Merch Minds Podcast
The podcast where we discuss everything about the Merch by Amazon business and the print on demand industry.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 152: I'm Back and My Conversation With Ken Reil 07/22/2021
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 152: I'm Back and My Conversation With Ken Reil Hello, all you cool cats and kittens! What a year it has been since my very last episode. A lot has happened since then, and there have been some significant changes on Merch. So I invited my good friend Ken Reil to come and talk Merch with me on my return episode. I apologize in advance for the quality of the audio. I'll be honest with you. It's been so long that I almost forgot how to record my very own show. I promise that it will get better. In the meantime, ignore the clicking sound and enjoy my conversation with Ken Reil.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 151: Why Hasn't There Been Any New Episode of the Merch Minds Podcast 07/19/2020
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 151: Why Hasn't There Been Any New Episode of the Merch Minds Podcast I read your emails and messages, and in this episode, I talk about why I haven't been putting out much content. I am going through some changes in my personal life, which I reveal in this episode. Listen to this episode, and you will understand why there hasn't been much content from me.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 150: Interview with Nancy Badillo 06/23/2020
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 150: Interview with Nancy Badillo I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I am still under quarantine and going through some changes in my personal life. Everything is fine, and I'm making some changes which I will explain in the near future. In this episode, I interview Nancy Badillo. She has a popular YouTube channel and makes a full-time living selling digital products on Etsy. I know this podcast is about print-on-demand, and technically digital products are print-on-demand products. Listen to the episode, and Nancy explains more. The two best POD platforms are behind on production, and many of us suffered the past few months. Now is the time to rethink our strategy and diversify our income streams. Learn more about Nancy's new course in this episode. I am not an affiliate for her course.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 149: Quarantine Episode with RJ Martinez 04/05/2020
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 149: Quarantine Episode with RJ Martinez In the last episode, my good friend Greg Johnson and I talked about the importance of having different income streams. We're literally in a recession, and a lot of people are out of jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, don't let that stop you from providing for your family. I wanted to hold myself accountable and decided to sign up for Postmates, which is a food and grocery delivery service. Just a couple of days ago, I started my career as a food and grocery courier. In this episode, I recap my first experience as a driver for Postmates and how much I made. RJ Martinez joined me as we talk about diverse income streams and being a courier for various food delivery services. Also, it's great entertainment while most of us are in quarantine. Finally, if you want to sign up for Postmates, make sure and use my promo code. From my understanding, we both get a signup bonus if you use it. Postmates
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 148: Extra Income Opportunities with Greg Johnson 03/23/2020
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 148: Extra Income Opportunities with Greg Johnson These are uncertain and confusing times since the COVID-19 virus became a global pandemic. We went from a stable economy to be in a recession overnight. With a few states being under the place in shelter order, many businesses are closes, and more states will follow. In this episode, I invited Greg Johnson back to the podcast. He is a small business owner who is also suffering, just like most Americans. However, over the years, he created multiple income streams for himself and have that extra cushion to support him and his family. Greg recently created a free Facebook group called Extra Income Opportunities. It's a small group where he brings together like-minded individuals to brainstorm and talk about how to make money on the side. Many of us might be out of jobs, but there are other opportunities that we can take advantage of. If you're one of the many Americans that need direction and encouragement, I highly recommend you join this group. You can learn a thing or two outside of print-on-demand and create various income streams for yourself. These are challenging times, but with support, we can make the best of it. Extra Income Opportunities
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 147: Zero to Hero With Joseph Gallegos 02/28/2020
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 147: Zero to Hero With Joseph Gallegos I heard you loud and clear. I've read your messages and emails. You have been asking when I was going to come back, blaring into your earbuds. Well, here I am with another episode of the Merch Minds Podcast. I initially met Joseph Gallegos back in 2017. He was getting his feet wet with Merch by Amazon, and his journey has paid off. He is now making a full-time income with Merch, and there is no turning back for him. He surpassed me and is looking to grow his account further. So how did he do it? In this episode, I pick Joseph's brain and ask him for suggestions on how to get more sales. You will be surprised by his answers. In short, he owes everything to hard work.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 146: How to Start a Podcast With Helen Kinson From Merch Money 02/04/2020
