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Why Every Creative Entrepreneur Should Take Creative Live Classes

Why Every Creative Entrepreneur Should Take Creative Live Classes

Finding inexpensive resources and classes that are actually worth your while, and do not leave you feeling like you have been ripped off, are hard to find. Some classes offered to newbie marketers, and entrepreneurs try to talk you into spending a lot of money upfront, enticing you that only through them can you learn the ins-and-outs of online business.

No matter if you are a creative person, with a crafting business, an artist, wanting to monetize your creations, or a small business owner, who is looking to increase their abilities on social media, Creative Live has an inexpensive, and comprehensive class for you.

Classes are available in the following categories: 

  1. Photo & Video
  2. Art & Design
  3. Music & Audio
  4. Craft & Maker
  5. Money & Life

There are plenty of classes available to choose from in each of these categories. Also, via special offers, bundles, and promotions, it is easy to save quite a bit on the individual courses, which is especially wonderful when you are on a tight budget, or are new to the platform, and want to learn more without a pricey commitment.

Each course is given in video format by a very qualified instructor in their field, ranging from Lawyers to established entrepreneurs, bloggers and creative professionals. Courses often include printable resources, but that is up to the individual instructor, as well as the subject matter. You have the option to download your purchased courses or stream them on your PC or mobile device.

What I also love about the courses is that you have the opportunity to upload your coursework, sharing with other students and the instructors what you have learned throughout the given course. I like to see what other students have shared, and often find that an inspiration for my own work, or progress.

Creative Live” also offers a daily live stream of classes. If you want to get a feel for the classes offered without spending any money, you can easily watch an entire class or a section of a class live throughout the day. The website makes it easy to see which courses are scheduled to be broadcasted when, and from which instructor.

My favorite courses so far – from the ones I have taken were on Social Media Graphics, as well as on Pinterest Marketing. I will be sharing with you a detailed review of these particular classes soon, so you can see if they are a great fit for you and your business needs.

Here are some examples of classes offered throughout this month:

  1. Sell More With Instagram by Sue B. Zimmerman
  2. How Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Master Productivity by Tim Ferriss 
  3. Effective Email And Newsletter Marketing by Jeff Goins
  4. How To Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep by April Bowles-Olin 
  5. Optimize Your Online Store by Andrea Ayers 

 

I am happy that I chose to purchase some of these courses, and will continue to get more courses as they come up. With this ever-growing content and the highly engaged instructors, I can only recommend Creative Live for the majority of your online business needs.

Bonus tip:

If you are completely new to the online business world but would love to learn more about how to get started, you can get my free one-on-one support. This personalized coaching is only available for a limited time, as I only want to make sure I am available for all of my clients, and only accessible for premium Wealthy Affiliate members signing up using this link!

Sign up for your free one-on-one coaching for Wealthy Affiliate members, today!

 

 

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EasyCash4Ads Review – Don’t Fall For This Cash Gifting Scheme

An acquaintance pointed out a program the other day to me, that sounded too good to be true. It was called EasyCash4Ads and he thought he found something amazing. So, as I good but skeptical friend,  I began to research the program.

Well, as usual, if something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.

What is EasyCash4Ads?

EasyCash4Ads  talks about ad placement, and getting paid for placing ads on a sponsored site. In reality, it is a pretty simple scam, that poses as a MLM, but works like this.

  1. You pay 9 dollars to get into the program. Which I must say is pretty cheap
  2. You pay your sponsor 10 Dollars to place an ad. Still not very expensive. To be fair, they are not asking you to pay for anything else.
  3. Now you are supposed to wait for someone stupid enough to click on the add you placed, to pay the above 9 Dollars, and pay YOU THEIR SPONSOR 10 Dollars.
  4. There is no product, no service, no offer, just that.

Here is what I see wrong with this:

  1. You get essentially nothing for your 19 dollars.
  2. Your job is to try to trick other people into paying 19 dollars so that you can make 10. Basically, you are scamming people to fall for the same scam you fell for.
  3. This system is called cash-gifting, which is twelve steps worse than MLM, and I have my reservations about MLM businesses, and I will point out more about those in future posts.

What is Cash-Gifting?

In a nutshell, it is what is says it is – you give someone, a stranger, in this case, the person who ripped you off, money for no reason. That is what keeps it legal.

Now, I said legal, but not ethical.

