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January 21, 2015

Five Tips for Improving Your TPT Store This Year

Hey hey! It’s been a little quiet around here.  I’m getting all settled into the New Year, I guess.

Whatever that means.  It sounds like a good excuse though.

I thought I’d share some of the goals I have for the year for my TPT store.  I read in an article (it was actually for Etsy sellers, but same rules apply) that if you’re wanting to grow your store, instead of focusing on sales, focus on the store.  That sounds a little weak, but it made more sense as I read on.

Because obsessing about sales, watching sales, following my husband around talking about sales does not actually improve my sales.

This article suggested you spend 30 minutes a day focusing on your store (outside of product production).  Improving it, researching ideas, promoting, whatever.  I don’t think 30 minutes a day is viable for me, but here is what I plan to do:

Hyperlinks

This is going to be painful, but I need to go back and put hyperlinks in way more of my product descriptions.  Hyperlinking to other products in descriptions are a great way to get people to view correlating products or bundles.  The actual hyperlinking, not so fun.  I’m doing it in batches.  I might be done by the time school is out for the summer.

My sweet friends from Collaboration Cuties can tell you how to do it.  It’s super simple and effective.  It’s also boring as heck.

Update Covers

Fix up those covers.  Since you started selling on TPT, I’m willing to bet that your cover making skills have improved.  You may have developed a certain style.  It’s time to share some of those skills will older products.  My first instinct was that it sounds good, but I’d rather put the time into new products.

But.

Have you ever purchased something amazing on TPT, then went to check out the rest of the store, and it wasn’t really what you were expecting?  Buyers are visual.  If you spend time improving your first impressions, then you may generate more sales on existing products.  This is a great thing to do to continue momentum in your store if you’re in an idea slump.

Because I have the maturity of a six year old, I have to bribe myself.  Uploading a new product is the best feeling in the world, so I’ve started not letting myself post a new product until I update the cover of a few similar products.  It’s better than bribing myself with candy.  Which I have done before.

Spruce up your store

Change out your featured items to show off new products or seasonal items.  I definitely want to be more mindful of that.  Change out your banner.  Take advantage of creating categories (please-as a very lazy buyer, I am begging you to use categories.) You don’t have to think traditionally, reading, math, etc.  If your close reads are selling like hot cakes, make a close read category.  Make it easy for people to find more of what they like in your store.

Blog Authentically

Yep.  Not just blog, but authentically.  Not just, I made something new.  Go buy it.  Show off your product, take pictures of it in use.  Tell us how you used it and how you taught with it.  This will be a little trickier for me, and I’ve been thinking about some ways to make that work for me.  I’m thinking maybe some layout options?  I really appreciate seeing a great product in action and it makes me much more likely to buy it, so I’m trying to translate that into digital papers.

Taxes


Sigh.

I WILL keep up with my taxes this year.  Besides the fact that this is making my life hell right now, it is also interfering with creating new products right now.  It will also help me keep up with how much I’m spending and making, and which will give me a a better sense of how my little business is growing.  Stephanie from Mrs. D’s Corner wrote a great post on taxes.  Even if you are a last minute person, spend time this year learning about taxes and ways to keep more of the money you’re earning.

January 1, 2015

Start the New Year with a Giveaway!

Happy New Year to you!  How about starting it off with a $100 Amazon card or a $15 Starbucks gift card and reusable cup?

Ummm, yes, please.  My friends from Owl-Ways Be Inspired and I are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card.  You'll definitely want to hop on over to enter that giveaway and find links to plenty more fun giveaways, too!
Why Starbucks?  Coffee and I have a very special relationship.  I love coffee.
I'm embarrassed to say this is true.
And this is just funny.
Still here?  Awesome.  You must have had your coffee.  Enter the giveaway, cross your fingers, and enjoy another cup!
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December 18, 2014

Snowy Jumbo Set + a Bonus

Hey hey! It is time to shut this year down.  This is a crazy, stressful time of year.  I have spent a lot of time and effort in avoidance behaviors.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was avoiding work by designing Christmas koozies for my family.  Because, duh.  Big necessity, right?  Who needs wrapped packages.

I continued the procrastination theme by creating a new jumbo set, Snowflake.  You can buy just the papers:
Or the whole bundle:

I'm kind of super in love with those colors, so I made a bonus set for my blog readers.  Enjoy! I hope you have an amazing holiday break.  You've earned it!!!

December 9, 2014

Last Chance to Win 1 of 20 TPT Gift Cards!

It's your last chance to win one of twenty $10 gift cards.  I've put all of the Rafflecopters here in one handy dandy spot.  This giveaway is O.V.E.R.  Sorry friends.  Check out the winners listed below.
I'll share the winners on Thursday.  I'm so excited about this, you'd think I was winning the gift cards.


The Tattooed Teacher
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The Bubbly Blonde
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
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2nd Grade Stuff
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Prepping for the Primary Gridiron
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Teacher by the Beach
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Teaching in High Heels
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Inspire Me ASAP
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The Teacher Talk
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Elementary AMC
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I'm Lovin' Lit
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Ideas by Jivey
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Funky Fresh Firsties
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Collaboration Cuties
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Fifth in the Middle
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Everyone deServes to Learn
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Fearless in Fifth
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Teaching With Moxie
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I Teach. What's Your Super Power?
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Good luck, my friends!

Five on the Fifth

Hey, hey! Welcome back.  November's gone (how in the heck did that happen?), and it's time for me to share five awesome postsfrom the past month from five awesome bloggers.  Want more great posts?  Check out the Five on the Fifth Pinterest board.
I'm a few days late because I've been busy giving away 20 TPT gift cards for my 3,000 follower giveaway!  You have until Wednesday night to enter.
Weekly goal sharing? This awesomeness if from Stephanie at 3rd Grade Thoughts.  She's a blogging/teaching genius with a super cute new blog design.  {Wink. Wink.}  Life is kind of just happening to our kids.  I love that this pulls them into the learning process in an empowering way.

I'm pretty much in love with everything Jen Jones creates.  These strategy cards are no exception.  There are lots of vague, touchy-feely types of professional texts on teaching reading.  I love when someone shows me what it should look like.

I looooooove this problem and solution lesson and extension from One Extra Degree.  She's one smart teacher who likes to get her kids THINKING about what they are reading.  When you visit Amanda's post, just keep scrolling through her blog for some more thinking about reading genius moments.

Yes, please! Yes! Yes! Yes!  Everyone needs this post from Dixie at Teachin' Little Texans.  Because there's always one kid.

And speaking of connecting . . . . Are academics important?  Absolutely.  But creating a community of learners is vital to the success of the classroom.  I love this post written by Kim from Practical Primary Ideas on her Friday Circle.

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