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iNJFM: Monetizing a Blog with Zazzle

I recently received an email from a writer asking for advice on how to earn money from her own writing site. I probably should have answered, “When I start making money from my site, I’ll let you know.” 🙂

Don’t get me wrong, I do earn some money here, but just about all of my other writing venues bring in more money than NJFM. It’s not a complaint, it’s just a fact. I enjoy writing here so I’ll continue to do it, but if I were ever to give up all of my other writing venues to write for NJFM exclusively, I would starve.

Trying Something New

That writer’s question and Apple’s release of the iPad got me to thinking. There’s the iPad, the iPhone, the iPod, and a host of other “i” products, I decided to create iNJFM. I’ve got nothing to lose and possibly something to gain (25% of all proceeds are being donated to UNICEF).

I created a No Job for Mom Zazzle store for NJFM products. Will they sell? Who knows. All I know is that I’m sipping coffee from my new iNJFM mug while wearing my iNJFM T-Shirt.

You gotta love the internet. You can do/create just about anything.

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  • Beelissa April 6, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Felicia, I’ve always thought the key to something like this is to have a message or brand that others want to associate themselves with. I mean, I’d be willing to buy and wear a “Hershey’s Chocolate” t-shirt. I’d wear one with the name of my church on it. My son has a t-shirt with some kind of artwork from a video game on it.

    But — I love my HP laptop, but I’m not sure I’d by an HP t-shirt. I love my Sansa Fuze (iPod wannabe) but again, wouldn’t buy a mug with one on it.

    So I guess the key is, create a blog or other website that people want to associate with. And a really killer logo wouldn’t hurt, either.

    Just my opinion. I’m very interested in hearing how this goes for you.

    And I’m wondering — at zazzle, can you create a mug/tshirt/tote bag with any artwork, or does it have to be your logo? Is there a limit to how many items, or how many different images/messages? I mean, can you have 3 different t-shirts with different messages, for example?
    .-= Beelissa´s last blog ..New Year’s Resolution =-.

    • Felicia April 6, 2010, 3:32 pm

      Good point, Beelissa. We’ll see how it goes.

      You can create anything you want on Zazzle. There’s no limit. You can create mugs with pictures of your dog if you want. Let your imagination run free.

  • Beelissa April 6, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the info. I’m anxious to hear how your experience goes w/ Zazzle.
    .-= Beelissa´s last blog ..New Year’s Resolution =-.

  • Sharyn May 1, 2010, 1:50 am

    You can put anything you want on Zazzle as long as you have the rights to it (example, if you own the copyright). In my case I mostly use images that are in the public domain because their copyright has expired or were created before copyright laws existed (example, Victorian images and before). I’m also learning how to create images with a free program called Inkscape. But other people use photographs they take. And some just come up with funny phrases that they only have to type in on Zazzle…no skills required.
    I’ve only made $50 on Zazzle so far, but I know of people who make a lot more.

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