Mary is a designer on Zazzle where her products have sold to people all over the world due to their global appeal.
How to use Zazzle on Hubpages
Today I would like to tell you about how you can generate more money from your articles here on Hubpages or your own website or blog. We all know that we can use Amazon capsules to earn money when someone buys a product listed. I would like to tell you about another site you can use, called Zazzle. Below I will explain, what the company offers and give you step by step instructions how you can begin selling their products to earn yourself a handsome profit as well.
What is Zazzle?
If you aren't familiar with this company, they are a print on demand company based in northern California. Print on demand simply means when someone orders something from them, they print it. The market for customizable products is huge and this is a good percentage of their sales. Some people will buy the product they see and others will customize it if the designer has allowed this function. For example, if you saw birthday invitations, you could have all the printing about time, date, address etc, printed for you on a design of your choice. They offer more than just t-shirts and business cards. They have everything from iPhone cases to skateboards! Take a look at the video below that explains a bit more about the company, products and people who design for them. The beginning of the video is a bit blurry but the rest of it is clear.
CNN report on Zazzle
Promoting Zazzle Products
I know what you are thinking, 'I can't write an article about something I don't believe in'. That's the beauty of Zazzle, you don't have to write about something you know nothing about. Because their selection is vast, there will be something that will tie in with your article.
The people who design items to sell are ordinary people like you and me. They have a passion about something and they create a t-shirt, or one of the hundreds of other products that Zazzle has to offer. Whatever you are writing about, there is a product that will complement your article.
Earning Money With Referrals
Perhaps you're thinking, I am a writer, not a designer. That's okay, you don't have to be a designer to make money from Zazzle. By selling their products, you can earn a whopping 15% of the sales price.
Also, the tracking cookie lasts 45 days. That means even if your customer doesn't buy something straight away, if he returns within that 45 days, you get your sale. To put that into perspective, with Amazon, your customer has to make a purchase within 24 hours for your account to register a sale.
Niche Market Products
Let's take the example of knitting. You would go to their site, type in knitting in the search box and it would bring up all the products relating to it. You would then choose the item you are interested in and one that works best for your article.
Remember the golden rule of marketing. Niche markets sell. If your article already has their interest, you are more likely to make a sale. The beauty of Zazzle is, the variety of items, let's take the knitting example again. If you are writing about knitting patterns, for example, you might place a photo and link to a tote bag or phone case with a picture of balls of yarn and knitting needles on it. Target your market.
Some people may think that if you are writing an article and offering knitting patterns, a phone case wouldn't sell. I'm not so sure, people love to wear and use items that show their hobbies.
Sign up with Zazzle
In order to get paid by Zazzle, you need to sign up with them. It is free and painless. Simply go to Zazzle and create your account.
Then when you have done that you can go back to your articles and decide which ones would benefit from having a customized product.
The way Hubpages is set up you will need to use the photo capsule.
Let's take a look at just how easy it is.
How to Sign in to Zazzle
I would like to take you step by step on how to place a product of your choosing in your hub.
First sign into your account, you have to be signed in or you won't get credited if they buy something.
Once you have logged into your account, type what you are looking for in the search bar. For the example, I will use one of my products. I love the game of Scrabble and have designed a mug for Scrabble players. Once the search takes you to the page, select the item you wish to place in your hub. It will bring up a screen like the one printed below.
Throughout this article, you will see notes I have made on the screenshots. Most of these will have red arrows indicating something to take notice of.
There are two ways to place a picture in your article and I will be discussing both of these.
The first is to copy the image from Zazzle. This is shown below. You go to the main page of the item you want to sell. Right-click on the image and then click save image as. A box will come up prompting you to save it. At this point, it is a good idea to rename it something memorable. For example, blue and white Scrabble mug. Then click Save.
This will be placed in your designated folder on your computer, normally your download folder. This will then be the same procedure that you normally follow to upload a picture onto Hubpages. The only exception will be the source, title and caption. Take a look below.
