Saturday, 7 July 2018

Horizontal scroller test for a Zazzler

Here's the scroller:





Thursday, 5 July 2018

nIFTTTy Schedulers now show current GMT/Internet time

I've updated the nIFTTTy scheduler tools (the one available from the Bifty Promo Control Panel) and the nIFTTTy scheduler tool available via the NiftyZPids bookmarklet.

They now both show the current time in GMT/Internet Time so you'll find it easier to choose your scheduling times where you live. Remember that those times are also interpreted as GMT/Internet Time.


Enjoy 😎

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Automatically identify and pin your Zazzle best with NiftyZSort

How to identify your best performers and then set up automatic pinning for them using just a few clicks and one copy-and-paste. It really is that simple!

Identify and auto pin / share your best-performing Zazzle products


First, you'll need a few things:
  • An account on IFTTT - and know how to make applets there
  • A Pinterest business account (or you could tweet or share on Facebook)
  • The free NiftyZSort bookmarklet
Got those? Great, you're good to go :) No? I'll wait while you get them...

What is a best performer?

Products which get viewed only a few times on average before you make a sale are "best performers".

Note that if you've only had one order for a product after only two views, it's not really a best performer, you might just have got lucky! I think you can be sure of it being a best performer when it's sold more than a few and it's still got a low-views-to-orders.

Prodesigners report somewhere in the mid teens of views per order is average for their best ones. And some of those sold in their hundreds.

Identifying and choosing your best performers

First, decide on roughly what style / theme / type of product you want to run with this time. See the screenshots below for more detail.

  • Get to your Zazzle store's back end 
  • move to the category, department or search to bring them up
  • from the sort drop down, choose Orders (All time)
  • and lastly, set the page size to 204

An example might be that you want to identify and auto-promote your best performing designs in your fine art category

Here's more detail of the above steps you'll take. Why not follow along?
By the way, a "pid" is the unique Product Identifier of each and every product that gets made. It's the long number at the end of the url in the address bar when you're on a product's page.


Screenshots of each step are here, up to starting off your applet creation in IFTTT.



Get the right products showing in your store's back end with sort order & page size as shown

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click the NiftyZSort bookmarklet in your toolbar

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In the dialog box that opens, copy and paste the below
24 sordersalltime reverse export

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 You'll first see a page summary dialog and when you close it, you'll see:


A new export window opens with the top 24 performers as a comma-separated pids list
note: if it's already open, it'll update instead

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Copy the list of Pids ready for the next step. Then click the link to the nIFTTTy Pids Scheduler

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Paste your pids where indicated and set up the rest of your schedule

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Finally, make the feed and hit the copy button ready for using in IFTTT

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make your new RSS feed based applet using the Feed Url you just copied

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Now get on with more important stuff like designing and let IFTTT pin on your behalf!



Confirming the selected products are ok

If you want to see the products that got selected, close the export window and look on the page in your store's back end.

You'll see some with alltime perf... highlighted in red. They're the ones that got selected. Note that the products are sorted in your store's back end with those with the highest all-time orders at the top.

I did it this way (in the NiftyZSort config dialog) so I can confirm that each one with that highlight has had a high enough number of orders for me to rely on it being a best-performer, time after time.




Last point

You don't have to use Pinterest as the Then That part of your IFTTT applet. Other common choices are Twitter and Facebook. Some Zazzlers even auto email them to their autopost blogs.

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Things to know

  • the scheduler can handle a maximum of 72 pids, so don't configure NiftyZSort for more than this
  • when the scheduler runs out of pids to pin / tweet / share, then delete the now defunct applet
  • when it pins / shares, the tracking code will have the pinning / sharing date appended

Enjoy 😎

Monday, 25 June 2018

7 Best practice pinning tips with nIFTTTy scheduler

Ok, so you're a Zazzler and use the nIFTTTy share scheduler tool in the Nifty Promo Control Panel to earn from Pinterest.

Click the image to see live

You already have an account on IFTTT (If This Then That) and you know how to create an applet there which uses an RSS feed as the If This part and a Pin as the Then That part.

So here's a bunch of best practice tips that will make things easier, quicker and more useful. Take the brain ache out and insert the easy life 😎

Tip 1

EDIT: I've now made the update as per below, so you can ignore this tip now!

Include a date in your tracking code when preparing your scheduler setup. I'm thinking about adding the current date to the tracking code automatically whenever the scheduler pins a product on Pinterest. In the meantime, add your own.
This way, when you make a sale, you'll know how long the pin had been around for. Anything that helps you learn more about your promotion efforts is a good thing!