There are plenty of affiliate programs out there, for marketers to sell real products, with real value. Two examples of that would be Wealthy Affiliate and 67Steps. You are actually receiving a product when you sign up – in both cases, well-thought-out educational content, that you can turn into marketable skills. EasyCash4Ads gives you nothing, absolutely nothing, but a wishful thinking that someone might see that link of yours, so you can give them no value either.

So this is my verdict:

EasyCash4Ads  is SCAM!

Now, I just have to break it to the above-mentioned friend.

What you should buy instead:

If you are looking to make money online, I have a few options, you might want to consider, before wasting your money on programs such as EasyCash4Ads

My legit suggestions:

  1. For visual and digital artists: sell your art on Zazzle and RedBubble.
  2. For those who want to learn Affiliate Marketing and make money with reputable companies, such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more, join Wealthy Affiliate
  3. For those who are trying to learn more about online business in general, but like the idea of earning discounted or free membership, check out the extensive course material on Fizzle

All three of these methods and many more which I review here are legit programs that offer actual products and services, bring value to you, and give you the opportunity make money as their affiliate partner.

If you want to know about those programs I mentioned, check out the following articles:

5 Tips To Get Started On Zazzle

5 Tips On Getting Started With RedBubble

How To Get The Most Out Of The Wealthy Affiliate Network

Fizzle

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Claudia

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Artists – Don’t Make These Marketing Mistakes

Artists – Don’t Make These Marketing Mistakes

In order to make a living from your art, it is important to develop some online business and marketing skills. While this might sound like a something you do not find much interest in, I highly suggest that you should reconsider your viewpoint, in order to take your artistic creations from a mere hobby to a sustainable way to make a living.

Related Article: Selling Art Online

  1. Making art without considering your target audience. While it is wonderful to make art, based on inspiration, rather than on thinking about who might want to purchase it, if you have a particular target audience in mind, you can create according to what they would potentially purchase, and work to deliberately create the emotional response that they are looking for. While this might not be something you have ever considered before, you should embrace the fact that making a living from your art is similar to creating a product. It needs to fulfill a need, and value to your intended audience.
  2. Using social media only to talk about your own art pieces. In order to create a following, showcase your art and products, you need to engage people on social media. Social media is mostly social, once you have quality followers that care about your opinion and voice, you can begin selling them your art pieces, but never span – keep your content to 20 percent your own work 80 percent valuable information and social interaction related to your niche and target audience
  3. marketing for artists, marketing tipsNot learning basic business principles. Again, if you are a hobby artist, who only makes art because they enjoy creating art, disregard this. But because you are reading this article, I am going to assume that you want to make money off your art. Therefore, learning basic online business practices, such as how to set up and market a website, how to use social media efficiently, how to write a business plan, and how to build a following (as well as many other aspects), is essential.
  4. Not utilizing communities and forums. For every niche, every type of art, there are online communities out there to be discovered. Research forums and communities for an artist, as well as those who appreciate art, and get active. Not only will you learn from more experienced artists on how to make money, but you will get emotional support.

 

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By following these simple tips your chances of making a living from your art, no matter which medium you choose to express yourself.

Bonus Tip: Setting up a website can be a scary endeavor when you have never done it before.  For those who need some extra help, or are technologically challenged, I recommend becoming a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community, which includes lessons how to set up your website, web hosting, how to market your website and community support. Start your free trial membership today! 

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

 

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Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For Your Blog – Blogging 101

Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For You

Once you have chosen your niche your next most important decision when creating an affiliate marketing income is your blogging platform. There are many free and paid opportunities out there, each one of them having their own pro’s and con’s, which I want to highlight for you today.

Free Hosting Platforms

The following platforms are completely free and do not include the free versions of premium hosting services and platforms available.

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WordPress.com
This platform is not to be confused with wordpress.org, which needs a web host such as Siterubix, or Hostgator.  Wordpress.com offers responsive, yet basic free themes, as well as potential upgrades you can purchase – such as a  domain name, and premium themes. The downside is, that you can not add any plug-ins that are essential to monetizing your blog or site. This limits your ability to use this platform as a money making business and is therefore not a platform I suggest you should use.

Blogger
Blogger is similar to WordPress.com, as it is free, and allows you to upgrade your site for money. It is however, a little less restricted when it comes to making money. I don’t like the free themes available for Blogger as much as WordPress. They have a little bit of an “old school” feel to it, but you can change that with a little bit of coding knowledge. It is a decent place for a blog, but can not keep up with the more professional WordPress self-hosted sites, Shopify or even Wix

Related Post: How Book Bloggers Make Money

Paid Hosting Platform

Shopify
If you are looking to create an eCommerce site, Shopify is the best way to go. This platform is easy to turn into a responsive online shop and has visually pretty themes, that are easy to work with. You do not need to know anything about programming in order to set up your site, and the support is friendly and fast.

