I made a total of $55.74 in the month of March for my Zazzle affiliate earnings. I don't do as much as I used to with Zazzle ever since Squidoo took my account. I make the occasional sale here and there and a lot of times I end up using the credit before it ever gets paid out to me. lol At Christmas I had made a lot of personal gifts using my credit so I never got an actual payment from Paypal. My last payment from Zazzle was last year in June so you can see I'm not much of a heavier hitter. One day I'll get back into it but for now, I'm focusing on selling Amazon and Mynt Core products.
Guest Blog by Heather Burns
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ Goethe
Like my friend Lesley I've been working on the internet for over 5 years now, on various platforms and using different methods that I learned from the many courses I have downloaded over the years. I started my online endeavors at a site called Squidoo but it is not the site it once was and I cannot recommend it now. However, for a time, it was a moneymaker for me.
I make money with Zazzle....
I am always trying new things...
I also have 6 blogs of my own and collaborate with several friends on blogs to feature products from Amazon and Zazzle. Up until now those projects and taking care of blogs for clients has kept me busy and provided most of my income online. But after the great Google reset of 2013 I have been exploring other avenues and one of those is Fulfillment by Amazon. I'm sill getting set up on that one so we shall see what happens! I'm thinking of setting up my own private label and getting products made for me overseas that I will then sell on Amazon. Yes that will take a little more planning. But what else have I got to do? I can't work at a regular job so the internet is my ticket to prosperity. I just have to decide on the method. And that's the thing... There are so many ways to make money; you just have to choose one and get going!
If something doesn't work for me, I try another one! I'm living proof that you can try many things in life, and if you don't make it in one there's another way! Think about the things you love and start a blog! I love to decorate, so I collaborate on a decorating blog (with Lesley) to help you decorate your bedroom and bathrooms. I love to shop for my granddaughter so I share a toy blog with Lesley. In addition to those blogs, I love Angels, so I have a blog about them too, with lots of Angel Gifts. I have a keen interest in herbs and Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine, so I have a blog about those subjects too called Herbalosophy.
Currently, I'm taking some of my earnings and going on a trip around the world. Not going to miss a chance to make money on that! I'll be uploading photos to Zazzle and blogging about my adventures and giving travel advice from all around the world - how cool is that? You can follow my travel adventures at Peace, Love, Travel Light!
So you see, it's not necessary to focus when you work on the internet; it's perfect for people like me who have lots of eclectic interests. You can make it work, you just have to keep on going. Good Luck!
I made a total of $76.33 this month from Zazzle. This is two months of payments because I had that whole missing payment fiasco in March. You can see they had to cancel the March payment and it was paid to me in April. I'm glad it was straightened out and they gave me a nice credit for my trouble. I used that credit to buy Sammy this really cool pillow! I highly recommend the pillows, it was a very nice quality for the price I paid! You can even create your own like I did! This pillow here was only $26.95!
So last month I wasn't paid from Zazzle when others were. This concerned me so I sent in an email asking where my money was? The dashboard reflected that a payment had been sent to my PayPal account but I never received it. Zazzle sent an email back stating that they didn't have my social security number and to follow a link to complete the info. This concerned me more because they have always had it. I logged into my account and found that they DID in fact already have my tax information. Phewww... But where was my money?
I called Zazzle on the phone and got a representative by the name of Dino. Dino was not a pleasant guy (an understatement). Dino talked me in circles and never resolved my question. He made me more frustrated and had me wondering if I should be selling for Zazzle at all! Dino told me that "my payment was in fact sent to Paypal and that I could call back and that's the only answer I was going to get." Frustrated beyond belief I asked Dino for his supervisor. Dino put me on hold....never to return. I waited for what felt like a lifetime, he never returned.
I called Paypal and asked them about the money, they of course, had no record of the payment or they would have sent it to me. Back to Square #1 - where is my money?
Where was my Zazzle money if Paypal didn't have it?
Three days later, I was contacted by Tamara, she informed me that there was an issue with my 1099 and where it was sent. Apparently they got my 1099 returned to them last year. She apologized that it took so long to resolve the issue and assured me that my money was put back into my Zazzle account and would be paid out the following month.
I was happy that my money was found but still disappointed that I had been put through so much hassle. Tamara did feel bad, I could tell she did but her hands were tied. I think if she could have given me my payment right there, she would have. She spent three days figuring out where my money was and I appreciated that.
Fast forward about 2.5 weeks....
