Thursday, 27 August 2015

How to become a seller on DBT & TpT: Promoting your Products

Welcome to the final post in my series on becoming an online seller: Promoting your Products. Being in tune with the various social networking sites can lead to the growth and success of your business. But how do you become savvy with regards to using social media to boost your business? Knowing how to work each platform right. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned social media pro, hopefully you’ll learn something new or take away something useful after reading this post.


In today's world, social media is EVERYWHERE — we can access it through our smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs and now WATCHES! It's probably the easiest way of staying up to date with what is going on in the world, keeping in close contact with family who live away from us (both my brothers - and only siblings - live away from us, one on the other side of the world!) and obtaining information regarding my profession - I can't believe how much I've learnt from reading everything from tips & tricks, blog posts to journal articles online!

So let's explore some of the ways in which you can promote your products:

Online Marketplaces:


It may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but I’m including this one on the list because your DBT & TPT shop is also a good marketing opportunity. When people click “follow”, they’ll get updates about new products you upload and also any specials/sales you may throw. Make sure that the featured freebie you create when you set up your shop is awesome enough to entice fans to click “follow” and check out your paid products too!!!

designedbyteachers.com.au/

Designed by Teachers provides the opportunity to showcase your resources through various platforms including their social media sites, newsletter and blogs.

http://teacherspayteachers.com/


Teachers Pay Teachers also offers opportunities for sellers to feature in their online marketing - you have to apply and there can be a wait depending on the area you're in (there is obviously a TONNE of Primary/Elementary Ed stuff out there, but if you've a Speech Pathologist or O.T your feature may appear quite soon!)

Blogging:


The best place to market your products is a blog.  Why?  Well it gives you the most flexibility to talk about your products in all their glory, and to showcase how they can be used.  On your blog, you can write about anything you want and display all the photos you need to give buyers a good feel of your product.

Again, this is also where quality over quantity is important. Put time an effort into the content of your blog to really start generating traffic. You'll need about 10-15 good posts, and you'll need to post regularly to keep getting people to stop and read (I'm still working on this myself!!)

Most blogs are hosted through blogger - I'm sure you noticed that most teacher  blogs end with .blogspot.com. Blogger is really easy to use and is great for those new to the world of blogging. Fortunately, blogger has created a VERY user friendly Blogger Tour. Click here to check it out. The Teacher Wife has created a great blog that focuses on Blogging Basics, where you can learn what a blog is and how to get started. (Make sure you follow any blogs you like as well and comment on any posts your found interesting and relevant).




What do you write about? Anything related to your products, classroom, your life outside of the classroom, kids...  You don't just have to write about your products. Blogs that are all about products don’t get read.  People want to learn about you, as a person AND teacher, so blog about what works for you, why it works, how you figured things out, and what makes you unique as a teacher.

Teachers, especially those new to the profession, want to know how they can become a better teacher. Reveal the ways you have become better at what you do - and want you would like to be better at! The more real you are, the more followers you'll gain! Throw in posts about products along the way to show readers resources that have helped you become a better teacher.  My most popular posts have been about casual teaching and how to survive it - people have then gone on to read other posts and purchase products based on what they've read on my blog!

Pinterest:


Pinterest is fast becoming the new Google! People use the Pinterest search bar to find all sorts of things including great teaching ideas, including the ones you’re writing about on your blog!

According to most sellers who use Teachers Pay Teachers, this is the MOST EFFECTIVE way to promote your products. This is my biggest source of traffic month after month.  Make sure your boards reflect your brand - for instance, I've made boards for K-2 Literacy Activities, K-2 Mathematics Activities, the same for Literacy and Mathematics for grades 3-6. I've also got boards dedicated to Special Education, Science Experiments, Fine Motor Skills etc. Check them out here and please follow!!!

