to it. I was told the stuff on the site was royalty free. I am very confused about it all. Most of everything I have added are my own and I do use a free thing like gimp on my photos. I read if you change the stuff up it is okay. I appreciate all the help and answers. I will try to go through each post one by one and put into play what is suggested.Someone mentioned my stuff not being shown. I will look over that again, but I tried to figure out how to put cover photos on categories on categories and gave up. I am really new at this and really put effort to study up, but learn as I go, so I do appreciate your mercy on me. I am a novice. I have sold on other sites, but not designs as on here. Having a lot of these moments: Idea


The rights do get super tricky. Royalty free just means you don't have to keep paying royalties after you've bought the license to use an image. But you do have to buy the license and different types of licenses have different rules. Some let you use the image in ads for your product but you can't actually put it on your product. Other types let you put it on your product but only a certain number of times and they charge different amounts based on how many times.

This website gives some explanations:
http://www.stockphotoguides.com/use/using/types-of-stock-photo-licenses

I went to Dreamstime and it looks like they have a number of different licensing and download plans. They do have a free images section but it looks like that is for registered users and that it has restrictions.

Their website says this about their free image section:

Free images section:
"Any contributor can donate images for the free images section. The contributor is responsible for the donation and entitles Dreamstime to make the image available for free to its registered customers, accompanied by the regular Royalty Free license. As long as the image is available for free, Dreamstime will not charge any fees from customers for downloading the high resolution file and no earnings will be placed in the account of the Contributor who donated the image.
All donations are selected by admin, Dreamstime reserves the right to select only the submissions it considers as appropriate for this section."

I put the important part in italics. You have to be a customer who has bought a royalty free license download package. I'd stay far away from all that if you don't want to start buying those download packages.

So what should you do? Go for true free, the public domain.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

That is a rather lengthy list of various resources for public domain images. I got some art images from there. (But art is tricky because some of it isn't actually public domain but is the property of the museum.) On this lengthy list you'll find government photos which is why there is so much outer space imagery on Zazzle. I also use Pixabay but you have to be careful. Some of the pictures aren't actually part of creative commons even though they say they are. And Shutterstock has for-pay images on there which you must avoid.

Best practice is to do a google image search before using an image to make sure it isn't actually a for-pay stock photo, or something stolen from Deviant Art etc or anything else that isn't actually public domain or creative commons.



Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 10:28:40 AM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Ok, thanks for all the replies. I am trying to weed through them and they are overwhelming. I just started on here. I have had a lot of medical stuff going on lately so have taken awhile to get back to you. I looked into the dreams time because I never even knew about the site since I got just a basic birthday thing off another site and added to it. I was told the stuff on the site was royalty free. I am very confused about it all. Most of everything I have added are my own and I do use a free thing like gimp on my photos. I read if you change the stuff up it is okay. I appreciate all the help and answers. I will try to go through each post one by one and put into play what is suggested.Someone mentioned my stuff not being shown. I will look over that again, but I tried to figure out how to put cover photos on categories on categories and gave up. I am really new at this and really put effort to study up, but learn as I go, so I do appreciate your mercy on me. I am a novice. I have sold on other sites, but not designs as on here. Having a lot of these moments: Idea


You're welcome.
Hope your medical issues are sorted out, soon.

As for using free images from Dreamstime, even if someone offers a royalty-free image, that doesn't mean it can be used to be sold on a product you design. You may only be able to use it to for coloring books, or other items used in schools or at home or in classrooms. The terms of use explain that the images are not to be used on such items like those offered on Zazzle to be sold. The Terms of Use link is at the bottom of their page, but here's what I found.

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Royalty- Free License of use of Non-Watermarked Media and Restrictions

The high-resolution Media that you download under the regular Royalty Free (RF) license may be used to make fine art prints, to illustrate and visually enhance website pages and headers, magazine pages and articles, newspapers, books, ebooks and booklets, book/ebook covers, flyers, blog articles, newsletters, documentaries and motion pictures, application software (apps), social media posts and any other advertising and promotional material, in either printed or electronic media, as long as the item in which the Media appears does not contradict any of the restrictions below. The list is not exhaustive and if you have any uncertainty regarding the use of the Media in a correct way please email support using the help form.

