Welcome to the Zazzle University!

Learn all that there is to know about Zazzle, right here!!

We will be posting video tutorials, links to blog post tutorials and a ton of other useful information all relating to Zazzle!

Titles and Tags for Better Search Visibility

Zazzle Sellers! Make sure to add proper titles, descriptions and tags to ALL your products. This is the key to success. If the shoppers cant find your products, well then… they wont sell. Watch this video and learn how to edit products individually or in bulk, in order to add tags, titles and descriptions. In this video I also explain the difference between ‘editing’ a product and ‘customizing’ a product.

To read more about the Avery / Zazzle Recipe Binder Design Contest, please visit the Zazzle Blog

 Introducing new Zazzle products and features!



Check out these links that go with this video!

In a nutshell, Store Category Sorting and Browsing is a powerful feature that makes Zazzle stores easier to navigate for customers, and easier to merchandise and promote for store owners.

  • Store Owners can set the display order of all categories and products within their store.
  • Store Owners can upload icon images to represent any category in their store, or use a default image generated by Zazzle.
  • Stores can be set to display a scrollable list of categories, or a fully expanded list of categories.
  • Customers can sort products in a store Alphabetically, Reverse Alphabetical, by Newest, or by Popularity.

If you don’t read anything else in this post, read these help topics!

We just pushed out a couple of detailed help topics on this feature, with fancy screenshots and everything!




Zazzle Earnings Scenarios Part 1




Zazzle Earnings Scenarios Part 2


Zazzle Earnings Scenarios Part 1


Zazzle Earnings Scenarios Part 2

Ever wish there was a super easy way to create referral links for random Zazzle pages you wanted to promote? Well we have a solution! All you have to do is install the Zazzle Referral Builder Button and you will be good to go!
Once you’ve installed this link button on your browser, you will be able to generate a link with your referral ID attached to the end of said URL so that you can create referral links with ease!

Simply put, this button, when clicked on, will produce a referral link to that Zazzle page you are currently on. This will only work on Zazzle pages and it will only work if you are logged in. Click on the link below and on the page it takes you to, make sure to follow all the instructions to properly install the Zazzle Refferal Link Builder!
CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

Ever wish there was a super easy way to create referral links for random Zazzle pages you wanted to promote? Well we have a solution! All you have to do is install the Zazzle Referral Builder Button and you will be good to go!

Once you’ve installed this link button on your browser, you will be able to generate a link with your referral ID attached to the end of said URL so that you can create referral links with ease!

Simply put, this button, when clicked on, will produce a referral link to that Zazzle page you are currently on. This will only work on Zazzle pages and it will only work if you are logged in. Click on the link below and on the page it takes you to, make sure to follow all the instructions to properly install the Zazzle Refferal Link Builder!

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

I was trolling the Zazzle Forums today and came across a cool post by Bradley W. Schenck a.k.a. Ars Celtica. He was kind enough to create a Zazzle store, that acts as an example of how you can achieve this particular stores look and feel through customizing the CSS for your store. Read this thread to find out more about how to achieve this ‘LEAD BY DESIGN' look and feel for your Zazzle Store.
I also stumbled upon some other tutorials he has written on Zazzle related topics. Check them out below:
Skinning the Zazzle Sidebar
How to Reorganize your Zazzle Sidebar
How to Add a New, Custom Page to Your Zazzle Store
All of his tutorials are very well written and easy to follow! I highly recommend you take the time to read his tutorials!

I was trolling the Zazzle Forums today and came across a cool post by Bradley W. Schenck a.k.a. Ars Celtica. He was kind enough to create a Zazzle store, that acts as an example of how you can achieve this particular stores look and feel through customizing the CSS for your store. Read this thread to find out more about how to achieve this ‘LEAD BY DESIGN' look and feel for your Zazzle Store.

I also stumbled upon some other tutorials he has written on Zazzle related topics.
Check them out below:

Skinning the Zazzle Sidebar

How to Reorganize your Zazzle Sidebar

How to Add a New, Custom Page to Your Zazzle Store

All of his tutorials are very well written and easy to follow! I highly recommend you take the time to read his tutorials!

How Does Quick Product Create Work?

