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Race to the Finish Line Associates Challenge Reminder

July 15, 2014

This is a reminder that we’re offering a little something extra for any of our associates who reach the threshold of 50, 100, or 150 referrals in the month of July.

The goal is simple: earn as many referrals as you can between July 1st, 2014 and July 31st, 2014.  All Zazzle associates are welcome  to participate - if you have a Zazzle referral ID (which comes with your Zazzle account), you’re invited to join in!  You can find your ID here. Qualifying referrals include referrals earned on orders for products placed between  July 1st, 2014 12:00 A.M. through July 31st, 2014 11:59 P.M. except for any orders that were cancelled or products that were returned.

We are offering the giveaways in three tiers so everyone has the chance to participate in the challenge. Along with the giveaways, the top two associates from each tier will be featured in a Zazzle blog post on August 8, 2014.

Giveaway Tiers

Tier 1:   150+ referrals = $50  Zazzle credit*

Tier 2:   100-150 referrals = $25  Zazzle credit*

Tier 3:    50-100 referrals = $10  Zazzle credit*


*We’ll deposit this amount in your Zazzle account, to be used against future Zazzle products.  The credits cannot be redeemed for cash.

Let’s work together to make July a successful month!

Here are few helpful links:

Making Money with Referrals 

Associate Handbook

Join the fun and start referring today!


Introducing the Race to the Finish Line Associate Challenge!

June 30, 2014

Today we are introducing the Race to the Finish Line Associate Challenge! Last month we invited you to participate in our Design Challenge, and now that you have all of these amazing designs, it’s time to show off your promotional skills! We’re offering a little something extra for any of our associates who reach the threshold of 50, 100, or 150 referrals in the month of July.

The goal of the challenge is simple: earn as many referrals as you can between July 1st, 2014 and July 31st, 2014.  All Zazzle associates are welcome  to participate - if you have a Zazzle referral ID (which comes with your Zazzle account), you’re invited to join in!  You can find your ID here. Qualifying referrals include referrals earned on orders for products placed between  July 1st, 2014 12:00 A.M. through July 31st, 2014 11:59 P.M. except for any orders that were cancelled or products that were returned.

We are offering the giveaways in three tiers so everyone has the chance to participate in the challenge. Along with the giveaways, the top two associates from each tier will be featured in a Zazzle blog post on August 8, 2014.

Giveaway Tiers

Tier 1:   150+ referrals = $50  Zazzle credit*

Tier 2:   100-150 referrals = $25  Zazzle credit*

Tier 3:    50-100 referrals = $10  Zazzle credit*


*We’ll deposit this amount in your Zazzle account, to be used against future Zazzle products.  The credits cannot be redeemed for cash.



Here are few helpful links on how to start your race of right:

Making Money with Referrals 

Associate Handbook

Join the fun and start referring today!


Printables to Products Guide

June 2, 2014

Printables are a hot trend with bloggers and designers alike. Do you offer these free graphics on your blog or website that your readers can download and print for themselves? Great news! We’ve come up with an easy to use guide that shows you how you can place these images on a range of products. Not only can this be a new revenue stream for you, but it can also let your readers get the images they love from your blog on a variety of products.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks we’ll walk you through a step by step tutorial and share some best practices for turning your favorite printables into profits.

First, let’s take a look at an example of what your product could look like:

Blank Product


Your Design


Your design on the product


Now, let’s see how you can create these products step by step. If you choose to create your products one at a time, it could be very time consuming, so we came up with a guide to show you how to use the Quick Create Tool,  which allows you to put a single design on multiple products at once.

How to use Quick Create to create products using your own custom template set.

 Step 1)  Sign into your account and click on “Products”.

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 Step 2) In the left navigation, click “Quick Create”.

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Step 3) Select the store that you would like these products to be added to.

