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!
Hey there…. I run my own studio designing for the music industry and I agree that finding passive income to supplement your income is the way to go. One way I’ve had some success, is through Art Licensing. For those not familiar with this, It’s creating artwork & designs and then putting deals together with manufacturers that want these designs on their products. You usually get an advance up front and royalties on the products sold. This does take a bit of time to get rolling, and There are trade shows to attend as well (LICENSING SHOW in Vegas and the SURTEX show in NYC) which are not too cheap. But if business is slow, and you have time to create new lines of art, it can be a very cool area to pursue. I actually get some pretty nice royalty checks from designs for kids school folders and cell phone case graphics.
Set up shop at a street fair, community event or festival and offer to draw on-the-spot caricatures. Caricatures are an artist's rendering of a live person, but usually skewed to complete distortion in a humorous way, such as a huge head on a small body or on an unlikely background. Your only supply outlay is a sketch pad, easel, chair and drawing tools such as crayons or colored pencils. Supply your artists with company business cards or fliers so that happily drawn customers and bystanders can pick up your information for possible future commissions.

Have you ever considered freelancing? Many people in this day and age turn to freelancing, because with this, basically, there are no strings attached – there’s no contracts, so you’re free to come and go as you please. You can effectively use platforms like Fiverr or Upwork where you can list your skills so that people can hire you. Graphic designers are the most sought after freelancers in both these platforms.


You could outsource daily tasks to webmasters and site admins. Get a virtual asssistant to pay attention to day-to-day profits. Hire an accountant and occasionally whatch your online dating business grow. While this may sound like really expensive you could get all of it for less than $800 per month, and that's close to nothing if you make, say, $30,000 per month from your dating site. We'd doubt you begin to make that much your first year online though. However, you should be able to outsource daily tasks already in your first months after reaching 8,000 members while still maintaining a profit.
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.
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.
Make money with your dating affiliate program by visiting forums and advertising your link in your signature file. You can target people who may be looking for top affiliate programs, or good dating sites. Tell them about the best affiliate program to join and supply them with your referral link. It's important to be friendly and participate in a conversation before recommending a dating affiliate program. Keeping your referral link in your email signature is a good method because it won't annoy people like a sale pitch would.
As someone who's been immersed in a number of online industries for quite some time, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in this arena. However, just like you, I started at ground zero with little knowledge, but a great deal of passion. What I learned along the way were some invaluable lessons from failure that hurt at the time, but helped immensely in the grand scheme of things.
Even though if you are a good designer, you might benefit from finding a professional graphic designer to create a sample sketch for your dating site, then go to elance to find a programmer that will adjusts the osDate template accordingly to the sketch. Shouldn't cost you more than $200 - $500 to get this work done (both the design and the template tweaking), so even if you know how to tweak the templates it might be a good idea to pay someone else to do it.
For HTML-savvies here's what you need to do: First, convert all tables to div's. This is not a must but it'll improve the script a lot. To do this you will need HTML skills and CSS skills. If you have absolutely no clue what we're talking about, then you should read and understand the basics of HTML and CSS (for an introduction go to www.w3schools.com). Then, when you understand the basics you should at least be able to outsource the work to someone that knows how to convert the tables.

Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.
With graphic design being a growing profession in high demand, the reality is that most templates are being bought by beginners or in-house designers that are more focused on production and technical work than creativity. By building and selling templates in online stores like Envato you can gain a substantial amount of revenue from this growing market.
Numbers would be helpfull if you like people to model you. If i am about to take some strategy to work on i need to see how it worked for others. Like in fitness. Its nice to see the change in someone before taking their stategy. (sorry for poor english, still learning). So if you could show us some numbers, how much you make on diffrent sources the this could open our eyes and minds to your ideas. Now proof no followers. Thx for advice though.
For advanced users: You dating site could offer Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to hadle cryptographic protocols that provide secure communications on the Internet. This could be used as a sales argument, as online users are becoming more tech savvy and they are aware of the benefits from the use of https's instead of http's when providing private information online.

Often, what happens is that we run into unscrupulous Internet Marketers (IMs) who have less-than altruistic intentions of extracting money from you rather than helping you to make it. However, this isn't something new. People have been falling for networking marketing, pyramid schemes, and affiliate marketing scams since before the start of the net.


