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Creating And Selling Printables On Your Blog

By Oct 2, 2014 February 7th, 2016 19 Comments

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A great way to monetize your blog is to make printables or other easily downloadable items to sell. What you sell is up to you. It can be an artistic image, poster, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, photo booth props, organization plan, or anything else you can imagine.

How To Create And Sell Printables On Your Blog

How do you make printables?

If you have access to a PDF creator (most of us already do) then you can make a printable.

To create my photo booth props & posters, I use PicMonkey. It’s a very easy web based graphic design site. They have a free version, but I suggest leveling up to the paid version for some cool fonts and icons. It’s approximately $33 a year, and after you sell a few printables, it will have paid for itself.

Take note: PicMonkey only lets you download in PNG or JPG files and those are OK to sell too, but PDF files are best because they have a set size and are usually easier to print. Most JPGs or PNGs can easily be converted to a PDF using the Print or Save As function on your computer.

Canva is another site similar to PicMonkey. It’s free as well, but also has some paid options available. I’ve briefly tried it out and it seems easy to use. I have seen quite a few people make some pretty cool images with it. Canva files download as a PNG or PDF.

Bonus tip: If you need to merge your PDF files into one file, but don’t have the budget to pay for Adobe Acrobat, there is a free app available through Google Drive. It’s called PDF Mergy. You can merge files saved in Google Drive or on your computer. They have a drag & drop option or a manual select option. You can arrange the files before merging them together, so they are in the order you want. I suggest that when you save the individual PDFs you number them in the order you want them to go in the merged PDF. It saves a ton of time and stress.

How do you sell printables?

Here are a few ways I’ve found that are fairly easy, even for the technically challenged.

Selling on Etsy

Etsy has the ability to sell downloadable items.  You can sell up to five files in a listing. There are limits to how large the file can be, but you also get to open up an Etsy store and have them handle all of the technical stuff. Of course, they take a portion of the proceeds of each sale as well as charging you $0.20 per listing every four months. Once you go through the Etsy motions to create the store, then set up a link to the item from your blog and create a blog post around it.

Bonus tip: Create a page on your blog with links listing all of the blog posts about the items you sell on your store or a page with links to items in your store.

Pros:

  • You set the selling price.
  • Once the store is set up and all the items are uploaded, it’s sort of on auto-pilot. People place orders and they get instant downloads.
  • There’s no emailing of documents from your end unless you choose that option due to personalization of the printable.
  • You can easily link to your store/items from your blog.

Cons:

  • There is a ton of competition on Etsy, and getting found in the search results can be tough, but it can happen.
  • HTML is not allowed. Your descriptions are text based, and the only way to emphasize anything is to use ALL CAPS. However, you can put a link in the text description and Etsy will recognize it as such.

Selling on Fiverr

Everything on Fiverr starts at $5. The things sold on Fiverr are called gigs.  People offer all kinds of gigs. Some of these are basically jobs to do various things like write website copy or designing logos. People also offer self help books, gifts, and customizable downloads. As you get further in the Fiverr process, you will be able to offer gig extras to make more money per sale. For example, if you initially want to sell an ebook for $5, but someone also wants some more printables such as an activity book or posters for kids, you can add that on too after you’ve reached Level One status.

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and the process is fairly simple to follow.
  • Post the links on your blog to attract buyers.

Cons:

  • You will have to actively respond to gig requests and upload the digital file through Fiverr.
  • There is no auto download option.
  • You don’t have as much pricing flexibility initially.

There are tons of ecommerce options when it comes to selling printables. I found a few recommended by some other bloggers, but I have personally not tried them.

Other ecommerce sites:

Feel free to browse them and price compare. Nothing will be free, but you do want to get the most for your money, and find something that won’t cause you a ton of heartache.

Do you sell printables on your blog? If not, what would you sell?

If so, what advice would you give to others thinking about starting up a printables business?

