Starving Artists: 5 Steps to Turn Your Passion in Profits

Starving Artists: 5 Steps to Turn Your Passion in Profits

If it wasn’t for the internet, you wouldn’t be reading this article and I wouldn’t be here talking to you today. There is even a chance I wouldn’t have my own business or be working for myself. The one thing the internet didn’t change though, is the passion I’ve always had for business and to be my own boss.

Yes, I still could have ended up in business for myself, but definitely not in the same fashion that original went down. I would have likely had to attend college, suck up to bosses, get a loan and eventually start something of my own — fortunately, the internet was here to change the way the game is played!

While the internet changed everything for me, it’s also doing the same for millions of other individuals, entrepreneurs and “starving artists” around the world as well. It’s no longer so much about having the right tools or skillset, but instead the right work ethic and focus to succeed.

Anyone with a passion for something can be referred to as a “starving artist” — it’s not just your typist drawing artist or musician that you are probably thinking of. Performers, graphic artists, writers, entrepreneurs, freelancers — you are all among us as well.

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So what is a “starving artist” anyway?

Wikipedia defines it as “A starving artist is an artist who sacrifices material well-being in order to focus on their artwork. They typically live on minimum expenses, either for a lack of business or because all their disposable income goes toward art projects.

That also sounds quite like an entrepreneur to me!

The old world mentality of a starving artist is a guy sitting on a park bench playing his instruments and hoping one day to make it as a rock star or rap artist. Another common image is seeing an artist on the streets of New York doing spray paint designs and selling their work for $5 each. Both are passionate about what they are doing… but also lack direction in how to get to where they want to be.

Take this same mentality and apply it to the internet and you no longer have an excuse for failure or lack of direction.

Millions of starving artists are being discovered every year and many of them start off with that same burning passion and desire we all once had. Unfortunately, as many of us start to age, the realization of our dreams coming to a close and the fear of financial responsibility starts to kick in.

However, all is not yet lost. The difference between those who find success and failure (at any point in life), is the willingness to put in the time, work and effort to study and do what it takes to get to that next level.

Even more exciting… it’s not going to be easy. Here’s what success looks like for most “successful people”.

Path to Success

With all of this in mind, it’s time to take what you are passionate about, build a platform and start to put everything in motion to take the “starving” out of “starving artists”.

Using the Internet to Fuel Your Passion and Success

Right now you have an amazing opportunity in your hands. You can go through life like the majority of people and get a job to make someone else rich, or you can prepare to build your own career path and focus on your passion. It sounds easy enough, but trust me, it’s not.

Money is important, and money matters. If you have it, you have a lot more freedom. If you don’t, then you will need to find a financial stability while growing your passion and expertise on the side — which is perfectly fine.

No matter what it is you are trying to accomplish, if you put in the time and effort to build your platform, reach an audience and get your name out there, the world is your oyster.

Anyone can find success online — whether that be through fame, fortune or reach.

Implement the follow steps to improve your chances of building a successful business and brand online, while also removing the “starving artist” component from your life.

Build a Personal Brand

This one is so simple, yet so effective and important.

Register a domain name (grab your personal name if it’s available), set up hosting and get a site live today. You are looking at costs of less than $50 a year to set this up. Way too many people are wasting time with free hosted sites like Blogger and Tumblr. If you want to be treated like a professional, look like one.

Through your own website or blog you can put your content and expertise out there. Once you have a platform in place, it’s that much easier to put things into motion and make things happen.

This site should also act as your main hub to connect with all of your social profiles, work experience, portfolio and galleries of your work. Make it easy for people to see what you are best at.

The Power of Teaching

Millions of people are searching the internet every day to learn how to do something new. As a starving artist or someone that has an expertise in something, this is a perfect opportunity for you to establish yourself and teach others in the process.

If you don’t think there is money to be made in teaching, then you are very wrong.

Teaching also comes in many forms and can be as simple as creating content through your web site or blog, or even creating videos on YouTube. Many YouTubers are making millions of dollars per year by creating “how-to” videos and teaching people how to do some pretty basic things.

