Have you ever heard of print on demand (P.O.D.) affiliate programs?
You create a free store, upload images, add them to shirts, buttons, hats, and other merchandise. You set your own markups and that becomes your commission when products are sold.
The companies do all the printing and shipping, you just collect your commissions.
Well, I just switched from Zazzle to Spreadshirt and increased my earnings by about 300%. My average commission per shirt sold is between $7 and $9. You can see my store here.
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There are four reasons this payment excites me…
First of all, it reminds me of the opportunities available online and I wanted to do this podcast to help give you ideas — especially those of you who are in niches where there are not a lot of monetization options.
People LOVE wearing shirts that allow them to express themselves. (Not to mention the selfies they may take, which can mean even more promotion for you!) The key is the sayings and designs. You really have to know what your audience would like.
I’ve found people like shirts that…
- promote social awareness
- display pride
- are comedic or fun
- include a play on words or well-known phrases
- have a good design
It’s a lot of trial and error. Some shirts are instant hits for me, others are straight up bombs! 🙂
The second reason I’m pumped about this is I’m not much of a designer. So the fact that someone like me can open up Photoshop, take my basic knowledge of the program and create a design that sells makes me feel good. I create some designs myself and outsource others.
(Don’t worry, you don’t have to know Photoshop or any graphics program to make money. I’ll be talking about five other options. But if you want to learn Photoshop, my course will make it easier than you’ve ever imagined.)
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Third, it’s fun! There’s something incredibly rewarding about knowing I can have an idea for a shirt, create something in 10 minutes and put it up for sale immediately. Gotta love the convenience of the Internet!
And last but not least…when you have a site with traffic, the income can be very passive. The only direct promotion I’ve done for my shirts was Pinterest. Other than that, I am driving all the traffic to my store from links and images on my site and forum.
Update January 2015: I had a record commission ($55) for one order in December, 2014. I added a banner at the top of my store and reminded people that the shirts make great Christmas gifts. A few big orders came through around this time.
I wish I had thought to put that banner up sooner!
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Where My Sales Come From
About 70% of my sales are generated from links on my site to the store. The other 30% come from the Spreadshirt marketplace.
The cool thing about the marketplace is people don’t have to visit your store directly. So this is convenient if you don’t have a large website following. There are two ways to earn…
1) Other Spreadshirt shop owners can sell your designs from their stores, and you get to set your own commission. (This is optional if you don’t want others to sell your shirts.)
2) Some customers go to Spreadshirt.com directly to find images, put them on products and you also can earn that way as well.
Imagine if I had used social media more (other than Pinterest). I probably would sell a lot more. I admittedly slack in that area, and because of that, my followers are not very engaged. 🙁 So I haven’t really tested anything beyond Pinterest.
But if you do have an engaged social following, there’s a lot of opportunity there. In the podcast, I discuss a YouTube channel I follow and how the owner uses social media to generate more sales for his Spreadshirt store.
Check out the podcast below. Here’s the transcript.
In This Episode
- Why I’m earning so much more from Spreadshirt than I did with Zazzle
- How you can earn money from the Spreadshirt marketplace without direct sales to your store
- 5 different ways to get designs/images for your store (no graphics program needed)
- How to get a discount on my new Photoshop course that includes a video on how to create images for the shirts
- How I got scammed by a designer from 99Designs and a warning about outsourcing
- The trick to maximizing your commission per shirt
- Why I’m OK (for now) with using P.O.D. affiliate stores instead of selling shirts directly without the middleman
- A clever way a YouTube duo is using social media to get more sales for their store
- Teespring – another P.O.D. alternative that has caught on
- My Spreadshirt Store
- My Photoshop course that includes one video on how to create the shirt images (text and shapes only) in Photoshop
- Honest and educational article about a woman who made money with Teespring in the nursing niche
- Read the transcript
- My Spreadshirt Course