[PROVEN METHOD] Passive Income through POD Websites


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Mar 29, 2012
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The method is very old and noob friendly. I am posting now to prove that this method still works.

Let me post this method in Q&A format.

1. What is this method about?
A. Finding a POD website and upload designs on those websites. Once they make a sale... You earn a commission every sale.

2. What is the process involved uploading designs.
A. You should upload a design and select a product from list of products they can fulfill. Once the design is uploaded...They will create a mockup and list it on their website.

3. What are the best websites to start with?
A. Here are the list of websites you can upload:
a) https://merch.amazon.com/
b) https://www.redbubble.com/
c) https://www.zazzle.com/
d) https://www.cafepress.com/
e) https://www.spreadshirt.com/
f) https://teespring.com/
g) https://www.sunfrog.com/
h) https://www.teepublic.com/
i) https://www.designbyhumans.com/
j) https://fineartamerica.com/
k) https://society6.com/
l) https://teefury.com/
m) https://www.threadless.com/

4. Do I need to be a designer to make money on those websites?
A. It's like asking "Do I need to be a Model?" to make money on OnlyFans or Adult websites. If you are a designer, You can make money without incurring any expenses. Others have to hire a designer... Better to learn photoshop for making small edits on Original design.

5. Where to start?
A. Find a funny quotes, do some research on Teespring, Amazon and search youtube like this "https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+research+t-shirt+design+ideas+". Hire a designer and get your design. Start uploading and repeat.

6. How to scale this shit?
A. Let's say you are getting sales for this design: "Of course I am Awesome, I am a Teacher". Get the PSD from the designer and edit yourself to save money or ask him for a bulk price. scale it with different professions, names etc. Sky is the limit.

7. Best advice you can give us?
A. Don't really abuse the platform. Don't upload cheap quality designs. They will suspend your account and all your hard-work would go in vain.

8. How to get the traffic?
A. Frankly speaking, We have done nothing in the beginning. But we use to stuff good keywords/tags while uploading the design. Later stage, we have tried Pinterest, Wanelo to pin the URLS. That boosted our sales for sure. I am noob in SEO... Use your own SEO skills to get the traffic.

9. Do you have any proofs that method is still working?

These are just few accounts of us.

10. Can we automate this?
A. There are tools but I never used. You can build imacros to automate uploading. But I don't suggest... Just get a VA if you are busy.

11. I am a creative and hardcore designer... Do I have any place to sell my designs & make more money?
A. Yes. Here you go:
1. https://www.creativefabrica.com/
2. https://creativemarket.com/
3. https://www.etsy.com/

12. So what now?
A. If you are still searching for methods. Stop here and start working.

Declaimer: I am no way promoting any website listed above. All the information shared here is just informative. If any FAQs missed or to be removed for violating forum rules... Please PM be or comment below. I will make immediately update the thread.

Thank You All.
You make it sound like you can fart and get traffic! Literally the hardest part of this is getting traffic!

In my experience...The external traffic will only boost your sales. It's not like you don't get sales until you promote or do SEO. You just need to add relevant keywords to get started.
huh t shirt design?
actually is inside the plaform so many others folks cool t shirt design too.
perhaps yours stand out from rest so gain sales automatic inside?
POD is still a profitable niche. Thought about it in the past to start POD. Though I know SEO, my lack of design skills prevented me to start working on POD.
perhaps yours stand out from rest so gain sales automatic inside?
This applies to every niche or product. You should stand out from the rest.

my lack of design skills prevented me to start working on POD.
That's myth. You don't need to be a designer. If you need unique designs... You have hire a designer or You can buy from art marketplaces. But you have carefully read their License terms.

good information, thank you very much. how high is your share if someone buys a sweater for 50 usd, for example. how much% do you get from it?
Every website follows their own method. You have ability to set commission % irrespective of product. So, if price increases...Your commission will increase. % remains same :p
Hi how many designs do you have posted?
How much is it making you monthly?
ok, range? 10-20%?
Anywhere between $2 to $4 worked for me best. Lower the commission.. More sales you get. If you go for higher commission... Product price will be increased. So customer doesn't know the mathematics behind it... Once he buys and if product printing quality is poor. He will give 1 star to the product and you won't get any sale from there on ;)

Hi how many designs do you have posted?
How much is it making you monthly?
We manage lot of accounts. We do hit the limits of Amazon Merch.... We post less designs and carefully curated designs on Redbubble. We don't take it monthly into our account because Q4 sales would be enough to pay your bills for entire year.

What about the traffic? How do you get traffic?
95% of our traffic is organic and 5% is from pins we have done on Pinterest, Wanelo. We are lazy to pin them ;)
do you have monthly fixed costs when you upload designs? you talking about 4th quarter brings it on :)
9. Do you have any proofs that method is still working?
which platform is this ?
You say "Better to learn photoshop for making small edits on Original design."
Whos original design? Someone else's or designer you hire. Because I have heard that copyright claim can get your account suspended.
Who is this 'we' you are talking about? :)I just see only a dude with a BHW account, not many.
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