How to report art theft on Redbubble, Merch by Amazon, and Etsy

You can report people that steal your stuff on Redbubble, Etsy, and Merch by Amazon, but should you? My (possibly controversial) opinion on the matter and useful links below.

### Redbubble
Policy: https://help.redbubble.com/hc/articles/201579195
Designated Agent for complaints can be reached at: dmca@redbubble.com

### Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/legal/ip/report

### Merch by Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/report/infringement

QUICK TIPS – Passive Income on Amazon using MerchInformer

MerchInformer: https://merchinformer.com/363.html – get 20% off with code PASSIVEOWL

There’s a free 3 day trial. The basic version costs $9.99 per month. I made $124.30 profit within my first month on the site, so just shows it pays for itself. Here’s another quick video about Merch by Amazon and how I use MerchInformer to make money.

00:00 – One weird trick to find identify suitable niches despite oversaturation – Doctors hate me!!1!1
03:00 – The new “Trend Hunter” module
04:35 – MerchDesigner

My old Merch video is here – “$6,000 on 1 shirt?! How I use MerchInformer for Merch by Amazon” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBg92VWbrRU

My old MerchDesigner video is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhC3LIoboeM

Redbubble review – 3 months of passive income

A quick update on my RB situation over the past 3 months, explaining why I think my earnings have increased/decreased. More useful content that can actually be applied will be coming very soon.

 

Amazon Merch – 3 Month Review – Passive Income

As per my Etsy 3 month review, life has been very hectic and I haven’t had any time to do anything with Amazon, so I’ve just left it alone for well over a month.

See my Amazon 2 month review here if you haven’t already. Something I have noticed is that MerchInformer have added a lot of new features which look promising, including a t-shirt designer, which is much needed after MerchDesigner became a paid service. I’m looking forward to checking that and other features out when I have time.  I’ll probably do a review in due course. Again, if you’re interested in MI and if you decide to buy it for yourself, use code PASSIVEOWL to get 20% off.

As far as unconscious progress on Amazon – I got upgraded to tier 500, which means that I’m allowed to upload 500 products in total – 50 each day. Of course, I uploaded nothing because I’ve just been ridiculously busy.

In total, during April I made 59 sales which equates to $277.36 profit (roughly £203.92). This is a reduction compared to last month. I think it’s a reduction partially due to one of my best sellers getting 2x 1 star reviews. One customer wasn’t happy with the sizing (not something I can control since Amazon provide the product), and the other had a suggestion for an improvement of the design – decided to rate it 1 star for no other reason than that. I don’t think they even bought it, which seems ridiculously unfair and I do wonder if it’s one of the competition trying to get rid of me. The shirt has many other positive reviews which makes it average at about 3 stars. I’ve seen the sales drop significantly as a result and the ranking has plummeted. I’ve also experienced a reduction in my number of uploads because some of them have been removed as a result of the 90 day rule after failing to sell.

The good news is that 11 shirts have started selling which previously hadn’t, some of which have sold 5+ times, which seems promising for the future.

Again, I just need to actually work on Amazon and upload things in the coming months. May is pretty much a write off due to how busy I am, but June onwards I will certainly be working harder at getting some uploads on there. Overall though, it’s nice to make almost $300 totally passively from Amazon while I’ve been busy with real life.

More to come. Check out the Passive Owls FB group and YouTube while you wait.

Amazon Merch – 2 Month Review – Passive Income

It’s 1st April, which means it’s time to write a report about March – my second month on Merch by Amazon 🙂 you can read about my first month here, in case you missed.

I got tiered up to T100 literally hours after I posted my February end of month report – so T25 to T100 in the same day – awesome! This gave me the ability to upload 5 per day, which I did daily for a week or so, but it just wasn’t sustainable for me due to other commitments.

I also upgraded to the ‘Basic’ version of MerchInformer as I felt having access to Merch Hunter would allow me to make great progress this month, which it did. I made a quick video about how I use the website here, if you’re interested, and if you decide to buy it for yourself, use code PASSIVEOWL to get 20% off.

2 month Merch by Amazon progress report:

  • 65/100 possible designs uploaded
  • 69 sales which equates to $306.60 profit (£218.75)

As was the case last month, most of my sales came from one design. I do wish it was more diverse, but oh well. I’m very happy with the sales this month and profit achieved. Only 3 designs sold last month, but this month I managed 9 different designs, so I’m pleased about that. This brings my total sales to 94, which means I’m only 6 sales away from being tiered up to T500. I’m sure this will happen within the next couple of days.

My goals for March were to tier up to T100 (✓), max out my submission allowance by uploading 25 designs (✓), and diversify sales by experimenting and creating more popular designs (✓).

Honestly, this month has been a bit frustrating because I haven’t been able to max out my uploads and I got a bit disheartened with scrolling through MerchInformer and looking at all the designs on there. The sort of content making a lot of money on Merch is what I consider to be total shit – i.e. “This girl is AWESOME because she was born in FEBRUARY” or “Psychologist, because Awesome Multi Tasking Ninja wasn’t a job title“. I just can’t stand it and it’s getting on my nerves having to scroll through it all while I research.

The positive news is that I’ve uploaded 55 more designs this month compared to last months 10,  and more than doubled my sales/profit. It can be very frustrating on Merch – and any POD I suppose, because it feels like you’re doing a lot of work for nothing. I try not to upload bullshit, I meticulously research niches, make good quality designs, and spend time researching keywords, writing titles, descriptions, etc, however, 56 of my uploads have (thus far) failed to sell, so it feels like a lot of wasted time. Not to say that they wont ever sell, but it can get you down. I see Merch as having the potential to overtake my Redbubble income though, so I’m going to keep going with it as much as I can.

