Saturday, 28 October 2017

Rich Pins for Zazzle products that include your referral id & tracking code


Stumped on how to include your referral id and tracking code and still get a rich pin of a Zazzle product on Pinterest? Here's the answer - guaranteed to work every time!





Summary of steps to get your rich pin

If you don't want to watch the short, 3 minute video above, here's the steps:
  1. Open the product page of what you want to pin and copy what's in the address bar (the url) ready for what follows
  2. Open Pinterest in a new browser window and hover over / tap the white-plus-in-a-red-circle

  3. Tap / click the option you'll see to "save from site"
  4. Paste what you just copied into the dialog box
  5. Type ?rf= on the end and then paste in your referral id
  6. Type &tc= on the end and give the tracking code you want (e.g. pinterest_test
  7. Tap / click the next button
  8. Choose the board you want to put it on
That's it, you now have a rich pin that includes your referral id and tracking code!

Here's the created Rich Pin

Here's the pin I created in the video - check it out and you'll see it's a rich pin, as indicated by having a price and a description from the product page's own description:
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/332562753725956291/

If you hover over the pin, you'll see the referral id and tracking code in the displayed link at the bottom left of your browser window.

That was nice and easy, wasn't it?! Please share this post or the video with your Zazzler friends so they can benefit, too :)

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Working on the upcoming V3.5 release of NiftyGridZPro

I've been using NiftyGridZPro a lot over the last few months and each time I've come up against one of those "wouldn't it be nice if..." moments, I've upgraded it to make that wish come true.

About the only thing I kept bumping up against recently was the need to be able to embed a product grid within a following paragraph, like this:

grid with shortcode option: paragraph_embed="R"


So I've now added a new shortcode option, paragraph_embed, that deals with it. It's available for the first time in the upcoming V3.5 release of NiftyGridZPro.

Find out more on the official post about using paragraph embedding

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Working on the affiliate benefits of NiftyGridZPro

With the rate of new versions of NiftyGridZPro having slowed, I've been turning my attention to a new audience I'm trying to cultivate - those who want to have more of a focus on affiliating with Zazzle, rather than just promoting their own product designs.

As part of that, I've written two blog posts that both guide potential affiliates and can act as material to support them in their sales funnel:


Doing well in search engines

The first one is also relevant to anyone who wants their blog posts to do well with search engines. Why? Because it guides you into how to write a blog post that's appealing and engaging for people. And when you also follow the SEO tips, it'll be equally appealing to search engines.

What you won't get is the focus that you get when you know you can rely on NiftyGridZPro to do the grunt work and techy parts of getting relevant products displayed in your post.

and also...


On other matters, I've one last update to make to the upcoming NiftyGridZPro release - watch this space for more in the next few days.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pocket watches for the legal profession



Lawyer Pocketwatch Designs


Now that work on NiftyGridZPro has moved from active development to business-as-usual, I've been working on some new lawyer designs over at Zazzle.

Just recently, they added really gorgeous pocketwatches to the products we can design for. They look beautiful and are available in gold and silver, with precision Japanese mechanism.

There's nothing classier than a fob watch and these designs for lawyers / attorneys at law simply ooze authority. Use with the supplied matching chain and hook buckle clasp to finish off the look.

The outer casing is made from premioum alloy but it's the inside we need to talk about! The roman-numeral dial works in both formal and informal settings, the office or going about your daily routine.

There are four colors to choose from:
  • Golden Rose for a feminine appeal
  • Lilac for the wise and enduring woman
  • Golden look for the traditionalist
  • Ice blue on silver for someone who keeps a cool head
Each background has a metallic-look, designed to make the dial and text absolutely crystal clear. Just provide your name and your professional title to make it truly, uniquely yours. Part of the dress to impress range.

Get yours just by clicking the one you like most and typing your details into the boxes provided. Makes a great retirement gift, too!


Monday, 2 October 2017

Zazzle affiliate tool - WordPress Plugin

I've been focusing on two things over the last few days:
  • NiftyGridZPro V3.5 brings a speedup when using the local domains feature
  • NiftyGridZPro as an affiliate tool

Affiliate tool

Most of my publicity material for NiftyGridZPro has so far been aimed at Zazzle artists / storekeepers as a way for them to easily showcase their design / product combinations on their self-hosted WordPress blogs / sites.

It's well-known by any Zazzler that they can also act in the capacity of an affiliate - earning referral commission by showcasing other Zazzle artists' work in addition to or instead of their own.

But there's nothing to prevent anyone being a Zazzle affiliate. It's actually something that's actively encouraged by them, with regular and frequent promotion campaigns, money-off vouchers and affiliate competitions.

So I've written a blog post aimed at non-Zazzlers who want to monetize their self-hosted WordPress blogs. Perhaps they have already tried other ways to earn from their blog and want to try something new.

https://niftytoolz.com/affiliate-tool-zazzle-plugin

Affiliate tool post

Thursday, 28 September 2017

WordPress Zazzle Plugin - V3.4 NiftyGridZPro released

I've just released V3.4 of my NiftyGridZPro Wordpress Zazzle plugin. It's the Local Domains release.

I'm a bit sad I had to restrict it to product grids with 6 or fewer items. I had to because it does add to the page-load time for larger grids.

