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From Cafepress 2007 To Cafepress 2016

A Look at Cafepress 2015

If you’ve been keeping up since the beginning you are aware that I found a way to make money online back in 2007 with Cafepress. While I wasn’t convinced you could make enough money to quit your day job, it turned out to be a fairly reliable source for creating some passive income after you got the shop set up. If you need a little extra beer money, or money on your bills, Cafepress would work.

Even though I’ll be adding updates to them, you can still read Part 1 and Part 2 of my series on making money with Cafepress. I think it’s a little funny that I am creating this post the next day after discussing how greedy entrepreneurs are already set to fail. Whey do I think that’s funny? Because failure is exactly where I believe Cafepress is headed.

The Reasons for NOT Trying to Make Money Using Cafepress (Part 1/2)

I am using a sort of ‘star wars’ approach to this by beginning at the ending. I just had to prove how making money with Cafepress was possible before I could prove you shouldn’t. Am I right? Well, we all know that’s not entirely accurate. So I apologize if you happened to read my articles and immediately took action. I commend you on your determination though, and admire your drive. However, I have a commitment to reporting all the realities involved.

You are probably wondering why now I’m saying that you SHOULDN’T use Cafepress to make money. Well, back in the day it was different. It really was a good source for passive income. I certainly hope nobody actually quit their job and put all their responsibilities on what they could earn from Cafepress.

What ruined Cafepress was greediness, pure and simple. That’s what brought them down. How do I know? Well, these last two months are the first two months since I began my store back in 2007, that I made NO sales. This is a first since 2007. So I researched it and became aware of the facts and saw it for what it was – greed.

I am actively pulling my Cafepress accounts and closing my failing business. One reason is because once they see these posts I’ve written they’ll cancel me out anyway. Plus I’m thinking of moving my designs over to Zazzle.com, but I’m still researching that and not making any recommendations as of yet. I just wanted to let everybody know why I changed my mind after all the good things I had to say before. I think people should know the truth, and sometimes that takes some updating. So there you have it.

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CafePress and Political Memorabilia Mocking the NSA

The best activist does not rely on private information to promote his or her campaign. This is especially the case when CafePress is used. However, humorous marketing can resolve such difficulties.

When dealing with CafePress, customers must keep in mind the obvious threat of being tracked by the NSA. The reason why is because CafePress allows easier access to media creation. Should too much infringement occur, a lawsuit is inevitable for the company. To avoid such consequences, all you have to do is create original logos. Doing otherwise results in what happened last November when the NSA discovered a logo altering the organization’s official seal was plagiarized.

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The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Upon discovering this line of T-shirts, CafePress and its competitor Zazzle decided to take down the merchandise. Public Citizen later filed a lawsuit against the government. The plaintiff was Dan McCall, an honorable freelancer. His living depended on his unique line of shirts, coffee mugs and other political memorabilia mocking the NSA.

The government decided to take down the letters associated with their complaints. This should make marketing on CafePress an easier venture for political enthusiasts.

McCall has decided to fight back with another line for CafePress. The new slogan rips off of an original logo for Hilary Clinton’s campaign. What makes this problem obvious is how the same logo is used. The flag and font faces are the same as the PAC campaign.

Hilary and her team were not happy with CafePress and Zazzle’s moves. On June 1st, Hilary decided to send a series of letters requesting removal of the products. Both networks agreed. Public Citizen is now back to work. Paul Levy responded and as of Wednesday CafePress agreed to reinstate the artwork. Zazzle refused.

Levy also wrote letters to Hillary’s Ready campaign last week. What he wanted is for CafePress to rescind the original demand. According to him, action would result should a retraction not be made. His hope would be to receive a judgment for lost revenue and lawyer’s fees.
The attorney added how surprising such mistakes are. He feels really bad about the situation, but political enthusiasts have to learn how to create their own CafePress logos. He asserted how he did not want protected expression removed from the CafePress marketplace.

Success occurred during the midnight hour on Thursday. Ready decided it was going to retract its command requesting the removal of the items from the CafePress interface. Everything occurred on time as there was already a drafted complaint.

The Ready campaign did not comment upon our requests regarding the CafePress matter. However, the lesson of this experience should be clear: do not promote on CafePress unless you intend to create original logos. The template provided by the CafePress system can be used instead of extraneous art.

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Evernote And Linkedin Come Together To Digitize Business Cards!

It doesn’t matter if they are placed in a retro Rolodex or just stacked up neatly in a desk drawer, we all gather up business cards that we just have no clue where to place them. Sometimes, these business cards are not used right off, and you may not even recall right away, where exactly you did meet its owner or even why you did want their contact information anyhow. LinkedIn has surely become the one preferred way to get in touch with other highly qualified professionals, users still don’t give their profile URLs out to others, whenever there is networking events going on.