Remember, it is always a good idea to put a caption and a title on your picture. It will help with traffic from the search engines.
Below shows how I inserted one of my green mugs into a hub.
How to find your referral number on Zazzle
Now let's look at how you get your referral number so that you will get credited with that sale.
Go to the product you wish to sell and click Share. This will bring up another box that lists various social media sites that you will be familiar with. From here click the button for link.
Click on the line marked link. The box will go red. click copy.
Notice at the bottom it says that you will earn 15% from your product because this product is mine. If it were designed by someone else, it would say, "Your Associate ID is included. You earn 15% by sharing Zazzle!" Not bad for a few clicks of the mouse is it!
The information that is highlighted is what you will put on Hubpage as the source URL in the photo capsule.
That was one way to add a photo, and for the mug, it was the best way. When I tried the next method I am going to tell you about, it produce a photo that looked pixelated and wasn't as clear. This however may work for larger products so I will give you both methods.
As before go back to the product page and click share, and link.
Now you will want to right click and copy in the section for Html.
Copy this information into an office program such as Word, or Open Office..
You will want to copy the highlighted portion of the text above and open the photo capsule in you hub.
Doing it this way will bring the photo in and you would continue as above, placing the link to Zazzle with your referral number. Remember you must be signed in to generate this, it will be in the code and will be placed after 'rf='
Then tell your reader where the link will take them which is Zazzle and add a caption describing what it is.
This is how it will look on your page.
Beneath on this screen shot, you will see I have put an additional link. This provides your reader with more information about shipping etc. Because Hubpages limits the amount of external links, you may want to use only the picture and the link below the photo or a photo and a link box. The choice is yours.
Creating a Wow Factor
Now that you know how to upload a picture, don't stop there. You can really show it off! Using a desktop publishing program, you can create some stunning examples that will really add a Wow factor. I use Serif desktop publishing.
On this you would still want to put your referral link as you did before.
Do you use Zazzle?
After this brief tutorial, I hope you feel confident about adding pictures of products from Zazzle. If you have questions I will be happy to try to answer them. Remember you can start earning once you have signed up with them.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Mary Wickison
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on March 27, 2020:
Hubpages is becoming strict on what they allow as a link so choose wisely. Keeping it 'on topic' is your best bet.
Glad you are doing well on Zazzle. It is an amazing platform.
Shirley Hirst on March 27, 2020:
Thank you so much for this great information I'll be back to learn more.
I used to be on Squidoo too, and have a number of quite successful Zazzle stores. I just created a Hub Page on Flower Photography and added two links to my stores on Zazzle, but need to learn how to feature products. Thank you again!
crazymom3 on November 17, 2019:
Thank you so much! Excellent article. My skills are not up to par, my goal is to be like you!
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 17, 2019:
It can be frustrating I know.
I understand why Hubpages doesn't want links, as I used to be on Squidoo. People were trying to game the site and I believe it led to its downfall.
I have found Pinterest and my own website to be viable options to promote Zazzle products as well.
Between Hubpages and Zazzle, I earn virtually all our household income. I feel so passionate about Zazzle, that I have a mentor to help with my Zazzle business.
Diana Grant from United Kingdom on June 17, 2019:
I've designed quite a lot of things for Zazzle, but a sale is so rare that I haven't really bothered with it for a few years. HubPages discourages links to my Zazzle items, even if they are relevant, so most links are now deleted. Having said that, I shall study your various methods of linking and getting pictures, and see if I can get started again. You have inspired me to be more pro-active.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 20, 2019:
Like all sites, Zazzle is always updating and changing. There arere many developments that aid both the designer and the customer.
The best way to stay abreast of the changes is to read the forum. There they will help people who are struggling with new layouts and give advice about designing.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on August 15, 2018:
I'm pleased you found it useful. Zazzle has many products which are relevant to articles written here.
Good luck and I hope you get some great referral income from adding Zazzle products.
wrapitup4me on August 14, 2018:
Thanks so much. I really needed help putting Zazzle products up on hubpages.