With drop shipping, you’re effectively partnering with a manufacturer or wholesaler to sell their products. This way, you don’t pay upfront costs to buy inventory, aren’t sitting on unsold items taking up expensive warehouse space, and don’t have to deal with shipping the products yourself. You simply create your site, fill it with drop shippable products, and drive in customers, with almost everything else done for you.
99designs is another great graphic design marketplace for freelance designers. The website launched in 2008 and quickly became one of the largest design selling platform, with over $200 million worth of designs sold up to date. To start working as a freelance designer you have to create your profile for the public to see; you can then find contests that interest you and submit you designs there. That’s how you build your customer base and your portfolio, by submitting designs to contests and engaging with customers. Remember, entry level designers can only entry 10 contests per month. Here’s a guide that explains step-by-step how to get started with 99Designs.
Finally, Instagram has increasingly become the space to build your portfolio and online following. It’s a great platform to interact with fans and ideally turn them into customers. Link to your contact information and online shop in your bio section to capture inbound requests. This is also a great platform to explore your creativity. Curious how your audience will respond to something new? Try it out on Instagram!
You don’t have to have been involved in affiliate marketing for very long to know that dating sites are hot.  In fact, the dating niche is one of the most popular marketing niches out there.  A quick search of Google for dating sites shows more than fifty million results.  That clearly indicates a lot of interest in that market, and billions of dollars change hands every year in that industry.  And yes, affiliate marketers are making a lot of money promoting dating Websites.  It’s a great niche in which to be working, but it’s also super-competitive.  If you’re going to try to make money in the matchmaking business, you need to take a unique approach.

Set up shop at a street fair, community event or festival and offer to draw on-the-spot caricatures. Caricatures are an artist's rendering of a live person, but usually skewed to complete distortion in a humorous way, such as a huge head on a small body or on an unlikely background. Your only supply outlay is a sketch pad, easel, chair and drawing tools such as crayons or colored pencils. Supply your artists with company business cards or fliers so that happily drawn customers and bystanders can pick up your information for possible future commissions.
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.
But don't make the mistake of thinking this will be a passive source of income—you're on call whenever you have a guest and you'll always need to keep the place clean for incoming visitors. On top of just renting on Airbnb, consider offering your guests paid add-ons, like Lauren Gheysens', Royal Day Out in London, England—where she gives visitors a local's only tour of the city, complete with bespoke 18th century costumes.
Only paid Members of RentAFriend.com can contact you directly, so if someone contacts you and says they saw your profile on RentAfriend.com you know they are serious about meeting a new friend. Paid Members of RentAFriend can call, text, or message you through the website. You can write in your description how you would like to be contacted by the Members.
You could outsource daily tasks to webmasters and site admins. Get a virtual asssistant to pay attention to day-to-day profits. Hire an accountant and occasionally whatch your online dating business grow. While this may sound like really expensive you could get all of it for less than $800 per month, and that's close to nothing if you make, say, $30,000 per month from your dating site. We'd doubt you begin to make that much your first year online though. However, you should be able to outsource daily tasks already in your first months after reaching 8,000 members while still maintaining a profit.
How do you set up dating sites with Dating Factory?  It’s easy.  You register with the site, buy a domain name, and lot in to the Dating Factory site and click “Create a Site.”  Then you pick the countries you’d like to market to, pick the niche (there are more than 40 of them), set your monthly membership price, and fill in a few forms with keywords, titles, headings and so forth.  You can have your dating Website online in about ten minutes.  After that, you should add a few pages of text content, and start promoting your site.  Of course, you’ll be promoting your site, rather than the site of some other big company.  This can be a huge advantage when advertising.

Sign up for a reputable affiliate network: Aside from Amazon, there are dozens of large reputable affiliate networks, such as Share-A-Sale, Clickbank, and Skimlinks, that specialize in connecting you with merchants who are looking for affiliates to sell their products. They charge relatively low commission fees for the privilege of connecting you with merchants, and the merchants on these sites tend to offer much higher commission percentages or set dollar amount payouts.


