Currently, my site is not charging members. I am a software developer and designed, programmed my website from scratch. This enabled me to save money be coding the site myself. Right now I am focusing on getting members to join my site. My site is giving-away a free iPad mini this month, registration end is February 17, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time. Research showed that it's better to end a giveaway on a Monday night.
However, who in hell would pay for a dating site with NO MEMBERS? The answer is probably NOBODY. If you were honest and told them about your fresh site with zero members, of course no one would pay to register. But we're not suggesting a scam here either. So the deal is: To get your first members you will need to offer your services for free. Payment for membership comes later. Until then you will have to rely on advertising to make money. However, in the beginning you should not even use advertising at all, as your site would offer nothing of real value for your first members. 

These are great tips for established artists, but what I want to share here are some alternative artistic money-making ideas which might be more realistic options for someone just starting out down a creative career path. Some may seem obvious to you, and some you may already be doing, but I hope you can get at least one new idea for creating an extra source of income from your art.
If you want to help shape products in their early stages, joining an online focus group or answering survey questions is a great way to make extra money online. They don’t pay as much as some of the other options we’ve highlighted, but you can join groups on sites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, and IPSOS that pay out through Amazon gift cards, check, or PayPal. You’ll be asked to provide a bit of information about your demographics (age, location, etc…), but after that you can get going making money through surveys. 

Is there a way you can recommend a mentor? I understand a true investment is involved & I'm all for it. I have specific questions for my site. Is WordPress user friendly if I'm not if I'm not an experienced web designer? I'm a little fuzzy on that part. I'm for sure using Skadate. Is there an email address I may contact you? I want this to to beyond successful & want to get it right. Thanks for giving such great research information. Hope to hear from you soon.
One of the easiest ways to search for clients and projects, is by using freelancing websites like Designhill, Freelancer, UpWork and Fiverr. Here you can find graphic design jobs, coding jobs, etc. and pursue the one which you like. You can also sign up on Facebook Groups for freelance work where clients post their requirements. Another option is to directly write to agencies or companies offering your services, this way you can often get into contracts and ensure long term work.
The Email List. The money is in the list! Building your dating website will create a very large database of email addreses. Use this information to stay in communication with your members. It is very important to let them know your site is active to keep them coming back to check on what's new. Your dating website system will automatically send out new-member and match notifications; in addition to these notifications make sure you personally keep in touch.
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.”
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?
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