Web templates, greeting cards or postcards especially designed for sale, similar print-on-demand services, canvas, t-shirts, mugs, calendars, postcards, mouse pads or any other items incorporating the Media in an essential manner, intended to be sold are considered redistribution (if the Media is used in an essential manner). The use of Dreamstime.com Media for these purposes under the regular Royalty Free license is not permitted. It is also forbidden to make the Media available on a website for download (as wallpapers for example), although you may use the Media in a concept in as many websites as you want, for any number of clients. For Web use, you must not use the Media at a width exceeding 1080 pixels unless it is included in your site`s design. If the Media is part of a design and manipulated accordingly, the Media width can be higher than 1080 pixels.

If you use the Media for printed materials, the number of copies must not exceed 500,000. You may modify the Media in any way required for reproduction, or include them in your own personal creations.

Buying the high-resolution Media (purchasing the license) does not transfer the copyright. You may not claim that the Media is your own and you may not sell, license for use, or in any way distribute the Media for reuse. We recommend that you credit the agency and the Contributor when you use an Media. By this you benefit the community at Dreamstime.com, of which you are an integral part, and help increase your success as part of the community, which, by growing contributions, gains quantity and quality.

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Using editing programs like GIMP, Photoshop, Paint.NET, etc., are fine for editing your own designs, or those of others with permission.
Yes, if a designer says you can use their design to sell on Zazzle, but it must not be exactly how they made it, then using an editing program would be of help. I've used designs by others who have said I could use the image just as it is, if I wanted, but I at least had to use some text with it. Either way, it can't be exactly as they presented it to us. I've changed colors, shapes and sizes of images, and have even added other images to them.

Changing an image from sites that offer free images, still doesn't mean that you can use it to sell. You have to be sure of the terms of use.

As for the category images, you have to upload images that you have saved on your computer. It's been ages since I've done anything with new categories, so I used clicked on "search" at the top of the forum and found one of my replies from 2012 that may help. I pasted it below, and though some of the steps may have changed over the years, you still may be able to get the general idea and on the right track.

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Store Category 1* ( Select | New )


Click on "new" and a window should open. You should see ---

Add new category under ( Select )


Category Name

Description



Click on "Select" and name your category. Name it something that is proper for your items. If it's for items with fairies, give it the title "Fairies". Then you can list in separate sub-categories within that, for shirts with fairies, mugs with fairies, and so on.

Above the gray/grey folder in that same box, you should see "change or clear". Click on "change" and replace the folder with an image or title design that you created. It will be like I did for my store...my wedding store has rings with the names of the categories over them, and my variety store has the category names over a bouquet of flowers.

This information should help you get started.


To add items that are already in your store to a category....

Click on "My Account"

Click on "Store"

Choose the store you want to manage and click "Manage"

Look for "Products" that may have an image of a shirt.

Click on "Manage Products"

Click on the little box under the product photo

Click on "Actions"

Click on "Set Store Category"

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Maybe this information will be of help.


Good luck.
Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 11:02:13 AM
^^^^^
Yup. I looked at what you have to do to be allowed to use Dreamstime images for "t shirts, greeting cards.....", in other words, redistribution. You have to buy an Extended Use License, particularly a Print Use Extended Use License. It will cost you 53$ per month for 2 images!! This is worth it only if you are designing greeting cards for Hallmark and t- shirts for Walmart. Here/ NOPE!

Stick to public domain. Upthread I posted a link of wiki public domain/creative commons resources but I realize it is way too comprehensive and easy to get lost in. So instead, go to this guy's blog all about public domain images. He ties things up nicely and gives links plus an explanation of how to use google's image search for public domain images.

http://publicdomainblog.com/category/images/

Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 12:26:13 PM
Susannah Keegan wrote:
^^^^^
Yup. I looked at what you have to do to be allowed to use Dreamstime images for "t shirts, greeting cards.....", in other words, redistribution. You have to buy an Extended Use License, particularly a Print Use Extended Use License. It will cost you 53$ per month for 2 images!! This is worth it only if you are designing greeting cards for Hallmark and t- shirts for Walmart. Here/ NOPE!