You can create up to 100 products with the click of your mouse. You can use any of the Zazzle merchandise combination “Default Zazzle Product Lines” menu options to generate a set of products using your design, or text or you can create your own selection of merchandise to produce a custom Product Line.
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The Zazzle Default Product Lines contain a choice of groupings of related merchandise items you can use in Quick Product Create to make your products. These merchandise selections are designed to meet the needs of most contributors. If you don’t want some of the products in the group, you can delete them in the next step. If the Zazzle Default Product Lines meet your needs, great. No need to read further. For a complete list of the products included in each of the Zazzle Default Product Lines, see “Which Zazzle products can I create using Quick Product Create?

If you are interested in creating a custom set of products you can use and re-use as a merchandise inventory for Quick Product Create, you can do that, too. It’s not hard, but you need to know a bit about how Quick Product Create works.

You can create any set of products by creating a Product Line containing the merchandise selection you want. Your Product Lines containing template products will appear in the Choose products to create menu, under, “My Product Lines”. Each product created must be based on an existing template product. The number of template products in the Product Line you choose determines the number of products created. The particular product merchandise for which you have templates determines the particular products produced for that Product Line. The particular template area in your product determines the template area in the product to be created. All template products in your Product Line must contain the same template fields and the template fields must have the same Product page label and URL parameter name.
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One new product is produced for each template product present in the selected Product Line. For example, if your Product Line contains 25 mugs with no editable template fields, 25 profile card template products, 25 t-shirts with template fields allowing the customer to add a text slogan, and 25 greeting cards with text template fields allowing the customer to add a greeting, Quick Product Create will produce 75 products, consisting of 25 t-shirts, 25 profile cards, and 25 greeting cards. The mugs are ignored since they are not template products.

It’s a good idea to examine each product you create using Quick Product Create individually. Some products may require slight adjustments to placement, size, or other aspects of your design as it appears on a particular product. Some product templates are not appropriate for all designs. For example, a poster template may be designed for an image that is wider than it is tall. If the design you are using in Quick Product Create is taller than it is wide, part of your image may be clipped.

(You can also watch a video tutorial about QPC by clicking here)

Combine Your Zazzle Stores To Count Towards One Volume Bonus!

UPDATE!!!!
Ben, one of Zazzle’s engineers was responsible for the cool RF Builder button I made a video for yesterday (see the previous post). He took some time last night to make an easier way for you to get this RF Builder button installed on your own browser! Go BENMVP’s Blog Post and drag the link you see specifed on his post, to your browser and you will be able to instantly start using this RF ID Builder Button on any Zazzle page!

UPDATE!!!!

Ben, one of Zazzle’s engineers was responsible for the cool RF Builder button I made a video for yesterday (see the previous post). He took some time last night to make an easier way for you to get this RF Builder button installed on your own browser! Go BENMVP’s Blog Post and drag the link you see specifed on his post, to your browser and you will be able to instantly start using this RF ID Builder Button on any Zazzle page!

Introducing the Zazzle Referral Link Builder Button!! This is a totally NEW Referral Builder Button for your BROWSER!!

Take advantage of the last Zazzle Holiday shopping session before Christmas! You can make a Royalty on your products, but in addition to that, you can make 15% referrals + Volume Bonus from referring to your own products or other Fathers Day products on Zazzle!

via  « Zazzle Seller Blog
We’re going all out for Father’s day (June 21), the last big holiday selling season on Zazzle before Christmas. If you haven’t been submitting new products or started promoting links to Father’s Day content, it’s not too late to start.
Here are the Father’s Day landing pages to link to (replace [rfid] with your own rf id):
•    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+gifts?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+tshirts?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+mugs?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+cards?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+ties?rf=[rfid] We also have five landing pages honoring “dadisms,” the wisdom (like “money doesn’t grow on trees”), wit (like “you are grounded until the end of the world or until I say so, whichever comes first”), and timeless sayings (like, “go ask your mother”) shared by dads everywhere:
•    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+mugs?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+mousepads?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+tshirts?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+cards?rf=[rfid] •    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+ties?rf=[rfid]
Father’s Day Banners are available here, and can also be found on the banners main page.

via  « Zazzle Seller Blog

We’re going all out for Father’s day (June 21), the last big holiday selling season on Zazzle before Christmas. If you haven’t been submitting new products or started promoting links to Father’s Day content, it’s not too late to start.