April will be a difficult month because I’m working away and wont have as much time to dedicate to Merch, but I’ll just do what I can. I’d like to get at least 100 uploads on there and if I can increase my sales/profit, then that would be great.

Will report back at the end of April and let you know how it goes! In the meantime consider joining the Passive Owls FB group as there will certainly be more Merch discussion going on in there.

Full Disclosure: MerchInformer is an affiliate link, so if you’ve found my FB group, YouTube, or this blog helpful and want to support me, then I would appreciate it if you signed up via the link.

$6,000 on 1 shirt using MerchInformer

Quick vid about Merch by Amazon and how I use MerchInformer to make good decisions. You can get 20% off the product with code PASSIVEOWL.

Okay, slight clickbait in that the $6k shirt wasn’t mine, but in this vid I demonstrate how I use MerchInformer to find profitable niches. Looking forward to posting my 2 month review of Merch at the start of April.

Free font websites to use for Print On Demand

Choosing the right font will make or break you when it comes to creating designs for Print on Demand sites like Redbubble or Merch by Amazon.

Check out these free sites:

Dafontwww.dafont.com
FontSquirrelwww.fontsquirrel.com

Designing Without Designs Skills (Part 2)

How to make passive income on Redbubble, Merch by Amazon, or any Print On Demand site by using MerchDesigner – no design skills required!

I also celebrated surpassing 200 subscribers on YouTube when I posted part 1. Checked today, 5 days later, and I’m already up to 250! I’ve also been getting some lovely comments recently which really encourage me to keep going. Managing the Facebook group, updating the blog, uploading new YouTube videos all take a lot of time and effort, but when I check my notifications and see loads of nice comments, it’s really motivating.

 

Designing Without Design Skills

New video about how to make passive income on Redbubble or Merch by Amazon using Canva – no design skills required.

I uploaded this last night with 197 subscribers. Checked again this evening to see if I’d got 200 yet so I could celebrate, and I was already up to 213!

I’m very pleased read all the positive comments on YouTube from people who show gratitude for my videos and find them helpful. I’m not someone who would have imagined becoming a YouTuber, let alone having 200+ subs, so it’s a nice feeling! Getting 1000 subs might be an easier goal than I imagined.

7th Jan 2018 – First YouTube video
3rd Feb 2018 – 100 subscribers
2nd Mar 2018 – 200 subscribers

I’ve got a feeling that YouTube will be much like passive income with the snowball effect. All previous work being cumulative and the ability to obtain more subscribers (or money in the case of passive income) becomes a lot easier.

Hoping to have time to write my first month of Etsy report tomorrow – it’s going to be an interesting one!

Amazon Merch – 1 Month Review – Passive Income

Today is 28th February 2018 – the last day of the month, which means it’s time to write a report about my first month on Merch by Amazon 🙂 you can read about my first 2 weeks and first sale here, in case you missed it.

1 month Merch by Amazon progress report:

  • 10/10 possible designs uploaded
  • 25 sales which equates to $124.30 profit (£90.12)
  • 7 designs have failed to sell at all (at time of writing)

As you can see from the screenshot above, most of my sales came from one design, so a priority for the coming month(s) will certainly be diversifying my income through new uploads.

I’ve been using MerchInformer to find out what is selling on Amazon. There’s a 3 day free trial which allows you to see what’s selling quickly, shows you a list of best sellers for specific days, keyword finder, optimisation, product search, etc.

I did the free trial and cancelled, but I felt blind without it so signed up to the $9.99 monthly plan. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it saves me a hell of a lot of time from manually clicking around on Amazon. And of course, I made $124.30 profit so feel it’s justified. If you decide to use it yourself, you can use code PASSIVEOWL to get 20% off so it’s $7.99 rather than $9.99.

My strategy for the first month was:

  • Max out my submission allowance by uploading 10 designs
  • Get upgraded to T25 (the ability to upload 25 designs) as soon as possible

In terms of pricing, there was a lot of conflicting information.

Some people recommended pricing high, representing a ‘premium’ product, whereas others recommended pricing low to the point that they made $0 per sale.

As mentioned in my last post, new users are limited to 10 uploads – also known as T10 or Tier 10. Getting out of T10 is, in my opinion, more important than making maximum profit. I felt that chasing profit would be shortsighted – like trying to fill your glass using a dripping tap rather than focusing your efforts towards turning it on.

The opportunity to make significant passive income will become easier once you can upload a lot of designs rather than being restricted to 10. I therefore priced in the middle at $14.99, which I felt was low enough to make a decent amount of sales, but still gave me a bit of profit ($1.60). However, I accidentally left one of my designs at $19.99, which I’m actually quite pleased about because it has been my biggest seller!

TIER UP!

When I logged in to my Merch account this morning (28th Feb), I discovered that I’d been tiered up to T25. YAY! I’ve already uploaded 2 more designs as per my new daily limit:

I met the critera to be upgraded (10 sales) after being on Merch for 2 weeks, but it took a further 2 weeks to get tiered up.

Since I’ve sold 25 shirts now, I’ve already met the criteria to be upgraded up to T100, so I shall wait and see what happens. It might take another 2 weeks or possibly even longer to get upgraded. In the meantime, I have 13 more designs to upload (2 per day).

Amazon Merch goals for March

  • Tier up to T100 since I’ve already met the criteria
  • Max out my submission allowance by uploading 25 designs
  • Diversify sales by experimenting and creating more popular designs

Will report back at the end of March and let you know how it goes! In the meantime consider joining the Passive Owls FB group as there will certainly be more Merch discussion going on in there.

Full Disclosure: MerchInformer is an affiliate link, so if you’ve found my FB group, YouTube, or this blog helpful and want to support me, then I would appreciate it if you signed up via the link.