Stick to public domain. Upthread I posted a link of wiki public domain/creative commons resources but I realize it is way too comprehensive and easy to get lost in. So instead, go to this guy's blog all about public domain images. He ties things up nicely and gives links plus an explanation of how to use google's image search for public domain images.

http://publicdomainblog.com/category/images/



You and I were posting around the same time. I think I was ten minutes behind you, and then I saw that we'd given similar information.

No, that license fee of $53.00 isn't something I'm interested in, either. I'll keep doing what I've been doing for now. LOL! I may want to get new some images that I can't create on my own, but I'm considering asking my fellow Zazzlers. I've purchased from them before, and they may appreciate that another Zazzler is helping them, as they help us. Smile

I'll check out that blog, too.

Thanks for sharing.
Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 7:07:44 PM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Ok, thanks for all the replies. I am trying to weed through them and they are overwhelming. I just started on here. I have had a lot of medical stuff going on lately so have taken awhile to get back to you. I looked into the dreams time because I never even knew about the site since I got just a basic birthday thing off another site and added to it. I was told the stuff on the site was royalty free. I am very confused about it all. Most of everything I have added are my own and I do use a free thing like gimp on my photos. I read if you change the stuff up it is okay.


Just to be clear, it's fine to edit your own pictures as much as you want. You can also edit pictures you have permission to use, because you have a license or it's public domain. But you can't take a picture you wouldn't usually have permission to use, change it a bit, and then call it yours.

You might have read discussions about transformative works, but this is a very fuzzy area. Disputes will usually end up in court, so the court can debate if it really is transformative or not. A popular example that's usually considered transformative is cutting magazines into tiny pieces and assembling them into a new picture. Whether Zazzle accepts such transformative works is a different story... I don't know if they do or not. But either way, your work doesn't look like you have anything like that. In this context, transformative doesn't mean basic edits.
Posted: Saturday, June 04, 2016 11:07:27 AM
UROCKDezineZone wrote:
What a funny and interesting little turn this thread took. I suspect that we won't be hearing from the OP again, which I actually suspected when I first read the post a couple of days ago, even before people picked up on the blatant copyright violations.

So I almost ignored this thread today because of this, but I noticed that the last poster was listed as DreamNWish, and thought to myself, "That girl is always so helpful and says such insightful things" ("Girl" in this case being based on nothing but intuition and/or stereotyping, since I have no direct knowledge of gender here, and this was actually my next thought. I hate to think of myself as stereotyping people.) Anyway after stopping to question why I had made the gender assumption, instead of just coming to read what had been added to the thread, I made a detour through DreamNWish's store. You have some lovely music business cards, btw, which I'll add to the appropriate pages on their next update. Grin

So then I came back to the forum and really just came back to this thread to see what helpful comments DreamNWish had made, only to find that whole thread had already gone the direction of noting how helpful her (his?) comments usually were.

I was amused by this, and also thought to myself how I was clearly in the zone and in tune with everyone today, but maybe it's really just another case of brilliant minds think alike. Happy

+1 on the please keep the helpful comments coming . . . to all of you!


Hi, UROCK.

I replied to you a couple of days ago, but came back to add here, that I sold a pack of my saxophone business cards. I don't know if you had anything to do with it or not, but if so, I appreciate it. I appreciate anyone who was responsible.


Smile
Posted: Monday, June 06, 2016 10:59:35 AM
Some amazing help here. Thank you for taking the time to be so thorough also. Off to learn. On tags, I am posting like for tags I learned on Etsy. Maybe it will not work on here like there? Thoughts? Thanks again.Smile
Posted: Monday, June 06, 2016 2:28:51 PM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Some amazing help here. Thank you for taking the time to be so thorough also. Off to learn. On tags, I am posting like for tags I learned on Etsy. Maybe it will not work on here like there? Thoughts? Thanks again.Smile


You're welcome.