If you've been on Pinterest for a while, you can either make a couple of tweaks on your personal Pinterest account to make it reflect your brand or set up a separate business account - I'm currently in the process of merging my personal and business accounts and merging the two. If you're new to Pinterest and not sure how to get started, check out this great post from the 3am Teacher.

http://the3amteacher.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/everything-you-need-to-know-about.html

Facebook: 


While Facebook is not the best platform to use to promote your stores and products, simply becuase  even when people like your page they won’t necessarily see your posts in their newsfeed, nevertheless, Facebook is a must. To ensure that people keep interacting with your page, and in-turn get more information in of yours in their newsfeeds, head over to your personal Facebook account and create a “Page” with the same name as your Teachers Pay Teachers shop. Create an eye-catching banner and button and away, and make sure you provide links to your DBT or TpT store and write what your page is about. You can then also provide links to your Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and other social media accounts which make it easier for your followers to follow you on all platforms.


https://www.facebook.com/MyMumtheTeacher

Facebook has recently created a 'call-to-action' button which you can customise for your personal business - this is great as it means you can provide a direct link to your store!! All you need to do it click on the 'call-to-action' button on your page's banner, then choose what option you'd like (choose 'shop now' so that people are taken directly to your store) and follow the prompts to add your stores URL. 

There are also some fabulous groups that you can join on Facebook - the DBT sellers group is great for those starting out in Australia and provides plenty of help from DBT and those who have been sellers for a while. They also provide times where you can promote your products, or they'll promote your products for you.There are other groups out there that individuals or groups have created off the back of the highly successful (and enviable) TpTVegas Conference. These are also a great way to introduce yourself to the online seller market.

TpT Tips & Tidbits

TpT Social Media Tribe
 

Instagram: 


If you've been an active member of the social networking community for the last few years, you’ll know that Instagram should be a key component to your online marketing strategy, especially as a product-based business as what we do is so visual! Teachers like to see what they're purchasing, and they like it even more if they can see the product in use. 
To use Instagram effectively, you'll need to ensure that you do a few things, consistently:
  1. Have an consistent online presence: to maintain your position in the HUGE world of Instagram, and especially teachers on Instagram, you need to post daily, up to 3-4 times a day is ideal. 
  2. Interact with the people who comment on your photos. @Mention them back. Ask them questions. Share your gratitude. And don’t be afraid to leave comments on other people’s pictures, too. Be generous with your likes. Follow back people who are consistently interacting with you. It’s called a social network for a reason! Let people get to know you by posting things other than your products - show them that there is a person behind the business and they have a life too, and seek ways to get to know your followers.
  3. The number of followers you have is definitely important, as followers act like little votes of confidence and give your brand credibility. And because people do what they see other people do, the more followers you have, the more followers you will get.
There are lots of teachers on Instagram so be sure to use popular hashtags like #teachersfollowteachers  #teachersoninstagram #teachersofinstagram #aussieteachers #downunderteachers #designedbyteachers #teacherspayteachers and any others related to education and teaching so that they can find you and follow you!!

But, what good is a bunch of followers who don’t ever buy your stuff? (I’ll give you a hint: NO GOOD AT ALL.) Numbers aren’t everything - Engagement is what matters most. By putting some key strategies into place, such as having a strong, consistent and quality online presence, you can make sure that you are building trust and turning the followers you do have into raving fans and customers.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup/referral:cgray01

And so concludes my series on "How to become a seller on DBT & TpT". I hope you have found some of the information useful and that is has inspired you to get creative and create quality products that are secure, and that you have the confidence to grow your business and start promoting yourself.



How to become a seller on DBT & TpT: Saving and securing your file as a PDF

Welcome to Part 4 in my series on becoming an online seller: Creating and securing your file as a PDF. As more and more teachers begin to sell their digital resources through online marketplaces such as Designed by Teachers and Teachers Pay Teachers it is important that everyone is aware of the importance of creating a product that is secure and doesn't infringe copyright or terms of use. 


As a new online seller it can be daunting trying to get your head around all the things that you need to do to become successful and competitive in the ever-growing environment of online marketplace selling. We've already discussed the benefits of creating products using PowerPoint vs Word and we've looked into the importance of recognising Copyright, creating and respecting the Terms of Use and acknowledging the sellers whose work you use in your products. But while you may have thought that saving your work as a PDF was enough to ensure your work was safe from being copied, THINK AGAIN! (Even I was unaware of this up until a few months ago). 