Tip 2

When you're naming your applet in IFTTT, include:
  • the source
  • the page number
  • the board name

When your applet runs out of things to post, this makes it easy to remember where you got to, so making the replacement app becomes much easier.

Tip 3

If you're using the nIFTTTy Pids scheduler, for the source, instead use the Zazzle url (from the address bar) like this






Notice that I didn't bother to include the initial https://www.zazzle.com/ part. When you name it as suggested, it's so easy to move to the next page when the scheduler runs out of items to post.
All you have to do is:

  • open the existing applet on IFTTT
  • change the source part to the next page number
  • once you've done that, copy the source from the applet 
  • get to somewhere on Zazzle and change everything after the https://www.zazzle.com/ to what you just copied
  • if you were on the home page, put in the / after the .com before you paste
Once you've got the new Zazzle page showing then continue as normal, finally replacing the existing feed url in your applet with the new one and you're done.

Doing it this way, you can save yourself a good few clicks, a bit of brain ache and a couple of minutes - and there's far less of a chance of making mistakes.

Isn't that great?

Tip 4

This one's an advanced one and requires messing with an exisiting applet's feed url. You use this tip when your (nIFTTTy share scheduler) applet runs out of things to post.
It saves you having to create a new applet each time and can save you 5-10 mins.

If you haven't messed with url parameters before, be brave - all you have to do is to change some numbers for others.
Here's an applet of mine. Let's say it's run out of products to pin and now needs to pull from Page 2 of Zazzle's rss feed.

I've highlighted the bits that need changing

I've highlighted the two bits you need to find and change. Don't worry about the goobledigook and what it means, all you need to be able to do is to find them in the Feed URL


Rectangle highlight: &cdt={a number}

This is the starting date and time for the scheduler. It's used internally to work out which product to use in Zazzle's rss feed.
For the curious: The number is the number of seconds since a rereference dat 

Copy the number in the highlighted grey box


You get it from here: https://www.epochconverter.com 


Oval highlight: %26pg%3D{a number}

This is the Zazzle rss feed's page number to use. In the example given, I want the second page, so I change the exisitng digit 1 to 2, so it ends up looking like this:

%26pg%3D2

For the curious, when url parameters are used within another url parameter, as they are here, they have to be encoded. The %26 is an encoded & and the %3D is an encoded =
...so behind the scenes the whole thing ends up being &pg=2

Editing when in the applet

IFTTT doesn't make it easy to see what you're doing when editing, so it might be easier to copy the whole Feed URL and paste into your favourite editor and make the changes there.


Once you've made the changes to the applet, just save it.

Tip 5

Due to an impossible-to-code-around effect, the first few items in the feed can be missed. It happens the first time the applet runs. Behind the scenes, when you make the Feed URL in the scheduler, the starting date/time of the applet is noted - that cdt thingy in Tip 4.

If some time slots have already past,  then they'll still be counted in working out which product in the Zazzle rss feed to use.

So the tip is to create the applet while it's still the morning, according to internet time (GMT) and use time slots only after 12 mid-day (spread evenly pm option in the scheduler).

Or you could wait until midnight (again using internet time - GMT), and use the spread evenly over 24 hours option. Finally, changimg the first time slot from 12:00am to 12:30am to make sure the applet is saved with plenty of time before the start of the first timeslot.

Wait til 12midnight GMT and set your timeslots as shown
If you're not sure what the GMT time is, you can get it here: https://time.is/GMT

Tip 6

Have some boards for specific subjects / themes and some for specific products / product groups.

Tip 7

You can only have 10 active applets (ie switched on) at any one time. So focus on a few boards at a time, moving on when you feel each has enough products. Then cycle round again when you've done all boards.
With up to 12 per day per applet, it won't take long til you have well-filled boards across many subjects - just make sure they'll appeal to your followers :)


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If you've got any questions or you want to share your own tips, the Facebook NiftyToolz, Tips and Support group is the place to go to ask.

 

 

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Ingenious DIY technique for mounting a cupboard

How to hold a cupboard in place while marking the wall for drilling. Note the socks for protection. This is perhaps one of the best DIY (do-it-yourself) techniques you'll come across. It's perfect if there's no-one around to help.

Holding a cupboard while mounting

Adjust your step-ladder to get the approximate position, and then brace the feet in the right position to get it just right. You can use thin pieces of plastic as shims on top of the socks to get the level just right.
Use the same technique once you've drilled while you bed the screws home.

Remember to be safe while you work and ensure the ladder's feet can't slip!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Society6 Nifty CPanel for Curators tool is working again

Society6 changed the underlying html code on their pages and that broke the Nifty CPanel for Curators. It's now MOSTLY working again.

