5 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling T-Shirts Online

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling T-Shirts Online

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

I’ve been selling T-Shirts online for 3+ years, and have made a lot of mistakes along the way.

Thankfully I’ve learnt from those mistakes, and now I make a decent living from my T-Shirt designs.

If you want to make a good income from selling T-Shirts online (and believe me, it is possible to do so – and has never been easier) – then you’ll want to avoid these mistakes.


But first I want to get a few things straight:

  • I am not talking here about how to make money from starting your own T-Shirt ‘brand’ – for example setting up your own T-Shirt store on Shopify or similar. (I do have a shopify site, but the majority of my income comes in the form of royalties from print-on-demand sites such as Merch By Amazon, Redbubble, Teepublic and others). If you want to start your own site and deal with customers directly – then you will still get something from these tips, but that is not the type of T-Shirt income I’m discussing primarily.
  • I’m talking here about how to make money from T-Shirt designs – not about how to design them, or how to make the best T-shirt design the world has ever seen. Design is obviously important when you want to design T-Shirts that will sell – but I’m not giving photoshop tips and tricks in this article. Rather I’m telling you the principles you need to make decent money from your work.

So with that out of the way, let’s get into the 5 mistakes you should avoid…

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Why You Should Start Building Your Own T-Shirt Brand Today

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Merch By Amazon started a serious crackdown on policy-violating designs and sellers in the past few weeks, and it’s made everyone a little bit jumpy (me included).

I love Merch By Amazon – it’s responsible for about 70% of my current income, and the system Amazon has put together is slick and easy to use. It’s a god-send for independent designers like myself, and for all it’s issues (it’s still only a year old remember) it is still an incredible platform and opportunity for those who can, and will, use it right.

But Merch is ultimately just another vehicle for taking the ideas from my head, and putting it into the hands of a customer, in the form of a T-Shirt.

And it isn’t the only vehicle available for doing this.

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Copycats Merch By Amazon

Stolen Designs? How To Deal With Copycats On Merch By Amazon

Last Updated: April 10, 2017

Copycats are a part of life for creative individuals, and this is especially true in the online T-Shirt market.

What is a copycat? Put simply it is anyone who steals your design and uses it without your permission – where no income from the sales would ever make its way to you. 🙁

The same technology and developments that have made it easy for individuals like myself to make money from T-Shirts online (Print-on-demand sites, easy to use graphic design software etc.) – have also made it easy for those who don’t know – or don’t care – about the concepts of Copyright or Intellectual Property.

I have been dealing with Copycats of my work for the past 3 years, across various sites (Etsy, Redbubble, Teepublic) – but the platform with the biggest copycat problem right now is Merch By Amazon.

This is no surprise, given the size and lucrative nature of Amazon and in particular Merch to generate sales. And Amazon is beginning to deal with this problem – making advances against the copycat scourge daily.

Having said that, it’s not a problem that is likely to go away anytime soon. And when copycats have a real-world impact on your sales and income, it’s hard to just ignore them.

Copycats on the internet may be a ‘fact of life’ – but it helps to have techniques and tactics with which we can mitigate their impact on our sales.

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Merch By Amazon Tools

Merch By Amazon Tools and Resources for Noobs

Last Updated: April 10, 2017

Are you a complete Merch By Amazon newbie?

Then you’re probably overwhelmed with all the information being thrown at you.

Everybody’s using abbreviations and talking about plugins and stuff – things you know nothing about.

So I thought I’d run through some of the basic Merch By Amazon tools that every newcomer should know about – before you go a-diving into the world of Merch By Amazon.

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How To Dominate T-Shirts Online

How To Dominate A T-Shirt Trend (And Keep The Competition At Bay)

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great to dominate the next big T-Shirt trend?

Trends come in all shapes and sizes – from serious political statements and movements to trivial fly-by-night jokes.

But one thing that is almost certain: there’ll always be trends.

Pop culture moves fast – and that’s good new for T-Shirt designers – because the T-Shirt is one of the most popular and versatile mediums for communicating a message (whether that’s support for a particular political candidate, or knowledge of a specific pop culture joke).