Why should I save my item as a PDF?


Saving a product as a PDF means that it will retain the formatting you created, even when printed. Microsoft Office Online provides a quick guide of how to save files of most formats to a PDF. And while many of us thought that once a product was saved as a PDF file it could not be copied, this is in fact, untrue. And if you have purchased some amazingly cute clip-art or fonts from sellers on DBT or TpT, most sellers will ask you to ensure that you have "flattened and secured" or saved as jpegs so that their work cannot be cut and copied. But don't fret, there is a way to do this, and it isn't hard at all - and you won't have to purchase any expensive programs to do so.

How do I ensure my item is secure?

I have include some links below from other well-known bloggers detailing how to secure your files. Please be aware that there are different steps for Mac and Windows users, and that some steps may vary according to the version of the program you are using.



http://teachingwhope.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/gettin-techy-with-it-tutorial-for.html


http://www.myprimaryparadise.com/2015/03/26/how-to-create-a-complete-secure-product-preview-for-tpt/



Don't forget to check back for tomorrow's post about how to promote your products - this is an important step if you wish to make an income through selling your products.
If you sign up for Teachers Pay Teachers, please use the referral link by clicking the picture below.
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup/referral:cgray01


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

How to become a seller on DBT & TpT: Copyright, TOU and Acknowledgements

Welcome to my 5-day series on becoming a seller on DBT and TpT. I hope this series clears up any queries and concerns you may have and haven't been able to find answers too with regards to becoming an online seller of education resources. The third post in this series is going to be exploring copyright, Terms of Use (TOU) and Acknowledgements:

What is Copyright?

"Copyright law creates incentives for people to invest their time, talent and other resources in creating new material – particularly cultural and educational material, which benefits society" (Australian Copyright Council). 


Copyright is just a legal way to protect your creations. If your create and publish products on DBT and TpT, take comfort knowing that this creates a digital stamp or date of publication that can be used to determine the original creator if a dispute should arise. From the time you first write down or record your work, it is protected by Copyright. In Australia, you do not need to apply for Copyright, and you do not need to publish your work, put a copyright notice on it or any other form of copyright insignia - once you have created the item, it is protected - however placing the copyright notice, which consists of the copyright symbol ©, followed by the name of the copyright owner and the year of first publication reminds individuals that the work may be protected and who is claiming copyright and is the presumed copyright owner. If you are doing a sound recording, such as a song or video or something you've created,  use the letter “P” (for phonogram) in a circle or in brackets is used instead of the “C” in a circle. You can put the copyright notice on your own work as there is no formal procedure.

PLEASE BE AWARE: If there is more than one person involved in the creating of an item, it is best to put down in writing who will own the copyright to the product.

Here is a General Introduction to Copyright Laws in Australia (most countries will have similar government-run websites and information).

Also be aware that you should not use, copy, re-sell or post anything from other online sellers without their explicit permission as everyone is covered by the Copyright Laws. If someone else has created a product, don't reinvent the wheel. Not only will your item be unoriginal, your integrity will be questionable and your style and uniqueness compromised. 

For more information on these topics, check out the following posts:


Download this FREE Top 5-Copyright-Questions for TpT Teachers/Authors file.

 What are Terms of Use (TOU)?

Terms of Use is a form of permission granted to the purchaser by the copyright owner. In a Terms of Use page, the copyright owner can detail how their product should be used. Each Terms of Use is unique to each seller, so be sure to read each artist's Terms of Use, and if you are creating your own don't be afraid to be specific - remember, a lot of time, energy and money has gone in to creating such amazing products, and for some it may be an actual business.

My Terms of Use page.
When it comes to purchasing items such as clip-art, fonts, digital paper and borders when creating your products, you may come across the phrases "for Commercial use" or "for Personal use". I'm briefly going to explain what this means, but you can read more information about these terms in the article link to The 3am Teacher above.

