Time For A Change….. Don’t Worry, Just For My Websites lol

For a long time now, I have thought about different ways to do my website. Especially monetizing alot of it.  You know, selling prints of my pictures.  In the past I have done things like Fine Art America.  It was my first attempt at trying to sell my pictures and over the last 7 years I have only sold maybe 7 prints over that time making maybe a whole 40 bux that whole time lol


Art Prints

For 30 bux a month you can upload unlimited photos or only a few photos for free.  For a year or two, I had paid for the premium account.  I am still not sure if it was truly worth it.

But I  still have it.

http://frank-piercy.fineartamerica.com

I also set up an account with Zazzle. 

Now with this website, I can create more then just prints of my stuff.  I have made Zippos, Prints, Coffee Mugs and so many more things.  I haven’t had to pay for anything, but then I havent sold anything and I do think they will kinda charge you if you are not making anything to sell on the site. so thats a great thing.  I am thinking maybe hats and tshirts next lol

I have made a few sales off of this site, maybe 2 bux over 5 years?

I don’t think, I am going to get rid of this site just yet.

https://www.zazzle.com/store/franksfoto

I have been for the last 7 years kinda working on my own website, got a hell of a deal with https://www.webhostingpad.com/

But

It isnt really all that easy to set up to sell my photos.

Yes FAA and Zazzle can sell them and print them and send them. 

Unfortunately, I only get a commission and to even get a decent amount of money, I have to really charge an arm and a leg.  For example, the coffee mug I have below is just over 20 bux on Zazzle and I think I only get 2 or 3 dollars from that.

So I started looking at different websites, ones that I could use to sell my images thru. I think I have found one. I found this one that I can upload my images to and choose whether or not if I want to sell them.

https://www.photodeck.com/

These guys are really geared towards the professional photographer. Yea I am paying alot each month for it.

But…..

I didnt have to set up a ecommerce thing at my usual webhost.

I didnt have to set up an account with someone else to run credit cards

I didnt have to worry about placing the order for the print.

They do it all for me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They add the watermark, they suggest a photo lab to deal with, they even give you a few templates to work with. I like it.

After playing around and setting up my price lists and keywords and stuff, it is all just a matter of uploading a picture and filling out a few simple boxes about the image and viola its done.

I have also started a small blog there that is geared towards that website, and will deal strictly with my photography. It shouldn’t affect what I blog about on here, except that one will be more regularly lol

I do plan on being a bit more active on this blog.

I dont think I am ready to migrate my Domain to that web host yet.

But

One day

Maybe.

I am interested in knowing if you have a website that you sell prints from, what do you think of it? Have you had success with Zazzle or Fine Art America?

I would love to know.

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