But how can we dominate in a trend when there is so much competition – with new sellers and new designers entering the market everyday?

I don’t pretend to be an expert at this, though I have had some limited success.

I can’t tell you how to predict the next big trend (I wish I could – but I don’t have a crystal ball) – but I can give you some tips for ways to maximise your earnings from the next big trend – especially if you have spotted it ahead of the competition.

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Merch By Amazon book

How To Sell More Shirts! Strategies, Tips And Tricks To Help You Sell T-Shirts Online With Merch By Amazon And More [eBook]

Last Updated: May 5, 2017

Merch By Amazon Ebook

Are you a designer, illustrator or artist selling T-Shirts online?

Do you want to sell more Shirts?

Who doesn’t, right!?

For the past 3 years I have been making money online from my T-Shirt designs. In the past year that income has been super-charged by Amazon’s new print-on-demand platform: Merch By Amazon.

I’m now making a steady $10k a month in profit from selling T-Shirts online.

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How To Market T-Shirts

How To Market Your T-Shirts Without Spending Money

Last Updated: April 10, 2017

If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all, you probably know that I do almost no paid advertising for my Shirts.

Instead I rely on ‘organic traffic’ to drive my sales – the searching habits of customers who actively seek out the kind of designs I am selling.

This organic traffic can come a number of ways, but will usually be from direct searches on websites (eg. the search bar on Amazon.com or Redbubble.com) or via search engines such as Google.

There are pros and cons of relying exclusively on organic traffic, but the big pro is that you don’t need to spend any cash to make sales.

But organic traffic does have it’s limitations.

Firstly, it can be very hard to stand-out and get noticed in crowded niches and within the search results pages.

The low barrier to entry means everyone is trying to pick up sales via organic traffic, so to get a leg-up on the competition you have to start looking at other ways of getting your products in front of potential customers.

Let’s take a look at some of those ways now…

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15 Things About Selling T-Shirts Online

15 Things I’ve Learnt About Selling T-Shirts Online

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

I’m three and a bit years into selling T-Shirts online, and I’ve just begun to learn a few things. (!)

I wish someone would have been around to tell me this stuff when I was starting out. But sometimes it’s best to learn things the hard way.

Here’s my purpose with this article: to help the young designer or illustrator get a clearer picture of the key principles that have the biggest impact on your success selling T-Shirts.

If you can grasp and apply these principles, I believe you will be streets ahead of your competition.

Like any business (and be in no doubt – as soon as you start trying to make money from something, you are starting a business) – making money from T-Shirts online takes hard work and dedication. But working hard on the wrong things is not going to be effective. With a clear understanding of what matters and how to achieve your goals, you are much more likely to succeed.

So let’s get into it!

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Merch By Amazon Review

Merch By Amazon Review: Merch vs. Redbubble vs. Teepublic vs. Etsy – Where Is My Income Coming From?

Last Updated: April 10, 2017

Merch By Amazon is all the rage right now – but the business model of Merch is nothing new.

Sites like Zazzle, Cafepress, Redbubble and Teepublic have allowed artists to make money from their designs for several years.

So how does Merch compare to these other sites? That’s what we’re going to look at in this Merch By Amazon review – as we delve into my income from various T-Shirt websites.

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Develop a Daily Designing Habit

How To Develop A Daily Designing Habit (And Supercharge Your T-Shirt Sales)

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

In order to develop a regular monthly income from T-Shirts online, you need to create a lot of designs. (We discussed this in detail in this previous blog post: Zero To $10k A Month In Passive income from T-Shirts: 3 Key Principles)

Here is where I shifted mindset and started designing daily:

The Impact Of Designing Daily - My Sales Increased After Developing a Daily Designing Habit

…as you can see, my earnings took off not long after.

If I hadn’t shifted to a strategy of daily designing, I don’t think my earnings would be anything like what they are now – and I’m not sure they would have grown significantly at all.

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