Commercial Use:

This refers to ANYTHING (clip-art, photos, fonts etc.) you use in any of your products that generate an income (digitial products, scrapbooking, digital or e-books etc.).
If you are starting to create items to sell via DBT or TpT, and you want to use cliparts, borders, fonts etc. then you will need to ensure that when you purchase these that you have the permission of the creator. This will often be stated in the description of the item you've purchased - be sure to take the time to READ all the Terms of Use that is included with whatever it is you purchase to use in your paid and free products.  

When considering purchasing items for commercial use, please consider the following:
  1. If an additional fee is required if you wish to use the item in a commercial sense.
  2. If the seller has an additional fee if you plan to sell a certain number of items.
  3. Items cannot be used for SmartBoard activities/resources.
  4. May NOT be used in FREE resources.
  5. Items may not be used in blog posts.
  6. Not purchasing items from buyers who are selling copyrighted and trademarked images.
  7. Acknowledgement or Credit when using items for commercial and personal use.
  8. Items must not be re-sold, distributed or altered.
  9. Images MUST be secured and/or flattened for personal and commercial use.  
This last point is very important. Just converting the file to a PDF does not secure it. Read my post tomorrow about securing your files.

Personal Use:

Personal Use items refer to clipart, fonts etc that you create for yourself and your personal classroom use ONLY. You do not intend to sell any of the items to make an income.

You can not use Personal Use clip-art, fonts, borders etc. in free resources, shares files etc. The items you create should be used by you, and you alone. By all means, provide those who compliment your items with the links to where they can download it but do not be tempted to share the items. This could be breaching the owners TOU. 

AND REMEMBER, if you do decide to start selling your items, be sure to go back to the sellers page and purchase a Commercial Use license.

Acknowledgements:

An acknowledgements or Credits page should be included in everyone of your products, generally at the end along with your TOU page. I have a blank Acknowledgements page and whenever I create a new product, or make-over an old one, I use this page and upload the store logo of the artists/creators that I purchased items from and used and provide a link to their store or website in the image. To obtain the store logo you can either find it in the file you download (most creators add this to their file and you can simply add it to your product), or if one is now provided just go to their store or blog, right-click their logo (or snip it) and save as a png file (this method will usually give you a clear background).

My Acknowledgements/Credits page

While some creators create a standard credits page that includes links to every artist they have ever used I tend to only add the logo's of the creators I've used in that particular product - it's a personal choice on which way you want to go.

So that is a brief look at Copyright, Terms of Use and Acknowledgements, and why they are important for those looking to sell their products through online marketplaces. Thanks again for following me and this series on my blog. I hope you are finding it useful and that it is encouraging you to become an online seller of educational resources. For more information on this topic and more, click on the links below!

http://teachertothecore.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/tpt-101-how-do-i-make-great-covers.html    http://www.growingfirsties.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/tpt-diy-user-instruction-pages.html

http://the3amteacher.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/how-to-build-product-for-teachers-pay.htm    http://www.thekindergartensmorgasboard.com/2013/11/tpt-diy-how-to-build-credits-page.html    http://www.secondgradesparkle.com/2013/11/tpt-diy-how-to-utilize-fonts-and-clip.html


Don't forget to check back for tomorrow's post about how to securely save items as a pdf.

If you sign up for Teachers Pay Teachers, please use the referral link by clicking the picture below.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

How to become a seller on DBT & TpT: Creating quality products

Welcome to part two in my series on becoming a seller on DBT and TpT. I hope this series clears up any queries and concerns you may have and haven't been able to answer with regards to becoming an online seller of education resources. This second post is about creating quality products:


It is important to create quality products when you plan to sell them online. Quality products will get you high ratings, return customers and a high seller placement. Providing high quality products will also keep customers coming back to not only your store, but other sellers stores, and that helps everyone! So...

What constitutes a quality product?

Well it will need to be:
  • Visually appealing (cliparts, borders, digital paper and fonts);
  • Appropriate for the year/grade for which they are being marketed;
  • Complete - the buyer should have everything they need to use the product (this includes instructions, answer sheets, links to online resources etc);
  • Non-specific. Take out information regarding you school or classroom and make it generic;
  • Free of errors and typos (collaborate with another creator to proof-read it); and
  • Free from an abundance of ads and links to your store, facebook, blog etc.

