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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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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.

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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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The Penguin Update and Requests for Link Removals

Recent Google Penguin Update – Who Cares

So there has been a recent Google algorithm update that is supposed to penalize sites if they have links from questionable sites or sites that contain content that is not relevant to the link. But wait, there are 100,000 sites that have been doing link building for the past 10 years that have these kinds of links. So Google is going to penalize 100,000 sites? Probably not. And what if your competition places links like this one on some site that you don’t want, didn’t request, and you are now penalized for? Google is going to manually disregard all link spam that you report? I don’t think they have the engineers to manually block hundreds of link spam links.

Webmaster Requests Daily and the $15 Charge

Since the update, I have been receiving 3-4 requests a day to remove links from articles and even comments. Here’s the thing, I didn’t place a single one of the links. Some spammy SEO guy submitted an article or left a comment and I was nice enough not to remove it. But now Big Google is going to penalize all your spammy practices and I have to be a nice guy again and remove the links for you. Well, I am charging $15. And every webmaster should charge $15 a link. First it takes us time to remove the links. Second we don’t know if the true author is making the request, so a fake author isn’t going to pay the charge. And third, the spammers need to pay up for once.

Cheap Spammers Don’t want to Clean Up the Mess they Created

So most of the spam writers just ignore my suggestion that they pay me $15 but every once in a while I get one that responds back and is upset that his/her spam is now costing them cold hard cash. They even make some threat that Google is going to penalize me, blah blah blah. The fact is that Google hasn’t given my sites any decent traffic since about 24 updates ago. Thank goodness for Bing, Yahoo, Social Media, Pintrest, and Stumble Upon. So join the Who Cares about Google party, pay me $15, or create some non-spam links to offset what you consider to be spam.

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5 Fundraising Ideas Your Business Can Do for Charity

Fundraising Ideas

The existence of a charitable organization is dependent on having a constant stream of donations. Unfortunately, such acts of benevolence are not given without some effort on the part of the organization itself. Fundraisers must be held to bring awareness to the cause and encourage people donate for them. Thus these fundraising ideas.

Without such financial assistance, many charities have been forced to close, significantly damaging the community and aggrieved parties who depend on them for support.

Many people associate such fundraisers with bake sales and telethons. However, charities might be better served by thinking outside of the box, and looking for help from the private sector. In particular, having corporate sponsored events can provide financial support, the creativity of a business marketing team, and cast the business itself in a good light.

If you own a business, fundraising for a charity is an excellent way to give to a good cause while simultaneously providing positive exposure for your business.

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1. Coupon Books or Scratch Cards

Depending on the type of business, these books can be comprised solely of various items you sell, or partnered along with neighboring businesses in your area. With most coupon books, the charity must purchase the books in advance and hope to sell enough to turn a profit. This can result in a loss if the books are not sold in a large enough quantity.

A way to circumvent such an occurrence is to do careful research and planning on the amount of books likely to be sold, or simply have the charity receive a portion of each book sold rather than purchase the books outright.

2. Bake Sale

Sometimes, the simplest answer is the best. Bake sales are tremendously popular for a reason. They provide a home cooked meal that is not only a gift to charity, but actually contains a more desirable product than the preservative filled items that fill the supermarket aisles. As with any product sale, the most important aspect is pre-sale promotion.

This is where having the involvement of your business can really market the event, as well as recruit potential volunteers to setup, clean, bake, and handle payments. You can even pay employees to work the bake sale if you wish. Another vital component is variety. Muffins, brownies, cookies, cakes, and pie are mainstays, but also consider some more exotic baked goods from other cultures to give it more flavor.

3. Subscription Sales

If your business offers some type of subscription service, food item, or any other service that requires repeated visits, a great way to get loyal customers and promote a charitable organization is through a subscription or long term discount.

4. Online Fundraising

The power of the internet allows you to access a larger pool of customers and organize events quickly and cheaply. Using social networking and other popular promotion tools, your business can rapidly raise funds for a charity while also providing links to your corporate website through banners that show your logo. Another option is to have customers who buy existing products make a donation to charity. You can add a small description of the charity on the checkout menu where customers can add a few dollars to the total purchase price. You can even have multiple charities involved to give your customers options.

5. Work With the Local Churches

Churches have a great and large network, and a morally obligated to help charitable organizations in need. They also have a lot of experience with fundraisers and other events. Talk with churches about involving yourself directly in the charitable work itself. Long term projects sponsored by your business, such as building shelters for the homeless, or providing flu shots or other helpful services can really make an impact.

John Edwards writes on behalf of Public Liability Insurance .org an online resource for business owners providing public liability insurance for nurseries.

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The Wonderful Benefits of Local Business Marketing

If you are trying to get your products out there to be sold, there is nothing that could be better for you than local business marketing. With a little bit of effort and investment, you can easily turn your firm from a small struggling company to a popular one through your website. It can easily transform your levels of income.

The purpose of this service is to ensure that your website appears among the first items listed on the Google search engine results. It is almost similar to the now popular method of marketing known as Search Engine Optimization, also known perhaps more famously as SEO. Main difference with SEO is that you use the keywords to help increase the ranking of your business in your local area.

It works rather simply. Assume you have a company known as Yellow Cabs in Queens, New York. Your keywords should be Yellow Cabs Queens New York, or something as close to this as possible.

The advantage of this is obvious. If a person types Yellow Cabs, there are other sites that will simply rank higher than yours. Adding the location is most likely to make your site appear first or second in Google.

A trick used by businesses that come from small towns and are trying to compete with businesses in large cities is to design mobile sites instead of websites. It costs almost the same as designing a normal website, but the difference could be tremendous. It is a little known method, but it is genius.

The reason this is effective is because Google has built special friendly sites for mobile devices that do not support a full HTML site. So, if you have this type of site, you are more likely to have your website appearing over the sites of your competitors. It is an ingenious way of local business marketing.

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