The Society6 Nifty CPanel for Curators
With the CPanel in Step 1 you get the products to work with. They can come from a search or a collection. Once you've filled in your curator id and completed setting up which products you want to promote, you move to Step 2.

In Step 2 you choose how you want to promote them:
  • Schedule them for posting to one of many social media channels using IFTTT (If This Then That) 
  • Share them in a slideshow
  • Share them manually to one of the many supported social media channels (Pinterest is a favourite) just by clicking
  • Get code for any of the supported widgets for pasting in your web site
It couldn't be easier! If you need tips on using it, click any of the help buttons (marked with a ?)


Monday, 21 May 2018

Zazzlers! Learn which Nifty Tool is right for you

Our Nifty stable of tools are hugely capable in helping you to promote your or others' products and earn referral income from any arising sales (Zazzle's terms and conditions apply when determining if a referral fee is due).

Which ones are right for you depends on what type of storekeeper you are...

What type of storekeeper are you?



So you've been on Zazzle a while, beavering away with your designs. You've been sharing / pinning from the share buttons on product pages for some time. You now feel you need to reach more people but haven't got the time to do it all via this route. You might or might not have a website.
You need to clone yourself or find another way to become more efficient at promoting...

Or maybe you've got to that stage in your Zazzle evolution where you're more serious about promoting other people's products as well?  You're branching out, you've even bought a small-time affiliate hat to wear ;).

Perhaps you've reached the stage where you're really serious about affiliating. You've likely got your own website but aren't so serious that you've got a team behind you.

Whichever you are, there's at least one Nifty tool for you! Look at the tables below and figure out which ones will help you the most wherever you are in your journey as a Zazzle designer / storekeeper.


Available via the Nifty Promo Control Panel, Step 2



Tool Would suit Notes
nIFTTTy Share Scheduler Storekeeper serious about affiliating Automatic sharing / pinning.
Gives you a url to use in IFTTT's rss feed-based applets.
Free (50/50 revenue share) and subscription options
Share a slideshow page Storekeeper without a website Uses a template page on our site that gets filled with your data. Can be pinned / shared by visitors. Ask friends / family to share and multiply your reach!
Free - always uses your referral id
Share individual products Storekeeper also branching out into affiliating for extra income Gives you a slideshow of products for you to flick through, pinning / sharing as you go. All main social media channels supported.
Free - always uses your referral id
Share a product grid page Storekeeper without a website Uses a template page on our site that gets filled with your data. Can be pinned / shared by visitors. Ask friends / family to share and multiply your reach!
Free - always uses your referral id
Widgets (slideshows, product grids, sliders, scrollers) Storekeeper / small-time affiliate with a website Only for sites where you can paste html and styles and, for some widgets, javascript as well. See them in action here
Free - always uses your referral id


Other Nifty tools


Tool Would suit Notes
nIFTTTy Pid Scheduler Storekeeper with a small-time affiliate hat on Automatic sharing / pinning.
Gives you a url to use in IFTTT's rss feed-based applets. The NiftyZPids helper bookmarklet exports a list of product ids from any Zazzle search results page on the main site. Use it with the scheduler or compile your own list and use that.
Free (50/50 revenue share) and subscription options
NiftyGridZPro Storekeeper / affiliate with self-hosted WordPress site Paid-for professional-level plugin that is so far beyond the capability of free plugins. Try it for free using our referral id.
NiftyZSort bookmarklet Storekeeper The only bookmarklet to help you browse your product stats and guide you in where you need to improve or where your successes are in comparison to others.
Free

Saturday, 19 May 2018

nIFTTTy Zazzle Pid Scheduler - new free Zazzle promotional tool

Now you can schedule your automatic shares from a list of Zazzle product ids.

Why would I want...

...to do that when I can already use the other nIFTTTy scheduler to share from collections?

Well, creating collections takes time, and cluttering things up with collections used just for affiliate promoting may not be what you want, so this is an amazing alternative. And if you use the NiftyZPids bookmarklet to compile your pids, it's one that takes only seconds.

There's a handy comparison table at the end, so you can quickly see what's what.

Here's a screenshot of the new nIFTTTy Pid Scheduler

nIFTTTy Pid Scheduler with NiftyZPid bookmarklet link in blue


So what's this NiftyZPids bookmarklet all about?

It makes collecting Zazzle product ids for your schedule as easy as click and copy. You:
  • visit any search results page on Zazzle
  • click the NiftyZPids bookmarklet - behind the scenes it grabs the pid from each product in the search results and opens a new tab/window to present the list of pids
  • in the new tab/window that opens, select and copy the list of pid
  • zoom round to the nIFTTTy Pid Scheduler and paste them in!


