Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hot Pink Digital Papers

I have so much fun coordinating patterned papers that I curate from my designs stock. This is a good way for you to try out some of my paper and digital patterns. You can then buy the trio pks and other single colorways of those that you like. 

Click Buy Now below or visit Printaphoria Shop for more Trio Paper Pks.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Why Are Etsy Sellers On Strike Yet Again?

 Etsy sellers launch a week-long strike over increased fees was written by Jaclyn Diaz and reported today at NPR.org. Many sellers have launched a week-long protest by closing their shops and other actions. This is in response to the recent in a long line of fee increases announced by CEO Josh Silverman. Seems like 59,000+ shop owners have signed the petition. A quick web search will show results for strikes during each of the past few years.

I don't feel that Etsy morale will improve for disenchanted handmades sellers. Somewhere along the way, during the past 12-15 years, Etsy management felt that to stay afloat they had to expand away from pure handmade support. They added a complicated fee system and have raised prices so often and by such a high percentage that it has crushed not only the bottom lines but the spirits of many handmade sellers. I closed my shops at Etsy a couple of years ago but not because of changes at the site. Sometimes I miss being there. It's at times like this that I'm glad I left though, which makes me feel sad. It was exciting to be a part of Etsy, back then.

Dwanda, Artfire and others folded and it seems like Etsy is having to take drastic steps every year to remain viable. These decisions have invited in questionable resellers and consistently driven away Etsy creatives. I was at Zibbet when years ago there was a mass exodus of Etsy sellers to that selling venue in response to insufferable changes. Most of them returned to Etsy when Zibbet did not deliver what they were expecting. Sellers need to seriously ask themselves if any selling website will fulfill their expectations. If not, what is the best course of action for their brands?

While the popularity of Etsy seems bleak for many, others are realizing what I had begun to feel some time ago. The best business practice for the future of creating and making is to learn how to market and sell from your own web spaces. There are still a few venues left where the income of the creative is not gouged. One of them is Payhip. Another is Meylah. Find Meylah store setup info here.

Learning to self-promote and sell from our own blogs and online shops will provide peace of mind to start, which will go a long way in generating income. It is difficult to focus on creating good products and effectively marketing them when there is misery about the selling platform and constant fear of what will come next. It can be bad for the creative psyche to be in an atmosphere that has become increasingly riddled with controversy.

Will this strike matter to Etsy management and ownership? Will it bring about the desired changes? According to many sellers' comments at the forum, no it will not. Many of them say it's the low-sales-volume sellers who have organized and are signing on to the strike. My heart goes out to the makers and designers who feel a need to boycott Etsy. If the majority are low-volume sellers, then my suggestion to learn to market and sell from their own shops is even more crucial. If being at Etsy is not paying off, shouldn't those sellers be expending their efforts and funds elsewhere? That would build invaluable marketing experience and generate more lasting assets for the sellers.     


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Friday, April 1, 2022

Be Flexible Be Successful

It's so hard for some to keep on keeping on with their plans, projects and dreams. When we love something and truly believe in what we are doing, we can't stop, anyway. Success also comes through the ability to adjust and adapt. While we're pressing on and never giving up, we need to be flexible in order to succeed.

Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years. Bob Brown

You have to accept yourself in order to be successful. S. Holland 



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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Watercolor Rain Painting, Rainy Day Paintings With Umbrellas

I confess that I love rainy days. As long as I don't have to venture out and slosh through muddy places, I enjoy light, stormy days. If I have to go out, I prefer to be on pavement, concrete or bricks, like the people rushing along with their umbrellas in this watercolor painting. Looking at Rainy Rainy Day I gives me the cozy, comfy feeling that I love. Add a hot cup of coffee or tea and I'm set for the day to accomplish a lot of painting or writing.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Book Funnel Definition Sales Funnel Stages


A book or sales funnel is a marketing method designed to lead visitors and potential customers to a purchasing decision. It is composed of several processes that may include a landing page. While a landing/sales page and a book funnel can work together, they are also different. 

Some book funnel landing pages can be annoying with their in-your-face graphics, popups and extensive length. They lose the potential customer long before the visitor reaches the end. Landing pages, however, are only as good as the writer of the book funnel.