Weebly
While this website makes beautiful sites, it is not as effective in creating a responsive eCommerce site as Shopify. Yet, it is easy to use, with plenty of design options that make designing an individual unique site easy. No need to know anything about coding, unlike WordPress.org sites, you do not have to worry about installing your site, and the support is also very good, and always willing to help.

HostGator
One of my two favorite hosts for WordPress.org sites. Competitively priced, with great service, and plenty of potential add-ons, as well as the opportunity to buy domain names, domain emails, and other premium services. HostGator is the cheapest way to start building an effective WordPress.org site out there.

SiteRubix
SiteRubix is an all-inclusive webhosting service for WordPress.org sites. You can host up to 25 sites at a time, for one price, which also includes domain email, 24-hour site support and monitoring, free themes, and most importantly it  includes access to the Wealthy Affiliate Universities business building lessons. I host all of my sites there, simply because it makes economical sense, because I don’t have to purchase seperate services for each of my five websites. Not everyone needs this type of support, but I highly recommend this option for someone new to online marketing, or monetizing a blog.

Question: Which platform are you using currently for your blog/website? What are your favorite aspects of the platform you are using? Share your answers with the community below!

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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Off Topic: Taking A Stand Against Hate

Today, I am dedicating this space to protesting the many downright dangerous, and malice policies that Donald Trump has enacted over the last few days.

I can not stand by while, he is destroying our environment, takes away the right of women to choose, and bans people from entering the US.

This blog was created because I want to foster financial independence for women who otherwise would depend on their husbands for financial support. It is based on standing up, being fiercely independent from those who may have the power to oppress you. This is dangerous and fosters an environment of potential abuse. I am speaking from personal experience.

Donald Trump is suppressing the rights of human beings who deserve to be treated fairly. Not all terrorists are foreigners or Muslim. He is feeding into the fear of undereducated people, feeding into those who already have the seed of superiority within them.

In my eyes, Donald Trump did not win this election. More people – legally – voted against him, then for him, and this gives me hope. More people are standing up, uniting, demonstrating and making their voices heard. I proudly join their ranks.

If it costs me followers, then I bid those farewell. Our missions did not align anyway.

Over the next few days, I will be speaking up more. Not just on this platform but also on my other blogs, and all over social media.

I am not going to be silent.

I am a part of the resistance.

Donate to the ACLU right now, by following this link. 

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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Use Tumblr to Create Affiliate And eCommerce Sales: 5 Tips

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Is your target audience a millennial? Then you should not overlook the power of Tumblr to create affiliate commissions and eCommerce sales.
But in order to succeed on that platform, consider a few points, to effectively navigate on this unique platform.

1. Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform.
Essentially this means, you should not try to use it for long-form content, but rather create visual, short, and entertaining content that is easily shareable and grabs the attention of your reader instantly.

2. Tag your images properly
If you are still not using the alt tags on your images, you are doing yourself a disservice. This is even more important on a visual platform such as Tumblr. Always describe your images effectively in order for them to be picked up on Google images.

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3. Proper amount of tags
Like Instagram, there is an appropriate amount of tags to be used for each post. For twitter it is three, for Instagram it is up to 30, and in Tumblr, the perfect amount is 7 to 12 hashtags. Any amount above that is considered spam.

4. Choose your name wisely
Spend some time on deciding which name fits your brand the best, but also speaks to your audience. I highly suggest that you look through the most popular Tumblr, and see what types of names work best with the millennial audience. If you are not a part of that age group yourself, I also suggest that you should run the idea by a few millennial friends, or your do a survey on one of your social media platforms that mainly focuses on this age group in order to find the perfect name for your brand.

5. Connect emotionally
Your audience is not looking for a constant display of items they should be purchasing, but rather an emotional connection with your content. Make them care about what you write about the content you promote and most importantly make them care about your opinion. Give them a reason to choose to go to your Tumblr over all of the other ones out there. The best way to do that is to evoke strong emotions.

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The Cons Of Affiliate Marketing

Many marketers and bloggers will tell you the positive sides of affiliate marketing, but today, I want to let you know what the con’s of affiliate marketing are, so you can make an informed decision on if this type of business is right for you.

