Monday, 3 August 2015

July 2015 Stats from Zazzle, Redbubble & Nuvango

It is time to review what happened this month in my POD journey! Its been quite an up and down month with dealing with the W-8 BEN form drama on Zazzle, but I can officially say that after 8 months my form has finally been cleared and I can start collecting earnings from Zazzle. I went through 1 lost form, 1 mistake form & lots and lots of waiting (the first form I submitted got "lost", I waited two months with no response from Zazzle before I finally called them and they told me to submit a new one) before the W-8 BEN rules changed, which I then had to go through more waiting and more back and forth with Zazzle before finally I was able to submit a form with all they needed. Now we are still waiting to see if the W-8 BEN rules will change again, but I am in the clear right now and I am happy for that!

With all that behind me (hopefully for at least another two years!!) I can focus my spare time on promoting my products and adding new designs rather than filling out silly forms and reading icky IRS procedures. I actually broke out the watercolour paints in July and started working on some bird paintings! I was a little rusty but it was so refreshing to be working in paint again. I am pretty far behind on the uploading but I really want to get new designs added to my shops soon.

As for my actual shops this month? I added some new designs to Redbubble, that is it! Zazzle has been on hold & Nuvango has reached the maximum amount of designs. I am actually currently working on a new POD shop as well, so I have been adding lots of designs to that. I will be introducing it soon, when it is ready! :)

Now, here is how I did this month.

Nuvango Shop

Well, there is nothing much to say about my Nuvango shop. Nuvango did add a new product, leggings, but it seems they select certain designs for them and it is unclear yet if these will be available to all designs eventually, or if they will be a curated collection. I am part of a pretty nice Facebook group of Nuvango artists and I keep up to date with the new artwork & the community! Aside from that, not being able to add past 30 designs mixed with no new products means there is not very much left for me to do with this shop.

Sales: 1
Advertising/Sharing: None
Followers: 45 (7 more than last month)
Most liked Design: Still Tri-Colour Geometric Pattern (48 Likes!)

My sold item this month:
My sale this month was a 13" macbook pro skin in Tri-Colour geometric pattern!
Not only is this my most liked pattern, it is also my most sold. :) This design is currently
exclusive to my Nuvango account, too!
Redbubble Shop

My redbubble shop continues to grow! Not only am I adding new designs there, RedBubble continues to add new products such as their recent scarves, hardcover notebooks, pouches & more! I always get really excited whenever Redbubble adds a new product, because their shipping is actually affordable for us Canadians (In comparison to other PODs I have checked, of course) and I see these as products I can actually purchase and see in person and give as gifts. It took a long time to actually get a sale on my RedBubble shop in comparison with my other PODs, but I am so glad I kept updating it anyways because it has now surpassed my Nuvango shop and now has 1/4 of the sales I have had on Zazzle. I consider this pretty good, because I really don't do as much sharing and advertising of my redbubble shop as I have done with Zazzle!

Sales: 4
Advertising/Sharing: Small amount of sharing on Wanelo due to a glitch. Every design I upload I pin 1 product to Wanelo, and two + to pinterest.
Most Viewed Design: Glitter Tropical / Retro Pineapples: 2257 Views

My sold items on RedBubble this month:

I sold my first t-shirt on Redbubble. I am super happy for whoever bought it.
I am so glad that someone is going to be rocking this cat pun on an actual
t-shirt somewhere in the world!! 

I sold another cat to be kitten me right meow pillow! :) I created it in pink, too,
but I still love this colour best and i think it will continue to be a popular colour.
It is a nice accent colour that is bright but neutral and it matches lots of the more popular
room colour palettes.

Sold another cat to be kitten me right meow pouch. :) I love this light, mojito coloured
lime green! I am really going to aim to make more of my products in this colour. 

I usually sell this pattern in pineapple sticker version only, so I was really
happy that someone bought it as a phone case! This is still one of my favourite
created patterns to date and I am so glad someone else enjoys it too. :)
Zazzle Shop

Last but not least, my Zazzle shop! Again, like last month with the insecurity as to whether I would actually be paid or not, I did minimal stuff on my shop. Not adding any new designs or products seems to not really have a negative effect so far on my shop. I might possibly be missing out on sales for things I haven't added yet, and I am not on the rankings for Zazzles new items, but my old designs seem to be viewed & purchased quite often with me doing minimum sharing and advertising. I am even up in sales from last month! Now that this whole W-8 BEN fiasco is over, I will once again be focusing a chunk of my free time to updating my Zazzle shop.