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 146: How to Start a Podcast With Helen Kinson From Merch Money This week Helen Kinson from Merch Money and I discuss how to start a podcast. It might seem complicated, but it's actually pretty easy. You can start a podcast for free or even on a very tight budget. We discuss everything about what services we use, types of equipment, the questions we ask, and even about affiliate marketing. Anyone can do it, and Helen and I compare notes. Helen is so humble, but she is a force to reckon with as a content creator. Also, this is your final chance to sign up for Pixel Pod Studio and its bonuses. We heard you loud and clear! We are now offering PowerPoint files with all our interiors. Because of this special announcement, we extended the signup date to 11:59 pm this Sunday, February 9, 2020. While you can sign up anytime, the bonuses won't last long. Let's review what you're getting below. Ten ready to upload KDP interiors (PDF) including INDD, IDML, and now PowerPoint files 50 Transparent PNG custom line drawings Facebook group for support Weekly live calls InDesign tutorials on how to customize and resize interiors Keyword and listing optimization tutorials The bonuses are: Ten additional ready to upload KDP interiors (PDF) including INDD files and IDML files (Total of 20 for signing up) 100 Transparent PNG custom line drawings (Total of 100 for signing up) There are no long term contracts so you can cancel at any time. Again, the subscription is only $24.97 per month. Sign up today and separate you from the rest of the competition.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 145: Announcing the Launch of Pixel Pod Studio! 01/23/2020
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 145: Announcing the Launch of Pixel Pod Studio! Happy New Year! This episode is all about my latest venture. My good friends, Manny, RJ, and I decided to start offering KDP interiors for people in the low-content publishing business. If you don't like being marketed to, I suggest that you don't listen to this episode. However, if you're interested in high-quality interiors for your low-content and no-content publishing business, please proceed. We're proud to announce the launch of Pixel Pod Studio. So what is Pixel Pod Studio? I teamed up with my friend Manny who has a very successful design career both in corporate and freelance. We decided to team up and offer the KDP community interiors that have never been offered until now. We're providing premium interiors that Manny and I are personally designing ourselves. Nothing is being outsourced. All interiors are designed in Adobe InDesign and not PowerPoint using premium fonts. In return, you get the highest quality interiors on the market. Listen to the podcast and hear for yourself what you're getting. Ten ready to upload PDF interiors for KDP, including INDD and IDML files 50 transparent PNG custom line drawings Facebook group for support Tutorials on how to personalize and customize each interior using Adobe InDesign Keyword & Listing Optimization Tutorials As a special bonus offer. If you get sign up before January 31, 2020, you will receive the following bonuses. Ten ready to upload PDF interiors for KDP, including INDD and IDML files 50 additional lined drawings Sign up today before the bonuses are gone.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 144: Year In Review and Goals for 2020 12/31/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 144: Year In Review and Goals for 2020 This is the very last Merch Minds episode of 2020. Since I started the year with a Spanish co-host, it's only fitting that I end the year with a Spanish co-host. RJ Martinez joins me to recap some of the highlights and lowlights of 2020. Thank you everyone for your support, and I'll catch up with you next year.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 143: Interview with Juna Duncan at Detour Shirts 12/29/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 143: Interview with Juna Duncan at Detour Shirts Happy Holidays everyone! This week I speak with the very talented Juna Duncan at Detour Shirts. Juna comes to us from Salt Lake City, which is where the next Merch by Amazon Conference will be held. Juna also happens to run one of the most popular and active Instagram accounts for POD. Juna also talks about the popular style of designs that are resonating with the youth. He talks about the unique Kawaii style of design that originated in Japan. The best way to describe the Kawaii style is that it has a lot of pastel colors, and everything is CUTE. Make sure and follow Juna and Detour Shirts on IG. He breaks down his designs and shows how they can be made with just simple shapes. He also shares a variety of niches, so make sure and show him support on IG. Detour Shirts Instagram:
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 142: Discussing Licensing Agreements and DesignerCon with Ken Reil 12/12/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 142: Discussing Licensing Agreements and DesignerCon with Ken Reil Every episode is a special episode, but this episode is extra special. This week my father Ken Reil stops by, and we discuss licensing agreements and DesignerCon. We had the opportunity to attend DesignerCon in Anaheim a few weeks ago, and we recap our experience. Ken also drops some valuable nuggets on how to succeed on Merch by Amazon. We're very fortunate that Ken has connections with the staff at Merch by Amazon, and he's always sharing what he can with the community. Ken drops some hints on what's coming in 2020. I was always very vocal about how saturated the Merch by Amazon marketplace is. However, Ken reassured me that there is still money to be made. Let's all start making goals for 2020 and make sure to share your goals with us in the comments.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 141: Interview with Illustrator and Designer Jay Reed 12/01/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 141: Interview with Illustrator and Designer Jay Reed This week I talk to the talented artist and illustrator Jay Reed. Jay resides in Southern California, specifically in Orange County. He's been doing print on demand long before Merch by Amazon even existed. Jay makes a full-time living doing print-on-demand and commission work. It's obvious that he knows what makes a good design and understands how to be successful. Jay shares on how he comes up with concepts and other strategies that we can all implement. Check out Jay's work for yourself. Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 140: Interview with Michael Webster from the Strugglepreneur Podcast 11/14/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 140: Interview with Michael Webster from the Strugglepreneur Podcast Michael Webster represents the struggle. He is your average guy with big goals. Like most of us, he's seeking financial freedom. He wants his wife to be able to retire and be able to support his five children. How can you not support him? For Michael, it's not about him but more about his family. He talks about his journey into POD and as always he gives my audience a little surprise on how he makes money with local sales. Make sure and support Michael and his podcast, the Strugglepreneur Podcast. He documents his journey and struggles as an entrepreneur. Let's encourage him to put out more episodes by subcribing!