1. It is not a get rich quick type of business.
If you are looking for a short cut when it comes to making money, affiliate marketing is not the right avenue for you. Affiliate marketing takes time because you need to build and audience and trust before they will click on your
links.

2. If you don’t like writing content, affiliate marketing might not be for you.
Content marketing is the best strategy to utilize when you are trying to build an affiliate marketing income. May it be via an email subscriber list – which requires you to write emails, or via blog posts, infusing affiliate links into content naturally, brings usually a higher click-through rate, than banners. Of course, you could outsource your content writing to freelancers, but considering that most blogs require you to write content 2 to 3 days a week to rank higher on Google, that can become an expensive strategy for the beginning affiliate marketer

Related Post: Why Affiliate Marketing Is The Best Starter Passive Income Opportunity

3. It is time-consuming.
Building an audience for your blog and social media channels takes consistent and daily action. A new affiliate marketer should be willing to invest a lot of time to build his or her online presence and business. Also, marketing and niche research, which is essential is also time-consuming.

4. You Have To Wait For Your Money
Most affiliate programs pay out once a month, with some of them holding the commission back for one month, to allow the payments to clear, and any refunds to occur. This is not an immediate cash flow business and might take – even with a high sale volume, take a few weeks before you will see money arriving in your bank account or PayPal.

Despite what I have just mentioned, I believe that affiliate marketing is the best way for a beginner to make money online, as it requires the least amount of upfront expenses. To get started you need a website, and social media accounts to start applying for affiliate networks and partners such as Amazon, Target, Etsy, ShareASale and more.

Best Affiliate Marketing  Training Program

If you are interested in starting your affiliate marketing business today, visit Wealthy Affiliate University to check out
their free starter classes on the subject, including your free 7 day trial of the premium membership that includes lessons, on content marketing, niche and website development, weekly live webinars, and community support.

Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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How To Master Twitter For Marketing And Business

How To Master Twitter For Marketing And Business

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Twitter is not a social media platform you should ignore if you want to grow an engaged blog or website audience. On top of that, it is possible to make money on Twitter, by being part of social media campaigns run by brands and companies throughout the year. In order to maximize your potential income – and we are on the internet to make money, so this should be our main goal – I have compiled a list of tips and tricks that can increase your potential for both traffic and income generated via this social media platform.

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Increase your twitter following:

1.Do a keyword search on your niche in twitter.
2.Follow people who have real names, and pictures of themselves, or something related to the niche in their
profile.
3.Make sure that they are actually engaged in the niche, by reading some of their feed
4. Do not follow companies, unless it is a company you are actually working with – i.e. as an Influencer, Brand Ambassador and such

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Increase your twitter engagement:

1.Take 15 minutes a day to engage with those you follow and take 15 minutes a day to engage in trending topics, and related to your niche hashtags. This could mean that you offer encouraging advice to questions posted, that you tell someone you enjoyed their post, or to connect in any other meaningful way that is related to the subject at hand
2. Get comfortable with the hashtags for your niche. Make a list, and refer to it every time you are on twitter. You should be not only using these hashtags in your own niche but to find and engage with followers.
3. Respond to comments likes and retweets. Mention those who were engaging on Follow Friday, or thank them throughout the week for being engaged.

Follower/Following Ratio:

Your follow count does not have to be low – it should not be more than about 2/3 of your follower rate, BUT
most importantly those should be, targeted people! Do not randomly follow people, make sure each of them count!

Bring Value To Your Followers:How To Master Twitter For Marketing And Business

Share other people’s stuff- but only when it is high quality. Use automation tools like Buffer to share some of these posts, considering that you might find quite a few posts in one setting, but will overwhelm your followers if you share too many posts after each other.

Twitter Images:

1.Change the variety of your twitter images – your images should not always be the same type. I fell for that in the beginning, all of my blog posts have the same type of images as a starter image, which is boring for followers. Make them different, engaging have about 5 different styles that you switch up on.
2. Be sure they are the perfect size for twitter – which is 440 pixels wide and 220 pixels tall.

Twitter Goals:

Do you have twitter goals for 2017? My twitter goals are currently to grow my followers to 12K by the end of the year and be listed in 2500 lists. What are your goals?

