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RedBubble/Fiverr/ShareaSale Journey to $50/Day

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  1. JohnathanQuincy

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    Sorry to add a new Journey thread, but I felt like the journey has evolved slightly over the past two weeks and I wanted to make sure the title and method/formatting was clear from the start. If you want to read a long winded introduction, find my other journey thread on RedBubble and you can learn about me, where I've been and how I got here. Hopefully this can be cleaner, clearer and more helpful to those looking to start in IM. Really this process involves zero technical knowledge, and can be done with relatively zero investment as well. One of the reasons I'm so adamant about starting up this journey thread, to help those who want to get their feet wet in the IM world.

    Goal:
    To earn $50/day with a passive* source of income.
    *No More Than 8 Hours a Week (for $50/day, less for less)

    General Method Goal: Use free Tumblr traffic to promote my own designs on RedBubble directly (10% Commission), as well as others' designs through ShareaSale Affiliate Program(10% Commission). Use a Fiverr Gig to drive income to use on additional designs from Fiverr designers for my own personal product collection.

    Tools:
    Picloadr Premium Account ($10/3 Months), GoogleImageRipper (free), Bulk Images Download ZIG (free)

    Actual Method: Search for a niche to start that you feel comfortable with, design a product to upload to a RedBubble artist account (or order from Fiverr if you lack the creative juices). Using Bulk Images Download, search GoogleImageRipper for niche images related to products design (hint: instead of searching "Doctor Who", try "Doctor Who Art" or other longer keywords to get less common/more attractive shareable images). Using Picloadr + Tumblr account(s), upload 300 images (max) to the Tumblr Queue with relevant tags, click through link (to product), and brief description with link ("Check out this awesome shirt on RedBubble here!"). Tumblr accounts to have queue set to 50 images a day, with attractive or relevant profile image, and relevant account name.

    Biggest Challenge: Discovering new niche markets to advertise to that have active communities and are not too dense with content, coming up with new product designs, patience when some days are quieter than others

    Biggest Advantage:Once you build a good product collection, it does become very easy and continues to be passive. For each niche, I only refresh my photo content every month, if not longer - this process is all about tag discovery and you will not be relying on followers to advertise to, so your content only needs to be original on a weekly basis. Once a week I simply log in to my Picloadr account, select which blogs to post to, select my folder, write my tags down and hit submit. The hardest part is waiting in between uploads (Picloadr is not on the fastest server in the world, by far).

    I have been doing this for a couple of months, up until this week I have built up to 10 products on RedBubble, and 12 Tumblr blogs on my Picloadr account (all running one product, two products I doubled my efforts on due to a dense fan base). My total income since I started on November 2, 2014 has been $310.64 (88 Days - $3.50/day since I started, with a majority of my first month and a half sitting on just one product and figuring the process out. and two weeks to start the year of not queuing up anything because of other business). This week I have started to ramp up the number of Tumblr blogs I maintain, as well as the number of products I have in my own personal collection, and the amount of ShareaSale advertising I do for other products.

    I will be using this to track my progress on a month to month basis. I will hope to be updating M-F, explaining my goals for the days or weeks, and keeping a running total of income (monthly/yearly), number of products, number of blogs, etc. I welcome all questions, comments, and concerns regarding the matter - and look forward to some conversation regarding what I do, and how I can do it better. I know $50/day is a far away goal, but the only way to get there is to start trying to get there.
     
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  2. JohnathanQuincy

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    So today is January 29th, 2015 - essentially the end of the month, especially since I will be away from my computer tomorrow and I try to avoid posting on the weekends. I wanted to step back and take inventory of what I have, reflect on January for this journey, and set some goals for myself for the upcoming month of February.

    It was not the most dedicated of months, with starting a new job and not really getting into focusing more time into this until earlier last week. This month of February will give me a good gauge of what sort of growth and scaling can happen with a project like this - having a clear starting point and finishing point.