Keep Reading

Looking for more information about printables and making money on your blog? Here are a few posts you’ll find helpful:

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About Amy Ruiz Fritz

Amy lives in Saint Paul, MN and is a freelance writer. She's been blogging since 2004 at the Chronicles of Nothing (www.nonchron.com) and loves to write. You can find her hanging out on the Twitter (@NonChron), where she met her husband, or drinking a glass of wine while writing one of her four blogs. She is currently working on a book about navigating the dating world and staying sane.

19 Comments

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  • Gary Kerr says:

    This article is totally interesting specially for newbie like me.Its give me some good ideas.Now I know what I have done wrong and what I have to do in order to sell more.Your blog were very helpful and easy to follow tutorial.

  • Trina O'Neil says:

    OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! I have been searching and searching on how to do this and you have answered my prayers. I have been wanting to do printables forever and didn’t know how to. It seemed that everyone I would find had used the picnik program or something like that. I use picmonkey alot but never thought of it for doing printables.

  • Emily says:

    Great tips! I have been really interested in creating printables recently. This will help a ton. Thanks!

  • By the way, if anyone is interested in starting up an Etsy shop, I have a link that will give you (and me) 40 free listings. It’s something every Etsy shop owner has available to share with their friends, family, etc. Find me on the Twitter (@NonChron) and mention to me that you’re interested & I’ll tweet you the link.

  • Terri L. says:

    Thank you so much for this info! It’s got me motivated to create something I may be able to sell!

  • This post is pretty much confirmation for us that we’re on the right track! I’ve been praying for guidance since I’m trying to go back to work after a whirlwind year-and-a-half with an unexpected new husband, an almost miraculous baby, two stepkids, AND still trying to keep things going with my older, fabulous homeschooled son (with whom I run a few websites). I don’t feel I can do the virtual assisting thing right now. I’d be overwhelmed. Selling some of my homeschool creations seems to be right up my alley.

    e-Junkie is great but if you are on WordPress and want to sell downloads without a membership, try the Easy Digital Downloads plugin. If you want to offer downloads as part of a membership, try S2Member. Although we have upgrades, both have free versions with a ton of functionality and extensions. I can’t say enough good things about them and could go on and on about both but I think this comment is already turning into a novel! LOL

    • That’s great! I too have had some major life changes and am now finally pursuing my dream of being a full time freelance writer. Good luck to you!

  • Pam Larmore says:

    I’ve seen lots of these online, but I had no idea how they did them. Thanks for the information.

  • Every year about this time, I pull out my collection of holiday postcards circa 1900 and think what a good idea it would be to scan some and sell them as reproducible art on etsy. And every year I feel overwhelmed with the idea of it. Why is it that everything that makes money takes work?!?!? Wwwwaaaaahhhhh!

    • I know right? You’ll do it when the time is right. Your energy just needs to be directed somewhere else. That’s what I tell myself when I feel that way. 🙂

  • Thanks for the tips. I’ve just started playing with printables so these are useful.

  • Sierra says:

    I had no idea about this! I am going to look into it!

  • Elizabeth says:

    These are great tips. I have created printables but haven’t sold any on my site. Thanks for the great resources. I will check them out.

  • Jamie Cody says:

    I really like this idea…. now I need to think on things to make. I used to create web graphics on Paint Shop Pro, back in the day……… but I don’t think I’d be able to relearn that since it’s all new. One thing I do for church, I create our bulletin, postcards, etc on Publisher or Word, and save it as a pdf to print it. So, I could save whatever I created on those programs as pdf.

    • Do whatever works for you! PicMonkey is really easy to use, but if you are doing something that is more text based, stick with Word or Publisher. Those are probably your best bets.

  • Thanks for the tips. I’ll check out the other resources.

    I have 2 downloads on my site and made them with Microsoft Word and Publisher and artwork I outsourced. I use e-junkie to sell them. Their services do the trick for me. It costs about $5 a month but one it is set up, it is fully automated.

    • I’ve heard a few other people use e-junkie. I might have to check it out once I finish writing my book or create something else I’d like to sell. Thanks!