How to use your favorite news source to get design ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon

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While some people find it very easy to come up with design ideas for Low Hanging System, sometimes others need a little more inspiration.

So today, I figured I’d share one way that I know people get success: the media.

While I historically don’t love the news, if you’re using it for design ideas (and ideally not using media garbage to instill fear!) I’ll pass it.  :)

See, no matter which news source(s) you prefer, you can use the daily headlines as a means of gathering design inspiration for new products.

Below, I show you two videos of me scrolling through the daily headlines of two different news sources: BuzzFeed and GoodNewsNetwork. (For the purposes of this post, I chose two lighthearted news sources without strong political ties as I wanted this post to be bipartisan and neutral. You can use whatever news sources you want but keep your mental health in mind).

Then, I selected a few of the headlines that stood out to me and brainstormed design ideas based on the headlines’ content.

Riffing on the daily headlines of your favorite news sources is something you can do anytime you need some fresh design ideas for your store. It’s quick and easy, and you can come up with some really great ideas.

That said, let’s get into it…

BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed headlines and design ideas for products to sell on Etsy and Amazon

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Rihanna Shared A New Pic Of Her Baby Bump After Announcing Her Pregnancy With A$AP Rocky

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Use your favorite news source to come up with winning design ideas for your ecommerce business

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Looking at this headline, you could create designs related to pregnancy announcements. This could include personalized designs featuring the baby’s name and due date. Or you could make designs aimed at specific family members.

For example, you could say something like, “Congrats! You’ve been upgraded to uncle!” or “Congrats! You’ve been upgraded to grandma!” With this idea, you could also make designs for all of the various ways of saying grandma and grandpa (e.g. papa, gramps, nana, grammy, etc.).

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With this headline, you don’t have to create design ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon that are Valentine’s Day specific. You can create designs that are sellable year-round and aim them at people who’ve been married for a long time or people in other types of long-term relationships. These designs could be funny or sweet and sentimental.

You could think about all the ways relationships change the longer two people are together. This could include things like the funny annoyances you put up with or grow to love. You could make designs about how no matter how long two people are together, their love keeps getting stronger. Or you could make customizable designs featuring the number of years a couple has been in a relationship or their anniversary date.

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33 Small Gifts To Surprise Your Kids With If They’re Your Valentine

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Use your favorite news source to come up with winning design ideas for your ecommerce business

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Again, your designs don’t have to relate specifically to the holiday. You can create designs aimed at kids that would make great gifts for parents to give to express their love for their children — for example, “To my daughter, I love you more than words” or “To my son, You are my entire heart.”

You could can be sweet and sentimental with these designs or funny. I saw a design on a keychain that said, “Be safe. Have fun. Don’t do stupid s***. Love, Mom,” which was pretty cute. You can also do a lot with personalization with these designs. Parents can add their kids’ names, their birthdays, or custom photos.

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I’ve Found The Most Fascinating Fact I Can About Every US State, And Folks, They’re Good

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Use your favorite news source to come up with winning design ideas for your ecommerce business

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This a fantastic headline to draw inspiration from. People love travel-related designs. They love designs about where they’re from and places they’ve been. You could take this list and easily come up with fifty new designs featuring fun facts about each state.

You could also take the same concept and create designs featuring fascinating facts about each Canadian province, each Mexican state — you could do it for every country around the world if you wanted!

Use your favorite news source to come up with winning design ideas for your ecommerce business

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Believe it or not, there are actually lots of products concerning divorce and break ups. After the hurt passes, people often find peace or even humor in the situation. If you search Etsy for things like “divorce mug” or breakup mug,” you’ll find  quite a bit of inspiration.

You can make generic designs about splitting up. Or you can get more specific and target ex-wives, ex-husbands, ex-girlfriends, or ex-boyfriends. You could even option personalization options here if people wanted to add the names of their ex-partners.

Good News Network

Good News Network headlines and design ideas for products to sell on Etsy and Amazon

Headline

Top Skills American Teens Want To Learn And Do After School

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Use your favorite news source to come up with winning design ideas for your ecommerce business

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Looking at this article, you can get a feel for the kinds of jobs teens most want to have in the future. Then, you can create design ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon based on these professions — for example, “Future cosmetologist” or “When I grow up, I’m going to be a nurse.” Any message that serves as inspiration for teens to pursue the jobs they want would work great.

You can aim the marketing of your designs at parents, guardians, and other adult family members to give to kids as gifts.

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Learn How To Roar Into The Year Of The Tiger With These Traditions And Anecdotes From The Chinese New Year

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Use your favorite news source to come up with winning design ideas for your ecommerce business

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To celebrate the year the tiger, you could come up with designs including images of tigers and the year 2022. You could also come up with designs featuring all of the other Chinese Zodiac signs:

  • pig
  • rat
  • ox
  • rabbit
  • dragon
  • snake
  • horse
  • goat
  • monkey
  • rooster
  • dog

Designs ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon could include images of the animals, information about each sign, or you could come up with designs based on different sign pairings — for example, “Pig + Rat = True love” or “Rooster + Monkey = Trouble.”

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65 Different Species Of Animals Laugh, Says A New Study

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Use your favorite news sources to come up with design ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon

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For designs based on this headline, you could use a lot of different animal images. Or as a way to riff on the idea of animals laughing, you could look up animal-related jokes and use those as your designs’ text — for example, “What’s a cat’s favorite color? Purrr-ple.”

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Gigantic Planet Found Hidden In Plain Sight

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Use your favorite news sources to come up with design ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon

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This is a great headline to get your creative juices flowing about designs related to outer space. You could create designs based on the planets, well-known stars and constellations, or special occurrences in space, like comets or meteor showers.

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An Athlete Has Mastered The Sport Of Extreme Pogo – Watch His Incredible Stunts

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Use your favorite news sources to come up with design ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon

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People love designs related to sports. But people enjoy a lot more types of sports than you might think. It’s not just the biggies, like football, baseball, basketball, hockey, et cetera. People also enjoy less-talked-about sports, like extreme pogo, archery, pickleball, and fencing to name a few. And you can create designs pertaining to these sports as well.

Some examples of lesser-known or “weird” sports including the following:

  • Kabaddi
  • Chess boxing
  • Unicycle hockey
  • Redneck games
  • Wife carrying
  • Extreme ironing
  • Sheep counting
  • Ferret legging

The great thing about focusing on lesser-known sports is you have less competition. Of course, you’ll likely also have fewer people searching for these types of designs, but those people who are searching will be eager to buy. And since they’ll have fewer options to choose from, they’ll be more likely to buy from you.

I hope you found this post useful! If you have any other strategies for how to come up with design ideas to sell on Etsy and Amazon, leave a comment below. Also, please share this post with your friends and followers. 

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