At the end of the day it’s all about building your message and getting it out there.

Don’t let the huge audience numbers and follower amounts discourage you — everyone started off at ZERO in the beginning.

Get Your Finances in Order

Life is much like a business, in that you need to keep your finances in order.

If you are having a hard time with making money, look at your existing expenses and see where you can cut back. It’s simple math, but for every $100 you aren’t wasting, that’s essentially another $100 less time you need to spend working.

A good example of this would be how much money is wasted by simply by eating out. You’d be surprised how much money you can save, by simply being more frugal with your money — and when it comes time to make the leap from a starving artist to a successful entrepreneur or profession, every dollar counts.

Every dollar counts, and when you start to realize that $1 a day is really $365 a year, you’ll start to see how costs can really add up.

In addition to all of the exciting growth and opportunities we see in the United States today, there is even more growth around the world. In the Philippines, for example, more people are able to use the internet to connect with clients around the world and start working for themselves from the comfort of their own homes. The blog has been a valuable resource for freelancers and entrepreneurs in the Philippines who are looking for financial advice or funding for their ventures.

Goals: Have a Plan and Take Action

Goals are nice, but without a plan on how to get there… a goal is just a wish.

If you want to find success in life or business, you need to act. With over 7 billion people in the world and a billion active sites on the internet, just “creating” something and putting it online isn’t enough.

You need to hustle.

This again goes back to the ‘starving artist’ stigma. There is no need to be starving if you put the right amount of work and effort in. Why do some people fail when others succeed? A whole lot of work and a little bit of luck goes a long way.

Need some inspiration? Here’s 9 celebrities that made their way to the top after what seemed like endless failures, battles and obstacles in their way.

Don't Wish for it..Work for it

Follow Your Passion and See What Happens

As much as I hate the saying “follow your passion and the money will follow”, it’s an important thing to remember — not so much for the money part, but the opportunities that may come as a result of it.

We’ve covered a lot of information here, and definitely enough to get you started on your way. The starving artist is now just a myth – the artist is now ready to be more open to more possibilities and is in control of their own destiny.

Go make your mark!

7 Ways to Squeeze More Profits from Your Affiliate Marketing Campaigns

7 Ways to Squeeze More Profits from Your Affiliate Marketing Campaigns

It doesn’t matter if you are promoting affiliate marketing through content that you create on your site, paid ad campaigns or media buying across a wide range of sites… there is always going to be some extra money that can be made on top of what you are currently seeing. This is something all affiliate marketers will learn over time, however, not as many of them are willing to put in the time, work and effort to explore as many options as possible for increased profits.

When it comes to making more from your affiliate campaigns, it’s not just about increasing offer conversions or reaching new audiences. Sometimes it can be as simple as asking your affiliate network for a boost in payout, or simply knowing how to scale your budget the next time around. While a five percent increase might not seem like a ton of money at the time, if you are pushing a few hundred or even a few thousand leads per day, this can quickly add up over the course or a week or a month.

At the end of the day, the more profit you can make from your ad campaigns, the more money you will be able to put back into the promotion of such offers — which ultimately leads to more profit in your pocket.

Want higher affiliate profits? Try these 7 tips today.

To help with this process, today I wanted to highlight seven ways to make more with affiliate marketing, which was inspired by an infographic from Adcombo which can be seen below. Also be sure to check out their affiliate contest where they are giving away a $200,000 Ferrari California to their top affiliate, along with thousands of dollars in other prizes to several runner-ups.

1 – Select an Offer Based on Your Audience

Even before you start promoting an offer and think about using paid traffic sources, you should have a good understanding of the different type of affiliate offers out there. When joining an affiliate network, don’t pick an offer just based on its high payout. Affiliates need to have a basic understanding of the many different types of affiliate offers out there (CPA, CPC, CPI, CPS) and the actual conversion process that takes place. At the same time, it’s also important to make sure you joined multiple affiliate networks, so you can see if the offer is paying better elsewhere. All of this research and planning, in the beginning, will help for a more successful campaign down the road.