Potential customers often need to be led on what to think and how to think it. Sometimes they seek but do not follow through when they find what they desire. Sales funnels can lead them through the steps to obtain what they are seeking, which are the published products that you and I are offering. Learn how to skillfully create effective book/sales funnels for your written products here:

Book Funnel Optimization: Essential Tips to Convert Leads into Paying Readers


 



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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Abstract Painting To Print, Blue Abstract Painting

The repeat of quirky, grid lines in this printable shows the pattern style of painting, which has been used since ancient times. In hues of blue, yellow and copper with black and white neutrals, this is a cool and sophisticated, hand-painted artistic design. ABSTRACT STREETS is at home in classic as well as modern and contemporary decor.

Click Buy Now below, or visit Printophoria Shop for more paintings to print.

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Abstract Painting With Lines, Grid Lines In Abstract Design, Abstract Painting Prints, Abstract Streets Painting


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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Inspiration Tuesday

 

You CAN do more than you think you can. 

You CAN create reality with your thoughts.

You CAN bring your desires to pass through your words.

You CAN control your thoughts and direct them to the good that you want to do for yourself.

You CAN receive outstanding, tangible results for your redirected efforts.

You CAN cause your imagination to tell you the truth so that you can break free and excel!



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How To Do Keyword Research Book At Amazon

 

Now at Amazon in Kindle and paperback format. 

Simple Keyword Search That Even You Will Feel Like Doing

Find the PDF version at Printaphoria:

Simple Keyword Search PDF Book

Learning and using keyword search doesn't have to be expensive, tedious or frightening. In Simple Keyword Search That Even You Will Feel Like Doing, you'll learn to conduct fast, free and easy keyword phrase searches. If you:

  • have never done keyword research,
  • are not sure what it is,
  • have no idea where to start
  • but know you need to,

then this simple, keyword phrase search guidebook is for you. 

Developing good SEO (search engine optimization) habits through keyword search and use is necessary to increase traffic to your listings and content. It's especially vital when selling from your own shop, website or low-traffic platforms. Even at high-traffic venues, competition is so massive now that it's next to impossible to benefit from some of that traffic.
Why beat your head against the traffic-blocking wall when you can quickly learn how to carry out simple SEO keyword searches and use them to pull in more customers? Once you learn, you can carry your skills wherever you sell on the internet. You'll no longer be dependent upon anyone else's website to make sales.
SEO through top-ranking key phrases application is a major player in successful e-commerce. It's great that you are learning just how useful and essential this skill is!

 






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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Google Domains Discount For New Users

Google Domains is extending a discount for new users. If you're looking for a place to host your domain, I got an email today saying: 
 
Invite Your Fiends. Have a friend who hasn’t tried Google Domains yet? New users can enter code FRIENDSOFDOMAINS at checkout for 25% off** a new domain or transfer-in.

I've been using Google Domains for a few years now. I pay $12 a year each for my two domains and they are .coms. I found them through my free Blogger blogs so it was easy for me to make the transition from sub domains to my own domains by following the instructions.

If you don't know a lot or very little about launching your own domain for a blog/website that you want to start, just start by opening a Blogger blog. It will be easier from there to buy your own domain. Blogger and Google Domains offer lots of help articles and groups. There are many Youtube videos on starting a Blogger blog and buying Google Domains.
 
Searching on the internet brings up a plethora of help about these subjects. So, you can have a blog that you use to share content and sell products and services. You can design your blog as a website with pages. It is possible for you to do what you've been putting off, even if you have very little understanding. I don't know a lot about websites and domains but I took time to search, read and follow instructions. You can too!

I am not an affiliate of Google Domains or Blogger.


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Monday, March 14, 2022

Free Images: Fashion & Dogs

 

Free Image Mondays has become FREE IMAGES and I will be sharing them occasionally.

Today's free image is a fashionable, pre-roaring 20s lady accompanied by her sleek, black dog. Alter the colors to suit your needs. Enlarge, reduce. It's yours to use as you please. From the New York Public Library Digital Collection. The dimensions are 1000 x 1886 px, JPEG file.

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jFezS6QW-N2qiQnA

Then click the download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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The bonus image is an Arabian rider on his brown horse as his white dog chases an animal. From the New York Public Library Digital Collection. The dimensions are 760 x 507 px, JPEG file.


