How to make money online 5: Merch by Amazon
What if we told you that you can sell a shirt without buying one or send it to the buyer, without investment and without leaving the house? Merch by Amazon takes care of everything, you just have to take care of the message on the shirt either by putting a phrase, design or image. You put the design and Amazon is in charge of selling, sending and giving you the profit from the sale. This is called print-on-demand, which is a way to sell products that will print after the customer has placed an order.
What types of images can you sell to make money with Merch by Amazon?
Creating original images in specific niches that are underutilized is ideal. It's easy to set up, there's no upfront cost, and even if you're not an artist, graphic designer, or have a large following on social media, you can start an Amazon Merch account. You must request an invitation, remember to sell yourself well to be accepted.
From your Amazon Merch Dashboard you can create new designs, manage existing ones and analyze their sales. On the dashboard itself, you can see the status of your account, which includes:
Shipments Available - These are the number of designs you can create.
Products Posted: These are the number of live designs you have on Amazon through Amazon Merch.
The level: it is your "seller level" that dictates how many designs you can submit and how many products you can create.
Make sure your artwork meets Amazon Merch guidelines, which include the following:
Do not create products that infringe existing trademarks or copyrights.
Don't create products with objectionable content. That includes pornographic content, child exploitation, profanity, promotion of hatred or intolerance, human tragedy, promotion of violence, and promotion of Nazism.
There are no blank images.
Inaccurate product metadata (that is, the way you describe your product must be objective).
Product review requests.
As not all are masters in Photoshop or graphic design. Fortunately, there are many resources on the web to help you design great shirts. Sites like Fiverr.com and 99Designs have independent designers who can help you create great designs for your Amazon Merch products. You can even give them the template that Amazon gives you. Of course, there is a cost associated with this option, so if you want to keep costs low, make sure those design-related fees are factored into your budget before hiring a freelancer.
On the other hand, a good way to start is to use phrases that do not require any design, here your ingenuity is the limit.
How much can you earn selling products on Amazon Merch?
Royalty rates can range from approximately 13% to 37%, depending on the price of the product. But if you want to see Amazon's full Merch royalty schedule, you can check it out on their FAQ page.
Once a sale is made and your product is shipped to the customer, you earn a royalty on the sale. The amount of royalties you earn is the product price less applicable taxes and Amazon costs.
Tips for Success at Amazon Merch
Now that you understand the basics of how Amazon Merch works, here are some tips for using the platform successfully:
1. Take advantage of trends
Stay tuned. You need to know what people are talking about and what kinds of things are trending now. The best way to find trends is to determine what people are talking about on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also go to trends.google.com to see what's popular.
2. Close what doesn't sell well
When you start, you are limited to 10 presentations, which is very valuable space. So if you have a product that doesn't work well, don't be afraid to remove and replace it. Give a product only a week or two to demonstrate its value. If you are not making a sale within that time period, delete it and replace it with another trend.
3. Target a niche
Search the Internet for specific niches that are not so crowded. For example, you can sell shirts for people who enjoy hunting and fishing. Or you can turn popular political failures into shirts.
4. Create a follow-up
Try to be followed on social media platforms like Instagram or Pinterest creating new and original content, or through advertising. Or create newsletters or blogs that appeal to the types of people who would buy your products. You can even post memes and content related to your brand and niche.
5. Advertise your ad
Merch by Amazon offers a portal promotions section that allows you to create publications on Facebook and Twitter so that your friends, family and followers know your Merch. Also, you can create prospecific motions in the app for iOS and Android.