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 29, 2018:
I love the products on Zazzle. I can't thank you enough for this hub. I will certainly start using the products on Zazzle for my hubs that I can.
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on July 14, 2018:
I have a Zazzle account but I do not use it because the site feels to crammed to me.They have stuffed a lot of things in the site making it complicated to carry out even simple tasks.
Janisa from Earth on July 09, 2018:
Interesting idea. Never heard of zazzle before, but I think I'll give it a try.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on January 05, 2018:
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think Zazzle and Hubpages make a winning combination.
Angel Caleb Santos from Hampton Roads, Virginia on January 05, 2018:
Good post. Thanks for sharing.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on November 03, 2016:
You were right Mary. It took three days for my deleted items to disappear from my store. In addttion, the new items finally appeared.
Now that I'm actively doing things, it speeded up, but there still is a delay of a few hours when I add new items or build collections. I guess that's just the way their indexing software works. I can get used to that as long as I know what to expect.
I do like the fact that they are working at improving things for the site. This is probably the best time to jump on board. I'm glad I came across you hub and that you motivated me to get back into actively using Zazzle.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on November 02, 2016:
Yes I have experienced a delay but normally only when I am doing a 'quick create' which involves designing several products at one time.
I suspect your problem may be due to inactivity. I had a shirt which I had started but didn't complete. I left it for a few months and when I went back to it, I couldn't edit it. In the end I telephoned Zazzle for help.
Zazzle have made some radical changes to help the rankings. Any product which hasn't been recently viewed is hidden so search engines won't see it.
There are also collections they want you to make and suggest you leave comments on other people's products.
There have been many changes but I think they are for the good of the site which will benefit us all.
For you, I think it is best to call them or send them an email. I have always found them so helpful. Forums are okay, but when you want the answer fast, clear and accurate you go to the source.
My stores are a work in progress but thanks for the compliment. I know I have only scratched the surface of what is possible at Zazzle and I see this as a wonderful opportunity for a passive income for life! There is nothing like getting an email with the subject line "recent sales".
Regarding the look of the stores, most people will find you from your keywords.
Good luck and keep me posted on your progress.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on November 02, 2016:
Hi Mary, this is the second tutorial hub of yours that I read about Zazzle. After reading your other hub, I checked out Zazzle again. I actually created an account a few years ago and never did anything with it. I had created a few items but didn't know much about how to promote them, so I dropped the idea - until now.
Thanks to your tutorials, I went back and logged into my old Zazzle account, cleaned up and improved my profile and storefront, deleted the silly items I made when I was experimenting, and added a couple of really good items to sell.
However, I discovered a problem and I wonder if you know of a solution...
The useless items I removed are still showing up in my Zazzle store and the new items are not. It's been two days since did did this. I found other people complaining about this in Zazzle's forum, but no real solutions other than waiting for the indexing to catch up. Have you run into this situation yourself? If so, have you discovered how to fix it?
The funny thing is that my new items appear under my Zazzle profile page, but my Zazzle store does not seem to get updated. I looked all over for parameters that may need to be set to make new items appear and make deleted items disappear, but all in vain.
Zazzle looks wonderful and I'd like to move ahead with it, but I need to get my store up to date. I looked at your two Zazzle stores and you really know what you're doing. Looks great!
Nashb on September 06, 2016:
Hi, I am a new hubber just about to start writing my own articles. This hub really helped, and I guess I will promote it too. Thanks Blond Logic.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 22, 2015:
I added the link, after you asked the question. I don't know why I didn't think about it before. So thanks for reminder.
If you need help, let me know.
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on September 22, 2015:
Thank you so much! I found the link to this hub the second time. I will surely bookmark this article and implement it soon. Thanks for the idea.
John from New Brunswick, Canada on September 21, 2015:
I think I could come up with something that would work. Thanx. I will also take the time to dig deeper in doing something with Zazzle.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 21, 2015:
I would think so but you have to have a certain number of words for all external links.
