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Starving Artists: 5 Steps to Turn Your Passion in Profits

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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 eComparemo.com 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.

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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!

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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Writing Blogs Right Now

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Blogging is a great way to get your website noticed and generate more traffic and sales. 86% of companies use a blog on their websites, so you can’t afford to miss out.

You may think that blogs aren’t that important, or that they don’t make a lot of difference to your business. But they are a lot more effective than you may think.

Blogging can increase your lead generation by 67%. Whether you’re a new or established business, this can prove invaluable. Here are 5 reasons your business needs to start writing blogs now.

1. Generate Traffic

Blog posts add more content to your website and thus attract more people to visit your site. Creating web content means that you can direct your readers to other parts of your website.

This means you can write a post about one of your products or services and use yours as an example. When readers discover this, you have a greater chance of boosting sales.

2. Boost SEO

When it comes to marketing your business, SEO is king. SEO determines where your website ranks on search engine results. In turn, it impacts how many people find you.

There are a lot of things that affect your SEO. Things like a fully optimized website and using the right links can make a real difference. Hook Agency says that having the right SEO can double or even triple your traffic from search engines.

Once you have your website sorted, blog content is next. The more blogs you write, the better the SEO. Use popular keywords and terms that your audience would search for. This will make your posts rank higher on search engines and get customers your way.

3. Create a Brand Voice

There are a lot of company blogs out there which may be interesting, but they have no distinctive voice. When they have no voice, they all blend into one.

But if you write blogs with a specific voice, you make an impression. When people can recognise your writing style, they recognise your company.

Set featured imageTry to give your posts a personality. They are more fun to read and will keep people coming back to read for more. They make your brand more trustworthy and encourage people to choose your brand.

4. Showcase Your Services

When it comes to your business, you’re the expert. You know all about your own products and services, so use your blog to show off this knowledge!

Explain what you offer and what you can do for your customers. People want brands to know exactly what they’re selling and it makes you more reliable.

It also serves as a free way to advertise your business. You can write as much or as little as you want on the services you’re offering.  

5. You Stay Ahead of the Curve

When you give your website a blog, you’re also future proofing your business. Those who don’t have blogs are lagging behind and missing out on a lot of great opportunities.

It gives you the chance to be creative and boost your business in a whole new way. You can also add other media like videos and photos to your posts to boost your SEO even further.

Chances are, you’ll find blogging very fun. Regular content on your site gives your business a firm presence and will keep you on the SEO map for longer.

Your Business Needs to Start Writing Blogs Now

Now that you know how important it is to start writing blogs for your business, it’s time to get started. It’s a fun creative challenge which can lead to more traffic and more sales.

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Quick and Effective Tips to Maximize Speed of your Website or Blog

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Few things are worse than when you click over to a new website or blog, and then it’s loading slow as anything. With everyone having an extremely short attention span, and so many options for other websites and entertainment online, a fast loading website is a must for every blogger, brand, or business on the internet.

There are also many benefits associated with a fast loading site, beyond just user experience. Google is now penalizing sites that take too long to load, and boosting up other sites that a mobile-optimized and running super fast.

Depending on how technical your design or WordPress skills might be, the process of speeding up your site and maximizing it’s optimization might vary. To help with this process, I’ve listed a few of the best working methods below.

Optimize your Homepage to Load Quickly

With the homepage being one of the most vital parts of your website or blog, you should be doing everything possible to make sure it loads quickly. Different things can be done to speed up your homepage such as lowering the number of posts on the main page, minimizing applications and widgets from third-party sites, and also optimizing your images so they are either loading as a smaller sized file or through a CDN service. It’s also a good idea to use an SEO friendly theme or template, as these are more often cleaner with their coding and already optimized right out of the box.

Use an Effective Caching Plugin

If you are using a CMS like WordPress or blogger, then using an effective cashing plugin can contribute nicely in the process of making sure your site is loading as fast as possible. Since caching is an apparatus for a temporary storage of web pages to diminish bandwidth and to improve page loading performance as well, it saves the server’s time to make web pages load faster. Caching plugins are easy to install and use. All you need to do is perform some research online to see which plugin is best for your site, then click a few buttons to have it installed right within WordPress. Once this is done, it’s usually just a matter of copying the account number of your CDN and letting the hosting provider and WordPress plugin do its work.

Use CDN (content delivery network)

We’ve already referenced content delivery networks or CDNs, a few times now. The way these solutions work is that they host a version of your site on their server, and then loads the content from another server that is closest to that individual’s location. More and more site owners and bloggers are using CDNs not only to improve page load speed but to provide users with a great experience to make them stay longer on the website. Also mentioned earlier, this can help with how well a site ranks in Google, while also moving your site above the competition. Moreover, if one of your server locations is overloaded due to huge traffic and visitors, then users can automatically be switched to a new server location to enjoy fast loading website experience.

Improve Your Hosting Plan

If you have a slow loading website or blog, it’s likely due to your hosting plan. If you are pushing a lot of traffic through your site and making money in the process, you should definitely upgrade from a shared server. Shared hosting is often fine for new site owners and bloggers, but as your site gains more attention, backlinks, and traffic, it will also likely be using more server resource. On a shared server, your site is also sharing the server resources with many other sites — sometimes hundreds, or even thousands! Upgrading your hosting plan to a VPS or dedicated hosting package can greatly improve the performance of your site as well. So, if you are still using a cheap web hosting plan with an average price below $5/mo and receiving massive traffic from search engines, then it would be the right time for you to upgrade your hosting plan with a better one to speed up your website loading speed.

Use Optimized Images

Big images take up a lot of space and resources when it comes to loading data from your site. This is especially true with very high-quality images. While these images are going to play a big role in the beauty and engagement on your site, there are still ways to optimize such large images so they load faster and put less stress on your server. There are many plugins are available that can drastically reduce the file size of an image without reducing the quality. Image optimization will not only help you boost website load time but will also save disk space for more files and media. If you really don’t want to overload your website with plugins, then you can also use online image reducer apps and software to optimize image before uploading to the media library of the site.

Minimize HTTP Redirects Requests

How and where content is being loaded on your site can also affect its overall performance. You may need to use redirect requests to redirect the web browser from one URL to another. There are a variety of reasons as to why you might want to do this, such as to specify a new URL location, to track visits and clicks on the site or to connect different elements of the website with each other. Since redirects might be necessary to enhance overall UX of the website, you should only be using the redirect requests that are most important because excessive redirect requests can have an ultimate impact on the loading speed of your website/blog.

Don’t Leave Your Audience Hanging

When browsing the internet, few things are more annoying than accessing a slow loading website. It’s hard enough to get someone to visit your site, let alone stay for a few seconds. Don’t give them a reason to leave right away because your site isn’t loading as fast as it should be.

Follow each of the simple and effective site speed optimization tips above to make sure your site loads as fast as possible, ranks higher than the competition and also doesn’t disappoint your audience when they hit your site.

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