2 – Start with a Low Daily Ad Spend

To find the most success with affiliate marketing, you need to have patience and understand the process of studying your data. One area that newbie affiliates instantly have problems is with their budgeting and daily ad spend. When doing any type of media buying or creating a campaign with Google Adwords or Facebook Ads, it’s important to make sure you set a low daily ad spend when first starting out. Nearly all campaigns are going to be losers in the beginning, and this is a crucial time for your campaign and starting budget. Start slow, study your data and scale up as you learn more about how this campaign and it’s traffic sources may perform.

3 – Increase Conversions with Landing Pages

While nearly every affiliate network is going to provide their affiliates with a basic landing page, this doesn’t mean it’s going to be your best option. A perfect example of this would be in the world of online dating. Take a look at any of these killer landing pages that were provided by either the advertiser or the affiliate network. While being provided with a quality landing page is great, there is even more room for improvement if you are willing to put in the work — especially if you are going to drill down on your demographic audience and pre-sell them before sending them to your actual affiliate landing page. In short, landing pages are one of the best ways to convert audiences into high-quality leads and customers.

4 – Split Testing All Ad Copies

One of the most important factors to any affiliate or online marketing campaign is being able to split test your ad copy and landing pages. Just like a landing page can heavily swing conversions in a moments time, the text, images or persuasive language used in your ad copy can do the same as well. Most advertising platforms (like Adwords or FBADs) will already have a simple process or split testing and comparing different ad copies. You can see an example of how easy this is to set up here. Always remember to change just one component in each ad copy, so you know which is performing best. Once you have a variation of five or more ad copies in place, send traffic to each of them and start to weed out the poor performers.

5 – Split Test Different Traffic Sources

In addition to split testing the ad copy and creative used in your ad campaigns, it’s just as important to split test your traffic sources as well. This is pretty easy to set up when using a platform like Facebook Ads, as nearly all of the traffic will be coming from Facebook. However, if you were doing a Google Adwords campaign or running a massive native advertising campaign, you could be receiving traffic from thousands of different sites. Each of these traffic sources can be pinpointed with a unique site ID. Knowing which are delivering the best traffic and leads for your campaign is key. Always make sure you have pixel and conversion tracking in place to maximize the earnings of your ad campaigns.

6 – Use Retargeting to Increase ROI

Something we are all seeing a lot of lately, but not as many affiliate marketers have implemented yet, it’s retargeting advertising. The concept of retargeting advertising is simple. As the site owner or affiliate, you can place a tracking pixel on your site or landing page and after a visitor leaves your site, you can still deliver advertisements throughout sites (or even on Facebook). The benefit here is that you are reaching an audience that is already interested, engaged and was previously at your site. Click rates and conversions are also much higher, as you are delivering ads to someone who is already familiar with the service or product you are offering.

7 – Ask for a CPA Increase When Pushing Volume

Sometimes, one of the best ways to increase how much you are getting paid on an affiliate offer… is to simply ask. Affiliate networks are working off margins and this means two things — they is always going to be a little bit more money they can pay out on an offer, and the other thing is that they are always looking for more volume to send to their advertisers. If you are pushing legitimate and high-quality data to your affiliate offers, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to request an additional 5-15% more in payout on your best affiliate offers. Again, this really goes back to the relationship and history that you have in place. Always send a decent amount of traffic and leads before requesting an increase.

How to Increase Your Affiliate Earnings in 2017

It’s really crazy to think about, but affiliate marketing has been around for over 20 years now. With the billions of dollars that it’s generating annually for businesses around the world, there really is no end in sight — especially with the rise of mobile and technology becoming more accessible in third-world countries. In short… affiliate marketing is simply one of the best opportunities you have for making money online.

If you want to turn your affiliate marketing efforts into a real business and start working for yourself, you are going to need to work harder and smarter than the competition. Go niche with your affiliate focus, create better content and landing pages than the competition and also split-test, scale and grow on as many levels as possible.

To see some of the hottest affiliate offers on the internet today in health, beauty, weight loss and more, be sure to check out Adcombo.