 

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jFSPekQElmqJBSCz?e=0U68II

Then click the download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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Comment if you have problems accessing the images.

HAPPY CREATING!

 

 

I suggest that you edit the images or add them to your own designs to make them unique to your brand. This is important especially if you are using them in products that you are selling. 

After all, free images may be currently used, as is, by any number of sellers. Editing them or adding them to your own designs will help prevent your potential customers from confusing you with another seller.

You want your customers to return to your shop because what you have is unique. Don't lose them to another shop because they mistakenly thought they were buying from you because the products have duplicate designs. 

I share images from the Web and from my own studio. While I cannot guarantee that my internet-obtained, free images are copyright free, I only share images that are labeled on the internet in one or more of these forms:

  • free to use without restriction,
  • for personal and commercial use,
  • no need for a commercial license,
  • no compensation needed,
  • no attribution required.
You can always do your own research on any free image that you obtain from Printaphoria & Creative Living.


Image Sources:

The Graphics Fairy

The New York Public Library Digital Collections 

PublicDomainPictures.net

Pixabay.com



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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Dropbox And Onedrive Pros & Cons

I've been using Onedrive for some time but have known about Dropbox a long time, as well. I've had to download some files at Dropbox that I purchased. Both cloud storage systems offer free accounts with Onedrive being more economical for the value. Both services are also affiliated with Microsoft and Onedrive is free with a Microsoft account. I've been a longtime user of Outlook, so my Onedrive is through my email service.

I'm going to continue with Onedrive for now. Since Dropbox offers a free account, I'm going to sign up. It's such a popular cloud storage platform and I may need it in the future.

Casey Schmidt at Canto breaks down the pros and cons here:

Dropbox vs OneDrive – Which should you choose?



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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Sailboat Watercolor Paintings, Lake With Boat Images

How serene this sailboat is as it drifts on a lake past a heavily-wooded hillside at sunset! I like lake living. I call it Solitary Sailboat. A simple painting that shows tranquil ripples on the lake surface. It is easy to become mesmerized when looking at it. It is another one of my watercolor and marker paintings. I love this technique.

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Artfire Gone And Etsy Raising Fees

Found out today that ArtFire shut down in December. They explain why here. I'm shocked, like I was when Dwanda shut down, but then again, I'm not. Things on the handmades and maker venues front began to collapse over a decade ago. I used to keep track as one listing site after another folded. I've now lost count. Even Cargoh is offline, showing an announcement page with a vague promise. 

Aftcra is just a facade, a ghost for a long, long time. No one answering, no one responding. The homepage still loads as if they are flourishing, except it displays the same 2017 and before product pics, just like at their Facebook page. Walk around at the majority of the blank sellers pages and hear crickets...

Etsy really is the lone handmades venue of some size and they've opened up to so many micro manufacturers that competition is grossly unfair. They also recently announced that they are increasing fees, again, from 3.5 to 5% starting on July 16. Sellers are again in an uproar. For some time they have regularly been in an uproar. 

Can handmades ecommerce continue to sustain these frequent fees increases? It would be devastating if Etsy shut down. I hope they don't have to. I closed my shop there months ago in favor of a Payhip shop with my own domain. I sometimes miss Etsy but with the upcoming fee increase, I admit that I'm glad I'm gone. So many categories of fees and frequent changes was exhausting, really. I like visiting and looking at certain types of products and I sometimes buy graphics and digitals.

I think Etsy would expand even further to include mid-manufacturers before they would fold. Unfortunately, that might cause the marketplace to look more like an American Aliexpress than it already does. It seems like the majority of craft supplies sellers are reselling rather than de-stashing, which was the original meaning of selling craft supplies. It's a fine but ugly line that Etsy has overlooked and will overlook more to remain online.   



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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Free Image Monday: Coffee Cups

 

Today's free image is a warm, cozy, color-accented, white mug of steaming coffee. Alter the colors to suit your needs. Enlarge, reduce. It's yours to use as you please. The dimensions are 1495 x 1920 px, PNG file.

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jFCUS-qwU2h5A2nA?e=vSyvlY

Then click the download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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The bonus image is a black and white line drawing of a coffee cup and saucer with coffee steam drifting upwards. The dimensions are 1103 x 1280 px, PNG file.