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 139: Interview with Duy Truong from Portland Squad 11/07/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 139: Interview with Duy Truong from Portland Squad Duy Truong from Portland is starting a new venture with POD. He originally started Merch by Amazon back in early 2017. He's now starting a new journey into building his own brand and selling on his own platform. Duy started Portland Squad to pay homage to the city he absolutely loves. Being born and raised in Portland he hopes the city can help with his new business venture. Portland Squad is a brand that all of us can relate to because he's building his business from the ground up. Follow Duy's journey and show him some love on IG. Portland Squad Portland Squad Instagram
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 138: We're Back After a Two Month Hiatus 10/28/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 138: We're Back After a Two Month Hiatus It seems like it's been forever but finally, Glen and Yong are back. It's been two months since the last episode and we heard your voices. It's time to listen in and see what we have been up to. Make sure to listen to the very end to hear a special announcement.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 137: Take the 30-Day Etsy Challenge With Matt and RJ 09/16/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 137: Take the 30-Day Etsy Challenge With Matt and RJ Merch is dead! That's why, for the past several weeks, I put my efforts back into rebuilding my Etsy store. And it's paid because in less than two months I'm already at $600 in sales with just a little over 400 products live. This week Matt and RJ are back on the show. They are back to talk about their new 30-Day Etsy Challenge, which will motivate you to build your Etsy store. Joining them in the challenge is Dionne Baker and Jay De Souza, who are successful Etsy business owners. There are many reasons to get started on Etsy. You get better margins and analytics that you don't get on Amazon. Not just that but you have more control. While Etsy still isn't our platform, it attracts the people who are willing to spend more money. I'm excited about the challenge because as I stated earlier, I been scaling my Etsy store. I'm also enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with Matt, RJ, Dionne, and Jay. With their support, I'm looking to double my numbers by the end of October. If you're interested in joining the challenge with I encourage you to use my affiliate link. Here's the great thing about purchasing the challenge through me. I will include the following bonuses for free: Typography Dissected Poster (PDF Version) Understanding Typography for Merch by Amazon eBook Understanding Typography for Etsy Workshop The workshop will be presented after the challenge is over. I don't want to overwhelm everyone because a lot of information will already be presented to us. I will let you guys know the date soon. You get all this for just $97! Who's onboard to take the challenge with me?