How do I get it?

Simple. Visit the nIFTTTy Pid Scheduler page and, towards the bottom, drag the NiftyZPids link you see to your bookmarks toolbar (Firefox) / bookmarks bar (Chrome) and that's it done!

You only need to do it once, unless a new version is released.

A typical affiliating promotion session

Goal: pin 60 items per day on various themed Pinterest boards you have (they must be yours)
Method: Make 5 IFTTT applets, each with 12 scheduled pins per day

Any Zazzle search results page
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click / tap the NiftyZPids bookmarklet
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copy the list of product ids
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paste into the scheduler and set your schedule
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make a new RSS Feed-based applet in IFTTT
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  1. Decide on the theme and / or product type that what you want to promote
  2. Do a search on Zazzle to get them displayed
  3. Click the NiftyZPids bookmarklet and copy the comma separated list of pids from the new tab/window that opens
  4. Switch to the nIFTTTy Pid Scheduler window and paste them in
  5. Set up your schedule, use all 12 time slots and every day
  6. Click the "make feed url for IFTTT" button and copy the text that appears
  7. Make a new IFTTT applet, using "RSS Feed" as the IF This part
  8. Choose your social media channel for the Then That part and finish off your applet
Time taken - 2(?) minutes, less as you get familiar and into the swing of things.

Repeat so you end up with a total of 5 IFTTT applets. Goal achieved, total time 10 minutes to set up 12*5 pins per day.

As Zazzle search results pages give a default of 60 products, your applets will run out after 5 days.

Here's a tip: If you want 7 day's worth so you can get into a weekly routine, instead of scheduling 12 per day, do 8 and make 7 applets in total (7 X 8 = 56 per day.

...and another tip: At the top of the export page, you'll see the web address of the search page you used on Zazzle to get your pids. Copy and paste that as part of the name you give your applet. That way, when this one runs out, you can easily return to the same search and move to the second page of results:


When you do, edit the name to show the search results page number you used so you can keep track of where you got to.

Note. We're only letting you have a total of 10 active (i.e. switched on) applets using the nIFTTTy schedulers at any one time. This is whether you use the feed-based one, the pid-based one or both. This limit is to keep the strain on our servers to something manageable so we hope you understand.

Watch a video tutorial of all the above steps - summary complete by 1m 30s for the impatient!



Comparison of Pid-based & feed-based Zazzle nIFTTTy schedulers



Pid-based Feed-based
Maximum number of products 72 product pids are ok but not 84 - the limit is the character length of the feed url that IFTTT accepts
I'm working on compressing the pids list but have hit a hurdle. When I get over (round, under) it, we might get 120??
240 if pulling from a collection, 120 otherwise
Flexibility Compile product id lists by hand or use NiftyZPids bookmarklet on ANY Zazzle search results page for automatic compilation Point, click, type using the Nifty Promo control panel - search term, department, category, search, page size, page number, sort order, sort direction
Ability to exclude certain products Yes, so you can say goodbye to those "Your name here" products, if that's what you want No
Free version Uses your referral id half the time, ours for the other half Uses your referral id half the time, ours for the other half
Subscription (covers both schedulers) Always uses your referral id Always uses your referral id
Promo code support Future upgrade Yes
Deleted products handling If a product is deleted between you compiling the pid list and it coming up for promotion, you'll end up with nothing for that time slot, so iFTTT will have nothing to share / post / pin.
Once shared / posted / pinned, though, there's not much can be done. At least Zazzle are handling deleted products better now.
Whenever the applet runs, it pulls afresh and so prevents sharing of deleted products.
Once shared / posted / pinned, though, there's not much can be done. At least Zazzle are handling deleted products better now.
Starting Go directly to Nifty Pid Scheduler Setup and launch done in Nifty Promo Control Panel
Save settings Future upgrade.
In the meantime, you can use ?rf=yourreferralid&tc=your_tracking_code on the end of the Nifty Pid Scheduler url in the address bar and then bookmark the refreshed page
Yes

Which one will you use most often?



Comments/questions welcome - either here, on the Nifty Toolz, Tips and Support Facebook group or the announcement in the Zazzle forum.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Promote automatically from a list of product ids - New Nifty tool coming up

This new tool will give you another way of sourcing the Zazzle products you want to promote (your own or others'), without resorting to using collections. 

One advantage is you can easily edit out any products from the list you don't want to promote (your name here, anyone?)
 
It's a variation on the nIFTTTy scheduler where, instead of using a feed to get products to share, it uses a list of product ids*. I'm testing and tidying up right now but will keep you posted on this blog.

