Saturday, November 29, 2014

Looking Back Over 2014

Well Thanksgiving is now behind us, and the short run to Christmas and the New Year is ahead.

I have done alot and learned alot this year.

 Bretsuki's Books My online bookstore at amazon is providing a constant stream of income. I didn't reach the goal of getting over one thousand books in stock, for no other reason thn books were selling faster than I could re-stock. A good reason for not reaching a goal if ever there was one.

I bought a iPhone 6 plus. I had an Android phone for the last three years and hated it for every minute. So the iPhone 6 plus came in just about the time I was about to throw the old Android phone at the wall. By the way I love the iPhone can't understand why I never owned one before.

By the way did you know their are items called Selfie Sticks out there to help you have the phone camera at a better distance to take that great selfie you always wanted. I didn't.

So as I have to yet make a decent selfie I will add a selfie stick to my Christmas List.

I also got to spend a whole year with my new best friend. He is black, weighs in at about 64 pounds and answers to the neame of Leif. A great name for a Labrador Retriever I think. Since according to the Saga's Leif Ericson was the explorer who first found the Labrador Coast of Canada, where the dog breed was created to help fisherman work heavy nets and fishing gear.


On top of all that, my Zazzle Store, Bretsuki's has gone from strength to strength. We are now selling dozens of items per month ranging from iPhone covers to mugs and key chains.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Creating Designs to Sell on Zazzle Can Be Childsplay!

Recently Iwas looking around for ideas to create new designs for my zazzle products.

I came upon this idea to create designs quickly and easily.

Zazzle 'Em: Easily Created Designs: One of the easiest ways that I have found is to regress to my childhood and play with a Spirograph . For those of you who have nev...
Green Flower Mug Jumbo Mugs
Green Flower Mug Jumbo Mugs by Bretsuki
View Green Mugs online at zazzle

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Multiple Streams of Income: Web Hosting Referral Income Includes 25% Money Off Coupon

Several months ago, I wrote in a companion blog about web hosting services as a possible source of income.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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Try, Try and Try Again

There is an old adage which anyone trying to earn a living online should remember.

"If at first you don't succeed. Try, try, and try again."

It is a truism. that I have found everytime. I come to a project. Create a plan, execute the plan and it fails, once, twice, three times or more. I walk away for a while to lick my wounds and look at where the plan was wrong and slowly. Ever so slowly at first things start to happen, then as momentum grows, the plan starts to bear fruit.

For instance, my zazzle store, Bretsuki's, began very slowly in 2009, I sold my first item in 2011 and though I started to sell more in 2012 and received my first full pay-out in April this year I amd well on the way to receiving another full payout in the next few months.


First I increased the number of ideas and designs available. More designs mean a greater chance that people will like what they see.

Then the more items I have sold, the more zazzle promotes those items in searches.

I also allow customers to customize most of my products too so allowing individualization rather than forcing customers to buy a fixed product, and many of my customers have customized colors or added printed messages to their purchases.

Then finally I share designs of other designers. A good amount of my income this year has been derived from advertising other peoples produccts which customers have gone on to buy.  That way I can gain an extra 15% commission.

So my original plan was to create my own store and promote it. It worked ok. Then I added more products, more variety in selling prices and profit per sale, things got a little better then I added a blog to showcase my products, another gain in sales, finally I showcase other peoples products too and away earnings grow.

What took me four years to reach earlier this year, has taken me six months to reach today.

I did not give up on the original idea. I tweaked it a little over and over. Now things are moving in their own direction. A growing positive income stream and very little effort on my part.

One of the Best Selling Items in My Zazzle Store this Summer

Saturday, September 20, 2014

It Can Take Years to Become an Overnight Success

If you are like me, you possibly dreamed that a life of blogging and writing content would suddenly mean that you could quit the day job and retire to a life of success and relative leisure.

Well I began writing online about six years ago, in the month of September actually.  I have seen the latest money making sites come and most of them go.  I collected pennies here, dollars there and mostly got a return that bought me a cup of my favorite Starbuck. A plain brewed coffee with milk and three sweeteners, equal or "Sweet and Low".

This year, has been a bit of a turning point though. I am seeing several thousand visitors per month to my two main blogs, this one and William Elliott: A Life With Blindness. My online bookstore Bretsuki's Books saw sales at the top end of my estimatesand generating a good turnover and profits.

Sales of products at my Zazzle stores Bretsuki's on Zazzle have been excellent.

Can I Give Up the "Day Job?

Not yet. But then that is not really the aim for me any longer.

It is all for fun really. I need to have most of my time filled with things to do, and if I can get paid for doing thos same things well, more the better.
Bear in mind that it is ok to want what you want . If you want to see yourself independent, that is ok, If you want to see yourself enjoying several income streams including a day job and paying hobbie, then that is ok too.

You have the right to decide where you want to take things. As long as you stay legal and don't hurt anyone. 

But always remember: It Can Take Years to Become an Overnight Success.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Goodbye Yahoo! Voices

In just over one week from now, on July 31, Yahoo! Voices will cease to be.

After several years and several name changes Yahoo! in its own infinite wisdom is withdrawing, unplugging, killing a portal for writers.

It was a nice service, while it lasted. I used to receive several tens of dollars per year from this pay per impression service, where authors could either sell their work directly for an upfront fee or take a performance option on views.

I am sad to be losing this income stream. Who wouldn't. It paid me for my Starbucks coffee for a month or two. So maybe the real loser might be Starbucks, maybe that is a bit drastic.

Why did Yahoo! Close Voices?

Well they cite a need to provide quality. But Yahoo! has been struggling lately with advertising revenues falling, sharing those impression payments with thousands of writers is an obvious drain on cash.
Yahoo! will of course continue to publish selected content already  published on the site. But they will keep the revenue thus generated. Nice of them.
Always bear in mind that you are at the mercy of such corporate decisions and when you create a piece of work. Keep most content for yourself. Create a website, for your own work. The future now lies with self published content I think not with large volume sites like Yahoo! or even HubPages or Squidoo.
We'll see what happens next.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Preserve All the Old Links

A few months ago, I  wrote of how links from my HubPages website had fallen off dramatically and how the loss of the RSS feed from my hubs had not seriously affected viewing figures.

In recent days though I have seen yet another switch in viewing figures. Possibly due to changes both at Google and HubPages recently, HubPages has now made a dramatic reappearance on my link source for viewers on most of my blogs.

We are talking dramatic changes in figures here. From 0 to 20   or 30 viewers per day over the last seven days have been coming via old HubPages links.

In the recent past I was talking to a friend who also had a presence on HubPages, he had seen a fall off in views after the Panda changes and had deleted many of his hubs, feeling them to be useless in driving traffic.

I explained to him that I would just leave my hubs alone, mark time and see what happened. I felt my hubs were worthwhile and they were still viewed, just links to my hubs didn't seem to be actively tracked any longer.

Plus add to this some grudging state that having worked hard to create hubs I didn't want to delete them willy-nilly.

So here we both are a few weeks later and he was fuming on Saturday when I told him about this latest increase in traffic.

He having deleted his hubs now has no old mature links to his websites and blogs. I due to vanity and laziness, it takes work to delete stuff, have all my old and mature links feeding my blogs again.

So the moral of my tale is keep old mature links for as long as you can. You never know when they will reawake interest in your other work.

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