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Posted By: Bluto In Response To: Re: adware and paid survey & secret shopping (Carla Ball)
Saturday, 18 February 2006, at 4:26 p.m.
In Response To: Re: adware and paid survey & secret shopping (Carla Ball)
I saw a post on DataEntryPro here not too long ago. the person basically said that it was marketed to make you think that you place ads for other companies and get paid for it. However, that is not really the truth. The truth is that you place ads on PPC engines like Google Adwords in an effort to make people buy products through your affiliate links, like clickbank. In other words, it's just the "googlecash" method rehashed and reworded to make it sound like something else. Nothing wrong with this type of business model but you can actually make money doing it, but if you are a novice, you could literally lose your shirt placing PPC ads.
As far as marketing your site to get more traffic. 2 things.
#1, you are talking about internet marketing. Not only are there great Internet marketing courses out there but i also have a link to a free one below, in case you have not noticed. You might want to take a look at that site. I say that because you say that you are not a business person but rather an artist. Well, then, you can buy all the internet marketing courses you can find and you might never get anything from them, for successful marketing is usually only achieved by those with some sense of business. So I think it is a good idea to take a look at the site behind my link because you can see what is involved in internet marketing before you shell out your hard earned dollars on a course that isn't going to do the work for you, no matter how good the info in said course is.
#2, You have a website but I am afraid to tell you that you won;t get much done with a free site like that. What you need is your own hosting and your own domain. At the very least, you could just buy the domain and redirect it to your Earthlink site. That would be a good start.
My advice to you is to NOT follow the money. Rather, build a business around something you love. That way, the business aspect is less boring and can be less of a challenge that way. Maybe you could build a site about stained glass and have a newsletter. How to make money, well, that might be hard but might be doable. You would have to sell stuff through your newsletter. Like through affiliate links or even selling your art (depending on who your newsletter subscribers are. If they are just other artists then you might not do much selling of art at all).
But what about offline. Have you tried selling your art at arts and crafts shows and even flea markets? There are many arts and crafts shows and festivals all over the country, especially in the summertime.
I have a friend who is a potter. He personally does not make much money because his stuff is not usually what people are looking for, he refuses to make stuff just to cater to the populous (yet he complains that he doe snot sell much) and he does not do as many shows as he could because he is lazy. Actually most of the time he ends up losing money.
But other potters and artist he knows make a good living just selling their stuff at arts festivals and galleries all year long, especially in the summers as far as the arts festivals go. Bottom line is that even though you are an artist, you have to be a business person to a certain degree if you want to turn a buck. You cannot be some snotty artist, make only what you like and not what others are looking to buy, and then expect to make a living at it. It just does not usually work that way. So be realistic and perhaps you could actually make some money selling your art offline at shows and festivals. But be realistic. (I try to tell my potter friend this all the time when he comes around complaining that he did not sell enough to turn a profit at the festival, but he gets irritated. He's not a very realistic person at all and he refuses to believe that he must be somewhat of a business person in order to make a living selling his stuff. (One example is that despises the artists who have merchant accounts set up to take credit cards. He thinks it's wrong and they should not do it. But he does not realize that we live in a largely cashless society and if you sell something and do not take plastic, you are losing business). He thinks that somehow one day things will change and that he'll all of a sudden start selling a lot of his pots and make good profits. But he's dreaming. Don't let this be you.
BTW, I am not saying that your stuff is not what people are looking for. I have no idea. I'm just pointing out something i feel is very important for someone who claims not to be a business-oriented person yet wants to make money in their own business.
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