Here are the Father’s Day landing pages to link to (replace [rfid] with your own rf id):

•    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+gifts?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+tshirts?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+mugs?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+cards?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+ties?rf=[rfid]

We also have five landing pages honoring “dadisms,” the wisdom (like “money doesn’t grow on trees”), wit (like “you are grounded until the end of the world or until I say so, whichever comes first”), and timeless sayings (like, “go ask your mother”) shared by dads everywhere:

•    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+mugs?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+mousepads?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+tshirts?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+cards?rf=[rfid]
•    http://www.zazzle.com/dadism+ties?rf=[rfid]

Father’s Day Banners are available here, and can also be found on the banners main page.

This tutorial will show you where to find the pages that explain how to design for Zazzle products, as well as where you can find the Zazzle product templates. You can then download these product templates and open them up in photoshop or illustrator for further designing.

First things first, Zazzle.com is FREE to use. This means you can uploaded as many images and create as many products for sale as you wish. I wanted to make sure that everyone there knew about this, since lately there have been ALOT of new Zazzlers bulding their stores on Zazzle.
I also wanted to remind everyone that Zazzle is the way to go if you want to make money selling your designs on products or selling products from other Sellers shops.
Hands down, Zazzle is #1 when it comes to getting paid in the POD world. Here are a few points to help you understand why Zazzle is #1:
GET PAID: Zazzle Has the Best Earnings Program
Zazzle pays you top dollar to invest your valuable time in our platform and we respect your ongoing investment by not distinguishing between your Store and Marketplace sales. Grow your online earnings with Zazzle’s Seller Incentive Program features:
Price and earnings control on all products:Zazzle’s Name-Your-Royalty pricing system allows you to protect the value of your content, set earnings and the final sale price of each product, whether sold through your own Store or through the Zazzle Marketplace.
Generous 15% referral fees paid on all referred sales:Zazzle’s Associate Referral Program is a free program that allows you to earn referral fees on all sales you drive through qualified links – whether your own Store’s product or a third-party product from the Zazzle Marketplace. Choose from over 18 billion custom products and from premium, branded content.
Significant Volume Bonus and helpful ProSeller ProgramsThe Zazzle Volume Bonus Program gives you the opportunity to earn as much as 32% of qualified sales (in addition to your product royalty) on sales through your Store or through the Zazzle Marketplace. Bonus tiers start at just $100. Sellers averaging just $100 in earnings for 3 consecutive months qualify for Zazzle’s ProSeller Program – a program designed to help you accelerate your earnings growth even more.
Earnings are subject to modest carve-outs in specific cases: Managing a fast-growing marketplace with customers, partners, and Sellers is highly-complex and incurs significant costs for ongoing administration and improvement. Referred sales and royalty rates in excess of 20% are subject to modest earning carve-outs. Learn More
GET PAID MORE: Grow Your Zazzle Business FAST with New Tools
Over the last few years, we’ve been hard at work developing the best tools and features for you to rapidly develop, launch, and grow your online Zazzle Stores, absolutely FREE:
Get your content on Zazzle, fast: Drag-and-drop thousands of images directly into your account with Zazzle’s Bulk Image Uploader for Windows.  Coming very soon: Zazzle’s new flash-based Bulk Uploader allows Macs and PCs to upload hundreds of images to your account at a time!
Create Zazzle products quickly: Use Zazzle’s Quick Product Create (QPC) tool to create up to 100 products simultaneously.  Use QPC in conjunction with Zazzle templates to rapidly create great-looking products.  Coming very soon: Sku / Style filtering allows you to control the available styles for your Store’s custom products!
Control the look and feel of your Zazzle Store: The Zazzle zBar reduces the size of the standard Zazzle header to provide you with more space to highlight your own Store branding.  The Zazzle Create API allows you to pass custom content to Zazzle products from your own site.  The Zazzle Store Builder allows for easily featuring your Zazzle Store products on an external website.  Coming very soon: Zazzle’s Advanced Store Customization Public Beta will allow for highly-flexible Store skinning using CSS and custom HTML!
Take advantage of Zazzle’s rapidly growing traffic: Zazzle.com nearly tripled in traffic in the last 12 months and now has over 7.5 million unique visitors per month with no signs of slowing down (Compete.com is low, but is a good relative indicator of growth). Zazzle’s Google Base upload service streamlines the process of listing products in the Google search engine. Zazzle also recently launched a true localized website in the United Kingdom, optimizing the new domain implementation (www.zazzle.co.uk) to enable Sellers to reach an important market of brand new customers.  Coming soon: More localized international sites, more new customers!
Zazzle’s Technology-Driven Innovation = Sustainable Growth for Sellers
Zazzle offers Sellers the unbeatable combination of management integrity, aggressive earnings programs, and sustainable long-term growth through technology-driven product and software innovation. In 2008, Zazzle launched four brand-new, industry-recognized product lines: Business Cards and Profile Cards, Custom Keds Shoes, Custom Skateboards, and real on-demand Custom Embroidery.  (And coming very soon: Pet Apparel!) Our unique ability to strategically launch new, highly-marketable custom products provides our Sellers with new revenue opportunities and access to different and growing markets. Zazzle is recognized as a technology leader in the mass customization space and was named to Internet Retailer’s Hot 100 Best Retail Websites for 2009.
Zazzle’s Commitment to the Long-Term Success of our Sellers is Unwavering
If you’re already a Zazzle Seller, we hope you are as excited as we are for another successful year full of new features, tools, and custom products to help you grow your sales! If you are new to the Zazzle platform, welcome! You have found a great community of Sellers to join and there is no time like the present to start investing in a bright future with Zazzle as your partner.
What Do You Think?
We’d love to know your thoughts.  What makes a good platform partner?  What are the tools and features you’d like to see?  How about new products?  Are you as excited as we are about the possibilities, and what’s to come?  Let us know by posting a comment!
Visit Zazzle’s Sell Section or send me a email! (rob.greenleaf@zazzle.com)