How do I create a quality product?


Before you start, you will need to have a reliable computer/laptop with Microsoft Office, with Word and PowerPoint loaded AND a good printer and laminator (if you don't own a laminator that get out and purchase yourself one - NOW!). Why do I need a good printer when I'm selling digital products you ask? Well, you will need to test your product to ensure it prints in the way it appears - there is nothing worse as a buyer than paying for a item, printing it only to realise it doesn't work! Now that you are ready to create or re-invent an item you've already created, here are 3 main steps to ensuring it is a quality product that is going to earn you money and ratings! 

1. Create products for yourself.

This may sound silly, but creating products that you yourself will use means that they are practical and of real-world value. You can also share your personal experience with your followers through photographs via a blog, Facebook, Instagram etc. which increases interest, traffic and customers. 

When you start creating products that are going to be sold via online marketplaces, you'll put in more effort - instead of just using Comic Sans font and images taken from Google, you will create products with commercial fonts and images/clip-arts with engaging layouts. The constant reinvention and creativity is what teaching is all about - you are constantly developing and improving your practice! Below is an example of one of my original products and the made over version!

The first products I sold on TpT were ones I had used during my casual teaching experiences, created using simple fonts that comes standard with Microsoft Office and NSW Foundation Font and images taken from conducting a Google search. Once I really began delving into the world of selling through online market-spaces, I realised the importance of using commercially licensed fonts and clip-art to become competitive in such a growing market. From here I then started creating some larger activity packs based on unit studies I had taught with the classes I had during my temporary teaching experiences - these are now some of my most popular sellers, and as you can see from the images above and below, they have both had make-overs - not just on the cover pages, but also with the layouts of the activity pages, providing answer sheets for teachers and new fonts to create engaging pages for students. 

2. Use PowerPoint NOT Word

You may be wondering why you would use PowerPoint to create printables, but after doing some research into it myself to improve my creating process, I have found that it provides a much easier platform in which to manipulate fonts and images on a page, and also allows you to easily add new pages rather than inserting a page break and quickly duplicate any page unlike the cut-and-paste method that you have to do with Word.

So if you're ready to brave making printables using PowerPoint, check out some of these sites for tips and tricks on creating products using PowerPoint:

This great post from Kindergarten Kids at Play introduces you to how to set up and use PowerPoint to create printables.

View this video from Jess at Mrs Stanford's Class:

http://mrsstanfordsclass.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/create-teacherspayteachers-product-in.html


This is another one from Ladybug's Teacher Files:

http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/2012/04/designing-printables-with-powerpoint.html

If you are unfamiliar with the basic functions of PowerPoint then check out these FREE  Microsoft Office Training links.

Now as I am writing this, I have a confession - I still use Microsoft Word to create my products. As the old say goes, old habits die hard! While I'm experimenting and getting used to PowerPoint I'll stick with what I know. But if you're new to it, then follow the lead of those who are in the know, and start using PowerPoint.

3. Invest in quality licensed Fonts and Clipart.

Teachers don't want to purchase something that is made using Comic Sans or NSW Foundation Font - they can create that themselves. They want something different that will engage their students, and the way to do this is by using commercially licensed fonts, clip-arts, digital paper and borders. Doing this is a way in which to develop your own designer style and will make your products stand out in the huge world of online educational material. Your style is something that will evolve as your create products, so remember to go back to your original products and see what can be changed or improved.

Some of my favourite designers for things like clip-art, digital papers and borders are:



And Kimberly Geswein is possible one of the most popular font designers for teachers, and has fast become mine. I was fortunate enough to purchase the lifetime license for all her fonts - this is an expensive purchase, but you can pick it up on sale (like I did) and if you start making money you can use your earnings to pay for this purchase - just as I did. BUT, if you want to get some new fonts now you can purchase a single font license which is a good way when you're starting out. Check out her Facebook page and website to see the types of fonts she offers, as well as tips and tricks on how to use them in your products.