Perhaps you could talk about the inspiration for the piece, or offer advice to other artists.
I believe the article, even if it is about the artwork, would have to provide some value for the reader instead of it merely looking like an ad.
John from New Brunswick, Canada on September 21, 2015:
My wife and I both have Zazzle accounts but haven't done anything with them. My wife has done some wonderful artwork. It seems to me that promoting her Fine Arts America would be something along the same lines. Do you think Hubpages would allow that?
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on November 15, 2014:
Although different than Squidoo, Hubpages is fantastic place to promote them as well.
Blackspaniel1 on November 14, 2014:
I had many Zazzle lenses on Squidoo, and I deleted a number of images from my hubs when Squidoo came over to Hubpages. I usually promote my own products, but I might just try a few here. Thanks. I was uncertain how to add them.
Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on September 25, 2014:
My biggest problem as a zazzle designer is only being able to promote one or two products per hub. I have to get used to the restriction. Good tutorial.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 05, 2014:
Glad you found it useful.
Marie on September 05, 2014:
Thank you, this is very useful to know what to do with my Zazzle items now my work has been transferred over from Squidoo.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 08, 2014:
Glad you enjoyed it. A good portion of what I earn there is from referrals. Also most of my sales are from other people referring people. It is an easy extra stream of income.
Thanks for the pin.
thefedorows from the Midwest on May 07, 2014:
I am new to Hubpages and eager to learn more about advertising! I had never heard of Zazzle before. Your hub is excellent! Going to set up an account now! Pinning it to my blogging board as well so I can come back. :) Thank you for sharing!
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 29, 2014:
Hi Violette Rose,
I am pleased you found it useful, it can be quite confusing until you do it a few times. Thanks for reading and good luck with your Zazzle sales.
VioletteRose from Atlanta on April 28, 2014:
Thank you so much for writing this, I use zazzle but never knew how to show the products in hubpages.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 03, 2013:
Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on June 02, 2013:
Interesting! Thank you for sharing!
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 02, 2013:
As far as I am aware yes. Just as you can have an Ebay and Amazon capsule in the same hub. This is partly determined by how long your hub is as well. Some external sites such as 'clickbank' are considered spammy and not allowed.
Ceres Schwarz on June 02, 2013:
Thanks for the clarification. I didn't know Amazon also sells products from Zazzle. So, can you have both Amazon capsules and then one Zazzle photo in one hub? And wow, there's really a huge difference in the percentage of what you'll get from Amazon and Zazzle.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 02, 2013:
I have Zazzle products on some of my hubs but not all. If there is something that I think 'fits'. One thing to note, Amazon sell products from Zazzle but then you only get 4% instead of 15%+ and you get a longer cookie. To be on the safe side with Hubpages, I wouldn't put more than one Zazzle link per hub. Good luck and thanks for your comment.
Ceres Schwarz on June 02, 2013:
This is a very useful and detailed hub on zazzle. I've never heard of zazzle before but it sounds very interesting. I'll have to check it out sometime. It's good that you can earn such a high percentage from zazzle and how the cookie with your referral number lasts for such a long time. So, can we link to zazzle for all our hubs, if there's a relevant product, and HubPages is okay with that?
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 02, 2013:
Hi Au Fait,
Hubpages does limit the amount of links to external sources. I feel you only need one product from Zazzle on a page. Once they go to that site, the cookie with your referral number is set for 45 days.
Thanks for the vote up.
C E Clark from North Texas on June 01, 2013:
Only just skimmed this hub because I'm a bit in a hurry right now, but it looks good and I've bookmarked it to take another look soon. I'm wondering how HP will feel about this and if we are going to be limited to one or two listings the way we are with eBay and Amazon? You may have already answered this question in the text . . . anyway, I definitely want to study on this more. I've looked at the design aspects of it before, but never this angle.
Voting this up and useful! I'll be back . . .