    January Sales on RedBubble: $92.61 (~$3.00/day)
    January Sales on ShareaSale: $3.67

    Products in Personal Catalog: 22 (7 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 22

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Official January Sales on RedBubble: $100.89
    Official January Sales on ShareaSale: $3.67


    February is officially underway, and it's off to a decent start, I think. I've started ordering a few designs off of Fiverr (Utilizing money earned through Fiverr gigs of my own), and those are getting a lot of positive attention. I only need to sell ~2 of each in order to make the money back, which shouldn't pose as an issue to do.

    An issue I ran into, which had caused a frustratingly slow start to this journey scale-up... Newly made Tumblr accounts are not found in tag-searches for a period of time unknown to me. Despite having full queues, they are not publicly visible through anyone browsing the #'s that I use. I had this same issue the last time I made blogs, and felt like I had started up in some bad markets - Only to have those blogs/products do really well after a few weeks/month or whatever it was.

    I was scouring the internet looking for established (PR doesn't matter) Tumblr blogs, that had been made over a month ago. I didn't have any luck, but did find some that are "as old as two weeks" so I put in and received an order of 50 of those. I figure if I'm going to have to wait for them to age either way, may as well have a slight bit of a headstart and not have to do the work of making them.

    Those 50 accounts will equal out to 100 blogs in total. Will take some time to get them all setup and linked, but it's worth it. If anyone knows of anyone selling established blogs at a reasonable price, let me know!

    Because of that, I'm stuck working with the same small handful of blogs that can push the content legitimately. Looking forward to ramping it all up, once these blogs are more established.


    February Sales on RedBubble: $3.21
    February Sales on ShareaSale:$0.00
    Products in Personal Catalog:
    22 (6 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 28

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    A quick update to throw in on the end of the business day for me. I discovered that lately Tumblr has changed it's rules to 150 photo posts per day, per account. This means that instead of running 2 blogs per account, I can run 3.

    I went through and cleaned up my blogs, deleted the ones that were out of date (NSFW, specifically) and replaced them with believable profiles. I also set the blogs to post at 40/day instead of 50 - I don't like the idea of running exactly up to the edge of what Tumblr allows (which all they do when you hit the limit is stop posts from queuing or posting until midnight). This also means that I only have to setup the queues once a week, instead of knowing that every 6 days they are eliminated. Means I can get into a routine of every Sunday do my mass uploads, and not feel like I'm missing a good day to have content pushing.

    Because of this effort, I now have 18 blogs that are confirmed visible in searches, as opposed to the 12 total (or 10 if you exclude NSFW blogs). This is a pretty good start, I think.
     
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    Good Morning Black Hatters.

    It was a fairly productive day yesterday, though things have been a bit busy around the house so I'm not as finished as I'd like to be. I've been continuing to add to the blog list, as I purchased 5 established accounts from a seller - those accounts equal 15 blogs which will essentially double what I currently have. Until I get more products/markets established this should be good for me, that's a pretty good number of blogs (each product being promoted twice essentially)

    I was able to queue over half of my active blogs last night (around 15) and will do the remaining few tonight. The goal will be to go back and refill them on Sunday, because Sunday is the best day for me to be around my computer for long enough to wait through the Picloadr loading process. I've been wanting to test to see if I can run two different loading campaigns simultaneously, so maybe that will be on the list for this week.

    I'm going to do some more market research to find some new niches to get into, and then hopefully order up another design or two. While the previous designs haven't quite paid off yet, I do still think I'm in the "rent's due" lull, so I'll see how they pickup. Good news is, all product designs are paid for by my own Fiverr gigs that I complete, so I consider them free in that regard.

    February Sales on RedBubble: $11.68
    February Sales on ShareaSale:$0.00
    Products in Personal Catalog: 23 (6 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Good Day! So things are going fairly well. Yesterday was a pretty strong day almost doubling my sales for the month (I know, it's only 3 days in... But still, progress) As of yesterday I'm just shy of my $7/day goal, and it's only getting better (There are still 8 hours left in today, and I'm already at $18.15 on the day!)

