Sayings are really big sellers now. not a copyright issue. But what do you suggest to protect your design. some shops have the right to keep your design and keep producing it. Any advice on protecting designs? For now I would send designs im not attached to. Save my line for my site while submitting clever shirts on multiple sites and not worrying about the design. Do most sites advertise for you and you get a percentage? Is anyone using and having success with shopify? Facebook advertising? 

A site from the FriendFinder Network that is constantly one of the top converting web sites. Maybe you have a site that isn't outright "adult" in nature, but it's more provocative than the traditional "vanilla" dating sites? Passion.com has all the high-converting designs and functionality of AdultFriendFinder, but with considerable restraint in the nudity and language departments. With over 23 million satisfied members worldwide, this program has created significant wealth for many affiliates.
Leading the pack is Match.com, owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, the Internet holding company controlled by billionaire Barry Diller. Analysts say Match.com is best positioned to capitalize on the surge, so much so that Topeka has increased the value of the company's stock to $98 from $78 and recommends investors purchase shares of IAC in anticipation of a Match.com spinoff.
By taking a graphic design training program, you can learn about the principles of design and what types of software you will be working with. Being artistic by nature is important, but to really succeed you need to have more than just a creative mind. Enroll in a certificate program or an undergraduate program and you can start applying for in-house graphic design jobs.
I agree with you, Preston. Freelancing as a web designer isn’t a joke, it’s just a lot of work. I know so many amazing freelance designers that make just as much not if more than a salary paying job. You need to have a high quality portfolio and the right marketing strategy for yourself. If you complain and don’t work towards your own goals, then you’re absolutely going to fail. It just takes a lot of time! That full-time position didn’t pop out of no where, that company had to start from nothing and take the time to build. Just like you do, as a freelance designer.
3 - You have a huge disadvantage by trying to take on the biggest sites in the world, (PlentyofFish, Match.com, OKCupid, Tinder, Badoo, Zoosk) and you are trying to take them on with an inferior script that has limited user participation on it, has limited features, and is bought from a developer who has sold the exact same script to a thousand other people who are all using it exactly like you. You need a custom script to have any real chance of ever making it a success, and you need to offer features that work, are useful and make people want to be a part of it, rather than just buy a script and hope people join your brand new site rather than swipe right on thousands of people in their area on Tinder. Far too many people get caught up on all the thousands of amazing functions such as 3D cities, VR dating, Playing games with potential dates, and none of that matters, its pointless expense and resource drain when reality is that people just want lots of people in their area to choose from, who reply back and talk about making a date.
Another way you can generate some revenue is to place Google ads (called AdSense) on your website. AdSense ads are targeted and are based on the content you have on the page that is displaying the ad. For example, my site is about online dating, so Google will display ads about dating sites. To see Google AdSense in action, check out this "page" (link removed old page) on the right. This works for any type of website and is easy to join and set up. Once you have joined, all you have to do is pick the type and size of AdSense ad you would like and then place the Google auto-generated html code onto your web page. Google does all the rest. Some people make a fair bit of money with AdSense and from reading reports on the internet, you can earn anywhere from 1 cent to well over a dollar per click (depending on the category and content of your site). In my experience dating site related ads generated on average about 25 cents per click.

How much can you earn this way?  There are people earning thousands of dollars per month using the Dating Factory model.  They share the revenue with you, and provide good technical support and promotional materials.  All you have to do is build the site and let people know that it’s there.  And the built-in affiliate program capabilities allow you to recruit people to promote your site for you, and Dating Factory will see to it that they get paid.
If you’re willing to take on some risk and have the heart of a true hustler, you can make extra money online doing commission-only sales for startups and other businesses. While you won’t be getting a regular salary, with the right sales strategies and skills as an inside sales rep, you can make decent money for each sale you bring in. And because you’ll most likely be working with startups, if you can negotiate a little equity you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds.
Another: Start a YouTube channel. Sculptor Kevin Caron has a successful enough channel at http://www.youtube.com/kevincaron that he sells advertising on it (through YouTube). He makes a couple of hundred dollars a month in advertising alone, and the channel helps keep him high on the search engines, especially Google. It does take time to create and edit the videos and, most important, respond to the comments on YouTube, but it’s definitely worth it.

