Friday, December 30, 2016

21 Places to Sell Your Digital Desigs Online


Looking for a place to sell your graphic design goods? This collection of digital marketplaces features some of the best places to sell graphics designs online, including web elements, themes, vectors, clipart, hand illustrations, fonts, and more.

Digital Marketplaces:

Creative Market

The Envato alternative for a top-notch digital marketplace will surprise you with a gorgeous handpicked collection of graphic designs. The Creative Market has a special selection process and invites in only the best of the best which keeps the design files at the marketplace at a high quality. The designs here have a hand-crafted, artsy feel that distinct them from most digital designs and this counts for website themes as well as graphic elements of all kinds.

Theme Forest

Known for its massive collection of top-quality website themes, Theme Forest is the Envato marketplace for all things web design. All goods go through a special testing to ensure only the highest quality themes get to the sale stage. Theme designers also provide full theme support and updates along with the end files.

Graphics River

The Envato marketplace for graphic elem
ents allows designers to sell vector art, fonts, logos, icons, and more. Designers can also sell infographics and presentations along with a large number of print designs.

Etsy

Started originally as a marketplace for handcrafted goods, Etsy gradually expanded its market towards digital goods creators. Currently, designers can upload and sell their own graphic design files, photos, graphic templates, and offer services in their online Etsy shops. Since shops have no review process, most of the goods here have a lower quality which makes the really good ones easily stand out from the crowd.

DeviantArt

The all-time-favourite portfolio website also has a shop feature that allows designers to sell their creations through their profiles. DeviantArt is suited for illustrators, designers, photographers, and more.

Fonts:

MyFonts

If you’re a typography designer you should definitely go and sell your products on MyFonts. It is a digital marketplace for high-end font designs and it’s one of the most popular places to purchase cool fonts online. The featured designer’s board and multiple categories make it easy to browse while the high-definition font design thumbnails quickly grab the buyer’s attention.

FontShop

Anyone who’s looking for a top-quality custom font design knows FontShop offers some of the best solutions. The site is also a great place for font designers to submit their own work and sell their fonts through the marketplace.

Stock graphics:

Dreamstime

Did you know stock photography websites now support the selling of digital design goods? Dreamstime is not only a great image source but a place where designers and illustrators can sell their own work in the form of graphic templates, posters, patterns, backgrounds, and more.

ShutterStock

Yet another stock photography website which is suited for selling digital design files like hand illustrations, high-quality clipart, design templates, and others. Since ShutterStock is so good at advertising and product suggestion it serves as a great marketplace for selling graphic designs.

VectorStock

VectorStock is a stock file digital marketplace suited exclusively for vector designs. Like any other stock file marketplace, it has a credit-based pricing system. The free vectors section is a smart marketing move that popularized the site and brings in more fresh buyers while the audience expands.

Shopping Carts:

Sellfy

Sellfy is targeted at writers, designers, and filmmakers who wish to sell their digital products online. Sellfy is not only a digital goods selling service but a well-designed digital marketplace, as well. Visitors can browse through categories and discover new cool creators and items to purchase.

Gumroad

Gumroad is an all-in-one solution for selling digital design goods. The product setup is extremely easy and offers an in-depth analysis of the sales. A unique signature feature for Gumroad is the “Pay what you want” option which allows buyers to write in their own price for a product and pay as much as they want.

Pulley

The Pulley app reminds a lot of Big Cartel and allows the selling of various media content, such as videos, music, books, digital designs, fonts, and others. It offers convenient statistics tracking and offers a neat buy now button. It comes with a 14-day trial and a monthly subscription fee with no commissions.

Simple Goods

Yet another digital content selling platform with tons of features. It allows users to sell PDF files, design work, music, and more. Users can embed a checkout button on their website and track their selling data. Simplegoods has unlimited bandwidth for file storage which allows users to sell large-sized digital files with higher quality.

