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A few years ago – I can’t even remember when – I requested an invitation for Amazon Merch. Back then, it was every POD designer’s dream to directly upload designs to Amazon and sell t-shirts through the vast Amazon Marketplace. It was way before copycats nagged us with constantly ripping off our work.

Anyway, I had requested an invitation which never got granted. So a few weeks ago I stumbled across it once more and signed up. A few days later they welcomed me and asked me about my tax information. Lucky me had requested an ITIN years ago to avoid tax reduction on Smashwords and therefore, my w8ben forms are very easy to fill out.

When I logged in I was eager to upload all my work but… arrgh, they only accept PNG format with dimensions of EXACTLY 4500 x 5400 pixels *sigh* That means I have to cut my digital art, hope it still looks good and convert it to PNG format. Not a thing to do in 2 minutes. But I accepted the challenge and do have the first uploads running for review 🙂

I’d really apprechiate you checking out my “brand” Christine aka stine1 on Amazon.com and leave a comment or two. Or maybe you like it enough to even share? Who knows, please let me know and I will repay the favor *thumbs up*

 

In the future, you can expect some tips and tricks regarding Amazon Merch and the Marketplace, not only about copyright infringements and how to fight them. So stay tuned!

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During our Caribbean Cruise a few years ago – way before hurricane Irma destroyed a lot – we have enjoyed one lazy day on the island Antigua. It was one of the most beautiful stops during the cruise, really worth a second – longer – visit!

View Of Beach Against Clear Blue Sky

View Of Beach Against Clear Blue Sky Photo Taken In Antigua And Barbuda, Saint Johns

I am uploading a whole series to EyeEm and GettyImages, why not check them out?

See the whole series on Getty.co.uk.

So while updating old blog posts from 2012, I came up with this idea and hashtag:

#blastfromtheblogpast

Why not interact a bit and see how far we will be coming?

Please share your oldest blog posts with this hashtag on all sorts of social media and check out what others are posting 🙂

Have fun!

You may also link to your social media or blog posts related to #blastfromtheblogpost here and I will share them!

In an attempts to please you, the readers, I will try to update old blog posts 😉 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…

Christine aka stine1 on Instagram

Christine aka stine1 on Instagram

If you like to check out my profile on Instagram and like my work, please check out my profile 🙂

https://www.instagram.com/stine1online/

 

Wall murals or wall tattoos are a great way to add a unique touch to one wall in a room. They work like a huge sticker and are therefore, easier to apply and remove than wall papers.

Check out some of my wall mural designs from Society6:

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn 2016 - Wuppertaler Zoo Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn 2016 – Wuppertaler Zoo Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Berry Bonanza Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Berry Bonanza Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Majestic Grand Canyon Photo - Space to Breathe Wall Sticker by Christine aka stine1

Majestic Grand Canyon Photo – Space to Breathe Wall Sticker by Christine aka stine1

 

Aerial View Of Landscape - Cloudy Grand Canyon

Aerial View Of Landscape – Cloudy Grand Canyon

In 2010, my husband and I have been on a USA vacation and shot gazillions of photos of the Grand Canyon. Back then, we cursed the rather bad weather with lots of clouds and even hail and snow. Now with stock photography in mind, we do have rather rare shots compared to all the “good weather photography” that you usually find on the net.

If you are interested in these beautiful weather conditions, please check out my portfolio on Getty Images:

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/search/stack/753233242?assettype=image

https://www.gettyimages.com/search/stack/787625160?assettype=image

Over two years ago, I already came across Houzz as a neat alternative to Wanelo and Polyvore. Houzz is all about decorating your home and finding inspiration and experts. It lets you add your online finds and therefore you – as a print-on-demand designer – can add your own products to boards hoping people will buy them.

I totally forgot about their service due to lack of time but got a newsletter very recently. I logged in and found my account right away.

Adding products is easy, you can create many boards for specific topics and design ideas and the best part: It does have country pages, e.g. houzz.de in German for German users. So you can add products with German description to target German users, for example.

Why not check it out and follow each other? 🙂

My international profile can be found here: https://www.houzz.com/user/stine1online

My German profile (same boards) can be found here: https://www.houzz.de/user/stine1online

And for everyone who LOVES bookmarklets as much as I do, here it is: https://www.houzz.com/bookmarklet

Why not check out one of my idea books aka boards? Purple Home Decor

So I have joined EyeEm one year ago, in order to start a new adventure in trying to sell stock photos. With gazillions of vacation photos on our own media server at home (99% shot by my husband) and very limited time on my hands for adding new designs to my various print-on-demand shops, this had seemed like an easy endeavour.

stine1online stock photography on EyeEm

stine1online stock photography on EyeEm

And yes, it was. EyeEm makes it super easy to upload and tag your photos since they do recognize what’s the topic of your photo and suggest suitable tags. It’s a recent feature for the app version, I am using the computer version most of the time – because that’s where I have easier access to our photos.

Almost all of my uploads also add their geo tags which is important for potential customers. Also, of over 3,000 uploaded photos, more than 2,000 have been accepted into the EyeEm Marketplace. Of these, almost 500 were accepted for premium and almost 250 are actually already live on Getty Images. Other photographers do have a better ratio but I am happy about it since I usually upload almost all photos from a topic. I only weed out the ones that were a mistake, e.g. when feet or other things were cut of. Hubby tends to do that, you might say he has a thing for cutting off feet 😉

What I also like about EyeEm is the fact that you can upload photos without the intention of adding them to the market. I did this with my digital altered photos of the Santa Monica Pier. Why? Because I do have all EyeEm uploads imported into Copytrack in order to find illegal copies of my works. That way, I do get an overview of what copycats do with my work.

And my sales? I had 3 sales within my first year. Not too bad for the first year, especially since adding photos to Getty seems to take ages. All three sales had been through the Premium Collection on Getty Images and earned me a total of $15.00:

Latest sale on EyeEm

Latest sale on EyeEm

First two Sales on EyeEm

First two Sales on EyeEm

RIP Polyvore

So I thought that would be a belated April’s Fool joke but no – Polyvore has shut down without any prior notice. It is redirecting to shopping website Ssense now, our fashion sets are no longer working aka directing to our products. You can read all the details here in an article on Techcrunch and honestly… THIS SUCKS BIG TIME!

Polyvore is not making Ssense to me!

Ever since I had encountered Polyvore, it was an easy way to fill my blog. I will have to find something else. With two toddlers around the house, I do not have much online time on my hands. That’s the reason why this blog has not been updated in such a long time but this has to change. I will also weed through all my blog posts and delete the ones with Polyvore sets in them because I do not want to grant Ssense so many backlinks and potential customers. This has been a very hostile behaviour and I will not tolerate this.

I will fill this blog with different topics, stock photography being one of the most recent ones. Be prepared 🙂

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