So there are my 3 main tips how how to create quality products that you can sell online. Make sure you come by tomorrow for my post about Copyright and how to create Terms of Use and Acknowledgement pages.

Don'f forget, if you decide to sign up for TpT please use my referral link by clicking on the image below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup/referral:cgray01


Saturday, 22 August 2015

How to become a seller on DBT & TpT: Getting started

Welcome to my series on becoming a seller on DBT and TpT. I hope this series clears up any queries and concerns you may have and haven't been able to find answers too with regards to becoming an online seller of education resources. My first post is about how to get started:


Here in Australia, selling your home-made classroom resources online is a fairly new concept to many educators. While some of us have explored and engaged with TpT (Teachers Pay Teachers, an American Online Marketplace) and more recently DBT (Designed by Teachers, which is an Australian Online Marketplace), I often get asked how I got into it (that's for another day) and do I really make money out of doing it?

The simple answer is: YES!!!!

BUT, there are many factors which influence how much money I make. So, before you jump online and start uploading all the products you've created in your teaching career (be it short or long) there are some things to consider:
  • DBT & TpT are not a plan to 'get rich quick' - while you may have some really creative an amazing resources, it will take time for you to make money, and even when you do it probably won't allow you to quit your day job. Be realistic to start with. Do your research into how the big sellers make their money (more to come on that). Set yourself goals that are realistic for YOU and your situation. Don't compare yourself to other sellers - stay-at-home entrepreneurial's who have quit teaching to create resources full time are bound to make more money than those who are working full-time, looking after young children, supporting a partner, family member etc.
  • You can put in as much effort as suits you! The wonderful thing about DBT and TPT is that there is no commitment on your behalf - you can create as many or as few resources as you like. BUT, just remember that your level of expectation should match your level of effort. 
  • Are you creative? With THOUSANDS of sellers online, will your something like your product already exist? If so how will it stand up to the established competition? If you are creative, and your products are unique and will save teachers time the more than likely your products will sell! 
  • How do you plan to market yourself? If you plan to sit back and wait for people to find you, then you could be in for a long wait. But if you are good with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest) and readily use it, then this will be very useful in boosting your online presence.
If you just want to buy ready-made-resources and not bother with the hassle of creating your own, then STOP! and head over to DBT and TpT and enjoy the online shopping! :-) 

But, if you are creative and feel you have some unique resources to offer, then read on...

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/
http://designedbyteachers.com.au/

Designed by Teachers, established in July of this year, is the first Australian marketplace for educators to buy, sell and share their resources. Similarly, Teachers Pay Teachers is the first and largest open marketplace for educators to buy, sell, and share their original resources.  They were founded in 2006 and have exploded to over 3 million users this year. I am selling my products on both sites. With DBT I have made over $30 in the first month of sales, and through TpT I'm earning up to $200 a quarter - this is a nice little bonus that allows me to do some self-indulgent online shopping (read about my selling future goals here).

(Both services use PayPal as their method of payment, so before signing up to sell on either you will have to have an active PayPal account. If you sign up, even if you're already a member, make sure you upgrade - for free - to the Premium service for sellers).

How do you get started?


Firstly, you'll need to create at least TWO (2) products. 1 FREE, and 1 PAID. The first product you post on Designed by Teachers AND Teachers Pay Teachers must be free. Why?
  • Your free product shows potential buyers what kind of work they can expect from you as a seller. It will be featured prominently in your store 
  • Your free product can double as an ad for your store, blog etc. 
  • Free products are more likely to get rated than for-sale products - and you need to build your ratings. 
  • Free products bring in the buyers, which is good for everyone. 
It is important that you make sure it is a quality product - make sure that it represents your niche in both grade level and content. With that said, it is also a good idea to make your free product appeals to as many buyers as possible.  


Your products should include the following:
  • A Cover Page 
  • Instructions for use and if applicable, a table of contents
  • Terms of Use (TOU) and Acknowledgements or Copyright Information page
  • The product itself
  • Answer keys if needed. 
You may also want to include a one-page ad at the end with a link to your store and other products, Facebook, blog etc. To finish off, create some thumbnail images of your product so that buyers can see what they are buying (TpT does this once you upload the item, whereas DBT allows you to upload your own images).

