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I have actually gotten to the point where my side-ventures make me more money than actually doing design work. I make steady money from blogging (both here at Millo and for other bloggers who are willing to pay me), I make steady money from affiliate work, I make steady money from referring some clients to other designers, and I make steady money from many other little avenues of income.
So one great way to get paid to draw is to sign up with some of the many stock images websites. They all allow you to sign up for free as a contributor, and upload images that are then sold on the website. You get a percentage of every sale made, with the exact percentage varying from website to website, and also according to the type of sale made.
On the best freelance websites, you can add some of your past designs, set your own rates, and request reviews from past clients. You may take on small projects to start, but with a comprehensive portfolio and positive reviews, you can make a decent living. Some of the popular freelancing sites include oDesk, Elance, Freelancer, Microlancer, PeoplePerHour, and 48HoursLogo.
As with all affiliate marketing, it’s simply a numbers game. Just one sale per day on an offer like the one above could result in extra $949.20 per month in revenue. Should you multiply those earnings, you would then see a revenue stream like the ones below. The traffic is already out there, you just need to build a campaign and keep split testing til it’s profitable.
You are probably familiar with stock photo sites. These allow people like bloggers to purchase photos that they can legally use on their websites. For example, I have a subscription to DepositPhotos.com, which I use to source nearly all the images on this blog. It costs me $89 a month, but it means I can download 10 images a day, every day, and use them legally on the blog. There are many other stock photo sites, including the big names such as Shutterstock and iStock.
If it matches up with your site’s target customer and overall structure, allowing users to send gifts to one another is one of the hottest and newest ways niche dating sites are monetizing their membership base. You can charge users to send virtual gifts like greeting cards, gift cards, digital flowers, digital candy, or partner vouchers that are redeemable for physical products. Dating sites that support gift-giving between users often do so as an extension of their affiliate programs, but many are now making this a mainstream option to allow users to “stand out” when introducing themselves to a prospective date or as a “Thank You” for a nice date experience.
Once you’ve gathered a list, put together a template outreach email (as you’ll be doing this over and over) that’s short and clear with expectations. Tell your potential interviewee who you are, what your podcast is about, and what you’re asking of them. Do a few test interviews with friends and family to make sure everything is being recorded at the quality you want and then book your first episode.
Choose your niche and check for demand: The golden course combination is when you can find an in-demand niche that aligns with your skills and unique experiences. A great way to do this is to use Google Trends and Google’s Keyword Planner to look for average monthly search volume for keywords related to your proposed course content. Are people actively looking for high-quality information about this subject? Of course, if you’re already creating content for a blog, coaching service, or a site like Medium, you can test demand this way for free just like Bryan did.
At Skillshare, professionals teach students a specific skill. There are all kinds of categories, like simple illustration, DIY and calligraphy. In order to set up a course, teachers have to apply, and not everyone is accepted. The minimum requirement is 45 minutes of lessons broken into 4-9 minute videos. After the videos are complete, there’s no extra work for teachers like grading homework. When a teacher enrolls 25 students in their class, they start to earn royalties.
Create a portfolio of your artists' work through either an online hosting website--some are free, others require a subscription fee--or by building a website featuring your work. You can use the website to sell the pictures presented or add already-sold images as representations of your work and allow people to commission similar images to what you have shown. Shoppers may want to collect drawings from one specific employee or purchase a variety of up-and-comers' designs to start a new collection.
The designing is really simple. Above, you can see how I simply added the MUO logo to a T-Shirt. You can change the item specifications (long sleeve, short sleeve or change it to something like a hat or bag), then add images and text. You can also change the base colour. An idea to spice up your creations is to add your cartoons, images or ideas specific to you or your brand.
The problem is that if you decide that you’re going to promote a particular brand, such as EHarmony or Plenty of Fish, or Match, you’re going to find yourself having to compete with tens of thousands of other marketers. Just do a search for any of those brands online and you’ll find that there are endless review sites, countless ads, and more promotional material than you can possibly imagine. You’re also going to find yourself going up against some pretty well established competition. Some of the people promoting those brands have been doing it for years, and they’re very good at it. It’s unlikely that you’re going to start promoting EHarmony today and replace some of the big marketers who are ranking highly at the top of the search engines for that brand. So what do you do? How do you compete in promoting dating sites?