The T-Shirt Business

I remain convinced that adding Google AdSense (or many other advertising options) isn’t the best way to monetize a blog or website. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to make money off of this website, of course — it just means that I don’t plan on selling advertising space unless I have some kind of life-altering epiphany.

I don’t have a problem advertising my own side projects, though. I’d like to think that most of them would be of some interest to most freelance writers, and you, gracious reader, might have an interest in providing some financial support to this site. I’ve posted a few t-shirts in the past several weeks, and I think that this tactic does have potential as a fairly small source of income. (Also, I have a deep and abiding interest in funny shirts.) I plan to continue doing so. However, I won’t be doing it through Cafepress, anymore. To be honest, every time I add a shirt or something on Cafepress, I have to jump through so many hoops, that I get a headache. Right now, I’m testing out Zazzle, as you can see from the shirt below. So far I like it, although I’m planning to try out a few other options in the near future.

make custom gifts at Zazzle

In addition to hoping to make this blog somewhat self-supporting, I consider this whole t-shirt sideline (and other side projects I’m working on) to be part of my end goal: to have several passive income streams related to my writing. The general idea is that if some client or project suddenly goes south, I’m not up the creek without a paddle.


  1. Austin   •  

    The t-shirt app doesn’t seem to show up in my RSS feed (I’m using Google Reader). Maybe posting jpgs would help?


  2. thursday   •     Author

    Good to know. I’ll keep that in mind as I put Zazzle through its paces.

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