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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.

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  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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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.

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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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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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Get Money And Discounts With Referrals – Make Money From Home

Referral programs are similar to affiliate programs in which you are receiving a commission by sharing a link. Just like affiliate programs, you can add this link to your content, or send it via social media, or email marketing campaigns.  Unlike affiliate marketing you do not get a percentage, but a flat fee per referral, and in some cases like Ebates extra bonuses for referring a specific amount of referrals.

Other referrals allow you to receive brand credit, which you can then use to purchase products from the promoted company. If you use this technique wisely, you can get quite a few free products you would usually buy anyway. Membership on all of these companies are free, and the only payment info you enter are to get paid or to purchase products (like with the Honest Company)

My Favorite Referal Companies

Ibotta: Ibotta is a savings app, that allows members to receive a rebate on normal household purchases, at grocery stores, and large retailers. I love this app because it allows me to save money on food, such as eggs, milk, and bread, as well as other household items. It is easy to use, simply scan the barcode of the products you purchased, as well as the receipt of your purchase, and you can get up to 5 Dollars on an item. This adds up quite quickly, especially in larger households, and we save an average of 90 Dollars a month with this app. Now as a referral program, you will get 5 Dollars per person you refer, which is easy to do, considering that it is an easy sell. Who does not like money back? Ibotta pays out via PayPal, and you can request a payment made to you once you hit the 20 Dollar mark. You will receive your money usually within 48 hours.

Now as a referral program, you will get 5 Dollars per person you refer, which is easy to do, considering that it is an easy sell. Who does not like money back? Ibotta pays out via PayPal, and you can request a payment made to you once you hit the 20 Dollar mark. You will receive your money usually within 48 hours.

Ebates: Ebates does not work for groceries, but gives you rebates for all of the other stuff we need to buy, from clothing on Amazon to items at Walmart. The offers change often, so you should install the chrome extension to get the latest deals. Ebates also gives you 5 Dollars for referring someone and often has bonuses if you reach a certain amount of referral. Again, this is an easy sell, because you are giving the opportunity to save, and receive cash back while shopping for everyday items.

The Honest Company: If you are looking for sustainable and organic products for your household, The Honest Company has you covered. Not only can you purchase truly awesome personal care products, cleaning items, and other items that are cruelty-free and green, but you can also earn 20 Dollars of store credit for each referral. Considering that they have a wonderful selection of high-quality products, this is a win-win. Oh, and you can offer, as well as take advantage of their free trial of their subscription boxes.

Fusion Cash: This site is a survey site, that allows you fill out surveys as well as print out coupons to make a  few extra dollars each month. I hope everyone is aware that surveys alone will never make anyone rich, but they are a fun hobby which can bring in a few dollars every month to cover the extras. Fusion Cash has also a referral program that allows you to make money in 3 different ways:

Refer a friend who confirms his/her email address: $1 bonus
Your friend completes his/her first offer: $2 bonus
Your friend cashes out: $5 bonus (each and every time they cashout – for life)

There are quite a few more referral programs out there, which can earn you cash and free products. I truly think that this type of earning potential should be explored alongside affiliate marketing to make the most out of your passive earning potential.

Question: Have you ever tried rebate sites like Ebates and Ibotta? 

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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How To Turn Your Love For Handmade and Designer Items Into Affiliate Marketing Income

How Turn Your Love For Handmade and Designer Items Into Affiliate Marketing Income

Do you love shopping for interesting and unique items that are not from the big box stores, and have a little more personality? Then you are probably familiar with Etsy. What if I would tell you that you can use your love for the unique can make you on your blog?

Writing About What You Love

Blogging and affiliate marketing can be a lot of fun, especially if you write about what you love. Featuring items you already enjoy, and techniques you have a passion for, makes not only for a fun hobby but a legitimate way to make serious affiliate marketing income. Growing an online business takes time, but working on the subject matter you already have an affinity for makes the long hours a lot more rewarding.

Etsy As An Affiliate Marketing Opportunity

Etsy has a very good affiliate marketing program that allows you to create an income from writing about your favorite unique pieces. There is something for every niche.

  1. Organization bloggers can take advantage of the many sellers that have high quality planners and planner inserts, as well as custom designed binders and more.
  2. For health niches, fitness trackers, motivational posters and workout clothes are just a few choices you have.
  3. Sites with particular spiritual affiliation can find religious and inspirational items and gifts, such as mugs, cards,
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And these are just a handful of the opportunities that Etsy has to offer to an affiliate marketer. You can sign up for the Etsy Affiliate Program here.