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Step 4) Go to “Use your own templates”, and choose the template set that you would like to use to create your new products. A template set refers to a custom set of  products that you can use in Quick Create to be able to place your image/design on that set of products at the same time. Zazzle does offer default templates, but we recommend you create your own, since not all designs/images fit well with all products.  For example, I can create a “Home” template that includes pillows, serving trays, and kitchen towels, but excludes lamps and light switches because my design wouldn’t  fit well with the latter. Learn more about creating a template here.

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Step 5) Select the image/design that you would like to place on your products by clicking “select image”. You can choose to upload a new image, or you can choose an image from your library.

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 Step 6) Click “edit options” to change the color and styles of your product.  Click “customize” to edit your design. We recommend that you look through each product to make sure that your design placed correctly on each one.

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Once you have edited and customized your products, you are ready to submit them for approval. (Please remember that it can take up to 48 hours for the products to be approved and posted in your store.)

Now you are ready to turn your printables to beautiful products in six easy steps. We can’t wait to see your new products.

Elizabeth P.



Zazzle Associate Handbook

May 12, 2014

Wouldn’t it be nice to have all of the Tips & Tricks tutorials in one place? Great news – now they are!  During the last few months, we’ve been putting together the Associate Handbook which includes key posts from the Designer Tips & Tricks such as How to Track your Referrals and SEO. You can download the handbook anytime you’d like and keep it in a handy place on your computer.  The linked Table of Contents makes it easy to get to the topic you’d like to know more about and the layout makes it easy to browse or read in depth.


Take a look at the Introduction for a detailed explanation of the associate program and how you can benefit from it.


Check out the Creating Referral Links section to become a master at link building and tracking.


Browse the Social Media section for a detailed overview of your favorite platforms.


Review the Keywords and SEO section to improve your tagging skills.


Last but not least, stop by the FAQ section for anything you might have missed.



You can download the handbook here or by going to and clicking on Associate Handbook in the left-hand navigation.

Having trouble downloading the handbook? Try a different browser or clearing your cookies.

Happy Affiliating!

Elizabeth P.


5 Ways to Stay Sane When Working from Home

April 28, 2014

As a Zazzle store owner, sometimes designing and promoting your products can get a bit overwhelming, especially when you’re working from home. With distractions like the fridge and laundry around, it’s not always easy to stay focused. This week we’ve come up with five tips that will help you keep your sanity and stay productive.

1. Set goals

Setting long and short-term goals will keep you motivated and focused on reaching your end vision.  Sometimes it helps to define your high level goals first, and then work backwards to identify the milestones you’ll need to hit on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis to reach these goals.

2. Create a daily work schedule

Making a daily work schedule can help you keep your work and personal life balanced. Make a schedule for yourself and write down  how much time you would like to spend on each activity for that day. Do you want to spend 4 hours on designing and 4 hours on building and sharing links? Are there any important site or blog updates that you need to carve out time for? Are there any holidays or current events for which you need to revise your schedule?  Along with planning out your schedule, it’s also helpful to have a set end time for your workday so you don’t run over into your family time.

3.  Have a designated work area

Having a designated work area is key to staying focused. There are plenty of distractions at home like the television and the dishes — and those snacks in the cabinet aren’t going to eat themselves. Therefore, it’s important to have an office or desk that is specifically allocated for your work time. Create an environment that works best for you and take factors like  lighting, space, and distraction levels into consideration.

4.  Take breaks

Taking breaks can help improve your productivity. Breaks let you reflect on what you have done so far for the day and on what tasks you still need to finish. It’s good to get up once an hour and take a five minute break to let your mind and eyes rest. Getting out of the house is a good idea as well; eat lunch in a nearby cafe or go for a walk  around the neighborhood, for example.  It’s important to have these little environmental changes so that your work and home life don’t blend into one, and you can stay on track.

5.  Remember why you work

Remembering what got you started working on Zazzle can help you stay motivated because it reminds you why you do what you do. Are you working to pay bills or is it because you are passionate about what you do? Maybe you are seeking financial freedom, or maybe you are looking to be known and recognized. Perhaps it’s a little bit of everything. Whatever the reason, little positive reminders like post-it notes on your computer or posters on your wall can help you stay inspired and driven during your day.