First things first, Zazzle.com is FREE to use. This means you can uploaded as many images and create as many products for sale as you wish. I wanted to make sure that everyone there knew about this, since lately there have been ALOT of new Zazzlers bulding their stores on Zazzle.

I also wanted to remind everyone that Zazzle is the way to go if you want to make money selling your designs on products or selling products from other Sellers shops.

Hands down, Zazzle is #1 when it comes to getting paid in the POD world. Here are a few points to help you understand why Zazzle is #1:

GET PAID: Zazzle Has the Best Earnings Program

Zazzle pays you top dollar to invest your valuable time in our platform and we respect your ongoing investment by not distinguishing between your Store and Marketplace sales. Grow your online earnings with Zazzle’s Seller Incentive Program features:

  • Price and earnings control on all products:
    Zazzle’s Name-Your-Royalty pricing system allows you to protect the value of your content, set earnings and the final sale price of each product, whether sold through your own Store or through the Zazzle Marketplace.
  • Generous 15% referral fees paid on all referred sales:
    Zazzle’s Associate Referral Program is a free program that allows you to earn referral fees on all sales you drive through qualified links – whether your own Store’s product or a third-party product from the Zazzle Marketplace. Choose from over 18 billion custom products and from premium, branded content.
  • Significant Volume Bonus and helpful ProSeller Programs
    The Zazzle Volume Bonus Program gives you the opportunity to earn as much as 32% of qualified sales (in addition to your product royalty) on sales through your Store or through the Zazzle Marketplace. Bonus tiers start at just $100. Sellers averaging just $100 in earnings for 3 consecutive months qualify for Zazzle’s ProSeller Program – a program designed to help you accelerate your earnings growth even more.
  • Earnings are subject to modest carve-outs in specific cases:
    Managing a fast-growing marketplace with customers, partners, and Sellers is highly-complex and incurs significant costs for ongoing administration and improvement. Referred sales and royalty rates in excess of 20% are subject to modest earning carve-outs. Learn More

GET PAID MORE: Grow Your Zazzle Business FAST with New Tools

Over the last few years, we’ve been hard at work developing the best tools and features for you to rapidly develop, launch, and grow your online Zazzle Stores, absolutely FREE:

  • Get your content on Zazzle, fast:
    Drag-and-drop thousands of images directly into your account with Zazzle’s Bulk Image Uploader for Windows. Coming very soon: Zazzle’s new flash-based Bulk Uploader allows Macs and PCs to upload hundreds of images to your account at a time!
  • Create Zazzle products quickly:
    Use Zazzle’s Quick Product Create (QPC) tool to create up to 100 products simultaneously. Use QPC in conjunction with Zazzle templates to rapidly create great-looking products. Coming very soon: Sku / Style filtering allows you to control the available styles for your Store’s custom products!
  • Control the look and feel of your Zazzle Store:
    The Zazzle zBar reduces the size of the standard Zazzle header to provide you with more space to highlight your own Store branding. The Zazzle Create API allows you to pass custom content to Zazzle products from your own site. The Zazzle Store Builder allows for easily featuring your Zazzle Store products on an external website. Coming very soon: Zazzle’s Advanced Store Customization Public Beta will allow for highly-flexible Store skinning using CSS and custom HTML!
  • Take advantage of Zazzle’s rapidly growing traffic:
    Zazzle.com nearly tripled in traffic in the last 12 months and now has over 7.5 million unique visitors per month with no signs of slowing down (Compete.com is low, but is a good relative indicator of growth). Zazzle’s Google Base upload service streamlines the process of listing products in the Google search engine. Zazzle also recently launched a true localized website in the United Kingdom, optimizing the new domain implementation (www.zazzle.co.uk) to enable Sellers to reach an important market of brand new customers. Coming soon: More localized international sites, more new customers!

Zazzle’s Technology-Driven Innovation = Sustainable Growth for Sellers

Zazzle offers Sellers the unbeatable combination of management integrity, aggressive earnings programs, and sustainable long-term growth through technology-driven product and software innovation. In 2008, Zazzle launched four brand-new, industry-recognized product lines: Business Cards and Profile Cards, Custom Keds Shoes, Custom Skateboards, and real on-demand Custom Embroidery. (And coming very soon: Pet Apparel!) Our unique ability to strategically launch new, highly-marketable custom products provides our Sellers with new revenue opportunities and access to different and growing markets. Zazzle is recognized as a technology leader in the mass customization space and was named to Internet Retailer’s Hot 100 Best Retail Websites for 2009.

Zazzle’s Commitment to the Long-Term Success of our Sellers is Unwavering

If you’re already a Zazzle Seller, we hope you are as excited as we are for another successful year full of new features, tools, and custom products to help you grow your sales! If you are new to the Zazzle platform, welcome! You have found a great community of Sellers to join and there is no time like the present to start investing in a bright future with Zazzle as your partner.

What Do You Think?

We’d love to know your thoughts.  What makes a good platform partner?  What are the tools and features you’d like to see?  How about new products?  Are you as excited as we are about the possibilities, and what’s to come?  Let us know by posting a comment!

Visit Zazzle’s Sell Section or send me a email! (rob.greenleaf@zazzle.com)

Moving forward, classes will be held on Thursdays at 2 different times. This schedule will be the regular schedule every week. There might be additional classes added when needed.
1) Zazzle Basics - 3pm PT 
 In this class I will cover the basics of getting started on Zazzle. There is an open QA session where the students are free to ask any questions on getting started on Zazzle.
2) Zazzle Advanced - 5pm PT
You will need to know the basics of CSS & HTML for this class. We will have a Q&A session where you can ask any of your advanced Zazzle related questions.
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In order to register for either of these online classes, YOU MUST email me directly (rob.greenleaf@zazzle.com) and let me know which one of these classes you wanted to sign up for. These classes are Webex classes, so you will be able to use a microphone to speak, or if you prefer you can use the chat room to ask questions. You will be able to hear my voice and see windows that I will be sharing with you. I will confirm via email that you successfully registered for the class, but the actual invite will not come right away, it will come sometime before the class starts, so check your email :)

Moving forward, classes will be held on Thursdays at 2 different times. This schedule will be the regular schedule every week. There might be additional classes added when needed.

1) Zazzle Basics - 3pm PT

In this class I will cover the basics of getting started on Zazzle. There is an open QA session where the students are free to ask any questions on getting started on Zazzle.

2) Zazzle Advanced - 5pm PT

You will need to know the basics of CSS & HTML for this class. We will have a Q&A session where you can ask any of your advanced Zazzle related questions.

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In order to register for either of these online classes, YOU MUST email me directly (rob.greenleaf@zazzle.com) and let me know which one of these classes you wanted to sign up for. These classes are Webex classes, so you will be able to use a microphone to speak, or if you prefer you can use the chat room to ask questions. You will be able to hear my voice and see windows that I will be sharing with you. I will confirm via email that you successfully registered for the class, but the actual invite will not come right away, it will come sometime before the class starts, so check your email :)