To ensure that you keep buyers interested in your store, create a couple of other products to post at the same time, that way when buyers are thrilled with your free product (as they certainly will be) they will be able to immediately purchase from you as opposed to being disappointed that there is nothing from you except your one freebie.

Check out this post from Rachel at TpT SOS on the Dos and Don'ts of Product Posting on TpT.

How do you sign up?

Designed by Teachers:


Once you agree to sign up, you'll be asked which membership you would like to sign-up for:



Most people start off with the FREE Membership to become familiar with the system. On the FREE membership you receive 62% of royalties. Seasoned sellers, or sellers that create more products and begin to make consistent sales, will generally decide to upgrade to the PREMIUM Membership and will receive 82% of royalties, in the same manner. At this point, you are paid each time you sell a product - so payment is instant!

Next you'll be asked to enter your personal details (including your PayPal details) and create your store name, which also becomes your unique store URL. Some people, like myself, use their blog name for their store name, while others use their own name or a version of it. Create something fun, engaging and unique as another way to stand out. If you're stuck, DBT offer ALL sellers free assistance with store branding, logo's etc. Just contact their support team.

Once you've signed up and been approved (should be in under 24hours) you're ready to start uploading your products!

Once you've logged in, head to your dashboard and follow the following steps:
  1. Enter the title for your product.
  2. Upload an image that will showcase your item (this will be the first image buyers see).
  3. Enter a detailed description, which can also include 3 more images.
  4. Select your resource type from the list.
  5. Enter the appropriate grade/year levels that the product can be used for (don't 'stretch' the truth on this one as it could affect your seller ratings).
  6. Enter the appropriate National and/or State Curriculum codes (if not known, enter N/A).
  7. Enter the price of your item.
  8. Upload your item.
  9. Add the date the item was created (and if your edit it, you can enter the new latest update date).
  10. Enter the file format, file size and the number of pages in your file.
  11. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  12. Click 'SUBMIT'
Your product is now listed with DBT! CONGRATULATIONS!

To view, head back to your dashboard and click on 'My Store' or 'Items'. From here you can also see what items are selling and how much you've earnt.



Teachers Pay Teachers:


If you decide to sign up to Teachers Pay Teachers, please click the referral image below!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup/referral:cgray01

Once you agree to sign up, you'll be asked which membership you would like to sign-up for:

Much like with DBT, TpT offers both a FREE Membership and a PREMIUM Membership. With the FREE membership you receive 65% of royalties, quarterly through PayPal. When sellers create more products and begin to make consistent sales they generally decide to upgrade to the PREMIUM Membership, you will receive 85% of royalties.

Now you just have to follow the usual rigmarole of entering personal details (including your PayPal details). This is also where you create your store name, which also becomes your unique store URL. Some people, like myself, use their blog name for their store name, while others use their own name or a version of it. Create something fun, engaging and unique as another way to stand out.

Then, you're ready to upload your products!

When you log in, you'll always be taken to your dashboard. Here, you can add new products by following the easy steps:
  1. Click on the 'Add New Product' button
  2. Choose your file for upload.
  3. Choose your preview file for upload (you don't need a preview for FREE products, but for PAID products make sure you provide buyers with a previw of what they're getting).
  4. Type your title, followed by a detailed description. 
  5. Select your resource type from the list.
  6. Enter the appropriate grade/year levels that the product can be used for (don't 'stretch' the truth on this one as it could affect your seller ratings).
  7. Choose up to THREE (3) subject areas. 
  8. Add the number of pages in your file.
  9. Choose FREE of PAID from the dropdown menu for your product. If it's paid, list the selling price underneath (the 'Multiple License Price' will automatically fill in for you based on your selling price).
  10. Let TpT create thumbnails for you - you can then choose which ones you want to be seen, or you can opt to add your own. 
  11. Click 'SUBMIT'
Your product is now listed with TpT! CONGRATULATIONS!

Make sure you continue with the series in tomorrow's post on how to create quality products to sell online. 

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