Happy designing & affiliating!


How to Start a Blog with WordPress

April 21, 2014

Starting a blog is a fantastic way to promote your products, your brand and yourself. Did you also know that writing a blog is also a great way to connect with your fans and customers?

Today, we’ll show you how to create your own blog on one of the most popular and easy to use platforms – WordPress.

1) Create your WordPress account

To create your account go to and click “Get Started”. Next, fill out your email address, choose a username and password, and pick your blog domain address. WordPress will let you know if the domain address that you choose  is taken,  and will also show you suggestions for similar domain name options that are available. If you want a free blog, your blog address will look like this: You can also choose to pay for your own domain name, for your own website address that is powered by WordPress. That blog address would then just be the name of your website: Direct domains are better for SEO (search engine optimization.)

Once you choose a domain name, you will be prompted to enter your blog title, tagline (a brief description of your blog,) and if you like,  a blog post goal.




2) Choose and customize your theme

Choose a theme (a template) that goes best with the type  of content you will be sharing. Will you mainly be posting pictures and videos? Then choose a theme that has a lot of room for images. Will you be mainly writing stories? Then a choose theme that’s more text heavy.

WordPress offers free and paid theme options, as well as the ability to change your theme.

Once you choose a theme, you will have the option to customize your theme with different background colors, header, etc.  Remember, you can always change your theme, so you can try out a few before you create too many posts, and see which one you prefer.


3) Create your first post

You can choose a format for your post by picking text, photo, video, quotation or link.  Not sure what you’d like to post? Take a look at the “Inspire Me” link which directs you to other people’s content. It’s a great way to get fun and fresh ideas.


Below is an example of what  a photo/image  post looks like with the PinkTouch2 theme. Underneath your post, you will see that there is an “About the Author” section which shows a description of the author that you can fill out in the  public profile section.  The post will also show any categories or tags that you added to the blog post.  Categories are a great way to keep your blog posts organized. Tags are what make your content searchable on WordPress.



4) Review your Home Page

Your homepage is a place to check the latest posts from your blog and the blogs you follow. You can also view your statistics, where you can see how many visitors, views and comments you have on your blog. This helps you see which blogs posts perform best and during what times/days of the week.

You can search for various blogs from this page by searching for different “tags” or viewing the “You May Like” section.  stats_wordpress

5) Review your Dashboard

The dashboard can be overwhelming at times, but once you know what each section is, it’s lot easier to work with.

Your dashboard will have “screen options” which let you choose what you’d like to see on your dashboard.  You can set your preferences  to have “Stats” and “Quick Draft” on your dashboard page, for example.


Let’s take a closer look to each section of the dashboard.


A. Home: The home section shows you everything that’s on the home page including blogs, posts, comments, and stats. You can use Omnisearch to search through all your blogs, comments, pages and images.
B. Store: The store section allows you to add a store to your blog for $99.
C. Posts: The posts section lets you see all of your posts with the option of viewing by categories or tags. You can also copy posts in this section.
D. Media: The media section houses all of your images and videos.
E. Links: The links section shows all of the links that your blog  links back to.
F. Pages:  The pages section shows all of your blog pages. For example, if you have an “About Me” page on your blog, it would show up there.
G. Comments: The comments section shows all of your comments and lets you search your comments as well as filter them.
H. Feedback: The feedback section is where you can find all of your feedback from readers, see your blog ratings, and create and view polls.
I. Appearance: The appearance section  is where you can customize your blog with options to change the header, background, etc.
J. Users: The users section is where you can add new users to your blog, as well as view your profile and personal settings.
K. Tools: The tools section is where you can add the “Press This” bookmarklet to your browser so you can share content from the web on your blog faster. In this section you will also find the website verification options for Google, Bing, Pinterest, Twitter and Yandex.
L. Settings: The settings section is where you can find all of the options for writing your blog, your reading preferences, email preferences, etc. You can even set up push notifications for yourself if you’d like to be notified each time someone leaves a comment for example.