    The goal with making a Superbowl shirt and putting the design over one of my high ranking item slots was awesome. I get the first crack at the Super Bowl shirts, as well as shirts for the Patriots, etc. Being able to maintain a top 20 placement on a search is huge (just like SEO) and the best thing is, unlike SEO, I can move that ranking on to something else and grab up the next seasonal/temporary thing that comes around.

    I'll want to come up with a schedule of events (movie releases, holidays, etc) that I can place new designs at the top of the searches. My other products are growing too, so I can do this with more than one product once those are no longer regularly selling.

    Yesterday morning I also bumped the % commission on all products by 2%, which is fairly negligible. But I also took stickers (selling for $1.10) and took the % to 99%, so now I make $.99 per sticker, as opposed to the $.10 I was making before. I used to get frustrated at sticker sales coming in, kind of like a tease, now they are almost as much as a shirt sale - and much easier... I'm not sure if it's because of the boost in price, but I have already sold a handful of stickers at the new markup - kind of great hah.

    I've got a couple of open blogs that I haven't queued anything up on. I'm waiting on some new product designs to get finished, so I have the open spot for them. At this point I'm already pointing a couple of blogs at the same product. Things are going well though, hoping to keep this momentum for at least a little bit!

    February Sales on RedBubble:
    $20.87
    February Sales on ShareaSale:$0.00
    Products in Personal Catalog: 25 (6 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    So yesterday was a good day with sales - definitely exceeded expectations for the start of the month. The only setback, so far, is that I had put up a Super Bowl design to rank at the top. For a $5 design from Fiverr I was able to bring in ~$30 - Good news is it was pretty good ROI, bad news is the copyright ban hammer on that design came down faster than I was expecting (considering it didn't use any logos, or anything but "New England Patriots" in neutral lettering. I thought I'd stay for a bit more than for 3 days, considering how many "artists" just literally upload the teams logos and add a couple of words - the downside of ranking at the top of the first page, I guess.

    So I did lose my highest ranking shirt design slot - but I've got one that is pretty close to that. Honestly, before the Super Bowl shirt I hadn't made any money on that particular slot in a while, I had been hosting a pretty weak design on it - so ranking is not nearly as important to the business as the Tumblr traffic and interests.

    Aside from that design, the others are doing alright - Most of my new designs haven't made a sale yet, so part of me feels like maybe they're not as good - but it will take time, I know. I'm expecting this weekend to be a good one, with it no longer being the end of the month, paychecks and all coming through. I won't have another $25/day for a while, with not having a Super Bowl shirt there to make big gains on, but my goal was to average $7/day this month, and so far I'm off to a good start, just need to maintain momentum.

    Any feedback on my process is welcome and wanted. Thanks!

    February Sales on RedBubble:
    $45.71
    February Sales on ShareaSale:$0.00
    Products in Personal Catalog: 24 (5 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Not surprisingly yesterday sucked a bit. Looking at my Google Analytics, it actually kind of lulls in places I wouldn't expect it to throughout the week. Not worries, though. I made a whopping single sale yesterday, for $.99 (which isn't incredibly accurate because of the timezone that RedBubble is in I actually made quite a few more, but they fell into today's sales).

    Still well above my goal for the month, so far, and that alone feels good. Trying to get more products and markets together. This weekend will be huge in having a good start to the week. I had gotten lazy with uploading all of the blogs, and left some completely empty. I'll have my catalog of products and blogs ready to setup. I don't have as many new products as I wanted, but it's still more than I had last week - it's a shame I lost that Super Bowl one, but I should have seen it coming.