But Etsy is not the only option for affiliate marketers who want to showcase the unique and handmade. Handmade By Amazon has high quality sellers who offer handmade items in the same niches as Etsy does while supporting individual designers. Handmade By Amazon is a part of the Amazon Affiliate Progam, so you do not need a separate affiliate account for them. Sign up for the Amazon Affiliate Program here

Not offering handmade items, but designs created by individuals, Zazzle And RedBubble also have affiliate programs, that allow you market their creative and often very unique content.

Find out more about these two programs in the following articles:
Get started with RedBubble
Get Started with Zazzle

How To Get Started In Affiliate Marketing:

If you already have a blog, you only have to sign up for the individual affiliate programs and add links, and banners to your site.

If you are new to blogging and online marketing, I suggest that you give Wealthy Affiliate University a try, where you will get free lessons on how to get started on Affiliate Marketing. After the free beginner lessons, you can decide if you want to upgrade to the premium membership, which gives you access to even more lessons, and free hosting (domain not included) for up to 25 wordpress sites.

If you however do not want to take advantage of the lessons, and are only looking for hosting, I highly recommend that you use the very reliable and inexpensive service of HostGator to host your WordPress blog.

Both of the above options allow you to purchase your domain, and offer secure and competend hosting services.

If you have any additional questions regarding affiliate marketing, or Wealthy Affiliate, leave me a comment below.

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

In order to maximize page views and with that your ability to maximize your potential to monetize your blog,  I find it wise to contemplate reworking your old content, especially the content that has in the past gained some interest with readers. One of the biggest mistakes a new blogger can make is to have the write it and forget it attitude and ignore this potential.

Some of these posts though might need some serious reworking. Links might no longer be functioning, the content might not be optimized to fit today’s reading habits, or your blogging goals have changed, and your content from 2 or 3 years ago does not fit into that picture.

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No worries, here are a few steps you can take in order to optimize the content and make it shareable again:

1. Does your blog post have a call to action?
Your call to action should reflect your current blogging goals, therefore you might want to change your previous CTA to fit your campaigns of today. Examples of effective CTA would be to ask people to share your content, to add a comment,  or follow a link to a related blog post. You can also ask people to subscribe if you are trying to grow your email list.

2. Images
Does your blog post have an image that is optimized to be shared on social media? Ideally, you have two images to share per post, one at the beginning, and one further into the content. Each of those images should have a solid description, as well as an ALT description that features the keywords you are trying to rank for. Make sure you are using a consistent style and font for all of your images, so that they are easily recognized as your brand. If you do not already have created a style guide for your blog and brand, do that before you optimize your images and posts.

3. Optimal formatting
Your blog posts should be easily scannable with multiple subheadlines, in complementing colors (see my thoughts on style guide above). While people appreciate a long-form content, it is much easier to read it if it is not written in a long blob of text. Enter bulletin points whenever necessary and possible, and break up the text by using images, as well as a click to tweet box.

4. Links
Add relevant affiliate links to your post, and check those you have already added to your content. If you have written relevant content since writing the old post, add a link to it.

Make it a habit reworking your content on a regular basis, in order to optimize your page views.

Question: What are your best tips for optimizing old blog content? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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ManageFlitter Review: An Effective Twitter Management Tool

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I have recently discovered a great social media management tool, I wish I would have found earlier. ManageFlitter is my new favorite twitter management tool, to help me create an effective twitter presence.

Tailwind Visual Marketing SuiteAs most of you probably know, Twitter is not very keen on any account following more people than they are followed by. Twitter tends to look at these accounts as spam, but one of the most effective strategies to building a following is to follow and interact with people. In order to balance these both aspects, a Twitter management tool, allows you to go through the people who you are following, who are inactive accounts, as well as filter spam accounts and those with no profile image out of the bunch you are following.

It is a lot easier to keep your follow/follower ratio down, while still maintaining the ability to gain new and quality followers. There are many tools available to let you do this, but ManageFlitter is the most effective one, I have used so far. With the free account, you can unfollow 100 accounts every day. Not a bad deal for free.

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ManageFlitter also has additional features for their paid account options. Not only do you have unlimited unfollowing features, you can also take advantage of account analytics, which allows you to see your influence, your own spam probability,  and keep an eye on how many followers you have gained (or lost).

In Tweet Analytics, ManageFlitter allows you to keep an eye on specific keywords, hashtags, and accounts you want to monitor to gain a more effective insight into any potential future connections or potential campaigns.

