Here’s my May 2013 Online Earnings Report, which is a summary of how much I made online for the month of May. These are payments I received this month from various merchants, and represent the commissions I earned during the month of March. I know this report should have been posted weeks ago, but having 3 kids home for the summer is driving me nuts!
My Zazzle income continues to increase each month, and this payment is about $1200 more than what I received last month. But in the beginning of June, Zazzle announced some big changes to it’s volume bonus structure, which will affect me a lot in a negative way. Starting July 1st, Zazzle will only pay out Volume Bonus money for items you refer to Zazzle using your referral id link. These happen when you post a Zazzle product on your own blog or website, or share on Pinterest or Facebook, and the links have your referral id number attached to them. Prior to the change, Zazzle would pay you a bonus on any sales that you made from your store or marketplace, as long as someone else did not refer that sale (send the shopper through their referral link). About half of my sales qualified for volume bonus every month, and in June (to be paid out in August), my volume bonus alone more than $2700! I will be losing most of that volume bonus with this new structure. However, if you want to promote Zazzle products instead of just create them, or if you want to do a combination of the two, I’ve got some great ideas of how we could collaborate.
I’m thinking of putting together batches of html codes that you guys can just grab and copy/paste into your websites/blogs of my best selling items on Zazzle. You would change the referral id number to your own, and stick it on your website and you could earn 15% referral commission plus volume bonus. I would earn my royalty percentage on my design. Most of my royalties are in the 10% area, so you would actually be making quite a bit more than me. It would be a quick and easy way for you to get products onto websites, earning you an affiliate commission. I was thinking maybe I could release new batches of html code at least once a week. It would be a easy post for you. You would just need to write up your own paragraph description about it so Google would value it as unique content. What do you think? Let me know in the comments if you are interested.
Ok, without further delay, here’s my May income report.
|2013 Paid Earnings
|Local Small Biz Marketing||$1248.75|
Network & Adsense
|Ebates (pays quarterly)||$0|
As expected, my Squidoo is decreasing due to having tons of lenses locked. I am no longer putting any effort into Squidoo. Whatever it makes, it makes. Next month it will continue to decrease. However, my Zazzle income is increasing faster than I could ever have imagined. I’m continuing to focus my efforts here. I have been doing a lot of wedding invitations, which are big money makers because one order might be 100 invites and 100 RSVP cards at a time (or more). So instead of just selling on little $19 item, I’m selling an order worth hundreds.
I am currently looking for people to help market my wedding invitations. The commission on these are really good. One sale averages about $200 in sales, so a referral commission on just one sale averages about $30 plus volume bonus (since you referred the sale with your referral id number). I’m looking for people to pin my products, share on facebook, tweet, and also post the html codes on their websites and blogs showing the invitations. My best sellers are in the rustic country niche, so if you think you can promote this niche, see my invites at http://www.zazzle.com/rusticcountrywedding and http://www.zazzle.com/customweddingsets.
If you want to see an example of a website I set up to promote my Zazzle invitations on the free version of Weebly, you can stop over at www.RusticCountryWeddingInvitations.com and see what I’ve done. This site is brand new and could use some love. Feel free to share it on facebook, pinterest, etc and use it as an example of what you can do with a free website (I paid for the domain name only). Tip* You can save money on the domain name by buying it through GoDaddy and then using the option when you create your Weebly site that says “I already have my own domain name”. I bought my domain for $3.99. And of course I used Mr Rebates first to get cash back on my purchase.
I have many more pages I will be adding, and also I’m going to start writing blog posts for more content. But you could build a similar site that features my invites (they are selling really well right now), and put your own paragraphs of text on there and start promoting it. Of course you will insert your own affiliate links. If you are interested in me providing all the html code for you, so you just have to copy and paste, I WILL! (just leave me a comment below). I just need people to help me market my stuff – and you earn 15% plus volume bonus on any sales. And for this site I didn’t use BlueHost or anything. I just used the free version of Weebly. Let me know what you think!
I’m hoping to have my June earnings posted sometime over the 4th of July holiday. My hubby should be home to watch the kids so I’m sure I can sneak off for a bit to post my June report! Hope all is well with everyone…leave a comment and let us know how your month went.