There are definitely many parts to starting a blog, but once your account is set up, it’s really easy. Are you ready to give WordPress a shot? Go here to get started.

More Traffic with Polyvore

April 14, 2014

Looking for a fresh and unique platform to show off your products? Polyvore is a stylish social shopping site where you can create collections and showcase your favorite products to more than 20 million users around the world.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we’ll give an overview on how to create a Polyvore account, and talk about ways to get greater visibility.

1.) Set up your Polyvore account 

Creating your Polyvore account is easy, just go to and sign up with your email or Facebook.



Once you’ve signed up, fill out your profile information by hovering over the  image icon in the right hand corner and clicking on “Settings”. Fill in your name, display name, image, URL (use your Zazzle store URL here), and description. Don’t forget to use keywords in your description, which will make your content more searchable on Polyvore.  You can connect your Polyvore account to your other social media accounts in the “Sharing” tab of the “Settings” section.


Here is an example of a filled out account  from In Case Zazzle, a Zazzle designer.



2.) Add Products

An easy way to add products from your favorite online stores, is to download the Polyvore clipper into your browser.

Once the Polyvore clipper is downloaded, you’ll be able to click “Clip to Polyvore” right from your browser to add any product or image from the web to your Polyvore. In the pop up window, you can add a title, tags and price for your Zazzle product. Make sure you double check all of your product information before clicking the “Like” button.


3.)  Sets, Collections, & Templates


Sets are collages where you can mix and match products and images from different online stores and websites.

To create a set,  go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Set”.  A window will open up where you can create, edit, save and publish your set.

Set Editor Overview


A. Functions: Publish, open saved sets and templates, save your set, undo and zoom

B. Functions: Remove, flip/flop (turn your design sideways or upside down), clone (duplicate your design/product), forwards/backwards (choose whether that product/image will be in front or in back of an overlapping product/image)

C. Functions: Choose products and images from your items, collections  or other categories

To start creating, simply drag products from your items, collections or other categories onto your canvas. Once you have all of your items placed the way you want in your set, you can publish your set.

Here are a few examples of sets from In Case Zazzle, a Zazzle designer.



Collections allow you to arrange your best sets and items together. Creating a collection is similar to creating a set. To create a collection, go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Collection.” Then, a window will open up where you can create and publish your collection. To start creating, drag the items and sets of your choice to the canvas.


Here are examples of collections from Pepperberry and Sage, a Zazzle designer.



Templates are pre-made patterns you can create, save, and use later to create sets. 

To create a template go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Template.” The template editor will open up, which will allow you to add placeholders in certain areas of the canvas. You can re-size, move, flip, and even name these placeholders. You can also add images (your logo for example) to your template, if  you would like to have a certain template that always contains that particular image.


Once you publish your template, you can use it to create a set by going to create->set->open->my templates.



4.)  Likes, Following, Followers


The Likes section will show all of the items, sets, and collections that you’ve liked either by adding them from other online stores or directly from Polyvore. Likes will show up in the  “my items” section of  your set, collection, and template editors.


The Following section will show all of the Polyvore members you are following.


The Followers section will show all of the Polyvore members hat are following your account.

Here is an example of where you can find Likes,  Following, Followers and Views in your account from Pepperberry and Sage, a Zazzle designer.


5.) Groups & Wins


Polyvore groups, similar to Pinterest group boards, are groups of Polyvore members that come together to explore similar themes and topics. As a member, you can create a maximum of 5 groups once you have 30 followers. If you choose to create a group, it is suggested to look through the existing groups so you don’t create a group similar to one that already exists.

Here are examples of groups on Polyvore from Isabel Alfarrobinha, a Zazzle Designer.



The Wins section of your account shows you all of your placements in the contests that you’ve entered. Find out more on how to enter a contests here.


