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Journey To 100 T-Shirts, The Boring Way To $10 A Day By December 2017

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by seyer, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. seyer

    seyer Junior Member

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    Starting a new thread to motivate myself. I'll be needing it since this is probably going to be a really boring AF, whitehat journey.

    For some background about myself and/or if you want to check out my other, more blackhat journey, read here: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/2017-splogging-adsense-journey.952072/

    The Insight

    So I was reading some T-shirt journeys here and have been going through Teespring/Redbubble/Zazzle and noticed a problem: QUALITY. As in, a lot of people are really bad at making shirts. I see a lot of the shirts whose designs were thrown together to simply try and make $$$ -- you know, those nurse/firefighter/artist/birthday/eclipse/tvshow methods, or those quotes which were simply copied from brainyquote and shoddily slapped on shirts and merch without font-matching or kerning whatsoever. I can see how people might buy them for the novelty (especially if you sink enough advertising money), but they're simply designed poorly that a quality alternative will surely stand a good chance of winning customers over with little effort.

    What can I do differently?

    Design is subjective but I'd like to think I have an eye for graphics and just might have the creative acumen to edge out a bunch of the competition. My confidence is stemming from a recent clothing venture which I designed for my fitness studio, sold-out 6 designs across 50 shirts in 2 weeks (hoodies, racerbacks, tanks, muscle tees, dri-fits). I've also been doing a lot of ad-hoc logos and brand assets for our studio which caters to a high-end lifestyle. I also recently did branding work for a 3-star boutique hotel.

    Oh really now :rolleyes: Can you show me some designs?

    Sorry, none at the moment. Checked my files and everything's actually pretty much tied up to a client and/or my own personal identity. I'll try to whip up something just for this thread down the road.

    What's the plan?

    Red Bubble. 100 Shirts. No ads, just SEO. Goal is $10/day consistently by December 2017.

    More importantly, this is a learning journey for me. I've never tried my hand at the T-shirt business before.

    Why Red Bubble?

    Really not a fan of the campaign+ads model, so Teespring is out. Red Bubble has A LOT of direct and search traffic and so I expect a higher-quality audience that would appreciate good design.

    What's been done so far?

    Signed up to RB (just realized they do Paypal payments, f-yeah) and now in the process of creating designs. I've chosen my niche which is quite broad, but I'll narrow this down once I'm more familiar with RB's internal SEO measures. I'm monitoring all shirt/merch categories and designs on a Google sheet.

    For the designs, I'm using a vector program and working on a file which has a 5x4 grid of 240px x 320px so I can create small mock ups very quickly then easily blow them up to 10x the size, ready for uploading. Hoping to do 20 designs a week at least.

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    That's about it, and sorry if it's not an exciting journey. This is for my own documentation than anything else, but I hope this eventually inspires some people to take action.
     
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  2. swat313

    swat313 Registered Member

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    Good luck with your journey!
     
  3. dandan594594

    dandan594594 Power Member

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    Good luck OP! I'm also in the t shirt game (merch by amazon, teepublic, design by human and redbubble), and your correct about quality! How some designs sell is beyond me.

    Redbubble seem to have a ranking algorithm based on community interaction. I'd suggest getting involved in the community groups, FB pages and if you wanted to go BH, build extra profiles to comment and like your own work. This will help boost rankings.
     
  4. seyer

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    Thanks!

    Thanks! Nice to meet a fellow designer. Appreciate the tips! So far which platform makes you the most money?
     
  5. seyer

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    Designs: 10/100 (10%)
    Revenue: $0
    Views: 1

    Time to start promoting.
     
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    Any luck ?
     
  7. seyer

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    Nope, still zero earnings.

    What I've been doing: commenting, liking, following other people's products, started some forum threads -- as people recommended to "engage" in the community. Also, optimizing tags for SEO.

    What I need to figure out: what kind of organic RedBubble traffic will convert? >> Need to test more designs, see what sticks. My next collection will emulate some of the more successful designs SEO wise.

    I'll be uploading my next 10 designs this weekend for a total of 20 designs.
     
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    Remember that Hoodies sell in fall/winter even better than t-shirts in my experience. Wait till November then people start buying like crazy for Christmas.
     
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    Good luck with your journey!
     
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    Mind sharing your strats on SEO?
     
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    I do this in real life on a very big market stall , only summer .(( rest year leather wallet and purses and bags.....

    there good cash in this I currently pay £2.20 a t-shirt and print from fruit of loom.

    my sales price are 1 for £6 or 2 for 10

    we order in a box of 600 t-shirts and got over 40 designs includes ladys as well.

    I no the owner know been doing this since 15 I am 44 know .

    i have never hit online with our t-shirts but there all around the world from our stall in central London .

    good luck.

    all I can advise is a niche that huge and can have sub niches for the t-shirt prints.

    I suggest t-shirt size one size fit all this cut on t-shirt size orders ,and don't forget the ladys love stretch tops .....
     
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  12. seyer

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    Thanks for the ideas :)

    Nothing too exciting really, just making sure titles, descriptions, and tags are proper and thorough. This is on the RedBubble product pages.

    Interesting though is when you check RedBubble on SimilarWeb/Semrush etc the top products on SERPS are posters and shirts of celebrities. Meanwhile Zazzle is more about generic term searches. Not sure what to make of that in terms of strategy, we'll see.

    Hey man, thanks for sharing your personal experience on this! Those are great margins. Definitely seems having the right designs and the right type of shirts will move things
     
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    I wanted to use RedBubble with my IG, guess after you have success, I'll try and mimic things you did. Wishing you the best of luck.
     
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    Not giving up on this, but I'm officially putting this on pause for now. My designs have only been getting views/comments but no purchases so far (~150 total views, ~30 likes/hearts, ~20 comments, ZERO sales) -- among my work people seem to like those with cute+original animal designs. I'll always be fond of design so this will definitely be a continuing hobby and I'll work on this every now and then.

    The BIGGER reason being I always wanted a porn site project, and finally the pieces I need have come together after a month of studying/testing. And of course it's a more lucrative market so I will be focusing on that for the next 1-2 months.

    -- PAUSE --
     
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    Just to let you know redbbuble ranking (On site ranking) is based on sales of that product nothing to do with seo, likes, comments or followers. Use more tags from your niche, if you rank 1 products the tags (keyword) the product will rank on the other tags you use on the same product. Example T shit title is :Migos. Then you want the tags like future,drake, and all other rappers that start with "Young", becuse its from the same niche "rappers" If you get a sale for that product you will rank on the tags you added aka on future,drake and so on, that mean higher chance of sales