Opening up a TpT or TN store is not as easy as it sounds. I need to learn not to trip over my own enthusiasm when venturing into new territory but that would require patience. I have patience... sometimes... when I want to.
However, when I am excited, excitement wins out over patience! This resulted in a lot of lessons learned by experience. Here are my top 10 things I learned about creating and selling products online!
10. Saving as a PDF: I I use publisher to create all of my products. It is very easy to use (if
you can use PowerPoint you can use Publisher) and it was designed to
make products for print. There is a size limit that you can upload to
the stores. If you do not want to sit around watching the circle spin
for what seems like hours -- save as "MINIMAL" or else find some
chocolate as it is never gonna happen!
9. Covers are important! You know the old saying "never judge a book by it's cover" and how we
ALL do it anyways? Well... the same thing applies here. A pretty cover
will get a product sold. Buyers figure if you care about the cover you
must care about the content. Throwing a product on without a cover - I
wish you luck! Sales will be slow if you are lucky!
8. We love free! Who does not love free products? When creating an item as a
freebie make sure it is the same quality of work as your for sale items.
Instead of using Google docs to give the item away, post it as a free
product at your store. It will increase your traffic and get increase
those who follow you there.
7. Giving Credit where credit is due! I am great at citing references when writing but I have never cited
references fro graphics or fonts. This is a big no-no! I just purchase,
download, and save onto my computer. Then build, save in publisher, and
away I go. Now I am editing after scouring my favorite font and graphic
stores trying to locate where I got something. UGH! Take it from me --
save in folders by designer not by season/subject. It will save you a
ton of time.
6. Promo Page: The second page of your file should always be a promotional page. A copy
of your header or button should be the main feature as well as your
blog address. If someone prints out your work, you want them to know
where you got it from. Another good thing is to add a foot with your blog information.
5. Editing Required: Before listing your product for sale, give away a few copies and ask
those peeps for feedback and editing. Doing this BEFORE you list it and
not after will save lots of work re-uploading. It will also increase
your ratings and decrease the annoyance level of your purchasers.
4. Keyword Optimizing: When creating a description of your product, include the name of your
blog, a detailed description including a table of contents for large
packets. Suggestions for use and grade levels. In addition, promote
additional like products in your store.
3. Promotional Blogging: Never just pop an item into your store without promoting it on your
blog. You can do this while searching for volunteer editors or
discussing upcoming events at school or whatever. It does not have to be
a big obvious sales pitch, a minor mention will be sufficient.
2. Copyright Searches: When you name a product, do a google search prior to naming it to ensure
you do not infringe upon anyone's rights. You will be amazed at what is
copyrighted. I know I was when a product of mine was deactivated for
1. Be Yourself! Do not create a products simply because you saw a similar one for sale
or it seems to be a popular thing to have on your site. Create products
that you use and love!