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 136: Interview with Greg Johnson 08/28/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 136: Interview with Greg Johnson Greg Johnson is a successful entrepreneur. He's married and has six beautiful kids that he supports and raises. With that said, it was a matter of time before we got him on the show. I'm not going to lie. I had a whole list of questions to ask in regards to Local Merch because that was something we both experimented with back when it was still new. However, the conversation completely took a left turn, and a whole new topic came up. As entrepreneurs sometimes we need to be innovative and think outside the box. And that's exactly what Greg did. He took his best selling design on Merch by Amazon and had it printed on shirts through a local printer. He then sent them into Amazon to have them fulfilled through their FBA program. Also, as mentioned in the podcast, we are trying to raise money for Dave Cadoff. He is having surgery later this week, and his colleagues in the POD community are trying to raise money for him. Whether you care about trademarks or not, Dave has committed to fight trademarks trolls on our behalf behind the scenes. I talk about how special the POD community is. If there is one time we need to come together, it is now. We may have our differences, but I think we can all agree that Dave is the one person who needs our support. Anyone that supports a minimum of $10 will get a set of five KDP interiors. Just message me with the invoice that you donated. Even if you don't donate, I'll give them to you regardless. I only ask that you give me a couple of weeks to make them. Dave Cadoff GoFundMe
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 135: Interview with Illustrator Drew Pocza 08/22/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 135: Interview with Illustrator Drew Pocza This week we talk to the very talented Drew Pocza. We had the privilege of meeting Drew back in September 2018 at the Merch by Amazon Conference in Seattle. His journey on Merch is young, but his skills speak years of experience. Merch by Amazon is no longer what it used to be. It has evolved a lot since the platform was launched back in 2015. The advice I gave Drew was to keep at it. No matter how frustrating the platform, the best thing he can do is not to quit and keep uploading quality work. Check out his Instagram as he does amazing work. His Instagram is listed below. What do you guys think? What else should Drew be doing to up his POD game? Pocza Website Pocza Instagram
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 134: Interview with Teresa Rose with Pin Traffic Power 08/15/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 134: Interview with Teresa Rose with Pin Traffic Power Teresa Rose from Pin Traffic Power stops by to talk with the boys again. If you're suffering from slow summer sales, this could be the perfect episode for you. Teresa has tested and refined the art of leveraging Pinterest to drive traffic to blogs and listings. I said this many times, and some of you might disagree, but I feel Merch by Amazon is dead. There are just too many people on the platform, which cause niches to be saturated. Even running AMS ads to my products, I get no conversions. Teresa's new and updated program will help you build your Pinterest presence. I have taken the course, and it's a well put together program. To start leveraging Pinterest for your products, make sure and sign up for her program below by the end of the month. The price will go up on September 1st. Pin Power Traffic
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 133: Interview with Houman and Rosie from Living List Journey 08/08/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 133: Interview with Houman and Rosie from Living List Journey We have an awesome episode this week. Houman and Rosie from Living List Journey talk to Yong in a very rare interview. Both of them normally don't like the exposure but was gracious enough and sit with Yong in a fun interview. Houman, who is from the Bay Area decided to travel the world after building a successful Etsy store. With Merch by Amazon being too competitive these days he decided to try the Etsy marketplace and it paid off big time. With the success of his shop, he's now able to live his dream life and travel nine months out of the year. Houman and Rosie are living the life that we all should be living. Get inspired. If this episode doesn't motivate you to start and scale your print-on-demand business then all hope is lost for you. Make sure and follow their journey on Instagram. Instagram:
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 132: Catching up After a Two Week Break 07/31/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 132: Catching up After a Two Week Break After a two week break, both Glen and Yong are back with another Merch Minds episode. Glen had been traveling attending conferences, and Yong's day job had been pretty demanding. They are finally back to catch up and talk print-on-demand. A lot has happened since the last episode. Yong had relaunched his Etsy store by deleting and relisting everything from scratch. This destroyed his algorithm, and he was hardly getting any traffic. After a couple of weeks, he's finally starting to get sales once again. Now that they're both back what have you been up to? How is your POD business running? Let them know in the comments below.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 131: What We Learned Being on Merch by Amazon for Three Years 07/10/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 131: What We Learned Being on Merch by Amazon for Three Years This week we go back to the basics. No guests. Instead, we talk about what we learned in the three years of doing Merch by Amazon. A lot has changed since the launch of Merch by Amazon. Yong keeps plugging away and continues to work on his account. Glen has taken a hiatus from working on his account because of the constant changes implemented by Amazon. How about you? What have you learned during the last 2-3 years being on Merch by Amazon. Are you rolling with the punches and complying with all the changes made by Amazon? Let us know in the comments.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 130: Interview With Amy Nicholas 06/26/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 130: Interview With Amy Nicholas Amy Nicholas stops by to talk to the boys this week. In the last few years, Amy has made a career in the digital market space. She started with Kindle and then made the transition into apparel sales. Amy talks about everything from how she left her corporate job to becoming her own boss. She talks about the struggles of hiring a VA. She’s also very big on mindset and talks about some of the people that she follows. Amy is a good example of how to succeed by diversifying the marketplace. Why Merch by Amazon is the king of print-on-demand, she understands the importance of spreading out your portfolio. Check out Amy on her YouTube channel listed below. Amy Nicholas YouTube Channel Sponsors Merch Informer Merchinator
