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Researching Popular T-shirt Designs

You’ve done your niche research and you’re sure you’ve got a profitable one on your hands. Now it’s time to create really attractive t-shirt designs that people will want to buy. You may think of a dozen possible concepts, but it pays to do some research before you launch any t-shirt campaign to ensure you’ve got a winner.

The design part of t-shirt selling is where a lot of people get it wrong. They go with a design that they like, only to find that it really doesn’t matter what they like. Rule #1 in business: You are not your own customer. There is an easy way to go about this process without spending a ton of time and money creating and testing designs on your own.

The research you’ll do to avoid all of that will take time, but it’s well worth it when you hit upon a great best-selling design that you know you could do better, or put your own unique spin on. We’re not talking about stealing designs here. We’re simply going to find what is already selling and use those designs as inspiration for our own.

Here are a few ways to research already-successful designs and see what people love before you create your own t-shirt design.

1. Pinterest

You  can  learn a ton from Pinterest boards . Do a search for your niche keyword plus “t-shirt” (example: pug t-shirt), and when you look at the results, pinpoint those designs that have been pinned, like, and repinned the most. And, don’t forget to also look at the “related photos” to see what else you can dig up

2. Online T-shirt Markets

By going to places like Teespring, Zazzle, and Viral Style, you’ll be able to take a look at lots of different designs and see which ones have sold well. Again, look for your own niche among the designs, and take your design inspiration from those that have already done well.

3. Facebook

It’s pretty likely that as soon as you start doing research online for t-shirt designs in a specific niche, you’ll be retargeted as soon as you log on to your Facebook account. So pay attention to the ads in your newsfeed. They may hold the keys to design ideas you hadn’t even thought of!

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for your research, you can sign up for a service such as Teegrasp, where you can see all kinds of statistical sales information in your niche without having to do all the research yourself. It’s a smart investment, and it’ll save you a ton of time.


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