When Zazzle provide a clean way of ensuring only products for the given international domain are made available, that restriction won't be needed anymore and I'll update the plugin.

Anyway, if you're serious about your Zazzle business and you're ready to move to the next level, a self-hosted WordPress site / blog with the NiftyGridZPro Zazzle plugin is one way to go.

If you're dithering about when to make the move, perhaps this coupon will encourage you: use OFF40SEP2019 to get 40% off the September 2019 license. Expires October 7th, so you'd better be quick! Use it here

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

WordPress Zazzle Plugin (NiftyGridZPro) soon to be released at V3.4

http://niftytoolz.com/upcoming-feature-use-local-zazzle-domains-links

I've been working on a great new feature for my NiftyGridZPro WordPress Zazzle plugin that should double your referral income.

You see, if you share a referral link to the .com Zazzle web site but the visitor who followed it buys from the say, .co.uk Zazzle site, then you WON'T get the referral.

I struggled with this for a couple of days but have now got a solution in place. If switched on in your Admin Panel (or in an individual post's shortcode) three things happen:
  • Based on their IP address, their country is looked up
  • The correct Zazzle domain for that country is looked up
  • If the option is on, every product link to the .com domain (the default) is changed to the one just looked up
Every Zazzle country domain is supported. If Zazzle adds any new ones, they'll be added to NiftyGridZPro on the next upgrade cycle.

If the visitor is in the US, nothing is changed.
If a product turns up that is only available on  .com site, then its links are left alone.

If a product's link gets changed, even if switched on, the price line is never shown. Zazzle only gives out US dollar prices and that would be too confusing.

If you're injecting slot messages, any of those that link to the .com Zazzle domain will be also be changed as above.

Local domains - another great reason this is the gold-standard Wordpress Zazzle Plugin. NiftyGridZPro - look no further


Preparing to launch the NiftyGridZPro Affiliate Program

Funny old day, really.

I'm nearly there for the launch of my affiliate system for NiftyGridZPro - that's where people who love the plugin can earn by referring others who then go on to buy it.

Before I can launch, here's a list of thing steps on the way:

  • Set up an affiliate program for NiftyGridZPro - DONE (via E-junkie)
  • Set up a page so peeps can sign up to be an affiliate - DONE
  • Set up a resources page for affiliates, filled with useful stuff to help them sell - IN PROGRESS


For that last step, I wanted to give them an animated gif because they're such a good way of getting engagement on various social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter and others)


Here's the final version:


Anyway, I was preparing the raw images for it and noticed that on the NiftyToolZ site, the colours of the faux product box images were all washed out. I don't remember them being like that, as they were nicely vibrant when I prepared them.

Whistle while you work...

After half a day of messing, I still didn't get to the bottom of it. Something to do with size as well because using the same image at a smaller size gives more vibrancy. I hope I didn't swing the pendulum too far the other way on the replacement images :)

Strange.






Thursday, 21 September 2017

V3.3 NiftyGridZPro released today!


Happy to say I've now made the next release of the NiftyGridZPro.

V3.3 is a useability release with prettier grids for small cell-sizes, a speed enhancement (large product grids benefit the most) and a bug fix.

Read all about it here

Thursday, 14 September 2017

V3.2 NiftyGridZPro now out - WordPress plugin for Zazzle

I've completed the next version of the NiftyGridZPro WordPress plugin for Zazzle and made the release public.

V3.2 adds Google Ads capability to improve your earnings!

A random slot / cell in each product grid (created by NiftyGridZPro) right across your site will be chosen to display a Google Ad. You set it  up in your admin settings as shown here.



Think of the Google Ad as another type of global slot message. Learn more and get tips in the FAQ on it, here.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

V3.1 NiftyGridZPro officially released

It' s been a few achievement-filled days with NiftyGridZpro. Extended testing of the new features in V3 of NiftyGridZPro went well and it was publicly released.

V3's main feature is to allow the principle of "rotating ads". For NiftyGridZPro the "rotating ads" are placed, real-time, into randomly chosen slots in your grids of Zazzle products.

V3.1 now formally released as well.

V3 made one such global message available, V3.1 extended it to allow you to store up to 5 global slot messages. There's a full post with demo, on the NiftyGridZPro site.

FAQs updated.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Nearly ready to release the next version of NiftyGridZPro

Finalising...

I've been working away at finalising the next version of NiftyGridZPro. The new version brings with it:
  • A new shortcode option to use only the Zazzle-added product names in your title area.
    This gives a nice, clean product grid item display and is really hepful when when space is tight
  • A truly powerful Slot Message system
  • An Admin Settings page for NiftGridZPro (used to set associate (aka referral) id and to set up global slot messaging

FAQ update

The last couple of posts describe each of these features in depth. What I've been doing is preparing the FAQ entry for Slot Messages.

Now those are done, all that remains is to work out
  • pricing
  • when / how to release the new version
  • how to deal with upgrades for exisiting license holders
  • what goes into the announcement material
Once that's done, all that's left to do is to share the material and make the new version available.

I've just had a thought about the marketing aspect of it. Perhaps I should do teasers on the new version on the NiftyGridZPro site? That's be cool!