    I also am going to stop tracking ShareaSale for the time being. I had been promoting it for a couple of days, and realized - if I can picture a market but don't have a product... just get a product. Partnering with Fiverr users for designs has helped a lot, especially since I'm still paying for those using other Fiverr gigs of my own ($25 order came in yesterday!). Not that I couldn't sit down and put together the design, since I'm essentially describing what I want... but it's worth losing the commission on the first two sales to be able to focus on other things and to have quality work put together.

    Hoping for a productive weekend, we shall see! Still hoping someone comes up with a better way to do mass queuing (without proxies) rather than just Picloadr. For the price (essentially free) it's great, but as I scale up it just takes too darn long.


    February Sales on RedBubble:
    $46.70
    Products in Personal Catalog: 20 (3 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    It was a pretty uneventful weekend in terms of sales, unfortunately. Dropped below the $10/day average that I was really hoping to keep up. At least I'm still over the $7/day that I had set as a goal, but was kind of hoping to beat the next months goal too! I got all of my blogs reset and loaded with content for the week. I did half of the 24 on Saturday and the other half on Sunday. Until I get more products/markets I'm not expanding my blog count above what it is.

    I've got a lot of accounts that are created (50) and are continuing to age, which is only going to help. I also have a few more of my aged accounts that I had purchased, so I'm set for blogs - I'm just trying to avoid flooding my own market too much, potentially causing some distrust or frustration among customers.

    I got some products put together over the weekend, and also took the time to reverse any white-on-black designs to be black-on-white. I don't believe that will be a higher ticket as far as apparel is concerned, but stickers only print on white background, so it's allowed me to point some of my blogs directly at sticker sales for the low cost-high margin sales. We'll see throughout the week how it works out.

    My Fiverr gigs have taken off, and have gotten $50 in orders over the weekend as well. I had been using the Fiverr sales to fuel shirt designs on Fiverr, but if that continues to rise I may just start pocketing it as profit. Anyone know of any Tumblr tools that are good for discovering popular tags, or trending topics, other than the Tumblr site itself? Thanks!


    February Sales on RedBubble: $69.02
    Products in Personal Catalog: 26 (1 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Not much good gone on yesterday - a single sale, which I'll never complain about. I know a majority of my sales in the beginning of the month were for the Super Bowl shirt (RIP) but I do have quite a few new, and I think good, designs out there that haven't quite taken off the way I am looking for them to. But I also know that they are relatively early in their life cycle, so I'm trying to be patient. I am getting a load of traffic, so I'm simply hoping it's the beginning of the month blues, still and that they'll pick up.

    I won't be adding any new products this week, except for a design I had ordered a few days back and still haven't gotten delivered yet. I also have a new idea that I haven't quite put into practice yet, but I will be soon - I am hoping to see some better returns soon. I have essentially scaled the efforts to double since January, but except for the Superbowl sales... I haven't really noticed double the income... I'm holding out for a stronger 2/3rd of the year, though. That's the reason for this journey though, to see what sort of scaling can be done on this small little business.

    More to come.

    February Sales on RedBubble: $71.22
    Products in Personal Catalog: 26 (1 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Another pretty crappy day. I used to be happy with being able to say "I've gotten a sale each day for a week," but given the up-scale I find myself slightly agitated at that concept now. That being said, my time/energy investment is still considerably minimal and if I walked away this month with the $75 or whatever, it would still be worth it. Doesn't mean it doesn't suck that I was hoping I had found something that stuck, at least somewhat. I also just checked, and my one sale of yesterday happened late enough in the day that it technically counted as today's sale.


    Not much movement, but still trying to keep a daily journal out there for those who are interested. Besides these posts, I'm only doing something for this "once a week" (technically I split the time between Sat/Sun, but it was still only about... 45 minutes of actual attention paid, the rest was loading time). That's the sort of goal of passive, as mentioned, but more lucrative than $10 a week will be more motivating, for sure.


    Hopefully more to come. EDIT: I did just log back into my RedBubble account to look at the sales figures for the previous months. All three months I've been doing this, the 10th day of the month had 0 sales, and then it slowly rose toward the end of the month before dropping off significantly around the 6th. Guess it's just a pattern of bills/available cashflow. Does this happen to most people, or is it because shirts are such a low-priority type item?

