I’m going to start with a disclaimer. This post is an advert, and there’s even an official line I have to quote, which is:
I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links
But it’s also a brief history of boxcollider.com. I’m going to take you back to the beginning, for a bit of context.
Another thing that hadn’t occurred to me was that I’d need to be proficient with some kind of graphics program, so I taught myself to use Photoshop and Illustrator. I really enjoyed using Illustrator, so in my spare time I would fiddle away and create images. Before long, I’d amassed enough work for a small portfolio, which I displayed on an earlier incarnation of this site. Then I discovered Redbubble.
For those who don’t know, Redbubble is a ‘Print-on-demand’ service where artists can upload their work, which is then made available to the public to buy on a huge amount of products, from posters to leggings.
Every time Redbubble sells an item with your design on it, you receive a commission. It’s that simple. Obviously, there are a few rules, like you must own the copyright to the image (sorry, CBS. I won’t do it again!) but generally speaking, you can upload whatever you have created in a few clicks, then admire your handiwork on Redbubble’s range of products. There’s an image of one of my designs on an iPad sleeve below. You can see more by visiting my store.
So, what has Redbubble got to do with this post being an advert? Well, since I started running boxcollider.com as a content aggregation site, I’ve been looking for ways to monetise it. The only condition I set myself was that any advertising or techniques I used to build my audience would be ethical; no “blackhatting”, no paying for traffic, and no sponsorship that I didn’t believe in. Which is why I chose Redbubble – I already use them and I trust them.
Same goes for my web host, Siteground. If you sign up with them after following my links, I’ll be compensated. But, like Redbubble, I only promote them because I use them, and I think they’re great.
So getting approved as a Redbubble affiliate was a big deal for me. It means I can promote great, independent artists on the articles I publish. I know that anyone buying from Redbubble won’t be disappointed, and it also brings attention to works and artists that people may not have seen.
I’m currently promoting these great posters on my Astronomy, Space Exploration and Astrophysics posts. I think they’re great and I hope to bring them to the attention of a wider audience. Clicking the images or captions will take you to each artists Redbubble page.
The Grand Tour by whitneykayc
Jupiter Io by TropicalToad
As you can see, the quality and diversity of the work is excellent. To be honest, it’s a bit of a struggle trying to narrow down which items to promote, as there are so many great, unique designs to choose from. Don’t care for posters? That’s ok! These designs, and thousands more, are available on a huge range of products.
So what are you waiting for? Click any of the images to head straight over to Redbubble and see what’s on offer. Oh, and don’t forget to check out my store while you’re there.
Since this article was published, I received a message from Jessica at ukwebhostreview.com, who has written a great article about resources for anyone looking to teach themselves to code. As I’ve mentioned Codecademy in this article, it seems fair to mention the other resources available to anyone thinking about getting started with code.
Check Jessica’s article out here and leave a comment to let us know how you get on.
If you’re an artist with work on Redbubble, and you would like to offer your work for consideration for promotion, please comment below this post with a link.