An additional business plan feature, I have not used yet, is the potential of creating a Power Post. Basically, it allows you to schedule an effective post (either their suggested content or one you write on your own), at what this management tool deems to be the best time for your particular twitter account. Because I use my upgraded Buffer account for all of my social  media scheduling, I have not taken advantage of this feature, but if you are unsure of when it is the best time to  schedule a post, this tool can be a helpful addition to your Twitter campaign.

Conclusion:

Overall I am very happy with the upgraded plan for my twitter account. While the basic account might be enough at the beginning, I purchased the upgraded (12 Dollar/ month) plan after a week of using the free one, because I did not want to be limited to 100 unfollows. That is simply not enough for me, but can make the difference for a small twitter account, and is a great way to get used to the ManageFlitter platform without having to make any commitment.  Like I mentioned in the beginning, I wish someone would have pointed me in the direction of this tool a long time ago, but better late than never. I hope, this little article will help you make the right decision for you when  choosing a social media management tool for twitter.

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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Blogging 102: Don’t Be Intimidated By Your Competition

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Yes, some of you are just starting out on this adventure that is monetizing your blog. At the same time, there are influencers, bloggers, marketing experts, and others who have a mass following, make waves on a regular basis, and seem to be able to do just about anything better than you and me, my friend.

Don’t Be Intimidated By Your Competition

You see, they all started where you are at the moment. At the beginning. No one starts at the top, even if you think they might have had a silver spoon handed to them – NO ONE STARTS AS A WINNER. No one.

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The difference between them and you is the following

1. they did not give up
2. they worked their you know what off
3. they worked some more
4. they did not allow others to stop them no matter what
5. they outworked the competition

It is not always talent that wins. So you are not the best writer in the world. Neither am I. It is often times those who have little talent but who outwork others with talent, who make it to the top.

Is it possible to outwork others? Sure it is. That is something you can control. You can control if you are going to take a chance, even if it might seem impossible to you right now.

Write the best copy you can think of.
Write better copy next time.
Apply for campaigns even if others who apply have more followers or more experience. Do it anyway.
And when you get accepted, give your best work.
Be willing to fail.
Learn.
Repeat.

Now get back to work.

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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Pinterest Tips And Tricks: How To Make The Most Out Of Pinterest

Pinterest Tips And Tricks: How To Make The Most Out Of Pinterest

Pinterest is a fun and potentially profitable social media platform. It is not as hard to navigate and make  money from as you might think. In order to make it even easier, I have compiled some Pinterest tips and tricks to help you navigate this versatile platform.

5 Quick Pinterest Tips And Tricks:

1. Follow 300 people a day interested in your niche.
Pinterest has a daily follow limit of 300 people, but if you work smartly with this follow limit, you can use it  to grow your audience with relevant followers that are already interested in your niche. Finding these followers is
easy: Find boards that are relevant to your niche with a large following. Follow all of those followers (up to your 300 per day follow limit). Repeat daily. I have grown my audience from 800 followers to 9500 followers in a matter of 6 weeks, using this  trick.

2. Share your videos
You do not have to only  pin images to the platform, but also videos from youtube. Post your video to your relevant boards. Because people on Pinterest are usually ready to buy or consume content, so this is especially useful for guides on how to use products, unboxing videos, and review videos.

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3. Share direct affiliate links.
Pinterest allows direct affiliate links. You can take advantage of that fact by sharing items from a variety of products  that are related to your niche, by adding them to your boards or create specific boards, such as a Mother’s Day Gift board, or gifts for her board, or a fashion board. I have a board that includes home decor, another that is solely for pillows, as well as a popular board containing business cards from Zazzle designers. Be creative.

4. Pin relevant quotes, linking them to your content.
Quotes that are related to your content (which you can also use for Instagram and Twitter) are very popular on Pinterest. Quote boards are often group boards and have a large following because everyone looks for inspiration, and motivation at times. This universal appeal can help you promote your blog and website without seeming spammy to a wide audience.

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5. Add a humor board to your collection.
Just like quote boards, humor boards have a wide appeal. In order to draw a wide variety of people to your Pinterest account, and to keep the content light you can create a board that contains funny content related to your niche. Sports humor goes well with fitness niches while parenting humor is much appreciated in lifestyle and parenting, as well as education and homeschool niches. Again, be creative, but keep the content relevant.

I hope these quick Pinterest Tips and Tricks helped you to utilize the potential of this versatile social media platform.

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