Selz

One of the new players on the market, Selz offers tons of convenient features for digital goods sellers. The 4GB file support allows movie creators to sell high-quality videos. The platform offers a WordPress plugin and provides a free Facebook store account for each seller. Another unique feature is the built-in chat and direct messaging service for Selz shops.

Design Product Marketplaces:

Threadless

Threadless is a digital marketplace that allows indie creators to sell their designs in the form of various products. Designers can offer their work in the form of clothing, accessories, decoration, and more.

Redbubble

Another digital marketplace that lets designers turn their projects into apparel, wall art, home decor, phone cases, and others.

Society6

An inspiring community of artists and sellers that provide unique products with an artsy illustrator feel.

Zazzle

Just like the upper mentioned websites, Zazzle is a digital marketplace for custom designed products of all sorts.

Spreadshirt

Spreadshirt is targeted mostly at creatives who want to turn their ideas into apparel design and sell clothes online.

Imagekind

If you are a digital illustrator with a thing for fine art and realism, you’ll find a great marketplace for your products at Imagekind.

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Tesla’s Latest Autopilot May Avoid Highway Collisions Better Than Humans

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Tesla is making a big push into the world of automated vehicles, and the one aspect of the technology that all automated car companies have been working on is collision avoidance. Before automated […]

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Geek deals: Three-year subscription to SelectTV for $49

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If you’re thinking about cutting the cord, there’s never been a better time. Take advantage of today’s deal from StackSocial, save 54% on SelectTV from FreeCast, and enjoy countless hours of TV, movies, […]

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Technology Allows Amazon to Protect its Drones From Your Guns

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What’s more important than the privacy of Amazon’s customers in the beginnings of the drone era? The safety of the drones from Amazon customers. Amazon filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and […]

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds HBO Documentary Set to Air in January Now

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In light of recent tragic events, a documentary starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who died within a day of each other this week, will be premiering earlier than anticipated. Bright Lights: Starring […]

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2017


Geek deals: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6-inch laptop for $549

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If you’re in the market for a new laptop, take a look at the Inspiron 15 5000 from Dell. With a Skylake processor, plenty of RAM, and a dedicated graphics card, this laptop […]

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Twitter Might Allow You to Edit Your Tweets in 2017

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How many times have you written out what you thought was a brilliant tweet, only to be forced to delete and repost it because you made a typo? It’s happened to me more […]

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What I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

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Hey there, space cats! Today I bring you my End of the Year edition; I’m coming to you live from Geek Headquarters with a special investigative report on things I’d like to see […]

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MovieBob Reviews: SILENCE (2016)

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If nothing else, you’ve got to hand it to Martin Scorsese on this one just for having the fortitude, commitment to vision and sheer conviction to forge ahead and make a movie that […]

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Miranda Kerr Just Stepped Out in This Controversial Shoe


Ryan Gosling to Star in Neil Armstrong Biopic

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One of the space age’s greatest American icons, Neil Armstrong, is finally getting his own biopic, and there are some big names working on it. Damien Chazelle, the director behind the Oscars’ most […]

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Beware, 2016 Will Last One Second Longer This Year

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If you’re one of the millions of Twitter users clamoring for 2016 to “stop it” and “end already,” even though a year couldn’t possibly actually do any harm on its own and 2017 […]

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Players Honor Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Video Games

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2016 saw the death of many popular celebrities, but for us nerds and geeks, none hurt nearly as much as the passing of Carrie Fisher. Losing the woman who brought the iconic Princess […]

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Geek deals: Get a lifetime subscription to PureVPN for $69

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From your ISP to the federal government to that shady-looking guy in the corner of the coffee shop, it seems that just about everyone is interested in monitoring your traffic these days. If […]

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Carli’s List of What to Look Forward to in Entertainment in 2017

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Here’s an unpopular opinion: 2016 was a terrible year. Please hold your comments until the end, thank you. The world seemed to crumble this year. Whether you agree or not, you can still […]

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Web Design Mistakes to Avoid in 2017


Web design is a constantly evolving philosophy. As technology improves and communications become faster and more meaningful, web designers need to explore new ways of reaching their companies’ customers and establishing value. Sometimes, an older site needs an overhaul or complete replacement in light of new technologies or emerging trends.