Now that you know the ins and outs of how to use Polyvore, give it a shot! Not only can it get you more visibility, but it also lets the public see how your products can be grouped with other products. Plus it’s a fresh and exciting experience – you never know what ideas you’ll get from creating your sets, collections and templates.

Until next time,

Elizabeth P.


Make Money with Referrals

March 24, 2014

Did you know that you can earn 15% per sale just by driving traffic to Zazzle?   It’s as easy as adding a link to Zazzle on your blog, website, Facebook page, Google+ profile, and more!  All you need is your Associate ID and you can start earning 15% by linking to ANY product on Zazzle instantly.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we will show you how to create and track the links you share on social media and your website.

Creating Referral Links 

Creating a Zazzle referral link is easy; look at the notes below for guidance.

1.)   Associate ID 

Your referral (or associate) ID will contain 18 digits starting with 238xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.  When you are logged in to your account your referral ID can be found here:

2.)   RF Parameter

When adding your referral ID to a Zazzle URL, you need to add “?rf=”  parameter before adding the ID, e.g. “?rf=238xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”.  The only exception to this rule is if the URL already contains a “?”, then add “&rf=” instead.

For example, if you your link leads to a category of products, you’ll already see a “?” in the link. Simply add “&rf” to the end of this link so it will look like this:

NidhiArt Store example for the animal category where the associate ID is 238456789012345678

3.)    Store Links, Product  Links, and Search Page Links

  • Store Links


A store link is created by adding your store name and referral ID to the Zazzle home page URL.

For example, if you’re promoting NidhiArt and your associate ID is 238456789012345678, then your link would be:

  • Product Links


A product link is created by adding referral ID to a Zazzle product link.

For example, if you’re promoting a product with “ask_me_about_having_fun_and_making_money_buttons” title, a 145277464445326825 PID, and your associate ID is 238456789012345678, then your link would be:


  • Search Page Links


A search page link is created by adding your referral ID to a Zazzle search page URL.

For example, if you’re promoting the “holiday+gifts” search page and your associate ID is  238456789012345678, then your link would be:

Tracking Your Referrals 

1.) Tracking code

You can add a tracking code to your links to see which links are clicked on the most and where. If you are sharing many links per day on different  blogs, Facebook, and other websites, this can help you determine where the links are performing the best. Tracking Codes can be up to 100 alphanumeric characters (and _ ,) in length. For the examples below, I will be using tracking code FB12345678.

2.) TC Parameter 

You will need to add a tracking code or “tc” parameter to your links.  When adding your tc parameter to your Zazzle link you need to add “&tc=”  before adding the tracking code, e.g. “&tc=trackingcode”.

3.) Store Links, Product  Links, and Search Page Link

  • Store Links

NidhiArt Store example

  • Product Links

Ask me about having fun and making money button example

  • Search Page Links

Holiday Gifts search page example

Now that you know how to create and track your links, you can start linking to Zazzle and earning referrals.

Happy referring!
Elizabeth P.

Spring Trends 2014

March 17, 2014

Spring is here! And along with it, some of our most popular holidays including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation. In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we’ll show you the styles, trends and products that we’ll be highlighting for this season’s celebrations.

Upcoming Holidays

  • Easter 4/20/2014
  • Mother’s Day 5/11/2014
  • Graduation 5/2014-6/2014
  • Father’s Day 6/15/2014

Easter Product Ideas

Products to create:

  • Ornaments
  • Tote Bags
  • Kids clothing
  • Sendables


Mother’s Day Product Ideas

Products to create:

  • Cards


  • Mugs

  • Accessories

  • T-shirts


  • Cases


  • Announcements
  • Stamps
  • Labels
  • Stickers
  • Invitations
  • Photo gifts “school memories”

Father’s Day

  • Cards

  • Mugs

  • Keychains

  • T-shirts

  • Gifts for men

Don’t forget to check out the Zazzle Merchandising forum thread where we periodically post “call to create” threads asking designers to create products related to holidays, seasons, or certain themes.

