Category: Random and Anything Else


Today (April 17) is World Hemophilia Day. It’s supposed to raise awareness of the “not as rare as you might think” hemophilia A genetic decifiency which results in bleeding. It affects males and there is no real cure yet. You can (and should) fight to remain living an active lifestyle, do not let this genetic disorder hinder you in what you can and want to do!

I have created a simple text based design to help raise awareness. I am too late for this year, but maybe someone will buy it for World Hemophilia Day 2020 πŸ™‚

Hemophilia can't stop me! Kid's T-Shirt by Christine aka stine1 on Redbubble

Hemophilia can’t stop me! Kid’s T-Shirt by Christine aka stine1 on Redbubble

Hemophilia can't stop me! T-Shirt for Factor VIII Fighters by Christine aka stine1 on Amazon US

Hemophilia can’t stop me! T-Shirt for Factor VIII Fighters by Christine aka stine1 on Amazon US

Find the same shirt on Amazon UK here

Hemophilia can't stop me! World Hemophilia Day Awareness Unisex Tank Top by Christine aka stine1 on Society6

Hemophilia can’t stop me! World Hemophilia Day Awareness Unisex Tank Top by Christine aka stine1 on Society6

Zazzle, Spreadshirt and Cafepress Designs to follow – will add them later πŸ™‚

Artsadd is one of many print on demand websites and when I had created my account in 2016 I was hoping for the best. After a few disappointments regarding sales at CowCow, ForUDesign, Design by Humans and Live Hero, I would have needed a successful new website to sell my designs. After all, sales on Zazzle, Cafepress and Society6 seem to decline from year to year.

So I put all hopes into Artsadd and created thousands of products – one by one since there is no mass designer tool. The prices were and are great, free shipping worldwide must be nice for customers and I had even ordered some of my products myself. But it did not help in the long run. It tool me TWO YEARS to reach the cashout limit of $100 for weeks and weeks of uploading, creating and sharing online. NOT worth my time!

I think the worst thing they could do is to hide the search bar for potential customers. Even I have to search for the search bar although I do know the website well. How should a customer find a product or design for a certain topic?

I have stopped to design new products in 2018 and guess what? I only had one sale in 2018 – one sale in one year!

Nope, not worth my time anymore. I will not delete my products but I doubt I will EVER make any more sales and I will probably never ever reach the $100 again…

I am uploading older designs to Redbubble like crazy to fetch up with my evergrowing pieces of artwork. I could bite myself that I had removed all works from there about two years ago. That was a mistake. I should have set it all to private instead *sigh*

Anyway, if you would like to check my Redbubble profile page out, please do so:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/stine1

I had this really interesting search term “did society6 get bought by amazon” for my blog during January 2019 and I thought it might be funny to investigate a bit.

To be honest, and to not put too many of your hopes into that: I did not find anything that REALLY clarifies this situation but I do not believe in it. Why would Amazon buy an Asian company (Spoilers: That assumption is a mistake!) when they already have Amazon Merch?

Here are some interesting finds though, reading them was worth my while:

So here I am, still looking for alternative methods to kick copyright infringers in their butts. Today I learned that you can actually report copyright infringements to Google to remove the infringing page from their search result page. Mhh, might be interesting to try, don’t you think?

To test it, I have just reported a blog that has been stealing one of my Santa Monica Pier artwork pieces with a unique effect. So you cannot argue that it is not mine. I had already opened a case through Copytrack and will just see how this goes through with Google. I consider it sending some extra love to an infringing website.

I stumbled across this great manual on how to fill out Google’s form, you might want to check yourself:

->Β  Report Copyright Infringement to Google Web Search | PCsteps.com

Very handy although 2 years old. Things rarely keep up-to-date online but this one is still very helpful.

 

The next step – after my test is all set and done and I can see the results – is to maybe report Amazons marketplace links through this feature. I am really fed up with reporting Chinese copycats through Amazon’s webform and am looking for new ways to hit both the infringers and Amazon. Removing product pages of Amazon on Google is a tiny step but maybe they will see a pattern. I don’t know… I am clinging to every tiny piece of hope.

Any ideas from you about this topic? I’d live to read your thoughts on this.

 

 

I found this trending hashtag

#IfItWereTheMatrix

on Twitter and could not resist to share some very green-ish Santa Monica Pier products πŸ™‚

 

Ghostly Green Santa Monica Pier by stine1 on DesignByHumans

Ghostly Green Santa Monica Pier by stine1 on DesignByHumans

Ghostly Green Santa Monica Pier
Ghostly Green Santa Monica Pier New Window Curtain 52″ x 63″(One Piece) by stine1

In an attempts to please you, the readers, I will try to update old blog posts πŸ˜‰ Since I had deleted over 300 posts linking to former Polyvore, my blog has been thinned out a LOT. Therefore, some redesigning and construction work is necessary. Renovation, you might say.

And since I realized that older posts are now bringing in visitors and no one likes dead links and garbage dumps, I need to make these more attractive and brush ’em up.

I hope you like it and that it will increase your viewing pleasure.

Have you ever done anything like this? Or are you the type of blogger who does not care about older posts?
Shame on me, never did anything like this before…

I have been extremely inactive on both Printalloverme (PAOM) and CowCow in over one year and now I would like to make it official: I owe to not add any new designs to these two print-on-demand websites anymore.

The reason is probably pretty understandable: Sales and earnings are not worth it. Period.

While the number of sales on CowCow is still ok (some months I have 20, some months I have 0), the earnings are cents.

On PAOM, I have one sale every few months. Given their really TEDIOUS process of cerating new products, it is simply horrible.

My already designed products will stay online, so will my shops and accounts. I will even try to integrate them into my Polyvore sets where suitable but do not expect new things to arrive.

How are these two sites working for you?

So after I just did what I rarely do (deleted all my works from Live Heroes as I had not even one encouraging sale in my first 6 months), I am now contemplating about giving up on Redbubble. Is selling one pack of stickers worth it? I will definitely not add any more art/photos to my shop. Deleting would be a pain since I have a LOT uploaded and maybe I will reach cashout in a few YEARS… *lol*

With my cute baby girl keeping me busy, I would like to concentrate on POD sites that REALLY pay and are worth my time. Zazzle, Cafepress and Society6 are my top 3 shops at the moment.

What are your thoughts on Redbubble? Are you happy with your sales and earning good money with it?

In case you want to check out my work and hey- maybe even BUY something (wishful thinking) here you go πŸ™‚

http://www.redbubble.com/people/stine1

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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