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Evernote for iOS icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2011, LinkedIn did purchase CardMunch, which is an app that permits everyone to scan, as well as, to save any business card details. Nonetheless, LinkedIn users didn’t flock at all to this service, and, therefore, LinkedIn has since paired up with Evernote. Evernote is a very popular web service that is designed especially for note taking and archiving purposes. Due to the fact, Evernote has become such an extensive legion of users, and did make business card scanning available from the year before. These are the very reasons why the partnership is so obvious to anyone. LinkedIn does come away with an added component for having professional networking. Also, Evernote does get access to LinkedIn’s network, which is comprised of 300 million members.
LinkedIn’s members will not only be able to link their accounts with Evernote right away. They can also use the Evernote app, in order to scan business cards, and to connect directly with a person’s LinkedIn profile. This is a form of contact that does permit access to their pictures, any existing job titles, and also company details. Users do also have the option of sharing any contact information with each other too. Also, in addition, after scanning any business cards. All users can decide to Geo-tag the location from where they did get the business card specifically. This is an option that will help them to remember, and to not forget, where they did meet the contact in location. Users can also write personal notes, if they so choose to, in order to go along with each entry that they do come up with personally.

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A Vistaprint Business Cards Review That Is Authentic

When networking, I was sick of writing my business name and domain name on a piece of paper. I decided that it was time to have professional business cards, so I went to VistaPrint.com to place my order for Vistaprint Business Cards.

I took my time looking at all of the designs on the website. It took me about 45 minutes to choose my favorite design and customize it to my liking. I ordered two-sided glossy business cards that featured a full-color design. I didn’t want my cards to be boring.

English: Dog Design käyntikortit - Vistaprint Business Cards

English: Dog Design käyntikortit – Business cards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The VistaPrint business cards ordering process was very simple. All you need to do is pick out a design that you like and customize the information such as your name, company name, and job title. To make changes, all you need to do is drag and drop information and change fonts. If you feel comfortable using MS PowerPoint, you will be able to order from VistaPrint.

I was satisfied with most of the ordering process. My only complaint is that their pricing can be tricky. All of the items are advertised at a cheap price, but there are extras such as shopping charges. A 21 day standard shipping charge is $7.50 and $15.00 for 3 day shipping. Shipping is still more affordable than shipping and delivery charges from local printers, so I really can’t complain.

When I went to check out, I was given the option to order more business cards at an affordable rate. I paid $4.50 for 500 additional cards. My grand total for 1,500 business cards with heavy duty gloss card stock and full color printing was $51.46 delivered to my door. I was very happy with that price.

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Cyber Monday Sales On Vistaprint Business Cards

Cyber Monday Sales On Vistaprint Business Cards

Cyber Monday has arrived, which means that you will discover some of the year’s most enticing deals online today. The NRF (National Retail Federation) estimates that over 131,000,000 people will purchase products online today. This is up about two percent from the previous year.

Vistaprint Business Cards

Santa Parking Only (Photo credits: www.myparkingsign.com)

If you have yet to do your Christmas card shopping, Vistaprint is offering fifty holiday cards for just $20. The new holiday cards from Vistaprint have over 150 new designs. Better still, you can customize the fonts, messages and colors on these cards to fit your business or family. On orders over $50, shipping is free. With all this choice, you are sure to find the perfect cards to give to your friends and family this season. Be quick though, because this deal is only offered on Cyber Monday.

Also, Vistaprint is offering price reductions on a range of holiday products. If you are searching for a memorable holiday gift, now is the best time to consider buying personalized items, such as mugs, t shirts and calendars. This offer can not be combined with any cash back programs. Move fast, because this offer only lasts until December 6, 2013.

Finally, if you wish to impress investors and customers, you can take advantage of the offer on Vistaprint business cards. For just $10, you can purchase 250 cards, and this offer expires on January 31, 2014. Vistaprint is a leading digital printing company that specializes in serving small businesses, so this deal is well worth snapping up.

 

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10 Ways To Promote Your Book For Under $10

10 Ways To Promote Your Book For Under $10

When a person finally finishes writing a book the work is only half done at that point. In order for a book to be successful in sales a book promotion strategy has to be implemented. The following techniques can be used with Vistaprint free cards and some without the use of these cards. Many of the techniques mentioned can be done without money and definitely under a $10 limit.

1) Blogger blogs
These types of social media sites are free to create. Creating a specific blog for a book is a fast, cheap way to advertise a book.

2) Online Book Forums
Signing up at a book forum with the genre that you book is in will help in promoting your book by having a signature link back to your blog.

Promote Your Book

Social Media Outposts (Photo credit: the tartanpodcast)

3) Facebook

One of the more popular social websites to be engaged in is Facebook, which is free, to promote your book as well.

4) Pinterest
This social media site is directed towards the business side of people where you can also promote your book at your blog.

5) Public library readings
Contacting the local public library for a free public reading of your book is also an option for book promotion.

6) Writer conventions
This is a great networking opportunity to advertise your book through Vista print free cards.

7) Classified Ads
Online and offline ads can be done very economically.

8) Hub pages
Another free social media website to promote your book with links back to your blogger website.

9) Twitter
Having a following of like-minded publishers can also help in your book promotion.

10) Book store announcements
Leaving your business card at various book stores and other physical type outlets can help in the overall scheme of things.

The implementation of any or just one of these techniques can make book promotion a success. Having access to Vistaprint free cards is also one of the traditional requirements to advertise your book where ever you may be traveling as well.

 

 

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