When designing or redesigning a business website, knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. Many common web design blunders can work to your disadvantage, discouraging customers from using your business. Below you’ll find several examples of what to avoid during site construction or redesign.

Lack of Quality Content

Today’s consumers want much more than just a good deal – they want to feel connected to brands and enjoy seeing their experiences valued. One of the best ways you can offer value to your site’s visitors is with high-quality content. This can be a blog, image galleries, video content, interactive elements, and anything else that delivers value in a relevant way to visitors on your site.

Content also has a tangible impact on your search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is a game with constantly changing rules and trends, but consistently updating your site with high-quality content is a great way to rank better in search results. Freshness and relevance are huge boosters when it comes to SEO, so ramping up your content generation is a great way to land more hits on your site and convey value to consumers.

Having Little to No Grasp of SEO

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When it comes to SEO, you also need to stay up to date on the latest trends that affect your site and industry. Search engines like Google and Bing are constantly tweaking their algorithms to create a level playing field for every site, and in turn, marketers must figure out new ways to get their sites high in search result rankings. As previously stated, regularly adding high-quality content to your site is a fantastic method for earning better SEO results, but you also need to rethink your keywords. Explore long-tail keywords and phrases, such as questions a consumer may enter into a search engine’s search field, and include them in your SEO efforts.

Opening Multiple Windows

If you asked a million people what their three least favorite things about the internet are, chances are a great deal of them would include pop-up windows in their lists. Pop-ups are now automatically associated with advertisements, and more than that, they are usually unwelcome. People don’t like seeing random windows pop open if they didn’t choose for them to appear, so take care to avoid any scripting or page elements that create new windows. Even if you have pop-ups with valuable content, users are highly likely to close the pop-up window instinctively as soon as they notice it opening.

If you have something of value to provide to users, make sure it’s on an actual page, and make sure your site navigation doesn’t prompt the user’s browser to open a new window needlessly. This not only appears cluttered, it also builds mistrust in the user, because most people associate pop-ups with scams and hard-sell advertisements.

Too Much Reliance on Free Design Services

Just about every customer-focused business needs a website today, and this need has given rise to an explosion of free web design services. For the most part, these services can be invaluable to a growing startup or new business that doesn’t have the capital to invest in full-fledged web design. However, once your business can afford professional design services, make the switch to something more robust and detailed.

Free website builders typically employ lots of back-end coding that slow the site’s performance overall. If you take the time to explore freelancers and professional design services, chances are good that you’ll find a far more cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing design that performs much better.

No Calls to Action

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Calls to action (CTAs) are more important than people realize. You need to be direct when you ask a site visitor to take action, such as asking them to opt-in to an email list, complete a purchase, leave a product review, or share a piece of content on social media. CTAs need to be direct without becoming obnoxious. This means placing them naturally in your content and on your site instead of bombarding visitors to your site as soon as they land on your page.

Poor Analytics

If you’re trying to improve your website’s performance, you need a way to measure it over time. More importantly, however, is you need to turn what you learn into actionable changes that improve the overall user experience. Your website is a massive investment, and you need to ensure you’re seeing acceptable returns on that investment. Analytic tools are crucial. If you’re not using them, you’re probably overlooking areas of your website that desperately need attention and are causing you to hemorrhage conversions.

Lackluster Social Presence

The evolution of the internet and the advent of social media completely reshaped how people connect and communicate with one another. This has also changed how businesses interact with their customers. Social media allows brands to have more personal, relevant, and meaningful interactions with their audiences. Building a strong social media presence is a fantastic method to boost your brand identity and stay fresh in the minds of potential customers.