Envato is similar to Creative Market, but has more technical product categories: website themes, code, video, audio, graphics, photo, 3D models and flash. From a buyer’s perspective, Envato has gotten some flak for their sellers not creating functioning WordPress themes. However, in the graphic design section, what you see is what you get — so buyers are less likely to be misled by something that looks flashy that doesn’t work.

Johns’ system is a series of homemade notebooks. He carries one with him at all times so he can capture his ideas on paper whenever inspiration strikes. He says, “I might be in a lineup at a coffee shop, on the bus, watching TV, or putting the kids to sleep. I’ll overhear a conversation, see some quirky gig poster, spot an interesting pattern, or think of an odd combination of objects, and I’ll pull out a sketchbook and get the idea down on paper.”
Now, making money online should seem like a pleasurable activity. Why wouldn't we do just about anything to see things through, since it would be a major source of pleasure, right? Wrong. In the beginning, like anything else, we might get really excited about it. We might also set our hopes very high. But that all comes crashing down when we begin to fail.
In 2017, there were almost 90 million pet dogs in the US. Which has opened up a huge opportunity to make money online as a dog watcher or sitter. Specialized sites like Rover or Care.com connect pet owners with pet walkers, sitters, and boarding houses to help look after their best friends when they’re at work or on a trip. If you’re an animal lover, you can make extra money and get to spend some quality time with a furry friend.
Some online dating sites opt to have users pay to use their site’s services, usually by charging them a monthly or annual membership fee that’s billed at regular intervals. The paid membership model promises sites revenue from every user who signs up, but may show slower user growth when compared to free dating sites. Most paid dating sites use the membership model to their advantage, promising potential customers a more select pool of potential matches who are “higher quality” or “more serious” about dating. It’s important to note that paid dating sites are not limited to revenue from account subscriptions as they can always choose to implement any of the monetization methods used by free-to-use sites.
Creating those little pieces of someone’s visual brand is both fun for you and appreciated by the recipient. In fact, you can do this kind of work “on spec” to see if someone wants to do more with you in the future. Here’s how: use Buzzsumo to figure out which post is the most popular on someone’s site. Let’s use Anne’s site, Unique Gifter, as an example. Buzzumo says “60+ Linen 4th Anniversary Gifts for Men” is her most popular post right now:
Partnering with Tee Spring is like crowdfunding with T-Shirts! It's 100% free to design your shirt. Simply use the online designer to create your product by either uploading your design or using clip art from the site. You'll have to set a sales goal or tipping point, which is the minimum you need to sell in order to have your shirts printed. Then share your campaign via email, your website, or your favorite social media networks. Your customers won't be charged unless your campaign reaches the tipping point. Once your campaign ends, shirts are printed and sent out, and you'll be sent a check for the profit.

Initially, you might find it hard to get accepted by the major stock image sites like Shutterstock, but don’t let that put you off. Try submitting to some of the many smaller sites. They are more likely to be open to new contributors, and can be a useful source of income. Also, remember that there is nothing stopping you from contributing the same images to multiple stock image sites, helping you to increase your total sales.


Amazon Mechanical Turk is a service that lets you make money online through doing paid microtasks. Each task is something simple that requires human interaction like rating search results, checking for the right spelling on search terms, categorizing the tone of an article, or even basic translating. You can do these tasks from anywhere you want and make money online from the world’s largest e-retailer.
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.
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.
You could creativity wonders with Photoshop! I would suggest you  to classify your creativity and your goal. There are plenty of opportunity in creative business from logo designing to making surreal pictures, creating illustration, ... Sky is the limit. Your opportunity may vary based on the geographical location, yet, still you can make a future out of it as seem confident.
So by now, it's time to start thinking about who you are building your dating site for. With so many larger competitors like Match.com and eHarmony.com, it's almost impossible to compete in the general market. You will be better off and see faster results by choosing a niche. Contrary to popular belief, there are still TONS of dating niche markets that are unserved or are undeserved.
I am in the initial stages of starting my arts business online, and this book certainly made me realize that artists don't have to starve! I got some unique ideas about advertising my art in places where I had not thought about at all - online flea markets and free ads. I have been able to define keyword rich ads and use the smart pricing strategies suggested by the author. I have also set up my Pinterest account based on his suggestions, and I am generating interest! This is a very useful resource!
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