WEB & TECH / NOV. 25, 2014
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Tips for Creating and Selling Printables on Your Blog

Monetising your blog can net you a few extra dollars for all your hard work. Printables are one way of producing an income stream. In this article when we refer to ‘printables’ we’re talking about posters, labels, stickers, and anything else that can be printed onto a material. Read on for some tips on creating and selling printables from your blog.

How to Make Printables

All you need to make a printable is some sort of PDF creator. Most of us already have access to something like this, and if you don’t it’s not difficult to find online. There are already free websites that convert file types into PDF form for you.

PicMonkey is a good place to start for image editing because it’s so easily available, and there’s a free version. We recommend shelling out the subscription fee for the full version. Since it only costs $33 per year, it will only take a few sales to net you your investment back again.

This is only one example of an image editing program that can make printables. If you have the money, by all means, look at more expensive options like Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Use the one that you feel the most comfortable with.

Selling Printables on Etsy

Etsy has built itself on craft shops. Most of the sellers on here sell little bits of homemade art to people for a low price. One of the benefits of Etsy is you can sell downloadable items. In one listing you can add five files for download. There are strict download limits on how large the file can be, though.

You don’t need any technical knowledge to setup a store. The site will walk you right through the process, even if you’re a complete beginner.

Every four-month period you’ll have to pay a fee of twenty cents per listing, but this is a small price to pay.

Pros:

  •          Full price control.
  •          You don’t need to manage the store on a daily basis. Etsy does the work for you.
  •          Easy to link to items from your blog.

Cons:

  •          Lots of competition. Etsy is an incredibly popular platform.
  •          HTML is banned. Your descriptions must be text-based.

Selling Printables on Fiverr

All products on Fiverr start at $5, hence the name. On this platform, listings are referred to as ‘gigs’. You can find almost any service on Fiverr, including freelance writing, editing, and designing. You can sell customisable downloads, and it already has an active market in this category.

There are a lot of similarities with Etsy, but it does require some extra management on your part. Use Fiverr if you have more time to manage your affairs.

Pros:

  •          It doesn’t take any technical knowledge or experience to setup a gig.
  •          You can easily link to your gigs from your blog to bring in the buyers.

Cons:

  •          Whenever someone places an order you must respond to it personally and upload the file each time manually.
  •          No auto download options.
  •          You can’t sell anything for lower than $5 in the beginning. This doesn’t give you a lot of room to work with when it comes to the cost of       printables.

What Now?

Understand that these are just two of the most popular websites you can decide to work with. Everyone has a set of preferences. We recommend using multiple platforms to sell your printables. Unless you already have an immensely popular blog, you need all the outlets you can get. Despite the fact you’re targeting the same audience, many of the people you’re targeting will only browse one or two sales platforms.

 Of course, you should ideally make your printables available directly through your website for the utmost in convenience.

 

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