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To @snowwhyte and anyone else with a store.

Do you get more sales from promoting your store on other sites and linking to it, or direct from people browsing Teepublic and redbubble?

Is there a way you can find out what keywords people search for on there?
 

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To @snowwhyte and anyone else with a store.

Do you get more sales from promoting your store on other sites and linking to it, or direct from people browsing Teepublic and redbubble?

Is there a way you can find out what keywords people search for on there?
Yeah I’d like to know the answer to these too. And also why can’t I buy anything? Just goes to an error page when I say checkout on TeePublic.

It’s got me thinking about buying a t-shirt printing machine to be honest and selling the designs myself. I’m trying to find a good machine and I don’t really know how they work, like would I have to keep buying ink or not?
 
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So i've been doing this for about 10 months and this will be my first month making more than £100. There is a lot to learn and for most people it isn't going to be quick money. It takes time for your designs to get sales. If I was starting again I would say research what is popular and learn how to market your designs on social media. Keywords and tags are important to be found in the search results but there is a lot of competition so you do need to use social media to help your designs get found. Set up Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook pages and try to grow a following around a particular niche once you find one that gets sales.
Redbubble has a dashboard that tells you where your visitors are coming from but set up a tracking pixel with Google analytics. That will tell more accurately which of your designs people have been looking at. There is a Facebook page called Passive Owls for POD and there's a guy in the group who posts a list of the most popular Redbubble keywords. I don't know how he gets the data though.
 

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Yeah I’d like to know the answer to these too. And also why can’t I buy anything? Just goes to an error page when I say checkout on TeePublic.

It’s got me thinking about buying a t-shirt printing machine to be honest and selling the designs myself. I’m trying to find a good machine and I don’t really know how they work, like would I have to keep buying ink or not?
But if you bought a machine yourself it would take ages to make enough to cover the outlay cost. Plus you would need to buy t shirts in bulk in a variety of sizes and colours. I've discovered a few POD suppliers recently and with their usual 5 day turnaround times (huge time scale delays ATM due to COVID 19) this seems ideal. The hurdle is actually getting the sales. Anyway it may be worth having a look at
Inkthreadable
Printful
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Two fifteen (varied reviews about these though)
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I'm on a few POD Facebook groups and a lot of people seem to sell on Etsy. Personally I don't like it. But I want to reapply for Merch soon so as soon as I have a few designs I will list them on Etsy and use the link and any sales in my Merch application.
 

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GIMP looks daunting to use. Can we use canva instead?
Yep. And with the paid version of Canva (tenner a month) you can download with a transparent background. If you're on Merch though I think you can only upload to their site using Gimp or Photo shop. So I would create design in Canva and pop it onto Gimp.
 
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Going to pass on this I think but it’s inspired me to do something else :)
 

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How do you know what size to make the design in GIMP? I tried using GIMP, but it doesn't seem very user friendly, so a Youtube video suggested starting in Canva and then copying over to GIMP and making the background transparent, then saving as .PNG
 

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Dont kmow about Merch but on 215 and Inkthreadable they have the size for each product on the template. Canva is on free trial for a month - you can download an image with a transparent background as a PNG. They have a sliding scale to make the image size , ive just messed around with that a bit til I get the fit for the product (been doing tshirts and compact mirrors so the size on both is very different. Just trial and error at the moment, I have saved a few to my PC for when I get around to selling.)
 
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I really think Affinity Designer is worth it at its current price of £25. It has a lot of the same functions as Photoshop and you can do vector and raster designs and export them on a transparent background.
 

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