Friday, February 20, 2009

Weekly Special and a Tutorial

Hey everyone! It's time to change up the weekly special on my blog! This week we're moving onto my "Simple and Fun Earrings" section in my shop. I love these earrings because they'll go with jeans and just about ANYTHING.

You can buy them now from this blog post or the side-bar widget for only $6! That includes shipping to anywhere in the world and a 20% discount. How sweet is that?

Want to learn how to sell an item on YOUR blog? Just follow these (hopefully) easy steps.

1. Pick the item your going to sell.

2. Upload a picture of that item to a photo storage service on-line. I like to use photobucket. DON'T use Flickr because that's a violation of their TOS. The picture should be about 200x200 pixels to best fit in your sidebar. You may need to experiment to find the best size if your sidebars are a different width than mine.

3. Leave your photo storage account open and open up your blogger dashboard.

4. Click on "layout"

5. Click on "Add a Gadget" (once you've done the initial set up you can go in and edit it from week to week by clicking "edit")

6. Choose the widget for HTML/JavaScript

7. Choose a title.

8. Leaving that window open return to your photo storage account. You'll have to figure out how your particular site works - but there should be an option to share the image (in photobucket, click on "share").

9. Copy the html code to share the image.

10. Go back to your window with the html widget and paste in the html code.

11. Enter a brief description of the item your selling.

12. Leave that window open and open up a new window for your paypal account.

13. Log into Paypal.

14. At the top of your paypal page is a bar that lists different options. Click on "Merchant Services." That will take you to a page that looks like this:

15. Click on the Buy NoW option.

16. Fill out the required information to best suit your needs.

17. Click "Create Button." That will take you to a page that looks something like this:

18. Highlight and copy the code under the "website" option.

19. Past the code at the bottom of your HTML widget window.

20. Click "Save"

21. In your Layout window make sure you click "save" again.

22. Go to your blog and admire your hard work!

I know there are a lot of steps - I hope I was able to keep it from getting to confusing! Tomorrow I will be giving some ideas of different things you can do on your blog to sell :) See you then!


sMacThoughts said...

Thank you for this wonderful tip!

Gallery Juana said...

Thanks for the tutorial:)

BeadedTail said...

Thank you so much for this information! Great earrings by the way!

storybeader said...

great tutorial! Thanks! Great earrings too!

uniquecommodities said...

Great tutorial thanks for the reminder! I added to BOTH my blogs :)

Robynsart said...

Thank you so much! Now to find this info again after my trip.... *sigh*

Athena said...

Great tip! Thanks!

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

Thanks Ruthie! Nice idea to share!

TiLT said...

Awesome tut Ruthie! Thanks!

The ChainMaille Lady said...

Beautiful earrings Ruthie! Thanks so much for the tut, always wondered how they did that!


Leather Made Nice said...

Excellent tutorial, Ruthie!! I will have to give it a shot. Maybe you can post a tutorial for us remedial folks having troubles adding a Flickr badge and Etsy mini shop to there blogs. Anne ^i^

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I'm really glad you guys like the tutorial!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I have a paypal shop on my site but I really think I like this idea of featuring one item at a time. Thanks for the tutorial!

Dana said...

Thanks for sharing this with us! I just posted one on my blog and we'll see if it works. :)

Glynis said...

Well thank you so much! This was a wonderful piece of information.

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much for putting this out in a written tutorial. I cut and pasted it into a document in case I forget.

I added it to my blog, one thing I noticed is that there was not price to BIN.

So, I altered #11 to look like this:

11. Enter a brief description of the item your selling. Add price. Example: $10.00 Free Worldwide Shipping. Delivery confirmation and/or insurance not included.



Kate said...

You _rock_! Finally got round to doing this and nice, simple, easy, poofa, done. Thanks darlin!