I have been reading through some of the comments made about your article–and I have to say–dsr was hoping for a short cut. Preston, I believe that you may have written in another article”3-important keys to success”, that there are no short cuts. I remember there was a time that I had did just as you wrote about “diversification” and –Its funny–It does ring true. I have taught adult educations courses–Demonstrations for organizations–Entertainment venues–Murals–Portraits–and others–which provided me with stead income for me to return to school. I agree with your point Preston and qualify it in these terms: Artist must find a way to exercise their gifts by creating the opportunities to utilize them. Thanks for reminding me.
Personally I’ve made networking and joining in group discussions paramount and a great way to meet potential clients. You’d be surprised what people discuss about. Example: a friend invited me to an event totally unrelated to design work recently. There a group was discussing whether to get a customized unique wedding website for one of their friend that is about to get married. My friend introduced me as a web designer and front-end developer and there and then, i landed the job. It wasn’t much pay but the referrals from her and her friends made sure i design on average 4 wedding websites weekly, each comes at about 1500usd [domain renewable after 2 years]. Amazing is an understatement. I never thought about it till i went out and mixed up and it happened, like literally fell into my laps.
Research other listings in your city on AirBnB and see what the going rate is for a place like yours. You could also just rent out a private room as well or even a bed in a shared room. In fact, that's how AirBnB got its start. However, you might find it hard in the beginning without reviews, but as long as you take really good care of your guests and provide a lot of value, the reviews will eventually come rolling in.
Better yet, you can even upload your own book to one of the world’s largest book sellers: Amazon. With Amazon self-publishing, you set the price, retain the rights to your book, and get access to Amazon’s massive audience. For every sale, you keep 70% with Amazon taking the remainder as a fee. If you want to get started, check out Leslie Samuel's great guide to selling eBooks online or follow Tara Gentile on CreativeLive as she shows you how to use your existing body of work to write an eBook within the next week. Who knows, you might just write one of the best business books of this year!
If you know how to get acquainted on the Internet, then you can organize courses for people who are new to online dating but who want to succeed. Some sites take more than $ 100 for the tips on how to get acquainted on the Internet effectively. Considering a 100 million audience of dating sites, if at least a couple of thousand people use this service, the owners of the site will earn several hundred thousand dollars. A person needs only to have the required skills, one is the ability to get acquainted on the Internet, and the second one is the ability to sell this unusual service.
We understand, at first, it may not seem like a good idea to create a product that will help other designers, but there are many benefits to doing this. For starters, this will be your chance to establish your creativity. Graphic design is a profession that has a lot of competition and the reality behind it is that many of the templates are being purchased by in-house designers or beginners that are more so based in production. By designing and selling your templates online, you will be able to gain a good amount of money, passively.
For example, he is strategic with his time, and decided early on to make simple art that could be done in two hours or less. “It couldn’t be something like oil painting that needed set up time and weeks of time to complete one piece”, he says. “I wanted to feel a sense of accomplishment on a regular basis, even if I was only chipping away at it for 30 minutes a day.” And so he tailored his art accordingly – small accomplishments that could be produced quickly.
The advantage of using these stock art websites is that you do not have to work very hard in the promoting your work. These websites see traffic to the tunes of hundreds of thousands of visitors every day. So your work has a very good chance of being discovered on a daily basis. Remember to keep building your portfolio as this has a direct influence on the amount of money that you earn. The larger portfolio the more income you are liable to make from your artwork.

For example, he is strategic with his time, and decided early on to make simple art that could be done in two hours or less. “It couldn’t be something like oil painting that needed set up time and weeks of time to complete one piece”, he says. “I wanted to feel a sense of accomplishment on a regular basis, even if I was only chipping away at it for 30 minutes a day.” And so he tailored his art accordingly – small accomplishments that could be produced quickly.
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. 

Numbers would be helpfull if you like people to model you. If i am about to take some strategy to work on i need to see how it worked for others. Like in fitness. Its nice to see the change in someone before taking their stategy. (sorry for poor english, still learning). So if you could show us some numbers, how much you make on diffrent sources the this could open our eyes and minds to your ideas. Now proof no followers. Thx for advice though.

Rest assured, you don't have to write the dating script yourself. Most of you probably don't know how to write a dating script at all. Hell, some of you may not even know what a script is... In this context, a script is simply a set of commands written in a computer language to automate certain tasks. The script we're going to use will make it possible to run a dating site under your own domain name.

You can speed up the growth of your membership base through advertising in local media or wherever your market segment hold their attention. Viral marketing, as defined by Wikipedia as marketing techniques that use preexisting social networks to produce increases in brand awareness, is a cheap way to make your membership base grow. However, to succeed with viral marketing you will need a to be creative and think outside the box.
I’ve been reading and following up on several of your blog / emails – your work is consistently thorough. I second MyfrogTee’s June 5th 2017 suggestion of updating this article. For instance, I’ve seen grumblings about CafePress too (mentioned here in replies); and the pinkytee.com site seems stale – nothing on the home page, and the last news post is dated December 26, 2016 … as Benny Hsu efforts clearly shows, it takes a good number of failures before making it. That’s certainly true for internet businesses as well.
Hey there…. I run my own studio designing for the music industry and I agree that finding passive income to supplement your income is the way to go. One way I’ve had some success, is through Art Licensing. For those not familiar with this, It’s creating artwork & designs and then putting deals together with manufacturers that want these designs on their products. You usually get an advance up front and royalties on the products sold. This does take a bit of time to get rolling, and There are trade shows to attend as well (LICENSING SHOW in Vegas and the SURTEX show in NYC) which are not too cheap. But if business is slow, and you have time to create new lines of art, it can be a very cool area to pursue. I actually get some pretty nice royalty checks from designs for kids school folders and cell phone case graphics.
Some sites, especially niche dating sites, choose to let users sign up and use their product for free. These “free-to-use” dating sites have a low barrier to entry, which can encourage impulse sign-ups. While the free-to-use model may give dating sites a boost when it comes to building a user base, it won’t bring in any revenue on its own, therefore they must incorporate other revenue streams into their business models such as working with affiliate networks, allowing users to exchange gifts, charging for premium content or offering VIP memberships.
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