So how do you get the product ids you want in your share schedule? I've got a new bookmarklet that picks them up from any of Zazzle's search result pages on their main site. Here's the top of the export page
 
... and when you scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll see where you can copy the list of product ids ready for pasting into the scheduler:



IFTTT will work it's way through the list according to the schedule you set, working just like the existing nIFTTTy / IFTTT combination does right now.

*The product id is the 18 digit number at the end of a product's page url, like this https://www.zazzle.com/your_initials_on_balmoral_royal_tartan_golf_towel-256586726899743511?rf=238582202591969585&tc=raza
 
The bookmarklet is called NiftyZPids and the new scheduler, nIFTTTyZPids scheduler.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Zazzlers, get this free new tool: NiftyZSort bookmarklet

EDIT: 29th June: Enhancement added. The Product Ids of the top 'n' (as set in the config screen) performing products are included as a comma-separated list. We've done this to make it easy to build a nIFTTTy Scheduler applet in IFTTT to auto-promote them.
Please delete the old bookmarklet and redrag the updated link below to your bookmarks toolbar

EDIT 11th May: Enhancement added: export now contains a column for Product ID. Bug fixed: it wouldn't do an export unless a sort was done at some time in the session. Fixed.

(Earlier update details shifted to end)

This brand new tool adds new sort options for products in your store's back end. It'll also guide you in your promoting by helping you to choose what to promote.

If you're impatient, here's the bookmarklet - just drag the following link to your browser's toolbar NiftyZSort. Note that it's a complete replacement for the old version.

Ok, on with the business...

Preparation

Here's my store's back end. To prepare, I've navigated to the Cards & Postage department, chosen to view by Orders (all time), set the page size to 48 and moved to page 5. This is my starting point as you can see in the screenshot.



You could start anywhere you fancy, maybe in a category for a specific department, or without (but it doesn't work for collection pages).

End result

First, here's the end result so you know where we're heading....






To get there...

So this is how I got that. I clicked the NiftyZSort bookmarklet and typed in 20 sviews - see the below...




Here's the results of a different set of choices: 20 salltimeperf reverse


Get your NiftyZSort bookmarklet here

NiftyZSort - just drag that link to your toolbar and you've got it ready to use on your store's back end. Yup, that's all you do to install it! Give it a try, right now!

It's already transforming my understanding of my sales, and I've only been testing it so far! Why not give it a whirl and see how well it guides you on your promoting 😃

Finally I'd love to hear your feedback in the usual places - comments here, in the Zazzle forum or on the NiftyToolZ Facebook group.

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EDIT 8th May: Enhancement added: Modified the Page Summary to make tracking in a spreadsheet easier. It now includes today's date and tabs to separate the numbers from their labels. Now you can just copy and paste, right from the summary page into your spreadsheet. Tested and works with Firefox, Safari, Opera but not Chrome, which prevents copying from alert boxes.



Please delete the old bookmarklet and 
redrag the updated link below to your bookmarks toolbar

EDIT 10th May: Only the zazzle.com domain is supported, so we added an enhancement for locales using the UK date format day-month-year. It's only for the detailed stats export and makes it more useful.
Spreadsheets are bad at understanding dates in a different format to their locale settings, so if your normal date format is day-month-year, this is definitely for you. To use it, instead of using export, use exportukdates in your config screen.

EDIT 9th May #3: final bug fixed in displayed date for Last Viewed Date. When it was "within last 24 hours" it wasn't converting it to a date correctly. Now fixed.
Please delete the old bookmarklet and redrag the updated link below to your bookmarks toolbar

EDIT 9th May #2: bug fixed in displayed date for Last viewed. To see it, include the word "export" (no quotes) on the config screen. It's mentioned in the instructions.

EDIT 9th May: Enhancement added: Now export the stats for all products on a page for analysis in your favourite spreadsheet.



EDIT 7th May #2: Enhancement added: You now get a page summary showing totals and averages of all products' existing number-based stats. It lets you compare performance of, eg, different categories, different departments or designs (pulled up by searching) or any combination that makes sense.

EDIT 5th May #2: Enhancement added: You can now sort by the product's title. This can help when you want to work on your titles, editing them for SEO purposes

EDIT 5th May: Fixed another bug when sorting by Last Viewed.
Fixed bad behaviour when cancelling from the choices dialog.
Enhancement added: the sort order stats line being used is highlighted in dark violet.

EDIT 4th May: Fixed bug when sorting by Last Viewed
EDIT 3rd May: Updated to allow sorting by any of the date stats and also the royalty