This morning I opened up my email and saw one titled "Your Zazzle Balance!" Inside the email it stated my balance and it had an additional amount below it...
It was A CREDIT! It was a gift certificate for $150! WOW! That was a pleasant, unexpected surprise and I'm not sure when it happened!
I planned on blogging about the whole incident when I received my money on the 15th of April.... because that's what I do. I'm very happy that they resolved the issue before the next pay period even if they didn't pay me on time.
Zazzle sent me $72.42 this month! Money, money, money! I don't make a ton of money from Zazzle ever since I cut my links back on Squidoo. My main issue with Zazzle right now is the returns, I sell mainly throw pillows, t-shirts, invitations, iPhone and iPad cases and my returns are very high. I don't even get excited about a Zazzle sale in my inbox anymore because I know there's a 35% chance it will get returned. Not good. My returns in November were over 50% of the items I sold. It is definitely a quality issue for the price in my humble opinion and here's why:
I have personally purchased these items from Zazzle:
2 T-shirts - I had to return one, the iron-on graphic looked cheap. The other was just eh..
1 Wall clock - I love it!
1 Coffee Mug - Loved it! Gave it to my dad for Father's Day.
4 Magnets for the fridge - I loved them all, great price too!
1 Kindle Fire case - Piece of crap! Should have returned but never got around to it.
1 Mousepad - I liked it.
Bridal shower invitations - Beautiful but expensive.
Out of my own experience, I've found that Zazzle doesn't meet my own expectations of quality part of the time too. I really do feel that some products are better than others.
The wall clock was a good product, it's still hanging on my wall and we love it. The invitations were also very nice but expensive; I spent $50 on 20 invitations! The mousepad was printed nicely, nothing wrong with it. I loved the 4 kitchen magnets I bought, they were super cute and the quality was excellent for the price I paid. The coffee cup to me was the best value because it was not too expensive, the quality was great and my dad absolutely laughed his butt off.
The Kindle Fire case was a joke, what a piece of poop that thing was, nothing like what we expected. Both T-shirts I purchased were very thin material and the graphic looked "ironed on" and to me that's just tacky. It looks like someone did it in their garage. I bought the lowest priced shirts, maybe the higher quality, more expensive shirts are better?
What is your experience with their products? I don't want to bash the site because they have a TON of products I still haven't tried. I would like to know your experience with products that you have owned. They have a lot of great stuff (or so it seems). They are always adding new items too. I personally love selling their stuff, I just want it to stay SOLD! ha ha. What items are best in your opinion? Quality wise.
Anyway, blah blah, I made $72.42 this month! Yah! That was my first payment since October 2013. These little streams of income from all over the place do help and I'm grateful for them. Praise Jesus!
How I Make Money On Zazzle
Place Zazzle products on my pages and sell them. Ha Ha How basic was that? No seriously, I am no Zazzle expert, how I use Zazzle is probably different than the next guy but I use Zazzle to compliment my pages. Similar to how I use Allposters.com, I place the zazzle products on my pages to make them look nice. For example, if I have a page about beach theme decor in the home, I would add some of the zazzle throw pillows that match that theme.
I've also made stand alone pages for Zazzle products in the past; wedding invitations are something that I liked writing about. I try to choose things that have larger commissions, such as toss pillows or iPhone cases. Invitations are usually ordered in bulk, weddings are the largest gathering for invitations, unless you are having one hell of a birthday party or baby shower (but that's rare). Choose things that are going to make you some money; cases for electronics and toss pillows are two larger $$ items.
As far as the commissions go, it's a percentage of what you sell plus you earn bonus money if you reach different dollar amounts of product sold. Honestly, it's so confusing that I don't know how their pay system works. Most of the time I use the product as a compliment to a page so I don't really expect to much of it. That may seem like a waste of time but really, over time, the more pages you've done this too, the greater the chance someone is going to click and buy something. It happens to me all the time now, that's what these payments are from.
I got myself a payout finally from Zazzle, this one is two months of earnings combined because I didn't make the payout threshold of $50 last month. No big deal. Zazzle is just a little side project mostly so I don't really count heavily on the income but every little bit always helps right? This month I received $80.23 in my Paypal account. If you get any money from Zazzle, it will be paid to you on the 15th of the month unless the 15th is a Saturday or Sunday, then you will get it the weekday prior to the 15th.
Hi. I'm Lesley. This is my blog. I'm a work at home mom who makes money online through blogging and affiliate marketing.
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