Incorporate a social aspect in your web design. Allow users to share content across their social media profiles, and you’ll see a boost in your lead generation. Most consumers will pay more attention to a close friend’s recommendation over an advertisement, so a strong social media presence will help foster organic leads.

No Understanding of Responsive Design

People use several types of devices for internet use today. In years past, web designers simply needed to make sure their sites looked good on a desktop computer screen. Now, mobile technology is at the forefront and most consumers use smartphones and other mobile devices to browse the web, enjoy content, connect socially, and make purchases. The concept of responsive design has emerged with this growing trend.

Most web designers are starting to incorporate touchscreen technology in their planning phases, meaning they design their sites for mobile viewing from the ground up. Your website needs to perform reliably on any type of screen, and users should be able to navigate your pages easily no matter what type of device they use to do it.

Disregarding User Data

Big data has entered the business conversation over the last few years, and this concept describes the incalculable amount of data generated by users online. Businesses have found various methods for capturing and using this data for the benefit of their customers. If you don’t have some kind of data collection capability, you’re missing out on a massive pool of potential.

Data analytics are crucial for assessing customer needs, trends, and disruption in your market. Additionally, you need a method for capturing customer information. This can be as simple as offering an opt-in to your email newsletter, or something more detailed such as a loyalty program that rewards consumers for their participation.

Ultimately, one the biggest determining factors in the overall success of your website is the usability. Customers aren’t going to enjoy having to hunt for what they want, so make sure you organize your site logically, and users can easily navigate your pages. The core information you want to offer visitors should be easy to find, and you need to gear the content you offer towards your customers’ pain points and problems.

Offer solutions to problems instead of just products and services. Focus on the experience of your brand rather than just the tangible gains of making a purchase. Incorporate these concepts into your website construction and you’re sure to find success.

Related: 34 Inspiring & Responsive Web Design Portfolio Layouts

This post was written by Stephen Moyers, an online marketer, designer and avid tech-savvy blogger. He is associated with Los Angeles-based SPINX Digital Agency. He loves to write about web design, online marketing, entrepreneurship and much more. Apart from writing, he loves traveling & photography. Follow Stephen on Twitter & Google+.

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Aubrey Sitterson Talks G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Everything in Between

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IDW has been working on some big things, and in the wake of the Revolution crossover event, the biggest thing is a Hasbro comic book universe where G.I. Joe, Transformers, Action Man, M.A.S.K., Rom the Spaceknight, and Micronauts all […]

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MovieBob Review: HIDDEN FIGURES

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Here’s a compliment you don’t get to give often: This movie is really good, and it didn’t even need to be! We all know this to be true: Sometimes, a movie can be […]

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You Can Use This Operating System and USB Drive to Revive Derelict Laptops

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We’ve all got an older computer or laptop laying around the house that we just can’t be bothered to fix. Maybe it’s riddled with malware because Aunt Clara couldn’t figure out how to […]

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Adventure Time Creator’s Next Project Could Be a Castlevania Cartoon

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One of gaming’s greatest and most revered franchises is Castlevania. Despite the 30 year history of the series, Konami doesn’t seem interested in producing a new entry anytime soon (unless it’s a weird, […]

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You Can’t Remove the Battery From the Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is being pitched as both a home console and a handheld device. If one were to play the system at home when it is securely placed in its dock, there’s […]

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Geek deals: Save big on Steamcrate subscriptions

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Always on the lookout for new games? Want to play a bunch of PC games on the cheap? Check out Steamcrate. You’ll get 10 games every month, and it’s currently being discounted by […]

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Surprise, Once Again Game of Thrones Is The Most Illegally-Downloaded Show

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When it comes to pirating television shows, people know what they like and want to see. That’s why it probably comes as no surprise that once again, HBO has declared Game of Thrones […]

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The Secret History of G.I. Joe and Transformers

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G.I. Joe and Transformers have been two of Hasbro’s biggest names, and they have long and storied histories with absurd amounts of lore in toy, comic, and cartoon form. Their worlds have collided in IDW’s […]

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