Sales: 11
Advertising/Sharing: None, but my pineapple flask has been featured on the homepage a lot this month!!
Page Views: 870
Most Viewed Design: Tropical Summertime Pineapple Fabric (436 Views now!)

My sales from this month:

Rainbow and Textured Chevron Pattern Heart Sticker
Sold 9 of these rainbow heart stickers to a repeat customer. Thank you
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Rainbow and Textured Chevron Pattern Heart Sticker by TanyaDraws
Make stickers online at zazzle.com

Peacock blue modern watercolor leaf design fabric
Sold 56" combed cotton watercolour leaf fabric! This fabric can be customized
with any colour background, so you can really get some neat colour palettes out of it!

Peacock blue modern watercolor leaf design fabric by TanyaDraws
Look at Peacock blue Fabrics online at Zazzle.com

Green Watercolour Ink Drawn Turtle Pattern Swivel USB 2.0 Flash Drive
This is the first time I have sold USB sticks, and I sold two of them, upgraded,
in this design! Don't be concerned with the turtles, this USB is pretty fast! :-) The
watercolour turtle print is there for cuteness only. This USB features a personalized
monogram as well!

Green Watercolour Ink Drawn Turtle Pattern Swivel USB 2.0 Flash Drive by TanyaDraws
View other Turtle USB Flash Drives at Zazzle.com

Cute Kitten Face Pattern Barely There iPhone 6 Case
A happy cat lover out there has a brand new iPhone 6 case! The
text in the heart can be customized to say whatever you want, or both
the text and heart can be removed to leave the cute kitten background.
The background colour can also be customized!

Cute Kitten Face Pattern Barely There iPhone 6 Case by TanyaDraws
Check out other Cute kitten Casemate Cases at zazzle.com

Cat to be Kitten Me Right Meow Ringer Coffee Mug
Sold two cat to be kitten me right meow coffee mugs! This design is getting
pretty popular on my Zazzle shop now, too!

Cat to be Kitten Me Right Meow Ringer Coffee Mug by TanyaDraws
Make a unique personalized coffee mug online at Zazzle.

Tropical Watercolor Pineapple Pattern Wrapping Paper
Sold a roll of this pineapple print wrapping paper. :) Wrapping paper is
great for its traditional use of wrapping gifts, but you can use it for a variety of
crafts and even home decor projects! As usual, you can change the background
colour to be whatever you want.

Tropical Watercolor Pineapple Pattern Wrapping Paper by TanyaDraws
Browse other Retro Wrapping Paper

Cat to be Kitten Me Right Meow Shirt
I sold a cat to be kitten me right meow guys t-shirt! :) Cat puns
are for everyone. What a great conversation starter!

Cat to be Kitten Me Right Meow Shirt by TanyaDraws
Shop for custom t-shirts online at Zazzle

Tropical Watercolor Pineapple Pattern Hair Tie
Sold 5 of these tropical watercolour pineapple hair ties! This is also
the first time I have sold hair ties on Zazzle. These are perfect for beach go-ers
in the summer months for holding back your beach waved hair! Personalize
the colour of the background for hair ties that match different outfits.

Tropical Watercolor Pineapple Pattern Hair Tie by TanyaDraws
More Retro Hair Tie

Cat to be Kitten Me Right Meow Shirt
Last but not least, a cat to be kitten me right meow t-shirt for girls! Everyone
is loving the cat puns lately. I will have to work on adding more. ;)

Cat to be Kitten Me Right Meow Shirt by TanyaDraws
Check out more Cat to be kitten me T-Shirts at Zazzle

That is pretty much it for my shops this month! I am really liking the direction things are going, and am so happy with what I have been designing lately as a result. :) Not only is it fantastic that people like my designs, I am also experimenting a lot more than I did this time last year and I feel much more comfortable with my skills. Thank you to my customers and to those who promote my items, I really appreciate it!

-Tanya