I don’t know Joe that well, but I would say he is going to have a tough time choosing between the two candidates that are fighting for his vote. Last night’s debate had lots of big talk about economic policy, health care reform, spend cuts and then a story about one man, Joe the Plumber. It seems that both candidates are hinging their entire campaign on getting Joe’s vote, so do your duty to help Joe vote for your candidate! Get out there and canvas with your Joe the Plumber t-shirts and Joe the Plumber buttons for McCain or Obama. Check out some of my favorite Joe the Plumber ideas below.
Archive for October, 2008
Well, this is it folks, the last showdown, the final debate of the 2008 Presidential Election season. Are you ready? Have you brushed up on your tax law and economic relief packages? Have you got your Obama t-shirt or McCain mug? If you’re missing on any of these things I suggest you come over to one of my seminars, “Tax Law 802.11n and You” and then pop over to Zazzle to get everything from Palin t-shirts to Biden stickers! Check out Zazzle’s complete collection of election gear at the Politics Center to get what you need for November 4th.
Check out the new Zodiac Girlz Gallery on Zazzle! Now you can find all your favorite Zodiac Girlz on all Zazzle product lines (including Zodiac Girlz shoes), and you can customize everything to make each one your own. Check out the Zodiac Girlz gallery to get your fill of Zodiac Girlz t-shirts, Zodiac Girlz mugs, Zodiac Girlz bags, Zodiac Girlz cards, and more!
Thats right, the zBar.
Everytime you send your customers to Zazzle, you want them to end up on a page that has a zBar. Now… Im not suggesting you take your valued customers out for a drink at your local dive bar, although not a bad idea, but the zBar is actually something completely different. In the past, I’ve posted about how the Volume Bonus benefits from your referrals and how you can build these referral links to earn 15% on all sales you refer.
Referrals are key to making additional income on top of the royalties you earn from selling your own products. A referral link is no good if it is not working and the zBar is a great way to make sure that referral link is working properly.
When you have a referral link that is properly built, the customer will see the smaller more slender zBar rather than the standard Zazzle header. The zBar persists all the way through the checkout process, ensuring your brand is consistently messaged to your customers.
Try it out for yourself. Go to your blog, website or where ever it is that you are promoting your Zazzle store and products. If you click on the referral links you have set up and you land on your store page or product page with the zBar (seen above) you know your referred sales are being tracked, this includes your browser, which will now have a cookie from your own store in it.
Now, in the event that you link isn’t set up right, you will see the standard bar you see below. This means that you are not earning the 15% and VB consideration for sales that you are sending to yourself. So you want to make sure and go back in and fix those links. To read more about how to create referral links, click here.
Keep in mind this this example only works when you are sending traffic to your own store using the referral ID for that store.
So there you have it. A sure fire way to see if you referral links are set up properly. Now that you are in the ‘know’ get out there and check all of your links to make sure you are making the most of your referrals!
Last weekend was the kick off for Fleet Week SF, complete with the Navy’s Blue Angels and a fairground full of hot dogs, funnel cakes and inflatable bouncy rooms for the kids. It’s a lot of fun to check out, pig out and watch the Blue Angels scream overhead. I recommend getting down (up, or over) to SF to see all of the sites of SF Fleet Week. But, don’t forget that your trip wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t go with your military support gear like Air Force t-shirts, Navy hats, or Army bags. Check out a complete collection of military gifts at Zazzle.
In case you didn’t notice, there’s a site wide SALE going on right now in honor of Columbus for tripping and falling into the Americas. Check out Zazzle and use this code COLUMBUS2008 to get 14.92% off all your purchases. I would hurry though, this sale is going to end faster than you can say Santa Maria.
Zazzle provides a lot of different tools for you to link to your products on your blog, website, emails, MySpace, Facebook, etc. In order to receive 15% on all sales that you refer to Zazzle, you need to make sure that you have created the referral link properly. Last week I posted about Cookies and how they affect your Volume Bonus. These cookies are activated when someone clicks on the referral link that you have provided. That cookie will then track all the sales the shopper purchases. Not only will you receive a 15% referral on the sale, but that sale amount is also added to your Volume Bonus monthly sales total.
So now that you understand how the referral process works, you want to make sure you build these links properly. There is nothing worse than finding out that your links are not working and that all your referrals are not being tracked.
This post will explain the ways you can build links to track your referrals.
First and foremost, you want to make sure that you are always logged into your main Zazzle account/gallery. Some of the methods below require that you are logged in, in order for the links to be properly built.