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jFHNoH6_JumWMPcA

Then click the download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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Comment if you have problems accessing the images.

HAPPY CREATING!

 

 

I suggest that you edit the images or add them to your own designs to make them unique to your brand. This is important especially if you are using them in products that you are selling. 

After all, free images may be currently used, as is, by any number of sellers. Editing them or adding them to your own designs will help prevent your potential customers from confusing you with another seller.

You want your customers to return to your shop because what you have is unique. Don't lose them to another shop because they mistakenly thought they were buying from you because the products have duplicate designs. 

I share images from the Web and from my own studio. While I cannot guarantee that my internet-obtained, free images are copyright free, I only share images that are labeled on the internet in one or more of these forms:

  • free to use without restriction,
  • for personal and commercial use,
  • no need for a commercial license,
  • no compensation needed,
  • no attribution required.
You can always do your own research on any free image that you obtain from Printaphoria & Creative Living.


Image Sources:

The Graphics Fairy

The New York Public Library Digital Collections 

PublicDomainPictures.net

Pixabay.com



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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Self-Publish Or Submit To Publisher?

If you've ever wished you could publish a book but always feel discouraged, it's not beyond you to realize your dream. Self-publishing today is easier than ever. Years ago, I feebly tried pursuing the submitting manuscripts for review. My heart was never in the process of begging agents or publishers to accept my manuscripts.

I discovered self-publishing decades ago simply by brainstorming what I wanted to do that I didn't want anyone else to do for me. I did not want to have my content chopped and edited into something that did not reflect me.

I did not want to be employed through giving over my content into partial ownership with publishing houses. I did not want to be told what to do and how to think about my own publications.

Yes, there's a price to pay for choosing not to pursue publishing houses. If we can write a blockbuster, a bestseller, we could become wealthy through the payouts from a major publishing house. If, however, we are not seeking that, then there is not a price to pay for choosing the self-publishing route. There is a price to pay for not self-publishing.

When I condensed what I wanted to do as a writer, I realized that publishing wasn't the rigid process that I thought it had to be. I understood that publishing was open to me to do it however I wanted to, in a way that suited me. I perceived that I would not break any laws by finding ways to publish and market my own ebooks, paperback books and hardback books.

James Dillehay shares the many positives of publishing your own books in his article,

Self-Publishing vs Submitting Manuscript to a Publisher

 

Read about James remarkable journey here:

About James Dillehay

 

If you are a crafter/maker, learn how to increase your links, traffic and sales through James' website:

Craftmarketer 

 

James' author page at:

Amazon




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Monday, March 7, 2022

Hot Pink Hearts Background And Printable Paper

This breathtakingly bright and rich printable paper is one of my hand-painted Hearts designs. I developed a green process to create the patterns by painting onto scrap paper with leftover paint from other art projects. The bright fuchsia pink and the deep golden yellow are perfect complimentary hues. Use this gorgeous design in a variety of applications.

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What Are Landing Pages Used For?

Have you ever considered creating a landing page for your product or service? A good landing page definition is an online page where potential customers are presented with detailed product info that will motivate them to buy.

To get my feet wet, I've decided to learn to create an effective landing page for my first ebook. I recently published it at my shop: Simple Keyword Search That Even You Will Feel Like Doing.

What Are Landing Pages In Marketing?

Landing pages and sales pages are similar. Sometimes, they are called funnel landing pages or sales landing pages in marketing. While landing pages are usually shorter and more brief than sales pages, both are used to steer potential customers to buy.

CopyBlogger Media says:

A sales page and a landing page are both crafted specifically to encourage people to convert. While landing pages are virtually the same as short-form sales pages, long-form sales pages tend to be more detailed than a typical landing page.

What Is A Book Funnel Definition?

A book funnel or sales funnel is also a marketing tool but it encompasses both types of pages. It can include links to any number of landing and/or sales pages. These are all used as strategic conversion tools. They are ways to convert visitors, browsers and lurkers into buyers.

EmailDrips shares about funnels:

It’s a strategy used to take readers on a journey to convert them into paying customers. Typically, the funnel is like a book with the same function as a normal sales funnel. So inside the funnel, there are links to strategic pages to the website, newsletter opt-in, or sales page. A book funnel is a great way to build relationships with your readers, even after they read your book. 

