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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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3 Examples of How to Promote Your Brand with Targeted Blog Content

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Blog content works wonders if you know how to effectively promote it and rank it in the search results. The main problem is that most bloggers and content creators are simply focused on creating content and then not putting in the time, work, and effort to actually promote. This is a direct path to failure for many reasons, such as:

  • Wasted time being spent on publishing 500-word articles
  • Not having evergreen content you can refer to time and time again
  • Scattering your SEO and link building efforts all over the place

A better way to create content for your site or brand, is to make sure you are covering as much content as possible, while also staying niche specific and having a call to action in the process. It’s also best to publish content that has at least 1,500 words of content, and is something that you can refer to over and over again. Even better, is if you can include some industry resources, references, and graphics, which can legitimize your content and also increase your chances for picking up some additional backlinks and social shares from regular site visitors.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a few different brands that are doing content creation correctly, and how you can also grow your brand, blog, and business using these same methods.

Before We Get Started

Before we jump into the list of sites and a few examples of winning content for each, we should cover a few valid points when it comes to blogging.

WordPress makes blogging and content creation extremely easy. There are already more than 300 million WP-powered sites and blogs on the internet today.

There are also many different ways to create content, share it online, and also make it rank higher and more effectively in Google.

Before creating content for your site and clicking the publish button, you should have a solid content creation and marketing plan.

To learn more about the various components of effective, be sure to check out this start a blog guide.

Examples of Brands Using Evergreen Content

One of the most important things to remember when looking at different online companies and brands, isn’t just how well the content they create is performing, but also how they are creating content for their audience. Content is great, but if it doesn’t provide value and funnel new leads or sources of revenue into your business, it’s pretty much just more clutter being added to the one billion+ active websites online.

Making Job Search and Business Opportunities Easy

JobCompass is a website that covers the concept of making money in the world today, while also creating niche-focused content that targets a select group, demographic or audience. You will find a wide range of list and resource articles on their site, but you will also find some useful ones like this one on  where to find jobs for pregnant moms.

The revenue generation on the site comes from a range of sources, but it’s mostly based on affiliate marketing and lead acquisition. This makes it ideal for JobCompass to continually come out with as many useful resources and money making opportunities on their site, while also having their own recommended (likely an affiliate offer) method as well.

With a ton of evergreen content in place, and audiences all over the world always looking to make more money, this is a win-win situation for both JobCompass and their audience.

The Business of ‘Business on Social Media’

Facebook and Twitter are multi-billion dollar companies, but the business of marketing and growing a brand on social media collectively is even much larger. When you look at the many different brands and businesses in the world today, they all need to be active and growing on social media. Throw into the mix that there are plenty of social media platforms out there and new audiences to reach daily, it just seems like a never ending supply for demand and advertising dollars.

One such company that focuses on social media marketing services, is Famoid. Through their social media growth strategies, brands can reach new audiences without needing to create their own marketing an content creation plans. Instead, Famoid does the work for them.

On the Famoid blog, you will come across a wide range of case study articles like this one on gaining traffic on Pinterest. They also have a bunch of similar ones for Twitter and Facebook, while also profiling other brands and strategies they are using as well.

This is ideal for two main reason. The first, is that it creates content for the Famoid brand and allows them to reach new traffic. The second, is that Famoid creates these case studies, brands read it, and then sign up for their services when they realize they don’t want to put in their own time, work, and effort.

Again, win-win for the brand and end customer reading the content.

The Business of ‘Business on Social Media’

Facebook and Twitter are multi-billion dollar companies, but the business of marketing and growing a brand on social media collectively is even much larger. When you look at the many different brands and businesses in the world today, they all need to be active and growing on social media. Throw into the mix that there are plenty of social media platforms out there and new audiences to reach daily, it just seems like a never ending supply for demand and advertising dollars.

One such company that focuses on social media marketing services, is Famoid. Through their social media growth strategies, brands can reach new audiences without needing to create their own marketing an content creation plans. Instead, Famoid does the work for them.

On the Famoid blog, you will come across a wide range of case study articles like this one on gaining traffic on Pinterest. They also have a bunch of similar ones for Twitter and Facebook, while also profiling other brands and strategies they are using as well.

This is ideal for two main reason. The first, is that it creates content for the Famoid brand and allows them to reach new traffic. The second, is that Famoid creates these case studies, brands read it, and then sign up for their services when they realize they don’t want to put in their own time, work, and effort.

Again, win-win for the brand and end customer reading the content.

Free Content, Expert Names and Valuable Content

People use the internet for a few different reasons. They either want to buy something, find information, or to be entertained. If you can cater to one of these demands, then you can definitely create a business or revenue stream in the process.

As mentioned earlier, there is plenty of demand for making money online and entrepreneur/business marketing. Sticking with this content, we can now take a look at Mixergy.com and see how they are using a few different methods to reach new audiences, create killer content, and make money in the process — while also leveraging the power of industry experts and well-known entrepreneurs from around the world.

First off, Mixergy is subscription style site that is focusing on helping businesses and brands grow, while also getting the valuable information they need to do so. It was also created by Andrew Warner, who does most of the content and interviews for the site. You can see one of his most popular interviews here.

Once you take a look at the site, you will notice it’s mostly a landing page that makes the user enter their info before getting access to the content. It’s brilliant and I bet it works amazing. But again, it’s also a perfect example of how a website can provide real value to their audience, while also benefiting in the process.

Some site visitors will leave when they see the call to action, others will sign up for free. Of those who do subscribe, some will then upgrade to the premium plan. It’s all a numbers game, and the more valuable content Mixergy continues to create, the more value they will offer, and the more their business will grow.

The Best Blog Content, Doesn’t Look Like Blog Content

From a business standpoint and from a marketing perspective, blogging doesn’t necessarily have to mean sitting down and writing boring text content that ends up wasting your time.

Just take a look at the few different examples above of how these brands are using blog content to not only offer value, but to also increase lead generation and growth in the process.

If you don’t have a solid content creation and marketing plan, blogging isn’t something that you should be wasting your time on. The internet is way too saturated with content, and if you are just pushing stuff out there to hope it ranks and is being seen, it simply won’t happen.

To learn more about how to create fully optimized content that works in search and for lead generation, be sure to check out my list of top SEO analyzer tools that you should be using in 2019.

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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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