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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5 Quick Tips To Take Your Medium Content To The Next Level

5 Quick Tips To Take Your Medium Content To The Next Level

You probably are wondering why you should care about Medium, and post your content there. Medium has a unique feature, where you can collect subscribers to send email-type newsletters to, which in turn you can use to market yourself and your brand just as you would do with regular email subscribers.
Also, Medium allows affiliate links within the content, so you can also market directly to your audience. But, because Medium is not like a blog in other ways, you should first get familiar with the platform, and head a few tips and tricks, that will make your content stick out of the crowd, get you followers, and give you the opportunity to increase your sales.

5 Quick Tips To Take Your Medium Content To The Next Level

1. Use quotes
Quotes – may they be from fellow medium publishers, or from related sources to your niche – are very shareable and relatable. Readers are more likely to share your content on social media if it includes a quoted phrase, that makes them look smart. Medium has quote options in its editor – which you can access by either one time or double clicking the editor.

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2. Use Lower Competition tags
Medium allows you to see how much content you are competing with when you are adding your tags to the post. Unlike most platforms, though, you are going to be limited to 5 tags. So you have to make sure that you make them count. Use keywords with low, but not too low competition to get your chance of being seen increased. But do not completely disregard the popular tags. I would highly suggest for you to add at least one if not two of the more popular tags for the most successful mixture.

3. Choose an engaging category for your Medium post
Combining life experiences with work, technology, design or politics are the top categories that go viral on Medium. Make your stories personal, engaging, and yes a little bit controversial.

4. Import your Blog Content But Change It To Make It Medium-Worthy
While I love the medium import feature, do not get complacent to simply importing your content, without tweaking it, to fit the Medium audience. Maybe you should get more personal, use a more attention-grabbing headline, or add quotes, and highlights you did not use in the original content. However you choose to modify it, the key is to change it up a little,  while keeping the general idea intact.

5. Make your headline stick out of the crowd.
Engaging, opinionated, controversial, all of these types of headlines – including a rock solid subheadline – is what will determine if your Medium post will get any clicks. To get a better feel for what type of Medium headlines get the most attention, check out Medium’s top posts

Question: Have you published any content to Medium yet? What was your experience? Did you have any successes you want to share? Please leave a comment below!

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7 Reasons Wealthy Affiliate Is Not Just For Beginning Bloggers And Marketers

If you are new to Affiliate Marketing, Wealthy Affiliate is the premium education out there to assist you with getting started on your marketing journey. However, if you are not new to the marketing game, and already have some experience in blogging content creation and social media, Wealthy Affiliate is still a valuable platform that can help you grow your online income

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7 Reason Why Wealthy Affiliate Is Not Just For Beginners:

1. Excellent and reliable hosting for one price

Wealthy Affiliate offers reliable hosting opportunities for your WordPress Blogs. With superior customer service, reliable hosting, 24/7 monitoring, and daily backups it is one of the most comprehensive web host out there. In addition the Wealthy Affiliate Hosting offers:

email forwarding,
multiple free email addresses per site,
you can host more than 10 sites on this platform – included in the Wealthy Affiliate premium membership,
ability to transfer your domains – with support on how it is done,
ability to purchase
more domains in a competitive price

2. Community Support

You can ask questions via chat, or via classrooms, where other, more experienced members, as well as the owners of the site, take their time to answer whatever marketing, hosting, or other business related questions you might have. You can also use the blog feature to write about your success or questions, and again, you will find that other WA members are quick to respond to your successes and concerns.

3. Ability To Attend Weekly Webinars

Every Friday, a live webinar is available to join in. If you miss the webinar, it will be available on site indefinitely.

4. Great Affiliate Program

Wealthy Affiliate allows their members to receive a 50 % commission on any newly recruited member, with lifetime cookies.

5. Keyword Search Tool Included

WA also has a highly valuable keyword research tool and training on how to make the most out of keyword research. Improve your SEO, with just a few mouseclicks.

6. Advanced Training By Seasoned Marketers

Many seasoned marketers offer their own training modules, which in return are approved by the Wealthy Affiliate staff. You can take advantage of learning from those who have been on the platform for years and are very familiar with online marketing.

Some of the training modules available on Wealthy Affiliate right now are:

How To Get Heaps More Twitter Followers By Unfollowing
Things To Do After You Publish A Blog Post
3 Ways To Boost Your Affiliate Commission
7. Ability To Make Money Writing Training For Wealthy Affiliate

If you are an expert in a particular subject related to affiliate marketing, you can write training material for Wealthy Affiliate. Depending on the amount of traffic you receive on your training, you will get paid a commission for creating them.

You can test the Wealthy Affiliate membership for free for 7 Days right now, no obligation, or credit card necessary.

See you there!

Claudia

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