Since a landing page can be the beginning of designing a book funnel, I will be studying Abs Farah's article on Book Funnel Optimization: Essential Tips to Convert Leads into Paying Readers. Abs is one of the founders of Payhip, a selling platform where you can offer digitals, physicals, memberships, subscriptions and courses.

Implementing savvy marketing tools like landing pages, sales pages and sales funnels doesn't have to be overwhelming. There are many free and easy to follow resources online.



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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Lighthouse Printable Painting

I enjoyed painting the water in this painting: Morning Lighthouse. It seems to be gently rippling in the morning light. I also like the cozy look of the lighthouse keepers house paired with the lighthouse. The wind-blown sky adds breezy action to this coastal paintings printable.

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Free Image Mondays: Vintage Botanicals

 

Today's free image is a vintage bunch of leaves and flowers from The New York Public Library Digital Collections. Alter the colors to suit your needs. Change the background to white or remove. Enlarge, reduce. It's yours to use as you please. The dimensions are 760 x 672 px, JPEG file.

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jE694lcxdeFWtj-h

Then click the download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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The bonus image is a pretty, engraved-look, yellow flower with green leaves drawing from The Graphics Fairy. Would look wonderful enlarged and framed or in a card design. The dimensions are 1950 x 1808 px, JPEG file.

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jE-To6Z3OTCLxo7Y

Then click the download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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Comment if you have problems accessing the images.

HAPPY CREATING!

 

 

I suggest that you edit the images or add them to your own designs to make them unique to your brand. This is important especially if you are using them in products that you are selling. 

After all, free images may be currently used, as is, by any number of sellers. Editing them or adding them to your own designs will help prevent your potential customers from confusing you with another seller.

You want your customers to return to your shop because what you have is unique. Don't lose them to another shop because they mistakenly thought they were buying from you because the products have duplicate designs. 

I share images from the Web and from my own studio. While I cannot guarantee that my internet-obtained, free images are copyright free, I only share images that are labeled on the internet in one or more of these forms:

  • free to use without restriction,
  • for personal and commercial use,
  • no need for a commercial license,
  • no compensation needed,
  • no attribution required.
You can always do your own research on any free image that you obtain from Printaphoria & Creative Living.


Image Sources:

The Graphics Fairy

The New York Public Library Digital Collections 

PublicDomainPictures.net

Pixabay.com




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Friday, February 25, 2022

Creative People: Donald Roberts On Being A Successful Creative


I met writer Donald Roberts in an eCommerce group that is hosted by Payhip, the London-based, selling platform. Because of his experience hacking out a self-publishing career, he has some straight talk for aspiring creatives. His message sums up as do what it takes and keep doing it! 

To enter in to the arts as a future the first thing you must do is teach yourself the discipline of dedication. You must focus on your writing and any art that goes with it no matter what form you wish to call it. You must understand that creation is only the first step. The business of the arts, in order to make an income is as demanding as the art itself.

You can not set schedules, I'll work from ? time to ? time. Nor can you work entirely on inspiration. You must always understand your story at least in the department of the imagination.

To be an artist/writer you will discover it is a lonely life. You can't play with your friends like you would with any other job.

Personally, I work 18 hours a day, not consecutively but several at a sitting, coming up for air, food, coffee and visits and adventures with my partner. She is and artist as well and we do make some sort of effort to go off together to refuel our relationship.

Outside friends have to wait until we are between projects and not burdened down with the business of artistship.

So, if you can't dedicate 80% of your life to the disciplines of art...go find a job that allows you more free time.

Finally, while you are starting out you need money, which means you need a job to make money to pay the bills. Make it a no-brainer job with as few hours involved as possible....just enough to survive. If you work hard, someday it is possible to make a living...and independent publishing is the best. I suggest you find someone who will promote your work for a small percentage. Promotion is a time glutton.

Barrie Island Graphic Storyteller

Donald is a self-employed mystery and sci-fi writer who lives in Ontario.

Shop

https://payhip.com/barrieislandstorytellergraphicnovelspresents

Contact

https://payhip.com/barrieislandstorytellergraphicnovelspresents/contact

 



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