This feature is actually built into each product page. Make sure you are logged in, go to the page for the product you want to promote and then click on ‘Link To This’ link that is below the design block on the right half of any product page. This will pop up a window that says ‘Share This’ and you will see multiple options to promote the product. Simply copy & paste the code provided into your website, blog etc. You can also paste this code into an email to share with friends so they can post it in their blogs, websites, etc.
The Zazzle product builder simply puts your referral ID into the link that you are building. This is a simple way to build referral links for individual galleries you are interested in promoting. You can promote your galleries or those contributor’s galleries. Simply enter the username of the gallery you want to promote and the Zazzle Gallery Link builder will apply your Referral ID into this link so it will track all your referrals. To build Gallery links go here.
This one is pretty cool but can only be applied in links that have the actual username in it. All you need to do is simply at an asterisk (*) to the end of your username, see below:
Good link http://www.zazzle.com/username*
This is an example of your store address link with the star.
Including the asterisk (*) after your username will help track your sales.
Good link http://www.zazzle.com/username*/gifts?cg=196586813808115110
Even when there are is additional code after the username in the address link,
you can still apply the (*) as you see above and it will work properly.
Bad Link http://www.zazzle.com/username
This is an example of your store address link without the star.
This link will still take the customer to your store, but since there is no asterisk (*),
your sales will not be tracked.
The store builder is for more advanced users that have some working knowledge on how to edit CSS & PHP. If you are in the know, all you are required to do is enter your desired Zazzle store name and the Store Builder will retrieve the Zazzle products for that store and populate your domain with these products. It will refresh these products as the store itself is being refreshed.
The most important part though, is that the store builder will incorporate your referral ID on all the products it generates. This allows you to earn referrals on the sales of your products as well as other shop keepers products you are currently showcasing using the Store Builder. You can read more about the store builder here & here. You can download the Store Builder here and you can download the installation manual here.
Manually Build Referral Links – This is actually a very handy way to make referral links. All you have to do is simply add a small bit of code at the end of any Zazzle link and you will have a referral link. First you need to know what your Associates ID (a.k.a. Referral ID) is. To find out what your referral ID is, click here while logged in. (Or look below)
Once you have your referral ID, you will need to add that ID and an additional piece of code to the link you are building for referral. In the example below, I have added the referral ID to the link, but you will also notice that I added ?rf= to the beginning of the Referral ID.
You will always want to make sure to add that bit of code “?rf=“ to your Referral ID but there is ONE exception. Whenever there is already a “?” in the link that you are building the referral code into, you need to use the ”&” sign instead of the “?” sign.
The Flash Panel is a great way to create a feed of products for your blog, website and more. You can promote your products or other shopkeepers products and you can merchandise anything from shoes to skateboards using this panel. All of the products that are featured in this panel will have your referral ID built into the links so that your referrals are tracked. You can also create Flash Panels for Myspace and Facebook specifically. Go here to create a Merch Booth for your Myspace page and go here to create a Merch Store for your Facebook page.
The blog panel is a non flash panel that you can insert into your blog. Placing this blog panel on your blog, will allow your readers to see up to 3 of your Zazzle products at a time. When the reader clicks through, the referral cookie is activated and you will receive 15% on all sales that happen as a result.
So there you have it, now that you know how to build referral links, start driving that traffic to your store and capture all those referred sales to earn 15% and add to your month Volume Bonus!
Well, I thought today I would talk about world economy, banking policy, credit crisis and how that will change our Gross Domestic Product forecast in the upcoming fiscal year. So let’s start with- AHHH!!!! It’s Spaghetti Cat!
See below if you have no idea what I am talking about…
Last night’s debate was heavy with foreign policy, domestic issues, tax hikes and even tax trails that made sure my head was spinning into the morning. After I recovered from my political vertigo, I noticed internets were a buzz with new with stories and comments on the two key phrase of the debate “That One” and “My Friends.” Of course, these have nothing to do with policy, just comments that McCain made during the entire debate. Well, the Zazzle community took note and has responded with “That One” t-shirts and “My Friends” shirts. Check out some of the newest ones below.
There have been a good amount of election mashups floating around the internet over the course of the race, but nothing beats a good Star Wars reference. David Friedman, over at Ironic Sans put this together just for fun recently; we caught it on reddit, and thought it would be cool to take it down to Lucas to have it blessed as an Official Star Wars poster. Dave sent us the art, and it’s officially official! Check out the pic of Steve Sansweet holding a copy of it printed on gallery canvas.