Featured Designer Interview with Cindy Monro

February 28, 2014
Today we’re chatting with Stuccoloco artist Cindy Monro about her love of the American Southwest, and how she got started with her second career as an artist.
Zazzle: Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from/where do you live?
Cindy: I grew up in Wyoming and majored in Business Management in school. With that, I eventually got the opportunity to have my own business, and I owned and operated a Mexican restaurant. I’ve always loved everything Southwest and Mexican, and I always wanted to live in Arizona. So, after 20 years at my restaurant I finally moved down to Tuscon, Arizona and I just love it here. It’s a magical place.
Zazzle: What kind of background do you have in art or design?
Cindy: Not a bit! I don’t have a formal art background, but I’m a very visual person. I’ve always collected images that I thought were especially beautiful and colorful. I actually have folders of inspirational images I’ve cut out of magazines. Art had always been an interest of mine, but I had never contemplated pursuing it as a career.
When I first moved here, I realized that I just couldn’t find what I was looking for to decorate my new home. So, I started doing some simple paintings and batik, and got hooked on it! I’ve also been trying to improve my drawing skills over the years, and I learned enough to start selling some of my art online and sharing it with friends and family. That really encouraged me to keep going – I never thought others would want to see it!
Zazzle: What is the inspiration behind your designs?
Cindy: Recently, I invested in a good camera and it has really opened up a whole new world for me. We, as well as some of our other friends, adopted dogs and I started taking pictures of all of them and making fun designs with the photos for my friends and relatives.
I’ve also been doing landscape photography, and worked with those photographs to teach myself so that I now have a pretty good working knowledge of Photoshop.
From there, I started combining the different elements and I’ve been having more fun than I could imagine! Both the environment and animals really inspire me, so I like trying to put them together and seeing what happens. It’s fun to be surprised by my own efforts.
Zazzle: How would you describe your artistic style?
Cindy: If I had to describe my art, I’d have to call it “southwest animal collage”. My main goal in making my designs is simply to amuse myself! I ask myself what I would like to send to a friend, or what I would like to receive myself. What you find funny or amusing is very personal, of course, but if someone else out there also thinks it’s cute, then that’s great! I just like to have fun with it, and I love doing it.
Zazzle: How did you get started on Zazzle?
Cindy: I found Zazzle around the time that I had been doing a lot of paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I had heard of places where you could make art into cards, so I created a couple cards on Zazzle just as options to think about for my own holiday cards. Then one day, I got an email saying I had actually sold 100 copies of one of my own cards! It was such a nice surprise, and I was so thrilled that I immediately went on to do more with it.
I really love the store layouts for Zazzle stores, so you can bring people there to show off what you’ve been doing. You can be proud to be associated with a professional company.
Zazzle: What are your favorite Zazzle products to design?
Cindy: I really love the postcards of course, but I think the coolest products are the electronic cases. They’re awesome products. I’ve bought one for myself, and bought them as gifts for others. The printing on them is beautiful – they look even better in person.
Zazzle: Are there any particular designs in your store that seem to be especially popular?
Cindy: I’ve done a lot of paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and I find that those designs are pretty good sellers. My favorite painting that I’ve done, of a “tree of life” Christmas tree, tends to sell well for the holidays. It was actually a painting I did as a commission, and I was able to get a good enough photo of it to turn it into these prints. I’m so glad to have a good camera now so that I can incorporate images like this of my real-life artworks on my Zazzle products.
I’ve found my owl and eagle designs are also rather popular, and I get requests from my family members for my Native American themed calendars.
Zazzle: What advice would you give to someone who wants to start out with their own Zazzle store?
Cindy: I would say create for yourself. What would you buy? Also, focus on quality. If it doesn’t look quite right, don’t post it! If your design doesn’t fit well or doesn’t resize properly, don’t use it on that product. Really try to make your products look the best they can, and create products that make sense for your store. Just keep doing it! You’ll be surprised, the longer you stick with it. If you’re truly loving it and having fun with it, you’ll be rewarded.


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