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 129: Interview With Danielle Podeszek from POD Design Shop 06/19/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 129: Interview With Danielle Podeszek from POD Design Shop This week let's go back to the basics. The foundation of the Merch Minds podcast is based on graphic design. This week the boys talk to a talented designer in Danielle Podeszek. Danielle is a graphic designer who started her print-on-demand career on Zazzle. She then moved on to Merch by Amazon and has done relatively good for herself. Her experience as a corporate designer has given her the freedom to explore opportunities outside of a day job. Danielle's approach to design is straightforward. She uses basic shapes and color schemes, which is a throwback to the retro look. The boys said it a thousand time by now. Simple and clean designs are always the best, and Danielle has proven that with her portfolio. Pod Design Shop Sponsors Merch Informer Merchinator
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 128: Interview With Dionne Baker and Jay De Souza 06/13/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 128: Interview With Dionne Baker and Jay De Souza Many people say Canadians are some of the nicest people on earth. This week the boys put that theory to test by interviewing Dionne Baker and Jay DeSouza. They are business partners and successful Etsy shop owners. Dionne comes from a marketing background, and Jay is a graphic designer by trade. Together they were able to build profitable Etsy and Shopify stores. They talk everything on the show from how they got into business to the importance of marketing. When it comes to Etsy, I'm sure you heard their names throughout the print-on-demand community. They both have close to 100,000 sales under their belts, and that number continues to grow. With that many sales, I'm sure we can learn something new about Etsy and the platform. It's been said a thousand times now. Build and grow a business outside of Amazon. While Merch by Amazon is a great platform to make some quick money the stability of Etsy can generate a long-term income stream. Make sure and purchase their Etsy Crash Course, which will get you started on the right path. And it is true, Canadians are very nice! The Etsy Crash Course Sponsors Merch Informer Merchinator
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 127: Interview With Johnathan Grzybowski and the Introduction of Penji 3.0 06/04/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 127: Interview With Johnathan Grzybowski and the Introduction of Penji 3.0 There was no show last week because it was Memorial Day weekend. This week the boys are back, and they interview Johnathan Grzybowski from Penji. Johnathan stopped by and announced the new and improved Penji 3.0. Penji is a full design agency that delivers Merch designs and just about anything else you can think of. Other Merch agencies are just that. They just deliver Merch designs. With Penji you can scale your Merch account, KDP, Local Merch and just about any other business you want to get into. Johnathan showed us the new and improved dashboard for Penji. The new interface provides a better way to communicate with the designers on Penji. You can also add your own virtual assistant to help manage your account. mo codeThere are other new features that will blow your mind. Johnathan is giving us three ways to get Penji. Original Plan: You can still get the original plan, which is $369 per month. However, make sure to use the promo code "merchminds" and get 10% off every month. You won't find this deal anywhere else. With the original plan, you can get designs for just about anything you can think of. This is the perfect package for anyone doing Merch and KDP Publishing. Merch Plan: With the Merch plan, you can get unlimited designs just for your Merch by Amazon account. At a lower rate, you can now focus on growing your Merch by Amazon account. Penji just released their new Merch program for just $244 per month. Make sure to use promo code "merchforever" when checking out. Year of Merch: If you don't want to deal with monthly payments then this is the plan for you. Use the promo code "YEAROFMERCH" and get the pro plan for just $2688. That's a saving of a whopping $1740.
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 126: Interview With Christina Romero 05/22/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 126: Interview With Christina Romero You may or may not have heard of this week's guest, Christina Romero. She is quiet and in the shadows. Don't let that fool you though because she is putting up significant numbers with print-on-demand. Christina talks about how she is experimenting with other POD platforms besides Merch by Amazon. She's been in the game since 2015 when she first opened her Zazzle account. From there she expanded her business including Etsy where she now has her wife involved with the POD business. Christina is finding success because she's a hard worker. You won't find complaints or negative comments from her. She's just a hard working individual and her numbers clearly reflect her efforts. We can all learn a lesson from her. Sponsors Merch Informer Merchinator
info_outline Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 125: Interview With Helen Kinson From Merch Money 05/16/2019
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 125: Interview With Helen Kinson From Merch Money Helen Kinson from the Merch Money show was gracious enough to make an appearance on this week's episode. Like many of us, Helen started her online entrepreneur journey selling on eBay and Fulfillment by Amazon. She's now finding success on Merch by Amazon and marking her place in the community as a leader and influencer. Helen is one of the nicest and sweetest members of the Merch community. She is drama free and enjoys helping other members of the community. Make sure and check out your YouTube channel listed below. Also, Jacob Bates just released his Key to KDP Success Workshop. Make sure and sign up for his workshop today for $97 before it's gone. There are bonuses but you will also get additional bonuses from me, which are all listed below and valued at $42. Additional Bonuses: Storyboard Interior Templates Password Log Interior Templates Church Niche Interior Templates Variety Interior Bundle Key to KDP Success Workshop Merch Money YouTube Sponsors Merch Informer Merchinator