The first post that I replied to you with, has examples of how to use tags here on Zazzle. Some people come from Redbubble and other places that used to only allow single words, and only up to five or ten words. That's not the case on Zazzle. You can use single words and phrases. I think it's up to 500 characters that you can use. You can see it in small text below the area where you type in your tags.
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:14:18 AM
LarkDesigns wrote:
Have you set your storefront so it is not viewable by the public? - I can't see it.

Also it looks as if you only have 30 products - most sellers will tell you that they didn't start selling until they had at least a few hundred or even 1,000+

Don't take much account of the view counter right now as it hasn't worked properly for months!


Yes, I may have jumped the gun because I realized I need more products and was trying to add more. I am glad to know that fact on the viewer count. Maybe that is it because I had a few views on there and now none. It could be the reason if it is not working.

And as far as the storefront being visible, I do not know why it would not show. I hate to bug anyone with this but is there a video or article I could use to cover steps on this aspect? I know I saw a link below on tutorials. I am just trying to do one message at a time here in order, so I want to cover any advice given in each one because I am not good with big picture type thinking. I have to take bits at a time so I am not overwhelmed Thank you.
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:26:50 AM
Gina ©gleem wrote:
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


What, if anything, are you doing to make sure your products are getting out there to be seen? Are you promoting? Posting to Twitter, Pinterest, FaceBook, etc? Don't rely on the MP to be seen... There are too many products there to be compete with. You have to take steps to put your products into peoples line of vision.


I have been putting them on Social Media, but in small increments, since I do not want to look like I am spamming.There are a lot of products and competition. Some really amazing items.Thank you,I do need to work on this aspect some though.
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:34:29 AM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
LarkDesigns wrote:
Have you set your storefront so it is not viewable by the public? - I can't see it.

Also it looks as if you only have 30 products - most sellers will tell you that they didn't start selling until they had at least a few hundred or even 1,000+

Don't take much account of the view counter right now as it hasn't worked properly for months!


Yes, I may have jumped the gun because I realized I need more products and was trying to add more. I am glad to know that fact on the viewer count. Maybe that is it because I had a few views on there and now none. It could be the reason if it is not working.

And as far as the storefront being visible, I do not know why it would not show. I hate to bug anyone with this but is there a video or article I could use to cover steps on this aspect? I know I saw a link below on tutorials. I am just trying to do one message at a time here in order, so I want to cover any advice given in each one because I am not good with big picture type thinking. I have to take bits at a time so I am not overwhelmed Thank you.


I don't know where a video can be found at the moment, but it doesn't take a lot of steps to check out your store.

1. Make sure that you're logged in

2. Click on your icon image at the top of the page

3. Click on the name of the store you want to work with

4. Click on "settings"

5. Scroll down just a bit to see Edit Store Information
Make this store private
, and then make sure the box hasn't been checked.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:36:30 AM
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Gina ©gleem wrote:
Karen Dunleavy wrote:
Grinarkblue">When I first opened my store, even though I have yet to get a sale, at least my products were being viewed. For a month, none of them have been viewed at all. I think something is wrong.Crying Please help me. Am I beating a dead-horse. Why is this happening? About ready to give up! Sad I can go without no sales for awhile, but with no views, it is a waste of time and effort to continue. Thank you for help.


What, if anything, are you doing to make sure your products are getting out there to be seen? Are you promoting? Posting to Twitter, Pinterest, FaceBook, etc? Don't rely on the MP to be seen... There are too many products there to be compete with. You have to take steps to put your products into peoples line of vision.


I have been putting them on Social Media, but in small increments, since I do not want to look like I am spamming.There are a lot of products and competition. Some really amazing items.Thank you,I do need to work on this aspect some though.


Since there is so much competition, that's the reason why you have to get your products out there. If you let them sit, all the competition will step right over your products and be seen.

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