    February Sales on RedBubble: $71.22
    Products in Personal Catalog: 26 (1 Seasonal for Valentines Day)
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    This is actually pretty similar to something I've been working on (concept wise) for a few weeks now and planning to execute within the next week. Except I'm using some different sites. You seem to be making pretty good progress so far.

    Had to make an account just to say this. I'll be reading this while starting up my venture.
     
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    Quiet days, but not too bad. I'm almost guaranteed to beat last months sales amount, if only by a $1. While that isn't necessarily the sort of major upscale, it's something. Zaminick, great to hear you'll be starting up soon - I'm definitely still learning how it all goes, and I can tell you that having a BHW account and Journey thread has really helped me keep focused, and to not get disheartened when I run into weeks like this where the sales just aren't coming. I'd be happy to help out, if you wanted any thoughts or ideas on the other sites you're working with - but I understand if you'd want to keep that quiet as well.

    I'm expecting another quiet day. My newest/final design (for a little while) came through, so I've got that to start promoting. Other than that, I think I'll let these all ride for another week, and refill my blogs over the weekend. Hopefully I can get together a few more concepts/niche ideas and have a list of products to start releasing next week. I'm starting to wonder if my "new design styles" aren't as good as I was hoping they would be - or if it just takes a little time to get some traction going.

    February Sales on RedBubble: $76.28
    Products in Personal Catalog: 27
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 24 Confirmed and Active

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Sales are down but I've been pretty busy day today/yesterday, also I'm feeling pretty stupid that I didn't think of this in hindsight, but that explains that!

    I logged into my Picloadr account today, because I like to go to my different blogs and see what sort of activity they are getting. Turns out that 11 of my established blogs got taken down earlier in the week (I would presume immediately after their first days of posting). My initial thought it that, since they're all relatively different blogs, that the move from 2 blogs per account to 3 was too much. I've still got quite a few established blogs now, I just need to set them up and try to avoid that as much as possible. It happens, and definitely something I saw coming eventually - Just wish I would have thought to check...you know, earlier this week when I saw my sales tank completely.

    So I'm going to be going through my blogs today, and re-establishing the ones I have and don't have, setting the queues right again, and just overall trying to be a little smarter about it. As I'm going through, I realized that the only blogs that were taken down were created using the "[email protected]" "[email protected]" method, so looks like only one of my blogs went down but then they/the system picked up that I had multiple accounts through the same email, so it just did a mass destruction of them. Easy enough to fix and prevent, thankfully.

    I also started up a .com with no current purpose other than to be a holding spot for the products. Instead of direct linking to individual designs (all falling within just a handful of markets) so I'm hoping the .com can be a nice landing page to filter the traffic through. I had done this before, but not to the same direct point that I am now. I will work on bulking up the site by throwing in designs of other artists, with an affiliate link attached to them, so I can try to capture other markets as well.

    I'm not going to be bothering with adsense, but I do hope that maybe having relevant tags in some of the smaller niche markets that I'm using, maybe that combined with all of the tumblr links to the site will help get it ranked on google for some more visibility. Depending on where the site goes, I could always expand, but for right now it's just a nice, clean landing page - also a place where I ask for submissions for trend requests, so if someone wants something I haven't thought of yet.

    It'll most likely be another quiet weekend with the blogs all going down, once the queues are set there's no telling if they're active and all until they've been up for a little. Time will tell I guess!

    February Sales on RedBubble: $77.67
    Products in Personal Catalog: 27
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: TBD

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Busy day yesterday, so wasn't able to update this journey thread until today. The weekend was a very productive one, getting the 15 blogs that I have confirmed online and refilled with content. I can tell that some of them aren't 100% active yet, but we'll get there. The up-scale took a significant hit with A) losing my top product, and B) losing the best half of my blogs. Those things can/will change though, and already today I've passed the $7 mark, so I'm working my way back up. I will definitely reach my goal for the month, and hopefully can do a little more than just beating it by a dollar hah.

