How to Build a Website for Selling T-Shirts

By Michael Cantrell

  • Overview

    One of the easiest ways to make some extra cash online is to build a website selling your own custom t-shirts. Selling t-shirts online is a great way to express your creativity. In order to build a successful website selling shirts, you will need to create original designs that will appeal to people of all ages. With just a bit of time, talent, and a few dollars investment, you can create a professional online site selling your shirts and make a nice profit all right from home!
    How to Build a Website for Selling T-Shirts
    How to Build a Website for Selling T-Shirts
    • Step 1

      Purchase and install photo editing software. This type of software is what you will be using to create some of your unique designs for your t-shirts, so it is essential that you have this tool. There are quite a few different types of software available, but the one that comes the most highly recommended is Photoshop. It is very easy to use and after viewing a few tutorials you will be able to start creating awesome designs for your t-shirts.
    • Step 2

      Set up a blog that you will use to sell your t-shirts. There are a number of different websites that do free blog hosting online that you could choose from, but the best and easiest to use is Blogger. Sign up for an account and follow the prompts to set up your new blog. The purpose for using a blog is that it will enable you to produce content that is relevant to the shirts you are selling and will help you get indexed in search engines and increase the chances you have of selling more shirts and increasing profits.


    • Step 3

      Purchase a domain name for your blog. Most Blogger blogs come with a domain that features the blogger website as part of the address. You could use this, but it isn't very professional looking and that could turn people away from your purchasing your t-shirts. It would also make the address to your site difficult to remember as it would be longer than a normal domain. Visit GoDaddy or Google to register your domain name and give your t-shirt website a professional address.
    • Step 4

      Create a professional logo and template for your blog. You want people to recognize that this is your site and your store that features your unique brand of t-shirt designs. In order to distinguish your brand from the crowd you will need to create a custom logo and a blog skin that will stand out and be original.
    • Step 5

      Visit CafePress or Zazzle.com and set up a free account. These sites actually allow you to create your own customized t-shirts and will take care of all the order processing and customer service issues so that you can focus on just creating new shirt designs. Whenever your shirts sell, they will give you a percentage of the profits, depending on how much you sell the t-shirt for. These sites will even set up your gallery and store for you that you will then be able to put on your own website!
    • Step 6

      Copy your store code from Zazzle or CafePress and paste it on your blog. After you have designed a few t-shirts and you have them up and ready to sell, simply go to your profile and copy the code and paste on your blog. Go to your Blogger account and log in. From here click on "layouts" and then "add a gadget." Scroll down the list until you come to the HTML option and double click on it. Paste your code and click publish. Your store is now on your site.
    • Step 7

      Get a Google Adwords account and advertise your website. Adwords will enable you to set up keyword optimized advertising that will help get the word out about your site and drive high volumes of track to your t-shirt site. This is essential to making a successful shirt selling website. Do keyword research based on the niche market of a particular type of shirt you are selling and create ads targeting individuals who would be interested in your product.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Blog
    • T-shirt designs
    • Photoshop
    • Domain name
    • CafePress or Zazzle account

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