    Added a load of new products. I think the website has been probably the best thing I could have done in this process. I hadn't thought up until now of creating specific market posts to be hosted on a single site, but it's really balanced out my views across all of my products, and allows me to point my Tumblr posts to a single place where all of my products in that market are (as opposed to before, having to post one or two Redbubble links in the description which can't look good).

    My fiverr gigs are still going on too, which has helped add to my product catalog quite nicely. Besides the $12 put into the website (for the year) everything else has been complete profit since the start of this journey, and that makes me pretty happy.

    Today we've gotten a bit of snow so things are going to be a little slow. I'm going to hopefully be able to setup a lot more of the blogs that I had gotten together, to get some mid-week blog loading started. 15 is a good number, especially since right now my products are only in about 9 different markets, but I'm very quickly growing on the market side and want to make sure I have the infrastructure in place to support that.

    As always, any tips, tricks, ideas, or something I'm not thinking of - please let me know :)

    February Sales on RedBubble: $90.13
    Products in Personal Catalog: 37
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 15

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Alright. I've crossed the $100 mark for the month. Obviously I'm not going to be able to hit $200 this month unless something pretty incredible happens, and I magically start averaging $10/day (when I haven't gotten a sale yet today)

    It's still encouraging, though, and I'm glad that I'm pushing on. I've gone through and updated some more blogs that need to age, but in the meantime I'll load them with content because I'm under the impression that that helps out. Googleimageripper has been down, now, for quite a few days. It's unfortunate because I really need to refresh my content that I have, and without it it's just too time consuming to do - there are other things I could be doing to better use that time for this business. Once that goes back up I can refresh my content, but until then I'm kind of hanging out to dry a bit.

    I've got until Saturday/Sunday before it becomes a big issue, so we'll see what happens.

    Not much else going on. Considering trying to think of some good niche advertising that may cost a little up front, specifically looking into finding some small podcasts that have a smaller, but dedicated, fan base. I've reached out to one, specifically, today and will see where that goes.

    February Sales on RedBubble: $100.61
    Products in Personal Catalog: 37
    Tumblr Blogs Setup: 26 Loaded, 12 Confirmed

    February Sales Goal: $200 (~$7/day)
    February Catalog Goal: 25 (No Seasonal)
    February Blogs Goal: 102 (4 per weekday)
     
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    Good luck on your way buddy! Keep updating those posts.
     
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    JohnathanQuincy Registered Member

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    Blah. Just went to check in on my blogs and lost basically the sets I had been working with earlier. I had gotten lazy and wasn't thinking of using my proxies to go about setting up the accounts - so basically my work from yesterday and then some is gone. I'm back to 17 blogs, and I believe 2 will disappear shortly. Very frustrating stuff, but it was stupid on my part to not protect myself with hopping around a VPN instead of doing everything from one place.

    I'm annoyed with the blog creation process and it's getting painful to have to keep starting back from scratch with making them - but it has to be done if I ever want to actually scale up.

    Any ideas? Thanks!
     
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    So today was a bit of a gut punch. Redbubble received complaints on three of my works in my collection (all within the same market) and they have a knee-jerk reaction to remove any and all complaints without investigating as to not have to have a large legal department, I assume.

    Definitely sucks. Not only did they take down the three pieces, but they requested that I review my collection and even put a temporary hold (meaning I can't sell anything) while I do that.

    I responded immediately, not only disputing that claim (which won't go anywhere, I know) but also to let them know that the rest of my work is solid and to please proceed.

    Frustrating way to end an already frustrating week of losing blogs twice. Not going to give up hope, but does have me thinking about other ways to monetize the traffic that I'm able to generate. The shirts are good and all, but if I can find something a little less volatile I'll bite on it.